Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgAbbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileAbbey Mortgage Bank Plc is a leading non-aligned Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria focused on providing well-structured mortgage options as well as financial banking and advisory services. The company is the largest and most profitable Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria and one of seven licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). The company’s housing and mortgage products are available to residents of Nigeria. Its full suite of banking products and services is geared towards retail banking, wholesale banking, mortgage banking, lending and mortgages and electronic banking. Formerly known as Abbey Building Society Plc, the company changed its name to Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc in 2014. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Dale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgDale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Dale Capital Group Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dale Capital Group Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Dale Capital Group Limited Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfileDale Capital Group is a publicly-quoted Private Equity Investment Holding Company, which deals with investment in hotels, leisure and tourism, property, Information Technology, food and security, fine food and beverages, banking and financial services, agriculture, aquaculture, aviation, mining and resources, renewable energy, African infrastructure, secured lending, non-durable goods distribution, lodging, and financial and fiduciary services sectors. The company is particularly interested in investments within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, though the company is headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius with additional offices in Cape Town, South Africa. Dale Capital Group is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Rugby Rant: Coaches need to trust their captains

first_imgToo involved: Olivier Azam directs Toulon from the sidelines, with Mignoni at his sideBy Gavin MortimerAH! BACK-SEAT drivers, don’t they get on your nerves? “Left here”, “It’s green”, “Slow down”. SHUT UP!Well, now we have our very own back-seat drivers in rugby, and they’re driving me to distraction. Who am I talking about? Coaches who stand on the touchline waving and wailing at their players. Worst of all are the coaches who can’t stop themselves holding up three fingers (how I’d like to hold up two fingers of my own in response) when there’s a penalty within range of the posts.Isn’t that why we have captains, to make those decisions? This trend is particularly prevalent in the Top 14, and one of the worst offenders is Pierre Mignoni, the otherwise amiable backs coach at Toulon. Every time Toulon got a kickable penalty last season, there was Mignoni, fingers in the air as if ordering a round of beers at a Mediterranean café.Toulon aren’t short of grizzled decision-makers. Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau, Bakkies Botha and Joe van Niekerk are all vastly experienced internationals who don’t need to be treated like schoolboys in deciding whether to take the points, kick for the corner or take another option.And how does Mignoni know exactly what’s going on out on the field? Perhaps the Toulon pack are on the verge of gaining a precious psychological hold over the opposition eight. In which case, kick for the corner and let’s turn the screw, boys. A coach wouldn’t be able to sense that from the touchline. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Coaches’ back-seat driving wouldn’t have been tolerated in the amateur era. Back then, a coach trusted his captain to make the right call.But sometime in the past decade, when coaches became directors of rugby and attempted to control every aspect of their players’ lives, it changed. Wales No 8 Michael Owen tasted it for the first time when he captained the 2005 Lions against Argentina.Telling Wilkinson to drill a penalty between the posts, Owen walked away, only to see the No 10 kick for the corner, having been instructed to by the coaches. Owen wrote later: “I felt totally undermined, and it was an indication of how Clive (Woodward) wanted to micromanage everything.”center_img Please coaches, stop meddling and treat your players like adults.This was published in the August 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current issue.last_img read more

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The Serpentine / Turner

first_imgThe Serpentine / TurnerSave this projectSaveThe Serpentine / Turner 2011 Year:  Photographs:  Courtesy of CABESave this picture!Courtesy of CABERecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptLos Angeles Lounge Table 6220StonesNeolithSintered Stone – La Boheme – Timber CollectionStoolsAndreu WorldValeria – Backless BarstoolThe house steps down the site and is articulated into three legible elements taking cues from a traditional tripartite design of forming a base, middle and top. The solid ‘base’ with recessed openings anchors the house to the site with external walls extending out from the house to form landscaped retaining walls and steps which are located at natural ground level or below.  Save this picture!Courtesy of CABEThe open planned living areas sit on top of the solid base as a recessed transparent ‘middle’ element to capture views and sunlight. Furthermore, due to the orientation of the site and the need to maximise solar access, the roof over the living room folds up to capture northern sunlight with significant eave overhangs to provide shading from the summer sun. The southern extent of the mid level of the house, including awnings and balustrades, is setback within the rear covenant setback zone.Save this picture!Courtesy of CABEThe ‘top’ of the house, which includes the bedrooms and service areas, folds and curves with consideration to boundary alignments, view corridors and internal functions of the house. To take advantage of the southern views large format picture windows are provided to the bedrooms and library area whilst secondary windows and hatches are provided to the east and west facades to maintain privacy to adjoining houses.Save this picture!Concept SketchProject gallerySee allShow lessTurkish Court Rules in Favor of Gezi Park ProtestersArchitecture NewsArchitecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2013Event Share Australia Architects: Turner Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/396804/the-serpentine-turner Clipboard “COPY” Projects ArchDailycenter_img 2011 Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of CABE+ 11 Share CopyHouses•Sydney, Australia Photographs The Serpentine / Turner ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/396804/the-serpentine-turner Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeTurnerOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSydneyHousesAustraliaPublished on July 04, 2013Cite: “The Serpentine / Turner” 04 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Save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 streamlast_img read more

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Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Renewable Fuels with Biodiesel Tax Credit

first_img SHARE U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and 13 other senators today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the biodiesel tax credit and extend the new policy for three years. The American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 would extend this important clean-fuel incentive for three years and reform the incentive by transferring the credit from the blenders to the producers of biofuels. The switch would ensure that the tax credit incentivizes domestic production and taxpayers aren’t subsidizing imported fuel.Since 2014, biofuels imports have increased from 510 million gallons to about one billion gallons in 2016. Already in the first quarter of 2017, imports are 10 percent higher than they were at this time in 2016. In many cases, foreign biodiesel benefits both from the existing tax credit and from additional foreign subsidies, which makes it difficult for domestic biodiesel facilities to compete. In 2015 alone, the U.S. Treasury spent more than $600 million on tax credits for imported biodiesel and renewable diesel. The American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act would help the industry grow to its full potential.Donnelly said, “Indiana is a leading producer of biodiesel, which is an important facet of an all-in energy approach. This bipartisan legislation would promote the use of American-grown soybeans and other domestic sources of renewable biodiesel, helping to reduce our nation’s reliance on fuels imported from abroad.”Grassley said, “U.S. tax policy should support U.S. products and U.S. jobs. This bipartisan bill would end a system that gives many foreign producers a leg up over U.S. producers and give certainty to the biodiesel industry, which is responsible for employing thousands of Americans. U.S. producers shouldn’t be put at a disadvantage by foreign producers that in many cases are double dipping by benefiting from U.S. tax incentives on top of their own significant government subsidies. These reforms supporting domestic producers would also save U.S. taxpayers money. Policies ought to encourage the production of domestic renewable fuels to meet consumer demand and support the creation of American jobs.”Cantwell said, “The biodiesel tax credit already has a track record of reducing emissions, creating 50,000 jobs, and greening our economy, removing the equivalent of 16 million cars from the road. This legislation will remove millions more cars while promoting energy independence, saving taxpayer dollars, and accelerating by up to 45 percent the creation of new clean energy jobs in the domestic biodiesel production industry.”In 2005, Congress created the biodiesel tax incentive. As a result of this incentive, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and consumer interest, biodiesel is providing significant benefits to the nation. Domestic biodiesel production supports tens of thousands of jobs. Replacing traditional diesel with biodiesel reduces emissions and creates cleaner air. Homegrown biodiesel improves U.S. energy security by diversifying transportation fuels and reducing dependence on foreign oil. Biodiesel itself is a diverse fuel that can be produced from a wide array of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean and other plant oils and animal fats. By Gary Truitt – Apr 28, 2017 Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 28, 2017Next articleHolcomb Signs Budget, Road Funding Bills Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Renewable Fuels with Biodiesel Tax Credit SHARE Home Energy Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Renewable Fuels with Biodiesel Tax Credit Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Police again seize issue of leading opposition weekly

first_imgNews News News News October 30, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Police yesterday confiscated all 100,000 copies of the latest issue of Juma-Times, Kazakhstan’s leading opposition weekly, as they came off the press. The grounds given for the seizure, the third since late October, were “illegal distribution.”The Kazakh authorities know what is in the newspaper before it appears on the stands and are therefore able to prevent its distribution whenever they like because the only company that agreed to print it after Vremia Print terminated its contract in September was the Daouir printing press, which is run by President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s sister-in-law, Svetlana Nazarbayeva.Yesterday’s seizure was probably prompted by an article about the so-called “Kazakhgate” scandal involving money allegedly paid to President Nazarbayev by a U.S. businessman for oil contracts, and an article about alleged fraud during the 4 December presidential election.The previous confiscations were on 20 October and 3 November, during the height of the election campaign, when the grounds given were “attack on the honour and dignity of the President of Kazakhstan.”——-Copies of opposition newspaper seized for second week running27 October 2005Police in the Medeu district of Almaty last night seized 30,000 copies of the opposition newspaper Svoboda Slova containing a report about the business practices of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter, Alia.“We had a special report in this issue headlined ‘How Alia Nazarbayeva does business’,” said editor Gulzhan Yergaliyeva. “It described the illegal activities of the president’s youngest daughter’s company, which led to Alautransgaseast going bankrupt. We think the harassment of our newspaper stems from a desire to cover up the Nazarbayev family’s corrupt business activities.”Last night’s seizure comes a week after police confiscated 50,000 copies of the preceding issue because it allegedly contained an “attack on the president’s honour.”————————————————————-Press freedom under threat in run-up to presidential elections24 October 2005In the space of one week, in Kazakhstan, an opposition Internet site has been banned, five journalists have been arrested and released and two editions of independent newspapers have been seized.”There have been too many violations of press freedom in the country in the past few days, as the government attempts to gag all those who could embarrass it ahead of the 4 December presidential poll,” said Reporters Without Borders.“Steps must be taken to allow the opposition to have its say during this pre-election period”, the worldwide press freedom organisation added.Opposition website Navi.kz, formerly Navigator.kz has come in for escalating harassment. On 13 October, the Kazakh network information centre (KazNIC), that runs .kz (the equivalent of .fr), cancelled the domain name Navi.kz, forcing the site to change its address to navikz.net. On 14 October a court in Almaty banned the domain names “Navigator” and “Navi” in both the Cyrillic and Roman alphabets. The editorial board again changed the name, to Mizinov.net. Elsewhere on 19 October, five journalists were arrested in Almaty, during a search of the main opposition movement “For a Just Kazakhstan”. Saya Issa, of the daily Svoboda Slova , Olesya Gassanova and Almas Nurdos of news portal Stan.kz , Ruslan Sapabekov, of the weekly Jouma-Times and Eldess Myrzakhmetov, of the weekly Soz-Respublika , were arrested without explanation, and their lawyer was refused to the right to see them.Three of the five journalists, forced by police to destroy all the shots of the incident, were quickly released. The other two journalists were held for several more hours.On the same day, police in the Medeu district of Almaty seized 50,000 copies of the opposition daily Svoboda Slova, accused of “damaging the honour of the president”, Nursultan Nazerbaiev, after the daily published a word-for-word exchange between the Kazakh head of state and a CNN journalist who had asked him if he wasn’t just a “simple dictator.”Editor of Svoboda Slova, Gulzhan Yergaliyeva, nevertheless managed to recover the remaining copies from the headquarters of the movement “For a Just Kazakhstan”.The prosecutor’s office let it be known that it planned to confiscate the rest of the copies of the daily with the help of Interior Ministry special forces.Finally, on 20 October, police seized all copies of the weekly Jouma-Times, after surrounding the print works of Daouir that also publishes Svoboda Slova. February 5, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kazakhstan Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary electionscenter_img Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal January 15, 2021 Find out more to go further KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police again seize issue of leading opposition weekly Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Organisation last_img read more

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New Addiction Treatment Center Offers Hope

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Addiction is never something that’s easy to talk about, but it is a problem on a national scale that need to be addressed. In addition to the emotional and physical toll it takes, drug and alcohol addiction take a toll on society.One way to address this is to work from the ground up and provide comprehensive community-oriented support for people seeking treatment. My Life Recovery Center opened its Pasadena branch today, it is the 15th center to open in the United States.They provide comprehensive care for people facing addiction including mental health experts, doctors and an innovative medication delivery system of Naltrexone, an FDA-approved drug that helps treat additions.“Naltrexone parks in the same nerve receptor parking spot as other opiates [like drugs, presentation painkillers and alcohol],” explained Dr. Daniel Asimus, medical director of My Life Recovery Center.This drug helps reduce cravings and makes it easier for patients to focus on regaining their health, happiness and success. My Life Recovery Centers use a patented Naltrexone implant which delivers the drug in small doses at for months at a time – this ten minute procedure ensures that patients will get a consistent amount of Naltrexone during their recovery.My Life Recovery Center uses these slow release Naltrexone implants in conjunction with six to twelve months of medical care. They work with patients from the initial detox through life coaching to help make health a lifestyle.“We’re working with the total person to really help them know themselves and achieve health, happiness and success,” said Dr. Asimus. “[Addiction] is disease not a choice and we’re here to help people rediscover their lives.”My Life Recovery Center is located at 675 South Arroyo Parkway Suite 430 , Pasadena. Call (888) 998-1568 or visit www.pasadena.myliferecovery.com for more details. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News New Addiction Treatment Center Offers Hope Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 5:22 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News Top of the News last_img read more

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City of Oakland Lawsuit Accuses Wells Fargo of Reverse Redlining

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / City of Oakland Lawsuit Accuses Wells Fargo of Reverse Redlining  Print This Post The city of Oakland, California, has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo accusing the bank of reverse redlining by targeting minorities for high-cost mortgage loans which later led to foreclosures and blight when the borrowers defaulted.Oakland’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, accuses the nation’s largest mortgage lender of violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act by steering minorities toward high-cost, “predatory” mortgage loans even if they qualified for more affordable loans, according to a report from Reuters. These loans included extra costs such as high interest rates, balloon payments, and large prepayment penalties, according to the suitThe lawsuit alleges that Wells Fargo refused to refinance these high-cost loans to minorities on the same terms for which they refinanced loans to white borrowers, which resulted in a disproportionate number of foreclosures that subsequently led to abandoned properties and neighborhood blight. According to the lawsuit, African-American and Hispanic borrowers in Oakland were 2.4 and 2.5 percent more likely to receive a predatory mortgage loan than comparable white borrowers. The lawsuit also states that loans made for houses in minority neighborhoods were 4.75 times more likely to end in foreclosure. According to the lawsuit, the disproportionate number of foreclosures would not have occurred had the bank applied uniform lending practices.”Wells Fargo has been a part of the Oakland community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender.” The City of Oakland is also accusing Wells Fargo of violating the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which, like the FHA’s Fair Housing Act, bans all forms of discrimination in housing, including discrimination based on race.Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Goyda expressed disappointment at the way the situation was handled and denied the City of Oakland’s allegations. Wells Fargo is headquartered in nearby San Francisco.”The City Attorney’s (Barbara Parker’s) accusations against Wells Fargo do not reflect how we operate in the communities where we do business and it’s disappointing that she has chosen this course of action over a collaborative approach to helping borrowers and homeowners in Oakland,” Goyda said in an email to DS News. “Wells Fargo has been a part of the Oakland community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender. We will continue to focus on helping customers in Oakland and its surrounding communities succeed financially, and on expanding homeownership in California and across the United States.”In early September, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived three lawsuits the were brought about by the City of Miami, accusing Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup of discriminatory and predatory mortgage lending practices to minority borrowers. However, a reverse redlining suit against Wells Fargo filed by the City of Los Angeles was dismissed in July. In early September, the City of Los Angeles dropped a reverse redlining case against JPMorgan Chase. Related Articles Share Save September 23, 2015 3,167 Views Previous: Assurant Mortgage Solutions Realigns Business Development, Client Relations Resources Next: Court Dismisses BNY Mellon’s $600 Million RMBS Suit Against JPMorgan Chase Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honeacenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago City of Oakland Lawsuit Accuses Wells Fargo of Reverse Redlining Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: City of Oakland California Predatory Lending Reverse Redlining Wells Fargo Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago City of Oakland California Predatory Lending Reverse Redlining Wells Fargo 2015-09-23 Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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SC Rejects Plea Of Govt. Service Candidates Against Invalidation Of Results For Whitener Use, Despite Evaluation By Computer

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Rejects Plea Of Govt. Service Candidates Against Invalidation Of Results For Whitener Use, Despite Evaluation By Computer Mehal Jain16 Nov 2020 6:45 AMShare This – x”In this country, people who comply with rules are punished. And people who don’t comply will always have arguments”, remarked Justice Ravindra Bhat on MondayThe petitioners before the bench of Justices U. U. Lalit, Vineet Saran and Bhat were candidates in the Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 who had, despite clear instructions to the contrary, in fact used a whitener over…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?Login”In this country, people who comply with rules are punished. And people who don’t comply will always have arguments”, remarked Justice Ravindra Bhat on MondayThe petitioners before the bench of Justices U. U. Lalit, Vineet Saran and Bhat were candidates in the Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 who had, despite clear instructions to the contrary, in fact used a whitener over their OMR Sheets, in attempting the questions during the examination which they undertook for the test in question. Consequently, their results were held to be invalidated even though the OMR sheets stood duly evaluated by the computer.”The use of eraser, whitener etc has been refused because the computer might not be able to read the OMR sheets then. But in our case, the computer read it! All I am praying is for the authorities to at least declare the result!… This was only an eligibility exam…it is to be held every year but actually it is held only once in 4-5 years…I have crossed the age limit for taking it now…”, urged the counsel for the petitioners.”It is possible that even after the exam, the correct answer can be inserted by the use of these devices of eraser, whitener etc. The purpose of the rule is to ensure transparency and fairness. Once the rules have forbidden the use of these items, you are deemed to have been given adequate notice (to not use such items)”, observed Justice Lalit.”Why should you even be considered? What about those who complied with the rules and fed the incorrect answer? In this country, people comply with rules only to be punished, and those who don’t comply will always have arguments…Why can’t you follow the rules? And you are hoping to get into service, into a public institution?”, commented Justice Bhat.The bench proceeded to dismiss the SLP.Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 was conducted pursuant to Advertisement No.42 dated 6th April, 2017. The communiqué issued by the Bihar School Examination Board, Patna vide Notification dated 13.07.2017 clearly stipulated two conditions; (i) in Column-4, that no candidate is authorised/permitted to use pen, eraser or whitener on the OMR Sheet; (ii) in Column-5, that if the OMR Sheets are not properly filled up, the same would be rejected by the computer resulting in invalidation of their result for which the candidate alone would be responsible.Aggrieved thereof, writ petitions were preferred before the Patna High Court which stood adjudicated against the petitioners vide impugned judgment dated 19.07.2019. Consequently, writ appeals assailing the judgement on a limited point had been filed.”We notice that the instructions issued in Column- 4 of the Advertisement No.63 of 2017 dated 13.07.20217 are unambiguous. No overwriting or use of whitener on the OMR Sheets is permissible. Consequences, adverse in nature, are prescribed. Only for the reason that despite the use of whitener, OMR Sheets stand evaluated by the computer, that itself would not render the clause of rejection of result to be invalidated or nugatory”, the division bench of the HC had said in dismissing the appeals on September 23.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

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“Acute Medical Crisis In Himachal Pradesh, COVID Has affected Urban As Well As Rural Areas”: HP High Court Issues Directions

first_imgNews Updates”Acute Medical Crisis In Himachal Pradesh, COVID Has affected Urban As Well As Rural Areas”: HP High Court Issues Directions Sparsh Upadhyay10 May 2021 12:13 AMShare This – xGiven the fact that the State has witnessed a drastic surge in the Covid-19 positive cases and the fatality in the State are highest in the Country, the Himachal Pradesh High Court last week expanded the scope of a plea to the entire State regarding COVID Management The Bench of Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia was dealing with a plea filed in connection with the lack of oxygen facilities at a Government Medical College and non-functioning of 25 ventilators. The Bench noted that there was acute medical crisis in the State of Himachal Pradesh due to sudden surge and spread of COVID-19, which has engulfed not only the urban areas but has also reached the villages. It was also informed to the Court that many deaths have been reported during the past few days from the various parts of the State due to acute shortage of oxygen and there is an acute shortage of life-saving drugs, more particularly, Remdesiver, Tocilizumav and Favipiravir, which are crucial for saving the lives of the COVID-19 patients It was also submitted that in some instances, the dead bodies are allowed to be taken to home rather than being cremated/buried as per standard Corona protocol, thus, giving rise to the spread of Coronavirus amongst the family members and others. The Himachal Pradesh thus issued the following directions against the respondents: Increase the number of authorized laboratories/clinics/hospitals which can carry on the testing for a larger percentage of the population. Increase the number of testing being done in the bigger towns of the State. The State Government should consider the use of other kits, besides the Rapid Antigen Kit, or the RT PCR tests, for increasing the tests being carried out on daily basis. In order to increase the testing facilities in the hill districts of the State, the State Government should consider sending of ‘mobile vans’ which are fully equipped for carrying out the testing of COVID-19 virus. The State should increase the number of dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals. The State is also directed to consider the feasibility of establishing temporary hospitals with the help of any other Central agency. The State is directed to increase the number of beds available in the hospitals. It shall ensure that the majority of the beds are equipped with Oxygen tank and sufficient numbers of the bed are equipped with ventilators. If necessary, the number of ICUs in the hospitals should be increased. The State Government is directed to ensure that the PPE kits and other protective gears, such as gloves, masks, and sanitizer are provided to all the medical staff, especially to the Doctors, Nurses, Ward Boys to look after the COVID-19 patients. The State Government is directed to publish the names and locations of the testing centres, and the names and locations of Hospitals/Dedicated COVID-19 Health Care Centres in the media bulletin on a daily basis. The media bulletin should clearly indicate the total number of beds available in each hospital/Dedicated COVID19 Health Care Centres, and the number of vacant beds available in each hospital. It should also indicate the class of the beds i.e. the number of beds attached with ventilators, number of beds attached with Oxygen cylinders and the number of beds without any Oxygen tank/ Cylinder. We make it absolutely clear that in case the private hospitals refuse to cooperate or reluctant to provide Covid test and covid facilities, then the State Government shall forthwith resort to coercive steps as provided under the Disaster Management Act and also Essential Services Maintenance Act. The State Government shall be free to withdraw the incentive/ recover the amounts etc. Lastly, the State may proceed to take any other coercive or punitive step as may be warranted and otherwise permissible under the law. The State should also consider the purchasing of additional CT Scan Machines in the State as it is learnt that this machine is essential to detect the presence of the second strain of the Covid-19 virus. Also, the State was also directed to furnish the following information: Available bed capacity exclusively for Covid-19 facilities in the State both in Government and private hospitals along with the details of the availability of oxygen (high flow or otherwise). The state shall give the details of the steps taken and proposed to augment the availability of oxygen meeting both the current and projected requirementsPlace on record the plan prepared by the State Government under the Disaster Management Act to tackle the Covid-19 cases. Steps taken to ensure the availability of essential drugs including Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Tocilizumab amongst other prescribed drugs and the modalities which have been set up for controlling the essential drugs for preventing hoarding and ensuring the proper communication of the requirement at the level of each Districts by the District Health Authorities or the Collectors of the Health Department of the State.The State shall provide details along with data with regard to the distribution of the oxygen and further the details proposed to augment the supply of oxygen. The State shall furnish the data and also give the data-wise demand and supply of oxygen for the last two weeks as well as future projected demand and the measures taken for meeting such demand. The State shall ensure the uploading of real time data about the availability of beds in each hospital of the State for Covid-19 patients on its Web Portals and also on the Web Portals of all the Hospitals and also physically display the data outside each hospital on daily basis.The State shall also furnish the steps taken regarding the availability of oxygen for those all the Covid-19 patients, who though may in home isolation but require oxygenExperts speculate a third wave and, therefore, the State shall disclose its roadmap in case the third wave strikes. The State has not carried out any Vaccination Programme for those aged between 18 to 44 on the pretext of non-availability of vaccine. Therefore, the State Government is directed to disclose clearly as to from which date, it shall commence the vaccination for the age group as aforesaid.The State shall furnish its stand regarding the importance (if any) of the ventilators in treatment of Covid and how it proposes to put to use the ventilators that are lying idle with the State in various hospitals. The State is directed to furnish the complete details regarding the availability of essential medicines required for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, more particularly, the availability of Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Tocilizumab and in case of short-fall, the steps taken in this regard. In the meanwhile, respondent No.4 is directed to ensure the adequate availability of the essential drugs, more particularly, the lifesaving drugs to the State of Himachal Pradesh and enumerate in detail the steps taken in this regard on or before the next date of hearing. 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