Scotland v New Zealand: Talking points

first_img The All Blacks are still the best at closing out tight gamesScotland came closer than they have in more than a decade to breaking their 109 year drought against New Zealand but the visitors were still able to close out what was a one point game going into the last ten minutes.Those circumstances alone might have introduced some tension into the home players that would result in them tightening up. But even on a day when their standards were perhaps below the very highest that they set, the All Blacks have remarkable consistency of belief in their system, their team and their own ability to regain control and play their way to victory. For a Scotland side looking to develop something similar under Vern Cotter it was an object lesson.Scrums are the biggest worryUnder the scrutiny of the Gray brothers, the lineout is firing as it hasn’t done in years even with Ross Ford throwing in. But the physical hooker may also be a big part of the problems with the other set-piece, the scrum. This was epitomised by the opening scrum of the game when the ball sat motionless in the tunnel between the two front rows, with Scotland knowing if they attempted to hook it they would promptly be shoved backwards.We need to find either a way to get the ball moving more quickly or find a pair of props that can give Ford the stability he needs to do his job title. Our main area of worry is tighthead, with Euan Murray the current starter, but Geoff Cross having a game he’ll want to forget.I’d like to see a bit of experimentation in this area for the final Tonga test, with Gordon Reid, Cross or Fraser Brown given the opportunity to swap bench spots with the current incumbents and Ryan Grant also waiting in the wings is worth consideration.Making an impact: Johnnie Beattie is another athletic optionBig Vern is building an ArkCotter’s DIY SOS makeover of Scotland is far from complete but certain patterns are beginning to emerge. Having taken steps to identify a style of play that suits Scotland, he’s looking for players to fit that style, preferably in twos. So for Adam Ashe you also have Johnnie Beattie; both athletic No 8s, both similar. Scotland came incredibly close to beating the All Black for the first time ever, but ultimately lost 24-16. So what did we learn? Here are five things from Rory Baldwin… Not overawed: Scotland stood up to an experimental All Blacks side and gave them a scare LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img This also means the gaps in depth are easier to spot. He’s clearly a fan of the rejuvenated Ford but it’s harder to see who the understudy in a similar mould is. You’ll never find two exactly the same with a player pool as small as Scotland’s but perhaps Fraser Brown fits in slightly better than, say, Scott Lawson. Or maybe we should look for two Scott Lawsons, or two Pat MacArthurs?The key benefit of this method again follows from study of the Kiwi model, that you can rotate your squad between or during games and not have to alter strategy too much. The exception to this could be at No 10 where Duncan Weir might be suited in certain conditions. But the best tens can alter their own game to suit the approach required, so what we really need is another Finn Russell…Grant Gilchrist may not be Captain in the Six Nations eitherOnly just announced as the captain in late October, the Edinburgh lock broke his arm and had to be left out of the Autumn tests. There were mutterings at the time before the injury that having to overlook Jonny Gray might be slightly unfair given his great form for Glasgow (and Gilchrist’s lack thereof) but if Cotter made the same announcement say, next week there would be an uproar.The younger Gray has been one of the standouts for Scotland over the last two weeks and has run the lineout, carried and tackled with such conviction that if you wanted me to pick a captain for the Six Nations, I’d choose Jonny Gray. Of course the long term future may be a Gilchrist/Gray partnership; but which Gray would you pick?Lesson learnt: Stuart Hogg is distraught after losingWe’re never really done learning from New ZealandAs a rugby nation we’ve already started trying to learn from New Zealand. Our best young players (and coaches) are sent on the Macphail Scholarship for a summer with the Canterbury player development unit – Russell and Jonny Gray have both been recent beneficiaries. I haven’t always been the biggest fan of playing games against opposition who have a near certainty of defeating us, so it was unsurprising that New Zealand played an experimental team against Scotland given past results. The only real way to earn respect from All Black players, fans and media is to beat them and even then it would be grudging. We didn’t quite manage that, but the best sign we’re on the right track would be a chance to face the first XV (or close to it) next time.The choice of a Kiwi coach also seems to be paying dividends even at this early stage. Next year will be the tester, and if it’s a good one after the World Cup dust settles, we’ll have to hope there’s some BT money left for a contract extension.last_img read more

Los Angeles protest: ‘Peace in Korea now!’

first_imgEven as thousands of U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and Air Force members are engaging in war “games” off the coast of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, many people in the United States are demanding that Washington stop its aggressive actions against the northern half of Korea.To underscore this sentiment, the International Action Center in Los Angeles was joined by members of Minjok Tongshin, the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance and other Korea solidarity organizations on March 14 in a lunch-time picket at the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Hollywood Boulevard. Their demands included “Peace on the Korean Peninsula now” and a call for Washington to sign a peace treaty with the DPRK.Korea has been divided for more than half a century. The U.S. led a three-year war against the DPRK in 1950-53, but finally had to abandon its goal of destroying the socialist government in the north after being fought to a standstill. However, both Democratic and Republican administrations have ever since refused to negotiate a peace treaty with the north. Only a precarious armistice agreement has been in place.Reacting to continued U.S. belligerence and sanctions, the DPRK recently said it would no longer recognize the armistice, and warned that it was prepared to act if the U.S. and its south Korean puppets violated its territory.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Activists ramp up struggle to stop execution of Rodney Reed in Texas

first_imgRodney ReedBulletin: On Feb. 23, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution for Rodney Reed in response to his attorneys’ motion, pending a further court order.   Jim Crow justice: These three words describe why Rodney Reed, an African-American man, has been on Texas’ death row since 1998, facing a March 5 execution date. Reed was convicted of murdering Stacey Stites, a white woman with whom he had an intimate relationship in Bastrop, Texas.Jim Crow justice encompasses the racism of police departments in Texas’ small towns and the racism embedded in the psyches of the Bastrop residents who comprised Reed’s all-white jury.  It includes the racism that frightened potential witnesses who could have testified about Reed’s whereabouts the night of the murder — if they had been called by defense attorneys — and that scared Reed’s two Black court-appointed attorneys so much that they wouldn’t stay overnight in Bastrop during the trial.Reed’s case is a troubling mixture of prosecutorial misconduct, police corruption, poor defense and institutional racism. New evidence of his innocence has surfaced as it is discovered.  The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, based in Austin, Texas, states that the overwhelming need for a new trial is indisputable.Protesters demand justice for Reed at state Capitol.Since Reed’s execution date was announced at a Bastrop hearing last November, activists have turned up the heat on Texas authorities.  Protesters have demanded “Free Rodney Reed!” at parades honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, “Black Lives Matter” events, at the governor’s  inauguration, at Valentine’s Day events and elsewhere.On Feb. 21, Reed’s supporters from Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and his family and friends from Bastrop rallied at the Texas Capitol and marched to and around the governor’s mansion.  Their spirited rally featured Reed’s mother, Sandra Reed, and brother Rodrick Reed.  The militant crowd chanted and cheered, while calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stop the execution.Other speakers were death row exoneree Shujaa Graham; Mark Clements, torture victim, imprisoned for 28 years in Illinois before being exonerated; Delia Perez Meyer, innocent Texas death row prisoner Louis Castro Perez’s sister; and Lakiza Fowler, sister of Larry Jackson Jr., shot by Austin police in 2013.  Also speaking were Ava Haywood, mother of James Haywood, who died in Elgin police custody in 2011; Brother Robert L. Muhammad, Austin Nation of Islam; Pastor Jim Rigby, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; and Lady Bird, organizer of Black Lives Matter.Strong evidence supports call for new trial On Feb. 12, Reed’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial and a stay of execution. The motion includes affidavits from two of Stites’ former co-workers, corroborating Reed’s personal relationship with Stites.  Reed maintains they kept the interracial relationship private as it existed in a small Texas community and because she was engaged to Jimmy Fennell, a former police sergeant. The strong evidence supports the defense’s theory that Stites was murdered by Fennell, who is now in prison for sexually assaulting a woman while on the job.Bruce Benjet, an Innocence Project attorney who has been representing Reed in his death penalty appeal, stated: “In addition to the recantation by the original medical examiner, we now have three of the nation’s most respected medical examiners agreeing that Mr. Reed couldn’t possibly have committed this crime as prosecutors claimed.  Recent Texas law makes it clear that when there is new scientific evidence showing that the defendant is probably innocent, the conviction must be overturned, which is clearly the case here.” (Innocence Project,org)Reed was convicted on one piece of evidence: his DNA was found in a semen sample taken from Stacey’s body at the crime scene.  However, his trial lawyers didn’t provide witnesses who could testify that Reed and Stites had a consensual relationship. No other evidence connected Reed to Stites or the crime scene.In recent years, activists in Texas, as well as in Australia and Europe, have fought to publicize the inconsistencies and racism in Reed’s case. The documentary “State vs. Reed: A Question of Justice on Texas’ Death Row,” won a South by Southwest Film Festival award in 2006. See YouTube ( channel A&E premiered a documentary, “Dead Man Talking,” on Feb. 16. It showed scientific proof of Reed’s innocence.  Watch parties were held around Texas.The Equal Justice Initiative report issued on Feb. 18, “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” documents nearly 4,000 lynchings of African Americans in 12 Southern states between the beginning of Reconstruction and World War II. ( authors assert that lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that is apparent in today’s U.S. criminal justice system.  Mass incarceration, racially biased capital punishment, excessively harsh sentencing, police terror against people of color and their disproportionate sentencing reveal problems in U.S. society that were shaped by the terror era.“Death penalty activists are aware that executions are nothing more than legal lynchings,” said Joanne Gavin, of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement.  “We have a broken system that cannot be fixed. We must shut it down and stop the executions.”See and We Demand Justice: Free Rodney Reed on Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Every Child Deserves to be Prepared

first_img 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 Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday While you are planning for your child to go back to school and preparing them for the new year, Foothill Unity Centre is making sure every child receives the essentials to go back to school even if their families can’t afford it.For more than thirty years, Foothill Unity Centre has been providing assistance to low-income families and those in need, while treating them with the respect they deserve.Helping almost 10,000 families a year, Foothill Unity Centre formed the ‘Back to School’ project seventeen years ago, so that all children can start the new school year together and on an even playing field.This year, with the help of The Langham Pasadena, Foothill Unity Center is hosting their 17th annual ‘Back to School’ drive.For them, it is important that children do not dread their first day back to school because they do not have the same as their peers. Having heard stories from children that their uniforms don’t fit them anymore, or their friends having new things and they don’t, Foothill believe this event plays an important part in children’s confidence. They are expecting to register over 1200 children for their annual ‘Back to School’ event, and you can help make sure every child from grades K1-12 gets what they need for the new school year.From now until Thursday, July 23rd, The Langham Pasadena is hosting a drive for school supplies that will be distributed at the ‘Back to School’ event on Tuesday, August 11th at the Santa Anita Race Track.A full list of what is needed is provided below. Or you can register and donate whatever you can afford HERE.So while you’re shopping for notebooks, pencils, and binders, consider picking up a few extra supplies for a child in need. You can make a huge difference on their whole year.The Langham Huntington is located at 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 568¬3900 or visit Business News Subscribe 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Giving Back Every Child Deserves to be Prepared From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 1:24 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community Newslast_img read more

Coronavirus Concern Mounts At L.A. County Nursing Facilities

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More than three dozen coronavirus deaths were reported in Los Angeles County Friday, while concern continued to mount over the virus’ spread in nursing homes, four of which have had outbreaks with 40 or more people testing positive for COVID-19.According to Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, 20 nursing homes or care facilities have had outbreaks of 20 or more people testing positive, and the county has asked for help from state and federal officials to control the virus’ spread and ensure affected facilities are fully staffed.“We have requested additional assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state to help us address the need for increased technical assistance at the large number of sites that have positive cases,” Ferrer said. “This is particularly technical assistance around being able to implement stringent infection-control processes, and also we’ve requested additional staffing to support the high rate of staff absences at some of the facilities, which again limits the ability of the staff to provide high-quality care.“We’re also working with a handful of nursing home providers who have offered to help us set up sites that can service COVID-19-positive patients that need to reside at skilled nursing facilities and intermediate-care facilities and are transitioning back, in many cases, from having stayed in a hospital for a few days,” she said.According to Ferrer, at least one coronavirus case has occurred in 228 institutional settings — such as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, shelters, jails and prisons — across the county, for a total of 2,183 cases. Those cases were 1,215 residents and 968 staff.A total of 177 deaths have occurred in those settings, primarily at nursing homes or assisted living centers. That total represents roughly 36% of the virus deaths that have occurred countywide.“We are extraordinarily worried about the outbreaks that continue to happen across the many different institutional settings,” Ferrer said.The county’s death toll rose to 495 on Friday with the announcement of 40 additional fatalities, although two of those were actually reported Thursday afternoon by officials in Pasadena, which maintains its own health department separate from the county.For the 425 deaths for which ethnic data is available, 34% were Latinx, 29% were white, 18% were Asian and 16% were black.The Los Angeles County mortality rate — the percentage of people with coronavirus who have died — was at 4.3%. That number is significantly higher than the 1.8% rate reported at the beginning of the month, but officials said the percentage will likely drop as the availability of coronavirus testing grows.Ferrer reported 567 new cases in the county, although that figure includes 41 cases that were reported Thursday afternoon by officials in Pasadena and Long Beach, which also has its own health department.As of midday Friday, the countywide total number of cases stood at 11,391.Ferrer said 1,441 cases have been confirmed among health care workers in the county, 38% of them being nurses and 6% of them doctors. The cases were scattered among 26 health care facilities, 36% of them hospitals and 31% skilled nursing facilities.Five deaths have been confirmed among health care workers, three of them nurses. Three of the deaths involved skilled nursing facility workers, one was a correctional health worker and one worked in a hospital, Ferrer said.For the first time, Ferrer released numbers involving pregnant women, saying there are 61 known cases of pregnant women testing positive for the virus. She said 12 of them have already delivered their babies, and all six infants that were tested came back negative for the virus.Ferrer stressed that despite talk at the White House and among state and local authorities about planning for the lifting of stay-at-home and business-closure orders, those mandates are still in effect, and she warned against complacency.“COVID-19, as you note from all the numbers I report, has spread across our entire community, so we need to continue to do all we can do to slow the spread and prevent as many infections as possible while we plan for our recovery,” she said. “And just as a reminder, Safer At Home is still in place, and it’s important that everyone continue to follow the directives that are contained within the health officer order.“This means staying home as much as possible, and if you must be out for essential services, as a reminder, you’re required to wear a clean cloth face covering and maintain your physical distance of six feet or more from other people that you may be in close contact with.” Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Coronavirus Concern Mounts At L.A. County Nursing Facilities STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 17, 2020 | 1:11 pm Business News Subscribe Top of the News More Cool Stuff Make a commentlast_img read more

LIT reappoint Dr Hinfelaar as its president

first_imgTwitter Email NewsBreaking newsLIT reappoint Dr Hinfelaar as its presidentBy Staff Reporter – April 9, 2014 749 Print Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Dr Maria Hinfelaar is to be reappointed as LIT president for a period of seven years.The reappointment was confirmed this Wednesday by Niall Greene following its approval by the Governing Body at a meeting at LIT. The appointment followed an open selection process and will take effect when Dr Hinfelaar’s current term concludes in August.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Hinfellar joined LIT as President in 2004 and during her time at the helm of the institute she has overseen a major period of expansion and innovation.Confirming the appointment, Mr Greene said, “Dr Hinfelaar has led LIT through significant growth and development in her first term as President, including the Campus 2030 Masterplan, which is a far-reaching and innovative blueprint for the strengthening of LIT as one Ireland’s leading Institutes of Technology.“As Chairman of the Governing body I look forward to working with her and her management team over the coming years in advancing the development of LIT as an institute of relevance and quality that makes a vital contribution to the economic and social development of the Mid-West region.” Advertisement Previous articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrantsNext articleFairgreen Service Station to re-open Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Five things you need to know today, March 19

first_imgHome Local News Five things you need to know today, March 19 WhatsApp Odessa College’s Braxton Shaw (3) shoots against New Mexico Military Institute’s Matt Brown (2) during the second half of a Feb. 8 game in the OC Sports Center. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter Local News Five things you need to know today, March 19 Pinterest Previous articleLongtime MCH volunteer Stevenson looks back on decades of serviceNext articleMan charged with sexually assaulting 16-year-old admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, March 19. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at It’s been about six months since the Odessa City Council named Michael Marrero the interim city manager, but the city leaders have yet to name him permanently to the post or consider any other candidates.2. In her five years as executive director of the West Texas Food Bank, Libby Campbell helped spearhead a successful capital campaign for a new facility, expand a program to feed students on weekends and distribute more and fresher food to the huge territory the agency covers.3. Odessan Ronald Bennett, nationally acclaimed pianist and composer, will be honored at the Texas Federation of Music Clubs convention Thursday through Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midland Plaza Hotel, 117 W. Wall St., in Midland.4. Longtime MCH volunteer LaVerne Stevenson celebrated her 95th birthday in February, during her 33rd year of volunteering with the MCH Auxiliary group — all after retirement from a long career in nursing in Odessa.5. IN SPORTS: For the Odessa College men’s and women’s basketball teams, the season has come down to one final week. Virgin Coco MojitoFruit Salad to Die ForTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Facebook OC employee of the year always learning ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ By admin – March 19, 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

Police arrest man in Derry shooting investigation

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – November 22, 2011 Previous articleDiesel price hikes will hit Donegal hard – AANext articleMoney intended for Ebrington may have been spent elsewhere by NI Executive News Highland Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Police arrest man in Derry shooting investigation Google+ Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published News Twitter Detectives in Derry have arrested a 32 year old man on suspicion of causing grevious bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with criminal intent.The arrest follows a shooting incident in the Creggan Road area on Sunday night last in which a 22 year old man sustained a number of gunshot wounds to both ankles.The arrested man is currently in custody, police say he is helping them with their enquiries. Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

‘They Are Brilliant Minds; Why Malign Them For Their Views?’ : CJI On Criticism Against Farm Laws Committee

first_imgTop Stories’They Are Brilliant Minds; Why Malign Them For Their Views?’ : CJI On Criticism Against Farm Laws Committee LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Jan 2021 3:00 AMShare This – xThe Chief Justice of India on Wednesday expressed unhappiness at the public criticism against the members of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court to negotiate on the farmers protests.The CJI orally remarked that “unnecessary aspersions” were cast on the committee members and they were “maligned” just because they had expressed certain views in the past on the farm laws.”Aspersions…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Chief Justice of India on Wednesday expressed unhappiness at the public criticism against the members of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court to negotiate on the farmers protests.The CJI orally remarked that “unnecessary aspersions” were cast on the committee members and they were “maligned” just because they had expressed certain views in the past on the farm laws.”Aspersions are cast unnecessarily. Expressing opinions in a different context doesn’t mean disqualification. BS Mann asked for modifications of laws. Branding people like this, we don’t appreciate. Even judges express views during hearing. That doesn’t mean they can’t decide”, CJI said.These remarks were made while considering an application filed by Bharatiya Kisan Mahapanchayat seeking the reconstitution of the committee on the ground that the members have expressed views supporting the implementation of the farm laws.Taking exception to this, the CJI observed :”If you don’t want to appear before the committee, we cannot compel you. But you cannot malign people like this and cast aspersions on them and also the court. If you don’t want to appear, don’t appear. Why do you need to brand people like this?””How can you play with people’s reputation like this? We have serious objections in they being called biased and in saying court was having an interest. You malign people according to majority opinion?”The CJI also expressed disappointment with the newspaper reports against the committee members.”We are very sorry to see the kind of opinions expressed in newspapers”, he said.Continuing the oral remarks, the CJI added :”The basis of your application is that all four people are disqualified. How do you come to that conclusion? They are brilliant minds in the field of agriculture. They are experts. How do you malign them because they have expressed some views in the past?”The CJI said that “men of integrity” can change their opinions after hearing an opposite view.”Every judge and lawyer have expressed some views in past and are doing something different now. Does it not happen that people change their opinions after hearing contradictory point of view? Men of integrity do that””We don’t understand this. The Supreme Court appoints a committee and their reputation is torn to shreds!”, the CJI exclaimed.The CJI clarified that the Committee has not been given powers to adjudicate and is appointed only to assist the Court.”Committee was asked to listen to protesters and give us a report. Where is the question of bias in that?,” the CJI asked.Nevertheless, the CJI-led bench proceeded to issue notice on the application of Bharatiya Kisan Mahapanchayat. The bench noted that there is a vacancy in the committee following the resignation of BS Mann.Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave and Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who represent the eight farmers union which have been added as respondents in the case against protests, told the bench that their clients do not wish to participate in the committee proceedings. These Unions do not want to discuss amendments in the laws as they are demanding total repeal, Dave and Bhushan told the bench.The bench recorded this in the order and stated that these eight unions have nothing to say on the application seeking reconstitution of the committee.”Farmer Unions Will Not Appear Before Committee, They Are Totally Convinced That Farm Laws Need To Be Repealed”: Dave, Bhushan Tell Supreme CourtYesterday also, the CJI had orally said that a persons’ past views will not disqualify him from being a part of a court-appointed committee.”Just because a person has expressed a view on the matter, that is not a disqualification to be a member of a Committee”, the Chief Justice of India orally observed yesterday while hearing another case.’Just because a person has expressed a view, that is not a disqualification to be a member of committee’, Chief Justice of India orally says while hearing a case. The remarks assume relevance in the context of controversy over committee constitution on farmers protests.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) January 19, 2021 Soon after the CJI announced the names of Committee members to resolve the farmers’ dispute last week, many persons pointed out in social media that the composition of the committee reflects only a single view which is in support of the laws.Ashok Gulati(Agricultural Economist and Former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices), Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi(Agricultural Economist, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute), Anil Ghanwant(President, Shetkari Sanghatana) and BS Mann(President, BKU) were the committee members. Following the controversy, S. Bhupinder Singh Mann, Ex MP and National President of BKU and Chairman of All India Kisan Coordination Committee recused himself from the committee. “As a farmer myself and a Union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst the farm unions and the public in general, I am ready to any position offered or given to me so as to not to compromise the interest of Punjab and farmers of the Country, I am recusing myself from the Committee and I willalways stand with my framers and Punjab”, he said in a statement.The Supreme Court on January 12 stayed the operation of three farm laws untill further Orders and constituted the Committee for the ‘purpose of listening to the grievances of farmers relating to the farm laws and views of the government to make recommendations’. “We believe in the Committee and we are going to constitute it. This Committee will be the part of judicial proceedings”, the Top Court had said.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

HR must take its chance to drive CSR strategies

first_imgHR professionals are ideally placed to lead the corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) agenda, according to one of the country’s leading experts.Ed Williams, head of CSR at Marks & Spencer, and a former HRpractitioner, told Personnel Today that the function was crucial in ensuringfirms acted responsibly. “HR is a really good starting point for working in CSR because it’sabout dealing with change and looking at the way people think,” he said.”CSR has to be embedded in the business and [needs to be] driving levelsof performance.” According to Williams, creating a workplace that engages with employees andoperates good people management practices is the cornerstone of building asuccessful CSR policy. “CSR is about people, products and places. It’s a way of thinking – amindset,” he said. The business case for it is a powerful one. You willsell more to more people. It helps to differentiate your business, it minimisesrisks, reduces costs, drives innovation, secures partners and investments, andhelps you to recruit talent.” The chairman at M&S heads CSR governance and there is a forum of 22 CSR‘champions’ that works to ensure best practice and consistency. The CSR team and HR department are strategically aligned and work closelytogether. Williams said that the most difficult task was convincing employees that CSRwas a strategy worth pursuing. Legal changes as part of the Company Law Review may soon require businessesto include details of their CSR performance and future plans in officialreporting. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR must take its chance to drive CSR strategiesOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more