AEL Mining Services Zambia Plc HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgAEL Mining Services Zambia Plc (AELZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about AEL Mining Services Zambia Plc (AELZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AEL Mining Services Zambia Plc (AELZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AEL Mining Services Zambia Plc (AELZ.zm)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAEL Mining Services is a major producer and supplier of explosives, initiating systems and services in Zambia; providing the majority of products needed by customers in the Central African region engaged in copper and cobalt, underground and surface open pit mining. The company has a network of regional manufacturing facilities that produce bulk emulsion explosives for surface and underground mining; the main factory based in Kitwe, otherwise known as the Zambian Copperbelt. AEL Mining Services distributes its products to major players in countries like Malawi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo from strategically-located storage and distribution facilities in the Katanga Province in Zambia. AEL Mining Services is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I reckon housebuilder and property shares just became more attractive

first_img Image source: Getty Images 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. Why I reckon housebuilder and property shares just became more attractive Property portal Rightmove (LSE: RMV) reckons a mini-boom in the housing market is starting. And it’s all because of the changes in the threshold for Stamp Duty Land Tax that started on 8 July.My earlier fears that the coronavirus crisis might cause property prices to fall were misplaced. Instead, selling prices have been moving higher for domestic property in many areas of the market.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…Why I’d invest in property sharesWhen lockdowns first began to ease, Rightmove reported an upsurge in activity because of pent-up demand. And the easing of Stamp Duty tax builds on that effect. Indeed, both selling and rental prices are buoyant in many places.Meanwhile, shares in the housebuilder and property sectors remain depressed in some cases because of the coronavirus-induced stock market crash. Maybe there’s an opportunity to pick up some stock bargains based around the theme of property.One obvious share to research is Rightmove itself, which stands to gain from activity in the property market. And at 575p, the share price is still around 18% below its level in February before coronavirus hit the stock market. Meanwhile, City analysts have pencilled in a chunky rebound in earnings for next year. If achieved, the business would equal its performance in 2019.However, the stock is prized by investors and carries a forward-looking earnings multiple close to 30. But I think it’s earned that high rating. The company commands a powerful niche and benefits from much of the activity in the housing market. The record of trading shows impressive growth in revenue, earnings, cash flow and shareholder dividends over a multi-year period.Lagging cash flows and discountingBut in June, the company warned that despite the positive consumer reaction to the re-opening of the housing market things are still difficult in the sector. It takes around three months for housing transactions to complete “which impacts the cash flows of our agents.” On top of that, Rightmove reckons it takes agents time to build a pipeline of vendors and new sales instructions.To address those challenges, the company has been offering its agency customers discounts between 40% and 75%. And the financial impact of this extended support over August and September will reduce revenue by between £17m and £20m. That will be on top of a £65m to £75m revenue reduction because of discounts offered between April and July.To put those figures in perspective, Rightmove achieved revenue of around £289m in 2019. And that suggests a reduction this year of as much as around 33% based on the discounts announced so far. However, although Covid-19 has caused weaker trading during 2020, don’t forget those City analysts reckon Rightmove’s business will recover during 2021. And I reckon the mini-boom in the housing market now is encouraging.If you don’t have the stomach for Rightmove’s rich-looking valuation, I reckon there’s some good value in the housebuilding sector. A strong housing market may benefit those firms building and developing property too. And I’d consider researching names such as Persimmon, Redrow, Taylor Wimpey, Vistry, McCarthy & Stone and others. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Monday, 20th July, 2020 | More on: RMV Kevin Godbold owns shares in Redrow and Vistry. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Redrow and Rightmove. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.last_img read more

This FTSE 250 stock is at all-time-highs. Here’s why I’d still buy it

first_img See all posts by Manika Premsingh Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 | More on: BYG Image source: Getty Images 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. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Simply 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. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’!center_img There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares This FTSE 250 stock is at all-time-highs. Here’s why I’d still buy it Manika Premsingh owns shares of Ocado Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. and Ocado Group. 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. FTSE 250 self-storage services provider, Big Yellow Group (LSE: BYG) touched all-time-highs last week in a run-up to its results this week. The results did not disappoint either. Big Yellow Group shows healthy growthFor the year ending March 31, the company reported a 4.6% revenue increase yesterday. Of this, store revenue, which accounts for much of the total, grew by a strong 5.7%. Notably, the segment’s final quarter was particularly strong, with a 9.7% revenue rise, possibly reflecting recovering economic conditions. 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…Its pre-tax profits were up by 5.1% as well, and notably, going by its statutory numbers they were up by a whole 185% because of the rise in the value of investment properties. Favourable structural changesBig Yellow Group is among the beneficiaries from the long-term structural shift towards online sales. This is because online sales require logistical support, that includes warehousing, one of the services provided by the company. While it was always expected to happen, the trend accelerated last year because of the pandemic. It points to this and “the shortage of quality flexible mini-warehousing space” as demand drivers for the company. Strong performance in the past year is also visible in other companies related to online sales, from online retailers to packaging companies and from warehousers to delivery providers. These include FTSE 100 companies like Ocado, Mondi and Just Eat Takeaway, all of which benefited from last year’s lockdowns. Competitively pricedWith a structural shift in its favour, I think the company’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is still competitive. If I consider the ratio based on statutory earnings, it is at a low 8.7 times, and for me that makes Big Yellow Group a screaming buy. Because statutory metrics standardise financial reporting across companies, I think it is important to consider this measure.At this time, I also need to understand its P/E when the impact of property investment valuation gains mentioned earlier is removed from earnings. This is because, the valuation gains may be one-offs that do not reflect the earnings from operations. Based on this measure, the P/E is at a much higher 31.2 times.But even going by this measure, it is not the priciest stock around. According to my calculations, there are at least 70 FTSE 250 stocks that have a higher P/E than Big Yellow Group. In other words, it is attractively priced, making it a clear buy for me.  The red flagThe only red flag I see is overestimation of the prospects for online sales. Companies like Ocado and Just Eat Takeaway expect sales growth to slow down this year as there is greater freedom of movement. If there is a higher than expected moderation in growth, it would reflect in their stock prices too. And the same is true for Big Yellow Group. My takeawayHowever, the move towards online will not stop. It will only slow down. So for a still moderately-priced stock, there is potential for further gains. It is a long-term buy for me. last_img read more

House Affligem / Atelier Tom Vanhee

first_imgArchitects: Atelier Tom Vanhee Area Area of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Belgium Area:  123 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House Affligem / Atelier Tom VanheeSave this projectSaveHouse Affligem / Atelier Tom VanheeSave this picture!© Tim Van de Velde+ 37Curated by Paula Pintos Share House Affligem / Atelier Tom Vanhee “COPY” Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Deutsche FOAMGLAS®, Isover, Schluter, Wienerberger, ACV, Cinca floor tiles, Henrad radiator, Oregon, Plywood, Renson invisible ventilation, Unilin Sandwichpanels, VMZINC, Van Beveren aluminiumEngineering:LimeCollaborators:Heleen EskensCity:AffligemCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. A former textile factory is transformed into tiny house. we keep the traces of  the several renovations in the past and we ad a new layer to the building.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeSave this picture!New ground floor planSave this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeThe characteristic existing concrete floor with visible steel structure is renovated and is the finishing floor of the living space.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeWe kept the existing wooden roof structure with steel purlins visible. They are supporting a new industrial sarking roof. We isolated also all the walls and floors. The existing   windowopenings get new windows.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeA big window on the head of the building opens the living space with a nice view on the street. It brings a relation to the street without compromising the privacy.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeProject gallerySee allShow less8 Tips for Designing Residential KitchensArticles“The Goal is to Harness Qualities That Are Spontaneous and Genuine”: In Conversation…Interviews Share CopyAbout this officeAtelier Tom VanheeOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAffligemOn FacebookBelgiumPublished on April 01, 2020Cite: “House Affligem / Atelier Tom Vanhee” 01 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936647/house-affligem-atelier-tom-vanhee Clipboard CopyHouses•Affligem, Belgium Photographs:  Tim Van de Velde Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936647/house-affligem-atelier-tom-vanhee Clipboard “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists

first_img Organisation Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia to go further Receive email alertscenter_img Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about newspaper editor Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, who is in a coma in an intensive care unit after being attacked and beaten outside his home in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don on 29 April.“The attack on Yaroshenko is the latest in a series of cases of violence against journalists in the past six months in Russia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “How many criminal acts of this kind will be necessary before the authorities wake up? President Dmitri Medvedev’s government should seize the opportunity of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May to ensure that such attacks do not go unpunished and thereby send a reassuring signal to local journalists and the international community.”The editor-in-chief of the Corruption and Crime newspaper, Yaroshenko was attacked by unidentified assailants as he returned home from his office on the night of 29 April. He is still in a coma despite undergoing several operations. The police said they were investigating the assault.In view of the kind of story Yaroshenko usually covered, Reporters Without Borders thinks the policed should not rule out any hypothesis, including the possibility that the attack was linked to his work.The attack was widely condemned in Russia by such people as leading human rights activist and Soviet-era dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who said: “Not a week goes by without someone being targeted, whether a journalist, a lawyer, a human rights activist or an opposition politician.”Sergey Protazanov, a reporter for Grajdanskoye Soglasye, a local newspaper based in the north Moscow suburb of Khimki, died at his home on 30 March, two days after being attacked and beaten. Lev Ponomariov, the head of the human rights NGO “For Human Rights,” was attacked by three men outside his Moscow home the following evening.Yuri Grachev, the 72-year-old editor of the Moscow-area local newspaper Solnechnogorsky Forum and an outspoken critic of local officials, was beaten and left unconscious outside his home on 3 February.Novaya Gazeta reporter Anastasia Baburova and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov were gunned down in a contract-style killing in central Moscow on 19 January.Mikhail Beketov, the editor of the Khimki-based local newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, spent several weeks in a coma after being savagely beaten outside his home in November, at a time when he was investigating mayor Victor Strelchenko’s business activities and the reasons for his support for a motorway project that threatens a forest outside Khimki. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News News News News Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caltech Named World’s #1 University for Second Year

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world’s number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.Oxford University, Stanford University, Harvard University, and MIT round out the top five.“We are pleased to be among the best, and we celebrate the achievements of all our peer institutions,” says Caltech president Jean-Lou Chameau. “Excellence is achieved over many years and is the result of our focus on extraordinary people. I am proud of our talented faculty, who educate outstanding young people while exploring transformative ideas in an environment that encourages collaboration rather than competition.”Times Higher Education compiled the listing using the same methodology as in last year’s survey. Thirteen performance indicators representing research (worth 30 percent of a school’s overall ranking score), teaching (30 percent), citations (30 percent), international outlook (which includes the total numbers of international students and faculty and the ratio of scholarly papers with international collaborators, 7.5 percent), and industry income (a measure of innovation, 2.5 percent) make up the data. Included among the measures are a reputation survey of 17,500 academics; institutional, industry, and faculty research income; and an analysis of 50 million scholarly papers to determine the average number of citations per scholarly paper, a measure of research impact.In addition to placing first overall in this year’s survey, Caltech came out on top in the teaching indicator as well as in subject-specific rankings for engineering and technology and for the physical sciences.“Caltech held on to the world’s number one spot with a strong performance across all of our key performance indicators,” says Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. “In a very competitive year, when Caltech’s key rivals for the top position reported increased research income, Caltech actually managed to widen the gap with the two universities in second place this year—Stanford University and the University of Oxford. This is an extraordinary performance.”Data for the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings were provided by Thomson Reuters from its Global Institutional Profiles Project, an ongoing, multistage process to collect and validate factual data about academic institutional performance across a variety of aspects and multiple disciplines.The Times Higher Education site has the full list of the world’s top 400 schools and all of the performance indicators.For more information, visit www.caltech.edu.center_img Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena News Feature Stories Caltech Named World’s #1 University for Second Year by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings By KATHY SVITIL Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 1:44 pm Business News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Paro Joins OTC Markets Group’s Premium Provider Directory

first_img Facebook Paro Joins OTC Markets Group’s Premium Provider Directory CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Paro, a Chicago-based startup disrupting the way companies access on-demand financial expertise, today announced it has joined the OTC Markets Group Premium Provider Directory in the Accounting category. Through this inclusion in the directory, Paro’s finance and accounting services, provided by deeply vetted bookkeepers, accountants, financial analysts, and CFOs, will be more accessible to the thousands of companies that trade on the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and Pink® markets. “We are excited by the increased accessibility for OTC Markets Group’s network of growing companies, as our network of top-tier, remote professionals is the perfect complement for businesses seeking to work with like-minded entrepreneurs who are committed to helping achieve their goals,” said Anita Samojednik, Paro CEO. “We will look to support the issuers in improving their financial performance, ensuring timely and accurate reporting, and creating long-term results as we do with all our clients.” Paro uses its proprietary AI technology to match companies with experienced, remote experts who have the expertise to meet the unique needs of public issuers. Paro’s pool of remote professionals’ averages 15 years of experience in areas including public reporting, forecasting and budgeting, M&A, accounting, and strategic funding, among others. For more information, visit https://www.otcmarkets.com/corporate-services/premium-provider-directory/accountingauditing-firms/paro. About Paro Paro is reimagining the future of work for employers and professionals, starting with finance and accounting. It puts finance functions on autopilot by seamlessly matching companies with subject-matter experts and providing professionals with a platform to run their businesses. Paro’s exclusive network of top experts includes CPAs, CFOs, Controllers, Bookkeepers, Financial Analysts, Auditors, and more. Learn more at Paro.io. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005232/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: John Austin, VP of Marketing [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE CONSULTING BANKING ACCOUNTING SOURCE: Paro Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005232/en Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleTravelers Named a 2021 Military Friendly® CompanyNext articleLeading Personalized Patient Health Network PatientsLikeMe Raises $26 Million to Support Next Phase of Growth Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Dera Sacha Sauda Members To Transfer Cases Relating to Sacrilege of Holy Book

first_imgNews UpdatesSupreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Dera Sacha Sauda Members To Transfer Cases Relating to Sacrilege of Holy Book Radhika Roy25 Nov 2020 9:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the transfer petition filed by members of Dera Sacha Sauda wherein they sought for the transfer of cases pertaining to sacrilege outside of the State of Punjab. A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy noted in the Order that “The transfer of trial from one State to another would inevitably reflect on the credibility of the State’s…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 on Wednesday dismissed the transfer petition filed by members of Dera Sacha Sauda wherein they sought for the transfer of cases pertaining to sacrilege outside of the State of Punjab. A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy noted in the Order that “The transfer of trial from one State to another would inevitably reflect on the credibility of the State’s judiciary. Except for compelling factors and clear situation of deprivation of fair justice, the transfer power should not be evoked”. Accordingly, the plea seeking for transfer of trial of criminal cases pending before the Courts at Bhatinda, Moga and Faridkot districts to competent Court in Delhi or to any nearby State, out of Punjab, was dismissed. General Allegation Of ‘Surcharged Atmosphere’ Is Not Sufficient To Transfer Trial From One One Court To Another: Supreme CourtThe criminal cases before the Trial court pertain to the alleged sacrilege of the holy book, Shri Guru Granth Sahibji, in different places in Punjab by the members of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a controversial sect which is headed by convicted murderer and rapist Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. It has been averred by the Petitioners that the matter has generated “deep anguish and bitterness” amongst a particular religious group which forms the majority of the population in the State, and therefore the Petitioners face “bias and prejudice and are unlikely to get a fair trial in the face of strong presumption of culpability”. The Petitioners have further contended that the communally charged atmosphere in the State casts a reasonable apprehension that “fair trial is a near impossibility” and that there exists a threat to the lives of the accused at the hands of radical elements in the State. Further, it has been submitted that public appeals have been made to socially boycott the accused as well as those dealing with them, such as their lawyers, doctors and even taxi drivers. In light of the above, it was stated that the Petitioners would not be provided a fair trial and sought for transfer of the cases out of Punjab. | The Supreme Court, however, observed that the projection of surcharged atmosphere was not evident from the corresponding reaction of the Petitioners, who were out on bail and going about their routine affairs – “If their threat perceptions were genuine, they could not have gone about their normal ways. For this reason, the Court is inclined to believe that the atmosphere in the State just not justify the shifting of the trial venue to another State”. Stating that the powers of the Apex Court under Section 406 of the Code of Criminal Procedure must be exercised sparingly and only in deserving cases when fair and impartial trial is uninfluenced by external factors, the Single-Judge Bench dismissed the transfer petition. Next Storylast_img read more

Military, border patrol called out to stop migrant ‘rush’ but it was a false alarm: Officials

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant “caravan” were gathering in Tijuana and planning to “rush” the border.Customs and Border Patrol said the northbound lanes at the nation’s busiest border crossing were closed and with the military’s help “port hardening materials” quickly installed, including “jersey barriers and concertina wire, to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States.”But it turned out to be a false alarm — the CPB said no migrants never came.On Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted out photos of CPB officers in riot gear as well as the barbed wire and barriers citing the reports about plans to “rush” the border.According to a DHS official, the concern prompted a suspension of the port for three hours in order to get more CBP personnel in the area.“CBP will not allow for the unlawful entry of persons into the United States, at or between our ports of entry,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us; we need to be prepared prior to when they arrive at the border crossing.”According to a DHS official, the San Ysidro facility can hold only up to 300 people.Officials said they are also limited if they need to deal with rival gang members in custody or unaccompanied minors.The main concern was safety for their personnel, that DHS official said.DHS claims the department has identified more than “500 criminals” in the caravan.“Most of the caravan are not women and children,” an official said, adding that most are men and male teenagers trying to enter the country.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Larval development in the Antarctic nemertean Parborlasia corrugatus (Heteronemertea: Lineidae)

first_imgEmbryonic and larval development were followed from fertilisation to settlement in the Antarctic heteronemertean Parborlasia corrugatus (McIntosh, 1876). The first cleavage occurred 10 to 15 h after fertilisation, and the second at ≃17 h. Larvae hatched at the gastrula stage, between 170 and 200 h post-fertilisation, and were ≃150 μm in diameter. Early larval stages aggregated in dense groups near the surface of incubation vessels and were positively phototactic. Early pilidium larvae were recognisable 435 h post-fertilisation. They were 155×152 μm in size, and possessed a complete apical tuft of cilia and a full marginal band of locomotory cilia. At this stage, the gust was visible through the body wall, and the mouth was open and was ≃40 μm in diameter. Late pilidia, 222×193 μm in size, were helmet-shaped. They had an apical tuft over 100 μm long, and possessed a lobed marginal band of locomotory cilia. Pilidia were observed aggregating close to the bottom of incubation vessels 1200 to 1350 h (50 to 56 d) after fertilisation, and this was interpreted as settlement behaviour. At this stage, the apical tuft had been lost and they were highly contractile, being capable of compressing their bodies. However, neither developing juveniles within the larval envelope nor hatched juveniles were observed. Pilidia consumed the microalgae Tetraselmis suecica, Thalassiosira pseudonana and Isochrysis galbana. They also fed on particulate organic material < 1 μm in size, as shown by the presence of material in the guts of larvae offered filtered extracts of algal cultures. There was some indication that larvae could use dissolved organic material, since pilidia held in seawater with organic material removed did not survive as long as those in filtered seawater or in filtered water with added amino acids. However, the only larvae to exhibit settlement behaviour in the feeding experiments were those offered Tetraselmis succica and Thalassiosira pseudonana, and these required a longer development time to reach this stage than pilidia in the standard cultures, where a mixed algal diet was offered.last_img read more

12322