Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgHotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHotelest Limited is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and is engaged in the tourism and hospitality industry where, through the company’s subsidiary, Constance Hotels Services Limited, owns and operates hotels. Hotelest Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img

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3 simple things you can do if you’re serious about building wealth

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kevin Godbold | Monday, 17th February, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Kevin Godbold Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address 3 simple things you can do if you’re serious about building wealthcenter_img Kevin Godbold owns shares in British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. If you’re working hard in a career and determined to build a pot of money to finance an easier lifestyle later, here are three things you can do right now.1. Move cash savings to accounts with better interest ratesBanks and building societies love it when you’re busy! I reckon they know you’ll struggle to find the time to monitor your cash savings. And they often seem to take advantage of the inertia of their customers by moving interest rates down.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…You probably picked your cash-savings or ISA accounts in the first place because they were hitting the top-lists for interest rates. But look at then two or three years later and you could be in for a nasty shock. Instead of top rates, you could find that you are now earning some of the lowest interest rates around.It seems to me that rather than being rewarded for our loyalty, these days the banks and building societies like to penalise us for it. So don’t be loyal. I’d recommend reviewing all your cash savings at least once a year and transferring your funds to the providers offering the best rates at the time.Price comparison websites such as moneysupermarket.com can help you search for the best rates quickly.2 Get your pensions sortedIf you’re not paying into a pension scheme, I reckon it’s a good idea to start doing so. The money you pay into a pension will be free of income tax and if you can participate in a Workplace Pension Scheme, your employer will pay extra money in for you.Those two advantages can really help to boost the funds you accumulate. But even if you can’t get into a workplace scheme, you can still get the tax advantages if you open a Personal Pension or a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP). And with SIPPs you have full control over the investments you put in your pension. I’d fill mine with share-backed investments, such as funds and trackers, and perhaps some dividend-paying company shares like those of Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, British American Tobacco and Diageo.It’s also worth considering consolidating your pensions if your career has left you with a trail of different schemes. Bits of money here and there can be unwieldy and hard to keep an eye on. I did that a few years ago and transferred everything into one SIPP account. It’s simpler to manage, and now I have full control of my retirement funds, which I’ve diverted to the shares of my own choosing.3 Allocate regular money to share investmentsWithin your pension scheme, even managed funds will often be allocated to shares and share-backed investments. Over time, the returns can be higher than those achieved from cash savings, bonds and property-backed investments.I’d choose managed share funds, passive index tracker funds, and some high-quality individual shares for my SIPP. But it’s also worth considering putting extra money into a Stocks and Shares ISA to take advantage of the tax concessions on offer. All your gains will be free of tax and the returns from shares and share-backed investments could beat cash savings in the long run.last_img read more

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Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img A sporadic qualifier for the World Cup, Uruguay… Expand Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideIt has become a cliché that you can never write off the Wallabies heading into a Rugby World Cup and while they had their moments in Japan, they ultimately got knocked out in the quarter-finals by England.How They QualifiedAustralia were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.Key PlayersDual scavengers Michael Hooper – their talismanic captain – and David Pocock can demolish attacks when selected together. There are numerous threats in the back-line, including the likes of Samu Kerevi and Kurtley Beale.Dynamic: Hooper and Pocock are two of the finest back-rowers in the world (Getty Images)The Coach – Michael CheikaPassionate, if volatile, Michael Cheika is set for his second World Cup, having bossed his boys to the final last time. The Aussie also coached Leinster to a Heineken Cup triumph.Mixed results: Cheika has had an up-and-down record as Wallabies coach (Getty Images)Major Work-onsAustralia inflicted a record defeat on New Zealand during the Rugby Championship but then failed to score a point against the All Blacks a week later. They have struggled to string together consistent results and can be prone to making errors.Australia Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 20 July 2019: South Africa 35-17 AustraliaSaturday 27 July 2019: Australia 16-10 ArgentinaSaturday 10 August 2019: Australia 47-26 New ZealandSaturday 17 August 2019: New Zealand 36-0 AustraliaSaturday 7 September 2019: Australia 34-15 SamoaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsAustralia Rugby World Cup GroupAustralia are in Group D alongside Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay. Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsAustralia Rugby World Cup Kit Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Familiar Foes: Australia will play Wales at the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images)Australia Rugby World Cup SquadMichael Cheika has named his squad for the tournament which is below:Forwards (17): Allan AlaalatoaRory ArnoldAdam ColemanJack DempseyFolau Fainga’aMichael Hooper (captain)Sekope KepuTolu LatuIsi NaisaraniDavid PocockIzack RoddaLukhan Salakaia-LotoRob SimmonsScott SioJames SlipperTaniela TupouJordan Uelese.Backs (14):Adam Ashley-CooperKurtley BealeBernard FoleyWill GeniaDane Haylett-PettyReece HodgeSamu KereviMarika KoroibeteTevita KuridraniChristian LealiifanoJames O’ConnorJordan PetaiaMatt ToomuaNic White.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordAustralia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P53 W42 D0 L111987 Fourth1991 Champions1995 Quarter-finals1999 Champions2003 Runners-up2007 Quarter-finals2011 Third2015 Runners-up2019 Quarter-finalsFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Warren Gatland’s last major tournament until Wayne Pivac… Expand Japan 2019 was the Lelos’ fifth World Cup Here’s everything you need to know about Fiji… Australia always seem to raise their game for the World Cup, but fell at the quarter-final stage in 2019 Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Australia Rugby World Cup FixturesSat 21 Sep Australia 39-21 Fiji (Sapporo). Match reportSun 29 Sep Australia 25-29 Wales (Tokyo) Match reportSat 5 Oct Australia 45-10 Uruguay (Oita) Match reportFri 11 Oct Australia 27-8 Georgia (Shizuoka) Match reportSat 19 Oct QF1 England 40-16 Australia (Oita) Match report Collapse Uruguay Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Contenders: Australia always up their game for the World Cup (Getty Images) Wales Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Uruguay Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Wales Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

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Rathmines House / MRTN Architects

first_img Photographs ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893629/rathmines-house-mrtn-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), Classic Ceramics Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Rathmines House / MRTN Architects Photographs:  Tatjana Plitt Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectDoorsAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Timber Windows & Doors – GOODWOODSave this picture!© Tatjana PlittText description provided by the architects. The age-old adage that the heart of the home is the kitchen could not more true for this family home located in Fairfield, Melbourne.Save this picture!© Tatjana PlittOur client, Scott Pickett is a celebrated chef and restaurateur who, along with his partner Bec, wanted to create a home for their young family with three children where life revolved around the kitchen. Where living and the joy of preparing and sharing meals occupy centre stage, involving the whole family and friends.Save this picture!PlanRathmines House is an alteration and addition to a Victorian weatherboard house in Fairfield. The poorly planned layout of the existing dwelling contained a lean-too out the back, housing the laundry and bathrooms to the north and living spaces to the south. A narrow corridor provided the only connection to the backyard. MRTN’s proposal removed the lean-too and replaced it with north-facing living spaces and created a connection from the front of the house through to the green spaces of the rear garden.Save this picture!© Tatjana PlittMRTN eschewed an ‘open-plan’ type addition and instead proposed an ‘L’ shaped arrangement with the kitchen occupying a central location between the dining and living spaces. The kitchen itself is generously proportioned, relative to the modest scale of the project, and is centred on the solid Spotted Gum countertop of the kitchen island.Save this picture!© Tatjana PlittAn oversized built-in sofa that was inspired by the furniture design of Donald Judd separates the kitchen and living room. In the tightly planned spaces the sofa provides two functions: at 3.7m long it provides generous seating for the whole family to watch TV while at the same time acting as a partial height wall to separate kitchen from living but maintain visual and physical connection. When guests come to visit the counter height top to the sofa also provides a handy space to rest your elbow or drink, as others are busy in the kitchen.Restaurant style banquette seating extends from the kitchen bench, wrapping around the end of the addition and above, an over scaled window frames views to the neighbours tree. A flexible study / guest bedroom was included adjacent to the living space with a floor to ceiling surface mounted sliding door offering privacy when required.Save this picture!© Tatjana PlittFrom the garden the extension is designed as a pair of interlocking volumes, a pitched timber clad wing that overlaps a smaller mass of salvaged brick. At the fulcrum between these two volumes is painted steel pergola set on a base of salvaged brick creating a seasonal outdoor room. In summer overgrown with a grape vine and in winter left bare to allow low winter sun deep into the living spaces inside.Save this picture!© Tatjana PlittThe historic timber bungalow was renovated, re-roofed and returned to its original condition with the addition of some raised planter boxes in the front yard to supply Scott’s restaurants with seasonal produce. Internally the original house was re-modelled to create bedrooms, an ensuite, bathroom and laundry. Along with much needed, and appreciated, storage along the corridor.Project gallerySee allShow lessWalk DVRC International Design Competition (Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong)IdeasCaxambu House / Aresto ArquiteturaSelected Projects Share “COPY” CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Melbourne, Australia Architects: MRTN Architects Area Area of this architecture project Houses Area:  163 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Tatjana Plitt+ 15Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Rathmines House / MRTN ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRathmines House / MRTN Architects 2017 Australia Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893629/rathmines-house-mrtn-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMRTN ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentMelbourneAustraliaPublished on May 02, 2018Cite: “Rathmines House / MRTN Architects” 02 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! 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Forest Fairy / Mjölk architects

first_imgForest Fairy / Mjölk architectsSave this projectSaveForest Fairy / Mjölk architects “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: ACTUAL FENSTER TÜREN SONNENSCHUTZ, Cemex, Godelmann, Wienerberger, JN Interier, Javorina, SýkoraSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausText description provided by the architects. Villa stands at the corner of huge, deep floodplain forest close to Prague. Our clients picked awesome place, in the middle of the woods, situated close to very old village, which was historically used as source of workers for emperor forests.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceHuge inspiration was the surroundings. Meanwhile the organic shape of roof is weaving through the trees, bottom part was designed with respect of fascinating views to the woods.Save this picture!AxonometricThe roof covers two houses. The first one is tiny and hides atelier, visitor part and garage. The second one is full-fledged house for family. In the bottom part is situated generous residential area with living room, kitchen, workroom and master bedroom. Upstairs follows up on bottom disposition by the children rooms which are the only volumes exceeding the roof. First one imaginary adds the mass of kitchen and the second one is situated above the workroom. Children rooms are identical. Everyone has its own bathroom and small dressing room.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceRoof designs covered areas between both houses and also their nooks. Shifted ceiling accentuate surroundings and makes bigger contrast between outside pictures and interior which in united wooden underlays permeates to exterior. For the construction were used bricks with roof reinforced concrete construction which is in areas without bearing walls supported by steel columns.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceProject gallerySee allShow lessZuidblok / Kollhoff & Pols architectenSelected ProjectsVEX / Chance de SilvaSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeMjölk architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCzech RepublicPublished on June 22, 2018Cite: “Forest Fairy / Mjölk architects” 22 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 Photographs ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896732/forest-fairy-mjolk-architects Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896732/forest-fairy-mjolk-architects Clipboard Projectscenter_img Forest Fairy / Mjölk architects Year:  Photographs:  BoysPlayNice Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Czech Republic 2017 Area:  322 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Czech Republic Save this picture!© BoysPlayNice+ 28Curated by María Francisca González Share Architects: Mjölk architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

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China replacing U.S. as world’s leading scientific power

first_imgThe first day of December saw two major scientific events: the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed, and China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft landed on the moon. These two events are the latest developments in the ongoing conflict between the U.S. and China – a new Cold War being fought on many fronts, from the fields of science and technology to the ideological and military arenas. The U.S. is attempting to maintain its faltering grip on world dominance and prevent the rise of China, which offers an alternative world order based on multilateralism, mutually beneficial economic relations, and non-interference in internal affairs.China’s FAST telescopeThe deterioration of the U.S. as a scientific power became more stark with the collapse of the Arecibo observatory, which had become the world’s largest radio telescope when completed in 1963. It held that title for 53 years — until China’s 500-meter aperture spherical radio telescope (FAST) overtook it in 2016. The U.S. built Arecibo, in part, to covertly locate Soviet radar bases by tracking their signals bouncing off the moon. The observatory also discovered the first neutron stars and extrasolar planets, and contributed to the search for extraterrestrial life, gathering data analyzed by the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute. Collapsing under weight of budget cutsBeginning in 2001, Arecibo – like other publicly funded projects spanning science, health, education, transportation and welfare – saw massive budget cuts under both Democratic and Republican administrations, which pushed austerity and privatization while securing limitless budgets for police and the military. In 2011 the National Science Foundation decertified Arecibo as a federally funded research and development center. In 2017, during Hurricane Maria, a cable snapped and fell onto the main telescope dish. Arecibo’s management changed hands again in 2018. Finally, this Dec. 1, the observatory’s 900-ton instrument platform fell onto its thousand-foot wide receiver dish, while one of the towers holding the receiver snapped in half.The destruction of the Arecibo observatory was avoidable. The observatory could have been maintained and upgraded to prolong its mission of scientific discovery. Instead, its collapse was the result of a U.S. government that has increasingly prioritized the carceral, police, surveillance and military wings of the state. China’s FAST telescope While the loss of the Arecibo observatory is a setback for science across the globe, the world is not without a large radio telescope. China completed its much larger and more modern telescope in 2016. It is 2.5 times more sensitive than the Arecibo observatory, with a dish spanning 1,600 feet, or 500 meters. The FAST telescope, located in southwest China’s Guizhou province, cost the equivalent of $180 million. (tinyurl.com/y5kydvku)China also spent an additional $260 million on poverty reduction in the area of the new observatory, and on helping to relocate nearly 10,000 residents living within five kilometers of the site. (Such a telescope needs radio silence, meaning there can be no nearby cell phones, televisions or radios.) Within a year of its opening, the FAST telescope discovered its first pulsar stars, and since January has been declared fully operational. It has now discovered more than 240 pulsars, and in 2021 will open to international scientists. Scientists have already published 40 scientific papers using data collected from FAST. The telescope is also part of the SETI Institute’s Breakthrough Listen project, which represents the most comprehensive search for intelligent extraterrestrial life to date. (tinyurl.com/y3r43559)China’s space programOn the day Arecibo collapsed, China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission touched down on the near side of the moon, another scientific achievement in a long list since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. After launching a satellite into orbit in 1970, China built a highly advanced space program, sending more rockets into orbit than any other country. On Sept. 6, it launched its first reusable rocket, a key component of making space travel more cost effective and thus common. (tinyurl.com/yym66v4z)Last year China’s Chang’e 4 mission became the first-ever lander to touch down on the far side of the moon. The lander included the Lunar Micro Ecosystem, a sealed biosphere that successfully sprouted the first seeds on an extraterrestrial body.  Now the Chang’e 5 mission has collected samples of lunar soil and rocks, and blasted off from the moon for a return mission to earth, scheduled for landing in mid-December. The mission makes China only the third country to collect samples from the moon, after the Soviet Union and the U.S. China’s achievements in science and technology cover a wide area. Chinese scientists publish more scientific papers than any other country. China rapidly constructed the world’s largest high-speed rail system, which now covers over 35,000 kilometers. China has announced it will build a particle accelerator five times more powerful than the current record holder, the Large Hadron Collider. (tinyurl.com/y9zbp69d) By the end of 2020, China’s funding of research and development is set to equal that of the U.S., the world’s current largest R&D funder. (tinyurl.com/y6xzgben)U.S. space for the super-richMeanwhile, the U.S. continues to slash funding for any research that won’t lead to private profits or contribute to “state security.” Private companies like SpaceX use technology developed by publicly funded agencies in their drive to commercialize space and turn it into both a playground for the super-rich and another front in imperialist conflict. Increasingly, the U.S. has hindered its own scientific development by not prioritizing funding and resources for scientific projects, instead imposing steep austerity to satisfy the demands of Wall Street and “small government” politicians. At the highest levels of power in the U.S., science is ignored and even mocked, as the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly illustrated. A substantial number of U.S. politicians do not accept the scientific consensus on climate change, evolution and other facts, instead opting for pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. China’s government is filled with scientists and engineers. A 1990 study by Li Cheng and Lynn White, “Elite Transformation and Modern Change in Mainland China and Taiwan: Empirical Data and the Theory of Technocracy,” found that 80 percent of mayors and Communist Party secretaries of cities over one million people – as well as governors, provincial Party secretaries and Central Committee members – had four-year degrees or more in science- and technology-related fields. Chinese President Xi Jinping studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University and has a degree in Marxist studies as well as a PhD in law. (tinyurl.com/y38l9dyz)In China there is no large, corporate-backed opposition to climate science and politicians do not recklessly spread pseudoscience.China’s large economy, with a firm foundation of publicly owned industries, can direct huge resources into scientific projects, and its Five-Year plans guide scientific and technological development to reach new heights. Its competent Communist Party embraces and promotes science not only to explore space, but also to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and clean up the environment for the benefit of the people. Guided by Marxism – that is, by scientific socialism – China prioritizes social goals and directs resources in a long-term, scientifically planned manner. Through this basis in Marxism, China has been able to develop rapidly and become a global scientific leader, pushing humanity to new understandings of the universe and opening up new pathways for the future.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources

first_imgNews April 16, 2020 Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources Disturbing legal precedent News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment The court nonetheless said the federal police could keep and continue to use the documents seized during the raid, the real aim of which was to identify a source. Worse still, the court only took a position on the way the warrant was worded. None of the judges expressed an opinion on the legality of a raid carried out with the aim of identifying a reporter’s or news organization’s sources. The decision was therefore a Pyrrhic victory. The court’s seven judges ruled that the warrant used by the federal police to search reporter Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra on 4 June 2019 was invalid because if failed to properly specify the alleged offence justifying the raid. The decision was issued in response to a challenge by Smethurst’s employer, News Corp. February 22, 2021 Find out more Undermined Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more This in effect means that police officers can at any time and with complete legality swoop on any Australian journalist’s home and search it from top to bottom because of an article they wrote. News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, whose home was raided by federal police. (photo: courtesy of Dominic Lorrimer / SMH). The legal precedents set by both of these cases are especially fraught with consequences because Australia’s constitutional law contains no guarantees for press freedom. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.center_img In response to ABC’s legal challenge, a federal court finally ruled on 17 February that the warrant used in this raid was legal, thereby further undermining the legal guarantees for the protection of journalists’ sources in Australia. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Australia AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment November 19, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that, although Australia’s high court ruled yesterday that the warrant used to search a reporter’s home in 2019 was invalid, its judges continue to recognize that the police have a right to violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia Bastard added: “In the light of this particularly disturbing judicial precedent, it is high time that Australia’s legislators established clear legal guarantees for press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers.” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “In its ruling, the high court made no reference to press freedom and the protection of sources although they are at the very core of this case,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The judges told the federal police they did their job badly but, at the same time, they have given them the right to violate journalists’ sources again.” The search of Smethurst’s home was followed the next day by a federal police raid on the Sydney headquarters of the national public broadcaster ABC , in which the police searched computers, email accounts and data storage devices in an attempt to identify the sources that two journalists, Sam Clark and Dan Oakes, used for report about the alleged role of Australia’s Special Forces in the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. News Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

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Deprivation Of Land Traumatic For Indian Farmer, More So, When Lawful Compensation, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Not Ensured At Earliest’: Telangana HC [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesDeprivation Of Land Traumatic For Indian Farmer, More So, When Lawful Compensation, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Not Ensured At Earliest’: Telangana HC [Read Judgment] MEHAL JAIN6 Jun 2020 1:24 AMShare This – xFor an Indian farmer, deprivation of agricultural land is traumatic, more so, when compensation as per the Law of the land is not paid at the earliest and proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation, as per law, is not done”, observed the Telangana High Court on Wednesday. The State of Telangana had initiated the Kaleswaram Irrigation Project under which it proposed to construct many…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?LoginFor an Indian farmer, deprivation of agricultural land is traumatic, more so, when compensation as per the Law of the land is not paid at the earliest and proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation, as per law, is not done”, observed the Telangana High Court on Wednesday. The State of Telangana had initiated the Kaleswaram Irrigation Project under which it proposed to construct many reservoirs down stream. The lands of the petitioners before the Court, who are small farmers owning small extents of land and eking out their livelihood doing agriculture, were acquired by the State/respondents for purpose of Ananthagiri Sagar reservoir, which is also a component of the Kaleswaram irrigation project. The issues raised relate to (a) payment of lawful compensation under the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 to the petitioners for depriving them of their agricultural lands and structures thereon and (b) also of compensation in lieu of Rehabilitation and Resettlement under Section 31-A introduced in the Act by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Act, 2016.The bench was alive to the fact that the water from these reservoirs (from the river Godavari) would be supplied and utilised in more than 10 districts for agriculture purpose, besides covering the supply of drinking water to the State Capital of Hyderabad. “It is a prestigious project undoubtedly conceived in public interest”, the Court had stated.However, it proceeded to observed that “Admittedly, there is unequal bargaining power between the State actors such as the respondents and the petitioners, who are small farmers”. It noted that in the instant cases too, “the petitioners were given no choice or rather no meaningful choice, in view of their unequal bargaining power with the respondents, but to give their assent to a contract or to sign on the dotted line in a prescribed or standard form though it was unfair, unreasonable and unconscionable”. Accordingly, the bench declared that the agreements/consent awards entered into by the petitioners with the State are vitiated by coercion, that they are unconscionable and consequently unenforceable invoking Sec. 19 and 23 of the Contract Act, 1872. The Court also held that the action of the State is also violative of Art.14 and 300-A of the Constitution of India. Taking their respective dates of dispossession as the date of Sec.11 (1) notification (issued in July, 2015), the bench ruled that the petitioners would be entitled to compensation as if their lands had been acquired under the new LA Act of 2013. Requiring such compensation to be paid within 3 months, the bench also ordered the state to pay costs of Rs.2,000/- to each of the petitioners. “We hold that the petitioners are entitled to not only (market value) compensation for their lands in accordance with the provisions of Act 30 of 2013 but also to the lump sum amounts towards Rehabilitation and Resettlement as per Sec.31A”, the Court announced. ‘Sec.31 A makes even land owners deprived of their lands by the State for irrigation projects (despite section 10A(1)(b) allowing exemption by the government in respect of such projects in public interest) entitled to a lump sum amount in lieu of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, which is not to be at variance to the disadvantage of the affected families’, concluded the bench. The Court opined that even after the deletion of the words “equivalent costs required for rehabilitation and resettlement of willing land owners and others” from the July, 2015 notification by a subsequent Government Order, the said GO would still be overridden by the non-obstante clause in Sec.31A, and make the petitioners entitled to the said amounts.The Court further directed that amounts already paid to petitioners shall not be recovered by the respondents and shall be adjusted by the State towards the compensation found payable to the petitioners after such compensation for land is determined strictly in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Act of 2013.”Not a single agreement or sale deed or other material said to have been signed by the petitioners with requisitioning department is filed by the respondents to support this plea as to how they gave their willingness to sell their land to the State and to accept what was offered to them by the respondents or how the compensation/price for petitioners’ lands’ was arrived at. The respondents have also not filed before the Court the minutes of the meetings of the District Level Land Procurement Committee to show how it had arrived at the price/consideration to be offered to the petitioners for purchasing their land. No record pertaining to the Registration department showing the market value as on the date of dispossession of the petitioners is filed by the respondents though the consideration is supposed to be fixed looking at valuation statement produced by the Land Procurement Officer”, reads the judgment.The bench expressed that such record is critical to ascertain whether petitioners agreed to part with their lands voluntarily and whether price was arrived at objectively keeping in view the market value/ registration value of neighbouring lands, and as to what the petitioners were made to agree was more beneficial than what they would have got for the land under the Act of 2013. “This is because under Section 26(1) of the Act, the Collector has to adopt the higher rate among (a) market value specified in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 for registration of sale deeds or agreements to sell in the area where the land is situated or (b) the average sale price for similar type of land situated in the nearest village or vicinity”, the Judges write. “Why this record of market value fixed under the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 by the Registration department of the State in regard to the lands in the villages of Allipur and Ananthagiri is suppressed from the Court is not explained by the State”, wondered the bench.The Court Dispelled the State Government’s Argument of Lack of Urgency in Posting the Matter for Final Hearing Via Video Conferencing Amidst the Lockdown”If the Writ Petitions were to be posted for final hearing in the normal course, as is suggested by the learned Advocate-General, such final hearing, keeping in mind the present pendency of more than two lakh cases and the Bench strength of the High Court of a mere 14 Judges as against a sanctioned strength of 24, would happen probably only after 10 years from now, by which time the petitioners’ lives would be destroyed”, said the division bench.In the same breath, the court proceeded to observe, “Also, it is now not clear when the pandemic will end and so he cannot say that unless the pandemic ends, the matters can’t be heard”. Further, in its opinion, issues relating to adequate payment of compensation to land losers and their Rehabilitation and Resettlement cannot be postponed in the manner suggested by the Advocate-General-‘When,(a) the very purpose of the Act 30 of 2013 is to lessen the hardship of owners of land;(b) Section 38 in fact mandates that the land owner can only be dispossessed by the Collector after ensuring full payment of compensation as well as rehabilitation and resettlement entitlements are paid or tendered to the entitled persons within a period of three months for the compensation and a period of six months for the monetary part of rehabilitation and resettlement entitlements listed in the 2nd Schedule to the Act;(c) the 2nd proviso to Section 38 states that in case of acquisition of land for irrigation or hydel project, the rehabilitation and resettlement shall be completed six months prior to submergence of the lands acquired; and(d) it is admitted in that the previous Bench presided over by the Hon’ble Chief Justice had permitted the State to release water into the subject lands which were acquired for the purpose of Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation Project (Order dt.01.05.2020) (the Anatagirisagar reservoir was inaugurated on 24.4.2020 itself) , and consequently the lands of the petitioners would be submerged and result in their dispossession, the Advocate-General cannot contend that this bench should ignore the mandate of the statute contained in the 2nd proviso to Section 38, that it should also ignore the timelines specified in it including the timeline for rehabilitation and resettlement mentioned in the 2nd proviso to ensure Rehabilitation and resettlement 6 months before submergence of the lands acquired and simply adjourn the matter to an unknown future date’In as much as it was argued that it is difficult for the Advocate General to present arguments through Video Conferencing mode, for final hearing because of disruption of audio/logging problems, the bench insisted that all the High Courts in the country including the Supreme Court have been doing hearing of matters mostly through Video Conferencing only since 24.03.2020 and it is not as if only this High Court is adopting that mode.”Though occasionally there were disruptions of audio and logging problems, from 12.05.2020 till 15.05.2020 when the learned Advocate General made submissions before this Bench not only in these matters and also other matters including PILs, we did not find any difficulty in hearing arguments of the petitioners’ counsel or the learned Advocate General or other Government Pleaders or counsel for respondents. 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