PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

first_imgMonday 30 August 2010 8:49 pm Goodness knows, the City has needed a cheerleader in the corridors of power over the past couple of years. And just when he was called for, there he was – mop of blond hair flying, and bicycle shining.When all around him were calling for banker’s heads, Boris Johnson had the gumption to stick up for the capital’s engine-room, calling FSA head Adair Turner’s proposals for punitive taxes on the financial services “crackers”. At the start of the year he went to Brussels and spoke passionately against regulation that could have strangled hedge funds and private equity. At Davos, he told the world’s business elite that London’s free-market ethos trumps the Swiss quality of life any day. When bankers were public enemy number one, he risked unpopularity among the electorate – and the more populist wing of his own party – to stick up for them. In the face of opposition, he did what he thought was right. Bravo to that. AT?the height of the financial crisis and in in its aftermath Angela Knight was everywhere. If a bank went into meltdown, announced a fresh crisis or came under fire from headline-seeking politicians, you could bet that she would soon be on the airwaves, whatever the hour. In its hour of need, she was the City’s Knight in shining armour. Others have defended the City with passion – including Boris Johnson, above – but Knight’s USP was that she was one of the few people who understands the inner workings of the City and the higher echelons of government, having served as a Treasury Minister with Ken Clarke in the 90s. Nobody else has defended the banks in the media as vociferously or as determinedly as Knight. For that, she deserves the City’s thanks. whatsapp At some points this year Willie Walsh must have thought that he was in a bad dream. He endured late-night union discussions to avoid a cabin-crew walkout, only to find that the other side were tweeting details of their meetings. Another meeting was invaded by angry placard-waving Marxists. And then flights were grounded by ash from a volcano. As if the airline industry wasn’t tough enough.But BA’s CEO has kept on fighting to save the carrier. He might have done it. The Iberia merger sidestepped the problems of Heathrow expansion, by moving the company’s centre of operations to Madrid. And in April BA won antitrust clearance to run transatlantic flights with American Airlines. Recently many predicted BA’s demise. Just over half way through the year, Walsh was talking about “creating a platform to create a global carrier.” It has been a heroic effort by the Dubliner. ANGELA KNIGHT, CEO, BRITISH BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION IT’S been another tough year in the City. Stock markets are still nervy, the recovery is by no means secure and a double-dip is on many people’s cards. But it is hard times that form characters. Our five nominees for Personality of the Year have proved their mettle over the past 12 months. One is a banker who showed extraordinary flair and quickness of thought during the crisis and its aftermath. Two have spoken up for the City in its darkest hour. The others are tough-minded British businessmen; one who has fought unions and adversity to save a great British company, and the other is a long-time CEO who has built his company into one of the biggest success stories in the country. All five have shown nerve and toughness, and have contributed to keeping the City as the world’s financial centre. Long may they continue to do so. Don’t miss the City event of the year – get online now and book your table for the City A.M. Awards on Thursday 28 October 2010 at Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London EC4. Call 02082674043 or see www.CityAMAwards.comBOB DIAMOND, PRESIDENT, BARCLAYS CAPITAL His massive bonuses – he is said to have pocketed £20m this year – are what makes Diamond a pin-up boy for those who love the City, and a regular on the dart-boards of those who hate it, but there is no doubting that the American has been one of the winners of the downturn. Diamond’s Barclays Capital was responsible for a whopping 87 per cent of Barclay’s total earnings for the first half of the year, with his team making £3.4bn. True, job cuts are planned, but BarCap still plans to end the year with 10 per cent more staff, after it expands into Asia and bolsters its European equities and advisory unit. Diamond moved to London in 1997 and profited during the boom years, but it was in late 2008 that he showed his quality, holding his nerve to pick up Lehman Brothers’ American operations, a deal that netted him $11.2bn. So far, he seems unstoppable. If the City is about making money in bad times as well as good, then nobody represents it better. PAUL PINDAR, CEO, CAPITAIN a world of big personalities and CEOs who are sometimes more focused on the headlines than the bottom line, there are still some quiet success stories sbout. One is Paul Pindar, who has been the CEO?of Capita since 1999, in which time he has grown its annual profits from £36m to £258m in 2009. If solid perfomance in bad conditions is the sign of solidity and good leadership then Capita looks unshakeable: its profits for the difficult first half of 2010 were up 12 per cent. Capita has already landed major contracts and renewals worth £523m in that time, and acquired seven companies at a cost of £107m. Its dividends increased 18 per cent, and over the past five years it has returned £1.03bn to shareholders. Although it’s best known for its government work, that actually accounts for about a tenth of its turnover. Among its City work, it looks after back-office operations for the Pru. As cash-strapped companies look to outsource more operations Pindar will only go from strength to strength. One of the City’s unsung heroes. 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National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgNational Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw)  2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Tyre Services Limited is the largest distributor and retailer of new tyres and tubes for the automotive industry in Zimbabwe. Its focus is on re-lugging tyres used in the agricultural and earthmoving sector and the procurement of truck tyres for the Zimbabwe transport industry. Popular tyre brands sold by National Tyre Services include Dunlop, Firestone, Bridgestone, Yokohama, Pirelli, Bandag, Regal and Comforser. It offers products in its ranger catering for sedans, SUVs, off-road vehicles, light trucks and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Its service outlets deal with wheel alignment, wheel balancing, product support and inner tyre tubes. The company has a national footprint with 12 retail outlets in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe. The re-lugging factory is in Harare and Chiredzi and re-treading and procurement of truck tyres is done out of Harare and Bulawayo. National Tyre Services Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Rugby World magazine’s Stars of 2021

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by What a nightmare! It goes from bad to worse for the Dragons Cameron Woki helps himself to the tap back from kick-off and Santiago Cordero scores his second try of the match #HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/M6oAnMKKio— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 19, 2020One of France’s 2018 U20 World Cup winners – he scored a try in the final – he’s set to move closer to the RWC 2023 squad this year.Fabien Galthié has myriad back-row options at his disposal but the 6ft 5in Woki, who plays for the Bordeaux-Bègles club, is putting huge pressure on those who have been first choice up until now.Charlotte Caslick (Australia)Caslick could well be the face of the women’s sevens event at the Olympics. When the Sevens Series was obliterated by Covid, the Olympic champion played in the NRL Women’s competition and in just two games for Sydney Roosters, league fans saw how special she is. She left 11 tacklers flailing and made three offloads – more than any team-mate.Her time in league was cut short as she sustained two small fractures in her lumbar spine, but she has signed up to be with Australia Sevens as they hunt successive Games golds. Against Scotland, the loosehead earnt rave reviews for nabbing a few turnovers and slamming in the tackles. But taking big strides is what he’s all about.A product of the Capitolina club, this Roman used to work on building sites. But he has toiled and when he helped Calvisano win the league, the front-row was named Player of the Year. Now the biking and motocross enthusiast, who – as the Italian press gleefully reported – takes on 4,600 calories a day, is with Zebre and revving up for the Azzurri.Luke Pearce (Referee)Referees will tell you they don’t want to be noticed in matches because the game is about the players. In that respect, Pontypool-born Pearce failed miserably during this season’s Bristol v Northampton Premiership match.At a time when rugby is receiving a few brickbats for negative play and wasted time, the 33-year-old earned rave reviews for his efforts at speeding up proceedings at Ashton Gate.He injected energy into the scrum set-ups – something we first saw in September’s Northampton-Exeter game – and even resorted to counting down aloud the five-second ‘use it or lose it’ limit for box kicks. He impressed again in the Ireland v France match. Here’s who we’re predicting to make waves in what will be a big year of rugby The centre’s debut against Georgia at an empty Parc y Scarlets may have contrasted sharply with the atmosphere at the Wales matches in Cardiff that his father took him to as a child, but the 24-year-old still made his mark.Wales coach Wayne Pivac believes Williams can fulfil a similar role to Hadleigh Parkes in midfield but with “a little bit more X-factor”. He gets over the advantage line with the ball in hand, is a dominant presence in defence and could become a focal point in Wales’ back-line going forward.Stacey Fluhler (New Zealand)If the Black Ferns win Olympic gold, it will be in no small part due to the work-rate and finishing of Fluhler. The Sevens Series may have been curtailed last season but she was top try-scorer, Impact Player – a stats-based award for best all-rounder – and in the Team of the Year.Fluhler is also the subject of one book in a series of profiles on Māori and Pasifika women and has worked to promote the work, as well as studying for a post-graduate diploma in business. She has co-hosted a bilingual sports show on Māori TV too.But it’s on the pitch that Fluhler is most impressive, and she is stretching ahead of rivals. Take last season as a yardstick: she made 38 clean breaks while her nearest competition, Ellia Green, had 24.Folau Fakatava (Tonga) That is all the more significant when you consider the two countries are in the same World Cup pool. If France are to end their losing run against the Red Roses, then Sansus will be to the fore.Jonny May (England)He is destined to score beauties, even if the lines about them are unlikely to impress. “I didn’t have enough time to think about it when it is like that, off quick turnover ball,” May said matter-of-factly about his ludicrous try against Ireland last autumn – one of two he scored that day.Catching the ball in his 22, the wing shaped to cut right then quickly stuttered left, bamboozling defender Chris Farrell. Then when free, he chipped over the defence, beat a scuttling Jamison Gibson Park to the ball, footed it a little further in front and finished off a scorching score.It’s the lines he cuts that stand out. His fluency of running. In the space of a few years, he has made himself a must-pick for his country and he looks certain to tour South Africa with the Lions.May is now England’s second-highest try-scorer with 32 but has a way to go to hit Rory Underwood’s record 49. You wouldn’t bet against him though…Johnny Williams (Wales)How quickly things can change. At the start of last year, Williams was taking his first steps back into rugby after being treated for testicular cancer. Now, having swapped Newcastle and the Falcons for Llanelli and the Scarlets, he’s hoping to become a regular pick for Wales. Coach John Manenti says: “We saw how world class Charlotte is across the codes and it’s a credit to her the way she attacks every opportunity both on and off the field.”Ali Price (Scotland)Who will be the Lions nines this summer? Scottish Lions have been thin on the ground under Warren Gatland but in a position that is arguably more up for grabs than any other, Price could become his country’s first Lions Test starter since Roy Laidlaw in 1983.At 27, the scrum-half has matured since the early days when occasional rushes of blood could undermine his efforts. The spurts round the fringes and line-breaking offloads have been supplemented by greater control and composure; he looks like he’s in charge. TAGS: Highlight Rugby World magazine’s Stars of 2021There’s a lot on the rugby calendar this year – hopefully – with a British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, an Olympics and a World Cup all scheduled. That’s without mentioning all the domestic competitions or the Six Nations.So we’ve compiled a list of those we think will be making headlines over the next 12 months. From the men’s and women’s games, sevens and 15s, and even a referee, these are the names to look out for.Rugby World magazine’s Stars of 2021Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)We are in that frenzied period when name after name is thrown into the Lions hat. So why not throw in the Scotland winger?As Lion No 752 Tommy Bowe tweeted: “I think van der Merwe could be starting 11 on the Lions.” Two-time Lions captain Sam Warburton listed the wing as a starter at 14 when he picked a touring team he’d like to see play the Springboks after the Autumn Nations Cup.What sets the Edinburgh man apart is his acceleration and power through contact; his ability to thunder on with hands grasping at him. Just making the plane would be a huge achievement, but he now seems to have reached the stage where, whether Edinburgh are on their mettle or fumbling around, his own game is bankably physical and his hunger for work undeniable.Garry Ringrose (Ireland)Unlucky to miss out on Lions selection in 2017, Ringrose will be firmly in the midfield mix for this year’s tour to South Africa. Warren Gatland’s team will need guile as well as grunt to beat the world champions – and that is what the Leinsterman delivers.Garry Ringrose is becoming an integral player for Ireland (Sportsfile/Getty Images)Ireland have a wealth of powerful centres – Aki, Farrell, Henshaw, McCloskey – but it’s Ringrose who offers something different, a contrast, the deft hands and gliding runs. That will allow the Lions to run around opponents rather than simply trying to run through them, which is hard to do against a team as physical as the Boks.The 26-year-old, who was voted Ireland’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2020, is also developing his leadership credentials. He led Leinster to their Pro14 triumph last season, while Rory Best believes either Ringrose or James Ryan will be Ireland’s long-term captain post-Johnny Sexton.Marco van Staden (South Africa)While some players have struggled to adapt to the renewed emphasis on the breakdown laws, this flanker has thrived to become a standout performer for the Bulls.As his coach Jake White says: “His breakdown skills are phenomenal. The way that he understands the role and understands the timing of what he does – whether he goes in, or folds around the corner and waits for the next breakdown – he’s getting better and better at that all the time.”Van Staden, 25, won three caps for the Boks in 2019 and while he may struggle to usurp Siya Kolisi or Pieter-Steph du Toit if the World Cup-winning pair are fully fit, he’ll certainly be in the selection conversation when it comes to the British & Irish Lions series this summer.Harry Wilson (Australia)Wallabies fans have been yearning for a strong, ball-carrying No 8 since the days of Toutai Kefu and in Wilson they may have found just the man.He was a talented cricketer in his youth, but has found his calling in Wallaby gold rather than the baggy green. Dave Rennie gave Wilson his debut at blindside flanker in Australia’s opening Test of 2020 and named him at No 8 in the following five fixtures.Labelled a “potential superstar” by the Fox Sports commentary team Down Under, the 21-year-old consolidated an impressive Super Rugby AU season for the Reds, in which he made the most tackles (120) and second-most carries (112). His carries tally during the Tri-Nations was 36 – joint second with All Black lock Sam Whitelock.Expect the ‘Rookie of the Year’ to become a permanent fixture in the back row for the Reds and Wallabies.Ellie Kildunne (England)A step and three broken tackles saw Kildunne score the try that would bring England Women within a penalty kick of defeating France, which they duly did 25-23 thanks to the boot of Emily Scarratt.And how did the livewire back-three star celebrate? According to team-mate Shaunagh Brown, the 21-year-old and prop Detysha Harper put on a karaoke and dance extravaganza in the team bubble.Energy is what the sevens-turned-15s star brings. Even when exposed – as she was by Cyrielle Banet in that France Test – she bounces back with renewed power, sometimes in a different direction, like a ball of rubber bands. Defences in different codes have been humbled.With the World Cup in New Zealand and the Tokyo Olympics the options this year, fans will be doing what so many disappointed defenders have done before: watch her pick her spot.Marcos Kremer (Argentina)If Argentina’s historic first victory over New Zealand was built on defence, that defence was built on Kremer. He made an incredible 28 tackles in the 25-15 win, as well as topping the carries with 14, and was central to stifling the All Blacks. Over the course of the Tri-Nations, he made 72 tackles – 26 more than any other player. Quite remarkable figures.center_img His ‘let’s go’ attitude has been quick to rub off on fellow officials and rugby wants more of the same in 2021.Giorgi Kveseladze (Georgia)Georgia have long been known for their prowess up front but they need to develop their back play if they’re to start seriously challenging the world’s top ten sides. In Kveseladze, 23, they have the answer.The centre stole the headlines with his try against Ireland last autumn, a sublime individual score. He gives Georgia much-needed creativity but is also defensively solid; he made 17 tackles against Ireland and 19 against Wales.Brian O’Driscoll knows plenty about midfield play and after the Ireland game he was full of praise for Kveseladze on Twitter. Just a bit of individual brilliance from Max Malins in European final A big score for @BristolBears!#ChallengeCupFinal pic.twitter.com/jqgz0JDBXe— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 16, 2020Malins’s club form may lead to the term ‘Lions bolter’ being applied in the coming months. Even if he doesn’t join national team-mates on South African shores, he’ll get more game time for England on July’s North America tour.Cameron Woki (France)France have incredible depth right now – the fact their team with 60-odd caps came within a minute of beating an England side with 700-plus in the Autumn Nations Cup is evidence of that. “It was not a French farce but a French force,” said Woki after that game – and he was central to that force.The 22-year-old’s ability to disrupt the England lineout and deny them clean ball was a standout and he also got stuck in at the breakdown. Max Malins (England)The sight of Malins straining every fibre as he goes hell for leather with ball in hand is nothing new for Sarries fans. But when he started to do it for Bristol, the on-loan fly-half turned full-back picked up more eyeballs.His Roadrunner act has found a nice fit at the Bears and he also possesses a fine double-pump dummy. He brought the same all-or-nothing running style off the bench for England in the autumn. Next on the 23-year-old’s agenda is helping Stade Français challenge for the Top 14 title – after lifting the Bouclier de Brennus four times in eight seasons in the 2000s they’ve only won it once since 2007. Then he should be on the Test stage once more, tackling opponents to a standstill, as the Pumas aim to improve on last year’s promising foundations.Trael Joass (New Zealand)It’s always interesting to hear who the pros really rate. “Trael Joass has been training bloody hard,” says Andrew Knewstubb, when asked who is in line for a big year of sevens. “If he doesn’t get injured, I reckon he’s in for a huge 2021. Our forwards are pretty solid, so it’s hard to break in, but he’s going to give (the year) a bloody good crack.”The more casual sevens watcher will have clocked Joass before, without ever noticing. It has become a tradition that whenever he is part of a big win, Kurt Baker strips naked and climbs onto the shoulders of a team-mate. After New Zealand’s men won the Sevens World Cup, it was Joass’s shoulders he was on.The forwards’ job is all about providing a platform. Healthy and firing, Joass could be the unsung hero in a formidable front three.Laure Sansus (France)Ah, how the French love scrum-halves; they build teams around the nine. Not long ago Pauline Bourdon was excelling in that role for France’s women but last year she shifted to ten and Sansus wore the No 9 shirt – and it’s the latter who is poised to star there at RWC 2021.She scored tries against England, Italy and Wales in 2020, as well as consistently making double-figure carries. She brings a real spark and verve to France’s attack, with World Cup winner Rachael Burford saying: “She seems to cause serious problems for England with her line breaks.” This article originally appeared in the February 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Soon afterwards, Gloucester snapped him up so we’ll see more of him in 2021.Kennedy Simon (New Zealand)Comfortable playing across the back row, Simon’s versatility is sure to put her in the mix when Glenn Moore names his Black Ferns squad for their World Cup defence on home soil later this year.Simon excelled at No 8 for Waikato in last year’s Farah Palmer Cup, with her power game particularly notable. Her team may have lost to Canterbury in the final but her tackle on Phillipa Love was pushed out as a highlights clip on the Ferns’ Facebook channel. Plus, she surged though a couple of defenders from close range to score Waikato’s try.Then her performances at openside in the Possibles v Probables game and the two NZ Barbarians fixtures saw her nominated as Black Ferns Player of the Year. There’s more to come in 2021. A sumptuous chip from Ali Price finding Darcy Graham for the first score of the match! #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvWAL pic.twitter.com/MDokKoBuAX— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 13, 2021One Scottish blog last summer labelled him only as an “outside bet” to make the trip to South Africa, but dips in form or injury to others has altered the picture. A solid Six Nations could help Price lend a tartan tinge to the squad.Napolioni Bolaca (Fiji) Asked which Fijian star should light up 2021, sevens commentator Sean Maloney says, “Definitely Bolaca.” Giving more detail, England captain Tom Mitchell describes the playmaker as: “A classic smaller Fijian with pace and naughtiness. But don’t underestimate his strength either!”As happy to kick as to run, the 24-year-old was the top point-scorer on last season’s truncated World Sevens Series, made the Team of the Year and after day one of the last tournament, in Vancouver, the Fiji Sun declared it ‘The Bolaca Show’. A breakaway try against France, in which he fended off tacklers and powered under the posts, was held up as the highlight.The points machine said last year: “My target is to play at the Tokyo Olympics, And after that, I want to secure a contract overseas so I can earn a living for my family playing the game I love.” New Highlanders boss Tony Brown already has one of the game’s greatest nines at his disposal. But Super Rugby Aotearoa rivals will be sickened that the next big thing in ball-slinging, Fakatava, will also be representing the franchise in 2021.Brown says: “The way Folau’s playing, he’s going to start to put a lot of pressure on Aaron Smith. I think he’ll get more game time, and potentially we might see him coming on at the backend of games and being a real threat with ball in hand.”A breakout star for Hawke’s Bay in the Mitre 10 Cup, the Tonga-born half-back has the ability to light a fuse at the base of a ruck and – BANG – create havoc with his running. He may play slightly differently to laser-passing Smith, but Fakatava deserves our attention. His is a future studded with TNT.Danilo Fischetti (Italy)You might not realise how fresh Fischetti is. Then he takes to Instagram to tell a 25-year-old that: “It was an honour to play against one of my favourite players, who inspires me. Thank you for the shirt, Ellis Genge.”last_img read more

O2 to pass on 100% of text donations to charities

first_img Howard Lake | 26 July 2010 | News Tagged with: corporate Digital mobile sms O2 to pass on 100% of text donations to charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. From 1 August 2010, mobile operator O2 will pass on 100% of text donations that its customers make to charity using the five-digit shortcode starting with the number ’70’.Since November 2009 O2 had been passing on 90p for every £1 donated, withholding 10p to cover network and third party costs. From August it will cover those costs itself.Simon Davis, Head of Corporate Responsibility at O2, said: “Particularly in the current economic climate, it’s essential that we help charities gain as much income as they can. We’re glad to be able to help in this way.”Earlier this month Vodafone UK announced that it was passing on 100% of text donations to charities, having announced a move to 90% in February 2010. In May this year Orange said that it was going to give 90% of text donations to charities.www.o2.co.uklast_img read more

Increased harassment of journalists in Côte d’Ivoire

first_img to go further March in Abidjan during 2016 World Press Freedom Day – SIA KAMBOU / AFP May 26, 2016 Increased harassment of journalists in Côte d’Ivoire News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation Reports Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet center_img RSF_en Receive email alerts October 16, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News October 29, 2020 Find out more News Arrested on the afternoon of 24 May, Despas and Kautcha were held at the headquarters of the gendarmerie in Agban, in the centre of Abidjan, without being allowed access to a lawyer. Both were released yesterday but, before being freed, Despas was taken before the prosecutor’s office, where he was charged with “spreading false reports” under article 173 of the penal code. According to the information available, their arrests and the charge against Despas were prompted by an article in early May about the existence of political prisoners in Côte d’Ivoire. It was based on an interview with former President Laurent Gbagbo’s son, Michel Gbagbo, who was himself summoned for questioning yesterday at the headquarters of the DST intelligence agency. “We are disturbed by these proceedings against a media representative who simply reported an interview and, furthermore, presented the views of both sides,” RSF said. “We urge the authorities to respect the work of journalists by trying this case under the press law and not the penal code.” Under article 173 of the penal code, “publishing, disseminating, divulging or reproducing false reports or documents that are fabricated, forged or mendaciously attributed to other persons” is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine. The press law does not provide for prison sentences for this type of offence. Côte d’Ivoire is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary detention of Koaci news website editor Laurent Despas and one of his reporters, Donatien Kautcha, who were freed on 25 May after being held overnight, and urges the authorities to use the press law rather than the penal code in the case they are bringing against Despas.last_img read more

100 million Americans brace for more cold, ice and snow

first_img Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Twitter Pinterest Ashely Archibad sings with her children, Avett, from left, 8, Cohen, 4, Luella, 10, and Sanders, 6, while their father Brett pays his guitar at their home in the BlackHawk neighborhood in Pflugerville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021. Anger over Texas’ power grid failing in the face of a record winter freeze mounted Tuesday as millions of residents in the energy capital of the U.S. remained shivering with no assurances that their electricity and heat — out for 36 hours or longer in many homes — would return soon or stay on once it finally does.center_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessStateUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 100 million Americans brace for more cold, ice and snowlast_img read more

[Income Tax] Providing Information Regarding Ongoing Investigation To Its Informer Is Inappropriate, Injurious: Delhi High Court

first_imgNews Updates[Income Tax] Providing Information Regarding Ongoing Investigation To Its Informer Is Inappropriate, Injurious: Delhi High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Nov 2020 4:22 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has cautioned that providing information regarding an ongoing investigation in an income tax case to its informer is not only inappropriate, but also injurious to the investigation. The observation was made by a Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait while hearing a case against Magistrate’s order directing the Income Tax Department to file an action taken status…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 Delhi High Court has cautioned that providing information regarding an ongoing investigation in an income tax case to its informer is not only inappropriate, but also injurious to the investigation. The observation was made by a Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait while hearing a case against Magistrate’s order directing the Income Tax Department to file an action taken status report with respect to a tax evasion complaint filed by the Respondent herein. The Principal Director of the Investigation Department of Income Tax had filed an application under Section 482 of CrPC, seeking that the orders passed by ACMM (Special. Acts) be quashed as they were passed without jurisdiction. It was contended that no provision of the CrPC gives such power to ACMM for calling for a status report/action taken report from the Investigation Wing of the Income Tax Department if no complaint/case is pending before the Court below. Finding merit in this submission, the Bench was of the opinion that the ACMM had “usurped” the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, which is impermissible under the law. It held, “It is not in dispute that the inherent powers vests with this Court only, however, not before the subordinate judiciary. As the case in hand is concerned, respondent no.1 had filed application without any procedure mentioned in Cr.P.C. or Income Tax Act. Moreover, learned Judge has passed directions after directions without realizing even that he does not have inherent power under Cr.P.C.” The Court then proceeded to observe that in cases pertaining to Tax evasion petitions like the present case, Courts should exercise their powers sparingly. It observed, “it is a well-settled principle that only the broad outcome of the Tax evasion petition may be communicated to the complainant, that too upon culmination of the investigation. The Income Tax Department has a specific framework of investigations dealing with the TEPs and information in respect of the investigation carried out by the office of Directorate General of Income Tax (Investigation) is not required to be intimated to the complainant as the said office is even outside the purview of the RTI Act, 2005.” Reliance was placed on SK Agarwalla v. Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence, (2008) SCC OnLine 1781, wherein it was categorically held that it would be inappropriate and even injurious, to ongoing investigations if informers are allowed to intrude into the investigative progress all in the name of enforcing a Right to Information. Accordingly, the application under Section 482 was allowed and the impugned orders were quashed for being illegal, perverse and without jurisdiction. Case Title: Principal Director, Income Tax (Investigation-2) v. Rajiv Yaduvanshi & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

TASTY TIDBITS Hoboken mourns the loss of long-time coach Ronga Hoboken’s…

first_img ×A HOBOKEN LEGEND – Hoboken is mourning the passing of former athletic great and long-time coach Carmine Ronga, who died last week after a year-long battle with leukemia. Carmine Ronga, the Hoboken athlete, teacher and famed coach, died last week after a year-long battle with leukemia. He was 66 years old.Ronga had the distinction of being inducted into the Hoboken/Demarest Athletic Hall of Fame both as an athlete and as a coach. A HOBOKEN LEGEND – Hoboken is mourning the passing of former athletic great and long-time coach Carmine Ronga, who died last week after a year-long battle with leukemia.center_img As an athlete, Ronga was a hard-nosed gritty offensive lineman and linebacker who never backed down to a challenge.“He was a tough little competitor,” said long-time Hoboken football coach Ed Stinson, who also had the distinction of gaining the Hoboken Hall as both an athlete and coach. “He was a sophomore when I was a senior. He was the typical Hoboken kid of the time. He would fight until there no fight left.”Ronga was a player on the 1966 Hoboken football team, coached by the late and great Vince Ascolese, that won the Group IV state championship.Growing up in Hoboken, Ronga was the best of friends with John Barone, who eventually became the long-time basketball coach at North Bergen.“He was known as ‘Carminooch’ or later just ‘Nooch,’” Barone said. “That was his nickname. When you grew up in Hoboken, you knew everybody. It was a very good family oriented town. Carmine was a no-nonsense kind of guy. He was as tough as nails. Everyone in the school were friends together and hung out together.”His coaching career began as a Little League coach, coaching the famed Young Dems, who had Maria Pepe on the team. Pepe was the trailblazer for girls playing Little League baseball, being the first girl to gain acceptance into Little League nationally. When Pepe started to gain national attention for what she did, Ronga was right there, appearing with Pepe on “Good Morning America.”Ronga was then an assistant coach in football.“He had been my coach since I was nine years old playing Little League baseball [on the Young Dems],” said former Hoboken head football coach Lou Taglieri. “We had a great relationship through the years. His life lessons that were taught to me will remain embedded in my soul. Coach Ronga will be missed, not only by Lou Taglieri, but the entire population that he coached.”“He coached with me for several years,” Stinson said. “He coached several different positions.”Ronga was an assistant to Stinson when the Redwings went on an amazing run, winning 67 of 68 games over a six-year span, a stretch that will never be experienced again in Hudson County high school football.Ronga, who was already once the head baseball coach, turned his attentions to softball, where he gained his most acclaim as a coach.In 1993, Ronga turned the Hoboken softball program completely around and made the Redwings into a Hudson County and state powerhouse, winning one state sectional championship, one county title and five HCIAA divisional titles.“He applied the discipline and regimen of football into softball,” Stinson said. “He was the catalyst of that program’s success.”Over his 20 years with the softball program, Ronga posted an astounding 460-117 record.“Whatever he did, it was always with the kids in mind,” former Hoboken athletic director Mauro DeGennaro said. “It was always for the kids.”Ronga was the four-time recipient of the Hudson County Coach of the Year.Ronga was also the first coach of the girls’ soccer team at Hoboken, when the school district initiated the sport in 1995.At the same time, Ronga became a legend down the Jersey shore.“We got a summer house together for six years,” Barone said. “Each year, we had to go to a different town, like Beach Haven or Bradley Beach. Being with him all summer was a blast. We were all teachers, living together down the shore. We met our wives because of those shore houses.”After Ronga retired from Hoboken in 2015, he moved on to become the head softball coach at Harrison High School, where he instantly became beloved. But last year, he was diagnosed with leukemia and had to step down.“He fought it and fought it,” Barone said. “He really didn’t give up, like the way he was as a kid.”Ronga ended his softball coaching career with a record of 490 wins and 142 losses. It’s sad to think Ronga fell just 10 wins shy of the magical 500-win plateau. It’s also sad to think that Carmine’s gone. He will be sorely missed…Speaking of Hoboken, former Redwing standout hurler Kenny Roder is getting the chance to play professional baseball. Roder signed a free agent contract with the Sussex County Miners of the Canadian-American League in Augusta. He made his debut last week pitching two innings against the Cuban National team.One of Roder’s teammates is Gianni Zayas from North Bergen, who was with the Seattle Mariners’ organization and was released this year. Two Hudson County kids on a pro team in northwestern New Jersey. We’ll have more on them in the coming weeks…The professional boxing debut of Nicoy Zilla-Clarke will have to wait a little longer. Three boxers scheduled on the card that was to be held at the Jersey City Armory dropped out in the days prior to the card last Friday, so the New Jersey Boxing Commission ruled that it was not going to sanction a three-bout card. The entire event was canceled and a new date has not been determined.Needless to say, the Jersey City teacher was disappointed after waiting for his pro debut for almost a year. Now, Zilla-Clarke has to wait a little longer…The Rich Glover “All Access to Life” Football Camp will be held this week (Monday June 26 through Thursday June 30) at Caven Point Cochrane Field. The former Nebraska All-America nose guard and Outland and Lombardi Trophy winner hosts this free camp for boys and girls ages 9 through 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Breakfast and lunch is provided.For more information about the free camp organized by the former Dickinson and Ferris head football coach, contact the All Access to Life Foundation at (201) 423-9961. It’s a great week of learning football and life lessons from a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and it’s all free, so parents should really check it out…The annual Weehawken Open charity golf tournament has been set for August 10 at the Black Bear Golf Club in Franklin. The tournament benefits the Weehawken Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad. For more information, contact the Weehawken Recreation Department or organizer Carnig Nersessian via email at [email protected] – Jim Haguelast_img read more

Ocean City to Bring Back Seagull-Chasing Raptors

first_imgJoe Kosakowski, owner of Wildlife Control Specialists LLC, will use his raptors to drive away Ocean City’s pesky seagulls this summer. (Photo courtesy of Joe Kosakowski) By DONALD WITTKOWSKIIf you’re swimming in the ocean and suddenly the lifeguard yells “Shark!” what would you do?You’d get the heck out of the water – fast.That’s pretty much how a seagull reacts when a falcon flies overhead, Joe Kosakowski explained.“Falcons are like the great white shark of the sky. When you put them in the air, all of the other birds leave.”Kosakowski and his son, Matt, are the owners of Wildlife Control Specialists, LLC, a Lebanon, N.J., company that has an assortment of trained raptors and specializes in keeping pesky birds like seagulls away from people.The company has been awarded a $193,600 contract by City Council to prevent the gulls from bothering Ocean City’s tourists and residents on the beaches and Boardwalk this summer.Last summer, Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council grew tired of hyper-aggressive gulls swooping down on unsuspecting tourists and snatching pizza, French fries and other food right out of their hands.The breaking point came when Gillian witnessed one gull dive-bomb a young boy and “smack” the child in the face. The city responded by bringing in a company that uses trained falcons, hawks and even an owl to patrol the skies. Harassed by the birds of prey, the gulls scrambled back to their natural habitat – the ocean – instead of hanging around the Boardwalk looking to steal a quick meal of pizza and French fries.Before the raptors arrived, aggressive seagulls often swarmed people on the Boardwalk while trying to steal some food.Hailing it as a great success, the city decided to continue the seagull abatement program for this summer, although the coronavirus pandemic has raised questions about the timing of the tourism season.Kosakowski said he hopes to begin flying his raptors in Ocean City on weekends starting May 15. He would gear up to seven days a week beginning June 15 and continuing through mid-August. At that point, his company would cut back to a weekend schedule through mid-October before stopping for the year, according to plans.“I’m hoping it starts (full time) by June 15. It’s for the mayor and city officials to decide,” Kosakowski said.In total, Kosakowski’s birds would fly over the beaches and Boardwalk for 116 days under the proposed schedule. The cost would work out to $1,600 per day.East Coast Falcons, of Lodi, N.J., the contractor that was in charge of shooing away the gulls last summer, was paid $2,100 per day in 2019.Kosakowski’s Wildlife Control Specialists LLC won the contract this year by submitting a lower bid than East Coast Falcons and another company, Foster Falconry of Cossayuna, N.Y. East Coast Falcons and Foster Falconry both had bids higher than $200,000.Ocean City was believed to be the only beach community on the East Coast last year to have a gull-abatement program that used raptors.In an interview, Kosakowski said he is well aware of the widespread publicity and rave reviews the program generated last year.Doug Bergen, the city’s public information officer, told City Council last year that he received media inquiries from “Dublin, Ireland, to Auckland, New Zealand” wanting to know about the seagull-chasing raptors.At times, large sections of the beach and Boardwalk were virtually devoid of gulls. Tourists and residents alike repeatedly expressed their astonishment that the gulls had all but disappeared.“I think we’ve made a lot of people feel safer,” Gillian said at that time.Falconer P.J. Simonis, who worked with East Coast Falcons in 2019, is joining the new contractor, Wildlife Control Specialists LLC, for this summer.From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on summer days, Kosakowski’s company will deploy a variety of falcons, hawks and a barn owl named Barney to drive away Ocean City’s gulls. The gulls will be harassed, not killed.“We’re not looking to kill anything,” Kosakowski stressed. “We want to put our birds up and put the fear of God in every seagull in Ocean City.”East Coast Falcons generated a lot of public support last summer by allowing people and the news media to get close to its raptors, even letting everyone know the birds’ names.Kosakowski indicated that he would like his team of raptors to become celebrities in their own right by introducing them to the public.In addition to Barney the owl, he has hawks named Seven, Clark, Nola, Lily and Big Girl and falcons named Betty and Susan. Overall, he has 10 birds of prey.P.J. Simonis, who worked for East Coast Falcons last year, is joining with Kosakowski for the Ocean City contract this summer, giving Wildlife Control Specialists LLC an experienced hand in the beach resort.Kosakowski is a master falconer who has a federal permit for bird-abatement programs using falcons. He is on the board of directors of the North American Falconers Association and formerly served as president of the New Jersey Falconry Club.Touting his previous experience in controlling nuisance birds as a contractor for equestrian centers, a condominium association and a facility owned by Exxon Mobil, Kosakowski said is anxious to do battle with Ocean City’s brazen gulls.“We win. We win, hands down,” he confidently predicted.“OC,” the hawk, gets ready to take flight over the beaches and Boardwalk last year.last_img read more