November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a global coalition of press freedom organizations in a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The letter calls on Trudeau to address the serious press freedom issues faced in the country since its recent four point drop in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 10, 2017 RSF joins global coalition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to take action on press freedom in Canada CanadaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources We, the undersigned, are a coalition of non-governmental organizations that works to promote and protect press freedom and freedom of expression in Canada and around the world.We are grateful for your statement on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, in which you shared strong words of support for freedom of the press and the vital role of journalists in democratic society. You also affirm the importance of taking “a hard look at the current state of press freedom.” This is an essential reminder, especially for strong democracies such as Canada. It can be far too easy to fall victim to misplaced complacency about the state of our own hard-won freedoms and liberties, and to believe that only those outside of our borders face real threats to their rights.As leading defenders of freedom of expression and press freedom, we engage every day with journalists, reporters, and ordinary Canadians trying to exercise their right to press freedom, and who face interference and constraint from agents of their own government. As such we must disagree with your assertion that “journalistic freedom is widely recognized and respected in Canada.”While true in many respects, this assessment ignores the systemic problems facing journalists in Canada, and the many violations of press freedom that have occurred over just the past year and a half. As you know, on April 26 Reporters Without Borders released the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, which ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom afforded to journalists. This year Canada fell from 18th to 22nd place. Only two years ago, Canada was ranked in the top 10, making it one of the best countries in the world for journalists to operate. A genuine “hard look” at the status quo leads to the conclusion that press freedom in Canada is in serious decline, and that urgent action is required on the part of your government if it is to be restored.Much work needs to be done, by governments, civil society, and individual citizens, to remedy this state of affairs, and to reestablish Canada’s position as a world leader for the protection of press freedom. But one immediate action on the part of your government could swiftly transform the bleak status quo, establish in law concrete improvements for journalists, and set the stage for a broader revitalization of press freedom in Canada.On May 3, 2017, Bill S-231, the Journalistic Sources Protection Act, passed first reading in the House of Commons. Your government must support the passage of this bill. It extends badly needed legal protections to journalists to ensure they are not made criminals for protecting the anonymity of their sources, and makes it harder for police forces to obtain a search warrant, a court order for the collection of information or the authorization to intercept the communications of a journalist, or the collection of documents or information in his or her possession.On May 3, you said in the House of Commons that “of course, journalists should always be able to protect their sources. That is something we believe in strongly as a government, and that is something we will continue to defend and fight for, not just here in Canada but around the world.” Bill S-231 is not a panacea for the problems facing journalists in Canada, but its passage would go some way to bringing Canada into compliance with international standards for the protection of sources, and demonstrate the sincerity of this government’s commitment to press freedom. We urge you to pass it.Yours sincerely,Alice Klein, President, CJFEJohn Hinds, Executive Director, Newsmedia CanadaJohn Fraser, President and CEO, National NewsMedia CouncilHoward Law, Director, Media Sector, UniforTim McSorley, National Coordinator, International Civil Liberties Monitoring GroupBruce D. Brown, Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the PressThomas S. Saras, President & CEO, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of CanadaJames L. Turk, Director, Centre for Free ExpressionCaroline Locher, Executive Director, Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ)Philippe Leruth, President, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)Simon Van Vliet, President, Association des Journalistes Indépendants du Québec (AJIQ)Martin O’Hanlon, President, CWA/SCA CanadaChristophe Deloire, Secretary-General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Kamala Rao, President, Canadian Media Guild (CMG)Read more on RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 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Top StoriesUP Tops List In Sitting Legislators Accused Of Heinous Crimes; Ex-MPs, MLAs Face Trial in 4442 Cases PAN India: SC Told Sanya Talwar8 Sep 2020 11:37 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has been informed that criminal cases pending against sitting & former MLA’s and MPs are 4442 in number. There are 2556 accused persons amongst the sitting legislators. The amicus curiae has acted on a direction by the top court in the PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking speedy disposal of criminal cases against both former MPs & MLAs, whereby the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has been informed that criminal cases pending against sitting & former MLA’s and MPs are 4442 in number. There are 2556 accused persons amongst the sitting legislators. The amicus curiae has acted on a direction by the top court in the PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking speedy disposal of criminal cases against both former MPs & MLAs, whereby the High Courts across the country were directed to compile a list of criminal cases against former and present legislators.Filed on behalf of Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria and Advocate Sneha Kalita, the Amicus has stated, “There are total 4442 cases pending against MPs/ MLAs (sitting and former) in different courts including Special Courts for MPs and MLAs. In 2556 cases sitting legislators are accused persons. The number of legislators involved are more than total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case, and the same legislator is an accused in more than one case”. It is stated that in a large number of cases, non-bailable arrest warrants issued by the trial courts were yet to be issued and in many instances, they were yet to be executed by the trial court.The submission stipulates that in Uttar Pradesh, there are 1217 pending cases, out of which in 446 cases sitting legislators are accused. 35 of the sitting legislators and 81 of the sitting legislators are accused of heinous crimes which are punishable with a life term. UP tops the list.”Trial in 85 cases has been held up due to stay granted by higher courts. One Special Court was constituted at Allahabad in terms of the directions issued in present case. Presently, the said Special Court is trying cases relating to incidents in adjoining 12 districts”UP is followed by State of Bihar with 73 cases relate to offence punishable with life imprisonment out of which 30 cases are against sitting legislators and 43 against former legislators.In Maharashtra, there are total 330 pending cases, out of which in 222 sitting legislators are accused, 31 cases relate to offence punishable with life imprisonment out of which 17 cases against sitting legislators and 14 against former legislators.In Orissa, there are 331 cases, out of which in 220 cases sitting legislators are accused out of which 32 cases relate to offence punishable with life imprisonment and 10 cases against sitting legislators and 22 against former legislators.In Madhya Pradesh There are 184 cases, out of which in 125 cases sitting legislators are accused, 31 cases are those which are punishable with life imprisonment out of which 12 cases against sitting legislators and 19 against former legislators.In Andhra Pradesh, There are 106 cases and all are pending before one Special Court, Vijaywada. “In 85 cases sitting MPs/ MLAs are accused. However, the number of legislators involved are more than total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case. The said case relates to an offence under section 188 IPC punishable with imprisonment for 2 years,” it states.In West Bengal, there are total 131 pending cases, out of which in 101 cases sitting legislators are accused. The Amicus states that “it appears from the report that in most of the cases charges have yet not been framed, as against the column of date of framing charge it has been stated as ‘Nil’, even when the cases relate to incidents of as far back as 1981″In Karnataka 53 cases relate to offences punishable with life imprisonment, out of which 27 cases against sitting legislators and 26 against former legislators.In Kerala, there are 333 cases, out of which in 310 cases sitting legislators are accused. In Assam, there are 35 cases pending, out of which in 25 cases sitting legislators are accused out of which 12 cases relate to offences punishable with imprisonment for life, out of which 8 are against sitting legislators.In Delhi, there are 87 cases pending before two Special Courts one each at sessions (25) and magisterial level (62). 118 legislators (87 sitting and 31 former) are accused in these cases.In Punjab, there are 35 cases, out of which in 21 cases sitting MPs/ MLAs are accused. In Jharkhand, there are 142 cases, out of which in 86 cases sitting legislators are accused. There are 89 cases pending, out of which in 69 cases sitting MPs/ MLAs are accused persons out of which 8 cases are offences are punishable with life imprisonment. In Telangana, there are 118 cases and in 107 sitting legislators are accused persons. Al these cases are pending before one Special Court at Hyderabad.In Rajasthan, there are 49 pending cases, out of which 17 legislators are accused. There are 4 cases which relate to offences punishable with life imprisonment, and all of them are against former legislators and so on.In Chattisgarh, there are 21 cases pending out of which in 13 cases sitting MLAs are accused. In Uttarakhand, there are 20 cases and in 16 cases sitting legislators are accused persons.In Goa, There are total 12 cases, out of which in 10 cases sitting legislators are accused.In Manipur, there are 15 cases out of which in 10 cases sitting legislators are accused. In Mizoram, there are 4 cases against three sitting legislators, out of which two are punishable with life imprisonment and two other with imprisonment of 10 years.Apart from the above, details of other States have not been furnished since there are few cases and there are no issues to be specifically brought to the notice of this Hon’ble Court.Click Here To Read SubmissionsNext Story
Are you satisfied with the start of the season for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts? The Bengals are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in several years. They will have to play their next couple of games most likely without starting running back, Joe Mixon. It appears that the Bengals have solved some of the offensive problems that plagued them the last 2 years.The Colts are 1-1 having lost their opener to the Bengals 34-23. It certainly appears that Andrew Luck is totally recovered from his shoulder problem. The Colts also seem to have a much better defensive team then they have had the last couple years.It should be a good season for both teams. Whichever team you follow, I hope they make the playoffs.
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Rory McIlroy insists the disappointment of his nightmare start to The Open was not enhanced by it occurring at Royal Portrush.It was an opening round to forget for McIlroy, who started with a quadruple-bogey eight and finished with a 7 on the par-4 18th en route to an 8-over-par 79. British Open 2019: Breaking down Rory McIlroy’s nightmare at Royal Portrush That was 12 behind early clubhouse leader Shane Lowry, while world No. 1 Brooks Koepka was also at 4 under through 15 holes.McIlroy’s round did not follow the script for the local hero and he faces a monumental battle to even make the weekend for Portrush’s first Open Championship since 1951. Related News Quadruple-bogey 8Rory McIlroy goes out of bounds with his opening tee shot.#TheOpen pic.twitter.com/zxo1UWprEu— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 18, 2019McIlroy said his opening hole did not play on his mind and actually focused his game as he felt the situation could not get worse.”It almost settled me down. It was almost like, well, that’s sort of the worst that can happen. Put your head down and keep going,” he added. “I’m not saying that it was the ideal start. But at that point what else can go wrong? “I just put my head down and tried to keep hitting good shots and I did that for the next 13 or 14 holes. I just let it go a little bit at the end.” “I’d be disappointed regardless, whether it was here or St Andrews or Birkdale or any of the other tournaments or majors,” he said. “I’m disappointed, but at the end of the day I’m still the same person.”I’m going to go back and see my family, see my friends, and hopefully they don’t think any less of me after a performance like that. I’ll dust myself off and come back out tomorrow and try to do better.”I didn’t give a very good account of myself out there and I can definitely play better, as all of you know. It’s about doing the simple stuff – getting the ball in the fairway, missing it in the right spots if you do miss it. “The things I usually do pretty well I didn’t do today and it made for a tough start.” British Open 2019: David Duval cards a 14 (FOURTEEN!) on one hole
England Golf has given its support to the Berkhamsted Trophy evolving from a men-only championship to a mixed-gender event from April 2020.The landmark decision to allow both sexes to compete for the trophy is a world first for amateur golf.Entries for the 72-hole event are now being accepted from all golfers with a handicap of one or better. Invitations will also be extended to a number of elite female golfers.The 61st staging of the trophy at the Hertfordshire heathland venue will take place from 2-4 April.Berkhamsted is working on a flexible teeing system with The R&A and England Golf which will ensure that both sexes compete on an equal footing.The event will be eligible for World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points for both men and women.Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director and Team GB leader in the 2020 Olympics, said: “As the country’s governing body for male and female amateur golfers, at England Golf we are delighted to support Berkhamsted Golf Club’s forward-thinking initiative in making the prestigious Berkhamsted Trophy a mixed gender event.”Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said, “The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter is a call to action for everyone involved in golf, from national associations to clubs, to do more to attract women and girls to take up this wonderful sport.“There are many different ways in which this can be achieved and we are supportive of initiatives, such as this by Berkhamsted, which encourage women to compete and play golf at all levels of the game.”European Ladies’ Amateur champion Alice Hewson is a member at Berkhamsted and has applauded her home club for the ground-breaking move.The 22-year-old (pictured above) said: “I’m so proud of my home club for embracing equality. I hope the public will come and watch this year’s Berkhamsted Trophy, to see the very best amateur golfers of both sexes on a fantastic golf course.”Berkhamsted Golf Club captain Henry Tse added: “Berkhamsted has always been a progressive club, and we like to play golf as nature intended – as expressed by the lack of man-made hazards on our golf course.“This decision is a natural evolution not only of that ethos, and but also of the way the modern world works. We will be excited to see men and women compete equally for our beloved Trophy.”Photograph credit: Leaderboard 17 Jan 2020 Berkhamsted break new ground with mixed-gender event
“We talk about parents and guardians practicing responsible gun ownership, but the same needs to extend to those who are selling guns in this state,” Houghtaling said. “Again, it comes down to taking responsibility. When you’re in that business, you have a responsibility to inform your customers. And we certainly need to take responsibility in creating information that can be consumed.” The first of two bills (A-3696) requires the safe storage of a firearm and establishes penalties for improper firearm storage. Under the measure, a legal owner of a firearm that is not in use at a premise under the owner’s control is required to store the firearm in a securely locked box or container in a location, which a reasonable person would believe to be secure. Users may also secure the firearm with a trigger lock. By creating a law that calls for stricter storage requirements for firearms owners, Assemblywoman Joann Downey believes unnecessary tragedies can be avoided and the threat of gun violence in schools stemmed. Both bills are due to gobefore Assembly SpeakerCraig Coughlin (D-19) forfur ther consideration. “There are no protections against an all too familiar story we’ve seen in the news, like a young person who is suffering from anxiety or depression and then locates their parent’s gun. They take their own life and leave their family to mourn a senseless tragedy,” Downey said. Those who fail to adhere to the mandate will be found guilty of a disorderly persons offense, which carries the potential for a six-month prison sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine. According to testimony about the bill provided by Downey to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, though there are requirements and penalties meant to protect children from accessing loaded firearms that are not in use, there is no general requirement for the storage of unloaded firearms. Another staggering figure is that 80 percent of guns used in youth suicide attempts were reportedly stored in the victim’s home or accessed in the home of a friend or relative. The lack of regulation allows gun owners to leave weaponry in accessible locations like a kitchen table or a bedroom nightstand, even with ammunition situated nearby. Additionally, 75 percent of first and second graders know where their parents store their weapons and approximately 36 percent admitted to handling the family firearm without parental permission. An Assembly panel recently advanced seven measures to address gun safety concerns, including legislation sponsored by Downey (D-11) and fellow Democrat Eric Houghtaling (D-11), which specifically targets safe storage of unloaded firearms in the home, as well as mandatory education of firearm dealers about suicide prevention. According to Houghtaling, the informational materials would advise store customers and firing range patrons about different ways to prevent a friend or family member in crisis from accessing their weapon. “This is about responsibility,” Houghtaling said. “If you’re going to own a gun it’s not too much to ask that you store it properly. I’m not here to be anti-gun person. I’m not preaching about limiting a gun owner’s rights. But we have to be better about keeping guns out of the hands of those who are inexperienced, like young children.” It was a particularly disturbing sentiment for Houghtaling, who recognized a mental health concern among youth across the nation and citied several instances of youth suicide in his district during a June 17 interview with The Two River Times. The Center of Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published statistics stating that 1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns in their homes. The second piece of legislation (A-3896) requires the State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal to cooperate with the Shareef M. Elnahal, the commissioner of health, to develop suicide prevention course curriculum and informational materials for retail firearm dealers who sell guns or operate a firing range to display and distribute to patrons. “No other reasonable nation allows for firearms to be left unsecured where any child or thief can easily obtain them. If every firearm in New Jersey were safely secured in a locked container tomorrow, we would see the rate of suicides, unintentional tragedies and school shootings rapidly plummet,” Downey said.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 29, 2015)–Defending champ Fury Kapcori and Argentine-bred Catch a Flight head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes to be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at Santa Anita. The Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.Trained and owned in-part by Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori was a scintillating 5 ¾ length gate to wire winner of last year’s Precisionist, but he has been winless in three subsequent starts, including a disappointing last place effort at even money in a six furlong classified allowance at Golden Gate Fields on March 29–his first start in nine months.With Rafael Bejarano, who guided him to four consecutive wins last year away to ride Saturday in Kentucky, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori figures to be sent from the gate as he tries to recapture his form of a year ago. With two wins and two seconds at a mile and a sixteenth, he’s 17-6-5-1 overall with earnings of $520,790.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon who comes off a fifth place run at 5-1 in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29. A California-bred earner of $818,072, he has six wins from 33 starts and will likely employ come from behind tactics on Saturday.Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight attended the pace in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but never posed a threat while running third to Shared Belief, who defeated the Argentine-bred by 4 ¼ lengths. A neck winner of a mile and one eighth allowance at Santa Anita two starts back on Feb. 13, Catch a Flight, who has always been highly regarded in the Mandella camp, will make his fourth stateside start in the Precisionist.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight is a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who won sprinting on turf in Brazil and at a flat mile on dirt. The Precisionist will be his first try at 1 1/16 miles. With earnings of $213,239, his overall mark stands at 13-7-0-3.Trainer Darrell Vienna’s Mystery Train lends depth to the fray, as he returns to Santa Anita following a close second in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Handicap at Fairgrounds in New Orleans Feb. 21. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred ridgling, Mystery Train tried gate to wire tactics in the Mineshaft and could pose problems for Fury Kapcori on the front end Saturday.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Mystery Train was a Group I winner at 1 ¼ miles in Argentina, but is winless in four stateside tries. He’s 23-8-5-3, with earnings of $451,007.Trainer Bob Hess’s Blue Tone comes off an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29, and would relish a stalking trip on Saturday with Bay Area-based Abel Cedillo in to ride. Owned by Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is 5-2-2-1 at 1 1/16 miles. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Birdstone, he’s 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $338,150.Overmatched at 11-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Oaklawn Handicap April 11, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville was a lights-out 6 ½ length allowance winner coming from far off the pace in a 1 1/16 miles allowance at Santa Anita March 6 and would benefit greatly from a fast pace. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten, he’s owned by W.C. Racing and is 12-2-2-1 with earnings of $146,912.Claimed two starts back for $40,000 on March 8, trainer Ted West Jr.’s Motown Men seeks his first stakes win and sports a solid last-out Beyer Speed figure of 103, the result of dazzling 7 ½ length second condition allowance win at a flat mile on April 10. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Decarchy, he’s owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 27-5-6-4 with earnings of $282,459. He’ll be ridden back by a red-hot Tyler Baze.Dorine and John R. Lanza’s homebred Magic Mark has been idle since running a close third in a one mile allowance Feb. 20 and could help fuel a hot pace as his two wins from four starts at the distance have come when on or near the lead. Conditioned by high percentage Ron Ellis, Magic Mark, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Benchmark, has four wins from 11 starts and seeks his first stakes win. He has earnings of $190,604.Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast wagering on races from Churchill Downs and around the country. The Grade III Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program, which gets underway with first live race post time at 11:30 a.m. The complete Precisionist field with jockeys and weights, in post position order is as follows: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 119; Fury Kapcori, Drayden Van Dyke, 121; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 119; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 119; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Blue Tone, Abel Cedillo, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119, and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 119. COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP HEADLINE 11-RACE CARD THAT STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
QPR have extended youngster Channing Campbell-Young’s trial.Campbell-Young, who turns 20 this Saturday, featured for Rangers’ development side in a recent match against Crystal Palace and was also selected for a game this evening against his former club Bolton.He was on Tottenham’s books before being signed by Wanderers, who released him this summer.He can play in a number of positions but is primarily a defensive midfielder.QPR’s line-up for the Under-23 game at the Macron Stadium also included Swiss goalkeeper Seny Dieng, who was recently signed by the club.See also:QPR sign keeper after youngster is sidelined for six monthsQPR look at two trialistsQPR quiz – can you get five out of five?QPR striker Polter a doubt for Newcastle gameTrialist features again in QPR U23 gamePolter and Luongo doubtful, but QPR trio availableFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Stefan Tilkov of InnoQ, a German services company with expertise in Software architecture related to SOA, Web Services, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and XML, has created a vendor-neutral poster showing a matrix of Web Services Standards.The poster isa useful collection of more than 60 WS-* standards and specifications. One caveat though is that it treats all entries equally — it doesn’t address the quality or acceptance of the standard, and because of that, the picture that it provides may be a little distorted.For each entry, the poster lists a brief description, the current status, version, and list of contributors. The standards are categorized and color coded into groups that include XML, messaging, metadata, reliability, security, transactions, resources, business processes, management, presentation and interoperability.The overview poster is great for pointing out what’s available and provides a good starting point for further research.