Supreme Court To Hear Plea Challenging Extension Of ED Director’s Term On April 16

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court To Hear Plea Challenging Extension Of ED Director’s Term On April 16 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 April 2021 1:36 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court will hear on April 16 the petition filed by Common Cause which challenges the extension given to the term of the Director of Enforcement Directorate Sanjay Kumar Mishra with retrospective effect.On Monday, a bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran posted the matter for disposal on next Friday. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench that the reply to…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 Supreme Court will hear on April 16 the petition filed by Common Cause which challenges the extension given to the term of the Director of Enforcement Directorate Sanjay Kumar Mishra with retrospective effect.On Monday, a bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran posted the matter for disposal on next Friday. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench that the reply to the petition is ready and is being filed today.The petition challenges the order issued by the President on November 13 last year, which modified the 2018 appointment order of ED Director to increase his original term of appointment as 3 years instead of 2 years. ED Director SK Mishra’s term was otherwise for a period of two years till November 18, 2020.The petition has stated that according to provisions of the CVC Act, a Committee recommends the candidate to be appointed as the ED Director, to the Ministry of Finance. Such Director cannot be below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Central Government and he shall continue to hold office for a period of not less than two years.The NGO has contended that after the end of Mishra’s two-year tenure as the ED Director, he would have been ineligible for appointment to the said post again by virtue of Section 25 of the CVC Act.It has been further contended that there is neither any enabling provision in the CVC Act for extension of service of the Director, Enforcement Directorate nor any enabling provision which provides for such retrospective modification of appointment orders. “The impugned Office Order, dated 13.11.2020, issued by the Respondent No.1 is in the teeth of Section 25 of the CVC Act as the said Section provides that a person has to be above the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India to be eligible for appointment as a Director of Enforcement. Thus, as the Respondent No.2 has already reached his retirement age in May 2020, therefore, after the end of Respondent No.2’s two-year period on 19.11.2020, the Respondent No.2, by virtue of not holding any post above the rank of Additional Secretary, would have been ineligible for appointment as a Director of Enforcement again,” the plea states. It is contended that the Government has employed a circuitous route in order to ensure that Mishra gets one more year as the ED Director and it is submitted, The plea has submitted that the intention behind Section 25 (d) in providing a minimum tenure of two years to the ED only to insulate the Director of Enforcement from all kinds of influences and pressures. However, the said purpose gets defeated if on the verge of his two-year tenure and much after his retirement age, the Director of Enforcement is given a de facto extension in service by adoption of a circuitous route of modifying the initial appointment order itself. TagsSupreme Court Common Cause Notice Issued Appointment Enforcement Directorate DirectorDuring the admission hearing on February 25, , Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that according to the scheme of the act he shall have minimum tenure of 2 years. However, he was given a one year extension. “This is destroying independence of ED, it has become means for harassment. ” Bhushan had submitted.”Mr. Bhushan we are impressed with the point you are making. We will hear you.” the Bench had observed while issuing notice.   Next Storylast_img read more

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Former Manti High Student-Athlete Earns RMAC Academic Honors For Dixie State Track

first_imgTo be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 GPA and been an active student at the institution they compete for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Friday, six Dixie State track and field student- athletes earned academic honors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including a former Manti High School student-athlete. Rebecca Anderson (formerly Opoulos) was among the Trailblazers to achieve this award. The Sterling native starred as a hurdler and sprinter for Dixie State. Written by May 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Former Manti High Student-Athlete Earns RMAC Academic Honors For Dixie State Track Anderson achieved a 3.94 GPA in communication studies to represent Dixie State University well with this award. Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Ditty’s secures international contracts

first_imgBiscuits and oatcakes from Northern Irish bakery Ditty’s are gaining an international following after the company secured new export contracts with companies in New Zealand and London, and began talks with potential customers in France and Hong Kong.The Castledawson company has started shipping Ditty’s branded shortbread and oat biscuits to New Zealand-based Viva Corporate Gifts, after the hamper company discovered the range online.“They contacted us by e-mail and we have since shipped the full range of Ditty’s sweet shortbread and savoury oatmeal biscuits to Viva for their Christmas hampers. It’s another exciting new market for Ditty’s and we look forward to seeing it grow and develop,” said MD Robert Ditty.The bakery has also gained a new listing for its full range of biscuits with butcher Jack O’Shea’s, which has stores in Knightsbridge and Brussels, plus a concession in Selfridges, Oxford St. Ditty’s is also currently in negotiation with a French independent retailer, as well as a with a distributor based in Hong Kong, who supplies into the wider Chinese market. The company already supplies Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason and Paxton & Whitfield in the UK.last_img read more

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The Broadcast Shares Exciting Live Video For ‘Eyes Of A Woman’ [Premiere]

first_imgAsheville based rockers The Broadcast have been turning heads left and right with their infectious live sound, but perhaps the most influential of those listeners was producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wilco, Grace Potter, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Scott flew the band out to his studio in the California desert to record what would become their full-length sophomore album, From The Horizon. Due out on June 17th, (pre-orders available here) The Broadcast hasn’t looked back since!The five-piece ensemble is fronted by acclaimed singer Caitlin Krisko, whose rich voice is steeped in the spirits of Americana music. Graduating from the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC, Krisko put together a top tier band and moved down to Asheville, NC in 2010. With guitarist Aaron Austin and Krisko working together on all-original music, there’s a beautiful soul that rings loud and true in this band’s sound.The Broadcast was recently featured on the beloved Echo Sessions, hosted by the IAmAVL group which highlights the burgeoning music and arts scene in Asheville. We’re beyond excited to share the band’s second video from those sessions, capturing their soulful tune “Eyes Of A Woman.” Check it out below!Krisko shares her inspiration for the song itself, saying, “‘Eyes Of A Woman’ was one of the first songs we wrote for From The Horizon and also the first song our producer, Jim Scott, green lit when we were sending our demos back and forth. When I was 13, my mom relocated me from a Midwest suburban town to New York City – it was a major shift and life change that felt important to capture in a song.”Austin adds, “‘Eyes Of A Woman has a Zeppelin influenced vibe that really embodies our blend of Rock N Roll.” If this is their blend of rock n’ roll, we can’t wait to check out the new album! With a number of exciting shows set for the band’s summer tour and an album due out in just a few short weeks, on June 17th, things are only getting bigger and better for The Broadcast.You can find all the info about the band here, and check out their full tour schedule below.The Broadcast Tour DatesJune 11 – The Grey Eagle (OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) – Asheville, NCJune 15 – MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PAJune 17 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DCJune 23 – Calico Room – Wilmington, NCJune 24 – Jimmy’s – Wrightsville Beach, NCJune 25 – High Rock Outfitters – Lexington, SCJuly 7 – Downtown Alive – Greenville, SCJuly 9 – Levitt AMP Music Series – Greensboro, SC *July 10 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NCJuly 15 – The Willow Tree – Johnson City, TNJuly 21 – Hendersonville Rhythm and Brews Festival – Hendersonville, NCAugust 6 – Steppin’ Out Festival – Beverley, VAAugust 19 & 20 – Camp Barefoot – Elkins, WV **September 16 & 17 – WormTown Music Fest – Greenfield, MA ***October 7 – RiverMUSIC (w/ Blitzen Trapper) – Asheville, NC ****November 23 – Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium* w/ Molly McGinn & Quilla** w/ Ghostland Observatory*** w/ Ryan Montbleau, Max Creek & Zach Deputy****w/ Blitzen TrapperAs an added bonus, check out the first video from their Echo Sessions series, “On The Edge,” below.iframe></p><p>last_img read more

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Okeechobee High School student tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgAccording to the school district, a Okeechobee High School student tested positive for coronavirus on just the third day back to school.The student was immediately isolated and sent home.The school district said it is working with the Department of Health for contact tracing.Only students who weren’t able to social distance from the student are being sent home. Those students include 11 students on a bus, 21 students from six classrooms and one teacher. They will do remote learning for 14 days.Students must wear masks, but without them, school officials said they would’ve likely needed to send over 100 students and six teachers home.If a student or staff member seeks a COVID-19 test, he/she must remain home while awaiting the results of the test. It is very important that any student or staff member who takes a COVID-19 test immediately notify the Human Resources Department at (863) 462-5000, Ext. 1022.last_img read more

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Rashid Sumaila:Winning the PSL with Sundowns is a dream come true

first_imgBlack Stars defender Rashid Sumaila has exclusively told Joy sports winning the South African league this season is a dream come true for him in his professional career.Sundowns beat Supersport United in their penultimate fixture of the season 3-0 at home to seal the title ahead of second-place Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday. The hard-tackling Sumaila who joined Sundowns from Asante Kotoko last year June after signing a pre-contract in January played a key role in Sundowns success having played 22 out of 29 league games.This title represents his second consecutive league title in two years as a player following a title with Asante Kotoko and the 22 year old says he is excited at helping Sundowns achieve this feat. “This is my first season here at Sundowns and for me it is a dream come true to have won the PSL with this great team,” he told Joy sports in an exclusive interview“I’m really happy for this because we were all looking forward to it and I’m satisfied with my contribution as well because out of the 29 games we have played so far I have made 22 appearances. “So I have done a lot for the club and if not for injury sometimes I’m sure I would have played all the matches, now I hope I will be able to win more titles with the team.”last_img read more

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Greenfield goes for glory at Senior Women’s Stroke Play

first_img Aileen Greenfield is hoping to knock off the post-lockdown rust and enjoy another successful week at the English Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship.Tomorrow, Greenfield will begin the defence of her title as 86 of the country’s top senior women compete for glory at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.Greenfield experienced the best moment of her golfing career in this event at St Enodoc last year and can’t wait to catch up with old friends and be involved in some long-awaited competitive action.Greenfield – a member at Pyecome Golf Club in Sussex – admitted: “I’m really looking forward to competing again.“I played in the Spanish Senior Women’s Open back in March at El Saler near Valencia and then, of course, we got home just at the point when the country was put into lockdown.“It’s been great being back on the course recently, but it’s hard to know where your game is at.“I’ve played in a few club competitions and I’m hitting the ball ok, but the courses are so dry and bumpy right now it can be hard to judge your shots.“But this is a competition I enjoy – I’ve been runner up a couple of time and lost in a play-off before winning last year.”Greenfield’s 2019 victory was one that she enjoyed – eventually!Only when her approach to the 18th hole was safely on the green did she enquire about her position on the leaderboard – and when given the comfort of a few shots cushion promptly made a birdie to finish on a high.“It would be lovely to go and do it again, but that’s the bonus. Really, we’re all just grateful to be back out playing again,” she added.“Last year was a real highlight. I didn’t know for sure where I was on the leaderboard as I had been avoiding it all day. Only after I put it on the green on 18 did I ask the state of play.“It was a nice feeling finding out after my approach was safely on the green.“It was such a special moment and I have to say that the reaction back at my golf club was lovely.“We enjoyed a party with friends and golf club members and they have put up a photograph to mark my achievement which was lovely.”This year’s event will see 54-holes of stroke play golf on the Green Course at Frilford Heath decide the winner of the title.After 36 holes, there will be a cut with the top 45 and ties progressing to the final round where the player with the lowest three round total will be crowned champion.In a separate handicap competition, the winner will be the player who records the lowest nett score over 36 holes.Photography: Leaderboard 10 Aug 2020 Greenfield goes for glory at Senior Women’s Stroke Play last_img read more

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Overtime 10-16-13

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEAL :10 Ring…Rriinngg…Rrriiinnnggg, Yo! Smitty’s Bar and Grill, YOU STAB-UM, WE’LL SLAB-UM! Who?…Who!…Speak up. I can’t hear ya. Mike who?…Oh, you mean Coach Tomlin.  Yeah, he’s here, but he can’t come to the phone.  He’s in the back room with “Some Guys” and said he didn’t want to be disturbed by anybody for anything!  Well, tell him it’s Bill Cowher. Maybe he’ll pick up. OK, hold on a minute.  I’ll see what he says…(“Minute up”) yo Bill, Coach Mike said not to worry. He’s got this New York Jets game in the bag.  Hey Bill, one other thing, don’t tell anybody I said this, but “The Guys” Coach Mike is talking with have never been around here before…and they’re in town from New York…I mean, the black suits, dark glasses and black gloves. I don’tknow what to make of it but I overheard Mr. Gambino tell Coach Mike “Not to worry. Everything has been taken care of…You know what I mean!!!”:09 Here’s a double dip on your movie tip, and I know how you like to double dip.  Yes you do…yes you do…now shut up and enjoy!  Movie No. 1 “Prisoners” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Terrence Howard, a dark, dark, dark drama about child abduction. Don’t go alone—and don’t go at night. Now you’ve been warned! I give it 4 basketballs. Movie No. 2…just for you…“Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks and a bunch of real ugly cats playing Somalia’s  (that’s people from Somalia for you Pea­body High School grads). Hey, don’t hate me. I am just telling ya what I saw. Real good movie. I give it 3 basketballs because we know how it ends…and it ain’t pretty!:08 If you saw Troy Polamalu deliver the hit on Steven Hill, you now understand what I mean when I said the Steelers must bring more of the mean and nasty!!!  And you noticed he didn’t try to help him up or see if he’s OK.  When you’re 0-4, you shouldn’t care if he’s OK.  I am just saying!:07 Man, it’s hard to believe L.C. Greenwood is gone. That one really hurt!:06 Word to the wise.  Everyone reading the Pittsburgh Courier…and there’s not enough of you…we all need to be about the business of saving the August Wilson Center.  To lose it would not only be a black eye for the City, but for Black folks too.:05 Penn Hills High School football is back on track, but that’s not the point. Get out and support your local team and support the good kids doing good things. Hey, take a kid to lunch after a game, win or lose. C’mon man!:04 Champion Enterprises is still looking for volunteers. People who care about improving the quality of our community and the lives of our young people. Call “The Champions” at 412-628-4856 if you’re interested. Serious inquiries only please!:03 Donald Scott, former great power lifter, I just got your letter from two years ago. Big mix-up at the office. Hit me back if you get this. I got you!:02 By now even you Aliquippa grads know that the Pirates are out of the playoffs. Opps, my bad, I am assuming the Mayor and Kevin Cameron got the electricity turned back on out there. Anyway, no one should have a bad word to say about the finish.  This is the best finish we’ve had in 20 years!:01 Here’s a rare but necessary second “I am just saying!” But it is possible that Le’Veon Bell is not the real deal. A few of those runs Barry Sanders would have broke for big gains.  Wait, what the hell am I talking about.  Forget I said that.:00 Oh, by the way, the Penguins are playing. I think they’re 4 and 1 or something.  Can’t lie. That’s all I got!~ GAME  OVER ~last_img read more

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New Geological Episode Sounds Flood-Like

first_img(Visited 688 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ever hear of the “Carnian Pluvial Episode”? Neither had geologists, until they invented it.Geologists submitting papers to this months Journal of the Geological Society are all excited. They just created a new geological episode. Yes; they had a meeting about it last year, and decided it was real, even though it wasn’t real until they invented it. Most of the current issue talks about it. First, what is the Carnian Pluvial Episode? According to the lead paper by Dal Corso et al, “The Carnian pluvial episode (Late Triassic): new insights into this important time of global environmental and biological change,”The Carnian Pluvial Episode (CPE) is a global climate change that occurred in the early Late Triassic, a time of major biological turnovers between two of the largest mass extinctions, at the end of the Permian and at the end of the Triassic, respectively. It is marked by severe extinction among important marine groups such as ammonoids and conodonts, and rapid radiation of key taxa on land and in the ocean, e.g. dinosaurs and pelagic calcifier.As you can see, this new thing even obtained its own acronym: CPE. Remember, this episode occurred in the Early Late Triassic, not the Late Early Triassic. Word order is important for new things in geology. They date the CPE at 232-to-230 million Darwin Years ago. Here are some of the papers:The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the origin of dinosaurs (Benton et al, Journal of the Geological Society). Extra! Extra! Climate change invented the dinosaurs! Well, at least it cleared the ground for their evolutionary rise, according to these three.If this was a catastrophic extinction event, then the environmental perturbations of the CPE explain the sharp disappearance of various terrestrial tetrapods, and the subsequent sharp rise of dinosaurs and perhaps other clades too, especially those that constitute much of the modern terrestrial faunas, such as lissamphibians, turtles, crocodiles, lizards and mammals.The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the first global appearance of amber (Seyfulla et al, Journal of the Geological Society). Amber fossils are not common, these authors say, and usually are found later in the Eocene. Is there a connection between a catastrophic climate change and Triassic amber found in distant locations?The occurrence of amber in different localities and within the same time interval suggests a widespread stressed flora, and major biological turnover in the terrestrial ecosystems during the Carnian Pluvial Episode.Record of the Carnian wet episode in strata of the Chinle Group, western USA (Lucas and Tanner, Journal of the Geological Society). Hikers in the southwest are usually familiar with the Chinle formation, with its colorful banded hills of badlands. Many times this formation contains petrified wood. These two geologists link the Carnian Pluvial Episode to the lowest layers of the Chinle.Outcrop of Chinle formation in northern Arizona (DFC)The Carnian Pluvial Episode: from discovery, through obscurity, to acceptance (Simms and Ruffell, Journal of the Geological Society). This paper tells how science sausage is made. Did geologists “discover” the Carnian Pluvial Episode, or “invent” it?The discovery of the Carnian Pluvial Episode arose through a chance conversation bringing together two seemingly unrelated strands of research: the extinction of some Triassic crinoids and the stratigraphy of the non-marine Mercia Mudstone Group. Investigations revealed a hitherto unrecognized period of climate change seemingly linked to a largely overlooked episode of biotic turnover. Ignored for more than a decade, an upsurge of interest in recent years has validated our original findings and answered some of the key questions concerning its extent and ultimate cause.So it is “settled science” today, even though it languished in “obscurity” earlier. Why? Because a certain number of scientists thought it deserved “acceptance” after a chance conversation got them talking it.We’ll let readers judge the relative empirical merits of this new term and concept, but we have to ask if it was real before the guild voted that it was real. Maybe they did because they could use the popular phrase “climate change” to explain it.If it was real, notice that it was (1) global and (2) wet. The environment was stressed, they say. There was a major turnover of biota, with many organisms caught in a “sharp disappearance.” It might have involved impacts of asteroids from space. To evolutionists, this is all part of the usual Stuff Happens Law. Everything is supposed to be slow and gradual, but catastrophes do come in handy. Evolution clears the ecology so that new things can arise. It was a time for big beasts to arise. The CPE caused dinosaurs; how about that!To the extent they are finding evidence of catastrophe, creationists have a better answer: the Genesis Flood. Geologists fail to see the big picture. Their prior commitment to the geologic column forces them to fit pieces of data into the predetermined model, when actually, a single global event could have explained all the extinctions. It definitely would have changed the climate, too! One benefit of the creation model is that you don’t need mutational magic to explain the origin of dinosaurs. They already existed. Unfortunately, very few groups and species existed after the Flood, except for those on the ark, and plants that survived by seed or on floating mats. We live on an impoverished world, seeing the dead remains of organisms more diverse and often larger than those that diversified after their kind after the Flood.last_img read more

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SA property firm woos US investors

first_img1 October 2013 Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s biggest listed property company, has launched an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programme to attract US investors. Growthpoint launched its ADR programme on the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the US on Monday through a sponsored ADR programme with BNY Mellon, giving US investors the opportunity to buy dollar-denominated shares in a South African-based diversified property company that distributes all its net rental income every half year. Each Growthpoint depositary receipt represents two ordinary shares and trades on the OTC market in the US under the symbol “GWPTY”. Growthpoint ordinary shares trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) under the symbol “GRT”. Growthpoint became a real estate investment trust (REIT) on 1 July. The company is the 40th largest REIT globally by market capitalisation and the largest REIT in emerging markets. Once all listed property companies and property unit trusts have converted to a REIT, South Africa is expected to have the eighth-largest REIT sector globally. Lauren de Klerk, vice-president of BNY Mellon’s depositary receipts business, said the international acceptance of the REIT structure had seen two South African property opportunities becoming available to US investors in September. “We expect more to follow, and will work closely with Growthpoint to enhance its profile and meet its objectives,” De Klerk said in a statement, adding that 34 of the JSE’s top 40 companies now had a depositary receipt (DR) programme. Growthpoint executive director Estienne de Klerk said the US market was constantly looking for investment opportunities, “so we want to make the investment in Growthpoint as accessible as possible. “As all income is distributed on a half-yearly basis, management seriously considers the capital allocation of new investments (either acquisitions or developments) and carefully evaluates whether a new investment is sufficiently yield-enhancing for Growthpoint,” De Klerk said. “The management team has proven in the past that this gives investors a better return.” De Klerk said the REIT structure would “put South Africa on the map as a choice for REIT investors and specifically REIT indices. Global REIT indices represent general trends in real estate equities worldwide, where real estate activities represent the ownership, disposal and development of income-producing real estate. It also allows small investors to obtain exposure to large commercial property.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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