Episcopales buscan borrar el estigma del suicido e inspirar el…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 La Rda. Elaine Ellis Thomas se prepara para la caminata ‘Salir de las Tinieblas’ en Filadelfia.[Episcopal News Service] Caminar por las calles de Filadelfia hasta que la oscuridad de la noche se disolvió al amanecer significó para la Rda. Elaine Ellis Thomas recaudar cerca de $6.000 para ayudar a la prevención del suicidio y “sacar a la luz todo el tema de la enfermedad mental y la depresión de manera que la gente ya no le tenga miedo”.“El miedo es una de las mayores barreras” para ayudar a los afectados por el suicidio, según Thomas, sacerdote auxiliar en la iglesia episcopal de San Eduardo [St. Edward’s Episcopal Church] en Lancaster, Pensilvania. Ella participó a fines de junio en la caminata “Salir de las Tinieblas”, de más de 25 kilómetros, organizada por la Fundación Americana para la Prevención del Suicidio (AFSP) en memoria de su hijo Seth Alan Peterson, que tenía 24 años cuando se quitó la vida hace cinco años.Septiembre es el Mes de la Prevención del Suicidio y el 10 de septiembre es el Día Mundial de la Prevención del Suicido. Episcopal News Service (ENS) habló con algunos episcopales que se esfuerzan en lograr que las comunidades religiosas participen en la campaña de toma de conciencia sobre el tema.El suicidio afecta a personas de todas las categorías sociales, económicas y raciales; en 2011, alrededor de una persona se suicidó en Estados Unidos cada 13 minutos, según datos estadísticos de la AFSP. Para los nativoamericanos, en términos generales, las cifras son incluso más elevadas (véase un artículo relacionado aquí).‘Las personas no eligen hacer esto’
El tan comentado fallecimiento, el pasado 11 de agosto, del actor y comediante Robin Williams, quien era episcopal, encarna los estigmas y malentendidos  respecto al suicidio y a la enfermedad mental que frecuentemente lo inducen, según dijera Thomas.Según las estadísticas de la AFSP, alrededor del 60 por ciento de las personas que se suicidan padecen de grave depresión; si el alcoholismo es un factor a tener en cuenta en la ecuación, la cifra se eleva a un 75 por ciento.Una idea equivocada, dijo Thomas, es que el suicidio es una opción. “Williams fue muy franco respecto a su lucha con la adicción y la depresión, las cuales van de la mano”, agregó. “Pero incluso él llegó a un punto donde no había ninguna salida para él, y él no estaba tomando ninguna decisión. Quiero que la gente entienda que las personas no eligen hacer esto. No es un acto racional. Es la enfermedad la que toma la decisión por la persona que sufre”.Es inmensamente trágico, añadió “que aquí está esta persona maravillosa, llena de vida, que llevó tanta alegría a tanta gente, pero que no pudo tener esa alegría en su propia vida”.Seth Alan Peterson, hijo de la Rda. Elaine Ellis Thomas, en cuya memoria ella hizo la caminata.Del mismo modo, su hijo Seth, que aspiraba a ser actor, era una persona ingeniosa, brillante, encantadora, llena de vida, pero tuvo un grave acceso de depresión desde su primer año en la universidad. Extendió su carrera universitaria pero “luchó durante los próximos cinco años para imponerse un poco sobre sus episodios depresivos”, dijo ella.“Podíamos creer que él estaba bien; que tomaba sus medicinas, que iba a la terapia, y luego más tarde descubríamos que no estaba durmiendo por la noche y que no estaba yendo a clases”.Murió el 9 de febrero de 2009, poco después de una conversación telefónica con Thomas. “Mi hijo pensaba que no le importaba a nadie”, dijo ella. “En su funeral sólo había sitio para estar de pie, con amigos y seres queridos afligidos y lamentándose y diciendo ‘¡ojalá yo lo hubiera sabido!’”.Con frecuencia, los que contemplan el ponerle fin a su vida —y sus sobrevivientes— sufren en doloroso silencio, debido a la vergüenza y el estigma asociados  a las enfermedades mentales y al suicidio, dijo Thomas.“Si bien nunca he intentado ocultar el hecho de que la muerte de Seth fue un suicidio, conozco la sensación de que incluso algunos amigos cercanos me hayan evitado, o de personas bien intencionadas a quienes les faltan las palabras o dicen algo realmente inapropiado, de participantes en grupos de apoyo que perdieron hijos de otras enfermedades y que me miran de reojo como si Seth no hubiera padecido también de una enfermedad” escribió ella en su blog.En su 73ª. Convención General en 2000, la Iglesia Episcopal aprobó la Resolución D008, en que se compromete a orar, apoyar y promover la conciencia para prevenir el suicido.Pero incluso las comunidades de fe “han evitado el difícil tema del suicidio o incluso han enseñado activamente que los que se suicidan están condenados al infierno”, explicó Thomas. “En verdad”, agregó, que algunos “ya han cumplido su condena en el infierno mientras andaban en esta tierra”.Participantes de la caminata “Salir de las Tinieblas” en Filadelfia se reúnen frente al Museo de Arte. Foto de la FAPS.Con el ánimo en el suelo, juegan a tener una apariencia felizParticipantes de la caminata “Salir de las Tinieblas” en Filadelfia se reúnen frente al Museo de Arte. Foto de la FAPS.
Katharina Johnson, de 35 años y a la espera de su segundo hijo, le contó a ENS que “las cosas le están yendo muy bien ahora”, pero reconoció que hace seis años “pasé por dos intentos de suicidio en lo que otros dirían que era “el momento más feliz de tu vida”.Ella estaba recién casada y su marido, Matt, lo habían ordenado hacía poco al sacerdocio Episcopal. Sin embargo “me sentía profundamente deprimida”, recuerda. “Pero, al igual que muchos otros, jugaba a poner buena cara, aunque tenía el ánimo en el suelo”.La terapia no me ayudaba y finalmente, “tomé sobredosis en dos ocasiones”, contó ella. “No es racional. Tenía una gigantesca cantidad de factores de estrés y siempre hay componentes externos también. Al final era la enfermedad la que no podía tolerar más. Cualquier cosa era mejor que tener que seguir pasando por eso”.Finalmente, los medicamentos aliviaron la depresión. “Tomó un tiempo, pero he estado bien, y doy gracias, todas las mañanas al despertar, por eso. No es una solución para todo el mundo, pero a mí me funcionó”.Ella también se dio cuenta, bastante pronto, que guardar silencio sobre la enfermedad era fatal, no sólo para ella, sino potencialmente también para los demás. Se volvió hacia su comunidad de fe. “Me di cuenta de que no iba a ayudarme ni ayudar a nadie reprimir mis experiencias, de manera que, lentamente, comencé en un pequeño grupo, reconociendo algunas de las cosas por las que estaba pasando y el sufrimiento [que padecía]”.La respuesta fue abrumadora. “la gente acudió de donde menos la esperaba”, recordaba Johnson. “Me decían cosas como ‘cierto, he experimentado algo como eso, con mi hermano, con mi padre, y nunca hablamos de ello”.“Nadie en la iglesia jamás supo nada de eso porque creían que eran los únicos. Es sorprendente cuánto dolor existe en torno a estos problemas y cuánto sufrimiento, y si la iglesia no es un lugar para eso, entonces ¿cuál lo es?”.Ella participó en los esfuerzos educativos creados por la comisión de la salud mental de la Diócesis de Virginia.Paul Ackerman, psicólogo y copresidente de la comisión la salud, dijo a ENS que “estamos trabajando para incluir a personas con problemas de salud mental en las congregaciones. Encontramos que uno de los grandes problemas en el momento actual era el suicidio y que era algo de lo que nadie hablaba… Nos dimos cuenta de que la Iglesia tenía más responsabilidad para ayudar a prevenir esto”.Presentaron un taller y “casi ningún clérigo se apareció. Asistieron fundamentalmente laicos que habían tenido la experiencia de suicidio en sus familias”, recordó Ackerman. “Nos dimos cuenta de que aunque todo el mundo allí había estado en iglesias que habían tenido entre uno y siete suicidios en los últimos años, nadie sabía qué hacer y resultaba algo muy doloroso de que hablar. Filmamos todas las presentaciones y las pusimos en cuatro unidades docentes que podrían exhibirse en clases de educación de adultos en las iglesias”.No obstante lo desalentador, “un intento de suicidio es una oportunidad para el clérigo de empezar a educar a las personas de la congregación acerca de lo que es el suicidio y también a ayudarles a responder a él”, afirmó. “Hay cosas que pueden hacerse”.Johnson convino en que hay cosas sencillas, tales como cambiar el lenguaje cargado de una actitud condenatoria como “suicidio” al más neutral de “ponerle fin a su vida”, e incluso convertir el suicidio en un verbo, ayuda a reducir el estigma.Después que Robin Williams le pusiera fin a su vida, los comentarios en Internet revelaban “cuán poco sabemos acerca de las enfermedades mentales”, dijo Johnson.“Había una absoluta incredulidad de cómo una persona como ésa, una persona exitosa, podía terminar quitándose la vida”, recordaba ella. “Otra reacción era, ‘si sólo él hubiera sabido cuánto lo amaban’. Él probablemente sabía en alguna parte en algún nivel lo querido que era, y también que tenía una carrera enormemente exitosa, pero eso no cambiaba la manera en que se sentía”.Esas son de las peores cosas que se le pueden decir a una persona deprimida, agregó Johnson. Cosas como “¿por qué te sientes así?  Tienes un gran empleo, una familia amorosa, ¿cuál es tu problema?”.“Un pastor de la Universidad de Nueva York cuando yo estaba hospitalizada allí vino y me dijo, “yo no tengo idea de cómo usted se siente’. Esa fue la cosa más provechosa que jamás había oído. No alguien que esté tratando de arreglar superficialmente lo que tú no puedes arreglar”, dijo Johnson.La esperanza reside, afirmó ella, no “en decirle a alguien que se reconcilie consigo mismo… sino en reconocer con aquellos que están deprimidos, y también con los supervivientes de un [intento de] suicidio, que yo no tengo idea por lo que estás pasando. Realmente, ¿hay alguna otra cosa que decir?”.Escuchar, hacerse vulnerable, estar dispuesto a caminar con los que sufren son actitudes esenciales. Con frecuencia, agregó ella, los demás temen lo que no entienden. “Temen que les vaya a afectar en algo. Hay un gigantesco temor de ese sentimiento de tristeza y pesar insondables que uno no puede controlar”.Ella combate sus propios temores, reconoció Johnson. “Aún vivo con el temor de que ese infierno vuelva”, dijo. “No creo que se vaya del todo. Es como ser diabética y estar sujeta a un estupendo régimen medicinal y que todo funcione, siempre tienes presente que eres diabético. Eso nunca va a desaparecer, siempre va a ser parte de tu vida y también de la vida de tu familia.“Pero es ahí donde la Iglesia puede desempeñar un papel”, añadió. “En la Iglesia tuve experiencias magníficas y atroces. Podemos ayudar reconociendo que la vida es desastrosa y, como cristianos, nuestra tarea no consiste en ponerle orden, porque no podemos. Como cristianos, nuestra tarea consiste en caminar con las personas en ese desastre. Eso es lo que hizo Jesús”.Bolsones de esperanza, ministerios de presencia
Becky Williams recurrió a su propia experiencia con el suicidio en una ocasión que le permitió enseñarle algo a sus hijos y en un taller para su comunidad de fe, la iglesia de San Lucas [St. Luke’s Church] en Baton Rouge, Luisiana.Directora del ministerio de salud de la parroquia y facilitadora del cuidado pastoral, Williams organizó un taller parroquial, hace varios años, para crear conciencia sobre la prevención del suicidio, pero ella llora aún cuando cuenta cómo tanteaba las palabras para explicar el suicidio de su cuñado Brian a sus hijos que entonces cursaban el cuarto y el octavo grados.“Ayer fue el 20º. Aniversario de la muerte de Brian”, le dijo a ENS. “Recuerdo haberle preguntado a mi hijo John: ‘¿entiendes lo que hizo Tío Brian?’ Le dije ‘quiero que sepas esto…   si sufres puedes hablar con nosotros, con el sacerdote, con tu hermana, con tus maestros, y si no tenemos la información para ayudarte, te ayudaremos a encontrarla’”.“Él dejó sus Legos y me contestó: ‘bueno, Mamá, tal vez Tío Brian simplemente no supo a quien llamar’”.Para ilustrar el increíble costo que el suicidio le impone a las familias, Williams contó: “volamos a Dallas y traíamos las cenizas de Brian cuando mi marido sufrió un ataque cardíaco en el aeropuerto”.Hace cuatro años su suegro, médico jubilado que padecía de intensos dolores crónicos, le puso fin a su vida. Williams se enfurece cuando recuerda una nota que le enviara alguien en la que sugería  que los suicidas estaban realmente jugando a ser Dios. Como sobrevivientes, “no necesitamos saber eso”, dijo Williams, de 62 años.Mirando retrospectivamente, “lo que nos ayudó fue ese ministerio de presencia, y que la gente no juzgara”, subrayó. Nunca jamás esperé recorrer ese camino una vez, mucho menos dos veces”.Wyoming: un amplio llamado diocesano a la acciónJohn Smylie, el obispo de Wyoming, ha llamado a toda la comunidad diocesana a tomar conciencia de que septiembre es el Mes de la Prevención del Suicidio mediante la oración, el culto y la liturgia. En una carta del 2 de septiembre. calificó la tasa de suicidios en Wyoming como una epidemia de salud pública.“No sólo encabezamos la nación en casos de suicidio, sino que nuestra tasa de suicidios se encuentra entre las más elevadas del mundo”, según dice en la carta. Él creó un comité para contemplar formas en que “nuestra diócesis pueda sentar una pauta decisiva al ofrecer esperanza donde no hay ninguna”.La Rda. Bernadine Craft, presidenta de un comité, dijo a ENS que la diócesis acababa de firmar un memorando de entendimiento con funcionarios del estado para hacer posible un programa conjunto de prevención del suicidio.Wyoming tiene la tasa más elevada de suicidio entre todos los estados, con 23,2 muertes por suicidio por cada 100.000 residentes, según estadísticas de 2010.Alaska tiene el segundo lugar con 23,1.Craft, senador del estado, psicoterapeuta y sacerdote en la iglesia de la Santa Comunión [Church of the Holy Communion] en Rock Springs, dijo que había muchísimas conjeturas respecto a las causas de esa dudosa distinción de Wyoming, entre ellas el consumo de bebidas alcohólicas y otras substancias estupefacientes, el fácil acceso a las armas de fuego y, geográficamente, el ser “ un estado muy aislado”.Los asistentes a la convención diocesana el 4 de octubre también recibirán paquetes de información y materiales de entrenamiento. “Es una labor progresiva”, dijo Craft. “Estamos intentando proporcionar avenidas de apoyo para personas que sufren y que luchan”.Entre tanto, Thomas, de Filadelfia, espera que más congregaciones y diócesis se comprometerán también en prevenciones de conciencia como las caminatas “Salir de las Tinieblas” así como con “la creación de ministerios para los que sufren; sería una gran obra de compasión por nuestra parte”.Ella añadió que: “Es asombroso, cuando hablo acerca de mi hijo o de las enfermedades mentales, el número de personas que dice que su hijo o su hija o su tío o su mamá se suicidó.“Al igual que les di permiso para exponerlo, y eso es algo valioso, dejen que las personas lo saquen a la luz. No sólo les ayuda a ellos, sino que ayuda a la comunidad. No hay motivo para esconderlo”.— La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Residential Complex on Zeeburger Island / Studioninedots

first_img Year:  Projects Project Team:Wouter Hermanns, Stijn de Jongh, Joost MaatkampDesign Team:Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van ZijlCity:AmsterdamCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter CuypersRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. On the northern tip of the rapidly developing Zeeburger Island in Amsterdam Studioninedots, commissioned by de Alliantie and Lingotto, designed two striking volumes. Due to their stepped profiles and changing facade rhythms they appear different depending on the viewing angle. All 142 residences plus the shared outdoor spaces on the deck are orientated towards the magnificent views.Save this picture!© Peter CuypersStudioninedots recognises a growing need for better collective and public spaces for cities, which are densifying at an increasing rate. On the site where the rapidly developing Zeeburger Island meets the calm of the water and the low, clouded skies, the practice conceived a spatial intervention that functions as a catalyst for meeting and connection between residents. Instead of a massive block, the design houses the required functions in two slender, high buildings resting atop a shared, semi-underground car park. This creates a roof deck between the buildings for shared use, and the building’s open profile frames wide views of the Buiten-IJ for the neighbourhood to enjoy.Save this picture!Diagram 01Save this picture!Diagram 02Save this picture!Diagram 03Save this picture!Diagram 04Both complexes become narrower towards the top. The volumes step up and recede every few storeys in response to surrounding buildings. This reduces the amount of apartments per floor, which creates setbacks that are used for private outdoor spaces and green roofs. Fronting all sides, the buildings feature two alternating facade rhythms – with either compact or wider windows – which step accordingly.Save this picture!© Peter CuypersThe buildings have a compact structure organised around a core that contains all the apartments’ functional spaces. The living rooms and bedrooms are then positioned on the perimeter to maximise views. This quality of space is accessible for every resident regardless of whether the apartment is allocated for private or social housing. The lower building (‘De Generaal’) contains affordable rental apartments; residents in the higher tower (‘Akropolis’) are aged 55+ and members of a residential community. Throughout the buildings, shared facilities are provided for both the association and neighbourhood.Save this picture!© Peter CuypersSave this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessCEMEX Announces International Winners In Their 2017 Building AwardsArchitecture NewsHow to Use “Structured Procrastination” to Get the Best Out of Your Bad HabitsArticlesProject locationAddress:John Blankensteinstraat 1A, 1095 MB Amsterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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No Dogs Left Behind Meat Market Survivors Coming Home

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 15, 2021 No Dogs Left Behind Meat Market Survivors Coming Home Pinterest Facebook Twitter Jeffrey Beri, founder of No Dogs Left Behind, rescuing puppies from a slaughterhouse in Chinacenter_img TAGS  WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleThe Latest: No. 1 Barty into Australian Open quarterfinalsNext articleAustralian Open: Serena Williams in Tuesday’s quarterfinals Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Hounding Of ‘The Wire’ : Is This The Crucifixion Of Free Press And Democracy?

first_imgColumnsHounding Of ‘The Wire’ : Is This The Crucifixion Of Free Press And Democracy? Senior Adv. Santosh Paul18 April 2020 2:13 AMShare This – x”The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government”. Hugo Black J. and William O Douglas J, majority opinion in New York Times Co. v. United States June 30, 1971Implicit in the actions the establishment uses to muzzle the press, is the silent and…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 press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government”. Hugo Black J. and William O Douglas J, majority opinion in New York Times Co. v. United States June 30, 1971Implicit in the actions the establishment uses to muzzle the press, is the silent and persuasive rhetoric which is implemented through the constabulary. With the judiciary’s languid response, “we will not interfere with the investigation”, terror is embedded onto the ecosystem of free speech. The technique is age old. And the response is as ancient as ‘Pontius Pilate’ washing his hands off in the most celebrated murder. THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE WIRE Sidharth Varadarajan had written an article on his twitter account attributing the comment, that ‘Lord Ram would protect devotees from the coronavirus’, to the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The next day, he posted a correction noting that the statement had been made not by the CM of UP, but by Acharya Paramhans, the head of the Ayodhya temple trust. Commonsensically, and even in conservative legalese, the matter ought to have rested there. But this correction does not prevent a FIR to be instituted by a stranger to the controversy in Ayodhya 650 kms away from where S.Varadarajan lives. The notice was carried by the UP Police personnel demanded his appearance on 14 April. There is a countrywide lock down. Intimidation of the free press is writ large in the manner and methodology deployed by the police machinery. WHY REPEATED ATTACKS ON FREE PRESS TAKE PLACE? But why does this brazen attack at all take place against the press in the broad daylight of a free constitution. It serves a dual purpose for the political establishment. Firstly, It acts as exemplary intimidation of one, and expects the terror will ensure silence of the multitude. Also, it acts as a barometer to test the response of the courts to its brazenness. The eminent American journalist H.L.Mencken noted as early as 1950, “Their usual plan is to invade the constitution stealthily, and then wait to see what happens. If nothing happens they go on more boldly.” THE CHILLING CHRONOLOGY OF JUDICIAL RESPONSE There is a chilling chronology of cases of the Supreme Court of India in recent years when it came to the liberties of men and women. First of the cases was when Kanhaiya Kumar was brought into the Patiala House Courts on charges of sedition and assaulted on the court premises. The court-appointed a committee of Mr.Kapil Sibal,Sr.Adv., Dr.Rajeev Dhawan,Sr.Adv., Mr. Dushyant Dave, Sr.Adv., Mr. H.P. Rawal, Sr.Adv., Mr. Ajit K. Sinha, Sr. Adv. and Mr. A.D.N. Rao, learned counsel to proceed to the Patiala House Courts Complex and report the situation prevailing there. The lawyer’s committee filed a report about the violent incidents of 17th February. The report is a chilling account of what these senior lawyers witnessed first hand of the complete breakdown of the rule of law unparalleled in Independent India. They gave a graphic description of how lawyers and journalists were locked inside the court room and Kanhaiya Kumar was badly beaten up by lawyers, while police did nothing to prevent it.The Supreme Court followed the conventional path of letting the trial court decide nevertheless. Instead of assuming jurisdiction and hearing his bail sent him back to the courts where lumpens not only endangered his life but allowed an atmosphere of fear to permeate to the justice administration system. Later Supreme Court dismissed a plea for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe on the basis of the report of the senior lawyers on the attacks on him at the Patiala House Courts complex in February 2016. Rejecting the prayer, a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said “We don’t want to flog a dead horse back into life”Second, was the incarceration of some of the most brilliant minds in this country: Sudhir Dhawale, a Mumbai-based Dalit rights activist; Surendra Gadling is a lawyer; Mahesh Raut, who works on displacement issues; Shoma Sen, a retired university professor; Rona Wilson, a Delhi-based prisoners’ rights activist; Arun Ferreira is a rights advocate; Sudha Bharadwaj is a Harvard decorated lawyer; writer Varavara Rao is an eminent poet, literary critic and journalist; and Vernon Gonsalves is academic. The judgment dealing with their liberties in Romila Thapar v. Union of India delivered by the majority could not come up with a response for the liberty of these eminent men and women. The dissenting judgment laid the roadmap to rein in the malaise of a vindictive criminal administration system. But a dissent is a lodestar. Third, was the nightmarish situation faced by the lawyers of the Senior Counsel, P.Chidambaram. His lawyers moved from court to court running for listing for hearing of his bail. Attempts to get the bail listed before the courts ended up a cropper, resulting in his arrest, a prolonged incarceration and subsequent bail granted by a reasoned judgment of Justice R.Banumati and Justice A.S.Bopanna.Fourth, was the refusal to grant anticipatory bail to the eminent dalit scholar Anand Telmude and Gautam Navlakha, a noted civil rights activist and consulting editor of the Economic and Political Weeklyby the Supreme Court. Romilla Thapar and other’s appeal to “restore public confidence in our constitution and the civil liberties that it guarantees to all citizens” was just, by now, howling against the wind. Each of these cases in the chronology is a bolder and bolder attempt at testing the judicial will. Sadly it is also an indicator of how far the courts have travelled from the jealous protection of human liberties. It was eerily ironic that Anand Telmude, grandson-in-law of Dr B R Ambedkar surrendered and was arrested on the 129th birth anniversary of the father of our constitution. It is interesting to note what Ambedkar had to say about the critics within the Constituent Assembly viz. Kamath, Dr. P.S. Deshmukh, Sidhva, Prof. Saxena, Pandit Thakur, Das Bhargava, Prof. K.T Shah and Pandit Hirday Nath Kunzru. “That I was not prepared to accept their suggestions does not diminish the value of their suggestions nor lessen the service they have rendered to the Assembly in enlivening its proceedings. I am grateful to them. But for them, I would not have had the opportunity which I got for expounding the principles underlying the Constitution which was more important than the mere mechanical work of passing the Constitution.” When these instances of judicial indifference is alluded to, there is always the smug question, “was it possible for the Supreme Court to intervene in favour of liberties?” Loaded in the response is that our judiciary cannot go beyond the Lakshman Rekha of the an ancient Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence. The answer to the question is an undoubted ‘yes’. Even Supreme Courts from the most conservative Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions have spectacularly come to the rescue of democracies. Two instances come to the fore. First, the intervention of the Srilankan Supreme Court when President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka dismissed the Parliament before the constitutionally mandated tenure came to an end. Similarly in September 2019, 11 judges of the Supreme Court of United Kingdom, unanimously delivered a verdict reversing the decision of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue the Parliament. CASE AGAINST PRASHANT BHUSHAN Before the ink dries on this article, Prashant Bhushan’s tweet has invited a notice to be served on him from Rajkot which is 1100 kms away from Delhi. Weaponizing prosecution against the exercise of free speech is eroding the foundations of democratic discourse. It was Harry S. Truman who, incidentally, addressing on the Internal Security of the United States on August 8, 1950 said “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” . It reads as if he is writing for today’s time and age. Justice Deepak Gupta in his remarkable speech on democracy and dissent so effectively conveyed the raison d’etre of the constitution when he simply read the preamble and pithily demonstrated “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved ……. to secure to all its citizens: .. LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief…..” When did this constitutional promise evaporate or get diluted? INDIAN COURTS AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY Free speech is ever more important as we are in the midst of a hitherto unfathomable and uncharted pandemic. The pandemic has hit the shores of five continents. Information, scientific studies, statistical data is being relayed at the speed of light across jurisdictions. A case in point is the war on HIV/AIDS which was won with the concerted efforts of scientists, doctors, politicians, journalists, civil society and social workers. Journalists and rebel pharmaceutical companies like CIPLA who successfully waged a war to bring down the extortionate cost of retroviral drugs. It is a relentless exchange of information, be it scientific data, ground level human conditions, information on responses to drugs, information on the availability of hospital spaces, medical equipment, medicines, the nutritional condition of the poor and impoverished. The list of information being exchanged is endless. It is appropriate in these trying and vexed times to invoke the eminent Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, who had empirically demonstrated that ”No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy,”. Sen explained that democratic governments ”have to win elections and face public criticism, and have strong incentive to undertake measures to avert famines and other catastrophes. There has not been a large-scale loss of life since 1947.” Higher judiciary in India is at the crossroads of our constitutional history. There are two paths before it. To sustain a constitution responsive to the liberties granted by the founders or endorse an untenable interpretation of the constitution indifferent to human liberties. To quote Justice Deepak Gupta again, “The superior courts as protectors of the rights of the people have a duty to ensure that the powers that be do not suppress dissent because that will have, to use the words of brother Justice Nariman a ‘chilling effect’ on the freedom of speech” The FIR on Sidharth Varadarajan is an assault on the freedom of the press in India. It has consequences far beyond the FIR. The gauntlet has been thrown down once again at the judiciary. This time what is at stake is not just the freedom of the press, but democracy itself.Views Are Personal Only.(Author is a Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. Author of `Choosing Hammurabi: Debates on Judicial Appointments’ (LexisNexis), and  `Appointing our Judges: Forging Independence and Accountability’ (LexisNexis) ) Next Storylast_img

Public meeting to discuss asylum seekers’ arrival in Moville

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook By News Highland – November 13, 2018 Previous articleCalls on Fáilte Ireland to level out playing field for DonegalNext articleDunfanaghy PO closure to go ahead after appeal fails News Highland Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Public meeting to discuss asylum seekers’ arrival in Moville WhatsApp It’s been confirmed that a public meeting will take place in Moville on Friday to discuss the imminent arrival of 100 asylum seekers to live in the Caiseal Mara Hotel, following the agreement of a one year contract with the owners.The meeting at 7pm in the Glencrow Hall will be attended by local representatives and officials from the Reception Integration Agency.Cllr Martin Farren says local people are receptive to the asylum seekers, but they need information about how the process works…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mf1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Skeleton discovered in basement of home whose owner went missing in 1961

first_imgWABC(NEW YORK) — Police on Long Island are investigating human remains discovered on Wednesday in a house whose owner went missing almost 60 years ago, officials said.The remains were found when the current homeowner — Michael Carroll, 57 — was excavating his basement with his two sons in his Lake Grove home on eastern Long Island, according to Suffolk County Police. The two sons discovered what appeared to be human remains. The family called 911.Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives responded to the call and are investigating.Police subsequently learned that Carroll’s parents — George, who went missing in 1961, and Dorothy Carroll, who died in the late 1990s — had owned the home since 1957.“Michael and his three siblings lived in the house with their parents,” Suffolk County police officials said in a statement.The remains were taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to be studied further by an anthropologist. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Large firms have no plans to bring all staff back to offices

first_img No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Shutterstock Fifty large organisations have said they have no plans to bring all of their employees back to the office full time, with some giving up their offices completely.This is according to a survey by the BBC, which found 24 firms did not have plans to bring staff back to the office at all.End of the office?Working from home will be double pre-pandemic levelsWill working from home remain a perk or become a right?Is it really the end of the office?One organisation the BBC spoke to had abandoned its premises as its team could not fit into their office space and comply with guidance around social distancing. It also did not want to force employees back onto public transport if they were anxious about contracting Covid-19.Twenty of the firms questioned said they had plans to bring employees back to the workplace gradually, while 20 had reopened their offices specifically for staff who are unable to work from home. Just three of the 50 polled had brought staff back to the office and had no plans to reopen their offices further.Separate research by recruitment firm ManpowerGroup highlighted the extent to which employees opposed a full-time return to the office and pre-Covid ways of working. Ninety four per cent were concerned about going back to the workplace and 81% wanted to be able to work remotely post-pandemic.Graduates and employees in entry-level roles were most keen to return to the workplace (51%), while parents with young children were the least positive about a potential return to work (38%).Numerous organisations have signalled their intentions to make working from home permanent for the foreseeable future. Banking giant JPMorgan Chase said it would introduce a rotational working model with large proportion of staff able to work from home on a regular basis, while Facebook has said it does not expect employees to return to the office until July 2021 at the earliest.Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD said earlier this year: “The pandemic is going to have a long-lasting effect on how we work, with a step change in the proportion of people who work from home on a much more regular basis. This will disrupt some existing patterns of economic activity, for example spending by office workers in town and city centres is likely to drop substantially over the long-term and we will see a further shift to online retail.”Latest HR job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more human resources jobs Large firms have no plans to bring all staff back to officesBy Personnel Today on 26 Aug 2020 in Working from home, Coronavirus, Latest News, Personnel Today, Flexible working HR in a pandemic: How three companies dealt with a surge in demandFor organisations up and down the country, Covid-19 has put considerable strain on HR. Many in the profession are facing… Office rents tumble as leading firms back homeworkingLeasing activity in the capital has fallen by 57 percentage points: PwC and Schroders revise flexible working policy. Related posts: Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Australian Navy Assumes Command of CTF 150

first_img Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Assumes Command of CTF 150 Australian Navy Assumes Command of CTF 150 December 2, 2013center_img Australia is leading maritime security operations in the Middle East and North Indian Ocean after assuming command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on 1 December.The fifth rotation of the Royal Australian Navy’s maritime security task force command group departed Australia on 19 November for a five-month deployment to the Middle East as part of the 29-nation Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain.The command element includes 25 Australian personnel and is responsible for conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Middle East and North Indian Ocean regions. CTF 150 works closely with coalition partners and regional nations to bring stability and confidence to the region.Acting Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Shane Caughey, said the CTF 150 contingent would be undertaking an important job in protecting Australia’s ability to trade and to improve regional security and assist mariners at sea in some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.“This fifth rotation of the Royal Australian Navy’s task force will continue the work of CTF 150 to provide a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and other illicit activities,” Major General Caughey said.“Australia has had significant success during the previous four rotations overseeing focused operations conducted with regional forces which demonstrates the professionalism of our people who form part of an international team.“I thank these personnel and their families for undertaking this mission particularly as it falls over the Christmas, New Year and Easter periods. I want them to know that this command team will help make people’s lives safer in this important part of the world.“This deployment continues the hard work of Navy personnel and the 32 individual warship deployments to Middle Eastern waters to maintain and improve maritime security as part of Operation SLIPPER since 2001.”The principal mission of CTF 150 is to maintain maritime security and deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by International Terrorist Organisations to use the maritime environment as a venue for an attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials.CTF 150’s area of operation spans over two million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.The multinational task force includes Navies from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.[mappress]Press Release, December 2, 2013; Image:Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Canada Gets Ready for Its New Supply Ships

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: New Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada Gets Ready for Its New Supply Ships Share this article For 40 days, Chilean replenishment ship AO-52 Almirante Montt will be conducting at-sea training with Canadian Pacific Fleet sailors to prepare for the arrival of Canada’s new Queenston-class supply ships.Partnering with Montt are HMC Ships Vancouver and Calgary, which will practice Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) operations.The collaboration was formalized by a Mutual Logistic Support Arrangement (MLSA) between the Chilean Navy and Royal Canadian Navy following Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s 2014 announcement that the Protecteur-class supply ships would be retired.Three waves of sailors, mostly boatswains, from CFB Esquimalt will be on board Montt throughout the summer for a few weeks at a time. While the Canadians are on board, Chilean Navy personnel will provide instruction and review on operating the RAS vessel. They will conduct practice RAS operations daily, with the majority carried out off the west coast of Vancouver Island.[mappress mapid=”16557″]Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: Navy July 24, 2015 Authorities View post tag: Canada View post tag: Supply Ships Canada Gets Ready for Its New Supply Shipslast_img read more