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TATEPA Limited ( 2020 Annual Report

first_imgTATEPA Limited ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about TATEPA Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TATEPA Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.TATEPA Limited Annual Report DocumentCompany ProfileTanzania Tea Packers Limited (TATEPA) is an agricultural holding company involved in growing, processing, blending, packing and selling tea in Tanzania and for international export. The company also has interests in growing and distributing avocadoes and tropical fruit. Tatepa Limited holds a 75% stake in Wakulima Tea Company Limited which grows, processes and sells tea for local and export markets; a 74.3% stake in Rungwe Avocado Company Limited which grows, packs and exports avocadoes; and a 54.4% stake in Freshfields Investments Limited. Other subsidiary companies include Kibena Tea Limited which grows and processes tea and Chai Bora Limited which blends, packages and markets packed tea in Tanzania and for international export. TATEPA Limited is listed on the Dar es Salam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stack House / Lazor / Office

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Charlie Lazor ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Save this picture!© Peter VonDelinde+ 17Curated by María Francisca González Share Houses Stack House / Lazor / OfficeSave this projectSaveStack House / Lazor / Office Lead Architects: 2016 Projects CopyHouses•Minneapolis, United States Photographs:  Peter VonDelinde Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Stack House / Lazor / Office ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  2644 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  United States Save this picture!© Peter VonDelindeText description provided by the architects. The Stack House is like a child’s stack of blocks. Solid blocks of private spaces, are stacked in an open, laced pattern to form voids for shared living space. The long and short sides of the blocks are positioned in response to the urban and natural setting of the Stack House. On the mid level, the blocks run perpendicular to the street to open parts of the main living space to the street below and garden behind. On the lower and upper levels, the blocks run parallel to the street to shape privacy for bedrooms, baths and utility spaces. The result of this laced stacking is an open, two-story void of shared space that is simultaneously protected for privacy and immersed in its natural surroundings.To open a view to the lake, visible off the corner of the stack, the mid level block is pushed back from the street, like a move in a Jenga game, thereby making the corner a micro void for solitary contemplation of the water beyond.Save this picture!© Peter VonDelindeSave this picture!Main Floor PlanSave this picture!© Peter VonDelindeContrasting materials of corrugated metal, wood, and glass—express this stacking and shifting on the exterior. Inside, the blocks are carefully carved with curves and surfaced in white oak to shape more intimate spaces to join a family together to share a meal, to recline, read and take in the majestic oak outside, or to play the piano to fill the void with music.Save this picture!© Peter VonDelindeProject gallerySee allShow lessWill Carbon Fiber Revolutionize Architecture as Steel Did in the 19th Century?ArticlesARCASIA TRAVEL PRIZE 2018: KUMIKIOpportunities Share CopyAbout this officeLazor / OfficeOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMinneapolisUnited StatesPublished on March 05, 2018Cite: “Stack House / Lazor / Office” 05 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: Lazor / Office Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: American Standard, Daltile, Eureka Lighting, Kate-Lo Tile black slate, Verconlast_img read more

Raad Villa / Babak Abnar

first_img Houses Raad Villa / Babak Abnar ArchDaily Photographs:  Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Architects: Babak Abnar Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Legrand, Toto, AGT, Adobe, Rasan, Tabriz, Trimble NavigationArchitect In Charge:Babak AbnarConstruction:Sharif Shakeri, Shafa ShakeriClients:Raad GroupCity:BumehenCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. Unlike the traditional architecture that is deeply inspired by spirituality, this villa is designed with the aim of perceiving the bodily experiences. Neither is it reinforced by intellectual stories, backing the design ideas. The goal is to the encounter the inhabitants’ bodies with the four elements (fire, water, air, earth).The credit of any spiritual epiphany or intellectual discourse that is created in accord with this villa cannot be rewarded to the architect but it is of its inhabitants’ imagination.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghThe arid area with a slight slope makes it possible for the eastern and western neighbors to overlook the yard. Therefore, the peripheral walls cannot provide the much needed privacy. In order to provide such necessity, the living spaces are divided into 4+1 blocks to surround the yard. As a result of the interconnection of these blocks the differences between the main and transitional spaces have become exaggerated and hierarchical. That is due to that fact that the spaces between the four blocks (transitional) are of minimum width to allow vegetation to grow nearest to the main spaces.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghAll of the public spaces are located on the ground floor with transparent internal façades are facing each other. This setting creates a possibility for a visual experience in which inhabitants can get a glimpse of the life happening in the other spaces as if they’re watching a silent movie. This extends to the solid blocks which house the private rooms on its top floor and are dressed by heavy material. This was achieved by taking out slices of the stones and exposing what is beneath. These blocks are just like fictional characters that have lifted up part of their cloth to display mystery to you.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!South ElevationSave this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghFurthermore, the intention was to actively encourage constant exposure to at least one element at the time for each person. It begins with the presence of Water in the lap pool and the bedroom’s concrete tub. Wind easily flows through as the low height of transitional space and openness of the 5th block prevent the air entrapment in the central courtyard. Fire originates from the firewood, is lit in the eastern north wing and outside in the 5th block. And finally, earth is feeding the plants near all of the main spaces.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghThe stones are extracted from a local mine with colors familiar to the context. Even the sharp slanted lines are in harmony with mountains in the back. The tangible arches and niches are the only non-physical extensions to this architecture and are only of sentimental value to the client. In short, this architecture can be seen as a juxtaposition of the four elements and man and it is meant to be experienced by its inhabitants’ bodies only. Anything further, is of its users’ abstract and subjective creations.Save this picture!© Mohammad Hassan EttefaghProject gallerySee allShow lessMissouri State University Ozark Education Center / BNIMSelected ProjectsBona Villa Lahao Stone Houses / United Practice ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Area:  410 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2019 “COPY” Iran Year:  Raad Villa / Babak AbnarSave this projectSaveRaad Villa / Babak AbnarSave this picture!© Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh+ 45Curated by Hana Abdel Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeBabak AbnarOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsBumehenOn FacebookIranPublished on August 17, 2020Cite: “Raad Villa / Babak Abnar” 17 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyHouses, House Interiors•Bumehen, Iranlast_img read more

SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY! Trump, capitalism incite mass shootings

first_imgBetween July 31 and August 3, three different white-identified male terrorists killed and wounded dozens of people in Gilroy, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. Three mass shootings in the U.S. in one week.TV announcers blared that this brought the number of U.S. mass shootings in 2019 to over 250. Wikipedia and news articles everywhere put out complete or partial accounts of the heinous crimes.Yet nowhere in the big business media was the overwhelming reason for the killings named. Not “lack of gun control.” Not “mental illness.”But the fact is that the U.S., all of its formal institutions and its “rule of law” are sunk deep in foundations of white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, Christian nationalism and anti-LGBTQ2S+ hatred and a system of murderous capitalism. Those encouraged and practiced hatreds inflicted a terrible toll last week.Just before the assault in Gilroy, the killer went on Instagram to recommend a book glorified by white supremacists and used to justify racism, slavery and colonialism. Then he went out and murdered one African-American person and two Latinx children —  6 and 13 years old — and wounded many others.The El Paso shooter posted a long manifesto, beginning with a statement that his attack was “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” He then drove 9 hours across Texas, which was indisputably part of Mexico until the U.S. stole it in 1848, to the predominantly Latinx area of El Paso, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico. There he shot and killed 22 people and wounded at least 26 more, many gravely. Identifications of those killed are not complete, but at least six Mexican nationals died, according to their embassy, as well as 72-year-old former city bus driver Arturo Benavides and 15-year-old high school student Javier Rodriguez.  It was also reported that some of the wounded did not go to hospitals for fear of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It’s possible that others, for the same reason, did not go to the morgue to identify their loved ones. No information has yet emerged about the ideology of the Dayton killer. But the identity of his victims brutally exposed his hatreds.  The nine people he shot included his 22-year-old sibling, who was a trans man, and six African-American men and women standing nearby.  After the massacres, Trump tweeted the obligatory “thoughts and prayers.” But his real function as the preeminent governmental flag-bearer of divide-and-conquer hatred is on display constantly. At a May 19 Florida rally, he lamented that agents of the Border Patrol are not allowed to turn their guns on im/migrants and demanded, “How do you stop these people?” When someone in the crowd shouted, “Shoot them,” he made a “joke” of that. Our question is: How do we stop him? And the racist murderers, the anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic murderers, the killers of migrants, those who kill queer and trans people, those who kill in domestic violence incidents? According to an Everytown for Gun Safety analysis, of 156 mass shootings between 2009 and 2016, 54 percent were related to domestic or family violence. ( Nine African-American people were shot to death in a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015. Fifty mostly Latinx, mostly LGBTQ2S+ people were killed at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub in 2016. Eleven people were shot to death in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018. And on and on. This is the deeply murderous U.S. system we live in. And those are only a few of the mass shooting deaths here. That doesn’t count the millions U.S. wars have killed.What will it take to end this? The most moderate elements in the Democratic Party are too timid to even impeach Trump. Progressives unsuccessfully proposed impeachment for racism after his violent tweets against four Congresswomen of color. But impeachment alone would not do justice to the victims of these horrific massacres. Legal formalities now supposedly bar the arrest of a sitting president. But murder is murder! The mounting wave of resistance against white supremacy in the U.S. wants to see Trump brought to justice.Why would we look to the Democratic Party to save us? Look at the history of the U.S. Nothing has ever moved the ruling parties in power, whatever name they pass under, except independent mass mobilization by the people. Let’s impeach the capitalist system instead!The question is no longer the hypothetical: “What if they came for (fill in the blank)?” The massacres underscore the truth that Jewish anti-ICE demonstrators have proclaimed: “Never Again is Now!” Now is the time to organize and be in the streets to demand a stop to the deadly attacks on Black and Brown people and im/migrants — and the hate-filled rhetoric that inspires them. Every action in solidarity with people of color and with immigrants is important — no matter how small. Wear a button that says: “Come out against racism” and strengthen everyone who sees you. Organize a town rally or neighborhood gathering in support of im/migrants and create a place for anti-racists to gather. Let’s reach out to those we work with, to members of our union and other unions, to our neighborhood and community groups, and form coalitions to defend the im/migrants in our lives. Watch for local actions by FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere) and join in. ( Follow the International Workers’ Solidarity Network ( which is building working-class consciousness and collectivity.  Let’s make Labor Day 2019 a day of solidarity with im/migrants!  If we find our strength together now, that is another step toward breaking the bloody grip of oppression, to ending the murders caused by white-supremacist, patriarchal capitalism. We can begin to build the long but hopeful road to revolutionary socialism where “the earth shall rise on new foundations.”“Solidarity Forever” begins with solidarity today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New bill makes provisions for five years’ imprisonment for “insulting the head of state”

first_img March 8, 2021 Find out more News August 22, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New bill makes provisions for five years’ imprisonment for “insulting the head of state” News News September 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation TogoAfrica Follow the news on Togo Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension March 11, 2021 Find out morecenter_img TogoAfrica In mid-August 2002, Minister of Communications Pitang Tchallapresented a new bill to amend the Press Code to the government. The billmakes provisions for heavy prison sentences for defaming or insulting thepresident or state institutions.In a letter to Togolese Prime Minister Koffi Sama, Reporters sans frontières Secretary-General Robert Ménard stated, “This bill demonstrates that the Togolese authorities have decided to further increase their repression of journalists. In 1998,Togo was one of the first countries to initiate the decriminalisation ofpress law violations. This sudden turnaround is very disappointing andhardly encouraging for the future of the country’s private press.” Reporters sans frontières urged the prime minister not to present the bill to Parliament.Article 89 of the Press Code amendment bill stipulates that “insulting thepresident is punishable by a one to five-year jail term with no parole and afine of one to five million CFA francs” (approx. US$1,480 to 7,390; 1,525 to7,620 euros). The bill also makes provisions for a three-month to two-yearprison term for anyone who insults “the National Assembly speaker, the primeminister, parliamentarians, government members and consitutionalinstitutions”. In the current Press Code, insulting the head of state ispunishable by a one to six-month prison term.The bill also provides for a three-year jail term (vs. a three-month jailterm at present) for defamation of “courts, tribunals, the armed forces,security forces, constituent bodies and the public administration”. A newarticle also gives the minister responsible for home affairs and securitythe authority to order “the seizure of copies of all publications (…)whose content is likely to threaten public order and security”. Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Arts and parts aplenty at Glórach

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleSilver for Limerick at International Maths OlympiadNext articleStabbing in city leads to arrest Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Twitter WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSAbbeyfealeGlorachKeepingLimerick PostedlimerickLimerick Posttheatre Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin NewsCommunityLifestyleArts and parts aplenty at GlórachBy Rose Rushe – July 22, 2019 265 Facebook Lorcan Curtin, Glórach Theatre. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHERE is a venue dedicated to the performance arts in the heart of the town, Glórach Theatre and its interesting spin is that it is run entirely by volunteers.Its long serving PRO Lorcan Curtin, is also a career farmer and horticulturalist, as well as teaching horticulture for Adult Education classes under the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) at the former vocational school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Busy as he is, he finds time for some creative writing on the side.His play ‘Camden  Sky’ was staged in Abbeyfeale, led by two or three principals and an ensemble of auxiliary parts. “I had a fascination with Irish emigrants who went to England”; London made a great impression on him.Lorcan’s involvement with Glórach Theatre began 13 years back when he had apart in a play“Glórach is run by a board of directors and you have the general positions, chair (Seán Nelligan), treasurer, secretary. We hold weekly bingo here and you’d never think it but I am the number checker there and I really enjoy it.”.“There’s a good amount of money given out, but we always stress the health benefit of the game to people. The mental health benefit. That’s what we tell them.”Attendance is “pushing north of up to 130″ in the night and last week alone, a top jackpot sheet of rollovers totalled €500 in prize money for the lucky varmint who called ‘check!’“Concerts are one of our main things and on Friday July 5, we had soprano Regina Nathan and guest soprano Susan Browne from Browne with Michael Pugh on piano.”Lorcan credits two new volunteers on the board, Tom Madigan and Linda Hennessey organised the last two concerts for teh community. In June, Hearts of Men, “a loose amalgamation” welcomed 18 year-old Rosie Connolly on guitar. She’s a singer songwriter who took time out for Leaving Cert to entertain the folks.“We keep going, largely through events. We do apply for a degree of infrastructural grants and because of a small grant from Limerick Arts Office, we held a memorial to Liam Flynn, a local woodturner.” Printlast_img read more

AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusinessUS News Facebook Twitter AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances FILE – In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Antonio Mingo, of Washington, right, holds his fists in the air as demonstrators protest in front of a police line on a section of 16th Street that’s been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. A financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press shows the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation took in just over $90 million last year.center_img Twitter TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHALCON revela primeiro míssil de defesa aérea dos Emirados Árabes UnidosNext articlePistons snap 3-game losing streak with 105-93 win over Magic Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Challenges To Our Democracy And The Need To Preserve Human Rights

first_imgColumnsChallenges To Our Democracy And The Need To Preserve Human Rights Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Senior Advocate1 Jan 2021 11:56 PMShare This – xIn his book “The Age Rights” (1990), Prof. Louis Henkin, a celebrated scholar of International law had claimed that “Human rights is the idea of our time, the only political – moral idea that has received universal acceptance”. Viewed in the light of several International Treaties and democratic Constitutions which recognize the inviolability of human rights, the claim is…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?LoginIn his book “The Age Rights” (1990), Prof. Louis Henkin, a celebrated scholar of International law had claimed that “Human rights is the idea of our time, the only political – moral idea that has received universal acceptance”. Viewed in the light of several International Treaties and democratic Constitutions which recognize the inviolability of human rights, the claim is valid. But whether democracies across the world have infact delivered upon the promise of a world order founded on human rights is another matter. An objective analysis of the situation in our country regrettably belies the claim. The disquieting conclusion flows from a distressing institutional response to the egregious infraction of human rights, raising a profoundly important question about the functioning of our democratic institutions in the advancement of constitutional goals. Repeated abuse of several stringent laws with punitive consequences, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is predicated on a reversal of the presumption of innocence in favor of the accused, declared by the Supreme Court as a human right in itself (Bhramajeet Singh Sharma, 2005). Demonstrated arbitrariness in investigative processes and failure of the Indian State to enact a comprehensive anti-custodial torture law despite the nation’s unequivocal International Treaty and constitutional commitments, question our willingness to civilize ourselves in the use of State power. Denial of basic human rights to undertrials, poignantly exemplified in the refusal of a sipper to an eighty three year old undertrial priest suffering from Parkinson’s disease and refusal of jail guards to allow an incarcerated public intellectual, access to a pair of spectacles must shame the nation. This, despite Krishna Iyer J.’s binding edict in Sunil Batra as early as 1978, that fundamental rights “do not part company with the prisoner at the prison gates…” Denial of bail to Sudha Bhardwaj and Anand Tetumbde et al; mock the freedom movement’s libertarian legacy. Indiscriminate arrests on charges of sedition are etched in public memory as a repressive act of State power intended to criminalize dissent. Unconscionable arrests for inter-faith marriages mischievously labeled as ‘Love-Jihad’- an unapologetic assault on autonomy of individual choice has scarred the constitutional conscience. Heart rending sights of a dog nibbling at a dead woman’s body inside a hospital, dumping of dead bodies of Corona victims in make shift ditches, and the reported beating to death of a dalit worker because he served himself a mouthful of food while clearing the leftovers, condemn us irretrievably as a heartless society, blind and deaf to the nation’s dignitarian conscience. Are we then really a people who can claim that they live in the shelter of each other, is the question. ‘Mob-whipping’ posts on social media and fake news continue to destroy lives and wreck reputations with apology to none. Media trials continue under the gaze of constitutional Courts’despite the Supreme Court’s interdict, while the citizens’ right to liberty, fair trial and reputation are mutilated at will. Parliament too, as the highest forum of democracy cannot escape its share of responsibility for our faltering record on human rights. The dysfunctionality of legislatures in recent times reflected in routine adjournments, and scrapping of the Question Hour have compromised the quality of legislative oversight in law making. The much contested Farm Laws passed in both Houses of Parliament without discussion by a voice vote are a recent illustration. Enactment of the often abused ‘over broad’ laws without thoughtful deliberation have had grave consequences for the liberty and dignity of citizens. Illustrative examples include section 69A of the Information & Technology Act and “Blocking Rules”, Section 505(1)(c) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to Hate Speech, which bring to mind the persecution of Perumal Murugan, editor Shirin Dalvi and the celebrated painter Maqbool Fida Hussain amongst others, Section 3(1) of the Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, and section 124-A of IPC, the colonial era’s sedition law. The repeated abuse of law and its processes to suppress fundamental freedoms has defaced and defiled a liberal democracy. The offices of Lokpal, Information Commission and the National Human Rights Commission have remained largely dormant except for the occasional and insipid interventions. Our leaders, captive to consuming personal animosities and dwarfed by timidity in the face of power remain obsessed with a “manipulative conversation about our future,” with little time to address themselves to the defining challenges of our times. Consequently a politics, denuded of its larger purposes thrives on the tyranny of strong over the weak and is bereft of an inspiring moral appeal. However, the nation’s greatest regret is that having declared human dignity anchored in deference to human rights as a core constitutional value (Common Cause 2018), the Supreme Court as the ultimate constitutional arbiter has, in a negation of its raison d’ etre, failed to lean consistently in favor of individual rights against the State. Given the national context, Chief Justice Bobde’s recent suggestion of a restricted recourse to Article 32 in bail matters is unfortunate. Citing with approval Ronald Dworkin’s assertion of a right to individual dignity against Government in Puttaswamy(2017), the Court’s recent record in enforcing this right is mixed, at best. Continuing incarceration of several public intellectuals, political leaders, academics and dissenters, even where the weight of evidence against them is prima facie weak, has regrettably blemished the Court’s otherwise sterling record as sentinel on the qui vive in securing our fundamental rights. The Supreme Court’s profound pronouncements in Shreya Singhal (2015), ,Shabnam(2015), Puttaswamy(Supra), Nambi Narayan(2018), Navtej Johar(2018), Anuradha Bhasin(2020) and several earlier decisions nothwithstanding, its inability to enforce its own judgments has dented its standing as a designated guardian of the constitutional principle. Deferment of the hearing of Rohingya petitions, challenge to the validity of CAA and abrogation of Article 370, petitions concerning the plight of the elderly and their right to dignity, a hesitant intervention in aid of the Corona migrants and misplaced priorities in the hearing and disposal of cases have added to the blemish. The need to reclaim a consistent vocabulary of constitutional discourse rooted in intellectual integrity is self-evident. The highest Court has itself reminded us that the majesty of courts is located in the objectivity, consistency and wisdom of its judgments, not in the “coercive power of judges, but the deference and respect which is paid to them and their acts from an opinion of their justice and integrity” (Baradakanta Misra 1974). Cleary, this is our moment of reckoning. We must acknowledge the truth of a diminished Indian democracy and our collective failures. Hopefully, the process of democratic erosion can be arrested with the citizens’ collective assertion of constitutional values. Despite the disappointments, we can take comfort in history’s abiding lesson that the ideals of freedom, equality and justice are best secured in the consciousness of an enlightened people and none can diminish the appeal of dignity or extinguish the flame of liberty as long as it burns bright in our hearts. We know that, “the history of the world is none other than the progress of consciousness of freedom” and “the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice”. In these testing times when centres have ceased to hold, a relentless pursuit of human dignity admits of no bystanders. To recall Thomas Paine’s felicity: “when my country…was on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.”Views are personal.(Author is a Former Law Minister and Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday June 10th

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday June 10th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday June 10th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleLetterkenny Chamber celebrates reopening of local businessesNext articleA further 5 people with Covid-19 have died News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – June 10, 2020 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

Mattis defends military’s border support mission while visiting troops in Texas

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary James Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to the border with Mexico Wednesday, calling it “a moral and ethical mission to support our border patrolmen.”While visiting with some of the soldiers deployed to the southern U.S. border, Mattis said “border security is part of national security” and stressed that the military mission is strictly to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection as it prepares for the arrival of four migrant caravans in the coming weeks.“We determined the missions as absolutely legal and this was also reviewed by Department of Justice lawyers, it’s obviously a moral and ethical mission to support our border patrolmen,” Mattis told a small group of reporters traveling with him to Texas.On Wednesday, Mattis visited Camp Donna, a large, newly-constructed camp outside of McAllen, Texas that was built to house 1,000 soldiers and their equipment.He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversees Customs and Border Protection, and Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command.As of Wednesday, there were 5,900 troops deployed on the border. More than 7,000 active duty troops are expected to be fully deployed in Arizona, California and Texas ahead of the arrival of the migrant caravans.“The eyes of the world, and certainly all of the Americans, are on you,” Mattis told soldiers during his tour of Camp Donna.Some military analysts have speculated that the deployment could end up costing as much as $200 million, but Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he was not able to provide a preliminary cost estimate because the information was still flowing into the Pentagon.“So we can estimate costs all we want,” said Mattis. “I prefer to give you real costs.”Four migrant caravans were making their way through Mexico to the U.S.Several hundred migrants from the first caravan arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday where they are expected to rest and receive legal advice before approaching the border crossing at San Ysidro to request asylum.Last week President Donald Trump signed an executive order that only allowed asylum requests to be made at formal ports of entry, a change of existing law that allows asylum requests anywhere on the border.Migrants from a caravan that left Mexico City earlier this week and are now headed to the border crossings near Tijuana, 1,500 miles to the northwest. That was a change from the expected route to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, a much shorter distance.Mattis acknowledged the location of the caravans arrival was a “dynamic situation” but said “we can move the troops back and forth.”“Right now the only thing we’ve been asked for is to put in obstacles, provide transportation and to provide housing,” said Mattis, reiterating that the soldiers’ mission along the border is one of support.“I do not anticipate military personnel coming into direct contact with migrants,” said Mattis.“I’m a hundred percent confident we have the number of troops at each of those ports of entry to complete what we’ve been asked to do prior to the arrival of the large caravans.”Additionally, the only military personnel who will be armed are the military police providing security to the military support units.“The service members there in an engineering capacity who are building barbed, wire and barriers are not armed,” said Mattis.Military police watching over these engineers, he said is part of normal force protection.The military deployment became a politically charged issue in the lead-up to the midterm elections with Democrats questioning whether it was necessary and if Trump was using the military for political gain.While campaigning, Trump regularly referred to the U.S. military mission to help deal with the migrant caravans which he labeled as an “invasion.” But since the election, the president has not mentioned the border mission publicly or on social media. He has also not used the term “invasion.”Last week, Mattis instructed that the name “Operation Faithful Patriot” be dropped and instead refer to the deployment as a border support mission. He explained he did not want to risk misinterpretation by using military terminology to describe a mission supporting another agency.“I do not want to put this mission in some arcane military terms if what we are doing is laying wire,” said Mattis. “I want to talk to the American people because this is a highly politically visible issue and I want you to tell them what you’re doing.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more