New Look value halved after failure to float

first_imgMonday 14 February 2011 10:05 am Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap4 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from the New Orleans PelicansSportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’In the Heights’ Underwhelms at Box Office With $11.4 Million DebutThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap Share whatsapp Fashion chain New Look’s value has cut by almost half by its private-equity backers after it failed to float with a £1.7bn price a year ago.The company has been hit by the ongoing tough consumer climate since it shelved its plans to floatLast month it said it had been badly hit by the freezing weather before Christmas and had been forced into major discounting in its January sales.Its same-store sales in the 15 weeks up to 8 January plunged 9.1 per cent.UK private-equity firms Permira and Apax backed New Look founder Tom Singh when he took the chain private at a cost of £699m in 2004.Permira confirmed it had written down the valuation of New Look but declined to say by how much or to what value. However, SVG Capital, the listed fund which invests directly in Permira funds, today said it had cut the value of its small holding in New Look from £25.7m to £13.5m, a reduction of 47 per cent.SVG said: “New Look suffered from the worsening retail environment towards the end of 2010 and the adverse weather conditions during the Christmas period. A decline in like-for-like sales, a higher promotional mix and stock clearances have driven a decline in the company’s earnings.”Permira and SVG also said the private-equity firms have taken a considerable amount of cash out of New Look since it was acquired seven years ago.Permira and Apax each hold 27.7 per cent stakes while Singh has 22.5 per cent. John Dunne center_img Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo whatsapp Tags: NULL New Look value halved after failure to float last_img read more

Stock market crash: Nick Train is keeping faith with these FTSE shares, as am I

first_img See all posts by Paul Summers Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Buy quality shares at reasonable prices and hold for the long term. That’s the strategy we endorse at the Motley Fool. We’re in good company. It’s also the game plan followed by one of the UK’s most successful fund managers, Nick Train. Today, I’m looking at three UK stocks Train continues to back, despite so far struggling to recover since March’s coronavirus-related market crash.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A Train favouriteIts share price may have performed poorly over the last year or so, but Irn Bru maker AG Barr (LSE: BAG) boasts many great business hallmarks. It has strong brands, a robust balance sheet, and generates higher operating margins compared to peers. It also operates in a defensive sector with loyal customers. No wonder Nick Train remains a fan. Despite not being immune to the coronavirus, Barr has also been performing fairly well in 2020. Revenue of £113m in H1 may have been down 8% on the previous year due to the lockdown, but it was far better than analysts were expecting. The stuttering reopening of bars and cafes in recent weeks means it will take time for sales to really fizz. Then again, the recent heatwave will surely have provided a welcome boost. Indeed, AG Barr could reinstate its dividend in September if management feels another UK lockdown is unlikely.Like Train, I remain confident the stock will recover in time.Temporarily depressedStaying with the drinks theme, FTSE 100 beverage beast Diageo (LSE: DGE) is another of Nick Train’s favourite stocks. It’s the biggest holding in the Lindsell Train UK Equity Fund and the third-largest in both the Lindsell Train Global Equity Fund and Finsbury Growth and Income Trust. That said, recent news from the company has been disappointing. Despite many of us drinking from our homes over lockdown, the company still revealed a bigger-than-expected fall in underlying net sales earlier this month. The near-term outlook is also pretty gloomy. Confirmation that the UK is now in the first recession for 11 years may force some to curtail their spending on premium label booze for a while. Train, however, is staying optimistic. Writing to investors, he said there’s “no doubt that human beings both crave and will return to ‘real’ activities and experiences” once the coronavirus has passed.Since this will inevitably include going back to pubs and clubs en masse, I think now might be an excellent opportunity to snap up Diageo while its share price is depressed.Nick Train luxury buyA third business Nick Train is standing by — and another key holding across funds he manages — is FTSE 100 luxury brand Burberry (LSE: BRBY).Once again, trading through the pandemic hasn’t been great due to store closures and travel restrictions. Although last month’s update included some green shoots of recovery, the share price is understandably still far below where it stood at the start of 2020. As tricky as the current environment is however, I’m confident Burberry can recover. The unstoppable growth in wealth across Asia coupled with the exclusivity of its brand should see to that. In the meantime, the firm is cutting costs where it can and continuing to develop its online offering.While certainly not a reason to buy the shares on its own, I also suspect Burberry is now a prime takeover candidate. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market crash: Nick Train is keeping faith with these FTSE shares, as am Icenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Paul Summers | Monday, 24th August, 2020 | More on: BAG BRBY DGE I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Paul Summers owns shares of Burberry, AG Barr and Lindsell Train Global Equity Fund. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AG Barr, Burberry, and Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

France v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhere

first_imgFrance v Scotland live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go.The match kicks off at 10pm on SuperSport Rugby.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Six Nations matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.The match will kick off at 4pm EST and 1pm on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  How to watch France v Scotland from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Six Nations coverage, like France v Scotland, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Six Nations live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN The last match of the Six Nations will determine the champions (Getty Images) France v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhereFrance go into tonight’s match against Scotland (kick-off 8pm) knowing exactly what they need to do to get their hands on the Six Nations trophy – beat Scotland by at least 21 points and score at least four tries or beat Scotland by 20 points and score at least six tries.Related: France v Scotland – Six Nations title permutationsHere are how the two sides line up for their clash at the Stade de France…France: Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt.Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas.Scotland: Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.Check out our full France v Scotland preview and below we explain how to find a reliable live stream wherever you are. France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the CanadaSix Nations matches are shown on streaming platform DAZN in Canada.France v Scotland will kick off at 3pm EST and 12pm on the West Coast.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AsiaPremier Sports has the rights to broadcast Six Nations matches, like France v Scotland, in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.A weekly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or you can take out a rolling six-month contract for $89.99 or a year’s deal is $129.99.Premier Sports Asia subscription Don’t miss the final game of the 2021 Six Nations Championshipcenter_img France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the UKThe good news is that all Six Nations matches are available on free-to-air TV in the UK. France v Scotland, which kicks off at 8pm, will be shown live on BBC1 in the UK.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when the match takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from IrelandIn Ireland, France v Scotland (kick-off 8pm) is also on free-to-air TV, with Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) broadcasting live coverage of all Six Nations matches. You can also stream live TV through Virgin TV Anywhere if you’d rather watch on your phone, tablet or computer. France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from EuropeFrance 2, another free-to-air channel, has the rights to broadcast France v Scotland at 9pm in France.  Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to the game from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 9am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer In Italy, DMAX is showing the match at 9pm and you can also live stream matches via its online player Dplay. If you’re in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, you can watch France v Scotland at 9pm through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, the match will kick off at 7am on Saturday morning and is live on beIN Sports 3. Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action. You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offerlast_img read more

Rhode Island cathedral to suspend services on financial grounds

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab February 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm The Episcopal Church per se, and bishops especially, have been reluctant to review and try to renew the “idea” of great cathedrals. In too many cases, these edifices consume more and more time and energy in the repair, maintenance, and safekeeping, sapping the congregation of energy needed for ministry. There are other models “out there” for keeping great cathedrals as places of prayer, energy, music, gathering, and more: I know of NO diocese which has given serious thought and action towards moving into the 21st Century with eyes wide open and options aplenty. February 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm While I agree that we have to redefine “church” for the 21st century, the physical structure still has meaning. As a member of the choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts, I have often said that the building truly is a house of God. I believe that:He spoke to a Composer in the 1500’s and said, “write beautiful music to my glory.”He spoke to an Architect in the 1700’s and said, “design a building to my glory.”He spoke to a Builder in the 1800’s and said, “build the building to my glory.”And then he spoke to me and said, “Sing that song in that building to my glory.”You can pray anywhere, but only in a Cathedral can certain music truly soar toward the Heavens.My deepest condolences, Providence. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Feb 22, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release February 25, 2012 at 8:28 am This truly saddens me. I resonate with deep gratitude for my parish in all of its rich ministries to both the local and global community. My prayers are with you. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN The Rev. Dr. Robert R. Hansel says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 the Rev. Jan Griffin says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Todd Gardner says: martha knight says: Rhode Island cathedral to suspend services on financial grounds Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm All “mainline churches” (TEC, UCC, ELCA, UMC and PCUSA) are having these same problems. We must look at the demographics; our birth rate (1.9 per couple) and immigration patterns. Neither support our growth. [Diocese of Rhode Island] The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John in Providence, Rhode Island, announced Feb. 21 that, due to dwindling financial resources, its worship and pastoral services will be suspended after April 22.The St. John’s building at 271 North Main will retain its status as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. A cathedral serves as the seat of the bishop, the central place of pastoral and teaching ministries for all Episcopal churches in that diocese.“The cathedral congregation has experienced serious financial difficulty, and a decision was made to suspend services for now,” said the Rt. Rev. David Joslin, the cathedral’s acting dean. “This decision, of course, was not made lightly or quickly. And additionally, it does not permanently close the cathedral; it only ceases the usual Sunday services and pastoral care.”Joslin said that this financial situation has been evolving for many years, and has now come to the place where it needs to be addressed.Members of the cathedral congregation are being welcomed to join Grace Church on Westminster Street in Providence, or any of the 52 Episcopal churches in Rhode Island. There are six other Episcopal churches located in Providence.The Cathedral of Saint John, which was established as King’s Chapel in 1722, has been a continuing center for worship and outreach for 290 years. In 1794, the name of the church was changed to Saint John, and in 1929, the church became the official seat of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, receiving its designation as the Cathedral of Saint John.The last Holy Eucharist for the cathedral congregation will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a time to celebrate St. John’s many years of service. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA February 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm Sad to hear. The Chapter and Bishop need to explore other ways of “being church.” The maodel they have been pursuing is financially and administratively impossible for a dwindling congregation, but there ARE other models. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listingcenter_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Phil Rountree says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Harry W Shipps says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Prof Willis H A Moore says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Emmetri Monica Beane says: Comments (9) Rector Belleville, IL Steven Long says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET February 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm I visited my son at college a few years ago in Providence. I was delighted to discover the cathedral was just about 10 blocks away. So, I called: no answer, no answering machine announcing the worship times. I went on my son’s computer: no website (!!!!!). How do you expect anybody to come to your church if you won’t communicate with the outside world? I went to the Episcopal Church instead right on the Brown campus, and there were about 25 people in this huge Gothic edifice at the main service. Zero college students in attendance. The era of just putting up an Episcopal Church sign and expecting people to show up ended about 50 years ago. The good old Episcopal Church soldiers on as if nothing has changed. “We need to raise more money,” they say. What they really need is to start attracting people again, and the money will follow… February 27, 2012 at 11:07 am You need to get used to similar annoucements from other parishes in the coming months and years as the ECUS continues to experience dwindling membership and accompanying lower giving. Leadership needs to ‘wake up’ and not ignor these alarming trends. Maybe this and other closures will cause leadership to recognize that their radical theology is pushing people out of the Church. There’s only so much the average parishoner can stand. The only people left will be a small secular group that can’t afford to fund even the basic expenses of congregational worship. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm This just infuses me with a tremendous sense of gratitude for my parish and reminds me not to take the blessing of our parish for granted. It is a message about looking at what it means to be church in the 21st century. Is it about physical structures anymore? Or how much of being church is about buildings? Finally, it is a reminder to me about the importance of stewardship of money. In church life, we still seem uncomfortable talking about money but it is important that we have open dialogs about it just like we have in our own households. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service February 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm I’m sorry to read that resources have been dwindling for years, but it takes the suspension of services to admit that the situation needs to be addressed. The report is probably a simplification of actual concerns, but describes many churches I know of, where decline has been very evident for decades without any real attempts to change the situation.last_img read more

‘Be good, as well as do good’ says new Chair of the Charity Commission

first_img‘Be good, as well as do good’ says new Chair of the Charity Commission AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis He said: “the public expects that all charities meet certain basic standards of integrity and probity. So if charities are part of the glue that holds society together, then good governance is the glue that binds charities.” Recognising charities that advance faithShawcross took the opportunity to reassure delegates that the Commission will continue to recognise the contribution made to British society by charities that advance faith.He said: “The suggestion some have put forward that the Commission is seeking to overturn centuries of law and culture by questioning the charitable status of religious charities is, quite simply, wrong. One MP asked me recently if the Commission was part of a plan or even plot to secularise British society. Absolutely not, I said. I repeat that emphatically today.”There are over 31,000 charities in England and Wales that cite religious charitable objects and many more that have a faith-based focus. Tagged with: Charity Commission Law / policy Managementcenter_img Howard Lake | 29 November 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Charities have to “be good, as well as do good” if they are to retain public trust and confidence, said William Shawcross, CVO, the new Chair of the Charity Commission.Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) today, he emphasised the need for independence and accountability as the two core elements of the good governance necessary to maintain the public’s trust.This was Shawcross’ first speech as Chair, having taken up the position last month. Advertisementlast_img read more

Journalist killed in troubling circumstances

first_img In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume February 4, 2021 Find out more MalawiAfrica Organisation Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi Reporters Without Borders today expressed its concern about the death of freelance journalist Don Kulapani on 8 August during the hold-up of a bar in the capital, and called on the authorities to conduct a full investigation into this killing, which has coincided with attacks on journalists by the ruling party.”We ask you to fully clarify the circumstances of the journalist’s death and to establish that it was not linked to the exercise of his profession”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Monjeza Maluza. “The fact that it coincides with recent attacks on journalists by the UDF’s youth league is troubling, to say the least”, Ménard said in the letter, which requested that Reporters Without Borders be kept informed about the investigation’s progress.A freelancer who used to work for The Chronicle newspaper, Kulapani was in a bar in the capital, Lilongwe, on 8 August when four armed men entered and opened fire, hitting the journalist. They then stabbed him many times. The assailants took cases of beer, musical equipment and cash from the till before making off. Kulapani died as a result of these injuries.The journalist’s death comes soon after the release of a statement by theruling UDF denying news media claims that it had a unit tasked with silencing investigative journalists who “embarrass” the government. In early August, the National Media Institute of South Africa claimed to have discovered a UDF plot to attack journalists of the Daily Times, Weekly Chronicle, Pride and BBC for having accused the UDF of intending to change the constitution to allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term in 2004.Young activists have been implicated in beatings of journalists who support the opposition party, especially journalists working for the Chronicle, Kulapani’s former employer. The Daily Times had already alleged in November 2001 that the UDF had complied a list of journalists who “discredit the party” and that it intended to use its youth wing to attack them. Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img August 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed in troubling circumstances News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story October 10, 2012 Find out more News May 24, 2019 Find out more RSF_en MalawiAfrica Follow the news on Malawilast_img read more

Court & Contempt: Dissent From The Bar

first_imgColumnsCourt & Contempt: Dissent From The Bar Kartikeya Sharma & Tejas Rao20 Jun 2020 8:58 AMShare This – xOn 9th June, 2020, a Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court led by Justice Sonia Gokani took suo motu cognizance of the statements made by Mr. Yatin Oza, President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association and proceeded to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him. This is not the first time in recent years when Mr. Oza has found himself to be in hot water. As recently…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?LoginOn 9th June, 2020, a Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court led by Justice Sonia Gokani took suo motu cognizance of the statements made by Mr. Yatin Oza, President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association and proceeded to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him. This is not the first time in recent years when Mr. Oza has found himself to be in hot water. As recently as 2016, the Supreme Court was seized of a matter involving contempt alleged to have been committed by Mr. Oza for criticising the transfer of two judges from the Gujarat High Court. Only once an unconditional apology was tendered by Mr. Oza was the matter put to rest by the Supreme Court. In the present circumstances, Mr. Oza is alleged to have made certain strong and hard-hitting remarks against the Registry of the Gujarat High Court in a live press conference that was streamed on Facebook. The allegations were recorded by the High Court in its order and they include statements such as “corrupt practices being adopted by the registry of the High Court of Gujarat”, “undue favour is shown to high-profile industrialists and smugglers and traitors” (para 6). The High Court took serious objection to the remarks made by Mr. Oza and reprimanded im by stating that “he appears to have crossed all limits by condemning recklessly the institution”. In the Order, the High Court expresses its disappointment in the “reckless” manner in which the President of the GHCAA has behaved. In expressing its opinion the Court made reference to Re: Vijay Kurle, a recent decision of the Supreme Court of India, where the Court held that the law of contempt existed to ensure that respect for the Court’s functioning was upheld at all times. Finally, in paragraph 16, the High Court concluded that there is a prima facie case of criminal contempt as per Section 2(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (“the Act”). Taking cognizance of contempt under Section 15 of the Act, the Registry was directed to place the matter before the Chief Justice of the High Court to be put before the appropriate roster bench for adjudication on merits. Curiously, the order further directs that the question of whether Mr. Oza is to be divested of his designation as Senior Advocate should be placed before the Chief Justice for consideration by the full Court. This entire episode revives the debate surrounding the existence of criminal contempt provisions under Indian law. The Law Commission of India has previously stated that merely removing criminal contempt under the Act does not entirely remove the idea of criminal contempt in India, as the source of the Court’s power in that regard stems out of Article 142(2) of the Constitution. Procedure for Criminal Contempt In order to address whether or not Mr. Oza’s statements merit the removal of his designation as Senior Advocate, it is essential to have a brief overview of how criminal contempt is dealt with as per the scheme of the Act at present. Criminal contempt as defined under Section 2(c) of the Act as follows: “Means the publication (whether by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise) of any matter or the doing of any other act whatsoever which— (i) scandalises or tends to scandalise, or lowers or tends to lower the authority of, any court; or (ii) prejudices, or interferes or tends to interfere with, the due course of any judicial proceeding; or (iii) interferes or tends to interfere with, or obstructs or tends to obstruct, the administration of justice in any other manner;” There are two distinct approaches to contempt depending on the circumstances in which the alleged act of contempt takes place. The first is where the alleged act is before the Court itself (provided for, under Section 14), and the second is where the alleged act takes place otherwise (under Section 15). As the alleged act of contempt has not taken place in the face of the Court, the case falls under Section 15 of the Act. This Section stipulates three ways by which cognizance of criminal contempt may be taken, and includes (i) suo motu cognizance, (ii) on a motion made by the Advocate General of the State, (iii) or on a motion by any other person with the consent of the Advocate General taken in writing. After cognizance is taken, recourse to the procedure entailed under Section 17 is taken. The individual charged with contempt must be served notice of every proceeding taking place under Section 15. This notice should be accompanied by a copy of any motion or reference filed by any party or subordinate Court. Section 17 also allows the Court to attach property (as per the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908), if it has reasons to believe that the person charged under Section 15 would abscond or run away from the legal proceedings. Finally, Section 17 adheres to due process norms and provides the individual charged with contempt the opportunity to file an affidavit in support of his defence. Section 18 lists out that any case of criminal contempt ought to be heard by a Bench of not less than two Judges. The relevant rules for Mr. Oza’s case are contained within the Contempt of Courts (Gujarat High Court) Rules, 1984, which under Rule 5, lay out that the Court may take suo motu cognizance of alleged criminal contempt committed under Section 15 of the Act. In Court on its own Motion v. State, Justice Lokur (then a judge of the Delhi High Court) in declining to take suo motu cognizance of contempt against NDTV stated that Courts ought to exercise their power of suo motu cognizance sparingly, specifically because of how grave and serious the matter of contempt is. That judgment also makes reference to Oswald’s Contempt of Court, Committal, Attachment, and Arrest upon Civil Process, which reads as follows: All publications which offend against the dignity of the Court, or are calculated to prejudice the course of justice, will constitute contempts. Offences of this nature are of three kinds – namely, those which (1) scandalize the Court; or (2) abuse the parties concerned in causes there; or (3) prejudice mankind against persons before the cause is heard. Previously, the Gujarat High Court, in Suo Motu v. Nandlal Thakkar, Advocate has taken suo motu cognizance of criminal contempt. In doing so, the High Court noted that Mr. Thakkar had made comments in Court whereby he attributed dishonesty to the conduct of the Court, and thereby made out a prima facie case of criminal contempt. The most relevant case to understanding the procedure under Section 17, however, is Re: Vijay Kurle, at the Supreme Court of India. That case clarified that the Act in no way curtailed the powers of the Court to suo motu initiate cases of contempt. That judgment also laid out that any Bench may issue notice in respect of an alleged contemptuous act and thereafter place it before the Chief Justice of the Court for listing before the Bench. Subsequently, it becomes clear that the procedure followed in Mr. Oza’s case by the Gujarat High Court conforms to the procedural rules laid out by the Act, and affirmed by the Supreme Court in Re: Vijay Kurle. Whether the designation as Senior Advocate may be stripped away in such circumstances? Finally, it is necessary to focus on one of the directions issued by the Gujarat High Court in the present case. The direction being number (4) in para 17 of the order states,”We also deem it appropriate to place before the Chief Justice for consideration at the hands of the full Court whether to divest the stature of respondent under contempt, of designation of a senior advocate under the circumstances.” The question that arises is what situations call for such action and what is the procedure that is to be followed in those circumstances? The conferment of the tag of a Senior Advocate has been entrusted to the Supreme Court and the various High Courts under Section 16(2) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and the criteria as per the above mentioned provision is categorised into (i) a person having standing at the Bar or (ii) a person having special knowledge or (iii) a person having experience in law. Prior to the judgement in the case of Indira Jaising vs. Supreme Court through its Registrar General (“Indira Jaising judgement”), there was no uniform criteria in place at the High Courts or the designation of Senior Advocates. Even the Supreme Court did not pay much heed to the procedure to be followed and this is evident from Rule 2(a) of Order IV of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013 which was a carbon copy of Section 16(2) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and Rule 2(b) imposes certain restrictions on Senior Advocates with regard to their functioning and appearance before the Court. Most High Courts relied upon notifications issued which briefly described rudimentary criteria needed to qualify for the designation as a Senior Advocate. The procedure for designation was varying between High Courts as was observed by the Supreme Court in the Indira Jaising judgement. Some High Courts required a: simple majority of the Full Court( Uttarakhand, Orissa, Karnataka, Punjab & Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Patna, Allahabad and Madras). 2/3rd majority of the Full Court( Calcutta, Gauhati, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Delhi, Kerala, Bombay, Gujarat, Sikkim, Rajasthan) 3/4th majority of the Full Court( Tripura and Himachal Pradesh) As is clear from the above, varying procedures were followed by the High Courts above and beyond the stark difference in criteria like age, income, length of practice etc. It is also interesting to note that only 2 High Courts( Uttarakhand and Madras) mentioned the power of the Full Court to strip an individual of the designation if the Full Court was of the view that “such advocate is not worthy of the designation any more” so there were no real grounds of misconduct or misbehaviour mentioned that would lead to a situation where an individual would be stripped off their designation. This was the situation prior to the judgement in October 2017 and while concluding, the Supreme Court provided some broad guidelines to bring about uniformity in the procedure of designation of Senior Advocates. These guidelines included the setting up of a permanent Committee and specified the composition of said Committee, established a Secretariat and mentioned its functions and most importantly the final guideline stated that “In the event a Senior Advocate is guilty of conduct which according to the Full Court disentitles the Senior Advocate concerned to continue to be worthy of the designation, the Full Court may review its decision to designate the person concerned and recall the same.” Since this case is one from the Gujarat High Court, the focus here is limited to provisions of said High Court’s rules. The provision as found in the High Court of Gujarat Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2018 is the same as the guideline provided by the Supreme Court as mentioned above. The only addition to Gujarat rules is the proviso which provides an opportunity of hearing to the person concerned before the Full Court makes its decision. Therefore, the procedure to be followed is that first, the Senior Advocate must be found to be guilty of the charges levelled against them, and the charge in the present case is that of criminal contempt. Second, the conduct in question must, in the opinion of the Full Court, disentitle the Senior Advocate from holding onto the designation and third, the Senior Advocate must be given an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the principles of natural justice. Respectfully, the Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court, in its order of 9th June, 2020, has not only taken cognizance of the alleged criminal contempt committed by the Senior Advocate, Mr. Yatin Oza, but also, it has rushed to the defence of the Court and its Registry and expressed its disappointment with the conduct of the alleged contemnor and on a cursory reading of the order, it seems that the Court has already determined the guilt of the alleged contemnor and in furtherance of the same has referred the matter to the Chief Justice to place before the Full Court for consideration whether the alleged contemnor must be stripped of the designation of Senior Advocate. The Court while acknowledging that it does not have the roster to hear matters relating to contempt under the Act refers the matter to the Chief Justice for necessary consideration. It is contended that if the guilt of the alleged contemnor could not have been established by this particular Division Bench, it should have restrained itself from referring the matter to the Chief Justice for placing it before the Full Court to consider the alleged contemnor’s senior designation as that is a step that would be subsequent to the determination of guilt by the appropriate bench and these remarks might prejudice another bench against the alleged contemnor. It is not often that a Senior Advocate is on brink of having his designation stripped off and makes one wonder if such a situation has arisen before. The case of R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan comes to mind wherein the former Senior Advocates of the Delhi High Court, were found guilty of criminal contempt under the Act as a result of being found to be guilty of tampering a witness in the famous BMW hit-and-run case and the Delhi High Court in its judgement of 21st August, 2008 recommended to the Full Court to strip the contemnors of the designation. The Supreme Court, in appeal, upheld R.K. Anand’s conviction but cleared I.U. Khan of the charges. What is important to note in this particular instance is that even at the prima facie stage where the High Court was of the opinion that R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan were guilty of contempt, it did not refer the matter to the Full Court for stripping them of the Senior Advocate designation. Only once the guilt was determined, after hearing the parties extensively, did the High Court recommend to the Full Court that the two contemnors be stripped of their senior designations. Hopefully, the Gujarat High Court will be mindful of this particular procedural nuance before placing the matter regarding the removal of Mr. Yatin Oza’s Senior Advocate designation in front of the Full Court for its consideration before a determination of Mr. Oza’s guilt by the appropriate bench. There can be no denying that free speech is an integral part of our lives and dissent makes up a chunk of that speech and one is reminded of the encouraging words of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that, “dissent is a safety valve of democracy”, one can only hope that the saga of Mr Oza will end on a positive note. 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

“Not A Special Case, Client’s Profile Does Not Matter”: Delhi HC Adjourns MJ Akbar’s Plea Against Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Till August 11

first_imgNews Updates”Not A Special Case, Client’s Profile Does Not Matter”: Delhi HC Adjourns MJ Akbar’s Plea Against Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Till August 11 Nupur Thapliyal5 May 2021 12:08 AMShare This – xRefusing to list the case anytime before August, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday listed to August 11 hearing in the appeal by former Union Minister MJ Akbar challenging the acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by him over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.A single judge bench comprising of Justice Mukta Gupta however called for the record of the trial court with regards to the case in hand.Advertisement The development came after the Court was hearing Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra appearing on behalf of MJ Akbar who suggested the Bench to list the case to an earlier date from August.”This is a special category case, your lordships. Kindly list this to some time before August.” Luthra requested the Court.Rejecting the aforesaid request, Justice Mukta Gupta orally remarked thus:”This is not a special case. There are other important matters right now. Profiles of the clients do not matter. List this in August.” Advertisement The matter was then posted for August 11 by the Court.The criminal defamation case was filed by MJ Akbar in a Delhi Court in October 2018, after he was accused by several women of sexual harassment, following a tweet by Ramani as part of the ‘#MeToo’ movement, revealing that the person referred to as a sexual harasser in an earlier article written by her in ‘The Vogue’ was Akbar.A Delhi Court on February 17 acquitted Priya Ramani in the Case.Advertisement Advertisement “Woman has a right to put up the grievance at any platform of her choice even after decades. Woman cannot be punished for raising voice agains sex abuse . Right to reputation cannot be protected at the cost of right to dignity”, the trial Court observed while acquitting Priya Ramani in the case.Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra represented Mr. MJ Akbar whereas Ms. Priya Ramani was represented by Senior Advocate Rebecca John before the Delhi Court.TagsDelhi High Court MJ Akbar v. Priya Ramani MJ Akbar Defamation Case MJ Akbar Priya Ramani Criminal Defamation Case Me Too India Justice Mukta Gupta 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

Mother and daughter in Texas create lifelong bond by attending college together

first_imgiStock(DALLAS) — At 16 years old, Emma Earhart is already a junior college graduate and a biology major at the University of North Texas.She also has a familiar classmate: her mom, Kathy Earhart.In fact, this semester, the duo is taking every one of their classes together.Earhart received her associate’s degree when she was 15 and is on track to receive her bachelor’s degree next year.“I always say that Emma’s on autopilot and I don’t want to jinx her because she’s got focus, she’s got drive, ambition,” Earhart’s father, Joe Earhart, told WFAA-TV, ABC’s affiliate in Dallas.For more than a decade, Kathy Earhart stayed home raising three kids but was inspired when her daughter started college at 14.“I always wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I just thought the time had passed that I didn’t get to do that,” Kathy Earhart told WFAA-TV.“And I was like, ‘OK, I’m doing this,’” she said. “If I set my mind to it, I will do it.”The mother-daughter team is working toward bachelor’s degrees, and eventually, doctorate degrees.“It’s a lot of fun. We’re competitive in a fun way. So you know, it’s ‘who did better on this, who did better on that.’ So we challenge each other,” Kathy Earhart said.“It’s just created a bond that’s going to last a lifetime,” her daughter added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Power outage hits large portions of Manhattan in New York City

first_imgfranckreporter/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Large portions of Manhattan in New York City were without power Friday morning as at least 1.3 million people are still without power along the East Coast after Isaias wreaked havoc on the region earlier this week.Con Edison, the city’s main power company, said there are at least 123,808 customers without power, including those who had previously lost power as a result of the storm, as of 6:30 a.m. Friday.The new power outages in New York City Friday, according to Con Ed’s outage map, were in the Upper West Side, Harlem and Upper East Side neighborhoods.ConEd, in a statement to ABC News, said the supply has been restored to those areas.“We are investigating a problem on our transmission system that caused three networks in Manhattan to lose their electric supply at about 5:13 this morning,” ConEd said in a statement.A live camera from ABC News New York City station WABC-TV showed a large section of the Upper West Side completely dark. A station camera also showed the electricity out in the Upper East Side.Subways in the city are also being impacted because of the Manhattan power outage, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority.Lines impacted, according to the MTA, include the A, B, C, D, 1,2,3, E, F, N, Q, and R trains.“Expect delays as we are getting reports of power outages in some parts of uptown Manhattan,” the MTA tweeted. “This is also affecting stations and third-rail power.”Thousands have been without power in the city this week as a result of Isaias.“We realize it is incredibly frustrating to be without power and that is why we are working around the clock to get customers back in service,” Robert Schimmenti, Con Edison’s senior vice president, Electric Operations, said in a statement Thursday. “We have additional mutual aid and contractor workers arriving each day to help us restore service safely. We assure our customers that our crews will remain on the job 24-7 until everyone has their power back.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more