20 Jun

Oklahoma bishop honored for his commitment to human rights

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 April 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm We at Iron Gate feel so lucky to have Bishop Ed. He walks the walk of Jesus and encourages us all to open our hearts to the whole community, especially those who need a helping hand. We are grateful for his stalwart support and encouragement of Iron Gate’s ministry. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Ed Konieczny and his wife, Debbie, with guests at the Iron Gate’s Annual Founders’ Dinner. Photo: Iron Gate[Diocese of Oklahoma] For nearly 40 years, Iron Gate has served the homeless and working poor in Tulsa, Oklahoma through their Daily Soup Kitchen, Grocery Pantry, and Kids’ Pantry programs. Their mission is simple, “to feed the hungry and homeless of Tulsa—every day.” Iron Gate refers to those who partake in these ministries as “guests.” Iron Gate’s philosophy states that, “We are all guests on this Earth, and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.”Iron Gate has served the homeless and working poor in Tulsa, Oklahoma through their Daily Soup Kitchen, Grocery Pantry, and Kids’ Pantry programs. Their mission is simple, “to feed the hungry and homeless of Tulsa—every day.” Iron Gate refers to those who partake in these ministries as “guests.” Iron Gate’s philosophy states that, “We are all guests on this Earth, and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.”On March 31st, at Iron Gate’s Annual Founders’ Dinner, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was honored by this ministry for his support, his continued commitment to human rights, and his dedication to respecting the dignity of every human being.In his brief remarks following the presentation of his award, Bishop Konieczny commended Iron Gate for its dedication and commitment to serving those in need. “Without your support, the hundreds of clients who depend so much on this ministry for their daily survival would find themselves in even more dire circumstances.” Continuing, he thanked all those in attendance for their support of this vital ministry, and challenged them to continue their dedication, “I invite all of us…to think of the men, women, and children, who through a variety of circumstances and challenges find themselves homeless and struggling; and then commit ourselves to reaching out as we are able to bringing them some sense of hope and peace in their lives.”Bishop Konieczny spoke of the growing discrimination and disenfranchisement of individuals and groups based exclusively on a single aspect: economic status, race, gender, etc. He shared his fear that this type of exclusion is merely a symptom of a world where we have lost the call of community and no longer value or respect the dignity of others. He stated, “We seem more inclined to point out those things which divide us, instead of that which might unite us with a common purpose of living our lives where all people have the opportunity to live into their fullest potential.”Bishop Konieczny urged all in attendance to reclaim their role as people of faith in this world, and all the responsibilities that entails. “We, as people of faith, have an obligation and responsibility to speak out…In the Christian Faith, our baptismal covenant call us to love our neighbors, strive for justice and peace in the world, and to respect the dignity of every human being…we can make a difference in our own communities by how we respond to those around us. Iron Gate is an example of that work.”In addition to Bishop Konieczny, Iron Gate honored Jonathan Moosmiller, Executive Chef at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa and a Certified Master Chef, whose volunteer work helps feed the homeless and working poor in Tulsa; Sterlin Harjo, an award-winning Native American filmmaker, whose feature and news films help enhance awareness of the needs of homeless Native Americans in our cities; and Alice Blue, a Fidelity Manager for the Carrera Pregnancy Prevention Program, whose public service helps empower youth and decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies.Speaking of the award recipients, Iron Gate’s Executive Director, Connie Cronley, stated, “Their work in the greater community reflects Iron Gate’s philosophy of treating all others with courtesy, kindness and respect…Not only do they support Iron Gate, their support of the homeless, the working poor, at-risk youth, Latinos and Native Americans extends throughout Tulsa, across the state and nationwide.”Iron Gate clarifies that it is not homelessness that walks through their doors, but rather poverty. Their numbers show that since the beginning of the recession, “The number of hungry people seeking food assistance at Iron Gate has increased 407%.” Meaning that in a, “church basement dining room with a seating capacity of 127, Iron Gate feeds 500+ people every day and distributes grocery bags to 300+ families every week.”Iron Gate’s Daily Soup Kitchen serves healthy, hearty, home-cooked meals daily and serves approximately 650 meals each day; serving 220,000 people in 2015. The Grocery Pantry distributes fresh groceries and produce three times a week, provides the opportunity for guests to visit the Grocery Pantry once-a-month, and serves approximately 300 bags of groceries to households each week; providing 32,000 bags of groceries in 2015. The Kids’ Pantry provides healthy, kid-friendly snacks to every guest of both the Daily Soup Kitchen and the Grocery Pantry under the age of 18; providing 16,000 Kids’ Packs in 2015.Although Iron Gate originally began as a ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, it has since increased and evolved so substantially, that it has grown into its own ministry organization separate from Trinity Church. Due to this growth, the Iron Gate Board of Directors has voted to build a new facility for this ministry organization. Iron Gate is still currently serving out of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, but their capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to move is well underway. Iron Gate needs $9,000,000, which includes an operating reserve, to complete this move, and donors have already given $5,000,000 to help this incredible ministry!Despite the close quarters and crowded dining room, Iron Gate will continue to live into its mission, “to feed the hungry and homeless of Tulsa—every day” until they are able to move into their own new facilities. Once this move is complete, the ministry of Iron Gate will have the room it needs to continue to expand and grow in their service to those most in need in the Tulsa community.— Nicole Baxley is communications director for the Diocese of Oklahoma.  Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (1) Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Connie Cronley says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Oklahoma bishop honored for his commitment to human rights Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME People AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Nicole BaxleyPosted Apr 14, 2016 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. 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19 Jun

Enigmatic Koutsoulieris taking on longshot campaign with passion

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.  This is Koutsoulieris’ first trip into the political arena, and while it is unlikely to result in a seat on the Apopka City Commission, it’s also unlikely that this will be her last attempt at elected office. Her passion, political training, and community service make Koutsoulieris a likely candidate in elections to come. noun 1. A person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11  But while Koutsoulieris lacks name recognition in Apopka, she does not lack in passion to help those most in need. And it’s her eclectic blend of education and community service that make her candidacy so intriguing.Koutsoulieris has lived in Central Florida since she was five years old, and graduated from the University of Central Florida, holding a BA in Political Science (2009) and a BA in History (2010). She is presently pursuing a Masters Degree in Political Science.“I’m a relatively new resident here in Apopka,” said Koutsoulieris. “We bought a house here about 2 1/2 years ago. The draw was that my family was here, but also the city seemed a little more welcoming… a little more of a hometown feeling than Orlando. Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Alicia Kousoulieris TAGSAlicia KoutsoulierisDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleWhy you should vote for Theresa Mott: Her platformNext article423 votes cast as polls open on Apopka Election Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Her climb to win this election is steep.Alicia Koutsoulieris  The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate  Alicia Koutsoulieris is an enigma. She is a mysterious candidate who has nearly no ties to Apopka politics and has only lived in the city for two years. It’s puzzling that she is running this longshot campaign against an incumbent (Commissioner Diane Velazquez), and two other well-known residents of Apopka (Leroy Bell and Alice Nolan), for the City Commission (Seat #2). And it’s difficult to understand her pathway to victory given her low name recognition, lack of fundraising, and inexperience in running a campaign. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Enigmae·nig·ma She is also is involved with many community organizations, with a number of volunteer leadership roles; including, The League of Women Voters, The American Red Cross – Mid-Florida Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Amnesty International, an International Delegate for Inter-faith Peace Builders, United Nations Association of Greater Orlando, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Central Florida.She believes she is best equipped to move Apopka forward into its future because of her blend of political training and public service. “For several years, I’ve worked and volunteered with organizations that help those in need in the community. Now that my time as a student is coming to a close, I want to use the skills I’ve acquired to work in a new capacity within the community. It’s my responsibility to do my part when and where I can to help.  To serve as a city commissioner, this would be another opportunity to continue that work in a new capacity.” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

18 Jun

James Haskell big hit knocks out lock Alistair Hargreaves

first_imgWednesday Nov 7, 2012 James Haskell big hit knocks out lock Alistair Hargreaves Wasps forward James Haskell was slapped with a retrospective yellow card following the big tackle he made on Saracens’ Alistair Hargreaves on Sunday. Here is a look at the tackle, and an interesting discussion regarding TMO use for foul play.Second row Hargreaves had an eventful game as he scored his team’s only try, but was also yellow carded for a ruck infrigement, and later knocked out cold by what looked to be Haskell’s head.The England forward went into the tackle with both arms up, but got his head on the wrong side as Hargreaves ducked down in contact. The South African lock left the field on a stretcher. Referee JP Doyle referred to Television Match Official David Grashoff for a foul play recommendation, and Haskell was subsequently penalised, but was not shown a yellow card.He has since received a written warning and the level one citing goes on his record, meaning that if he receives another two yellow cards, he will face a disciplinary hearing.Saracens Mark McCall said that they were surprised with the ruling: “It wasn’t the greatest tackle of all time. A penalty on its own and no yellow card was a bit lenient.”The commentary team, including Austin Healey and Ben Kay, had a lengthy discussion about the tackle, the use of the TMO for foul play, and the rise in players appealing for yellow cards.The whole discussion is included in the video below, so have a watch and listen and please share your thoughts as a comment below. There’s plenty to discuss and while the video features a player being knocked out (never good to see), it was requested for the sake of discussion and reference.If you’re not registered to comment yet, you can do so here.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

16 Jun

Planned giving continues to grow, says Charities Aid Foundation

first_imgRegular, planned giving to charity is growing healthily, according to new figures from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).On the day of its annual charities conference , CAF reports that donations through payroll giving rose from £86 million in 2002/03 to £91 million in 2003/04. With around 60% of the UK’s 250 FTSE companies operating a payroll giving scheme, about 5 millionemployees now have access to this form of giving.Of course, payroll giving received a valuable boost from the government between 2000 and 2004 when all donations through the scheme were given a 10% top up. Nevertheless other forms of planned, tax-efficient giving have also seen significant increases. Advertisement Planned giving continues to grow, says Charities Aid Foundation  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Gift Aid has seen strong growth: between 2002/03 and 2003/04, Gift Aid donations rose to £2.7 billion, an increase in real terms of 12%. Over £580 million of this represented tax reclaimed from the Inland Revenue. In addition, higher rate taxpayers, who can reclaim 18% tax on their donation for themselves, received £310 million in tax relief during 2003/04.CAF’s Chief Executive, Stephen Ainger, said: “We’re beginning to see the beneficialresult of charities investing in systems for Gift Aid. The added value to charities of gifts which are made through regular, tax-efficient methods cannot be overstated.” Howard Lake | 11 November 2004 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics 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

13 Jun

Film department kicks off diversity-centered film series

first_imgFacebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Facebook printTCU’s film-TV-digital media department has launched a movie series it hopes prompts discussion of various diverse issues. The “Mosaic Fusion: Diversity in Cinema,” debuts Friday with a 7 p.m. showing of “Spider-man: Into the Spider Verse.” A flyer indicating details on the upcoming “Mosaic Fusion” film series at Texas Christian University. Courtesy of TCU FTDM Department“Everything that we’re going to show really is something that a faculty member has really connected with in some way,” said Dr. Kylo-Patrick Hart, the department chair. The event is organized by Hart, Dr. R. Colin Tait and Charity Robinson on behalf of the FTDM department. The screenings of these movies are about providing very different visions and viewpoints in cinema, Hart said. “There are so many different experiences in life,” Hart said. “Being introduced as audience members to stuff that you probably haven’t seen before.”For Tait, an assistant professor in the FTDM department, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” serves as an “excellent reinvention of the Spider-Man myth with worthwhile attention to diversity issues.”“Film is uniquely positioned to voyage to different places, inhabit different people’s shoes and hopefully understand how other people live,” Tait said. “[Each member has their] own ideas about what diversity is and what diversity looks like, which is itself diversity.” Robinson, an FTDM instructor, hopes the film screenings spark dialogue regarding diversity. “After the screenings, we plan to have some questions for people to take home for them to contemplate and think on what it is that they saw in the film,” she said. But at its core, this installment is meant to unite people. “It’s important for us to sit together as audiences these days…to have an excuse to be in a room with a stranger is an important thing too and to see different people,” Tait said. “Mosaic is the weave of perspectives, and fusion is putting all of those perspectives together.”“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the first installment of the film series. The film will be played in Room 164 of the Moudy South Building. The screening will be free. In addition, complimentary popcorn and candy will be provided. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Updates on future screenings, as well as FTDM department news and information, can be found on their Instagram and Twitter. Previous articleMen’s basketball hungry for win heading into matchup with No. 3 KansasNext articleHoroscope: February 7, 2020 Kai Grady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Kai Grady is an FTDM and Journalism double-major from Arlington, Texas. He currently works at KTCU as a Hip-Hop DJ. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in both sports and popular culture writing. Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berry Kai Grady ReddIt Open House: Finalecenter_img ReddIt Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden Linkedin Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

27 May

North’s Culture Minister heavily criticized over plans to increase funding to Irish Language groups

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme By admin – December 10, 2015 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleMan in serious condition following overnight crash near KillygordonNext articleLetterkenny University Hospital will not partake in imminent strike action next week admin North’s Culture Minister heavily criticized over plans to increase funding to Irish Language groups Cllr. Hussey An Ulster Unionist Councillor claims the North’s Culture Minister is planning to substantially increase funding to Irish Langage groups, while other community based initiatives are having their grants cut.Derry and Strabane Councillor Derek Hussey says that the minister’s pledge has come as budget discussions continue at the assembly, and ahead of assembley elections next year.He says the planned establishment of a new Department of Communities has been made more difficult because preemptive funding has now been committed by the Minister.Cllr Hussey says this is an unacceptable situation:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/hussy1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+last_img read more

26 May

COVID-19 And Jus Cogens Norm Implication On China

first_imgColumnsCOVID-19 And Jus Cogens Norm Implication On China Atul Alexander3 Jun 2020 12:46 AMShare This – xJus Cogens are higher norm in international law, which binds the states independent of states treaty obligation, because international law is largely informal and consent oriented, jus cogens norm play a crucial role in regulating the conduct of states; however, only very few norms have attained the status of jus cogens, one of which being right to life, besides being a jus…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?LoginJus Cogens are higher norm in international law, which binds the states independent of states treaty obligation, because international law is largely informal and consent oriented, jus cogens norm play a crucial role in regulating the conduct of states; however, only very few norms have attained the status of jus cogens, one of which being right to life, besides being a jus cogens norm right to life is acknowledged as a non-derrogable human right as codified under Article 3 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR) and Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR). The prime contention of this short piece is to gauge the legality of jus cogens norm in implicating China for its active role in the spread of COVID-19 both within China and abroad; furthermore, the write-up attempts to decode the application of jus cogens in the context of COVID-19 both in the domestic courts and the international court of justice(ICJ). Application of Jus Cogens in the backdrop of COVID-19 The application of jus cogens in the ICJ is bombarded with academic debates and controversies, the first instance where the ICJ had an opportunity to test the legality of jus cogens was in the case of Democratic Republic of Congo v Rwanda,(DRC v Rwanda) the case concerns the severe breach of international law, united nations principles and several treaties by Rwanda in the territory of DRC, however Rwanda opposed the jurisdiction of the ICJ by cited its reservations to treaties invoked by DRC albeit some of the violations were jus cogens norm, therefore the ICJ had to decide between jurisdiction (based on consent) and jus cogens breach committed by Rwanda, the ICJ sided with the former by underscoring the fact that consent trumps international law, since both jus cogens and jurisdiction are distinct subject matter, the secondary treatment meted out to jus cogens was condemed by several scholars in the aftermath of the DRC judgment, with regard to invoking jus cogens norm of right to life and dragging China to the ICJ, the proposition seems far-fetched as China would undoubtedly object to the ICJ’s jurisdiction. Further, jus cogens cannot be a basis for establishing jurisdiction at the ICJ; hence it’s conspicuous that jus cogens norm is primarily substantive in nature and jurisdiction is procedural, the distinction was enumerated in detail by the ICJ in the Jurisdictional Immunities Case (Germany v. Italy) thus a state intending to drag China to the ICJ have to overcome the procedural hurdle before espousing jus cogens. As I have recently pointed out in one my recent post ‘The fundamental problem that states would encounter while pulling China to the ICJ is the establishment of a dispute, under Article 36(1) of the ICJ Statute. The function of the ICJ is only to decide international law disputes that states submit, popularly called ‘non ultra petita rule’, and according to Article 36(1) of the ICJ Statute, the court’s jurisdiction extends to all “legal disputes” that may arise between states party to the Statute having made a declaration under that provision. The existence of a dispute between parties is thus a condition of the court’s jurisdiction, and the burden of proving the existence of the dispute falls on the applicant. Therefore, any state contemplating ushering a claim against China has to establish the existence of a dispute. The ICJ has applied stringent interpretation when determining the existence of a dispute. In the Marshall Islands case, the ICJ rejected the argument of the Marshall Islands by a vote of nine to seven on this precise question. Only if the issue of ‘dispute’ is settled can the ICJ proceed on the merits of the case.’ Once the question on jurisdiction is settled, which is a procedural requirement, states could invoke the substantive debate, i.e. jus cogens norm. Moreover, the procedure for triggering jus cogens norm at the ICJ is codified under Article 66(a) of Vienna Convention on Law of Treaties (VCLT) which states that “Any one of the parties to a dispute concerning the application or the interpretation of article 53 or 64 may, by a written application, submit it to the International Court of Justice for a decision unless the parties by common consent agree to submit the dispute to arbitration”; therefore it is evident that invoking jus cogens is a lengthy and cumbersome mechanism. Right to Life as Jus Cogens Norm and China The failure on the part of China to step up its fight against COVID-19 has resulted in the endless suffering and loss of lives across the globe; thus China could be held accountable for its human rights breach within China and extra-territorially. One might maintain that inter-state complaint through the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against China could be one available option; however the mechanism is inadequate as the decision in the UNHRC does not create a binding obligation on China; therefore the sound alternative on the parts of the states is approaching the ICJ by triggering the jus cogens norm provision, notwithstanding the jurisdictional hurdle, further International Criminal Court (ICC) realistically speaking does not possess the jurisdiction as its mandate is limited to war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and crime of aggression. The settled point is human rights in modern international law has extra-territorial application as observed by the judgments of the European Court of Human Right (ECtHR) and General Comment 31 of ICCPR, this being the case, the next question that might prop up is since human right are extra-territorial Can China be sued in the domestic courts? The simple answer is ‘No’ because of the principle of ‘State Immunity’ (pari in parem non habet imperium). The squabbling between jus cogens versus state immunity has resulted in the courts upholding immunity over the human right vis-à-vis jus cogens, this was evident in the Al-Adsani Case, wherein the ECtHR observed that it is not able to determine in International Law instruments, judicial authorities or any other substance before it any solid grounds to conclude that, as a matter of international law, a state is no more immune from civil suit in courts of another State where the torture is allegedly committed. One might argue that the abovementioned case is civil in its application, which has to be distinguished from a criminal case, but the ICJ in the Congo v Belgium held a similar view as the Al-Adsani Jurisprudence. Conclusion The possibility of the ICJ condemning China on COVID-19 is remote because of the jurisdiction constrain together with the enormous authority wielded by China in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), despite the shortcomings states could drag China to the ICJ by opening the jus cogens argument, complementing the World Health Organisation(WHO)Constitution or International Health Regulations (IHR), although the probability of crossing the jurisdiction phase is slim, the international community could send a strong message to China. Further, the proceeding to ICJ through jus cogens may result in non-recognition of China as codified under Article 41 of Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Act, 2001.Views Are Personal Only.(Author is Assistant Professor of Law at The WB National University of Juridical Sciences) Next Storylast_img read more

26 May

Supreme Court To Pronounce Judgment Next Week On Justice Eswaraiah’s Challenge Against AP HC Enquiry Into Alleged ‘Phone Call Conspiracy’

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court To Pronounce Judgment Next Week On Justice Eswaraiah’s Challenge Against AP HC Enquiry Into Alleged ‘Phone Call Conspiracy’ Radhika Roy5 April 2021 9:10 AMShare This – xDismissing an interlocutory application filed seeking to re-open arguments in the petition of former Andhra Pradesh High Court judge Justce V Eswaraiah, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it will pronounce judgment in the case next week, on April 12.The former High Court judge has filed the petition in the Supreme Court against an order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court directing for…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?LoginDismissing an interlocutory application filed seeking to re-open arguments in the petition of former Andhra Pradesh High Court judge Justce V Eswaraiah, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it will pronounce judgment in the case next week, on April 12.The former High Court judge has filed the petition in the Supreme Court  against an order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court directing for a judicial inquiry into an alleged phone conversation between him and a District Judge plotting ‘conspiracy’ against the Chief Justice of the High Court and a sitting Supreme Court Judge.The interlocutory application was filed stating that the mobile phone of District Judge Ramakrishna, with whom Eswariah was allegedly having the conversation, was lost.A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan heard the submissions put forth by Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra and proceeded to dismiss the Application. The Court recorded that Luthra had submitted that “in Case Crime No. 401/2020 under Sections 467, 468, 471, 406, 420 r/w 34 IPC one Mr. Ramakrishna was arrested and certain materials were seized from him which also included an iPhone…He further submits that iPhone was stolen from custody of the police station i.e. the State custody which was bearing on the issues in the present petition”. It was consequently observed by the Court that the seizure and stealing of the iPhone is unrelated to the present proceeding and that it was for the concerned person, i.e. Ramakrishna, to take appropriate proceedings in accordance with law. Therefore, seeing no reason to entertain the Applications, the Court proceeded to dispose of the same. The judgement will now be pronounced next Monday, 12th April.In today’s hearing, Luthra submitted that the controversy had arisen as the recording device in which the alleged conversation had been recorded had gone missing from police custody. “How is it that in such matters that these devices get stolen from the police station? In the main matter, the whole issue is regarding the order which was under challenge. Now inquiry is predicated on material that has gone missing. This points to the fact that this needs consideration. This is something that the Court should take note of before passing the Order”, contended the Luthra. The Court, however, was not convinced and proceeded to dismiss the matter. At the previous hearing, the Supreme Court deferred pronouncement of the judgment in the matter after being apprised by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal that an Application had been filed relating to the seizure of the phone of District Judge Mr. S. Ramakrishna with whom Justice Eswaraiah was allegedly speaking. It was on February 22 that a Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy reserved orders on the petition filed by Eswaraiah against the AP High Court order, which entrusted the enquiry with former Supreme Court Judge Justice R V Raveendran. During the hearing, Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for Justice Easwariah submitted that the High Court has passed the impugned order in a “strange” manner, while hearing an unconnected petition. He said, “Here what the HC has done is that…they were hearing a matter related to a death of a HC staff due to COVID due to non-following of protocols in HC. In that case, a suspended district judge files an impleading petition and produces the alleged conversation between him and Easwariah.” Senior Advocates Harish Salve and Kapil Sibal had appeared for certain intervenors who were opposing Justice Easwariah’s plea. Earlier, the Court had required Justice Eswaraiah to file an Affidavit regarding alleged private phone conversation with Mr. S. Ramakrishna, a suspended District Munsif Magistrate of Andhra Pradesh, into which an inquiry has been ordered by the High Court. The High Court had requested former Supreme Court judge Justice RV Raveendran to enquire into the matter. After it was alleged that the phone call disclosed a “serious conspiracy” against the High Court Chief Justice and a senior sitting Judge of the Supreme Court, the Andhra Pradesh High Court directed an investigation by a retired Supreme Court judge into it, against which order Justice Eswaraiah had moved the Top Court. Click Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

25 May

Fir Trees Hotel slightly damaged in overnight fire

first_img By News Highland – October 22, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Part of the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane have been slightly damaged in an overnight fire which was quickly brought under control by the Fire Service.The extent of the damage is being assessed, but the hotel is substantially operational today.West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says the situation could have been much worse……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/michaelafire.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Fir Trees Hotel slightly damaged in overnight fire Previous article18 people awaiting admission at LUHNext articleBurglars operating earlier in the evenings – Wallace News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

25 May

Road closed following serious overnight crash

first_img Twitter Road closed following serious overnight crash Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleGardaí appeal for smartphone owners to be ’Streetwise’Next articleDail resumes: McConalogue tipped for Agriculture post News Highland center_img Google+ By News Highland – September 2, 2020 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The road between Creeslough and Portnablagh remains closed this morning following a serious overnight collision. The crash happened at around 9.30pm.Gardai say that the road is expected to remain closed for much of today as a technical examination is carried out.Local diversions are in place. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more