Show Comments ▼ Share Wednesday 22 September 2010 8:21 pm Tags: NULL WHEN Vince Cable told the Liberal Democrat conference, “I am shining a harsh light into the murky world of corporate behaviour,” that was his cryptic way of announcing to the nation a comprehensive regulatory review. With potentially far-reaching impact, this rather shadowy proposal deserves more light than Cable gave it in his remarks.The detailed announcement says: “We will look at the economic impact of takeovers, shareholder responsibility, corporate incentives and pay – all the factors that can help us build a framework founded on long-term economic logic.” But what does it mean?Some of this is old news – the Takeover Panel has been running its review of M&A rules since the summer – but Cable is by no means just reheating political announcements. His detailed statement makes this plain: “My department is complementing this work with a comprehensive review that will ask fundamental questions about corporate governance and short-termism.”In translation, that seems to indicate that Cable wants the popular outrage against the Cadbury takeover reflected in changes to the rules around shareholder power. Cable goes on to say, “we aim to put responsible shareholders back in the driving seat of the economy”. Responsibility here is redefined solely in his terms, putting Cable in that driving seat: he is supremely confident in his own judgement. Yet his highhanded assumption that shareholders have been irresponsible is as questionable as his belief that the financial crisis can be laid squarely at the feet of “financial gamblers who value a quick buck above all else”.The Cadbury bid may have been a blow for British pride but it was a reflection of problems with Cadbury that had been evident in sluggish performance over much of the past decade. Economic nationalism showed little hope of solving these fundamental weaknesses. The takeover premium was 50 per cent up on Cadbury’s share price the August before, scarcely a derisory offer.It would be less troubling if Cable were a cynic, playing the mystic chords of economic populism only so long as they bring him power. But it seems he really does believe that “shareholders that act like long-term owners” will be better for the economy than those who seek to move capital to its most productive uses.A consultation on Cable’s plan will launch this autumn. Business must be ready to put its case firmly if it is not to find itself carrying a regulatory burden based on questionable assumptions and tabloid pandering. whatsapp Shining light on a murky regulatory review whatsapp KCS-content
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RIP: Homiletics Professor Mitties DeChamplain Press Release Service 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Eduardo Roberto Bresciani says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (2) Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID May 10, 2018 at 10:43 am It is with much sadness that I learn the of the Reverend Mitties McDonald DeChamplain. Her life was an inspiration to all of us in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Posted May 9, 2018 Submit a Press Release 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 Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY May 10, 2018 at 5:57 am I would like [very very modestly] to give all my condolences for the death of Most Hon. Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain. If I am allowed to write a few more words, I would like to add that this blessed woman/priest/person showed my a very very terrific example of greatness and commitment; therefore I shall not even find proper words to adequately express it; thank you. Jean [Francois] Renaud [from the Bern-Fribourg region; Switzerland.] Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Obituary, People, 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 Comments are closed. jean renaid says: Rector Knoxville, TN [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain, who for many years served as a professor of homiletics at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan, died May 8 after a brief hospitalization.Born in 1948 in Pasadena, California, DeChamplain earned her doctorate in communications from the University of Southern California. Drawn to the Episcopal priesthood, she was ordained by Bishop Frederick Borsch in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1996 and taught homiletics at Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical seminary in Pasadena. Her love for the Episcopal Church, however, led her in 1998 to leave Fuller in California to join the faculty of General Seminary in Manhattan. There, until the school’s 2016 commencement, she helped to educate and prepare future Episcopal clergy to be preachers.“As a professor of homiletics, Mitties understood the need and benefit of being a regular preacher herself, so throughout her academic career at General, she also served congregations of New York City,” wrote Diocese of New York Bishop Andrew Dietsche in announcing DeChamplain’s death. “She is perhaps best known for her ministry at St. Clement’s in the theatre district of Manhattan, a Spirit-led setting for her since she was an avid enthusiast of Broadway musicals. Nevertheless, other congregations knew her well and cherished her ministry, including most recently the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, also in the theatre district, and Trinity Church in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, where Mitties had been a regular supply priest.”Soon after word of her death spread, friends and former students began posting tributes to DeChamplain on each of her Facebook pages, here and here. DeChamplain volunteered for months as a chaplain at the Temporary Mortuary at Ground Zero in Manhattan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, blessing remains as they were recovered, and ministering to recovery workers and law enforcement personnel. One Facebook friend, the Rev. Storm Swain, noted that DeChamplain is the fourth Ground Zero Temporary Mortuary chaplain to die in the years since their ministry in lower Manhattan.The Rev. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain’s chaplaincy work is remembered in the Ground Zero Museum Recovery Collection.Photo: Gary Marlon SusonDeChamplain was also part of a group of eight General Theological Seminary faculty members who disputed changes at the school in the fall of 2014. They said that the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, seminary president and dean, had created an “unsustainable” working environment. The eight faculty members stopped teaching, attending meetings and participating in worship. That action led to their firing, and the dispute gained national attention. The school’s board of trustees, dean and faculty reached an agreement later in the fall that allowed for the provisional reinstatement of faculty members. DeChamplain rejoined the faculty in the fall of 2015 and was honored by the seminary at the end of that academic year.Funeral arrangements are still being made. DeChamplain is survived by her brother, Scott, as well as Jeff, Laurel and Chontel, the children of her late husband, Ron. 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RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an increase in the judicial harassment of media personnel in Cambodia, including the arrests of two journalists covering a land dispute last week in the southeastern city of Sihanoukville, and the trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists that is due to start of the end of this week in Phnom Penh. The CIJ’s vice-president wrote to the information ministry the next day insisting on their honesty, reporting that they had come across the protest by chance, and denying that they had committed any act of violence. News The two reporters were arrested exactly a week before former Radio Free Asia journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin are due to go on trial in Phnom Penh on a trumped-up charge of “supplying a foreign state with information prejudicial to national defence,” on which they spent nine months in pre-trial detention after their arrests in November 2017. No serious evidence in support of the charge has yet to be produced. February 24, 2021 Find out more July 24, 2019 Two Cambodian journalists arrested, two others about to go on trial After covering a demonstration by people protesting against their eviction from land on the outskirts of Sihanoukville on 19 July, journalists Hun Sokha and Keo Ratana were arrested by military police later the same day for alleged violence against the land’s supposed owner. Hun Sokha is the publisher of the Facebook news page CPNTV and president of the Club of Independent Journalists (CIJ), while Keo Ratana is the editor of the online TV channel TN-TV. January 21, 2021 Find out more News “We call on the Sihanoukville prosecutor’s office to free the two journalists at once and, in the absence of any new evidence, to drop the charges against them,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This latest of countless press freedom violations by the Cambodian authorities serves as a reminder of how dangerous it has become to operate as an independent journalist in Cambodia.” No hard evidence News CambodiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment CambodiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment December 28, 2020 Find out more After holding the two journalists for 72 hours, prosecutor Lim Bunheng nonetheless charged them with “incitement to commit felony” and “infringement of private property” under articles 29, 495 and 497 of the criminal code and article 253 of the land law, for which they are now facing up to two years in prison. Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News Follow the news on Cambodia to go further Receive email alerts RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Help by sharing this information Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream In a series of videos filmed by RSF after their release, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin described the appalling conditions in which they were held in Prey Sar prison and their precarious existence with their families since their release. Cambodia is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, one place lower than in 2018. Radio Free Asia vice-president Rohit Mahajan told RSF: “Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin face unsubstantiated charges, which never should have been brought forward in the first place. The Phnom Penh municipal court can rectify this unnecessary and troubling situation by dismissing the case and all charges against them without delay.” Organisation Hun Sokha and Keo Rattana (left) were arrested on Friday, July 18. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin must appear before a judge on Friday, July 26. (photos: VOD – Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP).
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Top StoriesPermanent Commission- “How Do You Ignore Those Women Who Are Not Considered In The Past, Are Now Not Being Granted PC Citing Bodily Impairments”: SC Asks Centre Srishti Ojha3 March 2021 7:55 AMShare This – xJustice Chandrachud observed that it is true that women go through certain aspects like childbirth, menopause etc which changes their body and this cannot be ignored. He added that the idea here is not to give women officers special dispensation but how do you ignore that those women who weren’t considered for PC in the past, are now not being granted it based on bodily impairments.A division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah on Wednesday heard a batch of pleas filed by women Army officers seeking grant of permanent commission and related benefits. The Court will continue hearing the matter again on Thursday, March 4th. During the hearing today Senior Advocate PS Patwalia made submissions on behalf of some…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?LoginA division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah on Wednesday heard a batch of pleas filed by women Army officers seeking grant of permanent commission and related benefits. The Court will continue hearing the matter again on Thursday, March 4th. During the hearing today Senior Advocate PS Patwalia made submissions on behalf of some of the women Army officers stating that these officers were not assessed like their male counterparts after completion of 5 years of service. Senior Advocate Balasubramaniam appearing for the Defence Ministry explained the Court about the medical categories based on which officers are assessed for grant of permanent commission. He stated there are 5 medical categories SHAPE, which is an acronym, where S stands for psychiatric, H for hearing, A for appendages, P is for physical and E is for eye sight. While Shape 1 is the fittest, Shape 5 is on other end of spectrum and means the officer is unfit for any duty and will have to be released from duty. “So If a person is on 1 in any of the parameters they are out? ” the Bench asked.Senior Counsel Balasubramaniam answered in the affirmative and stated that if a person is in a temporary medical category, time is given so their condition stabilises. Senior Advocate PS Patwalia submitted that for grant of permanent commission to these officers, the medical criteria that is being applied now is that which was applied to their male counterparts after the first 5 years of their service, when they are 25-30 years of age. “All that we are saying is treat us like our male counterparts” – Senior Advocate PS Patwalia remarked.”So you are not seeking any special treatment. You are saying that don’t asses us today based on criteria of assessment of male counterparts at age of 25″ the Bench noted.Justice Chandrachud observed that it is true that women go through certain aspects like childbirth, menopause etc which changes their body and this cannot be ignored. He added that the idea here is not to give women officers special dispensation but how do you ignore that those women who weren’t considered for PC in the past, are now not being granted it based on bodily impairments.Patwalia submitted that this is a peculiar batch of officers who hadn’t completed their 14 years of service when the Court issued its judgement last year but had completed 14 years when the circular for grant of PC was issue, and therefore they should have been considered. Mr Patwalia also stated that the granting PC to women officers based on the last empaneled male officer was not correct, as the ACRs of the male officers were written keeping in mind that they would be considered for PC while the same was not true for women officers. Advocate Tarunvir Khehar appearing for one Army Officer Lt Col Megha Gupta submitted that being in a technical course, she was granted a retrospective seniority, and should therefore come under the minimum scope of being granted permanent commission. In response to the Bench’s question as to how the officer was given retrospective seniority, Khehar clarified that the petitioner is in a technical course, and officers in special courses like Doctors, JAG, etc are given extra seniority. Khehar further stated that the petitioner was considered by a Special Review Board and results should have been out by now. He added that the respondents should consider telling him the result of review of her consideration for permanent commission. Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi appeared on behalf of the petitioner women officers who have finished 10-14 years of service. He submitted that there are two aspects, One with regard to Permanent Commission, and second with regard to right to pension. The Court asked Ahmadi as to how the petitioners can be considered if they haven’t even completed 14 years of service. Ahmadi responded by stating there is no intelligible differentia between people in the category of those in 10-14 years and those who have completed 14 years. Some of the submissions made by Senior Counsel Ahmadi were: The aspect that today they cannot be considered for any other employment hasn’t been considered. If they are not considered they will be left high and dry, it will be unjust and the Court should find a way to alleviate that The case of the women who have served for 10-14 years was not represented before this Court, please find a way to alleviate that. They have been denied PC based on a wrong threshold. The threshold and criteria applied to a male officers after 5 years is what is being applied to a lady officer after 15 years. This is like comparing apples and oranges. The ACR’s, being made the basis for considering them for PC now, were being marked for these officers back then in a casual manner This is arbitrary. These officers in so far as pension is concerned, if they’re retired without pension, they won’t be able to get any other government job and have no other career option available.This wasn’t brought before this Court before and the Court should alleviate that. The male officers are allowed direct entry into Permanent commission, but the same is not available to women officers, who have to get into Short service commission first. Equality should be in all terms. ” Your point is that can they apply the same medical yardstick to women that are being considered for PC much later due to government’s delay in execution of the High Court’s order, as was applied to male counterparts much earlier.” the Bench observed.Advocate Shri Venkatesh for Intervenors who are scheduled to be discharged from service in March 2021. He stated that the discharge orders were issued on 19th November 2020 and are effective from March 2021, so these officers stand to be discharged on 16 March. Advocate Venkatesh submitted that the male officers are given two options to appear before a selection Board, but after deciding to discharge the petitioner female officers in November, a second SB chance was not given to them, and is therefore an issue of equity. These officers are being ousted on the first selection itself, and had they been given a second chance, they could have improved their performance and been selected in the second board. Advocate Venkatesh also urged the Court to consider granting these officers an interim relief by these officers will be discharged in March and if no interim order is issued, they will be discharged and we will have no remedy left. On being informed by Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora that salaries of some petitioner women officers for the month of January haven’t been released, the Bench stated that salary of these officers should be released by Friday. Supreme Court of India, in a significant judgment on gender equality, had in February 2020 directed that Permanent Commission should be granted to women in army regardless of their service, in all the ten streams where the Union Government have already taken a decision to grant Short Service Commission to women. The Court also held that absolute exclusion of women from command assignments is against Article 14 of the Constitution and unjustified. Therefore, the policy that women will be given only “staff appointments” was held to be unenforceable by the Court. The Court had held that an absolute prohibition of women SSC officers to obtain anything but staff appointments evidently does not fulfil the purpose of granting PCs as a means of career advancement in the Army. The blanket non- consideration of women for criteria or command appointments absent an individuated justification by the Army cannot be sustained in lawSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story