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Topaz mulls LSE flotation

first_img KCS-content whatsapp Thursday 20 January 2011 9:09 pm Share OILFIELD services company Topaz Energy and Marine is mulling a float on the London Stock Exchange.The Dubai-based company, one of the biggest oil services firms in the Middle East, has already appointed JP Morgan Cazenove to advise on the possible float – which could come as soon as March. Topaz, the biggest revenue generator among a portfolio of companies owned by Omani company Renaissance Services, saw a pre-tax profit of $70.3m (£44.2m) from revenues of $448.5m, with $160.4m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in 2009.The potential float, first reported by Sky News, would likely see the firm propelled directly into the FTSE 250, trading alongside peers such as Wood Group and AMEC.The money raised is expected to be used to expand Topaz’s businesses in the Gulf and the Caspian Sea as well as its smaller operations in west Africa and Brazil. Topaz parent Renaissance is expected to retain its current Oman stock exchange listing.Oil services companies are expected to see a boom in business over the coming year as projects that were put on hold following last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster spill, get off the ground. Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img Topaz mulls LSE flotation by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin! I think this is all you need to make a million

first_img Image source: Getty Images 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Enter Your Email Address The recent stock market crash may have caused some investors to seek out safer assets, such as Bitcoin.Indeed, the Bitcoin price has achieved a much better performance than the FTSE 100 in 2020.5G 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…The price of the cryptocurrency has gained 37% since the beginning of the year. The FTSE 100 is down 17% over the same period.However, the FTSE 100 has a much better track record of delivering high returns on a consistent basis. What’s more, many of the index’s constituents also offer a wide margin of safety at current levels.As such, buying the index today could offer a more attractive means of improving your retirement prospects than Bitcoin.Forget BitcoinThe primary drawback of Bitcoin is the fact that it is only worth as much as buyers and sellers are willing to pay for it. As the cryptocurrency has no underlying cash flows, it is impossible to tell if it is overvalued or undervalued at any particular level.The lack of profits or cash flows also means that Bitcoin does not produce any income. Many FTSE 100 stocks, on the other hand, offer their investors regular dividend payouts. This can help provide an additional passive income stream for investors. You may even have to pay to store Bitcoin in a secure facility.While the FTSE 100 has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past few decades, it has been able to produce an annualised total return of over 8% since it was created in January 1984.Investors who have been able to hold on to the index for this period have seen a significant return on investment.That said, over the past few years, Bitcoin has outperformed the UK’s leading blue-chip index. But, it’s impossible to tell if this performance will continue. As noted above, the performance of the cryptocurrency is characterised by supply and demand rather than increasing profits. That may mean its performance over a multi-decade time period is highly uncertain.The FTSE 100 for the long termTherefore, buying the FTSE 100 rather than Bitcoin seems to be the most sensible way to invest for the long term. The easiest way to replicate the index’s performance is to buy a low-cost tracker fund. This will allow you to track the performance of the market at a low cost and without having to spend a lot of time and effort researching stocks.Based on the index’s historical 8% per annum performance target, it would take 36 years of saving £400 a month to make a million. This would be enough to generate an attractive passive income or drawdown income of £40k per annum.As such, it could be worth buying the FTSE 100 while the index’s shares look cheap. Over the long run, their return prospects could substantially outperform Bitcoin, which faces an uncertain and volatile future as well as high costs and trading restrictions. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Forget Bitcoin! I think this is all you need to make a million Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 14th June, 2020 Rupert Hargreaves 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. 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£1k to invest? I think the Centrica share price is a top FTSE 100 buy today

first_img Harvey Jones 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. 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. 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. Image source: Getty Images. 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. £1k to invest? I think the Centrica share price is a top FTSE 100 buy today 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.center_img After years of dismal performance, the Centrica (LSE: CNA) share price ended last week on a high. It jumped by 33% in early trading on Friday, to end the day a whopping 17% higher.Investors were celebrating the news that the group is selling its US energy business to NRG Energy for £2.87bn, as part of a much-needed turnaround plan. The Centrica share price has been one of the worst FTSE 100 performers in recent years, falling 82% over the last five years. The fightback is now underway.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…Centrica has been hit by a combination of weaker oil and gas prices and disgruntled home energy customers leaving in droves. The Covid-19 stock market crash made a bad situation worse. Business energy demand fell sharply as offices and factories locked down. Centrica reported a 9% drop in first-half revenues to £12.5bn on Friday, while underlying operating profits fell by 14% to £343m.FTSE 100 bargain buyThe group posted an operating loss of £135m after restructuring costs and impairment charges. At least that was an improvement on last year’s £446m loss.In normal times, these results wouldn’t have triggered such a surge in the Centrica share price, but these aren’t normal times. It helped that the Direct Energy sale will attract £1bn more than analysts reckon it’s actually worth in the current climate.The proceeds will go towards shrinking Centrica’s debt, which is already in decline. It now stands at £2.8bn, down £400m since the start of the year. It’ll also help narrow the group’s £522m pension deficit.Like many other companies, Centrica is taking advantage of the crisis to cut costs and jobs, and accelerate its plans to simplify the group. Management has targeted annualised cost savings of £2bn between 2015 and 2022. It now looks set to achieve that in 2021, one year early.I’d buy the Centrica share price at today’s levelThe Direct Energy sale will make up for the frustrations Centrica has faced when trying to offload its nuclear and oil & gas businesses. Given the current uncertain energy market, its struggle to find buyers looks set to continue for some time.The Centrica share price looks cheap today, trading at just 6.46 times earnings. You don’t get any income with that, as Centrica put its dividend on hold during the pandemic. Despite that, I think now’s starting to look like an attractive entry point.Centrica continues to bleed retail customers though, with another 100,000 or so households moving on in the last six months, including 62,000 British Gas clients. The end of the lockdown should revive energy demand from businesses and, at some point, that dividend will be restored.The road to recovery may be long, but management seems to be heading the right direction. If I had £1k to invest, I’d consider buying the Centrica share price today. 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Why rugby needs more professionals to take up the whistle

first_imgAnd if any player chirps at the pair asking them if they have ever played the game then they will be able to put them back in their box. They have worn the shirt with distinction and rugby needs plenty more of them.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here Cricket doesn’t seem to have any problem recruiting ex-players to become umpires and former Test players such as Peter Willey and John Hampshire, India’s Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Sri Lankan Kumar Dharmasena and Aussie Paul Reiffel have all done both jobs at the top end of the game.But in rugby they are thin on the ground and some recent events might give you a clue why. Rugby is probably the hardest sport in the world to referee, everyone has their opinions and some of them are ready to tell you all about them in the most strident way.Tough calls: Greg Garner was harangued by a fan for his controversial sending off of Anthony WatsonAt Bath’s recent Premiership game against Saracens a spectator got into referee’s room to have a pop at Greg Garner, presumably about Anthony Watson’s sending off. Nigel Owens has had homophobic abuse hurled at him at Twickenham – the RFU then banned the offenders – and in France in April Oyonnax full-back Silvere Tian was suspended for 14 months after abusing Romain Poite during a Top 14 game after he had been sent off against Grenoble.As Owens said: “It is impossible to referee a match for 80 minutes and not make at least one mistake.” And don’t the referees know it. They cop it from the fans and anyone who gets to sit near a coaches’ box on match days will know they cop it from that direction as well.Some of the stuff that goes on in the amateur game is even worse so you can’t blame them if they’re not dancing through hoops to sign up.Not all plane sailing: Despite being one of the world’s best, Nigel Owens has suffered abuse from fans“Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship are our core values and we expect everyone involved in rugby union, whether they are players, coaches, referees or spectators, to uphold these values,” say the RFU. “Match officials are an integral part of the rugby family.” But they might not feel like it sometimes.But Dickson and Haughton might be role models for the current generation of players. They might not make it to the top of the reffing pyramid like Jackson, Rolland and Louw but at least they are giving it a go. It is easy to lob bottles from the back of the classroom without having to have a whistle in your mouth and make the big calls. Taking up the whistle: Harlequins No 9 Karl Dickson is moving into reffing LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson could be showing the way to go for pros who are hanging up their playing boots. The game needs more of them to become referees One of the most significant things to come out of Monday’s A League semi-final at Sandy Park was not the result – a 48-15 win for Exeter Braves over their counterparts from Newcastle – or the fact that the teams took it seriously enough to field a host of first-team regulars.No, it was the name of the referee at the bottom of the team sheet that would have caught the eye – Karl Dickson, the Harlequins scrum-half who has ambitions to be a whistler. Good on the bloke, I say.This has to be the way forward. How many times have you heard a commentator claim that referees are guessing at scrum-time or you can’t be a top-flight referee unless you have been a top-class player? At least the garrulous commentator and former England hooker Brian Moore has taken a refereeing qualification.Understanding of the game: Wasps’ Richard Haughton is another to try refereeingSurely the authorities should be pushing for former stars to become officials. For the elite officials it is not such a bad gig; decent salary, keeps you fit and you see a bit of the world.But they are not exactly being bowled over by the rush.Apart from Dickson, who joined up with the England tour to South Africa in 2012 and has a Premiership title to his name, Richard Haughton – the ex-Saracens and Wasps winger has ambitions to become a ref.Further afield, another former Saracen, the New Zealander Glen Jackson has refereed at Test level and Alain Rolland played for Ireland before becoming a first-class ref. In the mists of time Boy Louw, the legendary prop, who starred for the 1937 Springboks, was in charge of the first Currie Cup final in 1939 but never officiated in a Test match. And that is pretty slim pickings from all the men and women who have played the game.Former footballers don’t make the transition but most of the players who retire from the Premiership are so rich they needn’t have to work again. Most professional rugby players, however, do need a job once they retire and they can’t all get coaching posts or work in the media. When you weigh it up, reffing seems a credible option.Making the step: Glen Osborne has graduated from playing to being the man in the middleExcept that very few of them take it up, even though the RFU are sympathetic to fast-tracking recent players because they have empathy, deep understanding of the game and respect of the players automatically. Plus, they don’t need a month on the treadmill to get up to speed.As Tony Spreadbury, a former Test ref who runs the officials at Twickenham now, said: “We want to encourage any ex-player to take up the whistle, because their game understanding is up there, while their fitness is ready made.” No-brainer really.last_img read more

Colombia: two newspaper reporters narrowly escape murder attempt

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday evening’s shooting attack on two newspaper reporters in the northeastern city of Cúcuta, an attack that is all the most serious because one of the two reporters is getting state protection. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Colombia Receive email alerts Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports January 13, 2017 Colombia: two newspaper reporters narrowly escape murder attempt RSF_en RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia The attack took place after Cristian Herrera, a crime reporter for the daily Q’Hubo, received a tip-off from one of his sources that a murder had just taken place in a dangerous part of the city frequented by criminal gangs, smugglers and traffickers.Herrera, who has two bodyguards assigned by the National Protection Unit (UNP), set off at once with his bodyguards and one of his colleagues, Andrés González, in a UNP pickup.On arriving at the scene, the pickup was surrounded by gunmen on motorcycles who insulted the reporters, used force in an attempt to open its doors and then opened fire. The pickup took off at great speed and fortunately none of its four occupants sustained any injury.Herrera began getting state protection in October 2014, after receiving many death threats and warnings to stop covering crime. He reported getting more threats in November.“We condemn what was both an act of extreme cowardliness and a grave violation of the freedom to report the news,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“This murder attempt against a working journalist guarded by the National Protection Unit is indicative of the ineffectiveness of the protective mechanisms in place in a country that is still badly affected by the violence of criminal groups, a country where investigative reporting continues to be very dangerous.”Herrera told RSF he has been getting threats in connection with his work since 2004, when he began covering crime in Cúcuta. He had an earlier spell under UNP protection at the time and even fled to Chile for a year as a safety measure.The threats resumed in 2014, when he received leaflets signed by Los Rastrojos, an armed paramilitary group, naming him as a “military target” and giving him 24 hours to leave the city.The UNP told RSF that measures have now been taken to step up protection for Herrera, including assigning him an armour-plated car for work use.The UNP – the subject of a joint report by RSF, FECOLPER and FLIP last year on the 15th anniversary of its creation ­– needs an urgent overhaul in order to be able to provide more effective protection for Colombia’s journalists, especially crime reporters, who are exposed to the threat of extreme violence by organized crime in many parts of the country including Cúcuta.In the peace process that has been under way with the FARC guerrillas for several years, the Colombian government must not turn a blind eye to the presence of other armed groups such as the ELN and the various paramilitary groups that often target journalists and continue to sow terror.Colombia is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News News ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crime ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crime April 27, 2021 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Bureau chief of pan-arab daily arrested

first_img February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Ibrahim Hamidi, Damascus bureau chief of the pan-Arab daily paper Al-Hayat, who was arrested in Syria on 23 December and, according to the government news agency SANA today, is to be tried for “putting out false news.””In fact, he was arrested for putting out the truth and being too professional in his work,” said a spokesman for the London-based paper. “We are very worried about his conditions of detention and also because Syrian law provides for one to three years in prison for publishing allegedly false news.”Hamidi (who is 33 and a Syrian) reported in a 20 December article on preparations by the Syrian authorities and the United Nations in northeastern part of the country to receive a million Iraqi refugees if Iraq was attacked. The paper printed a denial on 24 December by a spokesman for Syrian prime minister Mohamed Mustapha Miro that Syria or the Red Crescent were setting up hospitals and camps along the border with Iraq. News to go furthercenter_img News December 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bureau chief of pan-arab daily arrested Organisation News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Man arrested over Limerick murder

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSFreyneGardaílimerickmurder Gardaí investigating the death of Gerard Freyne, following a fatal assault in Limerick on Wednesday night, October 12 last, have arrested a man in his 30s.The incident took place at Lord Edward Street in Limerick at 7.45pm, near an apartment block adjacent to the People’s Park.Mr Freyne, who received serious head injuries as a result of the assault, was removed to University Hospital Limerick but later transferred to Cork University Hospital where he subsequently died from his injuries.Gardaí, this Saturday morning, arrested a 32-year-old man in Limerick in connection with the death.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The man is detained at Roxboro Road Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. Print Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsBreaking newsMan arrested over Limerick murderBy Staff Reporter – October 15, 2016 766 Facebook Linkedincenter_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleGet Down Edits @ Secret SocietyNext articleKilcornan people are victims of their own politeness Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

A Conspectus Of The Global Judicial Response To Covid-19

first_imgColumnsA Conspectus Of The Global Judicial Response To Covid-19 Salona Mittal & Priyesh Srivastava19 May 2020 11:00 PMShare This – xThis article seeks to give a conspectus of how the courts have, globally, reacted to the pandemic, not in terms of the volume of cases handled by them, but by the nature of judgments/orders passed. The challenges faced by the judiciary are not endemic to India, and the manner in which the courts have responded all over the world, makes for an interesting read. UNITED…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?LoginThis article seeks to give a conspectus of how the courts have, globally, reacted to the pandemic, not in terms of the volume of cases handled by them, but by the nature of judgments/orders passed. The challenges faced by the judiciary are not endemic to India, and the manner in which the courts have responded all over the world, makes for an interesting read. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The courts in the United States have been flooded over the past month with challenges to orders of the governors of respective states. Elections – In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers on 6th April 2020 issued an executive order postponing the elections to be held on 7th April 2020 (which inter alia included matters such as presidential preference primaries for both major national political parties and an election for a seat as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court), citing the threat of infection by COVID-19 to in-person voters as well as poll workers. The Republican-dominated legislature swiftly moved the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, which on 6th April 2020 (by a 4:2 majority), enjoined the executive order, reasoning that the Governor did not have the constitutional backing to issue such an order. In a scathing dissenting judgment, Judge Walsh Bradley noted that “…the majority gives Wisconsinites an untenable choice: endanger your safety and potentially your life by voting or give up your right to vote by heeding the recent and urgent warnings about the fast growing pandemic”. Further, the United States Supreme Court by an order of even date, overturned (by a 5:4 majority) a Michigan District Court order (allowing residents to cast absentee ballots, even after election day, i.e., 7th April, as long as the ballots were received by 13th April), by holding that the absentee ballots must be mailed by 7th April, and not thereafter. In the authors’ opinion, requiring voters (without absentee ballots) to vote in person during such unprecedented time, will certainly lead to disenfranchisement. Lockdown – In Pennsylvania, the governor issued an executive order, ordering closure of all non-life-sustaining business to reduce the spread of COVID – 19. Certain businesses (classified as non-life sustaining) petitioned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, seeking a vacation of the governor’s order. The Supreme Court held that the closure of Petitioners’ businesses was not unduly oppressive and negated the contention that the order violated their right to free speech and assembly. Holding that such rights are not absolute, the Court upheld the order and observed that the order did not prohibit communication by telephone, video-link and otherwise. The Petitioners have challenged this decision before the United States Supreme Court and also sought for an interim stay of the executive order. In contrast, the Circuit Court for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia, granted a temporary injunction against an executive order that closed indoor gun ranges during COVID-19, since it would violate the right under the Virginia’s Constitution to bear arms. Abortion – Various abortion providers in Texas approached the District Court, seeking a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against an executive order that required hospitals to postpone all treatments that were not urgent. The District Court granted the TRO by observing that the attorney general’s interpretation of the executive order prevented Texas women from exercising their fundamental constitutional rights to terminate a pregnancy. At the request of Texas officials, the United State Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated (2:1 majority) the TRO on the ground that constitutional rights may be reasonably restricted in the interests of public safety. On 9th April 2020, the District Court then granted a second TRO and restrained the executive order inter alia in relation to medication abortions. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals however (2:1 majority), set aside the second TRO, holding that medication-induced abortions required the unnecessary use of PPE and that the district court ought not to have disregarded the wisdom of the governor. This decision was, however, rendered nugatory since the governor issued a new executive order allowing patients to get an abortion in the state. The authors resonate the dissenting opinion of Judge James L. Dennis that the litigation surrounding the ban of abortion has led “to a confusion that is likely more disruptive than the alleged harm it sought to prevent.”. GERMANY Religious Services – A Lower Saxony Ordinance imposed a blanket ban on meetings in churches, mosques, synagogues and the gatherings of other faith communities. The Applicant, a religious association that intended to hold Friday prayers, especially in the remaining weeks of Ramadan, unsuccessfully challenged the Ordinance before the Higher Administrative Court. It thereafter approached Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, which held that such prohibition represents an extremely serious interference with the freedom of belief guaranteed under Article 4 of the German Constitution, since it makes an essential form of practicing one’s religion impossible. The Court further held that in view of such serious encroachment, it was hardly justifiable for the regulation to not provide for exceptional approvals. Freedom of Assembly – A group of activists in the state of Hesse sought permission to hold meetings under the motto “Strengthen health instead of weakening fundamental rights – protection against viruses, not against humans.”. The permission was denied on the ground that it would endanger public order and would violate the Ordinance of the Hesse State Government to combat COVID – 19. The activists approached the German Constitutional Court against denial of such permission. The Court held that the denial of permission violates Article 8 of the German Constitution which provides for the right to assemble peacefully and unarmed, without prior notification or permission, but highlighted that all protesters should adhere to social distancing. Lockdown – The State of Saarland had imposed stringent lockdown measures and allowed only essential outings. However, in a challenge by a resident against these measures (on the ground that his personal freedoms were infringed), the State’s Constitutional Court held that there was no good reason for continuation of stringent measures. The Court further held that family visits and leisure walks should be allowed at once, if social distancing rules were observed. SINGAPORE Procedural difficulties – With the advent of technological measures, including video-conferencing and e-filing, some scammers impersonating as Supreme Court officers started misusing this as a medium for fraud and phishing, which led to the Supreme Court warning the public (vide a press release) to be vigilant and even specified all the official Registry details. Economy – A notable judgment passed by the Supreme Court of Singapore was in the case of SK Lateral Rubber & Plastic Technologies (Suzhou) Co. Ltd v Lateral Solutions Pte Ltd [2020] SGHC (I) 09, where the defendant’s/counterclaimant’s application for security for cost was dismissed. The counterclaimant contended that the Plaintiff/Defendant would be unable to pay the costs, if ordered to, in light of the economic impact of COVID-19. The Court however noted that the economic effects of COVID- 19 were unsubstantiated and as such cannot be used to demonstrate cash flow issues. This, in the authors’ opinion is an appropriate principle to ensure that businesses do not vexatiously plead inability to perform a contract, absent any evidence of impact of COVID-19 on their business directly. UNITED KINGDOM Conduct of hearings – In what was considered to be the ‘largest class action’ ever brought in England, concerning 2,02,000 claimants together with 520 private businesses, the High Court appreciated the difficulties caused by the pandemic (such as volume of documentation, need for interpreters, location of the deponents etc.) which could not be attributed to the Defendant, and thus delayed the hearing by six weeks. However, it emphasized that the hearings be conducted remotely in July and set aside the plea of the defendants for an in-person hearing. AUSTRALIA Prison – In a case brought before the Victorian Supreme Court, a prisoner suffering from heart disease, had sought his release in light of the serious risk posed by COVID-19. In its judgment, the Supreme Court came to a prima facie finding that there were a number of breaches of hygiene in the prison and that prison authorities failed to undertake reasonable care. While the Court did not order the release of the applicant (since he had much of his sentence left to serve), the Court ordered for an independent risk assessment of the prisoners and other staff. Conduct of hearings – The Supreme Court of Western Australia dismissed an application seeking adjournment grounded on issues arising from COVID-19. Counsel appearing for applicant had argued that he would be at a significant disadvantage if he could not see and ‘read’ the court throughout the appeal hearing. Rejecting such contention, the Court held that hearing by telephone / video-link provides for comprehensive and considered dialogue between the bar and bench. The contention of material prejudice being caused due to the senior and junior counsel not being co-located was negated since it was possible for counsel to communicate electronically. Now that the courts in India are also enlarging their boards to not just urgent matters, one cannot help but ponder whether latitude will be shown to lawyers who seek adjournment on similar grounds as above. CHINA Trial – The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of the People’s Republic of China has not only regulated the usage of ‘Mobile Micro Court’, which is the SPC’s online case-hearing portal, but has also, for the first time, allowed a witness to testify remotely in a construction contract dispute. Handling of civil cases – The SPC published crucial guidelines on handling of civil cases involving COVID-19, in which it has inter alia highlighted that (1) employers’ applications to fire employees for the reason that the employee is infected or suspected to be infected by COVID-19 (including asymptomatic employees) will be rejected (especially in light of discrimination faced by labourers from Hubei province); and (2) the courts should take a prudential stand in interpreting force majeure principles in contract disputes. The guideline also allows parties to claim for suspension of statute of limitations in light of difficulties faced due to the pandemic. The authors believe that these measures clearly portray the importance of a vigilant judicial system during such stressful times. ISRAEL Privacy – Certain journalists’ organization, civil rights associations, and others moved the Supreme Court seeking a repeal of the emergency regulations that enabled the Shin Bet internal security service to tap into cellular data to retrace the movements of people infected by the virus. In a significant judgment, the Court held that the tracking program severely violates the constitutional right to privacy and therefore cannot continue until the government authorises it in the form of legislation. Further, relying on freedom of press, the Court noted that monitoring of journalists that had tested positive for COVID-19, can only be done with their consent. This judgment attains importance in light of the concerns surrounding the Aarogya Setu application. FRANCE Commercial Concerns and Labour safety – The Nanterre Court of Justice in France ordered Amazon to only deliver non-essential items during the crisis with a penalty of 1 million euros for every day of non-compliance. The order came in a complaint filed by the Union that Amazon had ignored its obligations to provide for the security and health of its workers. As a result, Amazon was prompted to temporarily shut its six mammoth warehouses around France and put its 10,000 workers on paid furlough. On appeal, the order was upheld by the Versailles Court of Appeal with the fine being altered to 100,000 euros for each delivery that does not meet the court’s conditions. It can certainly be debated whether these decisions adhere to the principles of balancing protection of safety of employees, while keeping the business running and preserving jobs. KOSOVO Lockdown – The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, perhaps became the first Court to declare the decisions by the Government pertaining to lockdown and mass gatherings as unconstitutional. In a referral from the President, the Court unanimously declared that the decision of the Government was in contravention with Articles 35 (Freedom of Movement), 36 (Right to Privacy), 43 (Freedom of Gathering) of the Constitution, in conjunction with respective Articles of the European Convention on Human Right. However, remarkably, the Court deferred the enforcement of its judgment to allow the government time to take appropriate measures to safeguard public health in accordance with the Constitution and their judgment. In the authors’ opinion, it is noteworthy that the Court, respecting the idea of separation of powers and keeping in mind the impacts of the pandemic, has granted time to the Government to modify/amend the current law. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Freedom of Movement – An executive order prohibiting movement of persons less than 18 and over 65 years of age in the territory of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was challenged before the Constitutional Court. The State in response, reasoned that elderly persons are more risk averse and minors may transmit the virus to elderly persons. The Supreme Court noted that the order did not provide for any kind of exemptions (such as children with special needs) and completely ignored the fact within the category of persons older than 65 are judges, prosecutors and members of the legislative and executive. The Court thus held that the object sought to be achieved by the order was not proportional to the restrictions imposed and thus the order was held to be violative of Article II (3) (m) of the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Article 2 of Protocol No. 4 to the European Convention that relate to freedom of movement. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how different judicial systems around the world have responded differently in these testing times. On issues similar to those that have been agitated before the courts in India, certain courts have often dialled down the intensity of judicial review during emergencies in deference to the executive, whereas others have laid emphasis on individual freedoms.Views Are Personal Only.(Priyesh Srivastava and Salona Mittal are practising advocates in the High Courts of Delhi and Bombay respectively) 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

Utah State Basketball Coaching Search Hits High Gear

first_img Robert Lovell Written by March 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Basketball Coaching Search Hits High Gear FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Logan, UT)  —  The Utah State coaching search is heading into the interview stage.USU athletic director John Hartwell has scheduled as many as five interviews this week as he searches for the next men’s basketball coach.The biggest names linked to the opening are former Georgia head coach Mark Fox and Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd.Tim Duryea was fired earlier this month after three seasons as the Aggies’ head coach. Tags: Basketball/Utah State Aggieslast_img read more

VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’

first_img View post tag: Defense VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’ Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: research View post tag: News by topic April 16, 2013 View post tag: Scripps View post tag: Defence U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation’s newest research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space.The ship is owned by the U.S. Navy, will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and will have its home port at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma on San Diego Bay.“Sally Ride’s career was one of firsts and will inspire generations to come,” said Mabus. “I named R/V Sally Ride to honor a great researcher, but also to encourage generations of students to continue exploring, discovering, and reaching for the stars.”Dr. Ride was selected for NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978 and became the first American woman in space aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. In 1989, she joined the faculty of UC San Diego as professor of physics and was director of the university’s California Space Institute. She died in July 2012 at the age of 61.“Scripps has a century-long history of seagoing excellence that is vital to the well-being of our planet and its pressing environmental challenges, and we appreciate the confidence the U.S. Navy has in UC San Diego with stewardship of its newest, state-of-the-art vessel for global ocean exploration,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “And now we are touched by the extraordinary honor that this ship is being named for Sally Ride, who, after serving our nation as a pioneering and accomplished astronaut, served on the faculty of UC San Diego for nearly two decades. Her commitment to teaching and inspiring young minds is legendary and we take tremendous pride in this prestigious and well-deserved honor for her legacy and for UC San Diego.”Designed to operate globally, R/V Sally Ride will continue the Scripps legacy of conducting pioneering ocean exploration and research critical to our understanding of our planet, our oceans, and our atmosphere. As a shared-use, general-purpose ship, R/V Sally Ride will engage in a broad spectrum of research in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and climate science, including research missions with relevance to the Navy.“Our Navy and Marine Corps depend on detailed prediction of the ocean environment,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. “The new knowledge provided by our basic and applied research is critical for improvements to prediction systems. The research vessel Sally Ride will enable that research and represents the continuation of a long and fruitful partnership among the Navy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the larger ocean science community.”“I’m very proud that the new research vessel Sally Ride will be homeported in California at San Diego’s world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “The ship will enable the next generation of researchers to engage in ship-based research science and training and provide the Navy with a world-class research platform. This is an excellent example of the importance of investing in basic research to support national capabilities and competitiveness.”“Dr. Sally Ride inspired millions of people, especially young women and girls, to reach for the stars,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “Naming the Navy’s new ocean research vessel in her honor is a fitting tribute to her legacy of innovation and discovery, and I am so pleased that this ship will be based at a great California institution that she loved, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.”“Achievements such as Scripps’s research vessel Sally Ride show us how important investments in our military and scientific communities are,” said U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. “This vessel, and the rest of the academic research fleet, enables seagoing research that aids scientific discovery and our national security.”“I can’t think of a more perfect name for the Navy’s new research vessel. Dr. Ride was a trailblazer in every sense of the word in the fields of science and engineering. Dr. Ride’s namesake ship and its crew will continue her legacy of courage, determination, and spirit of discovery,” said U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif.As a seagoing laboratory supporting research and education, the new ship will feature modern research instrumentation to fuel scientific exploration, including mapping systems, sensors, and profilers that will investigate features from the seafloor to the atmosphere.“Scripps looks forward to welcoming R/V Sally Ride to our fleet, enabling our scientists to conduct transformative ocean research and continued exploration and discovery in the coming decades,” said Catherine Constable, interim director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and vice chancellor for marine sciences at UC San Diego.Scripps’s seagoing operations contribute significantly to the region’s maritime economy, drawing from the region’s exceptionally skilled workforce and employing more than 150 skilled technicians, engineers, crew, and administrators for ship operations. The more than $28 million generated annually from external funding sources for Scripps fleet operations is reinvested by the university into the local San Diego and regional economy.“The blue economy is the next big thing for San Diego and having this research vessel in our port will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase that,” said Greg Cox, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Scripps is a research powerhouse and I’m thrilled about the potential economic benefits of better understanding our oceanographic systems.”For more than a century, Scripps has been a part of the University California and its ships have benefitted from key support from the UC System and UC San Diego. As with other Scripps research vessels Roger Revelle, Melville, New Horizon, and Robert Gordon Sproul, R/V Sally Ride will allow early career scientists to engage in ship-based science and training to support the next generation of researchers. The ship will participate in the UC Ship Funds Program, a unique resource that allows University of California graduate students to proposes, design, and execute their own research programs at sea.Thousands of scientists, students, and government researchers use Scripps research vessels every year, making them the most widely used oceanographic vessels in the United States. Scripps operates one-fifth of the research vessels in the U.S. academic research fleet, and over the past four years Scripps ships carried nearly 4,200 people to sea. About half of these scientists are from Scripps and other University of California campuses, and the other half affiliated with other U.S. academic institutions, government laboratories (NOAA, Navy, etc.), international research laboratories, and K-12 schools. Scripps has operated research vessels since 1904, and is a charter member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), which coordinates academic fleet activities.The new vessel will be the third in the Scripps fleet that is owned by the U.S. Navy and managed by the Office of Naval Research, joining research vessels Melville and Roger Revelle as well as research platform FLIP. Scripps Associate Director Bruce Appelgate, head of Scripps Ship Operations, notes that the Navy funds about 30 percent of the work done on Scripps vessels for basic research with relevance to Department of Defense (DoD) operations. The new vessel will ensure that the seagoing collaboration will continue 30 to 40 years into the future. Funding for research expeditions aboard the Scripps fleet is also provided by the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and the U.S. Geological Survey.“Scripps-operated research vessels are ideal platforms for many kinds of DoD-relevant research, and are available for Navy use,” said Appelgate. “We are able to work closely and flexibly with our Navy research partners to provide quick and efficient access to the sea, whether for a day trip out of San Diego or a multi-week cruise.”R/V Sally Ride is currently under construction at Dakota Creek Industries Inc. in Anacortes, Wash., and is scheduled for launch in 2015, with routine scientific operations commencing in 2016 following installation of instrumentation and sea trials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 16, 2013; Image: UCSD View post tag: names View post tag: Ride’ View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’ View post tag: vessel View post tag: Sally View post tag: New Share this articlelast_img read more

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