Battery developer makes a loss

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Singh LJ to head snooping watchdog

first_imgThe Right Honourable Lord Justice Singh has been appointed president of the independent body that hears complaints against surveillance by the intelligence services, HM Courts and Tribunals Judiciary announced today. He will succeed Sir Michael Burton as president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on 27 September.  Lord Justice Singh (Sir Rabinder Singh QC) will continue to sit in the Court of Appeal.The tribunal, set up in 2000 under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to hear complaints about surveillance by the intelligence agencies, is gaining a higher profile amid challenges to bulk interceptions of communication data by state agencies. It is today hearing a case involving revelations that GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 collected data relating to privacy pressure group Privacy International.Announcing the appointment, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said: ’The appointment of a lord justice of appeal as president of the tribunal ensures that the tribunal is headed by a senior judge of equivalent status to the investigatory powers commissioner. Lord Justice Singh brings a wealth of experience in the judiciary and expertise in public law which will be crucial to the tribunal’s vital role in hearing complaints concerning the use of investigatory powers.’last_img read more

A response to questions about Guyana’s oil wealth

first_imgDear Editor,Thank you for publishing the recent article around the question of what could Guyana do if paid to leave the oil in the ground. A number of questions have been asked and published concerning where possible funding for such an approach may come from, keeping in mind that the go get is a secured annual $1 billion US influx supported by a proven asset base of discovered oil. A recommendation would be for the fund supporters to pay into the fund on an agreed schedule that allows for long-term investment and earnings that also supports the ongoing efforts of the UN in combatting change. Thus there is also much benefit to be had by the UN in embracing Guyana’s offer.Currently there are a number of organisations in the UN structure that focus specifically on climate change funding. Some examples are the following:1. Global Environment Facility which was established by UNFCCC2. Special Climate Change FundHowever, a recommended preferred approach would be for the Government, if interested, to have discussions with the UN’s High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance. The timing appears to be good as they are currently looking into a wide variety of sources to fund climate change initiatives in developing countries. This may present an opportunity for Guyana to be a member of this advisory group, which could foster the adaptation of the suggested approach of paying to keep the oil in the ground.Also to be considered are some of the beneficiaries of this proposal, such as:1. OPEC members who would benefit in the near term from supply adjustments. These countries are also aggressively investing in transitioning to renewable energy sources and partnering with them has many positive attributes in addition to possible funding, such as renewable energy technology transfer.2. In addition, the oil companies are currently facing numerous law suits for climate change issues and they also stand to benefit from aiding developing countries in such a transition. The positive impact being both on their liabilities and corporate image, and the taking of corrective and preventative action towards the damage they have knowingly caused.3. Also we must remember the developed members of our community of allies that are being negatively impacted by climate change. The Caribbean area which includes locations such as Florida has proven itself to be vulnerable and positive actions taken in the Caribbean will also benefit this community.As for the question on how to prevent the squandering of the funds obtained, it will be the same issue if the country receives funds from the sale of oil. From my experience, in order to prevent such problems, it usually requires solid fiscal policies and systems, coupled with good governance and the implementation of a robust support structure that is both transparent and easily auditable. The problem is not insurmountable especially if the long-term revenue streams are secured while being supported by responsible fiscal management and the latter comes down to having the right team on board whose members hold each other accountable while embracing and expecting high levels of personal integrity.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more