Lafarge Africa PLC ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgLafarge Africa PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House in Elie / WT Architecture

first_imgArchitects: WT Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Elie, United Kingdom United Kingdom House in Elie / WT Architecture photographs:  David BarbourPhotographs:  David BarbourMain Contractor:Alexander Oastler Ltd
Structural Engineer:David Narro AssociatesQuantity Surveyor:McLeod and AitkenCity:ElieCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© David BarbourRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. This new beach-side house replaces a 1970’s bungalow with a house that engages with its dramatic coastal location and aims to enable its occupants to luxuriate in the special views over the Firth of Forth. The building form is broken in to parts to tie it in with the scale and massing of its vernacular neighbours, with a range of living space with a horizontal sedum- covered roof tying the parts together.Save this picture!© David BarbourThe main entrance to the house from the landward side is between the two main sections of the house, which frame a view through to a lighthouse on the far side of the beach. The largest two-storey section accommodates the kitchen, utility and bedroom spaces, and the smaller bothy-like section is dedicated to a four bed children’s bunk-loft with its own living space and shower room. The living space linking these is largely glazed, with open plan sitting, dining and TV spaces. By contrast, the landward side is deliberately more closed down and protects the privacy of the house.Save this picture!© David BarbourA palette of timber boarding and zinc was chosen to reflect the feel of sea-side boat sheds. Wrapping zinc roof planes and timber-boarded screens sit on and inside more massive whitewashed masonry walls, which also extend away from the house to create pockets of shelter and some privacy on what is a very public site.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanInternal materials are simple and utilitarian with a timber OSB lining to the children’s bothy and smooth concrete screed throughout the ground floor. Part of the main roof is formed in fully integrated solar PV panels which also form the weathering layer. Moving louvre panels enable some control over solar gain at the southern beach frontage. First floor bedrooms look out over the sedum roof, bringing the landscape and seascape right up to the window sills.Save this picture!© David BarbourProject gallerySee allShow lessSunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in ChinaUnbuilt ProjectWood in the Sky / group8Selected Projects Share House in Elie / WT ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse in Elie / WT Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  275 m² Area:  275 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2014 Year:  ArchDaily Save this picture!© David Barbour+ 12 Share Projects Year:  2014 Houses CopyAbout this officeWT ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesElieHousesUnited KingdomPublished on May 16, 2015Cite: “House in Elie / WT Architecture ” 16 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

‘Biden won’t save us!’

first_imgChants of “Cops and Klan work hand-in-hand” and “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” filled the air outside Philadelphia City Hall Jan. 9. Dozens of anti-fascist, pro-socialist demonstrators gathered there for a demonstration denouncing white supremacy and the failed Jan. 6 fascist insurrection in Washington, D.C. Philadelphia, Jan. 9. WW Photo: Joe PietteSeveral people passing by, including a houseless trans couple, stayed to join the protest and express interest in further actions.Speakers from Workers World Party, Black Alliance for Peace, Philadelphia-Camden Boricua Committee, Philly REAL Justice and Working Educators addressed the need for workers’ power and solidarity to fight the emboldened fascist movement. Many speakers raised the open collusion between various state policing entities and the Jan. 6 mob that stormed Congress to keep Trump in office.  — Report by Betsey PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better

first_img A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Ag Benefiting from Trade with CubaNext articleAg Lender Conversations Have Changed Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better    A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get BetterCorn and soybean prices have been on the decline since 2014. In Indiana and most of the Corn Belt, farmland values have not fallen. One economist says that is a sure sign things are going to get better. University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin says the fact that land values have stayed relatively strong, despite multiple years of poor profitability, is a sign that sooner or later the farm economy will turn around, “That is one way to reconcile the firmness of land values is that these long term investors, whether they are farmers or outside investors, are counting on commodity prices recovering to profitable levels in the not too distant future.”Irwin believes that prices will return to profitable levels like $4.00 for corn, $10.75 for soybeans, and $4.75 for all wheat. But farmers want to know when that will be. Irwin says it may be a gradual recovery as world economic conditions improve, or it may be a quick and violent recovery because of a calamity, “I think it will be a series of bad weather events that will be what finally brings us out of this downturn.” He is looking for the return of a more normal frequency of bad weather in the United States, noting that the last twenty-plus years have been the best series in terms of Corn Belt weather since 1895. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 23, 2018 last_img read more

Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation

first_img April 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation (Photo: Zerkalo) Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News April 9, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News News Organisation RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a well-known columnist with the independent Russian-language newspaper Zerkalo, who was arrested on a charge of spying for Armenia on being deported back to Azerbaijan from Turkey, where he was based for three years.“By illegally expelling Mirkadyrov, the Turkish authorities have rendered themselves complicit in Azerbaijan’s persecution of this journalist,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The grave charges brought against Mirkadyrov are totally absurd and fool no one He is just the latest victim of the Azerbaijani government’s campaign to eradicate its media critics. How could this journalist have transmitted state secrets to which he did not have access?”The Turkish authorities stripped Mirkadyrov of his press accreditation on 9 April and, without any explanation, gave him two weeks to leave the country. Nonetheless, he was arrested in Ankara nine days later, on 18 April, and was put on a flight to Baku the following day, without being able to challenge his deportation or even contact a lawyer.Relatives and colleagues waited in vain for him at Baku airport on 19 April, learning the next day that he had been arrested on arrival on a spying charge. He was formally charged on 21 April under article 274 of the penal code (“high treason”) and was placed in pre-trial detention for three months.His lawyer, Fuad Agayev, was then finally able to talk to him. Agayev said Mirkadyrov rejected all the charges and had refused to sign a statement.Mirkadyrov is a seasoned journalist who won the Gerd Bucerius Prize for Press Freedom in Eastern Europe in 2008. A reporter for Zerkalo for many years, he is known for being critical not only of the Azerbaijani government but also the Turkish and Russian ones. He helped found the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, and used to be deputy editor of the newspaper Monitor, whose editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. He is also a member of the Azerbaijani opposition, running for parliament in 2005 and now a member of the political council of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party. Mirkadyrov has for years made a speciality of covering the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and has participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among the parties to the conflict and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994.The officials conducting the investigation into Mirkadyrov on spying charges have named two Armenians as his alleged “contact officers.” One of them is Laura Bagdasarian, the head of the NGO Region, with whom several Azerbaijani NGOs have cooperated in cross-border projects. These NGOs now fear that the Azerbaijani government intends to criminalize any contact with Armenian civil society. Agayev said: “The case may not be limited to Mirkadyrov, and other Azerbaijani politicians and civil society activists could also be persecuted.”Mirkadyrov’s deportation came just three days after a state visit to Azerbaijan by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two countries have close relations. Another Azerbaijan journalist, Mahir Zeynalov, was expelled from Turkey in February after sending tweets deemed to have insulted Erdogan.Harassment of news providers has been increasing steadily in Azerbaijan, which is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Outspoken journalists and bloggers are being arrested, while the few remaining independent media are close to asphyxiation. Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Authorities urged to quash 30-month prison sentence imposed on blogger

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more December 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to quash 30-month prison sentence imposed on blogger News RSF_en center_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls on the judicial authorities to overturn the jail terms that were passed on blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi ( on 15 December, coinciding with a European Union appeal to Iran to respect the rights of its detainees. A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mirsayafi to two years in prison for “insulting” the Islamic Republic’s leaders and six months in prison for “publicity against the government.” “These sentences are much too severe for a blogger whose only crime was to express his views online,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The offending blog entries were satirical comments about Iran. They may seem excessive but they cannot be regarded as ‘insulting’ and certainly do not deserve a prison sentence.” Arrested on 22 April, Mirsayafi was released after 41 days in detention on payment of 100 million toman (72,000 euros) in bail. When he appeared in court on 22 November he was charged under article 514 of the criminal code, which says “insulting Supreme Guide Khomeiny, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the country’s leaders, is punishable by six months to two years in prison,” and under article 500, which says “propaganda against the state is punishable by three months to one year in prison.” Most of what Mirsayafi posted on his blog, Rooznegar, which can no longer be accessed, was about traditional Persian music and culture. He told Reporters Without Borders: “I am a cultural blogger, not a political one. Of all the entries I posted online, only two or three were satirical. I did not intend to insult anyone.” Mirsayafi’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders that, “in the opinion of the court’s experts, this blog did not have enough visitors to be regarded as a ‘publication’.” Mirsayafi is meanwhile still facing separate charges of “insulting the prophet of Islam” and “attacking the sacredness of Iran” before a Tehran assizes court. Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries towards outspoken bloggers and often imposes disproportionate sentences. The government is currently considering a bill that would extend the death penalty to crimes committed online. On 18 december, the UN general assembly passed a resolution urging Iran to put a stop to death sentences and executions. News Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Drug dealer warned he is walking on thin ice

first_imgNewsDrug dealer warned he is walking on thin iceBy Staff Reporter – November 19, 2015 1119 Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Email Printcenter_img WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A WIDOER and convicted Limerick drug dealer whose suspended prison sentence became the centre of a political storm last year over has been told that he is “walking on incredibly thin ice” by a judge who said it would be unjust to revoke his freedom over the theft of metal containers last year.The sentencing hearing of Hugo Porter last year became the centre of a political storm when the Fianna Fail spokesperson for justice Niall Collins TD wrote a letter to the court on behalf of Mr Porter.The widowed father of four from St Patrick Villa’s, Castleconnell, along with Alan Lysaght (40) from Scanlon Park, Castleconnell, were both convicted and sentenced last year for the drug offences committed in June of 2011.The men were convicted in connection with the discovery of drugs, namely cannabis herb valued at €11,634 and cannabis resin valued at €6,064, that was hidden in a ditch in a ammunition box in Castleconnell. Porter along with another man Alan Lysaght arrived to the scene in a jeep to move them.Lysaght was jailed for three years with the final year suspended for three years.At the sentencing hearing for Hugo Porter, a letter was handed in to Judge Carroll Moran from Niall Collins TD asking that the court consider all options before sentencing the 41-year-old given his tragic family circumstances.Hugo Porter’s wife died tragically in January 2014 and left him as sole surviving parent for his four children from the marriage and the whole of the 41-year-old’s sentence was suspended with a judge’s warning that he was “a very lucky man and you have a responsibility to your sons to never get into trouble again.”The FF justice spokesperson later said that he regretted writing the letter given the furore it caused.This Tuesday, State solicitor Michael Murray said that application pursuant to section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act was being made by the DPP. It arose on November 6 last after the father of four was convicted of a contested theft offence at Nenagh District Court.Mr Murray told the court that in mid December last year, six weeks after been given the suspended sentence, Hugo Porter and another man called to the home of a farmer in his 80s and enquired if he had any scrap metal to sell.The farmer, Ned Ryan who is in his 80s, told the men that he had two steel containers and that he would sell them if he got €1,000 but that he later declined to sell them “because of some suspicions”.Mr Murray added that it transpired the accused arranged for a metal company, Clear Circle Metal, to call to the rural farm and collect the steel metal tanks.Subsequently, a complaint was made and CCTV footage was harvested from the Clear Circle premises and Hugo Porter was seen “seeking prompt payment of €635”.The court heard that the 41-year-old was arrested and charged with the theft offences, before contesting them at a hearing before Nenagh District Court.Judge John Hannan, sitting at Limerick Circuit Court was told that accused “obtained a suspended sentence given his difficult family circumstances.” and details of a number of previous convictions were given to the court including a two-year suspended sentence that Porter was given for an assault in Ennis in 2009 and the later drugs offence of 2011.Asking that the court not impose the suspended sentence, defence counsel Michael Collins BL said that Hugo Porter was convicted “notwithstanding the contest” in what was described as an unusual set of circumstances.Mr Porter was one of two men that called to the farm to carry out a legitimate “commercial transaction” to which there were a number of parties involved and misunderstandings seem to surround events.Michael Collins BL said that what happened, “happened in broad daylight with another man and a third party company, neither of which have been prosecuted if the circumstances are to be upheld”.He said that at the time, Mr Porter was speaking to the farmer as the two watched the metal tanks being loaded on to the Clear Circle truck and that “no protest vented or articulated was evident from the owner of the metal tanks”.Michael Collins, who revealed that his client would be appealing the conviction at Nenagh District Court, said that he had to reject the suggestion that Mr Porter’s activity “flies in the face of the court’s indulgence in suspending his previous prison sentence, as I can tell you from my dealings with Mr Porter, he fully appreciates the indulgence of the court”.“And, assuming that the conviction in the District Court is upheld, the activity in Birdhill is in stark contrast to his previous activity of assault and drug dealing”, added Mr Porter’s defence counsel.The court was also asked to consider an annomoly in the legislation governing the consideration of suspended sentences as Michael Collins said that if the Circuit Court activated the suspended sentence and Mr Porter was later successful in his appeal of the theft conviction, this would be unjust.Mr Murray said that the court should have regard to all matters before the court and that it may be the case that the “tortuous route (of jailing Hugo Porter) might have to be embarked upon before this matter is concluded”.However, Judge John Hannan said that havng considered all the matters before the court and any consequential effects that would flow, “it would be unjust” to impose the suspended sentence, but warned Hugo Porter that despite the unusual set of circumstances “the only comment I will make is that you are walking on incredibly thin ice”.Hugo Porter was remanded on continuing bail to appear before Nenagh District Court later this week. 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Foreclosure Starts and Completions Hit 17-Year Lows

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Foreclosure Starts and Completions Hit 17-Year Lows Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Now, a New Solution to Streamline Real Estate Transactions Next: Home Point Financial Announces Executive Team Additions February 5, 2018 3,033 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Starts and Completions Hit 17-Year Lows Share Save  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: 12-Month Foreclosure Sum Black Knight Data & Analytics Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes loan delinquency rate Mortgage Delinquencies Mortgage Monitor Report Natural Disasters Severe Delinquencies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mortgage delinquencies hit a 23-month high as 2017 wrapped up, surging by 164,000 year-over-year, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from the Data and Analytics Division of Black Knight, Inc. However, that figure only tells part of the story.Outside of hurricane-affected areas, Black Knight reports that the national mortgage delinquency rate was actually 11 percent below long-term norms. In these same areas, the total number of past-due or in-foreclosure homes dropped by more than 140,000 as December 2017 wrapped up.“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma significantly impacted 2017 mortgage performance metrics,” said Black Knight Data and Analytics EVP Ben Graboske. “[However] when Black Knight isolated non-hurricane-impacted areas—which represent 90 percent of the entire active U.S. mortgage universe—we see the national delinquency rate actually fell to 11 percent below long-term norms. … Due to the various foreclosure moratoria put into place after the storms, there was no hurricane impact to speak of in that regard. In fact, the improvement in foreclosure inventory—which continued unabated in 2017—may have actually received a short-term boost from the moratoria.”Last year also saw the fewest foreclosure starts nationwide of any year since 2000, with the annual total sitting at 649,000. The year also saw first-time foreclosure starts drop to 15 percent below the 2016 totals, putting them around half of the average before the housing crisis.Total foreclosure sales for 2017 hit 232,000, the lowest single-year total since the turn of the century, according to Black Knight. However, there are still more than 125,000 active foreclosures in which no payments have been made for more than two years. If you ramp that timeline up to five years or more, the total drops to 63,000.The total U.S. loan delinquency rate as of December 2017 was 4.71 percent, and the month-over-month change in delinquency rate was 3.47 percent. The total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate for the month was 0.65 percent, and the month-over-month change in such was -2.22 percent.You can read Black Knight’s full December 2017 Mortgage Monitor Report by clicking here. 12-Month Foreclosure Sum Black Knight Data & Analytics Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes loan delinquency rate Mortgage Delinquencies Mortgage Monitor Report Natural Disasters Severe Delinquencies 2018-02-05 David Wharton About Author: David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more

“Exercise Restraint And Follow ‘Nilesh Navlakha Case’ Guidelines On Media Trial Scrupulously”: Bombay High Court To Media

first_imgNews Updates”Exercise Restraint And Follow ‘Nilesh Navlakha Case’ Guidelines On Media Trial Scrupulously”: Bombay High Court To Media Sparsh Upadhyay5 March 2021 3:47 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Thursday (04th March) directed media organizations to observe restraint and not publish any content related to the incident of death of a Pune woman who fell from the balcony of her house and subsequently died. The Bench of Justice S. S. Shinde & Justice Manish Pitale also directed the media organizations to scrupulously follow the guidelines which 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 Bombay High Court on Thursday (04th March) directed media organizations to observe restraint and not publish any content related to the incident of death of a Pune woman who fell from the balcony of her house and subsequently died. The Bench of Justice S. S. Shinde & Justice Manish Pitale also directed the media organizations to scrupulously follow the guidelines which the Court had laid down in the case of Nilesh Navlakha v. Union of India reported in Aironline 2021 Bom 14 [Sushant Singh Rajput case] and not to give any unnecessary publicity to the illicit relationship of the Woman. The case before the Court The Counsel for the petitioner submitted before the Court that on 08th February 2021, Petitioner’s daughter fell from the balcony of 1st floor as she lost her balance. She was taken to the hospital wherein she was declared dead. Soon after the death of the Petitioner’s daughter, allegedly, various news in print and electronic media emerged and started circulating reports alleging that his daughter was having illicit relations with one Y. The Petitioner’s Counsel contended before the Court that this act of the media organizations is defamatory and derogatory to the name of the Petitioner and his family, including his daughter X. Petitioner’s counsel also submitted that around 12 audio clips of alleged conversations of daughter X with some unknown person were circulated by political parties and media and contents of the said conversations were to defame the name and image of the Petitioner and his family and his daughter. It was further submitted that print and electronic media be restrained from further publishing the news and maligning the image of the Petitioner by publishing such news. On the other hand, the Counsel appearing for Respondent Nos.5, 6, and 7 (Media organizations) submitted that their clients will exercise restraint and will not publish any objectionable contents and they will scrupulously follow the guidelines in the case of Nilesh Navlakha (supra). Court’s Observations The Court, prima facie, found substance in the argument of the Senior Counsel appearing for the Petitioner and thus, the Court issued notice to the Respondents returnable on 31st March 2021. Further, by way of ad-interim relief, the Court directed the Respondents to “scrupulously follow the guidelines issued by this Court in paragraphs 348 and 349 of the Judgment in the case of Nilesh Navlakha”. The Court also directed them “not to publish or give any unnecessary publicity to the incident of death of the daughter X of the Petitioner and further alleged illicit relationship of the daughter X with Y.” About Nilesh Navlakha Case The Bombay High Court, in January 2021, in its 251-page judgment on a clutch of PILs regarding ‘media trials’ in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, observed that the media ought to avoid reports touching upon an ongoing investigation and present facts that are in the public interest rather than “what, according to the media, the public is interested in.” What Kind Of Reporting Amounts To ‘Media Trial’? Bombay High Court Gives Guidelines The Court in this case had laid down various guidelines for reporting on “sensitive criminal matters, including death by suicide, and had held that the media should avoid putting photographs of victims, depicting the deceased as a weak character, or try to reconstruct the incident while the investigation is underway”. The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni had directed the print and electronic media to exercise restraint and refrain from publishing any news item, debate, discussion on interview while reporting on certain cases or at a particular stage of investigation (Nilesh Navalakha and others v Union of India and others and connected cases). The judgment also passed scathing observations against the reports of Republic TV and Times Now in the SSR case, observing such reports were ‘prima facie contemptuous’. Media Trial Interferes With Administration Of Justice; Amounts To Contempt Of Court : Bombay High CourtIn this significant pronouncement, the Bombay High Court had held that media trial during criminal investigation interferes with the administration of justice and hence amounts to ‘contempt of court’ as defined under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Case title – Lahu Chandu Chavan v. The State of Maharashtra & Ors. [Writ Petition No. 1119 Of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Off-duty officer pulls injured victim from rubble after explosion levels New Jersey home

first_imgWABC-TV(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — An off-duty officer rushed to the scene after a Ridgefield, New Jersey, home exploded, rescuing an injured man from the collapsed home.Police, fire and PSE&G officials arrived at the multi-floor, single family home shortly before 11:30 a.m. Officers heard the victim, who was alone in the house, moaning as a fire consumed the property.Off-duty police officer and 14-year veteran Hagop Cigercioglu, who lives a block away, said he worked with other officers to help lift a large “plank of wood” to allow the man to crawl out from under the debris of the collapsed home.“As I called to him, he did respond. He gave his name, and I advised him of the house that was on fire, that he needed to crawl out,” Cigercioglu said. “We were able to take some wood out to make a big enough hole where he crawled out. And several officers and I helped him get out of the house.”That victim has not been identified, according to ABC owned station WABC-TV. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center in stable condition.Meanwhile, Ridgefield Police Chief Thomas Gallagher said other officers worked to contain the fire around them, which was being fed by a gas leak. It is unclear whether the gas leak was a result of the explosion.PSE&G officials were able to turn off the gas and the Ridgefield Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said surrounding houses do not have gas, and electricity will also be cut as they work at the scene.Bergen County prosecutors and the New Jersey state division of fire safety is investigating the cause of the explosion.One firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion and two police officers were also treated for minor injuries.“This is a sad situation,” said Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez. “Fortunately for the borough it could’ve been a heck of a lot worse.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more