Cowen faces crunch vote on leadership

first_img KCS-content IRISH Prime Minister Brian Cowen resisted calls for him to resign yesterday but will field a vote of confidence on his leadership tomorrow.The Taoiseach said he expects to survive the vote from his Fianna Fail party despite several members calling for his head over allegations he played golf with the boss of Anglo Irish Bank just months before the lender was effectively nationalised.However, his plans were almost immediately dealt a body-blow, with foreign minister Michael Martin, a popular party figure, announcing he will vote against his embattled leader.Cowen insists his continued leadership in the run-up to a general election is important for the stability of “the party, the government and the country”.He said: “As Taoiseach my total focus must remain with discharging my duties to the people. I have come to the conclusion that I should continue to run the party. I made no indication of resigning at any time.“I am again heartened by the strong commitment by all of my colleagues and I am proud to serve alongside them.“I am keenly aware that in putting the country first [over the bailout] this has impacted on our support levels. I support the strongly held opinions but we are all motivated by the same goals.”Cowen has seen his support levels drop through the floor since he accepted an €85bn (£72bn) bailout from the IMF and members of the Eurozone. He was accused of lying to the country and incompetence in the lead-up to the rescue.Cowen’s announcement came as further questions were asked about Ireland’s stricken lenders.The Irish Central Bank was forced to increase its emergency liquidity support after a flurry of deposit withdrawals. Support to lenders from the central bank increased to more than €50bn in December last year.Opposition party Fine Gael, which is expected to form a coalition government after the general election, has also called for the terms of the rescue deal to be renegotiated. The party says the €100m recapitalisation of the banking sector placed an unfair burden on the Irish taxpayer. Sunday 16 January 2011 10:56 pm whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Tags: NULLcenter_img Share Show Comments ▼ Cowen faces crunch vote on leadership whatsapplast_img read more

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Expanding to new markets with the right partner

first_imgRegistration was a concern for Malta-licensed gaming group Wunderino when it launched its inaugural brand Wunderino for the German market back in 2016. Like other brands, Wunderino was left frustrated – but not surprised – by low conversion rates and identified this as an area where they needed to improve. Wunderino thus embarked on the search for a service supplier who could assist them in converting registrations. Email Address German focus Wunderino experienced a 12% increase in conversions upon implementing the solution, leading to a boost in player base in Germany. Consumers love the simplicity of one-click purchases on Amazon and eBay, so when they are offered the opportunity for a quick moment of fun on an online casino, the appearance of a form to fill in can be a real excitement killer. Registration has long been an obstacle across the online gaming sector, with operators searching for the alchemy to switch casual browsers into sign-ups. Improve performance “We were very heavy on marketing from the start, but identified that our registration flow was an area for improvement. We were keen not to create our own in-house conversion team. We’d seen others do that, but had a clear idea of which functions we wanted to work on ourselves and which we wanted to push out to external providers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “Our conversion rate went up straight away,” Carlsson noted. “It was right at the top end of our expectations.” For Carlsson, providing a “localised solution” was important and, even though Regily had previously focused on the UK, the product could be adapted to the German market. Registration requirements vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based upon local licensing laws. Of course, operators will also differ in the information they request from players, with some asking for the very basics and others wanting further valuable data that could assist them in tailoring their products and marketing campaigns. The partnership between the two has deepened with Wunderino integrating some of Regily’s add-on products to further improve the performance. Earlier this year they registered with Regily Remote, which enables players to sign up to a brand on affiliate websites without any redirects. Amassing over 10 years of experience in the gambling industry, Tobias Carlsson, CEO Malta at Rhinoceros group, has held senior roles with a strong bias towards a product, business development, and operations. After studies at the University of Halmstad, he began his career at Carlsberg brewery in sales and transport planning. Launched in 2016, Wunderino has experienced incredible growth as part of its commitment to be a mobile-first casino brand in Germany contributing to Wunderino’s intention to be one of the top-performing casinos in the market. Ultimately, Wunderino turned to tech start-up Regily, who were developing application frameworks designed to simplify the online user-registration process. It was an important deal for both Wunderino and Regily. “Both parties were equally eager to make it work,” Carlsson added. “We knew our core market was trickier than others, such as Sweden,” Carlsson said. “There is something about German addresses that causes some difficulty, but they were able to sort that in a heartbeat. We signed with them and were AB testing within four weeks.” Their priority was selecting a partner who could navigate the idiosyncrasies of the German market; especially its strict registration requirements when compared to some other jurisdictions. “They have been very agile and flexible to ensure they are providing us with exactly what we need,” Carlsson said. “We are always interested in their new products and have added some of them. 29th September 2020 | By Josephine Watson With competition in the German market set to explode in the coming months due to the introduction of the new licensing regime, differentials will be all-important. Wunderino are delighted to have a partner that is constantly looking for new ways to make it easier for brands to sign up new players.   Regily’s portfolio also features ID and age verification tools, as well as fraud prevention and data validation services. They are constantly looking to enhance their products with regular software updates and changes designed to make registration easier, such as auto-filling common email address domains and a focus on mobile screens where the majority of sign-ups take place. We’ve been honest enough in our partnership that some we’ve tried and not proceeded with. “While our conversion rate was not too bad – and in line with our competitors in the German market – we wanted to see if we could do better,” said Tobias Carlsson, Wunderino’s chief executive officer. Topics: Casino & games Strategy Wunderino CEO Tobias Carlsson on how the company’s partnership with Regily has tackled the conversion conundrum in the German market… Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany “On a personnel level we have been very impressed. They always seem to identify key positions and bring in the right people to take their business further or enhance their product just at the right time, and that makes them such a formidable partner.” Strategy Regily worked on developing a flow that was right for Wunderino and the German market, and incorporating localised features, personalised player experience and deeper insights. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Expanding to new markets with the right partnerlast_img read more

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Spelinspektionen looks to clarify scope of new betting controls

first_imgThe regulations were subject to criticism from the industry when they were put forward this year, with Swedish operator Svenska Spel claiming that the rules still left plenty of scope for sports manipulation. Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Sports integrity Sports betting regulation Sports betting regulation The regulator clarified that the regulations apply to esports as well as traditional sports, but only where the competitions take place in Sweden. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The restrictions are due to come into force on 1 January 2021, and will prohibit betting on Swedish football leagues outside the nation’s four top tiers. Bets on the individual performance of any players under the age of 18 are to be prohibited, while operators will no longer be permitted to offer odds on rule violations, such as yellow and red cards in football. The regulations apply only to competitions played in Sweden. Therefore in sporting events with two or more legs – where one match is played in Sweden and another is played in another country – only bets on the outcome of both events, or the match played in Sweden, will be subject to the regulations. It also covers any betting on athletes under the age of 18 in individual sports such as singles matches in tennis, badminton or table tennis, or individual performances in athletics, skiing, or shooting, for example. Betting on doubles matches where one participant is over 18 and one is under, however, is allowed if the betting refers to the pair’s performance or concerns only the performance of the player over 18. If three or four players in a double match are under 18, no betting may be offered as the majority of participants are minors. The obligation to report suspicious betting activity only refers to sports performed in Sweden, it said, though it was noted that there is no obstacle to licensees reporting suspicious behaviour relating to sports performed outside the jurisdiction. Regions: Nordics Sweden Email Address Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen has moved to clarify the scope of incoming restrictions on markets the country’s betting licensees can offer, while confirming that the new rules will extend to esports betting. Tags: Spelinspektionen While betting on rule violations leading to penalties being awarded is prohibited, betting on the outcome of, for example, a free kick or penalty in football – as in,. whether or not it will result in a goal – is permitted after the penalty has been awarded. Responding to questions from the industry, Spelinspektionen explained that the rule preventing betting on an individual performance in a sports competition by an athlete under the age of 18, refers to items such as shots on goal or scoring in team games. Spelinspektionen looks to clarify scope of new betting controls The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), meanwhile, warned that plans to restrict betting on rule violations in Sweden ran the risk of pushing players to offshore operators, therefore increasing the threat posed by match-fixers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 2nd December 2020 | By Conor Mulheirlast_img read more

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PAK vs BSH ECS T10 Barcelona 2020 LIVE: Dream 11 Pak…

first_img Football Previous articleISL 2020-21: When and Where to Watch Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan, All TV channel and live streaming detailsNext articleISL 2020-21 LIVE Online: ISL Full schedule, Point table, LIVE Streaming, Broadcaster, venues, teams, stats, India time Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Football Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out PAK vs BSH ECS T10 Barcelona 2020 LIVE: Dream 11 Pak I Care vs Badalona Shaheen CC, Fantasy Playing Tips, Dream11 Team Prediction, Team Squads, Match Prediction, PAK vs BSH at 1:00 PM IST November 20 FridayECS T10 Barcelona 2020 LIVE between Pak I Care vs Badalona Shaheen CC PAK vs BSH Dream11 Team Prediction). 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Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgClydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileClydestone (Ghana) Limited is a global information and communications technology company with offices in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The company uses cutting-edge innovations to provide information technology solutions for financial institutions involved in financial document processing, remittance processing and transaction switching. Its product range encompasses: G-Switch, an electronic payment platform; G-Secure, a card authentication programme; Remita, modular system for e-payments; UnionPay Processor; automated check clearing; ATM and cash processing; multi-vendor ATM software solutions and multi-factor authentication. Clydestone is a Principle Acquiring Member of UnionPay International and offers acquiring services to 19 banks in Africa and provides check truncation systems to 12 leading banks in Ghana. Clydestone (Ghana) Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Don’t leave ‘philanthropic journeys to chance’

first_img Howard Lake | 17 June 2014 | News Barriers to volunteers1 Nothing to offer people whose professional success fails to provide reassurance that they have anything useful to offer a charity.2 Nothing to gain people who struggles to see how helping good causes can help their career.3 Analysis Paralysis people whose concern to find the ‘right’ cause to help in the ‘right’ way has stopped them making any substantive giving decisions.4 Burnt Fingers people whose previous experience of donating and volunteering has failed to meet their expectations of making a substantive difference.5 Too busy at work people whose long hours at work leave them unable to get more involved with good causes.6 Too busy at home people whose commitments at home hold them back from making a bigger voluntary contribution. 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  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Don’t leave ‘philanthropic journeys to chance’ Providing a formal structure to people’s ‘philanthropic journeys’ increases their willingness to making a four-figure donation by more than 50 per cent.Research conducted with 227 ‘senior business people’ by Dr Beth Breeze at the Kent University’s Centre for Philanthropy found that 27 per cent had made donations of more than £1,000 before starting “structured volunteering placements” through Pilotlight. This is already more than four times the national average of six per cent who have made such large donations.However following their volunteering stints – which lasted from six months to more than three years – the percentage of people who said they would have made a four-figure donation within the next 10 years had risen to 41 per cent.Pilotlight volunteers also said they were more likely to fundraise for charities after they completed their placements (23 per cent had done so before starting their placement, but 35 per cent said they would be doing so 10 years from now). They were also enthusiastic about continuing to volunteer as trustees and in other roles.However providing more structured support for volunteers decreases their likelihood for regular monthly giving – 62 per did this before starting their placements but only 58 per cent thought they would be doing this in 2023.Structured placements also changed volunteers’ attitudes towards charities and fundraising, with 59 per cent saying they now took “greater care” in choosing which charities to support and 38 per cent stating that seeing how charities operate first-hand had made them “more inclined” to donate. More than a third said they donate more to charity than before they joined Pilotlight.“If realised, these behavioral changes over the coming decade should bring significant benefits to the charity sector,” the report – Philanthropic Journeys: new insights into the triggers
and barriers for long-term giving and volunteering – says.[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]The role of philanthropy in modern society has become too important to be left to chance[/quote]To bring this about, Dr Breeze’s report argues that ‘philanthropic journeys’ – an individual’s lifetime contribution of “time, talent and treasure” – need to be formally planned and structured with “skills-based and time-limited involvement” to overcome the barriers to volunteering identified the report (see box). Yet the current situation is that people often embark on their philanthropic journey by chance, “without any help to identify the best way to get involved or the most appropriate organisation to get involved with”.Model 1 and model 2 – click to enlarge tables“The role of philanthropy in modern society has become too important to be left to chance,” Dr Breeze argues in the report.“It is therefore time for government, charities, employers and individuals to take a more pro-active, enabling approach so that more people can start and complete the philanthropic journeys that will bring benefits to themselves and our wider society.“There is a clear role for policymakers and practitioners in kickstarting and continuing these philanthropic journeys.”last_img read more

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Government threatens loss of funding to Oxfam over sex worker claims

first_imgNCVO’s Karl Wilding blogged with his analysis of the situation and dismissed these suggestions. He said: “Is the reporting an ideological attack, even if only in terms of the timing? I very much doubt it. More likely is that this story follows other stories on abuse.”  237 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 12 February 2018 | News Tagged with: DfID UK Aid Match ethics Funding Oxfam statutory funding The Charity Commission has asked Oxfam for more details. A spokesman said “Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details reported been disclosed to us at the time”.Oxfam’s senior staff have met with the International Development Secretary this morning to discuss the allegations and provide further details. Further allegationsThe story continues to dominate headlines today, with claims in The Times by Priti Patel MP, who ran the Department for International Development until last November, had raised concerns about other sexual abuse within the overseas aid sector but that these had not been followed up by officials.  She claimed “predatory paedophiles” had infiltrated charities.The Observer yesterday reported claims that Oxfam workers in Chad had also used sex workers in 2006. Roland van Hauwermeiren was country director in Chad at that time.Other charities have also been named in the developing story: The Times, however, revived the story on Friday and Saturday, adding allegations that Oxfam:“covered up the scandal in Haiti”“failed to warn aid agencies about [the] staff… allowing them to take jobs among vulnerable people in other disaster zones”had not provided a full disclosure to the Charity Commission at the timeOxfam has denied any cover-up. Dame Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam in 2011, also told the BBC “we didn’t hide anything”, adding that she had acted in a transparent manner. Haiti’s responseBocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador in London, has criticised Oxfam for not sharing its findings with the Haitian authorities and called for it to apologise. He said: “I think Oxfam should look into itself deeply if they want to rebuild that trust they had.”  238 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 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. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has warned Oxfam that it could lose government funding over the allegations that some of the charity’s staff used sex workers in Haiti in 2011.Criticising the charity for failing in its “moral leadership”, she told Andrew Marr on BBC TV that the no charity could be a government partner if it did not “have the moral leadership to do the right thing”. Oxfam received nearly £32 million in overseas aid funding from the UK government in the last financial year.The claims resulted in four people being sacked and three resigning. Oxfam’s country director Roland van Hauwermeiren was one of those who resigned “after admitting having prostitutes visit his Oxfam villa” according to The Times. Oxfam had 230 staff in Haiti at the time, following the earthquake which had killed 22,000 people.Oxfam, which had worked in Haiti since 1978, announced its investigation on 5 August 2011 – the BBC reported on it – and on 5 September announced its outcome. The government’s focus on criticising and investigating overseas aid charities also risks skewing the focus on how abusers might target any charity or organisation where they gain access to vulnerable people, including those in the UK. Third Sector reported on one such case.Indeed, Oxfam has long been active on developing policies and practice around accountability and transparency. The need for focus and action in this area was highlighted by the Charity Commission which as recently as December 2017 called for greater attention by charities on the issue of safeguarding. Why did it take nearly seven years for this scandal to become front page news, despite Oxfam’s efforts at transparency? Oxfam’s approach to social justice and poverty includes speaking truth to power. Just last month it highlighted wealth disparities as part of the Davos meeting.  BOND, the UK network for organisations working in international development, added its comments on the reports. It stated that the actions reported were “completely deplorable and contrary to the values and high standards the development and humanitarian sector is rightly expected to adhere to.”At the same time it argued: “we cannot allow the actions of a few to undermine the incredible work charities do to provide shelter, food and healthcare in some of the most difficult environments in the world, and often at desperate times for the world’s poorest people. These organisations are often the only lifeline for people facing conflict, climate change and extreme poverty.” Save the Children’s Chief Executive, Kevin Watkins, has also announced that the charity, will be reviewing its safeguarding procedures. It stated: “After the investigation in 2011 we carried out a thorough review of the case, which resulted in the creation of our dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential ‘whistleblowing’ hotline and safeguarding contact point within countries as part of a package of measures to ensure that we do all we can to protect our staff, prevent sexual abuse and misconduct happening in the first place, and improve how we handle any allegations.”In 2011 the charity’s code of conduct prohibited sex with beneficiaries and anyone under 18. That was subsequently expanded to state: “I will also not exchange money, offers of employment, employment, goods or services for sex or sexual favours.”Caroline Thomson, the charity’s chair of trustees, yesterday announced new measures that the charity was taking to enhance further safeguarding within Oxfam.center_img But the questions raised by the scandal go beyond just charities. The Charity Commission and DFiD are being called on by some to justify their actions or lack of them.  Supporters’ responseThe Times’ report has generated international criticism of Oxfam for its handling of the scandal. The impact on supporters and their willingness to continue supporting the charity is yet to be seen.James Daunt, MD of corporate partner Waterstones, said “I expect Oxfam to give a full and frank explanation, and if there is something to apologise for, to apologise.”Others gave more forthright support for the charity and the values that these individuals have traduced. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, tweeted: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The Guardian is asking for Oxfam supporters’ reactions to the allegations. Another context for The Times’ Oxfam story? Other supporters reaffirmed their support: It answered criticisms over reporting the allegations to Haitian police, stating: “The legal advice we received in Haiti was that given the nature of the allegations, especially with the continued upheaval and chaos post the earthquake, it was extremely unlikely that reporting these incidents to the police would lead to any action being taken.”It added that “Oxfam Trustees, the Charity Commission and DFID, as well as other major donors of our Haiti work including the EU, WHO and UN agencies, were kept informed of the investigation and its outcome.” It also reported that “the Charity Commission confirmed that Oxfam had taken appropriate action and that it therefore had “no regulatory concerns”.”On Saturday the charity explained the actions it took following its 2011 inquiry. “Sensational press”The reference to a sensational press was one of various attempts to put the coverage and the government’s reaction to it in a broader context.The UK spends £13 billion a year on overseas aid, and is committed to contributing 0.7% of its gross national income on this work.The overseas aid budget is criticised by various political groups, particularly so against the background of Brexit and continuing austerity.Indeed, The Times’ first front page story on the Oxfam scandal appeared on the same day that The Daily Express’ front page called for overseas aid to be slashed. MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was depicted handing in a petition to 10 Downing Street asking the government to “stop the foreign aid madness”. Save the Children’s Chief Executive Kevin Watkins also puts the criticisms of Oxfam’s response in a broader context.He blogged: “The issues raised by the Haiti episode fit a broader pattern. Our societies have a systemic problem associated with male abuse of power. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are symptoms of a wider disease that has invaded our institutions – from schools, churches, broadcasters to political parties. Now the spotlight is on the aid sector.”Protecting children is the most important thing we do Government threatens loss of funding to Oxfam over sex worker claims [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUmaOquPfew[/youtube]  Oxfam’s responseOxfam’s current CEO Mark Goldring denied that it had covered up the allegations or its inquiry. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We were very open with the public that we were ashamed of the behaviour of our staff. We still are.”He acknowledged that with hindsight “I would much prefer that we had talked about sexual misconduct.”Oxfam’s first statement on the allegations, on Friday, stated: “The behaviour of some members of Oxfam staff uncovered in Haiti in 2011 was totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high standards we expect of our staff.“Our primary aim was always to root out and take action against those involved and we publicly announced, including to media, both the investigation and the action we took as a result.”last_img read more

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Omagh bombing

first_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Today marks 17 years since the Omagh bomb struck in County Tyrone, killing 29 people, one of them woman pregnant with twins.The attack was the single biggest atrocity to take place during the troubles in the North.Almost two decades on – no one has yet been criminally convicted for the bombing, with a number of relatives maintaining their campaign for a cross border public inquiry.However, today the focus is on private commemorations as the bereaved families in Tyrone, Donegal and Spain remember their loved ones. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By admin – August 15, 2015 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Previous articleSmoking ban in playgrounds is being observed – HSENext articleMcIlroy with work to do at PGA admin center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Omagh bombing 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebooklast_img read more

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Non Joining Duty (NJD) Vacancy Can’t Be Filled From Expired PSC Rank List If It’s Reported After List Expiry : SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesNon Joining Duty (NJD) Vacancy Can’t Be Filled From Expired PSC Rank List If It’s Reported After List Expiry : SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 April 2020 11:46 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has held that Public Service Commission cannot advise any candidate to a Non-Joining Duty (NJD) vacancy from an expired rank list, if such vacancy was reported after the expiry of the rank list.Holding thus in the case Aneesh Kumar vs State of Kerala and others, a bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari upheld the decision of a Full Bench of the High…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 has held that Public Service Commission cannot advise any candidate to a Non-Joining Duty (NJD) vacancy from an expired rank list, if such vacancy was reported after the expiry of the rank list.Holding thus in the case Aneesh Kumar vs State of Kerala and others, a bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari upheld the decision of a Full Bench of the High Court of Kerala.The appellants before the SC sought appointment against 93 NJD vacancies reported to the Kerala Public Service Commission (for short, “the KPSC”) on July 12, 2016 relating to the post of Sub Inspector of Police (Trainee). They were included in the rank list published on September 11, 2013. The PSC rejected their demand on the ground the list of 2013 had expired before the stated vacancies came to be reported.Challenging the rejection by PSC, they moved the Kerala Administrative Tribunal. They pointed out that that the list published in 2013 had got embroiled in a litigation with respect to reduction of cut-off marks for reserved categories, and the same attained finality only In October 2015, when the SC disposed of the SLPs. Therefore, the case advanced by the appellants, in essence, was that the appointments were not effected from the list due to the interim orders of the court, and hence they should not be put to prejudice because of those acts of the courts.The KAT dismissed the applications, and said that the NJD vacancies will have to be reported from the second rank list published in 2015.Reference to larger bench by HCChallenging the KAT order, the parties approached the High Court. The Division Bench observed that the first Ranked List was in operation only for 85 days (till 5.12.2013 ­ due to an interim order passed by the Tribunal) and that there remained a total period of 280 days for completion of the duration of the same after 13.10.2015 in accordance with the respective Rules. Thus, it held that the list expired only on July 19, 2016.It concluded by observing that the 93 NJD vacancies reported on July 12, 2016,  should be filled up by the candidates empanelled in the first list. However, the DB noted that a 1977 decision by a coordinate bench in the case Kerala Public Service Commission vs. Dr. Kesavankutty Nair & Ors had held that the maxim “actus curiae neminem gravabit” (act of court shall prejudice none) was held to be not applicable to decide the life of a Ranked List.Doubting this dictum, the DB referred the case to a Full Bench.Full Bench decisionA 3-judge bench comprising Justices P R Ramachandra Menon, Devan Ramachandran and N Anil Kumar answered the reference in the case Unnikrishnan Nair vs State of Kerala and others, holding that the appellants were not entitled to be advised against the NJD vacancies.The Full Bench disagreed with the preliminary observations of the DB, and said that the principle “”actus curiae neminem gravabit” was not attracted to the case, as the interim orders of the courts in the previous litigation did not interdict the reporting of the vacancies in any manner. The interim orders were mere “status quo” orders with respect to those who had taken appointment as per the first list during the period of earlier litigation.The FB also observed that no candidate can claim a legally enforceable right to be appointed to a particular post merely on the strength of his/her inclusion in the rank list published by the Public Service Commission.Based on Rules 13 and 14 of the Kerala Public Service Commission Rules of Procedure, 1976, the FB also concluded that the first list had expired before the reporting of the NJD vacancies.SC conclusionAgreeing with the view taken by the FB , the SC observed :”it is well established that the Commission (KPSC) cannot advise any candidate after the expiry of a Ranked List, even to an NJD vacancy, if such vacancies are reported after the expiry of the list in question. We agree with this opinion of the Full Bench”.The NJD vacancies reported after the expiry of the first list must be filled up from the subsequent lists, ordered the Court.”Considering the indisputable facts and unexceptionable finding recorded by the Full Bench which commends to us, it must follow that the appellants were not entitled to base their claim in reference to the first Ranked List (RL­I), which had ceased to exist on 1.6.2016, by filing writ petition(s) on 12.10.2017 for the stated reliefs. As the first Ranked List (RL­I), in law, ceased to exist from 1.6.2016, no relief could be granted to the appellants and the principles of “actus curiae neminem gravabit and lex non cogit ad impossibilia” will be of no avail, as it was not a case of any prejudice caused to the appellants on account of Court order as such”, the bench said in conclusion.Case DetailsTitle : Aneesh Kumar VS and others vs State of Kerala and othersCase No : Civil Appeal No 2368/2020Coram : Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh MaheshwariClick here to download judgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

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DCSDC to transform former guardhouse at Ebrington into offices

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