first_imgTop StoriesCan’t Direct Centre To Evacuate Indians Now : SC Disposes Of Pleas For Repatriation Of Citizens From US & Moldova [Read Orders] Nilashish Chaudhary21 April 2020 8:01 PMShare This – xCourt directed Govt to consider representation filed highlighting conditions of Indians in USAThe Supreme Court disposed of two pleas on Tuesday which sought the evacuation of Indians stranded in the United States of America (US) and Moldova respectively, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A 3-judge Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, SK Kaul and BR Gavai decided to leave it to the discretion of the Government to take a call as to when it would be best suited to bring these people…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 disposed of two pleas on Tuesday which sought the evacuation of Indians stranded in the United States of America (US) and Moldova respectively, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A 3-judge Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, SK Kaul and BR Gavai decided to leave it to the discretion of the Government to take a call as to when it would be best suited to bring these people back, and refused to interfere. Pursuant to a notice on advocate Vibha Datta Makhija’s plea to evacuate distressed Indians who are stranded in US while their temporary visas were expiring, the Central government filed a status report apprising the Court of the measures being taken by them to ensure the well-being of the said Indians. The report outlined details of the nodal officers appointed by the Government for each region and highlighted the various measures undertaken by the embassy and consulates to help those stranded, in collaboration with some voluntary organisations that had stepped in. Referring to the report, Makhija expressed her appreciation for the work being done by the Government but implored the Court to see how worker stranded in US were in dire conditions and yet were being discriminated against (since the Government had managed to evacuate Indians from Wuhan, Italy and Iran earlier). “We have a list of 110 people in dire need of help. Helplines are there. Government has said they will consider evacuation on a case by case basis. Evacuations have been done. There needs to be fairness. Evacuations have been organised by Indian government to bring back Indian citizens.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Government, informed the Court the Court that evacuations had been conducted earlier, but they have been stopped internationally at this point. He submitted that the Indian Government would not be able to evacuate them right now, but were in talks to ensure that they are not in distress. Expressing their inability to order Indians to be brought back at this point, Justice Kaul stated that “they cannot be brought in no matter how much we want. Assistance is being given to them. They are spread across US.” Referring to the argument of discrimination in not evacuating certain citizens, the Court observed “we cannot do anything at this time. Don’t pitch it at a level which does not exist.” Refusing to interfere, the Court reiterated that these citizens could not be brought back and stated that they had been informed that the US government was extending visas in light of the global outbreak. Makhija attempted to throw light on how visa extensions would cost USD 500, equivalent to INR 35,000, but the Court enunciated that it could not control the decisions of another Government. It was concluded that “the court will not tell government to do anything in a particular manner. It’s a worldwide problem. Each country is doing their best. These are not matters for the Court’s intervention.” Noting that the Government’s status report evidenced their “proactive approach” towards the situation, the Bench disposed of the matter. However, liberty was granted to the Petitioner to make representations before nodal officers along with the Ministry of External Affairs within two weeks to enable the government to identify the exact situation of distress faced by the individuals and take appropriate measures.The order stated :”on a request made by the Petitioners, the learned Solicitor General submitted that a representation can be made regarding specific vulnerable people to the designated officers mentioned in Annexure-I of the list of officers attached with the Status Report filed by the Ministry of External Affairs, within two weeks.On such a representation being filed by the Petitioners, the concerned authorities are directed to consider the same on its own merits and take appropriate steps to ameliorate the conditions of those in USA.   With the above direction, the writ petition stands disposed of”.Petition for students in Moldova Apropos another plea filed by social worker Anvar Bapu, seeking airlifting of 400 Indian students from Moldova to Cochin, the Court recorded SG Mehta’s submission that it would not be possible to allow the prayer because of the current restrictions imposed by the Government, and refused to give any directions to them. The petitioner apprised the Court of Indian students being in isolation for a month and a half in Moldova where no cases of COVID-19 existed at present. It was also submitted that Air Moldova was willing to transport them back, but the Indian government was not giving the plane permission to land. “There is no problem in Kerala. We have medical facilities. This is a limited prayer to allow the plane to land”, pleaded the petitioner. The argument was rejected by the Court citing the Government’s decision to impose a complete travel ban. “The government has said no people will be allowed to come. The same thing has happened in case of students from UK/US. The government has taken a decision to not allow any flights or trains. How can we ask them to allow the plane to land? Government is not allowing international flights…Let them take a decision…As and when it’s feasible to bring them back it can be done.” With this, the matter was disposed of. Whenever the Government decides to allow flights, the Court added, “the petitioner is at liberty to make a request to bring the children back to the State of Kerala.The order stated :”In this petition preferred under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, the petitioner has prayed for a direction to respondent No.1 to make arrangements for expeditious repatriation of students stranded in Republic of Moldova to Cochin.Taking into consideration the restrictions imposed by the Government of India, learned Solicitor General submits that it is not possible in the present situation to allow such a prayer.”In view of the above, we are not inclined to give any direction to the Government of India in this regard.However, whenever the Government of India takes a call on allowing the flights, the petitioner is at liberty to make a request to bring the children back to the State of Kerala. Click here to download order (Vibha Dutta Makhija’s plea)Click here to download order (Anvar Bapu’s plea)Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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first_imgCoffee kiosk and cafe operator Puccino’s Ltd has gone into administration, following the sale of leases for 43 of its units to Puccino’s Worldwide. Its 29 remaining units ceased trading immediately.Puccino’s, which previously had 86 coffee kiosks and cafés, entered into an agreement with Puccino’s Worldwide on 8 December 2009, said administrator Tenon Recovery. Under the agreement it sold “parts of the business and certain assets” to Puccino’s Worldwide, which included the leases for 43 units, which are mainly located at train stations in the south-east.“Over the months prior to this, Puccino’s had already closed 14 of its units,” added Tenon.Kenny Craig & Tom MacLennan of Tenon Recovery were appointed as joint administrators of Puccino’s Ltd on 10 December 2009.In its financial statement for the year ended 31 December 2008, the company experienced a loss before tax of £1,657,251 compared to a loss of £793,762 in 2007. Turnover stood at £4,086,926 compared to £4,072,028 in 2007.last_img read more

first_img Published on October 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Liam Callahan doesn’t sit with his teammates before a game. He collects his thoughts outside Syracuse’s locker room, bumping alternative rock or hip-hop into his ears.He envisions how the game will unfold. He sees himself charging up the sideline and assisting on a goal. If he’s feeling good, he might score instead. He remains solitary until the team encircles him on the field before the game.He channels his anger and shatters his meditation. The self-proclaimed movie buff doesn’t draw upon anything off the silver screen, instead leaning back on the same “magic words” to fire up the huddle.“Just ‘F this, F that, F them, F this,’” forward Ben Polk recalled.Head coach Ian McIntyre likens Callahan to a grumpy uncle, while Polk assesses his teammate as a “bipolar time bomb.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m a little bit more of not the happiest guy on the team,” Callahan said. “I’m here to do a job.”His teammates appreciate his radiating intensity, acknowledging that Callahan sets the right standard and tone before each game. He doesn’t lead No. 15 Syracuse (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) in any categories on the score sheet, but his outward demands for success led the redshirt junior to be tabbed a captain in his second season with SU.Callahan has a critical eye for the morale of the team, and he surveys his peers in the pregame huddle like a doctor mulling over a patient’s prescription. Sensing the Orange was worn down before a midweek game against Bowling Green on Oct. 13, Callahan got a little more demonstrative during his ritual.“There’s time where I think it’s important he channels that aggression,” McIntyre said. “Controlled aggression is very productive; uncontrolled aggression isn’t.“I like players with fire in his belly, and he’s got that.”A crafty, yet deliberate soccer player at his core, Callahan’s fiery personality began to complement his skillset at 4 years old. He wore a jersey that drooped to his ankles and sat on the bench with his 12-year-old brother’s team.He wasn’t handed the ball or babied when competing with the older kids, his mother, Ginny Callahan, said. He’s always been pushed, and reveled in that atmosphere.As an attendee of a University at Buffalo soccer camp, then-head coach John Astudillo told Ginny that the 7-year-old Callahan had better vision on the field than some of his collegiate players. But when coaches told him to start having more fun, he fired back saying he wants to play the game and beat everyone.“He’s been competitive since he could walk,” Ginny Callahan said. “He doesn’t tolerate a lot of mistakes by other people.”Referees are often the biggest culprits in Callahan’s eyes. He received a red card — only his second ever — during SU’s first game after voicing his disapproval of a foul called on defender Kamal Miller.His forceful reactions during games are usually reserved for referees, though, as he remains mostly reactionless to the play of his teammates.McIntyre has since pulled Callahan aside to reshape the focus of his aggression, reminding him SU lost the game Callahan was carded in and barely escaped with a 1-0 overtime win in the next game he was forced to sit out.“Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s not good. Its just one of them,” Polk said. “If he’s going to get a Chipotle, it’s a good day. Other times you should probably let him deal with himself.”While trying mostly to police himself during games, Callahan embodies more of a “team dad” persona on the practice field. He doesn’t like to openly acknowledge it, but paternal instincts kick in when he feels joking around has diminished a teammate’s effort.He might snap at an individual or group, understanding he often reaches the line between constructive criticism and coming off as a jerk. Despite a harsh tune to his words, he shares the end goal of winning with his teammates.It’s one of the few things he does talk about on the soccer field with a smile.“There are days where people need a little bit of a jerk to get them going,” Callahan said. “After you shake hands, you’re brothers. It’s your family, it’s your team.“But they know, this is just how I am.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img17 November 2008South African Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit joined a select group of international leaders honoured for their contribution to ethics and human values at the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.Du Toit received the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Youth Leadership Award 2008, a prestigious award that recognizes young leaders with an astonishing track record of performance and/or social responsibility.According to Christoph Glaser, a member of the IAHV board in Europe, Du Toit was selected because of her raw defiance in not giving up on her goals. “We admire her indomitable will and strong determination, and the fact that she has become a source of inspiration to the youth of her country,” Glaser said in a statement.Other IAHV 2008 award recipients were Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of Egyptian organisation SEKEM (Outstanding Individual Award); Hans-Peter Durr, founder of German organisation Global Challenges Network (Outstanding Scientist/Academic Award); and GM Rao, group chairman of India’s GMR Group (Outstanding Corporation Award).“It is a real honor to be representing South Africa and to receive this award,” Du Toit said. “I would like to give a message to everyone: it is possible for everybody to achieve something. You don’t have to be the best singer, but you can still write your song.“I would also like to thank everyone for their support: the public in South Africa, the people close to me, everyone. Without teamwork these types of awards would not be possible.”Founded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Geneva in 1997, the International Association for Human Values is a volunteer-based, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of human values in society.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSkiing down Ben McDhui, one of the highmountain peaks in the New England andWartrail region.(Image: South African Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kath IstedChair, New England Wartrail CommunityTourism Association+27 45 974 [email protected]• Janet ViedgeVice-chair, New England WartrailCommunity Tourism Association+27 45 974 [email protected] ARTICLES• Wandering the Whale Trail• Scuba-diving South Africa• The Tour de Kruger: a wild ride• Return to Zimbabwe• Knysna away from the crowdsFiona McIntoshWith the final draw over, the group stage matches scheduled and the official football unveiled, excitement for the 2010 Fifa World Cup is ramping up.But what if you aren’t excited? What if magnificent stadiums leave you cold, and the idea of the crowds, the buzz, the drama and spectacle fill you with horror? Well, then you can head for the hills – literally.One of the best places in South Africa to get away from almost everything is the Wartrail and New England region of the southern Drakensberg mountains, in one of the more remote parts of the Eastern Cape province.With the World Cup playing in June and July, during the southern hemisphere winter, this little-known mountainous part of the country is likely to be covered snow, a far cry from what you’d expect from an African winter.Mountain peaks such as Ben McDhui, Avoca and Snowdon rise to over 3 000 metres, tumbling rivers have carved deep sandstone gorges and caves, there is well-preserved rock art, and a host of adventures from fishing to horse riding.Wartrail is long drive from anywhere, cellphone reception is extremely limited and the accommodation is warm and welcoming rather than five-star. But this is its appeal – a place you can throw snowballs then drink red wine in front of the fire. Somewhere you can escape the crowds.There’s no shortage of farm-stay accommodation in the area so you can stay put or migrate between the dozen affordable fully-catered or self-catering guest houses. All have fireplaces and electric blankets, and specialise in home cooking, often using home-grown ingredients.The key to enjoying the place is to bring good boots, warm jackets, beanies and gloves and get out with a make-shift sledge or a carrot for the snowman’s nose, enjoying some fun in the snow.With its high mountain passes, which include Naude’s Nek, the highest pass in the Cape, and the challenging Bastervoetpad, Wartrail is a mecca for 4×4, quad-biking and mountain-biking enthusiasts who revel in challenge of the steep and icy tracks, but there are also easy trails too suited to kids and novices.But the best way to appreciate the area is on foot. Here hikers are spoilt for choice, with numerous short strolls and day walks from the farms.There’s also a five-night, guided and fully catered trail, the Wartrail Skywalk, which starts at Rosstrevor near the town of Barkly East, heads over the hills for around 15 kilometres each day to the farms of Pitlochrie, Balloch, and Reedsdell before ending at Bidstone, high up the valley. The trail is certainly not for the faint-hearted at any time of year, but if you’re reasonably fit it’s a must to really get a feel for wild mountain country.En route, usually accompanied by the farm dogs, you climb spectacular peaks and ridges, watch lammergeier (bearded vulture) soaring overhead and enjoy some of the least visited, yet most accessible rock art in the country. It was here that rock art specialist David Lewis-Williams, co-author of Images of Power, based most of his early research.Many of the paintings are easy to find, such as those among the craggy sandstone boulders behind Balloch Guest House, while real enthusiasts wanting to learn more about the techniques and interpretation of the paintings can sign up for a rock art tour with local fundi Dawn Green.And then of course there’s the chance to swish down the white stuff on skis or snowboards, to drink glühwein and indulge in some après ski fun at nearby Tiffindell, South Africa’s only downhill ski resort.If this all sounds too active don’t worry, it’s not all about adrenalin. There’s plenty to amuse those of a more leisurely bent. Anglers can tickle a trout even in the cold, and there’s a lovely tea garden at Reedsdell.At the Old Dairy Restaurant at Rosstrevor, housed in a beautiful old sandstone barn converted from a dairy, you can while away the day enjoying the scenery in a sedentary fashion, reading, talking to the local people and learning more about the history the area.The Wartrail area, situated below Lundean’s Nek, was the old border of the former homeland of Transkei and Lesotho. Its name comes from the days when King Mosheshwe of Lesotho sent cattle raiding parties over the Nek and through Mosheshesford to rustle the stock of the Xhosas living down in Elliot.Returning to Lesotho with the cattle, Mosheshwe’s men were often pursued by the Xhosa and, instead of abandoning the beasts, they would drive them into the river to drown. This is the origin of the name of the river flowing through Reedsdell, the River Joggem, “eater-of-cattle”.It’s hard to imagine such bloodshed when you survey the tranquil surrounds. Today Wartrail is a peaceful place, proud of its community projects, such as the Bruce Sephton Tennis Academy and the Masibambane Knitting Project.The latter encourages rural women to start their own businesses by supplying them with skills training and equipment an providing a local outlet for their products – knitted beanies, scarves and children’s jerseys – which are sold, along with emu products made on site, in the Wartrail Craft Shop on Reedsdell Farm.Of course the World Cup is just one good reason to escape to Wartrail, but this pristine wonderland is the perfect antidote to the stresses of city life at any time of year. You don’t need an excuse to head to wild mountain country.last_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano. Photo: Reuters.Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano was in a coma and in serious condition following a heart attack on Saturday.After being resuscitated on a Madrid street by paramedics, the 88-year-old Di Stefano was taken to Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon Hospital where he remains in coma.The hospital medical report said Di Stefano was “stable” but “serious.” It said he has been sedated, received a tracheal intubation, and was on mechanical ventilation.A spokeswoman for Madrid’s emergency service Samur told The Associated Press that an ambulance was called to attend Di Stefano at Juan Ramon Jimenez street, just north of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, at 5 pm. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy preventing her from being identified by name.She said paramedics found Di Stefano’s heart had stopped beating and he wasn’t breathing, but they managed to resuscitate him after 18 minutes.Dubbed “La Saeta Rubia” (The Blond Arrow) for his speed, Di Stefano is a former Argentina forward who helped Madrid win five straight European Champions Cups from 1956-60, and eight Spanish league titles. He was voted European player of the year in 1957 and ’59.He retired at the age of 40 in 1966, ending a 22-year playing career.He turned 88 on Friday.Madrid appointed Di Stefano honorary president in 2000 and named its new training complex after him six years later, with a statue erected in his honor in 2008.Former Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain sent his wishes that Di Stefano recovers from the World Cup in Brazil after he scored to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Belgium in the quarterfinals.advertisement”It is not good news for football, for us, for those who know him, those who have been close with Alfredo,” said Higuain. “Alfredo was always very close with me. I have a great respect and I feel for him and I send him my greetings from here. And I hope that he will recover.”Madrid club president Florentino Perez visited Di Stefano at the hospital.A diabetic, Di Stefano underwent a quadruple aorta-coronary bypass with a pacemaker implanted in December 2005 after suffering a myocardial infarction. He has been hospitalized several times in recent years to monitor his heart condition.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu pledges commitment to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu has pledged his commitment to AC Milan.The midfielder has been linked with a move to RB Leipzig this month.But Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso has blocked the move.“I’m in Milan, I’m a Milan player and I’m happy here,” Calhanoglu told TRT Spor.“The rest is out of the question right now. I’m preparing for our match at the weekend.” last_img read more

first_imgMichigan and Jumpman logo seen side by side.Jim Harbaugh is excited for Michigan to become a Nike school. Really excited, apparently.The Wolverines are holding a Nike kickoff event in Ann Arbor, Mich. tonight at The M Den, the school’s official merchandise dealer. Michigan’s $173 million contract with Nike starts at midnight and the store will begin to start selling Nike and Air Jordan gear at that time.Michigan has gone all-out for the start of the contract, holding a type of pep rally outside the store.Harbaugh has made an appearance and, in this video from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, you can watch him emphatically sing The Victors.Jim Harbaugh at @TheMDen an hour before store opens to sell 1st Michigan-Nike product— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2016Harbaugh is just the best.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a frozen food company is recalling a line of chicken strips in British Columbia and the Prairies due to possible bacterial contamination.Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc.’s oven roasted chicken breast strips have been recalled from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba following tests by the CFIA.The agency says the pre-cooked fare may be contaminated with a strain of Listeria.The recalled cutlets were from two batches with best-before dates of Aug. 9 and Aug. 15.CFIA warns that the food may not look or smell spoiled but can still lead to sickness.The agency says that pregnant and elderly people are particularly at risk. Symptoms can include nausea, fever and muscle aches.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version identified Health Canada as the origin of the recall.last_img read more