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Kenya Commercial Bank Limited ( HY2015 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (  2015 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Tanzania offering retail and corporate banking services as well as mortgages, treasury and Bancassurance services. Kenya Commercial Bank offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in Treasury Bills and Bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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The Snowman to front Age Concern’s winter freeze campaign

first_img Tagged with: Promotional  42 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement The Snowman to front Age Concern’s winter freeze campaign Age Concern, has recruited the children’s classic character , The Snowman, created by Raymond Briggs, as the face of its winter 2004 pin badge campaign to Fight the Freeze.Today the charity is appealing to retailers to stock the badge and help it raise £100,000 to fund vital services for older people during the cold weather. The Snowman pin badges will be available to retailers across the UK from September.center_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 July 2004 | Newslast_img read more

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Wall Street seeks neoliberal ‘solution’ for Puerto Rico

first_imgPuerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla surprised people when he said in a televised message June 29 that Puerto Rico’s public debt is “unpayable” and “that it is not about politics. It is mathematics.” That he suddenly accepts what the independence and progressive movement of the islands — Puerto Rico is an archipelago — has been saying for quite some time is puzzling. What’s behind it?As a mere administrator of the colonial government, García Padilla responds, not to the needs of the people, but to his masters in Washington and Wall Street. When he says the debt is unpayable, it is not to protect the people, but the U.S. bondholders.The enormous crisis of Puerto Rico, framed within the crisis of capitalism at a dead end on a global scale and in particular in the United States, has launched a complex scenario. Its goal is to collect from the Puerto Rican people every cent of the municipal bonds sold by successive governments to administer Puerto Rico and pay its public agencies’ budgets.The debt, now about $72 billion, represents more than $20,000 per person in Puerto Rico, more than the median income, which is $19,520 per year. (“Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis Is America’s Colonial Crisis” by Angelo Falcon)The money borrowed by the government has been used only for local debts or to pay the huge interest that benefits those who hold Puerto Rico’s bonds. Even though Moody’s and other agencies have been progressively lowering the qualifications of these bonds to “junk” status, the big bondholder firms have sought these bonds because they are tax-free and have the highest return.Beside the returns to bondholders, the commissions and fees Wall Street charges are astronomical. A Forbes article in 2013, “How Wall Street Profited from Puerto Rico’s Misery,” reported: “The fees charged were higher than those assessed on other financially troubled U.S. states and cities. In fact, according to Reuters, banks such as UBS were paid gross spreads averaging 31 percent higher than spreads charged to Detroit.”The article concludes with what we can now conclude: “To understand how Puerto Rico is in such dire straits, simply follow the money to Wall Street.”Today, the Puerto Rican government is bankrupt and there is no economic growth, despite desperate measures implemented to balance the budget since even before the economic crisis of 2008. These measures include imposing a sales tax in 2006, layoffs of public employees in 2009, pension reform in 2013, and the recent gas tax and the Sales and Use Tax (IVU), among others. Nothing has improved the economy, and the government is unlikely to continue payments on the debt.Krueger Report: IMF neoliberal prescriptionAll García Padilla accomplished was to prepare people for the imposition of disastrous neoliberal measures detailed in the Krueger Report. The 30-page report provides a detailed study of the economy of the colony and its practices for 10 consecutive years. It was written by Anne O. Krueger, Ranjit Teja and Andrew Wolfe, former economists in none other than the International Monetary Fund.While the purpose of this “Puerto Rico, a way forward” study is to find ways to extract more profits from the U.S. colony, by necessity it had to address the real crisis of the country: colonialism, even though it wasn’t expressed so clearly. It reflects the colonial reality that leaves Puerto Rico unable to solve its financial problems with a sovereign policy.But what are these recipes to get Puerto Rico out of this quagmire? The report notes that these difficult measures have had no popular response, especially from the trade unions.Some measures in Krueger’s five-year plan are elimination of the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour — the report says it is too high for Puerto Rico and must be lowered until the situation there approaches that of the poorest state in the USA — plus elimination of the year-end or Christmas bonus; reduction of holidays from 30 to 15 days; redefining overtime based on 40 hours a week and not, as now, after eight hours per day; “reducing onerous requirements for proving just cause in layoffs”; reducing the number of teachers and closing schools; reduction of funding for the University of Puerto Rico, and so on.The plan also includes privatization of public agencies, such as the Electric Power Authority and other government agencies that are efficiently generating income as the State Insurance Fund.Two new things in the proposal are the request to the U.S. Congress to allow Puerto Rico to use the bankruptcy law to “renegotiate” the debt, something now impossible; and the suspension of the Jones or Cabotage Act, which forces all items that arrive at the island, wherever they come from, to be transferred by U.S. vessels and with U.S. personnel — which more than doubles the products’ price.Without intending to, the report eliminates some of the pro-statehood arguments that have been used to try to convince people that statehood status will improve conditions and increase rights. When some of these measures are mentioned in the report, such as the reduction of vacation time and the requirements to validate unjustified layoffs and redefine overtime, the report argues that they should be at the levels in the “mainland,” where workers have already lost so many labor rights.In Puerto Rico, despite its colonial status, the trade union struggle has achieved some progressive rights that have been lost in the “mainland.”Another comparison the report makes is about education — that the budget for the University of Puerto Rico must be reduced because of its very low cost and that tuition should become more expensive, as in the U.S.Resistance is education and struggleWorkers World/Mundo Obrero spoke with Luis Pedraza Leduc, spokesperson for the Labor Coordinator and coordinator of PROSOL, the Solidarity Program of UTIER (the Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union, which represents some of the workers at the Electrical Power Authority). Pedraza Leduc attended the meeting the governor convened on June 29, where mayors, legislators, various sectors of society and the unions heard the report by Ann Krueger.

 Pedraza Leduc mentioned the role played by Law 66, which the Krueger report supports. This “Law of Fiscal and Operational Sustainability of the Government of Puerto Rico allows the government to make the necessary adjustments to address the fiscal crisis facing the country.” ( It has been the basis for attacking the unions.Pedraza Leduc says: “The approach is to extend Act 66; this means no collective bargaining and eliminating benefits. In our case for PROSOL, which represents the employees of the Highway Authority, a public corporation, on Monday, June 29, we opened a demand for a court injunction against this law. We say that the law is unconstitutional because it goes against the constitutional right to collective bargaining and therefore to free association.“This is a measure that we are taking from the legal standpoint.
 The other more urgent action that the UTIER and the union movement is taking, which is what we will be doing in all sectors, is to hold a discussion with delegates and with the union rank and file about all these issues. We need the people to immerse themselves in and discuss everything that is going on so that we have a base of support for struggle actions. Because it is not a struggle that can be decided on the level of legality or discussion with these people, because they (government and consultants) have already decided.”This week several meetings will be held to do just that.Puerto Rico is at a crossroads, where the Puerto Rican progressive movement, both on the islands and in the Diaspora, requires extensive discussions and mobilizations. Borinken’s (Puerto Rico’s) future is at stake.Joubert-Ceci is a Puerto Rican living in Pennsylvania.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pakistani reporter killed in Punjab for covering drug trafficking

first_img“The reason for my son’s death is clearly stated in the FIR,” Farid told RSF. He filed the complaint together with local journalists, who described Hussain’s alleged killers as “influential people.” Receive email alerts Abid Hussain, who was badly beaten on 22 August and died of his injuries the next day in a hospital in the neighbouring district of Multan, had written many articles about drug trafficking in Punjab. January 28, 2021 Find out more August 29, 2018 Pakistani reporter killed in Punjab for covering drug trafficking June 2, 2021 Find out more “Pakistan’s journalistic community has been hit by yet another tragedy,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is high time that the Pakistani authorities took concrete measures to guarantee the physical safety of the country’s reporters. News Hussain is the third journalist to be murdered this year in Pakistan. Zeeshan Ashraf Butt, 29, was shot by a municipal council leader in the north of Punjab province when he tried to interview him on 27 March. Local newspaper subeditor Anjum Muneer Raja was shot six times by men on a motorcycle in a supposedly safe part of the Islamabad suburb of Rawalpindi on 1 March. His killers have yet to be identified. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimePredatorsViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) notes that the information provided to the police about last week’s murder of a young journalist in Vehari District, in eastern Pakistan’s Punjab province, clearly indicates that he was killed in connection with his reporting. “Hussain used to report on the drug business in the area and those named are notorious for involvement in the drug business,” RSF was told by Muhammad Ilyas, who heads the press club in the nearby town of Sahuka. An outspoken investigative reporter, Hussain worked for the Daily Sagemail. Fight against impunity Organisation RSF_en Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan The presumed killers of the young journalist Abid Hussain (left) were known for their involvement in trafficking in drugs derived from poppies (right), which Hussain had covered (photos: archives – Abdul Majeed/AFP). Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News to go further News April 21, 2021 Find out more “We call on the Punjab provincial government to do everything necessary to ensure that Abid Hussain’s killers are brought to justice. At the national level, Prime Minister Imran Khan must get the parliament that was elected last month to pass firm and specific legislation protecting journalists and combatting impunity for those who attack them.” Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The statement – called a First Information Report (FIR) – that Farid made to the police, a copy of which has been obtained by RSF, says that, “the attackers warned onlookers that they would face the same fate if they tried to intervene.” Farid identified two of the assailants as Tahir Hussain and Muhammad Imran, describing them as “criminals” whose activities had been covered by his son. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimePredatorsViolence “We will teach you a lesson today for filing reports against us,” one of Hussain’s assailants shouted before they began hitting him repeatedly with sticks, especially over the head. The attack has been described in detail by the victim’s father, Ghulam Farid, who witnessed it.last_img read more

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Free Admission to the Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History

first_img Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Here’s a recipe for a memorable Sunday: great art, architecture, and family fun with plenty of local historical discoveries. The best part? It’s all free.On May 19, 2013 the 24th annual Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day invites the public to tour five museums located along the celebrated Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena for a free day of music, storytelling, art, crafts and entertainment. MOTA Day museums are open for free tours and festivities are scheduled at each museum throughout the day.With so much to do and see – and only a few hours to do it – visitors are encouraged to best plan their visits. MOTA Day takes place from noon to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4 p.m. Special events this year include:• The Gamble House. Visitors can tour the 1908 Arts and Crafts gem that is on the National Registry of Historic Places; children can do crafts in the backyard.• Heritage Square Museum. Guests can observe a Spanish American War encampment, watch traditional woodcarving demonstrations, listen to storytellers as well as enjoy music and traditional dancing. Children can play with Victorian toys, do crafts, and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden.• The Los Angeles Police Museum. Visitors can tour the facilities which feature private collections and historical memorabilia that date back to the late 1800s, including the newly constructed vehicle shelter and the freshly restored 1955 paddy wagon. Kids can climb into a retired police helicopter, try on police gear and get “locked” in a real jail cell where adults can snap free police booking photos. Tour the limited engagement Gangster Squad exhibition as well as three other permanent exhibits: Onion Field murders, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout.• The Lummis Home and Garden. From its inception, the Lummis Home has been the place to see and be seen. Visiting and local dignitaries, artists, controversial public figures – all were guests of Lummis from 1897-1928. Using a newly developed computer application, historian Dennis Harbach will be able to finally give you an answer: Did my grandfather meet Theodore Roosevelt in this house? Did my grandmother dance the fandango with Lummis or Rudolf Valentino in this place? Also, browse through Harbach’s photo album of Lummis’ famous guests. In addition, self-guided tours of the home and garden will also be available on MOTA Day.• The Pasadena Museum of History. Guests can take a mini-tour of the newly remodeled Fenyes Mansion as well as the Finnish Folk Museum which is housed in a replica of a 19th Century Finnish farmhouse. Pasadena Society of Artists members will display their works; artwork will be for sale and artists will be actively working on new pieces during the afternoon. Check out two current exhibitions: I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot features a stunning display of vintage wedding gowns. The juried art exhibition,Relationships, showcases art inspired by the vintage wedding gowns. Kids can take home three different art projects involving a rain stick, a Japanese brush painting, and a family colla. Visitors can purchase a meal from the Pie ‘n Burger truck that will be on site celebrating its 50th anniversary.For more information visit and “like” MOTA (museumsofthearroyo) on Facebook.Getting to MOTA DayGetting around MOTA Day is easy — take the Gold Line to Heritage Square or Southwest stations. Or drive your car and park at the many convenient parking lots. Bicyclists are also welcomed between museums and bike racks are available at Pasadena Museum of History; other museums offer fences for locking bikes.Walking is encouraged at the two Highland Park museums, which are close to each other. Also, free shuttles between all museums will be available.The MOTA Day shuttles will operate two free routes that allow visitors to easy get from museum to museum. One will run between Pasadena and Highland Park with stops at the Pasadena Museum of History (across the street from The Gamble House) and the Los Angeles Police Museum. The other will shuttle guests back and forth between the Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home and Garden and Heritage Square.Parking will be available in Pasadena at Avery Dennison on Walnut (near Pasadena Museum of History) and surrounding streets. In Highland Park, parking will be at the Los Angeles Police Museum’s parking lot, on Carlota Street (near Lummis Home and Garden), at Heritage Square and Southwest Museum’s parking lots and surrounding streets.About the MOTA MuseumsThe Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626-793-3334)An internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Built in 1908, The Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene.Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles, 626-796-2898)Established in 1969, this living history museum reflects the settlement and development of Southern California from 1850 to 1950. Through guided tours, changing exhibits and special events, Heritage Square Museum takes its guest back in time to eras where electricity was a novelty, a trip to the beach was often a full-weekend activity and manners were distinctly different from those of today.The Los Angeles Police Museum (6045 York Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-344-9445)Founded in 1989, the museum displays the rich history of the LAPD from its beginnings on March 10, 1869. Located in the 1925 Highland Park Police Station, the museum was salvaged and restored to its original Renaissance Revival style and it a registered National Historic landmark.The Lummis Home and Garden (200 East Avenue 43, Los Angeles, 323-222-0546)A turn-of-the century home built over a 12-year period with stones from the arroyo by Charles Lummis, early activist, author and civic booster. Lummis also founded the Southwest Museum and was one of the first city editors of the fledging Los Angeles Times.Pasadena Museum of History (470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, 626-577-1660)A museum and research library/archives focusing on the history of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the museum is on the grounds of one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena’s former “Millionaire’s Row.” The 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The history galleries contain changing exhibitions and the “Tupa” or Finnish Folk Art Museum is one of the only such museums in the United States. Cultural Heritage Free Admission to the Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 3:41 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Need to progress A5 link roads discussed by Good Friday committee

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Need to progress A5 link roads discussed by Good Friday committee 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The importance of the A5 and link roads in the Republic were emphasised last evening when the Chief Executives and Mayors of four cross border councils addressed a meeting of the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee in Leinster House.The delegation included representatives from the councils in Donegal, Derry and Strabane, Omagh and Enniskillen and Monaghan.As well as discussing the need for the Irish government to follow through on its commitments to the A5, the delegation stressed the importance of the Letterkenny to Lifford link and the road from Aughnacloy to Monaghan.Donegal County Council Caothairleach Cllr Terence Slowey says with the first meetiong of a new strategic partnership taking place next week, cross border cooperation is at a very important point.He says yesterday’s presentation was well received…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleWorst November for overcrowding at LUH since records beganNext article72 people arrested for suspected Drink Driving in first week of NI campaign admin Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Google+ Twitter By admin – December 2, 2016 last_img read more

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Protest planned against Conrad Gallagher postponed

first_img Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – July 1, 2011 Google+ Protest planned against Conrad Gallagher postponedcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleHundreds turn out for Creggan protest after Community worker is attackedNext articleMinister McGinley makes history at Somme commemoration in France News Highland WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook A planned protest outside the Donegal Chef Conrad Gallagher’s Salon des Saveurs restaurant in Dublin, due to take place today, has been called off.The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, along with SIPTU had planned the protests over claims that one of Mr Conrad’s staff, Rishi Mohitpulall from Mauritius, had not been paid money entitled to him.In a statement they say the protest has been postponed, to enable Mr Gallahger to fulfil his commitment to pay Mr Mohitpulall his wages owed in full by Monday. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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‘Frivolous’ Plea To Protect Pending Ram Temple Artefacts At Ayodhya:Supreme Court Partially Waives Cost And Closes The Matter

first_imgTop Stories’Frivolous’ Plea To Protect Pending Ram Temple Artefacts At Ayodhya:Supreme Court Partially Waives Cost And Closes The Matter Mehal Jain20 Nov 2020 11:30 PMShare This – xNoting that such pleas “create aspirations” and “disrupt emotions”, the Supreme Court on Friday partially waived the costs imposed on the petitioners for two ‘frivolous’ PILs seeking preservation of artefacts recovered from the Ram Janmabhoomi site at Ayodhya, with the warning that such ventures not be indulged in in the future.On July 20, the writ petitions were dismissed with costs of Rs….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?LoginNoting that such pleas “create aspirations” and “disrupt emotions”, the Supreme Court on Friday partially waived the costs imposed on the petitioners for two ‘frivolous’ PILs seeking preservation of artefacts recovered from the Ram Janmabhoomi site at Ayodhya, with the warning that such ventures not be indulged in in the future.On July 20, the writ petitions were dismissed with costs of Rs. One lakh on each of the petitioners, to be deposited with the Supreme Court Employees’ Mutual Welfare Fund within one month. Subsequently, it was noted that the Advocate for the petitioners, instead of depositing Rs. 4,00,000 as there are four petitioners, has filed proof of depositing the cost of Rs. 1,00,000/ only, which was deposited on 20.08.2020 barred by time by 1 day. Since, the counsel for the petitioner did not deposit the amount as directed by the Court on 20.07.2020, the matter was listed before the Court under Order 1 Rule 3 of Supreme Court Rules 2013 on 16.10.2020 when the Registry was directed to prepare a fresh office report, furnish copy thereof to the advocate on record for the petitioners and list the matter on 20th November.On Friday, the bench of Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and B. R. Gavai appreciated the affidavit where the petitioners have explained the circumstances in which an amount of Rs.1,00,000/- came to be deposited despite the order dated 20th July. Senior Advocate Meneka Guruswamy appearing for the writ petitioners urged that the petitioners come from a very humble background and have realised their mistake, that they were ill advised to pursue the proceedings.”Learned senior counsel has beseeched this Court to show indulgence and compassion to the petitioners who have already deposited the amount of Rs.1,00,000/-. We accept this request made by the petitioners on condition that they should not indulge in such misadventure in future. The delay in depositing the amount of Rs.1,00,000/- (rupees one lakh only) is condoned and that amount be treated as full and final costs paid by the petitioners in terms of order dated 20th July, 2020″, said the bench.”We are deeply and profusely sorry. There was some genuine confusion. We have explained it in the affidavit. We are tendering an unconditional apology”, pleaded Senior advocate Meneka Guruswamy, for the petitioners, at the outset.”There were two writ petitions. We thought the costs were of Rs. 1 lakh on both”, she urged.”Now that you have this clarity, when will the balance amount of Rs. 3 lakhs be deposited?”, asked Justice A. M. Khanwilkar.”That will destroy the petitioners. One is a labourer, the other is a PHD student. We have annexed the salary slips, their designation, occupation…I am appealing to the compassion of this court. They made a mistake, please forgive them!”, prayed the senior counsel.”This is not that simple. Aspirations, emotions are created by such petitions! That is the problem. An emotional issue was disrupted by this petition!…What was your challenge?”, asked Justice Khanwilkar.”We were only on the preservation of artefacts, nothing else. And that is also being done by the government now”, urged Ms. Guruswamy.Justice Khanwilkar indicated the July 20 order of the court dismissing the petitions- “What is intended by the petitions is to reopen the issue that has been given a quietus by this Court. After long drawn litigation, digging of all trenches of allotted area of site of Ram Temple is sought for. This is nothing but a sheer attempt to reopen the issue to scuttle the judgment rendered by this Court on 9.11.2019. The petitions are absolutely bereft of merits and with frivolous prayers. Shri Tushar Mehta, learned Solicitor General of India, has categorically stated that whatever has been found, will be preserved. However, we find that the kind of prayer made in the petitions virtually tantamounts to seeking reconsideration of the matter under the guise of grey areas, to do further digging of the entire site of various trenches which is nothing but a vain bid to get rid of the judgment of this Court and to start litigation de novo under the guise of the Act of 1958 and to preserve site and artefacts under the Act of 1958. Thus, we find the petitions to be wholly frivolous, perverse and without merit. Such petitions ought not to be filed with the ulterior purpose of starting a litigation afresh, praying for entire digging of various trenches. The petitioners intend that whatever monument at the Temple site and artefacts unearthed need preservation, is nothing but an attempt to dilute the judgment rendered by this Court.””This is the reason why the order was passed”, said Justice Khanwilkar.”I was there. Incidentally, I happened to be there when it was argued. It was argued differently, de hors the prayers. It was not argued as innocuously as the prayers”, interjected SG Tushar Mehta.”The SG is misleading the court! I didn’t get any chance to advance arguments”, argued Ms. Guruswamy.”Justice Gavai was there on that bench”, pointed out Justice Khanwilkar.”We are just praying for some compassion, that is it!”, she pressed.”There were also some newspaper reports regarding the filing of the petition?”, asked Justice B. R. Gavai.”We had annexed some newspaper reports. To my knowledge, there were no reports regarding the filing of the petitions. I don’t appear in such matters”, replied the senior counsel.”This is rather common”, commented the SG.”This is the new normal! File a petition and place it in social media immediately!”, remarked Justice Khanwilkar.”Sometimes they are filed only for this!”, added the SG.”That is astonishing and unbecoming! I don’t appear for such causes”, repeated Ms. Guruswamy.”Let’s not go into that”, commented the SG.”Take the advice of the SG or you will be digging yourself more”, said Justice Khanwilkar in good humour.”I always take his advice. I am looking for Your Lordships’ compassion and the SG’s graciousness”, said Ms. Guruswamy.”Justice Gavai wants to accept your plea for compassion. We don’t want the petitioners to suffer because of your advice”, observed the bench.”I am deeply obliged”, said the senior advocate.”Perhaps you should fund the costs!”, said Justice Khanwilkar in a lighter vein.”I am entirely unfunded myself!”, replied Ms. Guruswamy.”Yes, they should pay. The petitioners could be merely name-lenders”, remarked the SG.The bench inquired from the SG as to his view. “Once Justice Gavai has spoken, I bow down. But Your Lordships may consider imposing a token cost. A message should go! The highest court of the country can’t be treated like this”, said the SG.”Yes…somebody is coming from here, somebody from there”, noted Justice Gavai.”That has already been done. A cost of Rs. 1 lakh has already been paid”, said Ms. Guruswamy.”We have shown our indulgence, but no such ventures be undertaken in the future”, ordered the bench.”I am deeply grateful”, said Ms. Guruswamy.”You should be grateful to the SG. He was kind enough to not oppose”, said Justice Khanwilkar.”I am always grateful to him. Always looking to learn from him”, said Ms. Guruswamy.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishan Murari had on July 20 dismissed the petitions and said that a five-judge bench has already given its verdict and this is an attempt through PIL to overreach the judgment. The bench said that a cost of Rs 1 lakh each is imposed on both the petitioners which should be paid within one month. Subsequently, it was clarified that since there were 4 petitioners, the quantum of the costs was Rs. 4 lakhsClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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Twin Towns traffic chaos is leading to loss of revenue – Chamber

first_img Previous articleEU must shift its stance on the Irish border – MayNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries – Friday July 20th News Highland Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Twitter Google+center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ The Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce has met with Donegal County Council’s Director of Roads to discuss what it calls the disastrous experiences of traffic jams over the last few weeks.The Chamber’s Manager Leah Fairman says the council was told there was a the lack of co-ordination and communication, and as a result, there’s been a consequent loss of business and revenue to chamber’s members.She says Roads Director John McLaughlin, and other senior engineers addressed some issues at the meeting, with more answers expected early next week.Ms Fairman says local businesses cannot sustain what’s happening at the moment, and that’s been made very clear to the council……………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Chamber action points – By News Highland – July 20, 2018 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twin Towns traffic chaos is leading to loss of revenue – Chamber Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

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Federal officials accuse local authorities of impeding investigation into limo crash that killed 20

first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty Images(SCHOHARIE, NY) — Federal officials are accusing the New York county where 20 people were killed in a horrific limo crash of blocking the progress of the investigation, a letter written by the National Transportation Safety board shows.The crash occurred on Oct. 6 in Schoharie County, about 40 miles west of Albany, when a newlywed couple and their friends were on their way to a birthday party. The stretch limousine skipped a stop sign and slammed into an unoccupied SUV, killing the driver, 17 passengers and two pedestrians.NTSB general counsel Kathleen Silbaugh wrote to Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery Dec. 14, saying that have not been permitted to inspect the vehicle, a modified 2001 Ford Excursion, or review records associated with the crash, despite discussing it with her and the New York State Police “throughout October and November.”The NTSB is following a congressional mandate to conduct a safety investigation of the accident and still allow local authorities to access the evidence “first,” Silbaugh wrote.“Per your demands, the NTSB has modified its traditional investigative procedures to accommodate the needs of your criminal investigation, allowing your team and the defense team first access to the vehicles and other evidence,” Silbaugh said. “The NTSB’s Congressionally-mandated safety investigation, however, cannot be hindered any further.”The NTSB is requesting “immediate access to the vehicle,” unredacted copies of reports and video and photos taken at the scene, Silbaugh said, adding that the agency is “gravely concerned” that the “unresponsiveness” of county officials has impended their ability to carry out the investigation.The crash is the country’s deadliest transportation accident in nearly a decade, federal officials said.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said after the crash that the limo had failed an inspection by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles in September and the driver did not have the appropriate license to be operating the limo.The son of the owner of the limousine company involved in the deadly crash was charged with criminally negligent homicide less than a week after the accident. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.Scholarie County District Attorney Susan Mallery did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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