Pakistan’s inflation rate could soon rise as high as 13.5 per cent, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The country’s inflation rose to a four-month high in August as devastating floods forced food prices higher. Core inflation rose to a higher-than expected 12.5 per cent, as the consumer price index increased 2.5 per cent from July.Analysts had expected the central bank to wait and see until the release of a damages assessment report, due to be released in mid-October, but with inflation higher than expected, there are fears that the central bank may hike the policy rate.The IMF has pledged $451m (£287m) in aid to the stricken nation, which will be used to plug the gap in public spending and shore up its flagging currency. Wednesday 22 September 2010 7:33 pm whatsapp KCS-content Pakistan inflation could rise to 13.5pc, says IMF Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Share whatsapp Tags: NULL
Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Leading Brazilian gaming lawyer Neil Montgomery of Montgomery & Associados analyses the draft Decree regulating fixed-odds sports betting. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops 20th September 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: LATAM Brazil Leading Brazilian gaming lawyer Neil Montgomery of Montgomery & Associados analyses the draft Decree regulating fixed-odds sports betting.The first half of September has seen intense activity at the Ministry of Economy insofar as the drafting of the future regulations for fixed odds sports betting in Brazil is concerned. Last Friday (13 August) saw the release by the regulator (SECAP) of the eagerly awaited first draft of the future Presidential Decree regulating Law No. 13,756/2018, which legalized sports betting in Brazil.This draft has been released to public consultation with a view to receiving contributions from the industry and interested parties, by 27 September.There are signs that the regulator released the draft in a hurry since there are certain hiccups in the text, such as an incorrect reference to 2019 as the year in which Law No. 13,756 was enacted. In addition to the draft missing an article 7, Chapter IV jumps to Chapter VI without there being a Chapter V – which may suggest that an entire chapter may have been deleted at the last minute and the remaining chapters not having been renumbered.Such a rush may have also compromised the comprehensiveness of the text, which may frustrate the market to a certain degree. A large number of articles in the draft Decree refer to future regulations that are still to be issued by the Ministry of Economy, which means that the regulatory saga is not yet over.A big relief comes from the fact that SECAP has now officially confirmed that the licensing model (that of authorisation) will allow multiple operators into the market, rather than a concessions-based system, as had been revealed first by Montgomery & Associados in late May. This means that an unlimited number of licences will be made available to all applicants satisfying the requirements set out in the law and regulations. In this regard, the draft Decree confirms that only companies duly incorporated in Brazil, and with their registered offices and management located in Brazil. will be eligible to apply for a licence.Such companies, as well as their shareholders, management and even legal representatives and attorneys-in-fact, will also have to be in good standing before the competent authorities and courts to succeed in securing a licence. With SECAP expecting to grant around 150 licences, this means that there will be a rush of foreign operators incorporating their own local subsidiaries and securing protection of their intellectual property (domain names, trademarks, etc.) as quickly as possible.It is surprising to note, however, that the draft Decree does not confirm certain elements made public by Alexandre Manoel Angelo da Silva, the National Secretary for the Evaluation of Public Policy, Planning, Energy and Lotteries of the Ministry of Economy, at an event organized by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), in São Paulo, earlier in September. At that event, Manoel Angelo da Silva revealed a R$3m licence fee for applicants, and that licences would be valid for nine years.The draft Decree does, however, confirm the need for operators to have their own financial reserves of at least BRL6 million, which was also announced by the National Secretary at such event.Other more sensitive areas covered at the CBF event, such as taxation of 1% of turnover (not over gross gaming revenue) and fixed monthly fees due from licensees, (different to those contemplated in the Annex to Law No. 13,756/2018), have been left out of the text, probably because they require Congressional approval.On a more positive note, the draft Decree aims to combat fraud, money laundering and other wrongdoings perpetrated by operators and their agents and to promote responsible betting and advertising.The draft text ends by stating that licensed operators will only be in a position to start their Brazilian operations when a number of conditions precedent have been satisfied, including by the Ministry, and that this will not be sooner than 6 months after the enactment of the Decree.It follows from the above that it is very likely that the Ministry of Economy will receive a large number of contributions commenting on the contents of the draft Decree. If such number is to exceed the record breaking 1,849 contributions received at the end of August in response to the first public consultation promoted by SECAP is yet to be seen.Neil Montgomery is the Founding and Managing Partner of Montgomery & Associados (www.montgomery.adv.br), at which he heads the law firm’s Minds Sports, Draws, Gaming, Betting and Lottery Practice Group. Neil represents Brazil as a General Member at IMGL, is a published author and a regular speaker at international gaming and betting events. Brazil’s draft sports betting decree in focus
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis E-mail can certainly help to reduce administration costs, but it does carry cost implications itself. Webspace magazine this month reports that this figure can become quite high. “Anecdotally it costs a company £5 to answer an inbound e-mail which can take up to 12 minutes to understand and sort out an appropriate reply to, and up to £12 if a supervisor gets involved.” While those figures are unlikely to apply to charities, it is important to consider the costs involved in answering supporters’ e-mail enquiries.If it ever gets too much one of the top-end solutions to managing large quantities of e-mail is Brightware, which uses intelligent agent software to “understand” the contents of an e-mail message and route it to the correct staff member. More information from Brightware. Advertisement Howard Lake | 21 December 1998 | News The cost of e-mail 26 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 WWF reports impressive online affiliate marketing statistics WWF-UK’s online affiliate marketing campaign to promote adopting an animal has worked very well to date, with an average click through rate of 18.10%, and on on-site conversion rate of 2.17%.WWF-UK’s affiliate marketing campaign is conducted with DGM-UK, and encourages people to give at least £2 a month by direct debit to adopt an animal.The environmental charity is currently offering website owners a range of commissions: Advertisement 1 – 24 direct-debit sign ups: £11.50 per sign up 25 – 49 direct-debit sign ups: £15 per sign up 50+ direct-debit sign ups: £17.50 per sign up The charity offers a cookie length of 30 days.WWF-UK also uses the DGM-UK affiliate network to promote its membership campaign. The charity reports that this online campaign is generating a click through rate of 11.4%, and on on-site conversion rate of 1.2% Its current commission rates for membership are:1 – 24 direct debit sign ups: £15 per sign up25 – 49 direct debit sign ups: £20 per sign up50 + direct debit sign ups: £25 per sign up It too offers a cookie length of 30 days. 33 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 13 July 2005 | News Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Youth and high school students from City Bloc and their supporters held an occupation of City Council chambers on Oct. 14, after demanding a meeting with Baltimore Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Some 32 people participated in the occupation in response to a City Council committee’s approval of Davis’s permanent appointment. City Bloc is a group of students from a college prep high school at Baltimore City College.A large turnout came to the hearing to express disapproval with the appointment of Davis, whose salary will be $200,000 a year. Students and their supporters disrupted the hearing several times, chanting, “No justice, no peace! Stop the vote! Stop the vote!” and “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” Many who attended the hearing spoke and testified that the proceedings were nothing but a “dog and pony show.” The Rev. Cortly CD Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, referred to the hearing as a “coronation” and testified that the police commissioner should be elected by the people of Baltimore, not appointed. He called for community control of the police, which would require officers to live in the neighborhoods that they patrol, and an elected civilian review board with the power to criminally charge officers and fire them. It was revealed at the hearing that only 21 percent of Baltimore police officers live in the city.When the council committee began voting, protesters with the Baltimore Uprising coalition demanded that the voting be halted and that Davis and Rawlings-Blake meet with them. The newly formed coalition consists of City Bloc, Baltimore Bloc, The West Coalition and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Prior to the hearing the coalition had issued a letter with 19 demands on how the police should interact with protesters. They called for a ban on military-style policing, including the use of armored vehicles and rubber bullets, and for “riot gear” to be used only as a last resort to protect officers’ safety. In addition, they demanded that police officers wear badges and name tags at all times. The demands are very moderate, but the fact that mostly high school students decided to occupy City Hall is extremely significant and showed that there is militancy within the youth of Baltimore. They should be praised for their courage.After the vote 32 people refused to leave City Hall until the mayor or commissioner met with them. In an early morning telephone interview with teleSUR on Oct. 15, City Bloc activist Makayla Gilliam-Price said that police were turning off power outlets to prevent protesters from charging their phones, cameras and other electronic equipment. She said the police had not granted them access to the restrooms and they had limited water and food. “They are currently forcing us to choose between our survival and our political beliefs,” she said.At around 3:15 a.m., police gave an ultimatum that they would start arresting people. Twelve people decided to defy the ultimatum and risk arrest. At 4:45 a.m., police moved on the building and arrested the remaining 12 occupiers. The age range of those arrested was 16 to 38, three being juveniles. Those inside City Hall had put out a call for folks to come and stand in solidarity with them while they faced arrest. The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly immediately mobilized a delegation to City Hall, which arrived at 11 p.m. to support the students.One of the arrestees, ShaiVaughn Crawley, said: “Early Thursday morning on Oct. 15, 2015, I was arrested with some pretty inspiring protesters for ‘refusing to leave a public building,’ which would later be translated to trespassing. The motives were pretty simple: The youth of Baltimore City have not ever had a voice in anything that this city pursues and these teenagers have been tired of it for a very long time. I remember even living in South Carolina how bad the school system was, and is, and to see that very same practice echoed [times] 100 here in Baltimore is pretty devastating. We knew we had to do something.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top StoriesGross Delays In Revenue Appeals: Supreme Court Suggests To Centre A Consolidated, Pan-India Online Portal To Monitor Litigations Mehal Jain15 Feb 2021 1:54 AMShare This – xIn the wake of the incessant instances of delay on behalf of the Centre in litigating revenue matters, the Supreme Court on Monday recommended that the Union Finance Ministry come up with a pan-India online portal where all collectors and commissioners are linked with the CESTAT, showing the stage of proceedings, the orders passed, the deadline for filing the appeal, so as to provide for…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn the wake of the incessant instances of delay on behalf of the Centre in litigating revenue matters, the Supreme Court on Monday recommended that the Union Finance Ministry come up with a pan-India online portal where all collectors and commissioners are linked with the CESTAT, showing the stage of proceedings, the orders passed, the deadline for filing the appeal, so as to provide for a monitoring mechanism.Noting that its attention has repeatedly been drawn to as many as 400-500 days’ delay in filing revenue appeals, the bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud and M. R. Shah had last week reprimanded the government officers for “being in league with the assesses”, in deliberately filing appeals before the High Courts in the first instance despite the legal position being that appeals from the CESTAT lie before the Supreme Court, and eventually approaching the top court at a much delayed stage. The bench had observed that when the court then refuses to allow the condonation of the delay, the burden is pushed to the Supreme Court with the officers asserting that they had moved the court in an appeal but it was not entertained. The bench had required SG Tushar Mehta to appear before it on Monday.When the matter was taken up on Monday, Justice Chandrachud remarked at the outset that the court does not deem it as an adversarial proceeding in calling upon the SG to address the court. “It is not our intent to castigate any officers or to say that they are deliberately doing it”, said the judge.”We have seen your submissions. Some work has been done. A meeting has been held with the chairpersons of the CBDT and the CBIC, officials from the finance ministry…(SG Tushar Mehta pointed out that the law secretary was also part of the meeting)…We are happy with the process initiated by the Union of India to streamline the filing of appeals in revenue matters”, began Justice Chandrachud.”The possibility that some of the officers may be doing it deliberately also cannot be ruled out…We are in fact happy that Your Lordships have taken up this issue. We are very grateful. There is no opposition to correcting the system. It is also in the government’s interest. “, asserted the SG.”Crores of rupees are at stake. Ultimately, it is the public interest which suffers. And this is when you have a legal team to guide you. How can you file before the wrong forum? Then you say that you are not knowing the law? There is 300, 400, 500 days’ delay?”, commented Justice Shah.”Is the appeal filed only to get the seal of the Supreme Court? What is your law department doing? Who is working in the central agency on this? (The SG replied that it is the Ministry of Law and Justice)…What are the steps which have been taken? Why can’t there be a common meeting of the secretary and the commissioners? Why must the files be sent from one office to another? Then for vetting? And then to the central agency, which sends it back? Some corrective measures have to be taken”, observed justice Shah.Justice Chandrachud also stressed that there are several tiers through which files have to pass in being processed and that it is advisable to instead have a single, consolidated committee to review the entire process.”What we have produced before Your Lordships is only the broad outline of the discussions. It is subject to the suggestions and directions of Your Lordships. Your Lordships have rightly observed that there are several layers which must be curtailed to one. I have given a proposal in this behalf- Firstly, I have suggested that every table clear the file in one week. If the law officers or the other officers need more time, they have to record the reasons for the same. Further, instead of circulating the files between three or four departments, there can be one consolidated committee to meet once a week. It will consist of a conversant government lawyer who will see if the issue is covered and if there is a need to go to court. But the view of the ministry is that the matter should go to the Law Minister independently. It is being considered presently”, submitted the SG.Justice Chandrachud noted that the Supreme Court is getting appeals from the High Court and the CESTAT directly. “How can we use technology to shorten the entire process?”, he wondered. The judge explained that the E-Committee of the Supreme Court has inculcated a system of open APIs, where all links for the government authorities are available and data can be directly retrieved as regards all judgements. “You are aware of your litigation everywhere. There is no need for an application for a certified copy. Now, the CESTAT is not part of our Case Information System, but as part of the E-committee of the Supreme Court, we have done it for the judiciary, for 17,000 courts across the country.”, he elaborated.”Similarly, the government should also come up with a pan-India online portal, a consolidated platform with all collectors, commissioners across india being linked to the CESTAT…it will show the stage of proceeding, the order passed, the deadline for filing the appeal, if there is any delay, immediately there will be a red or orange flag and the delay can be plugged. The government can monitor the progress of the collectors, the commissioners, the filings in the CESTAT. If any officer is failing, there is a monitoring mechanism for the central government”, opined Justice Chandrachud.”The finance ministry has incorporated technology in a large way so far as filing and processing of returns are concerned. But the judicial arm has remained untouched. You may even engage with the National Informatics Centre at Pune. I coordinate with the Director General at least on a weekly basis”, he continued.”There is a need for independent monitoring through an automated process- to keep track of the commissioners who are keeping any matters pending, the reasons for the same, if there is any unnecessary delay. Please call the Pune team. They have done remarkable work for the judicial organ of the State”, noted Justice Chandrachud. The SG urged that the Court request NIC to join the next meeting and help in any way they can.He assured the court that the groundwork has been laid, the government also has the will to work in this direction, that the resources are not an issue and they are eager to sort out this perennial problem. “The process will be a great deterrent also…if a CIT knows he is being monitored, he will be reluctant in not taking a decision within the time frame”, added the SG.Justice Shah also recommended intimating the CBDT of orders passed immediately the following day, so that they have a head start as to if it is an important matter which requires the filing of an appeal.Mr. Mehta expressed that though they are looking at the finance ministry issue at the moment, the same model has to be replicated in all departments. Justice Shah agreed that it has to be part of the litigation policy of the government. Justice Chandrachud also agreed that a similar initiative can be undertaken for the other departments also where there is a problem of delay, including the state governments, considering that under the GST regime, some taxes are exclusively collected and adjudicated upon by the states.”This is not just about issuing a circular – a robust technology-based platform is needed. The stakes of the government are high. As are those of the assessees”, reflected the judge. The SG conceded that thousands of crores of rupees are involved in the matters of revenue appeals. “We have the resources, the infrastructure. We have done so for the judiciary. It is now time to bring the revenue arm of the government of India on board. This is not a massive project”, Justice Chandrachud commented.Justice Chandrachud opined that orders of commissioners and all officers below the ranks of a commissioner may be placed on the online portal. In this behalf, he cited his own experience as an ASG before being elevated to the bench. Justice Shah added that during his time in Gujarat, the judges had seen to it that there is no delay at all in the filing of revenue appeals and had worked on it for two years to improve the situation. Mr. Mehta pointed out that in some cases, even the application for procuring the certified copy is filed after four months.”Once this is done, the Supreme Court CIS can also be linked with the government of India portal to retrieve any information”, suggested Justice Chandrachud.The judge indicated the inter-operable criminal justice system between the E-Committee of the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice, where any FIR lodged in any part of the country is available, as is the chargesheet and data as to the stage of the trial, to obliviate problems in the administration of criminal justice. Mr. Mehta pointed out that such a system also aids transparency.”We are encouraging all local authorities and departments of state governments to benefit from the open APIs. We have written to the Chief Justices to ask ministries to benefit from it- they can track their lawyers’ bills, who appeared and who didn’t, the cost of litigation etc. It aids revenue productivity and is helping the government to monitor its own interests. As of now, we have not opened it to the private litigants but only to the the largest litigant, the government”, elaborated Justice Chandrachud.Mr. Mehta agreed that the public interest suffers if there is no such system or a deficient system in place.Justice Chandrachud clarified once again that the Court does not intend this entire proceeding as adversarial at all.”We are not seeing it like that. In fact, we are happy. We are grateful for Your Lordships’ indulgence. And we hope something positive will come out of it”, said the SG.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
The Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) and macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) are sympatric top predators that occur in the Southern Ocean around South Georgia where they are, respectively, the main mammal and bird consumers of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). In recent years the population of fur seals has increased, whereas that of macaroni penguins has declined. Both species feed on krill of similar size ranges, dive to similar depths and are restricted in their foraging range at least while provisioning their offspring. In this study we test the hypothesis that the increased fur seal population at South Georgia may have resulted in greater competition for the prey of macaroni penguins, leading to the decline in their population. We used: (1) satellite-tracking data to investigate the spatial separation of the Bird Island populations of these two species whilst at sea during the breeding seasons of 1999 and 2000 and (2) diet data to assess potential changes in their trophic niches between 1989 and 2000. Foraging ranges of the two species showed considerable overlap in both years, but the concentrations of foraging activity were significantly segregated spatially. The size of krill taken by both species was very similar, but over the last 12 years the prevalence of krill in their diets has diverged, with nowadays less krill in the diet of macaroni penguins than in that of Antarctic fur seals. Despite a significant degree of segregation in spatial resource use by the study populations, it is likely that the South Georgia populations of Antarctic fur seal and macaroni penguin exploit the same krill population during their breeding season. For explaining the opposing population trends of the two species, the relative contributions of independent differential response to interannual variation in krill availability and of interspecies competition cannot be resolved with available evidence. The likely competitive advantage of Antarctic fur seals will be enhanced as their population continues to increase, particularly in years of krill scarcity.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks radically alters its fees structure in Australia previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks radically alters its fees structure in AustraliaHybrid agent says change is to reflect consumer demand for its ‘all inclusive’ service but will also help agents earn more cash.Nigel Lewis17th September 201803,558 Views Purplebricks is to raise and alter its fees in Australia in response to both local regulatory and housing market difficulties and to help its agents earn more cash, it has been revealed.Purplebricks is to now charge $8,800 for a sale in two key territories – New South Wales and Victoria – half of which will be charged up-front and the other half on completion. This is a significant increase on its original up-front fee structure of $4,500 at launch in 2016.The company argues this ‘all inclusive’ figure includes all marketing costs which in Oz are often charged separately on top of sales commission by high street agents.But one key driver of the move is to help its local property experts, a substantial number of whom have quit the company over the past 12 months. The new pricing structure will double their commission per sale from $1,000 to $2,000. Purplebricks lists 85 local property experts on its website, down from 105 a year ago.As The Negotiator reported exclusively last month, some its agents are also struggling to achieve the company’s punchy sales targets, missing them by up to 50% in some territories.Neil Tavender (left), Purplebricks’ global COO who is based in Sydney, told the Australian Financial Review that: “We are excited about the changes we are implementing, which are a natural evolution of a business that has really captured the imagination of Australians,” he said.“In a short period, Purplebricks has sold over 4000 homes and saved sellers more than $49 million in ‘traditional’ real estate fees and this is just the start of our journey in Australia.”Regulators are also beginning to dig deeper into Purplebricks’ Oz business model. Investigators last week grilled a former territory owner over ‘suspected contraventions’ of Western Australian business laws. This follows a $20,000 fine for the company by Queensland regulator in March this year.Purplebricks Oz Neil Tavender Australia fee structure September 17, 2018Nigel 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
View post tag: Naval View post tag: NF View post tag: Russia View post tag: Storm View post tag: Rescuers View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: NF Rescuers Find Cargo Ship Lost in Storm View post tag: cargo November 18, 2011 Participants of search operation in the morning of Nov 16 detected dry cargo ship Kapitan Kuznetsov lost the day before in the White Sea; the ship took the ground in severe gale. The crew suffered insignificantly, only two men got slight head injuries.The accident possibly occurred since the crew had not received updated weather forecast and was unaware of coming storm.The ‘river-sea’ class cargo ship operated by Northwest Inland Navigation Company was heading from Yaro-Yakha port, Kara Sea to Arkhangelsk for winter anchorage. There were 11 crewmembers on board, including female cook.The ship lost radio contact in the night of Nov 15. By that time the ship was at the White Sea’s entrance. The information of severe weather conditions in that region caused additional concerns. Forecasters reported about ten-point cloudage, strong wind with gusts up to 18 mps, and waves up to 2.5-3.5 meters high.At 4 am Nov 15 (Moscow time) the ship switched on radio distress beacons in the White Sea’s neck 40 miles off Kola Peninsula.Having received the distress signal, rescuers informed all vessels around the possible accident site. The closest was icebreaker Vladislav Strizhov. She arrived there at 11 am Nov 15 and started search under severe weather conditions.Several rescue ships also headed to aid, although they needed more than a day to reach the site. Helicopters could not be used due to bad weather conditions.Northern Fleet (NF) antisubmarine aircraft Il-38 took off Severomorsk at noon of Nov 15, but searches were fruitless because of stormy weather.Search of Kapitan Kuznetsov was resumed on Nov 16. In total, 59 men and 12 vehicles (including 3 vessels and 5 aircrafts) were involved in the search operation.At 11.30 am Nov 16, the cargo ship was detected by NF aircraft Il-38 in the estimated search area. According to EMERCOM, the ship’s deckhouse was broken by waves, but both engines operated normally.A doctor and a rescuer were dropped on board the ship from helicopter. Initially, it was reported no crewmembers suffered, but it was found out later that two sailors had got slight head injuries.At first, it was reported with reference to regional EMERCOM department that the ship had started to head for Archangelsk by own power. But later on the operator said the ship was moving by means of tug. According to Rosmorrechflot, the towage is carried out by icebreaker Dickson (operated by FSUE Rosmorport).The ship’s navigational aids and electric equipment will need repairs.Kapitan Kuznetsov was forced to stop due to stormy situation, but the crew was not aware of that, reported RIA Novosti referring to the ship’s operator. The weather forecast the crewmen received four days ago contained no information about such ‘natural disasters’.Investigative authorities have already initiated a criminal case. The ground is violation of maritime traffic safety and maritime transport operation rules.The cargo ship was built in 1984 and is meant for transportation of dry cargo, timber, and mineral fertilizers. Length is 86.7 meters, beam is 12 meters, hull height is 3.5 meters, carrying capacity is 1,450 tons.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011 Russia: NF Rescuers Find Cargo Ship Lost in Storm View post tag: ship View post tag: Navy View post tag: find View post tag: lost Share this article
The Oxford Union has voted down a move to impose a quota of at least one woman on the Debates Selection Committee (DSC) after some female debaters labelled the motion “insulting.”The Union President, Charlie Holt, proposed that the debating committee must contain at least one male and one female member. Currently, all of the members are men, including the women’s officer.The Union’s standing committee failed to pass the motion after debaters Ellen Robertson and Rachel Watson had set up a facebook group to petition against it and sent them a letter of opposition signed by debaters, both male and female.Holt explained his support for the idea, “there is a problem of image and perception, in that an all-male DSC is likely to alienate female debaters and make them less enthusiastic about getting involved. A female women’s officer would inevitably have a better understanding of the problems that women debaters face and would be far more approachable to women who want to get involved.”Joanna Farmer, a debater who campaigned against the motion, said, “for something like DSC, based on fixed criteria, it is slightly insulting to have someone there who bypassed the criteria and got on because of their gender. I am sure that, because of the individuals on DSC, she would not experience any discrimination by those on DSC, but it’s a matter of perception. Furthermore, I don’t think this would do anything to solve the perceived problem.”She added, “I didn’t think there was a problem with the DSC women’s officer being a man because I’m not sure if there are any ‘women’s issues’ in debating. It’s not like we need motions to cover ‘girly’ things. It would be ideal for the women’s officer to be a woman, but not essential.”Farmer welcomed the motion’s failure, saying, “we hope that it opens the door for a meaningful discussion of the issues at the root of the problem.” Max Kasriel, a DSC member, expressed his approval at the motion’s failure. He said, “I think that the quota belittles the achievements of women in debating.” He added, “we have been making a special effort to ensure that women are prominent at our events, having women take part in our ‘show debates’ to provide female role models, and asking women to judge our internal competitions.”Some other debaters have voiced support for the quota, several questioning whether the opinion of the campaigners represents that of the whole female membership of the Union.Alex Worsnip, a former Chair of DSC argued, “my view, based on observations over many years, is that having an all-male contingent fulfilling this role discourages female participation, particularly, but not exclusively, amongst novices. I therefore took the view that a quota for DSC would help to combat this, and was involved with first bringing the idea to committee in November 2007.”He added, “I was disappointed to see that the quota did not pass in the end, but I do hope that DSC gets some female members in the near future anyway.”Stuart Cullen said the women’s quota would help to dispel the image of a male-dominated DSC and fewer women would feel put off and intimidated.He said, “when women attend the first sessions of debating in 1st week of Michaelmas, everyone who addresses them is male. This creates a perception that women are under-represented.“If even one member of DSC were to be a woman, whether or not she was there by virtue of a quota, it would significantly dispel this negative impression.”But he added, “if the vast majority of female debaters are totally opposed to a quota, it will not be particularly effective, and probably shouldn’t be passed.”Rachel Cummings, OUSU Rep for Women, praised the proposal of a women’s quota. She said, “personally I am in favour of a quota. There is a problem with women’s involvement in Union debating, women should be the ones leading the work to change this and such work would be best done from within the DSC. Quotas are only patronising if we think women are genuinely worse (rather than facing structural or cultural barriers) and this certainly isn’t the case.”