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Raids on opposition stations end broadcast pluralism in Turkey

first_img News RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassment News Kurdish television IMC TV’s team waiting police raid. Credit: AFP Help by sharing this information Organisation News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the abrupt closure of many leading opposition radio stations and TV channels in police raids yesterday and voices alarm at the systematic way the authorities are eliminating media pluralism in Turkey. The programmes of several Istanbul-based opposition outlets, including IMC TV, Hayatin Sesi TV and Özgür Radyo, were cut short in mid-broadcast when the police suddenly arrived, evicted staff and placed seals on the entrances. The raids were carried out as a result of a decision by the High Council for Broadcasting (RTÜK) to rescind the licences of at least 12 TV channels and 11 radio stations on suspicion of “complicity with terrorist organizations” and posing a “danger to national security” Taken under Decree No. 668, imposing a state of emergency five days after the failed coup d’état of 15 July, the decision followed a meeting two days ago of the National Security Council, which groups the government and security forces. The targeted media outlets, which were either left-wing or served the Kurdish or Alawi communities, are all now closed or are under police seal, joining the long list of media already eliminated by decree since the start of the state of emergency. They have also been dropped from the national radio and TV satellite Türksat and their websites have been blocked. “The elimination of entire media organizations in such a sweeping manner and without due process is indefensible in a democratic state and means the end of broadcast pluralism in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is chilling to see police raids on media outlets becoming routine in Turkey. If not amended without delay, the state of emergency will end up crushing media freedom as surely as the military coup would have, had it been successful.” The raid on Özgür Radyo was particularly violent. The police smashed the door and arrested seven employees, as well as other journalists who had gone there to cover events. They were released this morning. IMC TV, a broadcaster created in 2011 that was very critical of the government, had already been dropped from Türksat on 20 February as a result of a judicial investigation into suspected “terrorist organization propaganda.” It had continued to broadcast on the Hotbird satellite and the Internet. The closures have elicited many protests from journalists’ unions and associations, which observed the police raids, gave news conferences and staged demonstrations in Istanbul and Diyarbakir, a southeastern city with a mainly Kurdish population. At the same time, social networks have been inundated with support messages under such hashtags as #HalkınHaberAlmaHakkınaDokunma (Don’t mess with my right to information), #SesimiKesme (Don’t cut off my voice) and #HayatinSesiSusturulamaz (Hayatin Sesi must not be gagged). RSF issued a report on 19 September about the many media freedom violations under the state of emergency. Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassment October 5, 2016 Raids on opposition stations end broadcast pluralism in Turkey Receive email alerts to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkeylast_img read more

RSF condemns court ruling ordering Vice News journalist to hand over messaging with ISIS fighter

first_imgNews Follow the news on Canada AmericasCanada Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet AmericasCanada Online freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet RSF_en On Thursday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) signed a joint letter with Canadian media and press freedom organizations condemning the Ontario Superior Court ruling ordering Vice News reporter Ben Makuch to hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP). The ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the independence of journalists and the protection of their sources. Receive email alerts April 1, 2016 – Updated on April 4, 2016 RSF condemns court ruling ordering Vice News journalist to hand over messaging with ISIS fighter News Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), the Canadian Media Guild, CWA/SCA Canada and the Fédération Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) have issued a joint letter to Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressing alarm over the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the Royal Candian Mountain Police (RCMP). The coaltion of organizations urges Canadian authorities to respect the independence of journalists and their need to protect their sources.“The protection of sources is a foundational principle of journalism, making crucial reporting like Makuch’s coverage of ISIS possible in the first place,” the letter states. “By forcing Makuch to hand over his notes to the RCMP, or go to jail, Justice Ian MacDonnell has undermined press freedom—a critical component of our democratic society—and set a precedent that could lead to an increase in RCMP requests for notes and communications, making it less likely that sources will be willing to speak with journalists. Thus, a crucial window into understanding the world will be closed, and the public’s right to know will be critically diminished.”“As one of the world’s strongest democracies, Canada should set a positive example of protecting journalists’ sources, not the other way around,” said Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Where is press freedom headed in Canada if the police can easily obtain notes and recordings from journalists?”“This represents a terrible blow for press freedom in Canada. Journalists are not a law enforcement arm for the government and to be treated as such by the judiciary is a significant threat to their independence” said Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). “If police increasingly take journalists’ notes and communications, sources will be less willing to talk, and stories like Makuch’s won’t be told in the first place.”“We journalists work to inform people on matters of public interest; namely, in this case, the process through which Canadians become indoctrinated and join jihadist groups,” said Lise Millette, President of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ). “This Court decision sets us on a slippery slope where we won’t be able to talk to alleged criminals because our communications could be used in police investigations. If sources become too afraid to talk to journalists, we will be limited in our capacity to uncover the truth, and the public will be left in the dark.” “Journalists should never be expected to act as an on-call branch of law enforcement. We report in the public interest, not in the interest of ongoing police investigations,” said Nick Taylor-Vaisey, President of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). “Sources who share sensitive documents with journalists must have confidence that those journalists can protect that information. The recent ruling in Ontario could set a dangerous precedent, and certainly threatens press freedom.” “This would mean a reporter could go to jail just for doing the job Canadians expect them to do. It’s outrageous in a country that prides itself on freedom of expression and a free press,” said Carmel Smyth, President of Canadian Media Guild.The letter can be read here.Signatories :Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ)Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)Canadian Media GuildCWA/SCA CanadaFédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ)Reporters without borders (RSF) News to go further News Help by sharing this information Organisation “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 19, 2020 Find out more January 15, 2021 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena’s Alexandria Real Estate Equities Expands Into the Life Science Industry

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Herbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Make a comment 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. Subscribe Community News Business News Pasadena’s Alexandria Real Estate Equities Expands Into the Life Science Industry From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, September 19, 2016 | 2:01 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Joel S. MarcusA Pasadena-based real estate company that has grown into a world-class developer for science and technology campuses is expanding its reach into the life science industry.Alexandria Real Estate equities — an urban office real estate investment trust that was founded in 1994 — has put up buildings in virtually every major city where life sciences are studied in the United States, according to Xconomy.Because of its wide-reaching presence, Alexandria’s CEO and co-founder, Joel Marcus, has a unique view in terms of further funding innovative startups. Currently, the company announced it will help support two early-stage life science companies — AgTech Accelerator and Alexandria LaunchLabs.Marcus, who sits on several boards such as the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, recently told Xconomy that his company’s buildings are designed to promote teamwork and a place where young companies can grow.“They provide collaborative and innovative environments,” he said to Xconomy. “Our campuses also provide great conference facilities, and we also do a lot of hands-on mentoring. In New York, we’ve recently launched LaunchLabs, which is designed for very early stage entrepreneurs and companies.According to Marcus, LaunchLabs provides affordable space and seed-stage funding for pre-venture startups who otherwise might not have enough backing to thrive in today’s market.“We’re providing space, mentorship and a seed fund to help their growth,” he said to Xconomy. “These companies need small, very affordable space, and we felt that addressing this need was, and still is, one of the most important things that we can do to support company growth in the industry.Marcus went on to say that his buildings are great assets for recruiting and keeping young millennials, who in 10 years will make up 75 percent of the workforce.Currently, Alexandria is trying to tackled the problem of disease, something Marcus says the best days for innovation are ahead.“We continue to make amazing innovations that are not incremental,” he said in the interview with Xconomy. “There are roughly 10,000 diseases out there, 500 of which have really been addressed by industry, so we’re in the early innings as far as overcoming and conquering disease—trying to prevent it, treat it, and ultimately cure it.”Though Alexandria is focused mainly on advancing and funding life science startups, they recently started diversifying their portfolio by striking a deal with Uber to build their headquarters in San Francisco, amongst other projects.“We’ve always focused on our urban campuses in AAA scientific locations,” Marcus said in the interview. “Recently IBM Watson came to us in Cambridge and Uber, Stripe and Pinterest came to us in Mission Bay and South of Market. We didn’t go after any of those companies — they came after us because of our urban campus locations.”For the full interview, click here http://www.xconomy.com/national/2016/09/19/workforce-trends-economy-more-qa-with-alexandrias-joel-marcus/# Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Daniel takes father’s seat at county hall

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp Previous articleGardaí unable to find Limerick businessmanNext articleAppeal for missing 21-year-old Limerick man Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDaniel ButlerFine GaelLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickRichard Butler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Printcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsDaniel takes father’s seat at county hallBy Alan Jacques – February 28, 2014 730 Cathaoirleach John Sheahan welcomes Daniel Butler FG to his first Council meetingIT was an emotional occasion at County Hall this Monday for the family of the late councillor Richard Butler as his son Daniel filled his father’s seat.In what was described by council members as a “sad and bittersweet day”, the 34-year-old was the only candidate proposed by Fine Gael as he was joined at council chambers by his mother Bernie, wife Tanya, daughter Layla and sister Susan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Daniel’s late father Richie, a former Cathaoirleach, died last December aged 56 after battling cancer.Welcoming Daniel into the fold at County Hall, Cllr Leo Walsh (FG) said it was a “great honour” to propose the young Raheen man to his father’s seat. Cllr Walsh predicted a “bright future” for him.Cllr Rose Brennan (FG) seconded Cllr Walsh’s proposal. “Daniel has big shoes to fill, but no better man,” said Cllr Brennan.After his co-option the new councillor received applause and good wishes from his council members and local authority staff.Council Cathaoirleach John Sheahan (FG) said he had “been flung into an unusual situation where you face straight into a local election. But I have no doubt that you will make a very short but worthwhile contribution”.Cllr James Collins (FF) told Daniel that his father was still missed but predicted that he would make a “very good replacement”.The new council member described the momentous occasion as a “bittersweet day”.“My father never looked at borders and preferred instead to walk across boundaries. I intend to  continue that tradition. My father would have been reluctant to even let me sit here but I look forward to contesting the local elections and hope I do my father proud.“I will walk in my own shoes and take the knowledge I have learned from my mother and father with me,” he concluded. #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at baylast_img read more

EIA Draft Notification 2020: Of Licensing The Damage And Silencing The Voices

first_imgColumnsEIA Draft Notification 2020: Of Licensing The Damage And Silencing The Voices Lakshmi Subramaniam Iyer8 Aug 2020 1:55 AMShare This – xThe EIA Draft Notification, 2020 begins with tall claims of making the process of Environment Impact Assessment “more transparent and expedient”, but the measures it propounds in the following pages make it abundantly clear that expediency is being prioritized at the cost of transparency. The draft makes the process more opaque by considerably reducing public consultation and ends up…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 EIA Draft Notification, 2020 begins with tall claims of making the process of Environment Impact Assessment “more transparent and expedient”, but the measures it propounds in the following pages make it abundantly clear that expediency is being prioritized at the cost of transparency. The draft makes the process more opaque by considerably reducing public consultation and ends up not just monetising, but to a great extent, incentivising environmental damage by legitimizing post-facto environmental clearance. Here’s a lowdown on the most harmful aspects of the EIA Draft 2020:- Re- categorization of Projects Re-categorization That Clause 5 of the EIA Notification categorizes projects into Category A, B-1 and B-2 based on the potential social and environmental impacts and spatial extent of these impacts. Project classification is mentioned in the Schedule to the Notification. Clause 5 of the Notification has to be read with Clause 10 of the Notification which provides for stages in prior Environmental Clearance (EC) or Prior Environmental Permission Process. (EP) As per Clause 10, there are six stages for grant of Environmental Clearance process for projects under Category A or B-1, viz.- ScopingPreparation of Draft EIAPublic Consultation Preparation of Final EIAAppraisalGrant or Rejection of Prior Environmental Clearance However, when it comes to prior Environmental Clearance for Category B-2, the process is reduced to three stages:- Preparation of Environment Management Plan ReportAppraisalGrant of Rejection of Prior Environmental Clearance Thus, for projects under Category B-2, Public Consultation has been given a go-by. Also, Environmental Management Plan is not as thorough as an Environmental Impact Assessment Report, which can be gathered by a bare perusal and comparison of the Generic Structure of Environmental Impact Assessment Report (contained in Appendix- X of the Notification) and the Generic Structure of Environmental Management Report (contained in Appendix- XI of the Notification). That for projects under Category B-2, that are not required to be placed before the Appraisal Committee, grant of Prior Environmental Permission is a two-stage process- Preparation of Environmental Management Plant ReportVerification of completeness of Application by the Regulatory AuthorityGrant or Rejection of Environment Permission. Thus, for projects categorized as B-2, grant of prior Environmental Clearance or prior Environment Permission does not involve public consultation. Although the aforesaid clauses might appear to be reasonable/ innocuous, the problem arises when the aforesaid clauses are read with the Schedule to the Notification, which enlists the projects under the aforementioned three categories.Many projects that were categorized as Category A or projects that were considered as having high pollution potential have been re-categorized as B-2 projects. This re-categorization has no scientific backing and appears to be an arbitrary step. It appears that the re-categorization has been done with the sole aim of ensuring that clearances and permissions are granted to the projects without a thorough impact assessment study and without public consultation. Example Exploration – Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas including CBM and Shale Gas Under the EIA notification 2006, all projects involving exploration, development and production were categorized under Category A except Exploration Surveys not involving drilling provided the concession areas have got previous clearance for physical survey. However, under the Draft Notification, 2020, all projects involving Exploration are included in Category B-2 (where the EMP is not sent before the Appraisal Committee). Thus, activities such as drilling of exploration wells in case of oil and gas, which are known to have huge environmental impact, are exempted from (a) preparation of EIA study and (b) public consultation. The building and maintaining of the infrastructure for Inland waterways comes at a huge environmental cost, as it may have a lasting impact on not just the delicate ecosystem of rivers and other water bodies but also on the livelihood of fishing communities that depend on these rivers. By keeping all Inland waterway projects under Category B-2, the notification willfully overlooks the very real need for EIA study and public consultation in such cases. This exemption from EIA study and public consultation appears to be a step towards facilitating Ministry of Shipping’s proposal to convert 111 river stretches into waterways. It is also in line with the 2019 National Mineral Policy which hinted on promoting waterways as a mode of transportation of minerals. The aforementioned policies are based on the wrong presumption that inland waterways is an environment friendly alternative to conventional mode of transportation. The policy makers have conveniently ignored the potential ramifications which such a shift in transportation would have on the ecology and the life and livelihood of river dependent communities. Intrusive practices such as dredging of river beds and straightening of rivers, which are known to cause severe impact on river habitat, will have to be employed to make the movement of cargo successful. Also, transportation of cargo would make rivers prone to pollution due to diesel and other toxic wastes. Change in the threshold limit In case of projects, where the draft Notification retains the category classification of the project provided by the earlier EIA Notification, a careful reading would show that the threshold limit has been changed. Example Under the EIA Notification 2006, in case of River Valley Project- Hydroelectric projects (HEPs), a plant with capacity of 50MW or more was categorised as Category A and between 25 MW to 50MW was categorised as Category B (B1 and B2). Whereas under the Draft EIA, 2020, Hydroelectric projects (HEPs) with more than 75 Mega Watt (MW) have been kept under Category A, Category B-1 consists of projects between 25 MW and 75MW. All projects below 25 MW are Category B-2. Similar change in threshold limit can be seen in case of irrigation projects. Building and Construction Projects have also witnessed substantial change in threshold limit although the category remains more or less the same- Category B-1 and B-2. The change in threshold limit can also lead to ouster of a project from Category A and B-1 making certain projects exempt from both Environment Impact Assessment study and Public Consultation. Evading public scrutiny under the garb of “national interest” Clause 5(7) provides that all projects concerning national defense and security or involving other strategic considerations, as determined by the Central Government, shall require prior EC or EP as the case may be from the Ministry. The Notification neither defines “other strategic considerations” nor provides any guideline or broad contour to determine the same. The Notification leaves it to the Executive wisdom to decide the scope and ambit of the word and thus leaves a lot of room for subjectivity and arbitrariness. Public Consultation Public consultation is an important component under which the concerns of local affected persons and others, who have a stake in the environmental impact of the project, can be taken into account while designing the project. , Public consultation plays an indispensable role in making the process of grant of Environmental Clearance transparent. The decision to cut down public consultation would make the process undemocratic. The objections with respect to public consultation under the Draft Notification are two-fold:- The Draft Notification does away with the requirement of public consultation for a wide range of projects. ii. Reduction in time period for furnishing response of public from 30 days to 20 days. The Draft Notification does away with the requirement of public consultation for a wide range of projects Proviso to Clause 14 enlists projects that are exempt from public consultation. Most of the projects listed under this proviso are projects with potential social and environmental impacts and there appears no reason why these projects should be exempted from public consultation. Example Though expansions of Category A and B1 projects or their modernization that result in capacity increase of more than 50% require public consultation, an exception has been carved out in case of modernization of irrigation projects. Some adverse effects of irrigation projects on the environment include water logging, soil salination, change in groundwater table, increased evaporation and rainfall in the irrigated areas, decreased water flow and water quality for downstream users and severe ecological damage in some cases. Hence, to exempt all modernization of irrigation projects from public scrutiny would be a willful act of negligence, to say the least. All linear projects under item 31 and 38, in Border Areas. Item 31 of the Schedule deals with Oil and gas transportation pipeline, passing through national parks or sanctuaries or coral reefs or Ecologically Sensitive Areas and Slurry pipelines (coal, lignite and other ores) passing through national parks or sanctuaries or coral reefs or Ecologically Sensitive Areas. Public consultation is limited to Oil and gas transportation pipeline projects to the district (s), where the National Park or Sanctuary or Coral Reef or Ecological Sensitive Area is located Item 38 deals with Highways or Expressways or Multi-modal corridors or Ring Roads Border Area has been defined as area falling within 100 kilometre aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control with bordering countries of India. The definition of Border Area is vast enough to bring within its purview most of the hilly area in the North Eastern part of India, a region where the government should have seized the opportunity to build public confidence by making public consultation in environmental projects mandatory and thus ensuring an inclusive and participatory governance. All projects concerning national defence and security or involving other strategic considerations are also exempted. It is reiterated that not providing guidelines to determining which project will fall within the purview of “other strategic considerations”, the Draft Notification leaves room for subjectivity and arbitrariness. In fact, no information related to these projects shall be placed in public domain. ii. Reduction in time period for furnishing response of public from 30 days to 20 days. Under the EIA Notification, 2006, a minimum notice period of 30(thirty) days had to be provided to the public for furnishing their responses to the Draft EIA, whereas under the Draft EIA Notification, 2020, the period for receiving public response has been reduced to 20(twenty) days [See Appendix-I- Procedure for Public Consultation]. It also requires that the public hearing process be completed in 40 days as compared to 45 days under the EIA Notification, 2006. The Ministry has failed to account for the practical realities and difficulties of public hearing while deciding reduction in the time period. Inadequate time to understand and respond to EIA Report will render the step of public consultation meaningless. The process of grant of environmental clearance should not expedited at the cost of the process becoming non-transparent and undemocratic. Modernisation As per Clause 16 of the Draft EIA Notification, 2020, EIA Report is not required in case of modernization of projects where the intended increase in production capacity is up to 25%. As discussed in the aforesaid paragraphs, public consultation is required only in case the modernization intends to increase the production capacity by more than 50%. In case of a large scale project, any increase in production can have a huge impact on the environment and health and safety of people living in the vicinity. The threshold limit set by the Notification is unreasonable and does not appear to be environmentally sound. Validity of Prior Environmental Clearance or Prior Environmental Permission. The Draft EIA Notification, 2020 divides a project into following three phases for the purpose of validity of period or prior EC or prior EP:- Construction or installation phaseOperational PhaseRedundancy or closure or dismantling phase The Draft EIA notification has considerably increased the period of validity of prior EC. In case of mining projects the period of validity of prior EC has been increased to 50 years as opposed to the 30 years period, as per EIA 2006. For river valley, nuclear power and irrigation projects the validity period is increased from 10 years to 15 years and for all other projects the period of validity is increased from 5 years to 10 years. The aforesaid increase in validity of environmental clearance at the construction phase allows project proponents to secure land for long durations without initiating any productive activity and may promote land grab. Even during operational phase any likely change in the process, by technological up-gradation or improvement or requirement of additional raw material or use of excess ground and surface water, release of additional waste water, increase in waste and hazardous waste disposal may enhance impact on surrounding environment, for whose identification and mitigation an EIA study is a must. The Notification fails to factor in the aforesaid changes which can have a significant adverse impact on the environment. Monitoring of post project prior -EC or prior EP Under the EIA Notification, 2006, the Project proponent had to submit half yearly compliance reports in respect of the prior environmental clearance terms and conditions to the concerned Regulatory Authority on 1st June and 1st December of each calendar year. The Draft EIA Notification, 2020 has amended this clause. Under the Draft Notification, the project proponent has to submit the Compliance Report pertaining to the previous financial year by 30th June. Thus, the mandate of submission of half yearly report has been diluted and reduced to submission of an yearly Report. This amendment benefits no one except the project proponent. The concept of half yearly compliance report emanated from the need for continuous monitoring of the project as environmental damage is mostly irreversible. Half yearly reports ensured that in case of any violation of the terms and conditions for the grant of EC, the project proponent can be held accountable and prompt mitigation measures can be taken to reduce the harm. It is well known that projects under Category A and B-1 have a huge environmental impact and thus the exemption proposed to be granted from submission of half yearly report under the Draft EIA Notification, 2020 seems unreasonable. Dealing of Violation Cases There are two broad objections to the manner in which violation cases have been dealt with under the EIA Draft Notification, 2020. The first objection pertains to the reporting and the second objection pertains to regularisation/post-facto environmental clearance. Reporting As per clause 22 the Draft EIA Notification, the cognizance of the violation shall be made on the:- Suo moto application of the project proponent;Reporting by any Government Authority; orFound during the Appraisal by the Appraisal Committee; Found during the processing of application, if any, by the Regulatory Authority Reporting of violation or complaint by any stakeholder is conspicuous by its absence. Post Facto clearance Post Facto Environmental Clearance is contrary to the well-settled concept of precautionary principle in environmental jurisprudence and is opposed to the idea of sustainable development. The Supreme Court and various High Courts have time and again frowned upon the practice of grant of post facto environmental clearance. However, despite strong reasons against such a provision, post facto clearance forms a part of the Draft EIA Notification. As per Clause 22(7), the Appraisal Committee shall stipulate the implementation of EMP, comprising remediation plan and natural and community resource augmentation plan corresponding 1.5 times the ecological damage assessed and economic benefit derived due to violation in case of suo motu application and two times in cases where the ecological damage has been assessed by authority or found during the appraisal of the Appraisal Committee or during the processing of application by the Regulatory Authority. This essentially means that in cases of a violation, the project proponent shall be only liable for remediation and resource augmentation equivalent to 1.5-2 times of the ecological damage and the economic benefit derived from the violation. Similarly, on cognizance of violation through suo motu application, a late fee of Rs 1000 per day in case of Category B-2 projects, Rs. 2000 per day in case of B-1 projects and Rs. 5000 per day in case of category A projects shall be paid by the project proponent for the period of delay. In case where the reporting has been done by any Government Authority or found during appraisal by the Appraisal Committee or processing by Regulatory Authority, the project proponent will have to pay a late fee of Rs 2000 per day for B-2 category projects, Rs. 4000 per day for B-1 category projects and Rs 10,000/- per day in case of Category A projects. Violation in case of prior environmental condition would mean instances where the project proponent has violated the terms and conditions for the grant of prior EC. It would also include cases where the construction work, expansion of project or excavation work was undertaken without obtaining prior EC. The regularisation of an activity prohibited under the Notification itself by mere payment of a certain amount of money by the project proponent- violator not only amounts to grant of post facto clearance but also amounts to monetisation of environmental damage by the Government. Exemption to certain projects As per Clause 26 of the EIA Notification, certain projects shall not require prior EC or prior- EP. Clause 26 includes large-scale projects such as Solar Photo Voltaic Power Projects, Solar Thermal Power Plants and development of Solar Parks [See 26(14)]. Although the adverse environmental impact of a solar plant when compared to a thermal power plant or a hydro-electricity project is less, one cannot deny the requirement of land and water for establishment and operationalization of a solar power plant. The possibility of environmental degradation due to diversion of agricultural land or fertile land for the purpose of establishing a solar power plant and diversion of water resources for operation of plant cannot be ruled out. In fact, the best locations for solar energy generation are usually places with dry climatic conditions and poor surface and ground water availability. Conducting an Environment Impact Study before commissioning a solar power plant is a practice that has been adopted world over and the Ministry should not strive to make India’s environmental policy an exception to this internationally accepted norm. In fact, the recently inaugurated Rewa Solar Park in the State of Madhya Pradesh was also commissioned after a thorough EIA study (the report runs into 448 pages)[1] as an Environment and Social Impact Assessment study is a pre-requisite for commissioning of a World Bank funded project. The study revealed the adverse impact which the project would have on soil, water and ecology of the area. The study identified change in land use pattern, contamination of soil, contamination of water, removal of natural vegetation cover, impact on surface hydrology as some of the potential impact of the project. In addition to the impact, the study suggested certain mitigation and management measures which the project proponent could adopt. A project, howsoever, green has an impact on the ecology of the area and the health, safety and well-being of people living in the vicinity of the project. Therefore, exempting such projects altogether from public consultation and environmental impact assessment study is fallacious. Similarly clause 26(36) provides that Manufacturing Unit under the Ministry of Defence or strategic units for explosives, detonators, fuses including management and handling units or depots under the Ministry of defence will also not require prior EC or EP. This exemption too is unfounded. That exempting projects from public consultation though debatable is understandable in case of Defence projects, however, complete exemption from any environment impact assessment study would prove fatal. The projects undertaken by the defence especially relating to manufacturing of explosives have a huge pollution potential and therefore a blanket exemption is not in line with the Environmental Policy of the Country. The process of grant of EC is a six-stage process which includes preparation of EIA Report, submission of the report and its appraisal by the Appraisal Committee, Recommendation of the Appraisal Committee, stipulation of terms and conditions for the grant of prior Environmental Clearance and public consultation. Once EC is granted, a project is monitored and compliance report is filed from time to time. Public consultation thus, is one such step towards grant of EC. The aforementioned other stages are equally important and continue to hold significance irrespective of whether a project is a defence project or not. The EIA Notification, in the present form, not only runs contrary to the precautionary principle, which forms the backbone of environmental jurisprudence and sustainable development, but also defeats the very object with which the EIA process has been put in place. In the light of such grave concerns, the government must withdraw the notification and consider redrafting the many problematic aspects of it. Views are personal only.(Author is a practising Lawyer at Supreme Court) [1] Environmental and Social Assessment Report 750 MW Solar Power Project, Rewa District, Madhya Pradesh, available at http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/707731472800875793/pdf/SFG2423-EA-P154283-Box396305B-PUBLIC-Disclosed-9-1-2016.pdf Next Storylast_img read more

At least 13 nuns from same Michigan convent have died since coronavirus pandemic began

first_imgiStock/Anton_HerringtonBY: KARMA ALLEN(LIVONIA, Michigan) — At least 13 nuns from a single convent in Livonia, Michigan, have died since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly three months ago.A dozen nuns in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice died after contracting the virus between April 10 and May 10, religious officials said. Another nun from the congregation died on June 27, according to the Global Sisters Report.Family and friends of the sisters described them as a group of teachers, librarians and authors who “lived together, prayed together and worked together.”At least 18 other Felician sisters at the Michigan convent have also contracted the virus, according to the report.“We couldn’t contain the grief and the sorrow and the emotional impact,” Noel Marie Gabriel, director of clinical health services for the Felician Sisters of North America, told the publication. “We went through the motions of doing what we had to do, but that month was like a whole different way of life. That was our most tragic time. It was a month of tragedy and sorrow and mourning and grieving.”The sisters, who ranged in age from 69 to 99, were longtime members of the Livonia convent who dedicated their lives to servicing others, according to their obituaries. Several were organists, others helped with needy children, and one even authored a 586-page book about the history of the convent. Another previously worked as a secretary in the English section of the Vatican Secretariat of State.Separately, the Detroit Catholic news service reported that as many as 22 sisters at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Michigan had tested positive for the coronavirus through early May.The report comes as infection rates continue to soar, especially among essential workers like religious leaders.In addition to the 13 sisters in Livonia, at least 19 other nuns have died in the U.S., including a Felician sister at the order’s convent in Lodi, New Jersey; six sisters from two communities at a shared convent outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and three Maryknoll sisters in Ossining, New York, according to the the Global Sisters Report.The actual number of deaths could be much higher, but the national figures aren’t being tracked well, religious officials said.In a memo to members earlier this month, Felician Sisters of North America officials said “some of our Sisters who have had COVID-19 are struggling to recover from a variety of effects, including continuing weakness, respiratory issues and more.”The virus can also cause lasting difficulties for those with other chronic medical conditions even after recovery, officials noted.As of early July, Felician Sisters of North America officials said they planned to move forward “slowly loosening the tight restrictions under which Sisters in our convents, especially our larger convents, have operated for more than three months.”“We have resumed gathering in our chapels as much as we are able, depending on convent circumstances, for celebration of the Mass and opportunities for private prayer. Some of our Sisters continue to participate in daily Mass via television or other electronic devices,” officials said in a statement. “Holy Communion is being distributed to some of our Sisters in their bedrooms.”“Sister leadership and convent lay leaders collaborate in creating opportunities for safe gatherings in our chapels, supporting infection control guidelines to control exposure to the virus which is, unfortunately, still present with us,” it added.As of Wednesday, some 617,000 people had died from the virus worldwide although the official toll could be much higher. The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 142,312 deaths.More than 14.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, but some experts say the infection rate could be as much as 10 times higher.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Inside view would make the difference

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Inside view would make the differenceOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. We have been surprised to see very little published discussion regarding thefuture of OH nursing within the public health agenda. The Making a Differencedocument, therefore, came as something of a surprise in its context and tenor.It was rather difficult to find anything “new” in an occupationalhealth sense, within it and on the whole we found it patronising to OH nurses. Department of Health assistant chief nursing officer Gill Stephens statesthat the document is a useful resource for OH nurses in starting to play theirpart to improve health within the wider public health programme. But OH nursesare already well ahead both in promoting health in the workplace andinfluencing life outside work. This is evident when, as tutors, we regularly assess students’ workplacepractice and have the opportunity to observe the innovative practices of theirOH nursing colleagues. She also states that the OH nurse will need to take the lead in assessingand responding to health needs in the workplace. This has always been the basisof OH nursing. This document contained several “examples in practice” which wereall everyday OH issues for the average OH nurse. It is difficult to believethat any OH nurse would not be familiar with the essential applications of theDisability Discrimination Act and the Working Time regulations. As with all other trained nurses, OH nurses have a duty to keep themselvesprofessionally updated and abreast of current knowledge. In our experience theyhave always taken this obligation seriously. Liaison with social workers and community nurses is, of course, to beencouraged and we are sure that many OH nurses already do this to some degree.Many years of experience within nursing generally indicates to us that socialworkers, community nurses, health visitors and OH nurses, are already sooverburdened that they struggle to cope with existing pressures, withoutattempting to take on additional ones. We are not informed as to whether employers in the NHS and industry arebacking this proposal document: has a needs assessment been undertaken for thisgroup of stakeholders? Will they be willing to allow their OH nurses time toteach voluntary groups, and primary care workers first aid? Some of the functions proposed within the paper are already within the remitof the other professional groups, mentioned before. The fact that suchprofessionals are overworked and under resourced does not mean that OH nursesshould take on their roles. Liaison for the greater good is commendable and well worth the effort, butabsorption into the public health function and the inevitable dilution ofexpertise among all professional groups would appear to be a backward step.This document makes no reference to evidence-based practice or research, whichwould support this way forward. We are encouraged to learn that some consultation is taking place on thisdocument, but would like to be assured that the selection of those invited wasby a random method. We have discussed this document with a large number of OH nurses within ourdual educational and professional roles, who also found it patronising andworrying in terms of future OH nursing practice. We would like to be reassuredthat further democratic consultation will take place before a definitivedocument is published. last_img read more

Majority would welcome skills migrants

first_imgMajority would welcome skills migrantsOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A poll on asylum and migration has revealed an overwhelming majority ofpeople believe the Government should allow in more skilled migrants to combatskills shortages. Nearly three-quarters of those questioned in The Guardian/ICM survey believemore people should be allowed to come to live in Britain if they have skillsthat are in short supply – teaching, nursing or medicine skills. The survey of more than 1,000 adults found only 26 per cent oppose theexpansion of existing work-permit schemes. And 51 per cent would be happy tosee doors opened to both unskilled economic migrants and skilled immigrants. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 7/6/18

first_imgJuly 7, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/6/18 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEN.Y. Mets 5, Tampa Bay 1L.A. Angels 3, L.A. Dodgers 2Colorado 7, Seattle 1AMERICAN LEAGUEToronto 6, N.Y. Yankees 2Detroit 3, Texas 1Cleveland 10, Oakland 4Houston 11, Chicago White Sox 4Minnesota 6, Baltimore 2Boston 10, Kansas City 5NATIONAL LEAGUECincinnati 3, Chicago Cubs 2Washington 3, Miami 2Philadelphia 17, Pittsburgh 5Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4Arizona 3, San Diego 1San Francisco 3, St. Louis 2WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONSeattle 95, Atlanta 86Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Utah State’s Sam Merrill Named Mountain West Player of the Week

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State University senior guard Sam Merrill was named the Mountain West Player of the Week per a statement from the league office.In road wins over Colorado State and Fresno State, the sharpshooter out of Bountiful High School averaged 28 points, 4.5 assists, 4 rebounds and one steal per game.He proficiently shot 60.6 percent (20-33) from the field in the wins over the Rams and Bulldogs and 56.3 percent (9-16) behind the arc.Merrill also made 87.5 percent (7-8) of his free throws on the week.Merrill and his Aggies teammates return to action Wednesday by hosting the Wyoming Cowboys for a 7:00 pm tip-off. February 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Sam Merrill Named Mountain West Player of the Week Written by Tags: USU Men’s Basketballlast_img read more