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Final EU peace funding announced

first_img Tagged with: European Union Funding Ireland Northern Ireland Two funding calls, together worth over €90 million for peace projects in Northern Ireland and border counties, have opened under the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).€53 million will now be made available under the ‘Shared Spaces & Services’ objective of the Programme.Designed to create up to eight new, iconic civic spaces that can be used by all sections of the community, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project will have a transformative effect both locally and regionally.€38 million will also be made available for the ‘Children & Young People’ (aged 14-24) objective of the Programme. The funding will be targeted at young people who are disadvantaged and are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, violence or dissident activity.The objective will result in an increase in the percentage of young people who socialise with people from a different community and who think that relations between Protestants and Catholics are better than they were five years ago.In order to help support applicants to access the funding for the ‘Children & Young People’ call the Special EU Programmes Body will be co-ordinating two workshops:Tuesday 15 November (9.45am-12.30pm), Ballymascanlon Hotel, LouthThursday 17 November (9.45am-12.30pm), Skainos Centre, Belfast.To register for a place on these workshops, email [email protected] Department for the Economy (DfE) has recently undertaken a significant youth pilot project with similar goals to the work anticipated under the Children & Young People call. The DfE will present on the evaluation of this pilot activity at both events from 2pm-4pm. 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.  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 November 2016 | News Main image: Dove of peace signpost – JoeManjiArts on Shutterstock.com  59 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Final EU peace funding announced AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed hopes after spring

first_img =http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html January 30, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed hopes after spring Varied impact of major protest movementsLast year’s index was marked by the Arab spring’s major news developments and the heavy price paid by those covering the protest movements. A range of scenarios has been seen in 2012, including countries such as Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, where regime change has taken place, countries such as Syria and Bahrain where uprisings and the resulting repression are still ongoing, and countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, where the authorities have used promises and compromise to defuse calls for political and/or social and economic change.Some of the new governments spawned by these protest movements have turned on the journalists and netizens who covered these movements’ demands and aspirations for more freedom. What with legal voids, arbitrary appointments of state media chiefs, physical attacks, trials and a lack of transparency, Tunisia (138th, -4) and Egypt (158th, +8) have remained at a deplorable level in the index and have highlighted the stumbling blocks that Libya (131st, +23) should avoid in order to maintain its transition to a free press.The deadliest country for journalists in 2012 was Syria (176th, 0), where journalists and netizens are the victims of an information war waged by both the Assad regime, which stops at nothing in order to crack down and impose a news blackout, and by opposition factions that are increasingly intolerant of dissent. In Bahrain (165th, +8) the repression let up slightly, while in Yemen (169th, +2) the prospects continue to be disturbing despite a change of government. Oman (141st, -24) fell sharply because of a wave of arrests of netizens.Other countries hit by protests saw changes for the better and worse. Vietnam (172nd, 0) failed to recover the six places it lost in the previous index. The world’s second biggest prison for netizens, it has remained in the bottom ten. Uganda(104th, +35) has recovered a more appropriate position although it has not gone back to where it was before cracking down on protests in 2011. Azerbaijan (156th, +6) and Belarus (157th, +11) both fell last year after using violence to suppress opposition demonstrations and this year they just moved back towards their appalling former positions. Chile (60th, +20) is beginning to recover after falling from 33rd to 80th in last year’s index.Political instability puts journalists in the eye of the stormPolitical instability often has a divisive effect on the media and makes it very difficult to produce independently-reported news and information. In such situations, threats and physical attacks on journalists and staff purges are common. Maldives (103rd, -30) fell sharply after the president’s removal in an alleged coup, followed by threats and attacks on journalists regarded as his supporters. In Paraguay (91st, -11), the president’s removal in a parliamentary “coup” on 22 June 2012 had a big impact on state-owned broadcasting, with a wave of arbitrary dismissals against a backdrop of unfair frequency allocation.Guinea-Bissau (92nd, -17) fell sharply because the army overthrew the government between the first and second rounds of a presidential election and imposed military censorship on the media. In Mali (99th, -74), a military coup fuelled tension, many journalists were physically attacked in the capital and the army now controls the state-owned media. This index does not reflect the January 2013 turmoil in the Central African Republic (65th, -3) but its impact on media freedom is already a source of extreme concern. “Regional models” found wantingIn almost all parts of the world, influential countries that are regarded as “regional models” have fallen in the index. Brazil (108th, -9), South America’s economic engine, continued last year’s fall because five journalists were killed in 2012 and because of persistent problems affecting media pluralism.In Asia, India (140th, -9) is at its lowest since 2002 because of increasing impunity for violence against journalists and because Internet censorship continues to grow. China (173rd, +1) shows no sign of improving. Its prisons still hold many journalists and netizens, while increasingly unpopular Internet censorship continues to be a major obstacle to access to information.In Eastern Europe, Russia (148th, -6) has fallen again because, since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency, repression has been stepped up in response to an unprecedented wave of opposition protests. The country also continues to be marked by the unacceptable failure to punish all those who have murdered or attacked journalists. The political importance of Turkey (154th, -6) has grown even more because of the armed conflict in neighbouring Syria but it has again fallen in the index. It is currently the world’s biggest prison for journalists, especially those who express views critical of the authorities on the Kurdish issue.There is no comparison with South Africa (52nd, -10), where freedom of information is a reality. It still has a respectable ranking but it has been slipping steadily in the index and, for the first time, is no longer in the top 50. Investigative journalism is threatened by the Protection of State Information Bill. Download the reportDownload the 2013 world press freedom mapRead in Arabic (بالعربية)Read in Turkish (Türkçe)Read in Italian (Italiano)Read in German (Deutsch)Read in Chinese (看中文)After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway. Although many criteria are considered, ranging from legislation to violence against journalists, democratic countries occupy the top of the index while dictatorial countries occupy the last three positions. Again it is the same three as last year – Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. “The Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders does not take direct account of the kind of political system but it is clear that democracies provide better protection for the freedom to produce and circulate accurate news and information than countries where human rights are flouted,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In dictatorships, news providers and their families are exposed to ruthless reprisals, while in democracies news providers have to cope with the media’s economic crises and conflicts of interest. While their situation is not always comparable, we should pay tribute to all those who resist pressure whether it is aggressively focused or diffuse.” Coinciding with the release of its 2013 Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders is for the first time publishing an annual global “indicator” of worldwide media freedom. This new analytic tool measures the overall level of freedom of information in the world and the performance of the world’s governments in their entirety as regards this key freedom.In view of the emergence of new technologies and the interdependence of governments and peoples, the freedom to produce and circulate news and information needs to be evaluated at the planetary as well as national level. Today, in 2013, the media freedom “indicator” stands at 3395, a point of reference for the years to come. The indicator can also be broken down by region and, by means of weighting based on the population of each region, can be used to produce a score from zero to 100 in which zero represents total respect for media freedom. This produces a score of 17.5 for Europe, 30.0 for the Americas, 34.3 for Africa, 42.2 for Asia-Pacific and 45.3 for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Despite the Arab springs, the Middle East and North Africa region comes last with 48.5. The high number of journalists and netizens killed in the course of their work in 2012 (the deadliest year ever registered by Reporters Without Borders in its annual roundup), naturally had an a significant impact on the ranking of the countries where these murders took place, above all Somalia (175th, -11), Syria (176th, 0), Mexico (153rd, -4) and Pakistan (159th, -8).From top to bottomThe Nordic countries have again demonstrated their ability to maintain an optimal environment for news providers. Finland (1st, 0), Netherlands (2nd, +1) and Norway (3rd, -2) have held on to the first three places. Canada (20th, -10) only just avoided dropping out of the top 20. Andorra (5th) and Liechtenstein (7th) have entered the index for the first time just behind the three leaders.At the other end of the index, the same three countries as ever – Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea – occupy the last three places in the index. Kim Jong-un’s arrival at the head of the Hermit Kingdom has not in any way changed the regime’s absolute control of news and information. Eritrea (179th, 0), which was recently shaken by a brief mutiny by soldiers at the information ministry, continues to be a vast open prison for its people and lets journalists die in detention. Despite its reformist discourse, the Turkmen regime has not yielded an inch of its totalitarian control of the media.For the second year running, the bottom three countries are immediately preceded by Syria (176th, 0), where a deadly information war is being waged, and Somalia (175th, -11), which has had a deadly year for journalists. Iran (174th, +1), China (173rd, +1), Vietnam (172nd, 0), Cuba (171st, -4), Sudan (170th, 0) and Yemen (169th, +2) complete the list of the ten countries that respect media freedom least. Not content with imprisoning journalists and netizens, Iran also harasses the relatives of journalists, including the relatives of those who are abroad.Big rises…Malawi (75th, +71) registered the biggest leap in the index, almost returning to the position it held before the excesses at the end of the Mutharika administration. Ivory Coast (96th, +63), which is emerging from the post-electoral crisis between the supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, has also soared, attaining its best position since 2003.Burma (151st, +18) continued the ascent begun in last year’s index. Previously, it had been in the bottom 15 every year since 2002 but now, thanks to the Burmese spring’s unprecedented reforms, it has reached its best-ever position. Afghanistan (128th, +22) also registered a significant rise thanks to the fact that no journalists are in prison. It is nonetheless facing many challenges, especially with the withdrawal of foreign troops….and big fallsMali (99th, -74) registered the biggest fall in the index as a result of all the turmoil in 2012. The military coup in Bamako on 22 March and the north’s takeover by armed Islamists and Tuareg separatists exposed the media in the north to censorship and violence. Tanzania (70th, -36) sank more than 30 places because, in the space of four months, a journalist was killed while covering a demonstration and another was murdered.Buffeted by social and economic protests, the Sultanate of Oman (141st) sank 24 places, the biggest fall in the Middle East and North Africa in 2012. Some 50 netizens and bloggers were prosecuted on lèse majesté or cyber-crime charges in 2012. No fewer than 28 were convicted in December alone, in trials that trampled on defence rights. Journalists in Israel (112th, -20) enjoy real freedom of expression despite the existence of military censorship but the country fell in the index because of the Israeli military’s targeting of journalists in the Palestinian Territories.In Asia, Japan (53rd, -31) has been affected by a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects directly or indirectly related to Fukushima. This sharp fall should sound an alarm. Malaysia (145th, -23) has fallen to its lowest-ever position because access to information is becoming more and more limited. The same situation prevails in Cambodia (143rd, -26), where authoritarianism and censorship are on the increase. Macedonia (116th, -22) has also fallen more than 20 places following the arbitrary withdrawal of media licences and deterioration in the environment for journalists. Organisation Related documents 2013 WPFI WeightsVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.SPREADSHEETML.SHEET – 161.2 KB2013 WPFI MethodologyPDF – 394.67 KB center_img RSF_en View the questionnaireRead the report This index has been made thanks to your help. Keep on supporting us!Open publication – Free publishing – More 2013 News Democracies that stall or go into reverseThe situation is unchanged for much of the European Union. Sixteen of its members are still in the top 30. But the European model is unravelling. The bad legislation seen in 2011 continued, especially in Italy (57th, +4), where defamation has yet to be decriminalized and state agencies make dangerous use of gag laws. Hungary (56th, -16) is still paying the price of its repressive legislative reforms, which had a major impact on the way journalists work. But Greece’s dramatic fall (84th, -14) is even more disturbing. The social and professional environment for its journalists, who are exposed to public condemnation and violence from both extremist groups and the police, is disastrous.Japan (53rd, -31) plummeted because of censorship of nuclear industry coverage and its failure to reform the “kisha club” system. This is an alarming fall for a country that usually has a good ranking. Argentina (54th, -7) fell amid growing tension between the government and certain privately-owned media about a new law regulating the broadcast media. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Five years of Government inaction on Limerick City flood defences condemned

first_imgEmail Twitter Print Previous articleWest Limerick sees rise in internet crimeNext articleDozens of home loan applications in jeopardy Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie St Mary’s Park under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in 2014.Photo: Sean Curtin.THE Government has been condemned over its failure to tackle the cause of the extensive flooding that wreaked havoc in parts of Limerick five years ago.The criticism was led by Sinn Féin councillor John Costelloe who said that the lack of Government action was “inexplicable, totally unacceptable and treated people with disdain and contempt.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are now five years after the massive flood that destroyed parts of St Mary’s Park, Kings Island, Corbally, and yet we see very little or no action on the flood defences needed to ensure our city, its communities, and most importantly, our people, are protected. It is simply not good enough,” he told the Limerick Post.The City North representative met Minister Kevin Boxer Moran over a year ago when he impressed on him the urgency of this work.“The flooding in 2014 affected thousands of people and damaged hundreds of homes in the King’s Island area. Recently tides in Limerick have been very high, with stormy winds and heavy rainfall. People, many of them elderly, are living fear that they will be flooded again and this is totally unacceptable.“In 2014 the then Minister in charge of dealing with flooding, Brian Hayes, guaranteed us that we would have all the funding we needed to make sure that the flooding like we saw in King’s Island wouldn’t happen again.“Limerick never saw Brian Hayes or hardly any funding after that, he claimed.”Cllr Costelloe went on to describe the lack of movement on these critically needed flood defences as “totally unacceptable”.“Families were driven from their homes in 2014 by rising floodwaters; others only remained through the sterling work of the emergency services and the decency of neighbours. They fear this will happen again.“There has to be a serious look at how we approach flooding and flood prevention in this country. The Government must stop with spin and announcements and deliver the flood defences which are so desperately needed,” Cllr Costelloe concluded.The OPW told the Limerick Post this week that they gave a commitment to funding of both temporary and permanent flood defences following the severe flooding in February 2014, as part of the Limerick Regeneration Project.“It was agreed that these works were to be advanced by the local authority as part of that project. Funding was provided for the construction of sheet piling behind an embankment as a temporary measure, with a view to the more permanent solution. This work was completed in 2014.“€1.3 million for advance works on Verdant Place, King’s Island, was also approved for the repointing of the existing stonewall and construction of reinforced concrete wall to the rear.  This was completed in 2017,” the OPW statement continued.“Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) was requested to commence the procurement of an engineering design consultant to develop a more permanent flood defence solution, together with an Environmental Impact Assessment and a Cost Benefit Analysis.“Approval was given to the local authority in August 2015 to proceed with the development of a flood relief scheme, which will form part of the overall solution for the City.“Engineering Consultants were appointed in July 2015 and a steering group comprising members of Limerick City and County Council and the OPW, meets every six weeks to oversee progress on the project.“It is estimated that the scheme will cost in the region of €25 million and will protect approximately 450 residential and 23 commercial properties. While some delays have been encountered, a viable scheme proposal in scheduled to go to An Bord Pleanála later this year,” the statement concluded.  Facebookcenter_img Linkedin NewsCommunityPoliticsFive years of Government inaction on Limerick City flood defences condemnedBy Alan Jacques – March 7, 2019 1605 WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kuvare Shares Newly Published Robust Company Ratings

first_img Previous articleSoftwareReviews 2021 IT Service Management (ITSM) Data Quadrant Ranks TeamDynamix as Top PlayerNext articleUniversity of Hawaii looks to add 6K seats to practice field Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness TAGS  Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Facebookcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Kuvare Shares Newly Published Robust Company Ratings Facebook CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (collectively with its affiliates, “Kuvare”) is pleased to share financial strength ratings for segments of the Kuvare organization, as recently published by AM Best Company, Inc. (“AM Best”) and Kroll Bond Rating Agency (“KBRA”). First, Kuvare Life Re Ltd. (“KLR”), Kuvare’s Bermuda-based reinsurance company, is newly rated by both AM Best and KBRA. AM Best has issued an A- (Excellent) rating, and KBRA issued an A- (stable) insurance financial strength rating. Since inception in 2016, KLR has closed four significant reinsurance transactions totaling nearly $3 billion of third-party reinsurance reserves. “We are very pleased with the results of our first ratings processes, and we believe that these ratings are reflective of both our balance sheet strength and the quality of transactions and counterparties we have worked with to date. We look forward to continued growth as we build our institutional markets platform to support third party insurance partners,” said KLR President and CFO Kevin Hovi. Second, Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company (“GILICO”), a Kuvare life and annuity business based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a financial strength rating of A (upgraded from A-) by KBRA. Joe Wieser, President of GILICO, commented, “This upgrade is a testament to GILICO’s financial strength, operating performance, and growing stature within the US annuity marketplace. We are proud of our outstanding results and long-term focus to deliver on the promises made to our policyholders and distribution partners.” Third, KBRA initiated coverage with an A rating for Kuvare’s other US life insurers, Lincoln Benefit Life Company (Rosemont, Illinois) and United Life Insurance Company (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Along with GILICO, these three Kuvare businesses continue to provide valuable life insurance and annuity solutions for the underserved financial needs of middle market consumers across the nation, as they have for many decades. Finally, KBRA has initiated issuer-level credit ratings of BBB for Kuvare’s intermediate holding companies, Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (Delaware) and Kuvare UK Holdings Limited. (England and Wales). Dhiren Jhaveri, Chairman of Kuvare, commented on the above ratings developments by noting, “The Kuvare organization remains committed to continued growth of our premier life and annuity platform on the basis of a strong ratings profile and prudent capital management.” About Kuvare Kuvare is a leading insurance and reinsurance platform within the US life and annuity marketplace. Headquartered in Chicago, Kuvare focuses on delivering value-oriented life and annuity solutions to the middle market. Founded in 2015, Kuvare is committed to a sustainable growth strategy, backed by a consortium of long-term capital firms. The family of Kuvare companies includes Lincoln Benefit Life Company, Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company, United Life Insurance Company, Kuvare Life Re Ltd., Kuvare Bermuda Re Ltd. and Kuvare Insurance Services LP. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005780/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact Erica Davis [email protected] 800-637-6318 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS LOUISIANA IOWA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE FINANCE SOURCE: Kuvare Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 10:38 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 10:38 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005780/enlast_img read more

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Calls on owners of old Adria factory in Strabane to secure sight

first_imgNews Previous articleCable thieves leave several households without phone linesNext articleGovernment accused of pursuing vindictive campaign against Fahan Marina News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Facebook The owners of the old Adria factory in Strabane are being urged to secure the site and ensure access cannot be gained to the compound.Cllr Patsy Kelly made the call after the fire service fought to bring an intense blaze under control yesterday morning after tyres hidden in the undergrowth on the site were set alight, alolegedly by a group of young people who had spent the night drinking on the site.Cllr Kelly says that people in Ashgrove Park, Melmount and Old Ballycolman are concerned at what is happening on the site, and the owners need to take responsibility……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/pkfri830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest Calls on owners of old Adria factory in Strabane to secure sight Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Google+center_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – August 10, 2012 last_img read more

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New Farm Acts Corporatise Agriculture, Usher in Unregulated, Exploitative Regime: RJD MP Moves SC Against 3 Agricultural Legislations

first_imgTop StoriesNew Farm Acts Corporatise Agriculture, Usher in Unregulated, Exploitative Regime: RJD MP Moves SC Against 3 Agricultural Legislations Mehal Jain3 Oct 2020 6:21 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of the newly enacted three agriculture laws, saying they are “discriminatory and manifestly arbitrary” and will expose marginal farmers to exploitation by big corporates.RJD MP Manoj Jha has petitioned the top court contending that The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of the newly enacted three agriculture laws, saying they are “discriminatory and manifestly arbitrary” and will expose marginal farmers to exploitation by big corporates.RJD MP Manoj Jha has petitioned the top court contending that The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Essential commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, have been passed by the Parliamen in breach of the Parliamentary Rules and convention. “The impugned acts are unconstitutional on the ground that it is discriminatory and manifestly arbitrary and further violates the Basic Structure of the Constitution”, it is alleged. These Acts have come into effect from September 27 after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent.”The Impugned Acts encourages corporatization of India Agriculture which is the lifeline of the poor farmers and key to the survival of the nation’s agriculture sector. The Impugned Acts primarily intends to sacrifice the interest of the farmers and leave them at the mercy of the Sponsors without any proper dispute resolution mechanism”, avers the plea, adding that the Acts provide for “farming agreements” between the farmers (of whom 85% are marginal farmers owning up to 2 acres) and the Corporate entities. It is pointed out that the farmers by way of the impugned legislations are pitted against the Corporates with disproportionate bargaining powers.”The price determination mechanism under the Impugned Acts is only through the agreements between the corporate entities and farmers and does not stipulate that the price should not be below the minimum selling price (MSP) and doesn’t even guarantee the price given by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC)”, the plea submits. Besides, it is advanced that instead of ensuring the MSP, the Act intends to corporatise peasant agriculture and erode the existing legal safeguards that prevent direct invasion of rural agriculture markets by the monopoly corporate forces.”The Impugned Acts enables the Sponsors to deprive the Market Committees of their market fee on transactions within the specified Market Yards under the State Mandi Laws. This completely destroys the market regulatory environment under the State Market Laws and the revenue generated by the State in the form of mandi fee”, it is urged. Moreover, the plea filed through Advocate Fauzia Shakil asserts that the farmers currently have the freedom to sell their farm produce to anyone anywhere. The freedom however is not real but is bereft of any safety or guarantees, to protect them against the superior bargaining force of the buyers.”The dispute resolution mechanism under the act is inadequate. As per the Act the only way to resolve the dispute of payments, quality and specifications under the agreements, are conciliation and settlement by the local Authorities with appeal before the Collector. The entire scheme of dispute settlement is equally tilted likewise in favour of Sponsors”, it is submitted.It is stated that under the State Market Laws there were adequate supportive measures for the protection of the farmers and their produce. However the newly enacted impugned Acts do not have proper dispute resolution mechanism leaving the marginal farmers mostly exposed to the exploits of the Sponsors.”The Impugned Acts have been passed in blatant breach of the principles of Federal structure of the Indian Constitution as ‘agriculture’ is a State subject under Entry 14 of List II which does not grant competence to the central government to legislate on the issues relating to ‘agriculture’. Only the State Legislature has the legislative competence to pass laws dealing with the subject”, it is pressed.It is further asserted that the impugned Acts are also passed in violation of the Article 14 of the Indian Constitution as they fail to create an intelligible differentia as the basis for classification. The impugned Acts are also in breach of Article 23 as they expose the vulnerable in need of protection to the free market forces and likely exploitation by the corporate entities and farm traders.”The Impugned legislations corporatize agriculture and ushers in an unregulated and exploitative regime. A farmer would not have the knowledge to negotiate the best terms with a private company. This leads to an unequal bargaining position in negotiating the farm agreement with corporates would lead to corporates monopolizing the agriculture sector”, it is finally urged. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Flowers entertains with political insights

first_img Next UpFlowers is known and appreciated for his humorous stories and he quickly entertained the Rotarians with “Big Jim” stories.Flowers said Gov. “Big Jim” Folsom was responsible for the farm to market roads that made it easier for farmers to get their products to the market.When Folsom was running for governor, he traveled all across the state going door-to-door getting to people and giving them an opportunity to know him. By Blood Sugar Blaster Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the authorcenter_img Latest Stories One afternoon, Flowers said, “Big Jim” spent about three hours sitting and talking with a farmer and his wife in Geneva County.“They just bonded – the farmer, his wife and Big Jim,” Flowers said. “While he was there, he drank three quarts of buttermilk. When he was elected governor, the first farm to market road he built went by that farmer’s house. It was named Buttermilk Road and it’s there today in Geneva County.”Flowers turned his remarks to the “dull” November election.“The Democrats were wiped out. They can turn the lights off and leave the key on the mantel,” he said. “Democrats can’t win statewide any longer.” You Might Like From the heart: Townsend shares ‘what I know for sure’ about the value of veterans during annual breakfast Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves, right, and Col. (Retired) Billy Jackson of the Banks community welcomed Col. Teresa Townsend to… read more By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Political columnist and commentator Steve Flowers, center, spoke at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday. He is pictured with Rotarians Larry Shiver, Chip Wallace, Cookie Graham and Cot Wallace.When Steve Flowers talks, everybody listens.That’s why Chip Wallace was excited to introduce Flowers as the program guest at the Wednesday meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club.“Steve is Alabama’s most watched and read political columnist and commentator,” Wallace said. “The Republican Party is strong in Alabama,” he said. “That was evident in last week’s election.Flowers said the re-election of Gov. Robert Bentley was evidence of the trust voters have in him.“Governor Bentley comes off as good, honest and trustworthy,” Flowers said.And while last week’s election as dull, Flowers said he wasn’t disappointed in the voter turnout.“Forty-one percent statewide was not bad and Pike County was at 47 percent because we had good local races.”Flowers said Russell Thomas’ landslide win was one of the most impressive victories he has seen.“And Curtis Blair’s re-election numbers were also impressive,” he said. “Jimmy Holley’s election was the best thing that has happened for Pike County. He’s one heck of a legislator. He’s hard working, competent and he’ll get things done.”Looking head to 2018, Flowers said the presidential race will be fun, as a bunch of hopefuls will make a run for the nation’s highest office.“And, we can expect to see some of them here in Alabama,” he said. “In won’t be dull in 2018.” Flowers entertains with political insights Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2014last_img read more

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Seasonal input of heavy metals to Antarctic snow

first_imgCadmium, copper, lead and zinc concentrations have been measured on a sequence of snow blocks covering 2 years’ accumulation at a site on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Careful collection and analysis techniques have ensured good data quality despite the very low concentrations, which averaged Cd 0.08 ng kg-1, Cu 4 ng kg-1, Pb 4 ng kg-1, Zn 0.4 ng kg-1. The elements show significant variations through the year. Pb has peaks in the autumn/winter period when both the crustal and marine aerosol are also at their maxima; despite a probable pollutant origin, Pb appears to be associated with natural aerosol in long range transport. No clear seasonal signal is observed for the other metals. At this site, the marine contribution to the concentrations of some metals may be significant.last_img read more

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Millard Wins 2-A Wrestling Title For First Time Since 2013; Monticello Goes Back-To-Back in 1-A

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRICHFIELD, Utah-The Millard Eagles posted 262 points to clinch their first state wrestling title since 2013 to headline the strong showings of many Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes competing at the 1-A and 2-A state wrestling championship meet Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center. Brad James At 126 pounds, Millard got another individual 2-A state title from Van Bray who bested Beaver’s John Evans 9-4. February 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Millard Wins 2-A Wrestling Title For First Time Since 2013; Monticello Goes Back-To-Back in 1-A At 138 pounds in 2-A, Kanab’s Cody Stubbs won the state title, outlasting Beaver’s Brock Edwards 9-6. Stubbs also earned the most outstanding wrestler for the lower weight class distinction for 2-A. His teammate, Mason Wells, is the 1-A 132-pound champion by getting past Blake Barnes of Milford. Written by Panguitch was second with 143 points, Milford was third with 140 points, Wayne placed fourth with 117.5 points and Piute placed sixth with 71.5 points. The title is the 18th in school history for the Eagles, with their first state wrestling title coming in 1939. In the 120-pound class in 2-A, Beaver’s Brian Evans took the individual state title by besting Tezlin Winn of Gunnison. Whitaker won the title by vanquishing Altamont’s MacIntyre Thacker 35-10. Finally, at 285 pounds in 1-A, Milford’s Ike Keller took the state title, besting Wayne’s Daniel Ayala. At the 1-A level, Monticello won its 11th state title in school history and their second consecutive state title as the Buckaroos amassed 207.5 points.center_img Beaver placed third with 202 points, North Sevier was fourth with 165.5 points, Gunnison finished eighth with 108.5 points and Kanab placed ninth with 93 points. At 113 pounds in 1-A, Panguitch’s Porter Schoppe took a state title with a win over Rich’s Joseph Trujillo. At 126 pounds, Wayne’s Wade Jeffery took the 1-A crown by prevailing 2-0 over Milford’s Karson Wunderlich. The 1-A 182-pound champion is Flint Holm of Milford, who prevailed over Diamond Ranch’s Dillon Bouvang. At 170 pounds, Milford’s Bryson Barnes took the 1-A state title by besting Hunter Marshall of Panguitch. Another individual state title for the Eagles came at 160 pounds as John Whitaker bested Beaver’s Hunter Joseph. Headlining the Eagles’ magnificence was 57-0 Calun Whitaker winning the 2-A state title at the 220-pound class. Finally, at 285 pounds, North Sevier’s Tanner Sorenson took the 2-A state title, overpowering Carson Peterson of Gunnison 10-3. Tags: Wrestling State Title The 1-A 220-pound champion is Wayne’s Jacob Oldroyd as he dominated Monticello’s Dillon Slack 7-2. Millard’s Hayden Anderson is the 145-pound 2-A state champion, downing Altamont’s Dean Thompson 6-3.last_img read more