Rio Tinto gains 41.5 per cent of Riversdale

first_img Rio Tinto gains 41.5 per cent of Riversdale Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp alison.lock Share Mining giant Rio Tinto has marginally raised its stake in its takeover target, coking coal miner Riversdale Mining, to 41.5 per cent.Rio Tinto changed its offer for shares to unconditional yesterday amid last-ditch talks with key Riversdale shareholder CSN, but has been unable to raise its stake much beyond the 41 per cent it held on Monday.Brazilian CSN has said it wants to keep its stake in Mozambique-focused Riversdale as a coal hedge, leaving Rio Tinto with just 98.25m shares.Rio Tinto has effectively doubled its stake from the 50m shares or 21 per cent stake it owned before the offer but remains short of a controlling stake in the company. Its offer was originally conditional on it receiving 50 per cent of the shares.Its offer values Riversdale at A$3.9bn (£2.5bn). Rio Tinto will pay $16 per share for all offers up to a 47 per cent shareholding and $16.50 per share for any shares that take its stake above that.The offer will close at 7pm on 6 April 2011. Wednesday 30 March 2011 3:19 am whatsapplast_img read more

Homeschooling driving you crazy? Turn chores into lesson plans

first_img By Michael Ungar, Ph.D, Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work, Dalhousie University.While becoming your child’s teacher can be very stressful, this may be a wonderful opportunity to turn chores into lesson plans. We should insist children help around the house, using everyday things that need to get done as opportunities for them to learn math, science, language arts, and social studies.Emptying a dishwasher and stacking plates of different sizes is an excellent opportunity to teach younger children about ratios.Sorting laundry is great for learning the concept of ‘sets’, not to mention expanding vocabulary regarding colors.Preparing a shopping list and calculating the number of people in the household, what they eat, the number of days they need food and all the other aspects of food preparation is an opportunity to apply math concepts in the kitchen. Baking and measuring ingredients is also a wonderful way to learn everything from math to chemistry, as well as improve children’s literacy and vocabulary when following a recipe.For older children, learning politics and geography is as easy as watching the news and looking up online facts about other countries.Bio-chemistry — research the coronavirus pathogen.A class in ecology can be built around understanding how a pangolin got sold in a food market in China, and what happens when wild animals are used commercially (a pangolin may have been the original host for the virus, having been infected by bats).Social studies are as easy as calculating a child’s social network and mapping how it has changed.Civics can be taught by asking children to do a good deed for others like checking up on a senior or doing some yard work (when it can be done safely).Physical fitness and every aspect of health studies should be a breeze when everyone is discussing handwashing, mental health and the right amount of sleep to grow healthy brains. An exercise routine and downtime from being online is all part of a good schedule at home.To perfect language skills, reading together with little ones, or keeping a daily journal or online blog if a child is older, are great ways to get children reading and writing. So  are letters and emails to extended family members when visits aren’t possible.Rather than struggling to teach children curriculum that has little to do with what they are living now, use the experience of being at home during a pandemic as the basis for a child’s learning. Be creative. There is no subject that can’t be taught in your home. Post your ideas for others to see. Better yet, have your child post their own lesson plans and in the process improve their literacy skills.Use the curriculum provided by teachers, but let it inspire new approaches to teaching the same content. While I certainly couldn’t take on calculus, there are plenty of ways to learn statistics online and to apply these ideas to probabilities of infection.Older children will need more structure and should be expected to advance through their standard curriculum, but even then, it will be more meaningful and easier to motivate them to do their studies if they can see the application of those ideas to their world now and, even better, let them teach their parents things we adults don’t understand. Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSChoresCoronavirusCreative IdeasEducationHomeschoolingLesson Plans Previous articleTask force: Schools reopening, affordable child care keys to reviving Florida’s economyNext articleDeSantis to call on Florida lawmakers to ‘divest’ in Chinese-owned companies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Blackbaud to support Microsoft SQL Server 2000

first_imgBlackbaud to support Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Blackbaud, the technology provider for non-profits and educational institutions, will be offering Microsoft® SQL Server„¢ 2000 versions of its applications.The SQL Server solution will be released in early summer, say Blackbaud, and others will follow.Blackbaud’s Chief Technology Officer Shaun Sullivan explained the firm’s choice of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 as a database engine for its products. Its “combination of ease and speed is exactly what nonprofit and education professionals need to help them get their jobs done quickly and effectively.“Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is a world-class database, and Microsoft is continually improving the product line. By migrating to this platform, Blackbaud is best positioned to leverage this constant innovation,” he added.The first product to use Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is version 7.2 of The Financial Edge(tm), the company’s financial management software for non-profits, which should be released this month.The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 version of fundraising database The Raiser’s Edge® will be released “later in 2003.” Tagged with: Finance Individual giving Technology Advertisement  79 total views,  1 views today 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 16 June 2003 | News  80 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Censorship and seizures in runup to general elections

first_img BrazilAmericas News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil September 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Censorship and seizures in runup to general elections Follow the news on Brazil RSF_en BrazilAmericas Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned measures taken by courts in Brasilia and the southeastern state of Minas Gerais aimed at gagging the press just a few weeks before the 1 October general elections.“It does not take a degree in rocket science to know what Brasilia’s regional electoral court seems to have realised, that press revelations about candidates can have a major impact on elections,” the press freedom organisation said. “But this is not a matter for the courts, unless they accept that they take orders from politicians. It is up to the public to form their opinions on the basis of the information they have a right to receive.”Judge Roberval Casemiro Belinati of the Brasilia federal district electoral tribunal issued an order on 27 August banning all news media in his region from reporting the content or even referring to the existence of a conversation between two politicians that was recorded, transcribed and posted on a website.The judge did this at the request of one of the two politicians involved, former Brasilia federal district governor Joaquim Roriz. In the recorded conversation between him and his lawyer, Eri Varela, a federal parliamentary candidate, Roriz was extremely critical of parliamentary representative José Roberto Arruda, the front-runner in the current race for the Brasilia governorship.On the morning of 27 August, journalist Ricardo Noblat posted the transcript of the conversation on his blog on the website of the O Estado de São Paulo (“O Estadão”) newspaper. A judicial official went to O Estadão’s office in Brasilia with a publication ban on the evening of the same day, but by then Arruda had already announced his intention to sue Roriz. Judge Belinati’s position was that the publication of the conversation could affect the electoral prospects of the politicians involved.On 30 August, federal police burst into the offices of the weekly Hoje in Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais state) and seized computers and other office equipment. Hoje editor Joseti Alves said his newspaper had been charged with “an electoral crime” for revealing alleged irregularities by federal parliamentary representative Carlos Melles, who used to be tourism minister.Undistributed copies of the 9 February issue of the magazine Revista do Observatório Social were seized in Ouro Preto (also in Minas Gerais state) during the second half of August. The issue contained a report entitled “The Stone Age” about children who work in a Minas Gerais talc mine. The copies were seized as a result of a 30 June court ruling that the magazine broke a law banning the publication of photos of minors without permission. The same law also bans child labour. May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policiescenter_img Reports Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lebanese freelancer abducted by armed opposition group

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further October 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lebanese freelancer abducted by armed opposition group Related documents 121027_syrie_ar-2.pdfPDF – 44.2 KB Organisation Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Fidaa Itani, a Lebanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped at a checkpoint between the Syrian town of A’azaz and the Turkish border, and calls for his immediate release. His abduction has been confirmed by his brother.A group calling itself the “A’azaz Northern Storm Brigade” posted a communiqué on its Facebook page today claiming reasonability for Itani’s abduction.It said: “It was established, after an investigation, that the journalist Fidaa Itani’s work is incompatible with the revolution (…) so we have placed him under house arrest for a short period. He will be released when we have obtained the rest of the information we have requested about him.”Accompanied by a photo of Itani, the communiqué did not say when he was detained or where he is being held. “His reports and videos do not prove his involvement in groups hostile to the revolution, but his journalistic work does not allow him to remain in areas controlled by the revolutionaries,” it added.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate and unconditional release and points out that journalists’ work is not supposed to be “compatible” with the vision of any of the forces in the field.His brother, Hussam Itani, told Reporters Without Borders: “Fidaa was supposed to return to Beirut on 25 October. When I saw that he had not returned, I tried to call him and sent him texts. Getting no reply, I assumed there was a communication problem until the Northern Storm Brigade published its communiqué this morning. I called a member of the brigade, who confirmed that they had Fidaa and were interrogating him. I was not allowed to speak to him.”Lebanon’s National New Agency (NNA) also reported that Itani has been placed under “house arrest” and would be released “soon” by members of the Syrian opposition.Itani works for the Lebanese TV station LBCI and other TV stations. He used to cover Salafist groups for the daily Al-Akhbar until he left the newspaper four months ago. He covered the Northern Storm Brigade’s abduction of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in August and got in touch with their abductors at the time.Four other foreign journalists who were kidnapped in Syria are still being held by their abductors, if they are still alive. The latest victim before Itani was Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter. A Free Syrian Army faction kidnapped her on 9 October. Two journalists who work for US-funded Al-Hurra TV –Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal and Jordanian reporter Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi – went missing in Aleppo on 20 August. Since then, the only sign of life has been video footage broadcast by the Syrian pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya on 27 August showing Ünal looking tired and with bruises under both eyes.Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Receive email alerts News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Libel suits by intelligence chief and Sarkozy aide over spying allegations

first_img News News Reporters Without Borders does not know whether to be amused or dismayed by the libel suits that presidential chief of staff Claude Guéant and domestic intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini have brought against the online newspaper Mediapart and the weekly Le Canard Enchaîné for accusing them of spying on journalists and tracking their phone calls. Guéant sued Mediapart yesterday. Squarcini sued Le Canard Enchaîné three days ago.“We would like to remind these two senior public servants that rather than take the aggressive approach by going to court, they are perfectly free to explain their actions, to argue and to deny the articles they disagree with,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Press freedom exists for newspapers and for all citizens. We urge them to use it instead of baring their teeth.”“It is clear that they are trying to intimidate. Squarcini’s lawyer recognised this when he warned other journalists not to repeat the allegations made in the offending article in Le Canard. The most incredible aspect of this situation is that it is now up to the journalist to justify themselves. Libel suits reverse the burden of proof. They put the defendants, in this case Mediapart and Le Canard, under an obligation to demonstrate their good faith.”These two media will have to establish that they acted out of a legitimate desire to provide information, conducted a serious investigation, stated the facts in a prudent manner, and did so without personal animosity. These are the four elements that constitute good faith.“In such a sensitive case, one that affects the government at the highest level and involves conflicts of interest and spying, it may not be easy for the two newspapers to convince the judges that these four principles were satisfied, especially if the judges fail to take account of the specific characteristics of the case and the fact that the subject matter of the articles was of exceptional public interest.”Reporters Without Borders has three specific requests. Firstly, it calls for Squarcini to be questioned by the National Assembly. Secondly, it urges the mobile phone companies to respond to the alarming allegations that they readily surrendered call records.And thirdly, it calls on the authorities to follow the recommendations of the National Commission for the Control of Security Intercepts (CNCIS), which were indirectly confirmed in a recent note from the prime minister’s office. The CNCIS is an independent oversight body that was set up in July 1991 to supervise the monitoring of phone calls. It was created in response to a European Court of Human Rights ruling (24 April 1990, Huvig and Kruslin v. France) that France violated the right to privacy (article 8 of the European Convention) in a phone-tapping case.The head of the Central Directorate for Internal Intelligence (DCRI), Squarcini is suing Le Canard’s publisher, Michel Gaillard, and its editor, Claude Angeli, who wrote the offending article accusing him of supervising the illegal surveillance of journalists. Guéant, whose official title is secretary-general of the Elysée Palace, is suing Mediapart for accusing him of supervising the surveillance of two of its journalists.Chronology of spying allegationsSeptember:- Le Monde accuses the Elysée of using the domestic intelligence services to identify David Sénat, an adviser to the justice minister, as a source for Le Monde reporter Gérard Davet’s articles about alleged illegal financing of the ruling party by L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. – Le Monde brings a criminal action accusing “persons unknown” of violating the confidentiality of its sources.- The National Commission for the Control of Security Intercepts says the police obtained Sénat’s phone records illegally.October:- The computers of Le Monde journalist Gérard Davet and Le Point journalist Hervé Gattegno are stolen. Two Mediapart laptops are also stolen.November:- It is alleged that journalists working on the Bettencourt story and another story have been the target of GPS tracking by the intelligence services in an attempt to identify their sources.- France Info reports that the prime minister’s office sent a memo to the interior ministry in October reminding the intelligence services that it is illegal for them to obtain detailed copies of clients’ phone bills directly from telephone companies.France is ranked 44th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. There is every chance that it could fall even lower next year. RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story RSF_en November 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libel suits by intelligence chief and Sarkozy aide over spying allegations FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Receive email alerts Newscenter_img June 4, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

On Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s 30th anniversary, still no word of journalist arrested in 1973

first_img As Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi today inaugurated festivities marking the 30th anniversary of his proclamation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Reporters Without Borders pointed out that there is still no news of Abdullah Ali Al-Sanussi Al-Darrat, a journalist who was arrested 34 years ago.“Six months after we visited Libya, nothing has changed,” the press freedom organisation said. “The authorities still have not given us any information about Al-Darrat, who has spent more time in prison than any other journalist in the world, or about the murder of journalist Daif Al Ghazal in 2005. The detente in Libya’s international relations has had no impact on its internal policies and it continues to be one of the world’s most repressive regimes as regards domestic critics.”Now aged about 60, Al-Darrat was arrested in 1973. Thirty-four years have gone by, but the circumstances of his arrest are still not known. Attempts by international human rights organisations to find out what has happened to him have all been in vain. Many observers think he probably died in detention but all requests to the Libyan authorities for information have remained unanswered.Meanwhile, those responsible for the murder of Al Ghazal, whose mutilated body was found on 1 June 2005, have still not been arrested and tried. Prior to his death, Al Ghazal wrote articles that were extremely critical of the government and the Movement of Revolutionary Committees.Libya became a “state of the masses” on 2 March 1977 in line with the “third universal theory” developed by Gaddafi in his Green Book. The “brother leader” says in his book that only the media that speaks in the name of the people are allowed and that “it is not democratically acceptable that an individual should own a means of dissemination and information (…) In this way, what the world calls ‘the problem of press freedom’ is definitively and democratically resolved.”A Reporters Without Borders team visited Libya from 13 to 17 September at the invitation of the Union of Libyan Journalists. This was the press freedom organisation’s first visit since it was formed in 1985. The team was able to meeting journalists, civil servants and government officials. March 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s 30th anniversary, still no word of journalist arrested in 1973 News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Organisation On the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, ReportersWithout Borders calls on the Libyan authorities to produce proof that Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat, ajournalist arrested in 1973, is still alive. Receive email alerts LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom News Follow the news on Libya News RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more June 24, 2020 Find out more to go further Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Telangana HC Issues Notice To Centre, State Over Illegal Sales Of Drugs [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesTelangana HC Issues Notice To Centre, State Over Illegal Sales Of Drugs [Read Order] Mehal Jain29 May 2020 5:20 AMShare This – xAmidst the nation-wide COVID scare, the Telangana High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the state on a PIL alleging that most of the Chemists and Druggists stores are run in the absence of a recognised Pharmacist, seeking the implementation of the various provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Pharmacy Act. “Most of the medicines are supplied without…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?LoginAmidst the nation-wide COVID scare, the Telangana High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the state on a PIL alleging that most of the Chemists and Druggists stores are run in the absence of a recognised Pharmacist, seeking the implementation of the various provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Pharmacy Act. “Most of the medicines are supplied without interpreting the prescription of the Doctor by impersonating as a Pharmacist and endangering the health of the Patient”, avers the letter by A. Seetharam Babu, a pharmacist by occupation, which was converted into a PIL by the Chief Justice-led bench. The plea contends that the medicines are sold without implementing section 42 of the Pharmacy Act and Rule 65(1) and (2) framed under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act. Section 42 mandates that no person other than a registered pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner. Its contravention is punishable with imprisonment of upto 6 months and/or fine. The aforesaid Rule stipulates the conditions of license of a drug store- Any drug shall, if compounded or made on the licensee’s premises be compounded or made by or under the direct and personal supervision of a registered Pharmacist. The supply, otherwise than by way of wholesale dealing, of any drug supplied on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner shall be effected only by or under the personal supervision of a registered Pharmacist. “Every licensed Pharmacist must report to their respective Drugs Inspector electronically either by taking a photo from the licensed store or sending the same along with the location by biometric reporting, as is being done at Ration Shop PDS, both log in and log out”, points out the plea. The petition prays for a direction to the Respondents to issue necessary orders for strict implementation of Rules regarding selling of H1 and other drugs only against prescription and also following the guidelines for preserving and forwarding the evidence to the concerned authority. Further, a direction is sought to the Drugs Inspectors to examine the record of the licensee as per Section 22 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]  Next Storylast_img read more

[Harper Collins Case] After Parties Fail To Arrive At Mutual Settlement, Delhi HC Decides To Adjudicate On Merits

first_imgNews Updates[Harper Collins Case] After Parties Fail To Arrive At Mutual Settlement, Delhi HC Decides To Adjudicate On Merits LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Sep 2020 4:25 AMShare This – xA Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on the appeal filed Harper Collins Publishers against the order of a Delhi civil court which restrained the publication of the book “Gunning for the Godman: The True Story Behind Asaram Bapu’s Conviction”. During the course of hearing today, Justice Waziri noted that 5,000 books had already…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 Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on the appeal filed Harper Collins Publishers against the order of a Delhi civil court which restrained the publication of the book “Gunning for the Godman: The True Story Behind Asaram Bapu’s Conviction”. During the course of hearing today, Justice Waziri noted that 5,000 books had already been printed. Thus, he orally remarked that these many books “cannot be undone” and suggested the parties to arrive at a “mutual closure”. However, after seeking instructions, Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat, appearing for the respondent,  asked the Court to adjudicate on merits. Kamat argued that the Court had to strike a balance between 5,000 books of a Publication House and the Reputation and Right to fair Trial of the Defendant/Plaintiff, who was co-convicted as Asaram’s aide.Yesterday, the Court had heard Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal for the publisher and Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat for the respondent Sanchita Gupta for over an hour. The Court had inquired from Mr. Kamat if there is any Judgment on pre-censorship in cases of conviction.Responding to this query today, Kamat referred to a Division bench Judgment of the Bombay HC in Mushtaq Moosa v. Govt of India where publication of a film, based on the book Black Friday, pending appeals filed by the Bombay blast accused, was restrained.Reading out excerpts from the Judgment, Kamat said “Extreme proposition that judges are never influenced or impressed by extraneous publications is difficult to be accepted”.Kamat argued that release of the book will cause an irreparable damage to the Defendant/Plaintiff’s reputation and will adversely affect her Right to a fair trial.At this juncture, Sr Adv Sibal intervened and pointed out that Mr. Kamat had conveniently missed an important aspect of Mushtaq Moosa Judgment. He pointed out that the Bombay HC had passed the injunction order in the above case only until delivery of Judgment by the TADA Court.”Film was permitted to be released until passing of Judgment. Where is censorship after conviction? Mr. Kamat has conveniently missed the operative part,” Sibal argued.He further submitted that he is not denying that the Respondent/Plaintiff has a right to reputation. He said that the book should be released and if the Plaintiff is aggrieved, she may file a suit for defamation. However, he added that he shall take the defence of Truth in those proceedings as the book was based on the facts disclosed in the conviction Judgment rendered by the Special POCSO Court, Jodhpur.After that, the judge urged the parties to explore the scope and settlement and adjourned the hearing for sometime.Later, the parties told the bench that settlement failed.Justice Waziri has reserved judgment and the order is likely to be released on the HC website. The book, alleged to be a true story of the facts surrounding the conviction of self-styled godman Aasaram Bapu was authored by Ajay Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur and Sanjiv Mathur. It was scheduled to be released last Saturday. The impugned order was passed ex-parte on September 4 by the Additional District Court, Patiala House in Delhi restraining its publication in a suit filed by Sanchita Gupta, who was convicted as an aide of the self-styled godman in a case related to rape of a minor. The Civil Court observed that the publication of the book could cause irreparable harm to the reputation of the plaintiff. During the course of the hearing yesterday, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Harper Collins, submitted that the law on ex-parte injunction against publication is that the plaintiff has to show utmost good faith. However, in the instant case, the plaintiff did not approach the court with clean hands, as the judgment of the trial court that convicted and sentenced her was not appended along with the plaint. “What the Respondent/Plaintiff claims to be Defamatory, are observations made by the Court. They have suppressed material facts by not annexing the Judgment. On this ground alone, the application should be dismissed”, Sibal argued. He pointed out that the High Court has only suspended the sentence and that the conviction is still in operation. He further submitted that while passing the impugned order, the trial court fell into “serious error” in not considering the settled principles of law against pre-publication censorship which is unconstitutional as it is against the right to freedom of expression under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India. Sibal further submitted that the plaintiff approached the court on the last minute, just a day before the scheduled publication even though the publication was announced in media in the last week of July, and this factor should be held against them. Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat (assisted by Advocates Rajesh Inamdar, Naman Joshi and Karan Khanuja), appearing for the respondent/plaintiff, submitted that the matter was still sub-judice, and the publication of the book can cause prejudice to the appeal and tarnish her reputation. “If tomorrow the Special Court Judgment is reversed by the HC, the book, standing with all its disclaimers, will be available in market. This will tarnish the reputation of Respondent/Plaintiff forever”, Kamat submitted. Kamat further submitted that the publisher should approach the trial court first, seeking vacation of the interim order by filing an application under Order 39 Rule 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure. When Kamat submitted that the book has dramatized the events, Justice Waziri orally remarked, “There has to be some license for the writer to write in a particular way. It cannot be drab like recording evidence”. Kamat also referred to the order passed by the High Court against the movie ‘Batla Hosue’. Justice Waziri replied that the said order was passed not on contest but after the film-makers voluntarily agreed to make changes. Kamat next referred to an order passed against the publication of a documentary on Nirbhaya case. Justice Waziri replied that it was passed after the Delhi police took the stand that the publication could affect the trial, which was pending then. Kamat also referred to the pre-publication restraint passed against Juggernaut from publishing a book on Baba Ramdev. At this juncture, Sibal, saying that he had appeared in the Ramdev case, submitted that it was not a case of conviction and that it was passed after the court found that there were some misstatements made against him. Sibal said that if the argument of the respondent is accepted, it would mean that even a judgment cannot be published or discussed. Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports over 70,000 new cases for first time since July

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.Over 41.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country to country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 223,051 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 893,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 871,000 cases and over 768,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 23, 6:54 amUS reports over 70,000 new cases for first time since JulyThere were 71,671 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the highest daily tally the country has reported since mid-July, almost surpassing the national record of more than 77,000 new cases in a single day. The latest case count was also nearly 9,000 more than the previous day.An additional 856 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Thursday, down by from a peak of 2,666 new deaths in mid-April.A total of 8,409,312 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 223,051 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks and is now averaging around 60,000 per day.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more