Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgNampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNampak Zimbabwe Limited manufactures and markets packaging products which includes paper, plastic and metal packaging. It also has interests in leasing biological assets and a timber processing plant. Subsidiaries in the Paper division includes Hunyani Corrugated Products Division, Hunyani Cartons, Labels & Sacks Division, Hunyani Management Services Division, Hunyani Forests Limited, Hunyani Properties Limited and Softex Tissue Products (Private) Limited. Other subsidiaries include MegaPak Zimbabwe and CarnaudMetalbox Zimbabwe Limited operating in the plastics and metals segment; and companies manufacturing corrugated containers and specialised packaging for the tobacco, horticultural, flori-cultural and citrus industry for local distribution and export. Mega Pak Zimbabwe offers technology solutions for blow molding, injection molding, stretch blow molding and rotational molding. Nampak Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Lions 2013: Vindication for Gatland as the big calls pay off

first_imgWhat was patently obvious was that Gatland cared. In a week where his credentials and the Lions ethos the management were protecting, were questioned, they emerged reinvigorated and emboldened ready for a crack at New Zealand. From the noises the Lions management were making, they are hoping the straight-talking Kiwi will commit to them, but sport has a funny way of throwing up mouth-watering match-ups. It is not beyond comprehension to think that he could be leading an All Black side against the Lions after his extended Northern Hemisphere sojourn. Stranger things have happened.As they say, that’s a conversation for another day. Roll on, 2017. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dreamland: Alun Wyn Jones and Jamie Roberts bask in a Series succes that has strengthened the Lions conceptBy Owain Jones, in SydneyTHE ROAD sweepers were out in force in Sydney this morning, clearing away the debris from a heady night, as the sun rose for another flawless mid-winter’s day sunshine. What had passed before, just hours earlier, metaphorically, also merited a memory wipe from the proud Australian sporting pysche. It was a loss that they will doubtless be trying to expunge yet it could have lasting ramifications for the hosts long after the last bedraggled Lions fans leave this fair continent.Sitting up at the top table, Robbie Deans, their coach of five years, looked like a dead man walking at last night’s press conference. Even his trusted Lieutenant James Horwill stumbled over the right words for reasons as to why the curt New Zealander should be kept on. With Jake White and Ewen McKenzie reportedly waiting on the sidelines, it would surprise, and undoubtedly enrage certain members of the Australian rugby community if he is still at the helm come Australia’s November tour. The ARU have some important decisions to make but all is not lost, the Lions Tour has regenerated interest in a game in where it increasingly struggles for the oxygen of publicity with NRL, football and Aussie Rules in an overcrowded marketplace. The boys in Green and Gold will rise again.And what of the tourists? In the wake of last night’s soul-stirring victory, the overriding emotion, beyond weariness, is happiness and palpable relief to have got the job done after a 16-year wait.Scrutiny: Gatland has been scrutinised as never beforeElite sport is measured by the finest of margins and the Third Test was one such occasion where pivotal moments could be pinpointed; the uncharacteristic Will Genia spill from the kick-off, the flying tap-tackle from Geoff Parling as Jesse Mogg cut a fine line, and Toby Faletau’s majestic turnover five metres from the Lions line. Then of course there’s little Leigh Halfpenny, who threw his body on the ground to snaffle the ball as a last line of defence, with onrushing Wallabies in hot pursuit. It was as if his life depended on it. All these examples of bravery that will doubtless be etched into Lions folklore.Indeed, these were the moments that won the Series, in every way as much the unforgettable scores by Messrs Corbisiero, Sexton, North and Roberts put the scoreboard beyond reach of an increasingly moribund Wallaby outfit. Later, Warren Gatland and captain for the night, Alun Wyn Jones, were quick to praise the contribution of every squad member, from No 1 to 23. Richard Hibbard, did his best impression of Ram Man, throwing himself into contact without regard for his own safety, bringing winces from fans. Sean O’Brien played as if someone has stolen his prize-winning bull, rampaging around the pitch, racking up a dozen tackles before the break. He was ably assisted by chopper-in-chief Dan Lydiate. It was a night for heroes.Up in the stands, encased in a portakabin, surrounded by media, was the Lions coaching team, headed by Warren Gatland. From being relaxed in the opening half  hour, as the Wallabies mounted their expected fightback came in the middle half hour to reduce the lead to three points, the impassive facial expression the New Zealande wears so well darkened and the brow furrowed until that oh-so magical 57th minute try by Jonny Sexton. The banging on desks, fist pumping and joyous grins alluded to the pressure Gatland had been under in the lead-up to the final Test, in which he had omitted Lions icon Brian O’Driscoll. It was the toughest of calls, but even the hard-nosed head coach was surprised by the firestorm that ensued, where every facet of his coaching pedigree was poked, prodded and openly questioned on social media and by a number of high-profile ex-players and commentators.Heartbreak: Robbie Deans ponders what could have beenIf privately Gatland could afford to cock-a-snook at his critics, publicly he wasn’t showing it post-game, only speaking of the hurt and surprise such vitriolic abuse brought. You would imagine that, in time, he will afford afford himself a wry-smile behind closed doors, among trusted allies. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 06: (L-R) Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies, coach Robbie Deans and injured Wallaby David Pocock look dejected after losing the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) last_img read more

Arts & cultural Accelerator Programme for sustainable practice opens for applications

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 2 May 2019 | News Arts & cultural Accelerator Programme for sustainable practice opens for applications AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Tagged with: arts culture environment “The Accelerator community – some of the most ambitious Arts Council England funded organisations taking climate action – has generated new and enterprising thinking from arts and cultural organisations as a result of the challenges, fresh ideas, peer support and powerful connections that have been made across disciplines. Action is contagious and the Accelerator community represents new and vital leadership that needs to scale across the arts and culture.” Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle have opened applications for the second cohort of their Accelerator Programme, developed to foster enterprise, innovation and future thinking on climate and the environment across the arts and cultural sector.From April 2020 to September 2021, successful organisations will receive support through tailored expert mentoring, personalised one-to-one support and a training programme adapted from Julie’s Bicycle’s Creative Climate Leadership course.The first cohort is currently developing a range of creative projects on a variety of environmental issues including green touring models, new products generated from festival waste, developing roadmaps on city-wide carbon reduction, and introducing a circular economy approach to artistic process and production.Applying to the Accelerator Programme is a three-stage process: Expression of Interests must be submitted to Julie’s Bicycle by 7 June 2019, following which a selection of organisations will be invited to attend a half-day workshop in July 2019 in either London, Manchester or Birmingham to further develop their idea, with submissions of full proposals by 14 October 2019.Francis Runacres, Executive Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Arts Council England, said: “We developed the Accelerator Programme with Julie’s Bicycle to help shape the arts and cultural sector’s ambitious thinking around environmental sustainability into deliverable projects – and the enthusiasm, dedication and creativity that the first cohort have brought to the programme is truly inspiring. I’m delighted that we will be supporting ten additional projects tackling environmental issues and look forward to seeing what fresh perspectives and innovations the second cohort brings.”Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle, added: Advertisement  270 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  269 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

Play like a girl: Female football player wows on game night

first_imgTrump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday + posts Joey McReynolds Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month printJunior Reilly Fox suited up for her first game Saturday against Dallas Molina High School, making her the first female in history to play varsity football for R.L. Paschal High School.Fox, the kicker for the Paschal Panthers, was first introduced to football through members of the team who had heard of her prowess as a soccer player. According to the high school’s head football coach, Matt Miracle, Fox has been consistently kicking 45 yards in practice.“She has a strong left leg,” Miracle said. “Field goals have never been a problem for her.”Saturday was Paschal High School’s third game, and Fox’s first.“I’m feeling really excited,” Fox said. “I’m not nervous.”FWISD Assistant Athletic Director Dean Pritchett attended the game against Dallas Molina as well to support Fox. Pritchett said that the team doesn’t view Fox as ‘Paschal’s first female football player,’ but rather a Panther just like everyone else.“She’s a contributing member to a football team that’s off to a great start,” said Pritchett.As for her relationship with her team, her gender is a non-issue.  Fox said her teammates and alumni have been accepting and supportive.As the first female kicker to play for FWISD in 15 years, the pressure to play well is another story.“It’s extra pressure because everyone is like, ‘Oh, well, is the girl going to make it? Can she make it?’” said Fox. “And yeah, I can.”Paschal won against Dallas Molina 76-8.“This is a team sport and we’re moving in a positive direction,” Miracle said. “Everybody has a role to play.”Fox said her plans for the future mainly focus on playing D1 soccer, but she is open to kicking on a collegiate level if the opportunity arose. Next year, she hopes to be the main kicker for the team. ReddIt Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Twitter Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Facebook Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Previous articleDefensive end Tuaua arrested on robbery chargeNext articleNew option for coffee connoisseurs opening on West Seventh Street Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

United States

first_img The United States was where the Internet started but it was also where electronic surveillance of it began. The 11 September attacks have only strengthened the government’s determination to monitor the flow of information on the Internet. A new step was taken on 20 November 2002 with Senate approval of the Homeland Security Act, which set up a super-ministry with the job of preventing terrorist attacks. It will eventually have a staff of 170,000 drawn from 22 government departments and bodies. Section 225 of the law allows ISPs to disclose the content of their customers’ messages at the request of federal or local officials if, “in good faith” they think this will prevent death or serious injury. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says this means ISPs will be doing the work of a court. It deplores the fact that disclosure will be on the basis of “good faith” rather than “reasonable belief” as before and says the threats cited can be very general. Section 225 also allows police to record without permission any message sent or received by a “protected computer” (one used in interstate commerce or communications) which is under attack. It also increases to 20 years the penalty for computer crimes that cause serious injury and life imprisonment if they result in death.Encryption in the dockMany US officials have also criticised encryption, which allows Internet users to keep their messages and activity confidential by encoding it with software. Encryption, mainly used by companies to exchange sensitive economic data, has never been banned in the United States. But its export is restricted under the Wassenaar Arrangement, which required inspection of material that could be used for both civil and military purposes. The 11 September attacks have revived the debate between supporters and opponents of encryption.The director of the FBI said in March 2001 that terrorists were using encryption. On 13 September that year, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg proposed a blanket ban on encryption software whose makers had not handed over the decoding key to the government.The authorities noted that plans to hijack 11 US airliners had been found on the laptop computer of the man behind the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 and that the FBI had needed 10 months to decode the files, most of which were encrypted with the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software. PGP’s inventor, David Zimmerman, who nearly went to jail in the 1980s for widely distributing his programme, recently defended it in an interview in Futur(e)s magazine. He said the US Congress, courts and media had discussed the issue for the past decade and concluded society had more to gain than lose from powerful encryption. PGP was saving lives all over the world, he said, and was used by human rights organisations everywhere, especially in countries ruled by dictatorships.Encryption software has under attack from the FBI’s Magic Lantern programme, an e-mail that can secretly record the keystrokes of an Internet user, so the FBI can see the passwords and codes employed by encryption users. After press reports about it, the FBI denied having such a programme but admitted it was working on one.Against censorship, but in favour of monitoringAs well as seeking to monitor the flow of online information to check what is being said and exchanged, the authorities are also trying to use the Internet to put out US propaganda in their war against terrorism. The New York Times reported on 19 February this year that the Defense Department’s Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) had proposed planting disinformation in the foreign media, mainly through websites set up and secretly run by the OSI and through e-mails sent to journalists or media offices. The revelation caused an outcry and White House spokesman Ari Fleischer quickly said President Bush knew nothing about the project and had ordered the OSI closed down because, said defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon “does not lie to the American people” or to “foreign audiences.”The Bush administration could also use the Internet to break the information monopoly under some dictatorships. Two members of the US House of Representatives proposed a law on 2 October 2002 to fight censorship worldwide. The Global Internet Freedom Act would set up a federal Office of Global Internet Freedom to counter jamming and censorship of the Internet by authoritarian regimes and persecution of those who use it. The office would be part of the International Broadcasting Bureau, which runs several radio stations that already combat censorship, such as Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia. It would have a $50 million budget for 2003 and 2004.But what is censorship? The Global Internet Freedom Act would have the US take no steps against government censorship aimed at protecting minors. A legal battle pitting several civil liberties groups and public libraries against the Bush administration over the Children’s Internet Protection Act is growing. The US supreme court said on 12 November 2002 it would rule on the Act, passed in 2000 and obliging all libraries receiving federal funds for Internet facilities to install anti-pornography filters on their computers.The Act’s opponents say it violates the first amendment to the US constitution concerning freedom of expression and also blocks access to other websites as well as pornographic ones. In May 2002, a federal court in Philadelphia said forcing public libraries to install filters was indeed censoring freedom of expression protected by the constitution. The federal government has appealed to the supreme court, saying the filter software was the best available to prevent taxpayers’ having to subsidise the spread of obscene websites and material unsuitable for children. Ten per cent of the 143 million Internet users in the US go online at public libraries, 80 per cent of which have received federal funds to set up Internet facilities.An Orwellian future?In early November 2002, the US media reported that the Pentagon had set up an Information Awareness Office to develop technology to trawl Internet navigation records to spot activity such as credit card purchases and airline reservations that might indicate a potential terrorist. The head of this $200 million a year project, John Poindexter, says software will pick out travel in dangerous parts of the world, suspicious e-mail and dubious money transfers. The data will be regularly gathered by intelligence services with the permission of governments and companies.Opponents of the project call it “Orwellian” and several civil liberties organisations say personal information unrelated to terrorism and which is none of the government’s business would also be obtained. Marc Rotenberg, head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), says the authorities would have data in their hands hitherto only obtainable by court order as part of criminal investigations. He deplores the lack of a body to monitor the collection of such information.Poindexter was sentenced to six months in prison in 1990 for lying to the US Congress in the Iran-Contras scandal but the conviction was quashed on grounds that his legal rights were not respected. News About Carnivorefbi.govepic.orgwired.comNews for specialists Receive email alerts RSF_en United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says More than half of all Americans are online and most have high-speed connections. The Internet is a vital means of communication in the United States. However, the 11 September 2001 attacks and the terrorists’ presumed use of it to contact each other in preparing that operation abruptly changed the government’s attitude to the Internet.Just a few hours after the attacks, FBI agents went to the head offices of the country’s main ISPs, including Hotmail, AOL and Earthlink, to get details of possible e-mail messages between the terrorists. The online magazine Wired said FBI agents also tried to install the Carnivore surveillance system (since renamed DCS 1000) on the ISPs. It said they turned up at ISP offices with the software and offered to pay for installation and operation. They reportedly demanded and obtained material from certain e-mail accounts, most of whose names included the word “Allah.” All major US-based ISPs are thought to have complied fully with the FBI demands.Easing the rulesCarnivore, designed by the FBI, can record and store all messages sent or received by an ISP’s customers, using word filters that make no distinction between different kinds of messages, thus exceeding the bounds of normal surveillance. US civil liberties campaigners fought Carnivore, which had never been used before without a court order. However, the Combating Terrorism Act, passed urgently by the Senate on 13 September, after 30 minutes of debate just two days after the attacks, allowed intelligence services to use it without having to seek such approval. A prosecutor can now order electronic surveillance of someone for 48 hours without getting a judge’s permission.Monitoring Internet data was legalised on 24 October 2001 when the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the “USA Patriot Act” (Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism). It confirmed the authority already given to the FBI to install Carnivore on an ISP’s equipment to monitor e-mail messages and store records of Internet activity by people suspected of being in contact with a foreign power. This requires only the permission of a special secret court. The Act also expands the kind of information a prosecutor can ask for from an ISP without a judge’s permission and invites ISPs to freely hand over to the authorities data unrelated to content, such as records of websites visited. June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United States News June 7, 2021 Find out more Links:American Civil Liberties UnionThe Center for Democracy and TechnologyThe Digital Freedom NetworkThe Electronic Frontier FoundationThe Electronic Privacy Information CenterPeacefireThe Reporters Committee for Freedom of the PressBasic documents :USA Patriot ActHomeland Security ActGlobal Internet Freedom ActInformation Awareness OfficeChildren’s Internet Protection Act NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation last_img read more

The Latest: Protesters temporarily block LA vaccination site

first_img Pinterest The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the largest vaccination sites in the nation temporarily shut down Saturday because dozen of protesters blocked the entrance, stalling hundreds of motorists who had been waiting in line for hours. Officials say the Los Angeles Fire Department shut the entrance to the vaccination center at Dodger Stadium about 2 p.m. as a precaution. The protesters had members of anti-vaccine and far-right groups. Some of them carried signs decrying the COVID-19 vaccine and shouting for people not to get the shots. There were no incidents of violence. ——— Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ——— THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: An AP analysis finds racial disparities in the US vaccination drive. California surpasses 40,000 coronavirus deaths. New Mexico tribe sues US over hospital closure amid pandemic. WHO team visits second Wuhan hospital in virus investigation. CDC orders say travelers must wear masks on public transportation. COVID-19 vaccine news welcomed in South Africa. LAS VEGAS — Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara says isolation and stress produced by the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on the mental health of students and staff. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Jara said in his annual State of the Schools address Friday that student suicides reached a “nearly unthinkable” level of 20 since schools were closed in March. Jara cited steps taken by the district included having the district police department conduct home wellness checks and using software that alerts schools to self-harm language in students’ posts and searches. Nevada on Saturday reported 1,070 additional known COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths. ——— HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico reported 752 additional known COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths on Saturday, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 173,539 cases and 3,265 deaths. The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. The counties with the most additional cases were Bernalillo (255), Sandoval (70), Dona Ana (70), McKinley (54), San Juan (41) and Santa Fe (32). The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. New Mexico’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases dropped in the past two weeks while the rolling average of daily deaths was nearly flat. Santa Fe’s school superintendent announced Saturday that schools will reopen in a voluntary hybrid model on Feb. 22, two weeks after when state officials have said New Mexico school districts and charter schools can reopen. The Feb. 22 date provides time to inspect schools and for teachers to set up their classrooms while giving families and staff at least two weeks notice Superintendent Veronica García said. ——— HAVANA — Cuban authorities say they will tighten measures against the spread of COVID-19 to require tourists and other visitors to isolate at their own expense for several days until tests for the new coronavirus come out negative. The announcement Saturday by Dr. Francisco Durán, Cuba’s director of epidemiology, came as the country announced 910 new infections of the new virus detected Friday, as well as three additional deaths. Duran said that as of Feb. 6, arriving tourists and Cubans who live abroad will be sent to hotels at their own expense to wait for the results of a PCR test for the new coronavirus, which will be given on their fifth day in the country. A similar measure was imposed in the spring, and apparently helped stem the spread of the virus. Cubans returning home from abroad will be housed in other centers at government expense to await test results. Diplomats and some categories of foreign businesspeople will be allowed to isolate at home. Cube has recorded 25,674 infections with the new coronavirus and 213 deaths since March. Cuba had eased restrictions in November, opening airports to tourists and others, but the number of infections detected has risen sharply this month. ——— BALTIMORE — Baltimore public health officials are canceling some COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled for next week after overbooking hundreds of first-dose appointments. The city health department did not specify how many appointments would be canceled, or why the overbooking happened, The Baltimore Sun reported. The department issued a statement saying it was working to identify potential issues in the state’s scheduling system, and the possibility that links to second-dose appointments were shared via email or social media. “We are working to confirm that this situation will not occur moving forward,” the statement read. Officials said they are prioritizing giving second doses to people who have already gotten their first shot because of limited inventory. Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Saturday that state health officials have confirmed a case of COVID-19 caused by the new variant of the virus that was first detected in South Africa. ——— ANCHORAGE, Alaska — City officials in Alaska say multiple crew members on a seafood factory trawler in the Aleutian Islands have tested positive for COVID-19. The Anchorage Daily News reported that the city of Unalaska said Friday that factory trawler Araho, owned by seafood company O’Hara Corporation, reported 20 of its 40 crew members tested positive. City Manager Erin Reinders said a couple of crew members reported symptoms after the vessel arrived in Alaska from Seattle on Wednesday. Reinders said the city is developing a plan to coordinate care for infected crew members and determine what to do with the others. ——— BOSTON — Starting Monday, 500 vaccinations per day will be administered at Fenway Park. The goal is to reach as many as 1,250 eligible residents per day under Massachusetts’ vaccination plan. The site at the home of the Boston Red Sox is expected to stay open through the start of baseball season in early April. Appointments are open for those people under Phase 1 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan and those 75 and older, who will start getting shots on Monday as the rollout moves into Phase 2. Health care workers started receiving the vaccine at Fenway this week. The state’s first mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium – home of the New England Patriots — opened this month. State officials aim to open more than 100 public vaccination sites throughout Massachusetts. ——— AUGUSTA, Maine — Some 2,400 businesses and people in Maine have been approved for more than $221 million in forgivable loans in the first two weeks of the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program. Those figures apply to loans between Jan. 11 and Jan. 24, according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, one of the politicians behind the program. The federal government provided $284.5 billion for the program in the most recent COVID-19 relief package. Small businesses that employ 300 or fewer people and experienced a 25% or greater gross revenue loss because of the coronavirus are eligible to apply for a second forgivable loan under the program. ——— COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is reporting its first known case of the Britain-based variant of the coronavirus. The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the agency was notified Friday that a sample from an adult in the Lowcountry “with an international travel history” had tested positive for the variant. On Friday, 434 cases of the U.K. variant had been reported in the U.S. This week, health officials reported the first two U.S. cases of a South African coronavirus variant in South Carolina. Health experts say both variants possibly spread more easily and protective measures of wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings are recommended. ——— ROME — The Italian Medicines Agency known has approved the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for persons older than 18. It says the “preferential use” would be for ages 18–55. The approval on Saturday came a day after the European Union’s counterpart agency recommended granting conditional marketing authorization for the AstraZeneca vaccine in persons 18 years and older. The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) says data from the studies on the AstraZeneca vaccine showed a “level of uncertainty in estimating the efficacy in subjects older than 55” because that age group was “scarcely represented” in studies so far. AIFA has already approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. So far, 1.8 million people have received one injection in the nation of 60 million. Italy has 2.5 million confirmed cases and more than 88,000 known dead, the second-highest death toll in Europe behind Britain. ——— HONOLULU — The Navy has announced about a dozen personnel assigned to a Pearl Harbor destroyer, now in San Diego, have tested positive for the coronavirus and were removed from the ship. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Cmdr. Sean Robertson says crew members aboard the USS Chafee who were in close contact with the infected sailors are off the ship and in quarantine while monitoring symptoms. None of the sailors have been hospitalized. Robertson says there are plans to test all sailors abroad the vessel of 350 people. ——— PHOENIX — Arizona reported 5,119 coronavirus cases and 76 confirmed deaths on Saturday. The Department of Health Services says the state’s pandemic totals increased to 753,379 cases and 13,098 confirmed deaths. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are slowing in Arizona. However, Arizona’s coronavirus diagnosis rate was the worst in the nation in the week ending Friday (1 in 178). South Carolina (1 in 192), Oklahoma (1 in 216) and Rhode Island (1 in 225) were next. On Friday, the state announced that a potentially more contagious variant from Britain was confirmed in tests from three people. The department says it is monitoring the situation and reiterated the need for people to wear masks and remain socially distance. ——— LOS ANGELES — California surpassed 40,000 coronavirus deaths as the state’s steepest surge of cases begins to taper. The tally by Johns Hopkins University shows the state passed the milestone Saturday with 40,240 deaths. The deaths are surging at a record pace after recent declines in cases and hospitalizations. It took six months for California to record its first 10,000 deaths, then four months to double to 20,000. In just five weeks, the state reached 30,000 and needed only 20 days to get to 40,000. New York leads the U.S. with more than 43,000 confirmed deaths, followed by California, Texas at 36,000 and Florida at 26,000. ——— RENO, Nevada — Nevada’s governor and attorney general are denouncing resolutions approved by five rural counties that attempt to defy state restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus statewide. Gov. Steve Sisolak and Attorney General Aaron Ford say the resolutions passed by Lyon, White Pine, Eureka and Elko Counties have no force of law and cannot override the governor’s emergency directives. They say the directives have been issued under state law and upheld in courts several times. The two Democrats say everyone is tired of the pandemic, but every day Nevadans die due to COVID-19 in rural counties and urban areas. 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Gardai deal with ‘Public Order’ issue in Thornberry area of Letterkenny

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Gardai deal with ‘Public Order’ issue in Thornberry area of Letterkenny Facebook Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleLocal group describe Keane report as laughableNext articleDana’s future as presidential candidate in doubt News Highland Gardai have been invloved in a major operation in the Thornberry area of Letterkenny this morning.Locals reported seeing numerous gardai attend the scene, some dressed in public order gear.The operation has now concluded – Gardai have yet to confirm what the nature of this morning’s operation was but it is understood to public order related. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+center_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Newsx Adverts By News Highland – October 13, 2011 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Bombay HC Rejects PIL Seeking Inclusion Of Services Rendered By Lawyers In The Category Of “Essential Services” [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Rejects PIL Seeking Inclusion Of Services Rendered By Lawyers In The Category Of “Essential Services” [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap16 July 2020 1:42 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court last Friday rejected the criminal writ petition filed by an advocate seeking declaration of services rendered by lawyers as essential service and thus exempt lawyers from restrictions imposed with regard to movement of traffic during lockdown. Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Madhav Jamdar concluded that it was within the exclusive domain of the…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 Bombay High Court last Friday rejected the criminal writ petition filed by an advocate seeking declaration of services rendered by lawyers as essential service and thus exempt lawyers from restrictions imposed with regard to movement of traffic during lockdown. Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Madhav Jamdar concluded that it was within the exclusive domain of the state legislature to legislate on which services will be included in the list of ‘essential services’, keeping in view paramount interest of the community. It was contended on behalf of the petitioner by Advocate Kareem Pathan that on June 29, he was appearing in a bail application filed before the Metropolitan Magistrate at Esplanade court and so he left home on his friend’s motorcycle but was stopped by the police on the Western Express Highway. Despite the petitioner showing his advocate ID and telling them about his appearance before the Esplanade Court, the cops did not listen to him and charged a challan of Rs.500. Thus, said petition was filed seeking inclusion of legal service providers in the category of essential services. Court perused through the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act, 2017 and observed- “As it is evident from reading the aims and object and the aforesaid provisions of the said Act that, it is within the exclusive domain of the State Legislature to legislate as to whose services to be included into the essential services, keeping in view paramount interest of the community. In the present Petition the Petitioner has sought mandatory directions to the 2nd Respondent to include the advocates legal services into “essential services” In our considered view, no mandatory directions, much less directions, can be issued to the State Legislature to include the legal services rendered by the advocates into “essential services”. Hence the reliefs claimed in terms of prayer clauses (a) and (c) cannot be granted.” Thereafter, the bench referred to the prayer clause (b) wherein the petitioner sought the challan issued against him to be revoked. Court rejected said prayer noting that the petitioner has an alternative efficacious remedy for claiming the said relief. Additional Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare, on instructions, submitted that the respondents are ready to consider the grievances raised by the petitioner. To this, petitioner’s advocate Kareem Pathan submitted that a comprehensive representation will be filed before the State Government. Finally, the bench said that respondents were free to consider whatever representation is filed on behalf of the petitioner and rejected the prayers in the petition.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

[Loan Moratorium] Scheme Of Waiver Of ‘Interest On Interest’ For Eligible Borrowers Will Be Implemented By Nov.5: Centre Tells Supreme Court

first_imgTop Stories[Loan Moratorium] Scheme Of Waiver Of ‘Interest On Interest’ For Eligible Borrowers Will Be Implemented By Nov.5: Centre Tells Supreme Court Sanya Talwar24 Oct 2020 6:39 PMShare This – xThe Central Government has filed an affidavit stating that the Ministry of Finance has approved the policy decision for granting various reliefs for Covid pandemic, including a policy decision whereby waiver of interest on interest would be effectuated for eligible borrowers of loans up to Rs. 2 Crore.The eligible borrowers under the scheme shall be on MSME loans, Education loan, housing…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 Central Government has filed an affidavit stating that the Ministry of Finance has approved the policy decision for granting various reliefs for Covid pandemic, including a policy decision whereby waiver of interest on interest would be effectuated for eligible borrowers of loans up to Rs. 2 Crore.The eligible borrowers under the scheme shall be on MSME loans, Education loan, housing loans, consumer durable loans, credit card dues, automobile loans, personal loans to professional and consumption loans of up to 2 crores.To be eligible for the scheme, the account should be standard as on February 29, 2020 and the loan should not be a Non Performing Asset as on that date.The Additional Secretary, Department of Financial Services has stated in the affidavit that pursuant to a meeting held on October 21, the decision has been approved, issuing a scheme.Under the scheme, the difference between the compound interest and simple interest will be credited to the borrower’s loan account for the period between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.Lending institutions defined under Clause 3 of the scheme shall credit the difference. These include either banking company, public sector bank, co-operative bank or regional rural bank, All India Financial Institution, Non-Banking Financial Company, Housing Finance Company.The scheme further states that after crediting the said amount by the institutions in accounts of eligible borrowers, lending institutions would claim reimbursement from the Central Government through the nodal agency of State Bank of India.The Centre has stated that the aforesaid decision has been taken after careful consideration, keeping in mind the overall economic scenario, nature of borrowers, impact on the economy and such other factors as a policy decision, earmarking the aforementioned borrowers as class of borrowers for grant of benefits.The Centre goes on to state that as earlier stated in the affidavit filed on October 9, it is reiterated that “depending upon the fact/situation prevailing in the country and globally and keeping several, financial and other factors in mind, each sector will be getting relief as mentioned in the earlier affidavit of the Central Government and the affidavit of the RBI, including beneficiaries of the present scheme”.The lending institution is required to credit the amount to the borrower’s account by November 5, 2020.The affidavit comes after Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre on October 14 for its delay in implementation of their decision for providing benefits to small borrowers who had taken loans of up to 2 Crores.”It is submitted that the preparation of the Scheme in this behalf was under contemplation and it was also necessary to formalise the said policy by following certain mandatory procedure required by law,” the Centre has explained in its affidavit.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah told the Centre that even though it had welcomed its decision of relieving the smaller borrowers, there was no reason to delay the implementation of the said decision.”Their Diwali Is In Your Hands, Mr. Mehta,” the bench had told the Solicitor General.The law officer had then informed the bench that there was diversity in lending and different modalities are required to be followed. “Consultations are on between the required stakeholders,” he added.The bench also added that it had always permitted the Government to take as much time as they required so that they could come back with instructions but that it was not in the interest of the common man to continue delaying the implementation.”Please see the plight of the common man,” Justice MR Shah had remarked.The SG had then gone on to explain that Banks which waive interest on interest & then will be compensated by Govt and the calculation will have different modalities. “We will have to ensure that bank gives us a proper format,” he added.Bench then went on to indicate that they will take up the case on November 2 and that, it expected the Government to tell the top court about the implementation of the aforesaid benefits.The affidavits have been filed by the Centre in response to a batch of pleas in the apex court, raising issues pertaining to validity of RBI’s March 27 circular which allowed lending institutions to grant moratorium on payment of instalments of term loans falling due between March 1, 2020 and May 31 this year due to the pandemic.Later, the period of moratorium was extended till August 31.Click Here To Download Affidavit by CentreNext Storylast_img read more

Dog who wandered 700 miles from home found safe in New Mexico

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles-area family had a reason to celebrate on Thursday when a man revealed that he discovered their missing dog wandering in New Mexico — nearly 700 miles away from his home.Bella apparently made the trek to Las Cruces all alone, crossing two state lines and entering an entirely different time zone, according to El Paso, Texas, ABC affiliate KVIA-TV.The pup, a black and white husky, eventually wandered into the care of Juan Treto, a New Mexico State University student, who says he instantly fell in love with her. He spent about six weeks fostering her and trying to locate her owners.“Bella” made a 700-mile trip from California to New Mexico where she was found and eventually returned to her owner.“I thought maybe she was on a vacation or something,” Treto told KVIA-TV. “I could tell that she just wanted to be loved.”He said he formed a tight bond with the pup, who he called Annie, but he continued to search for her owners.Chip-tracking data eventually led him to the dog’s rightful owner, Jessica Smith.“I think she was more surprised that her dog was in New Mexico,” Treto said. “She said that she had lost her in Orange County, and had no idea that someone from New Mexico would end up calling her.”Smith said it felt like her prayers had been answered when she finally got the call saying Bella was safe.“I have two daughters, and they have been heartbroken,” Smith told KVIA-TV. “I didn’t think we were ever going to hear about her again. I thought, ‘I hope she didn’t get eaten.’ I was thinking the worst.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more