TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick SherwinShalom Previous articleAren’t fire ants cute little things?Next articleThere is still good in the world Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gwendolyn Logan Reply Please enter your comment! 2 COMMENTS Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. December 23, 2020 at 11:40 am Thanks for sharing There is a time to pray and a time to actInspirationFrom Rabbi Rick SherwinThe Hebrew word shalom is generally translated as peace, but it means much more. The word denotes wholeness, a coming together of disparate parts. The essential meaning of shalom is pulling together, and the antithesis of shalom is falling apart: the opposite of peace is pieces. Thus, Shalom is not merely a state of being, but rather is a call to action. We must protect each other’s rights and safeguard each other’s dignity as we pull together and forge a commonality of shalom and peace.A story: Moses and the Children of Israel are trapped! The Red Sea stands before them, blocking their path to freedom, and Pharaoh with his chariots and army is closing in. Moses offers a lengthy prayer, reminding God of all the promises that were made to Abraham and to the generations that preceded Egyptian bondage, and calls for God to support the former slaves with compassion and justice. Suddenly, God interrupts Moses’ prayer: Why are you praying when My People are looking to see what you are going to do? I gave you the strength to act, and now it is you who must act. Moses stopped his prayer, looked at his People, then looked at the other side of the Red Sea. Slowly, he picks up his rod and extends it over the water. He tells the Israelites, “We need to start moving, my friends. Just remember to keep your eyes focused on the other side, and we will get there.There is a time to pray and a time to act. It is not always clear where that line separates the two, and then the time comes when it is abundantly clear that it is time to act. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You learn something new daily. Enjoy the knowledge. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Gwendolyn Logan Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter December 23, 2020 at 11:39 am The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Decision Apopka 2018Opinion/AnalysisBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceDiane Velazquez ran a good runoff campaign. After a narrow loss to challenger Alice Nolan in the March 13th general election, the incumbent Apopka City Commissioner for Seat #2 got up from the political mat, dusted herself off, and made all the right moves and said all the right things. She attended nearly every event in the Apopka community. She made statements on social media making it clear she could work well with Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson. She made an impassioned closing statement to approximately 400 Errol residents at a special City Council meeting that drew big applause. She did the things a candidate does to rebound from a disappointing result and return a month later ready to compete again.Apopka City Commissioner Diane VelazquezBut in the end, the handwriting was on the wall.This runoff, like the general election results, was a mandate. In many ways, it mirrored the mayoral election in which Nelson defeated Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer with 63.4% of the votes.Nolan rode the momentum of her narrow victory the previous month to defeat Velazquez in the runoff election and claim a spot on the City Council. But this time with no other candidates in the Seat #2 field, the results were far more one-sidedNolan received 1,702 votes (58.95%), compared to Velazquez with 1,185 (41.05%). Although it was less than half the votes cast in the record-breaking general election only a month ago, the 2,889 voters that did cast a ballot spoke with the same voice as the 6,493 voters on March 13th.Commissioner-Elect Alice NolanDespite the lowest turnout in an Apopka municipal election since 2012, the message was clear that they wanted to change course, and they wanted to give Nelson a City Council that would support his approach.Nolan, the 29-year-old sixth-generation Apopka resident that joined the Seat #2 City Commission race during the last week of qualifying, was humbled by the thought of representing the city as a commissioner.“I first want to thank everyone who came out to vote, who supported their candidate by volunteering or donating. And I want to thank every family member for their patience and understanding during this campaign. It is an honor and great responsibility to serve my hometown, and to help bring everyone together to work for a future for generations to come. I look forward to working with the citizens to bring positive changes, working together as a community, and dedicate our time to grow Apopka while keeping true to our history. I thank Diane for her service to our community and the words of encouragement she said to me as we transition. Again, thank you Apopka for giving me the opportunity to work for you. Apopka, Let’s Work Together.”Velazquez described the moment she congratulated Nolan.“At 7 pm, at the Northwest Recreation Complex Voting Precinct, I walked over to congratulate the newly elected commissioner Alice Nolan. We talked and hugged. I wish Ms. Nolan success in her new journey serving our city. Thank you to all the voters who participated in this election cycle.”Later in response to a post on social media, Velazquez described the highlights of her term in office.“These past four years have been a journey I could never have imagined. I loved what I was doing. The best part of it was going out into the community, into the schools, attending church services, supporting all the local events, patronizing our local businesses, welcoming new ones, and getting to know the families and everyone who called Apopka their home. My life has been enriched by this experience, serving the City of Apopka. With the newly elected Mayor Bryan Nelson and two newly-elected Commissioners Smith and Nolan, I wish them success, as they are now charged with serving the Apopka residents for the next four years. It was with a heart full of love and dedication that I served. Thank you, Apopka.”Showing grace under pressure and adversity is not a quality that can be taught. It is not a political tactic that can be employed when the time calls for it. It has to come from within. Throughout her term, Velazquez has always displayed this grace.Thank you, Commissioner Velazquez, for your lifetime of public service to the residents of New York City, and especially to the residents of Apopka. Your time in office will not be forgotten.And congratulations to Commissioner-Elect Nolan. You ran a positive, energy-filled campaign and Apopka looks forward to your service on the City Council. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSApopka City CommissionDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleOrange County Clerk makes it easier to get a passportNext articleMarch rainfall below average across the district Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! 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The 2021 New Year Honours List, announced last night, includes 1,239 recipients, recognised for “their extraordinary contributions in all four nations of the United Kingdom”. Of these 65% have been recognised for their community work, including fundraisers and charity leaders.Oldest awards recipientsThe oldest recipients this year are both fundraisers. Anne Baker from Salisbury in Wiltshire, who is 106, receives an MBE for fundraising for the NSPCC. She is closely followed by 104 year old Ruth Saunders, who receives an MBE for walking a marathon to raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. 404 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Heartfelt congratulations @irfan_fozia @LineyMason @CarolJMack @Jane_CCSkills Wonderful to see some of the fantastic women in our sector recognised for their brilliant contribution this year and over many years.— Vidhya Alakeson (@vidhyaalakeson) December 31, 2020 The Brain Tumour Charity’s Head of Strategy, Clare Normand, receives an OBE. She is also a fundraiser and raises awareness in her son’s name for the charity. She and her husband have raised £700,000 in his memory. Main image: Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE. Crown copyright – used under Open Government License. Fundraising leadersCarol Akiwumi and Paul Amadi have both been awarded MBEs in recognition of their fundraising achievements and for their service to fundraisers and the fundraising profession, in particular through the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Advertisement So pleased and proud of @Hambofoundation as he receives an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours! Hambo you have worked tirelessly for years helping others through some unbelievably difficult times, you are such an inspiration to everyone! Congrats Matt Hampson OBE! #getbusyliving pic.twitter.com/yt33L0Tj3O— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) December 30, 2020 Other recipients and responsesPleased to see colleague @PeterWanless @NSPCC receive a Knighthood in the #newyearhonours list. Well deserved recognition for many years of dedicated service to children and young people.— Javed Khan (@JavedKhanCEO) December 30, 2020 Going to stop trying to keep up with notifications – so blanket thank you for your congrats on the OBE. Delighted 2balongside the fabulous deserving #NeverMoreNeeded charity leaders, supporters, volunteers etc (&the thousands more who work tirelessly under the radar everyday).— caron bradshaw (@caronlb) December 30, 2020 We are delighted that Paul Amadi, our Chief Supporter Officer, has also been awarded an MBE for over two decades of dedicated fundraising work for charities including the British Red Cross, MS Society, and Diabetes UK. (2/3) pic.twitter.com/8NDnuibilG— British Red Cross (@BritishRedCross) December 31, 2020 Charity leadersThe Small Charities Coalition was quick to spot lots of leaders at large and small charities last night and to congratulate them in a Twitter thread.Congratulations to all those big and small #Charity names recognised in the #NewYear2021 list including @LineyMason of @EsmeeFairbairn Guy Weston of @WestonFdn @Jane_CCSkills @CarolJMack of @ACFoundations @adeelawarley of @CharityComms @MoiraSinclair1 of @phf_uk pic.twitter.com/LiSvPOOz6L— Small Charities Coalition #NeverMoreNeeded (@sccoalition) December 30, 2020 Thank you all for the kind wishes. I’m flattered & humbled by the recognition for my MBE. I’m also acutely aware that thereare so many phenomenal people paving the way in their communities who haven’t made it on the #Honours2021 list. pic.twitter.com/34mMk1oL4G— AmickyCarol Akiwumi MBE (@AmickyCarol) December 31, 2020 Tagged with: Awards Celebrity supportersActor Sheila Hancock receives a damehood for services to drama and charity. Fundraisers and charity leaders among Queen’s New Year’s Honours List award recipients Thank you for all the kind wishes on my OBE, something I had never envisaged but which I accept on behalf of others. Indulge me as I mention them here- firstly, for my mum married at 17, but who fought for our education as the first girls from our ‘clan’ to go to university 1/5 pic.twitter.com/hNpUy43NaO— Fozia Irfan (@irfan_fozia) December 31, 2020 Nikki Scott, the founder of bereaved military children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her support for young people who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.She set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2010 in honour of her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan the previous year. Nikki saw the devastating impact Lee’s death had on their two young children and wanted to help others in the same situation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis So proud of our mate @pablito100001 and his MBE. Congratulations ? Paul has worked tirelessly this year so @BritishRedCross can respond at home & abroad to COVID19 & other emergencies. I honour you & your team! With all my heart. ?— nicola_tallett (@nicola_tallett) December 31, 2020 Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said: “I’m delighted that Carol and Paul have been awarded MBEs in recognition of their great achievements as fundraising leaders. They have been great servants to the fundraising community over the years. Not just a fantastic fundraisers raising millions for amazing causes, but also as long-time volunteers and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Paul as a former Chair and Carol, our current Vice-Chair. “As founders of Black Fundraisers UK and as members of our EDI Committee, they have both driven the agenda on equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession and these honours are hugely deserved and merited.”Indeed, the Cabinet Office’s announcement of this year’s award recipients claimed that the New Year Year Honours List “is the most ethnically diverse honours list yet, with 14.2% of recipients coming from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background”.603 women are recognised in the list, representing 49% of the total; 6.9% of the recipients consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010); and 4% of recipients identified as being LGBT+.Carol Akiwumi, together with Fozia Irfan of BBC Children in Need, took the occasion of their awards to support calls for the honours system to break with Britain’s colonial past and instead confer the awards in the name of ‘British Excellence’ and not the ‘British Empire’. They each shared an image of a joint letter to The Times calling for this change sent by fellow charity and public sector leaders who have received honours. Howard Lake | 31 December 2020 | News How to nominate someone for an honourYou can nominate someone for an honour online on the gov.uk site.Given how many fundraisers, charity and community leaders, volunteers and supporters deserve recognition for their outstanding work, UK Fundraising has twice featured how to nominate someone for an honour. It is a straightforward process.• How to nominate someone for a Queen’s Honour (26 January 2011)• How to nominate someone for a MBE or honour (31 August 2017) 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.
SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 13, 2018 Indiana Grown reached a new milestone with 1,000 members joining the initiative since its July 2015 launch, according to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.Since its inception, the goal of the statewide agriculture initiative has been to help consumers more easily identify and purchase products grown, raised, produced and processed in Indiana.“Reaching 1,000 members is cause for celebration and a testament to our agricultural strength and diversity,” Crouch said. “Indiana Grown has helped thousands of Hoosiers connect with consumers and find new markets for their products, and we celebrate the initiative’s success.”Now approaching its third year, Indiana Grown has members in nearly every county in Indiana and adds an average of one member each day. Members’ products can be found in grocery stores, farmers markets and in most community retail locations, which consumers can identify by looking for the Indiana Grown logo or by visiting www.IndianaGrown.org.“By purchasing Indiana Grown products, Hoosiers are keeping dollars and food close to home, building sustainable communities and preserving Indiana’s agricultural heritage,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “This milestone gives Hoosiers even more reason to support the Indiana Grown initiative.”Indiana Grown is administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture in partnership with the lieutenant governor’s office. Last year’s budget bill, for the first time, included funding for Indiana Grown, which is being used to raise awareness about the initiative and create growth opportunities for its members, among other priorities.“With these resources, Indiana Grown is reaching more consumers and telling the story of its members and Indiana agriculture more effectively,” Crouch said. “Hoosiers want to buy local, and Indiana Grown continues to create an avenue to make that possible.”To learn more about Indiana Grown, or find a member close to you, visit www.IndianaGrown.org. Those interested in joining the initiative can fill out a free application online. Indiana Grown Hits 1,000 Member Milestone Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grown Hits 1,000 Member Milestone Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIndiana Farm Bureau Honors Outstanding Volunteers at 2018 Spring Conference Hoosier Ag Today
TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Linkedin Facebook TCU women’s basketball opened up their 2016 season with a win against Incarnate Word. (Photo Courtesy: gofrogs.com) printThe women’s basketball team dominated in their first regular season game against Incarnate Word, winning, 88-40.TCU led 13-7 with over eight minutes left in the first quarter. Sophomore transfer from USC Amy Okonkwo hit two 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and extended the TCU lead to double digits, 19-9, to end the first quarter.Okonkwo had an outstanding breakout game scoring a total of 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. She shot 7-of-9 overall, 3-of-4 from deep and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in her debut as a Horned Frog.“After a whole year of practicing and not being able to play in the games; that was a learning a experience.” Okonkwo said. “Now being able to be on the floor with my teammates is an amazing opportunity. I’m so grateful for it.”TCU ended halftime with a 15-point lead.The Frogs came alive in the third quarter holding UWI to only six points while extending their lead even further with a 26-6 advantage.TCU ended the night with a 88-40 victory over UWI.Sophomore center Jordan Moore joined Okonkwo in double figures with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds.“I really worked on [conditioning] in the summer and we worked a lot in practice this last week getting the ball into the post, so just being able to have a presence early is important,” Moore said on the differences in her game this year compared to last season.In a balanced effort, all 13 Frogs played at least 10 minutes. Nobody played more than 21 minutes and every player scored a minimum of four points.“We want to get them as much experience as we can,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “I would love to be able to have a rotation that gets at least ten deep, to be able to stay fresh on the floor mentally and physically.”First-years Mikayla Christian, Ella Hellessey, Amber Ramirez and Kianna Ray all made their career debuts against Incarnate Word. At one point in the fourth quarter all four of TCU’s freshmen were on the court together, along with Moore.Ramirez, the first McDonald’s All-American in TCU history, posted a game-high three blocks.Pebley said the next game is always the most important one.“We have to train at a consistent level no matter what game is next or what game is coming in two weeks,” Pebley said. “Sam Houston State is the most important thing right now.”The Horned Frogs will face Sam Houston State on tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena. Twitter Alexis Guerrerohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-guerrero/ Hector Gutierrez’s worldly experience has helped establish Beach Volleyball Facebook Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Alexis Guerrero is a junior sports broadcasting and journalism double major from Fort Worth, Texas. She is a dog, baseball, and pizza enthusiast. Dean of Admission reflects on university’s growing recognition + posts TAGStext only Alexis Guerrerohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-guerrero/ Alexis Guerrero Alexis Guerrerohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-guerrero/ ReddIt Alexis Guerrerohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-guerrero/ Previous articlePaschal High School students discuss owning a clothing companyNext articleMeet Diane Snow, new dean of the John V. Roach Honors College Alexis Guerrero RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derrick Mokaleng has many layers to his success Where to watch Super Bowl LIII in Fort Worth
News “The complete opaqueness of these proceedings raises major doubts about the accusations against Roman Sushchenko,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “It is all the more unacceptable because he has already spent two years in detention. If the Russian authorities still cannot produce credible proof of this journalist’s guilt, it is high time for them to free him.”Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Credit: Vasily Maximov / AFP Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF_EECA June 7, 2021 Find out more RussiaUkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisoned “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RussiaUkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisoned Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further News Help by sharing this information Russia’s supreme court yesterday upheld Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko’s sentence of 12 years in a maximum-security prison camp on a charge of spying. Like the original trial, the supreme court hearing was held behind closed doors. News News September 13, 2018 Russian court upholds Ukrainian journalist’s 12-year sentence RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan
News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison November 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Beijing police prevent European parliamentarian from visiting jailed dissident’s wife News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures to go further Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders deplores the behaviour of the Chinese police in preventing European parliament member Helga Trüpel from visiting Zeng Jinyan, the wife of jailed dissident Hu Jia, in her Beijing apartment building today. Foreign journalists who wanted to visit Zeng were also turned back.Hu Jia is this year’s winner of the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.”How can the Chinese police show so much contempt to a member of the European parliament and to foreign journalists, refusing to let them see a Chinese citizen who wanted to meet them?” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Chinese authorities to lift all the restrictions surrounding Zeng Jinyan and her daughter, and to release Hu Jia at once so that he can go to Strasbourg to receive his prize.”When Trüpel, a German MEP, arrived at about 3 p.m. today at the Beijing apartment building where Zeng and her one-year-old daughter live, police and guards physically prevented her from going through the gate. The journalists were also turned back although the rules for the foreign press grant them freedom to interview. The police also refused to take the present Trüpel had brought for the girl, making her the world’s youngest political prisoner.Trüpel told Reporters Without Borders: “It was a very unfriendly situation. Firstly, the secret services followed us by car and were clearly waiting for us outside the apartment building. I wanted to see Zeng Jinyan, whom I already met two years ago. She confirmed to us by phone that she was not allowed to come and see us. I told her by phone that we were proud of her.”The German MEP from the Green party added: “Preventing a member of the European Parliament to meet Zeng Jinyan, Hu Jia’s wife, reveals that Chinese authorities are furious and unwilling even to open the door to negotiations.”Trüpel is part of a group of MEPs who are visiting China. During a meeting with Chinese parliamentarians, an official was very critical of the European parliament’s decision to award the Sakharov prize to the “criminal” Hu Jia. Follow the news on China Organisation
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week The “Voice of Heaven,” that is what they call Vin Scully. He’s the longest-serving broadcaster for a single team in sports history. Scully began his 67th – and final – season with the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Meet up at Matt Denny’s with some friends for a delicious meal and some good entertainment.Over nearly seven decades, Vin Scully has called some of baseball’s most famous moments – including Hank Aaron’s historic home run that broke Babe Ruth’s record. Now 88 years old, Scully has called every Dodger season since 1950, when the team was still dodging trolleys in Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson was in his prime, and Harry Truman was in the White House.He’s called more than 9,000 games. “He’s remarkable in so many ways,” said sportscaster Al Michaels. “How many people can you say in their late 80s are still at the top of his game?” Remember, that Matt Denny’s is one of the few places in town that carry the Dodger games. Come listen to Vin Scully for what is said to be his final year. And, they always have the Angel games, so stop by for an inning or two!The menu at Matt Denny’s is always a hit. The food is always prepared fresh every day. You can choose from a wide variety of tasty food. The soup is made from scratch by the chef daily. The Guinness Stew, Ale House Burger, Fish and Chips and Baby Back Ribs are just a few of their great menu items. If you happen to be at Matt Denny’s on the weekend, try the awesome Prime Rib or for a few dollars more, try theSmothered Prime Rib – a 12-ounce cut grilled to temperature and topped with sautéed mushrooms,onions, gravy, and jack cheese, served with your choice of two sides.Matt Denny’s is located at 145 Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Call (626) 462-0250 or visit www.MattDennys.com to view their full menu. Community News Subscribe Top of the News More Cool Stuff Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS center column 1 Where to Watch Vin Scully’s Final Season From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 4:48 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
ColumnsFirst Among Equals Gautam Khazanchi29 April 2020 9:29 PMShare This – xAs a member of the legal fraternity, I find it my responsibility to seek clarity over the lightening speed in which a matter appears to have been listed.In the late evening on 21st April 2020, Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-chief of Republic TV, in purported exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India, made certain comments against former Congress President, Sonia Gandhi. He stated that Mrs. Gandhi is “happy” and will be sending a “report to Italy” in order to…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?LoginIn the late evening on 21st April 2020, Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-chief of Republic TV, in purported exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India, made certain comments against former Congress President, Sonia Gandhi. He stated that Mrs. Gandhi is “happy” and will be sending a “report to Italy” in order to gain “praises” as she has gotten “saints” killed in a State which is governed partly by the political party she belongs to. The tirade by Mr. Goswami led to a multitude of FIR’s being filed across various States including Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telengana, Jharkhand and the freshly made Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, alleging, to put it simply – the spreading of fake news. On 23.04.2020, Goswami chose, as is his right, to approach the Supreme Court directly instead of the Bombay High Court due to the multiplicity of proceedings arising out of the same incident in various states and prayed that all such complaints/FIRs lodged against him be quashed. The Indian Judicial system, like all other institutions around it has met with an unprecedented challenge due to the pandemic created by Covid-19 and has adapted its system of justice delivery to meet the omnipresent need of society to seek recourse to legal remedies. However while doing so, and in due deference of the need for social distancing, only the most urgent and pressing cases are being heard through video-conferencing. The papers pertaining to each case, that is, the legal brief / petition / application is accepted in paperless formats after following a Standard Operating Procedure established by each Court, which applies to all litigants equally. In the case of the Supreme Court of India, the names of cases found important enough to be heard on a given day are released in the form of a list on the preceding evening by the Supreme Court of India through its official website. Bear with me as I take you through the following chronology of events that appear to have transpired in the evening of 23rd April 2020: On 23.04.2020, around 4:20-5:30 PM in the evening, the Supreme Court published its main list of matters requiring urgent and imminent hearing for 24.04.2020.On 23.04.2020, around 6:20-6:50 PM in the evening, the Supreme Court published its Supplementary (read additional) list of matters requiring urgent and imminent hearing for 24.04.2020.At no point till this time, did the case titled ‘Arnab Ranjan Goswami v. Union of India’ reflect in the information available in the public domain vis-à-vis hearing of urgent matters on 24.04.2020 by the Supreme Court. As per the information available on the website of the Supreme Court, the case titled ‘Arnab Ranjan Goswami v. Union of India’ was filed at 8:07 PM on 23.04.2020.Approximately an hour later, around 9:07 PM, an additional page was published and uploaded subsequently on the Supplementary List of matters for 24.04.2020 by the Additional Registrar of the Supreme Court intimating that the case titled ‘Arnab Ranjan Goswami v. Union of India’ was listed at 10:30 AM on the following day before the Court. Let us for a minute ignore the Standard Operating Procedure published by the Supreme Court on 15.04.2020 which states that in all matters involving extreme urgency, where an Application is submitted by 5 PM on a given day, the matter shall be processed for two days after such date and any Application received post 5 PM, for another extra day thereafter. Let us also ignore the circular issued by the Supreme Court on 17.04.2020 making two officials responsible for dealing with queries on matters pertaining to urgent hearing between 10:30 AM till 5 PM on working days. Let us instead follow the facts as presented to us by the information made available by the Supreme Court and understand that between 7-9 PM on 23.03.2020, Mr. Goswami was able to file a Petition and make an Application for urgent listing and obtain approval of the urgency by the “Competent Authority” and convince the concerned officials of the Registry to jump the queue by not listing it in due course as per the SOP, but the very next morning. Being in practice, I have first hand experience of how difficult and cumbersome this process can be. One needs to constantly follow up with the registry and push for processing of the case incessantly with officers who are generally recalcitrant that one feels one is arguing the case before the Judge himself. As to whether the statements made by Goswami during his telecast are an abuse of that very constitutional right he claims to have exercised and form the ingredients of several offences under the Indian Penal Code is a matter for a competent court to decide. At the same time, as a member of the legal fraternity I find it my responsibility to question and seek clarity over the lightening speed in which a matter appears to have been filed, mentioned for urgency, evaluated, allowed and listed within a span of 14 odd hours. Let me reiterate that I have absolutely no qualms about Goswami being able to seek recourse in our judicial system. I do however wonder whether the same judicial system is open to giving an equal chance to those similarly placed or rather, in much worse conditions. The Petition filed by Goswami is in the public domain as well and while I claim to be no legal luminary, or substitute my wisdom for the registry of the Supreme Court, I have not found any “urgency” in the averments made therein to indicate that Goswami was about to be imminently arrested and the only legal recourse available to him was an urgent hearing before the Supreme Court failing which there would be a grave miscarriage of justice. Are the doors of justice flexible enough to be opened beyond ‘office hours’ where the need so arises? I would certainly hope so. An excellent example of such a situation was seen recently when the Delhi High Court convened a special sitting at beyond midnight at the residence of a Judge to ensure safe passage for riot victims stuck in an injured condition in a Hospital. The Court was primarily concerned with ensuring the safety of lives of injured persons needing immediate medical attention during the riots that were occurring in the North Eastern district of Delhi. There have been numerous other instances of near instantaneous hearings by the Supreme Court and various High Courts in our country, which have reassured the citizens that where the facts so strongly warrant judicial intervention, time creates no hindrance. It is also the same Supreme Court where a petition that was filed on 17.04.2020 was not heard till 27.04.2020, a full ten days later. The petition had sought directions to the Central Government to allow migrant workers to return to their native places, after testing them for Covid, and to the concerned authorities to ensure their safe transportation. Print, Broadcast and Social media is bursting with heartbreaking stories that have emerged since the lockdown, showing migrant workers taking on the onerous journey to their homes on foot. Amartya Sen, Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee warn us that it may be inevitable that ‘a huge number of people will be pushed into dire poverty or even starvation by the combination of the loss of their livelihoods and interruptions in the standard delivery mechanisms’ unless steps are not taken to address the issues faced by them. The Government lost no time in organizing special flights with dedicated medical teams to evacuate expats and other Indian citizens from China and Europe during the lockdown. All of us rightly commended the fast response to provide relief to our citizens at that time. The very same Government has also left a majority of its population stranded on the road having to find their way home with no food or water. Do migrant workers, the most vulnerable and underprivileged strata of our society, who are being forced to stay away from their families and who continue to live in unpredictable and arduous conditions, not deserve access to justice with the same lightening speed as any other citizen? Can we afford to be so unkind and look the other way? Do we not realize the hypocrisy in blaming these migrant workers for wanting to go home when we want our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters to be safe and at home in these distressing times? Do Article 14 (the right to equality) and 21 (the right to life) of the Constitution of India not apply equally to these citizens as they apply to an influential head of a media conglomerate? The Central Government not only opposed the plea filed on behalf of migrant workers in the Supreme Court on a specious ground such as it would send a ‘wrong message’ but also sought two weeks to file a reply. Better sense seems to have prevailed finally as it appears that the Government has woken up to their plight issuing guidelines today to permit their movement Another lawyer, who had filed a case on 17.04.2020, six days before Arnab Goswami, whose matter was in ‘process’ and finally listed and disposed off on 27.04.2020 has already raised his grievance regarding the ‘pick and choose’ policy of the registry of the Supreme Court with a letter to the Secretary General of the Court. As a matter of propriety and transparency one hopes that his legitimate concerns are addressed as one remembers Martin Luther King Jr.’s profound words in a ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’, that ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’Views are personal only(Author is practicing Lawyer at Delhi) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story