Biarritz beat Connacht in drenched conditions at the Parc des Sports Aguilera

first_imgSunday Dec 16, 2012 Biarritz beat Connacht in drenched conditions at the Parc des Sports Aguilera Biarritz beat Connacht 17-0 on Friday night in Round 4 of their Heineken Cup return fixture, which took place in horrendous conditions. The field was drenched after heavy rains but both sides played to a decent standard considered how wet it was underfoot. Connacht were unable to repeat the feats of a week earlier when they beat the French side at home. This time it was the hosts at Parc des Sports Aguilera that came out trumps, with Iain Balshaw and Seremaia Burotu both scoring well taken tries.Following the defeat in Galway, club president Serge Blanco got rid of coach Jake Isaac and assistant coach Serge Milhas. Laurent Rodriguez took charge ahead of this improved performance.The drenched pitch had to be worked on by groundstaff but the game went ahead under trying conditions, as chip kicks resulted in the ball stopping dead, and players going to ground created massive waves and huge splashes.South African center Danie Poolman took an unfortunate knee to the head which led to a long delay and him having to eventually be stretchered from the field.The result saw Biarritz go ahead of Connacht on the Pool 3 table, while Harlequins remain on top after two convincing wins over Italian team Zebre.If you have any specific clip requests from the weekend, please tweet, emailADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Charity Commission publishes report on charity mergers

first_imgThe Commission’s regulatory reports have been introduced “to strengthen best practice and accountability” by publishing the findings of broadly based studies of themes and issues that affect the charity sector. The report “RS4 Collaborative Working and Mergers” is available for free download from the Charity Commission’s Web site in both PDF and HTML formats. The Charity Commission has published a regulatory report on collaborative working and mergers by charities.The Commission’s latest regulatory report examines the nature and extent of joint arrangements, uses case studies to illustrate different perspectives and makes recommendations for change.The Commission’s survey found that 22% of all charities currently work collaboratively according to our survey, and 5% of charities exist as a result of a merger in the past ten years. In the past 10 years 13% of large charities have either merged or actively considered a merger. Advertisement Charity Commission publishes report on charity mergers Howard Lake | 6 May 2003 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Managementlast_img read more

German political leader says: ‘Fuck U.S. imperialism’

first_imgOskar LafontaineOskar Lafontaine, former German finance minister and political leader of, first, the Social Democratic Party, and most recently the Left Party, shocked the pro-U.S. German media and political world with his June 23 comment written on FaceBook: “Fuck U.S. imperialism.” He was commenting on the visit to Berlin of U.S. Defense Minister Aston Carter, whose purpose was to enlist Germany in the military escalation directed at Russia.Lafontaine represents a leftist view. His position, however, with or without the F-word, represents many ordinary people in Germany who want no part of a war with Russia. It also represents a large sector of the German ruling class that hates following a foreign policy that harms German business interests, while serving Washington’s geopolitics. As a former cabinet member himself, Lafontaine is well aware of ruling-class opinions.U.S. and German imperialism have been political and military allies since soon after Germany’s defeat in World War II in 1945. This alliance, however, is not the same as a convergence of interests in all spheres. Germany has been forced to be subservient to the U.S. Even the substantial economic investment and trade between the two countries fails to eliminate imperialist economic competition.Lafontaine gave a context to his strong word choice. It was a reply to U.S. State Department’s Victoria Nuland’s comment in February 2014. Nuland, a notorious anti-Russian neo-con, commenting on the European Union’s less aggressive policies regarding Ukraine, “Fuck the EU.” Given German imperialism’s leading role in the European Union, what Berlin heard was “Fuck Germany.”The U.S. has insisted that the EU countries impose economic sanctions against Russia. Through NATO, Washington is also moving troops and weapons into countries that border with Russia. They plan the largest war exercises in Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Soviet Union, also directed against Russia. This escalation raises the risk of a wider war than that going on now in Ukraine, and one that threatens Germany much more than it does the U.S.Non-leftist Germans speak out against anti-Russia policiesAs the danger of war grows, dissident voices have been raised in Germany. Not just from leftist politicians like Lafontaine, but from rightist and centrist politicians. This includes allies of the late leader of the rightist Christian Social Union in Bavaria, Franz-Joseph Strauss, who held cabinet offices and led the CSU for decades until his death in 1988. Strauss was considered the furthest right of mainstream German politicians.One such CSU ally, Wilfried Scharnagl, recently wrote a book, “In the Abyss: A Polemic for a Different Approach toward Russia.” In this book, he argues for improved German-Russian relations. He points out that in carrying out this diplomacy, one has to put oneself in the position of the opponent.In a June 23 interview with the German daily newspaper Junge Welt, Scharnagl said, “My perspective is that in 1989 in the time of historical turning after the collapse of the Soviet empire [sic] the West did not make use of the opportunity to build a new and peaceful European order together with Russia, but instead resumed the old habits.”Scharnagl criticized the German media for analyzing relations with Russia all in “black-and-white,” and not seeing or giving any credit to Vladimir Putin’s point of view. Of course Scharnagl was criticized as being “pro-Putin” by these same media, when it should be obvious he was laying out what he saw as a better policy for defending German imperialist interests.“In U.S. politics,” Scharnagl continued, “there are forces that demand a much sharper line against Russia in the Ukraine crisis, for example, sending extensive arms supplies to Ukraine, than the Europeans want to do. Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel is firmly and resolutely against this policy of delivering weapons, and she comes under fierce and unspeakable attacks from U.S. political leaders such as Senator [John] McCain and his friends.” He implied that the German media is influenced by these attacks.Three former German chancellors, Social Democrats Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard Schroeder, and Christian Democrat Helmut Kohl, all said they thought it was a mistake not to have invited Putin to the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, and made this G7 meeting a G8 with Russia.Schmidt, a Social Democrat like Schroeder, has called sanctions against Russia “stupid,” saying: “It would be better, in the interest of peace, to sit down and talk instead of threatening sanctions.” (Reuters, March 27)Kohl said: “The upheaval in Ukraine was not handled intelligently. There’s also been a lack of sensitivity with our Russian neighbors, especially with President Putin.”Schroeder has a long-term friendly relationship with Putin. Because of this and his record of keeping Germany out of the U.S./British-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, he has been attacked by pro-U.S. politicians and media in Germany. He too, however, is an imperialist politician who led Germany during its participation in the U.S.-NATO war against Yugoslavia in 1999.Economic roots of rivalryThat the opinions of these German politicians have a base in the ruling class can be seen in the comments of the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, in the June 6 issue of German Economic News. This banker says that because of the U.S. sanctions against Russia, “German exports declined year-over-year by 18 percent in 2014, and by 34 percent in the first two months of 2015.” He says it is really worse because of “secondary effects,” such as that “European countries with strong business in Russia, including Finland and Austria, are economically hit very hard. These countries consequently place fewer orders from Germany.”Hellmeyer adds that the even greater problem is the breakdown of trust between Russia and the EU that makes future long-term projects questionable. “The people in Germany and the EU will pay the price through lost prosperity and stability. The unmeasurable damage lies in an elevated geopolitical risk situation for the people in the EU.”Regarding Ukraine, Hellmeyer referred unfavorably to Nuland and added: “The fact is that by the coup in the Ukraine, an oligarchy friendly towards Moscow was replaced by an oligarchy now oriented toward the United States. This is geopolitics, which benefits third forces, but definitely not Germany, not the EU, not Russia and not Ukraine.”That these German ruling-class politicians and bankers — and we’ve only quoted a few of them — take issue with U.S. aggressive policies illustrates the serious contradictions between German and U.S. imperialist interests. It can mean, for one thing, that the U.S. will step up its already interventionist policies to influence German internal politics in order to prevent any rapprochement between Germany and Russia.Preventing such an alliance has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since the end of World War II. During the existence of the socialist Soviet Union, there was really no question that capitalist West Germany would or could ally with it against the U.S. Russia, a capitalist country, no longer poses a threat to German capitalists; a realignment is at least conceivable, whether or not it is likely.Also, if open argument exists within the German ruling class about Germany’s relations with the U.S. and Russia, there will be an opening for leftist, working-class and anti-war politics in Germany. Lafontaine’s comment is itself proof of that opening.For U.S. anti-war forces, pointing to the disagreements with Germany makes another argument that exposes U.S. aggression in Ukraine and the dangers that U.S. militarism can lead to a wider and more dangerous war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Germany: 250,000 people reject racism, march in solidarity with immigrants

first_imgBerlin on Oct. 13.Anti-racists marched in Berlin, 250,000-strong, in a show of force against the German far right on Oct. 13. They came from all over the country — people of all ages, nationalities and political affiliations — to show solidarity with immigrants against restrictive government policies and racist, neo-Nazi attacks, which have escalated in recent months, causing an emergency situation in parts of Germany.Aerial photographs showed the demonstrators filled a three-mile, tree-lined stretch in the city center. Banners led contingents with slogans reading, “Indivisible: Solidarity instead of exclusion” and “We are for a free and open society” and “United against racism.” The key word “indivisible,” said participants, made it clear that they would not tolerate divisiveness or any form of discrimination against refugees.An alliance of organizations issued the call to action and mobilized. Some 10,000 groups and individuals signed the appeal, representing labor unions, churches, Muslim associations, migrants, tenants, social service and secular sectors, women, the LGBTQ community, human rights groups, environmentalists, moderate, socialist and communist parties — and other anti-fascists. (Read appeal at website.) Demonstrators came from these varied groupings and many more.The declaration begins: “A dramatic political shift is taking place: racism and discrimination are becoming socially acceptable. What yesterday was considered unthinkable and unutterable has today become a reality.” Stressing that humanity and human rights are being openly assailed, it states, “This is an attack on all of us.”“We will stand in resistance when fundamental rights and freedoms are in danger of being further restricted,” the document continues. “We stand against all forms of hatred and discrimination. Together, we confront anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, [anti-Roma bigotry], antifeminism and LGBTQ phobia. There are already many of us.” The declaration stresses the movement’s activism: “In many places, people are actively defending themselves and others against discrimination, criminalization and exclusion.”The statement criticized the growing nationalism in different countries in Europe and the rising income gap between rich and poor. It emphasized the need for inclusion. Significantly, in a dig at capitalist globalization, it contrasted the billions of dollars being made in profits, while massive numbers of low-wage workers and impoverished people live on the continent, lacking essential services.Rola Saleh, a social worker who aids refugees in the city of Chemnitz, site of recent neo-Nazi assaults on immigrants, told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle at the rally that refugees and those who assist them are being “criminalized” and put under surveillance, with more restrictive laws on the horizon. She explained that since the physical attacks, immigrants are frightened and the police won’t help them.However, Saleh said, “There are people here who want to show that they don’t support what is going on in Germany, including from established politicians, all this hate, this whole debate about immigration.” (, Oct. 13)Saleh was not the only demonstrator to criticize politicians. The complicity of leading capitalist politicians with anti-immigrant reactionaries was not lost on the protesters. Many of them criticized the major parties, Christian Social Union, Christian Democratic Union and Social Democratic Party, for not defying the xenophobes and strongly supporting immigrants.Background on anti-immigrant campaignThe right-wing, xenophobic political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), has led a vitriolic, racist propaganda campaign against immigrants since it was formed in 2013. It has seized on the migration crisis to whip up racism and bigotry. With an influx of asylum seekers fleeing U.S./European-backed wars and impoverishment and unemployment caused by imperialist exploitation in their countries, the AfD has scapegoated particularly Arab, Muslim and African refugees.In August, AfD members and other neo-fascists physically attacked primarily Arab and African immigrants in Chemnitz. At their rallies, they yelled, “Close the borders!” while greeting each other with heinous Hitler salutes. Other assaults have taken place in Dresden, Kothen and elsewhere in the east. There have also been local mobilizations protesting the fascists and confronting them, notably in Chemnitz.One region where the AfD has picked up supporters is Bavaria, which since World War II has been a bastion of the conservative Christian Social Union. Immigration, which has been at the heart of the struggle facing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government, was the key issue in Bavaria’s parliamentary election on Oct. 14.The CSU is the Bavarian-allied organization of Merkel’s CDU. Given its position for closing the borders and turning away refugees, the CSU came in first with 37 percent but lost seats. The moderate Green Party, which campaigned under the slogan of “open borders,” gained 18 percent of the vote and came in second.The Social Democrats (SPD), usually opposed to the CDU/CSU, is currently in their national coalition government. The SPD got just under 10 percent of the vote in Bavaria, coming in fifth. The arch-racist AfD also garnered 10 percent, allowing it to enter the Bavarian Parliament for the first time.The neo-fascists have not gone unchallenged and opposition to them is growing. A quarter of a million people at the Berlin rally totals 8 times the AfD membership. Importantly, many of the protesters are organizers and activists — a hopeful sign. The struggle continues as solidarity grows.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on

first_img August 25, 2020 RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on Organisation News November 1, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts On the eve of the three-year anniversary of dual US/UK national journalist Christopher Allen’s killing in South Sudan, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the statement of UN Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard calling for a full investigation into his murder. RSF calls again for concrete action by the governments of South Sudan, the US and UK, as well as the UN, to ensure justice is delivered without further delay. RSF_en to go further August 26, 2019 Find out more AP journalist’s expulsion another blow to press freedom in South Sudan News News Follow the news on Africa South Sudan expels another journalist, second in two weeks Two years on, free expression groups hold DC and London vigils seeking justice for the killing of freelance journalist Christopher Allen On 25 August, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnès Callamard issued her first statement on the case of journalist Christopher Allen, a dual US/UK national freelance journalist killed covering the civil conflict in South Sudan on 26 August 2017. Dr Callamard called for a full investigation into the murder, noting that the absence of an investigation for three full years “sends a very dangerous signal that journalists and media workers can be targeted with impunity.”“Reporters Without Borders fully supports Christopher Allen’s family in their pursuit of justice and accountability for his murder. We wholeheartedly welcome Dr Callamard’s statement, which we hope will mark the start of a new phase in the campaign for justice for Christopher,” said RSF’s Director of International Campaigns, Rebecca Vincent.“It is time for concrete action not only from the government of South Sudan, but also from the US and UK governments and the UN, to ensure justice is delivered without further delay. Achieving accountability for Christopher’s murder will help to chip away at the endemic impunity for the killings of journalists in South Sudan and globally – and lead to better protections for journalists everywhere,” said Vincent.RSF has been working to support Christopher Allen’s family in their pursuit of justice in coordination with their legal team from Doughty Street Chambers and Howard Kennedy LLP. On 25 August, the three organisations co-hosted an online panel discussion marking the first event at which Christopher Allen’s mother Joyce Krajian has spoken, as well as the first time Dr Callamard has spoken publicly on the case. The full recording is available to watch online.Christopher Allen is one of at least 10 journalists killed with impunity during the civil conflict that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. South Sudan is currently ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.Notes:A fuller joint version of this statement is available at Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard’s statement is available at Press contact: Rebecca Vincent at [email protected] or +44 (0)207 324 8903. South SudanUnited StatesUnited KingdomAfricaAmericas Armed conflictsImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence November 7, 2019 Find out more South SudanUnited StatesUnited KingdomAfricaAmericas Armed conflictsImpunityFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Ban on websites deplored but protest by North called hypocrisy

first_img News July 6, 2020 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders criticised South Korea today for blocking access to about 30 North Korean propaganda websites and appealed for the week-old ban to be lifted in the name of free expression.But it called strong North Korean protests against the move hypocritical because the Pyongyang regime forbids ordinary people to use the Internet at all.”The ban by the south is unacceptable but we call on the north to show the same tolerance it is demanding of the south and allow its citizens free access to the Internet.”South Korean telecommunications minister Chung Dae-soon said the website blocking had been approved by an ethics committee as violating the national security law, which forbids putting out material supporting Pyongyang and has been used routinely to jail communist journalists since it was passed in 1948. Among the barred websites is that of the Kim Il-sung University ( minister’s statement clashes with South Korean President Roh Moo-huyn’s recent declared intention to repeal the law. The North Korean telecommunications ministry called the blocking “unprecedented fascist suppression” that was “quite contrary to the requirements of the IT age.”Reporters Without Borders noted that such remarks were ironic coming from one of the world’s harshest regimes where press freedom is concerned. North Korea does not permit any independent media and only a handful of privileged people there are allowed to use the Internet.Online freedom of expression in North Korea:Further informationIn South Korea:Further information RSF_en Campaigns to go further As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency November 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ban on websites deplored but protest by North called hypocrisy North KoreaAsia – Pacific “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News Follow the news on North Korea Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders criticised South Korea today for blocking access to about 30 North Korean propaganda websites and appealed for the week-old ban to be lifted in the name of free expression. But it called strong North Korean protests against the move hypocritical because the Pyongyang regime forbids ordinary people to use the Internet at all. Help by sharing this information North KoreaAsia – Pacific News November 18, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Baby boom brings call for more school meals

first_imgStudents in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning  THE principal of a Limerick city primary school is calling on the government to reexamine the budget allocation for the school meals programme in light of the ongoing baby boom.The school’s budget for the childrens’ lunches has not increased in the last three years, despite the fact that the number of pupils has been steadily growing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Funding for the school meals programme has been capped at the numbers we had three years ago. However, there is a baby boom at the moment and we’ve seen a huge increase in enrollments, so we’re currently being paid for 20 children less than we are feeding,” the principal told the Limerick Post.“This definitely needs to be looked at again; it’s a very important scheme, and a very successful scheme. We will feel the pinch if this isn’t reviewed. We’ll find the money from somewhere, but we shouldn’t have to do that. We get €1.40 per child per day; it’s little enough, you have to shop around and do your research.”A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection commented: “The budget is capped, that has not increased in the last number of years. If they can provide food at a cheaper rate for more children, then that’s up to the school.”According to the Department, any increased payments to schools already in the scheme “can only be considered in a budgetary context” and any applications for additional funding will be retained for future consideration “should additional funding become available”.The school meals programme gives funding towards the provision of food services for children in schools in disadvantaged areas; the overall national budget allocation for the programme has remained at €37 million per year for the last three years.In 2013, an additional €2 million was added to the programme to extend the scheme to a further 100 schools.Nationwide, there are now approximately 715 DEIS schools (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) participating in the school meals programme. Advertisement Previous articleJustice minister commends Limerick Gardai on fight against crimeNext articleLimerick councillors are left hanging on the line John Keogh Print Email No vaccines in Limerick yet Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Linkedin NewsEducationLocal NewsBaby boom brings call for more school mealsBy John Keogh – September 11, 2014 761 WhatsApp Facebook Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TAGSDepartment of SocialeducationfeaturedSchool meals programme Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provisionlast_img read more

Kevin takes a spin to slow down MS

first_img Previous articleA touch of Shakespeare to LSAD fashion designNext articleStrong Munster contingent set to begin Australia Tour Alan Jacques Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Facebook Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Linkedin NewsCommunityVideoKevin takes a spin to slow down MSBy Alan Jacques – June 6, 2018 1429 ‘SPIN it Out to Fight it Out’, a three-hour Spinning event in support of the Limerick branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland was held at the University of Limerick Sport Arena to coincide with World MS Day last week.The event was organised by Kevin Saude, an experienced Spinning instructor and UL student, who himself was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and underwent an eight-month rehabilitation programme.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kevin is continuing his battle with the disease and takes inspiration from his mother who passed away from progressive MS in 2015. Kevin’s younger sister also has the condition.“My MS diagnosis has never been a sentence. In fact, it has empowered me to show others, that exercising can be a great weapon to slow down the progression of the illness and give people living with MS a beacon of hope,” he explained.Kevin’s background as a Spinning instructor was the driving force to organise the fundraiser for MS Ireland and the event received the enthusiastic support of his fellow instructors at UL.UL Sport Arena group fitness coordinator Carmell DeMello explains: “The determination displayed by Kevin had also come about, as he had been on the receiving end of immense kindness, shown by the Limerick community, including a fundraising event under the name ‘Run a Lap for Kevin’, in September 2015.“Kevin has always been very adamant that when his health recovered, he wanted to give back to Limerick, and that is why he came up with the plan to ‘Spin It Out to Fight it’,” she explained.center_img WhatsApp Twitter TAGSactivityCommunityFundraiserhealthM&SSpiningSport Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Print Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

Car at mall damaged; OPD looking for suspect

first_img Facebook Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Local NewsCrime Car at mall damaged; OPD looking for suspect Twitter Twitter Virgin Coco MojitoTexas Fried ChickenHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Police searching for man connected to hit and run Facebookcenter_img Pinterest By admin – May 4, 2018 WhatsApp The OPD is asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or his vehicle to call Detective L. Gonzalez at 432-335-3345 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 18-9000210. Previous articlePermian Basin, national rig counts soar as oil prices riseNext articleHIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Permian’s offense quieted by Keller Timber Creek in Game 2 area-round loss admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Odessa Police Department is searching for a suspect who caused around $1,000 worth of damage to a vehicle.Criminal mischief was reported around 5:17 p.m. April 12 to the OPD, an OPD news release stated.An unknown man caused around $1,000 worth of damage to a Toyota Camry parked in the Music City Mall parking lot, 4101 E. 42nd St., the release detailed.Photos of the suspect and the suspect’s truck can be found at or on OPD’s Facebook page.The OPD is asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or his vehicle to call Detective L. Gonzalez at 432-335-3345 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 18-9000210. WhatsApp Home Local News Crime Car at mall damaged; OPD looking for suspectlast_img read more

‘Bridge The Digital Divide, End Digital Apartheid’, Delhi HC Directs Schools In Delhi To Provide Adequate Gadgets and Internet Package To EWS Students For Attending Online Classes [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates’Bridge The Digital Divide, End Digital Apartheid’, Delhi HC Directs Schools In Delhi To Provide Adequate Gadgets and Internet Package To EWS Students For Attending Online Classes [Read Judgment] Karan Tripathi18 Sep 2020 8:33 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the private unaided schools and government schools to provide adequate gadgets and internet packages to students under Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other Disadvantaged Groups (DG) in order to enable them to have an equal access to virtual classes which are being organised by schools in light of COVID19 lockdown. While hailing the principle…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?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the private unaided schools and government schools to provide adequate gadgets and internet packages to students under Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other Disadvantaged Groups (DG) in order to enable them to have an equal access to virtual classes which are being organised by schools in light of COVID19 lockdown. While hailing the principle of bridging the digital divide between the privileged and the disadvantaged, the Division Bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula has allowed schools to seek reimbursement for the costs incurred in making sch facilities available to the students from the appropriate government under section 12 of the Right to Education Act. The order has come in a plea moved by Justice For All, seeking laptops, internet connection, and other devices for EWS and DG category students, in order to enable them to participate in the online classes organised by the schools. Appearing for the Petitioners, Mr Khagesh B Jha had argued that the present writ has to be allowed to implement the the right to free and compulsory education created under Article 21A of the Constitution of India read with Sections 3 and 8 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, in its letter and spirit. Mr Jha further argued that Section 12(2) of the Right to Education Act (RTE) makes provision for and defines the extent of reimbursement to the private unaided schools as defined under Section 2(n)(iv), which are providing free and compulsory education in terms of Section 12(1)(c). However, he submitted that the proviso to Section 12(2) stipulates that if schools are prepaid in terms of concessional land or other facilities, the said schools are not entitled to reimbursement. Mr Jha further argued that Section 8(d) of the RTE Act, 2009 casts a duty upon the State/GNCTD to provide all the requisite infrastructure including school building, teaching staff as well as learning equipment, which includes the gadgets required to participate in virtual classrooms/online education. After taking into consideration the arguments made in lengths by not just the State Government and the Petitioner, but also the various private schools who were made parties to this petition, the court relied upon the judicial precedent from both India and abroad, as well as on the Learning: The Treasure Within report of UNESCO. While holding that the court can apply an updating construction or dynamically interpret the provisions of the RTE Act according to the evolving needs of the society, the court said: ‘The private schools which are providing Synchronous Face-to-Face Real Time Online Education are the very same neighborhood schools which satisfy all the requirements of RTE Act, 2009. Hence, the teaching through online means is in accordance with RTE Act, 2009 requirements. Therefore, both the requirements of Article 21A and Section 3 of RTE Act, 2009 are clearly fulfilled even in respect of education being imparted through online means.’ While observing that rights of the EWS and DG category students under section 3 of the RTE Act have been seriously undermined by the schools, the court declared that: ‘As online learning facility is nothing but a virtual classroom, i.e. simulation of a physical classroom by replacing dissemination of instructions in direct physical presence by virtual dissemination, by not providing the required indispensable equipment to the EWS / DG category students (who, otherwise, are not in a position to buy /source such equipment from their own means) the schools are putting a financial barrier qua such students and thereby preventing them from opening the link and pursuing and completing their elementary education in the present pandemic at par with other students in the same class.’ To address this discrimination, the court declared that the private unaided schools under Section 12(1)(c) and Government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas under Section 3(2) of RTE Act, 2009 are directed to provide equipment of optimum configuration which is sufficient to enable EWS / DG students to get access to online learning. The court said: ‘Consequently, to ensure level playing field and to remedy this digital divide or digital gap or ‘digital apartheid’ in addition to segregation, if the private unaided school has to bear any additional cost, it must bear it in the first instance with a right to claim reimbursement from the State in accordance with Section 12(2) of the RTE Act, 2009.’ In addition to this, the court also constituted a committee comprising of Secretary, Education, Ministry of Education, Central Government or his nominee, Secretary Education, GNCTD, to make Standard Operating Procedures for identification of standard gadget(s)/equipment(s) as well as the manufacturer/supplier and internet package so that EWS/DG students can access elementary education through digital online means. The Committee shall identify gadget(s)/equipment(s) taking into account all relevant factors including their utility, ease of operation, cost, maintenance, charges, life of the gadget(s), reputation of the manufacturer, child lock etc. within two weeks from its constitution. The said committee shall also decide as to whether any gadget(s)/equipment(s) needs to be purchased by cluster bidding or by individual schools or hired by way of lease or licence agreementClick Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more