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United Bank for Africa PLC ( HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2 reasons why the FTSE 100 could hit 8,000 points in January!

first_img2 reasons why the FTSE 100 could hit 8,000 points in January! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Royston Wild For FTSE 100 investors these are exciting times. Following the Santa Rally of late 2019, share picker appetite has remained buoyant and as a consequence, Britain’s blue-chip index has barged back through the 7,600-point milestone in Thursday business.The Footsie’s now just a whisker below the all-time closing high of 7,877.45 hit two Mays ago. And there are a couple of significant reasons why the index could barge to new record peaks in January.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Good news for trade talksThere’s a lot of scepticism still doing the rounds over recent White House reports about a trade breakthrough with China. President Trump’s team members have been hitting the airwaves with gusto since mid December to celebrate a Phase One trade deal that had been hammered out with Chinese lawmakers. To the chagrin of many, however, confirmation from Beijing that a deal is ready to be signed is yet to be communicated And on top of this, concerns persist over when the second phase of talks will begin in this US Presidential election year.Still, the noises coming out of Oval Office are feeding hopes that we could be over the worst of recent trade tensions, while recent comments also contain a bit more detail for optimists to latch onto. President Trump just tweeted that he will be signing a “very large and comprehensive” Phase One deal on January 15, while adding that “at a later date I will be going to Beijing where talks will begin on Phase Two.”This comment, along with others from the Trump administration over the last month or so, clearly doesn’t answer all of the questions around issues that could still derail trade talks later in 2020 and beyond. But signs of action between the two superpowers, as per the commander-in-chief’s aforementioned statement, could help the FTSE 100 scale new heights.Further pressure for the pound?It’s possible that further weakness in the pound could power the FTSE 100 to fresh highs this month too. To repeat, with large groups of companies in the index opting to do their accounting in a foreign currency, their bottom lines benefit from any drop in the pound, and by extension, so do their share prices.This has been quite apparent in New Year trading, the Footsie marching back towards late December’s seven-month peaks. The pound has fallen again today, and as I type is down more than half a cent against the US dollar on Thursday as fears over Brexit have resurfaced.A report just released from the Bank of England underlines the tension over the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. According to December’s Monthly Decision Maker Panel, the number of chief executives at small, medium and large business who expect Brexit uncertainty to persist until at least 2021 continues to rise. At 42%, this is up markedly from the 35% in November who said that they expected the fog to keep lingering in 2020.This is likely to be a theme that we hear more of in the coming days and weeks, in my opinion, and so further falls in the value of sterling can be expected. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Royston Wild | Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

The Francois Louw defensive mastery that had Springbok fans on their feet

first_imgFriday Aug 24, 2018 The Francois Louw defensive mastery that had Springbok fans on their feet The Springboks’ 34-21 win over Argentina featured some great finishing by the wingers out wide but the forwards played their part with a few standout tackles, turnovers and special moments at the breakdown. This one, featuring Francois Louw, stood out for Bok fans.The 33-year-old Bath flanker chased back to catch Argentina scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou before rapidly getting in position to get the turnover and earn an impressive breakdown penalty.Hooker Malcolm Mark and centre Lukhanyo Am also earned their fair share of turnovers, but this from the 58-times capped Louw was pretty special.He was actually substituted directly after that, having put in a good 60 minutes effort, epitomised by that final piece of play. The good news for Bath fans is that Louw might be back in action for them soon, as coach Todd Blackadder has been working with Rassie Erasmus to figure out the flanker’s availability. “I think we’re going to be working with South Africa. It’s just going to be a game by game basis,” said Blackadder. “Initially, it’s about Francois just playing the first four games for South Africa and then being back, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”The Rugby Championship continues this weekend with New Zealand vs Australia in Auckland, then these two sides meet again when Argentina host South Africa in Mendoza.ARGENTINABacks: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Bautista Ezcurra, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou.Forwards: Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Juan Figallo, Agustin Creevy (captain), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.Replacements: Facundo Bosch, Santiago Garcia Botta, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Juan Cruz Mallia.SOUTH AFRICABacks: Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk.Forwards: Warren Whiteley, Siya Kolisi (captain), Francois Louw, Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Tendai Mtawarira.Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, RG Snyman, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Embrose Papier, Lionel Mapoe, Damian Willemse.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

The Medic’s House / AR Design Studio

first_imgArchDaily Manufacturers: Kingspan Insulated Panels, Smart Systems, Vincent Timber, HH Aluminium, Kloeber UK Ltd, Stelrad, Stone and Ceramic Warehouse, WetherbySave this picture!© Martin GardnerRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. Commissioned by two Winchester based Doctors; The Medic’s House is the latest extension project by AR Design Studio. Upon the arrival of their new baby daughter, the need for additional family space meant that the client’s existing 1950s three bed house desperately needed extending. The brief called for two additional bedrooms upstairs and a large open-plan family space with light, views and access to the beautiful garden at ground floor. Save this picture!© Martin GardnerAR Design Studio’s solution was to create a large charcoal grey living box at ground level with a full height glazed opening elevation to the garden. A timber clad sleeping pod is perched above at first floor level providing the additional bedrooms. Save this picture!© Martin GardnerAt ground floor level the extension contains a utility, WC, kitchen, dining room and lounge area, fitted with 3 large eco-friendly sliding glass panels creating an uninterrupted view of the garden. The flush threshold and continuous floor surface enhance this connection with the garden by allowing the internal space to flow seamlessly out into it on warmer days. Save this picture!© Martin GardnerThe walls are constructed from super insulated block and oversized insulated cavities ensuring a very thermally efficient envelope. Large opaque glass panels to the sides allow etch light to enter deep into the plan of the space. The structure is hidden in strategically placed fins that suggest living zones within the open-plan space. Save this picture!© Martin GardnerUpstairs, the western red cedar clad addition consists of a generous master suite with a separate dressing area and one other additional bedroom. This upper box is also fabricated in timber, allowing for a light weight structure that reduces the need for unsightly columns beneath. The construction contains over 250mm of insulation which AR felt was important at the upper level. This approach to construction was also carried through into the over insulated single-ply roof. Save this picture!© Martin GardnerThe fenestration was resolved as a series of verticals that celebrate the depth of the walls with a combination of recessed and flush frameless windows. The overall composition was influenced by the ancient Greek theory of the ‘Golden Section’ in order to provide a well-balanced and proportioned rear elevation. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessStoaninger Mühlviertel Destillation / HPSASelected ProjectsMirador Pocuro Building / SEARLE PUGA arquitectosSelected Projects Share United Kingdom Photographs:  Martin Gardner Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  The Medic’s House / AR Design StudioSave this projectSaveThe Medic’s House / AR Design Studio “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Martin Gardner+ 18 Share CopyHouses•Winchester, United Kingdom The Medic’s House / AR Design Studio CopyAbout this officeAR Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWinchesterUnited KingdomPublished on October 11, 2013Cite: “The Medic’s House / AR Design Studio” 11 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects 2013 Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Architects: AR Design Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Fort Worth responds to nationwide anti-Semitic incidents

first_imgLinkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Facebook Facebook Hunter Geisel Linkedin Hunter Geisel ReddIt TCU hangout closes its doors, college ministry considers buying property Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store printWith the recent anti-Semitic attacks, threats and vandalism of synagogues and Jewish organizations, Fort Worth Police and the local Jewish community have been working together to make sure incidents like these don’t happen here.Below is a timeline of some of the 160 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the U.S.STATEMENTS FROM FORT WORTH’S JEWISH COMMUNITYIn a statement from the Beth-El Congregation, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger said the synagogue is staying on the safe side to avoid any incidents happening to their community.“With the threats nationally against Jewish institutions, and desecration of cemeteries, Beth-El is taking reasonable precautions, as we always do,” Mecklenburger said. “If an incident were to occur here, no doubt the local Jewish community would appreciate expressions of support.”According to Bob Goldberg, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the community has not experienced any anti-Semitic incidents since the reports grew across the United States.“Fortunately, we have not experienced any local incidents,” Goldberg said in another statement. “We are aware of the incidents that have occurred around the country and we are receiving information regularly through the Federation movement and its security apparatus of Secure Community Network (SCN) that works hand in hand with Homeland Security. We are disseminating this information from SCN to other interested organizations and groups as it is made available.”Goldberg said he wanted to thank the local law enforcement professionals who have been in steady contact with the Federation and are always ready to support and protect the Jewish community.LAW ENFORCEMENT’S RESPONSEOfficer Scott Mitchell of the tactical intel and homeland security unit of Fort Worth Police said they have a great relationship with the Jewish community, contacting them on a regular basis after the reported incidents.“So, when all of the threats started… I just communicated with all of them,” Mitchell said. “Letting them know what was going on around the country with all of them and in other places and asked them to heighten their awareness for anything out of the ordinary or anything suspicious and if they have any concerns to please call me.”Federal Homeland Security, through a Protective Security Advisor along with a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent, has been with local Jewish leaders several weeks ago offering guidance, training and tools to assist them in better planning their security and emergency response. Mitchell said that HSI has accepted an offer to meet again in the near future.“I find it encouraging that they are actively looking to improve their security measures, training and response,” Mitchell said. “They stated that their actions were in direct response to [the] recent world and national events, even though they have not experienced any threats locally.”In addition to these actions, Mitchell said that even making the smallest of gestures like not leaving doors propped open and having an emergency response plan can help prevent these incidents.“So, [Synagogues and other faith-based organizations] got to have a plan,” Mitchell said. “They’ve got to train and things like that because you’re not going to be able to wing it when it all happens… fortunately, most of them have because today’s time, it’s just a necessity and so, they kind of done their due diligence and we stay on top of them and make sure that things are in place to address something that might happen.”He said that an “emergency response plan” is a very generic term for any plan that helps places of worship, businesses or organizations maintain safety for its community for various emergencies and situations.“Is it a fire or an active shooter or a bomb threat? Is it the church occupied for a service or is it the middle of the night?” Mitchell said. “There is no one-size-fits-all plan for every church, business or organization.”So, Mitchell and HSI have worked with these communities to make sure they have the right plan in case something does go wrong.FBI’S 2015 HATE CRIME STATISTICS PROGRAM According to the FBI’s 2015 Hate Crime Statistics Program, out of the 14,997 law enforcement agencies that participated in the program, 21.4 percent of single-biased incidents were prompted by religious bias and 19.8 percent of offenses were religiously biased. The top religious biases reported were 51.3 percent anti-Jewish and 22.2 percent anti-Islamic.Here are two graphs with further breakdowns of religiously biased hate crimes from the 2015 program.Religiously Biased and other Hate Crimes in the U.S., 2015Create your own infographicsISSUES LAW ENFORCEMENT OVERCOMEMitchell said one of the difficulties in finding possible offenders is that the tactics offenders make are evolving as fast as the law enforcement’s responses to them. He said one of the keys is that offenders will do some surveillance prior to attacks because they want to be successful.“They want to create as much carnage as possible,” Mitchell said. “So, rarely does it happen as sort of a spur-of-the-moment type of event.”Mitchell said the planning that offenders go into, however, does provide law enforcement officials the opportunity for them to intervene and stop any possible attacks.COPYCAT CRIMES AND THE COPYCAT EFFECTIn some cases, Mitchell said incidents covered by the media can influence people to make these actions. What Mitchell is referring to is the sociological theory of the “copycat effect.”The idea of criminal imitation goes as far back as the late 19th Century in the writings of French criminologist Gabriel Tarde. The term was first used to describe patterns of criminal behavior by David Dressler, former executive director of the New York State Division of Parole and sociologist, in 1961.In his article, “The Case of the Copycat Criminal,” Dressler said when crimes come in waves, imitation of crimes plays a part in the phenomenon.Today, some believe that the incidents across the nation have correlated with the copycat effect. Offenders are often lone wolf individuals rather than others affiliated with larger terrorist organizations, such as ISIS or Al-Qaeda, said Mitchell.There have been reports where it may seem like religiously biased incidents, such as the vandalism of the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church near TCU, but there was no evidence of a hate crime.“So, while again it may seem up front to be some sort of targeted thing, a lot of times they’re motivated by what they’re seeing on the news and events,” Mitchell said. “So it doesn’t turn out to be anything too serious so we’ve been fortunate to not have a directed, specific attack or even targeted threat based on the faith-based organization.”HOW YOU CAN HELPMitchell said the main thing for people to do is to be aware of whatever is going on around you, whether or not you are a part of a faith-based organization.“With the amount of reconnaissance and the amount of planning that would go into an actual terrorist attack, there’s going to be a lot of opportunities for someone to see something out of the ordinary,” Mitchell said.He said people should pay attention to unusual behavior. To help reduce these incidents, people should say something about anything suspicious and “not to blow it off,” including things such as a parked car that hasn’t moved for days or receiving calls with unusual requests, said Mitchell.Even if you’re not sure of the suspicious behavior you’re witnessing, Mitchell said that it’s better for someone to call the police about it and have it be nothing at all rather than not report anything.If you have witnessed anything suspicious or unusual going on in your community, call 911. 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Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials

first_img RSF_en to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Read in Chinese / 看中文With just months to go to the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Congress, the authorities are tightening their grip on the media.Lu Fumin, the editor of the Guangzhou-based New Express Daily (新快报) was replaced by Li Yihang on the central government’s orders on 16 July. The next day, Lu Yan was transferred from his post as publisher of the Shanghai-based Dongfang Zaobao (东方早报, Oriental Morning Post) at the local Communist Party’s request, while Sun Jian, its deputy editor-in-chief, was suspended.“The CCP is steadily reinforcing its control of news and information ahead of its next congress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As prior censorship of the state-owned media is not sufficient to prevent ‘embarrassing’ articles, the party is orchestrating a skilful game of musical chairs in order to remove overly critical and independent journalists from editorial positions.”After 14 years as his newspaper’s editor, Lu Fumin was suddenly appointed editor of the political section of the Yangcheng Evening News. The New Express Daily’s content has meanwhile been considerably modified. Its editorial, international and national pages have been suppressed and from now on its journalists will just cover the city of Guangzhou, the Pearl River Delta, sport and leisure.The changes come just days after the newspaper ran a feature on 10 July about five party officials who are tipped to be given senior positions in the wake of Xi Jinping’s expected takeover as general secretary at the end of the year. The report, which was removed from the newspaper’s website on 16 July, was first published by Jinan Daily.Lu Yan was transferred to another division of the Wenxin United Press Group while Dongfang Zaobao’s deputy editor-in-chief was suspended indefinitely. Journalists were quoted as saying that Yu Zhengsheng, the Community Party’s municipal secretary in Shanghai, “did not appreciate the articles that the newspaper was publishing.”The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted Dongfang Zaobao’s journalists as saying Sun Jian’s suspension may also have been the result of a post on his microblog that included a photo of the cover of the book “Conversations with Chen Xitong,” Beijing’s former mayor. Dongfang Zaobao’s employees were also ordered not to discuss the changes with anyone outside the newspaper.The government’s efforts in recent months to tighten its control of news and information have included blocking websites, prior censorship of social networks and firing journalists who cover sensitive stories. Ever since the Bo Xilai affair, the authorities have been quick to jump on any criticism or independent reporting in order to prevent a new political scandal. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on China Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific July 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials News News Newslast_img read more

Judge orders two issues of cultural magazine seized and destroyed

first_imgNews June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says February 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge orders two issues of cultural magazine seized and destroyed BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by judge Tatsiana Miranyuk of a district court in the eastern city of Brest to order the immediate seizure and destruction of the seventh and eighth issues of the opposition cultural magazine Arche on the grounds that their content was “extremist”.“We are again confronted by an absurd logic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The administrative and judicial harassment of Arche since its creation in 1998 is a sad reminder of what went on under Soviet domination. It does not bode well for the progress in press freedom we had been hoping for. We express our support for the magazine’s founder, Andrei Dynko, and its editor, Valer Bulhakau, and we urge the judicial authorities to reconsider this decision.”During a closed-door hearing which only the magazine’s lawyer, Pavel Sapelka, was allowed to attend, the court found that, under the anti-extremism law, Arche contained information “that discredits the activities of the authorities of the Republic of Belarus, fuels political and social tension and incites the organisation of a collective revolt.” At the request of the State Security Agency (KGB), the judge ruled that Arche represented “a threat to the country’s security.” Sapelka said he would appeal.One of the Arche’s journalists, Ales Pashkievich, was travelling on a train bound for neighbouring Poland in October 2008 when dozens of copies of the magazine were seized during a security check. The officers who took the copies said at the time that some of the articles were “dangerous for the interests of Belarus.”Its sale is not allowed in Belarus, but it is distributed there by a network of volunteers and also subscribe by post.“Extremism” prosecutions were brought last year against the independent newspapers Nasha Svaboda and Glos Znad Niema but they were not convicted. Since then, the authorities have indicated that the media are to be allowed more freedom but concrete measures have yet to be taken. Belarus was ranked 154th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img Receive email alerts to go further News May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

SC Stays Imposition Of NGT’s Environmental Compensation On Thermal Plants For 100% Fly Ash Non Utilisation

first_imgTop StoriesSC Stays Imposition Of NGT’s Environmental Compensation On Thermal Plants For 100% Fly Ash Non Utilisation Sanya Talwar10 Sep 2020 8:31 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the recovery of ‘Environmental Compensation’ imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), for non-achievement of 100 % Fly Ash utilization and disposal by Thermal Power Plants (TPPs).A bench of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha & Indira Banerjee stayed an order of February 2, 2020 passed by the National Green Tribunal, wherein Environment…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the recovery of ‘Environmental Compensation’ imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), for non-achievement of 100 % Fly Ash utilization and disposal by Thermal Power Plants (TPPs).A bench of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha & Indira Banerjee stayed an order of February 2, 2020 passed by the National Green Tribunal, wherein Environment Compensation on all TPPs which were unable to achieve 100% Fly Ash Utilization viz a Ministry of Environment & Forest & Climate Change notification dated December 25, 2016. The bench was hearing an appeal filed by Association of Power Producers (who’s members include Essar, Sembcorp, DB Power, Adani Power Ltd. CP India Ltd. etc.) against the NGT order along with intervening parties including Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited, Sasan Power Limited, Hinduja National Power Corporation Limited, RKM Powergen Private Limited and ACB India Ltd.The NGT had taken a view that cutoff date of December 31, 2017 as stipulated in the notification is “sacrosanct” and that all such projects which were not able to ensure/achieve 100% Fly Ash Utilisation till such date shall be liable to pay Environmental Compensation to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).In this backdrop, the CPCB had issued en masse notices to various TPPs in India including members of APP, demanding Environment Compensation. Thus, the top court has stayed the recovery of the Environmental Compensation from such projects, who had received notices of payment by CPCB.The appeal has been filed under Section 22 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 stating that on account of the ongoing pandemic and the ensuing countrywide lockdown, there has been a significant disruption in the functioning of the courts, and other sectors, including the power sector.”While power/electricity remains an essential service, owing to the lockdown, several activities linked with the process of supply of electricity, including disposal of fly-ash, have been adversely affected,” the plea reads.Further to this, the appellants have inter alia averred that the NGT has violated the specific direction passed by the top court in another plea (CA Diary No. 2959 of 2019) wherein it had specifically directed the NGT to determine the nature of obligation imposed by the Fly Ash Notification 2016. “From the perusal of the Impugned Order, it is evident that no such exercise has been carried out. The Ld. Tribunal has not examined a single case before arriving at its decision and has not examined the nature of the Fly Ash Notification 2016. In other words, no case to case analysis of each TPP was done before levying of any penalty. Therefore, the Impugned Order passed by the Ld. Tribunal is without application of mind and is in violation of the directions of this Hon’ble Court and is liable to be set aside,” – Excerpt of PleaThus, the the Ld. Tribunal without applying its mind has essentially made all TPPs, including those owned and operated by the members of Appellant No.1, along with member Independent Power Producers (“IPPs”), liable to deposit Environment Compensation, reads the plea. Apropos this, the appellants argue that the tribunal passed the impugned order in a mechanical manner, without considering the specific facts of each TPPs and appreciating the issues involved and problems being faced by TPPs in achieving 100% fly-ash utilisation.Appellants were represented by Senior Advocate Sajjan Poovayya, SKV Law Offices Partner Shri Venkatesh along with Advocates Vikas Maini, Anant Singh, Nitin Saluja & Nishtha Kumar.Click Here To Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Register for National Doughnut Week

first_imgSponsor of National Doughnut Week, BakeMark, is encouraging all bakers to get involved and help raise money for The Children’s Trust. The next fundraising week will take place from 9-16 May 2009 and will be the 25th anniversary for the charity which raises money to help provide specific care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities. National Doughnut Week has raised £630,000 in its history and the aim this year is to raise over £50,000.Each participating baker will have the opportunity to boost profits, involve the local community and media, and raise money for the charity with every doughnut sold. Anyone who registers will receive posters, balloons, collection boxes and PR support, as well as the chance to be promoted on the National Doughnut Week website. BakeMark is offering a complimentary bag of Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate or a box of Readi-Bake Topped Ring Doughnuts, to businesses that register by 3rd April 2009. Bakers can also receive £2 off Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate and £1 off Readi-Bake Topped Ring Doughnuts at participating wholesalers throughout May. “The monies raised help a really worthwhile cause – and with The Children’s Trust celebrating its silver anniversary this year, there will be quite a bit of media interest in the event, all of which should help drive sales for bakers throughout the UK,” said Lisa Boswell, marketing manager at BakeMark. Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising at The Children’s Trust, adds: “Whatever size your bakery is, however much or little you raise is invaluable, as all registered bakeries help to fund specialist services, equipment and staff – which in turn helps these children enjoy a better quality of life. We are very grateful to everyone who takes part.” Christopher Freeman of Dunn’s Bakery in North London launched the first National Doughnut Week.To register, email [email protected] or check out the National Doughnut Week website – read more

Summer Camp Friday Features UM, moe., Twiddle, Marco, Spafford, Aqueous, & More [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G. With plenty of people still filing into Three Sisters Park for Summer Camp Music Festival on Friday, the event’s first full day demonstrated how this has become one of the most popular festivals of the season. From great music to eclectic weather to friendly vibes, Friday at Summer Camp Music Festival delivered all the fans hoped for to get the weekend underway in earnest.One of the first sets of the day was Keller & the Keels. Featuring the husband/wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel and the shoeless guitarist Keller, the three went through a varied repertoire, covering Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” and touching upon Williams’ staple “Freaker by the Speaker” before ending with Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”.As the last notes of the Pink Floyd classic still hung in the air, moe.’s daytime set opened with the first hits of Dark Side of the Moon classic, “Breathe”. The resident Summer Camp host band’s day set was fun and included a slinky “Wormwood”. They have left plenty of music left on the table for the rest of the weekend.Kyle Hollingsworth had an amazing set in the VIP tent, including an energetic version of the Garcia/Hunter number “Deal” at the beginning of his set. After that point, Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins took the stage alongside Hollingsworth, a collaboration that was supposed to happen in April but never came to fruition. Cummins pulled up a tiny stool on the small stage and sat next to Hollingsworth behind his keyboard. Mixing the String Cheese Incident with the Umphrey’s McGee, their first song together was a danceable mashup of Cheese’s “Pack It In” and UM’s “Soul Food”. The two also played a funky version of “Bright Lights Big City”.By this time, the sky was becoming darker and one could hear the crackle of thunder in the distance. Before long, the rain began to fall. Despite the fact that it was a gentle and soothing rain, all the stages were suspended, presumably as a safety measure against possible lightning. Wisconsin Americana-folk-bluegrass act Horseshoes & Hand Grenades were perhaps the only scheduled musicians still playing by 3 pm. The band was already a couple songs into their set and had a difficult time stopping—guitarist Adam Greuel was so entranced in his own music that it took a solid two minutes for him to open his eyes and see several production staffers signaling him to end the music and exit the stage. While the band acquiesced to both terms, after unplugging their instruments they simply descended the stage and played under a canopy tent conveniently located ten feet to the side of the stage. The audience followed suit and moved ten feet over, listening even more intently—and cheering more loudly—when the group continued the music without any amplification. The band’s “Ripple” and “Country Roads” covers were warmly welcomed by the crowd.The start of Twiddle’s set was delayed due to the weather. Perhaps because of the rain, they were moved back perhaps roughly 20 feet from the front of the stage when they finally did begin, creating a notice distance between band and crowd. Nonetheless, they were still able to tear off great renditions of “Jamflowman”, “Frankenfoote”, and “Lost in the Cold”, the latter featuring the particularly meaningful and appropriate lyric, “I’m gonna dance in the rain, and lay out in the sunshine.” Twiddle fans were allowed to do both during their set.Keyboardist John Medeski’s Mad Skillet was another interesting conglomeration of musical influences that culminated in a fun daytime set. By the time Umphrey’s McGee’s first set of the day approached, a sunshower was sprinkling the grounds, leaving a beautiful double rainbow directly over the eastern side of the festival site. Umphrey’s made sure to match mother nature’s beauty with a first set that contained a great, though unfinished “All In Time” and a “Triple Wide” that had the entire Sunshine Stage audience moving hard. The band brought up the horns from Lettuce—Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis—for a silky “Booth Love” followed by a raucous cover of Sturgill Simpson‘s “Call To Arms”. Watch fan-shot footage below:Umphrey’s McGee w/ Lettuce Horns – “Call To Arms” (Sturgill Simpson cover)[Video:shinepigeon]Their second set opened with an improv-heavy“Ocean Billy”, and contained a great “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” segueing into “Wappy Sprayberry”, the latter receiving some raindrops that Jefferson Waful made sure to catch majestically in his piercing streaks of light. Instrumental “Den” was trance-y and featured an additional Lettuce sit-in—this time from Nigel Hall—before the set ended with the backend of the “All In Time” they began in their first set.The late night sets were plentiful on Friday night. After midnight, it got even weirder. Spafford laid down a set in the VIP tent that saw people spilling out the sides of the canopy. Packed to the brim, the band opened their set with a lengthy “It’s a Bunch” that just didn’t want to end. Across the way, Marco Benevento played a set at the Campfire Stage, his entire set serving as one big, exciting highlight. The JRAD keyboardist is a true showman, and his set may have been one of the best of the day.Even later, musical opportunities were still virtually limitless. Aqueous raged an exploratory 2 am set back at the campfire set, Pink Talking Fish paid their tributes to three of the most influential groups in the scene, and The Werks jammed out an amazing version of The Who’s “Eminence Front” which came to an ending at 4 am sharp, signaling the end of scheduled music for the night. Two more days to go and there is still plenty of good times ahead. Summer Camp still going strong.Of course, there it’s impossible to catch everyone at a festival of this size, but the lineup extended well beyond the bands listed above, including sets from Lettuce, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Yonder Mountain String Band, Con Brio, Organ Freeman, Tipper, Slightly Stoopid,Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from Summer Camp’s second day via Phierce Photo by Keith G.Summer Camp Music Festival | Friday, May 25th, 2018 | Photos: Keith Grinerlast_img read more