first_img Royal Dutch Shell yesterday said it planned to sell almost a third of its 34 per cent stake in Woodside Petroleum for $3.3bn (£2bn), prompting predictions Australia’s largest oil and gas firm could become a bid target.The Anglo-Dutch oil major said it would retain a 24.27 per cent stake in Woodside for at least a year, except in the case of a takeover bid for Woodside, or that Shell decided to sell a large chunk to a strategic buyer.A source familiar with the matter said the 10 per cent stake being sold on was being marketed to institutions in Australia and internationally. Shell said investment bank UBS had underwritten the sale at A$42.23 a share.Shell, which tried to take over Woodside in 2000 but which was blocked by the Australian government, said its development of a large portfolio of interests in Australia showed it no longer needed to use Woodside as a vehicle for investment there.“We will increasingly focus our investment in Australia through direct interests in assets and joint ventures, rather than indirect stakes,” chief executive Peter Voser said.The deal takes Shell closer to its goal of raising $7-8bn by the end of 2011, as it seeks to reduce debt incurred to pay for heavy investments in recent years.“This disposal programme is seen as a way of upgrading the portfolio and repairing the balance sheet,” Peter Hitchens, analyst at Panmure Gordon said in a note to clients.Investment banks said last week Woodside was being eyed as a potential takeover target with its long-serving chief executive, Don Voelte, due to step down in the second half of 2011, potentially leaving the company exposed to predators.Woodside shares rose last week on speculation Australia and London-listed miner BHP Billiton may take a look if its $39bn bid for Canada’s Potash collapsed. BHP, which looked at merging with Woodside in 2001, declined comment on a possible bid yesterday. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Monday 8 November 2010 9:30 pm whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Share Woodside put in play as Shell sells big stake Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_img Starting XV:15.Rob Miller14.Mark Cueto13.Johnny Leota12.Sam Tuitupou (C)11. Joaquin Tuculet10.Nick Macleod9.Dwayne Peel1.Alasdair Dickinson2.Marc Jones3.Henry Thomas4.Fraser McKenzie5.Kearnan Myall6.James Gaskell7.David Seymour8.Andy PowellReplacements:16.Tommy Taylor17.Vadim Cobilas18.Tony Buckley19.Richie Vernon20.Onosa’i Auva’a21.Cillian Willis22.Tasesa Lavea23.Luther Burrell STOCKPORT, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Sam Tuitupou of Sale Sharks in action during the AVIVA Premiership match between Sale Sharks and Gloucester at Edgeley Park on October 8, 2011 in Stockport, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Sam Tuitupou will captain the side against the ChiefsSale Sharks welcome back Dwayne Peel and Joaquin Tuculet for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership Round 9 game against Exeter Chiefs at Edgeley Park, kick off 7.45 p.m.Also included in the matchday squad is former Auckland Blues flanker Onosa’i Auva’a,  who is set for his Sharks’ debut if he comes off the bench.Sharks’ Executive Director of Sport Steve Diamond said, “In terms of our development, this match is the most pivotal game of the season. Exeter are a good side.  They are very workmanlike, keep the ball well and they wait for you to make a mistake. If we can achieve parity at our lineout and scrum, we can get some joy out of the game.”last_img read more

first_imgRIP: Sr. Lucy Shetters of the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province Posted Sep 2, 2014 Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Rev. Mary Jane Francis says: Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs September 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm Sr. Lucy touched all of us women at Sewanee. May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace . Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel September 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm Sr. Lucy and I were in the same seminary class at Sewanee. She was quiet and shy, but I remember her smile when she got tickled about something that was said. She was someone I always looked up to. May light perpetual shine upon her. 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 Obituary, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (3) 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 Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID People Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME On August 29, 2014, the Rev. Sister Lucy of the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province (aka Lucy Lee Shetters) died in her 80th year of life, the 58th year of her religious profession, and the 34th year of her priestly ordination. Sister was the first woman to be ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and was well known throughout the Diocese. She was a native of Tennessee, born in Sherwood in 1933, and entered the Community of St. Mary in 1954. Bishop Horace W.B. Donegan, then Bishop of New York and Visitor of the Community, presided at her religious profession on September 27, 1956. On Sept. 4, 1958, she was sent as a missionary Sister to Sagada in the Philippines, where she served for seven years. In the mid-sixties, she served briefly in the Community’s schools: St. Mary’s School in Peekskill, NY, and St. Mary’s School in Sewanee, TN. She also served briefly as the Assistant Superior (1966-68) and Novice Mistress (1968 -72) at the Mother House of the order in Peekskill, NY. In the early 1970s she was appointed the Sister-in-Charge of St. Mary’s Convent in Sewanee, where she helped develop the retreat center that later became known as St. Mary’s Sewanee. In 1977, Sr. Lucy entered the School of Theology at the University of the South in order to serve as a priest for the Community and for the congregation that came to its chapel. She was ordained a priest by the Right Rev. Bill Sanders on May 7, 1980. Shortly thereafter, in 1981, Grace Fellowship Church in Garnertown called her as its pastor. She was also sometime chaplain for the Companions of the Holy Cross. She also served, off and on, as Sister-in-Charge of the Southern Province of the Community of St. Mary for a total of 36 years. Under her leadership, the Community embraced liturgical change, negotiated a transfer of the ministry and the ownership of the retreat center to an independent board, built a ! new convent and moved to the Community’s present location, re-established a connection with the Mountain Province, Philippines, and received the remaining Sisters there into the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province, and established a branch house in Los Angeles.Sister Lucy was also asked by the Diocese of Tennessee to extend her priestly ministry beyond the convent chapel. From 1988 – 1993, she served as vicar of St James Episcopal mission and got the grant that enabled the mission to build its present sanctuary and bell tower. From 1994 – 2008, she served as vicar of Epiphany Mission in Sherwood, TN. From 2008 onward, Sr. Lucy continued to serve the congregation at the convent chapel and Grace Fellowship as she was able. Her health, however, worsened considerable in her remaining years. Her death freed her of all pain, reunited her with her Sisters and family who have gone before, and joined her forever with the God who loves her most dearly.Sister is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ruby Clark Shetters; her aunt, Linnie McBee; and her siblings: Johnny Shetters, Jerry Shetters, William Shetters, Letty Shetters. Her surviving relatives are Charles Shetters (Rockport, Texas), James Shetters (Aransas Pass, Texas), Roy Shetters (Ingleside, Texas), Bettie Kachele (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Linda Curtis (Decherd, TN) and Betty Sue Rollins (Sewanee, TN) her cousin.Sr. Lucy’s life and ministry will be celebrated at a memorial service on September 20th at All Saints Chapel at 11 o’clock, followed by a reception. This service will include any and all who have been touched by her ministry. Her funeral service and burial will be held later at the convent on September 27th at 11 o’clock. All are invited to that service and the reception as well. 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Rev. Dr. Margaret Shepard says: Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm And you, Mary Robert, were the 2nd woman ordained in the diocese… and the first of 4 women ordained from the same congregation… St. David’s, Nashville, TN.I first met Sr. Lucy when a group of women from St. David’s went on retreat to St. Mary’s Convent in 1974. Her ordination was a wonderful occasion for all as she was greatly beloved in the diocese and had spoken up at our diocesan convention in favor of women’s ordination while it was being debated. As a quiet person she was not wont to speak, but told me that she was moved by the Spirit to do so and obeyed that nudging. She was my spiritual director for a number of years after my ordination, and remained a friend over the years. May she rest in peace. She will always live on in my memory. Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service The Rev. Mary C. Robert says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

first_img This year’s annual gathering from the NCVO Sustainable Funding Project will be held on 8 June 2006 at NCVO’s headquarters. The event is “designed to expand your knowledge and networks” and explore “the various ingredients that can enable your organisation to be sustainable”.Speakers at the event include:* Kate Sayer, Sayer Vincent* Karen Thompson, War on Want* Stephen Ravenscroft, Nabarro Nathanson* Henry Ashworth, founder of of the Extreme Academy, home of Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant near Newquay* Claire Glossop, Head of Sustainable Funding, NCVO* Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO Advertisement NCVO’s Sustainable Funding Project to hold annual gathering in June The event on 8 June 2006 costs £119 for NCVO members and £255 for corporate non-members. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Tradingcenter_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 22 April 2006 | Newslast_img read more

first_imgFrom an article originally published in the Aug. 12 Pan-African News Wire. Angolan president to step down amid oil glutThe former Portuguese colony of Angola will elect a new head of state after President Jose Eduardo dos Santos leaves office. He inherited the position when the founder of modern-day Angola, Dr. Agostino Neto, died in office in 1979. Neto was a co-founder of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which won and consolidated independence for the country with the assistance of fraternal African governments, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the Republic of Cuba during the years 1975-89.Angolan independence was achieved through a protracted armed struggle from 1961 to 1975, when the U.S. and the then-racist apartheid regime in South Africa funded and coordinated two counterrevolutionary organizations in a failed attempt to create a neocolonial outpost in this oil-rich state, one of the leading producers of petroleum on the continent. Since 2014, the U.S.-engineered overproduction of oil has created burgeoning economic crises in Angola, as well as many other states in Africa and around the world.Angolan Defense Minister Joao Lourenco is designated to run for the presidency on behalf of the MPLA on Aug. 23. The MPLA dominates the legislative body in the country with 175 seats, far outstripping its closest competitor UNITA, which occupies only 32 seats. UNITA, supported by the U.S. and the apartheid regime, waged a decades-long civil war against the MPLA government.In 2002, UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi was killed by the Angolan military, effectively ending the war and leaving the opposition party with its only option of returning to electoral politics.The challenges facing Angola are symptomatic of Africa as a whole. Continuing dependency on the viability and accessibility of Western capitalist markets for the distribution of its most lucrative resources automatically comes with a degree of vulnerability. Africa’s only real option for sustainability is the development of an intracontinental trade policy. which will not be realized absent economic and political integration.South Africa and the obstructionist opposition fuel economic uncertaintySince the fall of the settler-colonial regime of the National Party from power in the first multiparty, nonracial, democratic elections of April 1994, the African National Congress has dominated South African politics. As the most industrialized state on the continent, the Republic of South Africa is undergoing a severe economic recession.The situation in South Africa must be viewed within the broader political and economic context of the plight of the emerging nation-states across the region and the globe. Rising unemployment, the persistence of poverty and the failure to redistribute national wealth provide opposition forces with a mechanism to destabilize the government.President Jacob Zuma, the outgoing leader of the ANC, who is winding down his tenure as head of state, has been subjected to numerous attempts aimed at removing him from office. Another no-confidence vote against Zuma did not succeed on Aug. 8, as the overwhelming majority of ANC members of Parliament rejected the obvious regime-change scheme.In December, the ANC will hold its 54th National Conference to choose a new leader to head both the party and the ticket for the presidency and national assembly seats in 2019. However, not satisfied with their failure to remove the president, the two largest opposition parties — the right-wing Democratic Alliance and the putative, ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters — are now seeking to introduce a legislative motion to dissolve Parliament and hold snap elections.What is striking about these efforts is that neither of these two parties advances any real alternative policy to the ANC’s rule.  Although the EFF claims to advocate for the nationalization of land and mineral resources, its principal objective is to bring down the ANC government, making it a natural ally of the pro-colonial DA.Perhaps the gravest dangers to the National Democratic Revolution are the worsening divisions within the ANC and the strained relations between the leadership of the South African Communist Party and the ruling party. Complicating the situation even further are differences inside the Congress of South African Trade Unions over its posture toward Zuma and his staunch supporters inside the ruling party. Memberships in all three of these entities overlap, which does not facilitate the efficient operations of any of them.At the recently held SACP 14th National Congress in July, the party decided to remain as a key component of the Tripartite Alliance, comprised of the ANC, COSATU, the South African National Civic Organizations and the Communist Party. Despite pressure from SACP provincial structures to run candidates in their own name in 2019, it is not clear how much success would be achieved in light of the still vast majority support for the ANC throughout the country.Multiparty politics and the need for African unificationThe four states discussed in this essay — Kenya, Rwanda, Angola and South Africa — typify the crises of governance and political economy in African Union member-states. As long as internal divisions plague African governments and political parties, the overall struggle against imperialist domination will be thwarted.The social aspirations of African workers, farmers and youth cannot be fully achieved absent the merging of states, political parties, trade unions, peasant and mass organizations. Although there has been significant economic growth in Africa since the beginning of the present century, the recent period marked by the decline in commodity prices, the drop in currency values and the reemergence of the debt crisis — which enhanced dependency on world capitalism during the postindependence period — could easily overwhelm the continent, stifling its capacity to realize genuine development and regional sovereignty.The flight of thousands of Africans from their countries every month seeking refuge as migrants in European Union states, along with the inability to halt internecine conflict in nations, such as South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia, provide avenues for intervention by the Pentagon, Western intelligence agencies and NATO. The presence of untold numbers of troops from the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) across the continent under conditions of social instability, economic uncertainty and political divisions will only serve to maintain neocolonialism.African leaders both inside and outside state structures should place continental unity and socialist economic planning at the top of their agendas. The broader deployment of U.S. troops can only further reverse the historical movement toward Pan-Africanism and socialism in the 21st century.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the agriculture subcommittee, said the panel’s bill “focuses investments in programs that bolster U.S. agriculture, support rural communities, maintain food and drug safety and ensure sound markets and provide nutrition for children, families and seniors at home as well as abroad.It “also targets funding to national programs that have the most benefit to the American people and the U.S. economy, while at the same time, it reduces inefficient, wasteful and low-priority programs and agencies,” Aderholt said.The most controversy on the agriculture bill came in response to provisions regarding tobacco regulation, particularly as it applies to electronic cigarettes and specialty cigars, and the Obama administration’s policies.The panel approved a measure from Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) to mandate that the FDA put e-cigarettes under an easier approval process than the administration wants to use.The committee voted against amendments from Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to allow regulations on specialty and flavored cigars and compounding pharmacies.It rejected Democrats’ pleas to provide the Obama administration the $1.9 billion it requested to fight the Zika virus, and approved amendments regarding food stamp eligibility for retailers and rules for raising chickens.On the energy and water bill, the panel did not approve any amendments.“This is a responsible bill, one that corrects a number of budget gimmicks used by the administration to get around the discretionary budget caps,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chairman of that subcommittee.“This bill rejects the budget request proposal to reduce investments in the energy sources that we rely on today,” he continued, explaining decisions to take money away from renewable energy and efficiency programs and put it into fossil fuel research and development. “Within energy programs, the recommendation rebalances the portfolio to provide a true all-of-the-above energy strategy.”The Democrats tried and failed to get two amendments passed.One would have stricken all of the policy riders in the bill, which are on California’s drought, blocking the Clean Water Rule and allowing guns on Army Corps of Engineers land. The other would provide millions of dollars in emergency funding for Flint.“This is a man-made crisis, caused by so-called cost-saving measures, delayed response and outright lies that have endangered families and children. And this is a public health crisis,” said DeLauro. Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 20, 2016 center_img House Panel Approves Agriculture, Energy Spending Bills Home Energy House Panel Approves Agriculture, Energy Spending Bills The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to approve bills to fund the Agriculture and Energy departments and the Army Corps of Engineers. In an all-day markup, the panel considered numerous amendments to both the agriculture and the energy and water bills, eventually passing both on voice votes.The agriculture bill, at $147.7 billion, had bipartisan support, although the Democrats tried — with mixed results — to change several provisions regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, food stamps and other policies.The $37.4 billion energy and water spending bill had fewer amendment votes, although the partisan rancor reached a higher pitch amid debates over California’s drought and the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. Previous articleIndiana Conditions Ripe for Huge Planting ProgressNext articleMorning Update Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  JP Velaquez (l) and Pasadena native Christian Yeghnazar (r)The current pandemic isolation is like ripples on a pond. Everything affects everything else. Students can’t attend campuses, and that means that high school seniors won’t be visiting any potential college campuses soon, either.Thus the dilemma that USC business majors JP Velasquez and Pasadena-native Christian Yeghnazar decided to take on. Yeghnazar is a graduate of Clairbourn School and Flintridge Preparatory.“The biggest part of applying to college and when selecting campuses,” said Yeghnazar Tuesday, “is really visiting the place and really talking to students there, to kind of get a feel for it. And that was taken away for all high schoolers right now. So then we kind of tried to figure out what the solution is to this problem. How can we solve this?”As he explained further, College Connect is a free service which aims to match high school students with college students so that they can have their wide range of questions answered about a college they’re interested in.“We recognized that many high school juniors and seniors won’t have an opportunity to visit the colleges they were accepted to or potentially even go to orientation – so we wanted to bridge the gap,” said Yeghnazar.The partnership and Connect program is a likely by-product of Spark SC, a student-run entrepreneurship ecosystem at USC dedicated to building communities, unlocking opportunities, and expanding social impact for current and budding entrepreneurs. Not surprisingly, Yeghnazar, a member of the USC Marshall School of Business 2021 class, is the current president.For Velasquez, the oldest in a college-bound family, the dilemma hit close to home.“I saw that one of the groups impacted by this are high school seniors, because my sister is a senior in high school,” he explained, saying, “She was a little more stressed out with the process because now for the first time seniors can’t go visit colleges before making a huge decision like that.“We try to help solve that problem by connecting them with college students that can answer their questions, and beyond that,” Velasquez continued. “We know that every year there’s a lot of kids in our communities who either can’t afford to visit colleges, or don’t have someone at home who can guide them through the process, and be a resource for them as well.”The one-on-one mentor idea can be far more valuable than a campus visit, offered Velasquez, since the mentor student, having attended the school, can share an insight the official school visit might lack.“I think the main difference is the authenticity,” he said. “Every year, every school offers different programs and an orientation. But the one thing in those programs, it’s that it’s somewhat of a sales pitch. Obviously the school wants to try and show its best side, which is great, (but it may not be) the most accurate representation of what the school is.”With College Connect, he said, potential college students will “talk to a real student who doesn’t have any skin in the game.”“It’s an honest account of what their experience has been, Velasquez added, “and we think that is a super valuable resource.”According to Yeghnazar, the program was announced only last week through local social media, and garnered attention from students right away, with over 400 current sign ups and more than 70 current campuses involved.As Velasquez also noted, the pair of entrepreneurs were initially creating the student-mentor matchups themselves, but soon that task became overwhelming. They recruited another fellow USC student to develop the algorithms necessary to quickly and accurately match students with students.Added Yeghnazar, “We’ve been getting some really great feedback from the high schoolers, saying, ‘Thank you so much for this program. I didn’t know what I was going to do with that in orientation, but this really helps me get ready to go to college.’ I think those kinds of emails really motivate and encourage us to keep going, because it is clearly a need that needs to get filled.”More information on the free student-mentor matching service is available at https://joincollegeconnect.com/ Education Pasadena Native Creates Solution for College-Hopeful High School Seniors In A Stay-at-Home World Students can’t visit college campuses for orientation at the moment; up steps an opportunity By EDDIE RIVERA, Weekendr Editor Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 1:12 pm Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Position at Dunlewey’s Post Office needs filled without delay – Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleIrish Water confirmed to address sewage discharge in Crana RiverNext articleLetterkenny has most emergency child care applications in Ireland admin WhatsAppcenter_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A Donegal Deputy is calling on An Post to fill the vacant position at Dunlewey Post Office without delay.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has said that An Post’s decision to enter into a round of public consultation regarding the necessity for a Post Office in Dunlewey is a waste of time on their part.A public meeting is to be held tonight to discuss the future of Dunlewey’s Post Office.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says that if Dunlewey Post Office is to close people will have to travel to either Bunbeg or Derrybeg instead …Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pat1pm-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – October 24, 2016 last_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup Akshita Saxena27 Sep 2020 4:19 AMShare This – xWeek Commencing From September 21, 2020 Till September 27, 2020Allahabad High Court 1. Allahabad HC Seeks UP Govt.’s Response In Journalist Prashant Kanojia’s Bail Plea [Prashant Kanojia v. State of UP] The Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh granted four weeks’ time to the State Government to file its reply in the regular bail plea moved by freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia,…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?LoginWeek Commencing From September 21, 2020 Till September 27, 2020Allahabad High Court 1. Allahabad HC Seeks UP Govt.’s Response In Journalist Prashant Kanojia’s Bail Plea [Prashant Kanojia v. State of UP] The Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh granted four weeks’ time to the State Government to file its reply in the regular bail plea moved by freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia, in connection to a FIR lodged against him allegedly for making social media posts that have the potential to promote enmity between two or more communities/groups. It is alleged that Kanojia had posted pictures of the President of India, the Prime Minister and UP CM Yogi Adityanath on his Twitter account, accompanied by objectionable comments. It was further alleged that he also made comments against the Dalit community, and his posts were intended to incite caste and religious sentiments among the citizens of the country for inciting violence. 2. [Missing BHU Student] ‘Searching Student Sincerely; Departmental Action Taken Against Erring Officers’, Varanasi SSP Tells Allahabad HC [Saurabh Tiwari v. State of UP] SSP, Varanasi informed the Bench of Justice Pritinker Diwaker and Justice Subhash Chandra Sharma that a special team has already been constituted and efforts are on to search the missing BHU Student, namely, Shiv Kumar Trivedi. Allegedly, Trivedi was picked up by certain police personnel from the M.P. Theatre ground, BHU on the said date and was taken to the Police Station Lanka, District Varanasi. Ever since there has been no sign of the student. His father made several complaints to senior police officials of Varanasi, registered IGRS complaints, etc. but in vain. 3. Allahabad HC Issues Notice To State On PIL For Release Of Aged Prisoners/Inmates With Comorbidities. Expeditious Disposal Of Bail, Parole Pleas [Man Mohan Mishra v. Allahabad HC & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Pritinker Diwakar and Justice Subhash Chandra Sharma issued notice to the state government and asked it to submit its written reply in response to a PIL regarding decongestion of the prisons in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the light of growing Coronavirus cases in the prisons. The plea seeks a direction to the Department of Prison Administration, Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the Uttar Pradesh High Powered Committee consider the release of prisoners who are above the age of 65 years old or suffering from co morbidities in view of the Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29.07.2020. 4. “No Person Should be Seen Outside his/ her House Without Mask on Face”: Orders Allahabad HC Saying ‘If Action Not Taken Today, We Won’t Be Able To Face Our Progenies’ [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres…] The Division Bench of Justice Siddhartha Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar issued a writ of mandamus for the whole of the State of Uttar Pradesh that “no person should be seen outside his/ her house without a mask on his/her face and he or she should check that the mask covers both the nose and the mouth.” The Court heard the following five issues and issued a slew of directions: Encroachment of public land and the menace of parking;Discharge of function by the Town Vending Committee;Disposal of used masks;Public wearing of masks; andFurther medical facility during COVID-19. Read full report to access the directions. Bombay High Court 1. PIL Seeks Formulation of Guidelines For Protection Of Medical Professionals & Institutions From Violence In Case Of Medical Accidents; Bombay HC Seeks State’s Reply [Dr. Rajeev Digambar Joshi v. Government of Maharashtra & Ors.] Calling it a concern of seminal importance, the Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni issued notice to the State and sought a reply within two weeks, in the PIL seeking directions for formulation of guidelines for protection of medical professionals and medical institutions from violence and attacks in case of medical accidents etc. “A concern of seminal importance is raised in this PIL petition. The concern relates to alleged non-implementation of the provisions of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010 as well as the amendments introduced in the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897,” the Court said. 2. [Breaking] There Is No Material To Prove that Tablighi Jamaat Members Indulged in Activities Which Are Likely To Spread COVID: Bombay HC [HLA Shwe & Ors. v. State of Maharashtra] The Bench of Justice VM Deshpande and Justice Amit B. Borkar quashed the FIR and the charge sheet filed against 8 Myanmar Nationals (booked for ‘Tablighi activities’) while observing that “allowing the prosecution to continue would be nothing but an abuse of the process of the Court, especially because of lack of evidence supporting the charges levelled against the foreigners.” “It is also not disputed that they were kept in isolation from 24.03.2020 till 31.03.2020 under the supervision of Dr Khawaj, NMC Zonal Officer, Mominpura, Nagpur. There is no material on record to prove that applicants had indulged in any act which was likely to spread infection of COVID -19,” the Court added. 3. “Role Of A Woman As A Housewife Most Important & Challenging”; Bombay HC Grants Rs.8 Lakh In Compensation To Family Of Woman Who Died In Car Crash [Rambhau & Ors. v. Shivlal & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Anil S Kilor granted over Rs.8 lakh towards compensation to the family of a deceased 45-year-old woman who succumbed to her injuries after the driver of the jeep she was travelling in violently dashed into a tree. “When we talk about a ‘family’, the role of a woman as a ‘housewife’ in family is the most challenging and important role which deserves much appreciation but is least appreciated. In fact emotionally she holds the family together. She is a pillar support for her husband, a guiding light for her child/children and harbor for the family’s elderly. She works round-the-clock without a single day off, no matter whether she is working or not. However, the work she does go unacknowledged and is not considered as a ‘job’. It is an impossible task to count the services she renders which are consisting of hundreds of components that go into the functioning of a household itself, in monetary terms,” the Court observed. 4. Right Of Citizens To Live In Safe Buildings A Facet Of Right Guaranteed By Article 21; Bombay HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance OF Bhiwandi Building Collapse [Building collapses and lives lost] Taking suo motu cognizance of the building collapse that took place in Thane, resulting in the death of 41, the Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni expressed pain and sadness at the loss of lives. Court issued notice to the State and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. It said, “If this is true, it is unfortunate that no action was taken by the Municipal Authorities to get the building vacated. It is also reported that this building was constructed sometime in the year 1984 before the Municipal Corporation was formed and later on, two illegal floors came to be constructed. However, no action was taken by any of the Municipal Authorities and its officers.” Calcutta High Court 1. [COVID Victim’s Last Rites] ‘Only 6 Family Members Allowed To Escort Dead Body’, Calcutta HC Modifies Its September 16 Judgment [Vineet Ruia v. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Ors.] The Division Bench of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee modified its earlier Judgment delivered on Wednesday (16th September) and ruled that not more than 6 close kins of a person, who had died of COVID, would be allowed to accompany the dead body for the last rites/Funeral. The modified judgement states: “When post mortem of the dead body is not required, the dead body shall be handed over to the immediate next of kin of the deceased i.e. the parents/surviving spouse/children; which shall be not more than six persons; after completion of hospital formalities, for being taken to the burial ground/crematorium directly. The body should be secured in a body bag, the face end of which should be transparent and the exterior of which will be appropriately sanitized/decontaminated so as to eliminate/minimize the risk to the people transporting the dead body.” 2. Promoter-Directors Of Resolution Applicant, Who Are Also Guarantors Of Company, Not Entitled To Immunity Blanket Of IBC S.14: Calcutta HC [Sandip Kumar Bajaj v. State Bank of India & Anr.] The Single Bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya ruled that section 29-A or 31 of the IBC would not provide a shield against the operation of its section 14(3)(b) and that the promoter-directors of the Resolution Applicant-Company, who are also guarantors of the Company, would not come under the immunity-blanket of Section 14. The Court appreciated that the scheme framed by the RBI was to identify events of wilful default by borrowers where the particular unit has defaulted in its payment obligations to the lender despite having a capacity to pay or has diverted the borrowed funds for some other purpose other than the specific purpose for which the funds were made available. The scheme evolved a mechanism of identifying such defaults by various methods of monitoring and prevention. 3. Submit Report Regarding Appointment Of Chairperson/Other Members Of Selection Committee Of CWC & JJBs Across The State: Calcutta HC Directs State [Court in Its Own Motion (In Re: Child Welfare)] The Division Bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Soumen Sen directed the Secretary, Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department as well as the Judicial Secretary to submit a report disclosing the progress made in regard to the appointment of the Chairperson as well as other members of the selection committee of Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards in the various districts of this State. 4. [Drug Menace] ‘Police Not Serious In Acting Against Kingpins; Gaps Are Deliberately Left For Bigger Fish To Slip Out’: Calcutta HC [Hiten Roy @ Hiru v. State of West Bengal] The Division Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Aniruddha Roy observed that the menace of drug trade cannot be tackled unless the investigating agency is diligent and is serious in taking appropriate steps against the bigger players. The Court rapped the State Police for presenting drug-related matters before the Court in such a way that the court has no option but to grant bail to the accused person. The Court even said that the “investigating agency takes no steps to unearth any material against the bigger players” and that “it appears that gaps are deliberately left for the bigger fish to slip out”. Delhi High Court 1. Writ Petition Relation To Industrial Dispute To Not Be Listed Unless ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Disclosed In Synopsis, Opening Paragraphs: Delhi HC [PTI Employees Union v. Press Trist of India] The Bench of Justice JR Midha held that a writ petition relating to an industrial dispute shall not be listed unless it discloses ‘exceptional circumstances’ in the synopsis and in its opening paragraphs. The Court was hearing the writ petitioners’ challenge to the retrenchment of 297 employees by the Press Trust of India on 29th September, 2018. The petitioners sought the quashing of the retrenchment notices, their reinstatement with back wages and consequential benefits. The preliminary issue was whether the writ petitions should be entertained in view of the statutory remedy available to the retrenched employees under the Industrial Disputes Act. Also Read: Delhi HC Refuses To Provide Relief To Retrenched PTI Employees, Says Avail Remedy Under Industrial Disputes Act ­ 2. ‘Take Action On Show Cause Notices Issued For Non-Compliance With 2018 Regulations Aimed At Curbing Online Fraud & Phishing’, Delhi HC Directs TRAI The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan gave 8 weeks to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to take some action on the show-cause notices issued to entities to show progress made in ensuring compliance with the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations (TCCCPR), 2018. While pulling up TRAI for lack of compliance with its own regulatory framework, the court said, “These regulations were issued in 2018, why haven’t you taken action against a single entity for non-compliance? What are you waiting for, why are you so shy in taking the action? Every time you come up with one excuse or the other. You take action on the show cause notice issued to at least one or two entities, others will automatically toe the line.” 3. Delhi HC Stays Delhi Govt’s Order Directing Private Hospitals To Reserve 80% Beds in ICU For COVID-19 Patients The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla stayed the order of the Delhi Government dated 12/09/20 whereby private hospitals in Delhi were directed to reserve 80% beds in ICU for COVID19 patients, and adjourned the hearing on merits till October 16. Filed by Association of Healthcare Providers, the petition challenges the September 12 order of the Delhi Government on the ground that no prior consultation was held with private hospitals to ascertain the demand-supply situation of critical care beds. 4. Delhi HC Gives Green Signal To Harper Collins To Publish Book On Asaram Bapu Case, Directs A Disclaimer To Be Put Inside The Book Cover The Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri gave green signal to Harper Collins to go ahead with its book titled ‘Gunning For The Godman’, which is based on the criminal case against Asaram Bapu. It has set aside the ex-parte injunction passed by the district court by holding that where there’s a fair discussion in public domain which is based on facts and not malicious, the same is protected under freedom to speech and expression. The court said, ‘In a civilised society, which is governed by rule of law, discussions should be governed by facts. The moment such discussions go into speculations and unproven facts, right to injunction arises.’ 5. The Delhi HC Grants Ad-Interim Injunction To Star India Pvt. Ltd. In Broadcasting Of Dream 11 IPL, 2020 The Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta granted relief in Interim Applications filed by Star India Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. against Jackstremas.com & Ors. in a suit filed for website blocking for alleged illegal and unlawful activities of the defendant websites. The suit pertains to the communication to the public of Dream 11 India Premiere League, 2020, by the defendants for which the plaintiffs have claimed exclusive television, mobile, internet and mobile activation rights worldwide. The counsel for the plaintiff had argued that the defendant websites are all rogue sites which are registered and lie dormant only to become alive whenever there is a sporting event. 6. ‘Petitioners Must Do Their Homework Before Filing PILs’, Delhi HC Notes While Dismissing Plea Seeking Closure of Illegal Hookah Bars In Delhi While dismissing a PIL seeking closure of illegal hookah bars in Delhi, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan rapped the Petitioner for lack of preparedness and went on to highlight that Petitioners must do their homework before filing Public Interest Litigation plea. While allowing the Petitioner to withdraw his plea, the Court remarked: ‘Everyone has become a champion of filing bogus PILs.’ It further added, “He’s a clerk at a lower court, what does he know about the building regulations and municipal bylaws? This seems like one of those cases where the counsel chooses the Petitioner, instead of the Petitioner choosing the counsel.” 7. ‘Allurement Advanced For Extortion Of Money Not Acceptable’, Delhi HC Asks CP, Delhi To Compile Data Of Honey Trap Cases In 2020 & Act As Per Law [Kapil Gupta v. State] The Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait asked the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to call reports from all the police stations of Honey Trap/Extortion cases and file a report to this effect within four weeks. It opined that “though acceptance of allurement is not justified, at the same time, allurement advanced for extortion of money is also not acceptable.” The Court further directed that if the Commissioner of Police, Delhi feels that similar type of incidents have taken place in Delhi in the year 2020; he shall issue standing orders to all the concerned Police Stations that action may be taken as per law, however, without harassing such person/alleged accused therein. 8. [Allegation Of Communal Reporting By Republic TV] Delhi HC Directs Ministry of Information & Broadcasting To Decide Complaints Within 4 Weeks [Amrish Ranjan Pandey v. Union of India & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Navin Chawla directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to consider the complaint filed by Youth Congress Secretary Amrish Ranjan Pandey against Republic TV for communal reporting of the ‘Palghar mob lynching’ incident. The petition, filed through Advocate Joby P. Varghese, alleges that the channel made repeated attempts to paint the event of mob lynching at Palghar, Maharashtra into a communal event, creating fear in the mind of common man. It was further alleged that migrant gatherings at Bandra in Mumbai were given the tag of a ‘gigantic conspiracy’ in another programme by the same media house. 9. Delhi HC Rejects Plea Challenging Selection Of Vice-Chancellor Of NLU Delhi The Single Bench of Justice Jyoti Singh rejected a plea challenging the validity of the procedure adopted by the Selection Committee to appoint the Vice-Chancellor for the National Law University, Delhi. The Court noted that there’s no violation of Article 14 in the procedure adopted by the Selection Committee, as otherwise alleged by the Petitioner. Also Read: NLU-O VC Prof. (Dr.) Srikrishna Deva Rao To Be Appointed As New Vice-Chancellor of NLU-Delhi Gauhati High Court 1. Gauhati HC Dismisses Review Against Order Holding Refusal To Wear ‘Sakha & Sindoor’ Signify A Woman’s Refusal To Accept Her Marriage [Renu Das v. Bhaskar Das] The Bench of Chief Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Soumitra Saikia dismissed review against its order holding that refusal to wear ‘sakha and sindoor’ are indicative of the wife’s refusal to accept her marriage. The Court observed that when a wife, who used to wear Sindoor, suddenly stops wearing it due to differences with her husband, it can be safely concluded that her marriage with her husband has “irrevocably broken”. Gujarat High Court 1. Issue Of Caste Looms Large Over Human Relationship With Strong Biases And Conditioning: Gujarat HC Directs SP To Escort Inter-Caste Couple To UP [Rajesh Sadannd Pandey v. State of Gujarat] The Division Bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice NV Anjaria directed the Superintendent of Police, Valsad to make an arrangement for an Inter-caste Couple to be escorted till Prayagraj in the State of Uttar Pradesh. “It is although not an issue, which needs to be dealt with by this Court, suffice to note that the issue of caste looms large over the human relationship with strong biases and conditioning,” the Bench remarked. 2. ‘It Is Essential That Vocational Training Be Imparted To Girls Kept In Shelter Homes’, Gujarat HC Issues Slew Of Instructions [Koli (Thakore) Dashrathji Magaji v. State Of Gujarat] The Division Bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice NV Anjaria Court issued a slew of instructions/ directions related to education, healthcare and other facilities in Women Shelter/ Protection Home, to ADJ asking him to implement them in consultation with the Principal District Judge. The Court issued these directions while observing that the Corpus before it (13 years and 04 months old girl) does not want to join the parents and insists on staying at Women Protection Home. 3. Gujarat HC Imposes Cost On Advocate For Smoking During Virtual Hearing [Mansukhbhai Polabhai Dhaduk v. State of Gujarat] Taking stern view of the “irresponsible conduct” of an Advocate who was smoking during the course of Court proceedings via video conferencing, the Bench of Justice AS Supehia imposed a cost of Rs. 10,000 The Court observed that the advocates appearing through video conference are required to maintain “minimum dignified decorum” so that the majesty and dignity of the proceedings as well as the Institution are maintained. 4. Gujarat HC Imposes Cost On Applicant/Accused For ‘Spitting Openly’ During Virtual Hearing [Ajit Kubhabhai Gohil v. State of Gujarat] The Bench of Justice AS Supehia, while taking up a Criminal Misc. Application, noticed that applicant-accused who was present before the Court through video conferencing, was spitting openly. Deprecating such conduct of the accused, the Court said, “This Court is not inclined to take up the matter today looking to the conduct of the applicant-accused No. 1.” Further, the Court directed him to deposit a cost of Rs. 500/- before the HC Registry, failing which the matter shall not be taken up for hearing. Jammu and Kashmir 1. Lakhs Of Students Took NEET; Parliament Is Functioning; Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries Can Elect Its Committee Too: J&K HC [Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Ors. v. Zubair Mahajan & Ors.] The Single Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey allowed the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) to elect its Administrative or Executive Body, called ‘Committee’. The Court was of the view that “there should be no impediment in holding elections to the Administrative / Executive Body of the Company which has just 1300 members and the elections are required to be conducted by ballot, not by raising hands. Cooperation of the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, in this behalf can be sought by this Court.” 2. ‘A Person Under Detention Can’t Be Prevented From Taking Examination’. J&K HC Directs Govt. To Facilitate Appearance Of Detenu In Exam [Omer Akbar Mir v. UT of J&K & Ors.] The Single Bench of Justice Sanjay Dhar directed the government to make arrangements for a detenu (Omer Akbar Mir) to appear in Class-12th examination commencing from September 22. It observed, “a person under detention cannot be prevented from taking the examination, unless there are pressing circumstances, which may even involve the security of the detenu itself.” Karnataka High Court 1. Karnataka HC Directs Registration Of Suo-motu PIL For Disposal Of Criminal Cases Pending Against MP’s/MLA’s A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi directed the Registrar General of the Court to register a suo-motu petition, in view of the directions issued by the Supreme Court asking the Chief Justices of the High Courts to formulate an action plan to rationalize the disposal of criminal cases pending against legislators. 2. Provide Periodical Training To Authorities Appointed Under PC-PNDT Act: Karnataka HC Directs State [Dr. Sarvabhoum S. Bagali v. State of Karnataka & Ors.] A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi directed the State government to conduct periodical training programmes for members of the Appropriate authority constituted under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques Act, to carry out the functions as required under various provisions of the Act. While disposing off the petition, the Court also directed the state government to issue directions to the Appropriate Authority to comply with the requirements of sub-section (2) of Section 23 of the said Act of 1994 (offences and penalties to be imposed on any medical geneticist, gynaecologist, registered medical practitioner, etc. for contravention of provisions of the Act). 3. ‘Court Is Required To Ensure That Petitioners Are Deported To Their Country’, Karnataka HC Quashes Case Against 5 Thailand Nationals [Jantra Wanida v. State Of Karnataka] The Single Bench of Justice John Michael Cunha quashed a case against 5 Thailand nationals who were arrayed as accused on the file of Metropolitan Magistrate, Traffic Court, Bengaluru for the offence punishable under section 14(b) of the Foreigners Act. The Court observed that the documents produced by the prosecution in support of the charge go on to show that except the statement of the witnesses, no other clinching material is available in proof of the said accusations. 4. Karnataka HC Stays Govt Order Deferring Variable Dearness Allowance Payment A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi stayed the execution and operation of the order dated 20th July, by which the State Government directed that the payment of Variable Dearness Allowance (for short, “VDA”) will stand deferred from 1st April, 2020 till 31st March, 2021. The Court held that “the result of the impugned order is that the employees will not be entitled to VDA which is an integral part of the minimum wages fixed under the provisions of the said Act for the period specified in the impugned order and the employees will get VDA for the said period only after the expiry of the said period. This is something which is clearly impermissible under the said Act and especially, keeping in mind the object of the said Act. The impugned order, as observed earlier, is ex-facie illegal and deserves to be stayed.” 5. Become Like ‘Chanakya’ To Nip Drug Peddling Menace: Karnataka HC To NCB [Abdul Aleem v. Narcotic Control Bureau] The Bench of Justice BA Patil observed that it is high time that officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) take proper steps and become “Chanakya” to nip from the bed from grass root level to tackle the menace of drugs peddling. While quashing a case registered under provision of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the Court observed, “There is a trend of inculcation of drugs, ganja and other such things in the society by various transactions and it has created menace in the society and such things are to be dealt with iron hands and they could not be spared even for a while. However, in the absence of any legal material, this Court will be helpless only to pass the present order.” 6. Karnataka HC Quashes Criminal Case Against Website Designer Accused Of Developing Site Used For Prostitution [Gavin Mendes v. State Of Karnataka] The Bench of Justice Ashok G Nijagannavar quashed a criminal case against a 31-year-old website designer, who was arrayed as a co-accused in the case alleging him of developing a website which was used for soliciting customers for prostitution. “Unless the chargesheet records reveal that the petitioner has actively involved with other accused in immoral trafficking or use of foreign girls by accused No.4, for the said purpose by specifically designing the website for them, the proceedings cannot be allowed to be continued against him. As such, the proceeding deserves to be quashed as per the parameters laid down by the Supreme Court in the case of State of Haryana v. Bhajan Lal,” the Court said. 7. Karnataka HC Wants State To Modify State Level Committee Constituted To Supervise Covid-19 Hospitals As It Failed To Discharge Its Duties A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar asked the state government to consider modifying the constitution of the State Level Expert Committee constituted based on the directions issued by the Supreme Court to supervise Covid-19 Hospitals, on finding out that it has not discharged its duties properly. On going through the report submitted by the Committee, the Court noted that “The data published by the State Government of the number of cases reported every day will show that the cases in the entire State and in particular, the city of Bengaluru are on the rise. We, therefore, expected that the State Level Committee which is appointed as per the directions of the Apex Court will play a very proactive role. The report submitted by the Member Secretary shows that the State Level Committee has not discharged its duties.” Kerala High Court 1. Unsafe To Look At Religious Or Philosophical Texts To Interpret Sec 23 Of Senior Citizens Act : Kerala HC (FB) [Subhashini v. District Collector] Whether the traditional values and general moral policies could determine and expand the scope and ambit of a piece of legislation, to bring in consequences which even the law makers would not have contemplated or intended ?, a Full Bench of the Kerala High Court has expressed its doubt. The bench observed thus while considering a reference which involved interpretation of Section 23(1) of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The court noticed that, to give an expansive interpretation, a single bench judgment had referred to the religious and philosophical texts to highlight the traditional value systems. Madhya Pradesh High Court 1. [Political Gatherings Amid COVID] Law Deserves Respect & Obedience From A Common Man, A Political Functionary And Even From The Head Of State: Madhya Pradesh HC [Ashish Pratap Singh v. State of M.P. & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Sheel Nagu and Justice Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava observed that “law, whether statutory or in the shape of executive instructions deserves respect & obedience, as much from a common man as from a leader, a political functionary and even the head of State.” The remarks were made while hearing a plea seeking to restrain the function organized by the political parties in the State. The Court acknowledged the fact that COVID-19 Pandemic situation is on the rise. Various instructions & precautionary guidelines have been issued from time to time by the Central Government/State Government to contain the aftermath. 2. If Shown That Conviction Isn’t based On Sound Evidence, Appellate Court Can Suspend The Conviction Of An MLA Wishing To Contest Elections: MP HC [Shakuntala Khatik v. State of M.P] The Single Bench of Justice JP Gupta ruled that if any MLA, who is convicted and sentenced for offences under IPC for more than 2 years of imprisonment becomes disqualified to further contest the election of MLA under Section 8 of Representation of the People Act and if convicted MLA is interested to contest the forthcoming election of MLA and succeeds to demonstrate before the Appellate court that prima facie conviction is not based on sound evidence and has immense chances of success in the appeal, then the conviction can be suspended to ensure that it does not operate to cause serious prejudice. The Court further noted, “In a democratic setup, restriction on the exercise of such right can be considered hardship to aspirants, if the conviction and sentence prima facie arguable to be fabulous and malice, in other words where the appellant has a fair chance to succeed in the appeal against the conviction and sentence.” Madras High Court 1. Madras HC Grants 30 Days’ Leave To Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case Convict, On Grounds Of Illness [Mrs. T. Arputham v. State of Tamil Nadu] In view of multiple co-morbid illness and high chances of getting Covid-19 infection in the prison, the Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice P. Velmurugan directed the concerned authorities to grant 30 days’ leave to a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, T. Arputham. The Court observed, “When the Government itself has admitted that the petitioner’s son is suffering from multiple co-morbid illness and his chances of getting infection are high, especially, when prisoners are infected with Covid-19 and a Probationary Officer has already died due to covid infection, the convict should be given treatment privately, especially, when it is not possible to give treatment in Government Hospital…” 2. Madras HC Issues Guidelines For Settlement Of Just Accident Compensation Under MV Act [United India Insurance Company Limited v. Shanmugam & Ors.] The Bench compromising Justice SM Subramaniam issued detailed guidelines for the settlement of just compensation, so as to minimize false claims and illegal practices in the matter of settlement of accident claims. The Bench noted that the facts in a Claims Petition must be “unambiguous”. It stressed, “Even in case there is a loss of memory or the claimant due to the injury, unable to provide the correct vehicle number, at least the Police Investigation should reveal the accident occurring time and the place specified as in the Claim Petition. If the charge sheet of the Police is not corroborating with the facts stated in the Claim Petition, then the Tribunal ought not to have considered the Claim Petition at all.” Access the Full Report to read further directions. 3. Though Witness Protection Scheme Evolved In 2018, System Not Instilling Confidence In Witnesses To Come Out With Truth Against Hard-Core Criminals: Madras HC [Padhakumar & Ors. v. State] The Bench of Justices T. Raja and B. Pugalenthi observed that even though the Witness Protection Scheme has been evolved in the year 2018, still the system is not providing confidence to the witnesses to come out with the truth as against the hard-core criminals. The Court continued to explain that as per the directions of the Apex Court, the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018 is evolved to give confidence to the witnesses to come forward to assist law enforcement and judicial authorities with full assurance of safety and aiming to identify series of measures that may be adopted to safeguard witnesses and their family members from intimidation and threats against their lives, reputation and property. 4. Strictly Implement The Rule Indicating Punishment For Non-Wearing Of Mask, Spitting In Public Places, Etc. : Madras HC Directs Govt. [N. Rajkumar v. Chief Secretary to Government & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R. Hemalatha directed the State Government to strictly implement the amended Rule (framed indicating the punishment for non-wearing of the mask, violating social distancing and spitting in public places) which came into being pursuant to the above Government Order dated 04.09.2020. “We have already issued appropriate directions earlier to the authorities in the State of Tamil Nadu to implement the provisions strictly. We only reiterate that the amended Rule which came into being pursuant to the above said Government Order dated 04.09.2020 will have to be implemented strictly by the respondents. Due publicity will have to be given on the Rule and the action that is likely to be taken,” the Court said. 5. RTI Act : Madras HC Issues Notice On PIL Seeking COVID-19 Special Bench For Information Commissions, Fixed Timeline For Disposal Of Appeals Etc. A Division Bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R. Hemalatha issued notices on the petition filed by independent journalist Saurav Das through Advocate M V Swaroop to the Union Government, Tamil Nadu State Govt, Central Information Commission (CIC) and Tamil Nadu State Information Commission (TNSIC) seeking their response on a PIL seeking various directions for improving the right to information (RTI) regime and for facilitating RTI applications and hearings related to the pandemic. The petition points out that since the average waiting time for a case to be heard by the CIC and TNSIC is almost 2 years, several important pandemic related RTI appeals are not being heard on priority by these Commissions and they may turn infructuous if the normal waiting time is followed. More importantly, pandemic related cases filed under ‘threat to life and liberty’ (for which information must be furnished within 48 hours by the Public Information Officer of a public authority) are also not being heard by these Commissions on priority. Orissa High Court 1. [Criminal Cases Against MPs/MLAs] Orissa HC Takes Suo Moto Notice And Directs State Govt. to Compile Data Of Pending Cases The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice BR Sarangi directed the Advocate General AK Parija to obtain instructions and file details of the criminal cases pending before different the courts of all the districts of Odisha against sitting/former M.Ps and M.L.As. “There are a total of 4442 cases pending against MPs/ MLAs (sitting and former) in different courts including Special Courts for MPs and MLAs. In 2556 cases sitting legislators are accused persons. The number of legislators involved is more than total number of cases since there are more than one accused in one case, and the same legislator is an accused in more than one case,” the Court said. Patna High Court 1. [X & XII Examination Process] Patna HC Directs State Government And ‘Bihar Board of Open Schooling and Examination’ to Take An Immediate Decision [Grassroot Empowerment and Development by Youth v. State of Bihar] The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar directed the State Government to take a decision regarding the process of conducting the examination (10th and 12th) for the students enrolled with Bihar Board of Open Schooling and Examination (BBOSE). The Court was of the view that there has to be a categorical decision as to how much time it would take in concluding the process of conducting the examination and by what date the results would be declared. “It cannot be left open with uncertainty, after all, students also have to plan the career”, the Bench further observed. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1. [Monkey Menace] ‘Garbage Littering, Feeding Religious Offerings to Monkeys Created The Menace’, P&H HC Calls For Action-Taken Report From Authorities [Divyam Dhakla v. Chandigarh Municipal Corporation & Anr.] The Bench of Justice Arun Monga observed that the suggestion, to start killing and/or culling monkeys like vermin (in case of self-defence), on the face of it, is outrageous, cruel and preposterous. “The monkey menace is self-created by the residents and/or the visitors to the adjoining religious establishment, where, invariably the visitors/residents either out of the fondness or by way of religious offerings feed the monkeys,” the Court said, It further remarked, “Garbage littering by residents is another contributor. The said action on their part, itself becomes counter protective, inasmuch as, the monkeys instead of being stable in their natural habitat, in the adjoining Sukhna Forest, end up gathering in and around the said religious establishment/residential colony, owing to the easy availability of food. 2. [Raids On Illegal Miners] ‘Its A Strange Coincidence That Offenders Manage To Flee From Spot In Almost All Cases’, P&H HC Directs DGP To Ensure Secrecy [Bittu Ram v. State of Punjab] The Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi observed that almost in all cases under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914 which come before the Court (regarding conducting of the raid by the Punjab Police on the basis of secret information), the offenders were alleged to have fled from the spot at the time of the raid. The Court said that “this coincidence in all such cases is very strange” and that it is “suggestive of either leakage of information regarding the raid to the offender by some police officer/official or manipulation of record by the police officers/officials conducting the raid who allow the offenders to escape or inefficiency of the raiding police officers/officials in suffering escape of the offenders despite their empowerment by law to use reasonable force for preventing such escape.” 3. Provide The List Of Persons Who Have Been Given Security Cover But Are Not Holding Any Public Office : P&H HC [Bir Devinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Jaishree Thakur asked the Punjab State Government to inform the Court about the number of persons, who have been provided security beyond the State Security Policy 2013. The Court further asked for the list of those persons, who have been allowed security but are not holding any public office (other than any security provided to the Judicial Officers). The Court was hearing the plea of former Punjab deputy speaker, Bir Devinder Singh who has challenged the state government’s decision to withdraw his security cover. 4. ‘Give 7 Days’ Advance Notice Before Arrest’, P&H HC Grants Interim Relief To Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini [Sumedh Singh Saini v. State Of Punjab & Anr.] The Single Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi directed the Punjab State government to issue one week’s advance notice to the former Director-General of Police (DGP), Sumedh Singh Saini before arresting him (in case, the state contemplates to do so in connection to the three-decade-old Multani kidnapping and murder case) so as to enable him to have recourse to remedies available to him in accordance with the law. Rajasthan High Court 1. [Udaipur Hotel Case] Rajasthan HC Stays CBI Court’s Order; Raps Court Over Issuance Of Arrest Warrants Against Arun Shourie & Others [Jyotsna Suri v. Union of India Through CBI] The Single Bench of Justice Dinesh Mehta rapped the CBI court for issuing arrest warrants against former Union Minister Arun Shourie and four others in connection with the disinvestment of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel (Udaipur). It observed, “This Court is constrained to observe that the Court below has not recorded any reason worth the name before resorting to the extreme mode of securing the presence of an accused – issuing an arrest warrant. The issuance of a warrant of arrest becomes all the more serious, when the petitioner was not put to any notice of the pending proceedings.” 2. Rajasthan HC Allows Student Who Was Given Two Scores In JEE Mains To Appear For JEE Advance; Result To Be Withheld [Vaishali Jain v. NTA & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Vijay Bishnoi directed the National Testing Agency to allow the student, who was precluded from appearing in the JEE (Advance) Examination after her Mains result was allegedly fiddled, to take the examination. It however clarified that appearance in the examination shall not confer any right in the Petitioner’s favour and directed the NTA not to declare her result, without permission of the Court. 3. Migrants In Rajasthan Aren’t Entitled To Claim Benefit Of Reservation In On-Going Panchayat Elections Or In Public Service Jobs: Rajasthan HC [Prem Devi v. State of Rajasthan] The Single Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Sharma ruled that the people, who have admittedly migrated from other States to Rajasthan on their marriage, are not entitled to claim the benefit of reservation in on-going Panchayat Elections in Rajasthan. The Court acknowledged the settled legal position that a person of reserved category is entitled to derive the benefits of reservation only in the State of his/her origin and not in the state to which he/she has migrated irrespective of the fact whether his caste is covered in the same reserve category in both the States. However, the Court said, only on the basis of such certificates, they shall not be entitled for the benefit of reservation in public employment and such certificates may be relevant for grant of benefits like housing scheme, which may be made available on the basis of domicile or residence. Uttarakhand High Court 1. Uttarakhand HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Proceedings U/s 125 Representation Of People Act Against INC Candidate For 2012 State Elections [Rajendra Singh Bhandari v. State of Uttarakhand] The Bench of Justice Alok Kumar Verma refused to quash criminal proceedings under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, against Rajendra Singh Bhandari, who was Badrinath Assembly Constituency Candidate of Indian National Congress Party to the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand in 2012. It observed, “It is the fundamental duty of every citizen to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood and fraternity amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities. For a fair and peaceful election, during the election campaign, party or candidate should not indulge in any activity which may create mutual hatred or cause tension between different classes of the citizens of India on ground of religion, race, caste, community or language.” Telangana High Court 1. Preventive Detention Laws Cannot Be Invoked By State As An Easy Way Method Bypassing The Ordinary Law: Telangana HC [Read Order] [Mohd. Jaffar v. State of Telangana & Ors.] The Division Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy observed that “The preventive detention laws cannot be invoked as an easy way method bypassing the ordinary law and if the detention order is passed, it is very much necessary for the detaining authority to apply its mind and arrive at a conclusion that ordinary law is not capable of acting deterrent against the detenu and thus, detention order needs to be passed.” It further observed, “the State cannot take advantage of its own lapses, whereby, on one hand, the State does not effectively oppose the bail application or seeks cancellation of bail and on the other hand, State finds an easy way method to pass detention order by invoking preventive detention laws.”Inputs by Ayushi MishraNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgLatest Stories Ty and Emma come from a family that is steeped in the rodeo tradition.Ty’s mom, Jody Ellis Singleton, and Emma’s mom, Jenny Ellis Foster, are sisters. Both competed as members of the Alabama High School Rodeo Association. Foster competed in barrels and poles. Singleton competed in all events and won the title of All Around Cowgirl.Ty, a freshman at Charles Henderson High School, will compete in the team- roping event with Clayton’s Jeff Williams.“This will be my first rodeo at Cattleman Park and I’m a little nervous,” Ty said. “I competed in the U.S. Roping in Montgomery and came in fourth and that was pretty good, I thought.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Ty said he is excited to compete at Cattleman Park and hoping for a quick catch.“We won’t get but one chance,” he said. “It’s miss or catch. I hope we catch.”Emma will be riding exhibition in an effort to season her horse and to gain experience in the rodeo arena.Ty will compete in the Alabama High School Rodeo Association this year and Emma, a sixth grader at Highland Home, will compete in the Alabama Junior Rodeo Association.The Pike County Cattlemen’s Association will continue on Saturday. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the Western Festival for kids will begin at 5 p.m. The festival will feature stick horse races, steer head roping, mutton bustin, the Little Buckaroo dress-up contest and wagon and buggy rides. The rodeo finals will begin at 7:30.The Cattlemen’s concession stand will be open both nights with hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, French fries, candies, snacks and soft drinks.Rodeo tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Tickets are available at the Piggly Wiggly stores in Troy and Brundidge, Don Walker’s Western Ware, Troy Bank & Trust main location and Cattleman Park. Children under age six are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Published 3:00 am Friday, August 26, 2016 Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Next UpPalmer said this weekend’s rodeo will be a big one with 257 cowboys and cowgirls competing.“This is the largest number of competitors we’ve had in a long time, so it’s going to be a very competitive rodeo and an exciting and fun one,” Palmer said. “We’ve got a couple of local kids in the rodeo. We’re always glad to have local folks competing, especially kids. That’s our future.”Ty Singleton of Brundidge will compete in team roping tonight and his cousin, Emma Foster from Highland Home, will run barrels. Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Williams Chapel to celebrate homecoming Sunday hillside on the Tennille Road near the present site of the church. Williams was buried at the site of the… read more Rodeo fun begins at 5 p.m. today Book Nook to reopen Ty Singleton of Pike County is one of the youth riders who will take part in the PIke County Cattelman’s Association 24th Annual PCA Rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m. and events begin at 7:30 p.m.The countdown to the Pike County Cattlemen’s 24th Annual PCA Rodeo has begun.The gates will open at 5 p.m. today and the rodeo will start at 7:30 p.m.“The Pike County Cattlemen encourage all rodeo fans to come early because there will be pony rides for the kids and the mechanical bull for those who want that experience,” said B.B. Palmer,  Cattlemen’s president. “We’ll have a variety of vendors and, of course, vendors will have cowboy stuff for kids. Every kid wants a cowboy hat to wear at the rodeo.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Articlelast_img read more