Hong Kong secures top spot in the IPO league

first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap whatsapp Hong Kong secures top spot in the IPO league HONG Kong is set to claim top spot as the world’s hottest IPO market this year, raising over $51bn (£32.3bn), but observers say the city’s bourse must shrink its heavy reliance on China.Analysts say improvements in Shanghai’s regulation make it a strong rival to Hong Kong.The financial hub was far outpacing New York, Shenzhen and Shanghai by early December, according to figures from Dealogic. It is the second year in a row that Hong Kong has led the world in initial public offerings.New York’s $31.39bn US fundraising bid was a shadow of Hong Kong’s eye-watering total, with Shenzhen and Shanghai trailing behind Wall Street, Dealogic said.“It’s definitely an achievement – Hong Kong can claim to be both an international financial centre and a gateway to mainland China,” Liu Qiao, an associate business professor at Hong Kong University said. Sunday 12 December 2010 10:16 pm Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

Enlabs posts increased revenue for H1 2019

first_img Topics: Casino & games Tags: Online Gambling Enlabs revenues totalled €18.4m (£17.0m/$20.6m) for the first half of 2019, up 30.5% from €14.1m last year, while adjusted profit for the period increased 51.5%, from €3.1m to €4.7m.The improvement was driven by a 39.7% increase in gaming revenue, from €12.7m to €16.9m. Enlabs chief executive and group president Robert Andersson said the launch of new Poker and Live Casino games helped drive this growth.“Significantly, we delivered the new betting product in Lithuania, Poker from GG Network and Live Casino from Evolution Gaming in Estonia – on top of many minor launches and updates,” Andersson said. “The former were key launches for Enlabs and demonstrate our organizational strength and adaptability to execute business development.”Media and solutions revenues both declined, by 28.4% to €978,000 and by 14.4% to €567,000 respectively. However, Andersson said the decline in media revenues was not a concern, and in fact the sector is well-positioned for the future.“Though media revenue decreased year-over-year, the media business area has seen significant changes over the last year,” Andersson said. “The longer-term trend was steeply declining positive cash flow due to limited investment. But with the Q1 changes, we managed to stop the decline and turn operations around to take a very promising position.“The business area is now showing increases in underlying KPIs again. For example, media had a 268% increase in NDC count, which is a clear indicator that we are on the right track and that our Q1 investment has started to bring results. In line with growth in NDC, media showed 17% quarter-on-quarter revenue growth and a positive EBITDA“Our solutions vertical performed as expected with stable operations and no material changes from the previous quarter.”Direct operating costs also increased by 30.2% to €3.2m, while gaming taxes paid rose 45.5% to €1.8m, bringing total direct operating costs to €5m, up from €3.7m last year. Andersson noted that the high gaming tax expense showed that the company was operating in a sustainable way by focusing on regulated markets, with Latvia being the company’s largest market, followed by Estonia.“It feels reassuring that we have 94% sustainable revenue from regulated markets where gaming tax is a natural part of the business,” Andersson said.Staff costs remained Enlabs’ largest expense, at €4.4m, up 8% from last year, while marketing costs 53.8% to €2.9m.For Q2 of 2019, gaming revenue increased by 43.7% year-on-year to €8.6m, while total revenue increased from €7m last year to €9.4m, exceeding the record revenue set last quarter. Adjusted profit for the period increased from €1.5m to €2.4m.“Again, we can boast having our best quarter yet,” Andersson said. “I am very pleased with our results in Q2 considering the period is historically the weakest of the year. Our Gaming vertical continues to deliver strong results with all KPI’s hitting all-time highs for the period, Media has started to turn around, all while we achieved significant product development milestones.“To summarise the quarter, we maintained our momentum from Q1 and improved on it. I feel good being able to continue proving to our shareholders they can count on Enlabs for steady profitable growth, with no drama.”Andersson also said he anticipates a strong Q3 for the company after impressive July figures and high August expectations.“Considering the absence of major sport events, which often boost activity, July turned out very good for us. From August onward we are entering what we consider the peak season in our business.” Email Address Enlabs revenues totalled €18.4m (£17.0m/$20.6m) for the first half of 2019, up 30.5% from €14.1m last year, while adjusted profit for the period increased 51.5%, from €3.1m to €4.7m. Enlabs posts increased revenue for H1 2019center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games 7th August 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgRogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileRogers & Co Limited is an international and investment services company  headquartered in Mauritius, that primarily focuses on operations in four markets which are, financial tech, hospitality, logistics and property where the company provides services such as fiduciary, outsourcing, and consulting services, such as tax advisory, captive insurance management, fund administration, and actuarial services, technology services, including integrated business solutions, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, and mobile and converged connectivity services and financial services. Rogers & Co Limited operates through the following segments, aviation, financial services, hospitality, logistics, property, real estate and agribusiness, technology, corporate office, and corporate treasury. Rogers & Co limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgSFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileSFS Real Estate Investment Trust is a close-ended Real Estate Investment Trust Scheme in Nigeria which pools funds for the primary purpose of investing in income-generating real estate. This includes residential homes, residential apartments, office blocks, shopping malls and warehouses. The Fund managers are dedicated to developing and/or acquiring high-quality stock of properties in select locations in Nigeria. They will also make opportunist investments in joint venture developments in partnership with reputable developers. Typically, the Skye Shelter Fund invests 75% in real estate and 25% is invested in real estate related investments such as mortgages, real estate backed securities and real estate related equities. This portion includes a 10% allocation to cash for liquidity purposes. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. SFS Real Estate Investment Trust is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Heineken Cup round three: Team of the weekend

first_img True Blue: Rhys Patchell impressed during his side’s enthralling win over Glasgow Warriors at the Arms ParkBy Charlie Morgan15. Robbie Henshaw (Connacht)Some believe him to be Ireland’s successor to Brian O’Driscoll at outside-centre. Some reckon full-back is his calling. Wherever Henshaw’s future lies, it’s very big and very bright. Thanks to an outrageous bit of skill in the lead-up to Connacht’s Heineken Cup upset-clinching score to underline a fine outing, Toulouse know that now.14. Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)It seemed fitting that Nagusa’s opposite man Miles Benjamin grabbed a brace – the Fijian was as comatose in defence as he was electric in attack. That said, there were two tries (one disallowed), an assist and some breathtaking play from him. Luke Fitzgerald and Keith Earls brought a decent case for more Irish personnel, but Nagusa lit up Welford Road.13. Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster)O’Driscoll has long since drained the well of superlatives dry, but this felt among his most special displays. A through-the-legs wonder-pass set the ball rolling and an interception try capped it off. In between that, there was plenty to purr about.Classy operator: Bowden tied everything together for Tigers12. Dan Bowden (Leicester Tigers)His midfield partner Niki Goneva was a fiendish wrecking ball as Leicester exploded out of the blocks on Sunday, but Bowden brought the cultured touches that cut Montpellier apart. Having served his three-year residency period, this former New Zealand Under 21 now qualifies for England, too – food for thought, indeed.11. Jonny May (Gloucester)The crazy, mazy runner at last enjoyed some semblance of a platform as Gloucester’s forwards fronted up at Murrayfield. He capitalised fully, laying on an assist for Martyn Thomas following a sublime 50-metre break and provided a constant headache for Edinburgh’s defence.10. Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues)This excellent 20 year-old has it all – silky distribution, a thunderous boot and bags of tenacity. Scored a try and smashed over a penalty from close to 60 metres, while many other lovely interventions (not least a no-look offload in the shadow of his own posts) confounded the Glasgow defence. Warren Gatland has to have taken note.9. Kieran Marmion (Connacht)Another young Irishman enhancing his rocketing reputation, Marmion was tidy around the park and shunted over for the short-range effort that clinched Connacht’s astounding victory.1. Thomas Domingo (Clermont) A weekend of French woe did not extend to the unthinkable – Clermont losing at fortress Stade Marcel-Michelin. Domingo was typically rambunctious in helping extend Les Jaunards’ unbeaten home stretch to 69 games, racking up 11 carries to soften up the Scarlets.2. Sean Cronin (Leinster)One early hook against the head proved a false dawn for Dylan Hartley and Northampton. Leinster’s top metre-maker, Cronin produced running lines that were fully committed yet icily intelligent – personifying the approach that obliterated Saints.3. Taufa’ao Filise (Cardiff Blues)It appears nobody has told Mr Filise that most 36 year-old tightheads are content with leaning into scrums long enough to earn a beer. This supremely fit Tongan made 14 tackles during a harum-scarum clash at the Arms Park, shackling the dangerous Nikola Matawalu around the fringes on a few occasions.Runaway train: Sean Cronin on the charge4. George Robson (Harlequins)Graham Kitchener gave Stuart Lancaster a hefty nudge as the outstanding figure in a scintillating East Midlands encounter. Robson was colossal though, and it would be criminal to ignore Harlequins’ fantastic bonus-point sojourn in Nantes, which was forged from their pack’s iron reolve.5. Craig Clarke (Connacht)Some laughed when Connacht leader Clarke said his team could arrest a miserable losing streak at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. They bargained against a back-to-back Super 15 winner with enough juice in the tank to make 18 tackles.6. Macauley Cook (Cardiff Blues)Scampering away to send Alex Cuthbert down the touchline in the opening exchanges on Friday night, Cook set the tone for an all-action shift. For sheer, bloody-minded work-rate, the 21 year-old epitomised his injury-ravaged side’s desire.7. Sean Dougall (Munster)Having started the season in the British and Irish Cup with Munster A, Dougall is becoming more influential for his province with early opportunity. A try within two minutes foreshadowed plenty of hard-work, not least when the red-head harried after a galloping Luke Charteris to force a forward pass <> at Welford Road on December 8, 2013 in Leicester, England. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8. Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier)A 74-point seesaw thriller was open enough for Beattie to showcase his marauding best, and the Scotsman delivered handsomely by mixing robust charges with impressive dexterity – thoroughly entertaining.last_img read more

Tri-Nations Team of the Tournament 2020

first_imgTOMA LA PATENTE …En el último partido de #LosPumas en el año que finalizó 16-16 Australia , el equipo argentino nos regaló una tremenda jugada que finalizó en try de Bautista #Delguy pic.twitter.com/2k996gX8w4— Fuego Sagrado (@fuegosagrado_ok) December 6, 202010. Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)The old-timer still has it. He scored Argentina’s first 43 points of the tournament and showed an impressive turn of pace to score the crucial try against the All Blacks.9. Nic White (Australia) Aaron Smith shone in New Zealand’s early demolition of Australia, but the most consistent scrum-half in the competition was White. His crowning glory came on the final weekend, when he should have been Man of the Match against Argentina.1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Argentina) Jacob Whitehead picks a composite team from the southern hemisphere tournament Tri-Nations Team of the Tournament 2020The 2020 Tri-Nations really was an exciting tournament. Despite missing South Africa, the consecutive losses suffered by New Zealand to Australia and Argentina really opened things up, albeit that the All Blacks still lifted the title as the other two sides battled to two draws.So, with Australia experimenting, New Zealand in transition and Argentina rising, which 15 players should make a ‘team of the tournament’? Here’s my selection…Tri-Nations Team of the Tournament 202015. Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)Under a lot of pressure in the back three from Caleb Clarke, Will Jordan, Damian McKenzie and brother Beauden, Jordie Barrett responded impressively, starting all four Tri-Nations games this autumn. He was more often picked on the wing but as possibly the best aerial player in the world right now he will fit well at full-back.14. Caleb Clarke (New Zealand)His real explosion onto the international scene strictly came before the Tri-Nations began. Although there have been less highlight-reel moments since, his form has still been impressive. Tested extensively under the high ball, which he has dealt with admirably.Danger man: Caleb Clarke proved what a threatening runner he is (Getty Images)13. Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)Quietly does so much well. Started every game of the tournament for New Zealand, always making the right decision in the wide channels and deceptively strong. Oh, and he’s been interviewed this month by Rugby World.12. Santiago Chocobares (Argentina)The 21-year-old only played two matches, but what a Test debut he had. The man with the best name in world rugby led the defensive effort as the Pumas got a result against New Zealand, plus he was durable enough to be a regular crash-ball option. Rumoured to be a new signing for the Blues in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021.11. Bautista Delguy (Argentina)Better at getting out of spaces than Harry Houdini, he finished off one of the tries of the tournament against Australia, and did so with the flourish of a finger-point to the sky. His style reminds me a lot of Jonny May. Thumbs up: Marcos Kremer was outstanding for the Pumas (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The veteran Argentina prop particularly shined in the scrum against Australia, faced with the sizable presence of Taniela Tupou. Karl Tu’inukuafe also performed well early in the tournament.2. Julián Montoya (Argentina)During lockdown Montoya trained for 100 days alone in his apartment to be ready for the Tri-Nations. It paid off against New Zealand, where the hooker demonstrated why he is one of the best front-row jacklers in world rugby. Excellent throughout.3. Taniela Tupou (Australia) The ‘Tongan Thor’ was the difference in Australia’s 24-22 win over New Zealand, achieving scrum dominance before bashing over for the winning try. Surely his side’s starting tighthead going forward and, at 24, still young in prop years.4. Guido Petti (Argentina)It feels difficult to include him in this team after a series of racist and classist tweets, from Petti and two of his team-mates, came to light before Argentina’s last game. Focusing purely on the rugby, he was outstanding in Argentina’s first games against New Zealand and Australia.5. Matt Philip (Australia) Has played every Test for the Wallabies in 2020, which is impressive considering how many changes Dave Rennie has made for each game. Does so much of the dirty work and seems to break the gain-line whenever he’s called upon to carry.Lock stock: Matt Philip impressed in the second row for Australia (Getty Images)6. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)New Zealand’s outstanding player over the past 18 months. Capable of playing across the back row, his graft at the ruck is beginning to become just as impressive as his work going forwards.7. Marcos Kremer (Argentina)An absolute unit of a man at 6ft 5in, 18st and with forearms the size of tree trunks, never mind legs. Tackles anything that moves with a manic intensity, and I’d be surprised if there are many players in the tournament who don’t have a bruise on them courtesy of Kremer. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 8. Harry Wilson (Australia)Just 21, and a player who only made his domestic debut for the Reds in January. It’s incredibly impressive that a player so young looks so physically ready for Test rugby, and the Australian back row could get even better when Wilson is joined by fellow Reds team-mate and U20 graduate Fraser McReight.last_img read more


first_imgSave this picture!© Kenichi Suzuki+ 18 Share Projects Year:  GAPs / NRM Houses GAPs / NRMSave this projectSaveGAPs / NRM Photographs ArchDaily “COPY” CopyHouses•Japan Architects: NRM-Architects Office Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/74585/gaps-nrm-architects-office Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/74585/gaps-nrm-architects-office Clipboard Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Japan 2009 CopyAbout this officeNRM-Architects OfficeOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on August 26, 2010Cite: “GAPs / NRM” 26 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?GAPs / NRM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 “COPY” Photographs:  Kenichi SuzukiText description provided by the architects. This is a two families house in a tight site, so we had to keep the construction as simple as we could, designing a 3 levels rectangular volume, where the inner courtyard was the heart of the design, inserted over the 3 levels. The clients were an elderly and a young couple, with interests on the amount of storage and design respectively, so the division had to be clear and efficient, living the ground floor for the old couple and second and third for the young one. Save this picture!© Kenichi SuzukiRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsTwo families’ gap was solved with architectural gap.Project gallerySee allShow lessHappy Magic Water Park / ForrecArticlesCity Park / Foster + PartnersArticles Sharelast_img read more

HUD Secretary Castro Praises Nation’s Progress Made Toward Fair Housing

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post In a speech at the HUD 2015 Fair Housing Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, HUD Secretary Julián Castro praised the progress the country has made in the arena of fair housing, but admitted that there is still a lot of work to do as neighborhoods remain segregated by race, national origin, and income.”We’ve got a great network of partners, many of whom are in this room,” Castro said. “From the Department of Justice and state and local agencies who join us in this enforcement work; to the nonprofits who’re carrying out this work in their communities; to the housing industry which is taking proactive steps to promote better quality housing and greater housing choice for all.”This is an exciting time for all Americans who care about fair housing.  Our nation has made significant strides in shaping a society that’s open to all.”The inaugural Fair Housing Policy included addresses from Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), a former fair housing lawyer, and former Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale, who was one of the sponsors of the landmark Fair Housing Act in 1968.”Housing discrimination cosigned many families to a life of poor health, bad schools and low-wage jobs with little hope for the future,” Catro said. “But Walter Mondale and (Senator) Ed Brooke didn’t accept this fate for our nation, and their determination to right our nation’s wrongs led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968—boldly declaring that every American has the right to live where they choose. . .We know that everybody wins when a child gets a quality education, when a parent gets a good job and when the elderly have healthcare — and that a fair America is a thriving America.””This is an exciting time for all Americans who care about fair housing.  Our nation has made significant strides in shaping a society that’s open to all.”In July, HUD announced the finalization of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which Castro said will provide families with housing choice vouchers to move into communities that provide better opportunities. Castro also pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that “disparate impact” claims are allowable under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.Castro, who became HUD Secretary in July 2014, said HUD has been proactively working with partners in eliminating barriers to opportunity rather than waiting until wrongdoing happens.”This work is paying off,” he said. “Over the past six years, we’ve helped get $330 million in compensation for more than 49,000 individuals that were allegedly subjected to housing discrimination.” Previous: OCC Is Concerned That Banks ‘Continue to Fail’ With SCRA Compliance Next: Foreign Central Banks Cutting Back on U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD Secretary Castro Praises Nation’s Progress Made Toward Fair Housing in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. HUD Secretary Castro Praises Nation’s Progress Made Toward Fair Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Fair Housing Act HUD Julian Castro Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fair Housing Act HUD Julian Castro 2015-09-01 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 1, 2015 897 Views last_img read more

Kerala Assembly Elections : Congress Candidates Move High Court Seeking Safe Custody Of Postal Ballots

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala Assembly Elections : Congress Candidates Move High Court Seeking Safe Custody Of Postal Ballots Lydia Suzanne Thomas30 March 2021 7:36 PMShare This – xAlleging widespread irregularities in the handling of postal ballots, three candidates of the Indian National Congress in the upcoming assembly elections have filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court.The petition filed by K Muraleedaharan, Anad Jayan and Deepak Joy, candidates of Nemom, Vamanapuram and Vypeen constituencies respectively, are seeking a direction that the postal…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?LoginAlleging widespread irregularities in the handling of postal ballots, three candidates of the Indian National Congress in the upcoming assembly elections have filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court.The petition filed by K Muraleedaharan, Anad Jayan and Deepak Joy, candidates of Nemom, Vamanapuram and Vypeen constituencies respectively, are seeking a direction that the postal ballots should be kept in the same place where the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines are kept, with the same level of security.The petitioners allege that the present system in place to collect and preserve postal ballots is compromised.In their petition, the politicians allege that the officers of the Election Commission deputed to aid and conduct the election process are state government employees bearing allegiance to the government in power.Pointing out that most persons were divided on political lines in the state of Kerala, it is contended,”The employees under the control of the Election Commission, the 2nd respondent, in connection with the elections including for the preparation of voters list are employees deployed from identified service organizations having their allegiance to the Government in office. People who are identified as Assistant Returning Officer and Returning Officer, except few, who are in All India service, are office bearers of service organisations of gazetted employees who owe their allegiance to the party in power.”Stating that these claims were not wild or without foundation, the petitioners cite instances by which the postal ballot system in use for the upcoming elections may be compromised.It is alleged that despite a foolproof system on paper to ensure the integrity of votes, in reality, party workers reach the residence of absentee voters in advance, based on information received from the election officials.The officers or authorized representatives of the petitioners (who are also contesting the upcoming elections) receive no information about this despite candidates/authorized officers being allowed to be informed or watch the process of vote collection.Apart from this, it is the petitioners’ case that polling officials who should have been provided with adequate number of postal ballot papers, envelopes, pen, inkpad, and glue to seal the envelopes did not carry the same when visiting residences pf absentee voters. Neither were canvass bags to carry polled ballots, counter foils and other essential stationaries carried in many cases, it is stated. The petitioners submit that  “some of the lady polling officers are collecting it in their vanity bag instead of the canvass bag as provided in clause 5.14 (of the Standard Operating procedure for Collection of Postal Ballots)”.The petitioners state that their representatives who travelled with Returning Officers informed them that the polled ballot papers are kept “without any safety method or strong room facility and they are at the disposal of the Returning Officers, whose integrity cannot be accepted unconditionally.” The petitioners argue,”The votes so collected by the process envisaged will have decisive impact in the ultimate outcome of the election. Around 4000 votes are in the custody of the Returning Officers and having experienced the unethical standard of many of the Returning Officers, it is submitted that unless the votes are kept in the strong room, the electoral mandate will be manipulated on account of the mischievous actions of the Returning Officers assisted by identified service organisation workers.”The petition filed through the office of Senior Advocate George Poonthottam points out that the postal ballot system is used generally only by Government employees on election duty away from their constituencies and never exceeded 1000 in a constituency. As a result of the pandemic, the upcoming elections extended the postal ballot facility to persons above the age of 80.Asserting that around 7000-8000 persons in each constituency are eligible to avail the facility, it is stated that persons who have actually availed the facility are around 4000 in most of the constituencies. Apart from these numbers, the number of persons who cast vote via postal ballot deployed for essential service such as police, fire force, number around 600. Thus, the petitioners aver that persons voting via postal ballot in light of COVID-19 restrictions will be decisive in determining “the fate of the election” in constituencies, where the “margin of victory is less than 5000.”Underscoring that their petition is filed in public interest on behalf of voters who are unable to individually approach the Court, the petitioners pray for the Court to:● Directing the Election Commission of India and the Chief Electoral Officer to keep all the ballots in the place where VVPAT machines are secured, to ensure the safety of votes;● Declare that it is the duty of the Election Commission to preserve the polled ballot papers without giving any room for tampering after the same having exercised by the voters.● Grant other reliefs as the Court deems fit As interim relief, the petitioners urge that the ballots polled are secured for safekeeping in the place where the VVPAT machines are in safekeeping, until the writ petition is disposed.A division bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly will consider the petition today.Next Storylast_img read more

Planning permission for north south electricity Interconnector granted

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – September 14, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday September 14thNext article12 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Planning permission for north south electricity Interconnector granted Planning permission has been granted in the North for a north south electricity interconnector.The cross-border project will reduce costs to electricity consumers and improve the security of the power supply across the island of Ireland.A 140 kilometre long overhead line will link counties Meath and Tyrone and, when completed, will increase the efficiency of the all-island Single Electricity Market. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more