3 hot FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy as the stock market crashes

first_img The FTSE 100 is up 3% on the day as I write, but since 19 February it’s still down 17% on coronavirus fears. And I reckon that’s pushed FTSE 100 dividend stocks to the fore.We’ve seen similar falls before, and the UK’s top index has always come bouncing back. I don’t expect this time to be any different, and I’m looking for some of the top dividend stocks that have become even cheaper. Here are three that I like the look of.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…Insurance dividendsAviva (LSE: AV) has fallen 21% over the period. Perhaps that’s not surprising for a FTSE 100 dividend stock in the life insurance business when a potential human disaster is looming.But Aviva has just reported a record operating profit of £3.2bn, and the shares are sitting on what looks to me like a crazily low valuation.We’re looking at P/E valuations of under six on current forecasts. Now, those forecasts might be adjusted downwards as the coronavirus pandemic develops. But even so, I’m seeing a lot of bad news already built into that pessimistic valuation — and I think it’s more bad news than we’re likely to see.And just look at the dividend. Aviva’s dividends have been growing steadily, and the share price drop has pushed the forecast yield up to 10%. Aviva looks like one of the best FTSE 100 dividend stocks right now, and I might buy some more.Defensive dividendsI’ve been keen on BAE Systems (LSE: BA) for some time. It’s in a sector that can have its ups and downs over the short term, but long-term demand remains strong. You can see the erratic short-term nature of sentiment towards the business too, by looking at the share price.But we can see volatility as a provider of buying opportunities when share prices are down. And BAE’s shares are in a downswing now, along with everything else. We’re seeing a 16% fall since the coronavirus panic has been going, and I think that’s pushed BAE shares firmly into buying territory.EPS has been modestly but steadily growing, and there are two more years of 5%-7% rises predicted. I don’t really see how coronavirus is going to adversely affect that, and I reckon BAE’s forecasts are perhaps among the most dependable out there.The forecast dividend yield is up to 4.3% now. And covered twice by forecast earnings, I see this FTSE 100 dividend stock as another to snap up for long-term income.Market dividendsIf markets are in a turmoil and you’re not sure what to buy, why not just buy the market? You could do that by buying an index tracker, but in this case I just mean buy companies whose business it is to buy and sell the market. I’m thinking of St James’s Place (LSE: STJ) specifically.The wealth manager’s share price is down 23% during the panic. I’m guessing that’s because investors fear any FTSE-related losses will be geared downwards and profits will be hit disproportionately. If the stocks that St James’s Place holds should fall, the firm will lose out on the charges it can levy.There’s a 7% EPS drop on the cards, and it could be a bit worse than that, so that’s something we need to be prepared for. But St James’s Place has a long-term progressive dividend policy. And if the 2020 dividend meets expectations, it would yield 5.7%. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. 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. Alan Oscroft owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 3 hot FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy as the stock market crashes 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 | More on: AV BA STJ Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Alan Oscroft Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Steve Ojomoh: The day I had a stroke

first_imgStrokes don’t just affect the elderly, as Steve Ojomoh knows only too well. The former England No 8’s toughest battle came off the pitch and here he relives the experience “I got seen in A&E in Bath and the next thing I’m in an ambulance going to Southmead Hospital (Bristol). My blood pressure was absolutely ridiculous. The ambulance was the most uncomfortable ride ever; for me the determination was to just hang in there. All those bumps, just hang in there.“The next thing I know is I wake up and they’re asking me all sorts of questions, I’m being pinched and stuff. What’s your name? What’s your age? I was a bit disorientated, I thought I was in a Jason Bourne movie. My wife tells a very good story about that, I said to her about half lies and half truths.“When I came round, they said, ‘Do you know why you’re here? Do you know what you’ve had?’ I said, ‘No, not at all.’ They said, ‘You’ve had a stroke.’ My first thought was that’s what old people get. It didn’t make sense to me. I was surprised.“I was in recovery and had to start doing all these cognitive tests to get everything going again. They said my stroke was caused by high blood pressure. That can be a hereditary thing. My mother suffered from hypertension, it never occurred to me. Black people, West African people, tend to have a propensity for high blood pressure.“You would have thought I would have done all these checks. There were days where I’d get a nosebleed and I’d just think it’s a cold day or something, but these are the triggers. I never thought anything about it. I’d been operating with this high blood pressure for a while and not knowing. This is something I could have had on and off for ten years.On the hoof: in action on his England debut, a 13-12 home defeat by Ireland in 1994 (Getty Images)“But it was a combination of things that caused the stroke. On the exercise front, that had stopped compared to what I used to do. But the habit of what I ate hadn’t changed as much, I was still eating a lot of carbs. So that’s one thing.“But you look at the run-up to October 2018; I had just buried my mother, in May. An African funeral is like no other; dealing with that, being her only son, the responsibility falls on to me. I came back from Nigeria and continued with life without having grieved. All that built up without me knowing it.“I now take blood pressure tablets every day, a lifetime thing. I go to the gym once in a while, I wear this watch and will do a minimum of 10,000 steps every day. And I try to step back and avoid stress now because stress does not help. I have a good manager. I have to let go a bit and give the manager more responsibility.New outlook: Ojomoh has made lifestyle changes. “But you’ve got to live a bit.” (Andrew Sydenham)“Was I working too hard? It was everything. It was helter-skelter. I internalise a lot of things and when you’ve got that pressure cooker, everything is cumulative over time. Over the years the business had a stress, the funeral, the lifestyle, coming to work, going home, drinking.“The alcohol side of things I stopped totally, I changed my diet. The shock of the stroke led me to totally change what I put in my body. I’m more aware of my body but the slack has loosened a bit. You’ve got to live and I now allow myself drinks now and again. But what I was doing previously, 2017, 2018…“On my left side I still have days where if somebody’s there I don’t see them. Or if I bend down to pick something up too quickly I get disorientated. The lucky thing is that I never lost movement, so I was fine that way.“I spent a lot of time recovering last year, from being here (at the nursery) five or six days to two half-days. I spent a lot of time by myself and with that you reflect a lot. The word ‘grateful’ comes to mind. I look at each day as a blessing. I’m just trying to avoid things that would bring me back to that day.“I package it up, put it in a box, whoosh. Just like I did with my mum’s funeral. Some day it catches up. I haven’t been able to go in and dissect it. “You sometimes hear people say, ‘So-and-so passed away’ and it takes me back. Oh my God, that could have been me. What would have happened to my daughter, to my son, all these things. I can’t help but feel very blessed.”Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Steve Ojomoh: The day I had a strokeOne in six people in England will have a stroke during their lifetime, writes Alan Pearey. And more than a third of first-time strokes occur in middle-aged adults (age 40 to 69), according to recent Public Health England statistics.From rugby, Michael Lynagh became a high-profile stroke victim in 2012. And in April, Bristol centre Will Hurrell retired from the sport following a suspected stroke in January. It followed an incident against Leicester that was assumed at the time to be a head injury.Steve Ojomoh, the former Bath and England No 8, also knows what it’s like to experience the life-threatening medical condition. Ojomoh was 48 when he suffered a stroke in October 2018.Rugby World went to meet him at one of the two children’s nurseries he owns, Little Willows in Bath, for a feature published in our April 2020 issue. Below is a more detailed first-person account of the events of that fateful day and how it has impacted on his life…Buoyant: celebrating Bath’s victory over Leicester in the 1996 Pilkington Cup final (Getty Images)“Looking back, when you piece it all together, you can see how the stroke manifested itself. I had a meeting booked with my nursery manager and in my head that was always going to be stressful because we were discussing pay increase for staff; she would naturally fight the staff corner, and I would naturally fight the company’s corner to get an even balance.“So I didn’t sleep too well the night before. We’d arranged to meet for lunch and it was during that lunch meeting, when we started talking about things like spreadsheets, that I took the bull by the horns and said, ‘Right, this is what I’m proposing’.“As we were talking there was a noise in my head, like the release of a gas. It’s like when you look into the sun. Then the headaches started within five minutes. Bad headaches. It must have been bad because I handed the keys of the car to her. We were meant to drive on to Trowbridge to view a property, a 20-minute drive away.“She gave me a couple of headache tablets, which didn’t really have an effect. I could still talk normally. It wasn’t debilitating but almost like a toothache. We drove to the property, I was able to walk in, did all the stuff, drove back to the nursery in Bath.Time to reflect: the former international at Little Willows Day Nursery in Bath (Andrew Sydenham)“At that stage it was about 3, 3.30pm. My daughter (Ava) goes to school just down the road and her pick-up time was four o’clock, so I drove to pick her up. 4, 4.30. I’ve got really good friends next door to the school so we went to their house, this was now maybe five o’clock. Whilst the children played I just lay on the sofa, it was boom, boom, I just couldn’t shake it.“But at no stage did I think, ‘This is bad’. It was just a really bad headache. I have a phobia about going to doctors’ surgeries. I’d rather be in pain than go there, I have this white coat syndrome. So the thought of going to A&E never came into my way of thinking.“That day Ava ended up having tea at my friends’ place, so it was now 6.45, 7 o’clock and time to go home. Driving home, I took the wrong turning two or three times. This is a journey I do every day. Ava was saying, ‘Go straight, Dad, you’ve gone one too early’.“I have a phobia about doctors’ surgeries. I’d rather be in pain,” admits Ojomoh (Andrew Sydenham)“We eventually got home. It was 8, 9 o’clock and I had a hot shower because at this stage I was trying to find anything to ease the pain. I tried putting ice cubes on my head.“I was up with it most of the night, and at about 3, 4 o’clock, that’s when I had given up, the pain was such that I thought I need to go in. But my next thought was I can’t disrupt the school pattern because my wife (Lisa) was away at the time. If I go to A&E now, how will Ava get to school?“So I waited until the morning. My son (Max) had only just started driving, so at 6 o’clock I crawled up the stairs and told him, ‘Listen, you’ve got to take me to hospital, I’ve been up all night with this’. And with that he got his sister into the car, me into the passenger seat and took me to A&E in Bath. Survivor: Steve Ojomoh, older and wiser after the stroke that threatened his life (Andrew Sydenham) last_img read more

3 Charged with Car Wash Burglaries

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Previous articleApopka Pastors Introduced to “Turning the Tide” InitiativeNext articleSingle Member Districts: Does Size Matter? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Candy The Apopka Police Department arrested three suspects in conjunction with 7 burglaries at Apopka area car washes on Friday.According to APD, the 3 had been targeting coin machines at the car washes.  The crimes occurred in the early morning hours, just before dawn.  Despite limited evidence, diligent work by APD detectives resulted in closing 5  of the 7 incidents.  The suspects have admitted to some of the crimes.The arrestees were charged as follows:RIGO BERTO LOPEZ – Burglary, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.LANCE CODY ROBINSON – Burglary, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.ZANE JOSEPH NEIDHART – Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.This map shows the locations of the alleged incidents: You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 25, 2016 at 11:01 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Reply center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Very sad three young men that have addiction problems. My son is one of the young men. Very heart breaking. My family has tried everything we can to get help for him. We did the Marchman act several times. That was a long process that was a joke. Finally when he was ordered to do something it was out patient treatment that he never did. When we did the Marchman act again same thing happened. His farther tried to talk to the judge and he refused to let him. He never did one out patient treatment and nothing was done. What good is a program that offers out patient treatment to addicts. Just a waste of family money and tax payor money. Also insurances have no addiction coverage. (ADDICTION IS A DESEASE) So now he has charges so what happens if jail rehab works? Is he able to ever get a job. Whats in the future for young people that happen to try something that takes control of them. Its a revolving door and people wonder why. lisa Now that he is officially “* in the system”‘ when he goes to court,, ask his judge to Order him to a inpatient, rehab..He might hate you at first,but when its all said and he is back on the right track,he will be go Grateful. Been there, lived threw it,,still alive to today thanks to my judge ..And family.. It’s hard mom,,hang on,Don’t give up on him,,and while he’s in jail,,Leave him right there,,at least you know where he is,,he is Alive, for another day.. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply January 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm 2 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

PSNI confirm two police officers were injured in Derry blast

first_img Facebook Pinterest PSNI confirm two police officers were injured in Derry blast Pinterest Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News A journalist who recently interviewed members of the Real IRA says he’s not surprised Monday night’s bomb in Derry exploded close to a bank.Yesterday police revealed that two officers were injured in the blast on the Culmore Road generated by 200 pounds of explosives packed into a Vauxhall Corsa.The Guardian’s Ireland Correspondant, Henry McDonald spoke to the terror group last month – when they told him they could start attacking banks.He says the dissidents have a range of targets……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/rira830.mp3[/podcast]Meanwhile, it’s expected that British Prime Minister David Cameron will today strongly condemn the Derry attack and other incidents during his speech to the Conservative conference.He’s also expected address the issue of Bloody Sunday, and explain why he believes it was right to apologise to the families of the dead. Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Google+ Previous articleFormer senator claimed almost €150,000 after Donegal moveNext articleDoherty calls for retention of flight subsidy for cancer patients News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – October 6, 2010 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitterlast_img read more

Media Trial During Investigation Interferes With Administration Of Justice; Amounts To Contempt Of Court : Bombay High Court

first_imgTop StoriesMedia Trial During Investigation Interferes With Administration Of Justice; Amounts To Contempt Of Court : Bombay High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Jan 2021 4:00 AMShare This – xIn a significant pronouncement, the Bombay High Court on Monday held that media trial during criminal investigation interferes with administration of justice and hence amounts to ‘contempt of court’ as defined under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.The Court also held that media reports interfering with criminal investigation, before the initiation of trial, can amount to interference…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?LoginIn a significant pronouncement, the Bombay High Court on Monday held that media trial during criminal investigation interferes with administration of justice and hence amounts to ‘contempt of court’ as defined under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.The Court also held that media reports interfering with criminal investigation, before the initiation of trial, can amount to interference with administration of justice.”…we hold that any act done or publication made which is presumed by the appropriate court (having power to punish for contempt) to cause prejudice to mankind and affect a fair investigation of crime as well as a fair trial of the accused, being essential steps for “administration of justice”, could attract sub-clause (iii) of section 2(c) of the CoC Act depending upon the circumstances and be dealt with in accordance with law”Trial by media/pre-judgment while a police investigation is in progress could lead to interference with/obstruction to “administration of justice”, the Court said.”The expression “administration of justice”in section 2(c)(iii) of the Contempt of Courts Act is sufficiently broad to include civil as well as criminal justice. The stage from which “administration of justice”commences may be prior to institution/initiation of judicial proceedings.Such administration admits of infinite variety and can take myriad forms”, the judgment stated in paragraph 241.The bench also rejected that argument that the defence of fair reporting under Section 3 should be available even for reports about investigation. This argument was made on the interpretation that ‘judicial proceeding’ as defined under Section 3 should cover proceedings from the stage of registration of FIR. The bench rejected the argument holding that Section 3 clearly defines what ‘judicial proceedings’ mean.The Court issued a slew of directions to regulate media reporting of an ongoing criminal investigation. The order is passed in the backdrop of ‘media trial’ in the Sushant Singh Rajput Death case(Nilesh Navalakha and others v Union of India and others and connected cases).What kind of reporting amounts to “media trial”? Bombay High Court gives guidelines as regards the types of reports which should be avoided while reporting about ongoing criminal investigation.Erring media houses liable for criminal contempt.#BombayHighCourt#MediaTrial pic.twitter.com/33jbC5OkHk— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) January 18, 2021 A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni observed that media trial not only runs counter to the Program Code framed under the Cable TV Act but also interferes with the criminal investigation by police. “Press/ media ought to avoid discussions, debates relating to criminal investigation and should confine only to informative reports in such matters in public interest. Media should observe restraint in discussions about on going investigation so as not to prejudice the rights of the accused and witness” the High Court observed. The Bench has also held that the Press Council of India guidelines on reporting shall be applicable to the electronic media as well. Some of the guidelines pronounced by Bench in the open Court are as follows: Publishing a confession alleged to have been made by an accused as if it is an admissible evidence without letting the public know about its inadmissibility should be avoided;While reporting suicide, to suggest that the person was of weak character, should be avoided;Reconstructing of crime scenes, interviews with potential witnesses, leaking sensitive and confidential information should be avoided;Investigative agencies are entitled to keep secrecy about the ongoing investigation and they are under no obligation to divulge information. The judgment laid down a list of ‘indicative but not exhaustive’ list of reports which tend to cause prejudice to ongoing investigation. The instances are as follows:- a. In relation to death by suicide, depicting the deceased as one having a weak character or intruding in any manner on the privacy of the deceased; b. That causes prejudice to an ongoing inquiry/investigation by: (i) Referring to the character of the accused/victim and creating an atmosphere of prejudice for both; (ii) Holding interviews with the victim, the witnesses and/or any of their family members and displaying it on screen; (iii) Analyzing versions of witnesses, whose evidence could be vital at the stage of trial; (iv) Publishing a confession allegedly made to a police officer by an accused and trying to make the public believe that the same is a piece of evidence which is admissible before a Court and there is no reason for the Court not to act upon it, without letting the public know the nitty-gritty of the Evidence Act, 1872; (v) Printing photographs of an accused and thereby facilitating his identification; (vi) Criticizing the investigative agency based on half-baked information without proper research; (vii) Pronouncing on the merits of the case, including pre-judging the guilt or innocence qua an accused or an individual not yet wanted in a case, as the case may be; (viii) Recreating/reconstructing a crime scene and depicting how the accused committed the crime; (ix) Predicting the proposed/future course of action including steps that ought to be taken in a particular direction to complete the investigation; and (x) Leaking sensitive and confidential information from materials collected by the investigating agency; c. Acting in any manner so as to violate the provisions of the Programme Code as prescribed under section 5 of the Cable TV Network Act read with rule 6 of the CTVN Rules and thereby inviting contempt of court; and d. Indulging in character assassination of any individual and thereby mar his reputation.The Bombay High Court has also adopted the suggestion of Senior Advocate Arvind Datar regarding the appointment of a Public Information Officer by Police to give authentic information about criminal investigations. The Bench has also clarified that its findings and observations in the judgment are not a reflection on the pending investigations and the concerned criminal court should decide the issues uninfluenced by the observations.During the hearing of the matter over last six months, the High Court had expressed concerns over the practice of “media trial”. It asked the media not to cross boundaries, and indicated that it will lay down guidelines.[SSR Medial Trial] ‘We Would Like Media Not To Cross Boundaries’: Bombay High Court Mulls Guidelines For Reporting On Investigation “Think of a police officer. Can anyone be guaranteed that he will not be influenced? He may be following a particular track, which could be the right track. Media says no no this must be the track. He loses track and rounds up innocent,” the Bench had remarked while highlighting the evil of media trial of an ongoing criminal investigation.One of the PILs was filed by a group of eight former officers of the Mumbai police aggrieved by the ‘slanderous’ reports by TV channels against Mumbai police.”Criticism of city police by TV media was unfair, in view of the material placed on record. The city police was at the very basic stage of probe”, the High Court said.The Court also held that the media coverage done by the Republic TV and Times Now against Mumbai police in the case pertaining to death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput is prima facie contemptuous.Some Reporting Of Republic TV & Times Now In SSR Case ‘Prima Facie Contemptuous’, Says Bombay High CourtClick here to read/download the judgmentNext Storylast_img read more

‘Imputation Against Nair Women In ‘The Great Indian Novel”- Kerala High Court Stays Criminal Defamation Case Against Shashi Tharoor

first_imgTop Stories’Imputation Against Nair Women In ‘The Great Indian Novel”- Kerala High Court Stays Criminal Defamation Case Against Shashi Tharoor Lydia Suzanne Thomas13 May 2021 12:44 AMShare This – xDr Shashi TharoorFollowing a defamation complaint against Dr Shashi Tharoor for purportedly making unwarranted imputation on the chastity of Nair women in his book The Great Indian Novel, the Kerala High Court has allowed a stay on all proceedings relating to the complaint. Justice Gopinath P issued the order of stay after Dr Tharoor moved the High Court against the complaint. The complainant, one Sandhya Sreekumar, alleged that a sentence in the book made an unwarranted imputation against the chastity of Nair women. Specifically, Sreekumar took umbrage at this sentence in the book – “In Kerala the men of the Nair community only learn that their wives are free to receive them by seeing if another man’ slippers aren’t outside her door”. In her complaint, she narrated that a close acquaintance of hers once asked her if she was free or whether there was any footwear outside her room. When she read the novel later, she discovered the sentence, surmising that she was treated with contempt and disrespect on account of it. Aggrieved, Sreekumar approached the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate at Thiruvananthapuram with a private complaint for criminal defamation against Dr Tharoor (Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code, punishable under Section 500). The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate conducted an inquiry and thereupon took cognizance of the case, issuing summons to Dr Tharoor. Challenging the proceedings, Dr Tharoor in his petition filed through Advocates BS Suraj Krishna, Jithu B and Febin Raj TS seeks a quash on the complaint. The petition also assails the cognizance taken upon the complaint since Sections 468 and 469 of the Code of Criminal Procedure allow for cognizance only within three years of the date of the offence. Since the book was published in 1982, the period within which the cognizance could be taken expired in the year 1992, it is argued. On merits, Dr Tharoor’s petition argues that a complete reading of the part in which the impugned sentences appeared clearly established that the sentences were not used in a derogatory sense and with a malicious intent to the malign Hindu-Nair Community to which “the author himself belongs” or its women folk. “In his immediate family, the petitioner/accused’s mother is a Nair woman and he has two sisters both of whom are Nair Women,” Dr Tharoor’s petition states. The petition makes reference to the historical backdrop that the sentence referred and states – “The impugned statement of the petitioner/accused is not just a figment of his imagination. The sexual liberty of the Nair Women is well known and is well documented in the annals of history by various historians, contemporary as well as medieval and fundamentally…Noted historians like, A.Sreedhara Menon in his much-celebrated work on the history of Kerala ‘Kerala Charithram’ and K.P.Padmanabha Menon, in ‘Kochi Rajya Charithram’ say about the social life of the various communities of Kerala in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries …A person reading the Book never gets an idea that the Hindu Nair Woman of the present day lead a liberal sexual life composed of loose social fabric, which is a matter of contempt in the eyes of other community members” The petition also references the Supreme Court dictum in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India and other cases to state that a mere publication of an imputation by itself may not constitute the offence of defamation unless such imputation has been made with the intention, knowledge, or belief that such imputation will harm the reputation of the person concerned.” Averring that the complainant totally mistook the intent and purport of the narrative and its historical setting and the context, the plea seeks a quash on the proceedings before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court.Click here to download the interim orderTagsShashi Tharoor Defamation Case Kerala High Court #Justice P Gopinath Next Storylast_img read more

16-acre lot in Coney Island rolls onto the market

first_imgTagsCommercial Real Estateconey islandDevelopment Brooklyn Borough Gas Company — which was taken over by Brooklyn Union Gas, which became KeySpan and then National Grid — produced heating gas there from 1908 until 1966. The plant has since been demolished.Coney Island has seen increased interest from developers in recent years.A large parcel by the famous amusement park was owned by developer Joe Sitt, who hatched a grand plan to redevelop the area. However, he lost a battle with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had a different vision for Coney Island, and sold his land. Some $400 million in public and private investment has been sunk into the area in recent years.[Crain’s] — Sasha Jones Lot in Coney Island on W 12th Street (iStock, Google Maps) National Grid is looking to sell a 16-acre site with nearly 1.5 million square feet of building potential at the southern tip of Brooklyn, according to Crain’s.The undeveloped lot at 2731 West 12th Street has M3-1 zoning, making it usable for a manufacturing facility, a power plant or, with special exceptions, a large retail space. It’s in an Opportunity Zone, and also qualifies for a tax abatement under the Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program.“This is an extraordinary opportunity for investors seeking a truly large-scale development opportunity with flexibility of use in a location that provides easy access to the city’s highways, bridges, airports and mass transit,” JLL broker Stephen Palmese, who is marketing the property, told Crain’s.Read moreUK’s National Grid looks to lease 17-acre Coney Island siteLost summer, failed plan haunt Coney IslandJohn Catsimatidis: I’m “taming” Coney Island Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Beach Patrol Investigation Update

first_imgDear Friends,On Friday, I shared information on the immediate actions the city administration is taking after allegations against unnamed members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol appeared on social media.I want you all to know that the city is handling this matter with utmost urgency, and I intend to provide regular updates.The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office continues its investigation of the anonymous allegations that have been posted on social media. Given the nature of some of the statements, I understand that it may be difficult for victims or witnesses to come forward, but I urge anyone with information to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net (click on “anonymous tip”), or call Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.Going forward, the city will take a number of steps to ensure that all our city team members work in a safe environment.Effective immediately, I have appointed Aide to the Mayor Michael Allegretto to oversee operations of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. His charge will be to retain an experienced labor attorney with a strong background in employment investigations to ensure the city’s policies and procedures are sufficient, correctly implemented and properly communicated; and to engage an independent contractor to oversee the day-to-day operations of the patrol while the investigation is conducted.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Press release: UK, Norway and Iceland sign trade continuity agreement

first_imgThe government is seeking continuity for existing EU trade agreements which the UK participates in as a member of the EU. These agreements constitute around 11% of the UK’s trade.   The new UK-Iceland-Norway agreement maintains tariff preferences already in place on goods traded between the UK, Iceland and Norway. It will come into effect from exit day if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. It also gives clarity and confidence to numerous businesses within the Humber region. Today’s agreement secures continued preferences for goods trade with Iceland and Norway for British businesses, as we prepare to leave the EU. These are key trading partners with whom we have a longstanding and historic trading relationship. The news has also been welcomed by Leonardo Helicopters, who employ nearly 2,800 people at their base in Yeovil, Somerset.The company has a contract worth more than £1 billion to supply search and rescue helicopters to Norway and support them in service for the next 15 years.Geoff Munday, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters UK said: Grimsby Fish Market has welcomed the news, which it believes will be of benefit to businesses and consumers alike. The market has one of the largest daily auctions and the largest concentration of fish processors anywhere in the UK.The town has strong links with Icelandic and Norwegian fishing industries with up to 75% of all the fish sold on the Grimsby Fish Market coming from Iceland and the majority of the fish sold to Grimsby fish processors coming from Norway.Martyn Boyers, Chief Executive of market operator Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd, said:   Our trade with Iceland and Norway was worth around £30 billion last year, with just over £24 billion of this in goods. This is good news for British businesses and we have a golden opportunity to further liberalise trade with these countries in the years ahead. A trade continuity agreement will see British businesses and consumers benefitting from continued trade with Iceland and Norway after we leave the European Union.  Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to Europe, Andrew Mitchell, signed the UK- Iceland-Norway agreement on trade in goods in London today (2 April 2019) with Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Ambassador of Iceland to the UK, and Wegger Christian Strømmen, Ambassador of Norway to the UK.The news has been welcomed by businesses including Grimsby Fish Dock, who say it will help to support jobs and ensure they can keep trading without significant disruption.  The agreement covers trade in goods and will only be used in a no deal scenario. It maintains the same level of tariffs on goods traded between the UK, Iceland and Norway.Trading on these preferential terms in a no deal scenario, rather than on World Trade Organization terms, will deliver significant savings and help to safeguard British jobs.  British businesses could avoid up to £15 million a year in tariff charges on exports that would otherwise apply if an agreement wasn’t in place.The UK’s trade with Iceland and Norway was worth around £30 billion last year, with just over £24 billion of this in goods.Consumers and businesses in the UK will continue to benefit from more choice and lower prices on goods imported from Iceland and Norway, such as aluminium products and some fuel and oil products.HM Trade Commissioner for Europe Andrew Mitchell said:   This trade deal is extremely welcome, in fact vital, as 70% of the fish consumed in the UK is imported, most of that supply coming from Iceland and Norway. Leonardo welcomes the signing of the UK-Iceland-Norway trade agreement as Norway is an important export market for our UK designed and manufactured helicopters and airborne electronic systems. We have been doing business with Norway for nearly 50 years, are currently delivering 16 AW101 new generation search and rescue helicopters and see significant future business opportunities. Grimsby relies heavily on Icelandic and Norwegian supplies to the daily fish auction and to the processors.last_img read more

Finsbury Foods investing to combat commodity cost hikes

first_imgFinsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.The business – which makes licensed and own-label cakes and breads – made the comments as it announced retail food market deflation had contributed to a 2.9% slump in sales through its UK bakery division in the six months to 31 December 2016.Sales through the company’s European business grew 31.7%, however, resulting in a flat overall performance and sales of £156.6m for the total group.Finsbury’s business outside the UK comprises its 50%-owned Lightbody Stretz, which supplies and distributes the group’s UK manufactured products and third-party products, primarily to Europe.The company said it continued to benefit from strong cashflow and had invested a record £5m in capital projects in the past six months to “build on its successful product innovation and importantly continue to improve efficiency and productivity throughout the group”.“The board has identified continued investment as a fundamental part of the group’s long-term competitiveness strategy and it will play an important role in helping address the current challenges of sterling-induced commodity inflation and planned national living wage increases.”It added, however, that the scale of current cost inflation meant further cost recovery would be required “and will become inflationary in the second half and beyond”.Last year, the company said it had responded to cost increases by modifying promotional activity and reviewing opportunities for reformulation changes to minimise passed-on costs.The comment follows a raft of businesses raising prices in the wake of commodity cost increases driven by the weakness of sterling. These include Premier Foods, which this month announced it planned ‘mid single-digit’ increases in the prices it charged customers.In today’s trading update, Finsbury added that trading had continued to be “solid” throughout the Christmas period and that its performance was in line with management expectations.It said its overseas growth was “continuing to demonstrate the strengths of our strategic diversification”.“The board has built the group into a diverse multi-channel speciality bakery group,” it stated.“Following the exceptional growth and diversification over the prior years, the business is well placed to maintain its position, despite the market conditions.”last_img read more