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12
Jul
2021

ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ScanGroup Limited (SCAN.ke)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileWPP-ScanGroup Limited is the largest marketing and communication group in the Africa sub-region with leading advertising agencies and media houses falling under the holding company name. These include Ogilvy & Mather, SCANAD, JWT, BluePrint Marketing, GroupM, MediaCom Africa, Mindshare and MEC. Public relations companies include Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies; marketing research agencies include Millward Brown; specialty communication agencies include Roundtrip and Geometry Global; digital companies include OgilvyOne, Squad Digital and SCANAD Digital. WPP-Scangroup has expertise in advertising, media investment management, advertising and marketing research, public relations, digital advertising and communications marketing strategy. WPP-ScanGroup has a presence in 25 countries in sub-Sahara Africa and majority-owned offices in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It has minority-owned operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Scangroup became a subsidiary of WPP in 2013 and the company changed its name to WPP-Scangroup Limited in 2015. WPP-ScanGroup Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

20
Jun
2021

London’s churches throw open doors to welcome Olympics

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN [Diocese of London] Visitors to the 2012 Olympics will be able to escape one of the busiest periods the capital has ever seen by exploring its rich Christian heritage. The Diocese of London has published a guide to walking tours of the city’s places of tranquillity, prayer and historic interest. All over London, churches will open their doors to visitors throughout the Games.Available both as a free download and as a full colour booklet available free of charge from participating churches, ‘Faith Walks’ comprise six trails starting out from Olympic venues. More than 40 churches are participating and will be open to the public all day throughout the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Some of them are famous London sights in tourist hotspots, such as St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James, Piccadilly. Others are hidden jewels that have never been open regularly before; they will surprise and delight even Londoners who think they know their city well.Spanning every period in English architecture, all of them are a proud testament to the capital’s astonishing heritage and the fascinating, ongoing story of its diverse communities.Some of London’s most venerable buildings will be sporting QR codes: on two of the walks, visitors will be able to use them to download information from the Bible Society revealing how Christianity has helped to shape the city and its history.The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, welcomed the launch of the guide, saying:“Visitors and Londoners, this summer the capital’s huge variety of churches stand ready to make you welcome. All of them are lively places of worship but they are at the same time community hubs treasure houses of memory. This booklet is an aperitif. I hope you will go and enjoy the main course.”‘Faith Walks’ is available to download.Among the sites highlighted in Faith Walks are:St Leonard, Shoreditch: a Georgian gem with superb rococo carving, used to film the BBC TV series ‘Rev.’St Dunstan, Stepney: one of the most ancient churches in London, located in the middle of the Cockney heartlandsAll Souls, Langham Place: the BBC church, right next door to Broadcasting House and known the world over thanks to the services that have been transmitted from thereThe Grosvenor Chapel: the Grosvenor estate church where General Eisenhower was a regular during World War II and ‘Love, Actually’ was filmed.St Clement Danes: designed by Sir Christopher Wren and famous from the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’, since reconstruction after devastation in World War II the RAF churchSt Patrick, Soho Square: a Victorian-era Italian-style Catholic church, recently magnificently restored and ministering to the most vibrant part of the West End. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, ILlast_img read more

14
Jun
2021

Crop Report Puzzles Purdue Experts, Worries State Officials

first_img Facebook Twitter Crop Report Puzzles Purdue Experts, Worries State OfficialsDr. Chris HurtThe crop production numbers released by USDA on Thursday came as a shock to the market and produced a good deal of head shaking at the Purdue analysis program Thursday afternoon. “The Indiana yield numbers were definitely a surprise, and even the national yield numbers were a bit of a shock,” stated Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt.Shawn Castile“It is definitely a shock,” said Shawn Castile, Extension agronomist. He told HAT, given the many replantings of corn and soybeans that took place this spring and some of the disease issues that have hit the crops, the USDA yield figures are hard to understand.  Indiana corn yields were pegged at 173 bpa and soybean yield at 55 bpaThe USDA forecast, if realized, would put the 2017 corn crop as the third largest in history at 14.2 billion bushels. Dr. Hurt said the outlook is for lower prices and another year of very tight margins for producers, “My guess is that USDA would come out with a projected price on soybeans of $9.80, but their price projection is at $9.30.  This means at harvest we could see cash bids below $9 a bushel.”The USDA did increase some export projections in their demand report, but Hurt says this will not be enough to rally prices very much, “With a nearly 500 million bushel carry out, we are not going to be able to move prices much higher.”  He told the panel discussion only a drastic cut in supply will move prices much higher. Shaking his head Hurt said, “It is just depressing.”USDA’s all wheat production of 1.74 billion was on the high side of trade forecasts, but down from July 1.76 billion.  The spring wheat forecast of 401 million bushels also was on the high side of trade forecasts, but down from July’s 423 million.Indiana state officials and commodity group leaders who attended expressed concern over what will be the 4th year of red ink for many Hoosier farming operations. Some expressed concern over what credit conditions will be for the 2018 crop year, especially for younger producers.  Hurt said growers will have to continue to find ways to lower the cost of production, both on input costs and cash rents.“Frankly, this is not great news for corn farmers. We have seen significant weather issues this year starting with excessive rains that impacted planting and now significant drought hitting several areas including the central and northwest Corn Belt states,” said National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock. “Despite this smaller crop, the overall corn supply remains large due to last year’s crop. When you combine the drought, current low prices, and little growth in demand, many farmers will feel the economic impact.” SHARE SHARE The sharp market selloff after the release of the report was triggered by commodity fund computer trading. Mike Silver, with Kokomo Grain, feels Friday may bring more market stability and perhaps some recovery. Dr. Hurt says it is likely these yield and production numbers may be reduced in future USDA reports.Watch the entire Purdue Crop Report program on the Hoosier Ag Today Facebook page. The live feed was sponsored by MacAllister Machinery. Crop Report Puzzles Purdue Experts, Worries State Officialscenter_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Report Puzzles Purdue Experts, Worries State Officials Previous articleRedline Equipment to Purchase Koenig Equipment IndianaNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for August 11, 2017 Gary Truittlast_img read more

12
Jun
2021

US – RSF joins statement urging the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to reinstate its free press act

first_imgDuring debate on the measure, elected officials cited a desire to see “more positive stories” in the newspaper. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Screenshot: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs News News The new historians of the Muscogee (Creek) hold the responsibility of passing on a complete history of the nation to the next generation. The council’s actions sever its ties to its past and future by failing to recognize the importance of those stories and the journalists telling them. News RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF, the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and other free press advocates condemn the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s decision to repeal its press freedom law, which was implemented in 2015 to grant editorial independence to the tribe’s media division. The repeal of this law placed local tribally-funded media outlet Mvskoke Media under the tribe’s executive branch, dissolved the agency’s editorial board, and placed staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce. The move by the nation’s tribal council is an alarming attack on press freedom in Indian Country. By repealing the law, the tribal council has dissolved the firewall between reporters and government officials, placing Mvskoke Media staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce, Elijah W. McIntosh.Indigenous journalism plays a critical role in supporting tribal sovereignty and self-determination. From holding the powerful accountable to disseminating stories of cultural significance, a free and independent Indigenous press supports the goals of tribal nations by providing an open public forum for community voices. The council’s actions undermine this role and demean this traditional responsibility. United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence News Signed,Native American Journalists AssociationReporters Without Borders Indigenous Media Freedom AllianceReporters Committee for Freedom of the PressCommittee to Protect Journalists  RSF and its partners call for the immediate reinstatement of the free press act and for Muscogee (Creek) officials to allow citizens to receive, and impart, information without government interference. NAJA has since confirmed that staff of Mvskoke Media, a tribally-funded media outlet, have been instructed to send all future content to the executive branch for approval. This is a direct form of censorship and restricts the ability of Mvskoke Media reporters to seek truth and report on stories of importance to Muscogee (Creek) citizens. June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The legal code of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation should reflect its values, and the repeal of the free press act is a direct attack on a fundamental Indigenous right. November 16, 2018 US – RSF joins statement urging the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to reinstate its free press act On Nov. 7, the Muscogee (Creek) National Council introduced legislation to repeal the free press act. It was signed into law by Principal Chief James Floyd within 24 hours. June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

12
Jun
2021

“Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates”

first_img News Organisation RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Bulgaria was ranked 59th in the latest press freedom index, lower than any other member of the European Union. The communist regime’s fall in 1989 opened the way to democracy, but customs inherited from the past have been slow to die out. A mafia-influenced economy is gradually taking control of more and more media, and while many journalists are resigned to this, others are resisting and are speaking out. Reporters Without Borders went to meet them. Reporters Without Borders today published a report on press freedom in Bulgaria, where investigative journalism and media pluralism are seriously threatened by organised crime and by different forms of pressure from political and business quarters.Bulgaria is struggling to meet its commitments to its European partners, Reporters Without Borders said today in a report on a fact-finding visit two years after the country joined the European Union in January 2007. The hopes of democratisation born at the start of the 1990s have not all evaporated but their realisation depends on major reforms that are slow in coming.“Press freedom is not progressing in Bulgaria,” the organisation said. “Organised crime groups that have understood the advantages that can be derived from controlling news and information have extended their ascendency over the media. The grey economy’s hold over the press is now threatening news diversity and the survival of investigative journalism. We are disturbed by the situation we found on our visit to Sofia.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “Some journalists are resigned to censoring themselves, while others continue to actively resist business and political pressure. But Georgy Stoev’s murder last April and a brutal attack on Ognyan Stefanov in September have served as reminders of the risks run by those who refuse to let the press be transformed into nothing more than a communication tool in the service of private interests.”The Bulgarian press is not the only one in the European Union to be subjected to violence and pressure from organised crime and paramilitary groups. Around 10 journalists are still receiving police protection in Italy. Others are being protected in Denmark and France while, in Spain, ETA keeps up the pressure on journalists who criticise its terrorism and insist on the right to media diversity.“The fight against these organised crime groups and their ability to undermine the press must, more than ever, be tackled at the European level and must be a priority commitment for the politicians participating in the European elections in June,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard added.As the report says, Bulgaria continues to be one of the priorities for Reporters Without Borders in the European Union. The organisation urges European institutions and news media to maintain an interest in Bulgaria and to extend their support for the country, as this would be of great help in reinforcing the effectiveness of its press freedom NGOs and its news media.Bulgaria was ranked 59th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Download the report : February 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates” BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Bulgaria Reports Related documents rsf_rep_bulgaria_en.pdfPDF – 238.23 KB center_img to go further News Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest RSF_en Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Receive email alerts February 11, 2021 Find out more News March 10, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

12
Jun
2021

Travesty of justice continues, with six journalists among defendants

first_img News August 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Travesty of justice continues, with six journalists among defendants News Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News The fourth hearing in the mass trial of critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection was held before a revolutionary tribunal in Tehran today. The defendants include six journalists – Saeed Hajjarian, Saeed Lylaz, Ahmad Zeydabadi, Saeed Shariti, Mohammad Ghochani and Masoud Bastani. Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Mahssa Amrabad, a journalist who was arrested on 14 June, was freed yesterday after she paid bail, and that Somayeh Tohidloo, the editor of the blog SMTO (http://smto.ir), was freed on 22 August. Tohidloo was held in Section 209 of Evin prison after being arrested at her home on 14 June. February 25, 2021 Find out more Conditions in Iran’s prisons are generally appalling. Mehdi Karoubi, one of the pro-reform presidential candidates, claimed in a 29 July article that young detainees have being subjected to particularly bad treatment including rape. IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts None of the journalists’ lawyers have been able to meet their clients or see their charge sheets since the start of trial. The Tehran prosecutor-general instead appointed lawyers with links to the intelligences services to defend them. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img “The trial continued to be a travesty at today’s hearing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “All human rights activists in Iran and abroad must react to this sad spectacle of confessions extracted under torture, denial of rights and collective indictments, which are banned under Iranian law.” Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more The press freedom organisation added: “The journalists are on trial simply for doing their job, which was to inform Iranian citizens about the demonstrations taking place at a time when the authorities wanted to suppress all the negative reports and images of a country in crisis.” News RSF_en Although seriously disabled, Hajjarian has been mistreated and tortured during detention and had to be hospitalised. Arrested four days after the disputed 12 June election, he was forced to confess and ask the Supreme Leader and the Iranian people to forgive him. Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Several journalists have said that most detainees in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison are mistreated and subjected to intense psychological pressure. Zeydabadi, who was arrested on 14 June, told his family: “I was kept in a cell that was like a tomb for 35 days, hearing nothing from outside, seeing no one.” As he is unable to talk because of his physical disabilities, his confession was read out in court by another of the detained journalists, Shariti, who has himself been held since 29 July. Hajjarian’s lawyer, Gholamali Riahai, refused to attend the hearing and resigned, after again being denied access to his client’s prosecution file.last_img read more

04
Jun
2021

Limerick leads the way at prestigious All-Ireland business awards

first_imgWhatsApp Print Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Wendy Ryan of DSM (c) receiving All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star accreditation at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleMaking a list? First time buyers, go checking it twiceNext articleBrothel-keeper loses Limerick apartment Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sarah Keyes and Brian O’Callaghan of Ecostraws (c) receiving an All-Ireland Business Foundation One to Watch Award at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe.The Limerick business community led the way as the All-Ireland Business Foundation celebrated its first Christmas Awards ceremony last week.John McNamara received the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to industry and commerce in Ireland at Mallow Street’s Business Cost Management.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And Hospital-based Ecostraws, won the One to Watch Award for their work on reducing the proliferation of plastic.Five Limerick companies were among the first businesses in the country to achieve a new quality mark signifying that they meet the highest standards of service and trust at the event in Croke Park.They were all awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation – an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria.The companies included Castletroy’s Roselawn House Office Services, Newcastlewest-based The Happy Candle and Wise Celt Candle range and Data and Storage Management of Annacotty.Also accredited were Limerick health food producer Juspy and All-Star hurler Ollie Moran’s Financial Services company.The awards and accreditation are overseen by the All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by 200 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses out there who operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure them by.“It provides very important credible and transparent benchmarking that hasn’t been available up to now, allowing companies to very clearly understand where they are versus their competitors,” she said.“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors.“We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.“The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.“Internally, this process gives confidence to the organisation, allows them to leverage their advantages and identify areas that they need to improve in, particularly in innovation and product development.”The All-Ireland Business Foundation will be responsible for identifying and accrediting best-in-class Irish businesses, overseeing both the awards and ongoing accreditation, promoting peer dialogue, in addition to hosting the All-Ireland Business Summit on May 1 and 2 next year.It will also create an active community of progressive businesses and ambitious business leaders who work together and openly share knowledge.At the Croke Park presentation event last week, Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen, said the commitment to quality of the small to medium enterprise sector was critical to the Irish economy.“Ireland has the fastest growing economy in Europe and one of the fastest rates of business start-ups,” said Minister Breen.“Small to medium enterprises make up 99% of Irish businesses and their importance to the Irish economy can never be understated.“I am very proud of all the businesses here today, their commitment to quality, as evidenced by gaining coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation, will ensure Irish SMEs continue to grow.”Further details available at businessallstars.ie TAGSAwardsbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews Sarah Keyes and Brian O’Callaghan of Ecostraws (c) receiving an All-Ireland Business Foundation One to Watch Award at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. Trish Shine and Noel Noonan of Roselawn House (c) receiving All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star accreditation at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe.center_img NewsBusinessLimerick leads the way at prestigious All-Ireland business awardsBy Staff Reporter – December 19, 2018 1492 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic 1 of 7 Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge John McNamara (c) receiving an All-Ireland Business Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. Linkedin Ollie Moran of Ollie Moran Financial Services (c) receiving All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star accreditation at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. Leonie Lynch of Juspy receiving All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star accreditation at Croke Park from Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Mary Ryan-Enright of The Happy Candle and Wise Celt Candle range (c) receiving All-Ireland Business Foundation All-Star accreditation at Croke Park from Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen. Pic Conor McCabe. Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

31
May
2021

Mortgage Experts Weigh in on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

first_imgRecently, a report from the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) addressed the issue of vacant and abandoned properties in regard to instituting policies that standardize procedures, definitions, and best practices. The report, which was developed with input from several NMSA member organizations such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Bank United, Selene Finance, and others, sparked conversation amongst industry leaders nationwide.“I’ve seen the worst of the worst and I’ve seen what vacant properties do to the property itself, the value, and the communities,” said Founder and Chairman of Community Blight Solutions Robert Klein. “I think that no plywood boarding, which has been adopted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the VA, is definitely a step in the right direction where we don’t advertise vandalism and we don’t advertise vacant properties.”Based on research, the paper discusses how extended periods of vacancy encourage vandalism, squatting, and violent crime—specifically a 19 percent increase in the number of reported crimes per year within 250 feet of a foreclosed home. Klein explained that the concept of combining all the Government Sponsored Enterprises and determining one format of how the industry will protect and preserve the property issues can be summed up in one phrase: “it’s about time.”“This should’ve been done years ago,” Klein said. “There really is no reason why we have different GSEs all focused on preserving and protecting vacant properties. Why different guidelines should apply to each problem would make life much easier for preserving and protecting the property, for the communities, for the mortgage servicers, and for the GSEs as well.”Jim Taylor, SVP of Property Preservation at Wells Fargo and Chairman of the NMSA subcommittee on vacant and abandoned properties, and Gui Kahl, SVP of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and NMSA representative from Wells Fargo, in a joint statement agreed that implementing these ideas will be beneficial for all.“Finding common ground through the pursuit of these policy recommendations will create meaningful benefits for the consumer, the communities, and investors,” said Taylor and Kahl. “More importantly, such common ground supports NMSA’s leadership and partnership in the pursuit of our mutual mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and the quality of affordable homes for all.”The NMSA wants to define terms such as “occupied,” “unoccupied,” “vacant,” and “abandoned.” Because most times vacant and abandoned properties have to go through the same process as a home that remains occupied by the consumer, the likelihood of properties going into states of disrepair is much higher, resulting in detrimental effects on the consumer and lower property values for the neighborhood. The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) said in a unified comment that aligning key definitions, guidance, and best practices across all sectors of the industry and regulatory framework is important to them and they are eager to be a part of it.“In particular, NCST supports NMSA’s efforts to standardize definitions relating to occupancy status of a residential property,” said NCST. “There is no universally accepted taxonomy across the mortgage servicing industry, and where definitions exist at all, they are frequently in conflict, making it difficult for property preservation managers to ensure that they adhere to all relevant rules.”Specifically, according to NCST, “vacant” and “abandoned” are used interchangeably too often, and the proposed distinctions are nuanced and useful.“Of particular benefit is the distinction between “unoccupied” and “vacant” in assessing whether a property should be secured and maintained by the servicer, the former status accounting for scenarios and life events such as a homeowner or lawful tenant’s vacation, sabbatical, or long-term hospitalization,” said NCST. “As NMSA works to build industry consensus for the adoption of these standard definitions, we encourage a collaborative approach that brings together community, consumer and industry voices.”As the NMSA looks to handle this pressing subject, Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado said he welcomes additional feedback from industry professionals and experts.“The issue of vacant and abandoned properties has been at the forefront of the mortgage industry for decades,” said Delgado. “I am pleased to see such a favorable response from the industry towards the NMSA paper, that by design offers real solutions. I look forward to a collaborative discussion with federal agencies, business leaders, and mortgage companies and continuing to work with communities to address such an important subject.”To view the NMSA white paper, click here. To add additional comment, please contact Derek Templeton at [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Experts Weigh in on Vacant and Abandoned Properties Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 19, 2017 3,962 Views Share Save Vacant and Abandoned Properties 2017-07-19 Brianna Gilpin Previous: Suburban Boom Next: An Unlikely Pair  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Mortgage Experts Weigh in on Vacant and Abandoned Properties Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Vacant and Abandoned Propertieslast_img read more

26
May
2021

Vikas Dubey Encounter: SC Hints At Appointment Of Committee For Probe

first_imgTop StoriesVikas Dubey Encounter: SC Hints At Appointment Of Committee For Probe Sanya Talwar14 July 2020 3:01 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday orally remarked that it was inclined to appoint a Committee headed by a Retired Judge, just as it had done on earlier occasion in the Hyderabad Encounter CaseA bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, N. Subhash Reddy & AS Bopanna also granted time to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for State of Uttar Pradesh to file a reply in the plea seeking a CBI…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 on Tuesday orally remarked that it was inclined to appoint a Committee headed by a Retired Judge, just as it had done on earlier occasion in the Hyderabad Encounter CaseA bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, N. Subhash Reddy & AS Bopanna also granted time to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for State of Uttar Pradesh to file a reply in the plea seeking a CBI monitored investigation into the alleged encounter of accused Vikas Dubey and his three aides on July 10. The CJI also told petitioner, Ghanshyam Upadhyay, that the Court was not inclined to “monitor” the investigation.It is pertinent to mention that the Top Court had formed a committee led by former Supreme Court of India judge J. VS Sirpukar to probe Hyderabad police encounter.The SG also informed the Court that a reply on behalf of State of Uttar Pradesh shall come on record by Thursday, July 9 and that it may “satisfy” the Court that the State had already taken enough steps.In light of this, the matter was listed for further consideration on July 20.A day before the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey, a petition was filed before the Supreme Court seeking for an investigation into the “killing/alleged encounter” of his five co-accused by the Uttar Pradesh Police and hinted at the possible killing of Dubey.Alluding to Dubey’s escape from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh in a bid to “avoid his encounter by Uttar Pradesh Police”, the plea ominously stated that,”…there is every possibility that even accused Vikas Dubey shall be killed by Uttar Pradesh Police like other co-accused once his custody is obtained Uttar Pradesh Police”.Filed by Advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay, the plea, therefore, prayed for a thorough investigation into the “killing/alleged encounter of four accused who along with co-accused Vikas Dubey were alleged to be involved in killing of eight policemen in district Kanpur on 02.07.2020 which is now known as Kanpur Kand and which has rocked and shocked the entire nation”.While the petition did not get listed before the Court on July 10, Dubey was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the date on which it was prayed that the plea be listed, allegedly because he was trying to escape from the Police.Thus, the petitioner later informed the Supreme Court registry that he be allowed to amend the prayer in his petition. The plea now seeks a CBI monitored investigation into the death of all the accused and strict action is to be taken against the policemen and all those are who are involved in the killing of the four accused.The plea condemns the acts of the Uttar Pradesh Police/Administration in demolishing the property of Dubey and further killing of his five co-accused. It seeks for FIRs to be registered against the police involved in the same under the applicable provisions of all, and for the investigation to be conducted by the CBI, monitored by the Supreme Court, as it involves higher police authority and even Ministers/Officials from the Home Department of the UP Government.Therefore, appealing to the Supreme Court to assume its duty as the “ultimate custodian of law and Constitution”, the plea places the example of Vikas Dubey as a glaring point of corruption in the police department and law enforcement machineries, and also invokes the Telangana Encounter case.In light of Dubey’s alleged connections with high profile politicians and police officials, the plea prays for an urgent investigation by an independent investigation agency like CBI, under the supervision and control of the Supreme Court, while professing that the Petitioner has no sympathy for the accused, but is in great pain to see the complete lawlessness and extreme high-handed action on the part of the police machineries.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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2021

Google – Paytm Feud: Is It Time To Regulate Application Stores In India?

first_imgColumnsGoogle – Paytm Feud: Is It Time To Regulate Application Stores In India? Eshvar Girish & Kritika Trivedi15 Oct 2020 10:38 PMShare This – xRecently, the Paytm application. was taken down from the Android Play Store by Google on the ground that it featured games that were against Google’s gambling policy. Google claimed that the cash back feature of the Paytm Game called ‘India Cricket League’ facilitated unregulated gambling. However, Paytm was restored on the Play Store after it agreed to remove its cashback feature….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?LoginRecently, the Paytm application. was taken down from the Android Play Store by Google on the ground that it featured games that were against Google’s gambling policy. Google claimed that the cash back feature of the Paytm Game called ‘India Cricket League’ facilitated unregulated gambling. However, Paytm was restored on the Play Store after it agreed to remove its cashback feature. With this background, this article examines how application stores such as Google’s Play Store are regulated in India. It also analyses whether Google was justified in arbitrarily delisting the Paytm application from its Play Store. Regulation of Application Stores in India Currently, there are no specific legislations in order to govern application stores in India. It is pertinent to understand that application stores provide customers with virtual services such as communication, food delivery, banking, medical, etc., thereby falling under the purview of Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (CPA) and Consumer (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 (E-commerce rules). Section 2(17) of the CPA has defined an electronic service provider ‘a person who provides technologies or processes to enable a product seller to engage in advertising or selling goods or services to a consumer and includes any online marketplace for online auction sites’. Section 2(42) of the CPA has defined services as ‘service of any description which is made available to potential users and includes, but not limited to, the provision of facilities in connection with banking, financing, insurance, transport, processing, supply of electrical or other energy, telecom, boarding or lodging or both, housing construction, entertainment, amusement or the purveying of news or other information, but does not include the rendering of any service free of charge or under a contract of personal service’. Hence, a conjoint reading of both these provisions implies that application stores can be considered as electronic service providers who facilitate the aggregation of users at a common platform, i.e., the application stores. Under the erstwhile Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the online marketplace entities often used the shield of ‘safe harbour protection’ provided to intermediaries under Section 79 and Section 81 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the provisions of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2011 to escape all liabilities with respect to the contracts between buyers and sellers. Thus, reference must be made to the case of Christian Louboutin SAS v Nakul Bajaj & Ors , wherein the court observed that ‘So long as they are mere conduits or passive transmitters of the records or of the information, they continue to be intermediaries, but merely calling themselves as intermediaries does not qualify all e-commerce platforms or online market places as one’. From the conjoint reading of the provisions of the CPA and the judicial interpretation of intermediaries in the aforementioned case, it is evident that the ‘application stores’ fall under the ambit of an electronic service provider as laid down under the CPA. The E-commerce Rules define an e-commerce entity as “any person who owns, operates or manages digital or electronic facility or platform for electronic commerce”. Rule 2(2) of the E-commerce rules, states that the rules are applicable to all E-commerce entities irrespective of whether they are established in India or not. Such a provision can impose statutory obligations over application stores such as Play Store (established by Google in California, United States) or App Store (established by Apple in California, United States), etc. even though they are not established in India. Rule 2(a) has laid down that it is applicable to all digital products which are sold over digital or electronic network. In the case of application stores, electronic network would be the internet and digital products would be the applications. Similarly, from other related provisions of the E-commerce rules, one can ascertain that application stores can be brought under the ambit of the said rules. Hence, the E-commerce Rules and the CPA can be collectively used to regulate the application stores until a specific legislation or explicit provisions are brought about in order to govern them. On this account, the authors deliberate upon how application stores are regulated in other countries. Regulation of application stores in Other Countries In the United States, there are instances wherein, the Google Play Store was tried under the consumer protection laws due to activities such as unauthorized billings with respect to in-app purchases which were made without the consent of the user. Additionally, the U.S. has introduced a specific legislation called the APPS Act of 2020 (yet to be passed) to not only regulate mobile applications but also to regulate the actions of application stores. The authors recommend that a similar legislation must be contemplated for the regulation of application stores and mobile applications in India as well in order to curb inordinate exercise of power by application stores over their listed apps as seen in the case of Paytm’s removal by Google. This will also ensure that the application stores have a policy in consonance with the legislation rather than having their own policies which might be detrimental to the interests of the applications listed on them. In Australia, there is no specific legislation to regulate Application Stores. One can observe that the scope of its Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2010 is broad enough to cover issues arising out of application stores. On July 12th, 2020, the European Union adopted the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (P2B Regulations). The P2B Regulations are applicable to online software application services (application stores) such as the Apple App Store, Play Store and the Microsoft Store respectively. The said regulations have a provision according to which the application stores cannot exclude all the goods or services of a business user (application) in order to maintain proportionality. Termination of the entire application is allowed only in severe cases wherein the application violates multiple or all terms and conditions of the application store. In such a scenario, the Play Store would not be able to arbitrarily take down the entire application as it did with Paytm in India. Instead, it would be obligated to only remove a certain feature of the application such as the cashback feature in this case, which flouted the terms and conditions of the Play Store. In light of the same, the authors discuss whether the cashback feature provided by Paytm in its fantasy sport ‘India Cricket League’ actually amounted to gambling as cited by Google. Position of online gambling in India It is important to realize that the legislative framework of online gambling in India is not uniform. The Constitution of India has empowered the states to enact laws relating to gambling. In light of the same, few states such as Bihar, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, etc have enacted the Public Gambling Act, 1867. While states such as Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Daman and Diu, Haryana, Goa, and Kerala have passed legislations to regulate gambling, states such as Bombay and Gujarat have enacted legislations to prohibit gambling. It is pertinent to note that these legislations were passed with respect to regulation of physical gambling and not online gambling. Sikkim, Nagaland and Telangana are few states which have statutes related to regulation of online gambling under which only ‘games of skill’ are considered legal. While it is practically impossible to thwart online gambling in India, the authors contend that the recommendations of the Law Commission’s Report in 2018 titled ‘Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including in Cricket in India’ must be taken into consideration to effectively regulate online gambling in India. The Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018 which was shelved by the Parliament in 2018 must be reconsidered in order to preserve integrity in sports and legalize online gambling in India. The Indian Courts have thrown some light to clarify the position of online gaming by classifying them as ‘game of skill’ or ‘game of chance’. When the legality of fantasy sports was considered by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in the Varun Gumber Case, it held Dream 11’s format of fantasy sport to be a game of skill. This decision was reiterated by the High Court of Bombay in the case of Gurdeep Singh Sachar v Union of India. The Supreme Court’s judgment in this regard remains to be seen. In light of these decisions, one can observe that the ‘India Cricket League’ game of Paytm greatly resembles the format of fantasy sport ‘Dream 11’ which enables users to create their own cricket teams consisting of real life cricket players for the upcoming matches. While such a format has been legally recognized and allowed in the cases discussed above, Google citing Paytm’s game as a ‘facilitator of unregulated gambling’ is beyond the legalities contemplated in the field of Indian fantasy sports. Thus, the authors contend that Google’s actions in this regard can not only be considered as an abuse of its dominant position but also in the violation of India’s competition laws. Abuse of dominant position by Google It is a well-established fact that Google is a dominant market player in the field of technology. Thus, Google’s decision to arbitrarily remove Paytm from its Play Store has raised suspicions of anti-competitive practices by Google. This can be attributed to the fact that Google wants to subdue Paytm which is not only India’s go to payments application, but also a major competitor to Google’s own payment application i.e., Google Pay. This can be considered to be in the violation of Section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 which clearly prohibits a dominant player from abusing its market position. Similar allegations have been made earlier that Google predominantly showcases its Google Pay application over other applications inside the Play Store in India. Such a move by Google would provide it with an unfair advantage over other applications of the competitors, thereby abusing its dominant market position. In 2018, the Google was fined with 21 million dollars by the CCI for indulging in a ‘search bias’. An appeal against the same is still pending. Also, in 2019, CCI had probed into Google’s alleged misuse of is dominant position to reduce the ability of smartphone manufacturers to opt for alternative versions of its Android Mobile Operating System. CCI’s order in this regard remains to be seen. Attention must be given to the fact that YouTube (Google’s company) charges hefty fees to promote Paytm First Games. By doing so, Google is contradicting its own ‘gambling’ policy by promoting Paytm First Games on YouTube but not allowing the same to be listed on its Play Store. Although Paytm First games has been relisted in the play store, Google’s actions clearly denote an inherent essence of anti-competitiveness in the market, thereby establishing its supremacy. As a consequence of Google’s Monopolistic behaviour, Paytm has launched its own mini application store to provide consumers and developers with ‘choice’ of more than 300 apps on it without charging any commission or fee for any of the applications on it unlike Google’s 30% commission on apps. This is a clear head on fight by Paytm against Google which is aimed at providing better customer services for application developers by filling in all the service gaps prevalent in the Google Play Store. The absence of legislative framework with respect to application stores in India has allowed Google to take undue advantage and abuse its dominant position by taking down apps such as Paytm and Mobikwik arbitrarily. Thus, there is an inherent need for the establishment of a legislative framework to effectively regulate application stores in India. This would facilitate a level playing field wherein the application stores such as Play Store, App Store, Paytm Mini Store, etc. need to adhere to the statutory requirements rather than forming their own policies, thereby affecting the ecosystem of mobile applications in India. The introduction of ‘Paytm Mini Store’ is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self reliance). Only time will tell how far Paytm can compete with a tech giant like Google with respect to application stores in India.Views are personal only.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more