Expansion costs push earnings down at Aspire Global in Q3 Email Address 5th November 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue for the third quarter, but also saw operating income slip 23.3% due to higher costs associated with expansion into new markets.Revenue for the three months through to 30 September totalled €33.2m (£28.7m/$37.0m), up 16.2% on the corresponding period last year.B2B was Aspire’s main source of income during the quarter, with revenue from this area of the business up 37.9% year-on-year to €21.0m, representing 63.0% of total revenue for the period.However, in contrast, B2C revenue slipped 8.4% to €12.3m, with Aspire putting this down to a lower contribution from sports compared to 2018 when the Fifa World Cup boosted B2C performance.In terms of geographical performance, Aspire saw declines in revenue across the Nordics and the UK and Ireland. Nordics revenue slipped 16% to €7.7m, while UK and Irish revenue was down 19%, due in part to regulatory changes in the UK market.Aspire fared better elsewhere, with revenue from the rest of Europe rising 46% year-on-year to €20.9m, making the region responsible for 50% of all revenue in the quarter. There was also a 33% climb in rest-of-world revenue to €1.2m as Aspire expanded into several new markets.However, with Aspire having committed additional funds to these expansion efforts, this led to a 23.3% increase in spending from €21.9m in Q3 of 2018 to €27.0m this year.Aspire’s main outgoing in the quarter was distribution, with associated costs up 28.1% from €17.7m to €22.7m. Administrative costs were also up from €3.0m to €3.3m, but there was a slight decline in gaming duties, which was down from €1.2m to €1.0m.Aspire said this higher spending, coupled with higher EU VAT outgoings (€1.1m) and amortisation and depreciation costs (€948,000), meant operating income fell from €5.7m in Q3 of 2018 to €4.3m this year.Income before tax slipped from €5.6m to €4.6m, while net income for the period was down 8.2% to €4.4m. Aspire also noted a 16.0% decline in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to €5.2m.Aspire’s performance in the third quarter meant that total revenue for the nine months to the end of September stood at €99.2m, up 38.4% from €71.7m at the same point last year.Despite a year-on-year decline in income and EBITDA in Q3, results for the year to date show growth across the board. Operating income was up by 10.0% to €14.6m, while net income increased from €11.6m to €12.5m and EBITDA by 18.5% to €17.4m.“We are pleased to report the two years of sustained growth, where B2B continued to boost our overall quarterly performance to €33.2m, despite lower activity in the UK and other markets as well as the fact that, unlike 2018, there was no World Cup affecting sports revenues,” chief executive Tsachi Maimon said.Maimon also noted a number of key events after the end of the quarter, including the closing of its acquisition of Pariplay last month and Pariplay’s expansion into the US market through an agreement with 888casino in New Jersey.“Despite the ongoing transformation of the igaming industry and the various regulatory changes that tend to affect activity in the short-term, for instance in the UK, Aspire Global continues to sustain a strong and profitable growth,” Maimon said.“We are able to do so thanks to a wide market presence, a differentiated partner portfolio and a broad offering – most recently through the acquisition of Pariplay, the integration of which will help us to capitalise further on our game assets.” Finance Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue for the third quarter, but also saw operating income slip 23.3% due to higher costs associated with expansion into new markets. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance
“COPY” Copy Houses India ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs The Open House / STUDIO Nishita KamdarSave this projectSaveThe Open House / STUDIO Nishita KamdarHouses•Mumbai, India Year: Area: 4200 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2015 The Open House / STUDIO Nishita Kamdar ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783901/the-open-house-studio-nishita-kamdar Clipboard Photographs: Kunal Bhatia+ 25 Share Projects Save this picture!© Kunal BhatiaText description provided by the architects. We come from a time where spaces are getting smaller but expectations are getting much larger. There is this constant fight between reality and expectations. Amidst this stands the architect whose role is to try and bridge this gap. Design is the harmony and compromise one reaches between thoughts and execution. What makes you a good designer is your ability to realize all your thoughts into things. Save this picture!© Kunal BhatiaRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotThis 4,200 sq ft house is nestled in a typical G+13 storey building complex in the heart of Ghatkopar East. The typology of homes around here is blingy stones and “imported” Italian marble finishes complete with veneer polished to its glossy best, expensive chandeliers screaming out to their Swarovski brothers.The client Mr. Shah and his family had their brief laid out quite strictly from day 1: the house needed to be functional, free of clutter, simple and true to their personalities. And this was the starting point of a great project. Save this picture!DiagramThe Open House, true to its name, has spaces that open out to each other or onto something. The living room has a great double height volume which allows sunlight and air to fill up the space beautifully. It would only be unfair to not respect this to its fullest. To do so we decided to do away with the walls between the Living Dining and Kitchen area to make it appear like 1 large space. This not only enlarged ones view but also allowed maximum light and cross ventilation in the house. The opaque concrete walls were replaced with slim see through glass and metal partitions which can easily slide away and tuck discreetly tuck itself away to open up the space. For Privacy these doors can be shut and form 2 distinct kitchen dining and living zones, still allowing light to filter in . This also allows to family to constantly engage with each other even whilst someone is in the kitchen and the other people are eating at the table. There is a constant visual connect to all the spaces from here. Save this picture!The idea of the “wall” has been challenged in several ways here. The upper level media room hides behind a beautiful artist painted blue wall, which collapses to reveal the room behind. Storage spaces (which form a crucial part in Indian households) are tucked away between walls to almost appear to be absent. Save this picture!© Kunal BhatiaThe 3 most essential materials used in the house are Wood, Metal and Concrete. The Metal and Wood Staircase forms the backdrop to the living room and becomes an architectural element. Metal sliding doors and railings are used to keep the look as slim and minimal as possible. Hardwood in its natural form is treated in various ways, we have tried to reuse even the smallest scrap of wood produced on site. Door handles , wood art frames , diwan backrests were made from leftover plywood and Hardwood on site. Save this picture!Floor PlanThe Deep Chestnut wooden flooring gives a sense of great warmth to the rooms. The client wanted extremely clutter free spaces; hence the house has been designed with extremely minimal and discreet storage pieces. Save this picture!© Kunal BhatiaThe terrace area which is an 800 sq ft large space open to sky is the best space in the house. Since the main colour palette was black and brown, we painted some colourful DIY flower pots to brighten up the space and make it look fun. Plants with distinct smell like the Champa and herbs like basil, oregano and mint fill up the space with a lovely aroma.The material palette is carefully selected here . Since the double height volume in the living room, invited a lot of heat from the sunlight, the natural concrete panels on the wall (concrete is a cooling agent) helps in bringing down the overall temperature of the space. Save this picture!Floor PlanOverall the house is extremely functional and easy to maintain. By maximizing the window and openings one also ensures that throughout the day, the need for artificial light and ventilation is almost not required.Save this picture!© Kunal BhatiaProject gallerySee allShow lessTadafusa Factory Showroom / Yusuke SekiSelected ProjectsNorthern Beaches Christian School / WMK ArchitectureSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783901/the-open-house-studio-nishita-kamdar Clipboard Architects: STUDIO Nishita Kamdar Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSTUDIO Nishita KamdarOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMumbaiGhatkoparIndiaPublished on March 22, 2016Cite: “The Open House / STUDIO Nishita Kamdar” 22 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
SHARE SHARE The Blue Jackets Hit Purdue for State Convention Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News The Blue Jackets Hit Purdue for State Convention 2013 FFA state previewIndiana FFA Career Development Events in Ag Mechanics, Food Science and Marketing, and Ag Sales and Vet Science were held Monday at Ivy Tech in Lafayette as the state officer team put the finishing touches on the annual state convention that runs the next three days.“Tonight we’ll be having our opening celebration at 6:30 PM in Elliott Hall of Music and the state officers have a really neat opening planned,” said Cameron Mann, the Indiana State FFA president. “Then we’ll go straight into our first general session, our foundation session, and the rest of the week we’ll be busy with contests, district officer elections and all of the rest of the general sessions.”Mann’s year with the other officers ends at the conclusion of this convention. She told HAT the members coming to Purdue from across the state will hear keynote addresses that include a national FFA officer.“On Tuesday evening we’ll have our first keynote speaker who is Barrett Keene. He is a speaker who really focuses on leadership. He’s had past FFA experiences. He’s from Florida and we’re really excited to have him here and share a message to our members. Our other keynote speaker this year is the western region vice president of National FFA, Lindsey Anderson, and she’ll be delivering her keynote during the third general session chaired by Shelby Riley, our state reporter.”Mann said FFA sponsors help drive the organization and their help is crucial throughout the year and in June with convention.“Our organization would not be able to do what it does without our sponsors. We brag all the time about how we’re the largest youth led organization and we could not do that without the sponsors that we have. It’s great to have so many partners in Indiana that are willing to see the value in investing in FFA and how our members are not only going to be the leaders of the agriculture industry, but other industries as well because we’re equipping them with skills that are useful in all aspects of life and not just agriculture”She added that everything at state convention is sponsored, from the individual days and the general sessions to the charm that goes on the Hoosier degree.(pictured, L-R: Cameron Mann, Shelby Riley and Marshall Perkins)Listen to the full HAT interview:Cameron Mann 13 State preview Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jun 17, 2013 Previous articleStutzman Add to Pile of Amendments for House Farm Bill, White House Threatens VetoNext articleSeed Consultants 6/18/2013 Market Watch with Gary Wilhelmi Andy Eubank
Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Deere Expects Equipment Sales to Slow Even More 7R Series TractorsLower grain prices are likely to lead to more falling equipment sales. Deere & Company suggested the lower prices will discourage farmers from buying equipment as farmers will have less cash to spend. AGProssional reports Deere’s sales have already taken a hit on lower corn prices which have fallen about 11 percent this year so far, on top of a decline of nearly 40 percent last year. Add onto that the limbo status of certain tax credits and Deere expects sales for 2015 to decline 21 percent in the first quarter ending January 31st.Sale of farm machinery in North America is expected to fall 25-30 percent industry-wide next year. Deere gets more than two-thirds of its revenue from farm and turf machinery. The company has cut jobs and scaled back production of farm equipment to match demand. Deere said in August that it would lay off more than 1,000 employees at five U.S. plants. By Gary Truitt – Dec 1, 2014 SHARE SHARE Previous article25×25 Group Notes Military Needs Biofuels for National SecurityNext articleNew Pork Strategic Plan Focuses on People Pigs and Planet Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Deere Expects Equipment Sales to Slow Even More
Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Overspending After Closing Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago New Couch Syndrome Overspending 2017-07-26 Joey Pizzolato Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: More Rules for HUD Next: 10 Cities Primed for Foreclosures Tagged with: New Couch Syndrome Overspending Print This Post July 26, 2017 3,926 Views Without a doubt—whether it’s the first time or the fourth, buying a home is an exciting time. A new location, four new walls to settle into, what’s there not to look forward to? But aside from required expenses, such as closing costs, taxes, and necessary repairs, many homebuyers are making the mistake of overspending after closing.According to a recent study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and reported on by MarketWatch, homeowners spend on average about $5,000 extra after they move in, an effort to make their house feel more like a home. That figure, unsurprisingly, drops for second- and investment- homes to $3,700.NBER’s study analyzed the spending habits of 70,000 households from 2001 to 2013, and found that many people would unnecessarily replace working appliances in order to fit particular aesthetics.Sometimes referred to as New Couch Syndrome, buyers will frequently buy new furniture or kitchenware under the premise that a new house requires new things. Or to accommodate the fact that the buyer has upgraded, and they need to furnish additional bedrooms that they didn’t have before, often by financing instead of buying used. In fact, home-related expenses usually begin accruing three months before closing and continue well into a year afterward.The study also found that homebuyers under 35 and lower income households—those with a median annual household income below $57,000—spend more on home related costs than older or more affluent households. This statistic is attributed to the fact that may first-time homebuyers, who are younger, purchase houses that need more work than wealthier buyers.But buyers are also making other mistakes when they move into a new house. There is a tendency to make home improvements without considering the return on investment, such as upgrading windows without considering the market value. Unnecessary remodeling after move-in time is also something that homebuyers jump the gun on. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Overspending After Closing Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
Top StoriesSupreme Court Heard 7144 Cases In 57 Days Via Virtual Hearing During Lockdown LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Jun 2020 12:20 AMShare This – xWith the culmination of hearings on Friday, i.e. the 57th day since the Supreme Court first began hearing cases via video conferencing, the Court has reached a milestone of hearing a total of 7144 cases. Today alone, over 200 cases were listed before 12 benches of the Apex Court, including the suo motu plea pertaining to the plight of migrant workers in the country, amid…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?LoginWith the culmination of hearings on Friday, i.e. the 57th day since the Supreme Court first began hearing cases via video conferencing, the Court has reached a milestone of hearing a total of 7144 cases. Today alone, over 200 cases were listed before 12 benches of the Apex Court, including the suo motu plea pertaining to the plight of migrant workers in the country, amid the lockdown. The Supreme Court started hearing cases via video conferencing from March 23 onwards. As of today, a total of 618 benches have heard 6994 cases (including review petitions), in addition to 150 matters that were heard by the Registrar Court, as per the information provided by the Supreme Court. During this period, the Supreme Court delivered 672 Judgments in 134 main matters and 538 connected matters. The Court also observed a surge in the participation of lawyers, having shared approximately 25000 Video Links with the Advocates. During the Lockdown period, the Supreme Court also issued guidelines to ensure that all the courts across the country are made accessible via video conferencing. In the suo moto case titled In Re: Guidelines For Court Functioning Through Video Conferencing During Covid-19 Pandemic, the Top Court issued a slew of directions in order to streamline the functioning of courts via video conferencing during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Top Court also took cognizance of the plight of prisoners in overcrowded jails and registered a suo moto case titled In Re : Contagion of COVID-19 Virus in Prisons, directed the States/UTs to constitute a High Level Committee to determine which class of prisoners can be released on parole or an interim bail for such period as may be thought appropriate. Next Story
Top StoriesSupreme Court 2020 : Events and Controversies Manu Sebastian31 Dec 2020 7:22 AMShare This – xEven in the COVID-19 affected year of 2020, which threw physical functioning out of gear, the Supreme Court did not cease to be eventful.From an ex-CJI becoming a Rajya Sabha MP within months after retirement to a viral photo of the present CJI on a luxury bike opening the floodgates of contempt cases to a Chief Minister making public allegations against a possible next CJI, the top…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?LoginEven in the COVID-19 affected year of 2020, which threw physical functioning out of gear, the Supreme Court did not cease to be eventful.From an ex-CJI becoming a Rajya Sabha MP within months after retirement to a viral photo of the present CJI on a luxury bike opening the floodgates of contempt cases to a Chief Minister making public allegations against a possible next CJI, the top court witnessed several unprecedented events in 2020.Here is a round up of the major events and controversies which rocked the Supreme Court in the pandemic year.Ranjan Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nominationThe Central Government in March nominated Ranjan Gogoi, who had retired as the Chief Justice of India five months ago, as a member of the Rajya Sabha. The move was startling as there were several circumstances which make one strongly feel that the Rajya Sabha nomination was a quid pro quo for judicial actions(and inactions) favoring the ruling establishment. Many in the legal fraternity shared the view that Gogoi’s acceptance of the nomination did not augur well for public confidence in judicial independence. There were also questions at Gogoi’s suitability for being nominated to the eminent house as he was under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations which were not convincingly disproved through a due process.Responding to the criticisms, Gogoi gave a channel interview, where he uncharitably slammed his critics such as former judges Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AP Shah. Gogoi also astonishingly said during the interview that he was not remembering the electoral bonds case while responding to the criticism that the Supreme Court was deliberately delaying adjudication on the matter to protect the interests of the government.Migrant workers crisisThe Supreme Court came under a lot of public flak for its approach towards the migrant workers crisis caused by the national lockdown. Several senior lawyers and former judges criticized the top court for unilaterally accepting the claims of Central Government on the migrants problems without verification.Migrant workers took the worst hit due to the lockdown. The abrupt declaration of lockdown with a notice of four hours triggered a massive exodus of migrant workers from cities to their native places. In the absence of regular means of transport, they attempted to traverse hundreds of kilometers by foot.However, the Supreme Court made a startling finding that the massive exodus of migrants was caused by “fake news”.”The migration of large number of labourers working in the cities was triggered by panic created by fake news that the lock down would continue for more than three months. Such panic driven migration has caused untold suffering to those who believed and acted on such news. In fact, some have lost their lives in the process.”, observed the bench in an order passed on March 31.This conclusive and sweeping finding was solely based on the assertion made by the Centre in its affidavit that fake news was to be blamed for the exodus. The bench did not think it necessary to examine if there are other factors such as unemployment, poverty etc, which force the migrants to undertake the desperate measure of walking back to their native homes.An oral remark made by the CJI, while hearing a PIL seeking to direct the Centre to transfer wages to the accounts of migrants in shelter homes, came under severe public criticism. The remark was – “if they are being provided meals, then why do they need money for meals?(sic)”.Former SC judge Justice M B Lokur searingly said that the SC deserves an ‘F’ grade for its handling of migrants cases.The Solicitor General, who attacked the PILs as ‘self-employment generating petitions’, claimed before the Court that no migrants were walking on the roads.Few days after the top court refused to entertain a plea seeking to permit migrants to travel by trains without conditions or charges, the horrific Aurangabad tragedy occurred. A goods train had ran over 16 migrant workers, who fell asleep on the tracks after walking along it for hours!. Meanwhile, many High Courts were taking pro-active actions with respect to the problems suffered by migrants.In the last week of May, two months after the declaration of lockdown, the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the migrants problems.The Court said that there were “inadequacies and certain lapses” in the measures taken by the governments for migrants welfare.Deviating from its initial approach of denial about migrants walking, the court observed : “The newspaper reports and the media reports have been continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of the migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances”Migrant Workers Cases : SC Failed To Rise To The OccasionSolicitor General’s ‘vulture’ remarkThe Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, kicked up a row by using the remark ‘vultures’ in relation to media and activists, during the hearing of the suo moto case on migrants crisis.Vehemently opposing the intervention of the court, the Solicitor General said that “prophets of doom” and “arm chair intellectuals” were spreading misinformation about migrants problems. According to him, some “isolated, limited” instances were being blown out of proportion. He claimed that “local instigation” led to the migrants’ walk in many cases.SG also tried to put the petitioners’ lawyers on the dock by asking what have they done to help migrants. Without sparing even the High Courts, some of which passed certain significant orders to mitigate migrants’ sufferings, the Solicitor General said that “HCs are running parallel governments”.During the hearing, he referred to the instance of photographer Kevin Carter, who took the award winning photograph “Vulture and the Child”. SG said that Kevin Carter was feeling remorseful for not having saved the child from the vulture and later committed suicide.”There were two vultures in the picture. One with the camera”, the SG attributed these words as having said by a distraught Carter.These remarks were slammed by several media persons and photo journalists, who stated that the SG was misrepresenting facts of the Carter incident. They said that Carter never uttered such words and that he had shooed away the vulture after capturing the tragic photograph of the famine, and that his suicide was due to personal reasons.The SG’s scathing attack on journalists and activists drew a lot of ire. Senior Advocate Navroz Seervai commented that the incident “was an extreme manifestation of a fatal disease that afflicts the legal profession”Professional Ethics: A Gentle Reminder To The Solicitor General Of IndiaCJI’s Harley Davidson picture and the consequent contempt caseIn June, a picture of CJI SA Bobde sitting on a Harley Davidson bike became viral in social media. Advocate Prashant Bhushan made a critical tweet implying that CJI was enjoying a ride on an expensive bike belonging to a BJP politician after keeping the court under lockdown. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to initiate criminal contempt against Bhushan for this tweet.A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra issued contempt notice to Bhushan taking cognizance of this tweet and also another tweet in which he said that Supreme Court had played a role in the destruction of democracy, particularly during the term of last four CJIs. The bench observed that his tweets “brought disrepute to justice administration and undermined the dignity of CJI’s office”.Dushyant Dave’s explosive arguments in Bhushan contempt casePrashant Bhushan put up a spirited defence in his contempt case by filing a detailed 464-page affidavit explaining the reasons for his views. Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave’s no-holds-barred arguments for Bhushan before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra will be remembered as a historic moment of the bar raising up to call out the failings in the administration of justice.”Why only some judges get politically sensitive cases?”, Dave asked during the hearing. He highlighted the inaction of the top court in many cases of national importance and the opaqueness in the collegium and roster systems.’Why Only Certain Judges Get Politically Sensitive Matters?’ : Dave Raises Points Of Criticism Against SC In Prashant Bhushan Contempt CaseBhushan’s refusal to apologizeDuring the hearings, the bench led by Justice Arun Mishra repeatedly urged Bhushan to apologize, giving the impression that the court was somehow seeking an easy closure of the contempt case. “Tell us what is wrong in using the word ‘apology’? What is wrong in seeking apology? Apology is a magical word, which can heal many things.If you have hurt anybody, you must apply balm. One should not feel belittled by that”, Justice Arun Mishra observed during the hearing. On August 20, a dramatic moment occurred in the case, when Bhushan shot to heroic fame by making powerful statements before the court, refusing to offer apology. He asserted that his tweets were his bona fide opinions which he was entitled to express. “I believe that open criticism of any institution is necessary in a democracy, to safeguard the constitutional order”, he said.Paraphrasing a quote of Mahatma Gandhi, he said “I do not ask for mercy. I do not appeal to magnanimity. I am here to cheerfully submit to any penalty”. Social media users were exhilarated at the stand taken by him. Many members of the general public hailed him as a hero. The bench ultimately found him guilty of contempt and sentenced him to pay a fine of Rupees one. Justice Arun Mishra’s retirementJustice Arun Mishra’s tenure was marked with unmatched controversies due to his unabashed pro-establishment stance, open praise for the Prime Minister(who was called a ‘versatile genius’), close nexus with members of ruling party, mercurial remarks and several questionable verdicts. After he retired on September 5, he generated a lot of bad press. A scathing article written by a former High Court judge effectively said that Justice Mishra’s retirement was good riddance.Justice Mishra’s last order was for the eviction of nearly 48000 slum dwellings around Delhi tracks within 3 months. The summary order was passed in a case which was not directly concerned with slum dwellers and the same was made without hearing the affected parties and without exploring means of rehabilitation. Justice Arun Mishra’s Controversial Tenure Leaves Questions On Public Confidence In JudiciaryPersonal liberty- Arnab Goswami caseRepublic TV anchor Arnab Goswami filed at least nine petitions in the Supreme Court this year challenging various actions taken by the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police against him and his channel. Many members of the legal fraternity complained that his cases were getting out of turn listing.On November 9, a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee held a special sitting during the Diwali vacation to hear the petition filed by Goswami seeking interim bail in the Anvay Naik suicide case. Several lawyers wondered how his petition got a special listing within one day of filing even without curing all filing defects. SCBA President Dushyant Dave wrote to the SC registry complaining about the “selective listing” of Goswami’s case for urgent hearing.During the day long hearing, Justice Chandrachud waxed eloquent about the duty of the courts to protect the personal liberty of a citizen from state excesses. Many social media users pointed out that the promptitude shown by the court in this case was in stark contrast with its evasive approach in Kashmir habeas cases and bail pleas of political prisoners.Complaints against registryA lawyer named Advocate Reepak Kansal filed a writ petition with complaints against the SC Registry. He alleged that the Registry was following a ‘pick and choose’ method and was showing favoritism to certain lawyers/litigants by giving urgent listing to their petitions. Kansal stated that the Section officers and/or Registry of Supreme Court routinely gave preferences to some law firms and influential advocates for reasons “best known to them.A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra admonished the petitioner for raising ‘unnecessary’ allegations against the Registry and dismissed the petition. The Court imposed a cost of Rs 100 on the petitioner.At the same time, there are certain instances where the court has passed judicial orders seeking explanation from the Registry for delay in listing cases(see here and here). Several lawyers expressed solidarity with Reepak Kansal by launching a drive to collect the cost of Rupees 100 imposed on him through denominations of 50 paise.Andhra CM’s explosive complaint against Justice RamanaIn an unprecedented move, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, shot off a complaint to the Chief Justice of India alleging that Justice NV Ramana – who is in line to be the next CJI – is influencing the High Court judges to give decisions against his government.The contents of the letter were publicized in a press conference held by CM’s secretary Ajeya Kellam. Soon after that, a plea seeking contempt action against the CM was made before the Attorney General for making public allegations. Though AG Venugopal opined that the publication of the letter was ‘contemptuous’ in nature, he refrained from granting sanction as the CJI was already seized of the issue.Though nearly five months have passed after the extraordinary complaint made by the Andhra CM, there is no public knowledge about any action taken by the CJI on it. Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of AP High Court, Justice J K Maheshwari, was transferred as the CJ of a much smaller High Court of Sikkim.Opening floodgates of contempt casesThe Prashant Bhushan contempt case opened the floodgate of contempt cases. Soon after that, a contempt plea was presented before the AG for action against actor Swara Bhaskar for her critical comments about Ayodhya verdict. The AG declined consent saying that the comments did not amount to an attack on the Supreme Court. Dissatisfied with that, the petitioner approached the Solicitor General, who also adopted the stand of the AG.The year witnessed a peculiar trend of law students filing petitions seeking contempt action for tweets and satirical comments about judiciary. Such petitions resulted in the contempt notices against comedian Kunal Kamra and comic illustrator Rachita Taneja(of sanitary panels).With respect to Kamra, the AG noted that apart from many comments against judges, Kamra posted a picture of the Supreme Court dressed in saffron colour with the flag of the ruling party, the BJP.Taking strong exception to this tweet, the AG commented:”This is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India that the Supreme Court of India is not an independent and impartial institution and so too its judges, but on the other hand is a court of the ruling party, the BJP, existing only for the BJP’s benefit”The AG also commented that that comic illustrations in ‘Sanitary Panels’ twitter handle using stick figures tend to ‘shake public confidence in the judiciary’. Responding to the AG’s sanction, Kamra, possibly taking a leaf out of Prashant Bhushan’s stand, said that he has no intention to retract or regret his tweets. He added that the “silence of the SupremeCourt on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticized”.In the statement published through Twitter, Kamra suggested that the time required for the contempt hearing against him may be spent on other important pending matters such as “demonetization petition, a petition challenging the revocation of J&K’s special status, the matter of the legality of electoral bonds or countless other matters that are deserving of more time and attention”. It needs to be seen if the Supreme Court will repeat the fiasco in the Prashant Bhushan contempt case by putting a comedian and comic illustrator on trial for contempt.Central Vista Case – SC expresses unhappinessOn December 7, a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar expressed unhappiness at the Central Government removing structures and cutting down trees for the new Parliament building when the court has reserved judgment on the petitions challenging the Central Vista project.”We thought we are dealing with a prudent litigant and deference will be shown. Just because there is no stay it does not mean that you can go head with everything”, a visibly upset Justice A M Khanwilkar told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.”We have shown deference to you and expected that you will act in a prudent manner. The same deference should be shown to the Court and there should be no demolition or construction”, the bench told the SG.The Solicitor General apologized and undertook that the foundation ceremony will be done without altering the site. On that condition, the SC allowed the foundation ceremony to proceed.Year of no new appointmentsIt is also to be noted that no new appointment of judges to the Supreme Court happened this year. Three judges retired from service this year- Justices Deepak Chopra, R Banumathi and Arun Mishra.Also Read : Good & Bad : 65 Important Supreme Court Judgments Of 2020Supreme Court 2019 : Events & ControversiesPress Conference, Impeachment Motion & More : Major SC Events Of 2018 Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, EMILY SHAPIRO, MELISSA GRIFFIN and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least two fatalities have been reported so far after fast-moving Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 storm, made landfall on the southeastern coast of Louisiana.The storm landed near Cocodrie, Louisiana, around 5:15 p.m. with wind speeds reaching 110 mph. This is the strongest hurricane landfall in the continental U.S. this late in the season in over 100 years, and the storm could potentially delivering a storm surge of up to 11 feet.Zeta, as of 2 a.m. Thursday, is now a tropical storm as it weakens over central Alabama. The hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Mississippi coast and Florida panhandle have been discontinued.In New Orleans, where fierce winds ripped through the city Wednesday night, New Orleans EMS reported an electrocution fatality in the 8200 block of Palm Street shortly before 8 p.m. The agency said it was tracking many down power lines and urged people to stay inside. New Orleans police also asked residents to shelter in place due to downed power lines, trees and tree branches.The storm disrupted power for more than 542,000 customers throughout the southeast section of Louisiana as of 9 p.m. local time. As a result of the power loss, Lafourche Parish announced a curfew went into effect at 7 p.m. and was slated to be lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday.Mississippi reported more than 167,000 customers had lost power because of the storm, while over 105,000 had lost power in Alabama.At least one person was reported dead by Biloxi, Mississippi, Police Chief John Miller, who told ABC News affiliate WLOZ-TV that there was a storm-related fatality.“I know that we have at least one death related to the storm right now, I do not have any details to give you on that other than we know that one person has perished because of the storm,” Miller told the station.In Jefferson Parish, Zeta breached three major levees in Grand Isle, the town said, also sharing a photo of the damage.Waveland, Mississippi, saw a gust of 104 mph.Tropical storm watches were issued from Mississippi to Alabama to the Florida Panhandle, and even parts of the western Carolinas, including Greenville and Asheville.The forecastA major threat will be a storm surge of up to 9 feet in Alabama and Mississippi.Gulfport and Biloxi could see wind gusts topping 90 mph.Powerful wind gusts could also reach 90 mph in New Orleans. The city canceled all public school classes for Wednesday.New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is suspending all bus, streetcar and ferry services beginning at noon.Rain won’t be as big of a threat. Some areas could see up to 6 inches of rainfall and possible flooding.Tornadoes are possible in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.Louisiana has been especially hard-hit this hurricane season. Zeta is the third hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in two months.Because Zeta is moving so quickly, heavy rain and powerful wind gusts will extend well inland across the Southeast, which could cause power outages overnight. Wind gusts Thursday morning could top 50 mph from Atlanta to the western Carolinas.Zeta’s remnants will then slam the Northeast with rain and snow Thursday into Friday. The first accumulating, widespread snowfall of the season is possible for Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York’s Hudson Valley.The last time a hurricane made landfall in the U.S. so late in the calendar year was Hurricane Kate in November 1985.Hurricane Zeta is the 27th named storm of the season. In 2005, there were 28.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
October 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Returns To Action Against Western Colorado FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGUNNISON, Colo.-Saturday, 5-1 Dixie State (4-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play) returns to RMAC action as they visit the Western Colorado Mountaineers (3-3, 3-2) at the Mountaineer Bowl.The Trailblazers, who have set a program record at the NCAA Division II level with five straight wins, left conference play last week by drubbing Simon Fraser 55-21 at Trailblazers Stadium.The increasingly high-octane Dixie State offense currently averages 36.7 points per game, which ties them for 24th nationally with Kutztown (Pa.).Redshirt sophomore signal-caller Kody Wilstead completes 55.7 percent of his passes (64-115) on the season for 11 touchdowns against six interceptions. Wilstead also averages 8.3 yards per rush and has a touchdown run on the season.Junior quarterback Keaton Mott has also done well when called upon. Mott completes 57.4 percent of his passes (58-101) for 747 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.Senior tailback Sei-J Lauago (53 car, 230 yards, 3 TD’s) is the Trailblazers’ leading rusher on the season.Redshirt senior receiver Kasey Allison (15 rec, 249 yards, 3 TD’s), fellow redshirt senior wide-out Dejuan Dantzler (13 rec, 245 yards, 4 TD’s), senior receiver Xavier Smith (10 rec, 210 yards, a team-best 21 yards per reception) and junior tight end Chase Hess (10 rec, 191 yards, 3 TD’s) have all proven to be reliable targets in the passing game for Dixie State.Junior kicker James Baird has made 8-9 field goals and 26-27 PAT’s on the season for the Trailblazers.Dixie State ranks 35th nationally (18.2 points per game) in scoring defense. The Trailblazers have posted 29 sacks on the season which is first in the nation. They are led by 7.5 sacks from redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Dylan Hendrickson.Hendrickson is tied for sixth nationally in sacks with Slippery Rock’s Chad Kuhn and Mason Newton of Colorado Mesa.Senior defensive back Alex Lilliard (3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles) has also been a defensive stalwart for the Trailblazers.NFL prospect, senior defensive back Aaron Simpson, has four interceptions to lead the Trailblazers. He also has a team-best seven pass breakups.The Mountaineers come into Saturday’s game having lost two of their last three games, including a 28-0 loss at the hands of No. 11 Colorado School of Mines last Saturday.The Mountaineers rank 105th in the nation in scoring offense (22.3 points per game).Redshirt sophomore quarterback Connor Desch completes 50.5 percent of his passes on the season (88-173) for 1,027 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions for Western Colorado.Redshirt junior tailback Ty Leyba (60 car, 261 yards) is the Mountaineers’ leading rusher, while redshirt freshman Josh Cummings (43, car, 156 yards) leads all tailbacks on the squad with five rushing scores.Junior receiver James Bryant (20 rec, 229 yards, TD) and senior wide-out Zach Manchester (12 rec, 229 yards, 3 TD’s) leads the Mountaineers in touchdown receptions and amasses a team receiver-best 19.1 yards per catch.Senior kicker/punter Chandler Davis has made 8-14 field goals on the season and 14-15 PAT’s for the Mountaineers.Western Colorado ranks 94th nationally in scoring defense (28.5 points per game). Redshirt junior defensive lineman Will Lydle leads the Mountaineers with 3.5 sacks on the season. Redshirt senior defensive back Josh Nelson leads the squad with three interceptions.Redshirt senior linebacker Quincy Campbell and redshirt sophomore linebacker Darrious Gaines each have a forced fumble on the season to pace the Mountaineers in that category.Dixie State seeks to remain perfect against the Mountaineers all-time in their history as they are 3-0 in the series, including a 1-0 mark at Gunnison, Colo. Written by Tags: Dixie State Football/Western Colorado Football Brad James
Open House, a group which organises shelter, meals and training for homeless people, have found a new building from which to operate.According to sources close to Open House, the group have occupied old, empty offices above the Sainsbury’s on Cowley Road.On Friday evening, the group displayed a banner on the outside of the building reading ‘People need homes – empty spaces need people’.Most of the group have been already moved into the offices. It is not yet known who owns this new location, though the group are working to determine ownership.Earlier this week, a court order ruled that they must leave their previous residence, an unused Italian restaurant in Summertown, by today, (7 April).They moved to the restaurant from the Old Power Station, a university-owned property from which the group was evicted on 13 March.Before this, the group had been squatting in a building owned by Wadham College. They were forced out of this former VW showroom, where they had been squatting for two months, by a possession order issued by the leaseholders of the bottom floor of the building.After their eviction from the Old Power Station, Oxford University students organised a protest to draw attention to the number of empty buildings in Oxford.The demonstration took place outside of the Saïd Business School, coinciding with its third annual Oxford Real Estate Conference.Commenting on the move, Neo, a homeless man and one of the organisers for the group, said: “The old space wasn’t suitable; there were no separate rooms and the water was off, but it was a dry space for people to keep their belongings.”Open House volunteer Miranda Shaw said: “It was either we give up or we go big. Again. There are still so many empty buildings and people need safe and secure places to keep their belongings and sleep safely.”Neo added: “People don’t understand what we have done. We have people who have stopped drinking and are now working. If people end up back on the streets it’s inevitable they will go back to their old ways.”The group is looking for a more permanent solution, and has met with Oxford City Council officers, as well as representatives from the University and local churches, to investigate empty commercial premises in the city.