Climate Change expert says temperatures are rising in Donegal

first_img Climate Change expert says temperatures are rising in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleRaphoe players have difficult day in BelgiumNext articleConcerns raised over the future of NoWDOC service in Co Donegal News Highland center_img Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic One of Ireland’s foremost experts on climate change is addressing a meeting in Letterkenny’s Regional Cultural Centre tomorrow evening.Professor John Sweeney is founder of the Irish Climate Analysis Research Unit in NUI Maynooth, and has collaborated in a number of international initiatives, one of which won a Nobel Prize in 2007.He’ll be speaking on the theme “The Clock is Ticking”, and speaking to Greg Hughes on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, he said those who claim there is no basis for concern are ignoring the evidence…………………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/climate1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook By News Highland – February 12, 2015 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+last_img read more

Delhi HC Reserves Order In Plea Which Claims That Due To Non Functioning Of NIA Courts, Continued Detention of Person Accused Under UAPA Is Illegal

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Reserves Order In Plea Which Claims That Due To Non Functioning Of NIA Courts, Continued Detention of Person Accused Under UAPA Is Illegal Karan Tripathi14 Jun 2020 10:24 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has reserved order in a plea seeking release of an accused who, despite being granted bail for other charges, continues to be in custody for a charge under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act due to the non functioning of the NIA Special Courts. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved the order for judgement through…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?LoginDelhi High Court has reserved order in a plea seeking release of an accused who, despite being granted bail for other charges, continues to be in custody for a charge under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act due to the non functioning of the NIA Special Courts. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved the order for judgement through an order dated 12/06/20, after hearing both the parties in length. The petition claims that since the Special Courts have not been functioning due to the suspension of normal court functioning during the lockdown period and risks associated with COVID-19 pandemic, the continued custody of the accused is illegal and without authority of law. The present criminal writ is moved by Aqil Hussain on behalf of his sister who was arrested by the local police in Jafrabad on April 09. The Petitioner submits that initially no details as to the charges and the F.I.R. against his sister were provided, and only contact between the family and the detainee was through phone calls facilitated by the officials in whose custody she was. When the information about the FIR was provided, the accused moved the Magistrate for bail. However, the Magistrate rejected the said application by informing her that the FIR contains charges under the UAPA. Subsequently, she moved the Sessions Court challenging the Magistrate’s order. While the Sessions Court granted her bail on the first FIR, she could not be released from prison as the second FIR against her contained charges under the UAPA. Due to the invocation of charges under the UAPA against his sister, the Petitioner submits, it is only a Special Court constituted and empowered under the National Investigation Agency Act which can extend her custody. Therefore, the Petitioner wants the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus against the Delhi Government and the Commissioner of Delhi Police, to produce the Petitioner’s sister before this court as explain as to why she should not be released on bail, or why her continued detention is not illegal.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

“Why am I Not an Equal Protector ?” : A Conundrum Of Agony For The LGBTQIA+ Community Vis-à-Vis The Defence Services In India

first_imgColumns”Why am I Not an Equal Protector ?” : A Conundrum Of Agony For The LGBTQIA+ Community Vis-à-Vis The Defence Services In India Pritthish Roy22 July 2020 12:32 AMShare This – xAt the beginning of the year 2020, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment which instilled a lot of joy and encouragement into all the 1653 female officers of the Indian Army[1], wherein the case of Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors.[2], the Apex Court bench led by Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered for permanent commission for all women officers…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?LoginAt the beginning of the year 2020, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment which instilled a lot of joy and encouragement into all the 1653 female officers of the Indian Army[1], wherein the case of Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors.[2], the Apex Court bench led by Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ordered for permanent commission for all women officers in the Indian Army and to do away with the unequal and arbitrary service rules which were followed under section 12 of the Army Act, 1950[3]. The entire nation hailed it as another milestone in the journey of woman empowerment in the country, which has a long drawn history of patriarchy and crimes against women. But, with a population of over 1.38 billion people and amidst a whole array of diversities, even in the sexual preferences of the people, is a judicial pronouncement enough to really enforce the true meaning of “gender equality”? Even after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality and paved the way into the mainstream for the LGBTQIA+ community in India through the Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India[4], why is gender equality still considered as a challenge where striking a balance only between a male and a female is the end goal? Such a mindset has perhaps overshadowed the requests and the courageous spirit of the people of the third gender, who want to serve the nation by protecting its sovereignty; securing its borders and fighting the internal and external aggressions. It is indeed unfortunate that even after more than seventy years of Independence, rendering defence services to the nation is heavily based on gender preferences, rather than taking into account the pious spirit and the determination to serve the country. The then Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat cleared the stance of the Armed Forces in a press conference and outrightly declared that the Indian Army will not adhere to the ruling held in Navtej Singh Johar case[5] in their recruitment processes and otherwise, owing to national security and highest standards of discipline[6]. Such a statement by the Army Chief surprised all but, legally speaking, such absolute and uninterrupted powers of the armed forces in certain matters is derived from the Constitution itself. Article 33 of the Indian Constitution[7] is the relevant law that needs to be referred here. The Article mandates that in the name of national security and utmost discipline, the members of the armed forces and other defence personnels are outrightly denied their Fundamental Rights which are otherwise available to every other civilian. Also, section 46(a) of the Army Act[8] dictates that anyone found behaving in an “unnatural kind” will be subjected to immediate court martial. Unfortunately, the term “unnatural kind” is nowhere explicitly defined in the Act and the act of homosexuality is harshly dealt with through this provision. The same is the situation with the other two branches of the defence forces i.e., the Navy and the Air Force. Sections 53, 54 and 74 of the Navy Act, 1957[9] and sections 45, 46 and 65 of the Air Force Act, 1950[10] reiterates the same harsh attitude towards homosexuality as they are followed under the Army Act. Somehow, all the organs of the government, including the judiciary are in consonance about this Constitutional provision and the said sections of the above mentioned Acts. On a closer examination, one finds that the Supreme Court itself has been inconsistent on the interpretation of Article 33. In the case of Lt. Col. Prithi Pal Singh Bedi & Ors. v. Union of India[11], the Supreme Court in the year 1982 held that the members of the armed forces are equal beneficiaries of the Fundamental Rights which are enshrined under Part III of the Constitution[12] and it is immoral to denude our officers and soldiers of the Constitutional privileges. Surely, there is no iota of doubt that our officers and soldiers portray an exceptional commitment towards their duties and they never think twice before offering their lives towards the fulfilment of such a commitment. So why is the ability to protect the nation segregated on the grounds of sexuality? Except for the Prithi Pal Singh Bedi judgement, the Supreme Court has over the years held that national security cannot be compromised against any personal enrichment; not even Fundamental Rights. To some extent, this ratio is valid but, is it not the fact that a complete denial of such Rights conferred by the Constitution defeats the whole ethos with which it was given to the people? Surprisingly, Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who was the presiding judge in the Babita Puniya case and a part of the bench in the Navtej Singh Johar case, took a completely different stance in the case of Mohammed Zubair & Ors. v. Union of India[13], where an appeal against the Armed Forces Tribunal was quashed and it was held that national security can never be compromised and the Fundamental Rights take a back seat when such a question arises. What is needed to be understood, is that such diabolical stances of the legislature, the judiciary and the defence forces is detrimental vis-à-vis the confidence of the third gender. If the institutions are giving them only a partial acceptance and giving them opportunities in a limited sphere, then the confusion remains- whether a complete acceptance and assistance should be given to them or not? With such a confusion, the already serving personnels are also sceptical about openly coming out and taking pride in their sexuality. The Participation of the members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the armed forces is a matter of sheer justice, notion of equality, and upholding the human rights. If an individual is willing to serve the country, then that person deserves to be recognised for the courage and utmost dedication towards the nation, rather than getting judged on the sexual preference. Military officials and the government agencies are not willing to understand that diversity plays an important role as it helps the defence bodies to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century military setup. Most importantly, morale is higher among the soldiers when people feel recognised and respected at work for their services. Amidst high standards of morale, trust as a virtue is enhanced when there is no suspicion that colleagues have something to hide. Also, there exists no scientific evidences which suggests that homosexual, bisexual, and transgender individuals are necessarily less capable of providing the skills and attributes that militaries require[14]. Article 21 of the Constitution[15] guarantees the Right to life and liberty, and Article 14[16] calls for equality before law. It is meaningless if it cannot confer individual dignity to all, including the LGBTQIA+ community, and the meaningful expression of human self[17]. Gender identity is intrinsic to one’s personality and denying the same would be violative of one’s dignity[18]. An adult’s right to “choose a life partner of his/her choice” is an aspect of individual liberty. When two individuals belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community decide to do anything within their private space in no manner harms the “public decency or morality”. “Intimacy between consenting adults of the same sex is beyond the legitimate interests of the state”[19]. Rather, the concern of the State should be to check whether the officers and the soldiers are adhering to their job profiles or not. Also, the higher authorities should work towards motivating all the members of the defence forces to whole heartedly accept everyone, irrespective of their gender orientations or preferences. Thus, apart from the judicial pronouncements, what is required to be done, is the necessary amendments into the Constitution and in the respective Acts of the defence services which will give the members of the LGBTQIA+ community a constitutional guarantee to respectfully serve in the armed forces and a peace of mind, which, if and when broken or violated, could be reinstated by the courts of law. Therefore, it is high time and perhaps the need of the hour to make sure that the members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to serve in the defence services with full pride and honour, come out in the world and accept who they are and the services, the government and the other civilians in return, should respect their values and commitment towards the nation. Views are personal only. [1] Samanwaya Rautray, SC rules in favour of permanent commission to women officers, Economic Times, Feb. 18, 2020 at Page 8 [2] Secretary, Ministry of Defence v. Babita Puniya & Ors., (2020) SCC OnLine SC 200 (India) [3] The Army Act, 1950, No. 46, Acts of Parliament, 1950 (India) [4] Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, (2018) 10 SCC 1 (India) [5] ibid. [6] Manjeet Singh Negi, Will not allow gay sex in Indian Army, says Bipin Rawat, INDIA TODAY NETWORK (Jan 10, 2019, 03:35 IST), https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/indian-army-homosexuality-adultery-bipin-rawat-1427787-2019-01-10 [7] INDIA CONST. art. 33 [8] Supra Note 3 [9] The Navy Act, 1957, No. 62, Acts of Parliament, 1957 (India) [10] The Air Force Act, 1950, No. 45, Acts of Parliament, 1950 (India) [11] Lt. Col. Prithi Pal Singh Bedi & Ors. v. Union of India, (1982) 3 SCC 140 (India) [12] INDIA CONST., Part III, arts. 14-35 [13] Mohammed Zubair Corporal No. 781467-G v. Union of India, (2017) 2 SCC 115 (India) [14] Gregory M. Herek, Sexual Orientation and Military Service: A Social Science Perspective, American Psychologist, 48, no. 5 (1993): 538–549 [15] INDIA CONST. art. 21 [16] INDIA CONST. art. 14 [17] Francis Coralie Mullin v. Administrator, Union Territory of Delhi, (1981) 1 SCC 608 (India) [18] National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India, (2014) 5 SCC 438 (India) [19] Shakti Vahini v. Union of India, (2018) 7 SCC 192 (India) Next Storylast_img read more

Contrasting responses of male and female foraging effort to year-round wind conditions

first_img1. There is growing interest in the effects of wind on wild animals, given evidence that wind speeds are increasing and becoming more variable in some regions, particularly at temperate latitudes. Wind may alter movement patterns or foraging ability, with consequences for energy budgets and, ultimately, demographic rates. 2. These effects are expected to vary among individuals due to intrinsic factors such as sex, age or feeding proficiency. Furthermore, this variation is predicted to become more marked as wind conditions deteriorate, which may have profound consequences for population dynamics as the climate changes. However, the interaction between wind and intrinsic effects has not been comprehensively tested. 3. In many species, in particular those showing sexual size dimorphism, males and females vary in foraging performance. Here, we undertook year-round deployments of data loggers to test for interactions between sex and wind speed and direction on foraging effort in adult European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis, a pursuit-diving seabird in which males are ca. 18% heavier. 4. We found that foraging time was lower at high wind speeds but higher during easterly (onshore) winds. Furthermore, there was an interaction between sex and wind conditions on foraging effort, such that females foraged for longer than males when winds were of greater strength (9% difference at high wind speeds vs 1% at low wind speeds) and when winds were easterly compared with westerly (7% and 4% difference, respectively). 5. The results supported our prediction that sex-specific differences in foraging effort would become more marked as wind conditions worsen. Since foraging time is linked to demographic rates in this species, our findings are likely to have important consequences for population dynamics by amplifying sex-specific differences in survival rates.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 10/24/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEBoston 4, L.A. Dodgers 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAtlanta 111, Dallas 104Brooklyn 102, Cleveland 86Miami 110, N.Y. Knicks 87Toronto 112, Minnesota 105Utah 100, Houston 89Chicago 112, Charlotte 110Indiana 116, San Antonio 96Milwaukee 123, Philadelphia 108Sacramento 97, Memphis 92L.A. Lakers 131, Phoenix 113Golden State 144, Washington 122NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEToronto 4, Winnipeg 2Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 2Tampa Bay 1, Colorado 0Vancouver 3, Vegas 2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund October 25, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/24/18center_img Written bylast_img read more

NAEA rebuffs calls to halt election for Vice President

first_imgAn attempt to halt the voting process for the post of Vice President of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has been turned down by Chief Executive Mark Hayward in an email sent to SW-based agent Chris Wood yesterday.In it Mark confirms that he and the NAEA Propertymark board had been made aware of Chris’s request to halt the election process, and that they were also aware of the new processes in place to elect the Vice President, and other posts.The email also says Mark and the board were aware of Chris’s concerns about the process but were “completely satisfied that the process was correct and robust [and that] therefore the election will go forward in the normal manner.Final responseMark also said it would be the NAEA’s final response with Chris prior to the AGM on June 16.On Wednesday Chris had previously written to Mark asking him to confirm whether due processes was adhered to and suggesting that the NAEA appeared to “be playing for time” and wanted to “obfuscate due process”.Chris Wood was one of several agents proposed for the Vice President role but, following a panel interview, not proposed as a candidate to be considered by the membership via a vote.UnconstitutionalHe told The Negotiator that he believed the current election process to be “unconstitutional and will be vigorously challenged”.Voting opened on 29th May and is due to close on 14th June for the post, which is to be vacated by current VP Mark Bentley.Chris Wood led a charge two weeks ago to question plans put forward by NAEA executive chairman Mark Hamer in a special resolution to be voted on at the next AGM. These include a smaller board and the exclusion of NAEA and ARLA presidents from board meetings from next year onwards.National Association of Estate Agents Mark Hayward NAEA propertymark chris Wood June 2, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » NAEA rebuffs calls to halt election for Vice President previous nextAssociations & BodiesNAEA rebuffs calls to halt election for Vice PresidentAttempt by Chris Wood and others fails after Mark Hayward says he and board are “completely satisfied” with process.Nigel Lewis2nd June 20170689 Viewslast_img read more

‘Airbnb doesn’t care about illegal sub-letting’ claims leading agent

first_img A leading lettings agent has criticised Airbnb for its refusal to take action over illegal sub-letting after his staff discovered one of the apartments it manages was being offered on the short-lets platform.The comments are to be made by Kristjan Byfield, the founder of London firm Base Property, during a programme being broadcast tonight on the BBC at 7.30pm.The show will reveal how Base Property staff turned up early to a routine inspection to find the tenants checking in a family to the property.After looking on Airbnb, staff at Base Property discovered over 70 reviews for the apartment, the timings of which suggested the tenants had been sub-letting it out since the beginning of their 22-month AST.The tenants were contacted and told to either cease their sub-letting and move into the property or face an early termination bill of £4,295.They agreed to cancel all bookings and remove a key safe box, but neighbours reported continuing short-lets comings and goings and Base later discovered that it was being sub-let to a Russian family.“One thing I found extremely disappointing was Airbnb’s refusal to take any action whatsoever,” says Byfield.“When we contacted them and provided evidence that the “hosts” were not the legal owners of the property and were in breach of the landlord’s mortgage and buildings insurance terms, local licensing laws, and both short-term let and HMO licensing, their response was take it up with the tenants.”Base Property eventually called on the services of Paul Shamplina’s Landlord Action who, via a Section 8 notice, evicted the errant tenants.“Unfortunately, unauthorised use for short lets is a growing problem, as Westminster Planning Enforcement team will discuss on the show, and councils are struggling to cope with the volume of cases,” says Shamplina (left).Please note: Inside Out is a regional program. If you are outside of London, watch it on Freesat 950 or Sky 954.Base Property krystjan byfield airbnb October 28, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » ‘Airbnb doesn’t care about illegal sub-letting’ claims leading agent previous nextAgencies & People‘Airbnb doesn’t care about illegal sub-letting’ claims leading agentBase Property boss Kristjan Byfield says he’s ‘extremely disappointed’ by response of Airbnb after he told the company about illegal subletting on its platform.Nigel Lewis28th October 201901,024 Viewslast_img read more

Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island

first_img View post tag: presence View post tag: Royal View post tag: Australian Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island THE Royal Australian Navy should urgently re-establish a naval presence on Thursday Island off Cape York or risk a major border security bre…By Mark Dodd (theaustralian)[mappress]Source: theaustralian, June  27, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island View post tag: Re-establish June 27, 2011 View post tag: Thursday View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island Share this articlelast_img read more

Marc Jacobs, Sir Ian McKellen and Anthony Scaramucci among this term’s Union speakers

first_imgClockwise from right: Kevin Rudd, Senator Orrin Hatch, Emili Sandé, Anthony Sacramucci and Monica Lewinsky. Marc Jacobs, Sir Ian McKellen and Anthony Scaramucci are among the speakers that will appear at the Oxford Union this Michaelmas term, Cherwell can exclusively reveal.Singer Emeli Sandé and American film director J. J. Abrams are also set to appear.They are some of the first names to be revealed from the Union’s term card of individual speaker events, which includes figures from the world of fashion, sport, and politics. The list will be released in full on Sunday.Figures of note include a joint address by Marc Jacobs and Edward Enninful, heavyweights of the fashion industry: Enninful is the incoming editor of British Vogue and Jacobs is known for his fashion label and range of fragrances.Prominent American politicians are also due to speak this term, with Donald Trump’s loudmouth former director of communications Anthony Scaramucci appearing in second week and veteran US Senator Orrin Hatch speaking in November.The actor Sir Ian McKellen, known for his appearances in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will return to the Union following a famous appearance in 2014 which saw him recite the legendary Gandalf line: “You shall not pass”.J. J. Abrams, the director of the Star Trek reboot and latest Star Wars films, is among the rest of the highlights from the world of film. The American actress Liv Tyler will also be appearing.The Union has announced an open period up to 19 October, when all Oxford University and Brookes students can attend debates and speaker events for free. Access to events after this date is limited to members.The full release is expected on Sunday.Who’s speakingPrevNext1Marc Jacobs and Edward Enninful Photo: Jack McGuire Cambridge alumnus Ian McKellen, best known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies and as Magneto in the X-Men films, is an English actor who has in recent years become a champion of LGBT rights.McKellen, from Burnley in Lancashire, began his career in theatre in the 1960s, but became widely recognised for his film roles in the 1990s.Patron of Oxford Pride and a co-founder of Stonewall, Sir Ian McKellen will be speaking at the Oxford Union on Wednesday 8 November at 20:00. 6Emeli Sandé The director behind the Star Trek reboot and the latest Star Wars films, J. J. Abrams has a storied career in science fiction both on the big and small screen.Abrams won two Emmy Awards for the hit TV show Lost, and through Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the director of the third highest-grossing film of all time.He will speak at the Union on Wednesday 18 October at 20:00.5Sir Ian McKellen Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times, provided by the Oxford Union) American activist and fashion designer, Monica Lewinsky rose to fame after President Bill Clinton admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with her whilst she was working as a White House intern in the 1990s.Press coverage of the ensuing scandal saw Lewinsky engage in a number of public ventures including a line of handbags and an advertising role for a diet plan.After completing a master’s degree in psychology at the LSE, Lewinsky has since become a social activist speaking out against cyberbullying.Lewinsky will speak at the Union on Thursday 16 November at 15:00.9Liv Tyler Popularly known as “The Mooch”, Scaramucci was appointed Communications Director in the Trump White House on July 21, before a controversial interview led to his firing just ten days later.The Mooch was also previously accused of connections to a Russian investment firm by CNN, although these allegations were ultimately retracted.Scaramucci will speak at the Union on Monday 16 October at 20:00.4J. J. Abrams Fashion lovers will be delighted to see veteran designer Marc Jacobs speak alongside British Vogue editor Edward Enninful on Friday 6 October at 20:00.Creative director of Louis Vuitton until 2014, Jacobs is best known for his fashion label and line of retail stores. Enninful took over British Vogue after Alexandra Shulman’s retirement earlier this year.2Kevin Ruddcenter_img Photo: United States Congress Utah senator Orrin Hatch is president pro tempore of the United States Senate and most senior Republican senator, in office since 1977.A long-term advocate of balanced budgets, Hatch is notable for sponsoring several constitutional amendment attempts to ban budget deficits.As president pro tempore of the Senate, Hatch is the second highest ranking official in the Senate and is empowered to preside over the Senate in the vice president’s absence.Hatch will be speaking at the Union on Friday 17 November at 17:00.8Monica Lewinsky Twice Labour prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is a heavyweight figure in Australian politics who oversaw his government’s apology to indigenous Australians after winning a landslide in the 2007 election. Forced to resign following internal tensions, Rudd was a candidate for Secretary-General of the United Nations and is now a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Rudd will speak at the Union on Wednesday 11 October at 20:00.3Anthony Scaramucci Emeli Sandé. Scottish singer Emeli Sandé was studying for a Medicine degree at Edinburgh University before shooting to fame in 2011 with a host of chart-topping songs including ‘Read All About It’ with Professor Green and ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ with Labrinth. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, was the biggest-selling album of 2012, shifting over one million copies.She released her second album Long Live the Angels last year, and was awarded Best British Solo Artist at the 2017 Brit Awards. Earlier this year, she was also decorated with an MBE for services to the music industry. Her songwriting career has seen her pen songs for Rihanna, Leona Lewis and Tinchy Stryder, among others.She will be speaking at the Union on Monday 13 November at 20:00.7Orrin Hatch Model and actress Liv Tyler first achieved critical recognition for her role in Stealing Beauty, but achieved widespread fame with her portrayal of Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.Making her television debut on the HBO series The Leftovers, Tyler has served as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She will appear in the BBC miniseries Gunpowder alongside Kit Harrington next year.Tyler will appear at the Union on Wednesday 29 November at 17:00.PrevNextlast_img read more

Welcome news for small-scale organic producers

first_imgThe Soil Association revealed it was targeting a shake-up of the organic certification system, so that hundreds of small bakery companies currently missing out on organic certification could gain access to the scheme, reports Andrew Williams.Jim Twine, commercial director at the The Soil Association, stated the organic body’s aims at an IFE07 seminar, in reply to an audience member who said that many small companies were effectively priced out of organic accreditation due to the costs involved.He told British Baker that the Soil Association intends to press Defra and the EU – which sets the standards for organic accreditation – for graded levels of certification to allow small-scale firms a bite of the organic cherry.At present, in order to market or sell a product as organic within Europe, you need to be certified, which entails a mandatory annual inspection. Currently accreditation costs a minimum of £425, but the Association hopes to bring the cost down to around £200-250, if it succeeds in lobbying for a change in the current scheme. Ideally, he said accreditation for micro-sized firms would be free of charge.He emphasised that any change would be likely to take a number of years to make its way through the European administration, but that work was under way at the Association to put together a strong case to present to government.”I can assure you we’re not profiteering from people,” stated Twine. “But there are lots of people that are doing fantastic things at a grass roots level, where organic has its roots, that feel disenfranchised from the whole system. For them, the cost of certification would wipe out any benefit.”We would like to see a system developed that is more appropriate to people’s size and scale. This would potentially bring down the cost and include a lot more people within the certification system. That is something that we feel very strongly about in the organisation.”We are working on a number of projects that would – we hope – give us the evidence to put a really strong case to Defra and the European Commission. This would, hopefully, in time, lead to something appropriate for the size, scale and the level of risk that is associated with small businesses.”He added that the Association hopes to put a proposal in place within the next financial year.last_img read more