Guaranty Trust Bank Plc ( 2018 Presentation

first_imgGuaranty Trust Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation For more information about Guaranty Trust Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guaranty Trust Bank Plc ( 2018 presentation Company ProfileGuaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria with business operations in Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and the United Kingdom. The company provides banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate banking sectors. GTBank has received numerous accolades in recognition of excellent service, delivery, innovation, corporate social responsibility and good corporate governance include ‘The Best Banking Group by World Finance Magazine’ and ‘The Most Innovative African Bank by The African Banker Magazine’ in 2016/2017. GTBank’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guaranty Trust Bank is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Equity Bank Group Limited ( 2019 Annual Report

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Equity Bank Group Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Equity Bank Group Limited Annual Report DocumentCompany ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

South Carolina Supreme Court says most local property belongs to…

first_img Nancy C. Wylie says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Donald Heacock says: Press Release Service August 4, 2017 at 12:36 am Tom: You sound closer to the battle lines than I, so i must defer to your sequence of events. But my understanding is that the legal action was a protective lawsuit, with the Diocese hoping to win the race to the courthouse so as to be the “plaintiff” knowing the TEC would file a counter-suit.TEC is hardly a victim. Nationwide, the TEC filed more than 80 lawsuits and expended millions in pledge monies seeking to establish sole ownership of the property of individual parishes and dioceses that left the denomination, and it would then evict the congregants from their churches. In most of these cases, the TEC adopted a punitive policy: No one who leaves TEC may buy the church property. If the remaining loyal congregants could not sustain the operational costs and overhead, the building was shuttered and marketed to anyone other than the local congregation whose love, capital and sweat had kept the church alive. News reports indicate that at least in SC, the breakaway Diocese was given an opportunity to keep the church property on terms that on their face appear very reasonable.The TEC is only the victim of its own arrogance in declaring changes to fundamental theology that its leaders surely must have anticipated would not be well received in conservative communities. The breakaway Diocese was the victim of its own arrogance in thinking that the right to disassociate from the national church included the right to ownership of the church property by the people who built and paid for the the property. Either way, the result is an ugly spectacle. August 3, 2017 at 10:18 am I am fascinated by ironies and history repeating itself. In the 1520s, Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church and “Nationalized” the Catholic Church properties in spite of the outrage from Rome. Now, the Episcopal Church is demanding that the congregations that was to leave the Episcopal Church must abandon the properties that they built over the years. The roles of the Episcopal Church Elders and Rome have now been reversed. I’m sure that the ghosts of Pope Clements and Pope Paul have stopped smiling and are now laughing out loud and that Henry VIII’s ghost is embarrassed. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 2, 2017 August 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm Once again the Episcopal cartel prevails. If you don’t go along the upper church’s thinking and politics and decide to leave, the Church will seize your property, bank accounts and other assets leaving you out in the cold. They will justify it with convoluted interpretations of Scripture. We are held hostage to an organization that does not represent all of us. ! If you are like me, you love your local Church and the people in it but dispise the Diocese especially the EDUSA and their liberal agenda. If you decide to revolt and not pay the cartel their protection money then your congregation will be thrown out and your Rector will be defrocked and lose his or her pension and benefits. For those of you that don’t realize it this is your Episcopal Church leadership. Associate Rector Columbus, GA South Carolina Supreme Court says most local property belongs to the Episcopal Church Comments are closed. August 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm This is a tragedy in many ways yet to be counted. It began with the majority influence in the Episcopal Church (theological revisionists) who repeatedly criticized matters of established faith and practice and created a crisis that hasn’t seen a bottom yet. One example is the so-called “Marriage Study” which stated to the Church that “marriage is evolving”. Based on that the authors pushed every angle possible to describe that societal norms were changing and found Scripture-a-plenty to talk about love and respect and how the Church should evolve too. Done and done, and it became the new normal. Entirely missing — read this and weep — entirely missing from the “Marriage Study” were the words of Christ himself in Matthew 19 where the Lord directly quoted Genesis 2: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” By the time of Christ being heard that day humanity had tried every combination of relationships, but Jesus returned the listener to the direct original design for marriage from Genesis 2. Marriage hasn’t “evolved”, but has “devolved”, and the words of Jesus were spoken then as now as the pattern and cure. But, theological revisionists have pushed for decades to ignore those words – and just as mightily they were omitted in the Marriage “Study”. Imagine, the first human institution of God seen in Genesis 2 (marriage), and the Incarnation of our God was not even allowed to speak to the matter in an Episcopal Church Study! Talk about “doctor shopping”! How would such thinking, teaching, and preaching over many years NOT create a crisis in the Church? Whole dioceses have left and people are staying away from churches. As of 2015 there were only 579,780 attending Episcopal Services on a given Sunday…out of a membership of 1,779,335 (in 2015). It’s even worse now.In 2013 the Diocese of South Carolina showed 28,195 members. In 2015, the departures had reduced that diocese down to 6,706 members on the books. Today, that recovering diocese with an average Sunday attendance of just 2,910 (2015), will inherit a lot of dead, empty property to maintain. (Correction: YOU will inherit that property to maintain). Because the General Convention budget will have to sustain the broken diocese AND now take over being landlord over untenable properties, there will no choice but to drain the coffers to maintain denominational pride.Then, there is the other feature of this court judgment. If the Episcopal Church settles for the verdict and doesn’t appeal it then they set a precedent by the 8 parishes that did not specifically agree to the Dennis Canon that churches can, in fact, determine their own property issues. The legal precedent would have been agreed to by accepting this verdict. The floodgates can then open for churches to agree or not with the Dennis Canon and no amount of 815 lawyers can deny that they agreed to such a canonical theory by the previous precedent. No matter what, the Episcopal Church will choke and strangle on this decision. Millions spent and wasted to demand conformity has blown up in the faces of those who thought they had it figured out. Millions more will be spent to mothball churches that few if any will want. The whole Church will look ridiculous to the general public. Well played. Hope that it was worth it. Tod A Roulette says: Jerry Hannon says: Terry Tim Solon says: August 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm I am definitely a progressive Christian. I believe in same sex marriage and the ordination of women and in general believe the conventional Christian view of sexuality is nonsense. However, I also strongly support affirming the dignity of local congregations to choose their own destiny, whether those congregations be liberal, conservative, or something else. Simply put, if the congregation paid for the building, it’s theirs, no matter what their theology is. What if the shoe was on on the other foot? What if a liberal congregation in a conservative church wanted to leave and take their building with them? This is all about money and power accruing to those at the top of the heap. It is NOT about building up the Kingdom of God. Thank goodness I am a priest in a denomination where the local congregation owns and controls its own worship space. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA South Carolina August 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm The first three writers seem adamant in their dislike for the Episcopal Church USA. I would like to share further information and perspective as one who has watched the drama play out over many years and have shared the pain of friends and family who have had to both leave their home churches and leave the Episcopal Church for other denominations.While asserting that he had no plan to leave the Episcopal Church, Mark Lawrence and senior clergy filed to register and “copyright” the name Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and the Seal. He then announces his decision to leave, claiming that he is the true Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina, calls a special convention and certain churches choose to follow his lead. Many who wanted to continue to serve God through the ECUSA were no longer welcome in their congregations and others felt they had no choice but to leave after enduring sermons week after week about how bad the people and leadership of the EDUSA were. People who wished to remain in the Episcopal Church were the ones vilified in the press and in congregations. They didn’t cause a split; Mark Lawrence and his cooperating leadership caused the split. And while the Lawrence group claim to be the true and legal Episcopal Church in the lower part of South Carolina, as I travel through that geographic area, I see that many church signs now say “Anglican” rather than Episcopal. This seems contradictory to me.The “remnants” then picked themselves up and continued to worship together in housing provided by other denominations and in the remaining churches. They continue to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being. They continue to love and serve God.The break away group was offered a compromise allowing churches to keep their property while asking that the remaining Episcopalians regain their name as the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and the Diocesan property. The offer was refused. Similar compromises have been successful in other DiocesesJohn Simpson commented, “…that we all may be one.” As I have been involved in Biblical and Theological studies, I have come to notice that when the Church has been inclusive, She has thrived, beginning with the dream of St. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. I cannot see how being involved with reconciliation of anyone to God our Creator and to the Church is against Scripture, Tradition, And Reason. May we all find a way to come together again. Rev. David Justin Lynch says: Robin Bugbee says: August 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm It is worth noting that throughout the two years of litigation over this issue the Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina has consistently sought reconcilliation with the breakaway group. First with a generous offer of settlement (which was immediately rejected), and today in a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop. Chip Mills says: August 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm You cannot justify theft, or misrepresentation. If any of the clergy or congregants of the affected parishes had wanted to leave the Episcopal Church they were certainly free to do so, but they could not violate the canons of the Church, nor could they claim to be what they were not. Parishes whose governing documents did not ever conform to Episcopal Church canons were entitled to hold onto their local property, and that has been true long before the South Carolina situation. Trying to justify what Lawrence and his cohorts did, on the basis of some disaffection or other inability to accept what the whole Church in the US has elected to do, after dutiful consideration, prayer, debate, and decision, does not give them the right to violate the canons which they pledged to accept and defend. Call the main part of TEC what names as you like, as silly as that is in a church with such breadth of traditions open to all believers, you can’t justify theft or misrepresentation, or as I would characterize Lawrence’s actions after ordination, deceit and deception. Honorable people would simply have left for another body of faith, being true to their beliefs (however much I disagree with them) and behaving as honestly as we expect of each other. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm The leftist political action litigation machine at work in the secular courts as usual. The Episcopal leadership abandoned scripture, tradition and reason and the State and Federal courts abandoned the constitution. Truly sad. Rector Pittsburgh, PA August 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm “…that we all may be one” August 2, 2017 at 8:53 pm The same ‘type’ of Southern Christian that supported slavery is the same type today that has created secessionist and discriminatory action within the body of Christ. And yes, the same ‘type’ of Southern Christian has gold and lucre in its scope as well as a narrow view and anti-Christ view of who is in the body of Christ and who can worship with these mostly White Southern Christians. It is startling to see that doctrine can be so polluted and self-serving to uphold Superiority. Terry Tim Solon says: [Episcopal News Service] In a complex ruling Aug. 2 the South Carolina Supreme Court said that most but not all the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina congregations whose leaders left the Episcopal Church could not continue to hold on to the church property.The justices said 29 of the congregations specifically agreed to abide by the “Dennis Canon” (Canon 1.7.4), which states that a parish holds its property in trust for the diocese and the Episcopal Church. That agreement means they cannot retain church property. However, they said that eight congregations had not agreed to the canon and thus could keep those properties.The diocesan St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island must also be returned to the Episcopal Church.Episcopalians in South Carolina have been reorganizing their common life since late in 2012 after then-Bishop Mark Lawrence and a majority of clergy and lay leadership said that the diocese had left the Episcopal Church. They disagreed with the wider Episcopal Church about biblical authority and theology, primarily centered on the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church.“We are grateful for this decision and for the hard work of the court in rendering it. We also give thanks to God for the faithfulness, support, and sacrifices of countless Episcopalians within our diocese and throughout the church,” South Carolina Bishop Provisional Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III said in a letter to clergy and lay leaders after the ruling was issued.“This is a lengthy and detailed ruling, and our legal team and leadership will be studying it closely in the days ahead. It is important to note that the legal system allows for periods of judicial review and possible appeal, so it will be some time before we can say with certainty what the journey ahead will look like.”Adams later issued a pastoral letter to all local Episcopalians, saying “I am aware that coming to this day has been painful for many, and some you of lost much along the way.”“In that same vein, please be aware that this decision is painful in a different way for others. I ask that you be measured in your response without undue celebration in the midst of your own gratefulness,” he added, asking for prayer for people who chose to align themselves with the breakaway group.“Healing is our desire, and we renew our commitment to the hard work of reconciliation in whatever form it can come,” he said.The Lawrence-led group said after the ruling came down that its legal counsel is “reviewing the ruling, its implications and deliberating the appropriate response.”The group later issued a lengthier statement in which it said its legal counsel believes the lead opinion and the concurring ones are “inconsistent with South Carolina and long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent involving church property disputes.”The group is continuing to review what the statement called a “lengthy and complicated ruling” that includes separate opinions from each of the five justices, the statement concluded.The parties have 15 days to decide whether to ask for a rehearing.The breakaway group filed suit in January 2013 against the Episcopal Church. The diocese came into the lawsuit later. After a three-week trial in July 2014, Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein ruled in February 2015 that the breakaway group had the right to hold onto the diocesan name and property, including individual church buildings.The state Supreme Court agreed in April 2015 to consider the case. The court took more than two years to issue its ruling.The remaining Episcopalians offered in June 2015 to let 35 parishes keep their church properties, whether or not they choose to remain part of the Episcopal Church.In exchange, the proposal required the breakaway group to return the diocesan property, assets and identity of “The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina” to the diocese that is still affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The breakaway group rejected the offer the day it was made public.The 77-page state Supreme Court ruling, which includes opinions from each of the justices, is here.The two groups are also involved in a separate federal case filed under the Lanham Act, claiming that Lawrence is committing false advertising by continuing to represent himself as bishop of the diocese. The Lanham Act governs trademarks, service marks and unfair competition. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in February 2017 sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Charleston for another hearing.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 to recast the headline and add additional comments. Bill Louis says: Doug Desper says: August 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm The ECUSA “cartel” prevails, eh? No the SC breakaway EXclusive reactionary “diocese” (not) is the cartel and the law has spoken and this will not be reversed. The SC schismatics overwhelmingly did not take votes of parishioners when they split and they were and are disingenuous about their reasons for seizing the churches and they call themselves “Anglicans” but, as the Archbishop of Canterbury has said, they are not part of the Anglican Communion. Fact. Time to heal now and move on. By all means let the breakaways set up their own parishes on their own dime. The hard lines in this group set out to badly damage the Episcopal Church. They lost — decisively. Rector Smithfield, NC Tom Downsi says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET David Horwath says: Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Property, August 2, 2017 at 11:15 pm Bishop Lawrence appears to be oblivious to notions of reconciliation and I have long seen him as a false prophet from afar who became Bishop through false representations to the people of the Lower Diocese. I well remember the unnecessary division he created at the 2012 General Convention in Indianapolis, walking out with most of the Lower Diocese delegation to work out at the hotel hymn rather than remain on the floor of Convention. I am grateful that the way is now open for our disaffected brothers and sisters can return to their heritage and join in the work so needed. My prayer is for the well-being of those who have been in the diaspora, both lay and clergy. Welcome Home! I pray that you will glad to return! August 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm I have one Episcopal Church. I recommend that if you wish to found a church you do without the aid.of a central authority. Found a free church. There are several such church. The Church of St.Mary the Virgin in N. Y. City & St Paul’s in Key West are such.churches. There are others in Detroit suburb who came into the Episcopal Church as an intact congregation hold there own charter. They can any one want but they use Episcopal Prayer Book & call Episcopal clergy. August 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm An 18th Century Calvinist companion of the Wesley brothers brought his theology to the Colonies. With his very effective revivalist preaching he incited congregations to leave the Anglican Church. He also advocated for the legalization of slavery in Georgia as an economic aid. As a result of his ministry, when the Protestant Episcopal Church was organized two General Canons were passed to help deter such congregational actions by which the majority took the property away from a still loyal minority. Episcopalians being quite influential at the time of the Civil War helped to support the concept that a State could not break apart the Union. The first to try this was South Carolina who made it clear in their proclamation to do so that they intended to keep slaves. From its beginning the Christian Church began to move away from Scriptural laws. Paul, knowing the illness and often death resulting from adult circumcision, applied the same interpretation as Jesus did in the Parable of the Compassionate Samaritan: Human well-being trumps any other obligation. Kosher laws began to be ignored due to changes in food preparation such as porcelain plates replacing wooden ones, etc. However, accepting changes in scientific knowledge could meet stiff opposition as Galileo learned and the authors of “Lux Mundi”, the late 19th Century Anglican publication supporting the basic concept of evolution. The resistance in South Carolina to the scientific knowledge of DNA that genitals alone do not determine a person’s sexual orientation results in classifying certain people to be slaves to Biblical passages that deny the nature of they are; ; and, in so doing again supporting the concept of the majority having the right to take from the minority the benefits of unity with that to which they are committed, as were the founders of their congregations, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 John Simpson says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA mike geibel says: August 2, 2017 at 11:33 pm in my last paragraph, third line, it should read”the nature of who they are: Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 3, 2017 at 10:37 am Why blame the victims for their victimization? As to the passage from Corintians one might say that this is what General Conventions do. SC’s point of view was found wanting. As to the use of secular courts you seen to forget that breakaway groups often bring suit first and TEC counters in self defense. In my opinion TEC has done everything it could to avoid conflict, only resorting to fight back when force into it. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Michael McDowell says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls mike geibel says: Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments (22) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL August 4, 2017 at 10:40 am I believe that the congregations you are thinking of are accidents of history and therefore unrepeatable. When a congregation is admitted into union with TEC it must agree to the canons of both its diocese and TEC. The canons make explicit that the property is held in trust for the whole Church. Depending on state laws, they may be independently incorporated, but that does not over-rule the trust. Of course a truly independent congregation can shape its worship to look like an Episcopal church, but without being admitted into union it can’t be an Episcopal Church. Tom Downs says: Francis O’Brien says: August 3, 2017 at 2:08 am The TEC is certainly within its legal rights to claim ownership of property and the trademark symbols of the Episcopal Church. The court ruling in South Carolina is consistent with rulings in other states, such as California, where four breakaway churches were re-claimed by the LA Diocese, and then marketed for cash to anyone but the congregants who conceived and built their church, consecrated with the ashes of their loved ones. Members who have invested their time, money and love into the building of a religious community need to bear witness to this result when they fill out their pledge cards or are asked to give to the next capital campaign.But a victory in court is not necessarily justice in the eyes of God. Are the disputes between fundamentalist readings of the Bible versus modern age theories of evolution and gender identity really so important that we must denounce and demean those who disagree with us? Who will proclaim that ousting dissident members from a church they built and love complies with the Baptismal Covenant so often used to justify the social justice agenda of the Church? Is it truly God’s work for both sides to try to destroy each other in the courts rather than seek accommodation and co-existence?1 Corinthians 6:1,7-8 says: “When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—and believers at that.”We are bearing witness to the self-immolation of the once great Episcopal church. There is no victor here, except for maybe the lawyers who have been paid millions to advocate both sides of the argument. No Phoenix will rise from these ashes. New members are not re-populating the pews due to the supposed scientific correctness of liberalized Christianity. The Episcopal Church will continue to whither and self-consume its assets in order to fund its social justice agenda. The vanquished members will forever bear the scars of a vengeful Episcopal leadership, and it is foolish to believe these members will ever come back to the Church. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm I bet the devil is happy with the legal issue and the disruption and ill will in Christ’s church. I suspect all the players think they were doing God’s will. Can we somehow go back and replay the last five years? Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm I hardly think the ghosts on either side are much troubled by all this. Besides in Henry’s time the state took control of the church and its properties. That’s nothing like what happened here. No, this was simple refusal on the part of a minority to abide the rules that govern the whole Episcopal Church. Then through clever legal manovering they tried get what they wanted and lost. In the process they damaged themselves and the rest of the church. There is nothing honorable in what they have done no matter how hard they try to justify it. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Pjcabbiness says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Doug Desper says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Tom Downs says: August 3, 2017 at 11:32 am Nancy, speaking for myself, I am firmly committed to my church. I am not firmly committed to erroneous teaching, nor to draconian faith and practice changes. The General Convention has the power to believe anything that is in their collective mind. To pass that off as “the faith once delivered” is something else. It is because I love my church that I am impatient and disturbed when self-mutilation is adopted as policy.At the end of the day, the Episcopal Church is a small speck among worldwide Christianity, and only a slightly bigger entity in Anglicanism. To adopt theological innovations which distance faith and practice from the rest of Nicene Christianity and the wider councils of the catholic Church is against everything that the Episcopal Church promotes as legitimate. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw

first_imgMonday Sep 17, 2012 Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw Springbok prop Dean Greyling had a nightmare of a game against the All Blacks on Saturday, as he missed one crucial tackle in particular, gave away a handful of penalties, and was yellow carded for a strike on Richie McCaw. Greyling was cited after the match, and yesterday handed a two-week suspension, which in effect sees him only miss one game, a ruling that some have felt is quite lenient considering that Eben Etzebeth received the same punishment for his mock-headbutt on Nathan Sharpe.McCaw had another incredible match, one of his best performances in recent times, and he took the forearm to the face well. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen called it a ‘cheap shot’, while Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer condemed it, and offered an apology.“I am very big on discipline and it is unacceptable. I think it cost us the game as well. I want to apologise to Richie and we will deal with it in-house (as well), but it is unacceptable,” Meyer said.SANZAR Judicial Officer Paul Tully said that although there was no injury, the strike had the potential to cause serious harm. He added that Greyling pleaded guilty to the breach of the law.Jean de Villiers stated that Greyling will be dealt with, most likely in the form of a hefty fine. “We’ll never condone playing dirty,” De Villiers said. “Like the coach said, discipline is a non-negotiable for us and definitely if he was in the wrong we’ll take action internally against him.”Greyling will miss the next Springbok match, when they host Australia in Pretoria on 29 September.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… 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 TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ 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

New ICFM membership application process

New ICFM membership application process The membership application process for the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers has been improved. Following suggestions from national and regional ICFM groups, a prospective member now no longer needs to be recommended by a current member. A reference will still be required to comment on the candidate’s suitability to comply with the ICFM Code of Conduct.The membership application process for the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers has been improved. Following suggestions from national and regional ICFM groups, a prospective member now no longer needs to be recommended by a current member. A reference will still be required to comment on the candidate’s suitability to comply with the ICFM Code of Conduct.This change, approved by ICFM trustees, should make the process simpler while maintaining the same high standards necessary for membership. The new membership forms will be available this month. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Visit ICFM. 15 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 23 February 2001 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Sri Lanka: Media-capture in real time

first_imgNews “Transparency of media ownership is crucial for democracy as it helps us understand to what extent information we receive is monopolized. Political affiliations or state capture of media can only result in producing biased information. The public has a right to know who controls the audience”, said Deepanjalie Abeywardana, Head of Media at Verité Research. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independence [email protected] Role of the state: media owner and regulator The law in Sri Lanka has not yet identified political affiliations as a potential problem. There are no legal provisions on conflict of interests which could prevent Members of Parliament or their family members from owning shares in media organizations. Media owners are not obliged to disclose their political affiliations to the Department of Registrar of Companies. MOM analyzed 46 media outlets with the largest audience shares in Sri Lanka. The research revealed that the country’s media market is highly concentrated. In the print media, the top four owners (the Wijewardene Family, the Government, the Welgama Family, and the Alles Family) have a combined readership share of 75 percent. In this media sector, the gap between the market leader and the remaining outlets is exceptionally high, with the Wijewardene Family alone reaching almost half of all readers. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Ulrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink / Juliane Matthey Organisation News Stephanie Nicolle / Deepanjalie Abeywardana / Chalani Ranwala Receive email alerts Media and Communications Manager: +94 11 205 5544 The research also revealed a high level of cross-media audience concentration, which implies ownership across television, print, radio and online. Three of the top four owners in TV are also among the top four owners in Radio. The only media owner with a significant foothold in all media sectors is the government. Currently, no regulatory safeguards are in place in Sri Lanka to prevent cross-media ownership concentration. These tendencies in audience concentration pose a high risk to media pluralism in Sri Lanka. This could also be the result of the fact that the country lacks an overarching legislation specifically designed to mitigate media concentration and monopolies. As in many other countries investigated by the MOM project worldwide, many owners of media outlets in Sri Lanka are also affiliated with political power, posing a potential risk of bias and manipulated content. To assess these political affiliations, MOM examined whether individuals holding political office or their family members can be found in the shareholder structures of media companies. Media Contacts: Initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Media Ownership Monitor project is a global research and advocacy project to promote transparency and media pluralism at an international level. In Sri Lanka, it was conducted together with Verité Research, an independent think tank that provides strategic analysis for Sri Lanka and Asia. Its main research divisions are economics, media, law and politics. The project is financed by the German government.Country studies were so far published in Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ghana, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, and the Philippines. In addition to Sri Lanka, this year, MOM researches media markets in Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and Tanzania. For more information visit the MOM website: The laws enabling this procedure date back to 1982 and 1966, respectively. An independent regulatory authority for media does not exist. The audio-visual media sector does not self-regulate either. The MOM findings also revealed that the state plays a key role in the Sri Lankan media market, not only as a media owner reaching a large share of audience in the country, but also as the main regulator. The state runs four TV channels through two companies. One of them, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), regulates private broadcasting services on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media by issuing licenses to its commercial competitors, which results in a conflict of interest. Similarly, in the radio segment, the Ministry uses the state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) to issue licenses to commercial radio stations. Reporters Without Borders Germany Help by sharing this information November 6, 2018 Sri Lanka: Media-capture in real time In addition to the SLBC and SLRC, electronic broadcasters are required to obtain an additional license from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), which comes under the purview of the country’s president Maithripala Sirisena. The current chairperson of the TRC also serves as the Secretary to the President. One of the biggest hurdles in the project’s investigation in Sri Lanka was obtaining the ownership information of the media companies. Media outlets are not obliged to publicly disclose their ownership structure, for example on their websites, or in their printed publications. However, media companies have to be registered at the Department of Registrar of Companies (ROC). The ROC is the only institution in Sri Lanka that oversees the registration of companies, including media companies. “The public needs to have access to impartial news coverage, especially during times of political turmoil”, added RSF Germany’s board member Martin Kaul, who took part in the MOM launching event in Colombo. “Before the political crisis, our findings already revealed a high level of media concentration and a lack of regulatory safeguards that endanger a pluralistic media landscape in the country.” Violence against journalists Media relations officers center_img The top four owners in Sri Lanka’s television market (the Rajamahendran Family, Dilith Jayaweera & Varuni Fernando, Rayynor Silva and the Government) together account for 77 percent of the viewership share. An equally high concentration can be observed in the radio sector, where the top four owners (Rayynor Silva, the Rajamahendran Family, Dilith Jayaweera & Varuni Amunugama Fernando as well as Nihal Seneviratne Epa) account for 74 percent of the listenership share. January 13, 2021 Find out more Some examples: Ranjit Sujiva Wijewardene (the owner and the chairperson at Wijeya Newspapers) is the uncle of the – now ousted – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The father of Varuni Amunugama Fernando (owner of Power House (Pvt) Limited, operator of the leading outlets in television and radio) presently serves as the Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development & Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage. The brother of Rayynor Silva (Chairperson of Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt) Limited, the largest radio network in Sri Lanka) is a former Member of Parliament. July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial On RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Sri Lanka climbed up 10 ranks and is now placed 131st out of 180 countries. After the presidential elections in January 2015, the new government took over, ending the term of the previous president, during which there was a high level of violence against journalists and media. Between 2004 and 2015, more than 20 journalists and media assistants in Sri Lanka have been killed in direct connection with their work. Rajapaksa had in the past earned a prominent position on RSF’s list of the world’s biggest press freedom predators. [email protected] Political affiliations, lack of transparency and conflicts of interest are among the major threats to media pluralism. Media Ownership Monitor: a global research project Just hours after the sudden reinstatement of Sri Lanka’s strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa on the afternoon of 26 October, his supporters took over state-owned media outlets, literally over night. These events illustrated, most visibly and in real time, the main findings of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research project carried out in Sri Lanka by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Verité Research (VR) over the past four months and presented in Colombo just on the day prior to what is widely considered as a cold coup d’Etat. Political affiliations of media owners Violence against journalists has abated during the term of the current president, which has helped Sri Lanka to improve its ranking in the World Press Freedom Index. However, journalists in the country still encounter restrictions in their work. The independent Tamil journalist Uthayarasa Shalin for example has been the target of harassment and intimidation for the past two months, ever since he was summoned for questioning about his coverage at the Terrorist Investigation Division headquarters in Colombo in August. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independence Ownership information is available at the ROC, but obtaining the data is a costly and a time consuming affair. Some of the company files were outdated, misplaced and stored under poor conditions – when files get damaged, the information becomes inaccessible. More than half of the analyzed media outlets belong to owners with known political affiliation. In addition, in print media, the politically affiliated outlets account for a readership share of almost 80 percent, indicating a high risk of media politicization. Tel.: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55 News News The strong role of the state, as a player, referee and rule-maker in the media sector, combined with a number of regulatory shortcomings, is mentioned as a main threat to media pluralism in the country, in addition to high levels of concentration and political affiliations of media owners. All of these risks materialized less than 24 hours after the study was published. The detailed results are now available to the public on the MOM website at in English, and soon in Sinhala and Tamil. Follow the news on Sri Lanka to go further Verité Research July 29, 2020 Find out more High concentration challenges media pluralism RSF_en Transparency issues last_img read more

Preliminary Report Indicates No Evidence of Active Faults Under San Rafael Elementary School Campus

first_img A preliminary report on tests to re-examine the age of the faults that pass under the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) San Rafael Elementary School indicate that there is no evidence of active faults. The full report is expected in late September or early October.The Board of Education will receive a briefing on the preliminary report at their September 24, 2015 meeting, however, no action on the site or the report findings is expected to be taken at this time,” said Mercy Santoro, PUSD Associate Superintendent of School Support Services.According to Santoro, in 2012 an extensive fault rupture investigation was conducted at the San Rafael School site in preparation for modernization projects under the Measure TT facilities bond. As part of the initial testing, what appeared to be four active earthquake faults were found on the school property, with an approximately 90 percent probability for each one existing and being active (exhibiting evidence of seismic activity at some point within the past 11,700 years). With this discovery, the Board of Education was provided information that the Division of State Architect would not allow or approve plans to move forward with any modernization or upgrades on any school facility that was within 50 feet of any earthquake faults. It is important to note that public school sites must meet Field Act standards which are more stringent for K-12 public schools than for any other buildings, including homes and businesses. Based on these findings, the Board moved to surplus the property.Subsequent to the Board’s action to surplus the school site, additional information was provided that other testing methods, similar to those used by the City of Pasadena to evaluate possible faults near Fire Station 39, should be used. No faults were found near Fire Station 39 which is in close proximity to San Rafael Elementary.In May 2015, the PUSD Board of Education approved testing to re-examine the seismic faults under San Rafael, acting upon the primary recommendation from the 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee that was convened in 2014. The committee recognized the strong desire in the community to maintain a school on the San Rafael campus, and recommended the continuation of seismic investigation to determine if the identified faults or anomalies were active or not. To complete the validation of active faults on the school site, trenching was done on the campus during summer 2015.The preliminary report issued by Earth Systems of Southern California Sept. 11 indicates active faults are not present within the depth and location explored at San Rafael Elementary School, stated Santoro. The potential for surface fault rupture at the site during the design life of the existing structures is considered to be very low. The effects of ground shaking in the event of a large earthquake or a nearby earthquake can be mitigated by proper engineering design and construction in conformance with current building codes and engineering practices.“The district plans a school and community meeting in the next few weeks once the full report is available,” said Santoro. “The report will be presented at the regular Board of Education meeting scheduled October 22, and formal action to remove the school site from the surplus list expected to be taken.”“This is obviously great news for the San Rafael School community,” said Scott Phelps, the PUSD Board of Education member who represents the area. “It is the result of a strong, dedicated school community and effective leadership by district staff.”Review the San Rafael Fault Rupture Hazard Investigation Project Preliminary Report. 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‘Dignity Of The Dead Must Be Respected’: Karnataka HC Directs Govt, BBMP To Frame New Guidelines For Burial Of COVID-19 Patients

first_imgNews Updates’Dignity Of The Dead Must Be Respected’: Karnataka HC Directs Govt, BBMP To Frame New Guidelines For Burial Of COVID-19 Patients Mustafa Plumber27 July 2020 7:12 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the State government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to relook at the guidelines/protocol issued by them for disposing of dead bodies of persons tested positive for COVID-19. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar said :”According to us, all the authorities are bound to come out with…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 Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the State government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to relook at the guidelines/protocol issued by them for disposing of dead bodies of persons tested positive for COVID-19. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar said :”According to us, all the authorities are bound to come out with the protocol/guidelines with emphasis on the dignity of the dead. What is important is that dead bodies are given dignified cremation or burial, depending upon the cultural and religious traditions of a particular dead person.” The bench stated that the guidelines of the State and BBMP proceed on the presumption that the dead body of a coronavirus patient is a potential source of spread of COVID-19. Citing the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which note that dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious tradition and their families should be respected and protected throughout, the bench said “All the authorities are bound to come out with the protocol/guidelines with emphasis on the dignity of the dead.” The court, referring to the BBMP protocol which says that BBMP officials will transfer the dead body to the crematorium or burial ground, the bench said :”If in case of a particular religious practice in a community does not allow a woman in the house to visit burial or crematorium ground, it may not be possible for a woman in the house to see the face of the dead person.” It added that “These are the matters where the government must pay attention.” Further, observing that the status of COVID-19 should disappear at least in the death certificate, the court directed the State government to come out with proper guidelines. The bench emphasised that there has to be absolute clarity of all procedures while dealing with dead bodies to avoid any confusion. The bench also directed the state to by Wednesday comply with the supreme Court direction issued in its June 19 order, directing states to constitute an expert committee of doctors to monitor the hospital and other facilities dealing with Covid-19 patients. Other directions : Beds availability data: The court said “No machinery is in place which ensures that private hospitals follow the directions issued by the state government and do not refuse admission to patients. It is a matter of fact that state owned facilities are not sufficient to deal with a large number of covid cases. It is of a great deal of importance that a machinery is in place which will monitor activities of private hospitals. As stated earlier for real time updates of data of availability of beds direction be issued to all hospitals to provide data of available beds. Ambulances: State has been told to ensure that a centralized ambulance system is in place for transporting Covid-19 patients. Pourakarmikas: Observing that pourakarmikas in the entire state are at the forefront of the war against COVID-19, the BBMP must ensure daily payment of salary to them without fail. “The state is directed to ensure that pourakarmikas working across the state are extended the same benefit as extended to pourakarmikas working in the jurisdiction of BBMP. BBMP must also clarify whether all pourakarmikas will be subjected to rapid antigen tests. State is told to come out with a policy of testing pourakarmikas in other jurisdictions”. 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

Why Victim Cannot Seek Enhancement Of Sentence U/s.372 Of The CrPC?

first_imgColumnsWhy Victim Cannot Seek Enhancement Of Sentence U/s.372 Of The CrPC? Kashyap Joshi1 Sep 2020 1:02 AMShare This – xSince 2009, the victim has officially entered in the textbook of Criminal Law. For the first time, a victim is defined u/s.2(wa) of the CrPC as a person who has suffered any loss or injury caused by reason of the act or omission for which the accused person has been charged and the expression ‘victim’ includes his or her guardian or legal heir. Despite introduction of a victim in the…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?LoginSince 2009, the victim has officially entered in the textbook of Criminal Law. For the first time, a victim is defined u/s.2(wa) of the CrPC as a person who has suffered any loss or injury caused by reason of the act or omission for which the accused person has been charged and the expression ‘victim’ includes his or her guardian or legal heir. Despite introduction of a victim in the CrPC and his/her rights to prefer an appeal u/s.372 Proviso, these rights are not comprehensive or complete, but severely suffer from vital deficiency in case of Appeal against the inadequate sentence/s. This has been demonstrated by the recent Judgement of the Supreme Court, which has held in case of Parvinder Kansal v. The State of NCT of Delhi & another (narrated on 28-8-2020 in Live Law) that: ‘Appeal filed by Victim seeking enhancement of sentence is not maintainable.’ Though, while arriving at this principle, the Supreme Court has affirmed the view taken in National Commission for Women v. State of Delhi & Anr., as these decisions are based upon strict interpretation of law and showed us that the legislature has failed to take into account the plight of the victim in this regard. It is to be remembered that right of the victim to prefer an Appeal against any order passed by the Court acquitting the accused or convicting for a lesser offence or imposing inadequate compensation … has been inserted for the first time in the CrPC by adding the proviso u/s.372 of the Code. The Delhi High Court, in a case of Ram Phal vs. State and Others (Decided on 28-5-2015) noted the legislative history of this newly inserted proviso that: “… A victim-oriented approach to certain aspects of criminal procedure was advocated in the Law Commission of India’s 154th Report, 1996, which noted that “increasingly, the attention of criminologists, penologists and reformers of criminal justice system has been directed to victimology, control of victimization and protection of the victims of crimes.” (Chapter XV, Paragraph 1) While focused on issues of compensation, the Law Commission Report cited the 1985 United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power for its definition of “victim”: “persons who, individually or collectively, have suffered harm, including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or substantial impairment of their fundamental rights, through acts or omissions that are in violation of criminal laws.” (Chapter XV, Paragraph 6.2). … The said report prompted the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill of 2006. Its Statement of Objects and Reasons noted that “the Law Commission has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Code of Criminal Procedure in its 154th report and its recommendations have been found very appropriate, particularly those relating to provisions concerning arrest, custody and remand, procedure for summons and warrant-cases, compounding of offences, victimology, special protection in respect of women and inquiry and trial of persons of unsound mind … It also noted that … “at present, the victims are the worst sufferers in a crime and they don’t have much role in the court proceedings. They need to be given certain rights and compensation, so that there is no distortion of the criminal justice system.” In wake of the above, the proviso u/s.372 of the CrPC added in 2009. However, due to legislative lapse or inadvertence (or unknown intention of legislature, as it is not found anywhere), it is restricted only to three eventualities: i. acquittal of the accused; ii. Conviction of the accused for lesser offence; iii. for imposing inadequate compensation (as mentioned in the judgement of Parvinder Kansal). Hence, even if a Trial Court sentenced the accused only a token sentence e.g. TRC [Till the rising of the Court] or only with fine for a particular offence … then also, the victim does not have any right to seek enhancement of sentence by way of an independent and/or separate appeal. This seems to frustrate the very statement of objects and reasons of the proviso of the section, for which it has specifically inserted or brought in for effective implementation of law on victim side, which intends to balance the rights of the accused vis-à-vis rights of the victim. The Supreme Court has also reiterated the statement of Objects and reasons behind the proviso of Section-372 of the CrPC in a case of Rekha Murarka Versus The State of West Bengal and Anr. [Decided on 20-11-2019] by stressing that … ‘Furthermore, credence should be given to the overall emphasis on victimology underlying the 2009 Amendment Bill,: … “Statement of Objects and Reasons.– The need to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to ensure fair and speedy justice and to tone up the criminal justice system has been felt for quite sometime…(then, repetition of the same as mentioned above in a case before the Delhi High Court)” In view of the above and by re-reading the proviso u/s.372 of the CrPC, the 2nd eventuality, which the Supreme Court has categorized: ‘convicting for a lesser offence’ – this phrase, actually does not give any right to victim for prefer an appeal for enhancement of sentence. The plain and simple reading of these words suggest that: ‘convicting for a lesser offence’ means, conviction is imposed, but it is in respect of lesser offence. Meaning thereby, if a person is charged with an offence of Murder u/s.302 of the IPC and if at the end of trial the Session Court found him guilty for culpable homicide not amounting to murder u/s.304, the victim has a right to prefer an appeal against the same, because this is tantamount to ‘convicting for a lesser offence’. In the same manner, if accused is charged with an offence of robbery, but instead of convicting him/her for robbery, if accused is convicted only for a theft and not robbery, then, the victim is having right to prefer an appeal, because, this amounts to ‘convicting for a lesser offence’. However, in aforesaid two examples, if the person is charged with Murder or Robbery and convicted for the same, but instead of death penalty in murder, only life imprisonment awarded, and in case of Robbery instead of ten years, 3 years of imprisonment is awarded u/s.392 of the IPC, then, the victim does not have any legal right to prefer an appeal for the enhancement of sentence, even if s/he believes that the sentence is inadequate. Though, the State could definitely file an appeal u/s.377 of the CrPC, but not the ‘victim’ for insufficient sentence. Hence, the point is: ‘convicting for a lessor offence’ does not include ‘less quantum of punishment – either in a form of sentence for imprisonment or fine’. Yet, in many cases, the victim is aggrieved by the quantum of inadequate sentence, if it is not awarded to the maximum extent e.g. in a case of Parvinder Kansal (supra), the aggrieved father (victim) wanted the enhancement of sentence to death penalty from the life imprisonment imposed by the Special Judge. But the High Court and Supreme Court have refused on the ground that victim’s appeal is not maintainable for enhancement of sentence, as there is no such provision in law. So there are cases, in which sentences were not awarded properly i.e. in proportionate to crime or as per the victim’s expectation, but then, ‘victim’ has no statutory remedy under the law to prefer an appeal to the higher forum against it. Criminal Law, no doubt, clearly differentiates between the conviction and sentence. In fact, Conviction is ‘the act or process of judicially finding someone guilty of a crime; the state of having been proved guilty, whereas the Sentence is the (actual) punishment imposed on a criminal wrongdoer.’ The difficulty is: the proviso of S.372 CrPC does not specify the word ‘sentence’. It only subscribes three remedies to the victim for preferring the appeal, namely: upon acquittal of the accused, convicting for a lesser offence and imposing inadequate compensation. Therefore, the Supreme Court has said in Parvinder Kansal: “… While the victim is given opportunity to prefer appeal in the event of imposing inadequate compensation, but at the same time there is no provision for appeal by the victim for questioning the order of sentence as inadequate, …” This anomaly is serious, as since 2010 i.e. the first judgement of the Supreme Court on this issue in a case of National Commission of Women vs. State of Delhi (supra), the Apex Court has pinpointed that: ” … The proviso may not thus be applicable … and, in any case, would confer a right only on a victim and also does not envisage an appeal against an inadequate sentence…” It is therefore, submitted that many appeals filed in the different High Courts by the victim/s for inadequate sentences or fewer or lesser sentences in criminal cases, now, would meet the fate of dismissal after this clear judgement of Parvinder Kansal, as most of the victims do not know the difference between the conviction and sentence and in most of such cases, where victims want to challenge the Judgement of Trial court only on the basis of inadequate sentence. They, however, cannot do, unless, the Court convicted for lesser offence i.e. out of three remedies. Undoubtedly, u/s.377 of the CrPC an Appeal by the State Government against the quantum of sentence on the ground of its inadequacy is maintainable, but then, only State can challenge the quantum of sentence and not the victim. Thus, the rights of the victim/s are incomplete and reduced in absence of equitable right with the State. Parliament should make a full circle to complete the rights of the victim in toto. If ‘victim’ is allowed to challenge the acquittal of the accused and is permitted to question the judgement when accused convicted for lesser offence and s/he can also prefer an appeal for inadequate compensation, then, why ‘victim’ cannot challenge the inadequate sentence awarded by the trial court? Why s/he is deprived for the same? What are the reasons to justify the same? Answers could not be rest with exclusive powers of the State to prefer an Appeal u/s.377 of the CrPC for inadequate sentence, but more than it, when the victim is put to such whopping disadvantage.Views are personal only.(Author is an Advocate practicing at the High Court of Gujarat and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Law, Nirma University) (2010) 12 SCC 599 Section-372 Proviso inserted by Act 5 of 2009, S.29 (w.e.f.31-12-2009) Black’s Law Dictionary 7th Edition. Next Storylast_img read more

Interactive Pothole Map: Residents report roughest roads in Ithaca

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Potholes are unavoidable in Ithaca. The seasonal cycles of rain and snow, freezes and thaws relentlessly chip away at the integrity of pavement, causing roadways to swell, shrink and eventually cave in. Swerve as they might, drivers and cyclists can’t help but hit bumps in the road. The roughly 60 complaints submitted through the city’s pothole request portal so far this year suggest some residents are fed up with the problem.“The entire stretch of Spencer Street starting at traffic circle off old Old Elmira road straight to Cayuga Street is horrendous!!!” one driver wrote on April 2.“There is a large pothole on Hudson St. at the intersection with Prospect. When buses travel over it it makes a loud thumping noise that literally shakes my house. It is alarming and disturbing and cannot be good for the vehicles that travel over it. Could you please repair this asap? Thank you,” a resident wrote in February.A total of 65 pothole complaints were submitted between Jan. 1, 2019 and June 15, 2019, and obtained via a Freedom of Information request. A handful of the complaints refer to potholes outside the City of Ithaca, and in some cases, multiple complaints refer to a single pothole or block. Some people submitted multiple requests, too.While the complaints are not comprehensive, taken together they hint at which stretches of road have frustrated residents the most. Spencer Road topped the list, with a total of eight complaints submitted through the online portal since January. One resident estimated there are at least 20 potholes on Spencer between the Elmira Road traffic circle and Stone Quarry Road, while another described the stretch as “an almost continuous rut of potholes.” When potholes are patched with “hot mix,” the area around the hole is excavated and hot asphalt is used to fill the hole, created a relatively durable seal that prevents additional damage. Patching with “cold mix,” by contrast, means simply pouring pre-mixed asphalt into a pothole, a method that does not seal out liquid and is therefore short-lived.A resident submitted this photo of a pothole at 517 Hudson St. (Obtained via FOIL request)Some residents who submitted pothole requests commented on the temporary nature of repairs.“The large pothole at the intersection of Hudson and Prospect has gotten worse. I saw a crew repairing it the other week after I sent a comment (thank you!) but the material they filled it with has washed away and it seems to be worse than before,” one person wrote.Lasting solutions to potholes require more extensive work, ranging from laying a fresh coat of asphalt on top of an existing road surface to doing a full rebuild, with newly packed gravel and new asphalt. Repairs on Stewart Avenue earlier this spring consisted of an overlay, layering fresh asphalt over the previously pothole-ridden road surface. Recently completed repairs on the 200 block of Cayuga Street, meanwhile, were a full re-build, complete with upgraded underground utilities, newly packed gravel, new curbs and fresh asphalt.These larger projects, Cogan said, are prioritized based on the city’s assessment of the state of disrepair, the traffic load and the state of water and sewer lines underneath the road. “It’s part art, part science,” he said. “As far as more extensive repairs,” he said, the resident pothole portal “doesn’t really factor in.”A photo submitted of 702 Hancock St. (Obtained via FOIL request)Cogan said there is no definitive list of which streets DPW will work on this summer, but mentioned a few stretches that will get attention. Now that work on Cayuga Street has concluded, crews will mill and pave Auburn Street in the Northside neighborhood and Lake Avenue in Fall Creek before finishing paving Willow Avenue, he said.While no complaints were submitted about Auburn, Lake or Willow during 2019, Auburn and Willow were the subject of several requests for repairs in recent years, with some specifically asking for long-lasting repairs in place of temporary patches. As one descriptive resident wrote, “This morning at 6:00 under cover of darkness three city workers pulled up to the many, many potholes in the middle of the 300 block of Willow Avenue, hastily shoveled some asphalt at a few of them, whacked it once or twice with the back of their shovels, and drove off– all in about 4 minutes… Willow is a terrible mess and these stealth visits with a little asphalt flung carelessly at the problem does nothing–nothing–to correct it.”The City of Ithaca’s 2019 budget included an allocation of about $450,000 to the Department of Public Works to hire a seven-person streets and facilities crew. Mayor Svante Myrick said adding a full crew would have a more significant impact on the volume of projects the department could tackle than adding workers individually each year would.The hiring process began in March and is still underway. According to Cogan, “It will likely be at least a year until the new crew is firing on all cylinders and the public is able to see a noticeable increase in road work.”Residents can submit their pothole requests on the city’s website.Featured image: Resident submitted photo of pothole at 235 Cliff St. (Obtained via FOIL request) Several people who submitted pothole complaints blamed street conditions for flat tires or rim damage. “I blew out a tire on the pothole in front of 727 university ave doing 20 mph. The tire in question cost me $401 to replace,” one person wrote.Some requests included photos of potholes, like this one at 516 Spencer Road. (Obtained via FOIL request)In addition to concerns about vehicle damage, residents expressed concern about traffic safety, describing areas where drivers and cyclists have to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid hitting a deep hole. One person said that due to a divot in the middle of the street, “cars swerve into the other lane to avoid the divot which is dangerous with oncoming cars coming around a blind turn.” Referring to University Avenue, a person wrote, “deep large pothole in S-bound downhill lane could be catastrophic for a cyclist to hit.”Dan Cogan, the city’s chief of staff, said the pothole request portal helps steer Department of Public Works crews toward the city’s most urgent problems so they can complete short-term repairs.“Our crews fill potholes on Fridays, and they use a hot mix when it’s available, and otherwise they use a cold mix that unfortunately doesn’t last as long. But no matter what, simply filling a pothole is a short term fix,” he said. Tagged: city of ithaca, dan cogan, department of public works, potholes, road work, svante myrick Your government news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? 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