Council opt for consultants ahead of its own engineers

first_imgFacebook Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Twitter Proposal for Adare affordable housing pilot project WhatsApp Cllr Kevin SheahanCllr Kevin SheahanIT is a poor reflection on the local authority when it has to pay out €2,000 in consultancy fees for a design to repair Ballysteen flood embankment while there are senior engineers in-house who are perfectly capable of doing the job.This was the view expressed by Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District meeting on learning that the job was being farmed out to consultants.“We have very efficient engineers at the council. The system should be beheaded so a new head can grow.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The whole country is damned with regulation,” Cllr Sheahan fumed.According to Limerick City and County Council, it is currently assessing three quotations from suitable consultants for the design and preparation of the scope of works and specification, along with a costing appraisal.The local authority intends to engage the most economically advantageous consultant this month. A quote of just over €2,000 was given to councillors for the design stage of the flood embankment works.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary told the council executive that he would have expected the works to be done in-house.Senior engineer Thomas Kelly explained to council members that it was never envisaged that in-house services would do this Alan [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ballyneety Community Development Association (BCDA) ‘Sod turning’ held on June 12 Print Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleJFK centenary to be marked at council meeting in BruffNext articleSinn Féin vow to fight Irish Cement’s ‘toxic’ waste plans Alan Jacques Linkedin Email TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtBallysteen flood enbankmentCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Stephen KearyengineeersFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and Council Council Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale NewsLocal NewsCouncil opt for consultants ahead of its own engineersBy Alan Jacques – May 27, 2017 892 Proposal for Adare affordable housing pilot project Cautious welcome for easing of Aughinish sanctionslast_img read more

Teesta Setalvad’s Citizens For Justice And Peace Moves SC Seeking Intervention In Hathras Case, Seeks Witness Protection And SC Monitored Probe

first_imgTop StoriesTeesta Setalvad’s Citizens For Justice And Peace Moves SC Seeking Intervention In Hathras Case, Seeks Witness Protection And SC Monitored Probe LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Oct 2020 10:23 PMShare This – xTeesta Setalvad’s Citizens for Justice and Peace, has moved the Supreme Court seeking intervention in the PIL for SIT/ CBI investigation into the Hathras case. The organization has submitted that it has experience in working with the victims who were threatened and intimidated by the State in the past, and therefore it is in a position to assist the Court. It has urged the Court…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?LoginTeesta Setalvad’s Citizens for Justice and Peace, has moved the Supreme Court seeking intervention in the PIL for SIT/ CBI investigation into the Hathras case. The organization has submitted that it has experience in working with the victims who were threatened and intimidated by the State in the past, and therefore it is in a position to assist the Court. It has urged the Court to consider the following aspects of the matter: Witness Protection It is highlighted that cases of intimidating a victim’s family are on a rise and even though it is claimed that protection has been grated to the Hathras victim’s family, the Court should ensure that “the personnel who do protect family, including women also hail from similar strata, to avoid further alienation and intimidation.” It added, “This would not threaten the existence of a fair trial where witness from marginalised backgrounds can fearlessly come forward and testify in courts….lack of effective witness protection right from the beginning of investigation and trial hampers deliverance if justice and results in many cases, in witness turning hostile.” Hathras Case: SC Asks UP Govt. To File Witness Protection Plan; Seeks Suggestions From Parties For Enlarging Scope Of Allahabad HC Proceedings Rights of deceased The organization has pointed out that that when it comes to offences against Dalits, legal recourse should be had to the SC/ST Act of 1989. Under sub-section 11(d) of Section 15A of the Act, it is submitted, a State is bound to “provide relief in respect of death” Additionally, it is submitted, the provisions of IPC under Section 279 that makes trespassing cremation/ burial grounds or offering indignity to human corpse or disturbing funeral ceremonies, punishable.The organization further sees an investigation into the “line of command” as to who ordered the Police to do the victim’s cremation. “Mere suspension of the officers at the threshold will not really address the problem. It is extremely clear from the manner in which an entire police force as well as the District Administration was present, intimidating/ persuading the family, preventing them from being present at the funeral, systematically preventing the media, that there would be clear instructions from a higher level for the same,” it submitted. Admissibility of Narco-Analysis Test The organization has submitted that subjecting the family members of the victim (as ordered by the UP Govt) when they are neither accused nor booked under any charges in matter “is a great defiance of law”. It is submitted that in Selvi v. Stat of Karnataka, the Supreme Court had held that “no individual should be forcibly subjected to any of the techniques in question, whether in the context of investigation in criminal cases or otherwise. Doing so would amount to an unwarranted intrusion into personal liberty.”Narco Analysis Test Cannot Be Forcibly Conducted On An Individual: SC Held in Selvi vs. State Of Karnataka (2010) Statements by public authorities Referring to the UP DGP’s statement that forensic report of the victim does not establish a case of rape, the organization pointed out, “Union health Ministry’s protocol for medical examination of victims of sexual assault stipulates that examining doctors “should neither refute nor confirm” whether a sexual offence had occurred…” It is also pointed out that on September 22, the victim informed the doctors that she was raped. However, her medical examination was conducted only on September 25, which 11 days after the fateful incident. “There are some serious questions being raised whether police who admitted the victim had anything to do with the missing “sexual assault” mention at the time of admission and the claim of assailants being unidentified.” They have sought for leave to rely upon the transcript of the videos where victim can be seen and heard speaking about the incident.Dying Declaration It is submitted that the Hathras victim gave a dying declaration to the Magistrate on September 22, 2020 and as per law, “where there are no material contradictions, the dying declarations can be completely relied upon without corroboration. A dying declaration need not be spoken in words or in writing, it can be a mere nod or even a gesture. In this case, if reports of her dying declaration are to be believed, of which this court will soon get apprised, she has mentioned the name of accused as well as made mention that the men raped her.” Reliance is placed on Section 32(1) of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and the Supreme Court’s verdict in PV Radhakrishna v. State of Karnataka where the legal maxim nemo moriturus praesumitur inentire was emphasized, which means— a man will not meet his maker with a lie in his mouth. Relevance of forensic reports and other medical evidence in rape cases Significantly, the allegations of rape have been discounted by the UP Govt on two frounds: (i) the FSL report states that no sperm or ova were found on the victim’s body (ii) post mortem suggested that the cause of death was trauma following a neck injury In this backdrop it is submitted, “reliability of the FSL report is debatable as the sperm was collected 11 days after the sexual assault” whereas the likelihood of identifying spermatozoa is only for 72 hours after assault. Hence it is argued that reliance must be placed on the vcitim’s statement and other physical evidences.Hathras Case: How Victim’s Oral Evidence Demolishes Forensic Report?It may be noted that the matter was heard by the Supreme Court yesterday, where the Top Court directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to file an affidavit stipulating Witness Protection Plan for the family and witnesses of the 19-year old woman. The bench further asked all parties appearing before the Court to put forth suggestions as to the scope of the Allahabad HC proceedings and how the top court can make them more relevant. Before the case was taken up by the top court, the UP Government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court asking it to order a CBI inquiry into the Hathras Gang Rape case so as to ensure that a fair and impartial investigation takes place by a Central Agency “which is not within the administrative control of the State administration”. Next Storylast_img read more

Eunisell extends Rivers United sponsorship deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Mali: Why West African leaders insist on civil rule — Osinbajo Jollof Rice, Akufo-Addo and other things we don’t like about Ghana, by Azu Ishiekwene COVID-19: Prisons reopen in FCT, 28 states, admit 9,900 inmates West Africa’s largest independent chemicals company and oil and gas engineering solutions company, Eunisell, has extended its sponsorship deal with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United.Eunisell has been sponsor of the club since 2016.Representatives of both organisations sealed the extension at Eunisell’s headquarters in Lagos on Friday.The extension of Eunisell’s sponsorship deal comes on the eve of the 2019/20 NPFL season.The Group Managing Director Eunisell, Chika Ikenga, stated that “the group is proud to continue its support of Rivers United FC. We are with them come rain or shine.“The team is talented and motivated, and epitomises the spirit of Nigerian football. We admire their teamwork, the passion for the game, their positive attitude and that they never give up – That is how professional football teams and players should approach each match.“Eunisell’s aim with being intrinsically involved with the nation’s favourite sport is to help increase the standard of the top flight and in turn, rally the fans to get behind their club of choice in stadiums around the country.”As part of the sponsorship activation, a corporate facility for Eunisell executives and customers will be set up inside the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, home ground of Rivers United.General Manager of Rivers United, Okey Kpalukwu, explained that Eunisell’s sponsorship, which is the longest running for a club in the NPFL, has been beneficial to the Pride of Rivers.“We are happy with Eunisell’s sponsorship and I can assure you that the Rivers State Government is equally pleased,” Kpalukwu stated.Kpalukwu reiterated the readiness of the club to represent the brand well in the NPFL.He said: “I have to reassure you that we have done all that is necessary for us to do as a team. The season kicks off on Sunday, November 3rd and our first game will be against Kano Pillars. I am assuring you that we are not going to let you (Eunisell) down.”Tags: EunisellRivers UnitedWest Africalast_img read more

Notebook: Dodgers bullpen yet to sort itself out

first_imgSigned as a free agent to be a weapon against right-handed hitters, Sergio Romo has barely been on the field since returning from the World Baseball Classic with a sore lower back earlier this week. But Romo has already had a busy offseason – 9 2/3 innings over nine appearances in winter ball, two more in two Cactus League games then 1 1/3 in two games for Team Mexico – so the Dodgers are not worried about his prep time before the start of the season.Right-hander Chris Hatcher is out of options and cannot be sent to the minors without clearing waivers first. But he has not pitched well this spring, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in six innings – though three of his runs Saturday were unearned – and has not proven reliable for more than short stretches the past two years.Right-hander Josh Fields entered camp with a chance to occupy a spot high in the bullpen pecking order thanks to a strong finish to the 2016 season. But his fastball has lacked life early in camp and he might be sliding to the fringes of the relief picture.“Just takes a little bit in spring to get it going,” Fields said. “That’s pretty standard. It’s just the body and getting it in shape, getting my timing and everything. Once I get more consistent outings, it’ll clean up a bit.”Fields retired four of the five batters he faced Saturday, allowing a double in his 1 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. Still, he has allowed nine runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 spring innings for an unsightly 15.19 ERA. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has often said the bullpen is the one area of the roster that always seems to leave him the most unsettled.“It’s something every year heading into the season that scares me,” Friedman said just before spring camp opened this year. “It’s a very tricky part of roster construction.”With just over two weeks to go before opening day, the relief corps is not doing much to ease his mind.Counted on to be one of the key setup men, Pedro Baez has yet to pitch in a game. He suffered a contusion to his pitching hand on a ball hit back to the mound during a live batting practice session early in camp and will throw his first bullpen session since then on Sunday. “Everybody likes to do well all the time,” Fields said. “But it’s spring and it’s early. I’m feeling better each outing. It’s all about getting ready for the season. I’d rather get it out now.”Acquired from the Houston Astros last season, Fields is another example of the Dodgers’ front office’s emphasis on spin rate in evaluating pitchers. When he joined the Dodgers’ organization, Fields said he was made aware of that and told to take advantage of it with a simple game plan – “throw the fastball up and bounce the curveball.”“I just think when I got here some of the things they were telling me helped to free me up mentally,” he said. “ It was nice, knowing myself a little better when I got here, that they were saying, ‘These are the things that you do well and these are the things that we want you to do.’“It kind of kept it simple for me. There wasn’t a whole lot of a thought process.”As the inevitable roster decisions near, Fields isn’t complicating that thought process by trying to figure out where he fits and what his spring ERA might be doing to his status.“They don’t pay me to make those decisions,” he said. “I felt like I proved to them what I can do. Being able to help out in the playoffs was pretty encouraging for me.“They understand that springs are different than the season.”Dutch treatKenley Jansen left camp Saturday and traveled to Los Angeles with Team Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic. The Dutch team will face Puerto Rico in the first WBC semifinal Monday night at Dodger Stadium – where Jansen will have to find his way to the visitors’ clubhouse for the first time.“I’m excited,” Jansen said Saturday morning. “Pitching for my country, this might be good for me because it might get the adrenaline going. Spring training is one thing. This might be better.”Jansen leaves camp with a bad taste in his mouth. In four Cactus League appearances, he has allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Against the Seattle Mariners Friday night, Jansen struck out two but also gave up two singles and walked a batter.After issuing that walk to the fifth batter he faced, Jansen raised one finger towards the dugout, asking to remain in for one more batter then reacted in disappointment when bench coach Bob Geren emerged from the dugout to take him out of the game after 23 pitches.“I wanted to stay in for one more batter. I have two days off (before the WBC semifinal),” Jansen said. “My timing is off. My arm is dragging behind. It happens in the spring. It’s there for a few pitches then you can’t find it for a few pitches. Maybe this (the WBC) will help me get locked in.”AlsoDodgers manager Dave Roberts remains out of camp following the death of his father on Friday. Geren will continue to serve as acting manager until Roberts returns. “Obviously, it’s a tough time for him and his family,” Geren said. “Whatever amount of time he needs, it’s no problem.” … Shortstop Corey Seager went through the Dodgers’ full workout Saturday morning, another step in his recovery from a mild oblique strain two weeks ago. The Dodgers are still unwilling to say when he will return to game action.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more