Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) Q32018 Presentation

first_imgZenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng)  2018 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileZenith Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate, private and investment banking sectors. The company also offers non-banking services such as foreign exchange, treasury, trade services and cash management services. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional accounts, savings accounts and deposits to short term investment funds, association accounts, personal funds management, funds transfer service and import letters of credit. Established in 1990 and formerly known as Zenith International Bank Limited, the company changed its name to Zenith Bank Plc in 2004. The company has three subsidiaries: Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited and Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. It has representative offices in South Africa and The People’s Republic of China. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgLucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.last_img read more

Lions tour crucial to SA Rugby’s survival

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS No atmosphere: Super Rugby Unlocked was played in empty stadiums (Getty Images/Gallo Images) It would appear that other options which allow for live crowds are being closely explored. And as Erasmus mentioned recently, SA Rugby is willing to consider any option that improves the organisation’s financial situation.It remains to be seen whether the Covid situation in the United Kingdom will improve and whether crowds will be back in the stadiums by July.What we do know – or more pertinently, what those tasked with making this decision know – is that Australia has already hosted a series of international sporting events in front of big crowds over the past few months. Hence Australia’s offer to host this series.How bizarre would that be: a series between the Lions and South Africa taking place halfway across the world. How many South Africans – aside from those living in Australia – would have the resources to fly to Australia and watch those games live? How many Lions fans have been hit by the pandemic and will struggle to afford such a journey as well as the cost of spending six weeks Down Under?The pound and euro certainly won’t get you as far in Australia as it does in South Africa. And, of course, it depends on whether they would be allowed to travel.Sadly, these are bizarre and extraordinary times. There is no elegant solution to this problem, and – barring a significant change to the Covid situation in the country – it seems likely that South Africa will miss out on the chance to stage this magnificent event. The 2009 tour was an absolute triumph. The travelling fans certainly made an impression, whether they were cheering for their team inside the various stadiums or spending their pounds and euros at various outlets between games.Bringing cheer: Ugo Monye celebrates scoring a try with Lions fans in 2009 (Getty Images)That tour, that atmosphere, was a credit to the Lions concept. It also ensured that SA Rugby – as well as the South African economy – received a substantial financial boost.A series staged behind closed doors will have zero atmosphere. Over the past few months, local franchises have attempted to simulate the noise of a crowd by blasting cheers and jeers through the stadium speakers – with disastrous results.As a member of the media, I have been granted access to some of the Currie Cup matches and can vouch for the fact that watching a game in a vast, empty stadium is a depressing experience.A few former Springboks, now working as commentators, have described the whole exercise as ‘terrible’. Bok skipper Siya Kolisi recently admitted that the players don’t enjoy competing behind closed doors.Is there any point in staging a Lions series in South Africa if fans are barred from attending the matches, and if travel restrictions limit the number of foreigners who can enter the country? Jon Cardinelli provides the latest insight into the state of rugby in South Africacenter_img The decider at Loftus Versfeld was interrupted by lightning in the area. The game eventually resumed, and stretched into extra-time. Many wondered if the players would complete the fixture and all of their post-match obligations before the national curfew of 9pm was enforced.Could a Lions tour be staged in such conditions? There is certainly an argument to be made for the players touring South Africa and experiencing the challenge of facing the local franchises, as well as the Springboks, on home turf.And yet, the Lions product would be greatly diminished by the absence of fans that create a unique and special atmosphere in and around the grounds. Lions tour crucial to SA Rugby’s survivalIt’s not hard to understand why the powers that be are toying with the idea of staging the British & Irish Lions series in the United Kingdom or even as far afield as Australia.The rejigged domestic season in South Africa has been marred by game cancellations after various players have tested positive for Covid-19. The Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup tournaments have played out in empty stadiums, and the absence of a crowd has certainly robbed these fixtures of colour and significance.South African rugby finds itself in a desperate financial situation. SA Rugby as well as the respective unions took an enormous hit during a six-month period of inactivity last year.The domestic season restarted on 10 October – nearly four months after the New Zealanders returned via Super Rugby Aotearoa. While SA Rugby received a timely cash injection from SANZAAR, despite the grounding of the Springboks, the unions continued to suffer big losses due to the ban on crowds at domestic matches.Men at the top: Rassie Erasmus with Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber (Getty Images)Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus addressed the media recently and confirmed that the South Africans need the Lions tour to go ahead in any shape or form.While hosting the Lions in South Africa remains first prize, SA Rugby will consider any viable option that improves its financial situation. To be clear, this is not about greed or about sacrificing the integrity of the game on the altar of profit. These are extraordinary times, and SA Rugby is fighting for survival.The Covid-19 situation in South Africa has not improved over the past few months. When news of a vaccine emerged and case numbers stabilised, administrators hoped that restrictions would be eased and that the big crowds would return in time for the Currie Cup play-offs.Sadly, the opposite has come to pass. A second wave has hit South Africa hard, and president Cyril Ramaphosa has responded by tightening restrictions on access and movement. It may be some time yet before the vaccine is rolled out and the necessary number receive the jab.There are certainly more pressing concerns at present than the number of spectators permitted at a sporting event. And yet, it is alarming to note that the decision about the Lions tour will be made shortly after the Currie Cup final was staged in an empty stadium. Can’t get to the shops? 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Episcopal camps, conference centers offer free meals to federal workers…

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal camps, conference centers offer free meals to federal workers struggling during shutdown In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal News Service] The public normally isn’t invited to breakfast, lunch and dinner at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, its dining hall typically only catering to people attending retreats or conferences. That changed this month when the center launched a kind of pop-up feeding ministry for certain struggling members of the local community: federal employees.Incarnation isn’t alone. Several Episcopal camps and conference centers across the country have begun offering free meals to some of the 800,000 federal workers who are missing paychecks because of the partial government shutdown, which now is approaching five weeks.“It fits right into our mission and ministry as an Episcopal organization and simply as an organization that’s involved in our local community,” said the Rev. Dana Stivers, associate executive director and chaplain at Incarnation.The center’s outreach is part of a broader effort that includes Episcopal congregations and other community organizations, Stivers said, adding that many of the Connecticut residents affected by the federal shutdown are tied to the Coast Guard, which has a station and its academy about a half-hour away in New London.Incarnation’s Facebook post on Jan. 16 advertising free meals during the weekend generated overwhelmingly positive responses on the social network and some inquiries but no reservations from federal employees or their families, Stivers said. The center will extend the offer again this weekend, and other Episcopal conference centers are following suit.Officials at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina, saw what Incarnation was doing and decided to open up their dining hall for federal employees all weekend, too. A Jan. 17 Facebook post extending that invitation has been shared nearly a thousand times, and some local media outlets picked up the story, helping to drive turnout.Kanuga served about 50 meals to federal employees and their families in that first weekend, and interest seemed to pick up as the weekend progressed, said Jimmy Haden, Kanuga’s executive vice president for mission. The news coverage helped, he said.To get the meals, the visitors were asked to make reservations in advance and then show a federal employee ID upon arriving for the meals. Most of the federal workers in the region around Kanuga work for the Transportation Security Administration, the Forest Service or the National Park Service. One woman, whose husband, a TSA employee, had been assigned temporarily to cover shifts in New York, asked if she still could bring her children for a meal. The family was invited to stop by Kanuga for any of the meals, and they came for two over the weekend, Haden said.The TSA is among the federal agencies that have asked their workers to stay on the job without pay while the shutdown continues, with the promise that they will be paid for their time when government operations return to normal. Other employees have received furloughs, meaning they temporarily are out of work and may never see that lost pay back, unless Congress restores it retroactively.The latest impasse over government spending has focused on President Donald Trump’s demand that Congress fund his proposed border wall. Trump wants $5.7 billion for that plan, and Democrats, though supportive of spending on border security, have refused to budge in opposition to a new barrier on the border.Federal employees are caught in the middle as the shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, wears on with no end in sight. Episcopal institutions around the country are working to minimize the shutdown’s sting for some of their neighbors, especially in communities with large numbers of federal workers.The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, is one example. The conference center is only about 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., and it began Jan. 22 offering free meals to federal employees who live nearby and normally commute to work in the capital city.That first free lunch at the Claggett Center went without any visitors taking advantage of it, but Lisa Marie Ryder, co-executive director, said the invitation stands, at least through this weekend. The center will determine week to week whether it can continue offering the free meals, and Ryder expects they will continue, unless the dining hall is filled by guests attending an event.“Just as Jesus invited others to come and join him at the table, there’s a place set for you,” she said.Camp Stevens in Julian, California, and Lake Logan Conference Center in Canton, North Carolina, have said they will set a place for their neighbors as well. Such efforts are being touted by Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers, or ECCC, a network of 77 such sites.“Welcoming furloughed families to meals being served at the retreat centers is a wonderful way to provide a meal that didn’t fit in these tighter-than-usual budgets, and take that one worry off of someone’s mind,” Ashley Graham-Wilcox, ECCC’s communications director, said in an email. “It’s a simple way for these camps and centers to be a part of the Jesus Movement.”Kanuga has begun setting aside some of its dining room space for free meals for federal employees during the government shutdown. Photo: KanugaRegular conference guests at Kanuga, when told that federal employees had been invited to join them, went beyond offering vocal support, Haden said. Some even made unsolicited donations to help Kanuga cover the costs of the meals.These conference centers, though, would prefer the free meals weren’t made necessary.“We would hope [the shutdown] would end for their sake, because this is of no fault of their own,” Haden said, but until then, “we’re ready to extend this into the future as long as we can.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Press Release Service Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Hospice appeal smashes fundraising target

first_imgHospice appeal smashes fundraising target Melanie May | 13 January 2016 | News  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Cardiff-based George Thomas Hospice Care has raised a record amount with its 2015 Light Up A Life appeal, beating its target by more than £40,000.The appeal, which ran for six weeks until the end of December, raised £82,092, against an original target of £50,000. In addition, the first £75,000 raised will be match funded by Cardiff-based The Jane Hodge Foundation, boosting the overall total to more than £157,000. The funds will be used by the hospice to help pay for the care and support of patients and their families during the year ahead.The appeal is the charity’s annual major fundraising drive, and offers people the opportunity to give a donation to have messages placed in a Book of Remembrance for friends and family members who have passed away as a result of a terminal illness. A number of fundraising events supported the 2015 appeal, including a sell-out Star Wars-themed concert by the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.Mike Walsh, chief executive at the hospice, said:“All of us at George Thomas Hospice Care are delighted with the response to this year’s Appeal. I would like to thank the people of Cardiff for their generosity in helping us to raise a record amount. The sum raised will total over £157,000, which will help pay for the care of over 1,000 patients and their families during 2016.”center_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: christmas hospice Wales / Cymru Advertisementlast_img read more

Stoves re-opens Community Kitchens competition for nominations

first_img Tagged with: competition Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Cooking appliance brand Stoves has re-opened its Community Kitchens community projects fund for applications.Stoves launched the fund in 2015, and £20,000 is available to community organisations to transform their kitchen facilities. The competition asks people to nominate organisations that have a positive impact on their local communities. Earlier this year, the competition received more than 200 nominations from community projects around the country.Nominations must be made via the Stoves website and should explain in no more than 300 words why the community initiative deserves to win. Once the nomination period has closed, a shortlist will be put to a public vote. The projects that receive the most votes will then be awarded bronze, silver and gold prize packages, worth between £2,000 and £5,000.The deadline for nominations is 9am on Monday 3rd October.Amongst the winners of the latest round was a Liverpool-based charity supporting low-income families by providing a free hot meals service for children during the holidays; a Blackburn-based women’s centre and a Hampshire-based homeless charity.Mags Mercer, CEO of The Vine Centre, which won first prize, said:“We were delighted to have won the competition as it meant we could finish the fit out of our training and catering kitchen.  Our kitchen is vital as we provide 3,500 meals a year to homeless people and run a Catering Training Programme for unemployed people. Our centre is accessed 8,000 times a year so having new equipment means a great deal.”Jonathan Casley, managing director of Stoves parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, added: Advertisement “We were amazed by the response earlier this year. We had entries from a really diverse range of organisations, all doing fantastic work for their communities. What this demonstrated to us is that food preparation really is at the heart of community projects and access to a kitchen can be a lifeline for vulnerable members of society.”  41 total views,  1 views today  42 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14center_img Stoves re-opens Community Kitchens competition for nominations Melanie May | 30 August 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Head of TV station murdered

first_img News News Help by sharing this information Organisation December 31, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of TV station murdered Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today at the murder of Tigran Naghdalian, head of Armenia’s public TV station, and called on the authorities to clarify the matter as quickly as possible.Naghdalian, 36, who also presented a political commentary programme called “Orakarg,” was shot dead by a mystery gunman in front of his parents’ home in the capital, Yerevan, on 28 December and died in hospital an hour and a half later. President Robert Kocharian called an emergency meeting with top security officials the same day to investigate the killing.Naghdalian, a leading Kocharian supporter, had been a key figure at the station since 1998 and had managed to turn it into a profitable operation. He began his journalistic career in 1990 on the station’s “Haylur” programme, which was closed by the authorities a year later. He then headed the news agency Haylur before setting up another, called Fact, in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked for the Armenian section of the US station Radio Liberty. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img News November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Armenia News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

City of Culture to host largest ever St Patrick’s day parade

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print TAGSfeaturedMusic Limerickst patrick’s day parade Facebook MORE than 70,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Limerick as Ireland’s City of Culture hosts its largest ever St Patrick’s Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More than 4,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s Limerick City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest ever to be hosted in Ireland’s National City of Culture.Details were announced of the Parade and an expanded St. Patrick’s Festival programme which includes the 44th Limerick International Band Championship and the ‘Paddy’s Day Unlocked’ City of Culture event in The Milk Market. A number of local landmark buildings such as King John’s Castle and Limerick City Hall are also being illuminated in green light to mark Ireland’s national holiday.Once again, the centrepiece of the Bank Holiday Weekend festivities will be the annual parade with close on 70,000 spectators expected to line the streets of Limerick City Centre to watch thousands of parade participants, floats, community groups and bands provide a riot of colour, noise and entertainment.Internationally renowned festival favourites including highly acclaimed street theatre group Macnas, Buí Bolg Productions and Centre Stage Theatre School have been included in this year’s parade line-up. While the Grand Marshal will be announced in the coming days, organisers have confirmed that this year’s Flag Ambassadors are the students of Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom who will carry Ireland’s largest tricolour.Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Kathleen Leddin noted that the scale of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival is fitting considering the City is celebrating being Ireland’s inaugural National City of Culture in 2014.Mayor Leddin continued: “The Parade attracts a growing number and variety of participants each year and this year’s event is no exception. I look forward to greeting the many thousands of people from across Limerick and further afield during the Parade, which I know will showcase the vibrant and diverse culture that exists here. I want to pay tribute to the huge amount of work, time and resources that have been invested by the St. Patrick’s Festival organisers and sponsors in preparing a comprehensive programme of events.”Highlights of the St Patrick’s Festival 2014 include:• St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Street entertainment and Limerick’s arts and community groups showcasing their talents with brightly coloured floats and entries in the city’s main thoroughfare of O’Connell Street on Monday, March 17th at 12 noon. As in previous years, prizes will be awarded to parade participants in a number of categories, namely Best Float, Most Entertaining Group, Most Eco-Friendly Group and Best Musical Performance.• 44th International Band Championship: 21 bands from all over Ireland, USA and Europe will compete to be crowned Overall Parade Champion on Sunday, 16th March 2014 at 12 noon. The Band Championship will start in Pery Square and end in Arthur’s Quay with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park.• The Greening of Limerick: A number of Limerick’s most prominent buildings are set to go green especially for the occasion. They include King John’s Castle, Limerick City Hall, The Clarion Hotel, Barrington’s Hospital, Bellisimo Hair salon, ICON Bar and nightclub, Texas Steakout, The George Hotel and the Taikichi Sushi Bar.• Paddy’s Day Unlocked: A City of Culture event curated and MC’d by Owen and Moley O’Suilleabháin, with musical performances, a screening, dance, theatrical performances and spoken word at The Milk Market on Monday 17th March, 3pm – 7pm. Food stalls showcasing artisan Irish food producers will sell food throughout the event. Admission FREE.www.happenings.ie• St. Patrick’s Weekend of Racing: A festival of National Hunt Horse racing with 7 National Hunt race to enjoy at Greenmount Park from 2.30pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March. Adult admission €15 / student and Senior €10, Children FREE. www.limerickraces.ie• St. Patrick’s Day 2014 at the Hunt Museum: The Hunt Museum will be celebrating all things Irish with free themed events, crafts and music on Monday 17th March 2013 from 2.00pm-5.00pm. Free admission to everyone wearing green. www.huntmuseum.com• Ceol Luimnigh: Limerick G.A.A, in association with the Castleconnell/ Ahane/ Herbertstown branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, present ‘Ceol Luimnigh’, an evening of ceol, damhsa agus amhránaíoch den scoth at the L.I.T. Concert Hall in Moylish on Friday 14th March at 8pm.• Genealogy Day 2014: Members of the public will be offered free, one-on-one consultations with a genealogist at Christchurch Buildings, 51A O’Connell St., on Saturday 15th March. Stands include Limerick Museum & Archives, Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society, Presbyterian & Methodist Registers, St Mary’s Cathedral archives (CoI), Religious Society of Friends, Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust, Irish Georgian Society, Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, Eneclann and the Association of Professional Genealogy in Ireland.https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyDay2014• St. Patrick’s Weekend Markets: Milk Market (Fri 14th, Sat 15th, Sun 16th and Mon 17th) and Cruises Street Market (Sat 15th). Fantastic food, crafts and family fun at the Milk Market and Cruises Street Market over the St. Patrick’s Weekend.• Fuerza Bruta at the Culture Factory, Castletroy 13th – 22nd March. www.limerickcityofculture.ieThe Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2014 is run on behalf of Limerick City and County Council by Futureama Productions. It is generously sponsored by Stryker, Fáilte Ireland, Analog Devices and Limerick’s Live 95FM.More details on the 2014 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival, including the International Band Championship, can be found on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival. NewsCommunityCity of Culture to host largest ever St Patrick’s day paradeBy Staff Reporter – March 4, 2014 722 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick center_img Previous articleDrunken streaker refused to get dressedNext articleTaylor expecting a tougher season for Limerick FC Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Email Linkedin WhatsApp Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

[Students vs UGC] UGC Cannot Compel That Exams Be Held; Can Only Lay Down Standards: Datar For Maharashtra In SC

first_imgTop Stories[Students vs UGC] UGC Cannot Compel That Exams Be Held; Can Only Lay Down Standards: Datar For Maharashtra In SC Radhika Roy17 Aug 2020 11:41 PMShare This – xThe University Grants Commission can only lay down guidelines and standards for examinations, and cannot compel that exams should be held by a particular date, submitted Arvind Datar, Senior Advocate, on behalf of the State of Maharastra before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.He submitted that the source of the power of the UGC Act is traced to Entry 66 of List 1 of the Constitution which deals…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe University Grants Commission can only lay down guidelines and standards for examinations, and cannot compel that exams should be held by a particular date, submitted Arvind Datar, Senior Advocate, on behalf of the State of Maharastra before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.He submitted that the source of the power of the UGC Act is traced to Entry 66 of List 1 of the Constitution which deals with “coordination and determination of standards” for higher education.In this regard, Datar referred to the Constitution Bench decision of SC in Modern Dental College case to state that “coordination and determination of standards” will not include right to conduct examinations.In response to this, Justice M R Shah, a puisne judge of the bench, observed that it was the Universities which was conducting the exams and not the UGC.”UGC is not conducting the exams here. That is up to the Universities. You can’t say that UGC says conduct exams”. Referring to the arguments based on the welfare of students, Justice Ashok Bhushan, the presiding judge of the bench, observed that the students cannot decide their welfare. “Only the authorities can decide what is in their welfare. Students are not competent enough to decide”, Justice Bhushan remarked.Justice R Subhash Reddy raised the query, “Won’t not conducting the exams lead to dilution of the standards only ?”.Responding to this query of Justice Reddy, Datar pointed out that the Indian Institutes of Technology have conferred degrees without conducting final exams.”If a central institute of international repute can do this, why can’t we(State of Maharashtra)?”, he asked (The State of Maharashtra has passed a resolution based on the decision of the State Disaster Management Authority to cancel the final semester exams and directed the Universities to confer degrees based on alternate evaluation methods).Not holding exams not fatal; will not dilute standards DatarThe senior counsel then elaborated on how not conducting the exams is not something fatal and will not dilute the standards.He pointed out that as of March 2020, 5 semesters(for 3 year programmes) had already been completed and the internal assessment for the sixth semester was also over. Referring to Clause 6 read with Clause 8 of the 2003 UGC Guidelines, he submitted that a student is continuously evaluated from day one.As per the CGPA system, if there are 42 courses, the student has already completed 36. As of March, his CGPA will be the average of first five semesters.Datar: Now today, we are only concerned with final exams. If there are 42 courses, the student has already completed 36. As of March, his CGPA will be the average of first five sems. #StudentsInSCForJustice #StudentsInSCAgainstUGC #student_lives_matter #31StudentsInSCAgainstUGC— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 18, 2020At this juncture, the Solicitor General sought to counter by saying that the semester system is not applicable throughout the country.However, Datar reiterated that they do, and that the UGC Regulations apply across the country.Datar: I want to make one point clear. These Regulations apply across India. Justice Shah: So, Universities have a choice about the kind of semester system they want to follow. #StudentsInSCForJustice #StudentsInSCAgainstUGC #student_lives_matter #31StudentsInSCAgainstUGC— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 18, 2020Datar also clarified “I’m not saying that a 2nd year student should be passed. I’m saying that this is a student who has almost finished the course”. He also pointed out that job interviews take place in the last semester where the students has completed about 87% of the course.UGC exceeded statutory mandateDatar submitted that the direction issued by the UGC to hold final year exams by September 30 was “outside its mandate” and “ultra vires the UGC Act”.The uniform direction to hold exams without advertence to local situations is arbitrary and violative of Article 14.”How can you say that Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha must hold it by Sept 30 ? It is completely violative of Art. 14″, he said.In this connection, he pointed out to the April 29 guidelines issued by the UGC which left it to the State’s to take a call on final exams depending on the local situations. This was changed in July 6 with the latest guidelines, although the COVID-19 cases had crossed lakhs in the country by then.”When there were few cases and they couldn’t hold the exams, how can they say that we must hold the exams by Sept 30 when the cases are in lakhs ?!”, he asked.He further said that many educational institutions have been turned into quarantine centres and they cannot be opened until August 31 as per the MHA guidelines.Lack of access to online examsThe next point raised by him was about the lack of access for all students to online exams.”When it comes to accessibility and online exams, how will students without access be able to give the exams ? What about students with disabilities?”, he submitted.”We are also worried about the students. We too want the exams to be held at the earliest. We are worried about their future, but it can’t be done in this manner”, he added.Coming back to the earlier stand of UGC guidelines, Datar said that the recommendations of the expert committee dated April 30 stated that if the severity of the situation does not abate, the students could be evaluated on internal marks. “If the same UGC says back then that chart your own course, how can they force us now?”, he asked.He highlighted that the recent Committee report (which mandates compulsory conduction of exams) does not mention who has been consulted. Further, referring to Section 12 of the UGC Act, he submitted that UGC has to consult “universities and other bodies” before taking a decision and cannot act unilaterally.The UGC  direction to hold final exams by September 30 was taken without consulting anyone in Maharashtra and without finding out the situation in the State.On this note, he concluded the submissions.The hearing is progressing in the top court. Update at 14.10 hours : The SC has concluded the hearing and has reserved judgment.Justice Bhushan asks Datar if there’s anything more. Datar highlights some paragraphs regarding the practical difficulties with respect to conduct of exams. #StudentsInSCForJustice #StudentsInSCAgainstUGC #student_lives_matter #31StudentsInSCAgainstUGC @anubha1812— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 18, 2020Click here to download the written submissions of DatarRead Written Submissions of DatarNext Storylast_img read more

Centre’s OTT Rules ‘Lack Teeth’, Says Supreme Court; Solicitor General Agrees To Present New Draft

first_imgTop StoriesCentre’s OTT Rules ‘Lack Teeth’, Says Supreme Court; Solicitor General Agrees To Present New Draft Radhika Roy5 March 2021 1:43 AMShare This – x The Supreme Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction about the new rules framed by the Central Government under the Information Technology Act to regulate Over The Top(OTT) platforms like Netlifx, Prime Vidoe etc., social media platforms and digital news portals.”These OTT Rules don’t have any teeth; they’re only just guidelines”, orally observed the Supreme Court on Friday during a…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 The Supreme Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction about the new rules framed by the Central Government under the Information Technology Act to regulate Over The Top(OTT) platforms like Netlifx, Prime Vidoe etc., social media platforms and digital news portals.”These OTT Rules don’t have any teeth; they’re only just guidelines”, orally observed the Supreme Court on Friday during a plea filed by filed by Amazon Prime’s Commercial Head, Aparna Purohit, challenging the Allahabad High Court Judgment denying pre-arrest bail to her in the criminal cases registered in connection with the web series “Tandav”.The Court was referring to the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 notified by the Centre last week. The Justice Ashok Bhushan-led Bench stated, “We have received the Rules you have filed. These Rules don’t have any teeth. There’s no provision for prosecution or fine. They’re only just guidelines”. Without a legislation, there cannot be effective control, Justice Bhushan remarked.The Solicitor General submitted that the new rules were brought as a balance between “no-censorship and internal self-regulation”. The SG agreed to produce a better draft of the rules for the consideration of the court.”We can come up with a draft within two weeks. We are trying to strike a balance. We can come up with something for the Court’s consideration. This needs examination, I agree”, submitted the SG.Indicating that the issue of OTT regulation will also be considered in the instant case, the bench added Union of India as a party. The bench recorded its observations about the new rules in the order as follows :”One of the issues, which have been cropped up in the facts of the present case, is regarding control and regulation of platform on which web-series are released. Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, learned senior counsel informed us that the Government of India has issued notification dated 25.02.2021 and introduced Rules namely The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.A perusal of the Rules indicate that the Rules are more and more in the form of guidelines and have no effective mechanism for either screening or taking appropriate action for those who violates the guidelines.Mr. Tushar Mehta, the learned Solicitor General submits that the Government shall consider and take appropriate steps for regulation or legislation as may be found fit by the Government and the same shall be placed before the Court” It went on to record that the SG had submitted that appropriate steps would be taken and any regulation or legislation thought fit would be placed before the Court. The Bench also granted interim protection from arrest to Amazon Prime Video’s Commercial Head, Aparna Purohit and issued notice in her plea. During the previous hearing, the Supreme Court had observed that screening of OTT content was required, with some platforms even exhibiting pornographic material. On being apprised of the new Information Technology Rules, 2021, the Court had directed the SG to circulate the same. Another bench of the Supreme Court is considering a batch of PILs seeking guidelines to regulate OTT platforms. The Central Government has sought the transfer of cases pending in the High Courts on this subject to the Supreme Court. Click here to read/download the orderNext Storylast_img read more