B.O.C. Gases Plc (BOCGAS.ng) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgB.O.C. Gases Plc (BOCGAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about B.O.C. Gases Plc (BOCGAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the B.O.C. Gases Plc (BOCGAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: B.O.C. Gases Plc (BOCGAS.ng)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileBOC Gases Nigeria Plc manufactures and distributes gases for the industrial and medical sectors in Nigeria including argon, nitrogen carbon dioxide and oxygen. The company also manufactures and distributes welding products and sells a range of medical equipment. Established in 1959 and formerly known as Industrial Gases Plc, the company changed its name to BOC Gases Nigeria Plc in 1997. In 2006, The Linde Group AG acquired a 60% stake in the business with the balance held by Nigerian shareholders. As part of The Linde Group, BOC Gases Nigeria has access to the largest industrial gases and welding products enterprise in Africa namely African Oxygen Plc (Afrox). The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. BOC Gases Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgLafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileLafarge Zambia manufactures and sells cement and aggregate products for the local building and construction industry in Zambia and for international export. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include: Mphamvu, a Portland limestone cement; Powerplus for heavy industrial construction, Supaset for making cement blocks, RoadCem to road construction, Powercrete for applications in the mining industry, and Wallcrete for masonry projects such as bricklaying, plasterwork and floor screeding. Aggregates produced by Lafarge Zambia are used in building projects, heavy construction, road construction, mining, and the production of concrete products. The company also produce a ready-mix concrete product, and supplies products used in rail and road infrastructure. Lafarge Zambia has 2 fully-integrated cement plants based in Ndola and Lusaka, with a total production capacity of 1.4 million tons per annum. Lafarge Zambia exports cement products to Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Lafarge Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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HSBC yields 6.9%! Why I’d still buy this fast-growth bank instead

first_img Tom Rodgers has no position in the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. 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. Tom Rodgers | Friday, 31st January, 2020 | More on: HSBA STB 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. If little green men came down from Mars to take a look at the FTSE 100, they might be confused as to why HSBC (LSE:HSCA) gets far fewer investing headlines than rivals like Lloyds or Barclays.After all, the big bank has long been one of the FTSE 100’s largest dividend payers, second only to Shell for the last five years.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…And for income investors or those nearing retirement, being able to rely on regular dividend payouts is paramount. HSBC reports earnings and pays out dividends in US dollars, so the weakness of sterling has seriously boosted its numbers in recent years.All in on divisUntil the financial crisis of 2007–08 HSBC’s dividend growth topped more than 10% a year.Two bad years saw dividends plummet by 29% and 39%. From 2015 to 2018 full-year dividends have been stuck at $0.51 per share with no dividend growth at all. And yet at current count the £115bn banking giant pays out a whopping 6.9% yield.That figure has been aided by the fact that since a January 2018 peak the share price has been dropping steadily. It has lost 15% of its value in the last six months, and is trading around the 560p mark as I write. The shares are now trading for a low earnings multiple of 11.7, which is cheap by anyone’s metric.Over the last five years HSBC’s earnings per share have fallen by around 5% a year, which isn’t the end of the world by any means. However nearly 80% of profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months, up from 73% the year before. Dividend cover moved back into the black in 2018, but only just, at 1.2 times earnings, so there is little room for manoeuvre here if earnings don’t improve.Secure, trust meAn alternative option for those seeking strong dividends with better growth could be AIM-listed £295m market cap retail bank Secure Trust Bank (LSE:STB).The Solihull-based group focus on savings, loans to real estate developers, and, through its V12 and Moneyway brands, car finance for the automotive sector.A 5.3% dividend yield certainly looks attractive, especially on a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.8, and further good news is that between 2017 and 2018 pre-tax profits climbed from £25m to £34.7m. Earnings per share over the same period leapt 39% from 116.4p to 161.8p. City analysts believe EPS here has the potential to skyrocket to 241p by 2021, too.STB pays out around 51% of its earnings as dividends, which in comparison with HSBC appears more sustainable for the longer term.I also like the fact that Secure shareholders have not had their holdings diluted by large share issues, which can be a problem in the AIM market where companies need to continually raise funds to stay afloat.Chief executive Paul Lynam told investors full-year results this time around would be in line with expectations and the bank was looking forward with “cautious optimism” given its “strong new business pipelines, healthy capital and liquidity positions“.Institutions and public companies currently make up 94% of shareholders. I’d suggest becoming part of the 6% of private investors to take a stake in STB would be a sound move. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! HSBC yields 6.9%! 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On the picket line

first_img50,000 Las Vegas workers win with strike threatSome 99 percent of Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 members voted May 22 to strike if they didn’t get a decent contract by the May 31 expiration date of their current contract with the two biggest Las Vegas casino-hotel groups. As a result, MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment folded over the weekend and reached agreement with the unions.While details of the agreement were not published as of June 4, the 50,000 workers — bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen staff, the majority immigrants and female — demanded a wage increase of 4.2 percent effective June 1 and 4 percent annual increases thereafter under the 5-year contract. They also sought improved job security against increasing use of technology at the 34 hotel-casinos and strengthened language against sexual harassment. “The companies are making millions and millions of dollars,” said Local 226 Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline. “They are growing and that’s excellent. We want them to share with the workers their success.” (culinaryunion226.org, June 2) The billionaire companies caved because they knew from the unions’ many rallies, walkouts and protests that they meant business. It’s estimated that the casinos could have lost up to $10.5 million a day; they lost millions during the 67-day strike in 1984. That’s the workers’ power behind the strike threat! Striking Tecnocap workers hold line for eighth weekSkilled workers, represented by Machinists Local 818 at metal packaging manufacturer Tecnocap in Glen Dale, W.Va., have been striking since voting down the company’s austerity contract offer on April 9. Tecnocap wants to end all union job classifications, kick a third of the bargaining unit off the contract, and make workers pay 50 percent of their health insurance premiums, among other crimes. Workers voted to strike instead, and Local 818 has filed an unfair labor practice suit with the National Labor Relations Board.While the company continues to refuse to bargain, local unions rallied behind Local 818 on May 29. District 54 President & Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright said, “Until Tecnocap is prepared to enter into lawful bargaining for a fair contract … we’ll continue to be on this picket line.” The secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia AFL-CIO denounced the state’s right-to-work (for less) law which “brought some of these issues on.” He condemned its “slow attack on all workers. We’re fighting back together.” (wtrf.com, May 29)West Virginia newspapers had refused to cover the strike under orders from anti-worker newspaper owner and casino billionaire Bob Nutting, who also owns the Pittsburgh Pirates. (He’s facing a Major League Baseball grievance for violating its collective bargaining agreement.) However, after Payday Report exposed this censorship, one Nutting-owned newspaper covered the strike and others followed. (PayDay Report, May 25 and 29) Defend workers’ right to strike!St. Louis drivers fight Transdev with a unionSt. Louis drivers dealt a ballot blow against one of the most toxic multinational corporations, Transdev, by voting 68 percent to join Food & Commercial Workers Local 655 on May 17. These drivers provide shuttle services to patients and medical workers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as well as students at Washington University. The drivers told union organizers they need more respect at work, higher wages and better vacation time. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 17)While celebrating their victory, the drivers should be aware of the history of Transdev’s parent company, Veolia, a French-based corporation with a long record of violating human and labor rights globally. The largest privatizer of public services in the world, it routinely overcharges residents for once-public services like water, while underinvesting in infrastructure. Veolia/Transdev has supplied water to illegal settlements in Jerusalem as well as provided Israeli-only transportation to illegal settlements in the West Bank. But unions like the Boston School Bus Drivers, United Steelworkers Local 8751, have fought and won against this behemoth. Veolia/Transdev is surely smarting from this union victory, but it’s a win for everyone who has to work for a living.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Manifestantes apoyan a los huelguistas en Batavia, N.Y.

first_imgManifestantes se reúnen frente a la valla de alambre de púas de la detención del ICE en Batavia, Nueva York, el 19 de enero.En noviembre de 2020, los inmigrantes encarcelados en la cárcel del condado de Bergen, en Nueva Jersey, iniciaron una huelga de hambre para protestar por las condiciones sucias e inhumanas en las que estaban alojados. A los presos se les negaba el acceso al agua, la atención médica, la calefacción y los suministros de limpieza. El centro tenía una plaga de roedores con la que los presos se veían obligados a convivir. Y el personal del centro había bloqueado las ventanas, limitando el flujo de aire fresco.La cárcel del condado de Bergen es utilizada por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) para encarcelar a los inmigrantes detenidos.El apoyo a la huelga de hambre creció en el condado de Bergen y sus alrededores, con un llamamiento a la liberación de los presos. En represalia por esta solidaridad, las autoridades penitenciarias dividieron a los huelguistas y trasladaron a algunos a otras prisiones.En lugar de detener la huelga de hambre, estos traslados hicieron que se extendiera a las instalaciones del ICE del condado de Essex y del condado de Hudson, en Nueva Jersey, y de Batavia, en Nueva York. Los huelguistas trasladados a Batavia fueron obligados a permanecer en régimen de aislamiento. Aunque algunos presos han decidido poner fin a la huelga, muchos aún persisten, ya que el apoyo a los presos crece y se extiende por varios estados.El traslado de los presos para poner fin a la huelga no sólo perjudica la salud mental y social de los presos, sino que también facilita la propagación del COVID-19 de una prisión a otra y a las comunidades circundantes. El virus golpea a los presos de forma especialmente brutal, debido a la falta de equipamiento sanitario, el entorno impuro y el hacinamiento.En el norte del estado de Nueva York, Justice for Migrant Families, Rochester Rapid Response Network y Abolish ICE NY-NJ organizaron dos protestas a las que asistieron miembros del Workers World Party-Buffalo. El 14 de enero, los manifestantes se reunieron frente a la oficina de campo del ICE en Buffalo, plantearon las demandas de los huelguistas y reprodujeron las voces de los encarcelados a través de un altavoz.El 19 de enero se celebró otra manifestación en las instalaciones del ICE en Batavia (Nueva York). Manifestantes de Buffalo, Rochester y alrededores se reunieron para exigir la liberación de los huelguistas de hambre, la abolición del ICE y el cierre de los campos de inmigrantes.Kawiye Jumale, activista local de los inmigrantes y miembro de la comunidad bantú somalí -cuyo propio hermano fue encerrado en las instalaciones del ICE de Batavia- habló sobre las injusticias del gobierno estadounidense contra los inmigrantes y los refugiados: “Vinimos aquí pensando que íbamos a tener una oportunidad para el ‘sueño americano’. . . El ‘sueño americano’ no existe. Vinimos aquí y estamos en el mismo entorno opresivo. Están ganando dinero a costa nuestra”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Burma

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Burma is one of the countries most shut off from the Internet. Its people have to make do with a local substitute, the Myanmar Wide Web, created by the military regime. The few thousand authorised e-mail accounts are monitored by the authorities. The government slightly eased restrictions in 2002 by allowing a second ISP to start up and a cybercafé to open in Rangoon. News Organisation to go further MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum The Internet situation has become a little easier since 2000, but only a few hundred hand-picked people – regime officials, top army figures and heads of export companies – are allowed full access to the Internet, though still closely monitored. Nearly 10,000 people are limited to e-mail activity but only for professional purposes and again strictly under the eye of the posts and telecommunications authority MPT and military intelligence officials, who reportedly use a Dans Guardian content filter.A national intranet controlled by the armyFewer than 10,000 people are allowed to use the substitute Internet, the local Myanmar Wide Web intranet set up by the regime, but only a few dozen mainly service or administrative sites, all government-approved, are accessible. Even that is hard to log on to, since until very recently, only one cybercafé, at the university, had free access to Myanmar Wide Web.Only big hotels, travel agencies and foreign and local businesspeople can use e-mail, which arrives through a local server and is sorted and read by the MPT before being passed on to its destination. The MPT is thought to have signed up more than 5,000 people for e-mail accounts.Prison awaits those do not complyA 1996 law bans the import, possession or use of a fax machine or modem without official permission. Those who disobey risk up to 15 years in jail, as does anybody who uses the Internet to “undermine the state, law and order, national unity, national culture or the economy.” Anyone who creates a link to an unauthorised website also faces a prison sentence. Since 20 January 2000, online political material has been banned and websites can only be set up with official permission. The rules ban any online material considered by the regime to be harmful to the country’s interests and any message that directly or indirectly jeopardises government policies or state security secrets.The measures to prevent people being freely informed and stop them looking at exiled opposition websites, which are very active, with the Free Burma Coalition site, for example, grouping several opposition movements.Small steps forward”Some people in the regime think the Internet is vital for economic development, but they also know the big danger of allowing access to diversity of news and culture,” says one Burmese journalist. “So the debate is a heated and tricky one among them.” Things are therefore moving forward very slowly. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Follow the news on Myanmar June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Burma May 12, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News Receive email alerts News Links:Exiled opposition magazine The IrrawaddyOfficial government siteFreedom of expression in BurmaBurmanet NewsA report on the Internet’s impact in Burma The MPT’s monopoly as the country’s sole ISP was broken in spring 2002 when a second ISP, Bagan Cybertech, was authorised. But the break was a false one and the regime has little to fear since the new ISP is partly state-owned and its boss, Ye Naung Win, is the son of the country’s powerful military intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt. The new firm says the regime has approved creation of 10,000 new e-mail accounts and given permission for several thousand more people to have Internet access. It has reportedly already sold more than 3,000 subscriptions and says the national intranet should grow to several hundred sites quite soon.The Thai-based monthly magazine Irrawaddy reports that all requests to open cybercafés have to pass through Bagan Cybertech. With the regime’s permission, a private individual can buy Internet access for 260 euros. Companies have to pay 600 euros.The Burmese business magazine Living Color announced in September 2002 that Rangoon’s first cybercafé for the general public would soon open. But customers will not be able to get their e-mail there. They can do so in the very few “e-mail shops” in the capital, though this is illegal and barely tolerated by the regime.Will the media benefit from this small opening? Most Burmese weekly and monthly publications put their contents on line in the course of 2001. But the independent press and opposition groups still have to set up and run their websites from outside the country. RSF_en May 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Motorist rewarded for highlighting deceptive sign

first_imgNewsLocal NewsMotorist rewarded for highlighting deceptive signBy admin – January 8, 2013 472 A LIMERICK motorist had a parking ticket dismissed by a District Court judge as a gesture of thanks for highlighting a “deceiving” parking sign on Mulgrave Street in the city centreThe motorist who, after having a drink while visiting his friend on Rossa Avenue, decided to leave his car overnight on Mulgrave Street in an area he thought was designated as a paid for parking zone from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court heard that the motorist parked his car overnight on Mulgrave Street on a Sunday night after having a drink while visiting a friend. He was aware that the area became a paid for parking zone on Monday morning at 9.30. However upon returning to his car shortly after 8.30 am, he found he had been issued with a parking ticket.The traffic warden said that the ticket issued at 8.20am as the car was parked in a bus lane. The motorist stated that he parked under the sign that indicated it was a parking area and produced photographic evidence to that effect.The warden conceded that the signs were “deceiving”.Dismissing the parking ticket, Judge Eugene O’Kelly thanked the motorist for bringing the issue to the notice of the relevant and said he hoped they would do something about it. Email Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Facebook Print Previous articleGardaí respond to Limerick terror threatNext articleOn-screen analysis for Sky Sports iPad app adminlast_img read more

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Carnagarve campaigner says council has questions to answer over 2009 newspaper advertisement

first_img  Oct 3 (2 days ago) Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th                                                                                                       Water and Environment Section Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Yours sincerely, Pinterest Co Donegal WhatsApp RE: Application Moville Agglomeration – ref DO212-01                                   Attention of Mr Joe Peoples The Community for a Clean Estuary group in Moville is questioning why, six years after flagging its intention to apply for a discharge licence for a waste water treatment plant at Carnagarve, no such application has yet been made.The campaign has also pointed out that the notice appeared in the Donegal News, which is not on the approved list of papers for the placing of notices in the Inishowen area.Campaign spokesperson Enda Craig says following an exchange of correspondence with the council’s Director of Environmental Services, they are no closer to getting the answers they want………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/endapaperweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. *********************************Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:54:27 +0000Dear Mr. Craig: I refer to your email of the 10th September 2015 in relation to the above.I wish to confirm that the notice was published in the Derry People/Donegal News. Enda Craig    Spokesperson Community For a Clean Estuary As you are aware it was proposed to develop the Moville/Greencastle Sewerage Scheme and in that context you will note the reference to a “proposal to discharge water to Lough Foyle from an upgraded treatment works at Carnagarve.” Subsequent to this legal proceedings were initiated which delayed the proposed development. Also, in the intervening period the responsibility for the provision of water services transferred to Irish Water from January 1st 2014. In the circumstances proposals in relation to this project are now a matter for Irish Water. 1.  Why was this notice advertised in a paper which is not included on Donegal Co. Cl’s official list of acceptable ‘ local circulating              newspapers ‘ for the Moville/Greencastle area thus giving local residents virtually zero opportunity of proper access to                        information.  Please see attached newspaper notice as appeared in the Donegal News  on Fri 9th Jan 2009.                                                                                                           10th Sept. 2015 Carnagarve campaigner says council has questions to answer over 2009 newspaper advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Moville 2.  In the knowledge that DCC had not  and to date neither has Irish Water  applied for a discharge licence for the proposed          Moville/Greencatle WWTP,  why then was the following statement  included in this notice   ‘ A propsed discharge of Waste                  Water to Lough Foyle from an upgraded treatment works at Carnagarve  (National Grid Ref. 262763   438553 )’ Two points of concern arise in relation to this notice which i am asking you to address, Dear Mr Peoples, Facebook                                                                                                        Donegal Co Council Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Joe PeoplesDirector of Service Previous articleMcGuckin ends 20 year Edendork career with winners medalNext articleFormer Assistant PSNI boss believes Robert Howard killed Arlene Arkinson admin By admin – October 5, 2015 Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic **************************************** 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter                                                                                                      Director of Services, Carnagarve Pinterest Dear Mr. Peoples,Your response to my queries is disappointing.In relation to point No.1 i requested an explanation not a confirmation.  I view this response as an evasion.Again, as with point No.2 you have not provided an explanation to my central point.  Instead you provide answers to questions that were not asked in the first place.Once again i request that my concerns are properly explained,Yours sincerely,Enda Craiglast_img read more

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MLAs’ Spouses, Relatives ‘Not Indispensable’ For Swearing-In, Presence Not A Necessity Though It Is A Proud Moment: Kerala High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesMLAs’ Spouses, Relatives ‘Not Indispensable’ For Swearing-In, Presence Not A Necessity Though It Is A Proud Moment: Kerala High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas19 May 2021 8:41 AMShare This – x“In normal circumstances, it is expected that Swearing-in Ceremony would take place with more number of participants, but, taking note of the statistics of cases, ..we have to consider…Whether all those persons invited are required to be present for the performance of the ceremony…”Faced with PIL petitions challenging the Kerala government’s decision to organise a swearing-in ceremony with more than 500 persons in attendance, the Court was required to answer this primary question – “Whether all the invitees needed to be present for the performance of the ceremony…”The Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Shaji P Chaly was hearing a petition filed by Chikitsasaneethi against the decision allowing more than 500 persons at the swearing-in. While the Court took the view that it was for the political party/-ies to decide whether the presence of its/their elected MLA was required at the swearing-in, the presence of spouses/relatives was “not indispensable”, in view of the Covid surge in the state. “We are unable to understand as to why the spouses or relatives of each of the MLAs are required to be present in the ceremony and when they are not, indispensable, either for the performance of the ceremony or for witnessing. Considering the present COVID-19 Pandemic situation, velocity and vigour of the virus, Test Positivity Rate in various Districts, uncontrolled rise in the death, etc., we are of the view that such persons ought not to have been included in the list of participants”, the Court said. The Court went on to state, “At this juncture, we categorically observe that there is no necessity for the spouses of the MLAs to be present in the Swearing-in Ceremony. At the same time, it may be a proud moment, for the spouses or the relative of the designated Ministers to be present in the ceremony.” Refusing the State Attorney’s submission that the writ petition “was politically motivated”, the Court noted there certainly was “a public interest involved”. However, the Court refused to set-aside the Order, instead imposing the following restrictions. Strict adherence with Covid protocols pronounced through notifications, guidelines, circulars issued on May 6, 20201 and May 14 (Lockdown Guidelines) while conducting the Swearing-in Ceremony. Spouses and relatives of all the MLAs, except the designated Ministers are not required to participate in the Swearing-in Ceremony. The ceremony can be viewed from the residence of the respective MLAs. Government officials required for the performance/participation in the ceremony alone shall be permitted. Additionally, the Bench asked the State Government to consider – whether all MLAs are required to be present in the Swearing-in Ceremony. whether all the special invitees and the members of the State Committee of the political parties are required to be present, in view of the pandemic. This direction was issued taking note of the fact that special invitees (apart from Judges, Secretaries to the Government up to the level of Principal Secretaries, Police officials up to the level of Additional Director General of Police, Senior Law Officers, Chief Secretary) had not been designated as yet. Click here to download the judgmentTagsKerala High Court Pinarayi Vijayan COVID -19 Chief Justice S.Manikumar Jusitce Shaji P Chaly Lockdown.Covid19 Next Storylast_img read more

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Ithaca College students not returning to campus this semester, commencement moved

first_img Anna Lamb Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Faculty and staff are being asked to stay off campus effective Tuesday, March 17, unless they have been designated as essential personnel and have supervisory and VP/Dean approval to do so.For employees who cannot typically work remotely, IC will be completing an assessment over the next few days to determine options. The college has considered asking these employees to engage in professional development activities or work on long-term projects. Others may be reassigned to duties that can be performed remotely.“Our plan is for all regular, benefits-eligible employees, including exempt and non-exempt, both full-time and part-time status, to continue to receive their regular pay during this period of remote instruction currently scheduled through April 5,” Collado said in an earlier statement this week.In addition, the college is completing an assessment of student employee positions and will be in touch directly with student employees with more information.President Collado thanked the campus community for their support during uncertain times.“I know that responding to this situation has required our community to have tremendous flexibility, presence of mind in the midst of uncertainty, and creative thinking about how we can do our work in new ways,” she said. “You have all stepped up to support one another as people and as professionals, and I am so proud to be a part of this community.” ITHACA, N.Y. –– Ithaca College will not be bringing students back to campus for the remainder of the semester according to an announcement from President Shirley Collado on Tuesday.“As the public health crisis around the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to have an increasing impact on our college and all of our communities, we have made the decision to extend remote instruction for faculty and students and remote work for our employees through the end of this semester,” she said in a message to the campus community.Administrators cite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to restrict gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that these measures stay in place for at least the next eight weeks, as the reason for the new measure. The college had originally planned to restart in-person classes on Monday, April 6.In addition, IC has set a target date for commencement of Saturday, Aug. 1, in light of recent policy changes.“Moving commencement to later in the summer reflects our intention to be realistic and optimistic in an incredibly unpredictable time,” Collado said. Tagged: collado, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ithaca, ithaca college, students Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamblast_img read more

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