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PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgPG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw)  2010 abridged results.Company ProfilePG Industries (Zimbabwe) Limited manufactures and sells a range of products through three subsidiaries; PG Merchandising, Zimtile and PG Glass. Its merchandising division has expanded over the years to include timber boards, hardware, plumbing, and wood and glass value-added products. Zimtile is the leading manufacturer of quality concrete roof tiles in Zimbabwe, aswell as pavers and bricks. PG Glass manufactures and markets glass installation solutions for residential and commercial building projects, and offers a repair, replacement and installation service to the automotive industry. PG Industries (Zimbabwe) Ltd. has an international footprint; exporting its products to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and the DRC. Established in 1948 the company was recently acquired by a Mauritius-based company, Dewei Investments. PG Industries is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more


2 very cheap shares with 6%+ dividend yields

first_img2 very cheap shares with 6%+ dividend yields Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Andy Ross owns shares in Persimmon. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Research consistently shows that dividends are a fantastic way of growing wealth. That’s because investors can take the income and reinvest it in buying more shares, so that, year after year, they get bigger dividend payments. It’s a virtuous, wealth-enhancing cycle. That’s why I’m highlighting two high-yielding FTSE 100 shares that I think have the potential to keep growing. Big challengesThe advertising giant WPP (LSE: WPP) combines a cheap share price with a massive dividend yield. The shares are trading on a price-to-earnings ratio of 7, while the dividend yield is 6.2% – well above the FTSE 100 average of 4.3%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The reasons for the share price being cheap are complicated, but the company was hit by a combination of factors, including the departure of WPP’s founder, client losses, and fears of Google and Facebook dominating online advertising.Then there’s also always going to be the cyclical nature of the advertising business – companies cut expenditure when there are fears of an economic slowdown. However, recently the share price has started to recover.Over the last 12 months it has risen by 20%. WPP’s strategy of selling off non-core assets, such as a majority stake in sports marketing agency Two Circles, and reducing debt by selling most of Kantar, its data, research, consulting, and analytics business, are all helping the business and shareholders. WPP is also investing in technology and data to increase its competitiveness in the digital space.WPP is landing new clients such as eBay and Mondelez. It’s also starting to return to growth and, should this trend continue, I expect the share price and the dividend to keep on growing.Poor buildingHousebuilder Persimmon (LSE: PSN) had a dividend yield of over 7.5%. It’s another share that combines a very generous yield with a cheap share price – the P/E is only around 11. And that’s even after the share price has accelerated since December’s general election.The share price has been struggling because, after years of poor building quality, the group has had to introduce costly initiatives to win back customers. In the short term this is hitting the bottom line, but longer term, I think Persimmon will emerge stronger, just like other housebuilders that have gone through similar pain.The group has very strong margins, at around the 30% mark. It has a large land bank on which to build future developments and a strong balance sheet – something that has been a focus since the recession started over a decade ago. At the end of 2019, PSN had £844m of cash.With Help to Buy still boosting Persimmon’s profits and the housing market now rising at its fastest rate since early 2018, the signs are good for the shares to keep going up. Especially given the yield on offer and the fact the shares are still going cheap.Both these shares are very much reliant on a strong economy – but then many shares in the FTSE 100 are. They are cyclical, but right now their share prices are rising and I think they have further to rise over the coming years. Andy Ross | Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 | More on: PSN WPP Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Andy Ross I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Tropik Works / VOID opd

first_img 2016 Tropik Works / VOID opdSave this projectSaveTropik Works / VOID opd Manufacturers: Big Ass Fans, Acor, LumosDeveloper:Greenenergy Architect In Charge:Tropik WorksCountry:Costa RicaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andres Garcia LachnerRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. Tropik Work, the first off-grid residence in Costa Rica, was born out of the investigation of a new way of life rather than a traditional architectonic response. In wanting to establish a balance with the environment, we reimagined the concept of housing, creating an adaptable and malleable solution that grows with time in harmony with nature. We firmly believe that the consumption of renewable energies promotes technological development, as part of the new efficient economic model that is established as an engine of growth and employment. At the same time, these renewable energies are part of the vision promoted by our country to become carbon neutral by the year 2021. If we consider that construction is one of the primary contributors of CO2 emissions, we are forced to assume this challenge and establish the parameters for a new sustainable development.Save this picture!© Andres Garcia LachnerEverything is planned to take only what is necessary, through passive systems that are adapted to different configurations and to each of the living areas present in our country. We have based ourselves on three fundamental principles: efficiency, double functionality and maintaining a closed cycle, where each of these principles is materialized in the architecture.Efficiency is established through a prefabricated system that is later put together on site. This allows shortened execution times and reduces the cost of construction, as well as the direct impact over the terrain. The double functionality is reached as the architecture is conceived to fulfill and resolve a specific climatic parameter. Maintaining a closed cycle is achieved through the reutilization of resources, energy, water and food, that are integrated to each other through an organizational system that revolves around an elevated central patio, defining the unit as a living component that breathes from its interior. This organizational system at the same time allows a double relation with nature, since the inhabitable spaces are contained within a natural space.Save this picture!© Andres Garcia LachnerThe crossed ventilation, prefabrication, the extraction and induction system which passively takes advantage of the air currents and thermal differences, the reutilization of water for food production and the solar radiation protection, as well as the captured energy stored in a comprehensive system of solar panels strategically positioned to take advantage of energetic performance, are part of the basic strategies which allow us to be an independent, 100% sustainable off-grid system.Save this picture!© Andres Garcia LachnerProject gallerySee allShow lessShould Airbnb Help Save This High-Tech Gem?ArticlesHollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in MunichUnbuilt Project Share Costa Rica CopyAbout this officeVOID opdOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCosta RicaPublished on April 14, 2017Cite: “Tropik Works / VOID opd” 14 Apr 2017. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Save this picture!© Andres Garcia Lachner+ 33 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/869123/tropik-works-void-opd Clipboard ArchDaily Projects CopyHouses•Costa Ricacenter_img Year:  Area:  215 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses Photographs:  Andres Garcia Lachner Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: VOID opd Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/869123/tropik-works-void-opd Clipboard Tropik Works / VOID opdlast_img read more


Cheque donation scam warning from Charity Commission

first_imgCheque donation scam warning from Charity Commission  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 August 2006 | News The Charity Commission has warned charities to be wary of a bogus donation cheque scam, designed to defraud them of several thousand pounds.The bogus cheques, some of them for up to £6,000, have been sent to good causes across the UK, with a note asking the charity to return up to half the total donation to the fraudsters. If a charity falls for the scam and pays back half the money, they will find that the original cheque bounces, leaving them out of pocket. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis It is not a new scam, and online variations exist.The ‘Immaculate Miners Inc’ is one fraudulent company preying on charities in this way. Lancashire-based charity Deafway were one of their targets. Deputy Chief Executive at Deafway, John Williams said: “When we received the cheque we were delighted – such a large sum of money could really give a boost to our work – but also somewhat suspicious. An unsolicited donation with a ‘payback’ request rang alarm bells for us. “We contacted the Police, the Charity Commission and our local Trading Standards office and were told that, had we fallen for the scam, we could have been left seriously out-of-pocket.”David Locke, Head of Charity Services at the Charity Commission said: “Charities know that if a donation sounds too good to be true it probably is, but these fraudulent companies work hard to look as plausible as possible. Charities should treat requests to return part of a donation with great caution and never release funds before the donation cheque has cleared.”Charities who feel they may have been targeted with a similar scam should contact their local police, local Trading Standards office and the Charity Commission. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


CRN Names StorageCraft a Coolest Cloud Company for 2021

first_img CRN Names StorageCraft a Coolest Cloud Company for 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – March 23, 2021 TAGS  center_img DRAPER, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– StorageCraft®, whose mission is to protect all data and ensure its constant availability, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named StorageCraft as one of its 100 Coolest Cloud Companies for 2021. This annual list recognizes the leading cloud technology providers in five critical categories: infrastructure, monitoring and management, security, storage, and software. The CRN editorial team selected this year’s 100 Coolest Cloud Companies based on their demonstrated commitment to working with channel partners and innovation in product and service development. CRN’s 100 Coolest Cloud Companies list not only honors exceptional technology suppliers, but it has become a trusted resource for solution providers looking for cloud technology providers to partner with—presenting a list of the companies best positioned to support their cloud services needs. With an unrelenting global pandemic and the resulting widely distributed workforce, managing and protecting customer data has never been more challenging for solution providers. StorageCraft’s portfolio of offerings features cloud solutions that protect data generated on-premises, at the remote or branch office, and in SaaS applications. StorageCraft Cloud Services ™ disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) enables partners to replicate ShadowXafe and ShadowProtect backups of customers’ on-premises data to a secure data center. With DRaaS, partners can do anything from file recovery to instant failover of a client’s entire network. New in 2020, OneXafe ® Solo plug-and-protect appliance streams data directly to StorageCraft Cloud Services. This appliance provides partners with a radically simple, anytime, anywhere, cloud-based business continuity solution for their customers with simpler IT environments, all with zero upfront cost. With its simple deployment process, partners can protect single- and multi-tenant environments within minutes. StorageCraft Cloud Backup protects files created in Office 365, Microsoft 365, and G Suite from user and system errors, ransomware, and similar problems. StorageCraft File Backup and Recovery intelligent data protection rounds out StorageCraft’s offerings. This file backup software is ideal for protecting remote workers’ critical data. StorageCraft’s growing cloud portfolio enables StorageCraft channel partners to provide customized business continuity solutions to each and every one of their customers while maximizing their profitability and minimizing overhead and operational costs. Supporting Quotes Shridar Subramanian, Chief Marketing Officer, StorageCraft “We’re excited to be once again recognized for our ongoing innovation in cloud technology. The cloud is vital to our mission of keeping business-critical data safe and constantly available. Our partners can effectively manage their customers’ ever-expanding and increasingly distributed pools of critical data with our cloud solutions. They can ensure that data is always protected from disaster. We look forward to continuing to help our partners grow and strengthen their businesses.” Blaine Raddon, CEO, The Channel Company “Cloud services are quickly becoming the critical component needed to build successful and secure IT solutions. The honorees on this year’s 100 Coolest Cloud Companies list have proven they support partners in the ever-evolving cloud computing business with leading innovative solutions and growth in cloud-based technologies. Our team applauds those on the list for 2021 and looks forward to watching them drive positive change in the cloud domain.” CRN’s 100 Coolest Cloud Companies list will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/cloud100. Follow StorageCraft on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Read the latest data backup and recovery thought leadership articles at the StorageCraft Blog. About StorageCraft For nearly two decades, StorageCraft has been innovating advanced data management, protection, and recovery solutions. Together with our channel partners, we ensure medium and small organizations can keep their business-critical information always safe, accessible, and optimized. Our customers benefit from category-leading intelligent data protection and management solutions converged primary and secondary scale-out storage platform and world-class cloud backup and DRaaS services. Regardless of whether an organization relies on on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid IT environment, StorageCraft solves the challenges of exploding data growth while ensuring business continuity through best-in-class protection and recovery solutions. For more information, visit storagecraft.com. StorageCraft, OneXafe, ShadowXafe, OneSystem, and ShadowProtect are trademarks of StorageCraft Technology Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright 2021 StorageCraft Technology Corp. All rights reserved. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005148/en/ CONTACT: Jock Breitwieser StorageCraft Technology Corp. +1 408.800.5625 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA UTAH INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR SECURITY OTHER TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET HARDWARE DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: StorageCraft Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 10:07 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 10:07 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005148/en Previous articleBrown scores 14 to lift S. Illinois past Bradley 69-68Next articleBraswell: COVID craziness Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more


Ben Carson Commends Investigation Into Landlord Sexual Harassment Complaints

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Ben Carson Commends Investigation Into Landlord Sexual Harassment Complaints Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago DOJ Harassment HUD 2020-04-30 Seth Welborn Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Ben Carson Commends Investigation Into Landlord Sexual Harassment Complaints The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Unemployment’s Threat to Mortgages Next: Access to Mortgage Credit May Suffer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn April 30, 2020 1,374 Views center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: DOJ Harassment HUD  Print This Post Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson recently praised Attorney General William Barr for devoting all “necessary resources” to aide HUD investigations into reports of landlords demanding sexual favors in exchange for rent.“The Fair Housing Act embodies the spirit of this great Nation where everyone is entitled to equal opportunity and respect,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “No one should have to endure sexual harassment and degrading treatment, especially to keep a roof over their heads. I’m pleased Attorney General Barr has partnered with HUD to fully investigate and prevent sexual harassment in housing particularly during this difficult time in our country.”Since the joint HUD-DOJ sexual harassment initiative was launched two years ago, HUD and its partner organizations have processed around 540 sexual harassment complaints.The Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation coincides with National Fair Housing month and the HUD public awareness campaign – Call HUD: Because Sexual Harassment in Housing is Illegal. This year’s theme serves as a public awareness campaign that urges the persons who experience sexual harassment where they live to “call HUD.””While any form of discrimination stains the very fabric of our nation, HUD is especially focused on protecting the right of individuals to feel safe and secure in their homes, free from sexual harassment or unwanted sexual advances,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This theme, which is a call to action, is an appeal to those who experience discrimination, particularly survivors of sexual harassment, to contact HUD for help. Much work remains to be done, but HUD’s efforts in this area are already producing real results for real people.””Complaints we receive demonstrate the importance of continuing our commitment to shining a light on this form of discrimination and letting everyone know that HUD is here to help,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Even as the nation is dealing with a health crisis unlike any we have experienced in recent history, HUD is open for business and working to ensure that no one has to tolerate harassment or unwanted sexual advances in the place they call home.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more


The Week Ahead: CFPB Senate Confirmation Hearing

first_img Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will face a Senate confirmation hearing this coming week. Subscribe Rohit Chopra, nominated as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is scheduled to appear Tuesday, March 2, before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.What to expect? “Fair lending practices are likely to receive increased scrutiny under a Chopra-led CFPB,” reported Aaron Nicodemus, a policy and compliance-trends writer for Compliance Week. “Senators might want to know how that scrutiny will be applied. Chopra is likely to restore the Office of Fair Lending to a free-standing unit within the CFPB, as it was during his previous time with the agency.”According to Investopedia, Chopra was confirmed as an FTC commissioner in 2018 and has since worked to increase the scrutiny of Big Tech corporations that pose risks to privacy, national security, and fair competition.“He has actively advocated to promote fair, competitive markets that protect families and honest businesses from abuses,” the Biden administration has said.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:MBA Forbearance and Call Volume Survey (Monday)FHFA Home Price Index (Tuesday)MBA Weekly Applications Survey (Wednesday)com Weekly Housing Market Recap (Wednesday)S. Census Bureau New Residential Sales report (Wednesday)Senate Banking Committee Hearing: “Wall Street vs. Workers: How the Financial System Hurts Workers and Widens the Racial Wealth Gap” (Thursday, 10:15 a.m. EST)Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (Thursday)NAR Pending Home Sales report (Thursday)Black Knight weekly forbearance data (Friday) Urban Institute “Advancing Fair Housing and Racial Equity Through Federal Housing Policy” (Friday) Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2021-02-26 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: CFPB Senate Confirmation Hearing February 26, 2021 1,060 Views Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Many SFR Investors Face Above-Average Risk of Default Next: Money Management: Who Does It Best? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: CFPB Senate Confirmation Hearing Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more


Presumption U/S 29 Of POCSO Act Would Come In To Play Even At Pre-Trial Stage: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Differs From Delhi HC’s View

first_imgNews UpdatesPresumption U/S 29 Of POCSO Act Would Come In To Play Even At Pre-Trial Stage: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Differs From Delhi HC’s View Akshay Gudinho28 Dec 2020 9:07 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has recently held that the presumption of guilt against the accused under Section 29 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act) would come in to play even during the pre-trial stage Justice Sanjay Dhar while rejecting the bail of accused in a POCSP Case passed a contrary opinion to the Delhi High Court judgment in…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 High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has recently held that the presumption of guilt against the accused under Section 29 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act) would come in to play even during the pre-trial stage  Justice Sanjay Dhar while rejecting the bail of accused in a POCSP Case passed a contrary opinion to the Delhi High Court judgment in Dharmander Singh vs. State (Government of NCT of Delhi),  which maintained that the presumption of guilt against the accused under Section 29 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act) can only be adopted by the court on the commencement of the trial.Defining “Prosecuted” In interpreting Section 29, the Delhi HC on reference to the meaning of the term “prosecuted”, concluded that it meant the same as the term “tried”. The position here is that the prosecution is initiated at the commencement of the trial. This is the main point that the Jammu and Kashmir High Court differed with the Delhi HC. The  Jammu and Kashmir High Court held that the term “prosecute” does not mean the same thing as the commencement of the trial and, as such, “it can safely be stated that the prosecution of an accused begins with the presentation of challan before a Court.” i.e. before the actual commencement of the trial. The reasons in support of its judgment given by the Jammu and Kashmir HC were that if the Legislature were to impose such a presumption on the accused at the commencement of the trial, the word “trial” would be used instead of “prosecute” under Section 29. Section 54 of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) was reproduced by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to indicate the legislative intent behind presuming the guilt of the accused at the commencement of the trial under the NDPS act, which is not the case under the POSH Act. When can the presumption be adopted? On reference to a plethora of Supreme Court and High Court authorities, the Delhi High Court concluded the trial commences when the charges are framed against the accused: “…in essence, the position is that to rebut a presumption, first, the presumptive proposition must itself be formulated based on relevant and credible material; and second, the accused must know what presumption he has to rebut. …….. At the very least, the charges should have been framed by court against the accused under one or more of those sections for the presumption to arise; and mere implication by the police is not enough. 51. Only when the trial court frames charges, does it form a prima facie opinion that there is a case for the accused to answer and defend…..So, the presumption under section 29 cannot arise before charges are framed.” The Delhi HC held that the presumption under Section 29 cannot be triggered before the charges are framed because this would lead to a “mini-trial” before the actual trial takes place; thus, defeating the purpose of the actual trial. This is because the accused would be given an opportunity to rebut the presumption before the charges are filed. The Delhi HC gave an example of adopting the presumption at the registration of the FIR, which would in effect provide the accused an opportunity to rebut the presumption before charges are even filed, prejudicing the actual trial and becoming an “anathema to fundamental criminal jurisprudence”. The Delhi HC went on to quote the judgement of Maneka Gandhi vs. Union of India & Anr, 1978 SCR (2) 621 maintaining that ‘law’ under Article 21 of the Constitution is not mere lex but “implies, due process both procedural and substantive” which must be “reasonable, just and fair”. The Delhi HC went on to expand the principles of Article 21 to the presumption of innocence of the accused and commented upon the consequences of pre-trial detention. In support of its argument that the presumption under Section 29 cannot be adopted before the charges are filed, the Delhi HC provided authorities where courts have held that during bail applications the courts must have a prima facie satisfaction in relation to the charge and not a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt establishing the guilt of the accused. The “evidence in support of the allegations, and not proof of evidence” is key here. In response and on reference to the “reasonable, just and fair” argument of the Delhi HC, the J & K HC maintained that the same can be taken cared of even at a pre-trial stage before the charges are filed. The court would analyse the material provided by the investigative agencies and establish whether “the foundational facts that would give rise to the presumption in terms of Section 29 of the Act are, prima facie, in existence.” The J & K HC even defended the right of the accused to present his/her defence to rebut the presumption by the accused contradicting the foundational facts presented by the investigative agencies. It appears that the J &K HC did not concur with the Delhi HC’s opinion that this would lead to a “mini-trial”. The understanding of the Delhi HC was that the presumption cannot be adopted till the “prosecution has established facts that form the basis of the presumption”. According to the Delhi HC, this could be done only after the charges are framed. Thereafter, the accused would be given the opportunity to rebut the established facts and the charges to contradict the presumption. The Delhi HC view was that a trial where the court takes a prima facie view of the matter before the framing of charges would, in effect, be a “mini-trial” rendering the right of the accused to defend any possible charge a nugatory and thus violating his right under Article 21 of the Constitution: “Applying section 29 to bail proceedings at a stage before charges are framed, would in effect mean that the accused must prove that he has not committed the offence even before he is told the precise offence he is charged with, which would do violence to all legal rationality.” The Jammu and Kashmir High Court held that even in the absence of a charge, at a pre-trial stage, the accused can very well contradict the foundational facts that support the presumption led by the investigative agencies. The court, here, would take a prima facie view like in any bail application, before or after the filing of the charge sheet. The presumption could thus be adopted by the courts against the accused before the charges were framed. On the basis of the statutory interpretation, the Delhi HC cited authorities to hold that in case there are two statutory interpretations, the one that is constitutionally valid and in favour of the accused must be adopted. The J & K HC, on the other hand, cited State of Bihar vs. Rajballav, (2017) 2 SCC 178 maintaining that presumption of innocence of the accused is not applicable when there is a contrary statutory provision prescribing a presumption of guilt on the accused under POCSO. CASE: BADRI NATH vs. UNION TERRITORY OF J & K TH. POLICE STATION BARI BRAHAMANA [BAIL APPLICATION: 139 OF 2020] CORAM: Justice Sanjay Dhar COUNSEL: Adv. Pranav Kohli & Dy. AG Adv. Aijaz Lone Click here to Download Order[Read Order]  CASE: DHARMANDER SINGH vs. THE STATE (GOVT. OF NCT, DELHI) [BAIL APPLICATION: 1559 OF 2020] CORAM: Justice Anup Jairam Bhambani COUNSEL: Adv. Vagisha Kochar, APP for State Adv. Neelam Sharma Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


Coronavirus updates: NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson tests positive

first_imgJared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 520,000 people worldwide.Over 10.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 128,740 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:7:00 p.m.: NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson tests positiveSeven-time NASCAR Cup Champ Jimmie Johnson, currently 12th in points, has become the sport’s first driver to test positive.Johnson, who said he planned to retire after the current season, will miss this weekend’s race in Indianapolis.He can return to the track after he’s symptom free and has two negative COVID-19 test results at least 24 hours apart, according to NASCAR.“Jimmie is a true battle-tested champion, and we wish him well in his recovery,” NASCAR said in a statement. “NASCAR has granted Jimmie a playoff waiver, and we look forward to his return as he races for an eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship.”5:00 p.m.: WHO expects interim results on drug trials within 2 weeksThe World Health Organization said it expects interim results on a potential coronavirus treatment drug — not a vaccine — within two weeks.“The group reviewed data from the solidarity trial and agreed on the need for more trials to test different classes of therapeutics at different stages of the disease,” WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference Friday, adding that nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have been recruited for what’s been dubbed the “solidarity trial.”“We expect interim result within the next two weeks,” Ghebreyesus added.The solidarity trial began as a study of five drug candidates, including the Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine, on which testing was halted after no significant coronavirus-related benefited were discovered.The head of the WHO’s Emergencies Program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said it would be “unwise at this point to predict when a vaccine could be rolled out.”“Vaccines may have shown efficacy by the end of the year,” he added, “the question will be whether or not the scale of the production of those vaccines will be enough for us to begin vaccinating people early in 2021.”4:45 p.m.: MLB says 31 players have tested positiveThe Major League Baseball League and its Player’s Association announced on Friday the results of their first round of mandatory COVID-19 testing.The league said 31 players and seven staff members have tested positive, approximately 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested, according to the MLB.News of the testing results comes shortly after MLB announced the 2020 All-Star Game is canceled.4:45 p.m.: Texas reports 10th consecutive day of increased casesTexas health officials on Friday reported their latest COVID-19 data, revealing a 10th consecutive day of more confirmed cases.The state now has 183,522 total cases and 87,382 active cases, with 2,575 reported fatalities. At least 7,652 patients are hospitalized.The state is seeing a 13.92% positivity rate after administering 2,273,591 tests.Harris County, which includes Houston, currently has the most cases at 34,108. Dallas County is second-highest in the state with 22,590.4:00 p.m.: Ocean City to give out prizes to people wearing masks on the boardwalkAs New Jersey’s coast is inundated with sun-seekers this holiday weekend, officials are imploring residents and visitors to wear masks.Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian said city officials plan to roam the boardwalk on Saturday evening, awarding prizes at random to families and individuals who are wearing masks, The Associated Press reported.The large crowds and gatherings that are expected at the beaches as the nation celebrates Independence Day have health officials on high alert. Moreover, New Jersey’s casinos, amusement rides, water parks and restaurants have also reopened — though with some capacity restrictions.“We are especially concerned after the gatherings we saw at the Jersey Shore,” the state’s health commissioner, Judith Persichilli, told the AP. “Individuals were packed together, which raises the risk of spreading the virus.”3:10 p.m.: 98% of new Louisiana cases due to community spreadAlmost all new COVID-19 cases in Louisiana — 98% — are because of community spread, the state’s health department reported.About half — 43% — are among people under 29 and younger.There have been an additional 1,756 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday.The new cases come as Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Pelican player Zion Williamson released a PSA encouraging residents to wear a mask or face covering while in public.“It’s up to all of us to do our part, and the three best and easiest things we can do to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus is to wear a mask when in public, practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently,” Edwards said. “As we head into this holiday weekend it is critical that we not forget or ease up on the mitigation efforts we know work. Together, being good neighbors to one another, we will slow the spread and save lives.”“We still have a lot of work to do in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana,” Williamson said. “Wear your mask and stay safe.”Louisiana only requires employees in open businesses — not patrons — to wear masks, according to Masks4All, an organization that promotes mask wearing.2:44 p.m.: Employees at 30 Publix stores in Florida test positiveEmployees at 30 Central Florida Publix stores have tested positive for COVID-19, the company confirmed in a statement.All employees who tested positive, and any employees in close contact with one of them, will be quarantined for 14 days and receive paid leave.“We continue to be keenly focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores,” the statement said.2:14 p.m.: Arizona reports new high of current hospitalizationsHospitalizations and ICU capacity reached new highs in Arizona, according to the state’s health department.There were 3,013 current hospitalizations in the state and the ICU capacity hit 91%.There were also an additional 4,433 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in 91,858 total cases. An additional 31 people died, bringing the total to 1,788. 11:10 a.m.: Florida reports 9,488 new COVID-19 casesFlorida reported an additional 9,488 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 178,594.The positivity rate was 14.8%, up .3% from Thursday, according to the state’s Department of Health.Lee County reported the highest rate of positivity at 22.1.%, with Miami-Dade following behind at 20.8%.10:50 a.m.: UK to lift quarantine for lower risk countries; US not among themTravelers to the United Kingdom from a handful of countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days, the government announced.The United States, however, is not among those countries.Fifty-nine countries and territories are on the list, including Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain.Starting on July 10, anyone visiting the U.K. from those countries will not be required to self-isolate. The exemption may differ for those who have visited or stopped in any other country or territory 14 days prior.Currently, all international travelers, with a few exceptions, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.10:20 a.m.: Pakistani FM tests positive for COVID-19 a day after meeting with senior US officialsShah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, has tested positive for COVID-19, he wrote on Twitter.The news comes one day after Qureshi met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the top U.S. diplomat brokering an end to the war in Afghanistan, and Adam Boehler, the head of the US government’s international finance development institution.“By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic,” Qureshi tweeted. “I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers.”8:57 a.m.: White House defends domestic trips as Secret Service agents test positiveThe White House is defending its domestic trips after yet another incident of Secret Service agents getting sick as a result of those trips.A senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “I hope it’s reflected that these trips have been an important way for the Task Force to get ground reports from states, provide states what they need when they need it, and to assure the American people that we’ll get through this together.”While Vice President Mike Pence’s trips this week to two hot spots — Florida and Arizona — took on a coronavirus focus, they were originally slated to include campaign activities as well. The campaign events were postponed.However, ABC News confirmed that Secret Service agents in Arizona who were preparing for a trip involving Pence tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of illness, which led to a postponement of the trip, according to a government official familiar with the matter.The delay was needed for the Secret Service to bring in a new team of healthy agents in to Phoenix to complete the trip, according to the official.7:50 a.m.: Face coverings required in Myrtle Beach ahead of holiday weekendAnyone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is now required to wear a mask or face covering, Mayor Brenda Bethune told ABC News’ Good Morning America.The mandate comes ahead of what Bethune expected to be a crowded holiday weekend, with more than 100,000 tourists visiting.Bethune said they should have enacted a mask order earlier, but didn’t have the authority until just last week. The order went into effect Thursday at 11:59 p.m. local time.“I wish we could have done it sooner, we acted on it as quickly as possible,” Bethune said.7:36 a.m.: Penn State student dies of COVID-19 complicationsA student at Penn State University died of respiratory failure and COVID-19, according to a statement from the university.Juan Garcia, a 21-year-old College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, died June 30, the university said.He is the first known Penn State student death related to the coronavirus.“We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan’s untimely death during this pandemic,” vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. “While I did not know Juan personally, we have learned through conversations with those closest to him that this young man had a remarkable spirit and was greatly loved. I know our entire campus community sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends as they grieve this unthinkable loss. It is a poignant reminder that no one among us is immune to the worst consequences of this virus.”Garcia was living off campus when he began to feel ill, according to the university statement. He then traveled back home to Allentown on June 19 and was tested for COVID-19 on June 20.He died 10 days later.7:18 a.m.: ‘Great news’: Trump says of increase in number of COVID-19 casesEven as Republican-led states roll back reopenings due to the significant rise in coronavirus cases and warnings from his own government that the pandemic is far from over, President Donald Trump continues to take an optimistic tone about the increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases.“There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country,” Trump tweeted late Thursday night. “This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!”However, Adm. Brett Giroir, the man Trump appointed to oversee testing, testified at a House hearing Thursday that “this is a real increase in cases” and not just attributable to increased testing.“There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover,” Giroir said Thursday. “But we do believe this is a real increase in cases because of the percent positives are going up. So, this is real increases in cases.”Giroir said the U.S. is not flattening the curve right now.“The curve is still going up,” he testified.Trump’s positively also comes the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its coronavirus death toll projections for July. Forecasts indicate that between 140,000 and 160,000 total deaths nationally are expected by July 25. The CDC forecast also suggests that the number of new deaths will increase in 11 states.The U.S. reported 52,815 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. This week was the biggest week-over-week jump since the third week in March, when testing had just begun to increase in the United States.5:55 a.m.: Arizona bar let COVID-19 positive workers continue working, officials sayThe state of Arizona has seen an incredible rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations recently, forcing the state to pause its reopening. And now one bar is under investigation after it allegedly allowed multiple employees known to have tested positive for the coronavirus to continue working.Varsity Tavern, located in downtown Tempe, allegedly permitted both employees and managers to continue working after being diagnosed, according to the State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.After the state agency began its investigation, the business decided to close on July 1.Officials are still seeking to revoke Varsity Tavern’s license. The establishment has had its license suspended twice before, once in December 2018 and again in July 2019.The Department of Liquor also alleges that the bar management knowingly didn’t notify health officials that workers tested positive, didn’t enforce social distancing requirements and didn’t enforce mask-wearing requirements.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operators, last Sunday to pause their operations until July 27 in a renewed effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.For the fifth day in a row, Arizona has surpassed its record number of hospitalizations on Thursday, with 2,938 patients currently hospitalized. At least 89% of ICU beds are now in use in the state.There are more than 87,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, with at least 1,764 deaths. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Snowstorm with dangerous blizzard conditions slams Midwest: Latest forecast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, MELISSA GRIFFIN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A powerful storm is bringing snow, ice, high winds and blizzard conditions to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Thursday.Snow is already blanketing parts of Iowa and Minnesota. MN is seeing a variety of road conditions-ice covered (wheel track ice, blow ice, black ice), snow covered & wet roads. Some areas w/limited visibility. Keep cruise control OFF, headlights ON & don’t out drive your common sense #DriveSmart #BuckleUp temps are dropping #BePrepared pic.twitter.com/sWqSpUMKq7— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) February 4, 2021A blizzard warning is in effect for central Iowa. Widespread, blowing snow and wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected. (2/4 8:30 am)This image is from our partners at @iowastatepatrol on I-80 in western Iowa. We’re anticipating other incidents like this today as high profile vehicles will experience very difficult travel during the blizzard. If you don’t need to travel, please stay put. pic.twitter.com/FtepIWKknC— Iowa DOT (@iowadot) February 4, 2021The storm will bring heavy snow and strong winds to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago by rush hour Thursday night.Driving could be extremely dangerous.Green Bay could get 4 to 6 inches of snow, along with 40 mph wind gusts that could cause blowing, drifting snow into early Friday.Chicago is forecast to see 2 to 5 inches of snow, as well as 45 mph wind gusts causing low visibility and blowing snow. Temperatures will plunge overnight in the Windy City, causing any lingering wet spots to refreeze Friday morning.The most snow — about 6 inches — is expected in northern Illinois, northern Wisconsin and Michigan.Overnight the storm will move east. By Friday morning, some spots in the Northeast could start the day with a wintry mix before it changes to rain. Washington, D.C., to New York City to Boston will see scattered rain showers.An outbreak of arctic air will slam into the northern Plains this weekend with temperatures plummeting to 10 to 30 degrees below normal.On Sunday morning the wind chill — what it feels like — could be 20 to 50 degrees below zero across the Upper Midwest.So far, the wind chill is forecast to plunge to -30 in the Twin Cities and -22 in Chicago.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more