FirstGroup on track for full year earnings

first_img whatsapp Friday 11 March 2011 3:42 am Transport operator FirstGroup said it was on course to achieve overall earnings and cash targets for the year, as strength at its UK rail division offset continued margin weakness at its student business.“We are encouraged by improving trends in UK rail and Greyhound and a continued steady performance in our UK bus and transit operations,” the company said in a statement.FirstGroup expects its British rail business, which includes the Great Western franchise running into central London, to deliver like-for-like passenger revenue growth of 5.1 per cent for the year.It, however, warned trading during the fourth quarter at its student business had been “disappointing,” and said margins at that division would continue to be pressured into 2011/12.The company expects full year revenue growth of 2.4 per cent at its transit division, and like-for-like passenger revenue growth of 1.4 per cent at its UK bus operations. FirstGroup on track for full year earnings whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap John Dunne last_img read more

Scoa Nigeria Plc ( 2014 Annual Report

first_imgScoa Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (  2014 annual report.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House at Coogee / MaSQ Architecture

first_img Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House at Coogee / MaSQ ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse at Coogee / MaSQ Architecture “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architecture+ 15 Share Houses 2011 Text description provided by the architects. Conceptual Framework One of our core beliefs is that of specificity and originality. We approach each project anew and see it as a constantly evolving and open ended process, not fixed or rooted in any preconceived ideas. Our influence is varied, however we avoid being captive to trends or fashion and do not approach projects in a formulaic or prescribed way. In particular we see houses as an opportunity to enhance a particular circumstance and provide a new overlay and reading of place and program, in the continual search and upgrade of the notion of the “good life” Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyRelationship of Built Form to Context The form of the house is derived from the limitations of its context. The narrow site slopes steeply across its width with the length facing east to the ocean. Neighbour views of Wedding Cake Island and the southeast needed to be maintained At the upper level the walls angle and tilt in plan and elevation in order to allow this to occur. The resulting angular geometry creates a form that relates quite strongly to eclectic mix of the area, containing modern and more traditional housing types. The building is not singular or static, with the observer’s perception constantly changing depending on where it is viewed from. Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureProgram Resolution Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureThere are two defining programmatic moves in the house. One was to place the living and master bedroom on the upper floor. At this level the views are most expansive and beautiful, and small price to pay from being disconnected from the garden which is locked in by neighbouring properties. The remaining bedrooms and rumpus are located on the lower level with access to garden and pool, which allows for the acoustic and visual separation between adults and children when required. The second move was to place the entry intermediate between the top and ground floor. This solved the problem of feeling that one is walking into a bedroom level and secondly allowed a gentle and gradual ascent to the living room. Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureCost and Other Disciplines The house had a pragmatic and simple construction system overlayed onto its geometry in order to keep the cost within budget. Ceiling details and recessed lighting was used to cover step down in beams and steel junctions. The full brick and concrete construction created a simple building process and ease of trade coordination. Detailing was simple with an emphasis on neatness. Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureSustainability Good thermal mass coupled with cross ventilation and orientation to north east are the main passive environmental features of the house. The living space modulates light through blinds and curtains and there is no exposure to western such. The house at South Coogee is distinctive. The form is derived from the limitations of its context and not from the need to make a statement. It shows how a non conventional building form can rest comfortably within its context and how the established notion of street front is actually irrelevant within diverse settings. In many ways the house is not so much “Form follows Function”, but “Form follows Necessity” and as such could be no other way. Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureThe house is a sanctuary, it is solid and robust to resist the battering of the elements in its location. It can be dark, light, cool, or warm, responding to season and needs, providing its inhabitants the greatest amenity from which to contemplate the surrounding beauty of the natural environment.Save this picture!Courtesy of masq architectureProject gallerySee allShow lessCambridge Public Library wins Harleston Parker Medal / William Rawn Associates and A…ArticlesNewSchool of Architecture and Design Summer Events Include Workshops, Seminars Plus …Articles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Australia “COPY” Architects: MaSQ Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Australia House at Coogee / MaSQ Architecture CopyAbout this officeMaSQ ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on May 30, 2011Cite: “House at Coogee / MaSQ Architecture” 30 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Old Jaffa House 4 / Pitsou Kedem Architects

first_imgArchitects: Pitsou Kedem Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2019 Year:  Israel Old Jaffa House 4 / Pitsou Kedem Architects “COPY” Projects Photographs:  Amit Geron Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  250 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Old Jaffa House 4 / Pitsou Kedem ArchitectsSave this projectSaveOld Jaffa House 4 / Pitsou Kedem Architects Houses CopyHouses, Interior Design•Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel ArchDaily Save this picture!© Amit Geron+ 71Curated by María Francisca González Share Manufacturers: BD Barcelona Design, Bulthaup, David Weeks Studio, Desalto, Flos, Gan Rugs, Habitat, Living Divani, Vitra, Boost, astepArchitect In Charge:Avital ShenhavDesign Team:Avital Shenhav, Pitsou KedemLighting Design:Orly Avron AlkabesBronze And Metal Works:Adam SteelAluminum Works:Nir GreshonCarpentry:MistrielCity:Tel Aviv-YafoCountry:IsraelMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Amit GeronRecommended ProductsRetail ApplicationsiGuzziniLighting System Design – Under, Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant / iGuzziniHotel ApplicationsAccoyaAccoya® Wood at World Hotels Salinda ResortsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemAdjacent to the side of the hill rock on the edge of ancient Jaffa Port, this apartment is a collection of 300-year-old spaces built around a central patio. The basis of the concept – searching for a stitch between Ottoman architecture and the contemporary architecture of the studio, and the connection between ancient building traditions and innovative technologies – such as glazed arches without divisions in axial opening and roofs containing modern infrastructure.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Amit GeronIn the design of the apartment, an engineering effort was invested to connect the spaces in scope to create a flow between them. The original stone used to build the vaults was exposed and treated, and the arched doorways that were opened were filled with glass doors in blackened bronze frames, revolving around a central or lateral pivot. The levels have been redesigned to accommodate the desired uses and a smoothed concrete floor unites the interior and patio.Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe main design gesture is expressed in a dynamic metal cladding, which “travels” along the stone walls and accompanies them, containing behind them electrical pipes, air conditioning systems, stone niche storage and more. Occasionally, the wall cladding meets a joinery element and is functionally accompanied by it as a door, bed back or railing. The interior partitions were designed in carpentry and detached from the stone vaults to create sub-spaces in the arched open space.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!Section 3Save this picture!Section 2Save this picture!© Amit GeronAccess to the apartment is via stairs leading to the patio that takes advantage of the Mediterranean climate. The stairs are accompanied by a bronze railing adapted to the harsh weather conditions near the sea. From the patio that forms the center of the house, the various spaces are split. The main space includes a living room facing the sea terrace, master bedroom, kitchen and dining area. The patio has access to two more bedrooms and bathrooms. The material palate is minimal and includes concrete, stone, light wood, aluminum inside and bronze outside, and a combination of bronze shades to reflect the unique environment.Save this picture!© Amit GeronProject gallerySee allShow lessPlayful Urban Design Intervention by Lateral Office and CS Design Takes Over New Yor…Architecture NewsIAAM, the International African American Museum Is Now Under ConstructionArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officePitsou Kedem ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignTel Aviv-YafoOn FacebookIsraelPublished on January 22, 2020Cite: “Old Jaffa House 4 / Pitsou Kedem Architects” 22 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore 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! 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Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income

first_img Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income By Gary Truitt – Jan 24, 2016 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for January fell from December’s weak reading, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and energy. Overall The Rural Mainstreet Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, sank to 34.8 from December’s 41.5.   Index coordinator Ernie Goss said recent declines are the result of lower agriculture and energy commodity prices, adding “, prices for farm products have fallen by approximately 15 percent, and for fuels by roughly 20 percent.”The index found sinking prices for grain and fuel have had moderate impacts on the region’s ethanol industry. The farmland and ranchland-price index for January sank to 23.9 from December’s 28.8. The January farm equipment-sales index plummeted to a record low 7.0 from December’s record low 8.8. Previous articleTwenty Years of Roundup Ready, What Has It Meant?Next article2015 Was a Good Year to Learn What Worked and What Didn’t Gary Truittlast_img read more

Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds grand opening for butterfly exhibit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Ernest Dominick Ernest Dominick Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Ernest Dominick printThe Fort Worth Botanic Garden held a grand opening Saturday to recognize board members, sponsors, and volunteers for their contributions to this years butterfly exhibit.The grand opening of Butterflies in the Garden: The Mayan Experience gathered members of the community together to celebrate.Luis Hernandez won this year’s logo design contest for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden\’s bi-annual butterfly exhibit.Luis Hernandez was one of the reasons why.Hernandez, a first-year student at South Hills High School, was this year’s winner of the 2nd annual logo design contest. His design was chosen by the Butterfly Garden Committee and is featured on the website, promotional signs, and Botanic Garden Merchandise.Hernandez received a gift on behalf of the City of Fort Worth from City Councilman Dennis Shingleton and was chosen to cut the exhibit’s ceremonial ribbon.Hernandez said he tried to incorporate the exhibit’s Mayan theme into his design.“I was thinking of Maya traditions and tried to make a design similar to their style of rock carvings,” he said.Hernandez wasn’t the only one being honored. Members of the board for the Botanical Research institute of Texas were also recognized.Senior vice president of B.R.I.T Pat Harrison said the conservatory is important because of its ability to impact its guests’ perception of nature.“I think my favorite part about today’s ceremony is getting new guests into the conservatory,” she said. “Interacting with the butterflies really helps them understand the value of nature.”Even though the Botanic Garden held its public opening on March 1, B.R.I.T. Marketing and Public Relations Director Chris Chilton said they had a delayed second opening to accommodate schedules.“It’s much easier to get all these guests here together on a Saturday, than a Tuesday,” he said.In addition to logistics, Chilton said media sponsors also played a role in the decision.“WFAA sponsored the exhibits opening on March 1. They created a public service announcement to help promote the event and we were featured on Good Morning Texas.”While the guests are observing the butterflies in the conservatory, Education Director Gail Manning and TCU Butterfly Intern Michael Kaufman are behind the scenes raising the insects until they are ready to be released into the exhibit.Each week, Manning and Kaufman release at least 150 new butterflies into the conservatory. By the end of the exhibit, the conservatory will have hosted 10,000 different butterflies.The exhibit will run until April 3. For more information, click here. + posts Frogs for the Cure celebrate recent success Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt ReddIt Ernest Dominick Market Square makes changes in response to student complaints Ernest Dominick is a journalism major with a minor in general business. He is from Marksville, Louisiana but has been based in Dallas since 2006. He is currently serving as a reporter for Greek Life at TCU. Previous articleNo. 6 Oklahoma beats TCU in regular-season finaleNext articleMiddle school French teacher nominated for District Teacher of the Year Ernest Dominick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Greek organizations welcome new members with showcase Linkedin Facebook Ernest Dominick Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Botanic Garden to host 8th bi-annual butterfly exhibit Linkedinlast_img read more

India’s First Dictatorship : The Emergency 1975-77

first_imgColumnsIndia’s First Dictatorship : The Emergency 1975-77 Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad21 Feb 2021 3:53 AMShare This – xA recent book titled ” India’s First Dictatorship : The Emergency 1975-77 ” by Christophe Jaffrelot and Pratinav Anil, sets out how the Judiciary Capitulated – Or Resisted – During the Emergency. This article seeks to highlight, a brave judgement delivered by Justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan of the Delhi High Court in a writ petition filed on behalf of the journalist Kuldip Nayar,…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?LoginA recent book titled ” India’s First Dictatorship : The Emergency 1975-77 ” by Christophe Jaffrelot and Pratinav Anil, sets out how the Judiciary Capitulated – Or Resisted – During the Emergency. This article seeks to highlight, a brave judgement delivered by Justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan of the Delhi High Court in a writ petition filed on behalf of the journalist Kuldip Nayar, father of Shri Rajeev Nayyar Senior Advocate. I would like to elaborate on this, since I have been connected with several of the key people involved in those habeas corpus cases. My father the late H Y Sharada Prasad, was information advisor to both Indira and Rajeev Gandhi, throughout their tenures as Prime Minister. My maternal uncle KS Radhakrishna, head of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, was the closest aide of Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan. JP was arrested from Radhakrishna’s residence on the night of 25-26 June 1975. Even though there was a warrant for his arrest too, my uncle managed to slip away from under the very eyes of the police, who were concentrating on putting JP into his car. For several months, he travelled all over the country, coordinating resistance with several Gandhian Sarvodaya workers. However, after several elderly relatives, and even innocent neighbours, were harassed to reveal his location, Radhakrishna surrendered to the police to spare them from further harassment. But we family members did not know where he had been taken. Radhakrishna’s close associate on JP’s advisory team, retired justice VM Tarkunde filed a habeas corpus pleas in the Delhi high court on behalf of Bhimsen Sachar, the former chief minister of Punjab, and Bhimsen Sachar’s son in law Kuldip Nayar, the noted journalist, and my mama KS Radhakrishna. By a lucky twist of fate, these habeas corpus pleas in the Delhi high court came up for hearing before Justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan, who was a relative – he was from the same extended family as my mother. Or maybe it was not a coincidence. It is quite possible that the chief justice of Delhi high court, Justice TVR Tatachari, who was another relative of my mother ( Radhakrishna, Rangarajan, Tatachari all came from the same small subsect of Iyengars ) might have assigned these habeas corpus pleas to justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan. My maternal uncle KS Radhakrishna was produced in handcuffs in the court of justice Rangarajan, which is how the family members came to know that he had been jailed in Tihar Jail. Justice Rangarajan ordered that all prisoners in Tihar jail be given weekly medical examinations and permitted visits from family members once a week. These medical examinations were conducted every Thursday by Dr JK Jain of the RSS, who also brought them the latest political news. Our relative Justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan was apprehensive that his verdicts about Kuldip Nayar and Bhimsen Sachar would be interfered with by Sanjay Gandhi and his cabal. So he woke up at 3 am every day and himself typed the verdict on his manual typewriter at his residence. At a family wedding, chief justice TVR Tatachari slipped a sealed envelope to my mother, whispering to her: “If anything happens to Ranga, then open this”. After justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan reserved his judgement on 10 September 1975, but before he delivered it, the government released Kuldip Nayar. The government’s counsel argued that since Kuldip Nayar had been released, there was no need for the verdict to be delivered. A livid justice Rangarajan not only insisted on reading out the verdict, but also added several paragraphs severely castigating the government. A furious Indira Gandhi immediately transferred justice Rangarajan to the Guwahati high court. His fellow judge, justice RN Aggarwal, was demoted to the Delhi district courts. A whispering campaign was set in motion that justice RN Aggarwal was a member of the RSS. The chief justice of India, AN Ray, immediately acquiesced to Indira Gandhi’s verbal wishes, issuing their transfer and demotion orders on the spot. The eminent jurist Fali Sam Nariman gave wide publicity to justice Rangarajan’s verdict among the international legal community, and it won praise from Lord Denning. An angry Indira Gandhi told my father HY Sharada Prasad, who was her information adviser: “You can tell Tatachari that he will never make it to the supreme court”. After several months, Professor PN Dhar, principal secretary to Indira Gandhi, summoned my cousin KR Chandrahas and gave him the release orders releasing my mama KS Radhakrishna from prison, so that he could resume the negotiations on behalf of Jaya Prakash Narayan. The Janata party government brought justice Sesha Iyengar Rangarajan back to Delhi in 1978, but he could not make it to the Supreme Court. He however became head of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission. An interesting anecdote was narrated by Nani Palkhivala to my mother. They knew each other well from the late 1940s when she worked as an aide to the eminent barrister Purushottam Trikamdas. During one of the hearings in the Supreme Court, Justice Mirza Hameedullah Beg asked the Solicitor General Lal Narayan Sinha if he knew of any other instance where the Executive Branch of Government had arrogated to itself the powers of the Judicial and Legislative Branches. After thinking for a while, LN Sinha replied: “The Court of Jahangir”. Justice MH Beg retorted that Indira Gandhi did not have the sense of justice and fair play of Jahangir, and asked LN Sinha if she wanted to regress the nation back to the seventeenth century. The Prime Minister’s House and Vidya Charan Shukla exerted great pressure on newspapers to not carry the above exchange, nor indeed any of the arguments of Nani Palkhivala. Ironically, Justice Mirza Hameedullah Beg soon delivered highly favourable judgements in the ADM Jabalpur and in Indira Gandhi’s election appeal, and he was rewarded by being promoted to Chief Justice, superseding Justice HR Khanna.Views are personal only.Next Storylast_img read more

Supreme Court Issues Notice In Plea Against Alleged Use Of Banned Chemicals By Firework Manufacturers

first_imgNews UpdatesSupreme Court Issues Notice In Plea Against Alleged Use Of Banned Chemicals By Firework Manufacturers Srishti Ojha8 April 2021 6:48 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Thursday issued notice in application filed against alleged use of banned chemicals by firework manufacturers, mislabeling of products contrary to Supreme Court’s directions.A three judge Bench led by CJI issued the direction while hearing plea filed by three infants from Delhi in 2015, regarding alarming degradation of air quality leading to severe air pollution in Delhi…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?LoginSupreme Court has on Thursday issued notice in application filed against alleged use of banned chemicals by firework manufacturers, mislabeling of products contrary to Supreme Court’s directions.A three judge Bench led by CJI issued the direction while hearing plea filed by three infants from Delhi in 2015, regarding alarming degradation of air quality leading to severe air pollution in Delhi NCR that can cause health hazards and seeking a complete ban on fireworks across the country to curb pollutionThe plea had sought Court’s intervention in the inevitable & widespread use of firecrackers specially during festivals. During the hearing today, Senior Adv Gopal Sankaranarayanan appearing for the applicant submitted before the Court that an IA has been filed, and the Court had previously given directions directing replies to be filed.ASG Bhati for CBI informed the Court that CBI has completed the investigation and its report has been filed before the Court in a sealed cover. At this juncture, the Court observed that it will have to issue notice on the interim application. In response to Senior Advocate Nadkarni’s request seeking notice to be issued on IA filed by him as well, the Court agreed to issue notices on both IAsSupreme Court had in March 2020 observed that if contentions in the IAs regarding use of banned chemicals by manufacturers were correct, they would be liable for contempt of the top Court. Senior Counsel Gopal Sankaranarayanan, had brought to Court’s notice the violations of its earlier orders through which it had banned the use of certain chemicals in the fireworks by the manufacturers, they would be guilty of contempt of the Supreme Court.According to Mr. Sankaranarayanan, many of the respondents-manufacturers are still using the same chemicals which have been banned by the Supreme Court under various orders, and many of them are also not labeling their products as required by Supreme Court’s order dated 10th Feb 2017.The Court had issued notice to the manufacturers of Fireworks to show cause why they should not be punished for contempt of Supreme Court for the alleged violation of the Court’s earlier orders. The Court had directed the Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Chennai, to make a detailed investigation regarding the alleged violation of Court’s earlier orders by these manufacturers by using the ingredients which have been banned and by mislabeling their products contrary to the directions.While hearing the present PIL, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B.Lokur and Deepak Gupta, had in July 2017 set standards for fire crackers and had directed that no fire-crackers will contain polluting substances such as, antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in any form whatsoever. The Bench after reading the CPCB’s report that some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of fire-crackers are dangerous and beyond the safety limit.The court had made it clear that it is the responsibility of the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) to ensure compliance, particularly in Sivakasi, the hub of fire-crackers manufacturers, many of whom were arraigned in the present plea.In November 2016, the Court had asked the CPCB to study the harmful effects of substances used in the manufacture of crackers, and submit its report within three months. The bench headed by the then Chief Justice, T.S. Thakur, was concerned whether the substances used could lead to cancerous diseases.Next Storylast_img read more

The importance of the Patagonian Shelf for top predator species breeding at South Georgia

first_img1. The rich zooplankton, fish and squid resources on the Patagonian Shelf sustain substantial populations of largely resident seabirds and marine mammals, These habitats are also visited seasonally by similar species from elsewhere but few data exist on their status and origin. Recent studies, using satellite-tracking to determine foraging ranges and feeding areas of seabirds and am marine mammals breeding at South Georgia, have shown that several species make substantial use of the waters of the Patagonian Shelf. 2. Wandering albatrosses use shelf-edge areas year-round with direct observations of both sexes of almost all age classes, including, breeding, pre-breeding and non-breeding individuals. White-chinned petrels and female Northern and Southern giant petrels mainly visit during incubation and post-breeding, particularly to the Falklands Current (White-chinned petrels) and to upwelling areas around the southern shelf-break from the Burdwood Bank in the cast to Staten Island and Diego Ramirez in the west (giant petrels). Northern giant petrel males during incubation and Antarctic fur seals in winter reach inner shelf habitats in the northern sector. In contrast, South Georgia populations of black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses do not appear to use the Patagonian Shelf at any stage of their breeding cycle. 3. Although the use of the Patagonian Shelf by visiting species is now best documented for South Georgia species, recent observational data confirm that seabirds from Diego Ramirez, Tristan da Cunha and Gough visit the southern and northern sectors, during both breeding and non-breeding seasons respectively. Several Antarctic species (notably Antarctic fulmar and cape petrel) winter in the region as do at least two albatross species from New Zealand; other species (especially Wilson’s storm petrels) use it as a staging ground on migration, as do several species of baleen whales and possibly other cetacean species. 4. Three of the seabird species which breed on the Patagonian Shelf are Globally Threatened; seven of the visiting species (and four baleen whale species) also have this status. The Patagonian Shelf is, therefore, not only of global importance for the diversity and abundance of its resident top predators but is just as critical for the survival of many visiting species, some of which are even more endangered. 5. Combining data from satellite-tracking with conventional mapping from direct observations offers the prospect of defining the foraging ranges (and the main feeding areas within these) of a range of key top predator species. Such data should be used, in conjunction with similar information of the distributions of fish, squid and zooplankton resources and of fishing effort, to identify critical marine habitats whose precautionary, multiple-use sustainable management will be vital to protect the interests of both commercial fishers and top predators.last_img read more

Professional soccer players stand tall against racism in Holland

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMarcus Millo/iStock(NEW YORK) — Professional soccer players in Holland are expected to take a stand against racism this weekend.They are planning to stand still during the first minute of their matches this weekend in response to racist chants from fans.The initiative began Friday with players from the two top leagues in the country, Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie, when they stood on the field for 60 seconds as the message “Geef Racisme de Rode Kaart” — or, “Racism? Then we don’t play football!” — was displayed around the perimeter.The message was also written on red and white signs, held by fans in the stands.The protest comes on the heels of racist chants that were hurled at Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira on Nov. 17.“The case caused a lot of turmoil: in the media, on social media and among the players themselves,” according to a statement, which appeared in Dutch. “Professional football organizations regret these events and want to do more to combat these misconduct. By combating all forms of violence, racism and discrimination shoulder to shoulder, we ensure that everyone continues to feel welcome in football.”The protest is expected to happen in 19 stadiums with 34 professional professional soccer clubs and is “intended to make fans aware that football belongs to everyone, regardless of cultural background, religion or sexual preference,” the league wrote.Moreira expressed his gratitude on Twitter.“In this way I want to thank everyone for the many letters, statements of support and positive messages that I have received from you!”Via deze weg wil ik iedereen bedanken voor de vele brieven, steunbetuigingen en positieve berichten die ik van jullie heb mogen ontvangen!— Ahmad Mendes Moreira (@AMMoreiraa) November 22, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img November 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Professional soccer players stand tall against racism in Hollandlast_img read more