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Blue Darters blast Oak Ridge 44-12; await postseason fate

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSApopka Blue Darters Previous articleMayor John Land a giant in Apopka historyNext articleThe culture of America through a sandwich Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Finishes regular season 7-3; playoff berth likelyOn to the playoffs!Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton ran for three touchdowns, and Akeem Brown added two more to lead Apopka to a 44-12 road win over the Oak Ridge Pioneers.The Blue Darters closed-out the regular season with a 7-3 record and now await word from the Florida High School Athletic Association for their playoff fate on Sunday. The likelihood is that they will qualify for the playoffs despite not winning District 8A-4.In the latest rankings before the Oak Ridge game, Apopka was the #6 seed in the 8A-Region 1 standings, but the win over Oak Ridge could vault them into the #5 slot.The Blue Darters put the game out of reach early-on with three first-quarter touchdowns and a 22-0 lead. Davis-Hamilton opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run only two minutes into the game and then scored on a two-point conversion run to give the Blue Darters an 8-0 lead. Then after the Pioneers punted, Brown scored on a 3-yard run which gave Apopka a 16-0 lead after a two-point conversion run by Cornelius Williams.With 1:37 left in the quarter, Jackson Darlington threw a short pass to tight end Jalen Carter who broke a tackle and outran the Oak Ridge defense to score on a 40-yard pass reception.The Pioneers finally answered midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 22-6 on a 13-yard touchdown pass, but Davis-Hamilton scored his second touchdown before the end of the quarter to close out the halftime scoring and give Apopka a 30-6 lead.Davis-Hamilton and Brown each scored third-quarter touchdowns to give Apopka a 44-12 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but both teams went scoreless in the final period.If they do make the postseason, Apopka will play its first game on the road because they did not win their district. Kickoff would be at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 10th. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Sprzeczna 4 / BBGK Architekci

first_imgArchDaily Photographs:  Juliusz Sokołowski Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Dierre, GEZE, Budizol, Daasag Photographs Collaborators:Emilia Sobańska, Katarzyna NajbergConstruction And Assembly:RWK EngineersLandscape Architecture:Pasa DesignCity:WarszawaCountry:PolandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersRabel Aluminium SystemsElectric Folding Shading System – Rabel 14000Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. The building at Sprzeczna 4 street aspires to continue the restoration of the beautiful Praga district and to become a recognisable element not only in the immediate vicinity, but also on a larger scale. The building is supposed to be a starting point for the restoration of the whole urban block. And it can be claimed that the key to restore an urban block is the frontage.Save this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiSprzeczna 4 is a manifest of prefabrication. This prototypical, demonstration building ordered in our office was designed to disenchant prefabrication – a technology compromised in Poland in the communism era by the large-panel housing estates. The building was deliberately erected on a plot of land that apparently does not fit the stereotype of prefabrication: tiny, rambling and located in a compact 19th century frontage development.Save this picture!Prefabrication SchemeConsciously, at times unreasonably, all the available prefabrication technologies were applied: exposed coloured concrete, impression and reliefs, electrical installations integrated into the walls, heating ceilings and many more. The result is a building assembled from numerous large-size elements produced in a factory. The facility folded from large-size elements is not finished and it does not incorporate any accessories or decorations. It is a sincere story about what a building is, what it is made of and how it works.Save this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiThe building at Sprzeczna 4 street aspires to continue the restoration of the Praga district and to become a recognisable element not only in the immediate vicinity, but also on a larger scale. The building is supposed to be a starting point for the restoration of the whole urban block.Save this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiRed concrete elevations are an example of taking responsibility for the aging processes of the applied materials, having regard to the plastered residential buildings that are erected and their common problem of an elegant appearance only at the time of the sale.Save this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiSave this picture!Building SchemeSave this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiSprzeczna 4 is a polemic with the half-feudal construction system based on the work of poorly-paid immigrants and the construction method taken practically from the 19th century. Sprzeczna 4 is a proposal to introduce in our country the rules of fair business and social responsibility, using the prefabrication method, which is so popular in Western Europe and Scandinavia. Paradoxically, this tiny, extremely untypical and advanced building is also a forecast of cheap and available construction made possible due to industrialisation and prefabrication.Save this picture!© Juliusz SokołowskiProject gallerySee allShow lessDe la Brisa House / buchmeiervilāSelected ProjectsHouse H / dmvASelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Sprzeczna 4, Warszawa, PolandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Juliusz Sokołowski+ 24Curated by María Francisca González Share 2017 Sprzeczna 4 / BBGK Architekci CopyApartments•Warszawa, Poland CopyAbout this officeBBGK ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsWarszawaPolandPublished on April 16, 2018Cite: “Sprzeczna 4 / BBGK Architekci” 16 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Sprzeczna 4号 / BBGK Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Sprzeczna 4 / BBGK ArchitekciSave this projectSaveSprzeczna 4 / BBGK Architekci Lead Architects: Architects: BBGK Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Poland Jan Belina Brzozowski Konrad Grabowiecki, Wojciech Kotecki ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  741 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Year: last_img read more

Venezuela in the Bronx, N.Y.

first_imgHugo Chávez mural in the South Bronx.South Bronx, N.Y.In 2006 Venezuela’s revolutionary President Hugo Chávez visited the South Bronx in New York City. In an act of international solidarity, his government launched a program to provide free heating oil to the people of that oppressed community.Ten years later, on Sept. 22, over 100 activists gathered at The Point, a community center in the South Bronx, to welcome Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and to dedicate a three-story mural in honor of President Chávez.The mural, painted on the wall of The Point by Bronx artist Andre Trenier, shows Comandante Chávez, as he is affectionately known, singing along with community activist Omar Freya whose band was performing in honor of Chávez. Speaking at the dedication, Freya recounted how Chávez had spoken with every one of the hundreds of people gathered to welcome him, then picked up an instrument and played with the band.Left to right, Karen Jarrett, of the New York State Nurses Association; Estela Vazquez, of 1199SEIU; Venezuelan ForeignMinister Delcy Rodriguez; and Wanda Salaman, of Mothers on the Move.“Comandante Chávez had a special feeling for this neighborhood,” Minister Rodriguez told the gathering. “That is why we are here because we feel that you are like us.” She expressed solidarity with the protests against police brutality in Charlotte, N.C., and the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, N.D.Rodriguez also denounced the U.S. government’s plan to give $38 billion worth of arms to Israel to terrorize the Palestinian people, while so many in the U.S. live in poverty. Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, Rodriguez delivered a scathing indictment of capitalism as a “threat to the future of humanity.”Among those welcoming Minister Rodriguez to the Bronx were The Point President Maria Torres; Estela Vazquez, of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Shep Sadiki Ojore Olugbala, of the original Black Panther Party and the Universal Zulu Nation; Dr. Raymond Rivera, of the Latino Pastoral Action Center; and Wanda Salaman, of Mothers on the Move.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Abolition and Disability Justice Collective solidarity with Palestine statement

first_imgFrom the Workers World Party’s Disability Justice and Rights Caucus:The Abolition and Disability Justice Coalition (, which issued this wonderful statement of solidarity with Palestine, describes itself as “abolitionist psychiatric survivors, people with disabilities and their accomplices. We believe in and work toward the liberation of all.” It subscribes to the 10 principles of disability justice of a leading disability justice organization, Sins Invalid, the first of which, Intersectionality, quotes Audre Lorde: “We do not lead single issue lives,” and adds “Ableism, coupled with white supremacy, supported by capitalism, underscored by heteropatriarchy, has rendered the vast majority of the world ‘invalid.’”  The Disability Justice and Rights Caucus of Workers World Party changed our name last year from the Disability Rights Caucus because of the vanguard role in the struggle for disabled liberation of the Disability Justice Movement. We  join with the ADJC, Sins Invalid and the Autistic People of Color Collective in their solidarity with the Palestinian people. Following the lead of Sins Invalid and the Autistic People of Color Collective, the Abolition and Disability Justice Collective condemns Israel’s most recent massacres of Palestinians and its ongoing occupation and settler colonization of Palestine. Disability justice cannot exist under settler colonialism, military occupation, imprisonment and apartheid. We write this in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, dignity and self-determination. Israeli settler colonization is a disability justice issue that underscores the urgency of abolition and its internationalist dimensions. Israel routinely maims and traumatizes Palestinians, using money, weapons and policing tactics from the U.S. and Canada, among other settler-colonial states. Israel has systematically targeted and killed disabled and nondisabled Palestinians, and Israel’s ongoing violence is uniquely disabling for children and Palestinians of all ages. Disability is spatially concentrated in the refugee camps and in Gaza because of the violence of the occupation, and there is a “layering” of disablement, especially in Gaza, as the numbers of disabled people increase with every act of warfare on an already overburdened infrastructure. (   The settler-colonial states of the U.S. and Canada have pledged to continue supporting Israel’s settler-colonial project. At the same time, the U.S. and Canada are systematically disinvesting in communities across the U.S. and Canada, specifically impacting disabled, deaf and neurodivergent, negatively racialized communities. U.S. and Canadian police also often brutally repress protests in solidarity with Palestinians and other marginalized, occupied, oppressed and displaced communities. Those who oppose the occupation of Palestine and support their right to resist apartheid are often met with Zionist attacks.  Israeli weapons, military/police tactics and technologies cycle between Israel, the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. and Canada routinely send police, immigration enforcement and other law enforcement to training in Israel, facilitated by groups like the Anti-Defamation League. This exchange of racist and colonial law enforcement tactics, weapons and training is called the “deadly exchange” by those who oppose it. In the U.S. and Canada, police use the same weapons and tactics against Black people, Indigenous people and other negatively racialized people. Police target deaf, disabled and neurodivergent negatively racialized people with these technologies, maiming, killing or incarcerating them. As in the U.S., Israeli police have brutalized and killed countless disabled people with impunity. Police also cause injuries and trauma with these technologies, resulting in the disablement of negatively racialized people. Within the 1948 lines we have seen an intensification of racialized police violence against Palestinian citizens of Israel. This has ranged from attacking demonstrators with stun grenades and tear gas, to preventing civilians injured by police from accessing medical care, to violently breaking into homes to arrest people. Overall, more than 1,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested, over half of whom are minors; while only 150 Israeli Jews were arrested, and none were charged. Furthermore, the police escorted and protected fascist Israeli settler militias, while they were rampaging through the streets targeting Palestinian lives and property. Therefore our calls for police abolition are imperative in this context as well. ( restrictions on the movement of people and goods also keep Palestinians from accessing food, clean water and health care. These constraints also prevent disabled Palestinians from gaining access to aids like wheelchairs, prosthetics, hearing aids, medications and more. Additionally, Israeli control deprives Palestinians basic economic, educational and social opportunities. Destruction of roads and buildings makes it impossible for many disabled people to get around, even when they are allowed to move. Due to chronic power outages in occupied Palestine, people often lack light to communicate using sign language, cannot use equipment powered by electricity to move or breathe and cannot dependably keep life-sustained medications at required temperatures. Israel — much like the U.S. and Canada — has also hoarded COVID-19 vaccines. While being celebrated as a “beacon” for its vaccination efforts, Israel has denied the same access to Palestinians in areas it occupies, which means high rates of infections and premature death for Palestinians, especially those with chronic illnesses. Other Israeli tactics also affect disabled Palestinians especially harshly. Palestinians with disabilities are less likely to be able to escape the buildings that Israel bombs in time to save their lives. The intergenerational trauma of displacement, occupation and targeted violence exacerbates hostilities and leaves lasting grief and pain. Palestinians with disabilities are less likely to be able to stand in long lines to get through checkpoints to access a hospital, school or loved ones. Just this week, Israel has bombed the only COVID clinic in Gaza, has destroyed infrastructure around the primary hospital in Gaza and has killed three leading doctors and their families in Gaza, including the leader of Gaza’s COVID-19 response, Gaza’s only neurosurgeon and a psychologist. In short, Israel is destroying access to basic care in Gaza.We bear witness to the latest wave of atrocities as they continue to unfold, and we say no more. Disability justice requires solidarity with Palestine.We demand an end to the occupation of Palestine and to Israeli apartheid.We demand the return of stolen land and homes in Sheikh Jarrah and beyond. We demand an end to the attacks on Masjid al Aqsa and Gaza. We demand an end to the attacks on hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities and health care providers and the provision of accessible health care for all Palestinians. We demand abolition of the open-air prison in Gaza, in which 2 million Palestinians are confined in unlivable conditions. Our call for police and prison abolition includes an immediate end to the exchange of weapons, military and police funds and tactics between the U.S., Canada and Israel. We call for decolonization and Palestine liberation, anti-imperialism and anti-militarism to be a central part of disability organizing agendas.We call for further analysis, research and resources to be devoted to madness/disability in Palestine and in relation to Palestinians (in Palestine, Israel or abroad), especially peer support and non-coercive medical and mental health care.We call for all people to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. ( and apartheid cannot coexist. There is no disability justice under military occupation. Palestine must be free.Note: While discussing the traumatic and disabling effects of ongoing Israeli occupation, some have adopted formalized, diagnostic and pathologizing language commonly used in the U.S. and other Western cultures. However, Palestinians have made it clear that this language does not accurately describe their experiences, and psychiatric labels are rooted in Western notions of trauma. Therefore, we do not use these labels. (, FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tim Hogarth Wins Fourth Pasadena City Championship

first_img Subscribe Sports Tim Hogarth Wins Fourth Pasadena City Championship From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 | 6:28 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Tim Hogarth. Photo courtesy AmateurGolf.comHaving won three straight Pasadena City Championship titles from 2007 to 2009, Tim Hogarth of Northridge won his fourth by six shots on Sunday at Brookside Golf Club.The four-time SCGA Mid-Amateur winner opened with a 66 on the shorter E.O. Noy course, and sat two shots back of the the first-round leader, and defending champion, Dan Sullivan. But Sullivan struggled during the final three rounds, all played on the longer and more difficult C.W. Koiner course, posting 75 each day and placing fifth.Hogarth, however, combined to go five-under during those three days, including a third-round 67 to take the lead entering the final day. He finished at nine-under par 277, beating runner-up finisher Joshua Shou of Singapore by six shots.Kevin Fitzgerald and Sean Birren, the 2012 winner, tied for third place at two-over 288.The win is Hogarth’s second on 2015 as he won his second straight Kelly Cup crown in April at Lakeside Golf Club. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Top of the News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

AECOM named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

first_img Twitter TAGS  LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, announced today that it has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the fifth year AECOM has been honored with this designation for the Company’s commitment to integrity and making a positive impact. Ethisphere is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices and in 2021, the organization recognized 135 companies spanning 22 countries and 47 industries. “AECOM is committed to acting with the highest level of ethics and integrity, which helps ensure long-term success for our company, people and shareholders,” said Troy Rudd, AECOM’s chief executive officer. “Ethisphere’s recognition honors the dedication of our people in extending a culture and approach that has earned the trust of our clients and the communities where we work and reinforces our leadership on environmental, social and governance efforts.” “Congratulations to everyone at AECOM for earning this prestigious designation,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “We saw this year’s honorees lead on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity. AECOM continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values by exceeding accessibility and accountability standards with their extensive training program and available tools. Its focus on ethics continues to positively impact the communities it serves year over year.” AECOM’s commitment to safeguard a workplace culture defined by integrity is paramount to its continued success. Its Ethics and Compliance program is a major focal point and integral part of the company’s culture. “While business results are a critical measure of our success, how we achieve those results is every bit as important,” said David Gan, AECOM’s chief legal officer. “Our teams across the globe are continually committed to doing the right thing and providing our services with integrity. I am proud of our Ethics & Compliance team led by Antonio D’Amico, AECOM’s chief ethics and compliance officer, and that our ethical culture, values and leadership have been recognized by Ethisphere with this distinction.” Grounded in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, this year’s assessment process was composed of more than 200 questions focusing on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process served as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe. For this year’s assessment, the question set was expanded to include how applicants are adapting and responding to the global health pandemic, environmental, social, and governance factors, safety, equity, and inclusion and social justice. For the full list of this year’s honorees, please visit About AECOM AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.2 billion in fiscal year 2020. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM. View source version on CONTACT: Media Contact: Brendan Ranson-Walsh Vice President, Global External Communications 1.213.996.2367 [email protected] Contact: Will Gabrielski Vice President, Investor Relations 1.213.593.8208 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY DEFENSE NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENT OTHER TRANSPORT ENGINEERING RAIL URBAN PLANNING MARITIME AIR LANDSCAPE TRANSPORT MANUFACTURING ARCHITECTURE OTHER PHILANTHROPY OTHER ENERGY UTILITIES OIL/GAS COAL CONTRACTS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY BUILDING SYSTEMS PHILANTHROPY NUCLEAR MINING/MINERALS SOURCE: AECOM Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/23/2021 06:55 AM/DISC: 02/23/2021 06:55 AM Facebook Twitter AECOM named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleXavier looks to sweep ProvidenceNext articleSutro Biopharma to Participate in the Cowen 41st Annual Healthcare Conference Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

“You Are Only Telling Us Difficulties And Not Impossibilities”: Supreme Court Tells Centre, Reserves Order In Plea Seeking Protection Of Great Indian Bustard

first_imgTop Stories”You Are Only Telling Us Difficulties And Not Impossibilities”: Supreme Court Tells Centre, Reserves Order In Plea Seeking Protection Of Great Indian Bustard Srishti Ojha6 April 2021 9:24 PMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Tuesday reserved its order in plea filed seeking protection for Great Indian Bustard from transmission lines in States of Rajasthan and Gujarat.A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian concluded hearing the arguments of all parties regarding under grounding of low and high voltage transmission lines to protect Great Indian Bustards…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?LoginSupreme Court has on Tuesday reserved its order in plea filed seeking protection for Great Indian Bustard from transmission lines in States of Rajasthan and Gujarat.A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian concluded hearing the arguments of all parties regarding under grounding of low and high voltage transmission lines to protect Great Indian Bustards which is an endangered species.The Court had previously observed that it can consider directing under-grounding of the low voltage transmission lines in states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, and installation of Bird diverters in case of High transmission lines, for protection of the Great Indian Bustard.During the hearing, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan appearing for the petitioner submitted before the Court that they are seeking that all future over head power lines and selected current over head power lines be made underground in priority areas which are the Bustard’s habitat areas. In potential habitats, diverters are being sought.Divan responded to the Ministry’s argument thag High voltage lines are not feasible, and do not cause deaths due to electrocution, stating that there is a consensus that these high voltage lines are biggest reasons for the deaths. Under grounding of lines is the only way to mitigate bustard deaths, and diverters cannot do that in priority areas.”Cost of mitigation cannot justify extinction of a species” Divan said. Divan further said that the Power lines are biggest threat to the Bustards and both high and low voltage lines cause their deaths.Divan drew the Court’s attention to excerpts from the Wildlife Institute’s Report which stated that such mortality rate is unsustainable for any species and is sure cause of extinction. These birds are heavy birds and the transmission lines cause their deaths. The Union Ministry of Power has also acknowledged that these Power lines do pose threat to these bustards.Sr Adv Divan stated that all power lines cause bustard deaths and making distinction between high and low voltage is ferocious and detrimental to their protection. Divan also informed that Court that as far as the feasibility of high voltage lines are concerned, putting high voltage lines underground is possible, and it has happened in India and has become a norm is several jurisdictions across the world.He added that the under-grounding will insure there’s no transmission lost, accident risk like children being caught in transmission lines is reduced, and will also reduce high bird mortality.Divan then drew the Court’s attention to several tenders which have been granted in the pas in various areas for under-grounding of high voltage transmission lines. He pointed out that the Annual report of Power Grid Corporation informing its stakeholders of initiatives it has taken, also stated that they are providing under-grounding under smart city gurgaon project. He added that in 2019 Transmission lines were directed to be underground in Saurashtra. Even for flamingos, under-grounding has been done before.Divan reiterated that diverters will not be sufficient in priority areas and clarified that Petitioners are not seeking under-grounding of all areas, and their prayer is restricted to lines in priority Bustard areas. Divan submits that the Wildlife institute and petitioners have gone in the field and have specifically identified power lines as well.The Bench then stated that it has has understood what is being sought in terms of under grounding of power lines and the areas where it is being sought. The Court however asked Mr Divan for information regarding who will deal with expenditure.Divan submitted that these types of costs are pass through costs, under electricity act. Electricity transmission costs are pass through costs. He added that there is a certain cost to be borne by public or private sector infrastructure, and there also are CSR obligations. Divan: It’s been held in previous judgements of this court that the Principle of eco centrism be followed and wildlife has to be protected.Divan then stated that it is an important part of present generation’s natural heritage and should be protected. He cited previous judgement in case where the question was if Asiatic lions found in Gujarat should also have a home in MP, and the Court had said that at some times you have to look at the species interest. “From perspective of the Great Indian Bustard, these power lines need to go!” Divan saidDivan further clarified that they are not seeking over board application of this principle, and are seeking it for a limited purpose of the species interest which is so less in number that it will be extinct if these lines aren’t removed. “Other than cost which can be borne by some commercial venture, there is nothing against human beings at all.” the Bench said “Yes infact it has benefits” Divan responded.Divan also stated that while bow they are seeking under-grounding of high voltage lines only in priority areas, at least going forward both potential and priority areas should be protected. “This term potential GIB habitat is a very big word. We don’t know where the bird will fly off or migrate to. How do we take word potential and put it an order.” CJI said.”They have divided the habitat into potential and priority areas.” Divan responded. “If we give direction for no over head lines, this problem will anyway be solved, they can fly off wherever they want to.” the Bench said. “My learned brother has an important thought that if timeline for undergrounding high voltage lines is long, for time being we could direct diverters to he installed.”ASG Aishwarya Bhati appearing on behalf of the Ministry of Power submitted that they are not taking this as an adversarial litigation at all. She then drew the Court’s attention to Ministry’s affidavit dated 15th March 2021. The Bench then asked ASG Bhati is if the Court in its order can give directions in terms of lines mentioned by Mr Divan or in terms of the lines in the map.The Bench further suggested that it can pass the order in terms of Power lines located in the areas in the map and referred to by Mr Divan. It clarified that they do not wish to pass orders for specific lines, because lines may shift or change, and in that case it should still be underground.ASG Bhati then submitted that their concern is that Mr Divan has also included High transmission lines, and under grounding them may be impossible. “Why? He has shown that tenders have been given in the past.” CJI askedBhati clarified that it is not just the financial difficulties, there are technical difficulties involved as well, including difficulties that may happen in rural areas as compared to urban areas. The Bench then observed that there are a lot of farm lands and open areas where there is no construction, and therefore it would be easy to make it underground as compared to cities which are crowded.”There are such modern methods available for insulation. And tenders for undergrounding of high voltage lines have been issued, how can you say it can’t be done or there are technical problems?” CJI observed.In response to the Court’s observation regarding tenders having been issued in the past, ASG Bhati stated that all those tenders were in urban areas. “The Nagpur Jabalpur road is not an urban area.” CJI said.”The only reason why we hearing you is that we don’t want to pass an order which can’t be implemented, or something which is technically impossible. Not if something is difficult, because something difficult can still be done. ” Bench observes “You are only telling us difficulties, tell us the impossibilities.”CJI remarked.Bhati further stated that they are not against the species interest, and requested the Court to consider Feasibility of saving species only by under grounding when there are adequate steps that can be taken through other measures.Senior Adv Manish Singhvi appearing for the state of Rajasthan submitted that are saying that diverters are better option for high voltage lines. For low voltage lines, under-grounding is feasible.Sr Adv AM Singhvi appearing for the National Solar Federation of India submitted that the organisation is biggest contributors to reduce pollution in country. He stated that Solar energy persons, of which they are the biggest association will be affected by this the most.In response to the Bench’s query regarding how is the Federation’s a legal rights affected, Dr Singhvi submitted that their rights are affected because if the court directs udner grounding of lines through which solar power is transmitted the cost comes on them, unless Court reserves their rights.Singhvi added that Wildlife Institute also concluded that it will not be feasible to lay underground lines which have already been laid down, and there are also technological challenges the Court needs to take into account.”Balancing is all we want. All of us in the larger sense do not want the Bustard to vanish. No right thinking indian would want them to diminish, much less vanish.” Singhi said that what they are seeking is that what ever order the Court passes, their inter-se contractual rights are not compromised.”We will not say that. You have right to negotiate the contract. We will say this is not intended to effect any contractual relationship. But even this doesn’t mean that we are saying that existing contracts will continue exactly like this.” Bench clarifiedSinghvi stated that he understands what Court is saying, that a mandamus will not be issued, and their rights may not be compromised. “If we find right words we will say it.” the Bench saidSupreme Court had in February 2020 noted that it appears that one of the hazards in relation to the Great Indian Bustard bird is the existence of power lines which are said to obstruct the flight path and said to kill the said bird upon collusion. It is well known that the Great Indian Bustard bird is a large bird and finds it difficult to maneuver easily in flight. One of the solutions might be, if the flight path of these birds in the area is determined and overheads lines are taken down and laid undergroundThe Court had directed inclusion of 3 more persons in the Expert Committee already formed by the Court. The court had in 2019 taken note of alarming extinction both the birds and had also constituted a high powered committee to urgently frame an emergency response plan and implement it for the protection of these species.The Directions was issued in a plea filed by retired IAS Officer Ranjitsinh and other actual seeking protection of Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican whose population had been sharply declining.Next Storylast_img read more

State Should Compensate Families Of COVID Patients Who Died Of Oxygen Shortage, Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesState Should Compensate Families Of COVID Patients Who Died Of Oxygen Shortage, Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber13 May 2021 7:07 AMShare This – x The Karnataka High Court on Thursday put the state government to notice that on the next date it would consider the issue of granting compensation to the family members of the 24 people who died at a Covid hospital in Chamarajanagar due to shortage of supply of Oxygen. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar said: “The State government will have to take a stand on the issue of compensating families of the victims. It is needless to add that right from the decision of the Apex court in case of Rudul Sah vs state of Bihar (1983) and followed by judgment in the case of Smt Nilabati Behra alias Lalit vs State of Orissa (1993) and various decisions rendered subsequently, which hold that while dealing with a petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Writ court can grant compensation for violation of fundamental rights guaranteed to citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution. We put the state to notice that the question of granting compensation will be considered on the next date.”Advertisement Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi requested the court to grant him time post May 24 to file his response. However, the court orally said “in various other categories of tragedy which happen the state is very prompt in giving compensation.” Justice Kumar said “if there is a case of hooch tragedy, wherein people die for drinking spurious liquor, you give compensation within a few hours.”Advertisement The court in its order noted that a very exhaustive report of committee of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) constituted to monitor covid-19 issues is placed on record. “Broadly two issues will arise on the basis of the report. First, in what manner the state is going to compensate families of those who lost lives at Chamarajanagar due to failure of state and its agencies and instrumentalities in providing sufficient oxygen.Advertisement Advertisement Second issue which arises for consideration responsibility for lapses. The state govt will have to take a call on this aspect, as the committee has formed an opinion that there was tampering with the relevant record”, the order said. The court directed that the records of the hospital and of Deputy Commissioner of Chamarajanagar and Mysuru in regards to supply of Oxygen, will continue to remain in the custody of the Chief Secretary. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The committee headed by former Judge of the High Court A N Venugopal Gowda has said “The Committee is of the considered opinion that all the 24 deaths which have occurred on 2nd and 3rd of May in the hospital are attributable to the lack of oxygen at the hospital.” Further the report says that “On the request made by the Dean, Medical College, Chamarajnagar, the District Surgeon, Mysore made available 40 cylinders at 12midnight on 2/3may 2021, while 30 more cylinders were made available by southern gas agency. These 70 cylinders reached Chamarajanagar at 6.00 a.m on 3-5- 2021. The delay by at least 4 hours in reaching Chamarajanagar was due to the fact that the truck went on to collect 30 cylinders from Southern gas agencies, after collecting 40 cylinders arranged by the District Surgeon Mysore. Thus between 10.30 p.m. on 02-05-2021 till about 2.30 a.m. on 03- 05-2021 there was absolutely no Oxygen available at District 15 hospital, Chamarajnagar on account of which the patients who were on Oxygen support were deprived of oxygen.” The report also mentions that “On account of non-availability of Oxygen, many of the patients died during this period and vital parts of many other patients were badly damaged which has led to their death thereafter. The number of persons who died in the hospital between 11.00 p.m. on 02-05- 2021 and till the evening of 03-05-2021 was 37 as indicated in 33 case sheets seized and 4 case sheets subsequently made available by Dr.Murugesh, in charge District Surgeon, Chamarajnagar. Further, it is stated that on 3-5-2021, Death Audit in respect of 24 persons who died on the night of 02-05-2021 and early part on 03-05-2021 was held by a Committee consisting of District Surgeon and four others. In the Death Audit Report, the Committee concluded that the death of 3 persons was on account of lack of oxygen, death of 7 persons was on account of Hypoxic Brain Injury and 14 persons died due to Covid – 19. The death audit in respect of remaining 13 persons is not found in the available records. Also, the report mentions that in relation to the deaths between 4-5-2021 up to 6-15 am on10- 5-202, hospital authorities have declared the death of 62 persons. Out of them, at least 36 persons were shown to be in-patients as on 2-5-2021. The death of these 36 in-patients could be attributed to the non-availability of Oxygen supply during the night of 2-05-2021 and early hours of 03-05-2021. The report also states that the Dean of CIMS and the I/c District Surgeon, a Microbiologist, have not exhibited leadership quality and have failed to efficiently marshal the available resources to save human lives. The Deputy Commissioner, Chamarajanagar has not exhibited the dynamism and the leadership qualities expected of a district head in a dire crisis situation as mentioned above. As Chairman of the District Disaster Management Committee, he has miserably failed to guide and supervise the crisis situation arising out of extreme demand for oxygen. On the contrary, he has indulged in an unsavory blame game accusing the DC Mysore of causing hindrance for oxygen supply without any basis. The report concludes by saying “Cumulatively, the failure of the district administration in general and the hospital authorities in particular including the Dean of CIMS is apparent. A detailed probe alone can unearth the acts of omissions and commissions of the concerned individuals for fixing the responsibility.” TagsKarnataka High Court Chamarajangar Incident Ad-Hoc Compensation Karnataka Government Chief Justice Abhay Oka Justice Aravind Kumar Subscribe 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

Fair game for all

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Sportsemployers face the pitfalls of performance-related dismissal cases and shouldbring employee contracts up to current legislation, as Richard Keen reports recenthigh-profile case brought by two cricketers against Leicestershire CountyCricket Club should send a clear message to a wide range of employers abouttheir handling of performance-related dismissals.Therecent victory for professional cricketers Neil Burns and Carl Crowe in theirunfair dismissal case against Leicestershire Cricket Club has certainly causeda stir in the sports industry. Infact, so strong was the evidence in favour of the players, that the tribunalgave an indication of its likely finding part-way through the hearing. Thisresulted in an out-of-court settlement after only three-and-a-half days ofevidence.Burnsand Crowe were dismissed by Leicestershire Cricket Club at the end of the 2002cricket season. However, based on their performance during the 2002 season,both had received verbal assurances that their contracts would be renewed. Theclaim brought by the cricketers focused on two major issues – the way in whichmany sports employers still view employment in terms of seasons and the mannerof their dismissals. LeicestershireCricket Club employed players on a series of standard English Cricket Boardfixed-term seasonal contracts that begin in April and last until September. Burnsand Crowe argued that their continuity of service was, in reality, for theentire 12 months. After all, a sports professional is a sports professional allyear round – off-season training being just as important as playing for a teamduring a season – and sports contracts ought to reflect this reality ofemployment. However,this is not just a relevant issue for the sports industry – it can apply to anyemployer of seasonal staff. For example, entertainment, leisure, education andagriculture are all sectors that rely on their employment of staff on aseasonal contract basis. But, Section 212 (3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996states that if employees are absent “on account of a temporary cessation ofwork” or “by arrangement or custom”, then the period of employment cessationcan count towards an employee’s continuity of service and thus enables them tohave full employment rights.Therefore,if Burns and Crowe had their 12-month continuity of service upheld, it wouldallow them to bring unfair dismissal claims against Leicestershire for thesecond issue – the way in which they were dismissed.Bothplayers had been dismissed at the end of the season, at a time when most othercounty teams had already picked their players for the following year. This madeit impossible for Burns and Crowe to secure another first-class cricketcontract for 2003 – something that had obvious implications on theirlivelihood. Burnshad even specifically written into his own contract that Leicestershire wouldreview whether it was going to retain him by 14 July 2002. This would then givehim enough time to get another job should Leicestershire choose not to renew. AppraisalsBothplayers argued that they should have been treated like any other employee andbeen given proper appraisals and warnings of dismissal if they were notperforming to the standard expected. Thekey to the tribunal victory was that basic employment rights transcend allindustries – an under-performing sports player has the same rights as anunder-performing sales executive. When it comes to dismissing an employeebecause of poor performance, legislation, of which the Employment Act 2002 isthe latest, expects employers to have a fair and proper procedure in place thatcentres on periodic appraisal. Ifthe employee is not performing against fair expectation then he/she must beinformed at the appraisal and allowed a reasonable period of time to improvetheir performance, after which a further appraisal can review whether the newperformance targets have been met. Ifthe employee is still under-performing, dismissal may have to be considered, inwhich case the employee must be permitted a fair period of time to make a finaleffort to recover the situation. At all times, the employee must be made fullyaware of what is happening and where they stand.Theinteresting factor in the Burns and Crowe case was that Leicestershire couldnot actually claim poor performance by either player because of their excellentrecords. Instead, they argued that the dismissals were fair for “some othersubstantial reason” (Section 98 of the Employment Rights Act) – that a cricketteam must be able to improve its playing squad as it sees fit without having tolook over its shoulder to justify the fairness of its judgement that player Ais better than player B. Thecase therefore raised a further issue of whether or not cricketers could bedismissed simply because their employer thought there was a better player toreplace them. Employment legislation does not allow any employer to dismiss anemployee just because a better candidate comes up. Therefore, Leicestershire’sargument did not find favour with the tribunal. Inconclusion, this case is relevant to all companies whether employing full-time,temporary or seasonal contract staff. Companies that do not have formalperformance appraisal procedures, or whose procedures do not satisfy currentlegislation, run a greater risk of being sued for unfair dismissal.Justas important is ensuring that all senior managers understand and followappraisal procedures to the letter. These are basic legal requirements thatapply to all companies – no matter what industry they operate in.RichardKeen is managing partner and head of employment at Owen White Solicitors andadvised Neil Burns and Carl Crowe throughout their case Fair game for allOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Triangle Energy to acquire stake in exploration permit offshore Australia

first_imgPilot Energy will retain the remaining 21.25% non-operated working interest in the WA-481-P exploration permit Pilot holds 60% ownership in the permit. (Credit: QR9iudjz0 from FreeImages) Australian oil and gas company Pilot Energy has agreed to divest a 78.75% stake in and operatorship of WA-481-P exploration permit in Offshore Perth Basin to an oil producer and explorer, Triangle Energy.Currently, Pilot holds 60% ownership and has signed agreements with Key Petroleum to acquire the remaining 40% interest in WA-481-P, which is situated immediately adjacent to Triangle-operated offshore Cliff Head oil field.Pilot Energy said that the following the acquisition of 100% ownership in the permit, the transfer of operatorship in the permit to Triangle is subject to standard and customary conditions.The company will retain the remaining 21.25% non-operated working interest in the WA-481-P permit.Pilot and Triangle will enter into a conventional offshore oil and gas joint operating agreement to set up a joint venture to manage the permit and the operatorship of the permit.Pilot stated: “Under this arrangement Pilot will be designated the operator’s representative in connection with all matters relating to the interface with any potential offshore wind development affecting the WA-481-P permit area.”Pilot, Triangle to form joint venture for Cliff Head wind and solar projectAdditionally, the two companies have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the Cliff Head wind and solar project located along the Mid West Region of Western Australia.Pilot and Triangle will study feasibility and pursue the development of an offshore wind power farm in the area centred around the Cliff Head offshore oil field production facilities, Cliff Head Alpha and the onshore Arrowsmith separation and processing facilities.Under the terms of the agreement, Pilot will own 80% stake in the Cliff Head wind and solar project joint venture and the remaining 20% will be owned by Triangle.last_img read more