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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Get to know Daniel Brennan, the son of Trevor and the prop who guided France to glory in the U20 Six Nations in 2018 Toulouse is a great club but I wasn’t getting enough opportunities, so I decided I needed to leave to get more games. I had interest from Clermont, Castres and Munster but I wanted to stay in the French system.I had a chat with Vern Cotter, the Montpellier coach, and was impressed, and there will be the chance to learn from Jannie du Plessis, one of the best tightheads around.How do you unwind away from rugby? PlayStation, hang out with friends. When it’s not raining, I do a bit of fishing.Do you fancy your chances in the U20 World Championship? The fact it’s in France is great. We won the Six Nations but lost to England so didn’t get the Grand Slam, but we’re in a good place and should go in with confidence.Are you dreaming of playing at RWC 2023? I think it’s in the back of all our minds. French rugby has had some tough years but it’s not dead and things are going to start changing. We’re the future and I don’t see why if we work hard we can’t win in 2023. Hotshot: France U20 prop Daniel BrennanDate of birth 23 September 1998 Born Dublin Country France Position TightheadHow much of an influence has your dad, Trevor, been on your career? Not much at the start. I played football, ice hockey and judo. I’d sometimes go training with dad when he was playing for Toulouse but he never pressurised me to play rugby.So how did you get into rugby? RWC 2007 inspired me and my friends, so we started playing. I fell in love with it.How hard was it to choose between France and Ireland? I’m proud of my Irish blood but I’ve played all my rugby in France. The country has been good to me and my family, and I love pulling on that French jersey.French success: Daniel Brennan lifts the U20 Six Nations trophy (Getty Images)What are your strengths? My carrying is pretty good and I’m working hard to improve the technical side of my game. It’s going well but I’ve got a lot to learn.Why are you leaving Toulouse for Montpellier? Power surge: France’s Daniel Brennan looks to make ground against Ireland (Inpho) RW VERDICT: Trevor Brennan won 13 Ireland caps and Daniel looks set to follow in his footsteps – but in the blue of France. A teenager who stands 6ft 3in and weighs 20st, Daniel’s decision to join Montpellier should fast-track his development.This article originally appearing in the June 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Research for London-based headhunting consultancy McGraw Stone reveals that a quarter of workers in the not-for-profit sector who are thinking of changing jobs would not move solely to earn a higher income. A further 13% said that they would move to a job paying the same as their current one.Job satisfaction or security are not surprisingly not the only criteria for charity staff. The survey reports that 62% are seeking either a bit more (31%) or a lot more (31%) money.The not-for-profit sector was not the only sector in which staff reported that money alone would not tempt them from their current position. Nick Davies, McGraw Stone’s managing partner, said: “As well as charity employees, these include education where 22% would not be tempted by pay; public sector 18%; and retail/ service workers 17%. 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. More money alone not enough to lure one in four charity job seekers 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Recruitment / people Research / statistics Howard Lake | 4 September 2009 | News “It seems that some sectors attract individuals who are less motivated by money than by other rewards such as job satisfaction, security or a desire to be a useful member of society.”In contrast, all those surveyed in the utility sector who are thinking of moving are seeking the same or more pay.While none of the not-for-profit sector workers was prepared to move for less money, 13% of those in media and entertainment and one in ten of those in travel and leisure said they would.The survey reveals that a quarter of those in the charity sector are considering changing jobs, compared with one in ten of the population as a whole.The figures are based on a survey of 826 adults carried out in August 2009 by online research company fast.MAP.www.mcgrawstone.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
377 total views, 2 views today Helen Goulden, Chief Executive Officer of The Young Foundation, added:‘This report makes strong and clear recommendations for supporting stronger communities as we emerge into a long period of uncertainty and recovery. Like never before, we are seeing the potential of a society and economy with community and well-being at its heart. At the Young Foundation, we understand that it is the twin power of imagination and implementation – of both thinking and doing – that creates positive social change. This report presents another clarion call for action to which we should all be paying attention.” Cross-sector report calls for new social contract to support community development Tagged with: Research / statistics 378 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 A new ‘social contract’ that promotes greater equality, increased opportunities and wider collective action is needed to create a more secure and sustainable future for UK communities, says a new report.The report, Resilient Communities, by Cumberland Lodge, in partnership with The Young Foundation, responds to recent events and developments such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Grenfell Tower fire, the Windrush scandal, and the global climate and refugee crises.It calls for greater collaboration between the private and public sector to drive change, stating that funding alone is not enough and that community-focused and community-driven approaches must be at the core of any development initiative.The report draws on the collective experience of policymakers, business representatives, academics and research students, young people, faith leaders, activists and civil society practitioners, to examine ways of helping communities in the UK become more resilient, and provides a series of research-backed, practical ideas.Published in two parts, the first reviews existing research and examples of best practice, highlighting challenges to community cohesion and resilience in the UK and approaches to strengthening it through collaborative and active citizenship, faith-based communities, the arts and culture, sports and community leisure, business and entrepreneurship, and education.Part II presents 24 specific recommendations for UK policymakers and practitioners, to support greater community resilience. These are grouped around five key ideas that emerged from cross-sector conversations and research carried out earlier this year:Fostering stronger community leadership and decision-making‘Widening the circle’, to hear more voicesDeveloping and increasing community spaces and community ownershipFocusing the monitoring and evaluation of community resilience on meaningful impactBuilding on shared wisdom, to help create a better future.The report was authored by Dr Sinéad Fitzsimons, a Research Officer in Education and Development at Cambridge Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.She said:“This project has highlighted that funding alone will not lead to long-lasting community development. Increasing funding will make a difference, but more importantly, that funding needs to be used effectively. Both the private and public sector must work together to ensure that community-focused and community-driven approaches are at the core of any development initiative.‘The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted additional challenges for communities. Although we could not have foreseen what would happen when we started this work, in many ways it is the ideal time to share the recommendations that have emerged, since the way many people think about community life is already changing.‘A new social contract is needed that promotes greater equality, increased opportunities and wider collective action to create a more secure and sustainable future for all communities across the UK, including community members that have previously been forgotten or disenfranchised.” Advertisement Melanie May | 4 August 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
However, we believe that much needs to be done immediately to ensure that Sri Lanka’s journalists and independent news media in Sinhala, Tamil and English enjoy the freedom and safety to which they are entitled in a democracy. ARTICLE 19Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Media Support (IMS)International News Safety Institute (INSI)International Press Institute (IPI)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) Related documents Open_Letter_to_President_Sri_Lanka_-_July_09_Sin_.pdfPDF – 30.66 KBOpen_Letter_to_President_Sri_Lanka_-_July_09_Tam_.pdfPDF – 42.08 KB We welcome your recent statement ensuring the safety of Tamil-language media outlets following a series of harrowing attacks and death threats against their personnel. RSF_en The International Mission would therefore like to propose to you and your Government a 11-point plan to redress the perilous press freedom environment in Sri Lanka: Sri LankaAsia – Pacific 5. Provide full and unconditional access to the IDP camps for all media in order to report freely and fairly on the reconstruction process since the end of the war. The media can play a vital role in making sure that the reconstruction and reconciliation efforts are genuine and have real impact to bringing lasting peace. Help by sharing this information Organisation Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out more In October 2006, June 2007 and October 2008 delegations from the International Press Freedom Mission to Sri Lanka, which is comprised of twelve international press freedom and media development organisations, undertook fact-finding and advocacy missions to Sri Lanka. News Follow the news on Sri Lanka 7. Introduce training for the police, army and the intelligence agencies on freedom of expression and the important role of the media in a democratic society. Since 2007, security forces have been allegedly responsible for kidnapping, beating and threatening at least 30 journalists and media workers. 1. Combat impunity through the creation of a Special Prosecutor’s Office for the investigation of crimes against the media with full autonomy to investigate attacks on and assassinations of journalists and to bring those responsible to justice. Several journalists have been killed since 2007, and yet none of these murders has yet been solved. 11. Introduce structural legal reforms to create an enabling environment for a free and independent media including by transforming existing state media into independent public service media, with guaranteed editorial independence, by adopting a strong right to information law and by overhauling broadcast regulation to put it in the hands of an independent regulator with a mandate to regulate in the public interest. News 2. In accordance with international standards on media freedom and freedom of expression, put in place effective measures to ensure that all journalists can work safely, in particular in areas where local council elections will soon take place such as Jaffna and Vavuniya. We, as leading press freedom organisations across the globe, hope that you will give your personal attention to these matters and that you will encourage your government to consolidate a climate in which journalists can work freely and without fear. 3. Release imprisoned journalist J.S. Tissainayagam and his colleagues B. Jasiharan and V. Vallarmathy, who have been detained since March 2008 under the Emergency Regulations, and were later charged under the 2006 Prevention of Terrorism Act. Withdraw all unjustified complaints and lawsuits brought by the police and government against journalists and freedom of expression activists and repeal legal provisions which may be used to punish journalists for engaging in legitimate media work, including those found in anti-terrorism legislation. Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial 9. Invite the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom and Expression to visit Sri Lanka, in line with your Government’s commitments to the Human rights Council in 2006. We are aware that the task you face is enormous, but we hope that your conviction to ensure a prosperous and democratic future for Sri Lanka will lead you to make it a priority to strengthen press freedom as a vital pillar in the reconstruction of a unified Sri Lanka. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific 10. Work with the state-owned media to ensure the immediate end to direct verbal attacks and threats against independent journalists and press freedom activists, which has in particular promoted the unethical spread of accusations portraying the media as LTTE-supporters in a concerted hate campaign that has put several journalists lives in unnecessary danger. to go further International Press Freedom Mission to Sri Lanka16 July 2009 6. Repeal the Press Council Act No. 5 of 1973, which includes powers to fine and/or impose criminal measures, including sentencing journalists, editors and publishers to lengthy prison terms. Instead, allow the media to strengthen the existing self-regulatory mechanism, in accordance with democratic practices. 8. Award financial compensation to journalists who have been arbitrarily detained, beaten or otherwise harassed by security forces. Those organisations joining this statement from the International Mission group include: January 13, 2021 Find out more July 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open Letter to His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa The International Press Freedom Mission to Sri Lanka, which is comprised of representatives from the world’s media community, including Reporters Without Borders, is extremely concerned over the ongoing spate of violent attacks against the media. However, in spite of the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the deterioration of the press freedom situation in the country has continued. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News July 29, 2020 Find out more 4. Release the first results of the investigation into the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009.
Community News Community News On Friday, May 2, 2014, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley hosted its 3rd Annual Womenâ€™s Leadership and Networking Day. This day-long inspirational conference was held at Twin Palms Restaurant and Lounge in Pasadena. The Womenâ€™s Leadership and Networking Day provided the opportunity to hear from seven unique women who have followed their passions and utilized their strengths to reach their professional goals.Guest speakers included: Phlunte Riddle â€“ Phlunte Riddle Group; Ursula Hyman, Esq. – Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP (Ret.); Melody Godfred, Esq. – Founder, Write In Color; Rosemarie Pilpa, PhD. – Biotechnologist & Patent Scientist; Michelle Martinez – City of Santa Ana Councilwoman; Lilli Cloud – Founder of Bluefeet Co.; and featured Susanne Whatley of KPCC 89.3 FM as emcee.This event, produced by the YWCAâ€™s Womenâ€™s Leadership & Networking Day committee, was chaired by Paula Stamp and Kelsey Szamet. This event served as a means of sharing wisdom and advice to empower women in their careers and personal life, as well as an opportunity to make professional connections with other women in a variety of fields.â€œThe energy in the room was palpable as 100 women came together to share, inspire and empower each other,â€ said Sharalyn Hamilton, Executive Director.The event brought together over 100 women of all ages and stages of their professional lives: career women, retired women, young professionals, and students. Guests attending were able to network and share personal stories and insight about their varied career fields and future goals.YWCA-Pasadena expresses their gratitude to their committed sponsors: PCL Construction, Gruen Associates, The Law Office of Angeline Chen, Salted Stone, Carmen Vargas & Christopher Garrido, Ellenâ€™s Silkscreening, Pasadena Magazine, and Business Life Magazine. Special thanks to Cam Sanders, our event photographer.About the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill ValleyThe YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley began over 108 years ago to meet the needs of young women in Pasadena. Its programs address the mission of the national organization, â€œeliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.â€ More information about the YWCA is available at www.ywca-pasadena.org. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Gatherings YWCA Pasadena-Foothil Valley Celebrates the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership and Networking Day STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 4:00 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
NewsLocal NewsMinister adds to concern regarding Knock Airport competitionBy admin – April 5, 2012 683 Linkedin Advertisement Print Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleMunster face Ulster in Heineken Cup showdownNext articleNo allowance for carers not habitually resident in country admin Email Twitter “The key thing is that Shannon is successful financially and brings investment and jobs to the area.”DURING his recent visit to Foynes the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar increased local concern that Knock Airport could overtake Shannon on passenger figures if the current set-up of the latter continues. Minister Varadkar was in the region to attend the launch of a National Aviation Award at the Foynes Flying Museum and a Shannon Chamber spring lunch.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When asked by the Limerick Post whether he would be supporting the full implementation of the recently published Booz Report, which recommended the separation of Shannon from the DAA, the minister said aspects of it would be taken on board.“We are going through due diligence and there is a lot of detailed work that has to happen within the companies in the Department to see how the report can be implemented before I go back to government looking for a formal decision in April”.He said that Knock Airport is outperforming Shannon, and that while the Mayo airport receives €2 million in government grants each year, Shannon gets €7 million per annum from the DAA.“There is a possibility that Knock could overtake Shannon in terms of passenger numbers, with Shannon down 20% in figures and Knock on the increase.“It’s clear that the structures around Shannon don’t work and now is the time to make decisions to change this”.“The key thing for me with a decision on Shannon is that it is a success financially and brings investment and jobs to the area as well as turning the airport and the airport complex around”.He added that the “halfway house” of the DAA was not working as there is no autonomy for the airport’s board.“I do think there is a strong case for the separation of Shannon but to make it work it would need to be more than a passenger airport and would have to develop the lands around it for aviation industry and that would need tax arrangements to make it possible.“I’m only for its separation – if we can be confident the move will the airport around”.
WhatsApp A Texas ranger walks outside the ambulance entrance at Medical Center Hospital after three sheriff deputies were shot in the line of duty Monday night in North Odessa. The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to publish a proposed tax rate of $1.22975 per $100 valuation for 2018 during a special board meeting Monday.They voted to adopt the tax rate for fiscal year 2018-19 before receiving the certified appraisal roll and before adopting a budget. The vote on this was 5-0-1 with Board President Carol Gregg abstaining.Board Secretary Donna Smith was absent.They also approved a request to determine the amount of proposed tax rate to be published to give notice of a future board meeting to discuss and adopt the proposed tax rate. This was a 4-2 vote with Gregg and trustee Delma Abalos voting against it.This is a prelude to calling a tax ratification election for September. Mike Atkins, the attorney for the school district, said the election would have to be called June 15.A bond and tax ratification election failed in November 2017.Over the last three years, Superintendent Tom Crowe has said $30 million has been cut out of the budget. With the estimated increase in assessed values, he said the district will get about $14 million. If a TRE is approved by voters, it would bring in about $11 million.The board has tentatively set a June 15 meeting to adopt a tax rate. Atkins said if at that meeting they adopt a tax rate that exceeds the rollback rate, they would have a future meeting, possibly on June 26, to call a tax ratification election.If the 8 cents is added, the tax rate would be $1.22975 per $100 valuation adding $89 to the average home price of $170,587. But with an estimated 4 percent increase in property values, the total increase to the average home would be $152.80, Chief Financial Officer David Harwell said.The current tax rate is a total of $1.15 per $100 valuation.If on June 15 the board doesn’t call a TRE, the tax rate would stay at $1.04, Atkins said.Atkins told the board that having a tiered TRE where voters could be offered options on what the tax dollars would go for was not allowed.When the bond and TRE failed in November, the tax bills had already gone out so the district had to pay $50,000 to have them reprinted.Although they acknowledged that there is a need for added revenue from a TRE, Gregg and Abalos said they did not feel like they were prepared to support a one.Gregg said she doesn’t think there is enough community support and there is not enough time to spell out why it’s needed.Gregg and Abalos said they would like more community input so any TRE would have broad-based support.Crowe said he presented the TRE at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce retreat and it was well received.Board Vice President Doyle Woodall said he would have some issues with raising the tax rate because he has no confidence that a TRE will pass, even though he, like the other board members, say it is desperately needed.Woodall said he doesn’t have any problem posting the proposed $1.22975 tax rate, but he wants to talk to people and see if there is support. He said the money is needed for the students, but he doesn’t want to waste taxpayer dollars if it’s not going to pass.Board member Nelson Minyard said there would be plenty of time to present the TRE to the public.Both Gregg and Abalos said they have asked community members for their opinions and they aren’t positive about it. They want more information and more time. Abalos said she would like to have teachers and parents behind the TRE.Board members also said Crowe’s retirement in December would also make it more difficult to recruit a new school chief if the tax election failed.Board member Steve Brown said they have a preconceived notion that a TRE will fail. He said part of their role as trustees is to inform the public and people tell him they’re ready to vote for a TRE.Brown said the board has a responsibility to the public to let them decide.Gregg said the last time the election wasn’t even close.Brown said having the bond election and TRE at the same time was not a wise move, but everything was done with the best interest of the students in mind.Gregg and Abalos said they found the idea that all of the board members don’t have the best interest of students in mind is offensive.Karen Howard-Winters, a bond advisory committee member, said she didn’t know the discussion on the tax rate and TRE was going on. She heard about it at the election office Monday.“We were not apprised and I felt that we were kind of left out of the decision to move forward with this election and I thought that maybe we should have been more in the loop,” Howard-Winters said.“I don’t want to say anything bad about the school district because I want what’s best for the kids — all of us do,” she said.Howard-Winters added that she thought the district and bond committee would be more in tune with each other on something “that was this important.”The bond advisory committee next meets on June 11.“Being part of the bond committee, I thought we would be all of us are trying to do what’s right for the kids and I’m 110 percent behind Mr. Crowe and what he is doing for the kids. I do believe that he has the kids’ best interests at heart. I really do believe that, however, that being said I really do wish that we had been apprised of this prior to when we were going to meet again,” Howard-Winters said.Lorraine Perryman, who is involved in the Education Foundation and the Education Partnership, said she thought the board was “very confused” about this process during Monday’s meeting.“I think if the school board is confused, the community will be very confused because they’re the ones that are supposed to understand this before they cast a vote, and having sat in the meeting, it was very clear that they did not understand either,” Perryman said.Perryman said the board has 10 days to discuss this with the community and get input, which is too little, too late.“I’m afraid that the same mistakes are being made that were made last time. They have understood that the TRE and the bond need to be on separate ballots. That is progress, but both things should be community driven,” Perryman said.“The community should be the one that brings this up from the grassroots and not have an edict come down from the school district, yet again, without community participation. Even the bond advisory committee has not discussed this and that is a group of (70) citizens that are trying to work with the school district,” she said. “That is a very obvious group that should have been talked to.”Perryman added that the Education Partnership should have been consulted, or been asked to put it on their agenda. She said the Education Foundation has not been asked to put this on an agenda, nor has it been discussed with them.Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said now that the school board has taken action, they will get an update on the TRE plans.“So even the groups that are the biggest advocates, and I’m a part of every one of those because nobody is a bigger supporter of ECSID than me, and those people that are in those organizations we want what’s best for these kids and this school district, and therefore, our whole community and its future,” Perryman said.“And when it’s being done not from the community up, but the administration down then you’re not going to get broad-based community support to do that and the community needs to be involved in what they want a TRE to cover, how much money it should be and bring those community opinions to the administration and the school board, not the other way around,” Perryman said.She stressed that she believes 100 percent that a TRE is needed, but it would be disheartening if it failed. The entire community needs to feel like it has a part in whatever passes, she said.“I agree with comments made by Carol and Delma that everybody wants what’s best for these kids. Because we don’t think it’s being done correctly right now does not mean we don’t want what’s best for kids. … In fact, we want what’s best for kids even more because we want to do in a way that will increase the possibility of passage and the community will get behind it; not top down, but bottom up,” Perryman said.More Information Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOPD charges three with methamphetamine possessionNext articleGOOD NEWS: Sul Ross names Museum of the Big Bend Director admin Local NewsGovernment Twitter Facebook By admin – June 4, 2018 ECISD proposes higher tax rate ECISD. Twitter Pinterest
Top Stories’Question Of Cooperative Federalism; Kerala Police Can’t Examine Correctness Of ED Investigation’ : Solicitor General Tells High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK31 March 2021 12:47 AMShare This – xOpposing the FIR registered by Kerala police against the Enforcement Directorate, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Wednesday submitted before the Kerala High Court that “law never contemplated a situation where one investigation agency is investigating the correctness of another investigating agency”.He was arguing the petition filed by P Radhakrishnan, Deputy Director of ED Kochi Zone…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?LoginOpposing the FIR registered by Kerala police against the Enforcement Directorate, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Wednesday submitted before the Kerala High Court that “law never contemplated a situation where one investigation agency is investigating the correctness of another investigating agency”.He was arguing the petition filed by P Radhakrishnan, Deputy Director of ED Kochi Zone seeking to quash the FIR registered by Kerala Police Crime Branch against “unnamed ED officials” for allegedly coercing gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh to give incriminating statements against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other Ministers.During the hearing today, Tushar Mehta started submissions stating that at the outset, this is a question of wider implication, not just a question of quashing FIR, as it raises “question of cooperative federalism”. A Central Agency(ED) is investigating offences under PMLA, along with Customs and NIA.He added that ED has collected evidence and presented report before the Court, and Local police has also started investigating whether ED’s investigation is correct or not.According to SG Mehta, the first question that arises is that of “cooperative federalism” and what will the repercussion be if this permitted.”A central agency is investigating a case in a state. A potential accused, who is powerful, whether politician or a bureaucrat, is influencing local police to register case against the central agency. If that is the law, no free and fair investigation will be possible.” Mehta saidMehta further submitted that there are certain shocking facts which will shake the conscience of the court.The Kerala Police investigation is a complete ‘abuse of process of law’, which is a ground for the High Court for the interfere under Sec 482.The law, the CrPC, never contemplated a situation where one investigation agency is investigating the correctness of another investigating agency. Justice V G Arun then asked SG Mehta if he’s arguing that the law makers never contemplated such a situation.Solicitor General responded by saying this is an absurd situation and what the local police is now doing is tampering with evidence, which is now before the Court which has taken cognizance.Solicitor General asked if a counter-FIR can be registered against Kerala Police for fabricating evidence.”If their FIR is correct, my FIR will also be correct. Abuse of process of law is so flagrant and so manifest that your lordship’s power under Article 226 read with Section 482 CrPC has to be invoked.” Mehta remarkedSG submitted that the lady, Swapna Suresh, who was in the custody of ED from August 5 to August 17, 2020, has never complained of coercion. The allegation in the impugned FIR is that on 13th August, two lady officers saw that in their presence, she was pressurized to give the statement.”From the recording of a judicial order I can show that the FIR is fabricated.” SG arguedReferring to a remand order which records Swapna’s allegation that she was tortured in ED custody without the presence of women officers, SG Mehta submitted that Kerala police has now said that lady officers were there to protect her.”The FIR says evidence has been fabricated. That is with respect to my evidence on which the Court has taken cognizance. Now another agency will examine if my evidence is correct!” SG remarkedSG further said that Swapna Suresh had said on August 14 that she had no complaints and her only complaint was that no lady officers were present. However, Kerala police FIR says women officers were there, who saw she being pressurized.”Truth has a strange way of coming out. The draftsman of the FIR forgot that the lady(Swapna Suresh) told the Court next day that no lady officers were there, and FIR is now registered on the basis of statements of two lady officers!.” SG stated.At this point, Justice Arun asked SG Mehta if statement of Swapna’s counsel could mean that there was no lady officer from ED.Solicitor General responded by saying that the woman has made no complaint that she was pressurized. She(Swapna) meant that as a woman she was alone, and no lady officer, whether from ED or local police was there.Referring to a statement in the FIR saying that it was registered on the basis of legal opinion, SG Mehta argued that the correct legal opinion should have been, since the allegation is relating to evidence which is before a court, it is only that court which can take cognizance of pressurizing.SG argued that only the Special Judge, PMLA Court can look at the evidence and direct prosecution of the ED officials. But before the any action has been taken by the Court, the local police is now saying that ED’s evidence is fabricated. This is nothing but a malicious case.”My respectful submission is that this can be done only by the Special Judge at the end of the trial. You cannot have a second agency take a second guess at the investigation of another agency, which is placed before a competent court.” SG Mehta submittedSG further added “In every investigation, there will be an allegation in trial that the evidence is fabricated. Will it be rule of law if another agency examines that before the court has had a look on it? It is antithetical to rule of law and constitution.”SG Mehta stated that the lady had several opportunities before a neutral forum and did not have to wait for a lady officer to come with an audio recording to say this. Nowhere, whether directly or indirectly, she has given any statement that she was pressurized. She is not an illiterate lady without any legal assistance.Referring to Court’s findings while refusing bail to Swapna Suresh, SG Mehta stated that her counsel never argued that she was pressurized to give statements.”Two invisible lady constables have given the statement! This is the minimum you’ll check in a genuine preliminary enquiry.” SG Mehta remarked.Justice VG Arun observed that he is convinced that neither this lady nor the other accused have raised any complaint of harassment or compulsion at any point whether before the special judge or this court.Justice VG Arun : I am convinced that neither this lady nor the other accused have raised any complaint of harassment or compulsion at any point whether before the special judge or this court.#KeralaHighCourt #ED #KeralaPolice— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) March 31, 2021 Solicitor General added that even in the statement of Swapna recorded by the Customs before the Magistrate under Section 164, she has not raised any complaint of coercion.”Please see the path which Kerala Police has taken. Not only they will destroy my evidence(ED), but also Customs case and NIA case.” SG stated.”Your lordships have several contemporaneous records, judicial proceedings, which are now sought to be overturned, on a farcical preliminary enquiry, based on statements of “invisible lady officers” SG remarked.SG added that the correct legal opinion should have been to approach the Special Court which has taken cognizance of the matter. If this sort of FIR is allowed, a central agency will not be able to do fair and fearless investigation in a State. This is the wider question.Solicitor General added “This is barred by law. One investigating agency cannot nullify the investigation by another agency.The concept of cooperative federalism is that state and central agencies act in tandem against perpetrators of crime, and not nullify each other.”SG concluded by stating that this is a situation where an investigation agency is saying that the investigation is destroyed and the FIR is illegal and violates even Article 21.Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, who took over the arguments from the SG, submitted before the Court that by invoking Section 116 IPC, the FIR itself admits that no offence is made out as 116 can be invoked only if the offence is not committed. Therefore, there is an admission that offence has not been committed.ASG Raju stated that there is not a whisper in the FIR that an incorrect document has been framed. The ingredients of Section 167 IPC are also not made out. “FIR is vague. It has nothing. Neither head or tail. It makes out no offence.” ASG remarked. The petition was filed by P Radhakrishnan, Deputy Director of ED Kochi Zone seeking to quash the FIR registered by Kerala Police Crime Branch against “unnamed ED officials” for offences under Sections 116, 120B, 167, 192, 193 and 195A of the Indian Penal Code.In its FIR, the Crime Branch accused officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of coercing gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh into implicating the Chief Minister and other ‘influential’ government officials in the gold smuggling case and connected cases.At the hearing last week, the bench ordered that no coercive action be taken against the ED official till the next date of hearing.During the course of proceedings last week, the ASG SV Raju had argued for the ED that the FIR was frivolous, vexatious, and baseless.He had submitted that Section 195(1)(b)(i) of the Code of Criminal Procedure barred taking cognizance of offences connected with and in relation to court proceedings except on a complaint made on behalf of the concerned court.”Therefore, we argue that cognizance could not have been taken on this FIR as the matter relates to an offence connected to and in relation to a court proceeding”, he submitted.On this count, ASG Raju pointed out that Section 195A of the Code of Criminal Procedure used the term complaint as opposed to FIR when prescribing a procedure to institute proceedings for Section 195A IPC offences. On Monday, the Kerala Government filed a counter affidavit in the case before the High Court. In its counter, the Kerala Government charges the ED that it had ulterior motives in filing the writ petition and publishing statements made by the various accused during the course of its investigation into the gold smuggling scam and its various manifestations.The hearing is in progress. Live Updates can be followed hereSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story