Six Nations Italy v France Preview

first_imgReplacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Francois Gros, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Damian Penaud.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Shall we dance? Hookers Julien Marchand and Luca Bigi clash in last year’s Six Nations encounter (Inpho) Able understudy: centre Arthur Vincent in action last month for Montpellier against Lyon (AFP/Getty)What have the teams said?Italy head coach Franco Smith: “There’s a big expectation around winning the first game but we don’t want to win just one – we want to win consistently.“We want to be sustainable and significant in our approach. We don’t want to have a one-off where we play well. This is a new start for Italian rugby.”Virtually speaking: the national captains at last week’s Six Nations championship media launch (Inpho)Italy captain Luca Bigi: “It’s important to share the responsibility in the group, and then we build together. It’s important to go step by step every game and learn from our errors.”France captain Charles Ollivon: “We need to reach for excellence, particularly in a tournament such as the Six Nations.“So it’s up to us to keep this going and to keep asking for more work and more improvement. It’s absolutely necessary for the level we are playing at, particularly because we are representing our country and our supporters.”Any interesting statistics?France have won the previous ten meetings, the latest a 36-5 Autumn Nations Cup success in Paris last NovemberItaly’s last victory in the fixture was in 2013 in Rome (23-18), one of just two wins by them over France in 21 Six Nations meetingsAntoine Dupont made the most offloads in last year’s tournament, with 12. No one matched France’s team total of 55 offloadsFrance crossed the gain-line with 59% of their carries in the 2020 Six Nations – the best rate of any team. Italy had the worst success rate (39%)It was the same story in the scrum, France (100% success rate) and Italy (77%) at opposite ends of the spectrumThe Azzurri are hoping to end a 27-match losing run in the championship – the worst sequence in historyNone of the Italy squad players have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday. Hooker Luca Bigi and scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani will be 30 in AprilFrance scored six tries from kick returns in last year’s tournament – the most of any nation. Italy were the only side not to score from a kick returnAll but two of the clubs playing in the top leagues of the competing nations are represented in the Six Nations squads. The clubs to miss out are Agen and BayonneCharles Ollivon was top try-scorer in the 2020 Six Nations (four). He also won the most lineouts (25), made the joint most try assists (four) and the fourth most tackles (77)Staying on tackles, French forwards Bernard Le Roux (84) and Grégory Alldritt (81) ranked first and second last yearThe absent Jake Polledri has beaten 98 defenders for Italy since his debut in 2018 – more than twice as many as any other ItalianItaly made 51 handling errors in last year’s championship, fewer than any other sideFormidable: Charles Ollivon had an outstanding 2020 championship, his first as captain (Getty Images)What time does it kick off and is it on TV?Italy v France, Saturday 6 February, Stadio OlimpicoThe match kicks off at 2.15pm in Rome and will be broadcast live on ITV. There will be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.It’s largely an English officiating team for this Six Nations opener, with Matt Carley the referee, Christophe Ridley an assistant and Karl Dickson the Television Match Official. Scotsman Mike Adamson is the other assistant referee. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Here’s the skipper, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC!” #OnThisDay #GuinnessSixNations— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 3, 2021What’s the big team news?Italy’s big call is to drop Canna, a second playmaker at 12, and give a debut there to centre Juan Ignacio Brex. Brex, 27, is a former Argentina XV and sevens player who left South America in 2015 and has been going well for Benetton.With Jake Polledri, arguably Italy’s best player, sadly absent after sustaining a knee injury last autumn, 22-year-old Michele Lamaro makes his first start in the back row after a couple of caps in the Autumn Nations Cup.Second-row David Sisi makes his first start since the 2019 World Cup while Jacopo Truller wears the 15 shirt occupied by Matteo Minozzi in Italy’s previous Six Nations game against England in October. Minozzi, of Wasps, is unavailable after saying he was too physically and mentally tired to live in a bubble for another two months.Test debut: Benetton’s Juan Ignacio Brex makes a tackle v Ospreys (Inpho)France’s side looks none too shabby despite their injuries. Jalibert, who started three games in the autumn, replaces the injured Ntamack (broken jaw) while Arthur Vincent fills in for Vakatawa (knee ligaments) in midfield.No 8 Grégory Alldritt, France’s top ball-carrier last year and shortlisted for 2020 Player of the Championship, lines up having joined the squad late due to an arthroscopy. And Brice Dulin and Gabin Villière are rewarded for their autumn performances with starts in the back three.Racing 92 hooker Camille Chat (calf) is missing, so Pierre Bourgarit – a starter at Twickenham in December – makes the match 23. Also on the bench is Baptiste Serin, who captained France in their Autumn Nations Cup game against Italy.center_img Matthew Carley will have the honour of kicking off the 2021 #GuinnessSixNations as he takes charge of @FedeRugby against @FranceRugby on Saturday Check out the full list of Round 1 match officials — Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 3, 2021What are the line-ups?ITALYJacopo Trulla: Luca Sperandio, Marco Zanon, Ignacio Brex, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Cherif Traorè, Luca Bigi (capt), Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Giosué Zilocchi, 19 Niccolò Cannone, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Maxime Mbandà, 22 Guglielmo Palazzani, 23 Carlo Canna.FRANCEBrice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Arthur Vincent, Gaël Fickou, Gabin Villière; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Alldritt. Six Nations Italy v France PreviewSix years ago this month, Italy beat Scotland away in round three of the Six Nations. In their next game they got clobbered 29-0 at home by France in what we know now to be the start of the worst run in the championship’s history.The Azzurri’s losing streak stands at 27 matches going into this Saturday’s 2021 Six Nations opener against the French in Rome (2.15pm). During that time, only twice have they lost by fewer than ten points – against France (23-21) in 2016 and Scotland (29-27) in 2018. The last time they picked up even a losing bonus point was nearly three years ago.These are the grisly facts and the reason why talk of promotion and relegation quickly surfaces on chatrooms at this time of year. What are Italy to do?Well, coach Franco Smith is taking the long-term view, his youthful 32-man squad containing only four players with more than 30 caps. He has entrusted the crucial No 10 role to Paolo Garbisi, a 20-year-old greenhorn who has impressed in a struggling team.Bedding in: stand-off Paolo Garbisi is the face of the new youthful Italy team (Sportsfile/Getty Images)Whether Smith, an affable South African, will be around to see the fruits of his forward-looking policy remains to be seen. They have the benefit of three home games this year but nobody outside the camp is expecting anything other than five more Italian defeats.Until recently, France would have been viewed as ideal opponents for them, such is their unpredictability. But 2020 seemingly changed all that. Les Bleus lost out to England in last year’s fractured Six Nations only on points difference. And their understrength side also took England to the wire in the Autumn Nations Cup, losing the final in extra time.Related content: French government approves Covid planIn 24-year-old Toulouse scrum-half Antoine Dupont, last year’s Player of the Championship with 46% of the vote, they have a global star.Despite an escalating injury list that includes his half-back partner Romain Ntamack and centre Virimi Vakatawa, France go into the tournament as favourites in many people’s eyes. Matthieu Jalibert, Ntamack’s replacement, has been playing out of his skin in the Top 14.Attacking mindset: Paul Willemse offloads to Antoine Dupont during last year’s Six Nations win over Italy“We’re not underdogs any more. We’re going to go everywhere as serious challengers,” former France hooker Benjamin Kayser told Scrum V. “And that’s a completely different ball game. Every single game has to be a moment to shine, to learn, to perform.”The countries met twice last year. Italy produced their best performance of the 2020 Six Nations in Paris, scoring three tries in a 35-22 defeat.They returned to the French capital in November for an Autumn Nations Cup pool game and were trounced 36-5, despite leading through Carlo Canna’s try. Here’s an Italian try to savour from a past Italy-France match, scored by their greatest-ever player, Sergio Parisse… There’s a continental clash to kick off the 2021 Six Nations. Italy will hope to spring a surprise against a French team tipped by many to land their first title since 2010last_img read more

Environment Network calls on Anglicans around the world to use…

first_img Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Environment Network calls on Anglicans around the world to use less plastic This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Environment & Climate Change Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion’s Environment Network (ACEN) is encouraging Anglicans to reduce their use of plastic in Lent. Organizers hope that those taking part in the “plastic fast” will learn to use less plastic in the longer term in order to protect the earth’s environment. The Environmental Co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Canon Rachel Mash, said that that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. “Plastic is already entering into our drinking water”, she said. “Plastic clogs our rivers, leaches into our soil and is one of the greatest challenges the planet faces.”Read the entire article here. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Advocacy Peace & Justice, 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Mar 8, 2019 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Friday Funnies – Stephen Brett, the water bottle, and the big hit

first_imgFriday Aug 27, 2010 Friday Funnies – Stephen Brett, the water bottle, and the big hit As the week comes to an end, theres still time for a funny clip from the ITM Cup game between in which Tasman upset Canterbury 27-25. Today however Ive included a great hit from the match, as it occurred on the same player just a few minutes later.The amusing clip is of Canterbury flyhalf Stephen Brett attempting to clear the field of a stray water bottle after the medical staff had left it lying around. Mr cool tosses it towards the sideline, but gets serious hangtime as it goes straight up in the air. Good thing it was only at Trafalgar Park, and not in front of a packed 90 000 arena.Brett wasnt too bothered though, at least from what he showed on the outside, but a few minutes later he had another rough moment as he picked a channel that was being covered by big prop, Fai Mika, who smashed him.Incidentally Brett is in the running for the backup spot for the Tri Nations game between the All Blacks and the Wallabies on September 11th. Daniel Carter is of course out now after ankle surgery, so the good bet is that young Aaron Cruden will start at flyhalf.The place on the bench as cover is open though, and seems to be a three-horse race between Brett, Luke McAlister, and Colin Slade. Some have suggested that Piri Weepu may even fill in there if needed.Stephen Donald and Mike Delany arent options, as theyre both injured. Cruden will get a run in the national championship this weekend but then be rested, while McAlister will get a chance to impress as he starts for North Harbour at number ten against Bay of Plenty.Theres two clips below, embedded as a playlist. First the funny clip, then the great hit. Enjoy, have a good weekend, and feel free to give your predictions or thoughts on who you think will be turning out for the All Blacks at flyhalf, and as backup.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

Pink Filofax to raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign

first_imgPink Filofax to raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign Howard Lake | 3 August 2005 | News  35 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Personal organiser brand Filofax has teamed up with Breast Cancer Campaign (BCC) to develop a special edition bright pink pocket organiser, with £2 from the sale of every organiser being donated to the charity.The pocket leather-look organiser includes relevant material from the charity including ntroduction pages with the latest breast awareness advice BCC; ‘Guardian Angel’ stickers to place in your diary, as a reminder to check your breasts on a monthly basis; and special pink dividers, ruler and paper.The special edition BCC Filofax is on sale nationwide for £20 with £2 from every organiser sold being donated to the charity. Advertisement This month the organiser will be joined by a special edition BCC pink lacquer organiser pen to complement the organiser. This costs £20 with £1 going to BCC.Filofax has raised over £38,500 for Breast Cancer Campaign since June 2004, when the special edition organiser was first launched. 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Trump Signs 2018 Farm Bill

first_img Previous articleState Chemist: More to Growing Hemp than a SignatureNext articleKnow Your Fields’ Risks When Going to Conventional Corn Eric Pfeiffer SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 20, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Trump Signs 2018 Farm Bill SHARE Trump Signs 2018 Farm BillPresident Trump signed the farm bill, formally known as H.R. 2, the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” into law on Thursday during a White House ceremony. The five-year bill sets agriculture policy and reauthorizes farm, conservation, nutrition, rural development, agricultural trade, as well as many other programs. The legislation also removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which legalizes hemp production.In a statement released by his office, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said:“This is a great day for our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, as President Trump’s signature on this bill is a Christmas present to American agriculture.  Farmers take financial risks every year as a matter of doing business, so having a Farm Bill in place gives them peace of mind to make their decisions for the future.  Since early talks on this Farm Bill began back in 2017, I’ve always believed it would be more evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, and that has borne out to be true.“The bill bolsters farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and maintains strong rural development and research initiatives. The legislation reinvents the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers, providing a boost to coverage levels and a reduction in premiums after the program fell short in the 2014 Farm Bill.”Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler issued the following statement:“Today’s signing of the farm bill is a victory for farmers in Indiana and rural America. At a time when farmers are facing tough economic conditions, this bill provides certainty over the next five years and some assurance as they start planning their 2019 crop.“I’m pleased the bill reinforces crop insurance and commodity programs, both of which are important tools for farmers in managing their operations. It prioritizes funding for conservation, export and research initiatives, which are other areas critical to our efforts. One component I’m particularly excited about is that it establishes a national foot and mouth disease vaccine bank. This is something Indiana farmers and farm organizations have been requesting for a long time.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Trump Signs 2018 Farm Billlast_img read more

AP OPINION: House GOP chief unfamiliar with QAnon?

first_img Previous articleEssential Quality among 326 horses nominated to Triple CrownNext articleTips for achieving the top 2021 home trend: Warm interior design Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 AP OPINION: House GOP chief unfamiliar with QAnon? Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Twitter TAGS  Local NewsUS News WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is claiming he’s unfamiliar with an extremist conspiracy theory whose adherents joined the violent assault on Congress and hunted for his members as well as Democrats. He says he’s not even learned how to pronounce it. This, despite his denunciation of the same conspiracy theorists months ago. Rep. KEVIN McCARTHY: “Q-on, I don’t know if I say it right. I don’t even know what it is.” — comments Wednesday defending Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene despite her history of making absurd and racist statements, some aligned with QAnon beliefs. THE FACTS: McCarthy knew enough about QAnon to denounce it in a politically expedient moment after the Democratic National Convention in August. In a Fox News interview then, McCarthy was asked if he was worried about candidates with fringe or racist views who, like Greene, had won Republican primaries. He held up the Republican Party as the model for how to deal with such outliers. “Let me be very clear,” he said. “There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it.” McCarthy accused Democrats of indulging members who are anti-Semitic and said: “I think the Democrats should take a lesson from the Republicans and stand up to those things that are un-American and are wrong.” Moreover, he said, “When a member of the Republican Party says something that we believe is not about the party of Lincoln, we remove them from committee.” But that’s not at all what happened Wednesday at a closed Republican meeting convened by McCarthy. He rebuked Greene’s views but did not revoke her committee assignments. Afterward, he defended her by saying she had criticized QAnon at the meeting. The House planned to vote Thursday on whether to strip Greene of her committee assignments after McCarthy declined to do so. In contrast, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, has assailed her “loony lies” as a cancer in the party. Until Thursday, Greene had been defiantly unrepentant, declaring “I will never back down.” But on the cusp of the House vote on her future, she expressed regret for some “words of the past” without apologizing for them and said she didn’t believe some of the views she had spread. The Georgia Republican has an ample record of expressing racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. She also floated a baseless conspiracy theory that falsely suggests the 2017 mass shooting that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival might have been staged to build support for gun control. She questioned whether the 2012 mass murder of children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, among other mass shootings, was real. She “liked” Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI and raised the idea of shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head. She once declared the “stage is being set” for someone’s suggestion that former President Barack Obama be hanged. QAnon is centered on the core lie that top Democrats are involved in child sex trafficking, Satan worship and cannibalism. ——— EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures. ——— Find AP Opinions at Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: read more

Police searching for woman connected to grocery store theft

first_img By Odessa American – May 18, 2021 The Odessa Police Department is reportedly looking for a woman involved in a theft at a grocery store.The reported theft happened at 8:09 p.m. May 4 at the United Supermarket located at 1350 E. Eighth St., an OPD press release stated.Investigation showed that a woman reportedly concealed $112 worth of merchandise inside of her purse and exited the store without making any attempt to pay. The woman left the scene in a gray Nissan Altima.OPD has released a photo of the woman that can be seen at with information about the theft is asked to contact Ofc. D. Morgan or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 21-9000223. WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleNYT podcast producersNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 18, 2021 Odessa American Facebook Police searching for woman connected to grocery store theft Pinterest Local News Facebooklast_img read more

‘State Should Not Be Impulsive Like An Ordinary Citizen In Defamation Matters And Invoke Sec 199(2) CrPC To Throttle Democracy’ :Madras HC Quashes Cases Against N Ram & Ors [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop Stories’State Should Not Be Impulsive Like An Ordinary Citizen In Defamation Matters And Invoke Sec 199(2) CrPC To Throttle Democracy’ :Madras HC Quashes Cases Against N Ram & Ors [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 May 2020 2:59 AMShare This – xIn a significant judgment underscoring the importance of press freedom, the Madras High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal complaints filed against a group of editors and journalists such as N Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, Nakkeeran Gopal etc.The complaints were lodged in 2012 alleging “criminal defamation against State’ over few reports against J Jayalalitha,…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?LoginIn a significant judgment underscoring the importance of press freedom, the Madras High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal complaints filed against a group of editors and journalists such as N Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, Nakkeeran Gopal etc.The complaints were lodged in 2012 alleging “criminal defamation against State’ over few reports against J Jayalalitha, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.Alleging that the reports amounted to defamation of a state functionary, criminal complaints were filed by the Public Prosecutor before the Sessions Court under Section 199(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.Section 199(2) CrPC lays down a special procedure for offences of defamation against state/constitutional functionaries under Section 499/500 of the Indian Penal Code. The complaint is filed by the Public Prosecutor on behalf of the State before the Sessions Court (normal defamation cases are filed before the Magistrate’s Court)The writ petitions filed in the HC challenged the constitutional validity of the government orders granting sanction to the Public Prosecutor to file complaints under Section 199(2) CrPC in respect of the reports.The bench of Justice Abdul Quddhose noted that there is a higher threshold for the State to initiate criminal defamation against citizens, when compared to ordinary cases of defamation inter-se private parties.”The Criminal defamation law is meant for a laudable object in real cases of necessity and cannot be misused by using the State as a tool to settle scores of a public servant/constitutional functionary over his/her adversary. A public servant/constitutional functionary must be able to face criticism. As public servants/constitutional functionaries, they owe a solemn duty to the people. The state cannot use criminal defamation cases to throttle democracy”, the Court observed in the 152-page judgment.The Court added that the State should maintain higher tolerance with respect to criticism, and cannot be “impulsive” to launch prosecution.”The State should not be impulsive like an ordinary citizen in defamation matters and invoke section 199(2) Cr.P.C. to throttle democracy. Only in cases where there is foolproof material and when launching of prosecution under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. is inevitable, the said procedure can be invoked””An individual or a public servant/constitutional functionary can be impulsive but not the State which will have to show utmost restraint and maturity in filing criminal defamation cases. If the State becomes an impulsive prosecutor in criminal defamation matters that too in an era of social media where there are scores of abusive contents made against public figures, the Sessions Court will get clogged with innumerable matters which are sometimes vindictive in nature only to settle scores with opposition political parties”Likening the State to a “parent”, the Court observed :”State is like a parent for all citizens in so far as Defamation law is concerned. It is normal for some parents to face vituperative insults from their children. Despite those insults, parents don’t disown their children quite easily. They always have the hope that their children will mend themselves in the near future. Only in rarest of rare cases when the character and behaviour of their children is irretrievably broken down and irreconcilable, the parents disown them. The attitude of the State with regard to defamation must also be the same as their tolerance level towards its citizens in so far as defamation is concerned must be akin to that of parents. When the state is having other avenues under law to make the offender realise the mistake if any, the criminal defamation law under section 499 and 500 IPC should be sparingly used by the State”.Notably, the judgment referred to the recent speeches delivered by Justice Deepak Gupta, former SC judge and Justice D Y Chandrachud, SC judge, wherein they highlighted the importance of dissent in democracy and criticized the growing tendency to use criminal law to silence dissenting voices.The Court referred to the principles laid down by the apex court in the case Dr Subramanian Swamy vs Union of India regarding the use of criminal defamation. Though the petitioners had also challenged the constitutional validity of Section 499/500 of the Indian Penal Code, the HC did not deal with that aspect, as its validity was upheld by the SC in 2016 in the Subramanian Swamy case.Two weeks ago, the Madras HC had quashed criminal defamation proceedings against a reporter and editor of Economic Times holding that mere inaccuracies in reporting will not amount to defamation, in the absence of actual malic.Level of Scrutiny by Sessions Court under Section 199(2) higherAfter examining the statistics, the court noted that from the year 2012 to 2020, a slew of cases filed totally numbering 226 cases are pending on the file of various Sessions courts till date.Irrespective of political party who is in power, cases under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. have been filed. Due to the mechanical filing of complaints under section 199(2) Cr.P.C., the  Sessions Courts are sometimes clogged with those matters, the Court said.In this backdrop, the Court reminded the Sessions Judges that they have to exercise higher level of scrutiny with respect to criminal defamation complaints by the State.”The level of scrutiny by a Sessions Court under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. is much higher than the scrutiny by a Magistrate under section 199(6) Cr.P.C. Before taking cognizance under section 199(2) Cr.P.C., the Sessions court can even order for further investigation. The Sessions court cannot mechanically take cognizance of the complaint and issue process to the accused. The court will have to independently apply its judicial mind and assess the materials and only if it is satisfied take cognizance of the complaint. The materials assessed shall be indicated by the Sessions Court in its order taking cognizance of the complaint filed under section 199(2) Cr.P.C”Public Prosecutor not to act like a post officeThe Court said that Public Prosecutor should not act like a “post office” to merely file complaints at the directives of the State, and should independently apply mind on the allegations before filing the complaint.”In defamation cases filed under Section 199(2) Cr.P.C., the public prosecutor plays a very vital role. The role is very special because in those matters, the public prosecutor plays a dual role both as a person representing the public servant/constitutional functionary as well as a public prosecutor. Therefore, the cardinal principles mentioned supra will have to be strictly adhered to by the public prosecutor while filing complaints under section 199(2) Cr.P.C”.Ingredients of defamation missingThe Court noted that in all the cases, the core ingredient required for prosecution through a public prosecutor under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. namely “Defamation of the State” is missing. In all the matters, while granting sanction for prosecution to a public prosecutor, the respective sanction orders are totally silent as to whether the state has been defamed on account of the alleged defamation of the public servant/constitutional functionary while discharging his/her public functions, said the Court.”in all the cases which are the subject matter of consideration by this court, the State has sanctioned prosecution in a mechanical fashion by total non application of mind as the fundamental requirement for prosecution under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. namely “Defamation of the State” does not find a place in all the sanction orders. The public prosecutor as well as the Sessions Judge in cases where cognizance has already been taken by the Sessions Court have also not applied their mind independently as the core essence of prosecution under section 199 (2) Cr.P.C. namely “Defamation of the state” has not been satisfied as seen from the sanction orders. On this score alone, all the Government Orders and the consequential complaints for criminal defamation under section 199(2) Cr.P.C. will have to fail”Media should exercise self-regulationThe Court also made few parting remarks on the importance of the media to exercise self-regulation.”Our nation has always respected the role of the media and has highest regard for their independent and truthful reporting. But of late for quite number of years, there seems to be some decay happening in every sphere of democracy including the Media. If the rottenness is not removed sooner than later, it will spread like fire causing great peril to our robust Democracy””The newspaper is a great power, but just as an unchained torrent of water submerges the whole countryside and devastates crops, even so an uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy. If the control is from without, it proves more poisonous than want of control. It can be profitable only when exercised from within”Case DetailsTitle : Thiru N Ram, Editor-In-Chief, “The Hindu” vs Union of India and connected casesCoram : Justice Abdul QuddhoseAppearances : Senior Advocates P S Raman, I.Subramanian, Advocates P.T.Perumal, Prasanth Rajagopal, S.Elambharathi, M.Sneha, .P.Kumaresan, B.K.Girish Neelakantan for petitioners.Madana Gopal Rao, Central Government Standing Counsel and S.R.Rajagopalan, Additional Advocate General assisted by Mr.K.Ravikumar, learned Additional Government Pleader  Click here to download judgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Major extension to McGettigan’s Hotel given green light

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Major extension to McGettigan’s Hotel given green light Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for a major extension to McGettigan’s Hotel on Main Street Letterkenny.The Council had already given conditional permission for the redevelopment and extension but that was appealed to the planning board.The application, in the name of Denis McGettigan, sets out plans for the demolition and reconfiguration of the former Milan Nightclub to be replaced by a four story side extension providing 35 extra bedrooms.A new fifth floor will be built on top of the existing bedroom block to provide an additional 26 bedrooms with a new extension to the fourth floor to facilitate a new Spa facility,Local residents expressed concern of an increase in traffic and noise and access for delivery vehicles through the narrow Speer’s lane – the board determined that the development wouldn’t adversely worsen the current situation.Objectors also question if there is adequate parking close to the hotel and expressed concerns that hotel guests may use local roads for parking.Permission has been granted with a number of conditions including restrictions on hours when work will be carried out, final agreement on the external finish of the extension and a fee of almost 18 thousand euro be paid to the council for local infrastructure. By News Highland – November 21, 2019 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleDoherty rejects falling insurance premia claimNext articleDriver caught speeding and drug driving in Burt News Highland Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation

first_img View post tag: Maritime Most importantly, we have helped keep this country and our fellow citizens safe. We have sustained the blessings of liberty our ancestors secured and upheld the oath we took. View post tag: about View post tag: Statement You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the president and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon. <img src=”” alt=”Chuck Hagel” width=”664″ height=”380″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-104767″ />The US Department of Defence on November 24th, 2014,  issued the following statement by the US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, regarding his resignation.I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as secretary of defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. I want you to know that I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. We have prepared ourselves, our allies and the Afghan National Security Forces for a successful transition in Afghanistan. We have taken the fight to ISIL and, with our Iraqi and coalition partners, have blunted the momentum of this barbaric enemy. We have come to the aid of millions of people around the world who have suffered the ravages of natural disaster and of disease. We have worked tirelessly to sustain our all-volunteer force that has given so much during 13 years of war. And we have bolstered enduring alliances and strengthened emerging partnerships, all the while setting in motion important reforms that will prepare this institution for the challenges facing us in the decades to come. View post tag: Chuck USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation There will be time later to say farewell. For now, please know how much I respect and admire your service and that of your families. As I gather with my own family this Thanksgiving holiday — a luxury I realize not all of you will enjoy — it will be the privilege of having worked with you these last two years for which I will be most grateful. Thank you for all you do for this country. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving.Press Release; Image: Wikimedia Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hagel November 26, 2014 That work will continue. It must continue. The world is still too dangerous, the threats too numerous, for us to lose focus. And even as I promised the president my full support going forward, so, too, do I promise that I will work hard to support you right up until my last day in office. I owe you that. View post tag: Resignation Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation Share this articlelast_img read more