BlueRibbon brings in Ashkenazi as strategic advisor

first_img B2B marketing platform provider BlueRibbon Software has appointed Rafi Ashkenazi, former chief executive of The Stars Group, as a strategic advisor to the business.In his new role, Ashkenazi will support BlueRibbon with its plans to strengthen its online presence and gamification platform in regulated markets around the world.Ashkenazi will join BlueRibbon having most recently served as CEO of The Stars Group, stepping down from the role following the operator’s merger with Flutter Entertainment in May this year.He remains a non-executive director of the combined business, which is now operating under the Flutter Entertainment name.“Having observed the value of the BlueRibbon platform and the traction that the company has created in such a short amount of time with leading tier one operators, I’m delighted to be joining them in growing the BlueRibbon foothold in strategic markets,” Ashkenazi said.“Within the gaming industry, specifically in the newly regulated markets, existing engagement tools are limited and lack the flexibility that operators require.“Through BlueRibbon’s unique and innovative solutions, operators now have the ability to better differentiate their brands and seamlessly adapt to the ever-changing regulatory landscape.”Amir Askarov, co-founder and CEO of BlueRibbon, added that Ashkenazi would bring “ground-breaking experience” to the provider’s team.“Rafi’s addition to our advisory team, reinforces BlueRibbons powerful capabilities and strength in enhancing player loyalty and brand differentiation as it teams up with the one of the best minds in the gaming world,” Askarov said.“Rafi is certainly a feather in our cap, and we look forward to this new and exciting chapter together.” Marketing & affiliates BlueRibbon brings in Ashkenazi as strategic advisor Email Address Topics: Marketing & affiliates People Strategy B2B marketing platform provider BlueRibbon Software has appointed Rafi Ashkenazi, former chief executive of The Stars Group, as a strategic advisor to the business.center_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 27th July 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

La militancia episcopal es terreno común para dos legisladores de…

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK La militancia episcopal es terreno común para dos legisladores de Kansas de opuestas posiciones políticas New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing El representante republicano Lonnie Clark, a la izquierda, y el representante demócrata Brandon Whipple se cree que son los únicos episcopales en la Asamblea Legislativa de Kansas. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas[Episcopal News Service] Los representantes estatales de Kansas Brandon Whipple y Lonnie Clark parecería a primera vista que tienen poco en común. Whipple es un joven trasplantado a Kansas con una familia en aumento, joven también, en tanto Clark es un jubilado que se crió en el estado.Sus diferentes procedencias se extienden a sus posiciones políticas: Whipple es demócrata y Clark es republicano. Pero los dos hombres tienen una conexión religiosa. Ambos son episcopales y se cree que sean los únicos dos en la legislatura de tiempo parcial de Kansas.Cada uno de ellos se incorporó a la Iglesia Episcopal en años recientes, y cada uno dice que sus valores religiosos conforman sus posiciones políticas, a veces de manera sutil y a veces abiertamente.“Desde mi punto de vista, al menos [debido a] mi filosofía sobre el cristianismo y al ser cristiano, intento tratar a todo el mundo con equidad ya sea en la Cámara de Representantes o en mis relaciones con el prójimo”, dijo Clark en una entrevista telefónica con Episcopal News Service.Clark, de 73 años, trabajó como administrador de atención sanitaria y entrenador de la Seguridad Nacional hasta su jubilación. Tiene varios hijos mayores y nietos jóvenes y vive en Junction City, donde uno de los principales asuntos políticos es la preservación de empleos en la vecina base del Ejército, Fort Riley.Whipple, de 34 años, representa un distrito de Wichita, la mayor ciudad de Kansas, y él y su esposa tienen dos hijos pequeños, y un tercero que está por llegar.Clark y Whipple se encuentran en lados opuestos de la [Cámara de Representantes] de un estado en que los republicanos controlan la legislatura y el gobierno, pero se encontraron del mismo lado en una importante votación el 6 de junio, al lograr invalidar el veto del gobernador Sam Brownback  del presupuesto estatal. El plan de reducción de impuestos de Brownback había suscitado la crítica bipartidista por no producir un robusto crecimiento económico, y algunos republicanos se unieron a los demócratas  en rechazar las reducciones. La sesión legislativa de 2017 concluyó días más tarde ese mes.Los dos legisladores también se relacionaron por cuenta de su compartida fe episcopal luego de que aparecieran juntos en un artículo del boletín de la Diócesis de Kansas. La religión se ha convertido en un cómodo punto de partida para la conversación.“No sé si habría tenido una oportunidad de realmente conocerlo, pero ahora que la tengo, me siento mucho más cerca de él”, dijo Whipple a ENS, añadiendo que él respeta a Clark por defender sus valores en el pleno de la Cámara. “Cuando él habla, es sobre algo que verdaderamente le importa”.Los valores cristianos de Clark se originan en la fe bautista de su infancia. Esa fe lo acompañó hasta la adultez, pero después  él se convirtió al catolicismo romano, gracias en parte a los capellanes católicos que conoció mientras prestaba su servicio militar en Vietnam.A su regreso de la guerra, su carrera le llevó alrededor del país, desde Des Moines, Iowa, hasta Birmingham, Alabama. Se jubiló en 2004, pero más tarde fue a trabajar para el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional en el adiestramiento de agentes federales aéreos. Finalmente regresó a Kansas y se jubiló definitivamente.El primer matrimonio de Clark terminó en divorcio, y cuando él regresó a Kansas, se encontró a la mujer que él llama “el amor de mi vida”, una antigua noviecita de secundaria cuyo primer marido había fallecido. Ella es episcopal de toda la vida y ambos se casaron en una iglesia episcopal en 2015.Clark, que está en su segundo período como representante y que fue electo por primera vez en 2014, ha sido [un miembro] activo en la iglesia episcopal del Pacto [Episcopal Church of the Covenant] en Junction City, donde incluso llegó a ser parte de la junta parroquial como guardián menor. Pero él dijo que no es el tipo de político que invoca gratuitamente  sus creencias cristianas para enfatizar un argumento, y que no ve su fe como un factor decisivo de su labor política, “que no sea tratar a las personas con dignidad y con respeto”.No obstante, él sí cree que esa fe lo ayuda a ver a las personas como algo más que republicanos o demócratas. “Creo que mi fe es responsable en alguna medida que yo pueda funcionar más allá de la frontera del partido”, afirmó.Whipple fue electo por primera vez a la Cámara en 2012. Ahora se encuentra en su tercer período, tiene un puesto en el liderazgo del partido, como presidente del la agenda parlamentaria y asiste a la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol  [St. James Episcopal Church] en Wichita.“Tuvimos un foro de adultos acerca de las Bienaventuranzas, y creo que es un sumario político” dijo Whipple. “‘Bienaventurados los pobres en espíritu. Bienaventurados los que lloran. Bienaventurados los mansos”.“Cuando se trata de oportunidades en nuestro estado debemos cerciorarnos —y creo que eso va parejo con los valores de la Iglesia Episcopal— debemos cerciorarnos de que hoy oportunidades para todos”.Whipple creció en Nuevo Hampshire. No fue hasta que estaba en la escuela secundaria que se sintió atraído [a militar] en una tradición religiosa. Un amigo suyo tenía un tío que era sacerdote católico romano, y asistían juntos a la iglesia del tío. Whipple fue bautizado a los 17 años y posteriormente confirmado en la Iglesia Católica Romana.Como estudiante universitario, se ofreció de voluntario para pasar un año en Kansas trabajando con niños en situaciones de riesgo a través de AmeriCorps. Se enamoró del estado y decidió quedarse cuando pasó el año, trasladándose luego a la Universidad del Estado en Wichita.Su esposa, a quien él conoció en Kansas, se crió como catolicorromana, y ambos asistieron a una iglesia católica en Wichita durante un tiempo. Terminaron en la Iglesia Episcopal en parte por razones políticas, dijo Whipple.Un sacerdote en la iglesia católica a la que habían estado asistiendo a veces incluía opiniones partidistas en sus homilías, contó Whipple. Lo mortificaban las insinuaciones del sacerdote de que los republicanos eran más auténticamente cristianos que los demócratas, un mensaje que también divulgaba un grupo de presión de Kansas que presumía de representar los intereses católicos.“Estaban equivocados. Pintaban a todos los demócratas de una manera tendenciosa”, dijo Whipple, añadiendo que él conserva un profundo respeto por la tradición católica.En 2015, él y su esposa visitaron la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol y encontraron que era un nuevo y acogedor hogar espiritual. También les gustó que, debido a que la Iglesia Episcopal ordenaba mujeres, habría modelos femeninos en el clero si llegaban a tener una hija. (Ellos decidieron no saber el sexo de su nuevo bebé hasta que naciera. El bebé, que nació después de la entrevista de Whipple con ENS, es varón, según la Diócesis de Kansas).“Separar la política de la Iglesia de la política partidaria era parte de nuestro objetivo, al mismo tiempo que manteníamos nuestros valores”, explicó Whipple.Al igual que Clark, Whipple dijo que él no suele hacer ostentación de su militancia episcopal, aunque él destacó los valores de la Iglesia cuando se pronunció a principios de este año en contra de una propuesta de moratoria estatal sobre los refugiados.En medio de un intenso debate paralelo en el ámbito federal sobre las políticas del gobierno de Trump hacia los refugiados, el proyecto de ley de una moratoria en Kansas partió de un comité de la Cámara en marzo, pero no prosperó después de que algunos legisladores, Whipple entre ellos, manifestaran sus reservas.“Nosotros como nación estamos yendo de la política de la razón a la política del temor”, dijo Whipple, según un informe de Associated Press. Clark votó a favor de la enmienda de Whipple que buscaba proteger la labor de reasentamiento de las organizaciones religiosas, aunque la enmienda fue rechazada. El proyecto de ley fue devuelto al comité, y allí feneció.Whipple le dijo a ENS que el debate sobre la moratoria a los refugiados fue “uno de los mayores choques de mi fe personal con la política”.“Sentí que este proyecto de ley cuestionaba una creencia religiosa que yo sentía profundamente, que debíamos ser una sociedad abierta para personas menos afortunadas de todo el mundo”, dijo y se enorgullecía de citar las declaraciones del obispo de Kansas Dean Wolfe en apoyo del continuo reasentamiento de refugiados.Wolfe, que dejó la Diócesis de Kansas este año para convertirse en rector de la iglesia de San Bartolomé [St. Bartholomew’s Church] en Nueva York, llegó a conocer a Clark y Whipple durante su estada en Kansas.“Una de las alegrías del ministerio ordenado es ver a tus feligreses llevar su fe al mundo. Lonnie Clark y Brandon Whipple dan sacrificialmente de su tiempo y talento para servir al público como miembros de la legislatura de Kansas”, dijo Wolfe en un declaración por correo electrónico a ENS. “Me siento muy feliz de que tengamos personas fieles como Lonnie y Brandon empeñados en tomar decisiones para el bien común en un ambiente político cada vez mas polarizado”.Los dos legisladores dicen que llegar a conocerse como episcopales les ha ayudado a verse mutuamente como servidores públicos motivados a hacer de Kansas un mejor lugar a pesar de militar en partidos distintos.“Creo que él intenta hacer lo mismo que yo”, dijo Clark. “Sólo que tomamos una senda diferente al hacerlo”.– David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Pueden dirigirse a él a [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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EPA To Hold RFS Hearing Next Month

first_img EPA To Hold RFS Hearing Next Month By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 17, 2017 Facebook Twitter The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on its Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations August first. The hearing, to be held in Washington, D.C., will take public comment on the 2018 renewable volume obligations, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, according to Ethanol Producer magazine. The agency released a prepublication version of the proposed rule earlier this month. The proposal calls for approximately 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the national fuel supply next year, including 238 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.24 billion gallons of advanced biofuel. For 2019, the new proposal calls for the biomass-based diesel RVO to be maintained at 2.1 billion gallons. In a notice posted to its website, the EPA said the hearing aims to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning the proposal. The agency may ask clarifying questions during the hearing, but will not respond to presentations at that time. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleCurrent Farm Downturn Not Likely to Reach 1980’s CrisisNext articleCommentary: Beware of False Syllogisms Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Home Energy EPA To Hold RFS Hearing Next Monthlast_img read more

Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s

first_imgTCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Pantone: Color of the year 2020 TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Facebook Image magazineReturn of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970sBy TCU 360 Staff – May 3, 2021 652 TCU 360 Staff Linkedin Previous articleVintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thriftingNext articleImage Magazine: Spring 2021 TCU 360 Staff Linkedin Oscar’s Girls: Tales of a summer spent with a fashion icon ReddIt Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeo Hermès and scarves: A look at one of the most unique combinations in the west Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practicescenter_img Twitter ReddIt + posts Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Facebook TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ printLoading 72%Written by: Sarah CrispiPhotography: McKenna Weil Models: Myah McNair & Brayden Raqueno*All photos were taken at Rollerland West, a local Fort Worth roller rink.At its peak, 1970s fashion was all things denim, tall boots, big hair and satin slip dresses. Arguably one of the most stylish and influential fashion eras of all time, high fashion designers and style icons of all types keep coming back to this decade. The ’70s was a time of liberation and an era of new movements. The continuation of the women’s rights and equal rights movements and the birth of the LGBTQ+ social movement all occurred in this decade.Although the ‘70s can seem like a lifetime ago, the last few years are feeling more like the decade than ever before. The recent rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement coupled with continued women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights movements have urged a look back to the past, not only in equal rights amendments but also in fashion.“The 1970’s women’s rights and the recent MeToo movement have had similar influence on dress,” said Stephanie Bailey, TCU fashion Merchandising professor. “Finally, there is an economic comparison from the economic downturn due to the fuel crisis in the 1970’s, [which] can be compared to the recent economic downturn because of the pandemic.”In the ’70s, the skirts got shorter and the boots got taller. Bold printed tops and denim pants for both men and women were popular.Both women and men’s clothing shared similar prints, colors and silhouettes. This was, in effect, because of the gender-neutral thoughts of society at the time and the desire for men and women to be seen as equals.“The reason we study historic fashion is because fashion is cyclical,” said Bailey. “The reason it is cyclical is because external influences are also cyclical. The technological advancements have increased the speed in the cycle of fashion.” Last year, the return of Y2K trends were popular among young people. Social media saw many posts featuring tiny colored glasses, low-rise jeans and butterfly clips.Summer of 2021 is bringing back halter tops, low back dresses, flare pants and big sunglasses. Big sunglasses are back, and the bigger, the better. A personal favorite from this ‘70s trend has been yellow tinted sunglasses, like the Fendi sunglasses. “Adding a bold pair of sunglasses can elevate any summer outfit. I also love to wear a pop of color such as orange and yellow this time of year,” said Aryanna Ferdinandi, a sophomore business major at TCU.These glasses with flair jeans, a halter top dress or disco pants completes the ‘70s look. The ’70s were a decade of fashion that went braless. In the late ‘60s, not wearing a bra was a political statement against society forcing women to be feminine. In the ‘70s, it turned into a fashion statement. A bra did not work well with low neckline halter tops or deep back dresses. “I love to pair my halter tops with a pair of flared jeans,” said TCU first year fashion major Emma Dillon.Model Sonia Ammar on Instagram, Fendi sunglasses and bag. (Photo/@itsnotsonia)Model Sonia Ammar on Instagram, Fendi sunglasses and bag. (Photo/@itsnotsonia)A look from the Christian Dior Paris Fashion Week Spring 2021. (Photo/Sonny Vandevelde)A look from the Christian Dior Paris Fashion Week Spring 2021. (Photo/Sonny Vandevelde)A look from Christian Siriano’s Spring 2020 Collection. (Photo/Fernanda Calfat)A look from Christian Siriano’s Spring 2020 Collection. (Photo/Fernanda Calfat)Another ‘70s hit was crochet dresses. With the pandemic mandating a stay-home order for most of 2020, crocheting is back and not just as a hobby; Christian Dior debuted a crochet dress on the runway during Paris Fashion Week 2021.While crochet dresses make a statement, the satin slip dress was a more glamorous ‘70s trend. Slip dresses are delicate and chic – perfect for a night out to a fancy dinner or a fabulous party with friends. Christian Siriano showed a shimmery yellow satin slip dress in his Spring 2020 fashion show. These ’70s trends have made a second debut in the past couple of years. But they will continue to cycle in and out of style as fashion trends follow the social atmosphere of the time.“Fashion cycles are like a pendulum, it swings to one extreme and then has to travel to the other side. It keeps things interesting,” said TCU fashion merchandising professor Shweta Reddy. Sarah Crispi is a sophomore journalism major, art studio minor at TCU. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and dreams of moving to New York. Her goal is to work for a travel or fashion magazine.TopBuilt with Shorthand TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

How is the Industry Coping with the Rapidly Declining REO Inventory?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / How is the Industry Coping with the Rapidly Declining REO Inventory? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago How is the Industry Coping with the Rapidly Declining REO Inventory? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Banks Mortgage Servicers REO REO Inventory 2015-09-19 Brian Honea  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Banks Mortgage Servicers REO REO Inventory Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO Share Save Nationwide REO inventory is approximately one-third of what it was at its peak in early 2009 at the depth of the housing crisis. What will it mean for banks when the steadily declining REO inventory falls down to its “normal” pre-crisis level in less than two years, as is expected?What type of shifts or diversification is the mortgage industry experiencing right now as REO inventory continues to spiral downward?At the REO Lab at the 2015 Five Star Conference and Expo on Friday in Dallas, industry experts discussed how to get ahead and stay informed and equipped to take on the new REO marketplace.The first panel of the lab, “True State of REO: Market Analysis and Shadow Inventory,” included Roger Beane, President and CEO of LRES Corporation; Sharon Bartlett, Director of Vendor Services at Freddie Mac; and Clay Lehman, Principal, Resolute Asset Management. Beane said the future of REO, and of housing in general, could be determined largely by who wins the next presidential election.””Every four years you have that presidential election and you wonder how policy may change,” Beane said. “But certainly housing is an extremely important policy decision for any administration that comes through. How important housing is to them is going to be a reflection of how the industry from a regulation standpoint or a deregulation standpoint. All of these different policies will take effect. It’s a natural progression with any administration change, and we’ll know the effect within 2 to 3 years. It really depends on the policy and what these banks and owners of loans continue to do with their properties.”Joyce Essex, an agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, said one key to surviving when the REO volume is dwindling is focusing on an area or two of specialty. Essex was a panelist in the REO lab for the “Diversification and Adjusting for the Inventory” discussion.”Protecting yourself by diversifying the approaching to the marketplace with different types of products is vastly important. It’s the reason for survival.””Whether it’s REO or traditional sales, performing, probates, bankruptcies, investors, whatever it is, know that market, so when the market shifts, you have the knowledge, you know who your clients are, you know who the competition is, you know the laws, the rules, and you know the marketing and the technology,” she said. “Make sure that you specialize and really know what you’re working on at the time and hopefully have a couple of different spaces where you can add value to the client.”In the case of Auction.com, EVP Rick Sharga, a panelist in the lab for the “Understanding Auctions” discussion, said his company has already begun the shift from distressed properties to non-distressed.”When I joined Auction.com two years ago, I didn’t join the company to be there to watch the last foreclosure property fall off the auction manufacturing line. I knew then, because I’ve been following foreclosures for 13 years now, that we were looking at what was going to be diminishing pool of properties,” Sharga said. “So the notion was always to provide an online marketplace that provided a more efficient, more transparent, more flexible, faster way for people to buy and sell properties. We started on the distressed side because we were dealing with institutional sellers who were more sophisticated and less emotionally attached to a property. That’s given us the opportunity to build out the process and build our technology to where we’re ready to enter the consumer market. But the plan all along has been to be able to shift, as the distressed market gets smaller, into the broader, non-distressed residential retail market.”Diversifying to adjust for the declining inventory includes expanding product offerings, according to Beane.”In addition to selling REO properties as an asset manager, we have a valuations division, we have an HOA division, we have our own technology for valuations, and we do multiple products in multiple arenas,” Beane said. “We do origination evaluations and we do default evaluations. We’re protecting ourselves in a cyclical/countercyclical economy, and based on the trends, we’re able to cross-train our associates and grow our business through diversified product offerings in this industry. Protecting yourself by diversifying the approaching to the marketplace with different types of products is vastly important. It’s the reason for survival.”Editor’s Note: The Five Star Institute is the Parent Company of DS News and DSNews.com. September 19, 2015 1,114 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Collaboration Between Auction Companies and Agents is Crucial for Success Next: Five Star Celebrates Achievements of Women in Housing About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

‘If State Offices Don’t Accept Notice Via Email, Entire Purpose Of E-Filing Will Be Frustrated’: Letter To Allahabad Chief Justice [Read Letter]

first_imgNews Updates’If State Offices Don’t Accept Notice Via Email, Entire Purpose Of E-Filing Will Be Frustrated’: Letter To Allahabad Chief Justice [Read Letter] Akshita Saxena8 Jun 2020 1:49 AMShare This – xA letter has been addressed to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, highlighting the anomalies created by the State Offices at the High Court that are not receiving advance notices of fresh petitions/ applications through e-mail. On April 11, 2020, the High Court had issued an administrative order stipulating that where any advance notice of the petition is to be given…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 letter has been addressed to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, highlighting the anomalies created by the State Offices at the High Court that are not receiving advance notices of fresh petitions/ applications through e-mail. On April 11, 2020, the High Court had issued an administrative order stipulating that where any advance notice of the petition is to be given to the Government, the same shall be done via e-mail. The letter penned by Advocate Dhananjai Rai has informed the Court that in gross derogation of the above order, the offices of the Chief Standing Counsel and Government Advocate have refused to accept the notices through e-mail from June 4 onwards. “During the period of COVID-19 when everyone is being encouraged not to move out from their house and as much as possible social distancing shall be promoted, then it is in-comprehendible how is the office of the Learned Government Advocate and the Chief Standing Counsel are not adhering to the said guidelines,” Rai has averred. He has pointed out that the impugned action of the State office is in contravention of Chapter XII Rule 10 Sub Clause (c) of High Court Rules wherein it has been specifically provided that the manner and mode of service has to be decided by the Registrar General of the court and all parties concerned are bound to follow it. He has also stated that the whole purpose of filling through electronic mode shall fail if “manual” advance notices have to be served upon the Respondents. “The aforesaid action of the State offices would frustrate the entire purpose of E-Filing and will render it meaningless as whenever a clerk or counsel would go to serve a notice physically at the state office then he would be vulnerable and open to danger of being infected,” the letter states. It is averred that even though, on May 30, 2020, the High Court allowed the parties to file their respective applications/ writ petitions manually however, the court has neither issued any notice to stop filing of the applications through e-mode nor has it restricted the filing of the petitions through electronic mode. He has thus urged the Chief Justice to take notice of the anomalies created by the State Offices and to direct them to restore the facility of receiving notices by email, forthwith. Click Here To Download Letter Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

Commercial Lease : To Execute or Not to Execute – A Case for A Re – Look?

first_imgColumnsCommercial Lease : To Execute or Not to Execute – A Case for A Re – Look? Divyanshu Kumar Srivastava & Akash Lamba7 Jun 2020 5:43 AMShare This – xOf late, the issue of whether a lessee can seek exemption from payment of rent in a commercial tenancy in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic has gained some steam. Multiple litigations have been filed by lessees in various High Courts across the country in this regard. However, all Courts have denied this exemption to the lessees majorly on 2 grounds – (a) the lease deed is silent on the issue…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?LoginOf late, the issue of whether a lessee can seek exemption from payment of rent in a commercial tenancy in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic has gained some steam. Multiple litigations have been filed by lessees in various High Courts across the country in this regard. However, all Courts have denied this exemption to the lessees majorly on 2 grounds – (a) the lease deed is silent on the issue of exemption in the event of occurrence of any pandemic and hence Section 32 of the Contract Act 1872 is inapplicable (b) and even the benefit of Section 56 can’t inure in lessees’ favour , as Section 56 is applicable only in cases of “executory contract”, whereas lease deeds are “executed contract”. Without exception, almost all the orders pertaining to this dispute, relying upon a long standing line of Apex Court’s judgments, emphasize upon two legal principles, and the authors truly believe in the soundness of these principles, namely,– (1) that Section 56 is applicable only in cases where there is no contract (lease deed) or where the contract is bereft of any force majeure clause; in case there is a force majeure clause, then that clause itself under the aegis of Section 32 will govern the dispute (2) that if the conditions stipulated are met, Section 56 can only discharge the parties from carrying out their obligations which are yet to performed and can’t undo the obligations already carried out and executed and hence, Section 56 is only applicable in cases of “executory contract” However, the authors most respectfully believe that in the burgeoning clamour with respect to this topic of exemption from payment of commercial rent, two very fundamental issues have not received the kind of attention they deserve, both by the court and the academia. The 1st issue concerns with the labelling of all lease deeds as “executed contracts” by the Supreme Court, long back in the year 1968 in its decision in Raja Dhruv Dev Chand v. Raja Harmohinder Singh & Anr. AIR 1968 SC 1024. This labeling by the Apex Court in the judgment has been done without much ratiocination. Since then this position has been re-iterated in various judgments of different courts and very recently by Delhi High Court in Ramanand & Ors. v. Dr. Girish Soni & Anr RC. REV. 447/2017 while rejecting a plea of exemption from payment of commercial rent made on the basis of Section 56. The authors believe that labelling all kinds of lease agreements as executed contracts and rendering them ineligible for the provision’s benefit may not be right. Broadly, there can be two types of lease agreements – (a) one, in which the entire consideration of rental payments is paid by the lessee at the start of the agreement for the entire span of the lease (b) other, in which, the consideration of rental payment is monthly or periodic. It is proposed by the authors that while it may be safe to declare the first kind of lease agreements as “executed contracts”, the same can’t be said with the equal conviction about the second kind of lease agreements. To appreciate the difference between “executed contract” and “executory contract”, reference has to be made to the underlying rights and liabilities of these contracts, at a jurisprudential plane. An “executed contract” is one in which all obligations have been performed and therefore the rights and liabilities inter-se stand discharged and extinguished. In this regard, one can imagine a “sale deed” or the first kind of lease deed as mentioned above because in both, consideration has been paid by one party and possession of the property has been handed over by the other, leaving no obligation to be performed and concluding the contract. In stark contrast to this, the second kind of lease deed is as an arrangement under which, at regular intervals, arises, the lessee’s obligation to pay the periodic rental charge and lessor’s obligation to not violate the lessee’s right of peaceful possession. To appreciate the point better, it can be easily said that if one party fails to perform his periodic obligation, then other party’s right gets affected/prejudiced, for the simple reason the rights and liabilities inter-se herein are outstanding and yet not discharged or extinguished. Furthermore, the Apex Court in its decision in Union of India v. Chaman Lal Loona & Co., 1957 SCR 1039 has defined “executory contract” to mean a contract wherein rights and duties are outstanding, and are yet to be performed fully for concluding the contract. It may also be mentioned that the Apex Court in another set of decisions, for example in State of Orissa v. Titaghur Paper Mills Co. Ltd., 1985 Supp SCC 280, has held that an “executory contract” is one which is does not create rights and duties in the demised property and cites “agreement to sell” to mean “executory contract” & “agreement of sale” to mean “executed contract”. One can very well argue that there is an inherent contradiction in these 2 sets of judgments simply for the reason that if “executory contracts” are incapable of creating rights and duties then how can any of these rights and duties be outstanding and yet to be performed as rights and duties can wait for their execution only if they exist and are created in the first place. Be that as it may, a legal liberalist would think that keeping this dichotomy aside, and simply going by the phraseology of Section 56, it can be argued if Section 56 applies when an obligatory act or promise is yet to performed, then the second kind of lease agreement can very well fit in it and the benefit of the same can be given to the lessees provided other requirements are met. Also, it would not matter then whether second kind of lease deed is “executory” or “executed” as long as it fits within the verbiage of Section 56. Therefore, irrespective of the fact that whether one views the proposition from the point of view of a liberal lawyer or a conservative lawyer, the conclusion irresistibly inures in favour of applying Section 56 to the advantage of lessees of second kind of lease deeds. Thus, the long standing view of the Supreme Court that Section 56 will have no application in cases of Lease Agreements, clearly cannot be used a Straight Jacket or a uniform ormula for the reasons stated above. The Second Issue, which the authors wish to highlight, is with the respect to the scope and ambit of Section 32 and Section 56 of the Indian Contract Act. Although, the same is well settled in light of the numerous judgments passed by the Supreme Court. However, it appears, there is still room for some specific observations to be made by the Apex Court. The Supreme Court, in its decision in Satyabrata Ghose v Mugneeram Bangur & co (1954) S.C.R 310 and others has held that if there is a Force Majeure Clause in the contract, providing for discharge from obligations, then it would be governed by Section 32 and on the other hand if the contract does not have a Force Majeure Clause, then it would be governed by Section 56 of the Contract Act. However a perusal of these judgments, makes it clear that the law as it stands today is unable to answer this question – in a case where the event/contingency on the occurrence of which exemption from obligation is being sought, is not provided for in the force majeure clause, then can it be said because there is a force majeure clause, Section 56 will not be applicable and because the force majeure clause itself does not mention the event/contingency at hand, Section 32 will also not inure in a tenant’s favour? In other words, whether for refuting Section 56’s application and the consequent benefit of exemption, existence of a general force majeure clause is sufficient or a specific force majeure clause in relation to the event/contingency at hand is necessary. It can’t be overemphasized that if existence of a general force majeure clause is deemed sufficient for rejection of Section 56’s benefit of exemption, then that would surely vanquish the cause of justice as nobody should be made to suffer for not thinking or contemplating about a contingency/event at the time of contract formation for which there were no reasons or any occasion to imagine about and the example of contingency of COVID -19 pandemic is most apt in this regard. To conclude, it would also be appropriate to remind ourselves of a basic principle governing Section 56, i.e. the word “impossible” used in the Section does not mean physical or literal impossibility alone. If the performance of the Act has become useless from the point of view of the object and purpose which the parties had in mind at the time of entering into the Contract, even then Section 56 can be invoked. More importantly, while the obligation of payment of rent itself has not become unlawful in terms of Section 56 so as to brook any exemption, but the very economic activity of sale and purchase which capacitates a commercial tenant (running a shop) to pay the rent, has been curbed by the sanction of the Government in declaration of the lockdown. Therefore, if not directly, then indirectly a case for application of Section 56 can be made out in favour of the tenants. However, it must be pointed that a direct consequence of successful invocation of Section 56 would be status quo ante and that would mean the lessee will have to let go of the possession of the property, if he is not able to pay the rent. It is submitted that because the lessor himself would not be able to make use of his property anyway, such a harsh measure of evicting the lessee in these troubled times should be avoided by Courts in the interest of equity and substantive justice, keeping in mind the temporary nature of the Lockdown. In the humble opinion of the authors, the issues highlighted above deserve some consideration and perhaps require modification of the law settled long ago by the Apex court and cemented by a catena of judgments thereafter. The authors sincerely believe that if not for the plight of commercial tenants in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, then solely for the purpose of ensconcing the province of law, a rethink is most necessary(The authors are advocates practising in Supreme Court and Delhi HC. Divyanshu Kumar Srivastava is a graduate of GNLU and Akash Lamba is a graduate of Amity Law University. The authors may be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]) Next Storylast_img read more

Anti-violence activist shot dead: ‘We will continue our fight,’ organization says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A teenage anti-violence activist has been shot dead in Chicago, but as his fellow activists mourn, they are vowing to “continue our fight.”Delmonte Johnson, 19, was standing in front of a store on the city’s South Side about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when shots rang out from a tan sedan, Chicago police told ABC News Friday.Johnson, who was wounded in the chest, later died local hospital, police said.No arrests have been made, police said. It’s not clear if the shooting was targeted or random, police added.Johnson was a member of GoodKids MadCity — a group that describes itself as “Black and Brown young people united in fighting to end violence in our cities.”“We call for more resources to under-served communities,” the group says.“We wake up this morning with heavy hearts and horrible news, #GoodKidsMadCity member #DelmonteJohnson was killed last night, he just turned 19,” GoodKids MadCity organizers wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “Our condolences go out to his family and we will continue our fight to end #GunViolence in Chicago.”At a vigil Thursday, Johnson’s mother spoke about her son’s passion to give back to the community.“He was getting ready to get a fundraiser going for the kids so they could go on a Christian camping trip,” said Onique Walker. “My son, oh, God… I’m gonna miss my baby.”“He laid there with his brother on the ground as he bled out,” Walker told ABC station WLS in Chicago. “I haven’t slept because I’m waiting for him to knock on the door.”Walker told WLS that Chicago’s gun violence is “overwhelming” and she believes the public needs to vote for politicians who will fight for gun control legislation.Among those mourning Johnson’s loss is Parkland school shooting survivor-turned-activist David Hogg.“Delmonte Johnson was a 19-year-old who worked with @GKMC18 as an activist to end gun violence in Chicago, last night he was shot to death,” Hogg tweeted Thursday. “This has to end my heart goes out to Delmonte and his family together we will end this.”Black Lives Matter Chicago added on Twitter, “Sending love to our @GKMC18 [GoodKidsMadCity] family and all who knew and loved Delmonte. Our hearts are heavy.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

… in brief

first_imgThis week’s news in briefPoor literacy skills One in five adults do not have the literacy or numeracy skills of mostchildren starting secondary school, according to a new report by the CBI andthe TUC. The report, Brushing up the basics, claims seven million adults havebasic skills difficulties – costing the UK economy about £10bn each year.  www.cbi.org.uk  www.tuc.org.ukUrgent action needed The Transport & General Workers’ Union says urgent action is needed bythe Government to end manufacturing job losses. T&G general secretary BillMorris said figures show that 10,000 manufacturing jobs a week have been lostover the last three months, and that the Information and Consultation Directiveshould be introduced immediately to help halt the slide.  www.tgwu.org.ukUnemployment falls New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the claimant counthas dropped by 4,500 to 940,500, leaving a jobless rate of 3.1 per cent.However, the Government’s preferred measure – The Labour Force Survey (LFS) –actually measured a rise in unemployment. LFS includes those out of work, butnot claiming benefits.  www.statistics.gov.ukNATS faces action The National Air Traffic Services is facing the threat of industrial actionafter executives received large bonuses despite problems within the service.Staff were unhappy to discover that a former deputy chairman and the CEOreceived payments after the move to new headquarters. NATS said any strikewould be wholly unjustified and the payments were part of a contractualagreement.  www.nats.co.ukDon’t miss out! Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the fifth Employers’ Law briefing inassociation with Allen & Overy. This one-day conference, held on 5 December2002 at the British Library, London, will focus on ‘managing incapacity’,approaching the challenges from legal, HR and occupational health perspectives.The issues for discussion will include disability discrimination, drugs andalcohol and stress. For further information about this event please contactJacqui Winn on 0208 652 3304 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. … in briefOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

USCG Assists Man from Burning Sailboat

first_img View post tag: rescues October 22, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Burning View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: man USCG Assists Man from Burning Sailboat View post tag: Naval The US Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man’s 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay.Rescued was John Lee Brown Jr.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a VHF-FM channel 16 broadcast from Brown at approximately 10:40 a.m., stating his sailboat was on fire. Watchstanders were unable to maintain communications with Brown after the initial broadcast.A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard watchstanders and reported they had the burning sailboat in sight.The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven to assist.Before the Coast Guard assets arrived on scene, the good Samaritan assisted Brown off his sailboat.The RB-M crew arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m., transferred Brown from the good Samaritan’s boat and took him back to Station Milford Haven.Also on scene were boat crews from the Virginia Marine Resource Commission and Towboat US.Sector watchstanders are currently broadcasting a safety marine information broadcast and working with Brown and a salvage company to remove the sailboat.[mappress mapid=”14159″]Press release, Image: USCG View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sailboat View post tag: USCG Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Assists Man from Burning Sailboat last_img read more