The Aviva share price has crashed 30% this year. Here’s why I’d buy today

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by G A Chester Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. G A Chester | Tuesday, 18th August, 2020 | More on: AV center_img The Aviva share price has crashed 30% this year. Here’s why I’d buy today This year, the Aviva (LSE: AV) share price has crashed from 419p to 289p — a fall of 31%. Furthermore, it’s trading at a 48% discount to a high of 552p that it made little more than two years ago.Writing in the wake of the company’s recent half-year results, my Motley Fool colleague Cliff D’Arcy highlighted its cheap historic price-to-earnings ratio, and a dividend he felt “could easily triple or quadruple from here”.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…I agree that Aviva’s shares are cheap. But here I want to tell you about one thing that particularly impressed me on the day of the results. It’s a big factor in why I rate the shares a ‘long-term buy’ today.The Aviva share price jumped on its resultsThe FTSE 100 dropped 1.3% on 6 August. By contrast, Aviva’s shares jumped 4.6% on the back of its  results. The results themselves showed a resilient business in terms of both operating performance and financial strength.However, it was the performance of new chief executive Amanda Blanc — in place for just a month — that really fired me up about the future prospects for the business. I haven’t been as impressed by the first presentation of a new Footsie CEO since Dave Lewis debuted as the new Tesco boss in 2014.Mont BlancIn the results release, but more particularly in her introductory presentation on the analyst conference call, I thought Blanc was cool, solid and thoroughly assured.She scored high marks from me for her razor-sharp identification of Aviva’s strengths and weaknesses, and for her clear, no-nonsense strategy for taking the business forward. She registered a correspondingly low score on what might be called the waffle-o-meter.There’s to be no protracted ‘strategic review’, which we often see from an incoming CEO. Blanc is simply going to get on with making the changes she’s identified as necessary for delivering value for shareholders.She worked for Aviva’s rivals for a large part of her career. I suspect she has a very good insight into the group’s formidable competitive advantages, and how to maintain them. Also, into the areas in which it’s not so strong, and how to improve them.StrategyBlanc laid out her strategy in relatively few words. Attempting to distil it even further, it’s as follows:Invest in its market-leading positions in the UK, Ireland and Canada for growth and superior shareholder returns.In Europe and Asia, invest if a market-leading position and superior returns are achievable. Otherwise, withdraw capital from what are decent businesses, but businesses for which there may ultimately be better owners than Aviva.Returning to the Aviva share priceThe company is reviewing its dividend policy, and will announce the outcome before the end of the year. In my view, it’s a question not of whether the dividend will be rebased, but the level to which it will be rebased for sustainable future growth.I expect the ordinary dividend to be fairly conservative, but with the prospect of special dividends or capital returns — to wit, proceeds from disposals of those businesses for which there may ultimately be better owners than Aviva.I think the Aviva share price barely gives credit for the business as it is, far less its prospects under Blanc’s strategy. It’s for this reason, I rate the shares a long-term buy. G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Dean Ryan and a Scottish Enlightenment?

first_img Lost: Tim Visser and Al Kellock look high and low for answers after Autumn disaster against TongaBy Alan DymockNECESSITY IS the mother of invention. That is what you are told, as if the hard times cannot be hard for too long. The toaster was invented because sliced bread just wasn’t good enough and you better believe that misery is easily cast aside by the ideas borne out of head-crushing pressure.Decisions made in haste, under constraints and pressure, are often the most telling of all. Your team sends out hospital passes and your coach sends himself to the rugby morgue; that’s the Scotland way.In the days following Andy Robinson’s decision to jump out of Murrayfield, it soon became apparent that his assistant, Scott Johnson, was going to get the nod. Scotland CEO Mark Dodson was willing to wait a few weeks –even travelling to London with Johnson and Kelly Brown for the World Cup draw – because he already knew his play. ‘Discussions’ were held with Johnson, alone, and lo and behold: he was unveiled as the interim boss.Bright spark: Scott Johnson will bring innovative new ideasThe Scotland way, in times like this, can seem a lot like the Wonga way. Act; think of the consequences later. Time and money tend not to last as long as regret or at least embarrassment.Of course, Johnson may well show that his maverick ways, can finally win over a team long-term as well as the yapping fans, starved of success for so long. He is an inventive soul without the pressure, so heaven only knows what he can pull out of the bag when the scale of his task becomes apparent.The portents are encouraging, Johnson has already seen one unexpected, and near masterful scheme come to fruition during the first few weeks of his tenure.With the appointment of Dean Ryan as forwards’ coach for the duration of the Six Nations, the high heid yins at Murrayfield have pulled off a coup. Much like a pay-day loan there is unlikely to be any longevity to the plan, but nonetheless there is a genuine thinker on the game headed for Edinburgh.Many have marvelled at Ryan’s astute reading of the game. In his guise as the whiteboard wizard at the Sky Sports studios he has demonstrated a keen eye for detail as well as a confidence in his understanding of the game. Often it’s hard not to find yourself nodding along as he talks. GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 19: Glasgow fly half Ruaridh Jackson kicks at goal during the Heineken Cup round 2 match between Glasgow Warriors and Ulster at Scotstoun Stadium on October 19, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) However, how he will fit with Johnson, or indeed scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta or skills coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge, remains an imponderable for now. We will soon find out.It is all part of a wild build-up to the Six Nations. There are deep-seated problems within Scottish rugby and it’s limiting structures, but the national team needed a change, panicked or not. Robinson could not mould the team in his own image after his years of toil and he was too proud to re-draw his plans using a spirograph.With a thinker like Ryan and an adventurer like Johnson in for a period of 12 weeks, such plans may look more like a Pollock attacked with a paintball gun. It could be beautiful or it could be eye-watering, but it will be the kind of ride that Scotland fans have not experienced for a few years.In form: Glasgow Warriors will be confidentIt is hard to envisage a team under such leadership running oafishly into defenders and allowing cover to drift onto your only attacking option on the far flank. Indeed, it is the uncertainty about this team that make them exciting and dangerous, if only because they may give their heads and hands too much to do while they shoot at their own feet.The task at hand is for those schemers to get into the heads of the floundering Edinburgh players, while at the same time, harnessing the tenacity and propulsion of the Glasgow Warriors’ players without setting them off against each other and creating a stilted side. There is excitement and the clock is ticking, but invention and verve can often kill the most delicate of spirits. Scotland also need nurturing and they need their hand held before they can plummet, headlong into new plans.It will become obvious in March whether interim is to evolve into incumbent, but they will certainly be doing some exhaustive planning to cause a few upsets in the meantime. Ryan may be caught between punditry and sparingly assisting at the Newport Gwent Dragons, while no one could hazard what Johnson is thinking right now, but we’ve got some wonga, we’re carried away and we’re off to buy a big screen TV.We can worry about the consequences after the France game. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Activists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in…

first_imgActivists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in Pakistan Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Asia, Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Middle East Rector Albany, NY The Rev. Dr. David Cottrill says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm Thanks be to God! We have been praying for a long time. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ecumenical & Interreligious, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (1) Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Ecumenical News International] Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy.Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released on Sept. 8 after a six-hour hearing, reported the American Center for Law and Justice, which worked to garner American support for the minister’s release, Religion News Service reports. The Christian convert had faced possible execution. “Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard,” read an online announcement from ACLJ.The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom welcomed Nadarkhani’s release “after being unjustly imprisoned for three years because of his faith,” said its chair, Katrina Lantos Swett. “USCIRF calls on the government of Iran to comply with its own laws and international standards of human rights and release all other prisoners of conscience,” she added.Meanwhile, a teenage girl in Pakistan had been accused of burning pages of the Quran, Islam’s holy book. The Associated Press reported that Rimsha Masih was released on Sept. 8, not long after a Muslim cleric from her neighborhood was charged with planting incriminating evidence against her.“Her parents were with her when she was freed from the jail, and she has been taken to a safer place,” said one of her lawyers, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry.USCIRF also cheered the teenager’s release, calling it “an important and encouraging development that underscores the urgency of Pakistan reforming its blasphemy law.” Said USCIRF Executive Director Jackie Wolcott: “The law victimizes all Pakistanis — Christians, other religious minorities, and Muslims.” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

House in Huerta de Rey / Mecanismo

first_imgArchitects: Mecanismo Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2669 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project House in Huerta de Rey / MecanismoSave this projectSaveHouse in Huerta de Rey / Mecanismo Photographs Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960170/house-in-huerta-de-rey-mecanismo Clipboard Marta Urtasun, Pedro Rica House in Huerta de Rey / Mecanismo “COPY” “COPY” Mozo SL Projects Technical Architect:Fernando DíezCity:BurgosCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrián VázquezRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Burgos is the Spanish province with more little villages. Most of them, in the process of depopulation.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezSave this picture!Plan – Entrance floorSave this picture!© Adrián VázquezThis phenomenon of social emptying has a direct impact on local architecture, in many cases in decline and a process of ruin. This situation gives rise to a characteristic environment full of buildings, that time ago gave place to a prolific activity that maintained the rural population.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezCurrently these places are vacation spots that, during the rest of the year, maintain a somewhat melancholic serenity. Huerta de Rey is a clear example of this.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezAnd it is this context that defines the character of the house and its intention of being integrated into the characteristic decayed rural environment that surrounds it.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Adrián VázquezThe plot is located between two streets that limit it on its northern and southern boundaries. These streets are located at different heights with respect to the plot, the north street, three meters above and the south street below.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezIt is along the northern boundary, where the house is implanted, leaving the rest of the south-facing plot totally free. It solves the contact with the street by creating a hermetic ceramic block wall that isolates the house from the less favorable orientation and privatizes it with respect to the street. Only this wall opens slightly in its central part, giving rise to the access and with a lattice that reveals the double-height patio, which goes down to the lower level of the house.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezThe house is structured in two parts that are clearly identifiable as they are resolved with different materials. The first one that gives rise to a large ceramic block wall, which faces the north facade and functions as a basement at the level of the garden, and it is where all the common spaces are housed, the bathrooms on the upper floor, and the living room, kitchen and toilet on the garden level.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezSuspended and connected on the upper level to the block volume, a piece of raw concrete emerges that flies to the south part, forming the porch below it and containing the three bedrooms.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezIn this way, a clear functional scheme is generated, coinciding with the structure and materiality of the project.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezThe spaces are arranged optimizing functionality and positioning themselves within the house according to their degree of privacy. Always prioritizing optimal natural lighting and protecting itself from the direct incidence of the sun by means of flights, which contributes, together with the controlled orientation of the openings and the semi-buried situation of the ground floor, to the natural thermal regulation of the house.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezThe materials used have to do with the situation and the integration of the house in the context and its adaptation to a limited execution budget. The ceramic block placed on the bone and in a different way in each situation, gives rise to a ventilated facade with texture and dynamism. The crushed concrete is shown in its most primitive state, highlighting its rough and irregular stony nature.Save this picture!ImagenInside, natural materials. Granite and oak wood are combined in paneling and flooring, creating a warm atmosphere.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezAll this gives shape to a house that responds in an integral way to the rural nature that surrounds it.Save this picture!© Adrián VázquezProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse for a Family of Musicians / Baum LabSelected ProjectsInternational Graduation Projects AwardStudent Competitions Share Save this picture!© Adrián Vázquez+ 28Curated by Clara Ott Share Construction: 2020 Photographs:  Adrián Vázquez Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: ArchDaily Manufacturers: Cubro Houses Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960170/house-in-huerta-de-rey-mecanismo Clipboard CopyHouses•Burgos, Spain CopyAbout this officeMecanismoOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBurgosOn FacebookSpainPublished on April 19, 2021Cite: “House in Huerta de Rey / Mecanismo” [Casa en Huerta de Rey / Mecanismo] 19 Apr 2021. 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Death threats made against Ibrahim Al-Ba’dani

first_img Death threats were made against Ibrahim Al-Ba’dani, a journalist based in Ibb province, after he covered the death of a boy who was killed by a shot fired by a supporter of President Ali Abdallah Saleh during a rally organized to celebrate a speech by the president. The boy’s father, who is a Saleh supporter, blamed Ba’dani and opposition supporters for his death. Help by sharing this information July 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats made against Ibrahim Al-Ba’dani Organisation center_img RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Kerala HC To Re-open From May 18 After Mid-Summer Recess; To Arrange Transport Services [Read Office Memorandum]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC To Re-open From May 18 After Mid-Summer Recess; To Arrange Transport Services [Read Office Memorandum] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 May 2020 8:32 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has announced that it will reopen the court premises from May 18, 2020, i.e. after the mid-summer vacation, 2020, subject to Government restrictions. To facilitate movement to the High Court, pick and drop conveyance faculties will be made available between the High Court and different locations in the district, in coordination with the Kerala State…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 Kerala High Court has announced that it will reopen the court premises from May 18, 2020, i.e. after the mid-summer vacation, 2020, subject to Government restrictions. To facilitate movement to the High Court, pick and drop conveyance faculties will be made available between the High Court and different locations in the district, in coordination with the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). “Those who avail the faculty shall follow the instructions/ guidelines fixed by the KSRTC authorities in this regard and no complaints in this regard will be entertained.” Details of the transport faculty as well as arrangement for duty wrt to Govt orders on staff attendance will be made available on the High Court website. Further it is intimated that parcel facilities at limited scale may be made available by the High Court Staff Canteen, subject to restrictions imposed by the Registry.During the summer recess period, the High Court had been hearing urgent cases via video-conferencing through Zoom app. The Court dealt with several issues of larger public interest such as the Kerala-Karnataka border blockade, Sprinklr deal, salary deferment, ordinance on salary deferment, return of expatriates, entry for Keralites stranded at Walayar border etc., during this period. Click Here To Download Office Memorandum Read Office Memorandum Next Storylast_img read more

SC Issues Notice On Challenge To February 28 Presidential Order To Resume Delimitation Of Assam’s Assembly, Parliamentary Constituencies [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesSC Issues Notice On Challenge To February 28 Presidential Order To Resume Delimitation Of Assam’s Assembly, Parliamentary Constituencies [Read Petition] Mehal Jain27 May 2020 6:38 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has issued notice on a plea challenging the promulgation of the Presidential Order of February 28 through which the earlier February 8, 2008 Notification, deferring the process of delimitation for the State of Assam, has been rescinded and the process of delimitation of the Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies of the state has been decided to be resumed. In issuing…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 Supreme Court has issued notice on a plea challenging the promulgation of the Presidential Order of February 28 through which the earlier February 8, 2008 Notification, deferring the process of delimitation for the State of Assam, has been rescinded and the process of delimitation of the Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies of the state has been decided to be resumed. In issuing the notice, the bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde heard Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal for the petitioners. Petitioners Brelitha Marak and Bhanu Jay Rabha have submitted that the decision to conduct the pending process of delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies, is not only a hasty decision but stands contrary to the very idea behind conducting delimitation. “Foremost concern that the petitioners herein seek to impress upon this Hon’ble Court is that while vide the aforesaid S.O. 283(E) (of February, 2008) the process of delimiting the constituencies, in the State of Assam, had been deferred, the same is being resumed almost 10 years later and so far, in absence of an amendment to the Delimitation Act, 2002, will be conducted on the basis of the population figures as old as of 2001 Census”, it is sought to be advanced. It is their case that this would frustrate the very purpose of conducting delimitation, which has historically been based on the most recent census figures. It contended that not only, an older Census data from 2001 is proposed to be used as the basis for delimitation in the State of Assam, the haste is evident inasmuch as the most recent population figures will be available from the Census of 2021, the preparations of which are already underway. The plea, drawn and filed by Advocates Mustafa Khaddam Hussain and Ibad Mushtaq, asserts that the reasons stated in notification no. S.O. 283(E), for deferring the exercise of delimitation for the State of Assam, are by and large still in existence and the present decision for resuming the exercise of delimitation in the State is devoid of any reasons justifying the change in circumstances. “As the process of delimitation in Assam, in 2008, had evoked strong opposition from all concerned in the State with serious apprehension of breakdown of public order in the State of Assam, it was considered that the issues in regard to delimitation of constituencies in the State of Assam were very serious and sensitive in nature and may give rise to break down of public order on account of serious law and order situation in different districts and more particularly, in the areas which are disturbed areas or very sensitive areas”, it is argued. Advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi would point out, on behalf of the petitioners, that the law and order situation in Assam had grown so out of control that the entire State of Assam was declared as a “disturbed area” for the purposes of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 with effect from August 28, 2019, for a period of six months. “In an unusual coincidence this period of six months had come to an end on the very day the impugned order for delimitation was issued”, it is ventured. It is submitted that one of the reasons in deferring the delimitation exercise earlier, as per the 2008 Notification, was the preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). It is brought to the Court’s attention that while the NRC, Assam is being prepared under the orders of the Apex Court itself, it has not yet been finalised. After publication of NRC on August 31 last year, the process with regard to more than 19 lakh excluded persons remains pending. Further, the identity cards are yet to be issued to the persons who are included. “Therefore, the exercise of delimitation could not have been resumed now as the NRC, Assam is not yet concluded”, it urged. Finally, it is pleaded that the aforesaid reasons that had prevailed during the previous decision for deferment of the delimitation process are still existing and therefore the decision to conduct a fresh delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in Assam and to rescind the aforesaid 2008 Notification is premature and arbitrary apart from being clearly hasty and opposed to the very purpose of delimitation. The Ministry of Law and Justice, through Notification dated March 6, has announced the constitution of the Delimitation Commission for the purpose of delimiting assembly and parliamentary constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

Budget 2019: Dark day for hoteliers- Cllr Naughton

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 The Finance Minister has confirmed in Budget 2019 that the 9% VAT rate is to increase to 13.5%.In Donegal in particular, there was concern Paschal Donohoe’s announcement would impact greatly on the hospitality sector with fears the increased VAT rate would have a knock-on effect on prices and employment.Local hotel manager, Councillor Micheal Naughton says it is a dark day for hoteliers:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/naughtenweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+center_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleBrett McGinty on Irish Boxing Squad at Elite Liventsev Memorial in BelarusNext articleEmergency services attending crash on Dugloe to Doohery Rd News Highland By News Highland – October 9, 2018 Budget 2019: Dark day for hoteliers- Cllr Naughtonlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/4/19

first_imgSeptember 5, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/4/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 4, Texas 1Boston 6, Minnesota 2Kansas City 5, Detroit 4Cleveland 8, Chi White Sox 6Oakland 4, LA Angels 0NATIONAL LEAGUENY Mets 8, Washington 4Cincinnati 8, Philadelphia 5Pittsburgh 6, Miami 5San Francisco 9, St. Louis 8Arizona 4, San Diego 1LA Dodgers 7, Colorado 3 WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONConnecticut 102, Dallas 72Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more