Persistence wins day for Dockers’ Memorial

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPersistence wins day for Dockers’ MemorialBy admin – August 17, 2009 590 Advertisement Previous articleGardaí investigate sexual assaultNext articleSpiritStore admin Facebook Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Twitter WhatsApp WORK on a bronze monument to commemorate the thousands of Limerick dockers, is to commence shortly.Two years ago, Limerick City Council agreed to finance the project and a special committee, chaired by Cllr Jim Long, was set up to oversee the project.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There was a very positive response to the invitation for design submissions for the work and an appropriate riverside location was agreed on.,“However, the project ran into some trouble when funding was cut back and we had to delay it, but I’m now absolutely thrilled that our persistence to have a fitting monument erected to the generations of men who worked under very harsh conditions for very little pay, is now about to be delivered,” Cllr Long told the Limerick Post.  “The original funding has had to be reduced, due to the current economic climate – we have 77,000 euro but are fairly confident of getting some additional private investment. I’m absolutely delighted that our promise to the families and descendants of the men who worked in the docks, can now be fulfilled.“Work will commence shortly on the monument, which has been commissioned, and we are very hopeful for completion before Christmas”.The site on which it will be erected is on the riverside quay, opposite the former ESB offices, on Honan’s Quay.Cllr Long confirmed that the committee will also proceed with producing memorial scrolls on velum, recording the name and employment periods of former dockers, which will be presented to their descendants.A spokesperson for City Hall said that the Limerick sculptor, Michael Duhan, originally from Wolfe Tone Street, whose father worked in the docks, has been commissioned to execute the work, and she also confirmed their optimism for private investment.last_img read more

Letterkenny councillors call for an overhaul of the rates structure

first_img WhatsApp News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Previous articleUpdate – Letterkenny diversions lifted following collision at Dry Arch roundaboutNext articleDonegal & Tyrone to meet in Dr Mc Kenna Cup News Highland Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+center_img Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – November 13, 2013 Letterkenny councillors call for an overhaul of the rates structure Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Letterkenny Town Council has been told that the provisions of the Local Government Bill as it pertains to rates will cost jobs in the town, and act as another nail in the coffin of the Main Street.Cllr Dessie Larkin told members that under the bill, the owners of vacant premises will be forced to pay full rates and may then claim half of the money back.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh suggested the move might act as an incentive to have premises rented out and promote new start ups. However, that perspective was reject by other members. Several members argued that rates should be based on turnover and profit, rather than a one size fits all basis of square footage. Concern was also expressed that a standard county wide rate would see costs in Letterkenny rise.Cllr Larkin says the whole rates system is Cromwellian, and needs to be comprehensively overhauled…………[podcast][/podcast]last_img read more

Pre-Trial Prejudice: Time To Identify The Evil In India?

first_imgColumnsPre-Trial Prejudice: Time To Identify The Evil In India? Yashdeep Chahal27 July 2020 11:46 PMShare This – xOn November 4, 1948, the Constituent Assembly of India, while discussing the proposed form of administration in the draft Constitution, witnessed the introduction of the phrase – “constitutional morality”. Babasaheb Ambedkar introduced the phrase and called it a non-natural sentiment, something that has to be cultivated in the Indian society, a society that he referred to…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?LoginOn November 4, 1948, the Constituent Assembly of India, while discussing the proposed form of administration in the draft Constitution, witnessed the introduction of the phrase – “constitutional morality”. Babasaheb Ambedkar introduced the phrase and called it a non-natural sentiment, something that has to be cultivated in the Indian society, a society that he referred to as “essentially undemocratic”. By calling it a non-natural sentiment of society, Babasaheb drew a line of conflict between constitutional morality and societal morality. The line still exists. The undemocratic nature of the society is often reflected in the legal machinery and assumes its worst shape in the field of criminal law. Theoretically, it is understood that the right to fair trial is amongst the most fundamental tenets of a criminal justice system. In practice, however, this fairness often becomes a victim of societal realities, the realities which are born out of the prevailing standards of morality and which reflect in various elements of a criminal proceeding, as we shall see. A criminal proceeding is constituted by both trial as well as the pre-trial stage. Though on a comprehensive view, they constitute a cohesive unit, for the ulterior effect of improprieties committed during the pre-trial stage also falls upon the fairness of the trial. Strictly speaking, a trial is staged inside a courtroom. However, what eventually gets staged inside the courtroom is, directly or indirectly, controlled by events outside the courtroom. The testimony of witnesses, securing appearances, personal examination of accused under Section 313 Cr.P.C., fairness of prosecutors, police discipline during investigation, successful production of evidence, role of bar, media reporting of proceedings etc. are certain facets of a criminal trial that are controlled by pre-trial developments outside the courtroom. Precisely thus, pre-trial events with potential to cause prejudice cannot be treated casually. Their probable impact upon the fairness of a trial needs to be examined. We have shunned any such examination thus far. Pre-trial prejudice The expression “pre-trial prejudice” is a borrowed one. Borrowed from Rideau v. Louisiana, this expression is largely used to refer to jury prejudice in criminal trials. The jury system involves few members of the community in the adjudication of guilt or innocence of the accused and since these members come from the community (and are not professional judges), they come with certain social prejudices. When such social prejudices adulterate their decision making ability, it becomes a case of pre-trial prejudice. The inclusion of the phrase “pre-trial” before the word “prejudice” indicates that such prejudice emanates from their social and community experiences before they were called upon to be a part of the criminal trial. By virtue of Indian Jury Act, 1826, the jury system was introduced in India and was continued (arguably) till the enactment of 1973 Code. The country witnessed a living demonstration of jury prejudice during the famous Nanavati trial, wherein the jury recommended acquittal by 8-1. Judge R.B. Mehta, Sessions Judge, while submitting the case for review to the High Court, had famously remarked “I feel our whole law is on trial”. However, the jury system, as it turned out, was not the only cause of pre-trial prejudice. It was one of the many possible causes and though we abolished the jury system, the other causes continued to reign. Today, the criminal justice system in India is facing the threat of informational prejudice. Illustratively, there is no law in India to protect the identity of the accused. Right from the stage of information of crime, a wave of media reportage runs parallel with the stages of investigation and enquiry. The ensuing discourse outside the courtroom soon starts adversely affecting the proceedings inside. Let’s explore further. Prejudice in practice In order to understand this phenomenon, one must understand the elements that join together to build a criminal proceeding. In reaching upto a decision, a judge ought to be assisted by professional lawyers, fair prosecutors, untainted witnesses and disciplined investigating officers. The professionalism of a judicial officer would be of little value if she is not adequately assisted in the process. The pursuit of justice is a collective task. Let me illustrate. An accused charged with sedition for giving a speech which is circulated, twisted and talked about extensively on the internet is more likely to end up with a charge-sheet and not with a closure report. An accused arrested on the charge of a widely reported heinous rape is more likely to be subjected to custodial violence after arrest, not only by the police but also by other inmates. The Hyderabad encounter of 4 “suspects” of gang rape was a textbook example of how extreme pre-trial prejudice could result from excessive discourse in the community. The 4 suspects, with their pictures, names and details of family members revealed, are prejudiced for life. Did the police wait for conducting their identification before publishing their information? No. The police felt the need to satisfy the society with immediate action. Furthermore, what are the chances for a medical officer, himself outraged at a widely reported rape, to truly report custodial violence injuries on the body of the accused, arrested in relation to the said offence and brought to him for inspection? Let’s see some more illustrations. A witness living in a regressive community is less likely to fearlessly testify in the court against an incident of honour killing if it has been a subject of heavy discussion in the community. We live in a society where bar associations pass resolutions to refrain the lawyers from defending those accused with popular crimes. Such bar associations feel one with the local sentiment to punish. Would it, then, be an exaggeration to say that such accused are less likely to be defended by a legal practitioner of their choice in the court? The emphasis comes from Article 22, a fundamental right guaranteed to all by the Constitution. I wonder, Aren’t these instances of pre-trial prejudice? Aren’t they more likely to result from excessive information? Wouldn’t they go on to revolt against the fairness of trial (assuming the stage of trial comes)? The cause The illustrations discussed above would reveal that there is no uniform phenomenon of prejudice. Some plausible explanation, however, does exist. It begins with excessive information at a premature stage. When heinous crimes in a largely uninformed society are met with extraordinary media coverage without protecting the identity of the accused, the whole community starts sharing the trauma of victims and starts believing that nothing less than the harshest of punishment would be acceptable as the outcome of the criminal proceeding. What acts as a final nail in the coffin of fairness is the absence of basic legal knowledge, more importantly of the presumption of innocence, both in the media and citizens. The impact is unimaginable and unexplored. I feel compelled to borrow words from Judge Matsch, who, in U.S. v. Mc Veigh, expressed that “the entire state had become a unified community, sharing the emotional trauma of those who had become directly victimized”. What gets collapsed under this collective zeal to punish is the impartiality and free will of those who play a role at various stages – police, witnesses, doctors, experts, lawyers, prosecutors etc. They feel the need to pass societal expectations with flying colours and end up becoming the weak links in a trial. Local sentiment prevails over constitutional sentiment. Understandably, the causes are continuously evolving. In fact, it is this complexity of causes that has allowed these glaring improprieties to escape the clutches of law. We consider them a part of the “chalta hai” doctrine. Pre-trial prejudice is not targeted against the accused only. Victims also face the music every now and then. Let’s venture into the monotony of Bollywood and recall the story of gangrape of a poor village girl by a few rich men of the community. The incident is followed by abduction of witnesses, suppression of evidence and denial of legal assistance. The local media reports it as a suicide and creates enough sentiment for the witnesses and police to toe the ‘right’ line. The question here is – Are the trial courts open to such victims on the same terms as they are to others? An even bigger question is – Are our trial courts equipped enough to remedy this pre-trial fiasco? In Sheppard v. Maxwell (1966), it was observed that “Given the pervasiveness of modern communications and the difficulty of effacing prejudicial publicity from the minds of the jurors, the trial courts must take strong measures to ensure that the balance is never weighed against the accused”. I propose to replace the word “jurors” with other constituents of a trial – police, witnesses, media etc. – and call upon an urgent need for the trial courts to effectively control what precedes the stage of trial. Lest, the trial itself will become a sham because the balance of power is increasingly being weighed against the accused in our system. What does law offer? The remedy against most of the evil scenarios illustrated above lies in higher courts in India- either through writs under the Constitution or appeals under the criminal procedure. Whereas the former is largely inaccessible to the majority, the latter comes at such an advanced stage that the vindication of what is lost before the trial becomes impossible. The criminal procedure and law of evidence in India lack preventive tools against such prejudice. They provide for remedial measures and put a heavy burden upon the accused to prove “failure of justice” before providing any remedy in appellate courts. More challenges emerge when we understand our jurisprudential approach towards the concept of “prejudice”. For instance, in Mohd. Hussain vs. The State (Govt. of NCT) Delhi, the Court observed, “…. ‘Prejudice’ is incapable of being interpreted in its generic sense and applied to criminal jurisprudence. The plea of prejudice has to be in relation to investigation or trial and not matters falling beyond their scope.” It is high time that we recognize the possibility of prejudice even beyond the traditional stages of investigation or trial. The limited meaning of “investigation”, as we adopt, has the effect of excluding a myriad set of circumstances having the potential to prejudice the case. It is time that law circumscribes such circumstances within its reach. The call of the hour is to empower the trial courts, to enable them to independently examine the question of pre-trial prejudice during the trial- irrespective of its cause – and rule upon procedural improprieties. For the strong foundation of a trial, a trial court must be able to effectively counter such out-of-court prejudices. Leaving such questions for appellate forums leads to loss of spontaneity, continuity and above all, loss of faith in the system of criminal justice. Because not every prejudice is capable of being traced, identified and cabined in a category after it has played its role and damaged the trial. Its effect can not always be proved as a failure of justice at the appellate stage. It is also high time that a provision akin to Section 228A of IPC is crafted for the accused for protection of identity. An accused is entitled to “informational privacy” and fair trial under Article 21, even if it demands some curbs in the competing right to press. The balance, in my opinion, tilts towards the former. The ever evolving causes that lead to prejudice need to be trapped before the law itself becomes a subject of trial.Views are personal only. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Airbnb-style lettings platform launches for tenants and landlords

first_imgA new Airbnb-style online marketplace called HomeRenter has launched that competes directly with traditional high street and online letting agents with a ‘third way’ business model.Based in London, it claims to be taking an unusual approach to lettings by creating a community where both landlords and tenants talk to each other directly about both properties to rent, and property management.The company says that landlords, once they are registered on the site, create listings on its platform that are then uploaded to Zoopla and Rightmove.Tenants and landlords then use HomeRenter’s website to liaise on viewing times, conduct referencing and sign a rental contract.One unique feature of the site for landlords is that it saves their listings as online adverts which anyone looking for property to rent can register to receive alerts for when the existing tenants move out – effectively ‘bagging’ properties in advance.Unique charging feeThe site’s charging fee is also a first for the UK. Landlords pay a yearly subscription which at the moment is £49.99 and includes tenant referencing, 24-hour telephone support, keyholding and an outsourced viewing/keyholding service.HomeRenter says the low price is an introductory offer and after the site has launched fully it will charge £99 a year for its annual subscription. It charges extra for photography and floor plans, gas safety certificates, EPCs and a To Let Board.The company, which has been incubated by London property developer Q Developments, has three founders including its CEO – former Sunday Times and Trinity Mirror executive Will Handley – plus established property entrepreneurs Sean Quinn and Jim Thomas of Q Developments.“HomeRenter was born out of our belief and experience that landlords and tenants alike are increasingly fed up with the way the lettings market operates,” says Will Handley (pictured above and left).“And although a better lettings market is something the government has said it will take action on, including the fees ban, we believe our platform already delivers a radically different and better way to rent and let properties,” says Will Handley.HomeRenter online agent Will Handley November 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Airbnb-style lettings platform launches for tenants and landlords previous nextAirbnb-style lettings platform launches for tenants and landlordsHomeRenter is a new digital marketplace that aims to take on both traditional and online letting agents, its founder claims.Nigel Lewis6th November 201702,127 Viewslast_img read more

Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Lang, And Many More Rock The Jazz Fest Fairgrounds [Photos]

first_imgSo much of what you may hear about New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival centers on the music and the magic that goes on surrounding the actual Fairgrounds late into the night, rather than on the Fest itself, that it’s sometimes easy to gloss over the massive lineup performing at the official Festival grounds. However, the Jazz Fest fairgrounds consistently play host to both the biggest stars in the world and some of the most interesting and culturally diverse acts out there, who you’d likely never see outside these hallowed Fest grounds.The musical lineup for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this Saturday, May 6th, 2017, included the long-awaited rescheduled Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg sets which were rained out at last year’s Jazz Fest, a set by pop superstar Meghan Trainor, a performance jazz piano master Kenny Barron and the Kenny Barron Trio, Grammy-winning gospel-blues rocker Johnny Lang, and so many more.Thanks to photographer Dave Vann, we can check out up-close-and-personal photos of these incredible performances at the Jazz Fest fairgrounds on 2017’s second Saturday.[Cover photo via Dave Vann] Jazz Fest Fairgrounds | Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Lang, Kenny Barron, Meghan Trainor | Saturday, 5/6/17 | Photos by Dave Vann Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports: No. 46 Patrick Soon-Shiong, Lakers Minority Owner

first_img[email protected] @Clay_Fowler on TwitterName: Patrick Soon-ShiongTitle: Doctor, Lakers Minority OwnerAge: 62One of the most wealthy people in Los Angeles – Soon-Shiong has a net worth of $12.2 billion – is a minority owner of the Lakers and the city’s most prime candidate to purchase a professional sports franchise, were one to come available. The South African doctor, who still regularly plays basketball on the court in his cavernous Brentwood home, graduated high school at 16, medical school at 23 and sold two pharmaceutical companies for $9.1 billion. Soon-Shiong bid on the Dodgers before they sold to the Guggenheim Group and AEG before it was taken off the market, good reason to believe he will be involved when another sports property comes available. Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Introduction• Photo gallery of Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Dramatic change in Los Angeles sports power structure Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL free agency news: Landry Jones latest ex-Steeler to sign with Raiders

first_imgThe move marks the second backup the Raiders have signed to compete behind starter Derek Carr in recent days after the team added Mike Glennon. Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron were already on the roster, though McCarron was cut and later signed with the Texans. Related News Larry Fitzgerald steers clear of Cardinals QB questions JuJu Smith-Schuster tweets support for ‘true leader’ Ben Roethlisberger Antonio Brown will have another familiar face on the field in Oakland.The Raiders have signed longtime Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones, the team announced Tuesday.center_img We have signed QB @LandryJones12: #RaiderNation— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) March 26, 2019“Landry Jones is a guy that’s started and won games in the league,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters at NFL owners meeting, via The Mercury News. “He can help us with Antonio’s transition, as well. ‘What’d they call this in Pittsburgh? Why did he convert his route and do that?’ So there are some really interesting side things that Landry can bring to the table, also.” Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, has appeared in 18 games (five starts) over his career since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He also had a brief stint in Jacksonville after signing with the Jaguars in October following an injury to Blake Bortles, though he didn’t see action in 2018.Jones has completed 108 of 169 pass attempts for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions for a passer rating of 86.2.last_img read more

First Friday Downtown Wellington Art Walk tonight

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The First Friday Art Walk will be held tonight in downtown Wellington from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Two businesses will be participating tonight.Barbara Jon’s Fine Gifts & Decor will be featuring Tina Gressel artist on 104 N. Washington.The Gold Corner will be featuring Casi Hamilton at 102 North Washington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more