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Could the Royal Mail share price double your money?

first_imgCould the Royal Mail share price double your money? See all posts by Roland Head Image source: Getty Images Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) share price has fallen by more than 20% already this year. The shares are now down by more than 70% from their May 2018 peak.There doesn’t seem to be much hope that things will improve soon. Boss Rico Back recently warned that the number of letters being posted is falling faster than expected. Industrial relations problems are slowing the group’s turnaround plan and posties are expected to vote soon on whether they should strike.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Play it safeFor investors, the obvious decision is to stay away until there’s some sign of improvement. I certainly wouldn’t argue with anyone who decided to do this.I have to admit that my previous optimism about this business was premature, to say the least. As things stand, I don’t think that Royal Mail is the kind of safe and stable dividend stock you’d want to buy for your retirement. And yet…Could the shares double?The negative sentiment towards the UK’s postal service is starting to remind me of the way investors dumped mining stocks in 2015. But anyone who bought shares in the big FTSE 100 miners in early 2016 enjoyed massive profits as the sector started to recover — I know I did.Is Royal Mail now a genuine value play? And could the shares double as it recovers? With the stock now trading close to its book value, I think it’s worth asking these questions.After all, this business has been trading since the 17th century and handles nearly half of all parcels posted in the UK. Annual turnover is more than £10bn and the group owns property valued at around £2bn.Royal Mail also owns the more profitable GLS international parcels business, which operates as Parcelforce in the UK and under various other names abroad.These metrics look cheap to meArguably, the Royal Mail share price has reached a point where it looks cheap.For example, I estimate that the group’s book value is around £1.7bn, excluding its pension surplus. The current market cap is £1.8bn, so the stock is valued at little more than the value of its property, minus debt.The valuation also looks tempting when compared to historic profits. Over the 12 months to 30 September, my sums show that Royal Mail generated an underlying after-tax profit of £220m. That means the shares are currently trading on just 8.1 times historic earnings. That’s potentially cheap, if earnings can recover to this level after the slump that’s forecast for 2020/21.What’s less certain is whether the company can repeat its past performance, or whether it’s locked into a cycle of falling profitability.The boss is buyingChief executive Rico Back has a tough job on his hands, in my view. But he appears to remain confident. He’s been making significant share purchases at regular intervals since his appointment in 2018.Mr Back’s latest purchase was on 6 February, when he spent £537,676.80 on RMG stock. This buy came less than two months after a £702,000 purchase in December.Despite the current problems, I continue to believe Royal Mail should be a valuable and sustainable business. The stock’s 8% dividend yield is also tempting, although I think this payout could be cut again.I’d describe the shares as a ‘buy for the brave’. It will be uncomfortable, but it could be very profitable. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Roland Head | Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 | More on: RMG Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Want to invest in UK online shopping stocks? Here are some companies I’d look at

first_imgWant to invest in UK online shopping stocks? Here are some companies I’d look at Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. When it comes to powerful investment themes, it’s hard to look past the growth of e-commerce. In the UK, the percentage of overall retail sales represented by online sales has skyrocketed from approximately 6.5% to around 20% over the last decade.And looking ahead, the trend is expected to continue. According to industry experts, internet sales could account for over 50% of total UK retail sales by as early as 2028.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…For investors, the growth of online shopping is likely to present many opportunities in the years ahead. With that in mind, here’s a look at some UK online shopping stocks that could help you gain exposure to this growth story.Source: ONSOnline shopping stocks: pure online retailersIf you’re looking for online shopping stocks, the best place to start is generally pure online retailers. These are companies that only sell goods online. Many of the world’s largest pure online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are listed in the US. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for investors here in the UK.One example is Ocado. It’s an online supermarket that describes itself as the ‘world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer.’ It also specialises in helping other supermarkets with warehouse automation. There’s also ASOS and Boohoo, which specialise in online fashion. These companies, which sell a massive variety of clothing online, have both registered prolific revenue growth over the last five years. Additionally, there are niche online retailers. One example is Gear4music, which sells musical instruments online. It’s another company that has grown rapidly over the last few years.Retailers that sell online‘Omnichannel’ retailers that sell a proportion of their goods online could also potentially be worth considering. One that has seen solid growth in online sales recently is JD Sports Fashion, which mainly sells trainers and athleisure clothing. Major supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s (which owns Argos) have also experienced strong online growth in recent years.Warehouse and logistics companiesRetailers are not the only online shopping stocks you can invest in, however. The e-commerce industry is made up of many different subsectors, meaning there are plenty of other ways to get exposure to the theme.One area that could be worth considering is warehouse and logistics companies. These types of companies appear well placed to benefit from the online shopping boom. Examples include the likes of SEGRO and Tritax Big Box REIT, which are both warehouse-focused real estate investment trusts. Then there’s logistics specialist Clipper Logistics. Its customers include the likes of ASOS and Joules.Packaging companiesPackaging companies can also offer exposure to the theme. One good example is DS Smith. It manufactures the types of cardboard boxes that Amazon deliveries come in. Other companies in this sector include Mondi and Smurfit Kappa.Technology-focused online shopping stocksFinally, there are plenty of niche technology companies that could help investors capitalise on the growth of online shopping. For example, one stock I like is GB Group, which provides identity management technology. Its customers include ASOS and Nordstrom. DotDigital is another interesting play. It specialises in email marketing software.Overall, there are many different online shopping stocks listed in the UK. The key, as always, is to diversify your capital across a few holdings in order to give yourself the best chance of profiting from the theme. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Edward Sheldon owns shares in ASOS, Boohoo, JD Sports Fashion, DotDigital, GB Group, DS Smith, Mondi, Clipper Logistics and Tritax Big Box. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon and ASOS. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group, Clipper Logistics, dotDigital Group, DS Smith, eBay, Tesco, and Tritax Big Box REIT and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $18 calls on eBay, short January 2021 $37 calls on eBay, short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon, and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Concepción House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Photographs:  Natalia VialText description provided by the architects. Casa Concepción is located in a community over a hill with a spectacular view towards the Bio-Bio river. Save this picture!© Natalia VialRecommended ProductsDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinThe general layout starts with an “L” shaped plan in which 2 closed facades are generated; one towards the community, and other towards the neighbor. The other two facades opens towards the main garden, views over the gully and river, and to the northern light. Save this picture!© Natalia VialThe shed roof structure generates a miniwave coated volume in the second floor over a concrete first floor structure that contains the public areas + the main bedroom. The second floor volume contains the rest of the bedrooms, family room and study, all of them facing north.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessMore on the Ivy Building / GENETOArticlesAD Round Up: Houses in SwitzerlandArticles Share Year:  Houses Save this picture!© Natalia Vial+ 28 Share CopyHouses•Concepcion, Chile ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/65535/concepcion-house-eltonleniz-arquitectos Clipboard Projects Concepción House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociadosSave this projectSaveConcepción House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados CopyAbout this officeelton_lénizOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHouses3D ModelingConcepcionChilePublished on June 26, 2010Cite: “Concepción House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados” 26 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Concepción House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados 2009 Photographs Architects: elton_léniz Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/65535/concepcion-house-eltonleniz-arquitectos Clipboard Area:  1200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Chilelast_img read more

The Guardian seeks 10 youth charities for its 2010 Christmas appeal

first_img Tagged with: christmas corporate newspaper The Guardian newspaper is inviting applications from charities working with teenagers and young adults at risk to benefit from The Guardian and Observer Christmas 2010 charity appeal. In fact, it is looking for 10 organisations to benefit.To be considered, a project must have been operating for at least six months and must work with those aged 13 to 24.The appeal is run in association with charity analysts New Philanthropy Capital.Applications must be received by 8 October 2010.www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/16/nominate-charity-for-christmas-appeal  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian seeks 10 youth charities for its 2010 Christmas appeal Howard Lake | 20 September 2010 | 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.last_img read more

Legacy Foresight announces new hospice version of Legacy Monitor programme

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Tagged with: hospice legacies Legacy Foresight is launching a dedicated version of its national Legacy Monitor programme, specifically for hospices.Hospice Legacy Monitor has been developed to help fundraising and finance teams understand recent performance and future potential relative to other hospice charities, and the wider charity sector. It will help to make the case for more legacy investment and to shape legacy fundraising strategies across the sector.  It is also cheaper than the national Legacy Monitor programme, and data only needs to be supplied once a year.Meg Abdy, Legacy Foresight Development Director said:“Gifts in wills are a vital source of income for British hospices, representing one-fifth of their total income. However, year on year income at individual hospices can be highly volatile, making it difficult to see the bigger picture.“We appreciate that hospice funds and resources are tight, so we’ve designed Hospice Legacy Monitor as a streamlined version of the national Legacy Monitor, available at half the cost of the national programme.“Hospices are a very important part of the legacy sector, accounting for around 8% of all legacy income, so it benefits all our clients, including the large national charities, to understand more about their performance.”The programme has been developed with the cooperation of Hospice UK and is being promoted directly to its members.Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Hospice Legacy Monitor should contact Meg Abdy or visit the Legacy Foresight site for more information. Advertisement  178 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  177 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Melanie May | 3 April 2019 | News Legacy Foresight announces new hospice version of Legacy Monitor programme About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Fear Drives Organic Marketing Success

first_imgShe advocated a more inclusive approach for food marketing, “Ultimately, if the traditional ag industry is going to see some positive traction among consumers, they need to change their view from ‘us against them’ to ‘it will take all types of agriculture working together to provide a safe and healthy food supply for nine billion people.’ There must be a holistic discussion around sustainable agriculture, not a fragmented conversation.” Fear Drives Organic Marketing Success By Gary Truitt – Nov 3, 2014 Home Commentary Fear Drives Organic Marketing Success Facebook Twitter by Gary Truitt At this point, let me state I am not against organic agriculture or people who farm organically. My issue is with the way some organic products are marketed and promoted. The “Organic Marketing Report” found no scientific consensus to prove the organic marketing industry’s claims that organic food is more nutritious and safer than traditional food. The report reviewed more than 200 published studies from 1990 – 2014 as well as sales trends. What I found to be more disturbing are the findings that indicate what messages are impacting and motivating food buyers today. The study found three reasons why consumers purchased organic foods: personal health, food safety concerns, and absence claims (i.e. pesticide free, no GMOs, hormone and antibiotic-free). It was also found that organic labels do not compel consumers to purchase organic products unless the label contains absence claims or related packing callouts that imply health or safety related concerns.  “In other words, fear sells,” says Joanna Schroeder, who presented the research findings to the Western Plant Health Association annual meeting in Palm Desert, California. Schroeder explained, in terms of organic marketing, success has come from capitalizing on food health scares. The industry has also targeted expectant mothers with the message that the food they are eating could harm their child, but that eating organic would help ensure a healthy baby. “Once the mother moved to organics and her child grows, the fear-based marketing moves along with the growth of the child,” stated Schroeder. Schroeder was critical of the way the food industry has responded, “The ‘traditional’ or ‘conventional’ ag industry has spent countless hours on the defensive refuting these messages rather than being on the offensive and engaging consumers in its own, positive message communications campaign.” SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE I have often said that, if you want to sell a food product, just put the word “organic” or “Amish” on it. Food marketers have been doing this for decades with great success. But research now indicates that different words on food products are having a more significant impact on consumer buying decisions. Unlike the positive connotations that Amish and Organic have, the new words play to the fears and the misinformation that consumers have.  In addition, efforts are underway to mandate the use of these negative messages on all food products. While this sounds nice, it is unrealistic when the organic and anti-GMO groups are trying to legislate mandatory negative food labels. The culture of fear that surrounds our food today is making millions for some, while confusing and misleading consumers.  I find it a bit ironic that the groups who  denigrate big food companies as being greedy and self-serving, are themselves making millions by fear mongering and misrepresenting their products’ benefits. Previous articleGas Prices Dropping Below $3 for the First Time Since 2010Next articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

Market Rallies on Weather Forecast and Crop Worries

first_imgMeanwhile, Indiana crops show very little improvement in condition. Nationally the USDA left the corn and soybean conditions unchanged from last week in their weekly report on Monday, with 70% of the corn and 63% of the soybeans rated in good to excellent condition.  Indiana corn was also left unchanged, with 47% g/e and 53% f/p, but they did indicate a small reduction on Indiana soybean conditions. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2015 Facebook Twitter After some weekend precipitation, the Hoosier State will see a dry period ahead. According to HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, “The rest of the week looks dry, from Tuesday right on into the weekend. Models are in agreement that a front works through around the 14th-15th, but most models also have that front mostly dry.” Market Rallies on Weather Forecast and Crop Worries SHARE Corn and soybean futures rallied sharply on Monday based on a dry, long term, weather forecast and technical positioning before the USDA August crop report, set to be released on Wednesday. Cody Bills, with Grain Hedge, told HAT the 6 to 10 day forecast looks dry for most of the grain belt, “There is growing concerns by the market in this dry pattern, especially for soybeans.” Jim Riley, with Riley Trading, added a dry spell will also spell trouble for corn, “Corn needs rain in August to help fill out those kernels.” Yet, according to the Indiana report, many farmers are reporting very small ears of corn and serious disease issues in soybeans. The report also stated that much of the corn crop remains yellow, and some corn stands have aborted kernels at the ear tips due to the lack of nitrogen and disease. As for soybeans, the late application of herbicides left soybeans vulnerable to competitive weeds such as glyphosate-resistant marestail and waterhemp, which have become more prominent with the mild temperatures. Arlan Suderman believes that, despite the unchanged soybean rating, the actual size of the soybean crop will be well below USDA expectations, “We believe the crop is smaller than projected by USDA and smaller than is being projected by the crop tours when one considers how late millions of acres went into the ground and when considering the impact of soybeans sitting in saturated soils for so long. Furthermore, harvested acres are expected to drop through the fall as well.”On a positive note, after running behind average most of the year, the corn has finally caught up to the average pace of development. US corn acres doughing surpassed the five-year average, with 96% of corn acres having achieved the silking stage as of August 9 and 51% of corn acres in the doughing stage. The acres having reached the doughing stage moved one point ahead of that number by August 9. In this first estimate of the acres in the dented stage, the progress trailed the five-year average by six points. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Market Rallies on Weather Forecast and Crop Worries Previous articleRed Gold Stewardship Award Winners AnnouncedNext articleBeing a Fair Featured Farmer a “Cool Deal” Gary Truittlast_img read more

Two photographers slain in Veracruz state, five days after magazine reporter’s murder

first_img to go further May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two photographers slain in Veracruz state, five days after magazine reporter’s murder April 28, 2021 Find out more Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas News Organisation The bodies of two missing news photographers, Gabriel Huge and Luna Varela, were found yesterday, World Press Freedom Day, in plastic bags beside a canal in Boca del Río, a suburb of the eastern port city of Veracruz. They had been reported missing the day before after being asked to cover a road accident.The discovery of the bodies came just five days after magazine reporter Regina Martínez was found murdered in Xalapa, the nearby capital of the state of Veracruz. Huge used to work for the newspaper Notiver while Luna worked for the Veracruznews agency and covered crime stories for three other local media.The bodies of two other persons were found with those of Huge and Luna. One was Luna’s partner, Irasema Becerra, who worked in the sales department of the newspaper El Dictamen. The other was Esteban Rodríguez, a former news photographer who retired last year after Notiver journalist Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz’s murder.The Vercruz state prosecutor’s office told Reporters Without Borders that all four bodies bore the marks of torture. Veracruznews editor Martin Lara Reyna told Reporters Without Borders that Luna had left the region at the end of 2011 after receiving threats, and had returned earlier this year.“The federal attorney-general’s office has said it will help the state prosecutor’s office to investigate both this case and that of Regina Martínez,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this cooperation will yield swift results as the state of Veracruz is now one of the world’s ten most dangerous places for the media, with a total of seven journalists killed and two missing since the start of 2010.“The nationwide toll for the past ten years now stands at 83 journalists killed and 14 missing. What is needed is a complete overhaul of the judicial system in a country that is devastated by its ubiquitous drug cartels, by collusion between the cartels and many officials, and by a five-year-old federal offensive against drug trafficking with a toll of 50,000 dead.”_________________30.04.2012 – Veracruz journalist’s murder underscores need to end impunity Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Regina Martínez, the newsweekly Proceso’s respected correspondent in the eastern state of Veracruz, was found strangled in her home in the Veracruz capital of Xalapa on 28 April. She joins the list of 80 journalists killed and 14 disappeared in Mexico in the past decade, a toll exacerbated by the disastrous federal offensive against trafficking during the past five years.Her murder has caused widespread dismay and has prompted demonstrations by reporters, photographers and free speech defenders in the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Morelos and in Mexico City, where Reporters Without Borders was represented.“There are not as yet any indications as to the motive, but Martínez dedicated some of her most recent investigative reporting to the murders of other journalists in Veracruz, which became one of the country’s deadliest states in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Also, on the eve of her murder, she broke the news that nine police officers had been arrested on suspicion of colluding with drug traffickers.“Investigators should therefore give priority to the possibility that her murder was linked to her work. The tendency on the part of the authorities to rule this out from the start is handicapping the solving of this kind of murder. We demand justice for Martínez and all the other journalists who have been killed or who are missing. Crime pays if it goes unpunished.”Martínez’s body was found in her bathroom after a neighbour noticed that the door to her apartment had been open for several hours without any sign of movement. The body bore no signs of sexual violence. A plasma TV, a computer and two mobile phones had been removed from the apartment.Reporters Without Borders shares the concern expressed by Proceso editor Rafael Rodríguez Castañeda, deputy editor Salvador Corro and publisher Julio Scherer García at a meeting with Veracruz’s governor yesterday, and supports their request for the reporter Jorge Carrasco to be included in the special commission that has been created to investigate the murder.Martínez had upset officials with her reporting. She confirmed this to us in 2008, when she and fellow journalist Rodrigo Vera were summoned to give statements after Proceso published a photo linked to the murder of Ernestina Ascencio, a member of the Nahuatl indigenous communityA constitutional amendment passed by congress allowing the federal courts and investigators to handle crimes that threaten the work of journalists and freedom of information still needs the approval of seven states in order to take effect. “Although long overdue, this amendment must be put into effect with the necessary resources in order to end the present impunity, which is unbearable,” Reporters Without Borders added. Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newslast_img read more

RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 12-18

first_img RSF_en News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 3, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable stories regarding threats to press freedom in the U.S. during the week of June 12 – 18: to go further 1. Two journalists were among the 18 arrested on I-94 in Minneapolis during a “standoff” early Saturday morning, June 17, between law enforcement and those protesting the acquittal of the police officer who shot Philando Castile. The Minnesota Daily’s David Clarey and the City Page’s Susan Du were arrested at around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday and were held in Ramsey County’s Adult Detention Center until the morning. They were charged with unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance. 2. The director of the Senate Radio and Television Gallery told television reporters on Tuesday, June 13, that they would no longer be allowed to film interviews in the Senate hallways. This action, which breaks from longstanding tradition in Washington, was quickly reversed following concerns raised by reporters, lawmakers and free speech advocates about reporters’ access to U.S. government officials. 3. CNN and USA Today announced on Thursday, June 15, that they filed lawsuits against the FBI for failing to respond within the time required by federal law to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos. The New York Times filed its own lawsuit on Friday, June 16. The FBI, which tightened restrictions of the FOIA requests it would accept earlier this year, is notoriously difficult to work with when it comes to such requests. Citing a law enforcement exemption, the FBI formally denied CNN’s FOIA request on Friday. 4. On Thursday, June 15, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an off-camera press gaggle that explicitly prohibited audio recordings. This is concerning, as it contradicts Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s claim in an email to CNN in March that audio recording of off-camera briefings “is always allowed.” 5. A court security officer handcuffed a reporter on Wednesday, June 14, while he attempted to take picture of an arrest happening in the hallway of a New York county courthouse. Douglass Dowty, a reporter from Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard, was ordered to hand the Onondaga County Courthouse security officer his cellphone prior to being handcuffed. He was not charged, and was in police custody for about 10 minutes before being released. News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States News June 7, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts June 19, 2017 RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 12-18 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Organisation United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limiting The Operation Of Stay Up To Six Months By Judicial Fiat, An Impermissible Legislative Act

first_imgColumnsLimiting The Operation Of Stay Up To Six Months By Judicial Fiat, An Impermissible Legislative Act Asim Pandya, Senior Advocate22 Oct 2020 1:43 AMShare This – xIn the last week, the Supreme Court has in Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI (Second case), by order dated 15 October 2020 reiterated that whatever stay granted by any court, including the High Court, automatically expires within a period of six months, unless extension is granted for good reason, as per the judgment. This gives an impression that the aforesaid directions apply 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 last week, the Supreme Court has in Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI (Second case), by order dated 15 October 2020 reiterated that whatever stay granted by any court, including the High Court, automatically expires within a period of six months, unless extension is granted for good reason, as per the judgment. This gives an impression that the aforesaid directions apply to all kinds of stay or injunctions. According to me, the directions issued in Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI (First) decided on 28 March 2018 and restated in the order dated 15 October 2020 by the Supreme Court, do not affect other types of injunction or stay where a civil or criminal proceeding is not stayed and applicable only to stay of proceedings granted in a pending civil or criminal case. This understanding clearly emerges from the language used in the judgment and the background in which such general directions were given. Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI (Second) order dated 15 October 2020 does not expand the scope of the original directions but only reiterates. The Asian Resurfacing (first case ) The Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI order dated 28 March 2018 [‘Asian Resurfacing case (First)’] arose out of a controversy regarding the stay of the criminal proceeding under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, (‘PC Act’) against the order of framing of a charge by the Special Court. The main issue which was examined by the Delhi High Court and later on by the Supreme Court was whether the order framing a charge against accused was interlocutory order or not and whether a revision petition was maintainable against such an order, more particularly in the light of Section 19(3)(c) of the PC Act. And If a revision petition was not maintainable, whether a petition under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India or Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (‘the Code’) was maintainable or not. The Supreme Court held that an order framing charge may not be held to be purely a interlocutory order and can in a given situation be interfered with Under Section 397(2) Code of Criminal Procedure or 482 Code of Criminal Procedure or Article 227 of the Constitution which is a constitutional provision but the power of the High Court to interfere with an order framing charge and to grant stay is to be exercised only in an exceptional situation. While examining the aforesaid issue the court went into the general aspect whether in other criminal and civil cases stay of the trial should be allowed to operate beyond a particular time limit. The Supreme Court was perhaps justified in delivering a judgment on the deleterious effect of indefinite stay of criminal proceeding under the PC Act, on the rule of law and efficacy of the justice delivery system, keeping in mind the scheme of the PC Act and certain special statutory provisions thereof. It would have been appropriate if the Supreme Court had just reiterated the guidelines issued it in its earlier decision in Imitiaz’s case (2012) 2 SCC 688 rather than prescribing a fixed time limit in the form of a judicial mandate. However, going beyond the actual controversy and declaring a law for all civil and criminal proceeding was not justified. According to me, a mandatory time limit of six months, prescribed by the Supreme Court in Asian Resurfacing Case, is ex facie unconstitutional and it also ignores the hard reality of our judicial system that any civil or criminal case takes at least 2-5 years even if the time span is considered most conservatively. The insufficiency of manpower, infrastructure and inadequacy of number of judges at all levels of judiciary(the main causes for the inability of judges to dispose of cases) have not gone into the judicial making of law in Asian Resurfacing case. The relevant portion of the directions given by the Supreme Court in Asian Resurfacing (First) case is as follows: “Delay in trials affects the faith in Rule of Law and efficacy of the legal system. It affects social welfare and development. Even in civil or tax cases it has been laid down that power to grant stay has to be exercised with restraint. Mere prima facie case is not enough. Party seeking stay must be put to terms and stay should not be incentive to delay. The order granting stay must show application of mind. The power to grant stay is coupled with accountability…Wherever stay is granted, a speaking order must be passed showing that the case was of exceptional nature and delay on account of stay will not prejudice the interest of speedy trial in a corruption case.” (para 26,27) The aforesaid observations are not objectionable and they are quite in conformity with the law on the subject. However, what is stated in para 35 and 36 violates the doctrine of separation of power and it amounts to impermissible legislative act. The relevant portions from paragraphs 35 and 36 are extracted : “In view of above, situation of proceedings remaining pending for long on account of stay needs to be remedied. Remedy is required not only for corruption cases but for all civil and criminal cases where on account of stay, civil and criminal proceedings are held up. At times, proceedings are adjourned sine die on account of stay. Even after stay is vacated, intimation is not received and proceedings are not taken up. In an attempt to remedy this, situation, we consider it appropriate to direct that in all pending cases where stay against proceedings of a civil or criminal trial is operating, the same will come to an end on expiry of six months from today unless in an exceptional case by a speaking order such stay is extended. In cases where stay is granted in future, the same will end on expiry of six months from the date of such order unless similar extension is granted by a speaking order. The speaking order must show that the case was of such exceptional nature that continuing the stay was more important than having the trial finalized. The trial Court where order of stay of civil or criminal proceedings is produced, may fix a date not beyond six months of the order of stay so that on expiry of period of stay, proceedings can commence unless order of extension of stay is produced. .. Mandate of speedy justice applies to the PC Act cases as well as other cases where at trial stage proceedings are stayed by the higher court i.e. the High Court or a court below the High Court, as the case may be. In all pending matters before the High Courts or other courts relating to PC Act or all other civil or criminal cases, where stay of proceedings in a pending trial is operating, stay will automatically lapse after six months from today unless extended by a speaking order on above parameters. Same course may also be adopted by civil and criminal appellate/revisional courts under the jurisdiction of the High Courts. The trial courts may, on expiry of above period, resume the proceedings without waiting for any other intimation unless express order extending stay is produced.” The Asian Resurfacing ( second case) The Asian Resurfacing Second case arose because the Magistrate failed to carry out the directions given by the Supreme Court in the Asian Resurfacing first case. The Supreme Court therefore expressed its displeasure in the following words: “We expect that the Magistrates all over the country will follow our order in letter and spirit. Whatever stay has been granted by any court including the High Court automatically expires within a period of six months, and unless extension is granted for good reason, as per our judgment, within the next six months, the trial Court is, on the expiry of the first period of six months, to set a date for the trial and go ahead with the same.” In the facts of the case the Supreme Court was fully justified in criticising the approach of the Magistrate in ignoring the decision of the Supreme Court between the same parties but the declaration of a general law has all tendency to create a confusion. However, when read with the directions given by the Supreme Court in Asian Resurfacing first case, it becomes clear that the observations are applicable only when a stay had resulted in withholding of the trial proceeding under the PC Act or any other criminal or civil trial. General observations beyond the controversy It is a matter of judicial discipline that court should neither pronounce its judgment nor should issue directions on the points not raised or argued by any party to a legal proceeding. This has been very pithily stated by the constitution bench of the Supreme Court in Sanjeev Coke Manufacturing Company v. M/s. Bharat Coking Coal Ltd. AIR 1983 SC 239. The court said: “When serious constitutional issues are involved judges are not authorised to make disembodied pronouncements on serious and cloudy issues of constitutional policy without battle lines being properly drawn. Judicial pronouncements cannot be immaculate legal conceptions. It is but right that no important point of law should be decided without a proper lis between parties properly ranged on either side and a crossing of the swords. We think it is inexpedient for the Supreme Court to delve into problems which, do not arise and express opinion thereon.” This well entrenched judicial restraint has been overlooked by the Supreme Court or escaped its notice in Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency v. CBI (first) and restating certain observations from its earlier decision in the Asian Resurfacing (second). Impermissible legislative act of judiciary- Doctrine of separation of power, violated In P. Ramachandra Rao v. State of Karnataka AIR 2002 SC 1856 a Seven Judges Bench of the Supreme Court considered a similar issue. The question was whether the Supreme Court was legally and constitutionally empowered to stipulate a time limit for the conclusion of a criminal trial of certain offences and to direct termination of the trial after the expiry of the stipulated time limit. The Supreme Court held that it was not permissible to fix such a time limit by a judicial fiat. The court held: “Bars of limitation, judicially engrafted, are, no doubt, meant to provide a solution to the aforementioned problems. But a solution of this nature gives rise to greater problems like scuttling a trial without adjudication, stultifying access to justice and giving easy exist from the portals of justice. Such general remedial measures cannot be said to be apt solutions. For two reasons we hold such bars of limitation uncalled for and impermissible: first, because it tantamount to impermissible legislation – an activity beyond the power which the Constitution confers on judiciary, and secondly, because such bars of limitation fly in the face of law laid down by Constitution Bench in A.R. Antulay’s case and, therefore, run counter to the doctrine of precedents and their binding efficacy… Prescribing periods of limitation at the end of which the trial court would be obliged to terminate the proceedings and necessarily acquit or discharge the accused, and further, making such directions applicable to all the cases in the present and for the future amounts to legislation, which, in our opinion, cannot be done by judicial directives and within the arena of the judicial law-making power available to constitutional courts, howsoever liberally we may interpret Articles 32, 21, 141 and 142 of the Constitution. The dividing line is fine but perceptible. Courts can declare the law, they can interpret the law, they can remove obvious lacunae and fill the gaps but they cannot entrench upon in the field of legislation properly meant for the legislature…” The court further observed that: “Legislation is that source of law which consists in the declaration of legal rules by a competent authority. When judges by judicial decisions lay down a new principle of general application of the nature specifically reserved for legislature they may be said to have legislated, and not merely declared by law. …The dictum in A.R. Antulay’s case is correct and still holds the field. It is neither advisable, nor feasible, nor judicially permissible to draw or prescribe an outer limit for conclusion of all criminal proceedings. The Supreme Court of USA too has repeatedly refused to fix any such outer time-limit in spite of the Sixth Amendment. We are deleting the bars of limitation on the twin grounds that it amounts to judicial legislation, which is not permissible…” Asian Resurfacing judgment needs to be confined to the PC Act only: Considering the law as stated above, it is impermissible for the Supreme Court to fix a time limit for the operation of a stay. It seems that the seven judges’ decision in P Ramchandra Rao AIR 2002 SC 1856 was not noticed by the court while issuing a mandate that every stay of the court proceeding whether criminal or civil will automatically come to an end after six months. In Asian Resurfacing case the parties were never put to notice that the court was proposing to issue a general direction applicable to all civil or criminal cases. No arguments were made on such an issue of constitutional importance and on the impact of its direction on the subordinate courts which are already overburdened with a huge backlog of cases. The Supreme Court has not addressed the issue of the average time consumed for the disposal of a civil and a criminal case while issuing this type of unworkable general directions. The direction requires a speaking order for granting extension which will result in re-argument of the stay without any change in the circumstances except the lapse of six month. The party concerned will have to file an application for extension, it will require its registration and service upon the opponent and fresh arguments which will eventually burden the overburdened judiciary as well its Registry. When a stay was granted or confirmed after hearing both parties it cannot come to an end by the efflux of time of six months. The parties always have legal options to move applications for vacating the stay orders , if they are aggrieved. The direction is made applicable to the High Court also which undermines the authority of the High Court being a court of record. In our constitutional scheme the High Courts are the highest courts at the State level with unlimited jurisdiction, and they are not under the administrative superintendence of the Supreme Court. The direction will give rise to many unanticipated and unforeseen legal issues such as the police arresting accused after six months, the previously issued non-bailable warrants becoming executable after six months, trial court again issuing a non-bailable warrant where the accused was justified in not attending the criminal proceeding due to the stay of proceedings etc. Similarly, a summary suit for recovery of money, which was not maintainable under Order XXXVII CPC and therefore, stayed by a higher court, will automatically resume after six months and the party will be facing a money decree. Please not that a money decree will not be stayed by a higher court unconditionally. Stay of the suit granted under Section 10 of CPC will also get vacated and a subsequent suit on the same subject matter will start proceeding further. A probate proceeding based on a forged ‘Will’, stayed by a higher court on the ground of a parallel criminal proceeding on the same issue, will start after six months without waiting for the outcome in criminal proceeding , resulting in waste of precious judicial time and unnecessary appeal proceedings. The aforesaid hypothetical instances are not exhaustive. On all counts the general and mandatory directions issued by the Supreme Court in Asian Resurfacing Case are required to be revisited since the remedy is worse than the disease itself.Views are personal only.(Author is a Senior Advocate at the Gujarat High Court)Next Storylast_img read more

“Don’t Want To Replace Physical Hearing, Idea Is To Show Flexibility Of Indian Judicial System”: Justice DY Chandrachud

first_imgTop Stories”Don’t Want To Replace Physical Hearing, Idea Is To Show Flexibility Of Indian Judicial System”: Justice DY Chandrachud Srishti Ojha10 April 2021 1:45 AMShare This – x”The idea is to show flexibility of the Indian Judicial system. Not for a moment do we want to replace the physical hearing.” said Justice Chandrachud during launch of Supreme Court’s new website for Judgments and e-Filing 3.0.He said this, with reference to Bombay High Court’s recent decision to switch to virtual hearings again from physical hearings in wake of surge in Covid19…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?Login”The idea is to show flexibility of the Indian Judicial system. Not for a moment do we want to replace the physical hearing.” said Justice Chandrachud during launch of Supreme Court’s new website for Judgments and e-Filing 3.0.He said this, with reference to Bombay High Court’s recent decision to switch to virtual hearings again from physical hearings in wake of surge in Covid19 cases.Justice Chandrachud further said that while they don’t wish to replace physical hearing, they are conscious of the need to protect public health of the lawyers, litigants who come to Courts across the country.During the virtual event organised by Supreme Court’s eCommittee, Justice Chandrachud who is also the Chairman of the Committee spoke about several initiatives that have been and are being taken by the Committee. He clarified that the purpose of these initiatives is not to replace the system of oral hearing, but to make services more friendly to the Bar, and for litigants for whom they exist.”Let me assuage to all members of Bar, for someone like me who holds everything to the Bar, nothing could be further from my mind than to replace the strength and resilience of the open court system” Justice Chandrachud said.Justice Chandrachud also said that the video conferencing were initiated as platform to answer problems of pandemic , again not to replace oral hearings but to ensure that courts were functional and available to those whose rights were being infringed.”We cannot be successful unless the lawyers are on board. Involvement of Bar is critical for success of project” Justice Chandrachud said, referring to the new website for Judgments and e-Filing 3.0 which will also provide training videos to train the lawyers,Next Storylast_img read more

Crews deal with fire at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – May 17, 2018 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDeadline tomorrow for tenders for Inishowen Visitor Management PlanNext articlePutt yourself in the picture with Dubai Duty Free Irish Open kids competition News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Crews deal with fire at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Millscenter_img Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Fire Crews have dealt with a blaze at the historic Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills.Three appliances and one aerial appliance attended the scene following a report of a fire at the derelict property at around 8pm yesterday evening.The fire was brought under control just before midnight.In a statement West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says he is bitterly disappointed following another suspected arson attack on Herdman’s Mill and calls on public authorities to intervene to protect this historic site.Mr McCrossan said:“It is bitterly disappointing to learn of yet another fire at the Herdman’s site. This is a hugely important and historical site in Tyrone which has been subjected to a spate of arson attacks in the last few years.“The people of Sion Mills and the wider area are fed up with the Mill being left in ruins and are upset that a large piece of their history has literally gone up in flames.“I would advise anyone who spotted any suspicious activity around the time of the fire to get in touch with the PSNI as soon as possible.“Something has to be done about this. I have engaged with various Departments in the past to take ownership of the site and put it in the hands of local people. If action is not taken, I fear there will literally be nothing left of the Mill and the history attributed to it.” Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

Amber Alert issued in Florida for missing 5-year-old girl

first_imgkali9/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — An Amber Alert has been issued in Florida for a 5-year-old girl who disappeared early Wednesday morning.Taylor Rose Williams was last seen in her home in Jacksonville’s Brentwood neighborhood when her mother put her to bed around midnight on Wednesday. When the mother woke up later that morning, around 7 a.m., she noticed the back door to their home was unlocked and Taylor wasn’t in her room, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The mother immediately called 911, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert for the little girl later that morning.“Taylor is the most important thing here right now,” T.K. Waters, chief of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “We are very concerned.”Various local, state and federal agencies are assisting in the search for Taylor. Nearly 200 officers have scoured the surrounding area, going door-to-door to hundreds of neighboring homes, checking vehicles and even looking through dumpsters in hopes of finding the little girl. Authorities are also checking any nearby bodies of water, as “children are unfortunately drawn toward water,” according to the the sheriff’s investigations chief.Florida AMBER ALERT – Please Share This Post!The Missing Child Alert for 5-year-old Taylor Williams has been upgraded to a Florida AMBER Alert. #FLAMBERIf you have any information about this child, please call Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or 911. pic.twitter.com/sZRYSqJboy— FDLE (@fdlepio) November 6, 2019“We’re being thorough in our investigation,” Waters said. “We still consider her a missing person.”Investigators are looking at “all angles” and won’t “rule anything out,” he added.“We approach these investigations in a manner that would help us to be able to determine whether it is foul play in the long run,” Waters told reporters. “As it stands right now, because of her age and we have not found her, we are concerned but we are going to continue to look because she’s missing and we think she may be somewhere alone. We want to make sure we try to find her.”Taylor’s mother, along with the rest of her family, have been cooperating with the investigation so far. Authorities have also been in contact with the girl’s father, who lives out of state, according to Waters.Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants at bedtime. She’s described as being 3 feet tall, weighing 50 pounds and having brown eyes and black hair.Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the little girl. Anyone who has seen Taylor or may have information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office immediately at 904-630-0500. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cracking the code

first_img Comments are closed. The draft Data Protection Code, which purports to offer employers guidanceon managing employee’s records, has so far caused more confusion than clarity.Linda Farrell and Alison Hollingsworth take at look at the most likelyscenarios where the code may apply and offer some practical solutionsCCTVC Limited has sustained a series of break-ins recently and has lost asubstantial amount of new computer equipment. The MD suspects that it is aninside job. As access to the premises has been gained through the frontentrance and a skylight on the third floor, the MD arranges for concealed CCTVcameras to be installed in the reception area and also in the open plan officeson the third floor. On reviewing the footage one morning, the MD is surprisedto find a recording of his secretary and the office manager in a somewhat compromisingposition. LF comments The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a code of practice dealing withCCTV in public areas (which could include the reception area in this case ifthe public has largely unrestricted access). A draft code has also been issuedcovering the use of personal data in the workplace, which contains guidance onthe use of various types of surveillance techniques to monitor compliance withemployment contracts. Both codes make it clear that covert monitoring can only be justified invery limited circumstances, for example where use of signage would be likely toprejudice the prevention or detection of crime. In this case, as specificcriminal activity has already been identified and the involvement of employeesis suspected, it is likely that C Limited will be able to justify covertmonitoring for a short period, but this should be restricted to out of officehours when the offences have occurred. CCTV monitoring for the detection of crime will amount to the processing ofsensitive personal data and must be justified by reference to one of theconditions in schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act and one in schedule 3. Inthis case, for schedule 2, C Limited can argue that the processing is necessaryfor the purposes of its legitimate interests, and for schedule 3 that it isnecessary for the prevention/ detection of crime (SI 2000/417). However, as thecameras were sited for the purpose of detecting crime, use of the imagesshowing the amorous antics of the two members of staff for another purpose, forexample, disciplinary proceedings, would not be justified unless the evidencereveals criminal activity or gross misconduct. Access to personal dataJohn has been dismissed by M Limited. A settlement was reached but thecircumstances of his departure were less than amicable and it is well knownthat he and his manager had not seen eye to eye for some time. Over the nextfew months references are provided to other companies to whom John applies forwork. After six months, John is still out of work but has twice received offersonly to have those offers withdrawn for no obvious reason. He becomes highlysuspicious that his former manager may have provided bad references. John sendsan email to the company secretary of M Limited in which he asks to see allrecords that the company holds about him, including any e-mails that exist andany references that have been given about him to prospective employers since heleft. AH comments Under the Data Protection Act, John has the right to make a written requestfor access to personal data held about him. The information requested must besupplied promptly and, in any event, within 40 days of the request beingreceived. However, this does not necessarily mean that John can see all thepersonal data that the company holds about him. The company is not required to supply copies of the information if it wouldinvolve a disproportionate effort to do so. Further, where the request wouldresult in the disclosure of information relating to another individual (forexample, identifying John’s manager as the source of the information), thecompany may not be able to comply, unless the manager’s identity can be removedfrom the documents, or he has consented, or it is reasonable to disclose theinformation without consent. In assessing reasonableness, the company shouldtake account of any duty of confidentiality owed to John’s manager (forexample, if any comments were made by him on the understanding that they wouldremain confidential). John is not entitled to see any references given by the company. However, hemight be able to obtain these by making a subject access request of therecipients of the references. Pre-employment vettingBob has applied for a job with a young offenders’ institution. He has successfullycompleted the interview process, but his prospective employer now intends tocarry out pre-employment vetting, including collecting information about Bob’sfamily members and close associates, before making a firm job offer. AH comments Pre-employment vetting is by its nature an intrusive process, since itinvolves seeking information about Bob from a range of third-party sources. Itshould only be carried out in circumstances where it can be justified, such ashere where security is an issue, and should only take place at this stage, whenthe decision to appoint has been taken. The reason for carrying out the vetting is to reduce the potential risks tothe institution, and so the checks should be proportionate to those risks,taking into account the seniority of the post for which Bob has applied. Bobshould be informed of the range of sources, the nature and the extent of theinformation to be sought and should be asked for his consent to the informationbeing provided by the third parties. The institution is not entitled to pursuea general “fishing expedition” – it should only seek information fromsources which are likely to have information relevant to the decision whetheror not to employ Bob. So, for example, it may need to find out about Bob’s family and friends orassociates in order to make sure, so far as possible, that they do not have anycriminal connections which might cause Bob to compromise the security of theinstitution. Information about criminal convictions or prosecutions relating to Bob’sfamily or friends will be sensitive personal data, so it will be necessary forthe institution to ensure that one of the conditions for the processing of suchdata is satisfied. If the explicit consent of the individuals cannot be obtainedthen the institution may need to rely on one of the other conditions in, forinstance, schedule 3, that the processing is necessary for the institution toexercise its statutory duties. Internet misuseX Limited is experiencing problems with its employees’ use of the Internetand e-mail system. It has become aware of pornographic material beingcirculated among employees, emanating from both inside and outside the company.Some employees are believed to be spending a considerable amount of time on theInternet during working hours, visiting leisure sites and chatrooms. X Limitedhas a basic Internet policy which permits reasonable private use of theinternet outside normal working hours. It is proposing to install new softwarethat will enable it to monitor e-mail and Internet use. LF comments In October 2000 The Lawful Business Practice Regulations came into force,permitting employers to monitor and record communications in certaincircumstances without the consent of their employees (although an employer isrequired to make all reasonable efforts to inform users of the system – whichmay include external contacts – that interception may take place). Theregulations legitimise conduct that would otherwise be unlawful under theRegulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Under these regulations, X Limitedis permitted to monitor its employees’ Internet use for the purpose of theinvestigation or detection of unauthorised use of its computer systems. X Limited must also ensure that it complies with the Data Protection Act,which requires that the processing of personal data must be justified.Employers should preferably obtain their employees’ consent to the monitoringprocess. If the consent route is not taken, they may be able to argue thatmonitoring is necessary for their legitimate interests. The draft Code ofPractice on the use of personal data by employers, states that any monitoringshould operate in such a way that it does not intrude unnecessarily onemployees’ privacy. The code also states that employers should identify the specific businesspurposes for which monitoring is to be introduced at the outset and wherepossible should enforce the policy by technical means rather than monitoringbehaviour. If this is not practicable, the least intrusive method of monitoringshould be adopted. The code emphasises that monitoring should be proportionateto the mischief it is designed to detect and that covert monitoring will onlybe justified in very limited circumstances, that is where specific criminalactivity has been identified and disclosure of the monitoring is likely tohinder detection. X Limited should also regularly review its Internet and email policy toensure that it complies with current legislation and that it is enforceable inpractice. Linda Farrell is a partner and Alison Hollingsworth an associate atBristows Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Cracking the codeOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

BYU Women’s Tennis Coach Steps Down

first_img Written by July 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Women’s Tennis Coach Steps Down Brad James Tags: BYU Women’s Tennis/Lauren Jones-Spencer/West Coast Conference FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Monday afternoon, per a report from byucougars.com, BYU women’s tennis head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer is stepping down from her position, effective immediately.She is leaving so that her husband, Kirk, may pursue an important business opportunity in southern California.Jones-Spencer has been with the Cougars’ women’s tennis program for 15 years, starting as an athlete and then rising up the ranks as an assistant coach and became the head coach in July 2011.In her playing days, Jones-Spencer was a four-time All-Mountain West performer from 2004-2007 in singles and a two-time all-conference honoree in doubles competition.After going 85-51 in singles competition and 81-35 in doubles play, she graduated from BYU in 2007 with a degree in graphic design.As the Cougars’ head coach, she went 77-97 (35-33 in West Coast Conference play) and guided 23 student-athletes to WCC all-conference honors.During the 2013-14 season, Jones-Spencer was named as the WCC Coach of the year and the Cougars had their first undefeated season at home in 16 years.Before her departure, Jones-Spencer will oversee the BYU tennis camps on July 16, July 23 and August 6.The athletic department will immediately commence their search for a new coach for the program.last_img read more

HACCP data in hand

first_imgFrom January 2006 bakers were required to keep permanent HACCP records under a new EU directive. To help companies achieve this, Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI) (stand B530) says it has developed a cost-effective system that is user-friendly and doesn’t sacrifice quality or accuracy.The system records temperature readings, dates and times, plus notes, using a temperature probe connected to a handheld computer, also know as a personal digital assistant (PDA), such as Palm OS or Windows Mobile. ETI’s Thermapalm HACCP software or Thermadata logger software compiles and manages the HACCP procedures.The company can supply the PDA, probe and software as a package, or as individual items.last_img read more