BlueLife Limited ( Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgBlueLife Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about BlueLife Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BlueLife Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BlueLife Limited (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileRanked as one of the leading real estate business entities in the Indian Ocean region, BlueLife Limited deals in land promotion, property development, and hotel and leisure business. There are four segments in which the company operates from. These are land development, yielding property, hotel, and service. Through these four segments, the company develops and sells residential properties, retail and office properties as well as owns and operates two hotels under the name of Radisson Blu Azuri Resort and Spa and Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort and Spa in Mauritius. BlueLife Limited also provides facilities management and services, management and consultancy services and is based in Forbach, Mauritius. BlueLife Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Anglican redevelopment project in Hong Kong wins UNESCO award

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Nov 17, 2017 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] An innovative community regeneration project by the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui – the Anglican Church in Hong Kong – has been given an Award of Excellence by UNESCO in its Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The Blue House Cluster Project, by the HKSKH’s St James’ Settlement NGO, is the first project in Hong Kong to win Unesco’s top award in this category.The citation states that “this unprecedented civic effort to protect marginalized local heritage in one of the world’s most high-pressure real estate markets is an inspiration for other embattled urban districts in the region and beyond.”Read the full article here. Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Releasecenter_img Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Anglican redevelopment project in Hong Kong wins UNESCO award Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Asia Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Anglican Communion, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

Why you should vote for Theresa Mott: In her own words

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the Theresa Mott campaignOver 25 years of community serviceHello Apopka. My name is Theresa Mott and I’m running for the Apopka City Commission (Seat #1). On March 13th, many of you will be voting in the Apopka Municipal elections, and I’m asking for your vote.Here’s why I think I am the candidate that will best serve the community:I am a 19-year Apopka business owner, mother, 47-year Apopka native and business/civic leader with 25-plus years of community engagement, and am running because of my unwavering passion for the city, and a desire to make it better for EVERYONE!   I am a woman of integrity, an extremely hard worker, a problem-solver, open-minded, fair and an eternal optimist (counter-balanced with realism).I pride myself on a love for giving back – as evidenced by my extensive civic contribution.  I have a servant’s heart, and what I receive from giving greatly exceeds what I give.I decided to run after extensive prayer, support from family and friends along with years of encouragement from residents and the business community.  I am the President/Founder of, Professional Executive Services, Inc.  (PES) — started in 1998 (created/ based in Apopka).  PES provides administrative services/consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.  I represent the City of Apopka on, MetroPlan Orlando’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and was twice appointed to four-year terms by, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer.  MetroPlan Orlando leads transportation planning efforts in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, while its CAC ensures the public has the opportunity to review and evaluate all proposed transportation plans and programs. I am, 2nd Vice President of GFWC Apopka Woman’s Club (elected twice: 2016 & 2017), a civic organization which also presents the annual Apopka Art & Foliage Festival.  Also, I was elected chairman of the Board (2009 – 2010) with the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce—serving as its first African-American Chairman, Leadership Apopka Class II graduate and current Board of Director. Theresa Mott (center) with her daughter Bridgett (left), son Norris Jr. (right) and grandson Triston.I am actively engaged in professional and civic organizations, AND serve/served on:PROFESSIONAL :President/Founder, Professional Executive Services, Inc. (19 years)City of Apopka Appointee, MetroPlan Orlando – Community Advisory Committee MemberPast Member, MetroPlan Orlando Nominating Committee-C.A.C. (2016)City of Apopka – Auditing Services Selection Committee (2014)Board Chairman, Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce (elected 2009-10)Graduate, Leadership Apopka-Class IIBoard Member, Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce (2004-current)Past Executive Board Member (Secretary, Chairman-Elect & Immediate. Past Chairman), Apopka Chamber (elected 2006-2010)Insight Apopka 2025 Visioning Committee, Education Chairman- City (2007)Commencement Speaker, Wheatley Elementary  School (2006)Past Ambassador Committee Chairman, Apopka Chamber (2004-2006)Vice President, Home-based Business Entrepreneurs, Apopka Chamber (2002-2003)CIVIC :2nd Vice President, Apopka Woman’s Club (elected 2016 & 2017) – 13 yr. MemberPublic Issues Chairman-Appointee, Apopka Woman’s Club (2015-16)Apopka Historical Society Member  (2006-current)Relay for Life Apopka Committee/Sponsorship Chairman (2005-current)Past Chairman, Boy Scouts Golden Eagle Dinner (2009)Boy Scouts Golden Eagle Luncheon Steering Committee (2009-2015)American Red Cross VolunteerThe Salvation Army VolunteerADDitions Volunteer (Orange County Public Schools)Past Wish Granter, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Northern FLJudge, Martin Luther King Jr. Parade (Apopka)Festival of Families Committee-ApopkaFamily Friendly 4th Committee-Apopka, Volunteers CoordinatorChairman, Cure 4 Cancer Charity Ride-Apopka (2008)Past P.T.S.A. Member (Orange County Public Schools)A tireless worker focused on economic growthI appreciate Apopka’s strides made over the years and am anxious to remedy its challenges.  I have witnessed and contributed to our substantial growth; however, there is more work required to ensure a trajectory beneficial to EVERYONE.  It’s my goal to expand on that growth, by exploring ideas and solutions that will elevate us to greater heights.  In my varying roles, I have worked tirelessly with leaders to impact responsible growth positively and am a qualified leader, who will bring an exciting perspective to the conversation.   I value the privilege of serving on the Council; moreover, I respect the fact that ‘it is for/about the people.’   Once elected, I pledge to LISTEN to your ideas, thoughts, and concerns, then be a STRONG VOICE for Residents and the Business Community and vow to utilize forged relationships in achieving this feat.Endorsements:For years I have followed Central Florida government in action. I’m a “political junkie” who enjoys watching local government set policies that shape our city, county, and state. I have regularly attended Apopka City Council meetings since 2008.  I have worked with many leaders and elected officials and I’m honored to receive the endorsements of State Senator (District 11) Randolph Bracy III, Former Apopka City Commissioner Kathy Till, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.“It is my privilege to support the candidacy of Theresa Mott, because she has long demonstrated her commitment to the citizens of Apopka and Orange County.  As a small-business owner who grew up to overcome many challenges, she is an excellent example of the type of person who will be effective as a City Commissioner”.–Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings Finally, I am an Apopka High School graduate and attended Seminole Community College.  I am a Christian, a proud mother of two adults: Norris Jr. and Bridgett, and have one fabulous Grandson, Triston.   I enjoy reading, cooking, shopping, riding motorcycles, kickboxing, yoga, and spending time with family.Undoubtedly, I love this City and wish to continue giving back by serving as your commissioner. I am hands-on, pro-active, and an in the trenches with the team type of person who is qualified to be a city commissioner on day one.Therefore, I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 13th.Note: This is a paid political advertisement from the Theresa Mott campaign. Reply 1 COMMENT March 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img Mama Mia That is a long long list of accomplishments to be very proud of Theresa! You ride motorcycles too? Wow, you really are braver than me…LOL. Good luck to you Theresa, in your quest to sit on the Apopka City Council! TAGSTheresa Mott Previous articleWhy are we so sleep deprived, and why does it matter?Next articleSpring cleaning at home and in life Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

A.F. Blakemore launches 1917 heritage grants scheme

first_imgA.F. Blakemore launches 1917 heritage grants scheme Food and drink retailer and distributor A.F. Blakemore is marking its centenary with a 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme to support good causes across its trading area.The company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, will award a number of one-off community grants worth £1,917 each to good causes across England and Wales.The grants must be used to sustain good causes for the long term, for example providing funding towards new buildings, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter explained:“The 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme has been launched with the primary aim of supporting good causes in local communities.“In particular the grants will focus on helping the sustainability of charities, organisations and community groups in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”About the Blakemore FoundationThe Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992. Since then it has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across central England and all of Wales.Local charities and good causes including social clubs, sports clubs, community groups, schools, hospitals, family associations, hospices and environmental projects have all benefited.Senter commented:“We are really keen for all colleagues, retailers and customers to get behind the scheme and encourage anyone who has a project or good cause that would benefit from this new grant funding to consider applying.”Applications to the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme must be received by 28 July 2017. 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 MoreAddThis11  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11center_img Tagged with: England Funding heritage Wales / Cymru Howard Lake | 11 April 2017 | News  169 total views,  1 views today Advertisementlast_img read more

RSF publishes report on “Respect for media in Catalonia”

first_img SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence September 28, 2017 – Updated on September 29, 2017 RSF publishes report on “Respect for media in Catalonia” News Receive email alerts Three days before a planned referendum on independence in Catalonia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has issued a report on the oppressive climate for media freedom in this northeastern region of Spain, where journalists are complaining of unprecedented harassment by the authorities and on social networks. June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso News Carles Puigdemont answers the questions of journalists during a demonstration in Barcelona on September 11, 2017/AFP to go further Entitled “Respect for media in Catalonia,” the report has been produced by RSF’s Spanish section as the region’s separatist parties try to press ahead with the referendum although it has been banned by Spain’s Constitutional Court. The report describes the Catalan pro-independence government’s constant pressure on local and foreign media, harassment of critical journalists by separatist movement “hooligans” on social networks, attempts by crowds of demonstrators to intimidate TV reporters, and the generally poisonous climate for press freedom.The report includes some of the many interviews that RSF has conducted with Catalan, Spanish and foreign journalists who have been the victims of harassment on social networks by Catalan government supporters. It draws attention to the pressure on media outlets that oppose independence and to the hostility they encounter on social networks.The accounts of foreign correspondents in Spain, especially those based in Barcelona, illustrate the pro-independence movement’s interest in the international media and the pressure it is putting on them because they are seen as a key element in the movement’s visibility strategy.Catalan journalists working for media outlets that oppose independence told RSF that they have been the victims of intense harassment campaigns on social networks and of policies that deliberately draw attention to them.“The climate for journalistic freedom has suffered as a result of the dramatic polarization of Catalan politics and society,” said Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.“Driven into a corner by the Spanish government’s intimidatory manoeuvres, the regional government has gone too far in its attempts to impose its vision on the local, Spanish and international media. The best indicator of a healthy democracy is a free press in which journalists write what they believe and refuse to censor themselves.”This very topical report examines some of the latest developments in Catalonia and the climate of intimidation for the Catalan media resulting from the attempts by the police to implement judicial bans on referendum propaganda.The report also includes the accounts of Spanish TV reporters at the heart of the conflict who have been stigmatized.“We are deeply disturbed by videos from Barcelona showing attempts to intimidate TV reporters,” Adès-Mevel said. “We urge the Catalan authorities to condemn the stigmatization of the Spanish media, the attempts to blame them for a situation that is political in origin. This blaming of the media echoes the campaigns of Donald Trump and far-right movements.”The report also examines the pressure that the pro-independence movement is trying to put on Spanish correspondents in Brussels who refer to the European Union’s reluctance to discuss the issue of Catalan independence.Spain is ranked 29th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. center_img Organisation Follow the news on Spain Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF_en News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Water & Power Celebrates Public Power Week

first_img More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek),Oct 4-10 along with more than 2,000 community-owned utilities in the nation.PWP, your local Public Power utility, puts the people of Pasadena first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally-generated, locally-owned, power to our citizens,” said Interim General Manager, Eric Klinkner.As a not-for-profit utility, PWP is able to provide its customers with some of the lowest rates in the region, and focus priority on providing reliable power and high-quality water to residents within Pasadena and parts of Altadena.PWP wants to celebrate the significance of this week by partnering with the community on how to be better prepared. All week long, PWP will be sharing tips on Facebook and Twitter including: key preparedness items at your residence and in your car, how to sign-up for outage updates, and the importance of notifying PWP if you are a customer on an electronically-operated life support system.To thank our customers for being prepared, PWP will be giving disaster preparedness backpacks to Pasadena residents who share a photo of their preparedness.For photo submission guidelines or to learn more about how you can be prepared, visit is a department of the City of Pasadena with nearly 350 staff members. The utility operates the Glenarm Power Plant and 12 substations to serve its more than 56,000 residential electric customers, and 8,500 commercial and industrial electric customers.Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power to more than 48 million Americans. More at connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and like the City on Facebook at Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Government Pasadena Water & Power Celebrates Public Power Week Published on Monday, October 5, 2015 | 6:08 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Subscribe Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Spin Technology Ranks as TOP 5 Office 365 Online SaaS Backup Solution

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos may step down without stepping awayNext articleWrist Aficionado: A Click-and-Mortar Success Story Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Today, Spin Technology, Inc. announced it was named to the Top 5 Office 365 Online SaaS Backup Solutions by the Data Center Infrastructure Group (DCIG). This DCIG report included reviews of fifteen solutions in the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem that provide cloud-based backup of SaaS data. The selection criteria included ease of installation and price point, availability, additional backup storage costs, trial periods and other value-added categories. It also considered anti-ransomware capabilities, backup capabilities, recovery and restore capabilities, SaaS configuration, licensing and support. “Spin Technology reduces recovery costs and downtime from ransomware attacks by more than 90%, which saves organizations millions of dollars by enabling recovery in minutes or hours – not in days or weeks,” said Dmitry Dontov, Spin’s Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition indicates the value we’re adding to the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem and highlights our industry-leading and highly differentiated features, including our AI-driven ransomware protection and data loss prevention capabilities.” “SpinOne has demonstrated visionary industry leadership and impressive technical capability with the development of its Artificial Intelligence for ransomware protection,” said Jerome Wendt, President and Founder at DCIG. “Its full suite of legacy capabilities and strong technological differentiation has placed SpinOne in the TOP 5.” Download the complete DCIG report here: And be sure to register for the free upcoming webinar where Jerome Wendt will review the results of the entire report: Date: February 17, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time Registration Link: Find out more about Spin Technologies, or the SpinOne security suite at About Spin Technology Spin Technology is a SaaS data protection company protecting enterprises against cloud ransomware, human error and insider threats. The company’s solutions extend security across Google Workspace and Microsoft Office 365 environments. Spin is designed to protect organizations against data leaks and data loss in the cloud by backing up sensitive data to secure cloud storage and identifying security threats. The AI-driven technology provides 24×7 monitoring and detection against harmful threats and identifies business risks, while Spin’s automated runbooks deploy powerful countermeasures to ensure continuous operation. Learn more about Spin at View source version on CONTACT: Media Contact: Anthony Cogswell [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT SECURITY SOURCE: Spin Technology, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 04:41 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 04:41 PM Spin Technology Ranks as TOP 5 Office 365 Online SaaS Backup Solution Facebook Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest TAGS  last_img read more

Donegal farmers attend IFA protest in Monaghan

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Donegal farmers attend IFA protest in Monaghan Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 10, 2014 Pinterest WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Twitter Previous articleScience week being marked in DonegalNext articleNew regional focus predicted as government considers garda restructuring News Highland GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Homepage BannerNews Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Irish Farmers are in the midst of a 48 hour protest outside 14 meat factories up and down the country.The demonstrations come after talks between the IFA and the meat industry broke down on Friday evening, after they failed to make progress on beef prices.It’s the second protest in less than a month.The IFA says farmers are being paid far less for beef than their UK counterparts, at one euro per kilo lower than the North, or 350 euro per head.Donegal farmers are currently protesting outside a meat factory in Clones, the county’s IFA Chairman PJ McMonagle says even more will travel to Monaghan tomorrow: Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Environment Protection Act Passed At Instance Of ‘Foreign Powers’, Says NHAI; Karnataka High Court Takes Strong Objection

first_imgNews UpdatesEnvironment Protection Act Passed At Instance Of ‘Foreign Powers’, Says NHAI; Karnataka High Court Takes Strong Objection Mustafa Plumber11 Jan 2021 7:12 AMShare This – xHC termed the statement ‘scandalous’.The Karnataka High Court on Monday took strong exception to a statement made by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that the Environment Protection Act 1986, has been passed by the Parliament “at the instance of foreign powers.” The statement of objection in this regard reads thus “Whereas the decisions were taken at the United Nations conference on the Human 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 Karnataka High Court on Monday took strong exception to a statement made by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that the Environment Protection Act 1986, has been passed by the Parliament “at the instance of foreign powers.” The statement of objection in this regard reads thus “Whereas the decisions were taken at the United Nations conference on the Human Environment held at Stockholm in June 1972, in which India participated to take appropriate steps for the protection and improvement of the Human environment. Hence the Act has been passed not only for the protection of environment but also at the instance of foreign powers.”The NHAI also said that many NGOs are filing PILs at the instance of ‘foreign powers’ The bizarre claim has been made in the statement of objection filed by R B Pekam, working as Deputy General Manager (T) in the regional office of the National Highways Authority of India, Bangalore. The reply was filed while opposing a petition filed by United Conservation Movement Charitable and Welfare Trust , through it advocate Prince Isac, challenging the notification dated August 22, 2013 issued by the MoEF &CC, which recommends exemption of EIA process for expansion of National Highways. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum took strong exception to the affidavit, it said: “We are shocked to know approach of agencies and instrumentality of the state, they want the court to believe that entire exercise of framing the Environment Protection Act is undertaken at the instance of Foreign powers.”After noting that the the statement has invited the Court’s displeasure, the NHAI sought to withdraw it. But the bench observed in the order :”We cannot casually allow withdrawal of statement of objection in which bold stand is taken by NHAI on oath, that Environment Protection Act, is not only for protection of environment but at instance on foreign powers.” It added that: “The entire objection proceeds on the footing that PIL is initiated by organisations working in the field of environment with hidden aims.” The court said : “Needless to say that NHAI is the creation of NHAI Act and it is an agency and instrumentality of the state. We direct the Chairman of NHAI to nominate a very senior officer, to look into the statement of objections filed by NHAI before this court.” It added : “NHAI being an agency and instrumentality of the state is under obligation to explain to the court procedure if any adopted for finalizing the statement of objection filed before the court. Considering the seriousness of the issue we hope and trust that the Chairman of NHAI will entrust the inquiry to a very senior officer into the entire episode of filing statements of objections.” The bench also said that “If NHAI does not want to support the stand taken already in the statement of objection, it must come clean before the court and state what action it has taken against the person filing such objections.” The court said that “Whether the petition has merit or not NHAI must be saddled with exemplary cost. We are not passing any order today as we are awaiting the report of the higher officer appointed by the Chairman of NHAI.”The court rejected the prayer made by the counsel for NHAI to permit him to withdraw the statement of objection, unless a proper application is made, by higher officers of NHAI after carrying out an inquiry as aforesaid and after making a proper ground, seeking withdrawal of the statement of objections. The bench said “Don’t be under the impression that we will easily allow withdrawal of this objection. This is scandalous.”Before concluding Chief Justice Oka said “I have been a judge of HC for 17 and half years and have not seen such obnoxious statements presented by a public sector undertaking before the court.”The report on inquiry made by the officer appointed by the Chairman has to be filed before the court in a sealed envelope by January 31. The matter has been posted for further hearing on February 2.Petitioner acting with foreign vested interest, NHAI allegesAnother allegation made in the reply states that many NGOs are filing petitions at the instance of foreign powers. In this regard the objection reads thus: “It is submitted that there are many organisations in India calling themselves as Environmental Action Groups and Human Rights Groups, such as Amnesty International etc, which are actively involved in attacking developmental projects and challenging the government policies and notifications and doing anti-national activities. There are many NGOs receiving funds from foreign sources and church funds in contraventions of laws.” The statement of objection has also alleged that NGO Wildlife First Trustee, filed a petition before the Apex court (Wp Civil 109/2008) and obtained a stay order from the apex court on the eviction of lakhs of so called scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006. That such litigations are initiated with vested interest, individuals and groups with hidden aims and thereby discrimination against the respondent (NHAI). The Statement also says that there is a bar on the Courts under Section 22 of the Environment Protection Act from interfering with the action for the Central Government: “The petitioners are barred from challenging the impugned notification dated 22/08/2013 of the Ministry of Environment and Forest in so far as it relates to the amendment of National Highways as it I has been promulgated on practical grounds of permitting improvement and development of national highways. Under section 22 of Environment Protection Act there is a bar on courts from interfering with the action for the Central Government. ” Adding “It is submitted that though the bar generally applies to civil courts the decisions of the Central government are generally not interfered with on any challenge by vested interest groups and those inimical to public interest and also National Highways being improved or developed.” While opposing the petition a peculiar stand is also taken by NHAI stating that petition has quoted passages from books written by Duniway and Herrick 2011, Katz et all 2014, shows that the writ petition may have been filed at the instance of foreign vested interest. The affidavit reads thus: “The reference to foreign authors, Bruzineel 2004, slide etc all 2006, Chadwick et all 2006, in the para all show that the petitioner has relied on foreign authors and their books as material for targeting the respondents. It is well known that India is rising in the world economically, having achieved the status of having the 5th largest economy and certain western powers and India’s enemy neighbors are envious of and want to hit development projects of the central and state governments. As also create large scale public unrest and even funding them. The reference material extracted from the book of siddie, 2006 confirms the above view that vested interest may be involved.” To which the court said “Only because petitioner has referred to and relied on what foreign authors have written the NHAI has drawn an inference that a vested interest may be involved.” In another paragraph the statement reads thus “The power under the Environment Protection Act is not only to restrict dangerous activities but also to permit harmless activities and operations as also those with minimal environment damage. Therefore it cannot be said that it is only to prevent control and abatement of environmental pollution.” To which the court said “This shows the understanding of the authority about the Environment Protection Act. The court has also directed the petitioner to give details of its constitution and activities carried out by it in the field of environment and other fields. Also disclose if it is receiving any funds from foreign organizations. It clarified that “The direction against petitioner does not mean that we have accepted the reckless allegation made by NHAI.”Click Here To Download Statement[Read Statement]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe 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

Mom, 17-year-old daughter strangled to death in Calif.; suspect at-large: Sheriff

first_imgPrathaan/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A mother and her 17-year-old daughter were strangled to death in Southern California, officials said, as authorities search for their suspected killer.Cecilia Meza, 41, and her daughter Kelsey Meza, 17, were found dead in a Monrovia home on Dec. 5 by officers conducting a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.Cecilia Meza died from strangulation while Kelsey Meza died from blunt head trauma and strangulation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.Their suspected killer, Nimrod Perez Guerrero, remains at-large, the sheriff’s office said.Kelsey attended Monrovia High School, across the street from her home, reported KABC.The 17-year-old was “excited about going to college,” and was a “sweet, kind girl who always went out of her way to help others,” Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said in a Dec. 6 statement.“It is not natural for us to comprehend unnatural death – especially one in our own back yard,” Thorossian said. “We’ve deployed our emergency response team, including trained counselors and psychologists, to Monrovia High School, where they will remain as long as they are needed to support students and staff coming to terms with their shock and grief.”Guerrero was believed to have known the victims, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported.The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more