Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) 2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileJapaul Gold & Ventures PLC, formerly known as Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc is a mining and technology development business listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The Company’s services include mining, dredging, offshore/vessel chartering and technology. Its mining service is engaged in solid mineral mining with interest in minerals, such as gold, tin, copper, lithium, lead, zinc and hard rock. The Company’s dredging business offers complete dredging solutions, such as reclamation, shore protection, stockpiling, breakwater construction, sweeping of access sites and slots and river crossing. The Company’s vessel chartering offers fleet of vessels, such as offshore support vessels (OSVs), anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS) and diving support vessels. It provides its services to the offshore oil and gas, and shipping industries. The Company’s technology services provide technology and enterprise solution services to support governmental, services and manufacturing industries.
International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: International Breweries Plc (INTBRE.ng) 2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileInternational Breweries Plc is a brewery in Nigeria which brews, packages and markets a range of beer and non-alcoholic malt beverages. The company is known for its beer sold under the Trophy brand name and non-alcoholic malt drink sold under the Betamalt brand name, namely Trophy Lager, Trophy Black and Betamalt malt drink. Other brands packaged and marketed by International Breweries Plc include Castle Milk Stout, Castle Lager, Redds, Hero, Grand Malt and Voltic Water. The company’s head office is in Osun State, Nigeria and its distribution centres are in Ibadan, Lagos and Ilorin. International Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
That winning feeling: The winning team from last season’s tournament at Allianz Park get a pitch-side photographFROM OCTOBER, right through to April, every Premiership club will be hosting a tournament for junior clubs and your kids could take part.Your kids could soak up some Premiership atmosphereThe Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a nationwide series of under-11 and under-12 rugby festivals, with each grassroots festival being run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby and the Premiership Rugby club’s Community departments. The thriving tournament has now seen over 40,000 children take part since its inception in 2008.The intention of the festivals is to allow young rugby players to enjoy a tournament that is delivered to the highest standards and to inspire them to be like their rugby heroes. Stars of the relevant Premiership Rugby club come along to watch the young players in action, pass on some tips and sign autographs on the day. Sessions can be held by the likes of Leicester Tigers and England’s Toby Flood.In addition, Land Rover will be bringing their fantastic radio control cars to the festivals this season. The radio control cars are just as capable as the real thing and you will have the opportunity to test them for free across the challenging Everest, Sahara and Grand Canyon terrain. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The day begins with each team having a photo takenon the hallowed Twickenham turf, then after that all players are presented to a capacity crowd at half-time of the Final, where they do a lap of the pitch – all of which makes for a truly unforgettable day for the rugby stars of the future.To find out more about the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, including dates and locations of tournaments visit: www.premiershiprugby.com/landrovercup The unique opportunities that the festivals offer do not end once the day is over, as each of the winning teams are then invited to take their place on the coveted Parade of Champions. This Parade sees all of the winning teams come to Twickenham, the home of English Rugby, for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.
July 12, 2016 at 1:46 pm That’s because he cares more about truth and the word of God then those who don’t care about the scriptures and the gospel (the liberal church for same sex marriage.) God is to be worshiped and obeyed as he has layed in his word and if one tried to bring people in the church by serving them what they want then you already have dead churchs. Liberal churches are spiritually dead. Comments (3) Rector Shreveport, LA Canada: Niagara, Ottawa to offer same-sex marriages; Toronto to consider Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA [Anglican Journal] Within hours of the defeat of a motion to amend the marriage canon of the Anglican Church of Canada, at least two dioceses had announced plans to go ahead with same-sex marriages, with a third saying it would consider this course of action.In a prepared statement, Niagara Bishop Michael Bird cited General Synod chancellor Canon (lay) David Jones, who announced in synod Monday, July 11, that the marriage canon in its present form does not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage.In Jones’s words, the statement said, the canon “does not contain either a definition of marriage or a specific prohibition against solemnizing same-sex marriage.” It’s also clear, it continued, that Anglican conventions allow bishops to authorize “liturgies to respond to pastoral needs within their dioceses, in the absence of any actions by this General Synod to address these realities.“Accordingly, and in concert with several other bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, it is my intention to immediately exercise this authority to respond to the sacramental needs of the LGBTQ2 community in the Diocese of Niagara,” said Bird.There being currently no approved liturgy for this in Canada, the statement said, “I am authorizing The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage and The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2 for use in our diocese,” liturgy recently created by The Episcopal Church intended for the marriage of “any duly qualified couples.”General Synod’s vote against changing the marriage canon, the statement said, is “deeply regrettable and inconsistent with the ever more inclusive witness of our Church that has inspired this synod’s theme: ‘You are my witnesses’ (Isaiah 43).“My sincere hope is that God’s grace will inspire all Canadian Anglicans to continue to break bread together in the days ahead,” the statement continued. “I want to say, as a bishop charged with guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church, that I solemnly pledge to do my part to ensure that this is indeed the case.”A similar statement was issued by Bishop John Chapman, of the Diocese of Ottawa.“When the vote was announced I was extremely disappointed,” Chapman said. “It is now up to and within the authority of a diocesan bishop to respond in a manner that they deem appropriate.“It is my intention, in consultation with and in partnership with a number of other diocesan bishops to proceed with same-sex marriages immediately within the Diocese of Ottawa,” he said. “While no clergy will be required to officiate at a same-sex marriage, those willing may do so with my permission.“This is a pastoral decision that is necessary at this time in our history as a diocese and as a church.”In a videotaped statement, Archbishop Colin Johnson, of the Diocese of Toronto, also suggested the canon does not in fact forbid same-sex marriages.“The integrity and sanctity of same-sex relationships was affirmed by our church in 2004,” Johnson said. “I know there will be some among you who will disagree with me, but I do believe that the logical next step would be to permit same-sex marriages in the Church at the pastoral discretion of the Bishop and with the agreement of local clergy. This is an option I will be considering in the coming weeks.“I am advised that this option would not contravene the marriage canon, and I am confident it would be supported by the majority — even if not all — of our bishops, clergy, laity and the wider community.”In an interview with the Anglican Journal, Dennis Drainville, bishop of Quebec, said he agreed with Jones’s assessment of the marriage canon in its current, unamended form.“He’s right in terms of the canons…The implication of that is there is nothing prohibiting anyone from moving forward,” Drainville said.However, Drainville suggested he had no intention to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese until there’s a decision by the national church.“I’m not one of those who will go ahead when the church hasn’t made a decision yet…[As for] my successor, I have no idea—we’re in transition right now in our diocese.”Last August, Drainville announced he would probably retire in 2017. His successor will be the current coadjutor bishop, Bruce Myers.Commenting on the primate’s announcement that the motion to amend the marriage canon had been defeated, Drainville said, “You could tell from the silence, everyone was shocked … It’s going to take some time to work the emotions out and figure out where we go from here.”—With files from Marites Sison Human Sexuality, MaryLou Scherer says: Comments are closed. July 12, 2016 at 9:24 pm My husband and I already solemnized our marriage civilly in Vermont, in 2012. We have tired of our diocese’s ambivalence in this matter, and have married outside the Church’s provenance. May God grant the Diocese of SW Florida and teh Bishop Dabney Smith the grace to understand the sanctity of our union. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL 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 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 Same-Sex Marriage Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Rector Bath, NC July 12, 2016 at 11:14 am I am surprised that the bishop of Quebec will not allow same-sex marriages in a diocese that is on its way to extinction…in a province that is strongly secular and where people look at religion with the eyes on an archaeologist… I suspect we wants to shut down the diocese before he retires Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Greg Pizarro says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Steven Colburn says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Anglican Communion, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By Tali FolkinsPosted Jul 12, 2016
ArchDaily photographs: Salva LopezPhotographs: Salva López Collaborator:Joan Albert AdellContractor:Burgos GasullMarbler:KendraLighting:AdymusCity:PeratalladaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Salva LopezRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Fiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaText description provided by the architects. The Peratallada Castle, located in the Baix Empordà (Catalonia, Spain) and considered for it’s historic-artistic value a National heritage building, preserve in its stonewalls a clear vestige of it’s medieval past. The garden project is dominated for the presence of the surrounding stones, dated from the tenth century (a.C.), with more than 1.000 years of history, we could only step back to focus the main role in the monument.Save this picture!IsometricOur commission was to design the garden and landscape of this castle, used as a summer private villa. The site had a complex topography with almost 2m drop from the street level to the house door: three different platforms solve this issue. A big Acacia hundred-year-old tree is another main actor, dominates the space with it’s vertical presence and it structures the layout, becoming the centre of the intervention.Save this picture!© Salva LopezThe three horizontal platforms of Turkish white stone combine with the vertical concrete walls with wood texture finish: horizontal plane is conformed by assembling pieces, the vertical plane is build by a continuous formless material.Save this picture!DetailThe stone pavement is composed by pieces of 7cm to 15cm width; this is possible by reusing some stock waste of material of one local quarry. The stock had many different pieces sizes, having to draw each stone one by one of the whole project as a big puzzle. The special pieces as the water drain or the shower, in order to understand the natural movement of the water by the gravity, are sculpt pieces with modern CNC machines, merging tradition with innovation.Save this picture!© Salva LopezThe mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering are perfectly integrated in the design, like the lighting and the plugs are built-in the stone bench, or in the stair lighting is built-in the steel rail section.Save this picture!© Salva LopezThe main actor of the intervention is the pool, a sheet of water permanently moving, the amazing surroundings play a big role in the reflexion of the water and the sound creates a magic atmosphere. The water overflow, a cascade over the concrete wall. Looking forward to produce a sustainable garden, the entire project is conceived to recollect the rainwater, even from the house roof, and recollect it in a medieval well dig out in the natural stone soil, more than 9meters above the ground level. This well is used to water all the plants of the garden.Save this picture!© Salva LopezProject gallerySee allShow lessHOK and TAC Arquitectes Win Competition to Design Palau Blaugrana at FC BarcelonaUnbuilt ProjectMonocle 24’s ‘The Urbanist’ Discusses Heritage in Tunis, Vienna and LondonArchitecture News Share Year: 2015 Houses CopyAbout this officeMESURAOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsCultural ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRestorationHeritagePeratalladaSpainPublished on February 12, 2016Cite: “Peratallada Castle / MESURA” 12 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Home Office launches Billion Minutes volunteering campaign 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Home Office calls for a billion minutes of volunteering 21/06/05The Home Office has launched a new Year of the Volunteer campaign, which aims to raise one billion minutes of volunteered time for good causes by the end of 2005.Give a Billion Minutes asks both new and existing volunteers to log the minutes spent on their voluntary service, whatever form that takes, in a bid to encourage people to become more actively involved in good causes. Minutes can be logged on the Year of the Volunteer website, by phone and by text messaging. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 July 2005 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Christopher Spence, chief executive of Volunteering England, said: The first six months of the Year of the Volunteer has been very successful in raising awareness of volunteering. The Billion Minutes campaign aims to turn the awareness into action.For further information visit www.yearofthevolunteer.org
2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies
Although Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras are not officially at war, the statistics are cause for great concern. At the end of 2020, RSF’s annual Round-up showed that Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, with at least eight journalists murdered. The killings, often carried out savagely, targeted reporters because they had investigated links between organized crime and member of the political class. Another conclusion to be drawn from the RSF study is that many of the killings could have been prevented. At least 45 per cent of the victims* had reported receiving threats and had made them public – either in the media they worked for, on their social network accounts, or directly to local security forces. News Organisation In the framework of “In Danger: Analysis of Journalist Protection Programs in Latin America,” a UNESCO-supported project, RSF analysed the major methods by which journalists were murdered in order to better understand the challenges that media protection programs must take into account. RSF based the study on information from its Barometer, which reports major attacks on journalists worldwide (see note on methodology below). RSF_en Murder of journalists, the most extreme form of censorship, is only the most visible part of anti-press violence. This practice takes place within a larger regional context of permanent threat and structural violence. Human rights advocates and all those who condemn the powers that be, whether in politics or criminal organisations, are affected in systematic form. Fifty per cent of the murdered journalists were working as reporters, photojournalists or cameramen, contributing to at least one news organization. An analysis of the RSF data also shows that 39 per cent of the victims covered topics with a political connection. Other issues most frequently covered by the murdered journalists were crime and corruption. Journalists most often targeted were those working in the field, reporting on and criticising illegal schemes in their regions Journalists’ investigations of political issues, corruption, and organized crime in small and medium-sized cities in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras account for 139 murders of media professionals 2011-2020, a study by Reporters Without Borders shows. Half of these journalists had received threats related to their work. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state The majority (93 per cent) of the victims were men. This should not lead to the conclusion that women journalists in the region are better protected. In the region as a while, where 41 percent of reporters are women, these journalists are also reduced to silence by violent threat campaigns and harassment, generally online, directed at them and their families. At times these campaigns are run by local political bosses. June 3, 2021 Find out more AmericasBrazilColombiaMexicoHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeImpunityFreedom of expressionUNESCOViolence June 7, 2021 Find out more Reports AmericasBrazilColombiaMexicoHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeImpunityFreedom of expressionUNESCOViolence Programmed executionsThe study deliberately uses the term “target” because, in 92 per cent of cases, evidence showed that the attackers deliberately focused on a specific journalist. Of all deaths recorded in 2011-2020, only 7.2 per cent (10 of 139 cases) occurred in the course of dangerous assignments, when a journalist may not have been killed intentionally. Follow the news on Americas Most of the victims were men, living in small cities Journalists have been reduced to silence because the political and public safety environment in their region does not guarantee conditions in which they can practise their profession safely. In addition, most of the media organisations for which they work are too economically strained to protect them. And 10 per cent of them are independent journalists or contributors to community radio stations. More effective protection programmes urgently needed May 13, 2021 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News The statistics do not fit the popular image of an investigative journalist who works for a major newspaper based in a capital city, who is killed for having reported information of national importance. To the contrary, most of the journalists murdered in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras in 2011-2020 lived far from major urban centres, often worked in precarious economic circumstances, contributing to several media organisations, and covered issues that directly affected local officials and inhabitants. Related documents note_on_methodology_.docx.pdfPDF – 51.51 KB WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information However, only 10 of the 139 murdered journalists – none of them women – received government protection. This number represents 7.2 percent of total victims, and nearly 16 per cent of those who had received threats. These data pose the question of why only a minority of murdered journalists had received protection, and why the 10 journalists who did receive protection were murdered. Receive email alerts Some of the journalists were killed in their workplaces, while in newsrooms, studios. But most (58 per cent) were attacked near their homes, or while traveling between home and work. The details of the great number of these crimes were also often identical: The journalists were tracked by their attackers, and the killings were clearly mapped out by professional hitmen. Structural violence Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further The RSF study also shows that risks are greater for journalists who work in small cities. Of those who were killed, 56 per cent lived in cities with populations of less than 100,000. And at least 54 per cent of journalists killed in cities with populations of 100,000 to 500,000 – medium-sized municipalities in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia – had already received threats before they were murdered. When a country is the scene of structural violence against the press, individual journalists’ freedom of expression is not the only issue at stake. The entire society’s collective right to be informed is also affected. In the words of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: “Journalism can only be freely practiced when those who do so are not victims of threats or physical, psychological, or moral attacks or other acts of harassment.” May 5, 2021 Find out more One of the goals of “In Danger,” a project that has received UNESCO support, is to understand how national journalist protection policies can change this grim reality. The project aims to evaluate the operation and effectiveness of journalist protection mechanisms in the four countries in question. Acting on the principle that governments are responsible for guaranteeing conditions allowing the free and safe practice of journalism, RSF will present a detailed report to public authorities that includes strategic recommendations designed to contribute to the consolidation of these measures. In 2020, Latin America was the region with the greatest number of journalists killed for practising their profession. Taken together, four countries account for 80 per cent of journalist murders committed in this part of the world during the 10-year period. In that timeframe, 139 journalists and media workers were killed in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras, according to data collected by RSF.Data analysis was carried out in partnership with Volt Data Lab, which produced the graphics that illustrate this publication.
[Service Rules] The Government Being A Model Employer Cannot Act Like The East India Company Of The Bygone Days: Karnataka HC [Read Order]
News Updates[Service Rules] The Government Being A Model Employer Cannot Act Like The East India Company Of The Bygone Days: Karnataka HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay4 Oct 2020 10:09 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Monday (28th September) observed that the Government being a model employer cannot act like the East India Company of the bygone days when the conditions of service are broadly regulated by the Service Rules.The Bench of Justice Krishna P. Dixit and Justice P. N. Desai was hearing a Writ Petition filed by a Civil Servant of the State, challenging the order…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 Karnataka High Court on Monday (28th September) observed that the Government being a model employer cannot act like the East India Company of the bygone days when the conditions of service are broadly regulated by the Service Rules.The Bench of Justice Krishna P. Dixit and Justice P. N. Desai was hearing a Writ Petition filed by a Civil Servant of the State, challenging the order dated 12.08.2020 made by the Kalaburagi Bench of Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal (hereafter ‘KSAT’) in his Application No.1270/2020 denying him the relief against the unilateral termination of his deputation by the borrowing department (RDPR) on the ground of efflux of time.BackgroundVide Notification dated 09.05.2017, the State of Karnataka had lent the services of the petitioner on deputation to the first respondent-RDPR Department, which in turn issued a Notification dated 02.06.2017, posted him as the Assistant Executive Engineer in the Project Sub-Division, Vijayapur.Further, the borrowing RDPR Dept. vide Notification dated 15.07.2017 had shifted the petitioner as Technical Assistant, Project Division at Bagalkot, which he had called in question in Application No.4434/2017 and the KSAT had continued him in the earlier post by granting an interim order of stay against this displacement.The borrowing dept. vide Notification dated 27.02.2020 (Annexure-A6) unilaterally cancelled the deputation of the petitioner and sent him back to his parent department i.e., PWD; the petitioner challenged this Notification in Application No.1270/2020, which came to be negatived by the KSAT vide an order, therefore, the Petitioner had to knock at the doors of Writ Court.Court’s Analysis and DecisionGoing by the text and context of various rules as enumerated in the KCS (CCA) Rules, 1957, the Court was of the view that in the matter of deputation in Government service, an employee may not have much say.However, the Court opined,”No department can thrust its employee on deputation to another, as a general rule; similarly, a borrowing department cannot cut short the tenure of the deputation unilaterally, in the absence of authorization.”In the present case, the Court noted, the borrowing department unilaterally sent the petitioner back to the parent department abruptly and unceremoniously, that too without any prior or post-consultation with the lending department; this according to the Court, “apart from being contrary to rules, involves denigration of the civil servant who needs to be treated with some respect” (emphasis supplied)The Court also observed that the idea of deputation involves three ingredients namely, the lending department, the borrowing department and the lent hand; ordinarily, a valid deputation envisages a consensus amongst all the three agencies involved unless the law otherwise states.Further, the Court said,”It hardly needs to be stated that the Government being a model employer cannot act like the East India Company of the bygone days when the conditions of service are broadly regulated by the Service Rules; thus, the impugned action falls short of “fair standard procedures”The Court gathered an impression that the impugned action of the borrowing department was prompted by the act of petitioner in approaching the KSAT earlier and getting reprieve against his displacement.The Court was of the view that the deputationist has no legal right to the post/office to which he is deputed, but that is not the case here and therefore this decision does not come to the rescue of the respondents especially when Rule 50 of KCSR provides for a maximum period of five years for deputation.The Court further took into account the fact that there are some Government Orders presumably issued under this Rule, which broadly formulates the policy of deputation and its tenure.The Court acknowledged the fact that the Government Order dated 19.11.1981, prescribes the consultation between the borrowing and the lending departments as a precondition for cutting short the tenure of or extending the period of deputationIn this context, the Court opined,”True it is that these Government Orders/Circulars arguably may not have the force of law so as to give a concrete cause of action for a legal proceeding; but they provide the standards with which the validity of administrative action can be assessed; even these orders have not been borne in mind by the first respondent in issuing the impugned Notification.” (emphasis supplied)In the above circumstances, this writ petition succeeded. A Writ of Certiorari was issued quashing the impugned order of the KSAT; a direction issues to the respondent Nos.1 & 2 to restore the petitioner to the office which he had held on deputation immediately preceding the impugned Notification dated 27.02.2020, time for compliance is 15 days.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
Assessing the structure and temporal dynamics of seabird communities: the challenge of capturing marine ecosystem complexity
Summary 1.Understanding interspecific interactions, and the influences of anthropogenic disturbance and environmental change on communities, are key challenges in ecology. Despite the pressing need to understand these fundamental drivers of community structure and dynamics, only 17% of ecological studies conducted over the past three decades have been at the community level.2.Here, we assess the trophic structure of the procellariiform community breeding at South Georgia, to identify the factors that determine foraging niches and possible temporal changes. We collected conventional diet data from 13 sympatric species between 1974 and 2002, and quantified intra- and inter-guild, and annual variation in diet between and within foraging habits. In addition, we tested the reliability of stable isotope analysis (SIA) of seabird feathers collected over a 13-year period, in relation to those of their potential prey, as a tool to assess community structure when diets are diverse and there is high spatial heterogeneity in environmental baselines.3.Our results using conventional diet data identified a four-guild community structure, distinguishing species that mainly feed on crustaceans; large fish and squid; a mixture of crustaceans, small fish and squid; or carrion. In total, Antarctic krill Euphausia superba represented 32%, and 14 other species a further 46% of the combined diet of all 13 predators, underlining the reliance of this community on relatively few types of prey. Annual variation in trophic segregation depended on relative prey availability; however, our data did not provide evidence of changes in guild structure associated with a suggested decline in Antarctic krill abundance over the past 40 years.4.Reflecting the differences in δ15N of potential prey (crustaceans vs. squid vs. fish and carrion), analysis of δ15N in chick feathers identified a three-guild community structure that was constant over a 13-year period, but lacked the trophic cluster representing giant petrels which was identified using conventional diet data.5.Our study is the first in recent decades to examine dietary changes in seabird communities over time. Conventional dietary analysis provided better resolution of community structure than SIA. However, δ15N in chick feathers, which reflected trophic (level) specialization, was nevertheless an effective and less time-consuming means of monitoring temporal changes.
Royal Australian Navy ships have arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to take part in the French-led disaster response exercise Croix du Sud.Amphibious landing ship HMAS Choules and Coastal Mine Hunters HMAS Gascoyne and Yarra will join French and Royal New Zealand Navy ships for the exercise which is running until May 25.Exercise Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) 18 is the largest humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) training exercise in the South Pacific and is led by the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC).HMAS Choules will be the command ship in the exercise. Commanding officer, Commander Scott Houlihan said they are looking forward to the task. “We are embarking a French Maritime Component Commander (MCC) staff to coordinate the HADR effort,” CMDR Houlihan said. “We will be working alongside the other principle amphibious ships including French Ship D’Entrecasteau and Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ships Wellington and Canterbury.”HMAS Choules will be embarking a landing force of up to 300 troops and vehicles, primarily from France (a company group) and personnel from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.Croix du Sud is designed to ensure all involved are prepared for major HADR operations. The scenario will call for military assistance including a non-combatant evacuation operation followed by stability and security operations.“Australia is very experienced in supplying aid and disaster recovery forces in the region and assisting people in need is one of our most rewarding tasks,” he said, ”But Croix du Sud will tackle the more difficult areas of disaster response.’ View post tag: RNZN Photo: HMAS Choules, alongside in Noumea, New Caledonia, is preparing to conduct Exercise Croix du Sud 2018. Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HADR View post tag: Croix du Sud Share this article View post tag: French Navy View post tag: HMAS Choules View post tag: Royal Australian Navy