Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Engen Botswana Limited (ENGEN.bw) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileEngen Botswana Limited, listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, is a petroleum company which markets and distributes fuel and lubricants through a network of retail outlets in Botswana. The company has a national footprint with approximately 1 500 service and filling stations located in the major towns and cities of Botswana, including 600 filling stations which have an onsite convenience shop. The company also has interests in property management and letting. Engen Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Petroleum Investment Holdings Limited. read more
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198 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Melanie May | 20 September 2018 | News Tagged with: Amazon Funding philanthropy [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=37&v=fTwXS2H_iJo[/youtube] 197 total views, 3 views today Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announces $2bn philanthropic fund AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced a $2 billion fund to help homeless families and create preschools in low-income communities, after he asked for suggestions on approaches to philanthropy last year.According to a statement issued by Bezos on 13 September, the Bezos Day One Fund will begin with a commitment of $2 billion and focus on two areas: funding existing non-profits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, non-profit preschools in low-income communities.The Day 1 Families Fund will issue annual leadership awards to organisations and civic groups working to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families, while The Day 1 Academies Fund will launch and operate a network of Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities.In his statement, Bezos says he will build an organisation to manage the preschools, using the same principles that have driven Amazon:“We will build an organisation to directly operate these preschools. I’m excited about that because it will give us the opportunity to learn, invent and improve. We will use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon. The most important among those will be genuine, intense, customer obsession. The child will be the customer. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” And lighting that fire early is a giant leg up for any child.” The fund is named after Bezos’s Day 1 philosophy. According to Bezos, companies should always retain the Day 1 mentality, which means keeping the drive and focus of a start up: concentrating on pleasing the customer, on results rather than process, and being fast to make decisions and embrace trends. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. read more
The Israeli Occupation Force stopped and boarded by force the fishing boat al-Awda (the Return) between 40 and 50 nautical miles from shore near Gaza on July 29, seizing the boat in international waters. The IOF soldiers tased, beat and arrested the 22 passengers aboard. They not only seized the medical equipment the ship was carrying to Gaza, but robbed some of the passengers they had beaten.Four days later the IOF repeated this illegal action in international waters against the Freedom, a sailboat that was part of the planned Freedom Flotilla, this one with 10 passengers.Al-Awda had left Norway in mid-July with 22 people from 16 countries aboad. The slower boat, Freedom, left from Sweden. They stopped at various ports in Europe before setting off for Gaza. Their goal was to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and to win freedom of movement for the 2 million Palestinians living in — actually, trapped in — Gaza.The Israeli blockade has caused a humanitarian crisis. Food is in short supply, keeping the Palestinian population on the edge of hunger. Medicine is in shorter supply.Starting March 30, Palestinians participated in a Great March of Return to the border fence separating Gaza and Israel, insisting on their right to return to their homeland of Palestine. Gaza’s population is made up of Palestinians violently forced from their houses, farms and villages during Israel’s founding in 1948 and their descendants. They object to the theft of their land, Israel’s inhumane blockade of Gaza and the U.S. Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem.Dr. Swee Ang, medical doctor on the al-Awda, reported on Aug. 4 about the brutal seizure of the boat and passengers by the IOF (reprinted below). Ang reported that $15,000 worth of antibiotics and bandages were headed toward Gaza.The two Israeli citizens who were on al-Awda, Zohar Chamberlain Regev and Johnatan Shapira, were accused by the Israeli authorities of having attempted to enter Gaza and of conspiracy against the state of Israel. Latest reports are that they were released, as were two reporters from al-Jazeera.From the U.S., veteran U.S. Navy Signalman Joe Meadors and retired Col. Ann Wright, a well-known anti-war activist, were participating in the flotilla. Meadors was standing watch on the USS Liberty during the June 1967 war, when an Israeli aerial and sea attack on his ship off the coast of Gaza killed 34 U.S. sailors and wounded 174. Washington, at the time, continued its support for the Israeli aggression against Egypt, Jordan and Syria.Israeli military storms al-Awda boatEvents from 29 July, when the Israeli Navy stormed and hijacked the Freedom Flotilla al-Awda, diverting it from its intended course to Gaza to Israel.By Dr. Swee Ang, medical doctor on board the al-Awda, 4 August 2018:The last leg of the journey of al-Awda (the boat of return) was scheduled to reach Gaza on 29 July 2018. We were on target to reach Gaza that evening. There are 22 on board, including crew, with U.S. $15,000 of antibiotics and bandages for Gaza. At 12:31 p.m. we received a missed call from a number beginning with +81. … Mikkel was steering the boat at that time. The phone rang again, with the message that we were trespassing into Israeli waters.Mikkel replied that we were in international waters and had right of innocent passage according to maritime laws. The accusation of trespassing was repeated again and again, with Mikkel repeating the message that we were sailing in international waters. This carried on for about half an hour, while Awda was 42 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza.Prior to the beginning of this last leg, we had spent two days learning non-violent actions and had prepared ourselves in anticipation of Israeli invasion of our boat. Vulnerable individuals, especially those with medical conditions, were to sit at the rear of the top deck with their hands on the deck table. The leader of this group was Gerd, a 75-year-old elite Norwegian athlete, and she had the help of Lucia, a Spanish nurse, in her group.The people who were to provide a non-violent barrier to the Israelis coming on deck and taking over the boat formed three rows — two rows of threes, and a third row of two persons blocking the wheel house door to protect the wheel house for as long as possible. There were runners between the wheel house and the rear of the deck.The leader of the boat, Zohar, and I were at the two ends of the toilets corridor, where we looked out at the horizon and informed all of any sightings of armed boats. I laughed at Zohar and said we are the Toilet Brigade, but I think Zohar did not find it very funny. It was probably bad taste under the circumstances. I also would be able to help as a runner and would have accessibility to all parts of the deck, being the doctor on board.Soon we saw at least three large Israeli warships on the horizon, with five or more speed boats (Zodiacs) zooming towards us. As the Zodiacs approached I saw that they carried soldiers with machine guns, and there was on board the boats large machine guns, mounted on a stand, pointing at our boat.From my lookout point the first Israeli soldier climbed on board to the cabin level and climbed up the boat ladder to the top deck. His face was masked with a white cloth and following him were many others, all masked. They were all armed with machine guns and small cameras on their chests.They immediately made to the wheel house, overcoming the first row by twisting the arms of the participants, lifting Sarah up and throwing her away. Joergen the chef was [too] large to be manhandled, so he was tasered before being lifted up.They attacked the second row by picking on Emelia, a Spanish nurse, and removing her, thus breaking the line. They then approach the door of the wheel house and tasered Charlie, the first mate, and Mike Treen, who were obstructing their entry to the wheel house. Charlie was beaten up as well. Mike did not give way with being tasered in his lower limbs, so he was tasered in his neck and face. Later on I saw bleeding on the left side of Mike’s face. He was semi-conscious when I examined him.They broke into the wheel house by cutting the lock, forced the engine to be switched off and took down the Palestine flag before taking down the Norwegian flag and trampling on it.They then cleared all people from the front half of the boat around the wheel house and moved them by force and coercion, throwing them to the rear of the deck. All were forced to sit on the floor at the back, except Gerd, Lucy and the vulnerable people who were seated around the table on wooden benches around her. Israeli soldiers then formed a line sealing off people from the back and preventing them from coming to the front of the boat again.As we entered the back of the deck we were all body searched and ordered to surrender our mobile phones, or else they would take them by force. This part of search and confiscation was under the command of a woman soldier. Apart from mobile phones, medicines and wallets were also removed. None of us, as of today (4 Aug.), have gotten our mobile phones back.I went to examine Mike and Charlie. Charlie had recovered consciousness and his wrists were tied together with plastic cable ties. Mike was bleeding from the side of his face, still not fully conscious. His hands were very tightly tied together with cable ties; the circulation to his fingers was cut off and his fingers and palm were beginning to swell. At this stage the entire people seated on the floor shouted, demanding that the cable ties be cut. It was about half an hour later before the ties were finally cut off from both of them.Around this time Charlie, the first mate, received the Norwegian flag. He was visibly upset, telling all of us that the Norwegian flag had been trampled on. Charlie reacted more to the trampling of the Norwegian flag than to his own being beaten and tasered.IOF wants captain of al-AwdaThe soldiers then started asking for the captain of the boat. The boys started to reply that they were all the captain. Eventually the Israelis figured out that Herman [Reksten] was the captain and demanded to take him to the wheel house. Herman asked for someone to come with him, and I offered to do so. But as we approached the wheel house, I was pushed away and Herman was forced into the wheel house on his own.Divina, the well-known Swedish singer, had meanwhile broken free from the back and went to the front to look through the window of the wheel house. She started to shout and cry “Stop, stop, they are beating Herman, they are hurting him!” We could not see what Divina saw, but knew that it was something very disturbing.Later on, when Divina and I were sharing a prison cell, she told me they were throwing Herman against the wall of the wheel house and punching his chest. Divina was forcibly removed and her neck was twisted by the soldiers, who took her back to the rear of the deck.I was pushed back to the rear of the boat again. After a while the boat engine started. I was told later by Gerd, who was able to hear Herman tell the story to the Norwegian Consul in prison, that the Israelis wanted Herman to start the engine, and threatened to kill him if he would not do so. But what they did not understand was that with this boat, once the engine stopped it could only be restarted manually, in the engine room in the cabin level below.Arne, the engineer, refused to restart the engine, so the Israelis brought Herman down and hit him in front of Arne, making it clear that they would continue to hit Herman if Arne would not start the engine. Arne is 70 years old, and when he saw Herman’s face go ash-coloured, he gave in and started the engine manually. Gerd broke into tears when she was narrating this part of the story. The Israelis then took charge of the boat and drove it to Ashdod [an Israeli port city].Once the boat was on course, the Israeli soldiers brought Herman to the medical desk. I looked at Herman and saw that he was in great pain, silent but conscious, breathing spontaneously but shallow breathing. The Israeli Army doctor was trying to persuade Herman to take some medicine for pain. Herman was refusing the medicine.The Israeli doctor explained to me that what he was offering Herman was not army medicine, but his personal medicine. He gave me the medicine from his hand so that I could check it. It was a small brown glass bottle, and I figured that it was some kind of liquid morphine preparation, probably the equivalent of oromorph or fentanyl.I asked Herman to take it and the doctor asked him to take 12 drops, after which Herman was carried off and slumped on a mattress at the back of the deck. He was watched over by people around him and fell asleep. From my station I saw he was breathing better.Native American in dangerWith Herman settled I concentrated on Larry Commodore, the Native American leader and environmental activist. He had been voted Chief of his tribe twice. Larry has labile asthma, and with the stress all around my fear was that he might get a nasty attack, and need an adrenaline injection.I was taking Larry through deep breathing exercises. However Larry was not heading for an asthmatic attack, but was engaging an Israeli who covered his face with a black cloth. This man was obviously in charge.I asked the Israeli man his name and he called himself Field Marshall Ro. … Larry misheard him and jumped to the conclusion that he called himself Field Marshall Rommel, and shouted how can he, an Israeli, take a Nazi name. Field Marshall objected and introduced himself as Field Marshall Ronan. As I spelled out Ronan he quickly corrected me that his name is Ronen, and said that he, Field Marshall Ronen, was in charge.The Israeli soldiers all wore body cameras and were filming us all the time. A box of sandwiches and pears were brought on deck for us. None of us took any of their food, as we had decided we do not accept Israeli hypocrisy and charity.Our chef, Joergen, had already prepared high-calorie, high-protein, delicious brownies with nuts and chocolate, wrapped up in tin foil to be consumed when captured, as we knew it was going to be a long day and night. Joergen called it food for the journey. Unfortunately, when I needed it most, the Israelis took away my food and threw it away. They just told me, ”It is forbidden.” I had nothing to eat for 24 hours, refusing Israeli Army food and with no food of my own.As we sailed towards Israel we could see the coast of Gaza in total darkness. There were three oil/gas rigs in the northern sea of Gaza. The brightly burning oil flames contrasted with the total darkness the owners of the fuel were forced to live in. Just off the shore of Gaza are the largest deposits of natural gas ever discovered. The natural gas, belonging to the Palestinians, was already being siphoned off by Israel.As we approached Israel, Zohar, our boat leader, suggested that we should start saying goodbye to each other. We were probably two to three hours from Ashdod. We thanked our boat leader, our Captain, the crew, our dear chef, and encouraged each other that we will continue to do all we can to free Gaza and also bring justice to Palestine. Herman, our captain, who managed to sit up now, gave a most moving talk and some of us were in tears.We knew that in Ashdod there would be Israeli media and film crews. We would not enter Ashdod as a people who had lost hope as we were taken captive. So we came off the boat chanting “Free, Free Palestine,” all the way.Mike Treen, the union man, had by then recovered from his heavy tasering and led the chanting with his mega-voice, and we filled the night sky of Israel with “Free, Free Palestine” as we approached. We did this the whole way down the boat into Ashdod.We came directly into a closed military zone in Ashdod. It was a sealed-off area with many stations. It was specially prepared for the 22 of us. It began with a security X-ray area. I did not realise they retained my money belt as I came out of the X-ray station. The next station was strip search, and it was when I was gathering up my belongings after being stripped that I realised my money belt was no longer with me.I knew I had about a couple hundred Euros and they were trying to steal it. I demanded its return and refused to leave the station until it was produced. I was shouting for the first time. I was glad I did that, as some other people were parted from their cash.The journalist from Al Jazeera, Abdul, had all his credit cards and $1,800 taken from him, as well as his watch, satellite phone, his personal mobile, his ID. He thought his possessions were kept with his passport, but when he was released for deportation he learnt bitterly that he only got his passport back. All cash and valuables were never found. They simply vanished.We were passed from station to station in this closed military zone, strip searched several times, possessions taken away until in the end all we had were the clothes we were wearing, with nothing else except a wrist band with a number on it. All shoelaces were removed as well.Some of us were given receipts for items taken away, but I had no receipts for anything. We were photographed several times and saw two doctors. At this point I learnt that Larry was pushed down the gangway and injured his foot, and had been sent off to an Israeli hospital for check-up. His blood was on the floor.I was cold and hungry, wearing only one T-shirt and pants by the time they were through with me. My food was taken away, water was taken away; all belongings, including reading glasses, taken away. My bladder was about to explode but I was not allowed to go to the toilet. In this state I was brought out to two Black Maria [police] vehicles, painted gray.On the ground next to it were a great heap of rucksacks and suit cases. I found mine and was horrified that they had broken into my baggage and took almost everything from it – all clothes, clean and dirty, my camera, my second mobile, my books, my Bible, all the medicines I brought for the participants and myself, my toiletries. The suitcase was partially broken. My rucksack was completely empty too.Israeli army — petty thieves?I got back two empty cases, except for two dirty large-man size T-shirts that obviously belonged to someone else. They also left my Freedom Flotilla T-shirt. I figured out that they did not steal the Flotilla T-shirt as they thought no Israeli would want to wear it in Israel. They had not met Zohar and Yonatan, who were proudly wearing theirs.This was a shock, as I was not expecting the Israeli Army to be petty thieves as well. What had become of the glorious Israeli Army of the Six-Day War [in 1967] which the world so admired?I was still not allowed to go to the toilet, but was pushed into the Maria van, joined by Lucia, the Spanish nurse. After some wait we were taken to Givon Prison. I could feel myself shivering uncontrollably on the journey.The first thing our guards did in Givon Prison was to order me to go to the toilet to relieve myself. It was interesting to see that they knew I needed to go desperately but had prevented me for hours! By the time we were re-x-rayed and searched again, it must have been about 5 or 6 a.m. Lucia and I were then put in a cell where Gerd, Divina, Sarah and Emelia were already asleep. There were three double decker bunk beds, all rusty and dusty.Divina did not get the proper dose of her medicines; Lucia was refused her own medicine and given an Israeli substitute, which she refused to take. Divina and Emelia went straight on to hunger strike. The jailors were very hostile, using simple things like the refusal of toilet paper and constant slamming of the prison iron door, keeping the light of the cell permanently on, and forcing us to drink rusty water from the tap, screaming and shouting at us constantly to vent their anger at us.Racism toward doctorThe guards addressed me as “China” and treated me with utter contempt. On the morning of 30 July, the British Vice Consul visited me. Some kind person had called them about my whereabouts. That was a blessing as after that I was called “England,” and there was a massive improvement in the way “England” was treated compared to the way “China” was treated. It crossed my mind that “Palestine” would be trampled over, and probably killed.At 6.30 a.m., 31 July, we heard Larry yelling from the men’s cell across the corridor that he needed a doctor. He was obviously in great pain and crying. We women responded by asking the wardens to allow me to go across to see Larry, as I might be able to help.We shouted, “We have a doctor” and used our metal spoons to hit the iron cell gate to get their attention. They lied and said their doctor will be over in an hour. We did not believe them and started again. The doctor actually turned up at 4 p.m., about 10 hours later, and Larry was sent straight to hospital.Meanwhile, to punish the women for supporting Larry’s demand, they brought handcuffs for Sarah and took Divina and me to another cell to separate us from the rest. We were told we were not going to be allowed out for our 30-minute fresh air break and a drink of clean water in the yard. I heard Gerd say, “Big deal.”Suddenly Divina was taken out with me to the courtyard and Divina given four cigarettes, at which point she broke down and cried. Divina had worked long hours at the wheel house steering the boat. She had seen what happened to Herman.The prison had refused to give her one of her medicines and given her only half the dose of the other. She was still on hunger strike to protest our kidnapping in international waters. It was heart-breaking to see Divina cry.One of the wardens, who called himself Michael, started talking to us about how he will have to protect his family against those who want to drive the Israelis out. And how the Palestinians did not want to live in peace … and it was not Israel’s fault.Things suddenly changed with the arrival of an Israeli Judge; we were all treated with some decency even though he only saw a few of us personally. His job was to tell us that a tribunal would be convened the following day and that each prisoner had been allocated a time to appear, and that we must have our lawyer with us when we appear.Divina, by the end of the day became very giddy and very unwell, so I persuaded her to come out of hunger strike, and also she agreed to sign a deportation order. Shortly after that, possibly at 6 p.m. since we had no watches and mobile phones, we were told that Lucia, Joergen, Herman, Arne, Abdul from Al Jazeera and I would be deported within 24 hours, and that we would immediately be taken to be imprisoned in the deportation prison in Ramle near Ben Gurion airport to wait there.It was going to be the same Ramle Prison from which I was deported in 2014. I saw the same five strong old palm trees still standing, proud and tall. They are the only survivors of the Palestinian village destroyed in 1948.When we arrived at Ramle prison, Abdul found, to his horror, that his money, credit cards, watch, satellite phone, his own mobile phone, and ID card were all missing – he was entirely destitute. We had a whip-round [collection] and raised around 100 Euros as a contribution towards his taxi fare from the airport to home. How can the Israeli Army be so corrupt and heartless, to rob someone of everything?ConclusionWe, the six women on board al-Awda, had learnt that they tried to completely humiliate and dehumanise us in every way possible. We were also shocked at the behaviour of the Israeli Army, especially petty theft and their treatment of international women prisoners. Men jailors regularly entered the women’s cell without giving us decent notice to put our clothes on.They also tried to remind us of our vulnerability at every stage. We know they would have preferred to kill us, but of course the publicity incurred in so doing might be unfavourable to the international image of Israel.If we were Palestinians it would be much worse, with physical assaults and probably loss of lives. The situation is therefore dire for the Palestinians.As to international waters, it looks as though there is no such thing for the Israeli Navy. They can hijack and abduct boats and persons in international water and get away with it. They acted as though they own the Mediterranean Sea. They can abduct any boat and kidnap any passengers, put them in prison and criminalise them.We cannot accept this. We have to speak up, stand up against this lawlessness, oppression and brutality. We were completely unarmed. Our only crime, according to them is we are friends of the Palestinians and wanted to bring medical aid to them. We wanted to brave the military blockade to do this. This is not a crime.In the week we were sailing to Gaza, they had shot dead seven Palestinians and wounded more than 90 with live bullets in Gaza. They had further shut down fuel and food to Gaza. Two million Palestinians in Gaza live without clean water, with only two to four hours of electricity, in homes destroyed by Israeli bombs, in a prison blockaded by land, air and sea for 12 years.The hospitals of Gaza since 30 March have treated more than 9,071 wounded persons, 4,348 shot by machine guns from a hundred Israeli snipers while they were mounting peaceful demonstrations inside the borders of Gaza — on their own land. Most of the gunshot wounds were to the lower limbs, and with depleted treatment facilities the limbs will suffer amputation.In this period more than 165 Palestinians had been shot dead by the same snipers, including medics and journalists, children and women. The chronic military blockade of Gaza has depleted the hospitals of all surgical and medical supplies. This massive attack on an unarmed Freedom Flotilla bringing friends and some medical relief is an attempt to crush all hope for Gaza. As I write, I have learned that our sister Flotilla, Freedom, has also been kidnapped by the Israeli Navy while in international waters.But we will not stop; we must continue to be strong to bring hope and justice to the Palestinians and be prepared to pay the price and to be worthy of the Palestinians. As long as I survive I will exist to resist. To do less will be a crime.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago REO sales are down by 80 percent from their peak six years ago, but there are still plenty of affordable buying opportunities for homebuyers, according to a commentary by Chris Bowden, Freddie Mac’s SVP of HomeSteps, the GSE’s real estate sales unit.About 6 percent of all residential home sales in June 2015 were REO sales, compared with their January 2009 peak of 27.6 percent, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, a decline of about 80 percent. Today’s low mortgage rates, which are hovering around 4 percent, provide more opportunities for investors and other buyers seeking an affordable home option. Bowden reminds potential buyers that while buying an REO property is very similar to buying any other house, there are four tips to remember:Find a reputable agent. It will be helpful to find a reputable agent who works actively in the neighborhoods where you are looking to buy a home. Though banks will negotiate, they often employ local pricing strategies with the goal of selling homes for as close to fair market value as possible. A good agent will help a buyer find an affordable home and put in a solid offer, Bowen writes.Get pre-approved. It is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan by your lender before you begin searching for a home, according to Bowden. It is also a good idea to understand what you can afford before you find an REO home you can’t live without, especially since REO homes are purchased “as is.” While banks will cover the costs of some necessary repairs, many REO homes will need addition renovation or repair costs that the banks will not cover. The buyer should consider these costs when figuring in how much they can afford, Bowden said.Be ready. Since the buyer will likely be competing against investors and several other interested parties, it will be crucial to move fast in making an offer, especially with cash offers. Bowden says the good news for those buying REO homes is that the market is shifting back to traditional homebuyers after years of being dominated by investors and cash sales immediately following the crisis.Due diligence. Home inspections are critical for any home purchase, but especially when buying an REO home, since the buyer is purchasing the home “as is” and it is important to check the home for safety hazards or other unknown issues, Bowden said. If issues are discovered during an inspection, the buyer can always cancel the contract. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Ocwen’s Servicer Ratings Upgraded to ‘Positive’ Next: Rise in Rental Stock Indicates Growing Popularity of SFR Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Foreclosures Freddie Mac REO 2015-09-14 Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / What to Remember When Buying an REO Property Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO Tagged with: Foreclosures Freddie Mac REO The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago What to Remember When Buying an REO Property September 14, 2015 1,706 Views Subscribe read more
News Updates[Refusal To Solemnize Marriage] Writ Petition Is Not Maintainable Against A Church, Holds Kerala HC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 July 2020 11:46 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has held that a writ petition is not maintainable against a church for its refusal to solemnize marriage. The Bench comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly observed that a marriage involves relationship between the parties, which clearly falls within the ambit of private law and no public function is involved in itThe Division Bench upheld…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has held that a writ petition is not maintainable against a church for its refusal to solemnize marriage. The Bench comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly observed that a marriage involves relationship between the parties, which clearly falls within the ambit of private law and no public function is involved in itThe Division Bench upheld a single bench judgment that had held that no public duty or public function is being carried out by a Church by solemnization of marriage between two members of the diocese. The issue raised in the writ petition filed by a couple was whether the Church or the Diocese, of which the petitioners are members, can refuse to solemnize their marriage. The single judge, Justice VG Arun, while dismissing the petition, had held that, even in cases where a person, body of persons or an institution is found to be performing a public duty, a writ would not lie to enforce purely private law rights, which in the case of the petitioners is solemnization of their marriage. In Writ Appeal, the counsel for appellants relied on the judgment in Federal Bank Ltd. v. Sagar Thomas [(2003) 10 SCC 733] to contend that the Church though a private body, is discharging a public duty or positive obligation of public nature and, therefore, a writ would lie against Church. The Bench, after referring to various precedents in this regard, and also taking note of the functions carried out by the Church, observed that solemnization of marriage is not a duty of the State or an authority, and thus, Church can be said to be performing a public duty or public function of the State. Though the Priest of a Church is solemnising a marriage in a Church, he cannot be said to be a public servant, discharging public duty or public function. Functions which are similar or closely related to those performable by the State in its sovereign capacity alone can be said to be a public duty or public function. Solemnization of a marriage by a Minister of District Chairman and Presbyter, CSI, District Church, Balaramapuram (respondent No.2), cannot be said to be an act performable by the State in its sovereign capacity. Solemnizing a marriage involves relationship between the parties, which clearly falls within the ambit of private law and no public function is involved in it. The Court agreed with the contention taken by the Church that, while solemnizing a marriage, is not performing any public duty or public function or a statutory duty, merely because the Christian Marriage Act, 1872 prescribes a procedure, and that by itself would not bring the Church within the ambit of a State or instrumentality of State, within the purview of Article 12 of the Constitution of India. Church cannot be declared as a State or as an authority or instrumentality of the State. Dismissing the Writ Appeal, the Court said: “Thus, even in cases where a person, body of persons or an institution performs an act to any particular section of the society, in the case on hand, those belonging to Christianity, that alone would not give a cause of action to file a writ against a Church to enforce private law rights, which in the case of the appellants, solemnization of marriage.”Case name: Santhoshkumar S. vs Church Of South IndiaCase no.: WA.No.53 OF 2020 Coram: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. ChalyCounsel: Advocates S.VINOD BHAT, ANAGHA LAKSHMY RAMAN,K. R. RIJA, T. N. MANOJ Click here to Read/Download Judgment Next Story read more
News UpdatesDelhi Government Oscillates On 250-Covid Bed Facility In Indira Gandhi Hospital, High Court Seeks Detailed Affidavit Srishti Ojha12 May 2021 4:01 AMShare This – xA day after the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government told the Delhi High Court upon being questioned, that it’s got a 250-bed Covid facility ready in Indira Gandhi Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, the government today informed the Court that the hospital is ready to offer 80 beds of which 8 are occupied.Yesterday the court had lashed out at the government for mistakenly informing it on Saturday that a 250-bed Covid facility was available at the hospital. The issue was flagged when Adv. YP Singh pointed out to the court that until even Tuesday, not a single admission had been made in the supposedly ready facility.Advertisement While the government had yesterday informed Court that the facility was not able to be made operational as it had come to their notice at the eleventh hour that PESO certification was necessary was usage of oxygen cylinders, today, the government informed through its affidavit filed by Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra that there is no emergency, ICU or oxygen facility there and severe patients aren’t being admitted at the facility.Advertisement Adv Singh informed Court, “I’ve inquired today. Around 8 patients are there, whose oxygen is above 90%. There’s no oxygen, ICU, ventilator service.”Upon the bench’s questioning on the affidavit directed to be filed on the matter, Sr. Adv. Mehra said the same was already filed and read out its contents for the court.Unsatisfied with the same, the court asked, “Have we not directed that you should tell us about medical and para-medical staff?”Advertisement Advertisement Defending the non-readiness of the hospital facility, Mehra cited the decreasing trend of daily infections in the capital and said that “out of the available beds shown as of 10:30 am today, there are 3277 oxygen beds and 88 ICU beds vacant. It keeps fluctuating. We are in a much better situation today than we were.”He argued, “If existing beds are also lying empty, there’s no point in further augmenting beds.”Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement To this the bench questioned the government’s oscillating stand on the issue and enquired why it was hesitant to make use of “this huge facility which can be constructed”, and instead wanted to “use temporary ones.”The division bench of Justices Rekha Palli and Vipin Sanghi said to Mehra that from pictures the facility appeared complete.Mehra replied, “My affidavit and instructions state that it’s not complete.”The bench ordered the government to, give it a timeline as to when the facility will be functional, which the government would bind itself to and non-adherence to which would give rise to consequences.Still defending the government’s position and stand, Mehra drew the court’s attention to the centre’s behaviour instead, “We are cooperating in every way we can. We have been bending backwards and doing everything under the sun. See the attitude of the central government, no bed has been added but they haven’t been asked to respond or file an affidavit!” Justice Palli then warned Mehra that they were creating a tangent, when infact they were only asking them about the facility.The court recorded in its order that, “It’s been stated that while construction of the 700 bed Indira Gandhi hospital was going on, it was revised to accommodate more beds. It’s been stated that construction is not complete. Accordingly it was decided to start a 250-bed covid centre in the building. In the absence of infrastructure, ICU can’t be utilised. It’s a Covid centre for patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Petitioner counsel has submitted that 80 beds are what the hospital is ready to offer of which 8 are occupied. There’s no ICU facility, oxygen or emergency. Mr. Mehra submits that as of now 4525 beds are vacant in GNCTD at the moment. He submits that therefore there’s no grave urgency completing the project. The pictures show the facility is ready. There’s no reason why the State should not complete the project at earliest. The state should learn from the bitter experience that all citizens have gained with present onslaught of the pandemic. Though the situation may have somewhat improved with regards to Covid beds, as stated by Mr. Mehra, we can’t forget the situation which existed just a couple of days ago, when serious patients in need of hospitalisation and those requiring oxygen and ICU succumbed without getting a chance to be treated. With reports it’s evident that we haven’t seen end of this pandemic, the State has to use its resources to complete ongoing projects and make them operational at the earliest, before we are again caught in situation of lack of beds and infrastructure.” The bench proceeded to direct the state to file a detailed affidavit with deposed timeline of completion of the hospital, and state, if it’s been breached, then for what reason, and the new timeline for its completion.The bench ordered, “The said timeline should be realistic and once placed before court should be adhered to. Let affidavit be filed within a week.”Edited by Shreya AgarwalTagsDelhi High Court Delhi Government 250-Covid Bed Facility Indira Gandhi Hospital Justice Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli 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 read more
Gangs targeting vulnerable old people are using women and children to access their victims.The Irish Independent is reporting women and young teenagers are centrally involved in burglary rings in rural Ireland.The paper says senior sources confirmed two identified gangs have joined forces and were responsible for a spate of 26 burglaries in the space of one night.The gangs are predominantly based in Dublin, the Midlands and Munster. Women and children involved in burglary rings in rural Ireland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleSnow and ice warning issued for DonegalNext articleTourism Ireland launches latest Star Wars campaign News Highland Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – December 28, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ read more
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