The Standard Life (LSE: SLA) share price has languished over the past year. Including dividends to investors, the stock has returned -5% over the past 12 months. The company’s performance over the past five years has been even worse. The stock has underperformed the FTSE 100 by 8.4% per annum since 2015.Following this performance, many investors might have given up on the Standard Life share price. 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Analysts believe this signals a shift of strategy for the group. The new CEO has lots of experience leading businesses through periods of extreme change. He’s also overseen large mergers and acquisitions at previous organisations. This could be the start of a deal spree. That could have a significant impact on the Standard Life share price as the company returns to growth. For the past few years, the group has struggled to increase its bottom line as customers have withdrawn funds. Bringing new businesses into the fold could reduce this trend as it would give customers more options. Standard Life share price on offer? Unfortunately for income seekers, the change at the top could also mark an end to Standard Life’s generous dividend distribution. Analysts have been speculating that if the new CEO goes on an acquisition spree, he will cut the firm’s dividend to free up cash.As such, income seekers may be better off looking elsewhere for income. However, if the company can return to growth with acquisitions, even if it cuts its dividend, the Standard Life share price may produce high total returns for investors over the long run. Indeed, the company already looks deeply undervalued based on current analyst projections. City analysts believe shares in the business are worth as much as 315p. That’s an increase of nearly 20% from current levels. As such, despite the recent underwhelming performance of the Standard Life share price, now could be an excellent time for long-term investors to consider taking a position in the stock. Change at the top may lead to a significant business shake-up. This could help the company return to growth, which may lead to improving investor sentiment over the next few years.That would help reverse the company’s recent underperformance and may also provide headroom for management to increase cash returns to shareholders. 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RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 February 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Reporters Without Borders has urged the Indian authorities, particularly Home minister Shivraj Patil, to provide clear and objective information about the detention of Abdul Rouf, a journalist on the Srinagar News, and his wife Zeenat Rouf.”The rule of law should be guaranteed in Kashmir as elsewhere in India. It is unacceptable that the security forces arrest, detain and charge journalists in the most dubious circumstances,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We want explanations about the detention of Abdul Rouf and his wife from both the State and Union authorities. If this arrest is linked to his work as a journalist, he should be released immediately,” it added.The organisation pointed out that another reporter, photo-journalist Maqbool Sahil, has been held without trial in Kashmir since September 2004.A judge in the capital Srinagar on 9 December 2006 ordered the release on bail of Zeenat Rouf, who is currently in custody at a police station in Rambagh, but police have so far refused to release her.Since 4 December, Abdul Rouf and his wife have been held under an arms law. Police who presented a first report (FIR 341/2006) accuse them of sheltering armed separatists at their home. The couple’s families deny the accusations, saying that they have never committed any crimes. Between 21 November and 4 December, the journalist was held at the Special Operations Group (SOG) centre without ever going before a judge.A police officer in Srinagar, reached by telephone by Reporters Without Borders, refused to give any information about the reasons for their detention.Described by his colleagues as “calm and loyal in his work”, Abdul Rouf was a typographer for various publications in Srinagar for 15 years. For the past four years he has worked as deputy editor on Srinagar News.The couple’s two daughters, Rafiya and Rubiya, and their son, Amir, who is a deaf-mute, told how the SOG agents searched the family home in Srinagar on the night of 21 November. They have been forced to take refuge at the home of a neighbour. They have been unable to return home since the house has been sealed and “police are preventing the children from having access to their clothes, books and toys,” the journalist’s brother told the newspaper Greater Kashmir.Photo-journalist Muhammad Maqbool Khokar, better known as Maqbool Sahil, has been held in Kashmir since 18 September 2004 under an emergency public security law. Despite calls for his release from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and the National Human Rights Commission the security services refuse to set him free. IndiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on India News IndiaAsia – Pacific Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Receive email alerts RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News News News March 3, 2021 Find out more December 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for explanations about journalist arrested in Kashmir
Sudan is ranked 148th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Organisation August 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government announces lifting of prior censorship but journalists and media still seriously threatened News News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information March 29, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica SudanAfrica Follow the news on Sudan Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal April 10, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders notes the announcement by the director-general of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 7 August that prior censorship of Sudan’s newspapers has been lifted. The government’s media department notified the national media of the decision, which most newspapers reported in their 8 August issues.In a news conference on 7 August, the head of the NISS press office said prior censorship had been needed to combat the publication of false reports. Quoting the NISS director-general, he said some articles had aimed to destroy Sudan’s relations with its neighbours. Attempts to stir up division and inter-ethnic hatred had given the authorities no choice but to censor all newspapers, including the responsible ones, he said.Announcing the lifting of prior censorship, the NISS spokesman thanked all the Sudanese print media on behalf of the director-general for their positive attitude towards the instructions they have received from the censors and for their cooperation with security personnel.But he warned journalists to behave responsibly and to censor themselves on issues that could threaten national unity. And he added that the Sudanese authorities had a constitutional right to introduce partial or total censorship again whenever national stability and unity were threatened by newspaper articles.Reporters Without Borders wonders which article of the constitution gives the security services the right they claim to impose censorship. This announcement was designed to make international observers think that press freedom is being restored in Sudan, but in fact it is a slap in the face.Prior censorship may have been lifted, but the announcement has been accompanied by so many warnings that it is clear that nothing is going to change. The situation will remain the same and journalists will not be able to express themselves freely on key issues such as Southern Sudan’s autonomy.Reporters Without Borders wrote recently to Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir calling for an end to censorship. Link to the letter .In another example of how Sudanese journalists are kept under surveillance, the security services distributed a questionnaire to them last month with more than 20 detailed questions about such matters as their political affiliation, their home, the plans of their house, the names and professions of their close relatives and their car registration number.Journalists who have been slow to cooperate have been summoned by security officials and questioned until they provided the required information.The questionnaire is a serious violation of journalists’ civil liberties and is very intimidatory. When outspoken journalists are sought by the security services, they are now served up on a silver platter. They can be tracked down geographically, socially and politically. The security authorities know their car registration and the plan of their home. Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by this measure and worried for the safety of Sudan’s journalists.This disturbing trend is confirmed by other recent developments. The government told the BBC on 9 August that an agreement allowing it to broadcast its Arabic-language service on local FM frequencies was being suspended until further notice. The BBC’s broadcasts were stopped the same day in four cities in northern Sudan (Khartoum, Port Sudan, Wad Madani and Al-Ubayad).The authorities insisted that the suspension was the result of the BBC’s failure to comply with the terms of the agreement governing its local operations and had nothing to do with programme content.In a statement posted on its website, the BBC said it hoped ongoing talks with the Sudanese authorities would allow local FM broadcasting to resume. The suspension has deprived the residents of northern Sudan of one of the country’s most important news outlets. Link to the statement . Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa to go further
NewsCommunityVelodrome to be erected on Limerick’s O’Connell Street as part of National Bike WeekBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2019 307 Photo by David Fitzgerald/SportsfileA Velodrome is to be erected on O’Connell Street this Saturday [22 June 2019] as National Bike Week gets in gear across Limerick.The special cycle track is one of a number of events happening in the city and county from the 22nd to 30th of June.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bike Week 2019 is all about embracing climate change. We are encouraging everyone, young and old, to play their part. So why not leave the car behind this week and hop on your bike?The spectacular Street Velodrome, with its dramatically sloping corners, brings a unique experience to Limerick city. The Velodrome gives cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities an exhilarating opportunity to experience the rush of Olympic-style pursuit racing.O’Connell Street (R526), will be closed to all vehicular traffic except public transport buses and cyclists on Saturday between William Street and Roches Street from 4am until 7pm, with events beginning at 11am.Among the other events taking place on O’Connell Street on Saturday are:· Share the Road / Cycle Safely – Limerick City and County Council in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and Musgraves will be promoting cyclist safety highlighting the blindspots around larger vehicles. An articulated truck will be parked on O’Connell Street with the blindspots marked around the vehicle. Members of the public will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of the truck to get the driver’s perspective.Bike Fixes – There will also be Free minor bike fixes and repairs and fun activities on the day.· Greenmount Cycling Academy – will be showcasing cycling skills for kids and engaging in cycling-related games. There will be a limited amount of bikes and helmets to use, so children are advised to bring their own if possible and put their cycling skills to the test!Throughout the week there are many other bike related events taking place. Highlights include:· Sunday 23 JuneGreat Southern Greenway Fun Cycle from Abbeyfeale to Templeglantine and back againKilleedy GAA does the Greenway – People of all ages are encouraged to walk or cycle the Great Southern Greenway from Newcastle West to ArdaghTeam Adare Cycling Club Fun Cycle & BBQ – Club members will meet in Adare at 9:30 and embark on a 40km cycle, taking in the surrounding countryside before returning to Adare for a BBQ at Chawke’s Bar.· Wednesday 26 June COW (Cycle On Wednesday) is an initiative celebrating the fun you can have cycling to school on Wednesdays, This year we hoped that as many students, parents and teachers cycle to school as possible. Let us know you cycled to school by tweeting us @LKSmarterTravel or tag us on Facebook.com/LimerickSmarterTravel and you could be in with a chance to win a cycling goody bag. Greenmount Cycling Academy, Beginners Cycle – The Academy invites all cycling enthusiasts to Limerick Racecourse to try out their 2km oval circuit. The event is free but participants must sign up from 6pm at the Parade Ring. Friday and Saturday 27-28 June Bike Theft Awareness – Roxboro Road Community Policing Unit will have a Bicycle Theft Prevention stand on Friday at Colbert Station from 8am to 11am and at the Crescent Shopping Centre on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. They will be providing advice on bicycle safety and also have free goodies to give out such as locks, lights, water bottles and hi visibility equipment courtesy of Road Safety Authority Ireland and Limerick City and County Council.To get National Bike Week underway a special Dawn Cycle is taking place on Friday 21 June beginning at 5am. Starting in the Urban Garden outside Penney’s on O’Connell Street, participants will cycle to Lough Gur before returning to the city centre, in time for work or school.To coincide with Bike Week in Limerick 2019 Cycling Ireland is holding a cycling festival to promote cycling and raise awareness of the facilities available in the area. Bike Fest will encourage people to try biking in Ballyhoura Forest while getting the appropriate guidance from approved trainers. Advertisement Twitter Email WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleHospitals will be hit by strike actionNext articleCCTV survey of Limerick sewer network Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook
News UpdatesFamily Courts Constituted Under Secular Law; Cannot Turn Away Parties Seeking Divorce Under Customary Laws: Jharkhand High Court Akshita Saxena3 May 2021 8:16 PMShare This – xIn a significant judgment, the Jharkhand High Court has held that Family Courts cannot turn away parties seeking divorce under their customary laws.A Division Bench comprising of Justices Aparesh Kumar Singh and Anubha Rawat Choudhary has held, “The Family Court fell in error in holding that the suit is not maintainable in absence of codified substantive law as are applicable to the parties…whether the parties are able to plead and prove the custom governing the matters of divorce between them for seeking relief was an issue to be decided on merits after considering the pleadings and evidence on record.” The Court emphasized that the Family Courts Act, 1984 is a secular law applying to all religions.Section 7 thereof relates to Jurisdiction of Family Courts and sub-section (1)(A) of the provision confers on them “all the jurisdiction” hitherto exercised by any District Court in suits or proceedings relating marriage, divorce, etc. Thus, it is held that there is no precedent which bars members of the Scheduled Tribe to approach the Family Court by filing any suit or proceedings relating to matters mentioned in Section 7 of the Family Courts Act. The order further states, “If at all, such matter is filed, seeking adjudication under the law, applicable to them, i.e. Customary Laws, they cannot resort to the provisions of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, if the parties are not governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.” Background The Court was hearing an appeal against an order of the Family Court, Ranchi dismissing a suit for Divorce filed by the Appellant-husband, a member of the Oraon community, on the ground of adultery, as non-maintainable. The Family Court referred to the book “The Customary Laws of the Munda and the Oraon” and held that there is no substantive codified law, applicable to the parties. It further took note of Section 2(2) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 which makes the Act inapplicable to the members of any Schedule Tribe within the meaning of Article 366 of the Constitution of India, unless notified by the Central Government. Thus, it was held that since the Appellant is seeking divorce on the basis of the customs and usage applicable to the parties, the petition is not maintainable and the same may be adjudicated only by the Community Panchayat, and not by a Court of Law. Submissions Amicus Curiae Kumar Vaibhav and Shubhashis Rasik Soren submitted that even customs and usage cannot impede rights of a citizen to approach the Court of Law, i.e. a family court seeking divorce. It was contended that if at all a custom forbids access to Family Court and relegates a person seeking divorce to Panchayat/Community court, the same will be violative of right to access to justice and any sanctification of customs, resulting in violation of fundamental rights ought not be resorted to. Findings At the outset, the Division Bench observed that ouster of jurisdiction should not be readily inferred [Bhanwar Lal & Anr. v. Rajasthan Board of Muslim Wakf & Ors., (2014) 16 SCC 51]. It observed that the use of the words ‘all the jurisdiction’ in Section 7 of the Family Courts Act makes the legislative intent clear that all the enumerate matters in the provision would be the exclusive domain of the Family Courts. Reliance was placed on the Supreme Court’s observations in KA Abdul Jaleel v. TA Shahida, (2003) 4 SCC 166, that jurisdiction of a court created especially for resolution of disputes of certain kinds should be construed liberally. “FCA created a forum for adjudication of matrimonial matters of the nature enumerated in the explanation to Section 7 of the FCA, which forum can be resorted to by one and all, be it a member of scheduled tribe or a person of any religion,” the Division Bench ruled. Jurisdictional Facts & Adjudicatory Facts The Division Bench went ahead to discuss the concept of ‘Jurisdictional Facts’ and ‘Adjudicatory Facts’. The facts or facts upon which the jurisdiction of a Court, a Tribunal or an Authority depends can be said to be ‘Jurisdictional Fact’. If the ‘Jurisdictional Fact’ exists, a Court, Tribunal or Authority has jurisdiction to decide other issues. An ‘Adjudicatory Fact’ is a ‘fact in issue’ and can be determined by a Court, Tribunal or Authority on merits, on the basis of the evidence, adduced by the parties. Such facts may be decided based upon the pleadings of the parties. In the present case, the Bench explained, the underlying jurisdictional fact as pleaded before the Family Court, is that both the parties belonged to Oraon Community and their marriage was solemnized as per the Customary Law of Oraon. “The Family Court Act, being a secular law, applying to all religions and communities and conferred with the power to adjudicate on matters mentioned in Clauses (a) to (g) of the Explanation to Section 7 of the FCA, could not have held that the suit is not maintainable in the absence of a codified Customary Law of the parties,” the Bench observed. It added, “Family Court would not have straightaway dismissed the suit as not maintainable holding that there is no codified substantive law, governing the parties. In such a case, where parties claimed to be governed by Customary Law, the learned Family Court ought to have framed an issue to that effect. Once it is found that the parties are governed by the Customary Law, the parties are required to plead and prove the customs, by which, they are governed in matters concerning, marriage and divorce.” Case Title: Baga Tirkey v. Pinki Linda & Anr. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderTagsJharkhand High Court Family Courts Act Secular Customary Divorce Section 7 of the Family Court Act 1984 Next Story
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