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African Union summit faces challenges

first_imgSouth African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, July 15.With growing threats to the independence and sovereignty of the African continent, the African Union held its 2012 summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 15-16. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Malawi, but the country’s new president, Joyce Banda, refused to host the event if Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir attended.Bashir has been targeted by the International Criminal Court, which has issued warrants for his arrest along with other leading officials in the Republic of Sudan government. The AU has over the last few years since the warrants were issued refused to acknowledge the efforts of the Netherlands-based entity due to the problems such actions pose for maintaining the organization’s unity.Under its previous leader, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi hosted the Sudanese leader last year at the regional summit meeting. President Banda, the country’s first woman leader, said that she is seeking to rebuild relations with donor states that had been at odds with the former head-of-state, resulting in severe economic problems for the impoverished Southern African country.This year’s summit was marked by a struggle over control of the full-time position of commission chair. Jean Ping of Gabon had held the post since it was established, and his continued tenure was a source of conflict within the organization.The AU has an annual rotating presidency now held by Benin’s president, Thomas Boni Yayi. The position of commission chair is a post whose appointment lasts for four years and is more administrative in nature.In Addis Ababa, the vote over who would control the position took on gender and regional dimensions. Since the formation of the AU in 2002, the commission chair position had not been held by anyone from the Southern African region.Also, the position had never been held by a woman until now. This year’s decision by the African leaders brought about the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa and a longtime member of the ruling African National Congress.The ANC, in a statement responding to the election of one of its members to the post, said, “Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has the potential and the capacity to take the AU to new heights owing to her accumulated experience in the liberation movement led by the ANC both in exile and in the country, women structures as well as a minister in government including international relations.” (allafrica.com, July 16)The statement went on to point out: “As a Minister of Foreign Affairs, she (Dlamini-Zuma) championed a number of initiatives in the multi-lateral forums where she argued consistently on the need to re-organize these forums to accommodate developing nations as equal partners. … She is known for her views on issues of women empowerment and those on the receiving end of poverty.”Challenges for the AU including imperialist interventionA number of critical issues are facing the AU during this period. One positive outcome of the Addis Ababa summit was the meeting held between Republic of Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Republic of South Sudan’s president, Silva Kiir.The two recently separated states have numerous issues that remain unresolved involving border demarcations, the utilization and compensation for oil resources and the ongoing conflict in the western Darfur region. Both Bashir and Kiir agreed to hold further negotiations in order for these outstanding questions to be agreed upon in a manner satisfactory to both governments.In reference to the situation inside the Republic of Sudan itself, the AU Peace and Security Council stressed the importance of resuming talks between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement-North in order to reach an agreement over the status of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Both states are areas of dispute between Khartoum (Sudan capital) and Juba (South Sudan capital). They are areas where fighting is continuing between the SPLA-N and the central government.A statement issued by the AUPSC says, “The Council welcomes the acceptance by both Parties of the need for the resumption of negotiations, and urges them to commence these negotiations immediately under the facilitation of the AU and the Chair of the Inter-regional Governmental Authority on Development.” The same statement urges both Parties “to maintain the neutrality and integrity of humanitarian assistance consistent with respect for the sovereignty of the Republic of Sudan.” (Sudan Tribune, July 15)In April, the two countries were on the verge of the re-emergence of full-scale war when the South Sudan army took control of the Heglig oil fields near the border with the North. South Sudan had complained over differences related to the compensation for and distribution of oil in the region.The tensions were eased when the SPLA-N agreed to withdraw its forces from Heglig. Nonetheless, the oil industry in South Sudan remains paralyzed after relations broke down between the neighbors.In the North, the drastic decline in oil revenues from fields in the South has brought about the imposition of austerity by Khartoum. These austerity measures have prompted demonstrations against the Bashir government by students and opposition groups which have called for his resignation.Another major issue facing the AU is the continuing crisis in Mali, where a military coup in the capital of Bamako and a secessionist movement in the North have divided the country politically. Several armed groups, including the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) Ansar Dine, the Arab National Liberation Front and others, have been struggling over control of the region.The AU has largely relied upon the Economic Community of West African States, the 16-member regional organization, to take the lead in resolving the Mali crisis. However, there has not been the previously discussed intervention of ECOWAS troops to put down the rebellion in the North as well as stabilizing the government in the South, where differences exist over a negotiated coalition regime composed of both military and civilian elements.In regard to the escalating tensions in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the AU announced on July 15 that it is preparing to send a peacekeeping contingent to the area. Presidents Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Paul Kagame of Rwanda both attended the Summit.Rwanda has been accused of supporting a mutiny by DRC military forces in the eastern region, a claim which President Kagame has denied. The M23 rebel group, which has taken several towns in the area, says that it only wants grievances addressed and is requesting dialogue with the DRC government based in Kinshasha.The post-colonial African situation has created numerous conflicts throughout the continent that preclude genuine independence, sovereignty and unity across national and regional boundaries. The current conflict in Somalia is a case in point, where several neighboring states allied with the U.S. are inside the country fighting to prevent the al-Shabab resistance movement from taking power.With the formation of the United States Africa Command in 2008, the political stability of the continent has been seriously threatened. In Libya during 2011, Africom and NATO waged a war of regime change that led to thousands of deaths, including that of the leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.Africom has a base in Djibouti and is increasing its surveillance and reconnaissance missions throughout East, Central and West Africa. The U.S. deployed at least 100 Special Forces to four different countries in Central and East Africa last October.Therefore, if the AU does not take action to resolve these ongoing conflicts, the imperialist states led by the U.S. will deepen their penetration of the continent. Imperialist intervention will only worsen the economic and humanitarian crises in Africa, as the situations in Libya and Somalia have proven.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

El legado de Fidel y la liberación africana

first_imgNelson Mandela y Fidel Castro28 de noviembre de 2016Ninguna otra figura política fuera de África simbolizó la solidaridad global con las aspiraciones del pueblo, desde las regiones del norte hasta el subcontinente, más que el Comandante Presidente Fidel Castro Ruz, de la República de Cuba.Los lazos históricos, políticos y culturales entre el pueblo de África y Cuba se remontan a más de cinco siglos. Cuba fue colonizada por imperios europeos utilizando el trabajo de africanos esclavizados, cuya súper-explotación sentó las bases para el surgimiento del capitalismo mundial y el imperialismo.En un discurso pronunciado en La Habana el 19 de abril de 1976, en conmemoración del décimo quinto aniversario de la heroica victoria sobre los mercenarios exiliados coordinados por los agentes de la CIA en Playa Girón, el dirigente cubano dijo: “Somos un pueblo latinoafricano enemigo del colonialismo, el neocolonialismo, el racismo y el apartheid a los que protege y apaña el imperialismo yanki”.Castro estaba respondiendo a la propaganda estadounidense que castigaba el papel del Estado socialista que había desplegado 55.000 de sus propias tropas a partir de octubre de 1975 a petición del Dr. Agostinho Neto, líder del Movimiento Popular para la Liberación de Angola (MPLA), el frente independentista liderado por marxistas.El MPLA había luchado contra el colonialismo portugués desde 1961. Cada vez estaba más rodeado por fuerzas reaccionarias respaldadas por EUA: el Frente para la Liberación Nacional de Angola y la Unión para la Independencia Total de Angola.La intervención de Cuba en 1975-76 resultó decisiva para la rápida consolidación del MPLA como partido gobernante de Angola, país rico en petróleo. Los internacionalistas cubanos permanecerían en Angola hasta 1989, tras la derrota de las fuerzas racistas sudafricanas y la independencia de la vecina Namibia (Sudáfrica occidental), que había estado bajo la ocupación del régimen del apartheid.Africanas/os lamentan muerte de FidelNumerosos líderes políticos africanos han expresado sus condolencias al gobierno y al pueblo cubano.La nación de Argelia en el norte de África declaró ocho días de duelo oficial en honor al líder revolucionario, quien ayudó en la defensa del país durante los primeros años de lucha por independizarse de Francia.El presidente argelino Abdelaziz Bouteflika saludó al fallecido revolucionario cubano como “auténtico defensor de los valores de la paz, el respeto y la soberanía nacional, y de su inquebrantable lucha por los derechos de las personas a la libre determinación. … Esta es también una gran pérdida para el pueblo de Argelia que tiene una relación especial con El Comandante, forjada de respeto, admiración y afecto mutuo”. (Agencia de noticias Xinhua, 27 de noviembre)El presidente José Eduardo dos Santos de la República de Angola llamó a Castro “una figura extraordinaria de trascendente importancia histórica”. Aproximadamente un total de 350.000 cubanos internacionalistas sirvieron en Angola durante la guerra contra las fuerzas de contrarrevolución apoyadas por EUA, incluyendo al brutal ejército sudafricano.El presidente de la República de Namibia, Hage Geingob, de la Organización del Pueblo de Sudáfrica Occidental (SWAPO), el movimiento de liberación nacional que luego se convirtiera en partido político gobernante que ha mantenido el poder en el estado post-apartheid desde su independencia en marzo de 1990, dijo que la lucha en Angola “fue el momento decisivo en la liberación del África meridional”.Las unidades militares de SWAPO lucharon junto a las fuerzas de defensa angoleñas, las Um Khonto we Sizwe – el ejército guerrillero del Congreso Nacional Africano – y los internacionalistas cubanos en batallas por la total independencia de Angola.El presidente Jacob Zuma, actual líder del partido gobernante de Sudáfrica, dijo: “Castro lideró la revolución cubana y dedicó toda su vida no sólo a la libertad del pueblo cubano y el derecho del Estado cubano a su soberanía y autodeterminación, sino también por la libertad de otros pueblos oprimidos en todo el mundo”.El ministro de comercio de Sudáfrica, Rob Davies, enfatizó cómo “Castro fue uno de los gigantes de la revolución en el siglo XX. Él desempeñó un papel fundamental en la liberación de África meridional, particularmente en la batalla de Cuito Cuanavale – el Stalingrado del apartheid. Castro mostró una increíble solidaridad y aseguró que nuestros combatientes prevalecieran, haciendo que la transición en Sudáfrica fuera imparable”.El ministro de salud Aaron Motsoaledi subrayó: “A través de la iniciativa Mandela-Castro, Castro envió médicos a Sudáfrica para trabajar en hospitales rurales. A los médicos cubanos se les enseña a trabajar en la atención primaria de la salud, que es lo que el mundo necesita, y de esta manera Castro fue un hombre que se adelantó a sus tiempos”. (Iol.co.za, 26 de noviembre)El Zimbabwe Sunday Mail citó al presidente Robert Mugabe diciendo en numerosas ocasiones que Fidel era un gran amigo de Zimbabue y África. El imperialismo estadounidense ha impuesto sanciones tanto a Cuba como a Zimbabue durante muchos años. (27 de nov.)El Sunday Mail también señaló cómo tanto el Presidente Mugabe como Joshua Nkomo, líder de la Unión del Pueblo Africano de Zimbabue-Frente Patriótico (ZAPU-PF), estaban en deuda con el apoyo proporcionado por Cuba en el proceso revolucionario africano.El ala militar del ZAPU-PF, el Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo de Zimbabwe (ZIPRA), contó con el apoyo del gobierno cubano durante la campaña de guerrilla contra los ejércitos de Rhodesia y Sudáfrica.El ex cuadro de ZIPRA Grace Noko dijo: “Cuando fuimos a entrenar en Cuba, fuimos bien recibidos y recibimos un buen tratamiento durante el curso de nuestro entrenamiento. … Castro era un hombre cálido que odiaba el racismo y la opresión. Odiaba a las personas que despreciaban a los negros por su color.Noko agregó que “nuestros líderes, como el Dr. Joshua Nkomo, fueron inspirados por Castro. Los aconsejó sobre el derecho a la independencia, la libertad económica y la necesidad de luchar contra la desigualdad. El entrenamiento fue bien conducido, duro y de alto nivel. Estábamos entrenados no sólo para luchar en la guerra, sino también para luego liberarnos económicamente”.Enorme asistencia cubana por epidemia de ÉbolaEn 2014, el personal médico cubano fue desplegado a Liberia y Sierra Leona después de la rápida propagación de la pandemia del Ébola. El brote, el peor de la historia, afectó a tres estados de África Occidental: Liberia, Guinea-Conakry y Sierra Leona.Hasta los medios corporativos y el gobierno de EUA se vieron obligados a reconocer la contribución fenomenal de Cuba a los esfuerzos para contener y erradicar la enfermedad, que dejó más de 11.000 muertos y miles más gravemente enfermos, incluyendo profesionales de la salud en los tres países.Un artículo publicado por este autor durante la epidemia de la pandemia del Ébola el 4 de noviembre de 2014 fue re-publicado en agosto de este año por el sitio web del líder cubano, fidelcastro.cu. Hizo hincapié en que “los trabajadores cubanos de la salud han desempeñado un papel primordial en el continente africano durante décadas. El gobierno revolucionario ve su trabajo en la lucha contra la enfermedad del virus Ébola (EVD) como una manifestación del internacionalismo y solidaridad con África”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Iranian blogger on hunger strike in protest against continued detention

first_img“Why is Sakhi Righi being kept in prison although his health is worsening and he could legally be given a conditional release?” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “His detention is cruel and has gone on for too long. We are extremely concerned for his health. We point out that under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party, depriving prisoners of medical care can be regarded as violation of the ban on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about Sakhi Righi, an Iranian blogger who has been held for the past nine years and who has been on hunger strike for 26 days in protest against his prison conditions and the prison administration’s refusal to grant him a parole. RSF reminds Iran of its obligations as regards the treatment of prisoners. Ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Iran is one of the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists and citizen-journalists, with a total of 30 currently held. Furthermore, he is being held in a prison that is 1,600 km from Zahedan, his home town in the far east of Iran, where he was living when arrested in 2009 and where his family still lives. This limits visits by his family, who have not been able to visit him for the past seven months. And he has not been able to call his family for the past week. Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out more The prison authorities are not only refusing to release him but are also holding him in appalling conditions in Karon prison, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Although suffering from hypothyroidism, he is being denied medical care and, in the nine years he has been held, he has never been granted even a short-term parole, although that is also his right. News July 20, 2018 Iranian blogger on hunger strike in protest against continued detention IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet RSF_en Aside from his critical blog posts, Righi’s main crime was to have the same surname as Abdolmalek Righi, the head of an armed opposition group in the region who was eventually hanged on 20 June 2010. News Help by sharing this information News to go further Righi was arrested on 18 June 2009 for posting articles on his Balochistan-s blog that were critical of the situation in the Zahedan region and that month’s controversial presidential election.  After torture was used to extract a confession, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison – an unprecedentedly long term for a blogger – on charges of “publishing false information” and “activities against national security.” The jail term was eventually reduced to ten years under article 134 of the new Islamic penal code, under which a person convicted on several criminal charges serves only the longest sentence. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Under Iranian law, convicted prisoners can be given a conditional release after completing a third of their sentence and Righi completed a third of his original 20-year sentence more than two years ago. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alertslast_img read more

Netizen Prize winner prevented from taking international flight

first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific News April 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders condemns the Vietnamese public security ministry’s decision to prevent the well-known blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh from travelling abroad.Winner of the 2013 Netizen Prize, which Reporters Without Borders awards annually with support from Google, Chenh and his daughter were stopped at Ho Chi Minh City airport as they were about to board a flight to the United States on 10 May.Reporters Without Borders regards the travel ban as a reprisal for Chenh’s blogging and staunch defence of freedom of expression. His influence as a blogger is growing both within Vietnam as well as internationally and the Netizen Prize is thought to have played a role in the decision to impose the ban.Chenh’s blog is very popular in Vietnam although it is blocked by the authorities and can be accessed only by using censorship circumvention software. Reporters Without Borders has described it as “an example to follow” in a country where freedom of information is openly flouted.When awarded the Netizen Prize on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Chenh said in a phone call from Vietnam: “This award represents a great deal for me. It is a new source of inspiration. It is also and above all a reward and sign of hope for bloggers and independent journalists in Vietnam, and all those who are being denied their right to freedom of expression.” He added: “The international community’s support will give us more courage to continue our struggle for freedom of information. It will help all of us to overcome our fears and speak more freely.” Chenh’s international travel ban is not isolated. Several bloggers were prevented from travelling abroad last year. They included Nguoi Buon Gio, J.B. Nguyen Huu Vinh, Huynh Ngoc Tuan and Tuan’s son, Huynh Trong Hieu, who was to have travelled to the United States to accept Human Rights Watch’s Hellman Hemmett Prize on behalf of his father.“Many bloggers have, like me, been forbidden to leave the country, which is a human rights violation,” Gio told Reporters Without Borders. “Vague reasons are usually given for these bans such as national security, the reason given in my case. They are reprisals that the Vietnamese authorities use with bloggers they don’t like. The bans just reinforce the feeling that a blog to press for more rights is essential.”Vietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for netizens, with a total of 31 currently detained. Bloggers and other news providers regarded as too outspoken are hounded by the Communist Party, forced to censor themselves or jailed.Recent examples include the use of police violence against participants in “human rights picnics” on 5 May and the record jail terms imposed on bloggers such as Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan, who were sentenced on appeal on 28 December to 12 and 10 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest.Vietnam is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and has been ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the past two years. April 22, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News May 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Netizen Prize winner prevented from taking international flight April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alertslast_img read more

Ballyhoura bike trail follows new market in sports tourism

first_imgFacebook Print Advertisement TAGSBallyhoura bike trailsCoillteESBLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickTom Enright #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedincenter_img LIMERICK County Councillors have approved the raising of a loan of €80,000 for Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment Ltd to assist in the development of its mountain bike trails.Director of Services for Economic Development and Planning, Tom Enright confirmed that Ballyhoura Heritage have been given a commitment from ESB Wind Development and Coillte to invest €160,000 in December 2015 pending the Castlepook Wind Farm Development progressing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ballyhoura Heritage are now seeking bridging finance of €80,000 from Limerick County Council and a further €80,000 from Cork County Council to ensure that the trails develop into one of Europe’s leading mountain bike destinations.Mr Enright told council members that the funding would be repaid on receipt of the €160,000 from ESB Wind Development and Coillte in December 2015.With the 2014 European Mountain Bike Marathon Championships taking place in Ballyhoura this June, the project was one county councillors were highly supportive of.Cllr Liam Galvin (FG) said he was quite happy to see the loan of €80,000 approved and described the Ballyhoura mountain bike trails as a “great asset to the public”.Cllr David Moloney (Lab) commented, “The Ballyhoura mountain bike trails are a huge success story attracting a large number of domestic, national and international tourists to the region.”Cllr Jerome Scanlon (FG) said the loan was well worthwhile and highlighted the trails’ potential for very high reward.“Other parts of the county need to take a leaf out of Ballyhoura’s book,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr James Collins (FF), who himself uses the bike trails, suggested that a similar child friendly bike trail could be provided in Curraghchase.“We should be supporting outdoor adventure tourism. Ballyhoura is a mountain bike trail for adults and we are missing out on another target audience. A similar facility is needed for teenagers and kids,” said Collins.Cllr Stephen Keary (FG) asked where the onus to repay the loan would fall if Ballyhoura Heritage did not receive the investment of €160,000 from ESB Wind Development and Coillte?Director of Services, Tom Enright assured Cllr Keary that Ballyhoura Heritage would still be obliged to pay back the loan.The 2014 European Mountain Bike Marathon Championships takes place in Ballyhoura on June 14 and 15 next. Twitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch NewsLocal NewsBallyhoura bike trail follows new market in sports tourismBy Alan Jacques – February 6, 2014 871 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Previous articleArty jigs and reelsNext articleTravellers claim council is all promises and no action Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

Collins murder trial hears from former State witness

first_img TAGScollinsDundonfeaturedkilleenmurder trial NewsBreaking newsCrime & CourtCollins murder trial hears from former State witnessBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2014 1134 Previous articleCollins murder trial resumes amid legal argument as killer expected to give evidenceNext articleMunster Rugby confirm new backroom team Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Linkedin First Irish death from Coronavirus Facebookcenter_img Email Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsApp Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Andrew Carey at the Special Criminal CourtSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up APRIL Collins has denied that she was told by a garda that she would not go to prison for intimidating a witness in the wake of making statements against members of the Dundon crime family.Giving in evidence in the trial of two Limerick men charged with the murder of Roy Collins in April 2009, Ms Collins confirmed that she spoke to gardai in April 2011, but denied that a garda told her she would not go to prison after she admitted intimidating a witness in a criminal case of her former partner, father and brother.Wayne Dundon (36) and Nathan Killeen (24) deny the murder of Roy Collins on April 9, 2009 when the Limerick businessman was shot at his place of work by a gunman and Ms Collins was giving evidence in relation to what she recalled happened on the day of the murder.In her previous evidence, Ms Collins said that she was in the hospital when she received a call on her mobile. She said she was there with her sick son around the time of the murder. Legal argument dominated the conclusion of her evidence in relation to voice recognition. The court is to rule on that aspect at a later time during the trial.In today’s evidence, the mother of four, three of which are with the brother of one of the accused Ger Dundon, said that she continued to breach road traffic laws after she was banned from driving and had a three-year suspended prison sentence hanging over her.Michael Bowman BL for Wayne Dundon outlined to Ms Collins her pattern of offending and convictions in the wake of “making certain statements to gardai” and asked the witness if she recalled the court dates and their outcomes.Ms Collins, said that she was before the count “so many times for road offences”, she couldn’t remember them all.However, in cross examination, Ms Collins denied to Mr Michael Bowman BL for Wayne Dundon that she was “taking the mickey out of the system” and that her lack of memory in relation to her court appearances was in “stark contrast to the minute detail given” surrounding the day of the murder.Mr Bowman further put it to Ms Collins that it was a “coincidence” and something “remarkable” that she never served a day of her three year suspended sentence despite having the “guts of 30 road traffic offences before the courts a short time after the serious threat of prison was handed down”.The mother of four said that she was punished for what she did and said “I was given what I was given”.Ms Collins denied that entering into the court bond to be of good behaviour was a “joke” and denied that a garda called to her home and said that she wouldn’t go to jail over the witness intimidation offence.The court was shown CCTV footage of activities in the area near the home of Ms Collins parents on the morning of the murder before breaking for lunch.The trial, before the three judge non-jury court is to continue later today with evidence from convicted murderer Anthony Noddy McCarthy. Twitterlast_img read more

North America Healthcare Workwear Market Forecast to 2027: Coveralls, Gowns, Safety Glasses or Face…

first_img Facebook North America Healthcare Workwear Market Forecast to 2027: Coveralls, Gowns, Safety Glasses or Face Shields, Masks, Gloves, Lab Coats, Scrubs, Shoes, and Boot Covers – ResearchAndMarkets.com By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Previous articleCharlotte Kronborg Bennetsen Appointed Chief Financial Officer at Stibo SystemsNext articleNorth America $1.1 Billion Kidney Stones Retrieval Devices Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Type; Treatment; End User; and Country – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Twitter DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The “North America Healthcare Workwear Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Product; End Use, and Country” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. North America healthcare workwear market was valued at US$ 693.99 Million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 1,457.44 Million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% during 2020-2027. Healthcare workwear protects medical professionals from harmful pathogens. There are various types of healthcare workwear available in the market used to cover every part of the body. Medical professionals choose healthcare workwear according to the requirements of their job. Few healthcare workwear types include coveralls, gowns, safety glasses or face shields, masks, gloves, lab coats, scrubs, shoes, and boot covers. Safety glasses or face shields are referred to as plastic goggles that protect against sudden splashes of fluids such as blood, vomit, or excrement. Masks are generally worn over the mouth and nose to prevent exhaling microorganisms in a sterile environment. Besides, the rising cases of COVID-19 also aid in the growth of the market. Healthcare workwear such as masks, gowns, face shields, and others helps prevent the spread of the virus and provide protection to the healthcare workers, including doctors, nursing professionals, and other hospital staff. Also, ongoing innovations, combined with various advancements in surgery, such as standardizing procedures, technical advances, and high-reliability organizing, are expected to propel the hospital sector’s growth, thereby driving the demand for healthcare workwear. Furthermore, the growing incidence of chronic diseases is likely to complement market growth. The growth of the healthcare workwear market is directly influenced by the rapid development in the healthcare sector in North American countries. For instance, developed countries such as the US and Canada, drive the growth of the healthcare workwear market. According to data provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018, The US ranked highest in healthcare spending among the developed nations of the world. Likewise, the healthcare sector is the largest vertically-integrated industry in Canada. Canada spends about 11.2% of GDP on healthcare. Moreover, owing to the presence of well-established market players, coupled with growing number of surgical procedures as well as an increasing number of surgical site infections also propels the market development. As per the Journal of Infectious Disease Adviser, around 27 million surgical procedures are performed in the U. S every year and 5% of these surgeries resulting in surgical site infections. Furthermore, the rising incidences of lifestyle diseases, increasing demand for affordable healthcare, the emergence of technologies like telemedicine, and the expanded role of government in the healthcare investment space are the major driving factors leading to the remarkable growth of the healthcare industry. Therefore, rapid growth in the healthcare sector in the countries in North America drives the healthcare workwear market. The healthcare workwear market in North America is concentrated with a few very well-established players. A few of the key players in the North America healthcare workwear market include 3M, Alpha Pro Tech, Ansell Limited, Cardinal Health, O&M Halyard, International Enviroguard, Tronex International, Inc., KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION, Surgeine Healthcare (India) Pvt. Ltd. Key Topics Covered: 1. Introduction 1.1 Scope of the Study 1.2 Research Report Guidance 1.3 Market Segmentation 2. Key Takeaways 3. Research Methodology 4. Healthcare Workwear Market Landscape 4.1 Market Overview 4.1.1 North America PEST Analysis 5. North America Healthcare Workwear Market – Key Industry Dynamics 5.1 Drivers 5.1.1 Growing Demand for Healthcare Workwear due to Coronavirus Outbreak 5.1.2 Rapid Development in the Healthcare Sector in Developed and Developing Countries 5.2 Restraints 5.2.1 Stringent Government Regulations Pertaining to Healthcare Workwear 5.3 Opportunities: 5.3.1 Rising Adoption of Eco-Friendly Gloves 5.4 Trends: 5.4.1 Development of Reusable Personal Protective Equipment 5.5 Impact Analysis 6. Healthcare Workwear – North America Market Analysis 6.1 North America Healthcare Workwear Market Overview 6.2 North America Healthcare Workwear Market Forecast and Analysis 7. Healthcare Workwear Market – by Product 7.1 Overview 7.2 Healthcare Workwear Market Breakdown, by Product, 2018 and 2027 7.3 Coveralls 7.4 Gowns 8. North America Healthcare Workwear Market Analysis End Use 8.1 Overview 8.2 North America Healthcare Workwear Market Breakdown, by End Use, 2018 and 2027 8.3 Hospitals 8.4 Home Healthcare 8.5 Outpatient/Primary Care Facilities 9. Healthcare Workwear Market – Country Analysis 9.1 Overview 9.1.1 North America Healthcare Workwear Market Breakdown, by Key Countries 9.1.1.1 US Healthcare Workwear Market Revenue and Forecast to 2027 (US$ MN) 9.1.1.2 Canada Healthcare Workwear Market Revenue and Forecast to 2027 (US$ MN) 9.1.1.3 Mexico Healthcare Workwear Market Revenue and Forecast to 2027 (US$ MN) 10. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on North American Healthcare Workwear Market 10.1 North America: Impact Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic 11. Company Profiles3MAlpha Pro TechAnsell LimitedCardinal HealthO&M HalyardInternational EnviroguardTronex International, Inc.KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATIONSurgeine Healthcare (India) Pvt. Ltd For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/4t541b View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005548/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL GENERAL HEALTH HEALTH FASHION SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 05:01 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 05:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005548/en Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

GHCAA Writes To Chief Justice About Difficulties In Filing & Listing Of Cases [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesGHCAA Writes To Chief Justice About Difficulties In Filing & Listing Of Cases [Read Letter] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Oct 2020 5:02 AMShare This – xThe Managing Committee of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association has written to the Chief Justice, highlighting several difficulties being faced by the Advocates in the present mode of functioning. They informed the Court that: Matters mentioned before the Court are many a times not listed notwithstanding, even after the Court having ordered to be listed on a…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 Managing Committee of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association has written to the Chief Justice, highlighting several difficulties being faced by the Advocates in the present mode of functioning. They informed the Court that: Matters mentioned before the Court are many a times not listed notwithstanding, even after the Court having ordered to be listed on a particular day.Helpline numbers for Advocates’ assistance are not being attended to.After the matter is filed, Registry for the very same matter, raises different set of office objections more than once. It also often raises several unnecessary objections.Sometimes the registry takes much more time, than should be required, in raising the objections. The Association has urged the Court that: The practise of Filing through mail be restored till physical functioning of the courts starts, as the present system of filing, through e-portal, is very tedious.The filing of a Vakalatnama by an advocate seeking his appointment as replacement of another Advocate along with the No objection of the former advocate Vakalatnama be accepted by way of E-filing.Meeting link be sent to all such advocates who are desirous of mentioning their matters.The Registry be directed to raise the all the objections at once and not in a phased manner. Registry be directed to raise the objections in a week’s time of the filing of the matter.The Registry be directed to acknowledge the physical filing.Registry be directed to place all the papers filed in the matter, before the Court before the circulation of the matter. Note: The Gujarat High Court has appointed a Committee, consisting of Justices Sonia Gokani, AJ Desai and NV Anjaria, to discuss the issues with the office bearers of the Bar. The Association has urged that the letter be referred to this Committee for quick deliberation. Click Here To Download Letter Read Letter 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

Indianapolis FedEx shooting updates: Eight dead, several wounded at facility

first_imgictor/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Eight people were shot and killed and several others injured in a mass shooting Thursday night at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, according to local authorities.When officers arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m. local time, it was an active shooter situation, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook said during a media briefing.Police said the alleged shooter “has taken his own life.”It is unclear how many people have been shot at this time or all their conditions, but multiple victims have been transported to various hospitals in the area, Cook said.At least four people were transported to the hospital in critical condition and three others with various gunshot injuries. Police said hospitals have also reported multiple walk-ins from the incident.“This is a sight that no one should see,” Cook said during a media briefing.The identity and motive of the shooter have not been released. FBI spokesperson Chris Bavende told ABC News the bureau will be assisting the Indianapolis police in the investigation of the shooting.The names of the victims have also not been publicly released. The Marion County Coroner’s Office will release the names of the deceased once next-of-kin have been notified.“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” FedEx said in a statement early Friday morning. “Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”Law enforcement officials and the mayor have a press briefing at 10:30 a.m. Friday.President Joe Biden will be briefed on the mass shooting Friday morning, according to a White House official.“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” FedEx said in a statement early Friday morning. “Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”The FedEx facility is located near the Indianapolis airport on the 8900 block of Mirabel road.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

San Francisco’s tax base to decline for first time in 25 years

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink CoronavirusSan Franciscotaxes Tags Share via Shortlink (Getty)The city of San Francisco is projecting its property tax base will decline for the first time in more than a quarter-century.The city controller’s office projects that the city’s commercial and residential tax base fell 0.46 percent last year, from $301.4 billion to $300 billion, according to Bloomberg. That would result in a $7.6 million loss in revenue for the fiscal year starting in July.It would be the first such drop since 1994 to 1996, when the tax base value fell from about $57.1 billion to $56.2 billion. The worst year for growth since then was 2011 to 2012, when the tax base inched up from $157.9 billion to $158.6 billion.A decline is rare because of a 1978 ballot measure that strictly limited property assessments. Properties are typically reassessed only in the event of a sale or redevelopment, so they remain low. That can cushion declines during down periods because market values don’t usually fall below assessed values.ADVERTISEMENTCritics of that measure have repeatedly tried to overturn it and most recently failed with Proposition 15 in November.San Francisco can largely thank tech companies for its large property tax base, but now these firms are likely contributing to last year’s tax base decline. Many tech companies have embraced remote working, and office space, now largely vacant, has become less valuable.Residents who can work remotely took that opportunity to buy or rent outside of the notoriously expensive city, although perhaps not as many as was predicted early in the pandemic.[Bloomberg] — Dennis Lynch last_img read more