Illinois gambling advocates are hopeful that proposals for legal sports betting and online gambling could be put to lawmakers before the end of this year.A hearing on the “new wave of gaming” – sports betting, fantasy sports and internet gaming – will take place later today (Wednesday) at the state Capitol in Springfield. Leading the session will be pro-gambling Rep Bob Rita, who said he is hopeful the hearing can “build a consensus proposal that could be considered in Springfield after the November election.”Members from two subcommittees – Gaming and on Sales and Other Taxes – will hear from representatives from fantasy sports, online gaming, casinos and technology companies, as well as professional sports leagues and prominent opponents of the sector.Rita has proposed several bills on gaming expansion since becoming the House Democrats’ point person on the sector in 2013. His most recent bill stalled in May, but a spokesperson told iGamingBusiness.com that he has been “encouraged” by developments in New Jersey since the repeal of PASPA.In a statement ahead of the hearing, Rep Rita said: “As I have said from the beginning in working on this issue, gaming expansion presents many tremendous opportunities to create revenue, jobs and economic growth in Illinois.“The gaming landscape has changed significantly since I took on this issue five years ago, and I want to use these hearings to understand how those changes present new opportunities for us to put the right package together as we look to meet budget needs and provide a spark for our economy.”Today’s hearing comes two months after the two subcommittees heard testimony on gaming from stakeholders including municipalities and anti-gambling groups.Illinois would certainly be of great interest for gaming operators. The state is the sixth largest by population with almost 13 million residents and includes major cities such as Chicago, home to two MLB franchises, the NFL’s Chicago Bears and NBA’s Chicago Bulls.Chris Grove, managing director at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, believes Illinois will be “among the next wave of states to move on regulated sports betting”.He told iGamingBusiness.com: “As with all states, Illinois will have to run the gauntlet of stakeholders with competing agendas and deep wells of political power in order to get a bill done, but I do believe the interest is there.”In a letter ahead of his appearance before the hearing, Jim Ryan, CEO of Pala Interactive and a member of the nonprofit iDEA Growth, called on lawmakers to not overlook the economic benefits of gambling expansion.Ryan wrote mobile wagering is “the future of the industry” and sports wagering is already taking place on “unregulated platforms.”“Illinois needs to make it legal and regulated. Voting for anything less is a lost opportunity for the state’s economy,” Ryan said.Image: Arturo Pardavila III AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Illinois targets rapid progress on betting legislation 17th October 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Regions: US Illinois Email Address Capitol hearing today will discuss betting, fantasy sports and online gaming Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance
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Here, Senior Warden Penny Powell and the Rev. Janine Schenone, rector, sort through donations. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – San Diego] Last fall, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement alerted the San Diego Rapid Response Network it would begin releasing asylum-seekers – including families with children – onto the streets, the county’s interfaith, social services and human rights organizations responded by setting up temporary shelters.“A rapid response team here in San Diego brings asylum-seekers who’ve been released by border officials to a shelter, provide food and medical attention, and assists the asylum-seekers in arranging transportation to family members or others who will host them while their cases are adjudicated,” said San Diego Assisting Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, adding that the adjudication process can sometimes take years.Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego was one of the many churches that stepped up and identified immediate needs, such as food, clothing, diapers and cash assistance. The church began accepting clothing and other donations in late October. It has continued to receive donations daily, and once a week, an average of 10-12 interfaith volunteers sort clothing donations by size and wearability.“We felt it was the right thing to do,” said Carol Hamilton, Good Samaritan’s outreach chair. “One of the most beautiful things for us is that it has drawn in other faith communities.”In the three years that the Rev. Janine Schenone has served as rector, she’s encouraged the congregation to get more involved in social justice and outreach, said Hamilton.“She’s been such a support and driving force to move us out of our comfort zone,” Hamilton said of Schenone. “We are very mixed politically and this has brought so many people together.”At first, said Schenone, some members of the congregation were concerned the church was helping undocumented immigrants, but when it became clear they were assisting people seeking legal entry into the United States through the asylum process, they got behind it.Carol Hamilton, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church’s outreach chair, greets Tyler Seibert, who is also a rapid responder, as he delivers donations to the church. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceGood Samaritan has assisted some 6,000 asylum-seekers since October, when ICE began releasing large numbers of asylum-seekers into communities without a support system. That was when Good Samaritan and other partners in the San Diego Rapid Response Network, an existing coalition of human rights, social services and legal aid organizations, mobilized.Shelters offer asylum-seekers a place where they can find food, rest, a shower and clothing before boarding buses and airplanes to unite with family members across the country, said Schenone, who has used her discretionary fund to cover transportation costs for families traveling to other parts of the country.“You can’t just stick people on the bus without food, diapers, money,” she said. “The real heroes are the people [volunteers] who were showing up at the bus station.”From the time of initial need, the interfaith community advocated for a crisis declaration, hoping the government would assist the way it did in 2016 when a surge of Haitian asylum-seekers crossed the border, said Kevin Malone, executive director of the San Diego Organizing Project, a nonpartisan, multifaith network of 28 congregations in San Diego County.“[Former California] Gov. [Jerry] Brown opened up the armory to process a lot of people really fast, but it’s a completely different crisis. They are not moving thousands across in a short period. … It’s been 50-70 a day for a long time, and in a way that leaves them on the street,” said Malone.“Without us, they would have added to the homeless population – people were coming across with no money – and that would have been awful. We were able to act quickly because we have these existing networks.”Eventually, after the network’s temporary shelter was forced to move four times because of safety concerns, on Jan. 29 the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to lease an old courthouse to the San Diego Rapid Response Network to operate a shelter for asylum-seekers through 2019.Until late January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection processed up to 100 asylum-seekers a day; the Trump administration reduced that number to 20 on Jan. 25.On Feb. 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an order to withdraw two-thirds of the state’s National Guard troops from the border, disputing claims of an “illegal immigration crisis” and calling it nothing but “political theater,” according to coverage from Reuters.On Feb. 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall, citing an invasion at the southern border.The Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations issued a statement Feb. 15 in response to Trump’s emergency declaration:“… In light of the declaration of a national emergency, we are concerned the President is deliberately disregarding the will of Congress, which has Constitutional authority to appropriate funds, in order to pursue a policy that is neither compassionate nor wise. Families, children, and individuals seeking protection are not a national emergency.“The United States should recognize the urgency in the plight of families and individuals who are fleeing violence and persecution and should invest in solutions to safely welcome families who are seeking protection rather than promoting policies that harm those most in need of protection. In alignment with long standing General Convention policy, The Episcopal Church continues to urge members of Congress and the Administration to advance immigration policies that put protection first and maintain rights of asylum seekers.”Read the full statement here.Apprehension of people crossing the border illegally fell to some 396,000 in 2018, down from a peak of 1 million in 2006. The rights of persecuted people to seek asylum and undocumented immigration often become conflated in political arguments.“Frequent public misunderstanding of the distinction between ‘asylum-seeker’ and ‘undocumented immigrant’ adds to the confusion. Asylum-seekers do so legally, whether they are met by officials at the border or after entering the United States,” said Jefferts Schori. “It is vital to recognize that seeking asylum is a legal right. Even if a person crosses the border without official permission, international law requires that the request for asylum be heard.”The Episcopal Church, through General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, has a long history of supporting refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. During the 79th General Convention held last July in Austin, Texas, Episcopalians gathered outside a detention center housing migrant women in public witness to the Trump administration’s immigration policies separating families.In the time since, Episcopalians have joined interfaith efforts across the Southwest to respond to and shed light on the humanitarian crisis at the border in places like El Paso, Texas, which borders Ciudad Juárez, and in San Diego.The San Ysidro port of entry connecting Tijuana and San Diego is the busiest border crossing in the United States, both in terms of economics and people. People and students cross the border daily for work and to attend school.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrols the U.S.-Mexico border fence between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, in what is, on the United States side, Friendship Park. Photo: Antonio Zaragoza for Episcopal News ServiceFor 20 years, a slatted border fence has separated San Diego from Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents patrol the United States side, where a state park and a protected estuary form a buffer between the border and the nearest residential beach community. On the Tijuana side, people live up close to the fence, which extends into the Pacific Ocean.The existing border fence, however, has not deterred migrant caravans’ and asylees’ arrival at the border. (In 2014, an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America were detained crossing the border.)The border fence between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, was first constructed in the 1990s during President Bill Clinton’s administration. Photo: Antonio Zaragoza for Episcopal News ServiceHundreds of Central American migrants began arriving Nov. 14, 2018, in Tijuana, and other ports of entry. The caravans have been politicized in United States and in their Central American countries of origin, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, where one of the main drivers of migration – forced displacement by violence – is often denied. Here in the United States, Trump has called economic migrants and asylum-seekers an “assault on our country,” and last November the president deployed National Guard troops to the border. Trump has threatened to cut aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras over the caravans.“The current border crisis is centered on aiding asylum-seekers as they leave the border to wait for their cases to be adjudicated. The level of violence in Central America has caused thousands of people to flee for their lives, and many are seeking asylum in the United States,” said Jefferts Schori. “Those seeking asylum are women with small children, families, unaccompanied minors and single individuals of working age.“They have left home because they are afraid, particularly after family members and friends have been killed and threatened in a place they used to call home, but no longer supports life.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301271/ir-house-sub-studio-for-visionary-design Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” Area: 225 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: SUB. Studio for visionary design Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301271/ir-house-sub-studio-for-visionary-design Clipboard Indonesia Projects “COPY” IR House / SUB. Studio for visionary design CopyHouses•Indonesia Text description provided by the architects. A house tucked away in the quiet village of Jimbaran Bali, designed with contemporary solving methods while incorporating a traditional layout and local materials to keep its Balinese character.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUB. Studio for visionary designThe enclosed design uses a massive fence-wall of Balinese stones. The layout focuses inwards, creating an internal courtyard with a flexible living room that can extend outdoors to create an efficient open space.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUB. Studio for visionary designTo make the most of natural lighting a tall window with the height of 3.6m is used. The mezzanine-like space bodes well for passive ventilation and natural lighting while creating a visual connection between the floors, enriching the living environment. Heat transfer is reduced by the use of a fan located in the void and heat absorbing materials under the roof. The large opening also helps bring the feeling of nature inwards, whether it be natural wind, a view of the garden and the surrounding Bali landscape, or the ambience of the pond.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUB. Studio for visionary designThe contouring site creates hierarchy between the living and service areas. Being located on a rocky cliff type area, the ground provided ideal conditions for the house’s foundations. Even with shallow structuring, its density provides a strong enough support to withstand the building’s mass.Save this picture!Courtesy of SUB. Studio for visionary designThe architectural details uses a fusion of local pallets and raw architectural materials, such as exposed concrete combined with Balinese tiles, bricks and natural stones. Native vegetation creates a characteristically Balinese landscape. The local materials gives a traditional aesthetic punch while the raw concrete form emphasizes the architectural expression of the house.Save this picture!PlanThe contrasting materials highlight different areas of the house and meets in certain areas to create a dramatic relationship between traditional and contemporary.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessHelsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTWArticlesFour House / Hernández Silva ArquitectosArticles Share Houses 2011 Save this picture!Courtesy of SUB. Studio for visionary design+ 18 Share IR House / SUB. Studio for visionary designSave this projectSaveIR House / SUB. Studio for visionary design Year: CopyAbout this officeSUB. Studio for visionary designOfficeFollowProductsGlassStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesIndonesiaPublished on December 08, 2012Cite: “IR House / SUB. Studio for visionary design” 08 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
2010 Architects: Ignacio Romera Gonzalo Area Area of this architecture project Area: 223 m² Area: 223 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/398411/casa-entre-los-pinos-ignacio-romera-gonzalo Clipboard Casa entre los Pinos / Ignacio Romera GonzaloSave this projectSaveCasa entre los Pinos / Ignacio Romera GonzaloSave this picture!© Joan MercadalHouses•Spain Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/398411/casa-entre-los-pinos-ignacio-romera-gonzalo Clipboard “COPY” Year: ArchDaily CopySave this picture!© Joan MercadalText description provided by the architects. The house is considered as an ideal scene to live due to the place its located (climate, pine forest, topography, orientation) providing a way of life in touch with nature interrelating outdoor and indoor spaces and provinding at the same time maximun privacy. The answer to the sourroundings (a neiborhood of little interest however it is placed in a very nice pine forest and nearby the sea) It is closed to the exterior limits and it is open to the garden. therefore the architecture is established in the place as a balance in between the natural and the urban. it is created an interior landscape to live in with. The building is concentrated in the north of the plot, following the orientation East -West releasing the maximun surface to the garden. The subsidiary uses are concentrated in a separate volume, but integrated all together.Save this picture!© Joan MercadalThe Project is developed in 3 levels: topography, solar orientation and life journey. The architecture integrates place and structure, interior and exterior; each element is connected, integrated each one with the rest. The spaces are delimit just by structural walls of reinforced concrete, without the use of interior walls. Each element has a different proportion and also a different space quality connecting with the rest and the exterior. This allows to perceive the light from different directions offering fragmented views of the interior and the garden. It appears to the exterior by volumens of different proportion which connect harmoniously with the pine sourrounding.Save this picture!© Joan MercadalThough an appropiate design it is obtained a great energy efficiency: Orientation E-O with north façade exposed to the Tramontana wind (cold and turbulent) like a ´riprap´ which is closed and with little wall oppenings angled for natural ventilation. With this and a good thermal insulation in the outer face of the facade and in the roofs it prevents the use of air conditioning in the summer. It will also help to control the humidity and the cold in the winter. The South facade opens up as a fan towards the garden articulating a soft transition in between the interior and the exterior avoiding the direct sun impact on the main gaps. This is done through cantilevers which provide shade. We can avoid the solar radiation in the summer however it is allowed its way in the winter. The boiler uses biomass fuel, plenty in the. The hot water is produced trought solar energy. A tank is used for the collection and storage of the rain water and it is used for the house and garden.Save this picture!SketchProject gallerySee allShow lessTurkish Parliament Passes Bill to Protect Historic SkylinesArchitecture NewsShield House / Studio H:TSelected Projects Share Photographs photographs: Joan MercadalPhotographs: Joan Mercadal+ 13 Share Spain Houses Casa entre los Pinos / Ignacio Romera Gonzalo 2010 Year: CopyAbout this officeIgnacio Romera GonzaloOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSpainPublished on July 11, 2013Cite: “Casa entre los Pinos / Ignacio Romera Gonzalo” 11 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
A new contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles went into effect Oct. 26. It was ratified by an overwhelming majority of workers, after they rejected a previous agreement by a 2-to-1 margin. The first deal faced mass, organized opposition on the shop floor, with rank-and-file workers making T-shirts, distributing leaflets and holding demonstrations attacking CEO Sergio Marchionne’s advocacy of a “culture of poverty.”What made the first contract so unpopular?In 2007 the Big Three auto companies had leveraged their negative financial position to get the UAW to accept a two-tier pay structure. This meant that while the existing workers did not have to take a pay cut, future employees would receive substantially less pay and fewer benefits.Many workers at General Motors, Ford and especially Chrysler — now FCA — had voted against that contract; two members of the Chrysler negotiating committee had campaigned against it, opposing two-tier.Eight years later, the divisions and inequalities have led a majority to now conclude that two-tier must go. Yet UAW International President Dennis Williams and Vice President Norwood Jewell brought a contract before the members that would have kept the system in place.Also, thousands of second-tier workers were promised four years ago they would be brought to top pay when the last contract expired — a broken promise. That contract created even lower pay scales for workers in the axle plant and the Mopar parts division.There were other worker complaints about the first contract they rejected, such as an overly strict attendance and tardiness procedure, no relief from unpopular “alternative work schedules,” a questionable plan to create a health care co-op and projected product moves that threatened to eliminate jobs.What changed in the new contract is that nearly all current second-tier workers, including Mopar workers, have a path to earn the same top wages as first-tier workers. Many will reach the top before the end of this contract, which will mean substantial pay raises. That is a huge victory and a setback for Marchionne, who was determined to create a permanent lower tier, as higher seniority workers retired.A Fiat Chrysler plant in Warren, Mich.The solidarity behind the shop floor vote forced Williams to push for equal pay, which had never been his intention. At the UAW Special Bargaining Convention in March, a resolution was presented on two-tier that called for changing a demand on “bridging the gap” to “eliminating the gap.” Williams opposed it. A delegate to the Chrysler subcouncil, which reviewed the contract before it was voted on, heard him argue that “ending two-tier is bullshit.”Yet when the second contract was pitched, with the aid of a high-priced New York public relations firm, the main selling point was that two-tier was history. In addition, the health care co-op was dropped, the attendance procedure was liberalized and vague language was added on revisiting alternative work schedules.This time 77 percent of production workers and 72 percent of skilled trades voted in favor of the agreement.Some votes were driven by fear, not enthusiasm. With no strike preparation meetings conducted by the union leadership, many workers were afraid of the consequences of rejecting the second deal. International representatives, rather than explaining that workers’ only real leverage is the ability to withhold their labor power, instead cynically instilled fear that workers could legally be permanently replaced if they went on strike.Many problems remain in new contractThere are many problems with the new contract. Thousands of UAW members did vote “no” again. The claim that it puts two-tier to rest is a false one, but it takes a close reading to find all the hidden tiers.For example, it will take a worker eight years to make top pay. Those who don’t hit the top under this contract could see their pay raises cancelled in the next. Benefits are still unequal. Second-tier workers at the axle plant have an even lower pay rate under the second contract.Up to now temporary workers worked part time but eventually made the same hourly wage as full-time permanent workers. Now they work full time but will make less than a permanent worker. The negotiators followed the same shameful strategy of 2007 by creating new, lower pay rates for future workers. Future temporary workers make the least of all. The only purpose to these multiple tiers is to offset the added costs to the company under the second agreement.The biggest additional problem is a $5.3 billion investment plan, which is pitched as guaranteeing job security. Actually, investing in the latest robotic technology does not create jobs; it eliminates them. Even without a downturn, Metro Detroit could lose over 700 FCA jobs, according to the contract’s product commitments.Workers at Toledo Jeep are not convinced they won’t lose jobs when some of their work is moved. The second contract passed there with barely more than 50 percent of the votes; the first was voted down by 87 percent.FCA workers still have a fight on their hands, but this recent struggle has taught the value of solidarity. Now the fight moves to General Motors, where a tentative agreement was reached Oct. 25 just minutes before a midnight strike deadline.Grevatt is a 28-year UAW Chrysler worker.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific “The Chinese government stops at nothing to silence what happened 20 years ago in Tiananmen Square,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By blocking access to a dozen websites used daily by millions of Chinese citizens, the authorities have opted for censorship at any price rather than accept a debate about this event.” Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the blockage of a dozen websites such as Twitter, YouTube, Bing, Flickr, Opera, Live, WordPress and Blogger in China two days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Organisation June 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blocking of Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Blogger deprives Chinese of Web 2.0 News to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Chinese Internet users have notified Reporters Without Borders that access to Twitter, YouTube, Bing, Flickr, Opera, Live, WordPress and Blogger began being blocked today inside China. China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Receive email alerts
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[Proceedings Under RTI Act In Virtual Mode] Surprised That Maharashtra Govt. Is Still Praying For Some More Time To Make System Operational: Bombay HC [Read Order]
News Updates[Proceedings Under RTI Act In Virtual Mode] Surprised That Maharashtra Govt. Is Still Praying For Some More Time To Make System Operational: Bombay HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay29 Sep 2020 8:49 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Saturday (26th September) rapped Maharashtra Government and expressed surprise at the fact that during the period of six months after lock-down was announced, the State did not consider it appropriate to provide for the hearing of the First Appeals under RTI Act in Virtual Mode.The Court was also displeased with the prayer of the Maharashtra Government seeking some…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 Saturday (26th September) rapped Maharashtra Government and expressed surprise at the fact that during the period of six months after lock-down was announced, the State did not consider it appropriate to provide for the hearing of the First Appeals under RTI Act in Virtual Mode.The Court was also displeased with the prayer of the Maharashtra Government seeking some more time to make the system operational.Notably, the Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G. S. Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by RTI activist and former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi and others, seeking directions for the RTI apparatus in the state to adopt video-conferencing technology to resume its functioningThe petitioners prayed for directions to the respondents to issue appropriate guidelines or directions to all the public authorities in the State of Maharashtra to adopt an appropriate online video conferencing platform for conducting hearings pertaining to proceedings under the diverse statutes applicable to such public authorities as well as for conducting hearing of First Appeals under the Right to Information Act, 2005.While considering the PIL petition on Tuesday (September 15), the Court had requested Ms Shastri, learned Additional Government Pleader for the State to take instructions on the issue as raised in the PIL petition.On Saturday (26th September) Ms Shastri submitted today a letter dated September 22, 2020, issued from the office of the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra.The Court noted that, “It appears, on the reading of such letter, that the Government of Maharashtra is inclined to adopt appropriate online video conferencing platform for conducting hearing of quasi-judicial/administrative proceedings; however, the procedure may take some time as a meeting will have to be convened with the concerned Departments including the Finance Department and that necessary guideline and directions would be issued to all the public authorities thereafter. It also appears that some of the authorities are already conducting the hearing through video conferencing.” (emphasis supplied)Quite reluctantly, the Court adjourned the hearing of this PIIL petition for three weeks, as prayed for by Ms Shastri, expressing hope and trust that on the returnable date, she would apprise the Court regarding the steps taken by the Government and thereby not leave any room for the complaint to be voiced by the petitioner.Matter has been posted for further hearing on October 15, 2020.Case Details:Case Title: Shailesh Gandhi & Ors. v. Maharashtra State Information CommissionCase No.: Public Interest Litigation (L) No.3144 Of 2020Quorum: Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G. S. KulkarniAppearance: Advocate Sunil Ahya (for the Petitioner); Advocate General A. A. Kumbhakoni with AGP Geeta Shastri (for the Respondent/State).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
More discussions take place over proposed walkway along River Swilly Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – April 17, 2018 It’s been confirmed that some preparatory work has already been carried out regarding a proposed river walk along the River Swilly. Donegal County Council has met with the OPW to discuss some issues while discussions have also taken place with a local community group who have expressed an interest in seeking funding from LEADER with a view of carrying out a feasibility study on the project.Should funding be secured, land owners will then be consulted as part of the process.Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh says all interested parties need to come together to acheive the best possible outcome:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/00chagfhgfhgfhgfhgfhfghr1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleAppeal for information after burglary at Strabane premisesNext articleDaniel O’Donnell pays tribute to Country music singer ‘Big Tom’ News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Google+ Pinterest
Related posts:No related photos. Diversity is fashionable. But a new package of equal opportunity laws willtest how far employers are prepared to go. Stephen Overell explains the newbuzz wordWorking life has come a long way since William Whyte’s 1956 classic TheOrganisation Man. Rather than corporations shoehorning people into blandconformity, it is hard to pick up a newspaper or attend a conference withoutsomeone extolling the value of diversity, how employers must bend overbackwards to accommodate individual difference, and aim to encourage everyoneto fulfil their potential whatever their race, gender, sexuality or creed. ‘Equality’ has a dated, anti-competitive kind of ring to it; ‘diversity’ issomething businesses can outdo each other on. Diversity is the new conformity. “An open, objective and fair organisation is not one that downplays orelevates group differences, but one in which difference can thrive,” wroteRajvinder Kandola and Johanna Fullerton in a paper in 19981. Language of diversity The language of diversity is now so thoroughly orthodox that not being infavour of it is like not being in favour of smiling. Good. And yet governmentsshow no inclination to take the sentiments on trust – any more than in the dayswhen employers were disputing the need for the Equal Pay Act of 1970, the SexDiscrimination Act of 1975, or the Race Relations Act of 1976. Very soon, three new aspects of difference will be granted the protection ofthe law. By the end of 2003, Britain – and the other EU states that don’talready have it – will have legislation banning discrimination on the groundsof sexual orientation and religion; and by 2006 on the grounds of age2.Evidently, business endorsement of diversity does not ensure minimum standardsof social justice in ministers’ mind. Irritating as this may be for HR departments, it is hard not to havesympathy for the politicians. Diversity, so often presented as “the nextevolutionary step” for equality policy, can often sound like hot air;there is an abundance of evidence that exclusion persists as a group phenomenonin employment – something that the hierophants of diversity sometimes appear toforget. Sexuality is a good example. Approximately 44 per cent of gay and lesbianemployees have suffered discrimination at work, such as harassment3. Employersare rather like the patient wrongly diagnosing his own good health. Which iswhy more laws on equality are likely to help give substance to many of the moregassy proclamations on diversity. If employers mean what they say about valuing difference, most of TowardsDiversity and Equality, the Department of Trade and Industry’s consultationdocument on how to implement the European Employment and Race Directives4(closes 29 March 2002) into UK law, will be non-contentious. First, the case for an overall equality commission, superseding the threeexisting bodies and bearing responsibility for guidance across the wholeequality agenda, now looks overwhelming. In Northern Ireland, one EqualityCommission has existed since 1 October 1999. The US has the Equal OpportunityEmployment Commission, which covers multiple different forms of discrimination.Second, protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientationis practical common sense. France, the Netherlands, Ireland and the US have hadequality laws covering homosexuality for some time. Defining religion Third, parity for different religions is also sensible in principle,although some bizarre possibilities could emerge. What, for example,constitutes a religion? Time off for pagan observance could be on the way. These are the small issues. The contentious bit for employers is whathappens on age discrimination; hence the longer timetable. There is general agreement that the skills of elderly workers are oftensquandered and that stereotypes about what people can achieve at differentstages of their lives are damaging; general agreement that the government’sCode of Practice on age has failed. Gerontophobia has never been more alive.But if the new law is going to serve the interests of diversity, it means morethan deleting “young” and “hungry” from adverts. The question of mandatory retirement ages is central. The CBI favours retention.Yet the case for scrapping them is surely far stronger. In an age when peopleare healthier and living longer than they once were, retiring people en massewhen they reach a certain age seems wrong; they should have the liberty to workfor as long as they wish to and for employers to use their skills. This wouldmean a dramatic increase in flexibility; employers and employees would have toagree end-dates; succession planning, pensions and careers would have to berethought. Yet the notion of a retirement age is incompatible with valuingdifference in the 21st century. Nationwide, B&Q and Marks & Spencer arein favour of putting it out to grass. Credit where credit’s due The age question is also intimately bound up with reward. Employers chooseto reward loyalty. Yet loyalty is not the same as turning up for work year in,year out. If the two cannot be clearly distinguished, reward strategies – andredundancy policies – could be indirectly discriminatory against young people.Those who stay in jobs for a long time are least likely to be loyal and mostlikely to be dissatisfied5. The time is ripe for clear thinking on what theproper relationship between age and commitment should be. Outlawing age discrimination is unlikely to be a small matter in financialterms. In the US, which has had an age law for several years, a fifth of alldiscrimination claims are based on age. Between 1988 and 1995, people whosuccessfully sued for age discrimination were awarded an average of $219,000(£155,150) compared to $147,799 for race and $106,728 for sex discrimination6. More equality laws will spook some people: discrimination claims went up by21 per cent in the UK last year7. But like it or not, it will probably be goodfor diversity. A greater emphasis on diversity and flexibility is the onlyrealistic response to the prospect of an expanded equality agenda. Ifcelebrating difference means more than hot air, a radical shake-up on agediscrimination is the only way forward. References 1. Diversity in Action: Managing the Mosaic, R Kandola and J Fullerton, IPD,1998 2. Implementing the Equality and Race Directives, Equal OpportunitiesReview, Issue 101, 2002, IRS; see www.xperthr.co.uk3. Straight Up! Why the Law Should Protect Lesbian and Gay Workers, TUC,2000 4. Towards Equality and Diversity, DTI, 2001 5. Loyalty Rules, F Reichheld, Harvard Business Review, 2001 6. Employers Forum on Age: www.efa.org.uk7. Acas, press release, 9.9.2001 Join the Xperts take a free trialBy calling 01483 257775 or e-mail: [email protected] viewpoint is produced by XpertHR, a web-based information service bringing together leading informationproviders: IRS, Butterworths Tolley and Personnel Today. It features a newButterworths Tolley employment law reference manual, a research database andguidance from 13 specialist IRS journals, including IRS Employment Review. Previous Article Next Article The true meaning of diversityOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.