Town Councils facing downgrading threat – Crossan

first_img Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Buncrana Councillor claims that a proposal to take responsibility for housing away from town councils would represent an erosion of local democracy.Housing Minister Michael Finneran says there are 88 housing authorities across the country at the moment, and that is unnecessary. He wants to see a smaller network of regional authorities, which he claims would be more effective and save money.Meanwhile, Environment Minister John Gormley has ordered a study into the feasibility of a single national Water Authority.However, Cllr Nicholas Crossan says local authorities are best placed to make the right decisions……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ncros830.mp3[/podcast] Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Google+ Newsx Adverts Town Councils facing downgrading threat – Crossan Previous articleDevelopment officer says next three years present huge tourism potentialNext articleDetention time extended for two men after suspicious Derry death News Highland Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter By News Highland – January 13, 2011 WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Draft EIA: Delhi HC Issues Notice In Modification Plea Seeking Direction To Centre To Further Extend The Deadline For Public Comments

News UpdatesDraft EIA: Delhi HC Issues Notice In Modification Plea Seeking Direction To Centre To Further Extend The Deadline For Public Comments Karan Tripathi31 Aug 2020 4:38 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has issued notice in a modification plea seeking a direction to be issued to the Central Government to further extend the deadline for public comments on Draft Environment Impact Assessment Policy by the period of 60 days from the date of publishing the said policy in all the languages mentioned in Schedule VIII of the Constitution. The Division Bench of Chief…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?LoginDelhi High Court has issued notice in a modification plea seeking a direction to be issued to the Central Government to further extend the deadline for public comments on Draft Environment Impact Assessment Policy by the period of 60 days from the date of publishing the said policy in all the languages mentioned in Schedule VIII of the Constitution. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued notice to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and will next take up the matter on September 23. Filed in a disposed off writ petition titled Vikrant Tongad v. Union of India, the present modification plea states that if the direction to extend the deadline is not issued to the Central Government, the letter and spirit of this court’s order dated 30/06/20 will be defeated. By its order dated June 30, the present court had extended the deadline for submitting public comments on Draft EIA Policy by August 11. The court had also directed the Environment Ministry to translate the draft policy in at least the languages mentioned in the VII Schedule of the Constitution, and make the same available on the website of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, as well as the respective Environment Ministries and State Pollution Control Boards of all respective states within a period of ten days. The said order reads as: ‘…we are of the view that it would be in aid of effective dissemination of the proposed notification if arrangements are made for its translation into other languages as well, at least those mentioned in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. Such translation may be undertaken by the Government of India itself, or with the assistance of the respective State Governments, where applicable.’ In order to argue that the directions of the court have not been efficiently complied with by the concerned Ministry, the Petitioner highlighted the following facts: No translations were completed and uploaded within 10 days. This was a clear transgression of the Court’s directive. The MoEF in fact communicated to the State Governments to carry out the translations within 10 days, but not to take further steps (uploading) until specific directions were given by the MoEF The draft EIA Notification 2020 was only made available on the homepage of the main website of the MoEF (http://moef.gov.in/) as recently as 24th August, 2020. Further, the Respondent has even failed to upload the draft EIA Notification, 2020 in the English and Hindi language on the websites of the State Environment Departments and State Pollution Control Boards It is further argued by the Petition that as per the RTI reply received from the concerned Ministry, the draft policy has only been translated in 3 languages as on 30th July 2020, namely Marathi, Oriya and Nepali. Moreover, the Petitioner got to know that it is only recently that the translations have been made in Bengali, Telugu and Konkani. Therefore, it is the case of the Petitioner that the non-compliance of the court’s June 30 order has further hampered the public consultation process. Next Story read more

Plea In SC Seeks Steps For Improving India’s Deplorable Global Ranking On The Corruption Perception Index

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Steps For Improving India’s Deplorable Global Ranking On The Corruption Perception Index Sanya Talwar13 Sep 2020 8:27 AMShare This – xA plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre, states and UTs for setting up an Expert Committee to suggest steps for improving India’s deplorable ranking on the Global Corruption Perception Index.Filed on behalf of BJP Leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who has been instrumental in filing many PILs before top court, the plea seeks the constitution of…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?LoginA plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre, states and UTs for setting up an Expert Committee to suggest steps for improving India’s deplorable ranking on the Global Corruption Perception Index.Filed on behalf of BJP Leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who has been instrumental in filing many PILs before top court, the plea seeks the constitution of the committees to look into good practices of those countries that rank several notches higher on the index than India. Thus, the PIL has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India “to examine the best practices of the countries, ranked among top 20 in Corruption Perception Index and accordingly take appropriate steps to weed-out the menace of bribery, black money generation, benami transaction, tax evasion, money laundering, profiteering, grain hoarding, food adulteration, human trafficking, drug trafficking, black marketing, cheating, fraud, forgery, mischief, dishonest misappropriation of property, criminal breach of trust, dishonestly inducing delivery of property, cheating by personation, concealment of property, falsification of accounts, and economic offences including corporate fraud, capital market fraud and forensic fraud and violation of the laws relating to accounting, company, taxation and information technology”The plea states that alternatively, the Court may direct Law Commission of India to examine anti-corruption laws of developed countries & suggest steps to weed-out corruption, black money generation, benami transactions & money laundering, and to improve India’s ranking in Corruption Perception Index.Upadhyay highlights that the injury caused to people is extremely large because corruption is an insidious plague, having a wide range of corrosive effects on the country.”It undermines democracy and rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organised crime like separatism, terrorism, naxalism, radicalism, gambling, smuggling, kidnapping, money laundering and extortion and other threats to human security to flourish” – Excerpt of PleaFurther, the plea brings to the fore, the distress that corruption has caused in the country, especially to the underprivileged sections of the society and that it is the duty of the state to take steps to weed-out corruption and black money generation.”It is inimical to fostering of excellence and has adverse impact on EWS-BPL families. Due to massive corruption, even after 73 years of independence, 50% population is in distress leading hand-to-mouth existence and large segments not knowing where next meal is coming from, with abominable health standards and primary education levels,” Upadhyay claims.Apropos this, the petitioner urges the court to pass directions so that the rule of law guaranteed under the Constitution can be secured. He adds that Centre and States are not taking appropriate and enough steps to weed out the menace of corruption.”….it is duty of the State to take steps to weed-out corruption and black money generation. Stern steps must be taken to reaffirm the rule of law, improve transparency and warn looters that betrayal of public trust will no longer be tolerated,” says Upadhyay in his plea before top court.The public interest litigant has also states that the root cause of 50% problems of India is corruption, which, he contends can’t be weeded-out without tax reform, police reform, judicial reform, democratic reform, administrative reform and education reform. He adds that many eminent commissions and committees including Law Commission, Election Commission and Venkatchaliah Commission have given more than 500 suggestions in this regard but Centre and States are not interested to implement them.Emphasising that Preamble is not a mere flourish of words, but is an ideal setup for practices and observances as matter of law through constitutional mechanism, the Petitioner outlines that its purpose is to clarify who has made the Constitution, what is its source, what is ultimate sanction behind it; what is the nature of polity, which is sought to be established and what are its goals and objectives. “The one common object is to promote well-being of the society as a whole. It is impossible to achieve the great golden goals of Preamble without curbing corruption, the greatest menace to democracy-development,” the plea avers.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

Summer Vacations For Delhi District Courts Preponed In View Of Covid 19 Surge

first_imgNews UpdatesSummer Vacations For Delhi District Courts Preponed In View Of Covid 19 Surge Nupur Thapliyal14 May 2021 10:26 PMShare This – xIn view of the alarming rise of covid 19 in the national capital, the summer vacations for Delhi district courts have been preponed .The office order published by the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court, it has been stated thus:”The Hon’ble Full Court has been pleased to prepone the Summer Vacation for the District Courts in Delhi for the year 2021 and order that the District Courts (except the Courts of Metropolitan Magistrates) in Delhi will remain closed for Summer Vacation from Monday, 17th May 2021 to Thursday, 3rd June 2021 (both days inclusive).”May 17 to June 15 shall be the vacation period for the members of the Delhi Judicial Service falling under the Delhi Judicial Service (Leave) Rules, 2011.”The Courts presided over by the officers of Delhi Judicial Service (except the Courts of Metropolitan Magistrates) shall remain closed for Summer Vacation from 17th May 2021 to 3rd June 2021 (both days inclusive) and the Courts of Metropolitan Magistrates shall remain closed for Summer Vacation from 17th May 2021 to 27th May 2021 (both days inclusive)”. The order reads.Furthermore, it has been provided that the cases listed between 17 May 2021 to June 3 shall be taken up from June 14 to June 30 “on the corresponding working days and the existing system of hearing the matters shall continue upto June 30.””All the Principal District and Sessions Judges and Principal Judges (Family Court) shall ensure that bare minimum staff is called physically and that the majority of the staff officials mandatorily work from home, till the time the situation becomes normal.” The order reads.Click Here To Read OrderTagsDelhi District Courts #Delhi High Court COVID -19 second covid wave Summer Vacations Next Storylast_img read more

Avant Garbage: ‘Trash birds’ transform litter into art

first_img Becky Mehorter is an intern at the Ithaca Voice. She is a rising senior at Ithaca College with majors in journalism and Spanish. More by Becky Mehorter Becky Mehorter After gathering trash during a cleanup event, Closs said, the artists of the group created projects out of their finds. One of the artists, Caroline Byrne, asked Robin Tropper-Herbal, the director of the Community School of Music and Arts and a fellow member of the Glorious Trash Birds Facebook page, if the artists could use the CSMA space to hold an exhibit, Lambert said. “It’s not just stuff people throw on the ground,” she said. “It’s all the stuff that makes up our lives. That’s what I thought was appealing about it.”One artist, Nancy Malina, said using trash as art material was a matter of finding value in the garbage.“It’s worth my time and effort to pick up trash,” Malina said. “If I can’t recycle it and it inspires me to create something beautiful or that allows people to see things in a new way, then it’s valuable to the community.”Malina created a diorama of a forest using straws, old earbuds and Styrofoam. She also used a piece of old piping as the main structure of a four-foot-tall sculpture titled, “Blossom.”“Forest of Straws” by Nancy Corwin Malina. Made with plastic straws, styrofoam, plastic binding, head phone wire, acrylic paint and paste, coffee grounds and wooden frame. (Photo by Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice)The exhibit highlights the overwhelming amount of litter scattered along the shores and grounds surrounding Cayuga Lake. The specific details about the litter — how much, where it’s from, its contents and its effects — are currently unknown as there hasn’t been research on the topic, Lambert said.The only people who really know about the litter are those who collect it. Malina said her diorama was inspired by how many straws she saw on the ground. Other commonly found objects include plastics bags, cups and food wrappers, Lambert said.For the Trash Birds, plastic bags and other discarded plastics in the lake are easy to spot and remove, if time consuming, but another pollutant that’s less noticeable from the shore is microplastics — bits of plastic that are five millimeters or smaller. These microplastics can sneak through water filtration and are not easily cleaned up, Lambert said.“Trash pictures behind TOPS and Stewart Park” by Caroline Byrne. (Photo by Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice)Microplastics come cosmetic products and from larger plastics breaking down. While microplastics and their effects are still being researched, picking up trash before it can break down is one way to cut down on the plastic pollution in the lake.Local lens: New York bans single-use plastic bagsThe art exhibit will hopefully inspire others to take care of their lake and local community, Malina said. “The lake is a gift,” Malina said. “It’s something we should cherish and take care of. Nobody is going to take care of it except for you.”The show will run until July 26 at the Community School of Music and Arts, which is located at 330 E. State St. The exhibit is free and open to the public.Featured image: “Blossom” by Nancy Corwin Malina. (Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice) Tagged: Art, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, community school of music and arts, glorious trash birds ITHACA, N.Y. —Looking out at Cayuga Lake, it might be hard to believe just how much trash can be found along the shore. Shopping carts, plastic bags and food wrappers are some of the things community members have dredged out in cleanups. Now, to illuminate the issue, some people have turned the collected trash into art.The Cayuga Watershed Network, the Community School of Music and Arts and the Glorious Trash Birds have collaborated to create “Strewn, Forgotten, Gathered, ReImagined,” an art exhibit created with trash collected mainly from Cayuga Lake and local parks and waterways. The show will run until July 26 at the CSMA.The idea for the show developed naturally, Paul Closs, one of the organizers of the show, said. He started a Facebook page two years ago called “The Glorious Trash Birds,” where avid trash collectors can organize events to clean up the waterways and some parks in the local area.“In the group, there were a few artists,” Closs said. “They were already making projects out of some of the stuff they found and so we were kind of like, you know, we should have an exhibit someday and put these works on display.”Many of the artists are members of boating clubs, like the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club, stand-up paddling group and the Cayuga outrigger canoe club. Picking up trash is part of taking care of their home court, Closs said.“It’s basically our home,” he said. “We’re out there all the time, and we don’t like to see trash out there while we’re having a good time. We were like, we should get together and do a cleanup. … So it’s really grown out of the heart of this local area paddling groups.”Community members pick up trash along Cayuga Inlet. (Photos courtesy of Glorious Trash Birds Facebook Page)The Glorious Trash Birds have picked up some unusual objects in the parks and the lake. Closs said he once found a bag full of wind-up penguin toys. He also said the group found a mannequin head washed up on the shore, which became the header for the art exhibit. Even though there’s an overwhelming amount of litter, sometimes, Byrne said, trash collection has its positives.“Once you do it, it’s so fun!” Byrne said. “I mean, you find weird things and you make up weird stories, like ‘what happened here last night?’”“Gorges Goddess” by Shera D’Elia. (Photo by Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice)The Glorious Trash Birds work with the Cayuga Watershed Network to pick up trash along the inlet and the watershed areas. The Network, according to the program’s executive director Hilary Lambert, was created to be a central place for information about Cayuga Lake, where people could find data, studies and research focusing on the lake’s health. Among many manners of outreach, the Network provides those interested in trash cleanups with resources.“If anybody wants to do a cleanup next spring, the Cayuga Watershed Network will provide them with everything they need for free,” Lambert said. Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: last_img read more

Management of sickness absence is in a mess

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article A study has shown companies to be woefully ignorant of the ways to tacklecosts of sicknessThe average employee is off sick for almost seven days each year, and fewcompanies have a clear idea of how much it costs them or ways to tackle theissue, a survey has found. The study by Norwich Union Healthcare suggests the cost to employers acrossthe country of sickness absence could be as much as £39bn. Yet, while three-quarters of companies surveyed by the private medicalinsurer said they had clear procedures in place for managing staff absence,only 25 per cent were confident their procedures were reliable. And only one in 10 regularly assessed the direct cost to their organisationof sickness absence. Incentives such as private medical insurance were often more likely to beoffered to senior staff, where absence levels were lowest, it added. Those under 25 years old and operational or production workers had thehighest absence rates, followed by women, the over-55s and then people aged25-34. The study questioned 87 firms about how they managed employee absence andwhat healthcare benefits they offered. Only 10 said they regularly assessed the direct cost of sickness absence. NorwichUnion Healthcare has estimated the bill is £534 per employee per year,equivalent to 3.1 per cent of the annual payroll or £13bn for all UK companies.Indirect costs brought this up to £39bn, it added. Most absences were short, 54 per cent being off for up to two days, 28 percent for three to five days and 19 per cent for more than six days, but theyoften went unrecorded, the survey found. A total of 95 per cent of the firms surveyed said they had formal policiesor strategies in place for managing absence, but only 3.6 per cent believedtheir policies had a major impact on absence levels. Many firms failed to diagnose causes of absence at an early point. And morethan one in five had no-one in clear responsibility for absence management. Theretail, distribution and leisure sectors emerged as the poorest performers whenit came to managing sickness absence. Counselling can help reduce absence Workplace counselling can help reducesickness absence by between 25 per cent and 50 per cent, delegates at aconference on managing work-life balance heard in September.The conference, by the Teacher Support Network, also heard thatusing employee assistance schemes could save schools and local educationauthorities between £6m and £13m a year in reduced teacher absence.Such schemes offer workers counselling, referral to supportservices and access to specialist legal, health, financial and family advisers. Management of sickness absence is in a messOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Guru

first_imgGuruOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruCity workers get out the plastic to spare blushesCity workers are going under the knife at a London clinic in an effort tostop them blushing while taking part in stressful business meetings orpresentations. Highgate Private Hospital’s surgical director Anthony Mitra said his doctorsare carrying out four or five of the £4,000 operations a day, mainly on youngmen in high-powered jobs. “Any suggestion of weakness or anxiety makes them feel at adisadvantage, so this surgery enables them to go into a meeting knowing theywill look cool, calm and in control,” he said. Guru is relieved he is a confident public speaker because the operationsounds painful – surgeons snip the sympathetic ganglions at the base of theneck that trigger the blushing response after feeding tiny forceps up throughan incision in the armpit. Finnish life in the fast lane The Finns have an interesting way of knowing how healthy their economy is –the size of their speeding fines. Motorists in Finland caught breaking speed limits are awarded fines based ontheir income. When Nokia executive Anssi Anoka was caught speeding on his Harley Davidsonin October last year he was given a fine of £71,500 – equivalent to 14 days ofhis 1999 salary. The 44-year-old appealed, on the grounds that his company’s share price hasplummeted, taking his income with it. The court was sympathetic and last week reduced the fine to £3,522 based onhis average income for 1999 to 2002. Absence makes hearth grow cold Business travel may be good for your career but it can make your partnerill, according to research. The partners of frequent business travellers are three times more likely tosuffer from mental health problems and they also suffer from significantlyworse health overall, including higher rates of eczema, gastritis and irritablebowel syndrome. Doctors believe that the stress of ‘intermittent husband syndrome’, when apartner is abandoned to cope with the household alone, is to blame. The study was made by medical officers at the World Bank, who examined theinsurance claims of 4,600 spouses over one year. Guru was surprised by the findings, as whenever he returns home after one ofhis lecture tours Mrs Guru always seems a picture of health and contentment. Aussie KFC staff are finger lickin badWhy did the Kentucky Fried Chickenmanagers run across the coals? To boost confidence and motivation, of course.Except it backfired somewhat when the 30 managers had to betreated by ambulance staff after burning their feet during a three-dayconference in Australia. These KFC managers obviously work too hard – many of theircontemporaries develop cast iron feet from walking between the sea and their‘combis’ across burning hot sand. Roger Easton, KFC managing director in Australia, who burnedhis left foot while taking part in the fire walk, said the activity would beremoved in future. At least they now know how the chickens feel, thought Guru. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is:  Do you feel when U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that he opposes Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court it will hurt his re-election chances?If the 2019 City Council At-Large election was held today, what three (3) potential candidates would you vote for?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Boardwalk Demolition Near Complete as Project Continues

first_imgThe Ocean City Boardwalk reconstruction project continues to make good progress — with most of the concrete substructure in a project area between Plaza Place and Eighth Street now demolished.The concrete substructure will be replaced by wooden pilings and stringers before new decking is placed.A narrow strip of substructure along the storefronts and above utility lines remains to be removed.The work is part of a project to rebuild a block and a half of the boardwalk.Crews from Walters Marine Construction started work in the week after Columbus Day and face a mid-March deadline as the start of Ocean City’s spring events season starts early this year — with Easter falling on March 27.The work is part of the third phase of a multi-year reconstruction project that will replace the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.A subcontractor reportedly has completed off-site construction of new sections of boardwalk decking, which can be transported and assembled after new pilings are driven.Runners, pedestrians and cyclists are being detoured off the Boardwalk at Sixth Street and Eighth Street as work continues.***Sign up for free updates from OCNJ Daily.Follow us on Facebook. The concrete substructure of the Ocean City Boardwalk lies in shambles in a project area between Plaza Place and Eighth Street on Wednesday, Dec. 2.last_img read more

Brave new world

first_imgReformulation has resulted in overall salt reductions of up to 50% in many of the UK’s most popular brands of cakes and biscuits since February 2006. And the sector has also been proactive on reducing artificial colours and trans fats, but sat fat reduction remains a challenge.All this has been achieved at huge cost to manufacturers and without compromising the taste or quality of many well-loved products. But the government needs to be realistic about the pace at which the industry can keep delivering new innovations, says Denise Crane, technical director at the Biscuit Cake Chocolate & Confectionery Sector Group. “It is particularly challenging for suppliers to achieve further salt reductions in their products while also making changes to their nutritional profile, such as reducing saturated fat.”More lobbying in Europe is still needed, she adds. “We were pleased to see MEPs have backed the approach to GDA labelling as the best way to help consumers make informed choices about the food they buy. But there are still plenty of technical issues to be addressed, such as the derogation from net quantity indication for products normally sold by number, including cakes.” Equipment for weight verification of these products would be very expensive to introduce, she says. Cake in the news Bakels has revamped its cake mixes range with new and improved recipes: sponge mix, chocolate sponge mix, muffin & crème cake, chocolate muffin & crème cake, Genoese mix, Madeira mix and fruit cake. All are sold in 12.5kg bags.Delice de France has launched a range of whoopie pies into foodservice. Available in three mixed cases of 2×10 units, they include traditional classic whoopies, in Belgian chocolate or Victoria sponge varieties; strawberry and lemon whoopies; and mallow and chocolate whoopies. The whoopies come in 80-95g individually wrapped packs.Vandemoortele is marketing preportioned Banquet D’Or thaw-and-serve traybakes. Chocolate and coconut sponge and chocolate melt-down cake are the most popular sellers. Other lines include a toffee and hazelnut sponge and a bread and butter pudding.last_img read more