Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLA

first_img 2015 Year:  “COPY” China Photographs Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLASave this projectSaveZhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLASave this picture!© Yao Li+ 18Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Save this picture!© Yao LiSite SelectionThe construction land of the entire school is mainly based on the previous Hangzhou Zhongcun Driving Test Center Base. In order to ensure the general starting points for political tasks, before the relocation of Driving Test Center is completed, there is almost only one solution to site selection of the student apartments i.e. a piece of land that belongs to this administrative district and is enclosed by another in the southern part of the campus overall planning land is arranged to provide living space for 5,000 students.Save this picture!© Yao LiThe limitation of site selection has also greatly influenced the planning of the entire southern district of the campus, and has led to the formation of the southern campus space structure that is circularly laid out around the central sports field and the outdoor grand theater. The student apartments occupy the central position on this ring, which constitute the best viewing spot for the outdoor space of the sports field and the natural mountain on the east side. In order to avoid elevator dependency caused by high-rises, the design has chosen the form horizontal expansion as the basic design direction.Save this picture!© Yao LiForm OrganizationThe limitation of site selection also brought about the release of design concepts. Facing the natural mountain and sports space, the design aims that the student apartments can become the special viewing space for the mountain natural landscape and the human landscape, sports and performance on the sports field. The most organized landscape-oriented interface has become the basic clue of the form-through three sections of vice-buildings that have the east-west view, five rows of north-south apartment are connected, thereby forming a continuous arch-shaped building form, and naturally enclosing inner courtyards that are open in all directions. The main courtyard, form openings, and air platforms are all open to the east to maximize response to external landscape resources. The continuous folded plates near the human scale are like the aerial extension of the flowing landscape one the ground, together with the architectural main body, constitute a vivid and elegant overall image. The bundles of steel tubes supporting the folded plates obscure the boundaries of structure and water supply and drainage, forming interesting space limitation.Save this picture!Groung floor planThe limitation of the costs makes the coating almost one of the few options for exterior main materials. The formal language has reverted to the basic design of the opening-a unique and rhythmic façade texture has been created through the left and right movements of the upper and lower balcony openings. The use of different colors in the balcony enhances the recognition of each management unit and forms an implicit and vivid architectural expression under the white tone.Save this picture!© Yao LiShared SpaceThe first floor of the student apartments is functionally limited by the continuous folded plate space, and the public open space, living facilities, and bedroom vestibules are arranged under the folded plates. The open space, the empty space in the main structure of the building and the yards between the buildings together form the shared space for mutual penetration and provide students with countless places where they can enjoy the abundant campus time.Save this picture!Standard floor planIn the main structure of the building above the folded plates, the apartment partially faces the natural mountain on the east side, and at the end of each floor and at the transition site, a public living room is set and combined with a traffic core. These hierarchically-set shared-space nodes, like the special seats facing the landscape, present the scenes of the daily campus life that we imagine: communication, creation, interpretation, meditation…Save this picture!© Yao LiAs the core carrier of contemporary university life, student apartments are constantly creating new requirements for space with the progress of the times. The practice of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments under limitation has continuously created beautiful memories of campus life for the students of this school for more than two years since their delivery.Save this picture!© Yao LiProject gallerySee allShow lessActive Passive Hybrid Design Canteen / TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & EngineersSelected ProjectsOpen Call: Switch Guggenheim Museum New YorkIdeasProject locationAddress:Zhuantang Street, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” CopyApartments, University•Hangzhou, China Architects: GLA, gad Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/894968/zhejiang-conservatory-of-music-student-apartments-gla Clipboardcenter_img Projects Manufacturers: Arrow, CSG, Nippon, Xingfa AluminiumSave this picture!© Yao LiRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaText description provided by the architects. Contemporary college students nearly spend more than one-third of their time in student apartments. Naturally, student apartments are becoming one of the most important components of campus life today. In the design of the student apartments on the west side of the South Campus of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, we have tried to get rid of “great-leap-forward” style of Chinese college construction in the past 20 years. The student apartments generally present the “quasi-house” structure and layout. The unique artistic atmosphere of Conservatory of Music serves as a starting point for design and provides students with a memorable campus time. Apartments Photographs:  Yao Li Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/894968/zhejiang-conservatory-of-music-student-apartments-gla Clipboard Area:  54518 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officegadOfficeFollowGLAOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsEducational ArchitectureHigher EducationUniversityHangzhouChinaPublished on May 31, 2018Cite: “Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLA” 31 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Arts & Business appoints Catherine Bunting as Head of Research

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Arts & Business appoints Catherine Bunting as Head of Research Catherine comes from the Australia Business Arts Foundation, an equivalent charity based in Melbourne, where she spent two years as Research and Information Systems co-ordinator. Tagged with: Recruitment / people Arts & Business, the national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable relationships between business and the arts, has appointed Catherine Bunting as Head of Research, Evaluation and Information.Catherine’s role is to manage Arts & Business’s programme of research and evaluation, enabling A&B to prove to businesses the immense value of supporting the arts. A&B helps business people support the arts and the arts inspire business people, “because good business and great art together create a richer society.” Advertisementcenter_img 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.  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 April 2004 | Newslast_img read more

OSCR publishes key facts and figures.

first_img Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 21 November 2007 | News OSCR publishes key facts and figures. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.center_img The charity sector in Scotland accounts for almost £10bn a year although two-thirds of charities there have an income of less than £25,000.The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published figures on the sector gathered from the Scottish Charity Register giving a financial overview of the sector.OSCR will be producing an updated document, Scottish Charities 2007 following its interim study in 2005 based on annual return and monitoring return forms submittted before the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force. Advertisement  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Key points gathered so far include*There are 23,784 charities on the Scottish Charity Register*There are 2,792 churches and HE colleges*19 charities are responsible for 36.6 per cent of the sector’s total income*Two-thirds of charities in Scotland have an annual income under £25,000 and account for less than one per cent of the sector’s total income.OSCR’s chief executive Jane Ryder said the figures were informative and demonstrated the Regulator’s proportionate approach. We are committed to the principles of best regulatory practice, she said. We are correct in requiring charities with smaller incomes to provide straightforward information. We provide ./guidance focused on the needs of smaller charities and they provide us with simplified accounts.That is both proportionate and right, given that a relatively few larger charities account for such a percentage of the sector’s total income.last_img read more

New Bupa UK Foundation to give £1m this year

first_img Howard Lake | 8 April 2015 | News Photo: heart health by Ekaterina Garyuk on Shutterstock.com New Bupa UK Foundation to give £1m this year  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Bupa UK is engaged in other charitable activities. Last month it announced that Age UK had been chosen as its strategic charity partner with the aim of raising £1 million over the next two years to support thousands of older people across the UK. Healthcare provider Bupa UK has created a new charitable foundation, which will support projects and initiatives that aim to “tackle critical challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing”.The Bupa UK Foundation will grant up to £1 million in 2015, with the first round of funding to be announced in mid-May.It’s principal areas of focus will include heart health, dementia, type 2 diabetes and cancer. In addition, it will support work on factors that underpin health including mental health, ageing, behaviour change that improves health, and the management of long-term conditions.Applications for first round of fundingThe theme of the first round of funding will be announced in mid-May. At that time the Bupa UK Foundation will invite applications with the first funding decisions expected in the summer.The foundation will be governed by a board of trustees, made up of five Bupa UK directors and two external trustees including the former President of the Royal College of Nursing, Andrea Spyropoulos.Dr Paula Franklin, Medical Director, Bupa UK said:“We’re really excited to announce the launch of the Bupa UK Foundation. The driving force of our new charitable foundation is to help millions of people to live longer, healthier, happier lives and to engage more people in their health and wellbeing. Our funding will be directed towards projects and initiatives that support this purpose.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate Fundinglast_img read more

Workers resist unsafe conditions

first_imgAll over the country, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, workers are fighting for and winning safer working conditions, the right to stay home and income protection. They are both unionized and nonunionized and work in a range of occupations.Amazon, retail workers walk outAmazon warehouse workers at the DCH1 warehouse in Chicago began demanding paid time off in January after reading in the employee handbook that everyone working 20 hours or more a week was entitled to it. The company tried to claim only full-time workers could take days off with pay.DCH1 Amazonians United Members together with Amazon workers from around the world. (Photo Credit: DCH1 Amazonians United)Most of the workers at DCH1 are Black and Latinx. When they met with the company, “They talked to us like stupid workers who can’t read.” (Amazonians United) The workers’ group, DCH1 Amazonians United, distributed leaflets and wore buttons that read “Amazonians United for PTO.” Strike talk was part of the conversation.The campaign for PTO picked up steam when the COVID-19 crisis really hit, and Amazonians also began demanding protections to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 20, the company issued a memo informing all Amazon workers—not just workers at DCH1—they were eligible for PTO.With Amazon sales surging globally and warehouse workers in Spain and Italy testing positive for COVID-19, more than 1,500 workers from around the world signed a petition March 17 calling for stronger workplace safety measures and paid sick leave. Workers at an Amazon facility in Queens, N.Y., shut it down March 19 after a worker tested positive. (Washington Post, March 17)On March 30 Amazon workers in Staten Island, N.Y., walked off the job after seven workers fell sick there from COVID-19. Instacart grocery delivery workers nationwide joined them. The 4,500 workers in the warehouse say Amazon mishandled its response to the pandemic and want the entire facility closed for two weeks so it can be thoroughly disinfected and sanitized. The workers want pay during this time, as well as retroactively for those who stayed home in fear for their health and safety. (wuwf.org, March 30)Under the banner “We won!” on March 20, the Coalition for a Trader Joe’s Union announced a victory through a petition seeking “special bonus pool” for all the company’s employees. The concession was time and a half pay in recognition of the hazards workers face by keeping stores open in the midst of the pandemic.The coalition is still seeking paid sick leave for workers at high risk of infection and paid family leave for workers with children at home from school but no access to child care.Workers also want the right to wear gloves when working cash registers. While the corporation claims to have a policy providing this minimal protection, workers complain of still being sent home without pay for refusing to work registers without gloves.On March 31, Whole Foods workers nationwide staged a sick-out to demand hazard pay, guaranteed paid time off for workers who self-quarantine and health-care coverage for part-time and seasonal workers.On March 27, members of Teamsters Local 667 held a wildcat strike after learning a coworker had tested positive for COVID-19. They said most of them are afraid to touch anything in the massive Kroger warehouse in Memphis. Kroger is the country’s largest grocery chain but refuses to offer hazard pay, which Safeway, Giant Eagle and other chains have been paying. Workers are angry that Kroger initially failed to inform them of their co-worker’s test results.Construction workers join the fightOhio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a “stay at home” order on March 22 that went into effect at midnight the next day. All “non-essential” businesses were ordered closed. The order, however, deemed housing construction “essential,” meaning that construction of new, expensive condos in areas being gentrified would continue.Construction workers in Cleveland, fearful for their safety, were being forced to continue working without proper sanitation, on jobs where “social distancing” was impossible. The workers, who argued that their work is in no way essential and they should not have to work under unsafe conditions, had been told by officials in Cleveland’s building trades unions that if they took a voluntary layoff they could not collect unemployment benefits.On March 23, workers reported to work as usual at a construction project in a Cleveland neighborhood undergoing a second wave of gentrification.Unwilling to continue working unsafely, the union electricians walked off the job, while union plumbers began a sit-down. Before morning’s end, and after workers met with construction company management and union leadership, the workers won the right to take voluntary layoffs and collect unemployment.Workers at other Ohio construction sites have reportedly been taking similar actions. Meanwhile electricians building an addition to a Kaiser hospital in Sacramento walked off the job, and construction workers in Las Vegas are threatening to do the same.Public workers strike for safetyDetroit bus drivers refused to drive March 17 without safety precautions. Driver Schetrone Collier summarized the workers’ concerns: “(The CDC) already said not more than 10 people in a setting. I carry 75 people at a time — on a bus yesterday standing up around me. No hand sanitizer, no gloves from the department.” (clickondetroit.com, March 17) Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 backed up the drivers and the work stoppage won all their demands. With bus fares suspended for the duration of the pandemic, drivers have little interaction with riders who must use the rear door to enter and exit (exceptions for wheelchair users) and not take seats near the driver. After portable toilets with hand sanitizers were set up, more cleaning staff was hired and bus cleaning protocols were established. Drivers are given gloves and disinfectant wipes at the beginning of each shift and masks “upon request whenever available.”Bus drivers in Birmingham, Ala., refused to work on March 23 due to pandemic-related safety concerns. They demanded masks and changes in line with social distancing standards. Now all 20 buses will only allow 15 to 19 passengers to board depending on bus size. Each bus has blocked off seats to allow social distancing for passengers and drivers. Suspending fares allows passengers to use the rear door, except for passengers in wheelchairs. (wvtm13.com, March 23)When over 100 Pittsburgh sanitation workers arrived for their 5 a.m. shift on March 25 to find the doors locked, they panicked and refused to work. They had just learned that a co-worker had to be quarantined due to the coronavirus, explained Teamsters Local 249 President Kevin Schmitt. So they rallied for nearly two hours outside the Bureau of Environmental Services, accusing the department of not alerting workers to the potential coronavirus exposure and demanding better sanitary protections.The workers want masks, better gloves, an additional pair of boots and hazard pay in case they’re injured on the job. The gloves they’re given don’t even protect their hands; most workers have been buying surgical gloves since COVID-19 began. However, city Medical Director Dr. Ronald Roth worries that touching gloves to a mask would increase the chances of contracting the virus.The mayor insists that the city is cleaning the trucks and is now allowing the workers to clean their gloves in garages. Workers said they’re really understaffed, with two people on trucks when they’re supposed to have a third helper during pickups. Meanwhile the workers have been asked to sign a document stating they had been evaluated for the virus even though they were not. A worker noted, “All they care about is picking up the garbage. They don’t even care about our health.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 25)On March 20 several dozen sewer maintenance workers in Cleveland, who service 39 communities in Cuyahoga County, walked off the job. They raised safety concerns about being able to maintain safe distance between co-workers and the risk of infection when they go into people’s homes.Perdue workers walk out over sanitation, for extra payClose to 50 workers walked out of a Perdue Farms plant in Kathleen, Ga., on March 23, after production workers had come in close contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19. “We’re not getting nothing — no type of compensation, no nothing, not even cleanliness, no extra pay.“ said worker Kendaliyn Granville. Though supervisors claim the building is sanitized every night, Granville says there’s food on the floor in the morning and bathrooms are still dirty. “You want us to go back on the floor to work? No, first sanitize the line because this is not a playing matter. This is not a game.” (13wmaz.com, March 23)Claiming the federal government deemed food industry workers “as mission-critical personnel,” Perdue Farms agreed in a statement on March 25 to do a “deep cleaning” of the plant every two hours and offered four weeks of paid leave to workers who get sick with COVID-19. (ucommblog, March 25)Fast food fightbackIn Portland, Ore., on March 23, the Burgerville Workers Union at the 92nd Avenue restaurant location walked out for one day. Their demands were: Two-week severance pay for laid-off workers; $2-an-hour hazard pay; two weeks paid sick leave for ill workers; enhanced food prep area sanitation; and the maintenance of recommended “social distancing” protocols in work areas.When management refused their demands, all union members walked out, effectively shutting down operations.Two weeks prior, the restaurant chain, with 40 stores in the Pacific Northwest and North Carolina, laid off 70 percent of its workers, closing its dining rooms. Keeping its carry-out food service open, the remaining workers—what the union calls “a skeleton crew”—were forced to work in close proximity to each other.Union member Mike Medina, a walkout participant, told the Eater, an online news service reporting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Portland area food service workers, “Burgerville corporate claims to care about the community, [but] by cutting costs like this, they’re putting us all at risk. People could die.”On March 20, McDonald’s workers in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., walked off to protest the lack of soap, gloves and any training to protect themselves from COVID-19, as well as shortened hours—essentially a pay cut for these low-wage workers. On March 27, workers walked out at McDonald’s in Durham, N.C., demanding safe working conditions, the right to refuse to work unsafely, hazard pay for those still working and “pandemic pay” for those not working.NYC workers coalescebroad coalition of worker justice advocates held a virtual press conference on March 20 to call for expansion of New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Leave Act. That would expand unemployment insurance, extend paid sick leave to workers at gig companies, and establish a fund for workers who otherwise would not qualify for assistance, such as undocumented workers and those categorized as independent contractors: Uber and Lyft drivers, Amazon Flex delivery drivers, food delivery workers, nail salon technicians, home care workers, janitors, etc.Every sector of the working class is resisting!For workers deemed “essential,” the fight for safe working conditions is paramount. Because they are unionized, United Parcel Service workers are better-protected from COVID-19 than their counterparts at FedEx and Amazon. Representing UPS workers in New York City, Teamsters Local 804 President Vinnie Perrone sent an update to members about what the union requested from the company.Demands included cleaning and sanitizing trucks and buildings, staggered start times to reduce overcrowding and cleaning work to be done by union members.Management greed to the demands, but Perrone reminded members: “We all need to stick together and keep the pressure on to make the company comply with CDC and OSHA guidelines and protect members and the public.” (teamsterslocal804.org)Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx protest lack of basic protective equipment, March 28.Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, N/Y., staged a protest outside the hospital, demanding protective equipment. Standing six feet apart, they held signs reading, “Healthcare before Profits,” “Respect Public Healthcare Nurses” and “We Risk our Lives to Save Yours #ppenow.” They have been told to use the same N95 mask for five days in a row. “We’re all at risk if we lack the supplies we desperately need,” registered nurse Kelly Cabrera said. “It’s a pandemic. If we get sick, our community gets sick. We are all people and our patients deserve better.” (New York Post, March 28)In a March 17 press release the United Farm Workers union reported: “The United Farm Workers has sent an open letter to all agricultural employers and organizations urging them to take ‘proactive steps to ensure the safety of farm workers, protect buyers and safeguard consumers.’ Those steps include extending ‘state-required sick pay to 40 hours or more,’ removing ‘caps on accruing sick pay,’ ending the 90-day wait period many employers require before workers can claim sick time and ceasing to ask them for letters from doctors when field laborers use sick leave.”After rank-and-file autoworkers stopped work in Michigan and elsewhere, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles conceded to demands to close the plants. The plants were unsafe: social distance was not maintained, work stations were not sanitized and bathroom sinks lacked hot water. The fight goes on for workers in plants of companies such as American Axle Manufacturing that supply parts to the Detroit Three. After days of wrangling, AAM reluctantly closed the factory in Fraser, Mich. Workers in other parts plants around the country are still being ordered to work in unsafe plants.Others walking out or threatening walkouts include dockworkers, shipbuilders and call center workers in various cities.This is just a harbinger of things to come. If Trump thought workers were going to passively adhere to a directive to go back to work “by Easter,” he gave that up. At the rate the pandemic is spreading, it’s doubtful if the workers will go back on April 30.Grevatt, trustee of UAW Local 869, retired last year from FCA after 31 years. Sue Davis is a member of UAW Local 1981, National Writers Union. 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Reporters Without Borders condemns Council of Europe report on Gongadze case

first_img Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News RSF_en Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV UkraineEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns a Council of Europe report on the murder of Ukrainian political journalist Georgy Gongadze as a “whitewash” and a “stab in the back” for his family. Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine Reporters Without Borders today condemned a Council of Europe report on the murder of Ukrainian political journalist Georgy Gongadze as a “whitewash” and a “stab in the back” for his family.Independent expert Hans Christian Krüger had investigated whether the authorities were professionally and properly conducting the enquiry into the killing of Gongadze, editor of the online newspaper www.pravda.com.ua, who disappeared on 16 September 2000. “The report is a big stab in the back,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We and the Gongadze family fought to have the Council thoroughly investigate the unusual number of serious flaws in the enquiry, but the report is simply a whitewash of the errors of the former prosecutor-general and an unjustified statement of confidence in his successor. Krüger’s firm convictionThe report, only four pages long and published by the Bureau of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly on 27 June after being ordered last September, says the “Melnychenko tapes” (made by a former secret policeman) are “the only element” in the case indicating Gongadze’s disappearance and murder “may be linked to his activities as an opposition journalist.” It says the prosecutor-general’s office “was put under considerable pressure to present the public quickly with concrete results and that, as a consequence, a number of mistakes were made during the first two years of the investigation” conducted by the former prosecutor-general, Mihailo Potebenko. “The question to be asked is whether or not the efforts made by [current prosecutor-general] Mr (Svyatoslav) Piskun to reassure both the Ukrainian public and the international community and to give the investigation a new impetus are sincere and in conformity with general standards applied by the public prosecution in democratic societies in similar circumstances.””Having carefully examined all the elements collected, I believe they are,” say Krüger. “Whether the steps his team have taken will lead to a concrete result remains a matter for conjecture but I am convinced that the present Prosecutor General, in very difficult circumstances, is doing all he can to bring the Gongadze case to a solution.”The position of Reporters Without Borders1. Gongadze was targeted because he was a journalistMany elements – not just one as Mr Krüger says – suggest Gongadze was killed because he was a journalist. He was well-known for his strong criticism of the authorities and his vigorous fight for press freedom in Ukraine. Gongadze was very outspoken during the 1999 presidential election campaign. When he and four other journalists questioned President Leonid Kuchma during a TV debate on the national TV station 1 + 1, he openly accused the then interior minister, Yuri Kravchenko, of corruption and undermining civil liberties, especially press freedom. When Gongadze went to the United States, from 3 December 1999 to 5 January 2000, a few days before an official visit by President Kuchma, he met State Department and Congressional officials, the media and the large Ukrainian diaspora. He distributed a statement signed by 60 Ukrainian journalists criticising curbs on press freedom in Ukraine and held a press conference about it. He was also actively involved in opposing an April 2000 referendum to boost presidential powers and was a leading organiser of a 3 May 2000 demonstration of journalists in Kiev against attacks on press freedom. In his online paper, www.pravda.com.ua, which he launched in April 2000, he published articles by other journalists criticising top political and economic figures for corruption. In the months before he vanished, Gongadze was spied on by the state militia and followed by strangers in a car with militia numberplates. He said he was frightened and had complained of “deliberate provocation to intimidate me or at least to stop me doing my job as a journalist” in an open letter to prosecutor-general Potebenko on 14 July 2000 that year. But legal officials did not take seriously the threats against him. All this leads Reporters Without Borders to conclude he was killed because he was an opposition journalist, since no element has so far suggested any other motive. The tapes made by former secret policeman Mykola Melnychenko in President Kuchma’s office during discussions between top officials are just another confirmation of this. An opposition leader revealed their existence on 28 November 2000. In them, a person who appears to be the interior minister said he had people who could get rid of Gongadze – “real experts” ready to do “anything you want.”2. Very powerful officials have blocked the search for the truthA Reporters Without Borders fact-finding mission in January 2001 detailed the very serious mistakes made in the case. Prosecutor-general Potebenko, who was elected to parliament in March 2001, conducted the enquiry with the primary aim of protecting the government from grave accusations against it. There were not just “errors” due to “pressure” on the prosecutor-general’s office, as Mr Krüger claims, but a deliberate effort to hide the truth. Gongadze’s widow Myroslava filed a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights against the Ukrainian government on 16 September 2002 and the court has agreed to rule on it.Every effort seems to have been made to prevent the body from being identified. The discovery of a headless corpse by a farmworker on 2 November 2000 buried just below the surface near the small town of Tarashcha, near Kiev, was followed by a series of major procedural errors in the enquiry. A local expert did a first autopsy on the body. The estimated date of death was around the time Gongadze disappeared. The authorities were told of the body’s discovery and its condition, yet it was left for 13 days in the small unrefrigerated morgue in Tarashcha, which made later identification and autopsy more difficult. Gongadze’s family was not told the body had been found and when they heard the news from the media, they went to Tarashcha on 15 November to try to identify it. From then on, the prosecutor’s office made clear that it would keep tight control over the enquiry and put up all kinds of obstacles to any parallel efforts to solve the case. The body was secretly taken to Kiev on 15 November without the knowledge of the head of the Tarashcha morgue. Only three days later did the Kiev regional prosecutor confirm it had been transferred to a morgue in the capital. The deputy interior minister announced on 16 November that the body had probably been buried for two years, in total contradiction with the result of the first autopsy. Gongadze’s widow was not allowed to try to identify it until 10 December, more than a month after it had been found. Citing President Kuchma’s 1998 veto of a law on setting up parliamentary enquiries, the prosecutor-general refused to cooperate with a commission parliament established to look into the case.Gongadze’s widow and mother were systematically kept at a distance from the enquiry and were refused information, subjected to deliberate delays and contradictory statements, especially about identification of the body.The new prosecutor-general, Sviatoslav Piskun, granted Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard the status of a legal representative of the Gongadze family on 5 August 2002, as well as permission to examine the results of previous analyses and, in January this year, to make an independent analysis which enabled the body to be definitively identified. Local prosecution officials in Tarashcha, who had been convicted of forging documents, negligence and abuse of authority, were amnestied in April and May.Although the new prosecutor-general has shown signs of goodwill, the enquiry has not yet produced any concrete results and Gongadze’s killers are still at large. August 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns Council of Europe report on Gongadze case Receive email alerts September 7, 2020 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News News News UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

Casablanca court sentences newspaper editor to a year in prison and a fine of 88 euros

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News News Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the one-year jail sentence and fine of 1000 dirhams (88 euros) that a Casablanca court passed today on Rachid Nini, the editor of Al-Massae, one of Morocco’s leading newspapers, at the end of a trial marked by judicial intransigence, repeated adjournments and a refusal to free him on bail.Held since 28 April, the newspaper editor was tried on charges of disinformation and attacking state institutions, public figures and the “security and integrity of the nation and citizens” under articles 263, 264 and 266 of the criminal code.Nini’s lawyer, Khaled Sufiani, said he would appeal. “This is a very bad development for justice and civil liberties in Morocco,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “This is a clear warning to journalists, so that they feel threatened when they exercise their freedom of expression.”“We are alarmed to see criminal charges being brought in a press case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This precedent opens the way to many abuses and to the withdrawal of the press law as effective legal tool. We urge the Moroccan courts to reverse this decision.”The press freedom organization added: “Three months after King Mohammed spoke of constitutional reforms in an address, the sentence imposed on Rachid Nini is tantamount to a retraction. Imprisoning a journalist is the mark of authoritarian regimes. No progress towards democracy is possible without respect for media freedom.” Reporters Without Borders wrote to the justice minister on 20 May warning against trying Nini without reference to the press law. If journalists are accused of abusing freedom of expression, “any prosecution should be carried out solely under the provisions of Morocco’s press law” and any punishment should be “envisaged by the law, necessary, legitimate and proportionate,” the letter said.Al-Massae journalists told Reporters Without Borders that the prosecution was prompted by articles which criticized corruption, including corruption among close associates of the king, which raised questions about Fouad Ali El-Himma, the head of the Authenticity and Modernity Party, which referred to intelligence chief Abdellatif Hammouchi, and which called for the repeal of the anti-terrorism law. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Casablanca court sentences newspaper editor to a year in prison and a fine of 88 euros April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

OPD catches fugitive from Dallas

first_img Twitter Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death A burglary in progress led Odessa police to a Dallas fugitive wanted for burglary of a habitation.Police were called about the burglary around 4:48 a.m. Wednesday in the 3100 block of North Tom Green Avenue.Upon arrival, officers found the suspect, 36-year-old Esteban Garza, in possession of a scale and marijuana pipes in plain view, an Odessa Police Department news release stated. Garza reportedly gave officers a false name and birthday, and when officers checked to see if he had any warrants, began evading officers on foot.Officers chased Garza for about a quarter of a mile before placing him into custody, the release detailed. Dispatch then told officers Garza had a felony parole violation warrant out of Dallas County for burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.Garza was further charged with evading arrest and failure to identify as a fugitive, class A misdemeanors.Jail records show Garza was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Wednesday. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp By admin – June 8, 2018 Esteban Garzacenter_img Home Local News Crime OPD catches fugitive from Dallas Previous articleMan arrested after evading cops, crashing vehicleNext articleGOLF: Luttrell, Branum maintain lead through second round of Quarter Century Partnership admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police searching for man connected to hit and run Pinterest Local NewsCrime OPD catches fugitive from Dallas Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Facebook Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSouthern Style Potato SaladSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama Seward’s Strawberry Cake NextStay last_img read more

Supreme Court Stays Criminal Proceedings Against Azim Premji And Wife Over Merger Of Companies

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Stays Criminal Proceedings Against Azim Premji And Wife Over Merger Of Companies LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Dec 2020 2:40 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on WIPRO founder Azim Premji’s petition questioning summons issued by an Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in January on a private complaint over allegations of illegally transferring crores of rupees worth of assets from three companies into a private trust and newly formed company.The bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul also directed…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 on Friday issued notice on WIPRO founder Azim Premji’s petition questioning summons issued by an Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in January on a private complaint over allegations of illegally transferring crores of rupees worth of assets from three companies into a private trust and newly formed company.The bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul also directed stay of proceedings before the trial court in the meantime.The Karnataka High Court had in May this year dismissed petitions filed by Wipro founder Azim Premji, his wife and two others questioning summons issued by an Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in January. Justice John Michael Cunha dismissed the petitions filed by Premji, his wife, Pagalthivarthi Srinivasan and Regional Director of Ministry of Corporate Affairs M R Bhat.The trial court had issued summons on January 27 against the four based on a private complaint filed by Chennai-based company India Awake for Transparency, about allegations of illegally transferring crores of rupees worth of assets from three companies into a private trust and newly formed company. It was alleged in the complaint that Premji, his wife and Srinivasan were entrusted with the dominion over properties and assets of three companies as directors.They were holding assets of these three companies of a total worth Rs 31,342 crore in fiduciary capacity, without having any financial interest or ownership therein, the complaint said. Based on the private complaint alleging that the accused had committed offences punishable under Sections 409, 34 read with 120B IPC and Section 13(1)(d) read with Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the trial court issued summons to Premji and others. They have challenged it before the high court. In the HC, the counsel for the accused argued that the allegations made in the complaints, even if they are taken at their face value and accepted in their entirety, do not prima facie constitute any offences or make out a case against accused 1 to 4.On Friday, Senior Advocate A. M. Singhvi, for the petitioner, advanced, “This is a bizarre case. 3 companies of the Azim Premji group, entirely owned by Premji and his mother, merged into a fourth company of the Azim Premji group known as ‘Hasham’. And it is being said that this amount to bona vacantia?””I have seen the brief and have a specific question. Other than the amalgamation which is approved by the High Court, is there any other material? Allegations against you are beyond the scheme of amalgamation or within? , asked Justice Kaul.”Within the scheme of amalgamation”, replied Dr. Singhvi.The bench then issued notice.Dr. Singhvi brought to the bench’s notice that the petitioners are due for physical appearance before the court on Saturday. The bench also clarified that the proceedings before the trial court shall also remain stayed.Advocate R. Subramanium, appearing for the respondent-caveator and the defacto complainant before the special court, NGO ‘India Awake for Transparency’, advanced, “Dr. Singhvi is not right. The companies which merged have neither Azim Premji, his wife or any member of his family or any person connected to him as a shareholder!””What do you have to do with the transaction? Are you a shareholder?”, inquired Justice Kaul. “No, he is not! 27 litigations have been lodged by him against 39 companies”, contended Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, also for the petitioners. Dr. Singhvi also prayed that the organisation not be heard.”There is absolutely nothing to be heard”, remarked Justice Kaul, though the bench issued notice to the organisation.”Next, Mr. Subramanium prayed for the quashing of the order where the NGO had moved the trial court under section 18A of the Prevention of Corruption Act for the attachment of properties of the amalgamated companies, and the court had expressed the view that there is no prima facie case that any of the five respondents before it had committed any offence”Senior Advocate S. Ganesh countered this prayer, arguing that the attachment was sought on the ground that the properties in question belonged to the Central government and that the government had itself clarified that the properties were not owned by them.”You sought interim relief. The court declined it and indicated its prima facie opinion in doing so. What about that should we consider under Article 136?”, asked Justice Dinesh Maheshwari.”But the issue of prima facie case has been decided by the Karnataka High Court in its impugned judgment”, pressed Mr. Subramanium.The bench proceeded to dismiss the relevant SLP.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Bank raiders tool up for St Valentines Day

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s stock market reviewThe battle for NatWest bank has entered a critical new phase. The threeparties involved – NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland – have beentrading accusations relentlessly with each other ahead of the 14 Februarydeadline when NatWest shareholders have to choose between the two hostilebidders. Bank of Scotland’s latest offer is worth just over £24bn or about £14.50 perNatWest share. Royal Bank of Scotland has offered to pay £22bn for NatWest inthe form of £3.05 per share in loan notes and about £1.20 per share specialdividend with guaranteed features. Many analysts think Royal Bank of Scotland needs to raise its offer but inthe meantime, NatWest maintains its strong opposition to a takeover by eitherrival. NatWest last week said it considers the raiders’ proposals risky and theoffer, so far, woefully inadequate.Tobacco firm sends out smoke signals over health concernsBritish American Tobacco, the world’s second largest tobacco manufacturer,is seeking a “partnership for change” dialogue with the Governmentand health pressure groups in order to respond to concern that smoking posesdangers to public health. BAT has suggested raising the legal age for buying tobacco from 16 to 18. Italso proposes sponsoring independent research into the effects of low tarcigarettes and how to combat tobacco smuggling into the country. And itsupports the idea of ID cards so that underage children trying to buy tobaccocan be identified.Captains of industry are ready to ring the changesA survey commissioned by BT Cellnet reveals that more than three-quarters ofBritain’s top company chiefs believe mobile phones will change the way businessesoperate in future. The survey, carried out by Mori, reveals that most of theUK’s senior business executives are well acquainted with technology. Also, most of the 102-sample of directors drawn from the top 500 companiesbelieve voice-activated keyboards could soon render present-day keyboards andmice obsolete. Interestingly, that could mean the end of employers’ nightmareof being sued for Repetitive Strain Injury. But then again, perhaps not,because the voice-activated keyboards could cause the equivalent Vocal StrainInjury problems for employers instead.HSE calls for shutdown of lay-offs plan at nuclear operatorSafety fears have prompted the Health and Safety Executive to call for atemporary halt to the proposed redundancies plan announced by British Energypending full assessment of safety issues at its two nuclear power operations.British Energy plans to combine some of the core areas of its subsidiariesBritish Energy Generation and British Energy Generation (UK) in order todeliver on its cost-cutting programme. Comments are closed. Bank raiders tool up for St Valentines DayOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more