Southern Cross aims for rent deal

first_imgSunday 27 March 2011 11:57 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp STRUGGLING care home operator Southern Cross is preparing for “hardball negotiations” with landlords to cut its massive rental bill, a person close to the firm said yesterday. Southern Cross last week wrote to around a third of its landlords to request a switch from quarterly to monthly payments, after taking on KPMG’s Richard Fleming and Tim Bolot of turnaround specialist Bolt Partners to thrash out a better deal. Most of the firm’s biggest landlords already accept monthly payment, paving the way for tough negotiations in the next few months, one person familiar with the firm said. Rental payments cost the firm £250m a year, eating more than a quarter of the firm’s revenues, after the company sold a swathe of care homes to rent back on long leases before the recession. The company said the 2.5 per cent average annual rent hikes under the leasing deals had become “unsustainable” earlier this month, sending its shares plunging 60 per cent.Southern Cross warned that it was likely to breach debt covenants, though its banks, Barclays and Lloyds, remain “fully supportive”. A company voluntary agreement, similar to that won by Fleming for JJB Sports last month, is thought to be off the agenda due to the large number of subsidiaries in the Southern Cross structure. Southern Cross landlords reportedly include the Qatar Investment Authority, NHP, Lloyds Properties and property tycoon Nick Leslau’s Prestbury. Southern Cross and its advisers KPMG and Bolt Partners all declined to comment yesterday. The firm’s shares closed at 15.5p on Friday, down from 130p a year ago. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap KCS-content center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Share Southern Cross aims for rent deal Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Medtech Holdings Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgMedtech Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Medtech Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medtech Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medtech Holdings Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileMedTech Holdings is a manufacturing, retail, distribution and services company in Zimbabwe. The company operates in three market segments; fast-moving consumer goods, medical supplies and manufacturing of light industrial products. The FMCG division manufactures and markets personal care products, and the medical division produces pharmaceutical products for the wholesale distribution to retail pharmacies. It also supplies products for laboratories and services education and healthcare institutions. MedTech has retail outlets in Harare and Bulawayo, and a manufacturing plant the produces petroleum jelly and glycerin, health, beauty and personal hygiene products and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for the local Zimbabwe market aswell as for export to Mozambique and Zambia through its subsidiary Baines Imaging Group. MedTech Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Five things we learnt from the European semi-finals

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. No ordinary Joe: Exeter’s Joe Simmonds scores against Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final (Getty) 3. Simmonds brothers stake their claimsWho is England’s third-best fly-half? Exeter fans will tell you it’s one of Owen Farrell or George Ford until the cows come home. Joe Simmonds, they say, should play for England.Captain of the season’s dominant team at 23, the possessor of one of the best dummies in England, a dead-eyed goalkicker – he’s pushed ahead of the pack in the quest to be England’s next cab off the rank.England class: the Simmonds brothers celebrate the try that put the lid on Exeter’s semi-final win (Getty)Possibly more of a game-manager last season behind a ferocious Exeter pack, the Exeter pack is, well, still ferocious, but Simmonds has taken the next step towards talismanic status. Aided by a half-back partnership with Jack Maunder which has flourished since their teenage years, Simmonds’s try was rich rewards for an impeccable vein of form this season.Comfortably receiving the ball the least of any starting stand-off last weekend, Exeter used him as something of a key – the smooth touch when breaking down the front door was taking just a little too long. Even if he doesn’t make a match-day 23, he’s surely a player to get in camp before England’s Autumn Nations campaign.And what of his brother Sam, so unlucky not to have added to his seven England caps from 2017-18. He may have scored a first-half try, meaning he’s scored more European tries in a single season than any other forward, but his most important intervention came with a brilliant try-saving tackle on Alban Placines. He’s another name in the conversation alongside Vunipola, Curry and Dombrandt.4. Harry Randall stars in England No 9 watchMax Malins has been mentioned in dispatches, but it could be argued that Bristol’s key man on Friday night was scrum-half Harry Randall. There are possibly even two spaces for a scrum-half in Eddie Jones’s autumn squad up for grabs – and a squall of potential candidates.Small wonder: Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall enhanced his England claims against Bordeaux (Getty)So what a piece of timing it was for Randall to have his best game since the restart, the highlight reel moment an ingenious grubber through to the onrushing Malins. One criticism of Randall has been his box-kicking, but Luke Morahan had a field day with his scrum-half’s bombs from the base.Jones loves a scrum-half with the tempo of Randall, and on form like this England would do well to pick him – Wales are sniffing around for the Llandovery College product.5. Liability Lavanini hurts Leicester againTomás Lavanini delivered possibly the most Tomás Lavanini of performances against Toulon on Saturday night. An outstanding physical presence, a canny lineout operator – before a sloppy yellow card undid all his good work. Who won the sweepstakes this week?Some Leicester fans have claimed Lavanini’s reputation precedes him, but reputations do exist for a reason. He can have no complaints here, a late hit on the scrum-half capping off a string of indiscretions.Flawed performance: Tomas Lavanini carries in Toulon, where the Tigers lock was again carded (Getty)We’ve seen him sent off in Argentina’s key 2019 World Cup game, yellow-carded in their 2015 quarter-final, he’s the most carded Puma in history. Generally it’s a good thing when players replicate their international form for their club side – but not here.A high earner at Leicester Tigers, is it time for the men from the Midlands to cut their losses? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Morris, Malins and the magnificent Simmonds brothers – Jacob Whitehead highlights standout performances on a weekend of mixed fortunes for English clubs in Europe Five Things We Learnt from the European Semi-finalsThe home team may have won every game last weekend but there was far more of interest than that simple fact suggests, with numerous players putting their hands up for selection ahead of the Autumn Nations Cup.We’ve seen monkeys shed from backs, dynasties ending and possibly another beginning – although we’ll wait another few weeks before handing over the crown. Plus, we got 100 minutes of Semi Radradra, meaning the weekend’s excitement was used up by ten o’clock on Friday night. But what have the weekend’s results taught us – if anything?1. Racing can win big gamesDeontay Wilder delivered a brilliant piece of trash-talk before his 2018 meeting with Luis Ortiz, claiming: “You have to be perfect for 12 rounds. I only need to be perfect for two seconds and then, in the blink of an eye, it’s bam, baby, goodnight!”Juan Imhoff’s late winner, delivered on a silver platter by bad-boy butlers Finn Russell and Virimi Vakatawa, was the rugby equivalent of Wilder’s famous right hand. A perfect Saracens defensive performance for 75 minutes seemed to have delivered them to a fourth final in five years, but momentary perfection from the Racing back-line sent that to the canvas.Too hot to handle: Virimi Vakatawa escapes the clutches of Elliot Daly during Racing’s win (Getty)Racing 92 were in danger of becoming like domestic rivals Clermont Auvergne, with only a solitary Top 14 title to show for a period of recent dominance.Their record in Europe over the last four years reads losing finalists, bottom of the group, losing finalists, losing quarter-finalists. But whereas recent years have seen them lose close European games – see 22-21 to Toulouse last year, 15-12 to Leinster the season before that – they may have finally summited the hump with last weekend’s tight win.However, next month, can they climb the mountain?2. Sarries young guns are going to be just fineIf the surprise package of the quarter-finals was 19-year-old Northampton loosehead Manny Iyogun, Saturday’s equivalent was Saracens centre Dom Morris. The academy graduate only made his European debut in the last moments of the previous week’s victory in Leinster, but was pressed into action after just 12 minutes in Paris.Jogging onto the pitch as a replacement for the stricken Duncan Taylor, he set up for the resulting lineout and looked at his opposite number. Virimi Vakatawa. Gulp.Sudden impact: Saracens’ Dom Morris is tackled by Simon Zebo and Antonie Claassen in Paris (Inpho)But Morris was superb, reading the play superbly as the designated blitzer in Saracens’ defensive scheme, with Imhoff’s winning try only coming when Morris was stuck on the floor from a previous phase. It’s testament to Morris’s quality that his curly lid was nearly indistinguishable from Taylor’s mop in a relief performance of real bravura.His break with 20 minutes left could have been one of the great knockout scores, but will instead be slotted into the Mathew Tait 2007 file.Those Saracens fans who tucked into Friday night’s aperitif of Bristol v Bordeaux can take some solace in the star turn of loanee Max Malins. He had a couple of teething problems in the first half, but Matthieu Jalibert will break many a full-back’s ankles in the years to come.Malins’s second-half and extra-time performance was something to behold, with his offload in the first minute of the added period the match-winning moment. Oh, and he’d profit from Radradra’s speedy wrists to put the final flourish on the score-line, and bag himself a double.last_img read more

Celebrations planned, tension lingers a month after marriage equality resolution…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR General Convention 2015, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Same-Sex Marriage Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY By Mary Frances Schjonberg and David PaulsenPosted Jan 7, 2019 Human Sexuality, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s five-week-old plan to give same-sex couples unfettered access to marriage in all of its domestic dioceses is still clouded by requirements not envisioned by the enabling resolution, and it has broken the relationships of some congregations with their bishops.Yet, in the midst of what more than one person has called “heartbreak,” there soon will be celebrations in some of those places. A parish in the Diocese of Central Florida is planning in February to witness the marriage of two men who have been partners for 30 years.And two of the three congregations in the Diocese of Dallas whose pastoral relationships with their bishop have changed because of their support of same-sex marriage are planning services the weekend of Jan. 19-20 to bless couples who had to leave the diocese to get married in the last three years.Eight bishops in the church’s 101 domestic dioceses previously had blocked access to the rites. Then in July, the 79th General Convention passed the often-rewritten and often-amended Resolution B012. Reactions among the eight bishops have run the gamut, from one outright refusing to comply to one making an about-face on the issue. The six other bishops are at various points in between.Bishop William Love of the Diocese of Albany has said he will not allow same-sex couples to be married by priests in that diocese. He acknowledged that he could face disciplinary proceedings by the church for refusing to obey the resolution’s requirements.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has affirmed General Convention’s authority, saying that “those of us who have taken vows to obey the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church must act in ways that reflect and uphold the discernment and decisions of the General Convention of the church.” He and other church leaders, he said in mid-November, were “assessing the implications of [Love’s] statement and will make determinations about appropriate actions soon.”Of the eight bishops, only Diocese of the Virgin Islands Bishop Ambrose Gumbs has told his clergy to offer the rites without further obstacles. Gumbs previously had blocked use of the rites, which General Convention approved in 2015 (via Resolution A054).“The clergy are aware that if a same-sex couple presents themselves for pastoral care leading to marriage they are obligated to accommodate the request,” Gumbs said in an email to Episcopal News Service just after B012 took effect on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2. If a priest refuses to officiate at such a wedding, the priest must “provide another priest to facilitate the process.”How the church got to this pointThe 2015 resolution said that the bishops of the church’s domestic dioceses needed to give their permission for the rites to be used. They were also told to “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this church to have access to these liturgies” even if they opposed same-sex marriage. (The Episcopal Church includes a small number of dioceses outside the United States in civil jurisdictions that do not allow marriage for same-sex couples.)The eight bishops did not authorize use of the rites in their dioceses and required couples wanting to use them to be married outside their diocese and away from their home churches. Some bishops refused to allow priests in their diocese to use the rites anywhere. This year, Resolution B012 moved the authority for deciding to use the rites from the diocesan bishop to parish priests. It said that diocesan bishops who do not agree with same-sex marriage “shall invite, as necessary,” another Episcopal Church bishop to provide “pastoral support” to the couple, the clergy member involved and the congregation. Some of the bishops have interpreted B012 as requiring – or allowing them to require – the involvement of another bishop.Christopher Hayes, who as a deputy from California proposed the amended version that convention passed, told ENS the key phrase is “as necessary.” Hayes thinks some bishops are misinterpreting that to mean necessary by mere fact of the bishops’ disagreement, whereas he understands it to mean pastorally necessary. Such pastoral necessity, he said, would be rare.“Most of the time, the bishop isn’t involved in giving pastoral support to a couple getting married,” Hayes said, adding that pastoral oversight is a different matter not addressed by the resolution.However, some of the eight bishops have argued that being involved in the use of the rites is part of their role as the diocese’s chief pastor. Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt put it this way an October essay:“It is because the bishop is concerned with every marriage as chief pastor of the diocese that his or her explicit permission must be sought in the extraordinary instance of the remarriage of a person with a previous spouse still living.“Additionally, the little-noticed requirement (Canon I.18.2) that clergy who waive the 30-day notification period before officiating at any marriage must report this waiver to the bishop is a similar reminder of the bishop’s role in the everyday pastoral ministries of clergy.”B012 specifically notes that the canonical provision about remarriage after divorce (Canon I.19.3 (page 60 here)) that Bauerschmidt cites applies to same-sex couples. The resolution requires a bishop who opposes same-sex marriage to invite another bishop to consider the needed consent to remarry.Responses across the spectrumBauerschmidt said in a July letter to the diocese that B012 sets up “a particular structure that upholds the bishop’s unique role as chief pastor and teacher and presider at the liturgy,” even when the bishop cannot support same-sex marriage.Bauerschmidt said in July that he “holds the traditional teaching on marriage” so he intended to ask another bishop to provide the “pastoral care” that he said would be necessary to ensure that the trial liturgies will be available in his diocese. He told ENS in an email this week that he would wait until “sometime in January” to announce a specific implementation plan.A group of more than 100 lay and ordained Tennessee Episcopalians connected with All Sacraments for All People wrote letters to Bauerschmidt and Curry on Jan. 7 to decry the former’s refusal to institute a policy for implementing B012. They noted that at least one couple and their priest have asked Bauerschmidt for guidance and were told to wait. “Other committed couples anxiously wait to make their vows before God surrounded by the communities who love and support them,” the group told Bauerschmidt.“We therefore are reluctantly notifying you of this delay in making the trial liturgies available in this diocese,” the signers told Curry.Both letters were also sent to the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, and the Rev. Susan Russell, who is one of the conveners of General Convention’s Task Force on Communion Across Difference. Bauerschmidt is the other.Meanwhile, he has issued two “pastoral teaching” essays, one on the bishop’s role and one on the “church’s traditional teaching on marriage.”Florida Bishop John Howard, despite objecting to B012 at General Convention, told his diocese in August that he intended to implement the resolution. A subsequent meeting with clergy on the issue left some confusion about what that process would look like.In a Dec. 4 email to ENS, Emily Stimler, the diocese’s director of communications, said the diocese has established “a process of collaboration and transparency” for implementing the resolution as outlined here. Rectors or priests-in-charge who want to perform same-sex marriages, and their wardens, must first meet with Howard, who will “find a bishop willing to undertake pastoral oversight in accordance with the provisions of B012,” Stimler said. “The oversight would only cover marriage, and the other bishop would not take over all pastoral oversight of the congregation.”Stimler said one congregation has begun that process, though she didn’t identify the congregation or elaborate on where that process stands.Hayes told ENS he doesn’t see a need for bishop-to-clergy meetings like the ones Howard is requesting before letting the marriages proceed.“If the bishop’s theological position is ‘I can’t give support to the couple,’ what’s the purpose of the meeting?” he said.Breaking relationships over B012At least three bishops, Greg Brewer in Central Florida, Dan Martins in Springfield and George Sumner in Dallas, appear to be severing their pastoral relationships with clergy and parishes wishing to use the rites by requiring arrangements that resemble Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight, or DEPO, with other Episcopal bishops, even though Resolution B012 specifically eschewed a DEPO mandate in such situations.The House of Bishops devised DEPO in 2004 for congregations that so severely disagree with their diocesan bishops on human sexuality and other theological matters that their relationships are completely broken. Not all congregations wishing to use the same-sex marriage rites are in that level of conflict with their bishop, some bishops and deputies said during the convention debate.Sumner announced in November that three congregations in his diocese intended to perform same-sex marriages: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle. Missouri Bishop Wayne Smith has agreed to be “the visiting bishop” to those congregations.Sumner said he and Smith “share the hope that the three parishes will continue to invite me annually to come to preach, teach, and share in worship.”On Jan. 19, Transfiguration plans a service to renew the marriage vows of 14 same-sex couples who had to leave the diocese to get married. Retired New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, will preach. The next day, St. Thomas plans what it calls a “celebration and blessing” of such marriages.The Rev. Paul Klitzke, rector at Ascension, told ENS that he was pleased to have a path toward offering the rites, though the change in the relationship with Sumner gave the congregation pause.“There’s some heartbreak, in that this is not normative,” Klitzke said. “It’s not how the Episcopal Church has operated historically.”Martins invoked the “heartbreak” of such an arrangement in his own message to the Diocese of Springfield in July. He outlined a process in which a congregation’s priest and other leaders will meet with him to discuss their desire to offer the trial rites, and Martins will find another bishop to assume “all the routine components of spiritual, pastoral, and sacramental oversight” for the congregation.“Because all liturgical and sacramental ministry is an extension of the ministry of the bishop, and implicates the entire diocese in whatever is done, there must be a robust firewall between a community that receives same-sex marriage into its life, along with its clergy, and the rest of the diocese, including and especially the bishop,” Martins said.Martins offered an update of sorts in December for Living Church, saying one parish in the diocese had asked to use the same-sex marriage rites, “and we are trying to hammer out the details.” The diocese did not return an ENS email seeking more information, including the name of the parish.In Central Florida, ENS reported in August there was little expectation that congregations would face a DEPO arrangement or disruption of their pastoral relationships with Brewer, other than inviting another bishop to provide oversight of same-sex marriage.However, in December, the Rev. Alison Harrity, rector at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park, told ENS that when she informed Brewer that two men of the parish had asked her to perform their marriage, the bishop told her, “St. Richard’s needs a broader oversight.” Brewer delegated episcopal pastoral oversight to Kentucky Bishop Terry Allen White, Harrity said.Brewer “didn’t even say, ‘Let’s have a conversation’; he just gave us away,” Harrity said. However, she added that the DEPO arrangement feels freeing to her and the congregation.St. Richard’s first same-sex wedding will take place Feb. 16 between Bob Cochrane and Felix Rodriguez. Cochrane proposed to his partner of 30 years during Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday, after Harrity had blessed some other couples who were celebrating anniversaries.North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith said just after convention that DEPO will serve as “a roadmap for these matters” in his diocese and he required any rector or priest-in-charge who wanted to use the rites to first contact him for “supplemental episcopal pastoral care.” St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo has had a DEPO arrangement since December 2015 and has been solemnizing same-sex marriages since then. Smith told ENS this week that the church in the eastern part of the diocese is the only one to request such permission.Meanwhile, uncertainty remains in AlbanyLove has refused to allow such marriages, even in the three Diocese of Albany parishes that have been in DEPO relationships with neighboring dioceses since 2012.The Rev. Mary White, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Albany, one of the three congregations in a DEPO relationship, told ENS that the members of her parish and others in the diocese who favor B012 are biding their time to see what Episcopal Church leaders can negotiate with Love. “I think people are trying not to get their hopes up” about whether same-sex marriages will take place in the diocese, she said.Coincidentally, Love visited St. Andrew’s the Sunday that B012 went into effect for his previously planned routine visit. Love and DEPO bishops all provide such pastoral rites as confirmation, according to White.Love brought the controversy into his Christmas message, likening his journey to the unanswered questions that Mary and Joseph faced when they responded to God’s call. “Are we, like Mary and Joseph, willing to risk our reputations, our relationships, our jobs and livelihood?” he asked in part.White said St. Andrew’s has always supported the stances of the wider Episcopal Church and “we look forward to the day when we can do that openly.” To have diocesan support in that effort “would be a phenomenal thing, but I don’t know if that would ever happen.” And, she said, it would “be such a gift” if the diocese stood in line with the wider church.Asked how she would wish the controversy to conclude, White said, “The perfect ending would be if Bishop Love would acquiesce to convention and allow us to marry same-sex couples, but that’s not going to happen, so I don’t know if there’s a perfect ending.“No matter what happens, it’s going to cause a fair amount turmoil in the diocese.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Celebrations planned, tension lingers a month after marriage equality resolution takes effect Same-sex couples still facing hurdles to marriage in seven dioceses New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group General Convention 2018, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Resolution B012, Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN last_img read more

Nan McCreadie to become Rotary’s first female president

first_imgNan McCreadie to become Rotary’s first female president McCreadie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Feltham since 1997. She said: “I am tremendously honoured to be appointed RIBI’s first female president which I firmly believe is a reflection of how Rotary is moving with the times. My focus for my year in office will be on attracting new members, especially women and young people who are interested in volunteering.”She welcomed the actions of many Rotary Clubs in swapping the traditional lunchtime or evening meetings in favour of online communities, meeting in each other’s homes, and breakfast meetings.She took the opportunity of her appointment to invite members of the public to get in touch with their local Rotary club. “With Rotary clubs in virtually every major town and city,” she said, “there are numerous ways in which people can join Rotary and get involved in the many exciting local, national and international community projects we carry out each year.”McCreadie has worked in civil aviation and in particular in aviation security. She is accredited by the Department for Transport as a trainer of personnel who work in the UK Aviation Security Training Programme.Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest international service organisation with 1.2 million professional men and women as members. There are 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs are open to men and women of all ages who are business, professional or community leaders and who want to use their experience for the benefit of others. Howard Lake | 25 June 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  116 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nan McCreadie takes over the presidency of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) on 1 July. She will be the charitable service organisation’s first female president.For the next year she will lead 53,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs, working with Rotary clubs in their communities, partner organisations and supporting Rotary national and international initiatives. She takes over from the current RIBI President, John Minhinick.One of her challenges is to stem the declining membership numbers and to attract more women to what was once a male preserve. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Class oppression and the virus

first_imgThe United States continues to lead the world — in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as in deaths.As of Nov. 9, this rich, high-tech imperialist country has now registered 243,302 deaths from the virus. This is twice as many coronavirus deaths as in India, even though the population of India is four times that of the U.S. and India is a country with a much lower standard of living.China has valuable lessons for the world in how to fight COVID-19.The contrast becomes even more shocking when comparing the U.S. to China. With a population over four times that of the U.S., China has had only 4,634 deaths from the virus. [Coronavirus Update (Live)] Breaking that down further, the U.S. has suffered 734 COVID-19 deaths per million people, while China has had only 3 deaths per million.In addition, China is where the virus first broke out, meaning that everything about combating it there had to be learned from scratch.How is this huge disparity possible?Clearly, this virulent epidemic calls for an examination of health care in the U.S. But there are other issues as well. How much trust do people here put in what their government says needs to be done? How does the economic system we live under affect human behavior and solidarity?The biggest difference between China and the U.S. is not population size or level of development. It is the type of social system and which class is in power.The U.S. is unabashedly capitalist. Millionaires and billionaires control the political system. The people vote, yes, but they have to pick from candidates chosen by the ruling class. Trump is obviously a millionaire, but so is Biden. And Biden is also a serious contender only because he has the backing of the Democratic Party establishment.China has a very different history. A Communist-led popular revolution there came to power in 1949, after years of guerrilla struggle against the old regime. At the time, China was impoverished, having been pillaged for decades by the imperialist powers of Japan and the West. Rich landlords oppressed the majority, made up of landless peasants. Life expectancy then in China was 39.Today life expectancy in China is 77 years, almost twice what it was when the revolution triumphed and just two years less than the U.S. With the coronavirus having been conquered in China, even as it continues to rage in the U.S., the contrast between the two countries becomes even greater.In the election just ended here, both capitalist parties vied for control of a government that doles out favors to the winners. No change is expected in how this for-profit health system operates. Nor has the two-party system done anything to develop solidarity. On the contrary, it pits people against one another in a way that tears down – rightfully – trust in those who govern, but at the same time it puts the burden of this competition on the people themselves.It will take a huge struggle by progressives to get even close to the kind of socialized medicine that exists in some of the European capitalist countries, where there has historically been a strong socialist-oriented mass movement.But millions of lives are at stake. The COVID-19 epidemic must spur on the movement for universal, free healthcare.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Drivers Can Support Home-Grown Ethanol, Save Money This Holiday Weekend

first_img Gas prices are currently averaging over $3.80 a gallon nationally. The oil companies have blamed Hurricane Issac – but Growth Energy says reports are coming in that damage to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico suffered little, if any damage. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says the oil market is volatile – but ethanol has served as a stabilizing factor that can help control costs by providing a level of certainty. He says ethanol – which currently makes up 10-percent of the nation’s fuel supply – has helped prevent extreme spikes in gas prices. As drivers hit the roads for Labor Day weekend – Growth Energy notes those consumers driving flex fuel vehicles can see substantial savings by filling up with E85. The national average price for E85 is around $3.42 per gallon.To find the nearest flex pumps – consumers can visit the www dot ethanolretailer dot com ( website launched by Growth Energy in June. A flex fuel finder app was also launched so on-the-go consumers can find the nearest station with higher blends of ethanol – of identify those stations along their planned travel route. Buis says the ethanol industry is committed to giving consumers a choice when they fill up. He says they can support foreign oil or support the American economy and energy independence by filling up with less expensive, home-grown American ethanol. SHARE Previous articleDrought Puts New Technology to the TestNext articleUSDA Releases FY 2012 & 2013 Export Forecasts Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Energy Drivers Can Support Home-Grown Ethanol, Save Money This Holiday Weekend By Gary Truitt – Aug 30, 2012 center_img Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Drivers Can Support Home-Grown Ethanol, Save Money This Holiday Weekend Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Congolese government asked to delay implementing online media decree

first_img News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo June 26, 2018 Congolese government asked to delay implementing online media decree February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) supports a request by Journalist in Danger (JED) and other journalists’ groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a delay in the implementation of a new decree regulating online media, so that it can be amended. At the end of a meeting organized by JED on 21 June, the journalists’ groups expressed deep concern about the decree issued by the communication and media ministry on 14 June, announcing that new news websites would have to register with authorities before starting to operate, and existing news websites would have to register within 30 days.“If implemented as it stands, in letter and spirit, this decree would have the effect of stifling online media and further reducing the space for freedom of expression in the run-up to major political events signalled by the announcement of elections,” JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi said.RSF joins these groups in calling for a delay in implementing the decree so that changes can be made.The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en center_img Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Congolese minister of Information, Communications and Medias Lambert Mende © Junior D. Kannah / AFP News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 24, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet to go further Receive email alertslast_img read more

Concern over funding for Limerick community schemes

first_imgAdvertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCommunity Service Programmes (CSP)Department of Social ProtectionFianna Fáilgeneral election 2016limerickWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Facebook Willie O’Dea TDby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea TDLIMERICK Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea has raised concerns about the ability of Community Service Programmes (CSP) to pay the increase in the national minimum wage without an increase in funding from the Department of Social Protection.Deputy O’Dea, who is his party’s spokesperson on Social Protection, highlighted the financial stress facing CSPs if the Department did not to increase their wage contribution to programmes in line with an increase in the national minimum wage.“After much pressure the Department has agreed to put arrangements in place whereby individual companies will be able to access additional financial resources to compensate for the increase in the national minimum wage,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.However he pointed out that submissions would be assessed on a case-by-case basis meaning that some programmes will receive additional funding while others will not.“This has caused uncertainty among those who work in these programmes providing essential community services. As far as I am aware, CSPs are still awaiting clarification from the Department on this issue,” he said.“CSPs are not for profit companies, meaning that a decision to not increase the Department’s contribution does not mean reducing profits for these companies, it means increasing their cost base placing many of them under significant and unsustainable financial duress. Minister Burton needs to communicate with these companies and do so as a matter of urgency,” he said.A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Protection said it is satisfied that the level of resources available to the CSP in 2016, at just over €45 million, will be adequate to meet the on-going funding needs of the programme. “The level of resources to support services in the programme is determined on a case-by-case basis. Pobal will be in contact with companies shortly to ascertain where companies are deemed to not have the capacity to self-fund the increase in the minimum wage.“CSP accounts for less than a third of the resources generated by these companies. An advance of 25 per cent of the contract value for 2016 has been paid to companies currently in the programme; this ensures that immediate cash-flow requirements are supported,” she explained. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleCall for new secondary school in CastleconnellNext articleJan promises better times for working Limerick families Alan Jacques Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsConcern over funding for Limerick community schemesBy Alan Jacques – February 11, 2016 755 last_img read more

A Case Of Not An International Commercial Arbitration Rendering A Foreign Award

first_imgColumnsA Case Of Not An International Commercial Arbitration Rendering A Foreign Award Ameyavikrama Thanvi9 Dec 2020 8:28 PMShare This – xThe Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 of India is divided into three parts; Part I deals generally with arbitration and is applicable where the place of arbitration is in India, Part II provides for enforcement of foreign awards under the New York Convention and Part III governs the law on conciliation. Recognizing the distinction between domestic and international arbitration, the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 of India is divided into three parts; Part I deals generally with arbitration and is applicable where the place of arbitration is in India, Part II provides for enforcement of foreign awards under the New York Convention and Part III governs the law on conciliation. Recognizing the distinction between domestic and international arbitration, the Act unambiguously defines “international commercial arbitration” as an arbitration arising out of relationships considered as commercial, between two parties where at least one of the parties is: “(i) an individual who is a national of, or habitually resident in, any country other than India; or (ii) a body corporate which is incorporated in any country other than India; or (iii) an association or a body of individuals whose central management or control is exercised in any country other than India; or (iv) the Government of a foreign country;” Thus, the test for determining whether an arbitration is an international commercial arbitration is nationality of at least one of the parties to the dispute. Interestingly, even though the purpose of the Act is to “consolidate and amend the law relating to domestic arbitration, international commercial arbitration and enforcement of foreign arbitral award…”, it omits defining “domestic arbitration”. Even “domestic award” has been defined to be an award passed under Part I of the Act. This is especially noteworthy in the light of Section 2(2) of the Act which stipulates that Part I of the Act would apply where the place of arbitration is in India while Part II has been exclusively incorporated in the statute for enforcement of foreign award. The nationality test for determining the international nature of arbitration combined with the freedom of parties to agree on a place of arbitration, granted under section 20 of the Act, has created a dichotomy. The question of whether two Indian parties to a dispute can choose a foreign seat of arbitration has, time and again, come up for consideration before courts but remains unanswered in full. The issue once again came up recently before the High Court of Delhi in Dholi Spintex Pvt. Ltd. v. Louis Dreyfus Company Pvt. Ltd.. In a comprehensive opinion analysing the law and judgments on the point, the court ruled in favour of two Indian parties choosing a foreign seat of arbitration. The Plaintiff had argued, relying on section 23 of the Indian Contract Act, that two Indian parties contracting out of Indian law would defeat the provisions of the law and would be opposed to public policy. However, the court relying on its earlier decision in GMR Energy Limited v. Doosan Power System India Ltd. & Ors., reiterated its earlier stance that two Indian parties are free to choose a foreign seat of arbitration. The Court reasoned that an arbitration agreement between the parties being an agreement independent of the substantive contract, it can be governed by a different law. Earlier in the year, the same issue had also been raised before the Rajasthan High Court in Barminco Indian Underground Mining Services LLP v. Hindustan Zinc Limited. The service contract entered into between the parties, in this case, had an arbitration clause which stated that “the disputes shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration administered by Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC Rules) for the time being in force.” The question that fell for the consideration of the High Court was to determine if it had the jurisdiction to provide interim relief under section 9 of the Act, when two Indian parties had chosen a foreign-seated arbitration to resolve their disputes. To determine if the High Court of Rajasthan would indeed be the correct forum to seek interim relief from, the Court first needed to examine true import of the term “International Commercial Arbitration”. The High Court acknowledged that the term International Commercial Arbitration” has been expressly defined in Section 2(1)(f) of the Act and the definition is nationality-centric. Since both the parties to the dispute were incorporated in India, the Court concluded that arbitration in question cannot be termed as International Commercial Arbitration “as it does not satisfy the conditions catalogued in clause (i) to (iv) of Section 2(1)(f).” Moreover, the High Court agreed with the previous decisions of the High Court of Delhi and the High Court of Madhya Pradesh wherein it was held that seat of arbitration being outside India, Part I of the Act would not apply and the award would be enforced under Part II of the Act which regulates foreign awards. The High Court went on to observe, “A close and conjoint reading of the provisions contained in Section 2(1)(e) & 2(1)(f) of the Act of 1996 makes it abundantly clear that for the purpose of determining the jurisdiction of the court with respect to an application under Section 9 of the Act of 1996, the sole factor to be looked at, is, as to whether the arbitration in question is International Commercial Arbitration or not. The seat of arbitration and/or place of arbitration is absolutely inconsequential, rather irrelevant for the purpose of determining the jurisdiction of the Court. May be in a contract having place of arbitration abroad, the award would be a foreign award; such being the case, if a party seeks to challenge the award or prefer an application for setting aside the award, the seat/venue may be relevant, but then in that case, the Courts in India per-se would not be available as forum. … The case before this Court is a bit peculiar. As the seat and place of arbitration is Singapore, it cannot be said that the arbitration is a domestic arbitration. Nor can it be said that the award which would be passed will be a domestic award. It is a third situation – where the arbitration is not International Commercial Arbitration, but the award will be a foreign award.” The High Court correctly observed that where Indian parties choose foreign seat of arbitration, the arbitration cannot be called an International Commercial Arbitration but the award so rendered will be a foreign award. Nevertheless, since the arbitration is not international commercial arbitration, an application for seeking interim awards would rightly lie before the Principal Civil Court as identified under Section 2(1)(e)(i) of the Act. The position of law on this question is quite uncertain given the varying opinions of different High Courts. While the Bombay High Court in Adhaar Mercantile Private Ltd v. Shree Jagdamba Agrico Export Private Ltd.(Adhaar) 2015 SCC OnLine Bom 7752 forbids Indian parties from choosing a foreign seat of arbitration, the Delhi High Court has in GMR Energy Limited v Doosan Power Systems India Private Limited and Ors. 2017 SCC OnLine Del 11625 and now in Dholi Spintex held the parties’ freedom to choose any seat of arbitration. The Supreme Court of India, admittedly, upheld an arbitration agreement between two Indian parties with a foreign seat in M/s Atlas Export Industries v. M/s Kotak Company, (1999) SCC 61. However, that decision was so rendered because the challenge to foreign seated arbitration was raised only at the final stage of litigation before the apex court. The Court has, since then, only further contributed to the uncertainty by not expressly striking or upholding Indian parties’ right to choose a foreign seat of arbitration in TDM Infrastructure Private Limited v. UE Development India Private Limited (TDM) (2008) 14 SCC 271. It, nevertheless, did observe that the intention of the legislature was to not permit Indian nationals to derogate the Indian law, which they potentially can, by choosing a foreign-seated arbitration. Again in 2016, the apex court had the opportunity to deal with the issue and spell out the law in Sasan Power Ltd., v. North American Coal Corporation India Private Limited (Sasan Power) (2016) 10 SCC 813. However, the Court delved into the facts to establish that the arbitration agreement in question was a tripartite agreement with one not being a national of India and therefore, the arbitration was international in nature. Thus, an opportunity to settle the law was lost. The uncertainty in law, as it stands, has not only led to ambiguity but has also acted as a restrain on the exercise of this most basic feature of arbitration viz, party autonomy. Moreover, the Supreme Court has recognised the legislative intent behind the A&C Act to promote it. The absence of clarity on the law from the Supreme Court of India and lack of a mitigating provisions in the statute has led to High Courts adopting contradictory views. It is worth noting here that section 44 of the Act provides for enforcement of “foreign award” to which the New York Convention applies. Article 1 of the New York Convention, pertinently, provides that the convention “shall also apply to arbitral awards not considered as domestic awards in the State where their recognition and enforcement are sought.” Thus, if two Indian parties choose a foreign seat of arbitration and if the award so rendered is not contrary to or repugnant to any other Indian law, the Act certainly envisages within its ambit enforcement of such an award. Today, with the High Courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan aligned in their understanding even as High Court of Bombay holds a contrary position, a case can be made for allowing Indian parties to arbitration dispute to choose a foreign seat of arbitration. Should the recent decisions rendered by the High Court of Delhi and the Rajasthan High Court be challenged, the Supreme Court would have an excellent opportunity to clarify the position of the law regarding Indian parties’ right to choose a foreign seat of arbitration, which may be “not-international commercial arbitration” but renders a foreign awardViews are personal.(The Author is an advocate practicing at the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Rajasthan)Next Storylast_img read more

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