“Attacks against civilian targets, including media and journalists, constitute war crimes,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk. “We call on the countries participating in the peace talks to demand a statement from the Taliban explicitly undertaking to respect international humanitarian law’s basic treaties, starting with the Geneva Conventions.” Follow the news on Afghanistan Moini added: “At the same time, the Afghan government must ensure that the intelligence services and the military do no use the media for propaganda purposes, and must guarantee the safety of the media, which should be able to operate in a free and independent manner.” In a statement in October 2015, the Taliban identified Afghanistan’s two leading privately-owned TV channels as “military targets.” The threat was carried out on 20 January 2016, when a bus operated by the Kabura TV production company was bombed, killing seven Moby Media Group employees. Afghanistan is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Taliban’s latest serious threats against the media and urges the Afghan government and Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy negotiating with the Taliban, to do whatever is necessary to protect journalists. RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 26, 2019 Taliban threat to treat Afghan media as military targets RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismViolence Help by sharing this information Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News The resumption of peace talks between the US and the Taliban at the start of 2019 has not reduced tension in Afghanistan. Although the level of press freedom has not been visibly affected, the safety of journalists and media is worsening steadily, above all because of the lack of protective measures by the authorities. According to RSF’s tally, there have been at least 45 cases of violence against journalists and the media in Afghanistan since the start of the year, including threats, physical violence and destruction of media outlets. May 3, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismViolence News In a statement issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Military Commission on 23 June, the Taliban accused the media of “disseminating statements and sometimes advertising that speak badly of Jihad, the Mujahideen and the Taliban, turning the population against them.” to go further News News The statement added that the media had a week “to change their attitude and stop being hostile towards the Taliban (…) or else they will no longer be regarded as media outlets and will instead be regarded as enemy intelligence sources and as military targets that will be attacked by the Mujahideen. Journalists and media outlets will no longer be safe.” March 11, 2021 Find out more
Linkedin Email Twitter Advertisement NewsLocal NewsDangers of uploading smart phone photosBy admin – September 21, 2011 420 Facebook THE dangers of uploading photographs of children, taken using smart phones, to social networking sites, has been highlighted by local gardaí.Crime Prevention Officer at Henry Street Garda Station Brian Broderick explained that GPS features on smart phones can identify the location where the photograph is taken, which can be viewed once it is uploaded to sites such as Facebook or Twitter.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This issue has already been well publicised in the US and I believe that it is important that people in Ireland be aware of the dangers associated with posting up photographs online, that have been taken using smart phones”, said Sergeant Broderick.“The built in GPS capability on most smart phones allows various functions, including the camera, to be enabled.“A photograph taken while the camera function on the phone is GPS enabled, will contain the location co-ordinates.“Software that is readily available on the internet will allow anyone to view on a map the location where it was taken, be that a child’s home, school or playground.“The possible dangers to the child are obvious”.He stressed that these dangers could easily be avoided by turning off the GPS function on the phone’s camera, by accessing the setting’s menu, and turning off the location setting on the camera function.“Any person who is unsure how to do this should contact their phone provider for assistance”. WhatsApp Previous articleCulture LCGANext articleUL saddened by death of Knight of Glin admin Print
News UpdatesSafety & Health Of Passengers Adequately Taken Care Of Even If Middle Seat Is Filled; Bombay HC Rejects Air India Pilot’s Plea [Read Judgment] Nitish Kashyap15 Jun 2020 4:00 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday held that safety and health of passengers on board an aircraft with reference to the Coronavirus is adequate even if middle row seats are not kept vacant. Court disposed of a plea filed by a pilot from Air India who alleged that the national carrier violated the circular dated March 23 issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for keeping middle row…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 Monday held that safety and health of passengers on board an aircraft with reference to the Coronavirus is adequate even if middle row seats are not kept vacant. Court disposed of a plea filed by a pilot from Air India who alleged that the national carrier violated the circular dated March 23 issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for keeping middle row seats empty. Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice SP Tavade heard the writ petition filed by 51-year-old Devesh Kanani, a Commander with Air India, who sought enforcement of clause 7 of the DGCA Circular dated March 23 in respect of ‘Vande Bharat’ flight (i.e. non-scheduled international flights), whereby Air India has brought back 58,867 Indians as of June 1, stranded overseas on account of the outbreak of Covid-19. Advocate Abhilash Panickar appeared on behalf of the petitioner, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for DGCA and Union of India, Senior Advocate Darius Khambatta and Dr.Abhinav Chandrachud for Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express. Senior Advocate Janak Dwarkadas for Indigo, Senior Advocate Venkatesh Dhond for Spice Jet. In response to the said plea, Dr.Chandrachud on behalf of Air India and its subsidiary on May 24 and submitted before the Court that the said circular dated March 23 does not apply to ‘Vande Bharat’ flights (i.e non-scheduled international fights) and the same applied only to scheduled domestic flights. All the precautions required to be taken so as to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are taken, while lifting these stranded passengers from abroad and bringing them to India. Moreover, even if one seat is kept empty between two passengers, the criteria of social distancing generally prescribed by the Government of India would not be satisfied, Dr.Chandrachud said. Later that evening, Dr.Chandrachud informed the Court that the previous circular dated March 23 has been superseded by a fresh circular issued by the Government of India dated May 22. But the Court concluded that the new circular was applicable to domestic flights only, not international operations. Therefore, the Court directed airlines to comply with the March 23 circular for evacuating Indian citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission. Thereafter, the respondents moved Supreme Court aggrieved by Bombay High Court’s order. The apex court allowed the airlines to fill the middle row seats for ten days until June 6 and granted liberty to DGCA to alter any norms necessary during the pendency of the matter in the interest of public health and safety of passengers rather than commercial considerations. A High Level Committee of experts was constituted by the DGCA to meet and recommend certain safety measures to be followed on flights. The expert committee comprises of Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS New Delhi, Dr.Balram Bhargav, DG, ICMR, New Delhi and Dr, Narsh Trehan, CMD, Medanta Medicity. The said committee made certain recommendations for ensuring health and safety of passengers travelling through airlines during the current pandemic. As per the said recommendations, if passenger load and seat capacity permits keeping middle row seats empty then such seats can be left empty. In case, passenger load does not permit keeping middle row seats empty, the committee suggested that additional ‘wrap around gown’ can be provided to them apart from mask and face shield. The said recommendations were accepted by DGCA and in an order dated May 31, the same were issued as directions for all airlines. On June 5, when the Court was informed by the expert committee that Coronavirus is not transmitted by mere touch of a person infected with the virus and same can be transmitted through droplets, the bench allowed airlines to fill up middle seats in the interim before reserving the order. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter installed in the aircraft cleans and recirculates air every three minutes and gives ‘operation theater quality’ air. But the petitioner opposed the said submission and contended that the said filter is installed inside the aircraft and will have no bearing on the air breathed by infected passengers who may be on board. The petitioner had heavily relied on the order dated May 30 issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs under ‘National Directives for Covid-19 Management’, wherein it is provided that social distancing of 6 feet be maintained. According to the petitioner, the Report of the Expert Committee is contrary to this order. SG Tushar Mehta submitted that prior to boarding, all passengers are subject to thermal screening for possible symptoms of Covid-19. Again while de-boarding, the passengers are subject to another thermal screening. All passengers symptomatic or otherwise are thereafter subject to 7 to 14 days institutional quarantine depending on the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ Guidelines. Air India’s Counsel, Sr Advocate Khambatta said that in the instant case, the Air Transport Facilitation Committee and High Level Committee of the experts have specifically considered and rejected the suggestion that seats must be kept vacant between passengers. Under such circumstances, the said decisions of experts ought to be accepted. After going through the submissions made on behalf of all parties, Court referred to the National Directives for Covid-19 Management and observed- “As far as air travel is concerned, it is expressly clarified that the SOPs issued pertaining to the same, would apply. The Petitioner has therefore, without applying his mind, sought to rely on directives dealing with social distancing. It will not be out of place to mention here that in public places/workplaces, the individuals tend to crowd and many times without protective equipment like mask, etc. or with protective equipment which are of very poor quality. Therefore, it is made mandatory to maintain a distance of 6 feet for individuals, who are visiting public/workplaces.” Moreover, Court noted that there are no scientific reasons given by the petitioner to argue that HEPA filter is not an effective way to stop droplets in air from passing to adjacent passengers. The bench said- “The Petitioner has failed to appreciate that even if the middle seat is kept vacant, the person/s at the window seat whilst getting out for going to the lavatory and thereafter returning back to his seat, is likely to touch (through his clothes) the persons/s sitting on the aisle seat/s. Therefore, if his argument is to be accepted, in every row of the aircraft only one passenger should be accommodated. We cannot allow an individual to instill such fear in the minds of the members of the public, without any scientific basis. We would rather follow the advice of experts, if their opinion is found to be fair and reasonable and not tainted with any arbitrariness/ulterior motive/s.” Thus, after considering all the contentions raised by the petitioner, Court noted- “We have therefore received no assistance from the Petitioner in determining how the safety / health of the passengers uua the Covid-19 virus is affected if the airlines fail to keep the middle seat vacant, which is his primary thrust in the above Writ Petition.” Finally, after examining the minutes of meeting of the Air Transport Facilitation Committee and the Report of the High Level Committee of Experts, Justice Kathawalla said- “We are of the prima facie view that the safety and health of the passengers on board the aircraft uua Covid-19 virus is adequately taken care of even if the middle seat of the aircraft is not kept vacant on account of passenger load and seat capacity. However, the Respondents and all other fight operators in the country shall during the air travel of passengers, strictly follow and implement the Order dated 31st May, 2020 as well as the applicable SOPs.”Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Story
Virtue is its own reward. Is this really the case? I was thinking about virtue during the political conference season. I even got to harangue the Labour Party conference about something extremely virtuous, preceding Nelson Mandela at the rostrum by an hour or so. I was talking about lifelong learning. I can already feel you flipping the page – just like I could see delegates filing out for a coffee when I began to talk.Lifelong Learning is about virtue. No one opposes it. No one says mid-life education is a waste of time. All agree it does us good, and is therefore, full of virtue. But two things reminded me today that even lifelong learning attracts the grubbier side of life. The 1999 London Skills survey, published in August, initially reveals a good level of interest in skills development and qualifications. But it also reveals a distressing level of cynicism about learning. Over a quarter of respondents did not feel their qualifications were of any importance at work. A third were not considering any sort of education and training and 15 per cent said they never would.What is depressing about this is the way that these attitudes were more prevalent among the older and lesser skilled. This opens up the prospect of people now in work having nowhere to turn if they lose their jobs as the global economy presses in on us all.Trade unions have tried to create some interest in the virtue of re-training. We are particularly concerned that the young IT-competent workforce understands the need for skill while the older workers retreat into themselves. Many unions have now introduced new competencies with the arrival of “learner representatives”. Something in the manner of safety reps, “learner representatives” are urging colleagues to take advantage of Individual Learning Accounts, the University for Industry, the Union Learning Fund, Basic Skills strategies and other local learning opportunities. No one opposes this. Wise employers see this as clearing the workforce’s mind of traditional obstructionist refusal to greet the future. But what’s this I see? More complaints about cost. More resistance to influence. More grubby refusal to applaud the workers’ attempts to upskill themselves.First the Government removed from the Employment Rights Act the obligation on employers to discuss training issues with their employee representatives. Then someone suggested that learner representatives might have legal rights to paid time off to help spread the word about skills. Employers instinctively reach for the “no” switch. When will we ever learn that Britain’s plight is skills shortages and social exclusion? Only the virtue of lifelong leaning can save the day – but still work-based education risks being a poor relation for the state and an unacceptable cost to the employer. Virtue its own reward? Don’t make me laugh. Why must learning be sullied with cynicism?On 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today
The government has also trimmed its growth forecast for the year to between 0 percent and 1 percent, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday, adding that she expected the economy to shrink by 3.1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter.The fiscal authority has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.63 billion) in funds for healthcare and economic stimulus spending to cushion the impact of the outbreak. This is the latest increase from the previous budget of Rp 677.2 trillion, as the government seeks to increase its stimulus for labor-intensive industries and regional administrations.The central bank’s governor also pledged Thursday to continue with both direct government bond purchases in the primary market or through auctions and with its quantitative easing measures.“We will also provide liquidity funds for banks to ensure smooth debt restructuring and financing in order to support the recovery,” Perry said.Financial Services Authority (OJK) data show that the banking industry restructured loans totaling Rp 517.2 trillion from 5.33 million debtors as of May 26, following a regulation that allows businesses hit by the pandemic to apply for loan restructuring to minimize bad credit.Meanwhile, the rupiah exchange rate has continued to strengthen since the BI policy meeting in May, gaining more than 5 percent over the past month, according to the central bank. The currency has depreciated 1.42 percent since the start of year and was trading at Rp 14,100 per US dollar on Thursday.Perry said the currency was still “undervalued” and expected it to gain further to reflect its fundamentals, citing the narrower current account deficit (CAD) and low inflation. The central bank expects the CAD to fall to around 1.5 percent of the GDP and inflation to remain within its target range of 2 percent to 4 percent.“The benchmark rate cut is a much-needed move, as the recent Jakarta Composite Index and rupiah rallies have started to lose momentum,” said Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin on Thursday.“It is most likely that investors have started to put together facts that they’re not backed by a strong fundamental standpoint, namely economic growth,” he said.“The policy rate cut is crucial to maintain rupiah stability, as the threat of another stock market crash and currency depreciation looms, which could slow the economic recovery,” he added. He is of the view that the central bank still has room for another cut by 25 bps.“We believe cutting the interest rate is appropriate, as the central bank’s decision will help bolster economic growth in the long-term,” Bank Central Asia (BCA) economist David Sumual said.“Meanwhile, fiscal authorities must be more aggressive in spending their budget to prop up the economy in the near term,” David said, adding he expected government spending to grow by double digits this year to help prevent a more severe economic downturn.Topics : “BI sees room for further reduction in line with low inflationary pressure, maintained external stability and the need to boost economic growth. Our policy stance remains accommodative.”The central bank also lowered its deposit facility rate to 3.5 percent and its lending facility rate to 5 percent. The lower benchmark rate is expected to transmit into lower bank loan interest rates that will affect interest rates for consumer loans, corporate loans and mortgages, as well as bond yields and other instruments.It revised down on Thursday Indonesia’s economic growth projection to between 0.9 percent and 1.9 percent this year from the previous estimate of 2.3 percent. The central bank expects the economy to grow between 5 and 6 percent next year.“The economy is at its lowest point in May, but it has started to pick up,” Perry said. “BI expects the economy to recover in the third quarter following the easing of [mobility] restrictions and thanks to stimuli from the government and central bank.” Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut its benchmark interest rate – after a two-month pause – to support economic growth, which is likely to fall to its lowest since the 1999 Asian financial crisis.The central bank slashed its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.25 percent on Thursday. The move is the third cut this year as a significant deterioration in the economic outlook during the pandemic has forced policymakers to take extra measures to bolster growth.“This decision is consistent with efforts to maintain stability and bolster economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic,” BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told a livestreamed press briefing.
Jose MourinhoManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho needs to lift Manchester United’s morale quickly as a deflating run of performances threatens to throw their season off track completely but he faces a daunting task against a revitalised Arsenal.Mourinho’s team have not looked themselves at Old Trafford for much of the season, with their past two matches producing an insipid goalless draw against Crystal Palace and an unconvincing late Champions League victory over Swiss side Young Boys.On their travels, they had looked as if they were getting back to form as October turned to November, with the side producing fine displays in drawing at Chelsea and beating Juventus.Yet perhaps those performances were just papering over the cracks. United recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw at Southampton on Saturday and Romelu Lukaku scored his first club goal since September 15 but there was much to be alarmed about.Mourinho claimed his players, with the exception of Marcus Rashford, were meek, lacking the spirit of what he called “mad dogs”.According to Duncan Castles, a British journalist with close links to Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, the United manager compared midfielder Paul Pogba to “a virus” after another poor performance at Southampton, saying the France international lacked respect for both his teammates and fans.– Dressing room divisions –United’s dressing room gives little indication of being a happy place ahead of Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday.To prove the point, forward Juan Mata effectively declined to publish his regular Monday internet column this week, instead posting a short message that began: “Unfortunately, I feel as though it isn’t the time for posts.”During a season riddled with disappointments, Mourinho has by and large been treated sympathetically by the club’s fanbase, who feel that he was not given enough support in the last close-season transfer market by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The manager’s frustration at not being able to sign a top-class centre-back has been raked over repeatedly but his defensive team selection at Southampton baffled even his most loyal supporters.With Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly unfit, Mourinho elected to play two midfielders — Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic — in a three-man central defence against a team that had not won at home all season. It did not work.Failure to win on the south coast further damaged United’s chances of finishing in the top four –- the ticket to Champions League qualification –- and Mourinho himself appears to believe that is now a long shot with his team lagging eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.Asked by Brazilian television what his aims were for the remainder of the season, he said: “Try to win as many points as possible and try (to achieve) almost the miracle of finishing fourth.“Last year, I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four. And this year, with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said.”Arsenal, like United, spent relatively little in the close-season, bringing in Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi for relatively modest sums, yet look revitalised under Unai Emery’s management.They have gone 19 games unbeaten in all competitions since losing their first two matches of the season, and are playing a thrilling brand of aggressive, high-pressing football.According to Uruguay midfielder Torreira, the manager’s words are making as much of an impact as his actions — as evidenced by his half-time team talk on Sunday before the Gunners recovered to beat Tottenham 4-2.“He told us to be calm,” Torreira said. “We listened to the manager and we improved many things. That worked for us to get the victory.”Share on: WhatsApp