Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Lender Survey Shows Lower Profitability and Higher Concerns The American Bankers Association teamed up with Farmer Mac for their Fall 2019 Ag Lender Survey.The biggest takeaway from the report is that the agricultural economy and farm income remain under stress, with little if any signs of improvement ahead in 2020.Over 82 percent of lenders in the survey said farm profits were being squeezed this year, with every region in the survey reporting profitability declines in their respective areas.The top concerns for producers in the survey included income, liquidity, and leverage, but trade, tariffs, and weather moved up on the list.The top concerns for lenders included credit quality, competition for loans, as well as weaker loan demand.Lender sentiment remained cautious between August of 2018 and August of 2019. A similar percentage of lenders reported farm profitability declines, increasing farm leverage, and increasing loan default rates.Dairy, grains, and cattle were the sectors that gave lenders the most concern, while they were less concerned about the swine, poultry, and vegetable sectors.Survey respondents generally expect higher loan delinquency rates going into 2020 for both production and real estate. In spite of quality concerns over credit, lenders remain positive about approvals. Ag Lender Survey Shows Lower Profitability and Higher Concerns By NAFB News Service – Nov 12, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleIndiana Harvest Advances Thanks To Favorable ConditionsNext articleWhat Data is Being Collected on the Farm and Who Can You Trust With It on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter
May 18, 2021 Find out more At a press conference held today at its Paris headquarters with the Algerian Press Freedom Collective, Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call to the Algerian authorities to stop judicial harassment of the privately-owned press and to release Le Matin editor Mohamed Benchicou, who has been in prison for exactly one year.At the same time, the Algerian Press Freedom Collective and the newspaper L’Humanité called for a protest rally outside the Algerian embassy in Paris at 6 p.m. tomorrow, the anniversary of Benchicou’s arrest.Reporters Without Borders accused the judicial authorities of using the Tuesday sessions of the magistrate’s court in the Algiers district of Sidi M’hamed to convict journalists of press offences. “There has not been such a harsh crackdown on the press for years,” the press freedom organisation said. “The number of independent news outlets is shrinking fast and press freedom is now in great danger in Algeria.”The organisation said it appealed to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s common sense, pointing out that on 3 May the president said, “the national institutions are not against press freedom.”Reporters Without Borders roundly condemned the application of prison sentences in libel cases and reiterated its call for press offences to be decriminalized by means of a reform of the criminal code, as requested by the UN special rapporteur for the right to freedom of opinion and expression.Article 144 (b) of the criminal codes makes insulting or defaming the president punishable by 2-12 months in prison, in order to silence his critics, and permits the imposition of often exorbitant fines with the sole aim of squeezing independent newspapers out of existence.Benchicou, whose daily newspaper, Le Matin, has been forced to close, has always been outspoken in his criticism of the authorities. Although his health has deteriorated in prison, his request for release on medical grounds was rejected on 10 April. Five other Le Matin journalists have been given prison sentences, in a clear sign that the government is bent on eliminating one of the country’s most independent newspapers for good.In addition to Benchicou’s release, Reporters Without Borders said it also called for the release of Er-Raï El Aam press group president Amhed Benaoum, who has been imprisoned since 28 June 2004, an end to all libel prosecutions and a discharge for all convicted journalists.The latest of many Algerian journalists to get prison sentences recently is Djamaldine Benchenouf, who lives in exile in France. The Sétif appeal court sentenced him in absentia to three years in prison for two articles he wrote for the Liberté daily newspaper about embezzlement within the National Social Insurance Fund and the General Union of Algerian Workers.The sentence was imposed although a lower court investigating judge shelved the case in July 2004 and Benchenouf never received any subsequent summons notifying them that it had been reopened. His family, which is still in Algeria, has received repeated summonses and have been subject to other forms of administrative harassment since the outset.Liberté’s former editor, Farid Alilat, was sentenced in absentia on 24 May to a year in prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars (1,100 euros) for a series of cartoons and a column in 2003 that were deemed “insulting to the president.”The managing editor of the evening newspaper Le Soir d’Algérie, Fouad Boughanem, and one of his columnists, Hakim Laâlam, were sentenced by an Algiers court on 17 May to two years in prison and a fine of 250,000 dinars (2,750 euros) for libel. The newspaper was also fined the same amount.Four Le Matin journalists were given prison sentences in libel actions on 19 April. They were Abla Cherif and Hassane Zerrouky, who got two months, and Youcef Rezzoug and Yasmine Ferroukhi, who got three months. The same day, Benchicou received an additional five-month prison sentence.Meanwhile, the Jean Picollec publishing house, which published a book by Benchicou called “Bouteflika: an Algerian impostor,” was the target of a recent attack in which its front door was broken down with a sledge hammer. Nothing was taken and the only thing damaged inside was a poster about the book. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation At a press conference held today at its Paris headquarters with the Algerian Press Freedom Collective, Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call to the Algerian authorities to stop judicial harassment of the privately-owned press and to release Le Matin editor Mohamed Benchicou, who has been in prison for exactly one year. 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News UpdatesMurder Convicts Sentenced To Life Without Remission Not Entitled To Furlough : Delhi HC [Read Judgment] Mehal Jain6 July 2020 2:01 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Friday held that a convict who has been awarded sentence for a particular period or for life with the stipulation that no remission will be granted to him in that period is not entitled to furlough during the said period while undergoing the sentence. The petioners before the Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta were a rape and murder convict (namely Sanjay…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?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Friday held that a convict who has been awarded sentence for a particular period or for life with the stipulation that no remission will be granted to him in that period is not entitled to furlough during the said period while undergoing the sentence. The petioners before the Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta were a rape and murder convict (namely Sanjay Kumar Valmiki), convicted for offences punishable under Section 302/376(2)(f)/363/201 IPC and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life with stipulation of a minimum period of 25 years of incarceration without remission, and the second (namely Chandra Kant Jha), a serial killer, convicted in three different FIRs for offence punishable under Section 302 IPC and in two of the FIRs, awarded sentence of death by the Trial Court. In the case of the latter, however, the death penalty was not confirmed by the High Court in the Reference and instead this Court awarded sentence of rigorous imprisonment for life with the direction that the convict shall not be released on remission for remainder of his natural life except for the exercise of power under Articles 72 and 161 of the Constitution of India. “When in custody a prisoner is entitled to reprieve by three different remedies i.e. bail during trial or during the pendency of appeal and by parole and furlough after the conviction and sentence are passed and upheld in appeal”, said the bench, proceeding to note the relevant provisions of the Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 and Delhi Prison Rules 2018 for the grant of remission and consequently grant of furlough. It noted that ordinary remission is defined under Rule 1174 and eligibility therefore is spelt out in Rule 1175. A reading of these Rules in conjunction reveals that once a prisoner is not eligible for grant of ordinary remissions, when so ordered by a Court, he would not eligible for grant of Annual Good Conduct Remission (in short AGLR) as in terms of Rule 1178, for getting AGCR, a prisoner should be first eligible for grant of ordinary remissions. “Consequently, a prisoner awarded a fixed term sentence would not be entitled to Annual Good Conduct Report, which, as explained above, is an eligibility criteria for grant of furlough”, stated the Court. Further, it observed that the note appended to Rule 1171 of the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018 clarifies that if any statute or the court in its order of sentence has denied the remission to the prisoner and thereby not specified the kind of remission to be denied then all kinds of remission will be denied. Therefore, unless the sentencing Court while stipulating the condition of no remission specifies debarment of any particular kind of remission, all kinds of remissions shall be barred to a prisoner. “Consequently, as the sentences awarded to the petitioners bar consideration for remission for fixed number of years in the case of Valmiki and for the remainder life in case of Jha, the petitioners cannot be said to be eligible for grant of remission and consequently furlough”, opined the bench. The Single Judge observed that as laid down by the Supreme Court in its various decisions parole is an exercise of discretion whereas furlough is a salutary right of the convict to be considered for release which the convict can claim if he satisfies the requirement of the Act and the Rules. Parole is granted to meet certain emergencies whereas furlough accrues to the petitioner on compliance of the conditions prescribed. From Rules 1171 to 1178 and Rule 1223 of the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018 it is evident that a prisoner is entitled to furlough only if he has earned three Annual Good Conduct reports and consequently three Annual Good Conduct Remission. Where the sentence of the convict bars grant of remission, the pre-requisite of attaining three Annual Good Conduct Remission is not satisfied and hence the threshold required to qualify for grant of furlough is not met. “Hence a prisoner who is not entitled to any remission for a particular period or for the remainder of his life, would not be entitled to furlough as he does not qualify for the threshold requirement”, iterated the bench. The Court noted that the petitioners have neither challenged the validity of the provisions of the Delhi Prisons Act and Delhi Prison Rules, 2018 nor have brought out that the Rule 1171 creating a distinction, in respect of a class of cases, where the courts adopt the third category of sentence i.e. more than 14 years imprisonment without remission, is an arbitrary exercise of power. The bench proceeded to express the view that “As the period on furlough is counted towards the sentence undergone as provided under Rule 1199, grant of furlough to a convict who cannot be granted remission for a particular period would amount to granting the relief as forbidden by the order on sentence”. “It is trite law that where a power is given to do a certain thing in a certain way, the thing must be done in that way or not at all”. The Court noted that the power of remission under Articles 72 and 161 of the President and the Governor, is unaffected by provisions of any statute or even by a judgment of a Court prescribing sentence of life without remission. The two other kinds of remissions available to a prisoner are one under Section 432 Cr.P.C. and the other earned by a prisoner under the Prison Rules, based on his/her good behaviour and/or such other stipulations prescribed in the Prison Rules. Though the sources of these two remissions are different statutes, however, grant of remission earned by a prisoner under the Prison Rules, whether for good behaviour or for complying other conditions has bearing on remission of the substantive sentence granted under Section 432 Cr.P.C., as while considering grant of remission under Section 432 Cr.P.C., the earlier remission granted are taken into consideration. “This is evident from Rule 1189 of the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018, which reads that ‘In the case of a prisoner serving more than one life sentence, twenty years shall be treated as the total of all his sentences for calculating remission'”, said the bench. It continued to observe that “though in the present decision this Court is not dealing with the issue of grant of parole, however, it would be appropriate to note that as per the Delhi Prison Rules, a convict can be considered for parole for one month after six months have elapsed from the first parole”. “Thus a convict can be considered for roughly two paroles in a year to meet to exigency including to re-establish social ties”. Agreeing that the availability of parole to re-establish social ties and family links is a reformative approach, the bench expressed the opinion that “merely because a category of convicts with specific stipulation in the order on sentence being not entitled to three furloughs in a year totaling to seven weeks cannot be said to be a non-reformative approach as the remedy of parole is still available to them including to re-establish family ties”. The bench noted that section 302 IPC prescribes two kinds of punishment i.e. with death or imprisonment for life, and that the sentencing courts are often faced with a dilemma when the offence does not fall in the category of rarest of rare case or considering the other mitigating circumstances sentence of death is too excessive and sentence of imprisonment of life which would be fourteen years actual imprisonment in terms of Section 433A Cr.P.C. too inadequate, the courts resort to the third category, “By awarding the sentence to the petitioners in the third category the courts have already adopted a reformative approach. Further, as noted above, petitioners would be entitled to seek parole even for re-establishing social and family ties. Hence, the contention of learned counsels for the petitioners that in case furlough is not granted, the petitioners will be denied consideration of their case from a reformative angle is incorrect”, concluded the bench. W.P.(CRL.) 2049/2019 SANJAY KUMAR VALMIKI versus STATEW.P.(CRL.) 682/2019CHANDRA KANT JHA versus STATE OF NCT OF DELHIClick Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Story
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Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Almost a third of employers are considering introducing random drink anddrugs testing in a bid to avoid liability for accidents in the workplace thatcould be put down to substance abuse. Despite the human rights implications of introducing tests, 31 per cent ofrespondents to a Personnel Today sponsored survey said they were consideringit, especially those in safety-sensitive sectors such as transport andmanufacturing. Currently only one in 10 tests for alcohol or drug use and aneven smaller proportion have tested job applicants. Up to a quarter of workplace accidents are estimated to be alcohol induced,and people who abuse drink or drugs are eight times as likely to be absent fromwork for more than a week than their colleagues. Potential challenges to testing could come under article 8 of the EuropeanConvention of Human Rights which guarantees a right to respect for privatelife. But this right can be overridden in certain circumstances such as in theinterests of public safety, or the protection of health or the rights andfreedoms of others. Drink and drugs testing on the increaseOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Privatisation drives down pay in capitalOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today The transfer of public sector staff to private companies is creating low payand poor working conditions in East London, claims Unison-funded research. The research, Mapping Low Pay in East London, shows that many transferredstaff protected under Tupe have better pay and work conditions than theirprivate sector colleagues. Cleaning staff who transferred from Homerton Hospital to ISS Mediclean earnmore, receive London weighting, get more holiday and have access to a pensionscheme, claims the research. Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said, “This study shows justwhat a vicious downward spiral into poverty is caused by privatisation andprivate companies driving down pay and conditions to boost profits. “Many thousands are forced to work inhumanly long hours, sometimes inseveral jobs, to eke out a living for their families.” But even Tupe-protected staff feel that their working conditions havedeteriorated. The study claims that staff from Atherton Leisure Centre inNewham, who were transferred to Greenwich Leisure, felt under pressure to takeup new contracts or find other jobs. Their lunch breaks were cut and they wereexpected to make up time lost to training. Jean Gibbins, head of HR for Greenwich leisure, responded, “It has notbeen suggested that they take up new contracts and they have not been asked toleave.” She added that staff now have better access to training and careerdevelopment. The research, by East London Communities Organisation, interviewed 100employees working for private contractors in the public sector.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Consultationdocuments may come and go, but the latest from the Government’s Accounting forPeople Task Force is probably one of the most important you will ever see.Geta copy of the consultation paper, take time to study it and make sure you givea response in the next six weeks. It is asking for opinions on crucial issues,which directly affect you in your job and could determine the destiny of the HRprofession. Don’t waste this opportunity to get involved. It’ssurprising that a DTI Task Force called Accounting for People only includes oneHR specialist and no representative from the CIPD. Instead, it is made up ofeight academics, consultants, civil servants and business leaders whose job itis to create best practice guidance and a framework for organisations on howthey can meaningfully account for their people. Eventually, this group willmake recommendations on how you should reflect human capital assets in annualreports and accounts. TheGovernment is marching ahead with its own agenda encouraging business todemonstrate good corporate governance. It argues that investors need thisdetail to determine the long-term strength and sustainability of business andthat employees should have it to increase motivation and assist with managingtheir careers.Butwhatever way you look at it, human capital management is never going to be apiece of cake. People are unpredictable, and are not passive assets that can beeasily and reliably counted on a uniform and comparative scale across allindustries. Thecurrent leaders in this such as HR directors at Jaguar, Nationwide, Tesco andB&Q are doing a grand job in sharing their experiences to improve ourunderstanding of the human capital challenge. Their message is clear: what isnot measured is not properly valued and cannot be effectively managed. Buttoo many employers have not made a systematic leap into this arena and evenfewer are reporting externally. Whatever stage you are at, make sure youropinions inform the process because HR should be pivotal to the collation ofthis information. Ifyou have not already got the metrics bug, you need to act swiftly. HR risksbeing out manoeuvred if it does not start measuring and others, including theaccountants, marketers and IT specialists, will take over this role. Byengaging with this consultation process, you will be doing yourself and HR agreat service. There is good news for HR jobseekers this week. The popularCareer Coach column has been revived and on personneltoday.com you can send inyour own questions to a panel of experts. Personnel Today has also rebrandedits entire recruitment service. Jobs of the week will be highlighted in themagazine and by keying in personneltodayjobs.com, you can now go straight tothe recruitment section of our website where there are hundreds of HR vacanciesand a CV database. Previous Article Next Article Stop the accountants driving human capitalOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today