Featured Jobs & Calls John C. Cain, Jr. helps a man choose reading glasses during a medical clinic at Santo Tomas Episcopal Church in Guatier, Dominican Republic. Cain is part of a medical team from upstate New York that is running a medical clinic March 3-7 at the church. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] Two hours. That’s how long it took a medical mission team from upstate New York to set up its clinic at Santo Tomas, an Episcopal Church in Gautier.The mission, now in its 16th year, runs like clockwork in the former sugarcane community located not far from the popular tourist beach in Boca Chica.Patients arrive with problems including high blood pressure, respiratory trouble, gastrointestinal difficulties, skin rashes, diabetes. A visit can take between three and four hours, depending on the number of patients awaiting treatment; the team typically sees between 1,000 and 1,500 patients during the five-day clinic.Upon entering the clinic, a patient visits a registration table, where forms are issued. Intake follows, where weight and blood pressure are measured. Then Rita Bush, a dietician and diabetes educator from Malta, New York, pricks the fingers of those wishing to have their blood sugar tested. Many patients have high blood pressure and diabetes, and many go without medication.If a person has fasted, normal blood sugar, or glucose, levels range between 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter. If a person has eaten, you might see 130 milligrams. Anything over 160 indicates diabetes. On the morning on March 3, two patients had blood sugar levels of 500 milligrams, one of them an insulin-dependent child, said Bush.Rita Bush, a dietician and diabetes counselor, tests a patient’s blood sugar during the first day of the medical clinic at Santo Tomas in Gautier. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceAfter these preliminary checks, the patient waits to see a doctor or physician assistant before visiting the pharmacy. The final stop is a prayer station to receive, not only prayers, but also a care package with soap, toothpaste and other practical personal-hygiene items.“For some of these people, it’s the only time [during the year] they see a doctor,” said Kevin Bolan, a physician assistant from Newcomb, New York. As the week progresses, he added, people arrive at the clinic from further and further away.The upstate New York team’s journey began around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 when the members boarded a bus bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport at St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid. Besides their personal luggage, they brought 40 large plastic bins filled with supplies and medication.Just as the New York group arrived in the Dominican Republic, another medical mission team from North Carolina was traveling back to Santo Domingo from Jimaní, a border town where it had spent the week operating a clinic out of San Pablo Apostol, another Episcopal Church.It was the first time Giga Smith, a registered nurse and member of Christ Church in New Bern, North Carolina, joined a medical mission team.“I’ve always wanted to do this,” she said. “At first it felt very emotional, but then I got into the mindset that I was going to do all I could.”Dr. Richard Taft of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, treats a young patient during a medical clinic at San Pablo Apostol in Jimaní. A medical team from North Carolina ran a clinic out of the church Feb. 24-27.Jimaní, population 13,000, is one of two main border crossings between the Dominican Republic and its neighbor to the west, Haiti. In four days, the team treated 716 people, ranging in age from 22 months to 90 years. A local Haitian doctor was on hand throughout the clinic and will provide follow-up care for the patients.“In giving of their time, the teams are showing an example of God’s love to all humanity,” said Karen Carroll, an Episcopal Church-appointed missionary serving the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.To administer medical care in the Dominican Republic, professionals must provide valid credentials and a list of all medications, including expiration dates, lot numbers and intended uses, to Carroll, who files the appropriate paperwork with the public heath ministry.In total, 14 U.S.-based medical mission teams will travel to the Dominican Republic in 2014, up from nine teams in 2013, said Carroll.It’s as much about being a Christian mission and accompanying the Dominican church as it is about providing medical care, say team members.“First and foremost, we are a Christian mission,” said Connie Reynolds, a licensed practical nurse and a Baptist member of the upstate New York team. “And then a medical mission.”Connie Reynolds, an LPN, and Laura Bolan, who plans to become a physician assistant, measured medication in the pharmacy at Santo Tomas Episcopal Church in Gautier. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceStill the doctors, nurses, dieticians and physical therapists provide medical care to many poor and impoverished people who otherwise might fall through the cracks of the country’s public-health system.In 2001, the Dominican Republic approved health-care reforms aimed at providing universal coverage to its citizens. The implementation, however, has been lacking, with rural areas lagging behind urban areas, and fee-based medical care surpassing the care offered through the public system, according to the World Health Organization.International medical missions are sometimes described as “Band-aides,” with criticisms including foreign practitioners’ disrespect for local health-care providers; missioners’ lack of appropriate cultural practices; teams’ inadequate language skills and interpretation for treating patients in a foreign language; and the high travel costs when funds potentially could be spent in more appropriate ways.Well aware of the criticism, the teams making annual visits to the Dominican Republic say that saving just one life and seeing the overall improvement in health and hygiene in the community from year to year justifies their worth.For instance, a young man came to the clinic in Jimaní on the verge of a diabetic crisis, said Dr. Richard Taft, a retired OBGNY from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina. After receiving insulin, the young man quickly recovered. Another man whose eyelids were swollen shut began an immediate recovery when treated with antibiotics, added Taft.There used to be a large sugar cane plantation in Gautier and many Haitian migrants lived nearby in bateyes like this one. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceGautier has one medical clinic staffed by a doctor; the nearest hospital is 15-20 minutes away by car. Jimaní has a rudimentary hospital that was built in 1948 and is staffed by six general practitioners, two OBGYNs and one general surgeon, according to North Carolina team members who toured the facility.In many ways, said Dr. Allen Van Dyke, an OBGYN from Ashville, North Carolina, “the medical care is relative to the living conditions.”Witnessing the amount of suffering on the border stirred emotions and thoughts about the U.S.-health care system in team members from North Carolina.Anne Bena, a physical therapist, fits a patient with a walker. Before receiving the walker, the patient, who Bena has known for four years, used two crutches to get around. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIt was hard to reconcile the enormous amount of money spent on medical care in the United States, said Sandy Johnson, a pediatric nurse, with the enormous amount of suffering many people endure.“I don’t know what you do with the disparity,” said Susan Bickery-Mercer, who’d read “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” Tracy Kidder’s biography of Dr. Paul Farmer and his experience providing medical care to people in Haiti, before making the trip.One of the most powerful things Bickery-Mercer, youth minister at St. Paul’s in Greenville, witnessed as part of the team was the ease with which the local people share their lives.When people are clearly suffering and in need, the connection tends to be at the heart level, she said. It was something Taft sensed as well, and added, that for Christians, ritual Sunday worship can sometimes become a blinder to the Spirit.“To see the rawness of life is a very powerful thing,” said Taft. “Getting out of your comfort zone allows you to step back and reflect. That’s the essence of mission.“We just happen to do it with medicine.”Back in Gautier, community residents must travel either to Boca Chica or Santo Domingo to visit a hospital, said Ermita Reyes, a community and church leader, and even though the hospital in Boca Chica is just a short distance away, it can cost a life.“Their [the team’s] presence is an example of the grace of God in the community,” she said.Savannah Gordon registers a patient on the March 3, the first day of the five-day medical clinic at Santo Tomas. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe New York team’s medical clinic is the only full medical clinic to visit the community annually, said Connie Reynolds, the LPN, who brings her daughter, Savannah Gordon, along to help out.It was the fifth time Gordon, a college student, took part in the medical mission.“After the first year, I came back a different person,” she said. “It’s humbling to see how people live and be part of the community and develop friendships.“It’s heartbreaking to come back and learn that someone has died.”Kevin Bolan’s daughter also accompanies him. Laura Bolan recently graduated with a master’s degree in public health and plans to follow her father’s example and become a physician assistant. To her, the need for more frequent clinics and follow-up trips, as well as efforts toward disease mitigation, are obvious.“It would be great if we could partner with another group and come down every six months,” she said.Paul Gutmann and Domingo de la Rosa display the three-bucket water filtration system. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe care packages, providing soap and toothpaste, and the clean-water bucket-filtration system that Paul Gutmann provides are important because many of the problems people present with come from drinking parasite-infected water and poor personal hygiene, said Laura Bolan.Gutmann works with a local contact to distribute the filtration systems. Each unit costs about $33, but Gutmann raises money and contributes his own money to make them affordable. He may not have high success rates now, but he hopes the next generation, one that has grown up knowing the risks of drinking contaminated water, will begin to filter its own water, he said.With 40 bins of supplies and medication, each weighing between 40 and 50 pounds, the New York medical team brings enough medication to leave behind to be distributed by a nurse working locally. Patients leave the clinic with three months’ worth and can return for follow-up tests and more medication, as needed.“The challenge is leaving them with enough medication,” said Kevin Bolan, who already had been thinking about organizing a skeleton crew to return and run a clinic over Labor Day weekend. “It’s a work in progress; we have to figure out what works.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 6, 2014 July 31, 2017 at 3:33 pm Is this clinic still up and running? I do mission work in the DR and we have a boy who we are trying to get in to school. The medical analysis done by the school said he cannot start because he has “an amoeba and dirty blood”.We have found we cannot trust hardly anyone: lawyers, pastors, doctors, vets, etc. One doctor has told us it will cost $600 to treat this boy, but he refuses to tell us what medicine he will use to treat him. He is also saying the boy will have to be brought to him twice a day for treatment.Can you help us?? 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Photographs: José Hevia Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886762/where-eagles-dare-house-gras-arquitectos Clipboard Area: 1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain Year: 2017 Photographs Where Eagles Dare House / GRAS arquitectos CopyHouses•Andratx, Spain Architects: GRAS arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Houses CopyAbout this officeGRAS arquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAndratxSpainPublished on January 16, 2018Cite: “Where Eagles Dare House / GRAS arquitectos” 16 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Projects Gresham Street House / Jackson Teece ArchDaily CopyHouses, Renovation, Houses Interiors•Brisbane, Australia Area: 198 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Photographs: Christopher Frederick JonesSave this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaText description provided by the architects. This re-creation of a family home, tailored to its occupant’s lifestyles, was realised through careful consideration of layout and context. Gresham Street House is an example of vernacular architecture, the architect and Director of Jackson Teece, Daniel Hudson lived there for 6 years before taking on the redesign. Ultimately, he has taken an existing “Queenslander” and shaped the design to create a home that acts as the epitome of shelter in a harsh climate.Save this picture!Scheme“Internally it was almost the opposite of what it should be. It was around the wrong way. So the main objective was to reconfigure the layout, the program of the house, without changing any of the wall locations.” – Daniel Hudson, Jackson Teece Director.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesThe retention of the existing masonry, coupled with a pragmatic and performative design defined the spatial arrangement and material selection. Passive sustainability and design principles resulted in reduced waste, minimising the carbon footprint and embodied energy. The house can be opened up in summer to purge heat and closed down to cocoon its occupants in the winter. The addition of a flexible indoor/outdoor pavilion type space further supports an energy-efficient design and provides a large communal family space with a connection to the pool and landscape.Save this picture!Floor plansThe redesign of the floor plan responds directly to the site’s orientation and context. The living spaces which were located on the southwest of the plan are now connected to the garden and have become the heart of the home. Relocating these functions into a pavilion at the rear of the house provides a more appropriate response to the context and provides a space for family activities and entertaining.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesThe design carefully considered solar access and control. The pavilion addition faces north, featuring angled timber blades to shade the east and west façades. Modeling determined the blade’s angle, eliminating direct solar penetration during the summer, with full sun penetration in winter. Galleries of louvers are oriented to encourage cool air flow from the pool and the cooling bay breeze from the east, while high positioned louvers allow heat to escape.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesEfficiency in use of materials, such as the re-purposing of porcelain and stone slab off-cuts, required pre-planning and careful overseeing of manufacture to ensure reduced waste. Considered selection of plantation timbers, inclusion of rainwater tanks for garden irrigation and installation of a solar array was also undertaken to limit this project’s short and long-term environmental impacts.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesA new secure timber batten entry annex flanks the existing eastern façade, allowing the house to be left open to freely ventilate, the entry stair doubles as an internal access to the lower level resulting in reduced spatial impact on floor space. It also shades the masonry from direct sun moderating internal temperature.Save this picture!Section + ElevationThe family now benefit from a house that responds to their daily lives; the sequence of leaving for school or work and equally returning home, a common family recreation space, but also alternate spaces that can be shut down for privacy or to get away.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesVisual and physical connection to landscape and open space is a recurring theme in the design, contributing to a subtropical living experience. Close collaboration with the structural engineer resulted in large spans and efficient bracing, contributing to achieving the feeling of spaciousness within the pavilion and an unobscured aperture to the external landscape. The design provides a private and serene home which connects with the external environment in an inner-city setting.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesA new secure timber batten entry annex flanks the existing eastern façade, allowing the house to be left open to freely ventilate, the entry stair doubles as an internal access to the lower level resulting in reduced spatial impact on floor space. It also shades the masonry from direct sun moderating internal temperature.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesThe family now benefit from a house that responds to their daily lives; the sequence of leaving for school or work and equally returning home, a common family recreation space, but also alternate spaces that can be shut down for privacy or to get away.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesVisual and physical connection to landscape and open space is a recurring theme in the design, contributing to a subtropical living experience. Close collaboration with the structural engineer resulted in large spans and efficient bracing, contributing to achieving the feeling of spaciousness within the pavilion and an unobscured aperture to the external landscape. The design provides a private and serene home which connects with the external environment in an inner-city setting.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesProject gallerySee allShow lessKanoko Building / EASTERN Design OfficeSelected ProjectsCitizenM Bowery / Concrete + Stephen B. 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Home Indiana Agriculture News Skepticism Abound as EPA Works to Complete E15 Rule by June 1 SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 14, 2019 SHARE Skepticism Abound as EPA Works to Complete E15 Rule by June 1“I’m looking forward to putting E15 in my car when we’re rolling in the summer months again.”That’s NCGA first vice president of the Corn Board Kevin Ross talking about the proposed rule by the EPA to allow for year-round sales of E15. The administration released the proposal on Tuesday that would remove the Reid Vapor Pressure barrier.American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says this rule though does much more than just allow E15 year-round, and that might pose a problem in getting it completed by June 1, the beginning of the summer driving season when E15 is currently restricted.“It contemplates several potential changes to how RINs are handled. That’s going to create a firestorm within the refining community.”Jennings is skeptical that the rule gets completed by June 1 because even those in the ethanol industry may question those RIN reforms should they negatively impact retailers, marketers, and suppliers that are selling higher ethanol blends.“I’ll be the first one to happily eat crow, however, on June 1 if they get this done, and say that I was wrong, and sing the praises of the administration.”Before finalizing the rule, EPA will now accept comments from biofuel producers, farmers, and other stakeholders. Jennings is confident that it will eventually get done.“Our conversations with the agency make us confident that they do have a variety of very legally sound ways they can get this done and we’ll just be working hard with them. Especially getting retailers to comment during this public period now to make it clear to EPA that the retail community has been on the sidelines in some parts because this rule has not been addressed.”And Ross believes those retailers are the key piece.“Flat out, it’s great to see it move forward, but to really make the impact to the market in the future we’re going to need more stations.” Facebook Twitter Skepticism Abound as EPA Works to Complete E15 Rule by June 1 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCrop Insurance Deadline Arrives Amid Widespread ConfusionNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 15, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer
Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more After three years of persecution, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) representative in Turkey, Erol Önderoğlu, was finally acquitted today, as were his fellow defendants – human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı and the writer Ahmet Nesin. But Önderoğlu is not yet off the hook. He faces another trial that is due to start on 7 November.Önderoğlu, Fincancı and Nesin were accused of “terrorist propaganda,” “justifying crime” and “inciting crime” because, in order to defend media pluralism, each of them symbolically took turns at being the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem’s “editor for a day” in mid-2016. The victim of judicial persecution, this newspaper ended up being forcibly closed in August 2016.Who is Erol Önderoğlu?Read his portraitIn the second trial due to start on 7 November, Önderoğlu is again accused of “terrorist propaganda” along with 16 other activists for expressing their solidarity with hundreds of university academics prosecuted in connection with a peace petition.“Erol Onderoglu’s acquittal is an exceptional victory for justice and press freedom in a country where both are being trampled on every day,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Our deep relief is tinged with bitterness because our representative will be on trial again in four months’ time. The way this historic press freedom defender is being harassed is a deep injustice. We therefore urge the Turkish judicial system to demonstrate the same good sense that it showed today and to quickly abandon this new prosecution.”Önderoğlu added: “I would like to express my deep gratitude to all those who supported us during this trial. This fight for all of our unjustly prosecuted or imprisoned colleagues continues.”The already worrying situation of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News to go further Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more News July 17, 2019 – Updated on July 19, 2019 Erol Önderoğlu acquitted at one trial, but another due soon
April 7, 2021 Find out more News Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh. photo : Facebook Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger who was given a ten-year jail sentence yesterday on an anti-state propaganda charge, and again urges Vietnam’s government to stop using article 88 of the penal code to silence its critics. April 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Vietnam’s Communist Party tolerates no criticism and controls all the media but, in recent years, dissidents have increasingly used online social networks to provide the population with freely reported information. “Article 88 of the penal code should not be used as a pretext for silencing criticism of the regime, and the ruling Communist Party should stop treating freedom of expression as crime that must be systematically punished,” RSF said. “Mother Mushroom” is finally due to be tried tomorrow after being held incommunicado for more than eight months. Arrested on 10 October 2016, she was accused of violating article 88 by “distorting the truth and history, defaming the Communist Party and inciting violence against the Party” in her blog posts. Reporters Without Borders also condemns the harassment of Quynh’s mother, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, who has been constantly followed by the local authorities every since Quynh’s arrest. VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Government opponents are often jailed in Vietnam, but Hoang was the first dissident to be stripped of his nationality and then expelled, despite the moving appeal he made in an interview for RSF a few days before his expulsion. ————————————————————————–Update :Better known by the blog name of “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom), Quynh was convicted of harming national unity, eroding the public’s trust in the government and threatening national security at the end of a one-day trial held behind closed doors. June 28, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Blogger known as “Mother Mushroom” gets ten years News News News Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Quynh is one of Vietnam’s leading free speech advocates. On social networks, she raised the delicate issue of police violence and criticized the way the authorities handled a toxic spill from the Taiwanese-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation plant in Ha Tinh province in April 2016. Prior to the trial, she had been held incommunicado for more than eight months, ever since her arrest on 10 October 2016, when she was accused of violating article 88 by “distorting the truth and history, defaming the Communist Party and inciting violence against the Party” in her blog posts.————————————————————————– In March of this year, she was one of the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award. However, these independent reporters and critics are subjected to frequent intimidation attempts and reprisals. Their families are also often targeted, as was the case with the family of Pham Minh Hoang, a dissident blogger who was expelled to France just five days before the start of Quynh’s trial. VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Organisation Follow the news on Vietnam
Abbeyfeale company getting back to work Facebook TAGSAbbeyfealeCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaelHealth Service Executive (HSE)Limerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestReilig Íde Naofa cemeterySinn Fein Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Reilig Íde Naofa Cemetery in Abbeyfeale, which has only around 20 graves left.THE HEALTH Service Executive (HSE) have asked for further testing to be carried out at a proposed site for a new cemetery in Abbeyfeale.At this Wednesday’s Newcastle West Municipal District meeting, Limerick City and County Council Senior Executive Engineer Robert Gallagher said that concerns were raised about soil conditions at the site on Clash Road. Further testing was needed during winter months and hoped these tests would be carried out sometime this November.Testing will also be carried out at interim sites and a location at the rear of the convent beside is to be tested as well.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With around 20 graves left at Reilig Íde Naofa cemetery in Limerick’s second biggest county town, Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin stressed the need for swift action.“I don’t know if people realise the seriousness of this issue. We are in real deep trouble,” he told the executive.“I don’t see that anything has changed in the five years we have been talking about this. We still need a graveyard!”His party colleague John Sheahan agreed, saying that the provision of a new graveyard must be expedited as quickly as possible. If we keep discussing it one thing is certain — we’ll have no graveyard. We need to put a deadline on this,” he said.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne complimented the council on its progress to date and felt they now had more options than previously.“The community in Abbeyfeale have expressed their opinion on the need to be looking at more sites,” he added.by Alan [email protected] Twitter Email €1.5 million boost for five County Limerick towns from Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay NewsLocal NewsFurther tests needed at Abbeyfeale graveyard siteBy Alan Jacques – November 9, 2017 3736 Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clear New role for Cllr John Sheahan Previous articleLimerick business awards nominees shortlistedNext article#BREAKING Concern growing for man missing in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Abbeyfeale’s Munster Football success can inspire any team Print
News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Google+ Pinterest Previous articleLacey Returns For DonegalNext articleUpdated: Further arrests in connection with Derry petrol bomb attack News Highland Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – May 5, 2013 Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Pearse Doherty TD: Tenants must be protected if the home they’re renting is repossessed Tenants must be protected if the home they’re renting is repossessed.That’s the message from Sinn Féin who claim that the new Land and Conveyancing Bill will lead to a significant number of repossessions of buy-to-let properties, putting renters in danger of homelessness.During the boom, banks issued over 150,000 buy-to-let mortgages – today more than 30,000 of these are in serious difficulty.Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty says they want to add a clause to the new bill to ensure bank appointed receivers live up to their duties as a landlord:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/17dohREPOS.mp3[/podcast] HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme
News UpdatesFarmers Union Moves Plea Before AG Seeking Contempt Against Haryana Chief Minister For Alleged Contemptuous Statements Sanya Talwar14 Oct 2020 5:13 AMShare This – xA farmers Union named “Sabka Mangal Ho” has moved a petition before the Advocate General of Haryana seeking invocation of Criminal Contempt of court for allegedly making contemptuous statement in relation to a matter pending enquiry before the High Court, allegedly with regard to lathi charge on Farmers protesting against the Farmers’ enactments.”That through this Petition the Petitioner…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?LoginA farmers Union named “Sabka Mangal Ho” has moved a petition before the Advocate General of Haryana seeking invocation of Criminal Contempt of court for allegedly making contemptuous statement in relation to a matter pending enquiry before the High Court, allegedly with regard to lathi charge on Farmers protesting against the Farmers’ enactments.”That through this Petition the Petitioner seeks to prosecute Shri Manohar Lal Khattar under the Contempt of Court Act; 1971, for making contemptuous statement in open press conference in connection with the matter pending enquiry; in pursuance to the directions of the Hon’ble High Court in CWP-14874- 2020, which has lowered or tends to lower the authority of Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana; culminating into the interference in the administration of justice, ultimately undermining people’s confidence in administration of justice. The Criminal Contempt of Court is self-explanatory of the forthcoming facts and circumstances of the case”On September 18, The Punjab & Haryana High Court had directed the DGP, Haryana to ‘sensitize’ police officials performing duties during these protests, about the Guidelines for Police, laid down by the Supreme Court in the DK Basu Case. The Bench of Justice Arun Monga was hearing a plea filed by the Haryana Progressive Farmers Union, alleging that the during the farmers’ protest against the Agriculture Ordinances on September 10, 2020, few unknown persons, some in police uniform and others without, resorted to lathi charge to dispel the crowd. In the said incident, numerous farmers, including many old aged, were allegedly injured by unknown police officials but even the basic medical care was not provided. Justice Monga disposed of the plea as he remarked that no doubt the procedural safeguards envisaged in the DK Basu Guidelines have to be observed by the Police administration, in letter and spirit. He said that he expects the competent authority to look into the matter and pass appropriate orders, “as expeditiously as possible”.In this backdrop, the petitioner-union has alleged the Chief Minister being in a constitutional position does not belong to any particular political party but rather he is the head of the State to aid and advise the Governor to run the affairs of a State. “Therefore, while holding a constitutional post the contemnor exercises substantial control and influence over the police administration and general administration.”It is stated that prior to the aforementioned, the Petitioner states that while keeping in view the grace attached with the constitutional position of a Chief Minister, and with a view to avoid initiating proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act, 1971, got issued Legal Notice dated: 22nd September, 2020, to the Contemnor through E-mail. “However, the Contemnor has not at all responded to the Legal Notice and has undermined the people’s confidence in the public administration in general and administration of justice in particular,” the plea reads.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Story
Top StoriesHolding Hands Of Minor Girl & Opening Pants Zip Not ‘Sexual Assault’ Under POCSO Act But ‘Sexual Harassment’ Under Section 354A IPC : Bombay High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Jan 2021 6:17 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court(Nagpur Bench) has held that the act of holding a minor girl’s hands and opening the zip of pants will not come under the definition of “sexual assault” under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. However, the Court held that such acts would amount to “sexual harassment” under Section 354-A(1)(i) of the Indian Penal Code.This finding was given by a…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 Bombay High Court(Nagpur Bench) has held that the act of holding a minor girl’s hands and opening the zip of pants will not come under the definition of “sexual assault” under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. However, the Court held that such acts would amount to “sexual harassment” under Section 354-A(1)(i) of the Indian Penal Code.This finding was given by a single bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala in a criminal appeal filed against the conviction and sentence awarded to a 50 year old man for molesting a 5 year old girl (Libnus v State of Maharahstra).Since the offence was committed against a child aged below 12 years, the Sessions Court held it to be “aggravated sexual assault” punishable under Section 10 of POCSO and sentenced him to 5 years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs. 25,000 with a default simple imprisonment for 6 months.The case was registered on the basis of the complaint lodged by the mother of the girl, who said that she saw the accused, whose pants zip was opened, holding the hands of her daughter. She further testified that her daughter informed her that appellant/accused removed his penis from the pant and asked her to come to the bed for sleeping. While considering the appeal, the High Court noted the definition of “sexual assault” under Section 7 of the POCSO as follows :”Sexual assault – Whoever, with sexual intent touches the vagina, penis, anus or breast of the child or makes the child touch the vagina, penis, anus or breast of such person or any other person,or does any other Act with sexual intent which involves physical contact without penetration is said to commit sexual assault”.The Court observed that as per the definition of ‘sexual assault’,a ‘physical contact with sexual intent without penetration’ is essential ingredient for the offence. Since no actual touching of the private parts of the body happened in the case, the High Court considered if the act will come under the ambit of the the third part of the definition- “any other Act with sexual intent which involves physical contact without penetration”.The Court said that the words “any other act” should be interpreted ejusdem generis with the beginning portion of the definition(Ejusdem generis is a principle of statutory interpretation which says that meaning of general words which follow a specific word is limited by the meaning of the special words).On this basis, the Court said :”The acts of ‘holding the hands of the prosecutrix’, or ‘opened zip of the pant’ as has been allegedly witnessed by PW-1, in the opinion of this Court, does not fit in the definition of ‘sexual assault'”According to POCSO, ‘sexual assault’, when committed against a child aged less than 12 years, it will become ‘aggravated sexual assault’ under Section 9, which is punishable under Section 10.Considering the fact that the offence of ‘aggravated sexual assault’ has a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, the court said that allegations are not sufficient to fix criminal liability on the accused for that offence under Section 10 POCSO.”The appellant/accused is prosecuted for the charge of ‘aggravated sexual assault’. As per the definition of ‘sexual assault’,a ‘physical contact with sexual intent without penetration’ is essential ingredient for the offence. The definition starts with the words – “Whoever with sexual intent touches the vagina, penis, anus or breast of the child or makes the child touch the vagina, penis,anus or breast of such person or any other person or does any other act with sexual intent……’ The words ‘any other act’ encompasses within itself, the nature of the acts which are similar to the acts which have been specifically mentioned in the definition on the premise of the principle of ‘ejusdem generis.’ The act should be of the same nature or closure to that. The acts of ‘holding the hands of the prosecutrix’, or ‘opened zip of the pant’ as has been allegedly witnessed by PW-1, in the opinion of this Court, does not fit in the definition of ‘sexual assault'”.The Court however held that the offence of sexual harassment under Section 354A(1)(i), which deals with “physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures”, is attracted in the case.Therefore, the conviction under Sections 8, 10 and 12 of POCSO Act was set aside and the accused was found guilty under Section 354A(1)(i) IPC, which carries a maximum imprisonment of 3 years.The Court held that the 5 months imprisonment already underwent by the accused was sufficient punishment for the offence.”Considering the nature of the act, which could be established by the prosecution and considering the punishment provided for the aforesaid crimes, in the opinion of this Court, the imprisonment which he has already undergone would serve the purpose”, the court said.Skin to skin contact necessary for Sexual Assault under POCSO- Another Judgment by same judgeIn another judgment, the same judge held that direct skin to skin touch was necessary for ‘sexual assault’ under POCSO. That was a case where the accused had groped the breasts of a 12 year old girl without removing her clothes(Satish v State of Maharashtra).In the judgment delivered on January 19, 2021, the court interpreted the words “physical contact” in the definition of sexual assault to mean “direct physical contact- direct physical contact i.e. skin -to- skin contact with sexual intent without penetration.””Considering the stringent nature of punishment provided for the offence(under POCSO), in the opinion of this Court, stricter proof and serious allegations are required. The act of pressing of breast of the child aged 12 years, in the absence of any specific detail as to whether the top was removed or whether he inserted his hand inside top and pressed her breast, would not fall in the definition of ‘sexual assault'”, the court held.However, the Court held the accused in that case guilty for the offence of ‘outraging the modesty of woman’ under Section 354IPC, which carries a lesser sentence when compared to Section 8 of POCSO. “Sexual assault” under section 8 of the POCSO Act would attract a minimum punishment of three years as compared to outraging of a woman’s modesty under section 354 of the IPC, which attracts a minimum punishment of only a year. Both the offenses carry a maximum imprisonment of five years. Pressing Breasts Without Disrobing Not “Sexual Assault” As Per POCSO Act But Offence Under Sec 354 IPC : Bombay High CourtThis judgment sparked widespread criticism and public outrage. On Wednesday (January 28), the Attorney General for India, K K Venugopal, brought this judgment to the attention of the Supreme Court.The AG said that the judgment is “unprecedented” and will set a “dangerous precedent”. Based on the mentioning made by the AG, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India stayed the acquittal under the POCSO Act as per the judgment.Click here to read/download the judgment Next Story