First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) 2005 Annual Report

first_imgFirst Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileFirst Aluminium Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of aluminium products in Nigeria including aluminium coils and sheets and laminate, aluminum and seamless tubes. The company sells on its finished products to the secondary aluminum and packaging industries. The Manufacturing division produces collapsible aluminium tubes, plastic laminate and seamless tubes for the toothpaste, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors. First Aluminum Nigeria Plc also manufactures a range of continuous sheet painting products sold under the Colortek brand name; and supplies roofing sheets and executes roofing projects. It purchases and sells its aluminium products, building components and accessory items through its subsidiary company, Aluminium City Limited. Founded in 1960 and formerly known as First Aluminium Company (Nigeria) Limited, the company changed its name to First Aluminium Nigeria Plc in 1992. The company is a subsidiary of Alucon Holdings SA. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. First Aluminium Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

The Rolls-Royce and IAG share price rally over 35% in a day! Here’s what you need to know

first_imgThe Rolls-Royce and IAG share price rally over 35% in a day! Here’s what you need to know I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Jonathan Smith Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Today has been a very important day for stock markets around the world. We’ve seen a huge shift in risk dynamics, thanks to uncertainty being removed, along with other good news. The confirmed victory in the US election of Joe Biden allows markets to finally move on. Added to this is the news that the Pfizer vaccine is reportedly 90% effective. So far, the two largest benefactors in the FTSE 100 have been Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) and International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE:IAG): as I write, the Rolls-Royce share price is up around 45%. The IAG share price is up 35%.These are some serious moves, especially when you consider the FTSE 100 is up around 5.7%. The outperformance from these two shares is large, and merits some deeper digging.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…IAG share priceThe rally today from IAG can really be seen to be driven from the vaccine news. The headline broke just before lunch that the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine could have as high as a 90% effectiveness rate. The trial data is monitored by an independent data board, which adds more credibility to this. Investors were quick to think about the sector and firms that stand to gain the most from a vaccine. Quite rightly, the airline sector is definitely up there. The IAG share price soared higher as the possibility of a higher passenger numbers would boost profitability quicker than currently expected. Recently, former CEO Willie Walsh commented that it could take until 2023 for air travel demand to return to pre-COVID levels. Other comments along the same line is what has seen the depression in the IAG share price. Earlier this summer, the share price traded around 65p, levels not seen since 2012.So if this vaccine comes out soon, and is genuinely effective, the air travel demand should pick up quicker than mentioned above. This should lead to a recalculation in the value of IAG, a recalculation higher in my opinion!Rolls-Royce moving higherI’ve written at length before about how Rolls-Royce is very sensitive to the fate of the aviation industry. Despite other troubles this year, the fall off in demand for the engines it produces for aeroplanes has been the catalyst for a large share price slump. The c.45% rally so far today still means the Rolls-Royce share price is down over 50% from the start of the year, highlighting the size of the fall.Again the vaccine news was the key driver for the move higher in the share price. In a similar way to IAG, Rolls-Royce will benefit hugely from a vaccine given the correlation it should have to air travel demand rebounding. This should knock on to higher orders for both maintenance of existing engines and producing new engines too.You can also argue that the “Biden Bounce” from the US election is helping the stock. President-elect Biden had good UK relations when he served in the Obama administration. This may lead to favourable trading terms for UK firms going forward. Rolls-Royce is heavily connected to the UK Government, so it’s logical to think that Rolls-Royce could do well out of any contracts made over the next four years. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Jonathan Smith | Monday, 9th November, 2020 | More on: IAG RR last_img read more

H-Shaped House with Office / sam architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/883233/h-shaped-house-with-office-sam-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: Carrière du Hainaut, Delta Light, Firestone Building Products, Sapa Building System International NV, Vola, Wienerberger, Casabath, Heylen Trading, dakbedekking, dakpan, gevelbekleding, gevelsteen, kranen, raamprofiel, sanitaire toestellen, verlichting H-Shaped House with Office / sam architects ArchDaily Lead Architect: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/883233/h-shaped-house-with-office-sam-architects Clipboard Architects: sam architects Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 Projects “COPY” CopyAbout this officesam architectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBorgloonBelgiumPublished on November 09, 2017Cite: “H-Shaped House with Office / sam architects” 09 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses H-Shaped House with Office / sam architectsSave this projectSaveH-Shaped House with Office / sam architectsSave this picture!Courtesy of sam architects+ 35 Share Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Belgium Krist Michiels CopyHouses•Borgloon, Belgium Save this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsA Spatial DistinctionThe expansion of these two volumes (the volumes comprise the garage and a volume with the sloping roof and the flat roof extension) has a contrasting design. An oblong rectangle is implanted parallel to the rebuilt volume. In this volume, the living space and bedroom are accommodated. This unit is implanted 60 cm lower on the left side of the plot. As a consequence, this residential unit is not visible from the street. The implantation follows the slope of the plot. The volumes are only linked by a corridor. Seen from above, the house features an H-shape. This ensures clear spatial separation and readability of the new development. Where the part to be rebuilt has a clear anchorage with the landscape, due to its implantation partly sunk in the ground, the new volume (forced by the slope) is elevated from the landscape designed to detract from it, a conscious choice that clearly establishes a distinction in the anchoring of the existing volume with the plot. The open and closed surfaces – no ‘window openings’ – provide a beautiful view of a Haspengouw valley and extend to the rear of the plot.Save this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsNatural Stone and SteelThe house has lacquered steel profiles with a facade cladding in post-stone. In the interior, a limited number of materials are combined. This is a conscious choice to let the different zones create their own atmosphere within one coherent unit. For the office areas, the main white interior trench and wall finishes are combined with a light-shaped tile and oak parquet. The tile is pulled into the living space, the carpentry was finished with a darkened oak with a linden saw motif. In the sleeping area, the oak parquet and the white joinery are used as well. The bathroom gets its own specific interior design by applying a mosaic that was placed in a light to dark gradient on the ceiling, wall The dwelling is an integral project with a clear reference to the existing building.Save this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsProject gallerySee allShow lessChauveau – 26 Social Dwellings / ODILE+GUZY architectesSelected ProjectsThe Memory House of Shanchuan Town / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architect…Selected Projects Share Plot Area:90 aresSustainability Certificate:BEN-WONINGCity:BorgloonCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. An outdated long-walled farm on a plot on the edge of the center of Kerniel transformed into a contemporary H-shaped dwelling. That is how this single-family home can be best described. The house is situated in a protected landscape with the typical features of Haspengouw, an area that consists of small villages in a rural landscape with fruit trees. An old farm with a long façade was situated on the plot (90 ares). The farm itself was not protected but was considered as a landmark valuable element considered by the Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (an organization for the protection of architectural heritage in Flanders, Belgium).Save this picture!Courtesy of sam architectsA Recognizable RebuildingThe typical volume of the farm with the long façade and its annex is respected in the rebuilding process. The two most imaging volumes are occupied: the original living volume that brings back part of the living function, and the main barn with garage and storage space. This ensures clear recognizability and legibility of the historical development of the building on the plot. The area of housing in which the entrance, offices and archive space are located is implanted in the same position, front line and level as the existing building. The volume takes over the typical characteristics of the farm with a long facade. It is a narrow rectangular volume with a limited crown height and a closed saddle roof. The facade has a closed character with a number of wall openings whose position and size are based on the existing facade structure. The choice of materials enhances this recognizability. The facade is finished with a traditional baked red-gray smeared brick and baked smoked tiles. Year:  “COPY”last_img read more

Amnesty International Ireland relaunches Web site

Amnesty International Ireland relaunches Web site Howard Lake | 12 September 1999 | News Tagged with: Digital Amnesty International Ireland has relaunched its Web site following a successful year online.According to Fundraising Manager Bruce Clark, last year “the Web proved to be a valuable tool in Amnesty’s phenomenally successful One Million Signatures – One Powerful Message campaign to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Clark says that “over 13,000 electronic signatures were logged, just enough to nudge the Irish total over 1,000,000.”The site has been redesigned by the Public Communications Centre, the leading agency working with Irish non-profits on using the Internet. 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Baseball earns series win over No. 4 Texas Tech

first_imgOutfielders power TCU past Texas Tech, 6-4The Frogs took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. With bases loaded for the Frogs after a hit by right fielder A.J. Balta and two consecutive walks to designated hitter Michael Landestoy and center fielder Johnny Rizer, shortstop Adam Oviedo cleared the bases with a first-pitch double down the third base line to left field.The Red Raiders responded with a groundout RBI by second baseman Gabe Holt, taking one from the Frogs making it 3-1 in the top of the third inning.The Red Raiders cut TCU’s lead to 3-2 after two walks from the Frogs’ starting pitcher Nick Lodolo in the fourth inning. They continued to work their way back and took their first lead of the night in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Grant Little. The Red Raiders were being no-hit through the first three innings.Lodolo came into this game ranked second in the Big 12 with 63 strikeouts. He added five more strikeouts on the night after going 4 and 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs.The Frogs took the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run to right field from Balta.Rizer hit a one-out solo home run to the same spot as Balta’s to pad the TCU’s lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth. The pair of home runs from Balta and Rizer were each their second of the season.TCU was aggressive on the base paths, attempting to steal whenever they could off of Red Raiders starting pitcher Davis Martin. Texas Tech had only thrown out seven of 54 runners coming into this series.“It was all about Martin,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We knew he had a really good pickoff move, but he’s also got a really slow leg to home plate. I think that’s everybody’s plan for a guy like that.”Right-handed pitcher Sean Wymer came in for the Frogs and recorded five strikeouts, going three-and-two-thirds innings before Durbin Feltman came in for the Frogs to close the game in the ninth.Feltman had a one-two-three inning sealing the win for the Horned Frogs that put the closer into a tie with Riley Ferrell for the all-time saves record with 32 career saves. ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media ReddIt Previous articleMen’s tennis falls in Big 12 SemifinalsNext articleThe Leap 4/27/2018 Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook print Sophomore pitcher Charles King got the nod to start Saturday’s game and began with a strong first two innings, allowing only one hit.The wheels came off the wagon for King quickly as Texas Tech broke the scoreless tie in commanding fashion in the third inning. A five-hit, four-run third inning was the difference-maker in tonight’s contest.The Red Raiders scored their first run on a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring catcher Braxton Fulford. After the out, three consecutive hits from Texas Tech scored three runs by Holt, Little and third baseman Josh Jung before a groundout and flyout got the Frogs out of the inning.With two runners in scoring position, first-year pitcher Caleb Sloan replaced King in the fifth inning. King allowed four runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.The Red Raiders extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Brian Klein’s double scored Gabe Holt from second base, giving Texas Tech a five-run lead.Klein travelled around the diamond and scored on a groundout from Little three batters later. His run put the Horned Frogs down six runs, a major test for the Frogs against TTU’s incredible pitching.Sloan allowed two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Sophomore Trey Morris replaced Sloan in the seventh inning and kept the Red Raiders scoreless.“They both did fine,” Schlossnagle said. “I thought Caleb looked really good even though he gave up a couple of runs. It was the most he had to pitch in a while.”Schlossnagle said Sloan is a major piece of TCU’s future.A TCU baseball player takes a big rip at a pitch. Photo by Cristian Argueta Soto.“It’s great to see him pitch in this environment against a really good team,” Schlossnagle said.The biggest storyline from Saturday’s contest was the play of Texas Tech’s starting pitcher Caleb Kilian. Kilian threw 101 pitches in six innings, allowing only one hit and whiffing nine Horned Frogs. He only allowed one hit, preventing any kind of attack from TCU.“Everything he threw was awesome,” Schlossnagle said. “His breaking ball had great depth and guys weren’t getting good looks at it. He pitched outstanding and we couldn’t match it on the mound.”The first-year was replaced by junior Ryan Shetter in the seventh inning. He kept the Frogs in check, not allowing a hit in his three innings of action. Shetter struck out four Horned Frogs and only walked two.The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Red Raiders.Texas Tech’s last one-hitter that they pitched was back in February of 2012 against Missouri State. This was TCU’s second consecutive weekend featuring a game with only one hit from the Frogs.Baseball takes series against No. 4 Texas Tech with a 9-5 winTCU upset the fourth-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders Sunday afternoon behind an outstanding performance from sophomore reliever Jake Eissler.Eissler relieved starter Haylen Green in the 5th inning after Tech hit an infield single to lead off the inning. At the time, TCU held a 7-5 lead in the game, and Eissler did more than just maintain that lead, he dominated a potent Texas Tech lineup.Eissler threw five perfect innings in relief, striking out a career-high 11 batters.“There’s not a whole lot of pitching left and we have a 5-game week coming up, so we needed somebody to extend the game and Jake did a great job of that,” Schlossnagle said.It was not easy for the Frogs, though. The Red Raiders struck for four runs in the first capped by a two-RBI single by Michael Davis as Haylen Green struggled early on.TCU answered with a run in the bottom of the first but a Jung solo home run in the 2nd gave Tech a 5-1 lead.Green settled down and found a rhythm as he and Eissler shut down a Texas Tech offense hitting .313 as a group and scoring over 8 runs a game.Meanwhile, the TCU bats came to life and the Frogs came roaring back. The Frogs plated three runs in the 2nd, one in the 3rd, and 2 more in the 4th.Shepherd led off the 3rd inning with a home run to tie the game at 5, and Watson led off the 4th with a line drive home run of his own to give TCU their first lead.The offenses cooled off after a chaotic start, until the 7th inning when Balta and Rizer each drew a bases-loaded walk to extend TCU’s lead to 9-5.Texas Tech’s pitchers walked 14 batters in Sunday’s game as a staff, including starter John McMillon who walked 3 in just an inning and two-thirds of work.“Our guys would’ve certainly had every opportunity to give in after the first inning,” Schlossnagle said. “But we knew that McMillon was a guy that struggles with a command, and that was at least going to give us baserunners.”Up Next:TCU has a pair of mid-week games before a non-conference series against Lamar this weekend. The Frogs will travel to Abilene Christian Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. and then welcome Dallas Baptist to Lupton Stadium Wednesday, May 2. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Twitter Linkedin Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Home runs from A.J. Balta and Johnny Rizer were the highlights of the 6-4 win.Photo courtesy of TCU Baseballcenter_img Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. + posts Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change Alumnus to reopen local bar Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ TCU is now 13-6 all-time against the Red Raiders at Lupton Stadium, and they moved to 21–17 on the season and 15-7 at home.Red Raiders blank Horned Frogs, 6-0 Facebook Alexa Hines Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedinlast_img read more

Higher speed rural broadband on the way

first_imgNewsLocal NewsHigher speed rural broadband on the wayBy Alan Jacques – September 18, 2015 676 Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Advertisement Twitter Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ Calls to upgrade Clarina walkway Email Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up EIRCOM has confirmed that it will be providing higher speed broadband of up to one gigabit through its ‘fibre to the home’ rural broadband service in Limerick by 2017.It is estimated that this will benefit 66,000 home and businesses throughout the county at a cost of €15 million, as part of a national strategy to rollout 1284 kilometres of additional rural fibre between 2016 and 2020.Fine Gael councillor for City West, Daniel Butler, says the move will benefit areas such as Clarina and Patrickswell. Rural areas in the metropolitan district, he maintains, have suffered with very slow internet access.“I am delighted with this announcement as I have received numerous complaints about broadband speeds from residents particularly in the Clarina/ Ballybrown area.“This investment will benefit 447 premises in Clarina and 554 in Patrickswell so nearly 1000 homes in that area will benefit,” he explained.Currently Limerick receives speeds of up to 10 gigabit from 31 locations throughout the county. Over 14,000 homes will be included in the 2016-2020 rural fibre roll-out in County Limerick. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge TAGSbroadbandClarinaCllr Daniel ButlerEircomFine Gaellimerickpatrickswell Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Print WhatsApp Previous articleCulture afternoon and night owls calling at HuntNext articleGAA – All Ireland U/21 hurling champions homecoming Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limericklast_img read more

Physical Court Hearings Can’t Be Done Away With, But Virtual Courts Must Be Strengthened : Justice M B Lokur

first_imgTop StoriesPhysical Court Hearings Can’t Be Done Away With, But Virtual Courts Must Be Strengthened : Justice M B Lokur Radhika Roy13 May 2020 7:39 AMShare This – xJustice Madan B Lokur, former judge of the Supreme Court, spoke about the need to strengthen the virtual court system in a Webinar held on judicial reforms on Wednesday.”Physical court hearings cannot be done away with, but virtual courts must be strengthened”, he said.He was speaking in an interactive session organized by BeyondLaw CLC and UILS, Punjab University, Chandigarh. 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?LoginJustice Madan B Lokur, former judge of the Supreme Court, spoke about the need to strengthen the virtual court system in a Webinar held on judicial reforms on Wednesday.”Physical court hearings cannot be done away with, but virtual courts must be strengthened”, he said.He was speaking in an interactive session organized by BeyondLaw CLC and UILS, Punjab University, Chandigarh.  The session began with Justice Lokur being astounded by the number of people who had joined the session and he specially requested the audience to address their questions to the organisers, so that they could be accordingly answered. He commented on the need for technology as social and physical distancing were here to stay. In order to move ahead, Justice Lokur stated the need for all of us to marshal our resources. “If we plan on our future, we have to figure out the existing resources that we have. Our Lok Adalats need to function properly. I have it on good authority that they have not been working too well. Also, proper legal aid needs to be given”. Justice Lokur also suggested the idea of strengthening our resource of arbitration: “Another resource that we have is arbitration. Singapore and London have an Arbitration Centre. Why can’t we strengthen our arbitration laws and institutionalize the same? We also have mediation and we should capitalize on that”. On the issue of tribunals, Justice Lokur began with commending tribunals for their functioning. He stated that they were doing a “fantastic job”. “We need to strengthen our tribunals. People have the perception that our tribunals are not doing much, but I feel like they are doing a fantastic job. This needs to be improved”. On the aspect of technology, Justice Lokur acknowledged the lack of feasibility of letting the current measures go on forever. He stated that they were merely stop-gap measures, but there was no other choice, but to keep them up. While physical court hearings could not be done away with, virtual courts could definitely be strengthened. He further emphasized the positives of paperless courts, with Delhi High Court pioneering the project. “Why not have proper written submissions instead of long hearings. Written submissions can be given. My experience with the Fiji Court is that wonderful and concise written submissions are given, which invariably reduces the time for oral arguments.” Coming to the everlasting effects of COVID-19 on court procedures, Justice Lokur commented: “Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 will be with us for a long, long time. It will take another year for the vaccine to be developed. There will also be a limit to how much judges can work. The filings of cases will definitely increase, but the listing of cases post lockdown will be lower. This will increase pendency. This is an area that must be tackled.” He also opined that judges should not be wasting time on administrative committees.”Judges should not waste their time in committees such as Library Committees etc. Why can’t it be taken care of by the Court staff with the judges looking into the judicial aspects ?”, he said. Justice Lokur concluded his address with an emphasis on process re-engineering and the need for our courts to update their processes, with an example being given of Punjab and Haryana High Court following the rules of Lahore Court. When it came to questions, Justice Lokur brought up the employment of audio recording of proceedings. He referred to his court sessions before the Fiji Court where the court proceedings are recorded. He stated that this was something that needed to be thought about as then even lawyers would be unable to flip their submissions. With regard to live streaming, Justice Lokur appreciated the idea, but added that there were certain caveats to the same. For instance, whether there would be a time lag and who all would be accessible to the proceedings. The implementation might be a challenge for the Supreme Court, but it would be a welcome change. While emphasizing the importance of learning how to draft pleadings, Justice Lokur suggested the implementation of an evaluation system for lawyers after five years of practice, which could be conducted by the Bar Council of India, keeping in mind the ever-changing nature of laws.Justice Dr S Muralidhar, judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was a co-speaker at the event (A separate report about his lecture may be read here). Next Storylast_img read more

Thousands of troops to remain on US-Mexico border as original deployment ends

first_imgBrendan Mullin/U.S. Marine Corps (WASHINGTON) — Days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced the deployment of active duty troops to the southern border to stop caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico.On Saturday, that original border mission comes to a close, but thousands of U.S. troops will remain for an extended and reduced mission in support of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) slated to last through January 31.At the height of the deployment, there were 5,900 active duty troops stationed in California, Arizona and Texas. On Thursday, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) said that figure had dropped to 4,200, but a U.S. official told ABC News that eventually only about 2,500 to 3,000 troops will remain.The downsizing of the mission comes just days after Trump suggested that the military could be used to build a wall on the southern border. A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that there was “no plan to build sections of the wall.”A troop rotation has been established for the extension, allowing those who were deployed over Thanksgiving to make it home for Christmas, the official said.The Pentagon has estimated that the original deployment through Dec. 15 would cost taxpayers $72 million, but the extended mission is expected to cost less because of the reduced footprint and the fact that infrastructure is already in place and materials like concertina wire have already been purchased and used.The focus of the extended mission will be on California, where thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America have arrived in Tijuana with many waiting to apply for asylum.In late November, a group of migrants attempted to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro port of entry, prompting CBP agents to use tear gas and close cross-border traffic for several hours. But since that incident, the border has been relatively quiet.During the six-week deployment, military engineers constructed approximately 70 miles of wire obstacles and placed movable barriers at 22 Ports of Entry across California, Arizona, and Texas, NORTHCOM said. Military Police units, trained to act as back-up for CBP agents in the event of another cross-border skirmish with migrants, conducted more than 10,000 man-hours of unit training.“With the completion of border hardening missions, some engineering, logistics and headquarters elements will redeploy to their home bases to prepare for other missions,” NORTHCOM said in a tweet on Thursday.Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa last week that he would leave some engineers in Texas and Arizona “if we ever had to close the ports of entry,” as was done in San Ysidro.“But a number of these troops will be coming off,” Mattis said, adding, “The missions that are done, they’re coming home.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

WFS Technologies join forces with Subsea Energy offshore energy industry

first_imgWFS to integrate its Seatooth smart wireless technologies with Subsea Energy’s offshore cable and SURF protection systems WFS collaborates with Subsea Energy to extend asset life. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) WFS Technologies (WFS), a subsea communication specialist, and Subsea Energy Solutions (SES) have collaborated to help extend the assets life in the offshore energy industry.The collaboration will allow WFS to integrate its Seatooth smart wireless technologies designed to provide real-time insight in extreme environments, with Subsea Energy’s offshore cable and subsea umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) protection systems.In addition to further extending the asset life, the two parties aim to boost productivity by reducing costs and increasing efficiencies while reducing its carbon footprint.Subsea Energy Solutions director Philip AR Stanyon said: “As a business, we continuously want to push the boundary of what is possible to provide the best possible equipment for the offshore energy industry.“Integrating WFS sensing equipment onto SUB-VBR Vertebrae Bend Restrictors, SUB-FLEX Cable Protection Systems and SUB-BSR-D Dynamic Bend Stiffeners will allow motion data to be provided to the client, providing new insight into fatigue in real time.”WFS signs strategic oil and gas alliance with AeonXAdditionally, WFS signed a strategic oil and gas alliance with AeonX to promote and deliver the Seatooth products range to existing and new clients in Nigeria for asset integrity.WFS Technologies commercial director Moray Melhuish said: “By combining our products with SES, we are not only offering significant productivity and cost benefits, we are also reducing risk and improving carbon footprints.“This is particularly pertinent to the oil & gas sector in light of the oil price and COVID-19, which has had a huge impact on resource, because our technology eliminates the need for vessels or remotely operated vehicles.”The two companies also planning to increase their share in the market in new areas across oil and gas, offshore wind, as well as marine energy.last_img read more