Exports bounce back

first_img John Dunne whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof AN index of British factory orders rose to its highest level in two years in August after overseas demand rebounded from a dip in July, the CBI’s monthly industrial trends survey showed.The CBI survey showed how the total order book balance rose in line with expectations to -14 this month, up from -16 in July.The export order book balance rebounded to -1 from July’s -12, a sharp dip from the -2 recorded in June. This survey’s order book balances are almost always in negative territory, even when other measures show growing orders.“Prospects for the manufacturing sector remain very positive. Demand is steadily improving, helped by the revival of export orders after some weakness last month, and manufacturers expect slightly strong production growth in the three months ahead,” said the CBI’s head of economic analysis, Lai Wah Co.“However, inflationary pressures within the sector have not fully faded, and firms are predicting a faster rise in output prices over the next quarter,” she continued.The domestic prices index jumped to its highest since May at +11 versus +5, while output expectations rose to +10 from +6. center_img Share Exports bounce back Thursday 19 August 2010 7:04 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealthLibe24What were your first symptoms of ulcerative colitis? – Liberation24HealthLibe24UndoTaonga: The Island FarmAdvertisement The Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoElvenarAdvertisement If You Need to Kill Time on Your Computer, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Buick’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoBest Selling Grills | Search AdsTraeger Blaze & American Grills On SaleBest Selling Grills | Search AdsUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndo Show Comments ▼last_img read more

BoA warns end of Bush tax cuts to cause slump

first_img Share BoA warns end of Bush tax cuts to cause slump by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvd KCS-content THE US economy would see a two per cent annualised hit to household income, or roughly 1.3 per cent of GDP, if the Bush tax cuts were allowed to expire as scheduled at the end of this year, according to a note published by Bank of America Merrill Lynch chief North American economist Ethan Harris yesterday. That hit could trigger a double-dip recession, he said. Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the provision, with the Obama administration wanting to permanently extend lower rates and permanently raise the two upper rates, while Republicans want the tax cuts extended. “We don’t find either view compelling,” Harris said. “The longer this game of chicken goes on, the bigger the risk of an economic accident.”Harris says there’s a 55 per cent probability of a compromise after the mid-term election and a 35 per cent chance of gridlock without any compromise.Bank of America said Congress was failing to heed the lessons of Japan, which raised consumption taxes in 1997 before recovery was strong enough. It suggests that it was because of this tax that Japan ended up in deflation. whatsapp Monday 23 August 2010 7:43 pmcenter_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comlast_img read more

How I’d start investing with just £50 a month in 2021

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Conor Coyle | Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I’m not a professional investor. As well as being a way to earn some extra income, it’s a hobby of mine to follow the stock market and the latest news.Initially I was tempted by the potential returns I could get from a Stocks and Shares ISA. With interest rates at historic lows, savings accounts were becoming less and less worthwhile for me.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Many people have at least thought about buying stocks and shares, but often don’t know how to do it. Or they may think they need to have thousands to spare every month to make it worth their while.I don’t see it that way. When I started investing, I put a small portion of my salary towards buying UK stocks and funds. This allowed me to see how the market and various investment platforms worked. When I could afford to, I gradually increased my my investments.Here’s how I would start investing today with just £50 per month.Index tracker fundsThe first move I made towards investing in the stock market was through index tracker funds. If I was starting out again today with £50 a month, I think it would still make sense.These funds track the performance of indexes such as the FTSE 100 in the UK or the S&P 500 in the US, so I wouldn’t need to actively pick individual companies to invest in.According to a report from US investment bank Goldman Sachs, historically the average return of the US stock market over 10 years is 9.2%. Despite a major economic crisis as a result of the onset of Covid-19, the UK’s FTSE 100 has gained 10.5% in the last decade. Warren BuffettFamed US investor Warren Buffett is a fan of this investing strategy. “By periodically investing in an index fund, the know-nothing investor can actually out-perform most investment professionals,” Buffett said in John C. Bogle’s book, The Little Book of Common Sense Investing.Sure, some individual company shares are likely to generate far greater returns over a long-term period. But many won’t. Buying an index tracker fund also gives me a cross-section of the market, as opposed to concentrating my investment in one company, sector or commodity.While I think that investing in these funds is a more risk-averse way of investing £50 a month in the stock market, it must be said that the value of my investment can always go down. Returns are never guaranteed in the stock market. The last 12 months more than ever have shown that global markets are fragile. The pandemic has shrunk the UK economy by almost 10%.Another setback in the fight against Covid-19 could potentially lead to a major sell-off, as was seen in February and March 2020. The Footsie lost around 35% of its entire value in just two months at that time.However, my opinion is that while these global events can hurt the market, I ultimately invest for the long term. When I buy funds or stocks I aim to hold for at least five years or longer to dilute the impact of short-term crashes. 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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares How I’d start investing with just £50 a month in 2021 conorcoyle has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Conor Coyle I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Have I lived? 16 questions to ask each day

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter InspirationBy Charles TowneAsk yourself the following questions each day for the next month.Have I lived purposely?Have I loved fully?Am I there for others?Am I a genuine friend?Am I open to change?Am I open to the spiritual?Have I made a difference?who do I style my life after?Am I generous with my time?Does my life reflect the love of God?Am I a good listener?Can I keep a confidence?Am I honest in all things?Do I spend time in prayer?Do I associate with people that draw me closer to a loving God?Do I attract others to Jesus?My Mother once said: “It doesn’t take patience to do what you love to do.”  So, by all means, take her advice and find what it is you like to do, and then, by all means, do it.My wife struggles with Alzheimer’s dementia as well as multiple sclerosis,  I am her caregiver.  It is probably the most difficult task I have ever undertaken.  There have been those times when I was at the end of my rope and I knew I couldn’t hold on for a minute longer, but, well, with God’s blessed help I held on.  Believe me, I am a better man because of it.If you try to hide from the demons of adversity the ravenous little rascals will sniff you out and eat you right down to your socks.  But, if you face them head on, armed with the sword of the spirit you will find that they are cowards, every one of them and that they can be vanquished.Live fullyLove openly,Trust God, and make a difference, todayDear Holy God please, right now, today, this minute, help me to be what you desire me to be.  I love you Father and more than anything else I want to follow you in all things.  Praise you O glorious one.  AmenCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. I thank you Richard, your words are at the very least humbling. Your friend’s words are well taken. In retrospect I can think of several situations that ended up less than ideal. There are those times when we foolishly presume to test fate and the only thing that saves us from catastrophe is the grace and love of Papa God Again I thank you pal, Chaz October 1, 2018 at 9:00 am NH October 3, 2018 at 4:41 am NH, thank you so very much. Your words mean so very much to me. Chaz CSG Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply October 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm September 30, 2018 at 9:30 am Reply Judith Hankes Reply Reply September 30, 2018 at 8:55 am charles towne Well Chuck, I found it behooved me( sorry, I don’t get many chances to use that word!) to type out your list and post it by my desk! I think it’s good to read it every morning as I start my day. Your mom was right, we don’t need patience to do what we love but sometimes it’s a good idea to make sure that what we love doesn’t clash with the list of questions! I mean, I really love to watch my old Charlie Chan dvd’s but that is not very helpful to serving others, so discretion! Anyway yes, we can always count on His help because of His love and not because we deserve it. I also think He grants us the wisdom to make the difficult decisions. Many years ago, a guy I met in the navy gave me this and it took me about 30 years to appreciate the wisdom of it he said, ” it is ALWAYS easier to stay out than to get out! ” I guess that God uses strange methods to teach us sometimes! Anyway as always,you and your words bless everyone, and I thank you for all the lessons. Reply charles towne Reply Dear Judith, I believe you would have loved my mother. She was one truly blessed with the gift of love you speak of. When I was a rascal I knew that she loved me, it was simply a fact of life and that assurance is with me yet. May your life be blessed beyond your imaginings, Chaz charles town Dear Judith, what you speak of is the love my mama always shared, thus even though she never had wealth as the world regards wealth she was one of the richest people I have ever known. Patient? Ah yes, she was the epitome of patience. Blessings on you and yours in all you do. Chaz Kristin Donald, thanks pal. These are just a few questions I ask myself to keep my feet firmly founded in Him. Thanks again, Chaz September 29, 2018 at 11:17 pm September 30, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply 16 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Well said and I love the questions. Making a habit of just asking myself a few of these questions should greatly improve my mindset towards life in general. Again, well written and God bless.D.L Dear NH, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you appreciate my column. I am realizing more and more the value of my friends. It was Abraham Lincoln that said, and I paraphrase, “If you have one friend in a lifetime, one friend that knows the good and the bad about you, and yet remains your friend, you are exceedingly wealthy.” At that rate I am very rich because I have friends like you. May Papa God bless you dear one. Chaz Thanks for the list of questions. Very helpful. So glad God is there for us in our struggles as well as successes. You’re very fortunate to have had such a wise mother. She must’ve passed some of that along to you. September 30, 2018 at 9:55 am charles towne Reply charles townecenter_img charles towne September 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm October 1, 2018 at 3:20 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. So absolutely true! Find what you love and do it! Life is too short to waste precious time that God has blessed us with. Thank you, Chuck, for the list of important daily reminders. I don’t want to waste my days or miss an opportunity. God bless! Mike McFadden September 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleNo prayer is too smallNext articleHow Australia can help the US make democracy harder to hack Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Don Lindsey Reply Dear Mike, If you are anything like me you need a reminder now and again to keep yourself centered. Thanks so much, Chaz September 30, 2018 at 2:41 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Dear CSG, So many of us get trapped in a ho hum state of life where they do little more than exist. I believe that our Holy friend wants more for us that that don’t you. I have a little book, “What you say is what you get!” It is by Don Gossett. What a powerful read! Pick up a copy and you will be greatly blessed. God bless you my dear friend, Chaz Please enter your name here Richard Please enter your comment! A list I shall keep and read daily not only for the next month but for a long time. Thanks for sharing. Beautifully written Charles! charles towne charles towne September 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm October 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm Reply September 30, 2018 at 4:32 am charles towne Reply Dear Kristin, it took me more than a little while to put a smidgin of her wisdom to work in my own life but I think it is finally taking hold. Some of us are faster learners, or quicker studies than others and I am thankful that Papa God is patient with us. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz Reply Reply October 2, 2018 at 9:51 pm It doesn’t take patience to do what you love to do, but it takes love to make you patient.You’ve blessed with the gift of love. Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply last_img read more

Canto dos Ventos / G Arquitetura e Urbanismo

first_img “COPY” ArchDaily Year:  Area:  290 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Eduardo Moody Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Manufacturers: Armazém de época, Helvética, Kitassis, Rótula MetalúrgicaCollaborators:Valéria Miranda, Vanessa Mota, Luís Simas (Vovô)Architect In Charge:Joaquim GonçalvesCity:PalmeirasCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Eduardo MoodyRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoA Crystal in the Chapada Diamantina National ParkCanto dos Ventos is a home at Vale do Capão, a valley and a village in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, built on a 21.000m² of rolling green hills, with views of Morro Branco and the green valleys, that are visible from many areas of the house. Its features include high ceilings, fireplaces and an open-plan kitchen with posh dining room. A terrace provides a picture-perfect view of the back and front garden, as well the magnificent view of the valley itself. The design prioritized the best place on the site for the building. In the process, we understood the slope of the site, the existing vegetation- with some large trees- and the views of Morro Branco’s. All of those were precious elements considered in the conception of design. We moulded the design and adapted it to the environment.Save this picture!© Eduardo MoodySave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Eduardo MoodyThe construction of the house in two levels was adjusted to the slope and ‘rest’ on it. The rooms open or separated thought to be side by side, in a continuous way, horizontally, which creates some separation while maintaining a sense of openness, following the needs of the family or other requirements. In this way, the volume was incorporated into the terrain and landscape, obeying a rational organization of spaces, giving the architecture of the house, lightness and transparency, open towards the valley. The steel constructive system: pillars, beams and steel deck slabs, allowed the reduction of the cost and time of the work (the mounting lasted 15 days).Save this picture!Section A and BThe structure appears, and it shows the constructive method and the formal expression of the architecture. The aesthetic pursued was conclude with wood frames and clear glasses panels, bringing the natural light from the open-viewed facades, providing the interior space brightness and transparency. Balconies and eaves protect the facades and the interior space from rain or wind. In addition to steel and wood, other materials were used, many of them are local materials, such the apparent stones or the bricks. The house emerges from the site, evoking the mineral diversity from the region, like a crystal in Chapada! The project was the winner in the category Architecture Building in the 2016 IAB’s Award.Save this picture!© Eduardo MoodyProject gallerySee allShow lessV&A Gallery / Values of DesignSelected ProjectsPrinzi an Office Between Warehouses / Cotignola – Staricco – ToblerSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885594/canto-dos-ventos-g-arquitetura-e-urbanismo Clipboard “COPY” Architects: G Arquitetura e Urbanismo Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885594/canto-dos-ventos-g-arquitetura-e-urbanismo Clipboardcenter_img Projects CopyAbout this officeG Arquitetura e UrbanismoOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPalmeirasBrazilPublished on January 01, 2018Cite: “Canto dos Ventos / G Arquitetura e Urbanismo” 01 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Canto dos Ventos / G Arquitetura e Urbanismo Save this picture!© Eduardo Moody+ 29Curated by Pedro Vada Share Brazil CopyHouses•Palmeiras, Brazil 2016 Canto dos Ventos / G Arquitetura e UrbanismoSave this projectSaveCanto dos Ventos / G Arquitetura e Urbanismo Photographslast_img read more

30 Oxfam shops affected by floods

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading Howard Lake | 20 July 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 30 Oxfam shops affected by floodscenter_img However, shop manager Bob Carroll admitted that some of the donated items had been ruined. He added: “Hopefully we’ll get the go ahead to re-open tomorrow and we’ll have more books in the next few weeks donated to us so we can make up for what’s happened.”Other closures in London included the Oxfam shop in Westbourne Grove, and the one in Kings Road, following the collapse of its ceiling.The Reading Bookshop was closed during a 90-minute power cut. Shop manager Victoria Yogman said: “We have been leaking in three different places and we’re on our fifth bucket of water. Volunteers have been taking shifts in mopping up the water.”Barney Tallack, Oxfam’s deputy Trading Director, said: “The list of shops affected by flooding has grown rapidly this afternoon and we will not know the full extent of the damage for a couple of days.“However, donated items will have unfortunately been damaged and – what with losing at least one day’s trading, Oxfam stands to lose tens of thousands of pounds.He paid tribute to the volunteers who had been working hard to keep the shops open, but asked the public to donate more good quality items to replace those lost in the flooding.Six Oxfam shops in North Yorkshire were closed as a result of the floods two weeks ago. The Oxfam Shop in Pocklington, just outside Hull, remains closed and repairs are not expected to be completed for another two weeks. Across the UK there are around 750 Oxfam shops. Oxfam reports that at least 30 of its shops in London and the Home Countries were affected by heavy rain or flooding yesterday, which could lose the charity tens of thousands of pounds in income.Some were forced to close due to flooding or power failures. In others, volunteers spent most of the day mopping floors or swapping buckets to collect leaking water.The Oxfam Bookshop in Gloucester Road, London, was closed after sewage came up through the sink and through the floorboards. Most of the donated books were on shelves and volunteers were able to act quickly enough to save most boxes of books. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

I (was) Volunteered to Chair The Auction- HELP

first_imgI (was) Volunteered to Chair The Auction- HELP  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Top Channel ordered to pay ex-minister record damages of 400,000 euros

first_img News to go further AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Albania News Reporters Without Borders condemns last week’s decision by a Tirana court ordering Albania’s Top Channel TV to pay 400,000 euros in damages to the former minister of culture, tourism, youth and sport, Ylli Pango, for broadcasting a video on 4 March that showed the then minister asking a young female job applicant to take her clothes off.Broadcast by the investigative programme Fiks-Tarif, the video was recorded when young women journalists were sent with hidden cameras to investigate allegations that Pango was requesting sexual favours in return for the possibility of employment (watch the Top Channel video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8B3QXABuf0&feature=related).“We are stunned by the court’s ruling and by the unprecedented damages award,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Blatant abuse of authority by a government minister is a subject of public interest and the press must be free to cover it. Top Channel’s decision to broadcast this video was totally justified and perfectly legitimate.”The press freedom organisation added: “This decision is unacceptable and constitutes a serious violation of media freedom. We hope the judicial system will demonstrate its real independence by quashing this unjustified damages award and dismissing the case.”Top Channel news editor Bledar Zaganjori told Reporters Without Borders: “We do not understand this decision. We showed that a government official was behaving in a completely unacceptable manner. Such practices should be exposed and condemned, whether in the private sector or, even more so, when senior positions are held in the public sector.”Zaganjori added: “The minister did fortunately resign but, to our knowledge, he has not been questioned by the judicial authorities about this matter although what he did is very serious. At the same time, the judicial system has not hesitated to sentence us to pay a totally disproportionate amount of damages. This is a first for Albania.” June 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Top Channel ordered to pay ex-minister record damages of 400,000 euros August 7, 2020 Find out more April 8, 2020 Find out more Organisation Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normalcenter_img Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels Receive email alerts RSF_en April 29, 2020 Find out more Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis News AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Warning for ATM users

first_img Previous article‘Trappist silence must end’Next article21-year-old claims was ‘shot at’ by ERU admin Linkedin WhatsApp A WARNING has been issued by Gardaí to be alert when using ATM machines after an apparatus used to read bank cards was found in a shopping centre.“Another apparatus has been found on an ATM machine at the bank in the Crescent Shopping Centre that is used to read the ATM card number when the card is put into the slot, or when the holder inputs their pin number”, said Sgt Liam Sheahan of Henry Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “On this occasion, the manager of the bank noticed there was a problem with the ATM and on attempting to fix it, noticed a panel was fixed to the front of the ATM, and behind this was a little camera glued to it”.He explained that the camera captures the card number and the pin and these are used to create copies of cards.“Pay attention to the front of the machine. If it has sticky residue on it or a loose panel, use a different machine and notify the bank manager.“Also, examine the slot where the card is inserted for hidden devices. I would ask people not to remove any suspicious devices until the gardaí arrive”. Email Advertisementcenter_img Print NewsLocal NewsWarning for ATM usersBy admin – May 6, 2010 748 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Paralysis In Hearing Of RTI Appeals Without Chiefs & With Increasing Vacancies

first_imgColumnsParalysis In Hearing Of RTI Appeals Without Chiefs & With Increasing Vacancies Prof. (Dr.) Madabhushi Sridhar23 Oct 2020 2:10 AMShare This – xThe Right to Information Act has completed its 15 years of truncated existence on 12th October 2020, with several empty Commissions, especially Commissions without ‘heads’, resulting in high increase in pending appeals and extending period of delay in delivery of decisions. It is not Coronavirus but a virus of reluctance and anti-transparency attitude that is keeping the Central…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 Right to Information Act has completed its 15 years of truncated existence on 12th October 2020, with several empty Commissions, especially Commissions without ‘heads’, resulting in high increase in pending appeals and extending period of delay in delivery of decisions. It is not Coronavirus but a virus of reluctance and anti-transparency attitude that is keeping the Central and State Information Commissions from deciding disclosure issues. With two and half lakh cases pending in states and 40 thousand in the Central Information Commission, delayed disclosure is equivalent to denied disclosure; just like justice delayed is justice denied! Delay kills the purpose, need and utility of the information sought. For instance, Subhash Chandra Agrawal asked for some information in 2009 from the office of Supreme Court which went on and on for more than a decade to remand the matter to CPIO of Supreme Court in 2019. Whereas the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s judgment on RTI (13 November) is nearing, Mr. Agrawal told that the SC CPIO is yet to give him the information so sought. Judicial Pendency Interestingly, the Government is also not filling vacancies in the Supreme Court. Against a sanctioned strength of 34, only 30 Judges are working. Four positions are pending since the retirement of Justices Deepak Misra and Ranjan Gogoi. The Constitution does not say that senior-most judge should become the Chief Justice of India in the Supreme Court, though it followed the process of proposal coming from the present Chief to the President through the Union Minister for Law or Prime Minister. Installing the senior judge as the Chief is the Constitutional convention, which cannot be breached. Twice the senior Judge was superseded by Mrs. Indira Gandhi, when she was Prime Minister, making seniors to resign. Fortunately, the successive governments all through were filling the office of CJI promptly without leaving it vacant even for a day. But that is not the case of High Courts. Several High Courts are left without Chief for many days and are compelled to function under acting Chief Justices. Thousands of cases are pending before the Supreme Court, each of which are very important in its own way. If four courts go without judges, the pendency will naturally increase and to that extent justice delivery gets reduced. No head at CIC The CIC is now without head, while fifty per cent of posts are also vacant. Not only the CIC, in more than 7 states the Commissions are functioning without a Chief leading them. The reluctance, to fill the vacancies, has spread to State Governments. Reportedly, at present, seven State Information Commissions— Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Tripura, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh— are functioning without a chief. In the Jharkhand State Information Commission, the Information Commissioner’s position is also vacant. Second appeals and complaints are languishing in the Information Commissions for indefinite periods, because vacancies or pendency, are not adhering to timelines. There is no time-bound disclosure. With around 40 thousand second appeals and complaints pending at CIC and around 2 lakh all over the state ICs, the implementation of RTI is quite disappointing. Having a Chief is a statutory requirement. When I was in CIC as one of the ten Commissioners, I had the experience of facing lack of administration, caused by absence of the Chief Information Commissioner, for at least ten months, spelling denial of RTI to thousands of applicants seeking information from high offices of President, Prime Minister and the Supreme Court etc. The Commission in Delhi went without a head for about ten months in 2014-15 after retirement of Sh. Rajiv Mathur. The Modi Government was taking several months to appoint the Chief and filling vacancies. Injustice to Yashovardhan Azad Modi Government did not appoint existing senior Judge as the Chief after the position fell vacant. The activists had to file a PIL and Advocate Prashant Bhushan had to strongly plead for a chief and some ICs. Sh. Vijay Sharma was the senior most and deserved to be the chief. He was appointed ultimately, but only after several months of delay. The RTI Act does not prescribe that senior most of the Commissioners should be the Chief Information Commissioner. The High-Power Committee led by Prime Minister must select and recommend the President to appoint as the Chief. The institution of Central Information Commission is similarly important, though not as SC is, which needs to be managed continuously without break. The CIC and SICs are formed under the statute of RTI Act, and hence called statutory institutions. But they implement a constitutionally guaranteed right of RTI evolved from rights under Articles 19(1)(a), 14 and 21. It should be given the same importance as a Constitutional Institution is given. But it is left without ‘head’ for months, many times. In August 2014, for the first time the administration of CIC came to stand-still because of absence of Chief, with the retirement of Sh. Rajiv Mathur from the post. For ten months, RTI against high profile offices at second appeal level was denied. After 10 months the senior-most Commissioner Vijay Sharma was appointed, in June 2015. And after his retirement, the Centre again did not appoint the chief immediately. My colleague and highly deserving personality Yashowardhan Azad was the senior most. The Central government chose not to appoint him. Radhakrishna Mathur was the Chief for around two and half years. Azad and this author held the office for full term of five years from 2013 to 2018. But as Azad was ranked above me, he should have become the Chief. After RK Mathur’s retirement next senior Sudhir Bhargav and after him Bimal Julka were made the Chief. It means that the convention of appointing the senior most was broken once, only to deny Azad his right. And now, the senior-most Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is yet to be appointed as the Chief. The CIC was headless for five times within 6 years as follows: a) Bimal Julka retired on 26.8.2020, no Chief till today for 2 months; b) Sudhir Bhargav retired on 11.1.2020, no Chief till 6.3.2020 for 2 months; c) RK Mathur retired on 24.11.2018, no Chief till 1.1.2019 for 45 days; d) Vijay Sharma retired on 1.12.2015, no Chief till 4.1.2016 for 33 days; e) Rajiv Mathur retired on 22.8.2014, no Chief till 10.6.2015 for 10 months. At present Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Suresh Chandra, and Dr Amitav Pandove are now working in CIC. More than fifty percent of the chambers in the beautiful building, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated, is vacant. The RTI Act envisages the administration of CIC as follows: Section 12(4) of RTI Act says that “the general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Central Information Commission shall vest in the Chief Information Commissioner who shall be assisted by the Information Commissioners and may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things which may be exercised or done by the Central Information Commission autonomously without being subjected to directions by any other authority under this Act”. It means that without a ‘head’ it is not possible to administer or manage the affairs. Even a leave application cannot be granted. In one way this provision says the Commission is independent, i.e., not subjected to directions by any other authority. All power is vested in Chief and other Commissioners shall assist him. When we were facing various facilitative difficulties because of absence of the Chief, some of us tried to interpret Section 12(4) as the provision of collective administration. If the spirit is understood, all the commissioners collectively take responsibility of the second appeals for information from all the departments irrespective of the rank and stature of public authority. But the letter of this section only looks at the presence of Chief. Naturally, the content and scheme of law does not provide for such contingency as they could not have imagined this situation of governments not bothering about appointing the before it falls vacant. There is no provision to have an acting Chief. The offices of President, PM, Chief Justice of India, Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Information Commissioner should never be vacant. As Commissioners we were watching helplessly the difficulties of the institution without chief, for months. Chief’s portfolios are unchangeable? The Commission has developed a mechanism of work distribution, by allocating the portfolios to the existing Commissioners. The Chief Information Commissioner retains the very high offices like President’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office, Office of Supreme Court etc., permanently under his jurisdiction. While all other portfolios could be rotated among the existing Commissioners, the Chief’s portfolios remain permanently, without any established basis. And this became established practice. It is thought that only those chosen by Executive to be the chiefs would be protecting information interests of these high offices, and it will be unsafe in the hands of non-chief Commissioners, a wonder indeed. The result of this unreasonable process of permanently keeping these portfolios under the Chief is that all the second appeals from rejections of requests for information from PMO, President’s Office and Supreme Court etc. will be pending, just like that waiting for the PM and President deciding the next chief. This means the citizens’ right to information from these offices will have to wait indefinitely waiting for the Chief. We tried to convince all the existing Commissioners to resolve this imbroglio by passing a resolution to redistribute the portfolios under the Chief Information Commissioner. Re-allocation of portfolios The CIC developed a healthy convention of redistributing the portfolios that were with retired Commissioners with the those in office, but for reasons unknown this rule does not apply to the portfolios of the Chief, even if the post is left vacant for months, in the past. Now I was told the senior most CIC has taken up these appeals recently which is a welcome feature. SC order not complied with When RTI activists moved the Supreme Court for filing PIL, the Supreme Court said, “…it would be apposite that the process for filling up of a particular vacancy is initiated 1 to 2 months before the date on which the vacancy is likely to occur so that there is not much time lag between the occurrence of vacancy and filling up of the said vacancy.” This direction of SC in Anjali Bharadwaj is not complied with. This should have been treated as contempt of court! Pendency position in CIC is like docket explosion in SC, with around 40 thousand appeals waiting for their date, which none could notify. As on August 27, it was assessed that there is pendency of 35,880 including 31,070 appeals and 4,810 complaints. The RTI Act provided for delivery of information within in 48 hours if related to life and liberty. What will happen to number of appeals against denial of such life or liberty information? When thousands of second appeals were piling up even with full strength of the Commission, it is difficult to get to hearing of second appeals even after six months. With more than fifty percent of Commissions vacant, the time taken could double. It is indirect suspension of RTI for more than six months because of pendency. Delay in disposal at ICs The Commissions are under statutory obligation to deliver the orders within 45 days. It is a judicial command. The High Court of Calcutta in Akhil Kumar Roy v. The West Bengal Information Commission (W.P. No. 11933 (W) of 2010, decided on 12 August 2010) said: “the sparkle of a strong strand of speed woven through the sections of the Act is abruptly lost in the second appeal that has been allowed to run wild” and that “the second appellate authority should have decided the second appeal within 45 days from the date of filing thereof.” Similarly, the Karnataka High Court in 2015 Jayaprakash Reddy’s WP said: “since there is a time limit prescribed for deciding a first appeal, it would be safe to conclude that a similar period would apply insofar as deciding the second appeal, for otherwise, it would lead to a situation where the object of the Act is not achieved if the authority should indefinitely postpone the hearing and decision of a second appeal…..consequently, it would be deemed that the second appeal would also have to be decided within a period of 45 days if not earlier, from the date of filing.” Very rightly, the Supreme Court held that this will apply as a precedent through-out the country. In para 22 of Kusum Ingots & Alloys Ltd v. Union of India it said: “An order passed on writ petition questioning the constitutionality of a Parliamentary Act whether interim or final keeping in view the provisions contained in Clause (2) of Article 226 of the Constitution of India, will have effect throughout the territory of India subject of course to the applicability of the Act.” However, neither the Commissions nor the Government bothered to facilitate the timely delivery of information. Next Storylast_img read more