Mark Gasnier finishes a great try on Stade Francais debut

first_imgSunday Sep 28, 2008 Mark Gasnier finishes a great try on Stade Francais debut Former Australian Rugby League star Mark Gasnier did not disappoint on his Top 14 and Rugby Union debut for unbeaten Stade Francais on Friday night. Gasnier finished off a fantastic try that contributed to their 32-25 win over hosts Bourgoin.Twenty seven year old Gasnier will reportedly earn close to $1 million (US) a season in his Union adventure under new Australian coach Ewen McKenzie. Former Waratahs coach McKenzie being a strong reason for Gasnier joining the Parisian club.“I admit the presence of Ewen at the head of the team was one of the determining factors in my decision to come and play in Paris. It’s important for me to have an Australian coach”He marked his debut with a handful of strong runs and did what he could playing at wing in his first big Union match at this level. His try concluded a wonderful move that saw Argentinian wizard Juan Martin Hernandez and Italian IRB Player of the Year nominee Sergio Parisse combine with a classy bit of passing before the ball was flung out to Lionel Beauxis.Fly half Beauxis, who scored 16 points with his boot on the night, then delicately flicked the ball on to Gasnier who was on hand to finish a classic Stade Francais try.Assistant coach Christophe Dominici was more than impressed with Gasnier on his first run out for the powerhouse French club.He tried to unearth the gaps and he was really involved in some of the moves. That was impressive because it is not easy to move from league to union. This proves he has the talent and the quality.A lovely try, and a great start to his Rugby Union career for Gasnier. We’ll keep an eye on his progress throughout the season. 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Breast cancer charity hits £1m target with West End Show event

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Breast cancer charity hits £1m target with West End Show event 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. Howard Lake | 4 April 2011 | News Breast cancer charity Future Dreams has reached its £1,000,000 fundraising target following the gala night of its West End variety show She’s the One.The celebrity-packed show presented by Gaby Roslin, Arlene Phillips, Kimberley Walsh and John Partridge, took place at the Savoy Theatre last night on Mother’s Day. It featured acts by X-Factor winner Shayne Ward and West End favourites Legally Blonde, Priscilla and Cuba Libre as well as dance acts by Escala, The Reason 4 and Woman.Comedian Miranda Hart and singer and actor Bernie Nolan appeared with West End performers including Frances Ruffelle, Hannah Waddingham, Louise Dearman, and Daniel Boys.Future Dreams was set up by mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie who used their experience and connections as performing arts teachers to raise over £785,000 since 2008. However, both lost their battles with cancer in the past 18 months. Last night’s show was organised by their son and brother Dale Henry on Mother’s Day to honour their memories and continue their work.Future Dreams sold over 1,100 tickets at £75-200 per ticket. Funds raised from the show take Future Dreams overall target to £1,000,000. All funds raised have been donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s gene research lab dedicated to incurable secondary breast cancer.www.futuredreams.org.uklast_img read more

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Koch’s poisonous gifts

first_imgThe death this August of right-wing multibillionaire David Koch immediately unleashed a spate of extensive obituaries in the corporate media. These mini-biographies describe him and his brother Charles Koch as “philanthropists” and financiers of right-wing ideas and political movements. The media attention on David Koch’s death brings to mind a quote from Karl Marx: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.” (“The German Ideology,” 1845)Capitalist fortunes come from the exploitation of labor, that is, from robbing the working class of the wealth that only workers can produce. Rich people sometimes put aside a small part of this loot and donate it. Usually they avoid paying taxes when they donate. In return for this “philanthropy,” they get their names on hospital and university buildings, museums and concert halls. With “philanthropy” they buy respect from creative and intellectual circles they have done nothing to earn. They also buy intellectuals who justify the ill-gotten wealth of the ruling class.Marx’s quote was subtle. Applied to contemporary U.S. society dominated by a capitalist ruling class that supports different political models − all of them pro-capitalist − it means the following: Since this class pays intellectuals for their output, that output must make no challenge to private property and the ability of the capitalists to exploit labor.David Koch was less subtle. His father, Fred Koch, did business with Adolf Hitler and later founded the ultra-right, anti-communist John Birch Society. David and Charles Koch were no rebels from this family history. They accepted their inheritance − their combined wealth was estimated recently at $100 billion − and used a piece of their annual income to further the ideas of their particular far-right section of the capitalist ruling class.The Koch brothers − and other big capitalists − have taken this “philanthropy” to a more direct and blatant level. They set up think tanks, foundations that make grants to universities and researchers, and political action groups − all to promote their very reactionary ideas. They even use organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a supporter of the Tea Party, to get legislature passed enshrining these ideas as political policy. All capitalist “philanthropy” builds the reputation of the donor and in general disseminates ideas acceptable to the capitalists. The Kochs’ donations home in on promoting right-wing ideas, with a veneer of libertarianism. Despite the libertarian cover, Koch philanthropy is not only anti-worker and anti-environment, it is also racist and misogynist. Because the Koch foundations promote right-wing candidates, they abandoned classical libertarian ideas against government intervention to back the anti-woman attack on abortion rights.The Kochs attack all government intervention that aids the workers and the poor. They denounce any regulation of industry for health or environmental reasons. They promote groups that try to prevent African Americans and other oppressed people from voting.In addition, the Kochs want no regulation that might curtail the profits made by their extensive oil, gas and chemical industry holdings. This includes paying researchers to offer arguments against climate change. David Koch’s inherited wealth worked to implant his super-rich family’s poisonous political ideas into society, making those ideas one version of ruling-class ideology. His death does nothing to change this process. Those who fight to overturn capitalist society must battle those pro-capitalist ideas as well as fight to separate the wealthy from the riches that allow them to control ideas. Ultimately, to overturn capitalism, the workers and oppressed will also have to fight against the apparatus of state power that protects the wealth of the rich.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Horoscope: March 6, 2021

first_imgHoroscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 30, 2021 + posts Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Linkedin Twitter Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Facebook Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ ReddIt Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Previous article2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – AFC NorthNext articleCOVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekend Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Pisces and a Moon in Sagittarius until 9:20 p.m., when the Moon enters Capricorn.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, March 6, 2021:Easygoing, attractive and devoted, you love beauty, and this year you turn one of your ideas into a reality. You feel adrift at times, but stay objective and 2021 proves to be extremely successful. If single, you attract many and fall in love several times before finding your soulmate. If attached, you find it impossible to leave, so he or she must be the right one. TAURUS gives you security.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Today turns your attention toward distant shores and imported items. You’ll tire of all that has become too comfortable and familiar. This mood continues all day. A blockage that has hampered your progress melts away. A goal is about to materialize. Tonight: Movies.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★Associates affect your financial situation. Use caution regarding joint business enterprises. Estate planning or an inheritance or legacy of some kind might be in your thoughts. Invoke the light of truth. Tonight: Stay away from arguments. Go for a cleansing walk.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★Today brings an awareness of the roles that others play in your life. It’s important to communicate well. Listen to what is really being said. Partners have strong feelings concerning plans and ideas. Teamwork, compromise and flexibility are important. Tonight: Date night.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★Today emphasizes healing, and problem solving emerges. You adore animal companions. A relationship with a precious pet deepens. You discover that this connection facilitates healing of your body and spirit. Tonight: You feel exciting new developments coming in your life.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★★A loving relationship moves forward. You enjoy sharing cultural pursuits, crafts or athletics during your leisure hours. This influence is exceptionally creative too. Give tangible expression to your original ideas. Tonight: A merry romantic dance involving more than one prospect is possible.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Today emphasizes your home. Seek ways to make your abode more comfortable. How about adding a bagua mirror or anti-evil-eye bead to the household’s foyer? Love, harmony and improved communication prevail at home. Tonight: Your home becomes a place of refuge, truly your castle.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★Today brings a wonderful influence for reviewing materials in order to complete a course of study or refresh your skills. Explore past life situations to develop coping skills involving complex individuals, especially neighbors or siblings. Tonight: Catch up with old, good friends.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★Financial acumen is extremely important to your happiness and well-being. Today emphasizes patience regarding monetary gain. You’ll seek to balance your career goals with your family life. A change in the status quo is coming. Let matters evolve. Tonight: All will be well after an adjustment period.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★You will be called upon to take some new responsibilities. Cheerfully demonstrate what you’re capable of. There is some competition afoot. Others can seem unappreciative or preoccupied. Adopt a live-and-let-live stance; strike out on your own. Tonight: As you like it.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★Appreciation for solitude and peace is present. You will want to keep a low profile. Today creates a yen to quietly enjoy your own home. A volunteer job or charitable endeavor brings satisfaction. Important obligations are met. Tonight: An early night’s sleep.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★Today emphasizes friendships and the role that groups play in your life. You learn much from others regarding your path. Seek a mentor to help you select worthwhile goals. Become more active in an organization or pursue community service. Tonight: New goals arouse enthusiasm.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★Today evokes an impulsive mood. Think things through carefully if considering a change. You are fed up and ready to seek greener pastures. A journey, interview or conference could impact your situation. Tonight: Wait to finalize any important decisions.Born today: Artist Michelangelo (1475), writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927), basketball player Shaquille O’Neal (1972) Horoscope: April 28, 2021 ReddIt Facebooklast_img read more

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McGuinness says he is a genuine peacemaker who has contribution to make to Ireland

first_img 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest McGuinness says he is a genuine peacemaker who has contribution to make to Ireland Facebook Google+ Facebook Google+ By News Highland – September 20, 2011 Martin McGuinness has hit out at what he calls the “West Brit elements” around Dublin and in the media, who have criticised his nomination for the Presidency.Mr McGuinness is among the Aras candidates meeting people attending the National Ploughing Championships in Co Kildare today.He says he is a “genuine peacemaker” with a contribution to make to Ireland’s future:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mcguinn1.mp3[/podcast] News NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson center_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Previous articleSearch for missing tourist to concentrate on Slieve League todayNext articleMan injured in Gweedore car crash News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

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Defending Human Rights, Challenging State Impunity : Henri Tiphagne’s Talk At Kannabiran Lecture

first_imgColumnsDefending Human Rights, Challenging State Impunity : Henri Tiphagne’s Talk At Kannabiran Lecture Henri Tiphagne13 Feb 2021 1:38 AMShare This – x[This lecture was delivered on 18 January 2021 as part of the KG Kannabiran Lectures on Law, Justice and Human Rights – organised by the family of KG Kannabiran (1929-2010) to celebrate his life, his work and its futures]. Abstract: Kanna advanced the argument that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. The fact…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[This lecture was delivered on 18 January 2021 as part of the KG Kannabiran Lectures on Law, Justice and Human Rights – organised by the family of KG Kannabiran (1929-2010) to celebrate his life, his work and its futures]. Abstract: Kanna advanced the argument that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. The fact that there is the establishment of a Human Rights Court at the district level under the protection of Human Rights Act is by itself a statutory sanction.   No separate sanction is required. He was one of the fiercest opponents of the constitution of the NHRC in India. It was his view that criminal courts in the country need to be strengthened, and violations fought through the courts. Any other form of dealing with human rights would not, in his view, help in the promotion of a human rights culture in the long term. Mr. K.G. Kannabiran had a lot in common with the city I work in. Kanna, as we affectionately called him, was born in the city of Madurai and very interestingly in the Central Jail of Madurai because his father Mr. Kandala Gopalaswamy Iyengar, worked as a jail doctor here. He, therefore, had a very special affection for Madurai – the people of Madurai, the streets of Madurai. My association with Kanna started when I was a law student (not yet a lawyer) who worked with the PUCL, building a unit of the PUCL in the city of Madurai guided by Dr. Venkatraman from American College as its President. My greatest privilege was that from the beginning, I became a student of human rights lawyering mentored by somebody as great as Kanna. I studied in the Madurai Law College and initiated the Madurai unit of the PUCL. My first case in the PUCL for a fact-finding also happened in the year 1982. In February 1982, Mr. Nallakaman, an Army veteran was tortured by the police of Vadipatti Police Station in Madurai District. He was tied by a leading chain and was dragged in public before the bus stand of Vadipatti Police Station. His wife, a school teacher, was also abused in the police station, was tortured along with his son, kept in custody, remanded in a false criminal case that was registered. I always used to refer to Kanna for guidance and one thing he told us, “Never allow a single police officer who engages in illegal detentions, torture, killings etc to go scot free. The PUCL has to ensure that you follow them up from the first case because if you don’t do that, these are the people who will take law into their own hands.” And this is exactly what happened in the Nallakaman case. Mr. Premkumar (the perpetrator in Nallakaman’s case who was then suspended as Sub Inspector) inspite of all our efforts, continued in service as a DSP through direct recruitment. Although his recruitment was temporary, he managed to wink at everybody up there in power, became an ASP and then a Superintendent of Police (SP). If you look at his career from 1982 onwards, this man made sure that the trial in this case continued for almost 20 years. He was extremely clever in ensuring that there were several warrants over a period from 1995 to almost 2001 against him so that the trial never took place. He was involved in a series of cases – for instance the John Joseph case in 1997 in Kanyakumari district, where he tortured John Joseph, he molested two Catholic nuns – abuses to the core are on his record. In 2004 he did the same, once again to me, and several other colleagues in Cuddalore, when he was SP and ensured that we were implicated in a false criminal case, which we got over only in 2017. We pursued the Nallakaman case meticulously so that in 2006, finally, he was dismissed from service. Before that however, Kanna appeared in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in the appeal that was filed to ensure that this man was convicted. From 1982 till almost 2004, Kanna at different stages guided and finally appeared before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court for two long days arguing this case. Finally in 2006, he was removed from service. This was the beginning of my PUCL cum lawyering work that followed. My very close encounter with Kanna happened to be in the month of June 1993. I had the privilege of participating in the Second World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. Kanna was there. I had the privilege of assisting Kanna throughout those days both in the NGO Conference that preceded the World Conference and at the formal Conference with participants from over 177 countries from around the globe with over 800 registered NGOs and almost 700-800 media personnel. We were a big group. It was the first International Conference experience for me but by assisting Kannabiran I was able to learn from him from close quarters what interventions are to be made. I remember the conference was very special to us because it was the foundation for the formation in 1993 of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva which did not exist before. The whole discourse of the universality of human rights took place in Vienna. The UN Decade for Human Rights Education with which I happened to be associated later, was something that was born out of Vienna. The National Plan of Action for Human Rights which several countries thereafter followed had its beginning there. India is yet to start its first National Action Plan which it passed on to the NHRC, while other countries have gone to their third National Action Plans. The first Global Tribunal on Violence Against Women took place in the same World Conference which led to the slogan “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. We were witness to all these events that took place in Vienna. I remember Kanna participating in the plenary session. When resolutions were being passed in the NGO Forum on State Violence, there were some remarks being made about India and he was nor being heard. He was sitting next to me. In a second, I saw him standing on a chair talking at the top of his voice on what the Indian Constitution meant and how state killings by police and law enforcement officials could not be tolerated, and therefore he would not allow that resolution to be passed. He participated very actively in the workshops that were held in the sidelines. At that time there was much discussion on Sri Lanka. I was witness to Kanna’s anger at the violations of human rights that took place in Sri Lanka. The next major case we worked together on was the case of the Special Task Force (STF). This was a case where Kanna was involved sometimes from far and sometimes very close to us. The STF happened to be constituted jointly by the Governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka largely to ensure that they were able to capture Veerappan whom they were looking to capture somewhere in the border areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In April 1997, by which time People’s Watch was formed and for all of you who need to know the connection – it was the Vienna Conference and my being mentored by Kanna at that conference that was responsible for me coming back, recalling many things that my mentor had built within me. I decided then that I could not continue to work in the same way; I needed to monitor human rights at close quarters, and make the state accountable for the violations I was witnessing. At the same time, I had to ensure that we contributed to building a culture of human rights. People’s Watch, born in December 1995, received a letter from the Mysore Central Prison from one Aruldass in April 1997. This was a postcard that listed out the violations that were taking place in the border areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We did not ever come to know, through our news media, that these events were actually taking place in the border areas. I want to recall the services of Advocate John Vincent who practices today at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, and has been also the President of the Bar Association of the Advocates of Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. He went immediately to the Mysore Central Jail and met people. He came back with shocking news that made us resolve to undertake a fact finding into the issue. The factfinding that followed in 1997 and continued into 1998 with great difficulty in the interior-most border areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in Salem, Erode and Coimbatore districts revealed to us the illegal detentions, not of days, weeks, or months – in some cases people were kept in custody for – custodial torture of various forms, custodial violence against women of the most gruesome forms. The police personnel responsible were at every level, right upto the ranks of Mr. Devaram himself – the former DGP of the Government of Tamilnadu who was heading the Joint STF in those days. There were two types of action that we were therefore engaged in – first, appearing on behalf of the accused in four sessions cases; second, relating to the Ramapura Police station where six policemen were alleged to have been killed in one case and five policemen were alleged to have been killed in another case. Thereafter we took up two other sessions cases relating to the MM hills where in one case, 6 policemen were alleged to have been killed along with seven others who were injured and an eight-member Veerappan gang also killed; and in the second case, an explosion killing 21 members of the Tamilnadu jungle party. These were the four sessions cases that were pending. The accused were kept in the Mysore Central Prison. There were about 121 accused totally, many of them were kept under illegal detention for long periods, tortured, raped, all sorts of sexual abuse before other members who had been taken into custody, men and women – men performing in front of women, women performing in front of men – you cannot name it, it was so gruesome. But there was no trial. The trial was yet to start and therefore in the year 1999, we approached Mr. Kannabiran as a lawyer who was then the President of the National PUCL. He willingly agreed and approved a draft writ petition (Writ petition no. 130-169 of 1999) prepared by Advocate V. Suresh. Kanna came to Bangalore in the month of August 1999 stayed till September/October and ensured that the High Court heard us on fast tracking the trials in those TADA cases which were all pending before the TADA court in Mysore. The trials commenced even as the cases were being argued in Bangalore and the writ petitions were finally concluded. In August 2001, the final arguments were to take place in the four sessions cases. Although the trial was conducted by Advocate John Vincent guided by Advocate Gopalakrishnan Lakshmana Raja (affectionately known as GK) from Madurai, Kanna came for the briefing and did the final arguments in the case in August 2001 in Mysore. Kanna was not only a civil liberties activist but our lawyer in the STF engagements. On 29 September 2001, the judgement was delivered in this case, where out of the 121 accused, 14 were convicted and 107 were acquitted as there was no case made out against them. Of the 14 convicted, 7 had life imprisonments, and 7 others had shorter periods which they had already undergone and so were free. We prepared appeals before the Supreme Court; the appeals were cleared by Mr. Kannabiran and on the 28th of January 2002, these appeals were admitted before the Supreme Court. In September 2003, after Kanna had argued these matters, the judgment was given where four people in one case alone were convicted. In that one case the Supreme Court enhanced the punishment from life imprisonment to capital punishment for Simon, Bilavendran, Gnanaprakasam and Meesai Madhayan. In the other three cases all were acquitted. This was a long period of engagement that we had with Kanna witnessing, at very close quarters, his legal acumen in the High Court in Karnataka, in the TADA court in Mysore, right up to the Supreme Court in arguing these matters. He was like a father to us but no nonsense when the bundles were being prepared, when the case was being prepared or when he asked questions and we were not prepared. He always used to remind us that it is not important only to do civil liberties and human rights work out of court, and that as lawyers we had a very important role in ensuring that we were the topmost practitioners – so that the Court’s attention would always be on what we said and how we said it. Another very close acquaintance with Kanna goes back to 1982. In 1982, after the Nallakaman case, I decided as the Secretary of the Madurai PUCL along with the entire unit that we would observe two weeks to condemn police violence in the State. From the 16 to 31 October 1982, there were events through the day – meetings, exhibitions, screening of movies, public meetings, all forms of performances – all focused only on police violence. I was a law student learning more law on the streets of Madurai than in the classrooms of the Madurai Law College with the PUCL actually moulding me. These two weeks were to culminate on the 31 October with a hall meeting which was to be preceded by a silent procession with black ribbons on our mounts from the Kattabomman statue as we used to call it, located between the Periyar Bus Stand and the Railway Station in Madurai. Justice Tarkunde, the then President of the PUCL had been invited. Kanna was also there. We were hardly 25 of us. There were almost 300-400 armed policemen posted just near the place where we were assembled. A number of people, including those who held positions in the PUCL at the State level, were hesitant to come and join the procession. The police decided to lathi-charge and before the procession started, they arrested those they could. They of course were looking for me. I was in my final year of law and my exams were to take place in another one month. I had a number of papers to complete. I was married then and could not afford to get caught by the police. Had they caught me that day, that would have been the end of my life! I ran for my life and ensured that I was protected. Unfortunately, Kannabiran, Justice Tarkunde and 15 others were arrested by the police and taken to the then B4 Police Station. The policemen asked about what happened to Henri; but Henri was not there. Kanna was beaten in that lathi-charge. Later that day I had an occasion to meet him underground because I had still not surrendered. The police were after me, but I could not allow Kanna to leave Madurai without seeing him. We had a clandestine night meeting at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary headed by Dr. Dyanchand Carr, a good friend of Kanna’s. That was when Kanna realised after a good hot water bath, that there were a lot of injuries on his head and different parts of the body. I apologised to him and he told me, this is part of the game but you escaped from all this. Justice Tarkunde happened to be the counsel for the State of Tamil Nadu and therefore the case was withdrawn in a few weeks. Kanna was safely transported back. We were all released on bail, I surrendered and then we were quite happy thereafter that the cases were withdrawn. But that was my initiation into human rights work. The two weeks of awareness building on police atrocities that had taken place had to end with the police led by none other than Mohammed Ali who was then the DSP of that jurisdiction giving us this kind of a treatment. Kanna was A2, Tarkunde was A1 and my colleague Sathiamoorthy was A3 in that case. Many of those who were accused in that case are no more today – Tarkunde, Kanna, Yetharthrajan, Xavier Arockiasamy, TSV Hari and many others. I think it is important to also recall Kanna’s contribution particularly to the establishment of Human Rights Courts in Tamilnadu. This was a very major contribution and we as People’s Watch had the privilege of appearing in court in that particular matter to ensure we were assisting the court. This was a very interesting case that originated in the state of Tamilnadu in the district of Erode. Mr V P Gunasekaran from the Tribal People’s Association preferred a complaint to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Erode where he raised the issues of the violence by the Special Task Force (which I had referred to earlier) against the adivasis in the Talawadi hills. His counsel was Advocate Balamurugan who later also became the Secretary of the Tamilnadu unit of PUCL. We were all enthused by the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and Section 30 of the Act which permitted the constitution of a Human Rights Court. Sessions Courts were designated as Human Rights Courts. But the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court returned the complaint with a few questions regarding the jurisdiction of the Sessions Court to try offences of human rights violations. Balamurugan was not a lawyer to keep quiet. Trained in the PUCL, he forwarded this petition that was returned by the CJM to several people — one of whom was Justice V R Krishna Iyer, asking for his intervention; the second to Justice Ranganath Mishra, then chair of the National Human Rights Commission; and third to Kanna as the National President of the PUCL and to Justice V M Tarkunde. Justice V R Krishna Iyer on 11 November 1996 forwarded this letter with his own covering letter to Justice K A Swamy, the then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, who communicated with the then Joint Secretary of the Tamilnadu PUCL, Advocate Suresh. He received detailed communications from them and set in motion a Criminal Revision case under Article 227 of the Constitution in a bench comprising Justice Janarthanan and Justice Karpaga Vinayagam. Several lawyers were involved – Sudha Ramalingam, Suresh, Nagasaila, P V Bhaktavatsalam, among others. The Bar Association and the National Human Rights Commission were represented. PUCL requested People’s Watch which had just established a Documentation Centre to provide the lawyers and through them the Court, with all the reading materials on Human Rights Courts in existence globally. I still remember meticulously working on this documentation and mentored by none other than Kanna. Every page had to be seen and approved by him. We were able to engage in good secondary research for this material. Kanna was then on his feet for almost a week arguing this matter before Justice Janarthanan and Justice Karpaga Vinayagam. We were able to obtain the final verdict before the Madras High Court where all the modalities of District Human Rights Courts were set out including how proceedings could be initiated in a Court of Sessions with original jurisdiction. Kanna argued in that case that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. I remember his arguments where he tried to impress upon the judges the fact that the establishment of a Human Rights Court at the district level under the Protection of Human Rights Act is by itself a statutory sanction. In every case where allegations are made against police officials therefore, separate sanction was not required. However, this very important argument put forth by Kanna was not accepted by the two-member division bench. I had greater opportunity of working with him in looking at institutions like the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). In that context I still remember how critical Kanna was when NHRC was constituted in the year 1993. Kanna was one of its fiercest opponents. And even though he saw some benefits that were coming out in terms of the NHRC many years thereafter, his fierce opposition to its constitution continued. He said that as long as we do not strengthen our criminal courts in the country and fight violations of human rights through the courts, through private complaints that we may undertake; as long as we do not follow up cases meticulously with good legal representation before courts and ensure that policemen who violate the law are punished under criminal law and are made to pay compensation from their own pockets, any other form of dealing with human rights will not help promote a long-lasting human rights culture. Today when you see what is happening to the NHRC 25 years later, Kanna is not here to hear me say that in 1993 Kanna was right. He foresaw what would happen to this institution. He urged us to always have a third eye on this institution. Today we are able to see that several functionaries from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the National Human Rights Commission not only direct postings from the Ministry of Home Affairs into the NHRC but you also have RAW officers posted in very vital positions in the NHRC. I would not like to say more. It is because of this grooming that we received from Kanna that I was able to constitute and later build in 2010 almost during his last few days the All India Network of Individuals and NGOs working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AINNI) (https://ainnimembers.wordpress.com/) only with a purpose of monitoring these institutions. This was the result of Kanna’s foresight. He was categorical – no tribunals, no commissions. It is courts of law alone that should be of prime importance in this country. I would like to emphasise this point at this juncture. The second was with the United Nations. He himself was not directly involved with the United Nations because he did not have time but always encouraged us to intervene in various Special Procedures of the United Nations. This was a way of making sure that every violation of human rights that takes place in the grassroots is taken up in different fora not only in the lower trial courts, the High Court and Supreme Court but also in the NHRC and in the UN. In the year 1998, after the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/Declaration.aspx) had come up, I remember he submitted a very long, very detailed memorandum to the NHRC on Human Rights Defenders and the role of the NHRC. He not only gave that representation to the NHRC but he also ensured that it was meticulously followed. He sent reminders to the NHRC to ensure that his memorandum was taken up. He was always present before the NHRC when the occasion permitted to remind them of their role in the protection of Human Rights Defenders within and outside the country. And therefore, he continues to remain a father figure to us activists, and we will never forget that for us he was always a teacher. There were a number of other occasions relating to Sri Lanka, relating to various other issues that we worked with him on in the city of Madurai. His message for us was to always subvert the system from within. He insisted that we had to be the best among lawyers which involved reading, preparing well for cases, ensuring that we are able to tilt the law in favour of our clients who are usually the victims of gross human rights violations, and making the judge listen to us because we have some contributions to make. For him, a human rights lawyer could never be a third-grade lawyer — they always had to be the best lawyers possible. I may not have had the opportunity to do human rights lawyering the way Kanna wanted because of the choices I had made, but now when I am back in court, and Kanna is not there, these words of his guide me through every petition that I take up before the High Court. We lawyers weave together our public life and our professional life. Our public life with the human rights movement has to be woven into our lawyering and that is precisely what we have continually been doing. I will not forget our lighter moments with Kanna. My office in those days was in the building adjoining the American College opposite the Mudaliyar Idli Kadai. Whenever he came in the night for dinner, he would want to eat only at the Mudaliyar Idli Kadai where you had to sit on the pavement. He would enjoy idlis and dosais with all the different varieties of chutneys that the night life of Madurai provided. He would never want to dine anywhere else. That was Kanna. He left a deep impression on all of us, one so strong that it continues – you see him (in the picture) behind me here ensuring that I speak the truth. Wherever we are, wherever we speak, we acknowledge publicly that we were mentored by Kanna himself. Henri Tiphagne, an Advocate in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, is a human rights lawyer, educator and child rights advocate – founder and executive director of Madurai-based human rights organisation People’s Watch. In 2018, he was selected under the individuals category for the Nani A. Palkhiwala Award for Civil Liberties; and was the first Indian to receive the 8th Human Rights Award by Amnesty International, Germany. This is the tenth lecture of K G Kannabiran memorial lecture series.First Lecture by Justice B Sudershan Reddy, former Supreme Court Judge -Death Of Democratic Institutions: The Inevitable Logic of Neo-Liberal Political Economy & Abandonment of Directive Principles of State Policy.Second lecture by Advocate B Nalin Kumar -‘A Lawyer With High Principles’ : A Junior Remembers His Senior KG KannabiranThird lecture by Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate -Preventive Detention Laws Allow State To Carve Out Exception For Its LawlessnessFourth lecture by Nithya Ramakrishnan – Trial Lessons From K G Kannabiran: Nitya Ramakrishnan Remembers Parliament Attack CaseFifth lecture by Justice K Chandru : Need For More Kannabirans Felt Now With Ever Increasing Human Rights Violations : Justice K ChandruSixth lecture by Advocate BB Mohan : Criminal Law and Human Rights: ‘Distinctive Discrimination’ and Article 21 Rights to Fair TrialSeventh lecture by Advocate V Raghu : The Constitution and Scheduled Tribes in Composite State of APEighth lecture by Justice J Chelameswar, former Supreme Court judge : Periodic Audit Of Performance Of Individual Judges & Judiciary Needed To Maintain Standards : Justice ChelameswarNinth lecture by Senior Adv Dr Colin Gonsalves : Two Supreme Court Judgments Killed The Working Class & Converted India Into A Country Of Slaves: Colin Gonsalves In KG Kannabiran Lecture Next Storylast_img read more

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Soldier’s story

first_img Soldier’s story Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The soldier was laid to rest with full military honors at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carroll Street Cemetery in Troy.The Rev. Larry Bland officiated the service and, in characterizing King, quoted II Timothy 2:3 – “Thou therefore endure the hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”Not only was Herbert King serving his country, he was also serving in another army, God’s army. By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits King was listed as MIA in Korea on Nov. 30, 1950 and until the summer of 2009 that was all his family knew – missing in action.“My great-grandmother always wondered what happened to her ‘baby,’” King said.“That was so hard for the family – not to know.”Lytricia King’s grandfather, Charlie King, was only 14 years old when his brother joined the Army.“He went off to war, and we never saw him again,” Charlie King said. “I feel so much better now. It’s comforting to finally know.’The King family never stopped wondering but they had reconciled themselves to the probability that they would never know.“In 2000, the United States Army was given permission to search specified sites in North Korea for the remains of fallen soldiers,” Lytricia King said.“From military records, they knew which units were fighting in the different battles, but there were American, Korean and Chinese soldiers so it was a long process of locating the remains of the Americans and shipping them back to Honolulu.”In the summer of 2009, a genealogist assigned to the identification task force, came to Troy looking for relatives of Corp. Herbert King.“She went to the Pike County Courthouse and Gail Bland Green, who is a member of our family, was able to direct her to my grandfather, Charlie King,” Lytricia King said.“But even though she had found my great-uncle’s brother, the DNA testing might not turn up a match.”However, about three months later, Charlie King was notified that the remains of his brother had been identified through DNA testing.The long wait was over. Herbert King was coming home to stay. Bland spoke words of comfort to the family of the one “who has been absent for so long.”“We, too, are in an army – the Christian army led by God himself, and Jesus has already won the victory,” Bland said. “We serve the Lord with gladness and, as long as we keep our hands in God’s hands everything will be all right. We don’t have to worry anymore.”A 21-gun salute, by an honor guard from Fort Benning, Ga., paid tribute to King, “a noble soldier” in the United States Army. In the distance “Taps” was sounded and the reverent silence that followed was interrupted only by the singing of the birds.“A beautiful final tribute,” a family member whispered. Published 10:02 pm Monday, March 1, 2010 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… On a bright, cold February day, Corp. Herbert M. King came home.The homecoming was not the answer to the many prayers on his behalf as he served his country in Korea in 1950, but it brought comfort to his family who, for so long, had continued to wonder.“I guess it’s a strange thing to say but Saturday was a happy day,” said King’s great niece, Lytricia King, of Troy. “To finally know for sure what happened and to know that he is finally at home.”center_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Will sales tax addition cover TRMC costs? Residents in the city of Troy might have noticed some of their purchases Monday seemed a bit higher — because… read more Email the author Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Register shines through music

first_img Sponsored Content Latest Stories Published 9:55 pm Thursday, October 14, 2010 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Register shines through music “Christi is always happy and she’s always singing,” Gwen Register said. “She brings happiness to everyone around her. She is a joy in our lives.”Christi was adopted when she was three days old and there was never any doubt about taking a blind baby into the Register home.“We loved Christi from the first time we saw her,” her mom said. “She is love and she is loved.” By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Skip Blindness has never stopped Christi Register of Troy and she didn’t hesitate when invited to go on stage with the Chuck Wagon Gang at a recent concert. She sang right along even on the old songs of the original 1974 “Gang.” She is pictured with the ‘girls’ in the Gang. (Submitted Photo)Christi Register is blind but she sees life in a way that others don’t and it’s “just beautiful.”When God made Christi, He made her with a smile on a face and a song in her heart.That’s the way her mother, Gwen Register, explains the happiness that surrounds her daughter. Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Print Article For Christi, life is but a song.“I love music and I love to sing,” she said. “I know the words of just about every song in the hymn book and all the words to the songs on the radio and television – songs that I like.”Christi’s favorite kinds of music are gospel, bluegrass and the old-time hymns but she also likes country and some pop tunes.“I love bluegrass. Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are some of favorites and I like James Taylor,” Christi said. “I just like music.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Christi sings at home and God has blessed her with a good voice and the ability to memorize and remember the words to many songs.“I sit in the rocking chair and sing and I sit in the swing and sing,” she said. “Everywhere I go, I sing.”Recently, Christi and her mom attended the Chuck Wagon Gang’s concert at Macedonia Baptist Church Park. They sat on the front row where Christi could be close to the outdoor stage.Christi sang along with every song, that the “Gang’ sang, even the oldies from the original Chuck Wagon Gang back in the mid-1970s.At intermission, Shaye Smith, who is the granddaughter of Anna Carter Gordon Smith of the original Chuck Wagon Gang, went over to Christi and her mom.“She had noticed that Christi was singing along with every song and she was amazed by that,” Gwen Register said. “She asked Christi if she would like to come on stage and sing with the ‘Gang.’ Of course, Christi said she would.”“I was not nervous at all,” Christi said. “It was an honor to sing with the Chuck Wagon Gang.”After the singing, Smith wanted to give Christi one of the Gang’s CDs.“She asked me if I wanted a CD of the original Chuck Wagon Gang or one from today’s” Christi said. “I told her I didn’t want to hurt her feelings but I’d rather have one of the old Gang. I really like them.” Those who don’t know Christi might think singing on stage with the Chuck Wagon Gang was the most exciting event in her life, to date. Those who know Christi, know it was not.“Christi is happiest when she is doing something for somebody else,” her mom said.Christi volunteers with Hospice Advantage in Troy. She plays bingo with the residents at Noble Manor in Troy and volunteers at the Brantley Senior Center. “I like to be with people and I sing and talk to them,” Christi said. “It makes me feel good to do something for somebody else.”Blindness has never stopped Christi Register. She can’t see but God has blessed her in so many ways and with the love of so many. “It’s wonderful to be loved,” she said. “I can feel it and it feels good.” You Might Like Eagles prepare for region battle Goshen High School’s Reginald Foster (21) carries the ball during the Eagles’ game against Pike County High School. (Messenger Staff… read morelast_img read more

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New details emerge in deadly Maryland high school shooting

first_imgABCNews.com(LEXINGTON PARK, Md.) — New details have emerged about the alleged shooter in last week’s deadly high school attack at a Maryland high school, authorities said.Suspect Austin Rollins, a student at Great Mills High School, shot himself in the head at the same instant the school’s sole resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, fired one nonfatal shot that struck Rollins’ hand, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.Rollins has since died from the injuries, after allegedly shooting two other students, one of whom also later died from her injuries. The other student, Desmond Barnes, survived being shot in the leg.Prior to their investigation, authorities had been unsure whether the officer or the suspect fired the fatal shot.A timeline created by the sheriff’s office details how the shooting unfolded.Rollins allegedly shot Willey and Barnes in a school hallway just before classes began last Tuesday, police said. Both were transported to a hospital, with Willey in critical condition.Willey’s mother Thursday tearfully announced her daughter would be taken off life support.Authorities later discovered that Willey and Rollins had a prior relationship, which, they said, had recently ended. The investigation is ongoing.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgDetour signs were a common sight on Bay Avenue during construction. During the past week, the contractor has commissioned the air release chambers that have been installed and continued work on the pipe connections at the new valve vault at the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority’s 20th Street Pump Station.Also, the contractor has re-excavated the tie-in pits that are located at the north and south ends of the project at 8th Street and 31st Street, and has begun filling the new 20-inch PVC pipe full of water in anticipation of pressure testing and the transfer of flows to the new pipe.By the end of work on Friday, Bay Avenue was open to two lanes of traffic, except between 8th and 9th streets. Due to the tie-in pit at this location, only the northbound lane of Bay Avenue will be open. Also, 31st Street will be completely closed between Simpson and Haven Avenues due to the tie-in pit at that location.This coming week, it is expected that pressure testing and the transfer of flows will be completed. At that time, the slip-lining phase of the project will begin. With the exception of the 31st Street location and intermittently at 8th Street, no traffic shutdowns are anticipated. All other traffic control will be done through lane shifts and local detours.The slip-lining phase of the project is expected to extend to mid to late-June. During this phase, traffic control should be done by lane shifts or limited local detours.See full project updatelast_img read more

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