Gamstop appoints new chair

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Topics: People People 18th September 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gamstop appoints new chair Jenny Watson will bring in independent directors before planned launch later this year Regions: UK & Ireland Gamstop insisted today (Tuesday) that it plans to press ahead with its formal launch later this year after Jenny Watson was confirmed as the new chair of the organisation’s National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme.The arrival of Watson, a former chair of the UK’s Electoral Commission, will spark a raft of changes to board positions in advance of the full launch, Gamstop said.“My immediate priorities will be to recruit additional independent board members and to put in place an initial evaluation of the scheme following the first six months of operation, which will help Gamstop’s future development,” said Watson, currently the chair of The House of St. Barnabas, as well as the Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.However, although there is still a need to bring in new board members, Gamstop is anticipating a formal launch “to take place soon” despite delays since the initiative was first unveiled nearly 16 months ago.The UK’s new national online self-exclusion scheme, supported by the Remote Gambling Association, was revealed in June 2017.A formal launch was initially earmarked for before the end of last year, before in December the target date was postponed until spring 2018.“The formal launch of the scheme is due to take place later this year and will focus on raising awareness of the scheme amongst consumers,” Gamstop’s head of operations, Katie Reynolds-Jones, told“Gamstop has actually been live since April of this year and since then there has been a significant uptake in the volume of consumers registering with positive responses from operators and consumers alike.“We are not currently publicising these figures ahead of the formal launch which is due to take place soon. It is however a significant number and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”Reynolds-Jones, who did not elaborate on the reasons for the delays in the formal launch so far, added that “exact numbers have not yet been identified” for the independent board director roles. However, she added that they would have “specific skillsets and experience to further develop the governance and values of the scheme”.The scheme will enable UK consumers to exclude themselves via a single website process from all online gambling operators that are licensed by the Gambling Commission.The website will also set out other measures that are available to help people manage their gambling and will signpost specialist advice and support services for those who might benefit from it. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a financial services institution in Ghana offering banking products and services to the retail, commercial and corporate, and institutional sectors. Its full-service product offering ranges from transactional accounts and electronic banking services to foreign exchange and currency accounts, trade and working capital solutions, international trade accounts and personal overdraft and unsecured loans. The company also provides bancassurance and asset protection services. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC operates a network of 27 branches and 56 ATMS in the major towns and cities of Ghana. The company was founded in 1896 making it one of the oldest financial institutions in West Africa. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Holdings (Africa) BV. Its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance products and services. The company was formerly known as Unity Kapital Assurance Plc and incorporated in 1973 as a private liability company under the name Kano State Insurance Company. Non-life insurance products and services offered by Veritas Kapital Assurance Limited includes auto insurance which covers motor third party, fire and theft; home insurance which covers risk of fire, flooding and burglary; aviation insurance which covers hull losses as well as liability for passenger injuries, death, environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents; marine insurance which covers hull and cargo damage; engineering insurance which covers problems related to production capacity and financial losses; oil and gas insurance which covers all issues related to employees, physical assets, balance sheets and long-term viability; and bond insurance which is a financial guarantee taken out by contractors to indemnify them against any defaults. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc offers medical insurance and pension fund administration services through its subsidiaries; Health Care Security Limited and FUG Pensions Limited. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Anglicans join other faith leaders in global advocacy to UN…

first_img [Anglican Communion News Service] Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Josiah Idowu-Fearon has joined a number of Anglican Primates and other faith leaders in calling on heads of state to support the world’s 40.5 million internally displaced people. World leaders are preparing to descend on the U.N. headquarters in New York for this year’s General Assembly meeting.Read the full article here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Posted Sep 21, 2018 Anglicans join other faith leaders in global advocacy to UN for internally displaced people Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Refugees Migration & Resettlement This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Billy Vunipola celebrates Grand Slam with classic Backstreet Boys lip sync video bomb

first_imgWednesday Mar 23, 2016 Billy Vunipola celebrates Grand Slam with classic Backstreet Boys lip sync video bomb Billy Vunipola was one of the players that Eddie Jones has commented on numerous times during this Six Nations, impressed with his work ethic and ball carrying ability. He never got around to mentioning his lip syncing or dance moves though, which is a poor oversight.Vunipola ‘video bombed’ a dressing room chat between brother Mako and Manu Tuilagi during England’s Grand Slam celebrations. As the interview went on, shirtless Billy got into the full routine, clearly familiar with the words to the Backstreet Boys classic, I Want It That Way.It made for amusing viewing indeed, and revealed a bit more about the man touted as the front runner for this year’s Six Nations Player of the Tournament. With three Man of the Match awards to his name, it’s no surprise that Vunipola is not only on the shortlist, but many people’s favourite.“Three man-of-the-match awards in the tournament is unheard of. If he’s not player of the tournament, I don’t know who is,” said England scrumhalf Danny Care.Six Nations Player of the Tournament Shortlist:Gareth Davies (Wales) | Guilhem Guirado (France) | Stuart Hogg (Scotland) | Jonathan Joseph (England) | Conor Murray (Ireland) | George North (Wales) | Jack Nowell (England) | Sergio Parisse (Italy) | Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) | Duncan Taylor (Scotland) | Virimi Vakatawa (France) | Billy Vunipola (England)Still only 23, Vunipola played every minute of the Grand Slam campaign, and has become a key member of Eddie Jones’ armoury, as the new coach turned a disappointing RWC 2015 around.“Eddie has asked me to try to be fitter and to try to stay in the game as much as possible,” he said.“You have to try to be smart about it. You have to pick your moments. In the first half on Saturday I realised France were looking for me a little bit so I tried to put myself in places where I was more likely to make an impact. Luckily I did that.“The biggest thing for me is just enjoying my rugby,” said Vunipola recently when commenting on how he has changed his approach, compared with a few seasons back. “I’m putting less emphasis on rugby as a whole. It’s something that I do but it’s not my whole life.“We [the squad] focused on a lot of the off-the-field stuff. A little drink in a pub [although Vunipola doesn’t drink] is never going to kill you and it opens people up and you talk about things other than rugby. You can see that we are much closer than we were five months ago.”credit: englandrugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

£3m Homelessness Transition Fund opens for applications

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: England Funding  35 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 September 2012 | News The Homelessness Transition Fund is offering grants of up to £200,000 to homeless charities across England to support new ways of preventing and tackling rough sleeping.Homelessness is rising in many areas, with the number of people sleeping out on any one night estimated to have increased by 23% last year, according to Government figures published last week.Funding priority will be given to areas that are experiencing high levels of homelessness and want to adopt No Second Night Out. This is the scheme, pioneered in London, that involves putting the services in place to ensure that new rough sleepers gets rapid help so they do not spend a second night out.The closing date for applications is 12 October 2012. A series of briefings will be held for charities interested in making an application.Future Ready fundThe Fund is also launching another fund later this month. The Future Ready fund is available to homelessness services that are at risk of closure. Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 will be available to help them find ways of securing their futures.Sharon Allen, Chair of the Fund’s Grants Panel, said: “We want to help communities that have been hardest hit by homelessness. If you’re a charity which has a new idea when it comes to tackling rough sleeping or you want to join the growing number of areas to adopt No Second Night Out, we want to hear from you.”About the Homelessness Transition FundThe Homelessness Transition Fund was set up in 2011 to help support the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’. Independent of government, it is administered by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities.It is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and has so far made 62 grants worth £11.6 million.Applications for grants of up to £200k need to be made by 12th October 2012. A series of briefings will be held for charities interested in making an Advertisement £3m Homelessness Transition Fund opens for applications read more

2016 WWP Election Campaign statement of solidarity with striking food service workers at Harvard U.

first_imgHarvard workers on strike, Oct. 9.Victory to the striking HUDS workers!A living wage and quality health care are rights!End racism and discrimination in Harvard’s kitchens now!The Workers World Party presidential campaign of Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly is proud to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at Harvard University who are on strike against the wealthiest Ivy League school in the U.S.  They are members of UNITE HERE Local 26.The 750 Harvard University Dining Service workers lovingly cook for and feed people from around the world, serving 25,000 meals a day. The HUDS workers are African American, African, Latinx, Asian, and white; many are immigrants. Some of them are just out of high school, others are holding out for retirement.By throwing down the ladles and hitting the bricks, these courageous strikers are holding the line and fighting back for tens of millions of workers across the country and worldwide who face corporate and government attacks on their health, welfare and living standards. In their militant strike, the Harvard workers are fighting for all workers.The HUDS strikers are facing off scab deliveries of frozen foods and halting construction at vaulted halls.  They are banging drums and proclaiming through bullhorns, “¡Sí, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), as they rally in prestigious Harvard Yard for the justice they have earned and deserve — and which everyone knows the university can afford.Harvard’s plan to cut back its food service workers’ health insurance coverage, while keeping annual wages for many below $35,000, is clearly an imposition of austerity. This political and economic policy is in line with austerity programs being inflicted by the capitalist class on the U.S. and international working class.Harvard University’s endowment of $38 billion puts this corporation at the top of the wealthy Ivy League schools, with a larger treasury than many countries.  Giants of finance capital like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Citigroup are writing its contract proposals, while titans of the U.S. military, diplomatic, economic and technocratic corps are running its Kennedy School of Government.To add insult to injury, the pro-corporate tax code allows Harvard to avoid paying taxes, including for unemployment insurance.  This means that for several months a year during school breaks, these workers are laid off with no income, and are forced to fend for themselves.Inspired by Black Lives Matter movementThe strikers were Inspired by the historic Black Lives Matter movement at Harvard last semester, when students won victories to abolish the racist “house master” title and discard a law school coat of arms depicting its founder’s slaves at work.  Their demands include the establishment in the collective bargaining agreement of a task force to combat racism and discrimination in the kitchens.We applaud UNITE HERE’s groundbreaking language that will strengthen gender identity protections, stop management discrimination in hiring formerly incarcerated people, and permit immigrant workers to take up to a year’s leave with job security and other rights not protected by federal law.Contrary to Harvard’s vicious propaganda, the strikers have been enthusiastically joined on the picket lines by hundreds of students, faculty members, clerical and technical workers, and groundskeepers.  Supporters have come from across Boston; the city’s communities view this fight as their own and consider the HUDS workers to be family members who are being threatened — and must be defended by every means necessary.Harvard has not only gouged its own students, demanding a king’s ransom for tuition, bringing them a lifetime of debt peonage, but the school has moved to turn faculty into part-timers, too. The university has also forced huge concessions on some of its other workers and retirees.Harvard’s sprawling real estate empire has caused spiraling neighborhood rents and forced mass dislocation throughout Cambridge and Boston communities.  Its business conglomerates in charter school administration, public health and government consulting have pushed privatization, “uberization” and militarization to new levels.It is the HUDS workers who are teaching Harvard and its neoliberal masters a profound lesson —  that “an injury to one is an injury to all!”  There is no power greater than workers who unite in direct action and demand, “If we don’t get it, shut it down!”We stand with the HUDS strikers and concur with their vision that a better world is in birth.Full-time jobs for all now!A minimum $35,000 yearly wage for Harvard workers!Hands off HUDS workers’ health insurance!Follow and support the HUDS strike at  and thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pruitt to EPA Gets Mixed Review for Agriculture

first_img Previous articleSouth Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. SalesNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Pruitt to EPA Gets Mixed Review for Agriculture SHARE Facebook Twitter This week President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement has sparked a lot of comment, and will continue to right on through the Senate confirmation process. Indianapolis lobbyist Patrick Pfingsten says Pruitt’s position on the Renewable Fuel Standard is a cause for concern. But his resume signals change ahead at EPA that many farmers will like.“As a farm state elected official, Attorney General of Oklahoma, he’s obviously more familiar with agricultural issues than Gina McCarthy and her thick Boston accent ever would be,” he told HAT. “He has shown at times that he wants to stand up against overregulation, for farmers’ rights, and to be a leader in making sure that government and EPA isn’t overreaching. He’s actually one of the first attorneys general in the United States to file suit over the EPA’s Waters of the US rule.”Patrick Pfingsten and Sen Joe DonnellyPfingsten says Pruitt’s ties to the oil and gas industry and frequent criticism of the RFS are something corn growers will be watching closely as the transition is made.“Those of us who see all the corn produced in the state without enough places for it to go, if the RFS and the ethanol markets didn’t exist, it would be really, really tough on Indiana farmers. So it’s going to be interesting to see how Mr. Pruitt is allowed to do his own thing at the EPA, or how much of the day to day policy direction the White House gets involved in.”Scott PruittCould this be a hotly debated confirmation process for Pruitt and the Trump administration? Pfingsten says “stay tuned.”Hear more from Pfingsten:patrick-pfingsten-on-epa-pickThe Wednesday announcement on Pruitt’s selection:(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a cabinet-level position. An expert in Constitutional law and one of the country’s top attorneys general, Pruitt brings a deep understanding of the impact of regulations on both the environment and the economy making him an excellent choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.“For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe,” said President-elect Donald Trump. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”“I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as President-elect Trump’s EPA Administrator,” said Mr. Pruitt. “The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”Mr. Pruitt will be deeply involved in the implementation of President-elect Trump’s energy plan, which will move America toward energy independence, create millions of new jobs and protect clean air and water.Mr. Pruitt will ensure that we conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources, while unleashing an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country. Mr. Pruitt agrees with President-elect Trump that we must rescind all job-destroying executive actions and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production. This will create at least a half million jobs each year and produce $30 billion in higher wages.Mr. Pruitt has been a national leader against the EPA’s job-killing war on coal. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt established the state’s first “federalism unit” to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government. Pruitt agrees with President-elect Trump that states should have the sovereignty to make many regulatory decisions for their own markets. Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Dec 8, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Pruitt to EPA Gets Mixed Review for Agriculture SHARElast_img read more

Flat refurbishments provoke heated row

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads  A DISCUSSION on a proposal to refurbish the Hyde Road flats ignited a heated row between Labour councillor Joe Leddin and Cian Prendiville of the Anti-Austerity Alliance at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting.The proposal put before the councillors would see non-profit housing association Clúid fund and manage the refurbishment of the Hyde Road flats close to Colbert Station, while Limerick City and County Council would retain 100 per cent nomination rights for the units.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have no particular problem with Clúid, but I do have serious reservations about handing over responsibility from the Council to a private body,” commented Cllr Prendiville.He added that the arrangement “creates another middle man” and “doesn’t have the same democratic accountability of the Council”.Labour councillor Joe Leddin leapt to his feet, branded Cllr Prendiville “a bloody disgrace”, and said: “You can’t accept good news”.Cllr Leddin added: “You’re not the Mayor and you never will be” and accused Cllr Prendiville of wanting people “to stay down so they can inflate your ego”.The proposal, which will be put before the Council’s full November meeting, would see 20 two and three-bedroom apartments being made available by July 2016 for people on the Council’s social housing waiting list.The cost of refurbishing the existing 28 units, which have been vacant for the last five years, has been estimated at €3 million.According to the council, the existing flats are no longer fit for purpose and are in need of “substantial refurbishment”.A report on the project presented to council members stated that the houses would be transferred to Clúid “to enable the organisation to secure finance for the redevelopment of the site”.“Clúid will then undertake the works, making the units available to Limerick City and County Council for social housing under a payment and availability agreement.”Under the agreement, Clúid will make the property available for social housing for a specific period in exchange for a percentage of the local market rent.It will be a requirement that Clúid charge tenants rents calculated in accordance with the Council’s rent scheme. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleHanrahan at full back for Dragons gameNext articleButler ready to serve John Keogh Twittercenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Joe LeddinClúidHyde RoadlimerickLimerick City and County Councilsocial housing Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook NewsFlat refurbishments provoke heated rowBy John Keogh – November 20, 2014 638 Printlast_img read more

Supreme Court Directs For Initiation Of Pilot Project In Video Conferencing Facilities For Deposition Of Children/Witnesses In Trafficking Cases

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Directs For Initiation Of Pilot Project In Video Conferencing Facilities For Deposition Of Children/Witnesses In Trafficking Cases Radhika Roy1 Dec 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed States of West Bengal, Assam and Rajasthan to initiate the first stage of a pilot project pertaining to the relevant infrastructure for video conferencing facilities being made available for deposition of children/witnesses in trafficking cases. Further, all State Governments have been directed to provide numbers of children/witnesses 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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed States of West Bengal, Assam and Rajasthan to initiate the first stage of a pilot project pertaining to the relevant infrastructure for video conferencing facilities being made available for deposition of children/witnesses in trafficking cases. Further, all State Governments have been directed to provide numbers of children/witnesses of child trafficking who are required to depose outside their State as well as the information relating to facility of VC in one district of their choice. The directions were rendered by a Bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao while hearing a suo moto matter pertaining to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Children Protection Homes. Amicus Curiae Gaurav Agrawal submitted to the Court that an experiment could be conducted for the establishment of deposing on video conference on the basis of four sample cases. “We had identified four cases. 2 are pending in Delhi, 1 in Sitamani and 1 in Jaipur. We chose this because the Courts have the VC provision. The second issue is about the residence of the child. They’re mostly hotspots and these are the places where trafficking takes place. So, we have considered whether necessary infrastructure is available at a remote point”, submitted Agrawal. Justice Rao then asked Agrawal, “Who will establish these remote points? Are you expect the Court or the State to do it? What about the coordinators at these points? Do you want someone from the judiciary or Child Commissions?” The Bench then raised the issue of possible pressure being imposed on a child to depose in a particular manner. To this, Agrawal assure the Court that a completely independent coordinator would be appointed from a Child Welfare Committee and that this person would be ensuring if the child was vulnerable. Further, the deposition would take place before a Judge, and a remote point coordinator would be present, along with a legal officer from NALSA. This was countered by the Court as it could entail excessive pressure on the child. The Court also suggested as to whether an individual from the State Legal Services Authority may be appointed, instead of the CWC. The Court also informed Agrawal that the proposal would be implemented in a stage-by-stage basis and that they would proceed by seeing how the first stage (infrastructure) would unfold. “We will give directions to Bihar, West Bengal and Assam to implement stage one for insfrastructure. We will give them time till the end of January”, remarked the Court. Advocate Manish Kumar, appearing for the State of Bihar, submitted to the Court that Bihar had the appropriate infrastructure and that the witnesses had been able to depose without any pressure. The Bench directed Kumar to file a detailed Affidavit on the same, including the stats on witnesses and cases in the State. Kumar then informed the Bench that the Juvenile Justice Act already contained a provision for a Probation Officer and that the same would be in conflict with the appointment of a remote point coordinator. To this, the Bench stated that this was only a pilot project. The Bench then asked Agrawal and Senior Advocate Anitha Shenoy, who was appearing for the Petitioner, as to whether appointing a retired judicial officer would be more beneficial than a serving judicial officer, to which both agreed. “You have to take into consideration that the child should be under any influence. Think of the precautions. This child is in a remote location, deposing before the Court. He is very vulnerable. You and Shenoy think of these suggestions. We will pass an order. We also want to get the actual statistics of cases pending in these three states and the break-up, so that we can see how much work needs to be done. Retired officers will help”, said Justice Rao. Advocates Diksha Rai and Nikhil Parikshit, appearing for States of Assam and West Bengal respectively, were also directed by the Bench to seek instructions on the infrastructure and current statistics pertaining to the number of witnesses and particulars of the children. The Bench then passed an Order stating that the first stage of the proposal relating to infrastructural needs would require necessary equipment such as desktops and laptops connected to the internet, with a functioning broadband and anti-virus software. Further, a waiting area with a restroom to maintain privacy of the children, as suggested by the Amicus, would also be needed. “The Amicus has selected certain cases for proposed pilot project, the details of which he has given. In these cases, children residing in the States of Bihar, Assam and West Bengal, have been mentioned. We have heard Counsels for these States after taking note of concern of Petitioner on the issue of children/victims in trafficking cases not being able to travel to courts situated in far-off places”, dictated the Court. Court continued that that suggestions had been considered so that children did not face any difficulty in travelling. Further, there was also a need to ensure that there was no external influence or pressure on children when they deposed through VC. The Order also recorded that the Court had proposed the appointment of retired judicial officers as coordinators. “The Amicus suggested that he may be permitted to consult the SLSA of these three States to find out the availability of retired judicial officers who would be willing to take up the work. Amicus is permitted to consult the SLSA and submit a report by the next date of hearing”. The Court further directed the Counsels of Assam, West Bengal and Advocate-on-Record for Rajasthan to instruct the State Government to initiate process of providing infrastructure for VC facility in one district. Additionally, all State Governments have been directed to provide the statistics relating to number of children/witnesses in child trafficking cases who are required to depose outside their State, as well as the information relating to VC facility in one district of their choice. The matter will now be taken up in January 2021. Click here to download Order Next Storylast_img read more