Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Previous articleFrom seeking asylum to culinary gold for Limerick Institute of Technology studentNext articleBon Secours Hospital named as new sponsor of Limerick SHC Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge NewsBusinessMeet the buyers at Limerick food eventBy Staff Reporter – April 1, 2019 1022 Email Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Print Limerick food producers Joe O’Connor, Truely Irish, Newcastlewest and Caroline Rigney, Rigney’s Farm Curraghchase.Photo: Liam BurkeLocal Enterprise Offices from around the country have joined forces to create a brand new ‘Meet the Buyer’ event.The event, which is intended to raise the profile of the country’s finest food producers, will take place at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday, May 23.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is estimated that up to 90 food producers will have the chance to pitch their businesses to the top buyers from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK who are expected to attend.The trade only event is open to buyers from across the food industry such as supermarket groups, food wholesalers, retailers, independent fine food shops, food service, development and restaurant chefs, and many more.The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) network is providing training to the participating producers in branding, layout and presenting their products in advance of the event. There will also be break-out sessions during the day, focusing on a variety of topics such as the different purchasing strategies, major issues facing the food industry, and the preparation for the impact of Brexit.Attendees at the LIT event will also have to opportunity for free entry into this year’s Irish Quality Food Awards 2019.Eamon Ryan, Head of LEO Limerick: said “that this event provides an opportunity for producers to meet influential buyers. The event will assist food and drink start-ups to secure orders as well as learning from buyers about what products are likely to be successful in the marketplace of the future”.LIT Vice-President Dr Liam Brown said the event is a valuable extension of the colleges work in helping to develop a robust and sustainable food industry into the future.”The Meet the Buyer event follows the success of last year’s Local Producer Showcase, which brought together the best of the Mid-West Irish food and drink.Buyers who are interested in attending this event should register at qualityfoodawards.comby Miranda [email protected] Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Twitter TAGSawardbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!
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ColumnsGovernment Accountability & Transparency: SC Cares? Pranav Sachdeva23 Aug 2020 9:09 PMShare This – xThe recent Supreme Court’s judgment in Centre for PIL (CPIL) vs Union of India on the legality of the PM Cares fund is legally flawed and disheartening. It epitomizes the hands-off approach of the Court in recent years in public interest cases, where it trusts the executive more and questions it less. The current decade of 2011-2020 has clearly been the most turbulent period in…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 recent Supreme Court’s judgment in Centre for PIL (CPIL) vs Union of India on the legality of the PM Cares fund is legally flawed and disheartening. It epitomizes the hands-off approach of the Court in recent years in public interest cases, where it trusts the executive more and questions it less. The current decade of 2011-2020 has clearly been the most turbulent period in the history of the Supreme Court. This decade can be neatly divided into two starkly different 5-year periods. The country witnessed a powerful, assertive and highly respected Supreme Court from 2011 to 2015. However, the next 5 years from 2016 to 2020 witnessed the Court cede its authority to a dominant executive, while it itself became mired in serious controversies. In the initial part of the decade, the Court cracked the whip against arbitrary allocations of natural resources like spectrum and coal. It came down hard on illegal mining in several states. The Court struck down statutory appointment of the CVC because the appointee was facing a vigilance case. By the end of 2015, the judiciary’s respect in public eyes was so high that people cheered the Court for quashing Constitutional amendment creating the NJAC which had been passed almost unanimously by the Parliament and had been approved by legislative assemblies of over 20 States. From 2016 onwards, there was a noticeable shift in Court’s approach and it virtually stopped holding the executive to account on all important issues, be it false encounters, lynchings, citizenship amendment, NRC, electoral bonds, demonetization, Kashmir, arrests of activists in fabricated cases, draconian lockdown and the migrant crisis. This period also damaged Court’s reputation, since it brought huge controversies ranging from impeachment motion, judges’ press conference, medical college bribery case, sexual harassment case, Kalikho Pul suicide note, controversial collegium decisions and the Rajya Sabha appointment. The judgment of the Court in CPIL case is part of the above trend of the last 5 years where the executive has had its way on an important public issue. The petitioner CPIL had pointed out that while the Government notified Covid-19 to be a disaster under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (DMA) and exercised huge powers under that law, but it failed to discharge its statutory duties of formulating a National Plan to contain Covid-19 (Section 11) or prescribing minimum standards of relief (Section 12). Most importantly, the petition asked for proper effectuation and utilization of the National Disaster Response Fund / NDRF (Section 46). CPIL argued that Government could not legally create a separate PM Cares Fund for Covid-19 disaster relief in derogation of the NDRF, and therefore, its receipts must be transferred to the NDRF. The Court however on 20th August dismissed the petition. The Court held that there is no need for National Plan specifically for Covid-19 since the general Plan formulated in 2019 (before the virus outbreak) and the multiple guidelines being issued by various ministries, are adequate compliance with the DMA. The Court also held that there is no need to lay down enforceable minimum standards of relief for Covid-19. Most disappointingly, the Court held that there is no illegality in constitution of PM Cares fund, and the receipts of it need not be transferred to the NDRF. As per Court, the money collected under the fund is not Government money, but funds belonging to a trust. Since the PM Cares trust was not funded through budgetary allocations but voluntary contributions, it could function like any other trust in the country. The Court’s judgment essentially equates the PM Cares Trust with other charitable trusts like Tata Trust, Reliance Foundation or Azim Premji Foundation, which are run by private entities and do not need a CAG audit or RTI Act compliance. The writ petition had pointed out that although the coronavirus has affected the entire world, India is the only country which witnessed a humanitarian disaster and a severe economic and employment crisis. This occurred because a draconian nation-wide shutdown was imposed without any expert advice, consultation or due notice. Moreover, the country has also failed to contain Covid-19 and the cases have surged exponentially. It was submitted that these multiple crises occurred due to government’s arbitrary and ad hoc decision making, by issuing over 800 guidelines/notifications within 3 months, and by not consulting experts or following their advice. Therefore, the petitioner had asked for a National Plan to be formulated specifically for Covid-19 by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which would act as blueprint for all authorities and lay down a strategy to contain the virus and its multiple fallouts. The Court however felt otherwise. The petitioner had also argued that Section 46 of the DMA obliges the government to channel all donations and grants to the NDRF, which has to be used for disaster relief. NDRF is audited by the CAG, comes under the RTI regime and can be scrutinized by the Parliament. PM Cares could not be equated with any ordinary charitable trust since the Prime Minister was the ex-officio Chairman of this Trust. Further, Ministers of Defence, Home and Finance were all ex-officio trustees of the fund. Donations to the fund were sought by the Government itself, though various advertisements and through its official website.No Occasion For CAG Audit Of PM CARES Fund As It Is A Public Charitable Trust: SC [Read Judgment] PM Cares fund uses the name and picture of the Prime Minister himself. Clearly a message was given to the public and corporates that this is the government fund for Covid-19 disaster relief in case they wanted to donate towards disaster management, frontline workers, medical supplies, or relief for migrants etc. In fact, it was only on 19th June, two days after notice was issued in the CPIL’s petition, that the Government formulated a procedure for the public to donate to the NDRF and uploaded the bank account details for making the payment. Clearly the aim of the government was to divert all funds to the PM Cares Trust rather than the NDRF. Therefore, it was no surprise that in just 5 days, from 27th to 31st March, Rs. 3076 crores had already been collected as per the Government website. However, Government has till date not disclosed the amount collected from 1st April onwards or its utilization, which is believed to run into tens of thousands of crores. Under the Companies Act, corporates are obligated to spend two percent of their net profit on CSR activity, which goes into funding many educational, health, environmental and social initiatives. When the Government included donation to the PM Cares fund as a CSR activity, it was obvious that thousands of crores of money would be diverted by corporates, who are only too willing to please the Government, to the PM Cares Fund. In fact, donations over Rs. 2000 crores have been made by public sector companies under various union ministries themselves to this Trust, which is patently public money. If the Government had been transparent about the money collected and its utilization, and had not rejected independent audit and Parliamentary scrutiny, there would have perhaps been no occasion for any misgiving, even if the DMA mandated otherwise. However, the government completely blocked out all information concerning the fund, rejected RTI requests for even basic documents like copy of Trust Deed, appointed an auditor who was reportedly close to the ruling party, and the MPs of the ruling party reportedly did not allow the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to scrutinize the fund. Mala fides were writ large on the government’s attitude which wanted to use the huge sums collected as its private money. The Government’s counter-affidavit was noticeably silent on facts concerning the Trust. The Court therefore, in the first instance, ought to have asked the Government to place all information concerning the fund, the trust deed, the receipts, and the utilization before it. The Court ought to have questioned the Government why it created a parallel fund bypassing the statutory regime. The Government should have been taken to task for resisting a CAG audit or transparency since the Trust was undertaking state functions. A Trust headed by PM, with senior cabinet ministers as trustees, all in their ex-officio capacity, could not have been equated with an ordinary charitable trust. The money in the fund is clearly public money collected for a public purpose and Government could not have been allowed to pretend otherwise. However, the Court did not ask these pertinent questions and rejected the petition. The CPIL judgment, therefore, failed to hold the Government to account on an issue of significant public importance. As the decade draws to a close, one hopes for a return of a time when the Supreme Court was less trustful of the executive and interrogated it more, while guarding the rights of the citizens more vigorously.(The Author is an Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court)(This is an opinion piece and the views are of the author’s, not necessarily reflecting the views of LiveLaw) Next Story
Honolulu Police Department(HONOLULU) — Police are searching for a person of interest in a string of fires at three high-rise resorts in Hawaii over a three-day span. The Honolulu Police Department released images of an unidentified person on Wednesday, asking for information about his whereabouts. The images were taken from surveillance video at the scene of each fire in the Waikiki area of Honolulu, police said. Authorities declined to say how the fires were started, but investigators said they appeared to be intentional.The blazes caused nearly $2 million in damages, according to the the Honolulu Fire Department. Honolulu Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant said all three fires started at night in a hallway on floors with guest rooms.Guests were forced to evacuate in each case. There were no injuries reported.The first incident occurred Sunday night when a suspect ignited two blazes on two separate floors at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, causing about $4,000 in damages, authorities said. Hotel security officers responded to fire alarms and quickly extinguished the fires.The second blaze broke out the following night on the 14th floor of the 25-story Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, located less than a mile away from the scene of the first fire, authorities said.Seguirant said a fire alarm and sprinkler system were activated, which alerted guests and contained the fire quickly.Police confirmed that an accelerant had been used to ignite that fire, causing an estimated $1.8 million in damages.“While the guests were evacuated from the hotel, two rooms had been burglarized,” the police department said. “A male was seen on video surveillance carrying at least two backpacks that appear similar to the ones taken in the burglary.”The final fire in the trio broke out on Tuesday night on the 28th floor of Hilton Hawaiian Village Grand Waikikian Tower, where hotel workers extinguished the blaze with a fire extinguisher. Authorities said the fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The @UtahDepOfHealth state lab is assessing damage and currently down. The poison control center has been evacuated and the @UtahCoronavirus hotline is down.— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) March 18, 2020 Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall tweeted, amid the coronavirus outbreak, “I know the last thing we need right now is an earthquake.”“But here we are, and it sounds like aftershocks are likely,” she tweeted. “The City is assessing the situation now and I’ll circle back with an update when I have it. Be safe.” Kierra Dotson, digital news manager at ABC Salt Lake affiliate KTVX, tweeted that she was at the airport when the quake hit.Dotson noted that she didn’t see any injuries or damage but that she was feeling aftershocks.An early warning for earthquakes? There’s an app for that.Power has been knocked out to 55,000 customers, including at the ABC Salt Lake affiliate KTVX studio, where anchor Brian Carlson said he felt over 20 aftershocks.Abby Huntsman, former co-host of ABC’s “The View,” told ABC News, “I didn’t expect to be woken up by a 5.7 earthquake. All I could think to do in that moment was to run and grab my sleeping kids. Now we are experiencing several aftershocks.”“These things are unforgettable, and remind us that while coronavirus is an immediate concern, earthquakes and other natural disasters can be quite dangerous and require families and communities to be prepared,” Huntsman said. “Praying everyone in Utah is OK this morning.” It is very likely that you will feel aftershocks today.— Utah Emergency Mgmt (@UtahEmergency) March 18, 2020 ESPN reporter Holly Rowe tweeted that she was “just shaken out of sound sleep by 5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City.”“We are all safe,” Rowe tweeted. “Please Pray for no further aftershocks. Please pray for all of us.” Petrovich9/iStock(SALT LAKE CITY) — A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, early Wednesday, knocking out the state’s coronavirus hotline, according to the governor.This was the state’s largest earthquake since 1992, according to Utah Emergency Management. @KUTV2News Damage to the Zions Bank/JC Penny building on Main St. and 300 S. After the earthquake this morning! pic.twitter.com/PoYJpFkSpp— Sara Turner (@Mrs_Cha24) March 18, 2020Utah Department of Health employees are being told to not report to any department buildings in the wake of the earthquake, even though the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying.“Assessments are being made and we will send another alert when buildings are clear to be occupied,” the department tweeted. “If you are currently teleworking or telecommuting, please continue to do so.The state’s public health lab is also being assessed for damage, halting lab operations.Salt Lake City schools were already closed due to coronavirus, but because of the quake, district officials said they won’t be able to provide food, laptops or iPads to students Wednesday. Just shaken out of sound sleep by 5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City. We are all safe. Please Pray for no further aftershocks. Please pray for all of us.— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) March 18, 2020 I know the last thing we need right now is an earthquake, but here we are, and it sounds like aftershocks are likely. The City is assessing the situation now and I’ll circle back with an update when I have it. Be safe. #utpol #slc— SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) March 18, 2020 There are no official reports of injuries, but the Salt Lake City Airport has been knocked out of operation, officials said. Just felt the first earthquake of my life. That was crazy. pic.twitter.com/aWew7EOrIt— Dave Noriega (@davenoriega) March 18, 2020Dr. Scott Williams, a Salt Lake City physician, told ABC News, just after 7 a.m. local time, “my house just started shaking fairly violently. And my first thought was, ‘has a truck gone off the road and is coming into my house?’”“It lasted about 15, 20 seconds, shaking pretty hard,” he said. “Then I felt swaying for about another 15 seconds.”Williams added, “we’re all supposed to be social distancing and now we all need to get together and check on each other.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a long-overdue whistleblower campaign to encourage staff who work within FCA-regulated property industry companies to report wrongdoing.Thousands of estate agencies are FCA regulated in the UK usually because they have in-house mortgage broking teams.During 2019 the FCA received nearly 3,000 allegations of wrongdoing within companies.These involved cases of mis-selling, money laundering and unauthorised business. But many within the financial services community have claimed that the FCA has been dragging its feet on whistleblowing and that ‘far more can be done’.In confidenceThe FCA says it wants to re-assure whistleblowers through its ‘In confidence, with confidence’ campaign that they can report wrongdoing in a safe environment and backed by the FCA’s enlarged team, which assigns each whistleblower a dedicated case worker.These measures are designed to ensure that whistleblower’ identities are protected , which can include the partners of agency employees as well as staff themselves, the FCA says.It has also reminded firms that they must have effective arrangements in place for employees to raise concerns, and to guarantee these concerns are handled appropriately and confidentially, including the appointment of a whistleblowers’ champion within the organisation.Mark Steward (pictured), Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA said: “We want all whistleblowers to feel welcomed by us and to feel safe because of us.“We listen to all whistleblowers and, if they shine a light on serious misconduct, we want to make sure we act responsibly. When whistleblowing works well it helps consumers, markets and firms and keeps everyone safe and that is our aim.”Read more about the FCA campaign.Read more about other whistleblower campaigns.whistleblower mis-selling Mark Steward Enforcement FCA FCA FCA mortgage rules Financial Conduct Authority financial services March 25, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Financial watchdog encourages estate agency staff to ‘turn whistleblower’ previous nextRegulation & LawFinancial watchdog encourages estate agency staff to ‘turn whistleblower’FCA has launched whistleblowing campaign aimed at regulated companies including many estate agencies who sell mortgages.Nigel Lewis25th March 20210583 Views
“I hope you are able to speak to the Congress of Polish Students organisers and the Oxford University Polish student society about the debate and explain to them that they must adhere to this guidance for future Congresses.” “I could have refused to talk with Daniel in the first place because of his lies and because of his aggressive stance on Brexit – you know, a member of the ERG, somebody who says that the Brits got nothing from the Marshall Plan, that Germany gets more than we do, and he wrote to the German foreign minister and said don’t let the Brits have any leeway – he’s not acting in the British interest, he’s lobbying the Poles to be horrible to the Brits.” Bearder was originally invited to debate the pro-Brexit Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski on the impacts of Brexit on European countries on a panel called “Poland and Brexit – Friends or Foes” at the Congress of Polish Student Societies. Bearder’s invitation to the conference was withdrawn on Friday after she tweeted: “I’m debating Daniel Kawczynski MP in Oxford this Saturday in front of Polish university students studying in the UK. When I say debating, I mean trying to put the little unicorns Daniel lets free every now and then back in their stables.” Bearder also believes that her fellow guest could have been behind her disinvitation. “We have also reached out to apologise to Mrs Catherine Bearder personally.” The University Polish Society explained their decision, saying: “We decided to invite Mr Stefan Kasprzyk instead of Mrs Catherine Bearder to our discussion panel collectively, as the Conference’s organising committee. “As a team responsible for continuing the twelve years of tradition of social activity of the Polish students’ diaspora in the United Kingdom, we would like to apologise. “What was really shocking, though, is that when Polish journalist Jakub Krupa asked why I was uninvited, the organisers said that I ‘pulled out’. “We hope that this unfortunate event will not overshadow the importance of debates held at the 12th Congress, focused on the role of Polish students and their organisations in British civil society. “We aim to hold ourselves to a high professional standard, which we failed to meet in the way the change was conducted. As reported by Cherwell, the MEP wrote to the University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson, urging her to speak to the student organisers in order ensure that the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance is enforced. Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has claimed her recent ‘disinvitation’ from a panel debate organised by the Polish Society last weekend “contravened” freedom of speech guidelines. “However, we strongly deny the charges of stifling free speech, let alone censorship. We are deeply committed to free speech and consider it to be an important part of our identity as a student body. She said: “I suspect it was influenced by the other guest [Kawczynski] , that he put pressure on them because it wasn’t offensive my tweet, it was a tease… and this is from the man that tweets complete lies, and doesn’t apologise for them. Bearder has denied that she would have focused on domestic issues. In an exclusive interview with Cherwell, Bearder said: “I work across Africa, and the Pacific – I can talk about most things, domestic is probably harder for me to talk about.” “I am sure you are aware that the Equality and Human Rights Commission recently released new guidance on defending free speech in universities and ensuring campuses remain a forum for open debate. Bearder finished: “To disinvite me the day before is really extraordinary. And on what grounds, because I tweeted about unicorns? Come on.” Oxford University Polish Society said: “Firstly, we would like to apologise to Mrs Catherine Bearder and all concerned for the timing and manner in which we communicated the change of arrangements, and for any upset caused. In her letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Bearder said: “I find it totally unacceptable that a debate held on University premises called the ‘Brexit debate’ with two opposing viewpoints on the issue would deem it appropriate to drop a participant because of ‘negative attention towards a tweet’. “In organising the conference, we are doing our utmost to ensure that the conditions for free debate are ensured and that a range of views are duly represented. The Congress, which happens annually, is a two-day event aiming to debate issues relevant to Polish students in the UK, provide networking opportunities for Polish students and workshops with Polish young professionals to provide career opportunities. It attracts over 400 members of Polish student societies across the UK. Bearder told Cherwell: “I do flippant tweets occasionally because I’m a human being… I’m not going to come there and spout racial hatred or lies and you know – you don’t tend to get Lib Dems doing that sort of thing.” “We therefore invited Mr Stefan Kasprzyk, a Liberal Democrat and a vocal supporter of the Remain campaign, to represent views that are opposed to Mr Kawczynski’s. We therefore consider charges in that matter to be unfounded. “An online exchange, primarily concerned with issues irrelevant to the Polish student community in the UK, caused concerns that the panel debate would not be focused on the topic of Brexit in the Polish context, but instead it would be overshadowed by issues specific to internal British political controversies.” “Oxford University has a proud and world renowned tradition of free speech and should not accept this kind of behaviour, which looks like censorship on campus, lightly. A University spokesperson said: “The University played no role in this decision. The University is strongly committed to freedom of speech and we encourage our students to debate and engage with a range of views.” According to Bearder, she received an email on Friday from the Society informing her that her invitation to the conference as was withdrawn, an hour after her replacement, Islington Lib Dem Stefan Kasprzyk, was informed that she had ‘pulled out’.
In the recent local elections in England, the Liberal Democrats gained 703 seats. Current leader Vince Cable described every vote as “a vote for stopping Brexit.” In an article for New Statesman, Layla Moran said of the result: “It’s good to be back, isn’t it? The Tories and Labour, those cracking leviathans of the two main parties, have (rightly!) been given a drubbing at the polls by voters frustrated at the absolute mess they have made of Brexit.” She said: “I am grateful to the large number of constituents, supporters, party members, and elected representatives who have encouraged me to throw my hat into the ring in the forthcoming Liberal Democrat Leadership contest. “As a relatively new MP, however, my first priority has to be to serve my constituents to the best of my ability.” The announcement comes less than two weeks before the European Elections. Moran’s departure leaves former minister Jo Swinson as clear favourite. She would become the Lib Dem’s first female leader. Sir Ed Davey, the former Energy Secretary, is now Swinson’s main rival. Moran has been contacted for comment. Layla Moran has announced to party members in her constituency, Oxford West and Abingdon, that she will not be running for Liberal Democrat leader when Sir Vince Cable bows out.