AG Leventis Plc (AGLEVE.ng) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgAG Leventis Plc (AGLEVE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about AG Leventis Plc (AGLEVE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AG Leventis Plc (AGLEVE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AG Leventis Plc (AGLEVE.ng)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileThe A.G. Leventis Group is a leading manufacturing and distribution company in Nigeria and West Africa supplying a variety of products and services across a range of industries including general dealerships, motor dealerships and real estate. The company has business interests in supplying power and gas products, consumer foods and bakery products and printing supplies as well as offers products and services for the real estate, hotel and commercial vehicles sectors. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc operates through a number of subsidiaries; Leventis Foods Plc, Leventis Motors, Abuja (Capital Motors) Plc, Mainland Hotels, Leventis Real Estate, Druckfarben Nigeria Plc and Chrisstahl Nigeria Plc. The company was established by Chief AG Leventis in Ghana in 1937 and mainly supplied local and imported textile products. It devolved into Leventis Motors Plc, Leventis Stores Plc, Leventis Technical Plc whilst it retained ownership of valuable freehold and leasehold property throughout Nigeria. Through a series of mergers and schemes of arrangement, the independent companies were dissolved and AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc was established. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

400% share price surge! Is it too late to buy shares in Synairgen?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Synairgen (LON:SNG) is a drug company specialising in therapies for asthma and COPD. This morning the Synairgen share price surged over 400% after it announced positive results on a recent clinical trial relating to a new treatment for Covid-19.The £287m company has been listed on the FTSE AIM All-Share index since 2004. Today’s share price surge took it skyrocketing past its IPO high of £1.64 a share. Is it now too late to buy shares in this exciting biotech company?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…Why the price surge?The clinical trial moving the Synairgen share price was based on its SGN001 therapy. This is a treatment designed to reduce the most serious aspects of Covid-19 in hospitalised patients. It involves the use of a protein called interferon beta that is naturally found in the body but suppressed by the coronavirus.By inhaling this protein, the patient experiences relief and a reduction in breathlessness. The clinical trial resulted in a 79% reduction in patients developing severe disease requiring ventilation. It also showed patients were 2 to 3 times more likely to make a much better recovery. It should be noted these results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal and further analysis will be needed.A few years ago, the interferon beta therapy developed by Synairgen was being used in partnership with big pharma giant AstraZeneca. AZN pulled out of the partnership when an asthma trial failed, which put the Synairgen share price into free-fall. However, Synairgen always maintained the drug therapy had potential and retained full rights after AstraZeneca pulled out. Today’s news is a major comeback from that previous disappointment.Has the Synairgen share price got further to climb? With AIM shares there is always the risk that things won’t go as planned. Buying shares in pharmaceutical companies also always comes with an element of risk. Biotech and pharma is a tightly regulated industry filled with speculation, and managing cash flow can be tricky. However, this is a fantastic development for Synairgen. I think today’s news gives it positive attention that will stand it in good stead for some time to come. Synairgen was previously backed by Neil Woodford, who added it to his former UK equity fund.When dealing with pharmaceutical treatments there are many regulatory hoops to jump through. But with the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is eager for anything that will help bring it under control. For this reason, I don’t think it is necessarily too late to buy shares in Synairgen. Certainly, those shareholders that got in early on a speculative buy will be feeling very pleased that they did so.This is still a risky buy but could be an exciting addition to a diversified portfolio looking for growth opportunities. I think the Synairgen share price has further to climb. Kirsteen Mackay | Monday, 20th July, 2020 | More on: SNG 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. Are you looking for alternative small cap stocks for your Stocks and Shares ISA? 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Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 400% share price surge! Is it too late to buy shares in Synairgen? See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaylast_img read more

Casa Sur Ual / Christian Müller

first_imgArchDaily Projects Save this picture!© Susanna von Känel+ 13 Share Houses Casa Sur Ual / Christian Müller Casa Sur Ual / Christian MüllerSave this projectSaveCasa Sur Ual / Christian Müller Area:  225 m² Area:  225 m² Photographs photographs:  Susanna von KänelPhotographs:  Susanna von KänelEngineering:Ingenieurbüro Walter Bieler AG, BonaduzTimberwork:Alig Holzkultur, VrinCity:LumneziaCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Susanna von KänelRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsBeams / PillarsBlumer LehmannTimber Construction in Cambridge MosqueText description provided by the architects. Villages in the Alpine Region are threatened with being turned into ghost towns. This is being caused by a number of factors. The present building stock has a large portion of second homes which is hardly being used. The amenities offered do not live up to modern standards and there is preciously little room to build new houses. A project by Christian Müller in the Swiss village of Vella is a showcase of how this development can be countered with innovative concepts.Save this picture!SectionThe house called “Casa Sur Ual” is located centrally in the main area of the Val Lumnezia. It is constructed with solid timber logs notched at the corners. Surrounded by houses built of stone and elegant timber the 350 year old building is very much in harmony with its surrounding. The two new owners have approached Christian Müller with the challenges of dealing with historical structures. Good solutions of these problems so commonly encountered are notoriously hard to find. The approach should result in a balance of square meters, habitable spaces, room clearance with historical substance and finances as well as an ecologically convincing solution.Save this picture!© Susanna von KänelContemporary agility.The result resembles something of a three-dimensional puzzle. Both owners own a third of the building and share another third. It is like a scheme of “pay half, use two-thirds”. The children’s rooms, a sauna, spacious storage and attic rooms have been planned in the flexible third. The two apartments can also be opened up to each other and as such offer accommodations to a single group of up to fifteen people. The house can host grandparents, families and guests in different constellations and also be rented out as a vacation house.Save this picture!© Susanna von KänelThe courage to apply innovative solutions.Cabinet beds are interlaced with storage spaces in a playful fashion. A passageway may be two feet wide, another may well be 5 and a half foot high. Throughout there is comfort, consciousness of quality and respect for the traditional. The room for manoeuvring within the historical walls offers ample space of ideas for future uses. The Alpine regions are an important part of the Swiss landscape and the Swiss artful way of life. The flexible use of existing buildings not only reinforces the local economy can be, as this conversion proves, ecologically meaningful as well.Save this picture!© Susanna von KänelProject gallerySee allShow lessFørde city Hall and Plaza / MestresWågeArquitectes + NordplanSelected ProjectsA2 House / Masahiko SatoSelected Projects Share “COPY”center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769828/casa-sur-ual-christian-muller Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769828/casa-sur-ual-christian-muller Clipboard Switzerland Architects: Christian Müller Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Lumnezia, Switzerland CopyAbout this officeChristian MüllerOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLumneziaSwitzerlandPublished on July 09, 2015Cite: “Casa Sur Ual / Christian Müller” 09 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Angry Birds support Freddie For A Day

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Events Howard Lake | 5 September 2012 | News  76 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Angry Birds support Freddie For A Day Today is Freddie for a Day, which raises funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust by marking the birthday of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. This year, the third year of the campaign, Rovio Entertainment, the creators of Angry Birds, has released a new animation of Freddie the Angry Bird riding his bicycle to the Queen song ‘Bicycle Race’.A limited edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirt is also on sale via the Angry Birds and Bravado websites. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka said: “Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message, and we’re delighted to be supporting them in our own Angry Birds style. Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all ages, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations of fans.”Mercury would have been 66 today.Freddie For A Day encourages people around the world to dress up as Freddie Mercury, whether in full costume or just wearing a Freddie moustache, and to get sponsored to do so.Last year Google created the Freddie Mercury Google Doodle.The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded in 1992 by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach to help distribute money raised from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS awareness. Since then, the Trust has raised over $15 million to help in the fight against AIDS worldwide.www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

FRSB rules Diabetes UK broke Code of Fundraising Practice

first_imgFRSB rules Diabetes UK broke Code of Fundraising Practice Non-breachWith regard to the allegation of undue pressure, the FRSB Board decided that that call had not breached:• General Principles, Requesting Donations, (Code clause 1.3.1b): “Fundraisers OUGHT NOT to pressurise donors or potential donors but may use reasonable persuasion.”Actions to be taken by Diabetes UKThe FRSB expects Diabetes UK to take the following actions, with immediate effect:• Include clear and conspicuous opportunities for respondents to opt out of any future contact from the charity in respect of any future campaigns it initiates;Issue an apology to the complainant for misleading her;• Check all telephone numbers selected for telemarketing against the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) register for all future campaigns.The regulator also recommends that the charity:• Issues a prominent apology on the home page of the charity’s website to the campaign’s 25,000 other respondents who were also likely to have been misled by the charity’s actions.Actions for Listen LtdThe FRSB expects Listen Ltd to ensure that its charity clients:• always obtain the proper consents from the public to receive a fundraising call before making those calls.• its fundraisers only use wording approved by its charity clients and treat the public with respect at all times.Listen Ltd issued a statement, saying:“We are pleased that the complaint relating to an allegation of undue pressure being applied during a call has not been upheld.“The FRSB did not inform us of the second allegation regarding consents, and we did not therefore have any opportunity to respond before an adjudication was reached. Nevertheless, we have noted the regulator’s recommendations”.Andrew Hind, Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board, said:“Diabetes UK’s pedometer campaign was not solely designed to assist the public by raising awareness of diabetes. It also had a clear motive to solicit contact details for a subsequent fundraising approach to those who responded. As a result, we have concluded that the charity’s campaign misled the public.“Many campaigns offer resources to the public that support a charity’s objectives and it can be an effective way to attract potential new donors. But it is vital that charities make it abundantly clear to respondents how their contact details might be used and that relevant permissions are both sought and obtained.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy Telephone fundraising Howard Lake | 14 November 2015 | Newscenter_img  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has judged that a fundraising campaign by Diabetes UK breached the Code of Fundraising Practice.The Board stated that the charity’s pedometer fundraising campaign had breached four clauses of the Code, established by the Institute of Fundraising.The campaign used TV, radio and print advertising to invite people to use their mobile phones to text 85080 to receive “your free Diabetes guide and pedometer”.The complaintThe complainant raised concerns about a telephone fundraising call she received from Diabetes UK after responding by text to the charity’s advertisement for a free pedometer and diabetes guide.She received a text confirming her request for a pedometer from the charity, which did not include any opportunity to opt in or out of future SMS messages or fundraising/marketing approaches, as is required.She was then contacted by a fundraiser from telephone fundraising agency Listen Ltd on behalf of the charity to arrange delivery of the pedometer and to ask for a regular donation of £10 a month. She felt that the fundraiser who made the call had put her under pressure to donate and had been patronising when she stated she couldn’t afford to give because she was out of work due to ill health.Four breachesThe adjudication report states that the campaign broke:• Data Protection, Processing, (clause L14.7c): “Donors/contacts MUST NOT be misled or deceived as to how their information will be used and how the organisation may contact them in future.”• Digital Media, SMS and MMS, (clause 9.6.2 (f): “Reply by SMS OUGHT to be an option for opting out and be clear in all communications.”• Data Protection, Consent, (clause L14.5.2 (a) (i): “Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.”• The Telephone Preference Service, Marketing Calls, (clause 8.2.3 c): “Marketing calls under the guise of administrative calls OUGHT NOT to be made but supporters’ marketing preferences can be verified during a genuine administrative call.”The Board concluded that the complainant was misled as to how her contact details would be used by the charity, and agreed that she should have been given the opportunity to opt out of future fundraising and marketing approaches when contacted by text.Since the telephone call was delivered by Listen Ltd, the FRSB judged that it had also breached clause 8.2.3 c. of the Code. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Parents demand School Bus Bill of Rights

first_imgKids with disabilities suffer while bus companies profit.New York City — “OPT — get the kids to school on time!” was chanted by people at a lunchtime rally called by Parents to Improve School Transportation at New York City Hall on Oct. 16. The action was held before a City Council hearing on the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT), which oversees the city’s school bus routes.Parents of children with disabilities spoke to the media about the lack of regular bus schedules, long wait times, outrageously long days for bused children and lack of communication with parents. They also criticized the poor pay and training for drivers and matrons, while owners of private companies cash in.A statement distributed by PIST read, in part: “Before we go to the City Council Education Committee’s 1 p.m. hearing on some proposals to regulate the Office of Pupil Transportation, let’s speak out on the busing we envision: a quality public service for 150,000 NYC students with and without disabilities; a long-term job with appropriate training and compensation, not an ATM for bus company millionaires and corruptible Department of Education appointees.”It continued: “Let’s remind the Department of Education and Mayor Bill de Blasio of the proposals parent groups, unions and civil rights advocates have already given them over the years. Let’s build the momentum for a real School Bus Bill of Rights that respects and reflects riders, the disability community and workers.”After the rally, parents and supporters marched around City Hall, chanting and handing out leaflets, before entering the hearing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Soybeans to Overtake Corn in 2019

first_img Soybeans to Overtake Corn in 2019 Previous articleApproaching Deadline for Farm Service Agency County Committee ElectionsNext articleU.S. Ethanol Production Remains Strong Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 29, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a preview of its long-term planting projections Tuesday. The USDA considers a lot of factors when making the projections, including macroeconomic conditions, GDP growth, and farm policy. An important projection from the early release is the overall number of planted acres. Total planted acres for the eight principal crops and land in the Conservation Reserve Program was 275.8 million acres. The forecast for 2018 calls for an increase in acres for all crops except upland cotton and wheat, with the total increase of 1.8 million acres. From 2019-2027, USDA projects acreage to remain steady between 276 to 278 million acres, slightly lower than the 280 million acres over the last decade. Another big takeaway from the report is that USDA predicts soybeans will overtake corn in planted acreage starting in 2019. Projected acres for both corn and soybeans are both at 91 million acres in 2018.In 2019, soybeans will stay at 91 million acres while corn is projected to drop to 90 million. If this forecast comes true, it would be the first-ever market-driven shift in which soybeans overtake corn in planted acreage in the U.S. USDA says one of the biggest reasons behind the increase in soybean acres is demand for soy products from ChinaSource: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybeans to Overtake Corn in 2019 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Plea In SC Seeks To Rescue And Bring Indian Migrants Stranded In Gulf Countries Without Getting Proper Treatment For COVID19 [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks To Rescue And Bring Indian Migrants Stranded In Gulf Countries Without Getting Proper Treatment For COVID19 [Read Petition] Radhika Roy10 April 2020 2:39 AMShare This – xA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of India seeking for directions for the return of Indians working and living in Gulf countries due to problems being faced by them as a result of lack of jobs arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Filed by Advocate Jose Abraham on behalf of migrant welfare society named Pravasi Legal Cell, the plea submits that “around 9 million Indians…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?LoginA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of India seeking for directions for the return of Indians working and living in Gulf countries due to problems being faced by them as a result of lack of jobs arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Filed by Advocate Jose Abraham on behalf of migrant welfare society named Pravasi Legal Cell, the plea submits that “around 9 million Indians are at present employed in countries in the Gulf, a vast majority of who are involved in low-skilled labour, who are going through challenging times and are struggling to meet even their basic needs in dire jobless situation arising out of the COVID pandemic”.

It has also been submitted that in light of the rising cases of Coronavirus in the Gulf, the number and nationalities of the infected migrant workers is yet to be declared. However, Qatar has confirmed that a disproportionate majority of the people diagnosed with COVID-19 are migrant workers. 

It is also to be noted that Qatar’s largest labour camp for migrant workers has become a virtual prison and is in total lockdown after hundreds of construction workers became infected with Covid-19.

The plea states that “this trend is dangerous for Indian migrant workers, who in the wake of the lockdown in several Gulf states have been quarantined in Labour accommodation camps which are notoriously overcrowded, and lack in adequate water and sanitation meaning that workers are inevitably less able to protect themselves from the virus”.

The proximity of the workers to one another in cramped camps has also been cited as a proper due to inability to practice any type of social distancing. The plea goes on to assert that even the workers who have been tested positive for COVID-19 are being denied treatment due to shortage of beds and unaffordable nature of the treatment.

 Additionally, reports have surfaced that migrant workers in Saudi Arabia are required to work while their Saudi counterparts can avail paid quarantine leave. Therefore, there is a “flagrant violation of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf states”. 

Also, in most of the cases, passports and other documents of the poor migrant workers have been confiscated by their employers/sponsors and they have been rendered stateless. 

In light of the above, the follow prayers are sought by the Petitioner;:

i. To make appropriate arrangement to rescue and bring the Indian migrants stranded in Gulf countries who are living in vulnerable condition in labour accommodations. 

ii. To take appropriate measure to ensure that the migrant workers experiencing symptoms have access to timely testing and medical facilities as absence of same would result in high risk of transmission owing to the cramped conditions in which they reside. 

iii. To take appropriate steps to ensure adequate food, medicines, quarantine and emergency service facilities. 

iv. To make appropriate arrangement for free medical consultation and counselling of the migrant labourers through online/ videoconferencing facility with the doctors in India. 

v. To come out with appropriate scheme to ensure financial support for the families of the migrant labourers rendered jobless due to COVID19. Read the Petition HereNext Storylast_img read more

[Breaking] Karnataka HC Stays Govt Ban On Online Classes; Says It Violates Right To Education Under Article 21A

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Karnataka HC Stays Govt Ban On Online Classes; Says It Violates Right To Education Under Article 21A Mustafa Plumber8 July 2020 3:14 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday expressed the prima facie view that State Government orders banning online classes encroached upon the Fundamental Right to Life and Education conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India.”Prima facie we are of the view that both orders of June 15 and June 27, encroached upon the Fundamental Right conferred by Article 21 and 21A of…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 High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday expressed the prima facie view that State Government orders banning online classes encroached upon the Fundamental Right to Life and Education conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India.”Prima facie we are of the view that both orders of June 15 and June 27, encroached upon the Fundamental Right conferred by Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India”, observed a division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy.The Court said that the executive orders passed by the Government under Article 162 of the Constitution cannot curtail the fundamental rights under Articles 21 and 21A. Therefore, the bench passed an interim direction staying the government orders issued on June 15 and June 27 to the extent they imposed ban/embargo on conduct of online classes by the schools from LKG to Class X.The Court clarified that the order should not be construed to mean that authorities of school have right to make online education compulsory or will have right to charge extra fees for conducting online classes.”Our order should not be construed to mean that students who do not opt for online education should be deprived of their normal education as and when the schools are able to start education”, the bench added.The order came in a bunch of writ petitions, which challenged the government decision.”There cannot be any dispute that academic term for this year has already commenced. Only way of providing education was by providing facility of online coaching/online training”, the bench said.The bench held that there was no “rational basis” for passing orders banning online education.The fact that state is not able to extend online education to certain category of schools is not a ground to hold that the so called “elite schools” should not extend online education to their students, added the bench.The bench further said that it was difficult for the Government to derive support from the opinion expressed by NIMHANS, Bangalore.The Government ordered on June 15 that no schools should impart online education until the expert committee constituted by the Government submitted its suggestions regarding the viability of online classes.Later on June 27, the Government modified the order allowing online classes for limited hours for students from lower KG to Standard V, following the guidelines laid down by the authorities.The State said that the ban was only an interim measure, until the government explored options to ensure that no student was deprived of education on account of lack of access to internet.As per statistics given to the Court by the Government, around 1.45 crore students are there in the state. Around 44 lakh students are enrolled in government schools, 13.60 lakh in private aided schools and around 45 lakh students are studying in private unaided schools. Among them, 58.61 lakh students are in urban areas and 45.88 lakh students are in Rural areas.Defending the government decision, Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi had submitted :”It is the state’s endeavour to ensure that not a single student is deprived of education. If eight students are taking online classes and two are not, then they will be left out. These are all factors which need to be considered. The students between 0-6 years is a more delicate subject which needs to be dealt with not only from the point of view of education or fundamental rights but also child psychology. How Children are going to react to online classes?. Because kindergarten is not only about schooling but more about parenting. These are formative years, whatever we teach them today will lay the foundation of their personality”.Senior Advocate Uday Holla and Advocate Pradeep Nayak, appearing for the petitioners, had submitted that the government decision was violative of right to education of the students.The petitioners also raised the argument that the government lacked powers to control the schools affiliated to CBSE/ICSE boards.Advocate Pramod Nair, appearing for a parent, had argued that the State cannot rely on its executive powers under Article 162 to issue orders that affect fundamental rights. Any restriction of fundamental rights requires the authority of a law and cannot be validly given effect to by means of an executive order. The issue is no longer res integra and has long been settled by judgments of the Supreme Court. Next Storylast_img read more

Crankstart volunteering demands relaxed

first_img“As a result, we will be once again taking a lenient approach to volunteering hours for this academic year. Where volunteering is still possible in a COVID-safe capacity we would encourage you to do so. An email to scholars from the university said that: “Whilst we made the decision to treat the 25 hour volunteering component as normal for the 20/21 academic year back in the summer, life continues to change for those of us in the UK and an ‘as normal’ approach no longer seems correct or fair. Normally as part of the scholarship students are required to complete at least 25 hours of volunteering across the academic year. These can be in either community projects in Oxford or as part of outreach events for the University, such as open days and advising prospective applicants. “All scholars, excluding Clinical Medics or those on their Year Abroad, have the entire calendar year including vacations to complete 25 hours of volunteering per year. None of us have a crystal ball, but we all live in hope that the situation may be significantly better by this coming summer and many things may reopen, including greater capacity for volunteering. We will revisit this and be in touch with all scholars if we require anything additional from you.” However, this year following the news that England will enter another national lockdown, and confirmation from Balliol College that the university plans to suspend residency requirements for Hilary Term, these demands are being temporarily relaxed. The email sent from the university told scholars: “If you are concerned about volunteering at any point in the year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so we can help.” The scholarship is offered to students across the university completing their first undergraduate degree and who have a household income of under £27,500. Those eligible can receive a non-repayable bursary of up to £5,000 a year, and have access to assistance from the Crankstart Scholarship team, Oxford Hub and the University’s Careers Service. Since it was launched in 2012, over 1,000 students have taken part in the programme. Oxford University will take a “lenient approach” to volunteering hours for Crankstart scholars in the 2020/2021 academic year, it has been announced. last_img read more