Court rejects ailing British writer’s appeal against six-week sentence

first_img to go further RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review SingaporeAsia – Pacific Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources SingaporeAsia – Pacific April 10, 2020 Find out more ———Six weeks in jail for British writer who criticised use of death penalty16-11-2010A Singapore court today sentenced British writer Alan Shadrake to six weeks in prison and a fine for 20,000 Singapore dollars (11,320 euros) for criticising the country’s use of the death penalty in his book “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock.” Failure to pay the fine would add two weeks to his sentence.Reporters Without Borders deplores the decision to jail a man who is 76 and unwell, and whose only crime was to exercise his critical powers. As a Commonwealth member, Singapore is supposed to promote democracy and the rule of law. The Commonwealth’s 1991 Harare Declaration accorded particular importance to the rights of the individual and ethical governance.The press freedom organization will pay close attention to what happens next. Shadrake has a week to appeal. It is to be hoped that clemency and the principles of fair and humane justice will prevail when the judicial authorities consider his appeal.Shadrake has no place in prison and deserves nothing but praise for his work.Reporters Without Borders calls on the UK authorities to use all means at their disposal to help to resolve this British citizen’s plight. Surprised by the silence from Britain and the European Union on this matter, the organization urges them to remind Singapore of the importance they attach to freedom of expression and justice.To free Alan Shadrake, sign the petition:,38642.htmlLink to statement on High Commission website: News Follow the news on Singapore October 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores today’s decision by Singapore’s highest court to reject 76-year-old British writer Alan Shadrake’s appeal against the six-week jail sentence he received last November on a charge of contempt of court for criticizing the country’s judicial system in a book. He is expected to begin serving the sentence next week.“We are dismayed,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “This is the longest sentence ever passed for such an offence. How can Singapore’s courts claim to be impartial when they jail a man who is ill and ignore article 14 of the constitution, which protects criticism on matters of paramount public interest. By treating Shadrake like this, the judicial system is guilty of persecution and cruelty.”The case against Shadrake is riddled with contradictions. His book, “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock,” was not banned in Singapore and he was arrested when he came to promote it. In a letter to the Herald Tribune, the Law Minister pointed out that he was being prosecuted for contempt rather than libel, recognizing that his book contained no personal attacks or verbal violation. A criminal libel investigation is nonetheless still pending against him.“While this response from the Singaporean justice system was to be feared, the response from the British authorities and the Commonwealth of Nations is surprising,” Julliard added. “How can they accept such a sentence, which contravenes the 1991 Harare declaration assigning special importance to the rights of the individual and ethical governance? Shadrake has no business being prison. We call on the British authorities to demand his release.”Despite suffering serious heart problems, Shadrake was held by the Criminal Investigation Department for 39 hours after his arrest on 18 July 2010, during which time he was interrogated for several hours at a stretch about the book and had to sleep on the floor of his cell. He was finally freed on $10,000 Singaporean dollars in bail.When Shadrake’s trial began on 18 October, the indictment prepared by the attorney-general’s office claimed that his book “impugned the integrity and independence of the judiciary.” Prosecuting attorney Hema Subramanian said it contained “baseless, unwarranted attacks (…) that directly attacked the Singapore judiciary.” She also described it as “outrageous, offensive and irresponsible.”Shadrake’s lawyer, M. Ravi, responded that the book was well documented and supported by evidence. It was a “serious-minded and compassionate examination of the death penalty in Singapore,” he said.The sentence passed on 16 November and upheld today was six weeks in prison and a fine of 20,000 Singaporean dollars (11,320 euros). If Shadrake is unable to pay the fine, he will have to serve an additional two weeks in jail. Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage News News News October 15, 2020 Find out more May 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court rejects ailing British writer’s appeal against six-week sentencelast_img read more

International aviation conference to showcase Mid West

first_imgFacebook BusinessNewsInternational aviation conference to showcase Mid WestBy Staff Reporter – April 30, 2018 3013 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFinalists of Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards announcedNext articleLimerick school bags two top prizes at national competition Staff Reporter John Drysdale, IASC; Mike Byrt, AAG; Samantha Harding, SILC; Vincent Cunnane, LIT; Anton Tams, GECAS TAGSaviationlimerickMid WestShannonSILC Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email THE benefits of the Mid West as an aviation hub will be showcased at the 2018 Shannon International Leasing Conference (SILC) which will be held later this year with some of the industries leading figures attending.Launched recently at the King John’s Castle in Limerick, the conference, now in its third year, will be held on November 7 at the Limerick Institute of Technology for its third after it was initiated by 20 Shannon based aviation service providers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sponsored by Atlantic Aviation Group, the service providers combined forces in 2016 to bring attention to the benefits that the Mid West can offer the industry, in terms of commercial cost benefits and international networking opportunities.With technical executives and engineers from the aviation leasing industry expected to attend, conference organiser, Samantha Harding said “the collaboration between LIT and SILC this year is significant, in terms of provision of human capital to the industry, and the clear advantages to living and working within the Mid West region”.Business development manager of IASC, John Drysdale said “SILC creates a forum for the industry to engage with service providers, leasing companies, airlines and manufacturers, and with our partnership this year with Limerick Institute of Technology, we hope to highlight the significant opportunities that the region can offer in terms of skilled resources”.See more at www.silc.ieSee more news here WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

Limerick National School wins €10,000 in Aldi Primary School Sticker Competition

first_imgALDI and the IRFU today announced the latest winners of the hugely successful Aldi Play Rugby sticker competition for primary schools, which ran from August – November last year.The competition gave every primary school in the country the chance of winning one of two €50,000 sports facility makeovers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The two winners of the €50,000 prizes are:St Peter & Paul’s National School, Drumconrath, Navan, Co MeathSt Joseph’s National School, Leitrim Village, Co LeitrimThe competition this time around was bigger, because as well as two primary schools winning €50,000 to put towards upgrading their sports facilities, this time around, 10 runner up primary schools have each won €10,000 to also spend on improving their sports facilities.These schools are:Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Inchicore, Dublin 8Clondrohid National School, Macroom, Co. CorkGortnacart National School, Ardara, Co. DonegalSt. Fergus National School, Glin, Co. LimerickScoil na Cill Mhuire, Lissardagh, Co. CorkHansfield Educate Together National School, Dublin 15Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, Blarney, Co. CorkSt Brendan’s National School, Tuam, Co. GalwayOur Lady’s National School, Thurles, Co. TipperaryCloughanover National School, Headford, Co. GalwayIn addition to this, one lucky runner up school has won a training session with Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador, Paul O’Connell along with a new set of school jerseys. Every primary school that returned a fully completed poster, will receive an Aldi Play Rugby Kit.Due to the phenomenal success of the last two rounds of the competition, Aldi also announced that is has returned for 2020, and stickers are available in stores now. The competition is easy to enter and works by primary schools collecting 300 of Aldi’s exclusive Irish rugby men’s and women’s stickers for their primary school. Available in Aldi’s 140 Irish stores, shoppers collect one sticker for every €30 they spend in store until the 24th April.Participating primary schools add the stickers to the Aldi Play Rugby Poster and for every 300 stickers collected, are in with a chance of winning. Open to primary schools nationwide, teachers, coaches, parents and schoolchildren interested in taking part in the competition can learn more by visiting primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag, which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster! Due to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over X rugby balls and over X water bottles to primary schools across the country!Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador Paul O’Connell commented: “”As the Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador I’ve seen first-hand how the support Aldi has given, has grown the sport hugely in primary schools around the country during that time.“This sticker competition is just one of many initiatives Aldi and the IRFU have worked together successfully on, and I would encourage all primary schools around the country to take part. As the saying goes – ‘If you’re not in it, you can’t win it!’ Well done to the most recent winners, I have no doubt that these prizes will make a huge difference in the schools over the coming months and years.” he added. Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSaldiIRFUIrish RugbyKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Print WhatsApp Linkedin Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLimerick dog needed to star in an operaNext articleLimerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and International Band Championship are cancelled Meghann Scully WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick National School wins €10,000 in Aldi Primary School Sticker CompetitionBy Meghann Scully – March 9, 2020 7505 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

FCLT defends radical ambitions after Myners calls for bolder thinking

first_imgShort-termism in capital allocation will not be fixed without fundamental structural change, Paul Myners, the former UK City minister and author of an influential report on institutional investment in the UK, said at an FCLT Global event in London yesterday.As per what the organisation’s acronym stands for, the event was about focusing capital on the long term, its benefits and how this can be achieved.The discussions mainly related to equity investing. Myners’s intervention came during a panel discussion that had already addressed aspects such as the rise of a professional class of corporate bond members and the role of investment consultants in the investment chain. Lord Myners addressing panellists at the FCLT Global event in LondonBefore that, Lars Dijkstra, CIO at Kempen Capital Management, had given an asset management perspective on long-termism in equity investing, saying the main mindset change needed from asset managers was a shift to focusing “on companies not securities”.Stefan Dunatov, CIO at Coal Pension Trustees Limited, the in-house executive for two closed defined benefit schemes worth some £20bn (€22.5bn), had earlier given an investor perspective, emphasising that in-house resourcing was “critical” but that care needed to be taken in decided what exactly should be in-sourced.“There’s an interesting risk in the asset-owner space, which is that asset owners are creating internal asset-management functions that replicate asset managers but that don’t fully reflect the asset owners’ needs or are not aligned to their objectives,” he said. “That’s an important challenge for the asset owner industry.”But for Myners, these and many other recommendations for solutions to short-termism would seem to amount to mere tinkering, given his call for more fundamental change.“I fully support what you are doing here,” he said. “You’re being pragmatic, but you’re staying within the mould of the existing market structure. Nobody’s rice bowl is being placed at risk by the current way of thinking.”He recommended thinking “more radically about whether the public company is the most appropriate model for many businesses, whether more high conviction and concentrated ownership might make more sense, whether much less turnover might be consistent with better outcomes”.These ideas, he added, “take me in the direction of making it difficult for open-ended equity funds to be offered with immediate liquidity for an asset class that should be inherently illiquid”.He added: “The problem is that your sponsorship doesn’t allow you to go that far, to consider the truly radical.”Radical ambitionsFCLT counts asset owners, asset managers and corporations as its members; yesterday’s event was hosted by Kempen Capital Management.Myners went on to criticise managing assets against a benchmark when this leads to fund managers taking underweight positions in securities of companies they are fundamentally not very convinced are a good investment.“When you manage against a benchmark, you have underweight positions because a company is too big not to hold it, and yet, if you look at it in cold light, it’s entirely illogical,” he said.“You are actually investing clients’ money in a security you believe will underperform but your conviction level is not high enough not to own it all.”He added: “Unless we begin to address the fact fund managers are paid to invest their clients’ money in shares they think will do worse than a neutrally picked random portfolio, we will not break some of the pressures that lead to the manifestation of short-termism.“It is almost impossible to explain to the man from Mars that you put your client’s money in a share you think is going to underperform a randomly selected portfolio, and your client pays you a fee for that.”Kempen’s Dijkstra said benchmarks were “a very good thing” when they were invented to provide transparency but that they had now “become the goal”.He suggested the active/passive debate was a red herring in the context of promoting long-termism and that “a new paradigm” was needed.“We need people to take personal leadership,” he said.Responding to Myners’s comments, Dunatov said passive investment had lowered fees, which was to be welcomed, but that it was important to ask “what is our belief system that says to us passive investing is the right thing to do”.With regard to Myners’s point about underweight positions, Dunatov said regulation had a lot to do with this, in that it had inhibited the ability of fund managers to create long-term relationships with companies.He questioned the assumption there should be a level playing field of public information.Responding to Myners’s comment about FCLT Global not being able to be radical enough, Sarah Keohane Williamson, chief executive at FCLT Global, said: “We’re actually really interested in doing things that are radical.”One of the reasons why the organisation was set up as an independent not-for-profit entity is to enable it to be radical, she said.On the question of whether it is better for a company to be publicly or privately owned, Williamson said there was a worrying phenomenon of companies in the US wanting to stay unlisted for as long as possible.“While that may be good for the company in question, it’s not good for our capital markets in general if the right answer is for growing companies, which are creating a great deal of value, to opt out of those markets.”Sarah Keohane Williamson is a keynote speaker at the IPE Conference & Awards in Berlin on 1-2 Decemberlast_img read more

Dutch political group tables legislation for higher discount rate

first_img50Plus, the Dutch political party for the elderly, has tabled a bill that would allow pension funds to use a discount rate for liabilities of at least 2% during the next five years.Currently, pension funds must discount liabilities against market rates with the application of an ultimate forward rate of 2.8%, which translates into a discount rate of approximately 1.2%.The party launched its initiative in order to prevent schemes cutting pension rights after having been underfunded for a consecutive period of five years, as required by the new financial assessment framework (nFTK).Clarifying the proposal, Martin van Rooijen, a candidate MP for 50Plus for the parliamentary elections next week, said that the 2% rate would automatically be cancelled as soon as the European Central Bank (ECB) stops its programme of quantitative easing. The ECB today decided to maintain its programme, which will see it purchase €780bn worth of bonds by the end of the year.The five-year period suggested by the party matches calculations of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Planning (CPB), which found that the effect of a 2% discount rate on the various generations of workers and pensioners would be limited.Van Rooijen, who is currently a senator for 50Plus, also referred to Han de Jong, chief economist at ABN Amro Bank, who recently argued in favour of a higher discount rate.According to De Jong, it would be “historically absolutely unique, if pension funds would not achieve higher returns than 1.2% on a properly diversified investment portfolio”.In other news, John Kerstens, MP for the labour party PvdA, warned against reducing the accrual limit, as several political parties promise in their election manifestos.During a meeting of KPS, the lobbying organisation of pension specialists, he argued that employers and unions need support from their rank and file for adjustments to the pensions system.In his opinion, this won’t happen if politicians start interfering with the level of tax-friendly accrual, which is currently capped at an income of €103,317.The left-wing green party GroenLinks along with the religious right-wing parties ChristenUnie and SGP have all announced that they would decrease the tax-facilitated accrual, while socialist party SP said the issue was “negotiable”.The Pensions Federation made clear that it was still too early to comment on the issue, as the manifestos of the 15 parties likely to win seats following the election varied too widely.PGGM, the pensions provider for the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW, indicated that the plans to limit tax-friendly accrual were ill thought-through and would undermine support for the pensions system.Meanwhile, the PvdA and the liberal democrat party D66 said they wanted to reduce the income level subject to mandatory pensions accrual.However, Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian democrats CDA, rejected the plan of PvdA and D66, arguing that this would come at the expense of solidarity between higher and lower paid workers within companies.last_img read more

Pro-gay marriage protest of 100 hits Parliament

first_img3 News 20 Oct 2011Hundreds (actually – only 100)of gay New Zealanders descended on Parliament this afternoon in a bid to convince the Government to legalise same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. Currently, same-sex couples can get a civil union but cannot get married and as a couple, cannot adopt children but individually, they can. Today’s protest was organised by Joseph Habgood, president of the Legalise Love campaign, and made its way from Wellington’s civic square, along Lambton Quay and up to Parliament. He says gay marriage is becoming “less and less of a controversial issue” and “recent polling shows six out of 10 New Zealanders support it”. WRONG – more oppose than support – read our research poll (under ‘Issues’)…Labour MP Maryan Street says Labour, which introduced civil unions when they were last in Government, has unfinished business when it comes to the issue. “We would like to take the public with us on these issues. We think the time is right, the number of young people coming along and picking up these issues shows us that there is a new generation with a different approach to these things. “So as social opinion shifts, we would like to go with that social opinion and lead it if necessary.” Ms Street says she knows Labour’s plans will be met with opposition. “Family First will not agree with us on these matters but when you focus on the care of children and who is best able to provide the best quality care for children, then most New Zealanders get that, they understand that and they don’t polarise into extreme positions,” she says. read more

PL chief ‘should consider position’

first_img Scudamore and the Premier League have encountered a growing tide of criticism with a number of England women internationals calling for action against the league’s chief over sexist emails that he sent to a lawyer friend. Now Rabbatts, who also chairs the FA’s inclusion advisory board (IAB) which is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the case, has issued a statement saying there is a lack of good governance in the league and a culture at the top that “demeans women” and discourages them from being part of football administration. Press Association Meanwhile, England women internationals have added their voice to the criticism. Everton women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said the emails were an “insult to all women” and that Scudamore should be sanctioned, while former England captain Casey Stoney said his position was now “difficult”. The group Women In Football has written to all 20 Premier League clubs and main sponsors asking for an “independent review” of the league’s practices. Stoney said in the Daily Telegraph: “We are trying to get to a world without discrimination and to have somebody in such a high position in football making derogatory comments about females is not acceptable. “How would he feel if these comments were written about his daughters? “It is up to the powers that be whether he stays on but talking about women in such a derogatory way makes his position very difficult. Whether it’s a private email or not, he has written them and he has only apologised because he has been caught.” Brown-Finnis told BBC Sport: “It’s not just about women who are involved in football, it was an insult to all women. “However jokey he was trying to be with that, it’s just totally unacceptable in this day and age. “It’s zero defence for me. Private emails when you are the head of the Premier League don’t really exist. “Is a sorry enough? Probably not, but I do think the way to move forward is for the Premier League to follow its protocols just like it would with other employees and I’m sure it has policies which would sanction him appropriately for his misconduct.” The emails referred to women in derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendoes, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. After the story broke in the Sunday Mirror, Scudamore issued a statement apologising for the emails, which were sent from his Premier League email account and seen by a former temporary PA who leaked them to the newspaper. Rabbatts said in a statement released to Press Association Sport: “No-one can doubt the tremendous achievements of the Premier League in creating one of the world’s great footballing competitions. But with that success and the massive public interest it generates comes the obligation to behave responsibly and have in place proper lines of accountability and good governance. “Sadly recent events appear to show that these things are currently lacking in the administration of the Premier League and indeed there is growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism, symbolised in the email exchanges which have been made public. “It is increasingly clear that steps are needed as a matter of urgency to review governance at the Premier League with a view to improving accountability and tackling head on a culture that demeans women and seems to discourage their involvement in the game’s administration. “These challenges go beyond the current situation of chief executive Richard Scudamore. However, if the League are to move forward in a positive way then he and they should give serious consideration to his position in the coming days.” Rabbatts said it was important for the women’s game that changes were made. She added: “I personally hope that progress can be made on all of these fronts so that we can feel confident that the leaders of football are accountable for their actions and support a culture that genuinely welcomes the participation of women and girls in our national game.” Sponsor Barclays has expressed its disappointment to the Premier League, which has raised the stakes ahead of a meeting of the league’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, on Monday to discuss the case. Buck’s involvement has also raised questions, as he is known to be a friend and shooting partner of Scudamore’s. The Premier League is reported to have brought in Milltown Partners public relations agency to advise it on handling the crisis – and it also reported that the PR company works for Chelsea too. Richard Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League, the Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts has stated. last_img read more