Power Sportz goes on Amazon Fire TV stick with voice remote

first_img Power Sportz, the only dedicated news channel for Sports in India, is now available on Amazon Fire TV stick worldwide for sports enthusiasts.With the move, Power Sports will completes a 360-degree cycle of availability across mobile (Android & IOS), Web and television platforms.  It will allow the sports fans to follow the latest breaking news, interesting discussions and debates around the sporting arena live on their television with the help of the Amazon Fire TV stick with voice remote. This is the first time ever that a dedicated sports channel will be streamed LIVE on an OTT service platform. Users will have a complete guide to the channel’s program listings and they can set reminders for their favourite shows on Power Sportz. Happy Father’s Day: Nostalgic Sachin Tendulkar shares a special item that belonged to his father; Check video Previous articleSports content is driving OTT consumption in India: Uday SodhiNext articleIndia bank on Prajnesh, CSC grass courts to upset Italy in Davis Cup Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAmazon Fire TV stickOTT ServicesPower SportzPower Sportz LiveSports in India SHARE India Tour of Sri Lanka: From books to gym, Sanju Samson shares story of his quarantine life Power Sportz goes on Amazon Fire TV stick with voice remote Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country By Kunal Dhyani – January 31, 2019 Cricket Facebook Twitter Football Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredHollywood TaleHow Victoria Principal Looks At 71 Is HeartbreakingHollywood Tale|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsored Cricket Cricket Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 scare continues after a Uganda team member tests positive Latest Sports News Latest Sports News IND vs NZ in WTC Final: India batting coach says, ‘score above 250 on Day 3 would be good’, Kyle Jamieson feels it won’t… Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Talking about Power Sportz presence on Amazon Fire TV Stick, Ms. Kanthi D Suresh, Editor-in-Chief, Power Sportz said, “We are extremely glad to be accessible on the Amazon fire TV, which is a global platform. With this association, we have expanded our presence from handheld devices, the web to TV Screens. Our audience can now watch the latest sporting news and discussions on their television in the comfort of their homes and we hope that this will help increase the viewer base of Power Sportz Globally.”“The OTT viewership globally is on the rise and this is the future of media and entertainment. Our presence on Amazon Fire TV Stick and other OTT platforms will certainly give us an advantage over the traditional television news channels, where sports is just a small part of the whole programming gamut.”, Ms. Kanthi D Suresh added.Launched in mid-2018, Power Sportz is first dedicated online sports news channel, which has a 24×7 viewership with an average daily user base of close to 2.5 lakh people and an average 1.5 million views daily.Within a span of less than a year, Power Sportz had been able to engage its audience with a bouquet of in-depth shows and News across all sports genres including Golf, Cricket, Football, Tennis, Motorsports, Cycling, Multisport etc.Also Read: Sports Business : Amazon bids for Fox regional sports networksStar India to scrap cable broadcast for OTT-only approach in US: ReportSports content is driving OTT consumption in India: Uday Sodhi Cricket Happy Father’s Day: ‘We Miss You’, Hardik Pandya pens emotional message for his father Tokyo Olympics Village: Organizers unveils Tokyo games athletes village to the media, check first look Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Cricket ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: West Indies bowled out for 149 runs in 1st innings, SA lead by 149 runs last_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup: Japan 28-21 Scotland

first_img Rugby World Cup Groups Expand Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Here is everything you need to know about the day Japan went through to their first-ever World Cup quarter-final TAGS: Japan Rugby World Cup Groups 2019 Rugby World Cup: Japan 28-21 ScotlandHead-to-headPlayed – 8Japan wins – 1Scotland wins – 7Did You Know?This is the first time Japan have ever made it to the knockout stages of a World Cup.They will play South Africa in the quarter-finals next Sunday in Tokyo.Fly-half Yu Tamura is the top point-scorer in the 2019 World Cup so far, with 48.Scotland won all three of their previous World Cup match-ups against Japan in 1991, 2003 and 2015, scoring 17 tries and conceding just three.Greig Laidlaw was captain for a fifth time at a Rugby World Cup, matching the Scotland record for David Sole and Bryan Redpath.Scotland’s 34-0 win over Samoa and then 61-0 win over Russia made them the first side to win back-to-back RWC games without conceding a point. Overall they have nilled opposition on five occasions in World Cup history – a record.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellThe greatest day ever for Japanese rugby? It could well be the Rugby World Cup’s finest day ever, too.Japan are through to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Last time round they became the first side to win three games and not go through. Well, they won every single game in the pool this time, dispatching Russia, Ireland, Samoa and then demolishing the Scots. And playing mind-bending rugby too.So many words had been fired out before this match about whether it would be on. About the injustices of cancelling games. About relationships between unions. About how people felt about the World Cup.Well, after this game, new love affairs will have begun between viewers and this sport. Particularly in Asia.It all began at fever pitch.Physical force: Kotaro Matsushima is tackled by Scotland (Getty Images)Scotland could not take the kick-off but their defence began at its walloping best, with double tackles and Blade Thompson and Jamie Ritchie relishing the contact. We even got a rare glimpse of Jonny Gray pumping up the crowd.With such direct physicality, they were able to retain ball, work upfield and Finn Russell got the first score, taking the ball off nine, sliding slightly to the right and dragging two defenders over with him.But directness is not a trait of this Japanese team. In a flash Kotaro Matsushima became the joint leading try-scorer in this competition, getting his fifth of the tournament. Timothy Lafaele found himself on the wing and he fed Kenki Fukuoka, who let some lightning out of the bottle.As Chris Harris’s hit sent him falling, the wing pulled an offload out of the depths. Matsushima gratefully ate it up and went over.If that was blinding though, the next was even better.Matsushima was bouncing tacklers in Scottish territory. Then Shota Horie – who has been a dynamo all tournament – hammered through. He hit James Moore, who fed William Tupou, who bounded right and then threw up another cracker offload to loosehead Keita Inagaki, who fell over to score.There was a beautiful through kick for Fukuoka, who got Japan’s third. After the break he got the bonus-point score, too, a heartbreaker for optimistic Scots. And it was all individual brilliance. The wing caught Harris, stripped him of the ball, caught it as it spun in the air and then raced away for the try.Scotland came back, though, with WP Nel burrowing over. Then they upped their own tempo again. Russell was throwing balls to himself from a quick lineout. Offloads were sticking. Tackles were brushed off. Gray got the ball, passed to Scott Cummings, who gave it back to Gray, and a trundling Zander Fagerson went over. It was game on again after a Russell conversion. Yep, 28-21, with 20 to go.The pressure was on Scotland. They needed a fourth try and to finish eight points clear to deny Japan a place in the last eight. It got looser, possibly scarier for anyone with a vested interest in the outcome of this. But it was heart-pounding all the same. Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only… Collapse And then it was about rearguard action from Japan. They were fierce. They saw it out. They made history.Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageStar manKenki Fukuoka was the embodiment of this game: lightning quick, resilient, perplexing. All he was missing was a week of talk solely about him.The wing – who is in the latest issue of Rugby World magazine – is likely became a household name tonight. His 2019 will go down in lore in Japan for sure. He is set to play sevens in the Olympics and then soon – all too soon – he will leave rugby. He has other plans. But boy, we’re happy he was here.The reactionScotland coach Gregor Townsend: “We are disappointed we weren’t able to win by more than eight points. We started really well but then we didn’t see much of the ball for the rest of the first half.“Part of that was down to what Japan were doing when they had the ball, but the two tries we conceded were soft, one from our possession and another from a re-start.“The players put a huge effort into that period after half-time and after 58 minutes we were only seven points behind. But we didn’t do enough in that last 20 minutes to get the win.”Japan coach Jamie Joseph: ”“Scotland were unbelievable. They took it to us from the start and scored. It was the tenacity I guess of our team at crucial parts of the test which helped. The fact we were playing at a home world cup – we can feel and see the level of support.“I think the word attack is often reflected in the way you get the ball back. We are an attacking team as well. There are two sides. Scotland really hit us there.“Persistence and confidence and trust the plan is what saw us through. In the last two or three minutes it was a test match we didn’t want to lose.”The SquadsJapan: William Tupou (Ryohei Yamanaka 50); Kotaro Matsushima, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura (Rikiya Matsuda 74), Kenki Fukuoka; Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare (Fumiaki Tanaka 50); Keita Inagaki (Isileli Nakajima 56), Shota Horie (Atsushi Sakate 72), Jiwon Koo (Asaeli Ai Valu 21), Luke Thompson, James Moore (Uwe Helu 51), Michael Leitch (captain, Hendrik Tui 74), Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno.Tries: Matsushima 17, Inagaki 21, Fukuoka 39, 42. Cons: Tamura 18, 22, 40, 43.Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour (Blair Kinghorn 51), Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham (Pete Horne 60); Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain) (George Horne); Allan Dell (Gordon Reid 51), Fraser Brown (Stuart McInally 51), Willem Nel (Zander Fagerson 51), Grant Gilchrist (Scott Cummings 51), Jonny Gray, Magnus Bradbury (Ryan Wilson 65), Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson.Tries: Russell 6, Nel 49, Fagerson 54. Cons: Laidlaw 7, 50, Russell 55. Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history… Expand A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

Canadian Anglicans reject same-sex marriage by one vote

first_img Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Anglican Communion, July 12, 2016 at 7:50 am A horrendous decision for the church. A decision that tells the LGBTQ community that they are not equally loved by God which is untrue. This will cause so much hurt, distrust and division in the Canadian church. My prayers are with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Frank Riggio-Preston says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canadian Anglicans reject same-sex marriage by one vote Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Comments are closed. Press Release Service July 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm Migration to Canada looks less appealing now. A pity. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Same-Sex Marriage AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (3) Some members of General Synod bow their head in prayer before the vote on same-sex marriage is called. Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] A resolution to change the marriage canon (church law) to allow for the solemnization of marriages of same-sex couples failed to pass by a fraction of a percentage point at the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod July 11.The vote, which required a two-thirds majority in each of the orders of laity, clergy and bishops, received 72.22% support from the laity and 68.42% from the bishops, but only 66.23% from the clergy — 0.43% shy of the 66.66% needed.The vote came after a five-hour legislative session on the floor of synod, in which more than 60 members from all orders and regions of the church spoke about their support, opposition and ambivalence concerning the motion before them.Many members expressed sorrow that no matter how they voted, it would cause pain to someone. Many members told highly personal stories of their own treatment as LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer] people, in the Anglican church in particular, and their experiences with Christianity in general. Others were concerned that changing the marriage canon would be a violation of orthodox Christian doctrine.“It is not about unconditional love,” said the Rev. Annie Ittoshat, an Inuit priest working in the Diocese of Montreal. “It is about what is clearly written in the word of God.”Siobhan Bennett, a youth delegate from the Diocese of Niagara, disagreed.“If we only needed the Bible, there would be no need for synod,” she said. “But we do need it, because we need the human interpretation of Scripture, and we live our faith—not just read it.”While much of the debate vacillated between those who want greater inclusion for LGBTQ people in the church and those who believe homosexuality is sinful, some members argued that the motion left room for both sides to do right by their local context.Bishop William Cliff, of the Diocese of Brandon, said he would feel comfortable voting for the motion, because while his own diocesan synod may ask him not to licence clergy to solemnize same-sex marriages, that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t have the same choice.“[My diocese] will make this choice for themselves, and I will concur with their choice because it is their choice,” he said. “But I also as a bishop of the whole church do not want to stand in the way of those who wish to speak and care and love for those in their midst.”The motion that was brought to synod had included a comprehensive conscience clause that allowed parishes, priests, diocesan bishops and synods to opt-out of the change, but was amended at the beginning of the legislative session in a motion brought by Archbishop Colin Johnson, of the Diocese of Toronto.Johnson’s amendment removed the original conscience clause stipulations and replaced them with an opt-in that would require a diocesan bishop to authorize same-sex marriages.The vote came as a result of a resolution passed at General Synod 2013 asking Council of General Synod (CoGS) to bring a motion for a change to the marriage canon allowing same-sex marriage, to General Synod 2016. The resolution also required broad consultation across the Canadian church, and with ecumenical partners and the leadership bodies in the global Anglican Communion.However, as the debate went on, it became increasingly clear that synod members had radically different experiences with debates about the place of LGBTQ Anglicans in the church.While some members expressed weariness over a debate they had been having locally for decades, others admitted that their own dioceses only started seriously discussing same-sex marriage in the last three years.Because the resolution passed in 2013 required General Synod 2016 to vote on the matter, time to discuss the change was limited. As a result, several members said they felt things were moving too fast for them to make a real decision one way or the other.Other members simply felt frustrated about the essentially adversarial way the church makes decisions about controversial issues.“I feel the process we are using is fundamentally broken,” said Bishop Fraser Lawton, of the Diocese of Athabasca. “As long as I have had any kind of participation in the church at national-level conversations, we’ve been dealing in some way with sexuality, but we always seem to be coming at it legislatively…there’s been an awful lot of talking, an awful lot of writing, but I’m not sure much conversation has happened.”Following the vote, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Canadian church, cautioned synod members to be sensitive to the impact the decision would have on Anglicans across the country.“Let us be mindful of all those for whom this result has pastoral implications, all those whose lives are touched deeply, and of the work that we must do as a church in pastoral care,” he said in a prayer following the vote.Although the session ended with a service of Evensong, business came thundering back to the floor when Bishop John Chapman, of the Diocese of Ottawa, moved a motion calling for a “reconsideration” of the vote due to its closeness.After a period of confusion about whether or not a recount would be possible, it was ruled that a reconsideration would require a new vote — a decision that was greeted with vocal hostility from some members.Because the General Synod rules of order do allow a session of synod to revisit a decision it has made, but only if the motion to do so passes with two-thirds approval from the whole house, a separate vote was required before the issue at hand could be voted on again.Several members came forward to voice concerns about whether such a revote was necessary, but Archdeacon Harry Huskins, prolocutor of General Synod, reminded the meeting’s chair, Hiltz, that the rules of order precluded debate on motions of this kind.The question was called, but failed to pass, and the decision not to change the marriage canon was upheld. 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Corbishley says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Human Sexuality, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Michael Wainwright says: Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel July 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm This reminds me of when the Church of England failed to approve the consecration of women as bishops. It’s only a matter of time. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL last_img read more

Organisational changes at Environmental Business Products

first_img Howard Lake | 6 January 2007 | News 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.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading Environmental Business Products Limited (EBP), the printer cartridge and mobile phone recycler that works with charities, has announced top-level organisational changes and board appointments.Environmental Business Products Ltd (EBP) has diversified to form The EBP Group, of which EBP is the leading operating business. The EBP Group now comprises EBP, TAL Papers Limited and Environmental Collections Limited. The Group is currently expanding in Europe.Pat Stead, former Managing Director of EBP, becomes Group Chief Executive and Aleem Hosein, has been promoted to Managing Director of EBP. The other Directors of the EBP Group are Andrew Duncan (Finance), Atif Mirza (Technical) and Rayhan Ahmad (Production). Advertisementcenter_img EBP collects over four million printer cartridges and mobile phones a year for recycling and remanufacture with the help of charity partners such as Tommy’s The Baby Charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Christian Aid and environmentally aware businesses around Europe. The company donates over £750,000 a year to charities as a result of these recycling schemes, and has plans in increase this to over £1 million a year by the end of 2007. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Organisational changes at Environmental Business Productslast_img read more

Frogs for the Cure hosts thank you celebration

first_imgClosures continue on I-35 Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Twitter McLeland Tennis Center kicks off celebration with a serve ReddIt Facebook Jessica Ranck Previous articleMen’s swimming team to compete in final meet before Big 12 ChampionshipsNext articleInternational Spring Banquet looks to highlight talent, culture Jessica Ranck RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jessica Ranck is a junior journalism major from San Diego, California. She currently serves as the Greeks/SGA/SDS editor for TCU 360. ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Linkedin + posts Linkedin Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Facebook printFrogs for the Cure hosted its victory celebration Tuesday afternoon in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center.The event thanked all those who made Frogs for the Cure possible this past year and presented a $20,000 check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.Frogs for the Cure chair Ann Louden also announced that next year Frogs for the Cure will broaden its mission to focus on all types of cancer.“It’s time for us to broaden our mission and to include more people who are affected in ways that need a community that we can provide,” said Louden. Gender gap increases in colleges around the nation ReddIt Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Twitter Political involvement remains low among TCU students TCU Cheer and Super Frog join Frogs for the Cure Chair Ann Louden at the thank you celebration. Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field

first_img Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence RSF_en October 26, 2016 RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to protect journalists in the field after two Iraqi journalists were killed and at least ten others were injured while covering the military offensive aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State jihadi rebels. Organisation Ali Raysan, a 33-year-old cameraman with Iraq’s Al-Sumaria TV, was killed by an Islamic State sniper while filming clashes near Al-Shura, a village in the Al-Qaraya region south of Mosul, on 22 October.Ahmed Hajer Oglu, a 30-year-old TV reporter, was fatally shot by an IS sniper while covering clashes between Peshmerga forces and IS fighters on 21 October in the city of Kirkuk (170 km southeast of Mosul), where IS launched a counter-offensive. His death was reported by Turkmeneli TV, the Kirkuk-based Turkmen TV station he worked for. “We deplore the deaths of these two journalists in the course of their work,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “In view of the dangers of journalism in a war zone, especially in Iraq, we remind all parties to the conflict that they are required by the Geneva Conventions and its additional protocols to protect journalists. At the same time, journalists covering the conflict should also take care not to endanger either their sources or the conflict’s participants.”According to a 22 October release by the Metro Centre for Journalists Rights and Advocacy, a local NGO, 10 journalists have also been wounded while covering the offensive in northern Iraq. They include Arian Brawari and Rasti Khaled of the Kurdish-language Waar TV and freelancer Ari Jalal, who were injured in an explosion Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul.Bishtiwan Hussein of Zagros TV and Hajer Brawari and Yasser Abdulrahman of Speda TV were wounded by explosions near Tel Skuf (north of Mosul) and Bashiqa. Ahmed Al-Zaidi, a reporter for Iraq’s Al-Forat TV, was wounded in the leg by a mortar explosion on 20 October. Rasoul Mahmoud, a freelancer covering the offensive for Radio Free Europe, was badly injured in Mosul by a mortar explosion, sustaining multiple fractures and the likely loss of one eye. Bryan Denton, a US photographer working for the New York Times, was injured by a car bomb near Bartella, east of Mosul. Heavily covered conflictA national media coalition was established on 17 October by the state-owned Iraqi Media Network with the aim of ensuring a national media strategy in support of the military offensive, countering rumours that could adversely affect military operations, and providing media outlets with technical and material support.The Al-Iraqiya, Al-Sumaria, Hona Baghdad, Al-Rasheed, Al-Forat, Al-Hadath and ANB TV channels are all part of the coalition, which produces a joint TV news programme every evening and coordinates communication campaigns on social networks.The offensive is receiving a great deal of media coverage, including on social networks, with live broadcasting on Facebook. But the public prosecutor’s office in Iraqi Kurdistan issued an order on 24 October banning three TV channels – Rudaw TV, Kurdistan 24 and NRT TV – from providing live coverage from any of the frontlines.The grounds given by the public prosecutor’s office in a communiqué was the need to protect troops and ensure respect for journalistic ethics. The communiqué cited the case of the fighting in Kirkuk where, it said, Kurdish forces were put in danger because unprofessional live coverage revealed their positions.The media in Iraqi Kurdistan have long been the victims of a power struggle between the leading Kurdish political parties, a struggle that has been exacerbated by the offensive against Islamic State.On 21 October, for example, the Nalia Media Corporation’s broadcast outlets – NRT, NRT2, Nalia Radio – were banned by the Ministry of the Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurdistan’s military forces) from going to Mosul and are having to cover the fighting from afar. According to Nalia, the ban was a reprisal for a broadcast in which the Peshmerga were criticized by guests, including a former parliamentarian who supports the opposition party Goran (Change).According to RSF sources, the office of the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government has also banned two opposition TV channels – KNN TV and Payam TV –from reporting from Mosul since the start of the offensive. They are nonetheless allowed to cover clashes in cities controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two ruling parties.In November 2015, RSF and its partner organization in Iraq, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) issue a joint report about the appalling media freedom violations in Mosul since Islamic State seized control of the city in June 2014. The offensive to retake Mosul was launched on 17 October.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Iraq is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. 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Mac Lochlainn says problems with An Garda Siochana can be addressed if reform is…

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Mac Lochlainn says problems with An Garda Siochana can be addressed if reform is realised WhatsApp Previous articleMcIlroy still concerned about his formNext articleUpdate – Police complete second search of Madam’s Bank Road News Highland WhatsApp GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Google+center_img Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – March 9, 2015 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Facebook Google+ Sinn Féin’s Justice Spokesperson says the campaign for a more accountable police service must be intensified.Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn told the parties Ard Fheis in Derry at the weekend that a police service, free from political interference and fully accountable to our communities at local and state level remains the priority.Deputy Mac Lochlainn says the various crises faced by An Garda Síochána over recent years demonstrate that it is not fit for purpose, but with proper resourcing and more accountability, this can be turned around if a number of promised changes are followed through………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pmaclweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund(PMNRF) Not A ‘Public Authority’ Under RTI Act : PMO [Read Reply]

first_imgNews UpdatesPrime Minister’s National Relief Fund(PMNRF) Not A ‘Public Authority’ Under RTI Act : PMO [Read Reply] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 Oct 2020 11:30 PMShare This – xThe Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) is not a ‘public authority’ within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the Right to Information Act 2005, said the Public Information Officer of the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO).The PMO stated this while disposing of an RTI application filed by one Abhimanyu Shrivastav.Srivastav had sought information regarding the bylaws/rules governing the PMNRF,…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 Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) is not a ‘public authority’ within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the Right to Information Act 2005, said the Public Information Officer of the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO).The PMO stated this while disposing of an RTI application filed by one Abhimanyu Shrivastav.Srivastav had sought information regarding the bylaws/rules governing the PMNRF, all documents relating to the constitution of PMNRF Trust, and the names of current trustees. He had also sought to know whether any person from the opposition has ever been made a trustee of PMNRF.Without revealing the information sought, the PMO disposed of the application stating :”Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) is not a public authority under the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act, 2005. However, relevant information in respect of PMNRF may be seen on the website – pmnrf.gov.in”A single bench of the Delhi High Court had held in 2017 that the PMNRF was amenable to the RTI Act. The single bench verdict came in a writ petition filed by one Aseem Takyar challenging the order passed by the PMO in 2011 to reject his RTI application seeking information about PMNRF.  In the appeal filed by the PMNRF against the single bench verdict, the division bench delivered a split verdict on May 23, 2018, in the case Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund vs Aseem Takyar.While Justice Sunil Gaur(now retired) held that PMNRF was not a “public authority” within the definition given under the RTI Act, Justice S Ravindra Bhat(now a SC judge) held that the fund was a “public authority” as defined under the Act.In view of the divergence in views among the judges of the division bench, the matter was referred to a larger bench. The reference is still pending. The PMO had earlier refused to divulge information about the PM CARES Fund by holding that it did not qualify as a “public authority” under the RTI Act. This decision of PMO is under challenge before the Delhi High Court.In August, the Supreme Court had dismissed a PIL seeking transfer of PM CARES Funds to the National Disaster Response Fund(NDRF).The PMNRF trust was constituted in 1948 in pursuance of an appeal by the then Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru for public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan. Later, the fund was utilized to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of the major accidents and riots.Click here to download the PMO’s RTI ReplyNext Storylast_img read more

Tax changes may prompt contractor perk demands

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Tax changes that force contractors to pay the same tax and National Insurance as employees could lead to demands for employee benefits from people who provide a service but are not employed by the company.The Professional Contractors Group, which represents 10,000 contractors in IT, engineering and the oil and gas industry, told Personnel Today last week that IR35, which the Inland Revenue has already adopted under the Finance Act 2000, could lead to contractors trying to recoup their losses by claiming benefits such as sickness and holiday pay.“This is certainly the way it has gone in the US, with contractors arguing for share options, for example,” said PCG spokeswoman Susie Hughes. “It stands to reason that if they are treated as employees for tax purposes they will be looking to get the benefits too.”IR35 was introduced by the Inland Revenue to try to crack down on people gaining tax benefits by working through their own companies, known as personal service companies.It believes that many individuals setting up these companies are benefiting unfairly as, in practice, they are no different from employees.IT contractor James Collins, managing director of Future Star Services, said HR should ensure contracts spell out the nature of the relationship and make clear the contractor is not an employee.He said this will prevent contractors claiming employee benefits and also help the contractor convince Inland Revenue that they are not an employee disguised as a contractor.But David Marshland, employment law consultant at William M Mercer, said companies should simply refuse demands from contractors for employee rights.He said it is down to the contractor’s company, not the client, to provide them.“If you have set yourself up as a self-employed person to take advantage of the tax system and those advantages disappear you would not expect the customer to pay extra to compensate,” he said.www.pcgroup.org.ukBy Dominique Hammond Tax changes may prompt contractor perk demandsOn 12 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Internal communications: Speaking to the people

first_imgInternal communications: Speaking to the peopleOn 14 Mar 2006 in Personnel Today A decade ago, internal communications, in all but the largest of organisations, amounted to one writer turning out reams of staff newspapers that were swiftly consigned to the bin.Now, the function has become so sophisticated and widespread that universities offer postgraduate diplomas in internal communications. Gone are those dog-eared newspapers, replaced by e-mail, poster and plasma TV campaigns planned by career communications specialists.At the same time, it has become fashionable for the heads of organisations to cite in their annual reports that the business is almost entirely dependent on the spirit and motivation of its employees, and that effectively communicating with them is the key to this. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in retail and service businesses, where a large contingent of customer-facing staff effectively act as the company brand.As the internal communications function has matured, it has grown in power and responsibility and, in the process, has been moved out of the HR department. The majority of FTSE 100 companies now have a separate internal communications department, reporting to a corporate communications director or a marketing director. At food and personal products conglomerate Unilever, for example, internal communications used to be spread across the HR and corporate relations departments. But last May, internal communications began to report into a newly streamlined global communications department.At mobile phone company O2, internal communications reports to corporate communications. But it works closely with the marketing department, enabling the mobile phone company to integrate what it says to its customers with the messages it sends to employees.Brand republicThe fact that internal communications is no longer part of the HR function does not mean that HR can’t get stuck in. HR still has an important role in maintaining the employer brand through the way it recruits, retains and deals with staff, but communications experts are arguably better placed to gain employee buy-in for it. Mark Beedon, group communications and engagement director at Cable & Wireless, describes his primary role as that of a “broker between the aims of the organisation and the aspirations of our people”. He says: “It’s more subtle than just telling employees what the company’s policies are. In an organisation where HR is focused on policy issues, it is often seen by employees as the mouthpiece for management. A separate internal communications department has the advantage of being seen as a little more independent.”One area where internal communications has grown in prominence is through its crucial role in cultural change projects. Frequently, it’s the people in marketing who plan the customer advertising and drive these messages home to employees. The recent Barclays brand relaunch, for example, was headed by group chief executive John Varley and group brand and marketing director Jim Hytner. The duo starred in staff roadshows around the country to explain how the bank’s ‘Now there’s a thought’ advertising campaign centred on employees having good ideas for customers.Talking shopBut should HR departments take charge of workplace communications, since they are closest to staff developments? Dan Bobby, managing director of brand consultancy Dave, believes not. He is critical of internal communications as an addendum to HR, because he sees this structure as encouraging a one-way style of communication.“HR people know all about reward and recognition policies, but they’re not always the best communicators,” he says. “Internal communications should be about engaging employees in a dialogue to involve them, especially if you want to change how they think about their job, their relationship with customers, or their relationship with the company.”Cable & Wireless attempts to pursue this ‘dialogue’ strategy by setting up ‘listening groups’ – focus groups that aim to discover how employees feel about an issue before starting to alter behaviour or opinion.Centrica, the owner of British Gas, is another company where HR no longer controls internal communications. Its internal communications director Philip Ashley reports to the corporate affairs director, who sits on the board of directors.Ashley believes it is crucial for internal communications to be independent for the kind of tasks he is involved in. Public controversy is at an all-time high following announcements of another 22% hike in gas prices and its 11% rise in operating profit to £1.5bn for 2005. So Ashley works closely with marketing to ensure that the messages that are going out to customers – that the prices are justified by the fact that gas costs have risen 70% in the past year – chime with what staff have been told about the same issue.“We need to make sure that our 17,000 staff, many of whom work in customer-facing roles, are all aware of the issues and Centrica’s point of view, in case customers ask them about it,” he explains. That is not to say HR is shut out of the process entirely. Another internal communications task at Centrica had everything to do with HR. The company closed its final salary pension scheme to new recruits to be able to fund the scheme for its existing engineers. This required careful collaboration with the pension specialists in HR and the unions to communicate the company’s strategy on the issue. The fact this led to a one-day strike shows that you can’t always win the battle even when you’ve planned a persuasive communications campaign.Smarter workingThe reality of internal communications, says Helen Purdey, a consultant specialising in internal communications at recruitment agency Michael Page, is that it requires a set of skills and attitudes that are closer to those used by marketing rather than HR people. “Good internal communications people are primarily good communicators. They need to be able to write and edit well, and build strong relationships with others across an organisation,” she says.Beedon believes that, eventually, the term ‘internal communications’ will cease to exist as a separate discipline; it will become subsumed into a general communications department which will plan to send out messages to audiences concurrently for maximum impact.“As organisations get smarter,” he says, “we’ll all be finding ways of working together better, so that the different agendas between HR and marketing won’t matter.”02 finds the personal approach rewardingMobile phone company 02 is in the early phases of rolling out a new total rewards programme. The scheme requires a substantial internal communications effort so that employees understand the individual value of holiday and other rewards, and make their choices based on the value they are allocated.The project leader for the scheme, head of pensions Tina Stanley, believes that having an internal communications unit separate from HR only improves the effectiveness of getting her message across.“I don’t profess to be a communications specialist. It’s fair to say that HR can sometimes be a little blinkered in that we assume everyone else will understand something just because we do,” she says. “I’d thought, for example, that we should put up posters and send e-mails to let people know about the total rewards scheme, but our internal communications people told me that wouldn’t work. Posters get ignored and people get so many e-mails anyway because we’re a technology company.” As a result, she decided to adopt a more personal approach to the communications, with notes on people’s desks, managers doing group briefings and roadshows, and broadcasts on the plasma TV screens around the company’s offices.The other advantage of having an independent internal communications department, according to Stanley, is that because it is the only group sending out messages to staff, it can avoid any clashes between various departments’ agendas. “The last thing I’d want is for another department to be making a major announcement the same day as our programme launches and take all the attention,” she says. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more