Aspire Global names Bonello as new COO

first_imgAspire Global chief executive Tsachi Maimon added: “Antoine has a proven and successful track-record of driving operational excellence and has a thorough knowledge of the iGaming industry. He will play an important role in our continued focus on efficiency and operational excellence.” Aspire Global names Bonello as new COO 14th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy People “The business has a sound strategy and a proven business model in place with Aspire Global consistently strengthening its market position and delivering against this plan,” Bonello said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “I look forward to bolster the continued development by blending in my experience with the strong stature of the current team and board, focusing on efficient execution to enable further profitable growth.” Bonello will replace Dima Reiderman, who has decided to step down as COO for personal reasons. Reiderman will work in parallel with Bonello to help ensure a smooth transition. Prior this, he had a spell as chief operating officer for the MRG Group, having also spent time as managing director Malta for Flutter and integration director for the Betfair-Paddy Power merger.center_img Revenue in the six months to 30 June amounted to €77.4m (£71.3m/$91.9m), up 17.4% from €66.0m in the previous year, with B2B net gaming revenue rising 32.6% to €53.1m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bonello, who will take on his new role from 1 November, most recently headed up the product and business development functions, together with sportsbook and gaming, at William Hill International. The appointment comes after Aspire Global last month reported a 17.4% rise in revenue in first half of the year, following a record second quarter. Topics: People People moves Email Address Online gambling solutions provider Aspire Global has appointed Antoine Bonello, formerly of William Hill and Flutter Entertainment, as its new chief operating officer and managing director of its Malta business.last_img read more

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Turkish state failed to protect slain newspaper editor, European court rules

first_img Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en September 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkish state failed to protect slain newspaper editor, European court rules Help by sharing this information News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia center_img Reporters Without Borders hails 14 September ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the Turkish state failed in its duty to prevent newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s murder by acting on the information it had about plots against him, and violated his freedom of expression before his murder.The human rights court ordered Turkey to pay his widow, Rakel Dink, and his children 100,000 euros in compensation and his brother, Hosrof Dink, another 5,000 euros. A Turkish citizen of Armenian origin, Dink was gunned outside his newspaper in Istanbul on 19 January 2007.The court ruled unanimously that Turkey violated articles 2, 10 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which concern the right to life (lack of an effective investigation), freedom of expression and right to an effective remedy. The court’s ruling can be read hereReferring to Dink by his real name, Firat Dink, the ruling says: “None of the three authorities informed of the planned assassination and its imminent realisation had taken action to prevent it. Admittedly, as stressed by the Turkish Government, Fırat Dink had not requested police protection. However, he could not possibly have known about the plan to assassinate him. It had been for the Turkish authorities, who were informed of the plan, to take action to safeguard Fırat Dink’s life.”Dink published a series of articles between November 2003 and February 2004 in which he argued that Turkish indifference to the Armenian genocide was preventing Armenians from recovering from its traumatic effects. Turkish ultranationalist groups reacted with protests, threatening letters and criminal complaints and, in October 2005, Dink was convicted of “denigrating Turkish identity.”Although a government legal counsel appealed against Dink’s conviction, arguing that his comments had been misinterpreted and calling for his freedom of expression to be protected, the Court of Cassation (the highest court of appeal) upheld the verdict. The European Court of Human Right’s ruling concluded that, in so doing, the Court of Cassation had indirectly punished Dink for criticising the Turkish state’s view that the events of 1915 did not constitute genocide.Arguing that the search for historic truth is an integral part of freedom of expression and that states must ensure that their citizens are able to express their opinions without fear, the ruling said the Turkish state had failed in its “positive obligation” to protect Dink’s freedom of expression and to protect his life.Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would not appeal against the European Court’s ruling. A foreign ministry statement said: “Efforts will be made in following the requirements of the Dink decision and all measures will be taken to prevent repetition of similar breaches in the future.”Reporters Without Borders welcomes this announcement and hopes in particular that determined efforts will be made to protect the freedom of expression and the safety and journalists and news media that cover issues concerning the Kurdish and Armenian minorities.Speaking at a news conference outside the headquarters of her husband’s newspaper Agos, the site where he was murdered, Rakel Dink said: “We would like to think that there will be certain legal and political changes after this ruling. We hope that the Turkish state, which has never assumed its responsibilities as regards freedom of expression (…) will stop acquitting criminals and convicting those who are innocent.”The next hearing in the trial of a group of people accused of Dink’s murder is to take place on 25 October. Reporters Without Borders will follow it closely. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News News Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Mortgage-Free Living

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 2, 2017 1,213 Views Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to solve affordable housing issues, one of the biggest issues the state is now facing, but a recent report by the Orange County Register says despite those problems, 2 million Californians are living mortgage free.According to the report, 29 percent of all owner-occupied residences in the state were mortgage-free, up from 23 percent a decade ago, which is interesting considering the current state of housing affordability and slipping ownership numbers.“California’s debt-free flock has grown by 339,000 homes—20 percent—in a decade,” the report said. “Meanwhile, California homeowners with mortgages have dropped by 498,000 — 20 percent — to 4.93 million since 2006, the peak of an easy-lending era.”Compared to the nation, which has only grown by 14 percent in the last decade, the article attributes California’s increased mortgage-free living to years of historically low-interest rates causing owners to use savings to pay off a mortgage or buy in all-cash deals.“Mortgage-free living is equally common throughout Southern California counties, with the share of occupied homes having no mortgage relatively the same in all four counties at slightly more than 1-in-4 last year,” the report said.Census data show that mortgage-free homeowners in California are paying about $546 a month, which is compared to an average $2,188 for an owner with a mortgage and $1,375 for a renter. These reasons make the 15-bill package signed by Gov. Brown important to many homeowners and renters in the state.“These new laws will help cut red tape and encourage more affordable housing, including shelter for the growing number of homeless in California,” Brown said in a statement last week.The bills seek to amend zoning, low-income housing opportunities, lower costs of construction, the speed of development, and limiting regulation that prevents new developments from being undertaken. mortgage 2017-10-02 Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Delinquencies Forcasted to Rise in Coming Months Next: Buffett: Wells Fargo CEO Has My Faith Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage-Free Living Tagged with: mortgage Share Save Subscribe Mortgage-Free Living The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

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Home Affordability Challenges in Microcosm

first_img Share Save  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago June 4, 2018 1,584 Views Previous: Hail to the Chief: Nationstar COO Tony Ebers Next: Rent Price Trends—Industry Implications Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Home Affordability Challenges in Microcosm Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices San Francisco About Author: David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Home Affordability Challenges in Microcosm San Francisco has never been cheap when it comes to finding housing, but a recent Urban Institute report breaks down just how unaccessible the City by the Bay has become in recent years. With high demand, skyrocketing home prices, and woefully insufficient housing inventory, San Francisco also serves as an extreme but potent example of the affordability challenges facing California as a whole, as well as many other markets around the country.As reported in an Urban Institute post entitled “The Bay Area’s housing crisis, in four charts,” the San Francisco Bay area remains a popular job hub, but lack of affordable housing supply, rising construction costs, tight credit, and other factors have turned the region into a perfect storm of unaffordable housing. As seen in the Urban Institute chart below, the number of Bay area homes priced above $1 million has increased significantly during the decade between 2007 and 2017. As the Urban report puts it, “the $3 million home has become the next frontier.”Needless to say, this has left lower-income families and minorities behind as the city has continued to grow. The Urban report states, “The extreme competition for housing units has driven up prices and credit standards, making it difficult for low-income people to access homeownership. The current housing inventory does not meet the needs of essential members of the community, including teachers, firefighters, and police officers.”However, it’s not just about affordability. In the Bay area, as with many other regions in California, the bottom line comes down to there simply not being enough houses to match demand. According to Urban’s Housing Affordability for Renters Index, 24.3 percent of San Francisco area renters can afford to buy a home if they wanted to. There simply aren’t enough homes to keep up. That’s not as bad as in Los Angeles, where the Renters Index rating is only 18 percent, but it still leaves a lot of room for improvement.To see more of Urban Institute’s findings, click here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Affordability Home Prices San Francisco 2018-06-04 David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more

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There Is No Absolute Bar On Religious Assembly: Kerala HC Dismisses PIL Against Permitting Religious Gatherings Upto 100 Persons [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesThere Is No Absolute Bar On Religious Assembly: Kerala HC Dismisses PIL Against Permitting Religious Gatherings Upto 100 Persons [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 10:43 PMShare This – xThere is no absolute bar on religious assembly, said the Kerala High Court while dismissing a Public Interest Petition filed by two lawyers who had challenged the Government orders permitting social or religious gathering with a participation of upto 100 persons. Advocates Jayakumar TV and Mansoor BH, had approached the High Court seeking a declaration that public gathering/assemblies or…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?LoginThere is no absolute bar on religious assembly, said the Kerala High Court while dismissing a Public Interest Petition filed by two lawyers who had challenged the Government orders permitting social or religious gathering with a participation of upto 100 persons. Advocates Jayakumar TV and Mansoor BH, had approached the High Court seeking a declaration that public gathering/assemblies or mass prayers by any social or religious institution or group or congregation, violating the norms issued by Government of India from time to time during the period of COVID-19 pandemic, is illegal and unconstitutional.They, relying on a notification issued by the Central Government contended that the State Government is not competent to permit any religious congregation, by fixing 100 as maximum limit, since there is an absolute bar on religious assembly. The Additional Advocate General, on behalf of the state, defended the orders issued by the Government contending that there is a subtle difference between the activities in places of worship/religious places than allowing religious functions and other large gatherings. He submitted that the maximum persons allowed are 100 persons and for such assembly in a places of worship or religious place, the worshipers have to maintain social distancing of six feet, and to follow all the regulations of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  In its judgment, the bench comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly observed that Unlock 1 guidelines make it clear that places of worship for public/religious places are excluded in the Annexure. If the Central Government wanted to restrict the number in the places of worship for public/religious places, the Central Government in the Annexure would have said so, the bench observed. While dismissing the PIL, the court added: “We cannot be oblivious of the fact that Mass in a Church is conducted at a particular time, prayer in a Mosque is performed at a particular time and so also worship in a Temple. One will have to give a meaningful intent when the Central Government have issued guidelines for opening activities in religious places/places of worships for public, whether a person belongs to it is Hindu/Muslim/Christian or any other religion. Though contentions are made on bona fides of the petitioners, who are advocates, we are not inclined to delve into the same. Contentions that there is an absolute bar on religious assembly is not accepted.” Case no.: WP(C).No.15342 OF 2020Case name: Jayakumar T.V. vs State Of KeralaCoram: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly Counsel: Advocates DR.K.P.PRADEEP, T.THASMI for petitioners, AAG RANJITH THAMPAN and ASG P.VIJAYAKUMAR for respondentsClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

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Tablighi Jamaat-‘No Material To Show They Indulged In Prohibited Tabligh Activity’, Patna HC Quashes Cases Against 18 Foreign Nationals

first_imgNews UpdatesTablighi Jamaat-‘No Material To Show They Indulged In Prohibited Tabligh Activity’, Patna HC Quashes Cases Against 18 Foreign Nationals Sparsh Upadhyay24 Dec 2020 1:44 AMShare This – x”BOI/Local Police Station didn’t identify these foreign nationals as those involved in religious/Tabligh work” Patna High CourtNoting that police didn’t collect any material in any form to make a prima-facie view that the foreign nationals before the Court had indulged in religious/Tabligh work, the Patna High Court on Tuesday (22nd December) quashed entire Criminal Prosecution against 18 foreigners associated with Tablighi Jamaat. The Bench of Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad specifically…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?LoginNoting that police didn’t collect any material in any form to make a prima-facie view that the foreign nationals before the Court had indulged in religious/Tabligh work, the Patna High Court on Tuesday (22nd December) quashed entire Criminal Prosecution against 18 foreigners associated with Tablighi Jamaat. The Bench of Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad specifically said, “The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Araria took cognizance of Prohibited offences and decided to issue summons to these foreign nationals in a routine and mechanical manner.” The Matter before the Court There were two pleas before the Court. In the first plea [Cr.W.J.C. No. 367/2020], 11 petitioners (Petitioner no. 1 to 9) were involved, who are foreign nationals and they entered India on tourist visa by road through West Bengal. They visited the ‘Nizamuddin Markaz’, Delhi prior to Tablighi Conglomeration, thereafter they reached Araria in the State of Bihar on 11.03.2020 and they were residing in ‘Rawahi Markaz’ since 15.03.2020. On the other hand, the Petitioner no. 10 and 11 are the permanent residents of the Araria District. On 22nd March 2020, Janta Curfew was declared and from 24th of March the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days was declared. It was their further case that the petitioners were stranded in ‘Rewahi Markaz’, they were screened by the administration and then the local administration put them in quarantine and they remained quarantined at Rewahi Markaz for the mandatory period as per government’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Further, the Bihar Police visited Rewahi Markaz on 12.04.2020 and registered an F.I.R. According to the F.I.R., Maulana Tohid and Maulana Munif (petitioner no. 10 & 11) had told the informant that the nine Bangladeshi nationals were staying in the Markaz since 15.03.2020, they were called in the Markaz by the Maulana and they were involved in the spread of religious ideologies. It was alleged that when the informant asked the Maulanas as to why no information about the stay of Bangaladesies nationals in the ‘Rewahi Markaz’ was made available to Narpatganj Police Station, the Maulanas were unable to satisfactorily answer the query of the informant. The informant alleged that (i) none furnishing of information about their visit within the police station and (ii) getting involved in the spread of religious ideologies by a foreign national who is visiting India on a tourist visa, are offences under Section 14 and 14(C) of the Foreigners Act, 1946 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Foreigners Act’ or ‘the Act of 1946’). During the pendency of the Writ Application, a Charge sheet was filed in this case under Sections 14 and 14 (C) of the Foreigners Act. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Araria had, vide order dated 01.10.2020, taken cognizance of the offences under the aforesaid provisions and summons have been issued to petitioners. Similar facts and charges were involved in the Second Writ Petition [Cr.W.J.C. No. 369 of 2020] The question before the Court The whole matter was related to a question as to whether the F.I.Rs. in question are disclosing a violation of Visa conditions in terms of Section 14(b) of the Act of 1946 or that the petitioners may be said to have abetted the offence punishable under Sections 14, 14-A or 14-B so as to attract a penalty envisaged under Section 14-C of the Act of 1946. Court’s Observations Firstly, the Court observed that the Circular dated November 20, 1996 [issued by Union Ministry Of Home Affairs] states that the foreign nationals entering India on Tourist Visas, if found indulging in religious/Tabligh work, action including their deportation under the Foreigners Act should be taken. At the same time, the circular has clarified that attending Tabligh Jamat Ijtemah (congregations) does not amount to Tabligh work prohibited under instructions. [NOTE: Tabligh work does include place to place preaching; speaking from Tabligh platform/canvassing during congregations etc and action against foreign nationals indulging in these activities is to be taken.] Secondly, perusing the circulars dated April 15, 2015, the Court noted that the Government is well aware of the fact that the foreign nationals visiting India on Tourist Visa from some of the countries are usually staying at various ‘Mosque’/ ‘Madarsa’. It is to be noted that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has not banned or restricted stay of foreign nationals on Tourist Visa in the ‘Mosque’ / ‘Madarsa’. “Foreigners did not indulge in Religious/Tabligh Work” In fact, the Court noted that what has been banned/prohibited is their indulgence/participation in the act of preaching, speaking from Tabligh platform/canvassing during congregation etc. only those foreign nationals are required to be prosecuted who have been found involved in the prohibited activities. In this context, the Court said, “In these two cases (instant cases) the foreign nationals were staying in the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque’ respectively with effect from a date before the imposition of the Lock-down 1.0. Before the imposition of the Lock-down at no point of time the ‘BOI’ /local Police Station identified these foreign nationals as those involved in religious/Tabligh work.” The Court further said, “They have not been seen addressing any congregation or preaching religious ideologies. In course of investigation also police has not collected any material in any form to make a prima-facie view that these foreign nationals who are before this Court had indulged in religious/Tabligh work.” Circular Issued by BOI (Bureau of Immigration) Further, the Court took into account the circular dated 02.04.2020 (issued Bureau of Immigration) which talks of finding out and tracking down all those foreign nationals who had visited India on Tourist Visa, had moved out to different States and Districts in India and were involved in Tabligh Jamaat activities firstly in the premise of Tabligh Jamaat Markaz Nizamudin, New Delhi and thereafter, in different places. Now, since they couldn’t indulge in such activities without obtaining permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for this purpose, as per the circular, penal action were required to be taken against them. In fact, the ‘BOI’ had to identify the foreign nationals who participated in Tabligh activities on a tourist visa and ‘BOI’ had to take penal actions for Visa violation. However, the ‘BOI’ didn’t come out with any identification as regards these petitioners. No such facts were placed before this Court. Importantly, the Court noted that for the act of identification of the foreign nationals, it would involve the collection of some material against them to show their involvement in Tabligh activities, but no such material was put forth before the Court. The Court remarked, “There is absolutely no material in the case diary to even prima-facie suggest that these foreign nationals had indulged in the preaching of their religious ideologies or that they had addressed any congregation on the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque’ platform. The allegation of preaching religious ideologies is thus not supported by any material. It is an unfounded allegation.” In absence of any material, the Court said, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Araria took cognizance of the offences and decided to issue summons to these foreign nationals in a routine and mechanical manner. Reporting regarding the stay of foreign nationals on Tourist Visa in the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque In both the Writ petitions, it was argued that Reporting regarding the stay of foreign nationals on Tourist Visa in the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque was not required to be done. The Court analysed Foreigners Act and Foreigners Order, 1948 as amended up-to-date, and observed that a question arises as to whether a place inside the premises of the ‘Markaz’ or ‘Mosque’ specially meant for a stay of foreign nationals visiting India on a tourist visa from some of the countries would fall within the meaning of the word ‘boarding house’ or the ‘rest house’? As in case these premises are found to be involved in being used as a ‘boarding house’ or a ‘rest house’ for the travelers coming from a foreign country, then by virtue of their use, the keepers of such premises shall be responsible to comply with the requirements of reporting as envisaged under the Foreigners Order, 1948 as amended up-to-date. Answering the question, the Court noted that the Management of these ‘Mosque’/ ‘Markaz’ have created infrastructures in form of buildings/apartments either attached to the ‘Mosque’/ ‘Markaz’ or in the vicinity inside the premises and those infrastructures are being managed by the management of the ‘Mosque’/ ‘Markaz’. The Court also said, “These infrastructures are being used as a boarding house/rest house. The foreign nationals are being accommodated in such infrastructures/buildings /apartments by the management of the ‘Mosque’/ ‘Markaz’, therefore by applying an extended meaning those places would be covered within the meaning of word ‘boarding house’ and ‘rest house’.” The Court further came to the conclusion that in no case a foreign national who has entered India on a tourist visa and stays in a ‘Mosque’ or ‘Markaz’ or ‘Madarsa’ may be allowed to contend that he would not be required to furnish information in terms of paragraph 16 of the Foreigners Order 1948 (as amended vide Foreigners (Amendment) Order 2016) to the keepers of the premises. However, the Court added, “The foreign nationals are, however, not under obligation to furnish form ‘C’. In the present case the allegations that the foreign nationals had not reported about their stay to the local police station is a misconceived kind of allegation and based on a misconception of law.” At the same time, the Court opined that the management of the ‘Mosque’/ ‘Markaz’ / ‘Madarsa’ is obliged to report the stay of a foreign national in their premises to the Registering Authority and/or that they have to allow Police Officer or an authorized person to inspect the records. Importantly, the Court held, “Any attempt to contend that in case of a free stay of foreign nationals in such premises the keepers of such premises would not be liable to keep the Register in form ‘B’ or furnish information to the Registering authority in form ‘C’ under Foreigners Order 1948 would frustrate the object of the various statues and it would defeat the very object of keeping complete information as to whereabouts of the foreign national who has entered India on any kind of Visa.” Court’s Order The Court concluded that so far as the foreign nationals (petitioner nos. 1 to 9 of Cr.W.J.C. No. 367 of 2020 and petitioner nos. 2 to 10 of Cr.W.J.C. No. 369 of 20200) were concerned, their prosecution for the offences alleged under Section 14 and 14-C of the Act of 1946 had no basis to proceed. Accordingly, the order taking cognizance and issuance of summons as also the entire criminal prosecution against them was thereby quashed. However, since the Court found from the admitted facts on the record that the foreign nationals were staying in the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque’ respectively in these cases from a date prior to the imposition of the lock-down 1.0, but the same was not reported to the competent authority by the management of the ‘Markaz’ and the ‘Mosque’ respectively and that a prima-facie case was found to issue summons to petitioner nos. 10 and 11 in Cr.W.J.C. No. 367 of 2020 and to petitioner no. 1 in Cr.W.J.C. No. 369 of 2020, the Court did not interfere with the impugned orders in so far as it related to them. Lastly, the respondents were directed to take steps forthwith to deport the foreign nationals (petitioners in the two writ applications) to their respective countries. Case title – Md. Enamul Hasan v. UOI and others [Criminal Writ Jurisdiction Case No.367 of 2020] & M. Enamul Hasan v. UOI and others [Criminal Writ Jurisdiction Case No. 369 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Jovian 1.2-kHz nonthermal continuum radiation

first_imgNonthermal continuum is observed at 1.2 kHz on Voyagers 1 and 2 within the Jovian magnetosphere. It is seen in the magnetospheric cavity on both the dayside and nightside, being most intense in the magnetotail lobes when Voyagers were above the plasma sheet. In these regions the radiation was distinctly left‐hand polarized. The observations are considered within the context of other plasma waves reported to exist in the Jovian magnetosphere and of analogous emissions observed at earth. Drawing in particular from our knowledge of continuum source regions within the terrestrial magnetosphere, it is suggested that the most likely main source of the 1.2‐kHz Jovian continuum is the morning/prenoon magnetopause.last_img read more

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Giant steps

first_imgSamuel Phillips Huntington died nearly two years ago. Before that, he had taught political science at Harvard almost continuously since 1950.But these facts don’t make Huntington a footnote in American history. His legacy of original insights — and challenges to political orthodoxy — is alive today: in his 17 books, hundreds of articles, decades of teaching, and most of all in the scholars and editors he mentored along the way.“Sam’s legacy is … vibrant in the current thinking of his students,” said Graham Allison, who moderated a panel on Huntington this week (Nov. 30) at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, where extra seating was set up to accommodate the crush of listeners. (Allison, at Harvard nearly every year since entering the College as a freshman in 1958, is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, an arm of the Harvard Kennedy School.)He also acknowledged the pain and irony of the death of Huntington — a man who is no longer with us, but whose ideas are. Allison paraphrased poet Archibald MacLeish: “When one thinks of the greatness of Harvard, one thinks first of the dead.”The panelists — all Harvard Ph.Ds who were either Huntington’s students or influenced by him — acknowledged his qualities as a teacher, debater, and scholar. But they also answered the question hanging over the whole event: Why care — today, now?Panelist Gideon Rose, the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, had one answer. “He was so damn smart and he was so damn original and he was so serious-minded and he was so honest — that with all those things put together, he created works that made huge and enduring contributions.”In fact, said Rose, “you probably can’t understand certain kinds of subject matters unless you grapple with Sam Huntington’s work — whether you agree or disagree.”And agreeing with Huntington wasn’t always easy. He had a genius for grand, unifying ideas that often challenged conventional thinking and infuriated critics. “He never shied away from taking … things on,” said journalist Fareed Zakaria, editor at large at Time magazine, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and the onetime managing editor of Foreign Affairs. In academics, he said, “the instinct is for the capillary, not the jugular. Sam always went for the jugular.”In the face of controversy, Huntington had a ready answer, said Zakaria: Write another book that will make waves.And the waves keep crashing in. By the end of his life, Huntington was probably best known as the author of “The Clash of Civilizations” (1996). He argued that in a post-Cold War world “cultural identities, antagonisms and affiliations” would play the biggest role in relations among states. Critics called his thesis simplistic, arbitrary, and dangerous — a legitimization of Western aggression against other cultures. But in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Huntington’s controversial idea gained a wider audience.His last book, “Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity” (2004), argued, in part, that Anglo-Protestant culture made it possible for American values — hard work, delayed gratification, and personal responsibility — to arise.“This is one of the biggest challenges — gauntlets — thrown out there,” said panelist Francis Fukuyama, a Stanford University political philosopher whose 1992 book “The End of History and the Last Man” argued that after the Cold War liberal democracy would triumph globally. It’s an optimistic idea that counters Huntington’s darker “clash of civilizations” vision.“Who Are We?” is all the more a challenge, the panelists said, because it warns that large-scale Latino immigration could topple American culture, turning the United States into a nation divided by language and values.There is room to disagree with that, said Rose. But in his mentor’s defense, he added, “Sam Huntington didn’t have a bigoted bone in his body.”There is also room to agree with “Who Are We?” said the panelists, who themselves were a multicultural gathering: two are Jews, one was born in India, and the fourth is Japanese-American.“Would I have phrased it the way he did? Absolutely not,” said Eliot Cohen ’77, a defense and strategic studies expert at Johns Hopkins University, who took his political science Ph.D. at Harvard in 1982. “But I agree with Sam that there is something distinctive about the United States, and there’s a kind of distinctive freedom. Where it comes from is complicated.”Cohen remarked on the universal appeal of American sentiments, even among citizens or immigrants at a far remove from Anglo-Protestant upbringings. “This belongs to me,” he said, “even though at the time that the Gettysburg Address was delivered, my great-great-grandparents were dodging Cossacks.”Rose agreed. “I believe in the dominance of the culture that he was talking about,” he said of Huntington. “The whole genius of the United States, precisely, is that it universalized a set of traditions and a set of patterns that everybody else could come into.”Is that set of traditions perfect? No, said Rose, who paraphrased the closing lines of Huntington’s 1981 book, “American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony,” on the frequent gap between American ideals and American actions and institutions: “America is always a disappointment, but it is only a disappointment because it is always a hope.”last_img read more

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New childhood TB cases double earlier estimates

first_imgResearchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) have estimated that around 1 million children contract tuberculosis (TB) annually — twice the number previously thought to have the disease and three times the number of cases diagnosed every year. The researchers also estimated that around 32,000 children a year suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). These findings were published today in The Lancet.“Despite children comprising approximately one quarter of the world’s population, there have been no previous estimates of how many suffer from MDR-TB disease,” said Ted Cohen, HMS associate professor of medicine in BWH’s Division of Global Health Equity and co-senior author of this study.“Our estimate of the total number of new cases of childhood TB is twice that estimated by the WHO [World Health Organization] in 2011 and three times the number of child TB cases notified globally each year,” said Cohen, who is also associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health.“TB in a child is recognized as a sentinel event; it tells us about ongoing transmission and missed opportunities for prevention,” explained Mercedes Becerra, associate professor of global health and social medicine at HMS and co-senior author of the study. “Improved estimates are essential so that we can begin to understand the unmet need for pediatric TB treatment.”To obtain these estimates, the researchers used several sources of publicly available data and devised a new method to correct for the chronic under-diagnosis that occurs in children, using conventional TB tests that were designed for and work best on adults. The researchers used two models to estimate both the regional and global annual incidence of MDR-TB in children. Their findings indicate that around 1 million children developed TB in 2010 and of those, 32,000 had MDR-TB.These findings underscore the urgent need for expanded investment in the global response to TB and MDR-TB in children. “Our findings demonstrate that there is a need for improved methods for collecting data on childhood TB. A good starting place would be improved diagnostic methods for children and more systematic collection of information on how many children are suffering with this disease,” said Helen Jenkins, an instructor at HMS and a research associate in BWH’s Division of Global Health Equity and lead statistician on the project.This research was supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Helmut Schumann Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Norman E. Zinberg Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.last_img read more

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S. Korea’s KEPCO buys into renewable projects in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pulse News:South Korea’s state-run utility company Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said on Tuesday it has signed an agreement with India’s Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) to cooperate on new energy infrastructure projects in India, a move that will enable KEPCO to tap into India’s burgeoning new renewable energy market.PGCIL, founded in 1989, is India’s state-run utility firm that is currently responsible for 45 percent of total power demand in India.Under the agreement, KEPCO and PGCIL will work together to explore new opportunities in the areas of energy storage system, smart grid and charging infrastructure station for electric vehicles in India. KEPCO will also help to reduce the country’s 25-percent power loss during transmission with its automatic meter reading technology.The latest agreement is expected to help the Korean utility company make fast inroads into the Indian renewable energy market that is poised for rapid growth on the Indian government’s latest policy goal to expand power infrastructure in the country.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid out new energy development plans and initiated various projects to build more power networks in the country. The key plans are to supply seamless electricity to all people around the clock in the country, to build 100 smart cities, to increase solar power generation to 225 gigawatts by 2022, and to add more renewable energy facilities, smart grids and energy storage systems.More: KEPCO partners with PGCIL, eyeing renewable energy infrastructure deals in India S. Korea’s KEPCO buys into renewable projects in Indialast_img read more

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