Française des Jeux acquires Sporting Group

first_imgLottery French gambling giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has struck a deal to acquire Sporting Group, the parent company of spread betting operator Sporting Index and sports betting technology and trading service provider Sporting Solutions. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 24th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter French gambling giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has struck a deal to acquire Sporting Group, the parent company of spread betting operator Sporting Index and sports betting technology and trading service provider Sporting Solutions.The deal has been struck by FDJ’s B2B subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions, which will acquire Sporting Group for an undisclosed sum.The business was previously owned by Swedish businessman Magnus Hedman, who acquired the business from private equity firm Hg Captial in 2015.FDJ plans to use Sporting Group’s assets to offer a suite of multi-channel sports betting tools and technology, including pricing, trading and risk management tools, to lotteries under the FDJ Gaming Solutions banner.The product suite will be available to private operators under the Sporting Solutions brand, with the business able to maintain supplier relationships with third party technology providers upon completion of the acquisition.“We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition, which underlines FDJ’s ambition in the B2B sports betting sector,” said FDJ Group executive vice-president of technology and chief executive of FDJ Gaming Solutions, Xavier Etienne.“FDJ recognises the excellence that Sporting Group has in pricing and trading,” he added. “That is why this operation is key for our B2B international development.”Sporting Group chief executive Simon Trim said he was thrilled that the business was to be acquired by FDJ.“It is clear we have a shared vision on the future shape and evolution of the industry, in particular the important role that expert risk management and price differentiation will play going forward,” Trim explained.“The acquisition allows us to continue delivering our world-leading B2C spread betting proposition and B2B trading services, and we look forward to delivering exciting new products and services as part of the enlarged business.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Française des Jeux acquires Sporting Group Topics: Lottery Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Western Europe France Email Addresslast_img read more

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Betsson enhances responsibility measures with new platform

first_img Topics: Strategy 30th October 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gambling operator Betsson AB has launched a new social impact website as part of an ongoing drive to improve its responsible gambling measures and report its corporate social responsiblity efforts to stakeholders.OneBetsson.com outlines the operator’s commitments, actions and initiatives to promote responsible gaming, as well as how it contributes to wider society.The site primarily focuses on three key areas, the first of which – Responsible Gaming – lists the various tools that Betsson offers to its customers. The section also offers advice as to how players can keep gambling fun and safe.Betsson also addresses Local Community Engagement, with this section listing the key initiatives that the operator supports in the territories where it has offices, showcasing projects in Sweden, Malta, Estonia, Georgia, and Hungary.In addition, the third section on OneBetsson.com focuses on Partnerships, with the operator displaying examples of how it collaborates with teams, individual athletes and entertainers to get people involved in sport.“We have always been at the forefront of responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility, and with this new website we are offering complete transparency in terms of social impact initiatives that we’re part of and hope that by doing so, others will follow suite,” Betsson Operations chief executive Jesper Svensson said.The launch of the new site comes after Betsson earlier this year also announced the formation of Local Community Engagement, a global strategy that focuses on establishing location-based committees at its offices across the globe.“At Betsson, we have always been involved in and contributed to the societies where we are located,” Svensson said. “We believe that by working together in a structured way, we as a company can make a bigger, social impact.” Gambling operator Betsson AB has launched a new social impact website as part of an ongoing drive to improve its responsible gambling measures and report its corporate social responsiblity efforts to stakeholders. Betsson enhances responsibility measures with new platformcenter_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Strategylast_img read more

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Repeat TV documentary raises a further £33,000 online

first_imgRepeat TV documentary raises a further £33,000 online 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. Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people Research / statistics 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 Channel 4 last night screened a repeat of ‘The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off’, the story of Jonny Kennedy who died of genetic condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. Online donations within a day have reached over £33,977.44. When the film was first shown in March 2004 it generated over £60,000 in online donations within 24 hours for the charity DEBRA, as reported by UK Fundraising. Jonny Kennedy was a trustee of the charity, which funds medical research and provides counselling, welfare, respite and advocacy.The success of the repeat showing demonstrates the power of the film itself, but also that smaller, less well-known charities can still use the Internet to generate substantial sums quickly, particularly on the back of coverage in another medium. Furthermore, it demonstrates that TV documentaries can continue to generate funds after their first showing, provided the charity involved is aware of the repeat in advance. Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 October 2004 | Newslast_img read more

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IFI launches 5 year strategy

first_imgIFI launches 5 year strategy Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 2 February 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  31 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern T.D., and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain MP, have welcomed a new initiative by the International Fund for Ireland to promote reconciliation in the North and border counties. The launch of the five year strategy, entitled Sharing this Space, brings to an end much of the Fund’s work in economic development, in favour of reconciliation, cross-community and cross-border links. The new strategy coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Fund’s foundation by the Irish and British Governments in 1986 to channel international funding to marginalised communities. The US, EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have all contributed to the Fund’s work in the North and Southern border countries.The fact is that the needs of the North and border counties have changed substantially and for the better since 1986 – not least in economic terms. Reconciliation and cross-border links are the new priority and I’m pleased to see that the Fund is addressing these through this strategy Minister Ahern said. Advertisement Minister Ahern also welcomed the Fund’s focus on youth.The Fund’s legacy will be the extent to which it has helped open the eyes of children and young people to the possibilities for a better future, he said.The Secretary of State commented This is an appropriate change in direction at this time given the greatly improved economic situation on both sides of the border. In these circumstances the Fund’s decision to focus on reconciliation and integration themes is welcome and timely.The International Fund for Ireland is an international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986 with the objectives of promoting economic and social advance and of encouraging contact, dialogue and reconciliation between unionists and nationalists throughout Ireland. Contributors to the Fund are the United States, the European Union, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Its total expenditure since 1986 is more than ‚€750m.The Fund’s budget for 2006 is ‚€36 million. Funding priorities will include grassroots level reconciliation and cross-community projects. In addition, the Fund will seek to address the root causes of deprivation in the most disadvantaged areas by using shared economic concerns as a platform for regeneration and cross-community activity. The Fund will also continue its pioneering work with children and young people throughout the North and border counties. 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.last_img read more

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TCU squanders lead against No. 6 Texas

first_imgFacebook Previous articleSecond medical school dean candidate talks contextualizing care in medicineNext articleThe Skiff: January 21, 2016 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter TCU’s Jada Butts looks to pass against No. 6 Texas in Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth on Jan. 20, 2015. Facebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin ReddIt Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee printThe TCU women’s basketball team led No. 6 Texas for the vast majority of the game Wednesday night, but they lost the lead for good with 5:08 left in the game and ended up losing 65-58.The loss dropped the Horned Frogs to 11-7 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns improved their record over TCU to 37-2.There was a silver lining in the game for TCU senior guard Zahna Medley, as she passed Edwina Brown, current TCU assistant coach and Texas legend, for 33rd place on the all-time Big 12 scoring list 57 seconds into the game with a tough layup over a couple of defenders.Both teams came out of the gate cold in the first quarter, with Texas shooting 29% from the floor (5-17) and TCU shooting 32% (6-19). However, the Frogs took much better care of the ball the ball than the Longhorns in the first quarter, with only one turnover compared to UT’s five.TCU was on fire to begin the second quarter, opening the period on an 8-2 run to jump out to a 24-13 lead and hitting their first three shots. TCU’s AJ Alix suffered an apparent lower-body injury four minutes into the second quarter.However, Texas countered with a 6-0 run of its own by scoring three straight layups. Alix shook off her injury by returning to the court with four minutes left in the half and immediately hit a driving layup while she was being fouled, showing no signs that she had just stumbled off the court in apparent pain about ten minutes earlier.Shortly after Alix’s return, Medley hit a 3-pointer to negate Texas’s 6-0 with a TCU 6-0 run, as the Frogs pushed their lead back up to 11, 30-19.But right on cue, the Longhorns forced back-to-back Horned Frog turnovers to answer right back with another 6-0 run powered by three straight layups from junior center Kelsey Lang, senior center Imani Boyette, and junior guard Brianna Taylor to cut the TCU lead down to five.TCU entered the half with a five-point advantage, 33-28.The reason for the Frogs’ halftime lead in the turnover department, as TCU had three fewer turnovers than the Longhorns in the first half.To begin the third quarter, both teams traded buckets and offensive fouls. Texas went four straight minutes without scoring a basket midway through the third quarter, which allowed TCU to gain some separation.However, the Longhorns went on a rally over the final 2:07 of the third quarter to trim the Horned Frog lead to just one at the end of the quarter, 43-42.Caitlin Diaz, a TCU senior forward and the team’s leading rebounder at 5.9 rebounds per game, picked up her fourth foul a minute into the fourth quarter, but TCU head coach Raegan Pebley kept Diaz in the game.After a back and forth fourth quarter, Texas came a back to tie the game at 52 with six minutes left in the game.Diaz fouled out of the game with a little more than five minutes to go, leaving with 4 points and six rebounds. Immediately after Diaz’s fifth foul, Texas took a one-point lead, 53-52.“With Jada [Butts] and Caitlin [Diaz], who are two of our better players at executing, in the same position, both of them play our three and four spots, fouled out that forced us to play a little bit smaller and to play a player out of position, which caused a lack of execution,” Pebley said postgame.TCU’s defense unraveled in the fourth quarter, as Texas hit four of five shots over a two minute stretch, which allowed Texas to increase their lead to five, 59-55. However, Thompson hit another 3-pointer to cut the Longhorn lead to two with 1:30 left in the game.Center Imani Boyette’s block on Medley’s driving layup, which would’ve tied the game with 1:15 left, sealed the deal.“I figured that if I pump-faked that she would go for my shot and block, so I just tried to go into her arms to try and get a foul called hopefully, but it just didn’t go like that,” Medley said. “My thought process was to go into her body to try and draw a foul.”Turnovers also played a big role in TCU’s demise, as they racked up eleven second-half turnovers.“We lost this game because we didn’t get defensive rebounds at the end, and we didn’t execute well enough and that caused turnovers and contested shots,” Pebley said.TCU returns to Schollmaier Arena for their next game against West Virginia on Sunday at noon. Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Twitter + posts Garrett Podell TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collierlast_img read more

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[Column] ‘A Sabbatical Isolation’: By Justice V. Parthiban, Judge-Madras High Court

first_imgColumns[Column] ‘A Sabbatical Isolation’: By Justice V. Parthiban, Judge-Madras High Court Justice V. Parthiban9 May 2020 4:19 AMShare This – x”Writing is a defence against boredom, but it’s also a cure for ‘melancholy’.” – Bohumil Hrabal -Czech Writer In these times of forced isolation sentenced albeit temporarily to suffer complete disconnection from the professional occupation, the best way to keep the mind in motion is to reduce your meandering thoughts into writing to ward off the fear of the tardy…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?Login”Writing is a defence against boredom, but it’s also a cure for ‘melancholy’.” – Bohumil Hrabal -Czech Writer In these times of forced isolation sentenced albeit temporarily to suffer complete disconnection from the professional occupation, the best way to keep the mind in motion is to reduce your meandering thoughts into writing to ward off the fear of the tardy movement of time. Ostracized by necessity and choice from the society of others into the claustrophobic confines of your home, it is like borrowing the expression of American Writer/Poet, Edgar Allan Poe- “breathing the atmosphere of sorrow’. Confinement impelled the restive mind and the pensive heart to essay these reflections manifesting in thought sharing in the present times of social distancing. History is replete with grave tragedies having witnessed in the past, viz., Plagues. famine, floods, wars, inflicting catastrophic suffering on the human race at regular intervals. The resultant impact of those tragedies on the human race has been contained by and large due to great inventions and innovations made in the field of technology, science, medicine and engineering in the modern era, besides heralding a paradigm civilizational transformation in the patterns and life styles of humanity than what existed before this era. The modern civilization in the face of unprecedented inventions and innovations in all spheres has re-assured itself its invincibility against odds of nature. Attributes of nature like, evolution and extermination are the focus of challenge in the scientific laboratories by the scientific community, hoping to find an answer to “death”. Death being a natural end of birth in the life-cycle process of every living being, yet the scientific research is oriented towards achieving the greatest of all inventions, namely arrest of ageing of man and defeating the death altogether and to take control of destiny of mankind. When such path breaking feat is achieved, we do not know when in future, people may be rid of morbidity, the fear of death. Whether re-engineering of human constitution assuring them of eternal existence against the planetary limitation is possible or not, ironically despite the scientific advancements, the present civilization can boast of, the world today is witnessing an unprecedented attack of apocalyptic proportion inflicting premature deaths on human beings in scores across all continents, by the spread of new Corona Virus. The giant killer sparing no race, colour, creed or nationality, as the entire world has been a helpless victim, hoping the virus may one day become frail on its own and withdraw its vicious attack on mankind. New corona virus is a macabre killer, devouring human beings mercilessly and unabatedly in tens and thousands, and it appears the virus is wickedly dancing in the form of deaths all over, driving the humanity as a whole to the precipice of despondency, with no hope of panacea for the virus as of now. The spirit of collective mankind thus being broken, reducing the human race to the subaltern state to nature, unable to come to terms with the sheer dominance of the virus reminding the mankind that howsoever man may become powerful, his destiny after all is defined by nature around him and not by himself. The days of reckoning have come to engage the global communities to shift their focus to prevent such possible virus attack in future. We have had recently infectious diseases like AIDS, SARS, EBOLA, etc., infecting virus, which had their lethal presence on a global scale but sooner or later the spread was largely contained and eradicated, with the remedy being found as a result of determined scientific research and investigation. But the deadly effect of those viruses pale into insignificance in the teeth of COVID-19. The magnitude of death and destructive manifestation of the present virus and the colossal effect of it crept into the psyche of the mankind across, is a dark revelation of the existential crisis of an unprecedented kind, which the human race has to cope with for its physical survival atleast with the predictable longevity standards of the present era, not to speak of the extended or eternal existence, mankind aiming to achieve.. Coming to isolation, as a result of compulsive social distancing, an opportunity is thrown open to every mind to tackle the period of solitude and confinement. Isolation is only from a community or society and not from yourself. In these times of adversity and challenge, ever wandering mind of ours can watch and inspect itself closely and that can happen only in isolation without other occupation. Solitude is wisdom, as the adage goes. Solitude helps one from being distracted and helps to track the trajectory of his tranquil thought process. The isolation is an opportunity to redefine and to uncover oneself. As otherwise every individual is enmeshed in his or her own occupation most of the time and obsession with every day routine and chores stunts the fertile mind, converting the same into a fossilized and jaded organ. As a Judge, locked down in isolation forced within the confines of his home, an opportunity is given to unwind from the day to day professional commitment and function. The professionally active mind being detached into an almost reclusive state started mulling over the justice management system, dispensation of justice and the ephemeral state of one’s transient existence. Justice based on a set of regulations and codified laws is only a Justice in its letter and may not be in spirit always. The spirit of Justice on many a time, demand the justice delivery system to embark upon the path of equity which is the mother of all enacted laws of the world. The principle of equity defies any exhaustive definition, as any definition of equity would be antithesis to its very nature of being fluid in tune with the times. The principle of equity is not frozen in time, it evolves along with the changing times of history and applied by the justice delivery system on the sublime consideration of justice based on good conscience. Sometimes the system faces challenges where law and justice do not come to terms and in such situation, equitable justice should prevail and preferred notwithstanding any impediments arising out of a letter of Law. In fact, most of the disputes pending adjudication or resolution before Courts are brought to an end more by pragmatism practiced by Judges than by the application of the rigours of law. Common sense approach is the hallmark of dispensation of justice in providing equitable relief to the parties to the lis. In fact, the great and famous English Judge Lord Denning was known for rendering justice based on deep common sense. On his retirement on 28th July 1982, former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Mr.Harold Macmillan wrote a letter of appreciation addressing to Lord Denning, which makes an interesting reading: Dear Lord Denning , I feel Impelled to write to you that your long and distinguished career as a Judge is coming to an end. Firstly . . . . . Secondly, I have always been interested in the Law and made some attempts to study it at one time. It seems to me that there were two different streams in English Law which sometimes meant that on the whole, their waters did not mix. The first has become much more prevalent since the vast mass of legislation which has been passed in the last one hundred and fifty years tends to base itself on a somewhat pedantic or at any rate a very close interpretation of the words of an act of parliament. The second which goes back to the great periods of 17th and 18th century tends to base itself more upon commonsense, equity (in the non-technical sense), fairplay and justice. Of these the greatest proponents were perhaps Lord Mansfield and lord Camden. To them, will be added the name of Lord Denning’. Yours sincerely, Harold Macmillan The law, thus, is not concerned with the trifles, as the saying goes. It is concerned with the justice based on good conscience. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a great Russian Philosopher/Writer and nobel laureate quoted “Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity”. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually also recognize the voice of justice”. Therefore fair play and good conscience are the foundational principles on which justice is to be primarily based. Turning to the present crisis, the monstrous pandemic sweeping across the world has crippled every conceivable activity relating to economy, patient care, surgeries, travel, religion, employment, sports etc. besides affecting the day-to-day physical social contacts, which are integral and essential part of societal living. The most ominous impact of the virus is the shutdown of almost all economic activities, as an inevitable consequence of the lockdown. Unemployment and the resultant poverty is looming exponentially, threatening the very survival of the multitude of people living on the margins and periphery. The situation now and in the near future appears to be uncertain and the rehabilitation exercise after the return of normalcy is going to be a herculean task before the Governments. Scores of people across the country have already been subjected to privation and their cries for succour are the most disturbing events in the collective conscience of the country. We are going through the testing period of mass awakening in the epoch of modern era. Nature has given the Corona virus, the survival tricks through mutation process in the human body. Hope the same nature may grant immunity to man from succumbing to the motiveless killer. Ultimately, man may succeed in subduing and defeating the virus through resilience and steadfastness, as mankind survived in the past millennia. However, in the fight there is a silver lining that great experience is learnt, in the words of American Author and Photographic Artist, Jaeda DeWalt, “When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully the broad spectrum of human experience”. In the backdrop of these melancholic times, whether a Judge who is an agile witness to the pandemic mayhem engulfing the society at large, can be expected to have the same judicial temperament and outlook and whether the perception of justice will remain the same or will he re-discover himself post Covid-19 is a point to ponder. In any crisis or disaster, it is always the poor people who become readily vulnerable to take the maximum hit and beating. In India substantial section of people are caught miserably between Corona virus attack on one side and affliction of poverty on the other. In a poverty stricken land, mass suffering of the poor is the chilling experience one goes through being a witness to the most unfortunate development. The vicarious experience is bound to bring a change of perception in every individual in the society of this generation. The phyche of every individual is likely to transform into a different plane of understanding, the value of existence. Till today we have taken our existence for granted. After Covid-19, we are forced to come to terms with our existence, as all the scientific advancements mankind smugly claimed is rendered ineffectual against the omnipotent dominance of the virus. As a Judge, howsoever, a strong willed person one may claim, yet he cannot insulate his mind from the impact of the terrible state of destruction and devastation all around him. The enormous suffering of the affected families and the poor people have opened a new visas to his conscience. As a consequential impact, there will be a greater display of empathy and understanding in his judicial conduct and behaviour. Poverty Jurisprudence may probably become a dominant theme in his judicial scheme and judicial conception in the years to come would transform into providing heightened judicial protection to the weaker section of the society. Likewise, many such changes may re-shape the judicial mind of a Judge, who by and large hitherto enjoyed a cloistered existence, insulated and perched on the higher pedestal of the social ladder. But today within the four corners of the house, a Judge though in isolation, as a part of social distancing directive, yet he is forced to be part of every member of the society, of the nation, of the world sharing the same fear, anxiety, sorrow and hope as well. In a way, the isolation has been a true eye opener to a Judge for to have a greater understanding of the travails and tribulations of the society and which understanding gained may fruitfully help him in his endeavours towards social context judging, in the years to come. The impact of the virus is so deep and soul stirring and the collective suffering of humanity will be etched in the mind of a Judge and the impact will be lingering behind the judicial mind in his disposition henceforth. Coming back to the encounter with the virus, the literary world has recognized, among others, three types of primary conflicts, one – man and nature, second – man and man, and third – man and himself. Mankind has witnessed two world wars in the past, conflict between man and man. But the present conflict is a war between man and nature’. In the conflict man may sooner or later survive the fiendish onslaught of the virus, yet the survival and freedom from morbid driven fear and the miasma of sorrow and despair is not going to return without a lesson of a life time. The lesson that existential guarantee in the face of myriad scientific achievements stood exposed to nature’stake on humanity. A rude game changing experience for mankind and the present conflict has brought in focus on the third conflict, man and himself. “Man is God in technology but ape in social life” said Arnold Joseph Toynbee, a great British Historian. But today, God of technology, helplessly enfeebled and tamed. As a part of technological revolution, man may invent thinking machines, create robots and achieve artificial intelligence and allow himself to be aided, guided and also controlled by the machines paving way for the forth conflict between ‘man and machine’ in the future. But man, as defined by nature of the planet, has to necessarily live and exist by the vagaries of the laws of nature around him, until, if only possible, he achieves scientific breakthrough and take control of his own destiny. Eventually, the war against the virus is a great leveller. The God of technology is woefully reduced to a simple creature called ‘man’ and the creature is an integral part of nature, as in the case of present virus. Mankind survived in the past millennia surmounting plethora of challenges to its existence and so will this time. The warriors of the present war, are not the armed combatants, but are the trained professionals like doctors, nurses, field workers, administrators and people themselves. The world at large is forever deeply indebted to the selfless dedicated people engaged on the field to fight the invisible enemy lurking all over in the unknown and these people in the most trying times stand by the expression of Dana Hewitt, American Scholar, “responsibilities do not yield to melancholy”. In the face of imminent risks to their lives their dauntless bravery and feisty commitment to their work is unparalleled in the modern history. Today they are the protectors of the man kind and no amount of words would suffice to laud their noble services. At the end of the day, hope is the only antidote to fear and resignation. Hope as described by Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, is a “waking dream”. Hope keeps people optimistic for return of the normal days bereft of fear. The waking dream would become real sooner or later in the days, weeks or months to come. In the bargain, man become stronger and stronger and may reorient his energy on the basis of hard lessons learnt during the seminal conflict. Hermann Hesse, a German born- Swiss Poet and Novelist, quotes- “I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us”. Having essayed as above, one cannot but erase from the mind the most distressing spectacle of ubiquitous death happening all over in the fight against the virus. The excruciating experience was when emotive reaction and consoling response of the members of the affected families to the sufferings of the victim could not be conveyed due to quarantined separation. That apart the most poignant and sepulchral moments were when the unsuspecting souls, victims of the virus attack disappeared into oblivion without any trace in a vacuum, leaving no room for their kith and kin, near and dear caring for the departed on their last horrific days. No mourning, no obsequies, no last rites for them, the darkest and the saddest obituaries written on the pages of history. Sombre as it may seem in these disturbing times, one cannot but escape from philosophising the meaning of our existence in the words of Albert Camus, a great French Writer, “This world has no importance, once man realizes that he achieves his freedom”. Let us all hope that we collectively take on the virus by its curve and flatten or decimate it sooner.Views Are Personal Only(Author is Judge of Madras High Court) 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

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A Sullivan For The Times: The Madras High Court On The Freedom Of Speech And Criminal Defamation

first_imgColumnsA Sullivan For The Times: The Madras High Court On The Freedom Of Speech And Criminal Defamation Gautam Bhatia17 May 2020 4:49 AMShare This – xOn May 5, a single-judge bench of the Madras High Court handed down a very significant judgment on the freedom of speech and criminal defamation [“Sandhya Ravishankar’s Case”]. The Respondent – V.V. Minerals – had instituted criminal defamation proceedings against Sandhya Ravishankar (the petitioner) for a report in The Economic Times concerning illegal sand mining in Tamil Nadu (for…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 May 5, a single-judge bench of the Madras High Court handed down a very significant judgment on the freedom of speech and criminal defamation [“Sandhya Ravishankar’s Case”]. The Respondent – V.V. Minerals – had instituted criminal defamation proceedings against Sandhya Ravishankar (the petitioner) for a report in The Economic Times concerning illegal sand mining in Tamil Nadu (for a reference to the piece, see here). After the judicial magistrate issued summons, the petitioner approached the High Court asking for the proceedings against her to be quashed.Quashing in a criminal defamation case is a difficult prospect. This is because – to simplify – under Section 499 of the IPC, a prima facie offence of defamation is made out with the existence of a defamatory imputation, which has been made with the intention or knowledge that it will cause harm. This is, evidently, a very low threshold. Section 499 also contains a set of exceptions to the rule (such as statements that are true and in the public interest, statements made in good faith about public questions, and so on) – but here’s the rub: these exceptions only kick in at the stage of trial, by which time the legal process has (in all likelihood) dragged on for years. What we essentially have, therefore, is one of those situations where the cost of censorship is low (instituting prima facie credible criminal proceedings), but the cost of speech is high (a tedious, time-consuming, and expensive trial, with the possibility of imprisonment). Long-standing readers will recall that this structure of criminal defamation law – and the chilling effect that it causes – was part of the unsuccessful 2016 challenge to the constitutionality of Section 499.In a short and lucid judgment, Justice G.R. Swaminathan of the Madras High Court nonetheless proceeded to quash the proceedings. He did so on two bases, both of which are critical for the future development of free speech law. First, on a careful study of recent precedent, he accurately identified the unarticulated premise of those judgments, and took it to its logical conclusion. As Justice Swaminathan noted, the 1994 judgment of the Supreme Court in R. Rajagopal v State of Madras had extended the rule of actual malice, laid down in the American Supreme Court case of New York Times v Sullivan, to Indian law. The Sullivan Rule (whose evolution in the American Civil Rights movement was traced by Swaminathan J.) is based on the recognition that if free speech, and especially journalistic speech, is to survive, it must have “breathing space.” In other words, mere inaccuracies will not subject the writer to defamation, unless it is shown that the writer either knew that they were making false statements, or made them with “reckless disregard” for whether they were true or false.In Rajagopal, as pointed out above, the Sullivan principle was applied to civil defamation cases. In subsequent judgments by Justices Shah and Bhat in the Madras and Delhi High Courts, the American trajectory of extending the principle from cases involving only public officials, to cases involving questions of public interest, was also followed (these, too, were extracted by Swaminathan J.). However, as we have discussed previously on this blog, this left the law in a paradoxical state: the law on civil defamation became more speech protective than criminal defamation, a reversal of the traditional rule that criminal proceedings need to come with more procedural safeguards, because of the graver penalties involved (this argument was also unsuccessfully made before the Supreme Court in 2016, as an alternative “reading down” of Section 499 – the Court did not engage with it).It was Swaminathan J. who finally put the paradox to rest. He noted that Exceptions 2 and 3 to S. 499 – that is, statements on the public conduct of public servants, and on public questions – already encoded the Sullivan principle. Furthermore, as the Madras and Delhi High Courts had specifically concretised the principle in Indian law, that reading would necessarily have to form part of the interpretation of Exceptions 2 and 3 (paragraph 14). Thus:There can always be a margin of error. The permissible width of the margin will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case. The media can avail this defence whether the complainant is a public official or a private entity. Mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution.Thus, as long as there was a public question involved – i.e., “an issue in which the public or the community at large has a stake or interest” (paragraph 15), the Sullivan rule would apply. In this way, Swaminathan J. elegantly reconciled the post-Rajagopal split between civil and criminal defamation, and brought the latter up-to-date.There still remained the issue, however, of the exceptions kicking in only at the stage of trial, and not at the stage of quashing. This constituted the second significant part of the judgment. Justice Swaminathan noted that under the Constitution, the default was the right to free speech, with restrictions justified only as exceptions. This understanding would have to be incorporated into the interpretation of Section 499, as long as it remained on the statute books. In particular, the judiciary would have to take this fact into account when exercising its powers under Section 482 CrPC, as a dismissal would entail sending the petitioner back to the trial court to fight the entire case. Thus:If a summary examination of the materials produced by the accused can bring their case within one of the Exceptions, I can give relief to the petitioners here itself instead of making them undergo the ordeal of trial. Such an activist role will have to be played by the higher judiciary because it is a matter of record that criminal defamation proceedings have become a tool of intimidation and before corporate bodies and powerful politicians whose pockets are tunnel deep and whose hands are long even media houses having good resources have capitulated. (paragraph 20)Conducting that summary examination, Swaminathan J. noted that the article was (a) based on a public interest litigation filed before the Madras High Court, (b) it contained a response from the complainant, (c) there were a few errors, which were later clarified and apologised for by the magazine, (d) cognisance was taken by the Court of the allegations of illegal mining, and a status quo order was passed (paragraph 21). For these reasons, Swaminathan J. held that the Exception was clearly attracted, the “good faith” requirement had been met, and that consequently, a case for quashing was made out.It is my submission that Swaminathan J.’s approach was entirely correct, and I would add that I do not think it was “activist” in any sense. As the extracted paragraph demonstrates, Swaminathan J. clearly reasoned that (a) Article 19(1)(a) makes it evident that restrictions upon free speech – such as those imposed by criminal defamation – are to be understood as “exceptions”; (b) that the structure of criminal defamation law, as it stood, was contrary to this principle, and indeed, because of this, it had become a tool to facilitate legal harassment and SLAPP suits. Now, it may not be easy for a trial judge to depart from the strict bounds of criminal procedure and, say, entertain an application for discharge by considering whether the Exceptions to S. 499 have been made out or not. This is why Swaminathan J. located the remedy in Section 482 proceedings before the High Court, but nonetheless, conducted only a “summary examination” of the complaint to determine whether the exception was self-evidently made out or not. He found that it did. Notably, the summary examination did not require him to rule on disputed questions of fact and evidence, but whether on the accepted facts – that is, on the complainant’s best case – the exception was attracted or not. In this case, given the language of Section 499, and the constitutional framework with which it must comply, it is submitted that Swaminathan J. got the balance exactly right.In sum, therefore, Sandhy Ravishankar’s Case is a crucial landmark in the history of judicial protection of free speech in India. It takes forward the unrealised promise of Rajagopal, and further develops the law laid down by the Madras and Delhi High Courts. The judgment holds that (a) the Sullivan rule of actual malice applies to criminal defamation, and in particular, to Exceptions 2 and 3. Thus, mere factual errors in reports on issues of public importance cannot justify criminal prosecution; and (b) that in light of the constitutional guarantee of free speech the High Court, acting under Section 482 CrPC, is empowered to conduct a “summary examination” and assess whether an accused falls within the Sullivan rule in a particular case or not – and to quash the case if they do. This is a powerful doctrine for the future protection of free speech, and a bulwark against the continued use of SLAPP suits as a legal weapon to silence inconvenient journalism.Views Are Personal Only.Gautam Bhatia is a Delhi based Lawyer and WriterThis Article was first published here Next Storylast_img read more

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Media Highly Polarized Now; Journalists Were Responsible & Neutral In Past, Bombay High Court Says While Hearing SSR Media Trial Case

first_imgTop StoriesMedia Highly Polarized Now; Journalists Were Responsible & Neutral In Past, Bombay High Court Says While Hearing SSR Media Trial Case Sanya Talwar23 Oct 2020 1:55 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday orally remarked that media now has become highly polarized and that journalists were responsible and neutral in the past.”Journalists were responsible back then & neutral, now media is highly polarised(sic)”, said a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni.The bench made these remarks while hearing the lawyer of Zee News in a…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 Bombay High Court on Friday orally remarked that media now has become highly polarized and that journalists were responsible and neutral in the past.”Journalists were responsible back then & neutral, now media is highly polarised(sic)”, said a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni.The bench made these remarks while hearing the lawyer of Zee News in a batch of Public Interest Litigations(PILs) seeking regulations on “media trail” while reporting the investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.”This is not a question of regulation, this is a question of checks & balances. People forget where to draw lines. Do it within lines. You want to criticize the government, do it! The issue is someone has died and the allegation is you are interfering”, the bench said.”We are ruled by the Rule of law. In India there is a Rule of law, right? How do you advocate that people who go around accusing others can find shelter of freedom of press?”, the bench remarked.On the previous day of the hearing, the Court had expressed concerns at the practice of “trial by media” during the pendency of investigation.”If you become the investigator, prosecutor and the judge, what is the use of us? Why are we here”, the bench had asked Advocate Malvika Trivedi, the lawyer representing Republic TV.The bench also asked the lawyer of Republic TV if asking the public who should be arrested in a case is part of investigative journalism. This was in reference to the hashtag campaign ‘#ArrestRhea’ run by the channel in Twitter following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. “Is this part of investigative journalism? Asking public about their opinion on who should be arrested?”, the bench asked Advocate Malvika Trivedi.”When a case is under investigation and the issue is whether it’s a homicide or a suicide and a channel is saying it is murder, is that investigative journalism?”, the bench asked.The bench had told the channel’s lawyer “investigative powers are given to the police under the CrPC”. The bench had also expressed its disapproval at the manner in which Sushant’s death was reported.”There are certain Suicide Reporting guidelines. There should be no sensational headlines. Don’t you have respect for the dead? It is so unfortunate,” the bench remarked.The hearing of the case will resume at 3 PM. Live updates from today’s hearing available here.Read other reports about the previous hearings :’If You Become Investigator, Prosecutor & Judge, Why Are We Here?’ Bombay HC Expresses Concerns Over Media Trial ‘Asking Public About Who To Be Arrested Is Investigative Journalism?’ Bombay HC Asks Republic TV In SSR Media Trial Case ‘Self-Regulation Of Media Has Failed’, Says Bombay HC In Plea Against ‘Media Trial’ In SSR Case 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

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Community marks 1-year anniversary of Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting

first_imgnazarethman/iStock(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.) — Community members in Thousand Oaks, California, gathered at a local park to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. The city hosted a private ceremony for relatives of the 12 people who were killed Nov. 7, 2018, as well as an event for survivors and members of the public.City officials also unveiled The Healing Garden, an area of Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks dedicated to the 12 victims. The garden, which features a fountain with 12 vertical water jets and 12 benches to honor each victim, also contains a paving stone for each survivor.“Today we join our community in remembering the twelve innocent souls who were taken from us one year ago today,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Thursday. “The fond memories of these wonderful individuals will forever remain in our hearts. May they all continue to rest in peace!”The dedication came a day after city officials dedicated a 3.4-mile stretch of the U.S. 101 freeway to Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ronald Lee Helus, who was shot by the gunman and then accidentally killed by a California Highway Patrol officer during the ensuing gun battle.The gunman, 28-year-old Ian David Long, opened fire on the packed Southern California bar during its college night before killing himself.Long was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. His only weapon, a .45-caliber handgun, was legally purchased and equipped with an extended magazine, authorities said.The bar has remained closed since the shooting, but the owners said they’re hoping to reopen someday, possibly at a new location.“We’re not going to let it go away. We’re going to fight one way or another to find a new location if that’s the right way to go, or to rebuild this location if that’s possible,” Brian Hynes, one of the bar’s two owners, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV on Thursday.The outside of the bar is adorned with photos, hats, special messages and countless other items to remember those lost. Hynes said it’s common for family members to request a look inside to pay their respects.“We’ve had some people reach out that were there that night, some of the families have reached out and have asked to go inside, to try to understand,” Hynes said. “So I’ve done a lot of those walk-throughs — kind of walk people through the building and get the closure they need.”“They’ll go on the dance floor,” he added, “and a lot of people will come in and the first thing they’ll do is finish the dance they were doing that night.”The bar also posted a special message on its website in light of the one-year anniversary to thank the community for its support.“Not a day goes by that we do not think about our friends and family who we have lost. This past year has been extremely difficult for all of us as a community, but together we have helped each other move forward and continue our healing process one day at a time,” the statement said. “After that tragic night last November our Borderline family became stronger and closer than ever before.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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8 injured, 2 dead in multiple Virginia Beach shootings

first_imgkali9/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — Two people are dead and eight wounded following three separate shooting incidents in Virginia Beach, Virginia, late Friday night, authorities said.“We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night in the beach,” Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said during a press briefing following the shootings. “Many different crime scenes.”The gunfire started shortly after 11 p.m. local time. Officers patrolling the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue in a resort area first heard multiple gunshots around 11:20 p.m. At the crime scene, in the area of 17th Street and 22nd Street, eight gunshot victims were found, according to Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate.They were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from serious to life-threatening.Police believe the shooting was preceded by a conflict that led to a physical fight, based on the preliminary investigation.“At some point during the physical altercation, several individuals produced firearms and began shooting at each other, resulting in numerous people being wounded,” the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a statement released Saturday afternoon.While at the initial crime scene, officers heard gunshots in the area. Responding officers found an adult female victim in the 300 block of 19th Street near Pacific Avenue, police said. She died of her gunshot injuries at the scene, according to police.There is no suspect information yet for the fatal shooting, which is believed at this time to be unrelated to the initial shooting, authorities said Saturday afternoon.A fatal officer-involved shooting also occurred near the scene of the second incident, when a uniformed Virginia Beach officer “encountered an armed citizen,” police said in the update Saturday. The man died at the scene, located near 20th Street and Pacific Avenue, Neudigate said. The police officer was not shot.“As standard procedure, the officer involved will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation,” the department said in a statement early Saturday morning. “The involved officer is assigned to the Special Operations Division. The officer has been with the department for 5 years.”Police are still determining if any of the three incidents are connected to each other. All were believed to have occurred outside, Neudigate said.In total, 10 people were shot, two of whom died from their injuries.Several people were in custody following the shootings, but it’s unclear of their involvement in any of the incidents, according to authorities.At some point during the three shooting incidents, a Virginia Beach police officer was also hit by a car, authorities said. He was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released, police said Saturday afternoon.Virginia Beach police initially confirmed there had been a shooting at the oceanfront with “several victims.”“VBPD is investigating a shooting involving several victims with possibly life-threatening injuries. Large police presence at the oceanfront between 17th and 22nd St. Please avoid the area at this time,” the department tweeted.Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital confirmed to ABC News early Saturday that it was treating six patients with gunshot wounds. Their conditions were not immediately available.Anyone with information regarding this crime can call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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