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Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) 2006 Annual Report

first_imgFurnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw)  2006 annual report.Company ProfileFurnmart Limited markets furniture and electrical appliances for the domestic market through an international network of retail outlets in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia. The company also offers a range of smart credit services. Furnmart retail outlets offer a wide range of home products that includes kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and microwaves; bedroom products which include bed bases and mattresses, and bedroom furniture, rugs, carpets and curtains; and stylish furniture for the lounge and dining room which includes couches, dining room tables and chairs, and quality carpets and curtains.last_img read more

This FTSE 100 stock is up 60%. Should I buy it now?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” At its close last week, the FTSE 100 cruise company Carnival (LSE: CCL) had already gained 60% from the lowest level it hit during the stock market crash. But that doesn’t mean the stock, or indeed the company, is out of the woods. Challenges for CarnivalFirst, consider the stock price. Even now it’s trading at a fraction of the highs it saw in January this year. Its recovery so far is more a sign of how sharply it had fallen, and less of how much it has actually bounced back. Second, CCL has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis. With countries in lockdown, the leisure travel business has come to a halt. It could be over a month before lockdowns are lifted and even longer before it’s back to business as usual. 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…But overcoming the health crisis is just one part of the story. It has also impacted the economy negatively. According to the Office of Budget Responsibility, the economy could shrink by as much as 35% in this quarter. I suspect it’s going to be a long way to recovery and then to growth. Cyclical businesses like that of Carnival’s tend to benefit richly from periods of high growth and vice versa.If a boom is now a long way off, we can reasonably expect that it will be a while before CCL’s business finds its footing again as well. Carnival underlines the effect of Covid-19 on its business in a recent update. It says “COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a materially adverse impact on our financial condition and operations, which impacts our ability to obtain acceptable financing to fund any resulting shortfalls in cash from operations.”How’s it placed for the long term?I’m not entirely pessimistic about Carnival’s long-term prospects though. For one, it’s a financially healthy company, which has reported growing revenues and positive earnings in the past years. There may well be potential for it to bounce back over time. As a global company, CCL derives its revenue from across geographies, which can be a good hedge in case of concentrated economic downturns in specific countries.The real question concerning me is whether it can see itself through in the interim. In particular, I’m concerned about whether it will be able to finance itself when there are no incoming revenues. This is the red flag raised in the update I referred to above.How the health crisis unfolds and how deep an impact it has on the global economy is still a matter of speculation. I reckon it could be a few months before we get a clearer picture. If there’s widespread economic damage, it could put CCL in an even more vulnerable position. I would rather go for safer stocks while waiting to see how the Carnival story goes.   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. This FTSE 100 stock is up 60%. Should I buy it now? Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. 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. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Manika Premsingh | Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 | More on: CCL See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

Romain Ntamack Goes Surfing On French Top14 Trophy

first_img Expand (Credit – Anouk Espiasse-Cabau on Twitter) Many of the Frenchman on display during the final, like Ntamack and Medard, got some welcome news a couple of days later as well as Jacques Brunel named his 2019 Rugby World Cup wider training squad as well which you can take a look at by clicking on the link above.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest rugby news. La Rochelle and France prop Uini Atonio France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand La Rochelle and France prop Uini Atonio Front-rower Uini Atonio talks pranks, pies and party… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 All you need to know about Les Bleus… The contest was a close, attritional affair throughout as the men in red took a 11-9 lead in at half-time. Then, man of the match Yoann Huget dotted over again amid several other penalties from Thomas Ramos, Greig Laidlaw and Camille Lopez to all but assure Toulouse the victory.Another newsworthy moment was created by Toulouse captain Jerome Kaino who declined to participate in the initial trophy celebrations, instead making sure original Toulouse captain Julien Marchand took the honour. Marchand did not play in the final because of injury but Kaino insisted he raise the trophy alongside Maxime Medard, the only survivor from Toulouse’s last league win in 2012.Speaking after Kaino said; “It was very important to me. He’s my captain. If he had not been hurt, he would still be the captain.“We have a strong group. The injured guys played a big part in the motivation of our team. Even though I was captain today, I see Julien as my captain. He had to be the one who lifted the Brennus.” Collapse Romain Ntamack Goes Surfing On French Top14 TrophyIn this day and age we are used to seeing all manner of victory celebrations both on and off the pitch, but Frenchman Romain Ntamack has taken it to another level after his Toulouse sides 24-18 victory over Clermont in the Top 14 final.Spotted on a beach the young Frenchman decided to use the famous Bouclier de Brennus trophy as a makeshift surf-board as you can see below! Clearly the sheer size of the trophy has lent itself nicely to Ntamack’s surfing ability as he didn’t fall flat on his face into the ocean. France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 The Frenchman used the Bouclier de Brennus as a makeshift surf-board after the victory. Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… One of the most successful French clubs in Europe, the win was Toulouse’s first in the Top 14 since consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012. As a result the squad have been celebrating in a big way as shown by their bus parade below.last_img read more

Soybean Checkoff to Focus on Improving US Soymeal

first_img By Gary Truitt – Dec 13, 2014 USB Secretary Dwain L. Ford, from Kinmundy, Illinois, says another top priority for the checkoff is the support of the livestock industry which is facing some serious challenges from animal activists, “We understand the importance of animal agriculture here in the US, and we are investing checkoff dollars to support animal agriculture.” He added the livestock farmer is the No. 1 customer for the soybean farmer and, if there are no livestock farmers in the future, there would be no soybean farmers.  USB officials estimate the checkoff will spend about $87 million dollars in 2015 addressing these priorities as well as promoting demand and funding research to improve the productivity and profitability of soybean farmers. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleOil Prices May Be Near a BottomNext articleChism Re-elected INFB Second Vice President Gary Truitt Soybean Checkoff to Focus on Improving US Soymeal Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Checkoff to Focus on Improving US Soymeal Facebook Twitter SHARE Soybean Checkoff to Focus on Improving US Soymeal The newly elected leaders of the soybean checkoff are focusing on improving the quality of US soybean meal. United Soybean Board chairman Bob Hazelwood says one of his top priorities for the coming year is looking at ways of improving the quality of US soybean meal. He said the real challenge is figuring out what exactly the customer wants, “Some of them say we need higher protein; but others say, even though our protein is low, we provide good returns in certain situations; and still others say we need more energy in our meal.” He told a teleconference on Friday that figuring out how to improve soymeal will be a project of the checkoff in the coming year.In addition to figuring out what traits to emphasize in US meal, Hazelwood says the industry must begin to brand US meal to make it more recognizable on the world market, “We feel there is a competitive advantage to our meal now, but we want to look for ways to make it shine above the rest.”last_img read more

ISPCA tips to keep your pets safe in hot weather

first_imgLinkedin LimerickNewsISPCA tips to keep your pets safe in hot weatherBy Meghann Scully – June 2, 2020 186 Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleLimerick School of Art and Design Graduate Showcase 2020 launches onlineNext articleIreland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Meghann Scully REPRO FREEISPCA senior inspector Lisa OÕDonovan and Tiger, a rescued Staffordshire bull terrier at the ISPCA Mallow Equine Rescue Centre as the ISPCA appeal for donations as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high with 86,549 calls for help made to their National Animal Cruelty Helpline. Visit www.ispca.ie.Picture. John AllenISPCA issues an urgent plea for support as reports of animal cruelty are at an all-time high!86,549 calls for help made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty HelplineThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has today launched its annual Inspectorate Report highlighting the increased number of animal cruelty reports received by the charity, with 17,338 calls for help recorded last year. A total of 86,549 calls have been received by the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline since 2014, the year in which the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced.The report outlines the 18 prosecutions with which ISPCA Inspectors were involved that were resolved in the courts in 2018. ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors carried out 3,494 investigations with 1,102 animals seized or surrendered and taken into ISPCA care.Since the AHWA came into force only five years ago, the ISPCA Helpline has handled 86,549 calls: 17,832 investigations have been carried out by ISPCA Inspectors; with 5,147 animals seized/surrendered, and ISPCA Inspectors have been involved with 64 prosecutions for animal cruelty which have been successfully resolved in court.Whilst the ISPCA has been disappointed with the penalties imposed in some cases, we recently saw a three year prison term handed down to a man who pleaded guilty last October to 30 charges of animal cruelty. This case was the biggest in the ISPCAÕs history and involved the removal of 340 dogs and 11 horses.ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: ÒThis particular case highlighted in the report was almost four years coming to a conclusion. Even though it was so long ago the events of that week are still fresh in the memories of all those who witnessed those scenes. Never in my 20 yearsÕ service have I seen such extreme suffering on such a scale. We discovered a number of dead animals scattered around the property, some of which had been used to feed the dogs. It was just harrowing. Although there was an appeal against the severity of the sentence it was dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the original sentence was upheld. The ISPCA felt that this outcome was appropriate.ÓThe prosecutions highlighted in the report illustrate the impact that ISPCA Inspectors are having but so much more could be done if the ISPCA had sufficient resources. The ISPCA is therefore appealing to the Irish Government and the public for more funding to help fight animal cruelty enabling the ISPCA to reach the counties not currently covered. It costs approximately Û50,000 to keep an ISPCA Inspector on the road including vehicle costs, veterinary costs, uniform and equipment, administrative support and salary. With the majority of ISPCA funding received from members of the public and through gifts in wills, the ISPCA relies heavily on public support to continue our work preventing animal cruelty and alleviating animal suffering.Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed said: ÒMy Department is pleased to continue itsÕ support for the work of the ISPCA which being the nationÕs largest non-governmental animal welfare organisation means they are at the forefront of animal welfare. The cases highlighted in this report outline the remarkable, and often difficult, work being carried out by the ISPCA team. I would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspected animal cruelty concerns to either the ISPCA Helpline or to the helpline operated by my Department so that those responsible for animal cruelty can be held accountable under the law. We look forward to continued engagement with the ISPCA to ensure that all animals are fully protected and those responsible for neglecting, abusing or cruelly treating animals are dealt with robustly.ÓChief Inspector Dowling continued: ÒWe have never been busier or under so much pressure and our resources are dangerously stretched. There are many areas in Ireland we are currently unable to reach so we need to expand our Inspectorate (currently at nine members). But we must also develop our animal accommodation facilities to enable us to take in the volume of vulnerable animals that our Inspectors may wish to remove from sub-standard situations. We often have to use private boarding kennels when our three rescue centres are full to capacity and there is a list of animals waiting to be transported to our centres once space becomes available. This is not sustainable. The cases highlighted in the report represent some of the horrific cases of animal cruelty and distressing situations ISPCA Inspectors face during the course of their work on a regular basis. We can do more if we have the resources and we are appealing to the Irish Government and the animal loving public to help us continue this vital work caring for IrelandÕs most cruelly treated, neglected and abused animals.ÓThe ISPCA is issuing an urgent appeal asking the public to make a donation to help the most vulnerable animals. Please visit the ISPCAÕs secure website to donate online today https://www.ispca.ie/donate/once_off.ENDSInterview opportunities:ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly, Chief Inspector Conor Dowling and Senior Inspector Lisa OÕDonovan are available for interviews. Contact: Carmel Murray, Public Relations Manager on 087 0525119 or email [email protected] to coordinate.PhotographerFree Repro photographs to follow provided by John Allen Photography.Telephone 086 216 2990 Ð Email [email protected] to editors:ISPCA Inspectors became authorised officers in 2014 after the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA) was introduced and since then have used their statutory powers effectively to deal with animal neglect, cruelty and abuse. Although we would like to see stronger penalties for animal cruelty to act as a deterrent, we would like to get the message across that all animal owners and anyone who looks after animals have a legal obligation to provide them with their welfare needs. Failure to do so will result in them being held to account. The ISPCA will not tolerate animal cruelty and will do all that we can to stamp it out in Ireland.About the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Mallow:The Equine Rescue Centre is dedicated to the memory of the late Victor Dowling, veterinary surgeon and committed animal lover who remembered the ISPCA in his will. The property was developed by the ISPCA and the Equine Rescue Centre was opened in June 2007 as a direct result of his legacy gift. The Centre accommodates animals that have been cruelly treated, neglected and abused in the south of the country where they are treated, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed. Leaving a gift in your will to help the ISPCA means that your legacy lives on, long after youÕre gone helping the ISPCA maintain and expand our services. The ISPCA depend on public donations and gifts in wills to enable us to continue our vital work helping animals that are suffering now.About our workThe ISPCA is the largest national animal welfare organisation caring for all animals in Ireland and recognised at European level. The ISPCA operates three rescue and rehabilitation centres which were developed in order to support the ISPCA Inspectorate and member societies with the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible re-homing of cruelly treated and neglected animals.What we do?Prevention and Enforcement: We prevent cruelty to all animals, promote animal welfare and proactively relieve animal suffering. With nine fully trained ISPCA Inspectors, the ISPCA investigates animal cruelty in 17 counties in Ireland.Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming: Our Inspectorate rescue the most vulnerable animals, they are treated at our Centres, rehabilitated and responsibly rehomed to loving families where they will be cared for, for the rest of their lives.Education: We aim to equip pet owners and future pet owners with access to information and knowledge about how to look after their petsAdvocacy and Engagement: We engage with organisations across European to achieve legislative change at EU level though our membership with Eurogroup.About our InspectorateISPCA Inspectors are the front line preventing animal cruelty in Ireland. As Authorised Officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), they respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also aid sick and injured animals. While the majority of allegations investigated by ISPCA Inspectors are dealt with by means of advice or instruction, if the situation warrants stronger action, formal warnings or the seizure of animals can be issued. Read our Inspectorate Reports hereThe ISPCA has as a total of nine authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and six Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 17 affiliated member societies nationwide.How we are funded?The majority of our funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. The ISPCA receive an ex gratia grant from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for which we are grateful for.Get in touchYou can find more information about the ISPCAÕs work, to make a donation or to report animal cruelty in confidence by visiting www.ispca.ie.ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh, Co. Longford, N39X 257, Tel: 043 33 25035 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Wednesdays – Sundays, 11.30am to 4.00pm.ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Dromsligo, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 YF98. Tel: 022 43218 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only.ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Barrack, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, F92 V3Y1. Tel: 074 9152360 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Visiting by appointment only.Report Cruelty: ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline: 1890 515 515, email [email protected] or report online in confidence on www.ispca.ieEstablished in 1949, the ISPCAÕs Registered Charity No. 2008723 and is registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners, No.CHY5619Follow us on social media! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.TEMPERATURES are soaring so here are some summer tips and advice to help keep your pets safe during warm weather.ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray said:  “We all love the summer sunshine, but it is important plan in advance especially if you are bringing your pet anywhere with you.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Dogs don’t have sweat glands which makes it difficult for them to stay cool so it is really important that they are not left in a hot car for any length of time as it can be fatal.“It’s better to avoid walking your dog during intense heat, so early morning or evening walks is best when it’s cooler”. she said.Carmel added:  “If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it is too hot for their paws.  Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun.“If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet immediately.“In particular older, over-weight or flat-faced dogs are even less tolerant of the heat so it is important to know the signs of overheating such as increased heart rate with excessive panting and drooling, drowsy or out of sorts, vomiting or diarrhoea”.It is important to remember that dogs can die if left in hot cars. Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine.By leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.Always have fresh water available for your pet; refresh and refill more often than on a normal day and leave extra if you are going out.You can also add ice cubes to your pet’s water. Make sure they have access to shade, and keep them indoors in cooler rooms when the heat becomes too extreme.Ensure you leave out extra water in the shade for cats and wildlife too. If you have a rabbit or small mammals in the garden, keep their living quarters in the shade.You could also partially cover the front of their enclosures as they can heat up very quickly. All caged animals, even if they are indoors, should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep an eye on aviaries or birdcages, which are near to a window.Remember household chemicals and common summer foods can be toxic to pets. If using sunscreen or insect repellent, please ensure the product is labelled as safe for use on pets. If you are unsure about certain products consult your vet.Alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, chocolate, coconut, grapes or raisins, onions, raw meat or excessively salty foods or foods containing the sweetener xylitol can be toxic or cause serious health issues for your pet.If you do witness an animal locked in a car on a hot day, try to establish how long the dog has been left in the car first, look for a pay and display ticket on the dashboard.If the pet is showing signs of distress and overheating contact the local Garda station immediately or dial 999 /112 in an emergency and call our National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA), authorised officers such as Members of An Garda Síochána or ISPCA “authorised officers” can use reasonable force to enter a vehicle and rescue a distressed animal if necessary.Members of the public forcing entry into somebody else’s property could leave themselves open to legal action.Please feel free to download the ‘Keep Your Pet Safe in Summer’ infographic here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jd20hfhxxzpyd2e/AABux_1LHVwH_kdTw6kojAZla?dl=0 to share on social media with hashtags #ISPCA, #dogsdieinhotcars and #responsiblepetownership Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook TAGSISPCAKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Fullerton memorial to be unveiled this weekend

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Fullerton memorial to be unveiled this weekend RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – May 24, 2011 Previous articleRTE apologises to Donegal filmmaker in High CourtNext articleDUP Alderman is the new Mayor of Derry News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Newsx Adverts Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest A memorial stone to Cllr Eddie Fullerton will be unveiled at the Stone Jug in Buncrana this Sunday at 3pm.The unveiling marks the 20th anniversary of his assassination at his home at Cockhill, Buncrana on 25th May 1991.Donegal North East Deputy and Buncrana native, Padraig McLaughlin, says Sundays event will be a fitting tribute to the late Councillor Fullerton……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/pad1pm.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Breach Of Promise To Marry: Rape?

first_imgColumnsBreach Of Promise To Marry: Rape? Anupriya Dhonchak8 Jun 2020 7:19 AMShare This – xRape laws and the standard of consent followed therein concern significant issues of transnational importance that have only gained more currency in the post #Metoo era. Many feminists have pointed out that the carceral impulse of developments in this era do little to change societal structures or even further victim justice. I interrogate India’s jurisprudence on the breach of promise…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?LoginRape laws and the standard of consent followed therein concern significant issues of transnational importance that have only gained more currency in the post #Metoo era. Many feminists have pointed out that the carceral impulse of developments in this era do little to change societal structures or even further victim justice. I interrogate India’s jurisprudence on the breach of promise to marry in this light. A recent judgment of the Odisha High Court in India was reported across national dailies with headlines reflecting its crucial observation that the breach of promise to marry does not amount to rape under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The High Court noted that as per precedent, consent premised on a false promise to marry did not constitute valid consent for the purposes of the IPC but sought to challenge this understanding of consent. The Court granted bail to the appellant-accused noting visible contradictions of facts in the prosecution’s version and observed that the case merited a full trial. I highlight some problematic observations made by the Court in arriving at this conclusion. Section 375 of the IPC defines rape as penetration by a man upon a woman under seven circumstances, one of which includes committing the act without her consent. The two relevant provisions for examining consent under the IPC are Section 90, which defines consent generally and negatively and Section 375 which gives it a positive definition specific to the offence of rape. In cases of rape, both sections must be read together in a way that any conflict is resolved by allowing the latter specific provision to override the former as per settled rules of interpretation. Section 90 declares that consent can be vitiated if it is given by a person “under fear of injury, or a misconception of fact, and if the person doing the act knows, or has reason to believe, that the consent was given in consequence of such fear or misconception.” Explanation 2 to Section 375 reads: “Consent means an unequivocal voluntary agreement when the woman by words, gestures or any form of verbal or non-verbal communication, communicates willingness to participate in the specific sexual act: Provided that a woman who does not physically resist to the act of penetration shall not by the reason only of that fact, be regarded as consenting to the sexual activity.” Pertinently, as per Explanation 2 to Section 375, consent is revocable and must be given for the specific sexual act involved. When read with Section 90, this means that it is possible for a woman to specifically consent to sex based on the man’s promise to marry her. A misconception of fact when the promise is false from the very beginning, i.e. when the accused has no intention of marrying her at the time of penetration, vitiates this consent. The survivor is the primary witness in a rape case and the Supreme Court of India has held that an accused can be convicted solely on the survivor’s testimony if it is considered reliable. The prosecution shoulders the burden to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the act took place without the complainant’s consent in a trial process that is typically hostile to the victim. Practically, it is almost impossible to prove the accused’s fraudulent intention from the very start which is why most cases dealing with this issue predictably result in acquittals. This feeds into the rape myth that these cases evidence the misuse of criminal law by women. The Odisha HC noted in its judgment that these cases are on the rise and allow the law to become a “lethal weapon” that frustrated women unleash to exact “vengeance” upon their romantic partners when relationships turn sour. This is despite the fact that false accusations of rape by women are no more common than false accusations by men or women of crimes of other categories. The Odisha High Court observed that the automatic extension of Section 90 to determine consent under Section 375 needs to be reconsidered. This arguably ignores women’s violation of ‘sexual autonomy’ and ‘sexual self-determination’ if consent has been obtained by fear or misconception of fact. Classifying victims who are acutely aware of the absence of their consent when the rape occurs alongwith those who become aware of their non-consent subsequently if they discover that they were deceived into consenting based on a promise to marry that was false from the start does merit critical scrutiny. Definitions must accommodate the lived experiences of women over abstract generalisations and ambiguities that are likely to give greater credence to those who have the power to make their constructions prevail. In this light, the Odisha HC’s conclusion that rape law should not regulate intimate relationships where women exercise agency can be considered progressive. This is because there is a limited feminist victory in experiencing defeats where female agency is at least acknowledged, albeit overplayed and often assumed to women’s disadvantage in terms of outcomes. However, this should not be used to implicate the expressive agency of urban women to vilify them on one hand and infantilise their rural counterparts on the other. The Odisha HC lamented that these cases mostly arise in socially disadvantaged, poor and rural areas where women are ‘lured into sex’ and then dumped upon pregnancy. It is important that courts should use the social status of the victim and the accused to only highlight the possible power differential between them without essentialising rural women as innocent adherents of Indian culture against westernised, educated, ‘mature’ urban women who cannot be deceived. These allegations can be located within a cultural context that strictly polices women’s sexuality and begrudges the control they claim over their sexual choices. Pre-marital sex is regarded as taboo in India and there is a societal premium placed on women’s “virginity” as the “most valued possession of a woman”, sometimes courts have held it to be more valuable than life itself. This makes cases involving a breach of promise to marry tougher to report not just because they are extraordinarily difficult to prove but also because of the stigma that attaches to complainants. Sex where consent was based on a false promise to marry can cause great trauma due to shock, crippling self-doubt, violation of trust, and undermining of self-esteem. However, we must ask if the deployment of criminal law would do anything to alleviate this trauma or the societal expectations policing women’s sexuality that make it particularly severe?Views Are Personal Only.Anupriya Dhonchak is reading law at National Law University, Delhi. Her paper titled, ‘Standard of Consent in Rape Law in India’ published by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice can be accessed here- https://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ir/bglj/   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

BYU Falls to Cal

first_imgBYU will next head to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic. The Cougars will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday, Ohio State on Friday and Oral Roberts on Saturday. Hill finished the day going 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Hale added two hits, including a double, with one run and an RBI. Sophomore Easton Walker pitched solidly for the Cougars, keeping the Golden Bears scoreless from innings two through five. In the meantime, BYU took its first lead of the game in the fourth off an RBI-double by Danny Gelalich and an RBI-single two batters later by Hale. BYU answered back well early after Cal scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Walks by Brian Hsu and Keaton Kringlen led to a single by Noah Hill to get one run back. In the third with the bases loaded, a grounder got the man out at second, but the throw to first on the double play chance went awry, helping Mitch McIntyre and Brock Hale come around to tie the game, 3-3. Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball February 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Falls to Cal “I felt like we let one slip away today,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We had a three-run lead in mid-innings and just couldn’t execute on the mound like we did Friday and Saturday.  We are fairly young as far as Division I experience goes, so the exciting thing about this team is we will continue to get better.” Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTEMPE, Ariz. – BYU baseball dropped a Presidents’ Day contest to California on Monday, losing 10-6 to the Golden Bears at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Hill brought home Hsu on a single through the left side in the fifth inning, but the run would prove to be the final score for the Cougars. A Cal triple cleared the bases loaded before a sac fly gave the Golden Bears a 7-6 in the sixth. A double in the seventh scored two runs and an RBI-single in the eighth added one more for the final 10-6 margin. Written bylast_img read more

Ocean City to Seek Bids on Snug Harbor and Carnival Bayou Dredging

first_imgBoats sit high and dry at low tide on Snug Harbor in Ocean City, NJ.City Council voted unanimously Thursday (April 23) to advertise for bids from contractors who can dredge two of Ocean City’s shallow lagoons.The proposed specifications call for estimates on completing work at Carnival Bayou (the lagoon between 16th and 17th streets) and at Snug Harbor (the lagoon between Eighth Street and W. Revere Place near Ninth Street).The estimated dredging calls for the removal of 60,200 cubic yards of material, 44,200 from Carnival Bayou and 16,000 from Snug Harbor. The projects would likely begin July 1, when the permitting window opens.The work would mark the continuation of dredging for the first time since 2012, when all work stopped as the only approved disposal site was filled to capacity.The city approved a $2.7 million contract for a company to haul material away from that site. Up to 50,000 cubic yards from the new dredging could be deposited there.A new site near the Route 52 causeway could accommodate 7,000 cubic yards.The bid specifications ask for contractors to provide an alternate price for removing material from the Route 52 site to make more room.In public comment, Revere Place resident Sean Barnes thanked City Council in advance for their consideration and warned of a dangerous hidden ledge that marks the boundaries of a navigable channel and the shallow water at the mouth of Snug Harbor.Councilman Keith Hartzell asked the administration what dredging projects would be next.Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said the next step would involve finding more room at a disposal site. He said the city is working on obtaining a permit to build a road to access Site 83 near the 34th Street Bridge. That would make it more cost-effective to empty.But he said perhaps the city’s greatest hope is to complete the permitting process to use a $2.6 million grant to restore wetlands by spreading a thin layer of dredged material over a wide area. Permission to do that could provide a more permanent and cost-effective solution.last_img read more

Ocean City’s $7.9 Million Drainage Project Called a “Game-Changer” for North End

first_imgA photo taken by Third Street resident Jackie McLeer shows how the flooded streets in front of her house became an icy river during the January blizzard. By Donald WittkowskiAmid the howling winds and swirling snow during Thursday’s blizzard, Jackie McLeer and her sister, Mary Crane, could hardly believe it when they saw large chunks of ice floating down the street in the flood waters.“My sister said, ‘Oh, my God, water is coming over the bulkhead at the bay. There are icebergs,’” McLeer recalled.Although miniature icebergs are certainly unusual, McLeer lamented that flooding is all too common in the neighborhood surrounding her Third Street home in the north end of Ocean City.However, new pumping stations, pipes and road improvements are planned for this flood-prone area of town as part of a $7.9 million drainage project outlined by city officials Saturday during a public meeting organized by First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger.“We feel blessed that it’s finally coming to fruition,” McLeer said.During high tides and rainstorms, the surrounding neighborhoods are plagued by nuisance flooding that has frustrated homeowners for years.The new drainage project includes three new pumping stations to flush storm water off the streets and into the bay. The pumping stations will be built along the bayfront at Second, Fifth and Sixth streets.“The pumps are something to get the water out significantly quicker,” said Vince Bekier, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, left, and Vince Bekier, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian, explain the drainage project to north end residents.Bekier joined DeVlieger in giving an overview of the project to about 20 north end residents during a presentation at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Also attending the meeting were Councilmen Bob Barr, Keith Hartzell and Peter Madden, Planning Board member Terry Crowley and the city’s public information officer, Doug Bergen.DeVlieger, who represents the north end, called the drainage project a “game-changer” that will dramatically reduce flooding in a 20-block area. The drainage improvements are planned between Second and Eighth streets from West Avenue to the bay.“It’s a big deal,” DeVlieger said.Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid or late February and take 270 days to complete. Bekier indicated that work may stop during the traditionally busy summer tourism season. City officials are meeting next week with the contractor, L. Feriozzi Concrete Co. of Atlantic City, to discuss the construction schedule.The project will also include an overhaul of old drainage pipes and deteriorated roads. Some of the existing pipes are 40 to 60 years old, city officials said.According to the city’s website, more than $10 million will be spent on road and drainage projects in 2017 and $40.3 million in total over the next five years. The city is working with engineering and planning experts to identify the most flood-plagued neighborhoods on the barrier island.“There’s been millions and millions spent this year to better our infrastructure,” DeVlieger said during the public meeting.During the blizzard, the floating dock at the Ocean City Yacht Club rocks in the storm water surging above the bulkhead.The north end project is similar to major drainage improvements built by the city to ease flooding in the Merion Park section and the central part of town between 26th and 34th streets.DeVlieger has raised the possibility of the city working with local marinas and homeowners to build new bulkheads or improve the existing ones as another way to fight bayfront flooding.The contractor will begin by tearing up the streets to install new pipes. The streets will then be regraded and repaved. Third Street, one of the lowest-lying areas in town, will be elevated by nearly 2 feet to protect it from flooding.Jackie McLeer, 65, a retired federal employee, has lived on Third Street for six years. Her 67-year-old sister, Mary Crane, has been there for 20 years, using the house as a summer residence.McLeer explained that loads of sand and river rock have been placed around the house to shield it from storm waters.“The frustration we encounter is when people drive through the flooding and create waves of water,” she said.The waves have penetrated her garage, damaging the home and adding to the misery already caused by the flooding, McLeer noted.But now, McLeer is hopeful the flooding will be alleviated by the drainage project.Using a map, Bekier points to the 20-block area that will receive the $7.9 million worth of new drainage, pumping and road improvements.Representatives of Michael Baker International LLC, the city’s flooding consultant, said during a community meeting with north end homeowners last August, that the project will handle the “nuisance level flooding” that often occurs in the surrounding neighborhoods during rainstorms and high tides.They stressed, though, that the drainage work and new pumping stations will not be enough to stop heavy flooding unleashed by major coastal storms, such as the nor’easter Jonas in 2016 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.“It’s not going to cure flooding. But this project will move the water out much faster during heavy rains and that sort of thing,” Bekier said Saturday. “If it works the way it is designed, it will provide significant relief.”last_img read more