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Hotshot: Scarlets wing Ryan Conbeer

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Power surge: Ryan Conbeer on the attack for Wales U20 this season. Photo: Inpho Get to know up-and-coming Scarlets wing Ryan Conbeer Date of birth 2 February 1999 Country WalesHow did you get involved in rugby? My whole family is into rugby and I started at Tenby U9 doing tag. Then at U12 level Tenby folded so I went to Narberth and was there through to the U16s.Have you always played on the wing? I tried centre but I didn’t really like it, so I’ve stuck to the wing. I just prefer being out wide.Did you play any other sports? I was quite into football and played centre-back until I was 15 or 16. But I preferred rugby and I got called up to Scarlets U16 so stuck with that.What Scarlets and Wales sides have you represented? I got capped for the U16s after playing for the Scarlets, then played Scarlets U18 and got a call-up for Wales U18 to play against France and England and go on the South Africa tour. This year I’ve played for the U20s. It’s been a bit of a step up and a challenge.FOR THE LATEST RUGBY WORLD SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE.Who were your heroes growing up? TAGS: Scarlets I was a big Shane Williams fan. He’d probably be the main one.You played for the Scarlets’ first team at 17. How was that? It was a bit of a shock but a very good experience. I start training full-time with the seniors in the summer.What are your aims going forward? Hopefully to carry on playing for the U20s and to get a run with the seniors at the Scarlets – to get more experience. I just need to cut out little errors, simple things like completing tackles. That will make me a better player.What do you do away from rugby? I’m at college, studying Level 3 Sport (BTEC) at Coleg Sir Gâr. It’s good. I’m learning new things like coaching and nutrition. It helps to know about what you’re eating and putting in your body. RW Verdict: His try against Italy U18 last year was likened to Brian O’Driscoll’s for the Lions in 2001 – even BOD himself was impressed. Conbeer still has a couple of years at U20 level and has the ability to reach the top.This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

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CAFAmerica grants exceed $100 million

first_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics Howard Lake | 14 June 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. CAFAmerica has now received and distributed over $100 million in donations to international charities and causes since it was established in 1993. The U.S. nonprofit, dedicated to expanding borderless charitable giving, has increased its giving year on year.Much of this grant activity has been created by the $34 million it has handled via its Donor Advised Fund service, which was launched in 2000.Since 2002, the organisation has extended its international donor-advised grantmaking into 30 new countries. It now links U.S. donors to local charities in 76 countries around the world. Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CAFAmerica grants exceed $100 million The organisation was founded by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the UK. It helps individuals, companies, family and community foundations manage their international philanthropy and strengthen charitable activity around the world.It expects to receive and distribute around $16 million in the next financial year, putting it “two years ahead of its financial targets” in terms of its own administrative costs.Susan Saxon-Harrold, Chief Executive Officer of CAFAmerica; said: “CAFAmerica is operating in a fiercely competitive arena. As international philanthropy has developed, though, CAFA has attracted new U.S. donors because of the innovative, tax-efficient solutions it provides…“Another key driver of our growth is that we offer a reliable, responsive service backed by strong grants administration procedures. In spite of the legal context of U.S. international grant making, 80% of our grants are made within 1 month.”last_img read more

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‘Indomitable spirit that refuses to be broken’: Albert Woodfox and Mumia Abu-Jamal

first_imgThe following exchange between political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, wrongly incarcerated since Dec. 9, 1981, and Albert Woodfox, of the Angola Three, released in February 2016 after nearly 45 years of incarceration, most in solitary confinement, was recorded by Prison Radio. It aired as part of an evening of solidarity with Abu-Jamal April 23.Mumia Abu-Jamal, 2019.Mumia Abu-Jamal: You, and the other Angola Three, did an ungodly bid in the hole. How did the state justify locking you cats up for so long? Albert Woodfox: Given the unchecked and unchallenged power of the prison system in Louisiana, their justification was the fact that myself, Herman and Robert were fighting for humanity, the fact that we were fighting to maintain our big identity, pride, self-respect and a sense of self worth. They felt it was a threat to what they considered to be the only function of a prison. That was the ‘justification’ here. The warden made a statement in a deposition that I was the most dangerous man in America. And since I’ve been out, I would like to think that my attitude has proven him to be right. MAJ: How did y’all endure 40 years in the hole?AW: That’s a more difficult question to ask. I guess having political consciousness that was inspired by being members of the Black Panther Party. They say knowledge is power. We had a sense of what solitary confinement was designed for, so over the decades I would guess strength, determination, values or principles. We stayed active, and we looked to society for inspiration. The men and women, in some cases children, fighting inside to be heard, to change conditions, rather than turn inward and allow prison culture to set examples of how we should live our lives.MAJ: What gave y’all hope?Albert Woodfox, 2016.AW: I had a wonderful family, wonderful comrades who made up the International Coalition to Free the Angola Three, a wonderful legal team. But more than anything, what gave me hope was the guys I lived around. The social struggle that was being waged, sacrifices that were being made, the indomitable spirit that refused to be broken. Now, those are some of the things that inspire me. One thing in particular was the development of Black Lives Matter, which I think is a tremendous movement. And I was so proud to see all the young men and women involved in that movement come forth. As a matter of fact, before the pandemic when Robert and I were traveling together and speaking, we always asked the host to arrange it so that we could meet with some of the young leaders in the movement. Those are the things that gave me hope, you know, a love of humanity, the indomitable spirit of the people and the continual struggle that was going on in society. Mumia, my brother, given the preponderance of evidence exonerating you and lack of evidence against you, how does it feel to still be in prison?MAJ:  Brother Albert, and in the spirit of all the Angola Three, I salute you. You know, I think of early days, even before trial began. There was a pretrial hearing. I had read a law book showing cases from the U.S. Supreme Court. So it was based on the Constitution, right? I went to the law library, read those actual cases, and then drew up motions that I made in court. Judge Sabo promptly denied the motions. I couldn’t believe it. But it made me understand that the legal system most people meet when they first go into court, wasn’t bound by a Constitution or Supreme Court rulings. They do whatever they want to do, because it really ain’t about the law. It’s about power. The same judge, Sabo, would later say in open court, 15 years later, in my appeal case, “Justice is just an emotional feeling.” To quote Malcolm X, “Don’t be shocked when I say I was in prison. Long as you’re south of the Canadian border, you’re still in prison.” So, all power to the people.AW: My brother, what is your most painful personal loss?MAJ: My mother and daughter, Edith and Samia. I had dreams of walking with both of them in freedom. And, of course, other family members, brothers, sisters, cousins, brothers-in-law. They live in our memory and in our hearts.AW: Again, my brother, what is your number one priority when freedom finally comes?MAJ: The same, as it’s always better to serve the people. To work on their behalf, to work for a world where true Black liberation is a reality, not just words. As for us, to say freedom is a must. Thank you, Brother Woodfox.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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RSF concerned about China’s entry into UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News PGOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts April 10, 2020 RSF concerned about China’s entry into UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group Unfortunately, this is not an April fool: Chinese diplomat Jiang Duan was appointed on Wednesday April 1 to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Consultative Group of the Human Rights Council (HRC), a 5-member body of the United Nations (UN) whose role is to evaluate candidates for the posts of special rapporteurs, independent experts and members of working groups charged with investigating human rights violations.Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an organisation with consultative status in the UN, is concerned that the Beijing regime, known for its systematic and large-scale violations of freedom of information and active exportation of its practices to the world, may have the potential to influence the selection of those who will investigate its own abuses.”The work of United Nations investigators is essential for the international community to be able to document, and one day punish, those responsible for human rights violations such as infringements upon the freedom of the press,” said Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia bureau head. “Democracies must unite to denounce this ludicrous designation and exercise the utmost vigilance in the future so that the Beijing regime cannot undermine the human rights work carried out by the UN bodies.”During its one year mandate, China will participate in the evaluation process of 17 expert positions whose impartiality is crucial, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and three members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a body which RSF regularly calls upon to formally recognize the arbitrary detention of certain Chinese journalists.In December, the Chinese delegation to the United Nations accused the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, of “inappropriate interference” for writing an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post in which she calls for an international investigation into police brutality, toward both protestors and journalists, that occurred during last year’s Hong Kong protests. In October, China also objected to providing the UN with full access to Xinjiang where many journalists are detained, including Ilham Tohti, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.China is the world’s largest prison for journalists, with at least 108 detainees, and ranks 177th out of 180 in the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index. March 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the appointment of a Chinese diplomat to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Consultative Group of the UN Human Rights Council, which could allow Beijing to influence the selection of experts appointed to investigate its own abuses. center_img ChinaAsia – Pacific International bodies Conflicts of interestImpunityUnited Nations April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific International bodies Conflicts of interestImpunityUnited Nations News RSF_en Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

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Job Fair

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Job Fair TAGS  Previous articleCity may want TxDOT help for GrantNext articleMacee Mack Digital AIM Web Support jobnewsusa.com logo An Energy & Transportation Job Fair has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Texan Hotel & Convention Center, 4300 W. Wall St., Midland. Dress professionally and bring several copies of an updated resume or work history. Major oil and gas companies will be hiring on the spot. For information, call Kevin Robbins at 210-785-9300 or email [email protected]center_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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NOLA Mismanaging HUD Funds

first_img HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the results of its audit of the City of New Orleans’ HOME Investment Partnerships program, which reveals that the city failed to protect more than $7.5 million in HOME funds disbursed.The Inspector General’s investigation of the low-income housing program was launched in response to a “citizen complaint.” According to the audit report, the complaint had merit as New Orleans did not properly monitor or administer its HOME program.The OIG discovered that for the 13 projects investigated, the city “did not ensure that four projects had regulatory agreements, preventing the city from enforcing the affordability and other program requirements.”As for the remaining nine projects, the city failed to confirm that rents remained within rent limits, it performed initial tenant income eligibility certifications, and it conducted property inspections and onsite monitoring visits, according to the audit.In addition, the audit noted that the city did not track or accurately report unit vacancies and properly report and use its program income. These conditions occurred because New Orleans did not, “follow the program requirements, lacked supervisory management of staff, did not have adequate written policies and procedures, and had poor record-keeping practices.”This mismanagement of funds has caused the city to fail to detect $82,800 in rent overpayments; ensure that affordable housing was available and offered to low-income households, and ensure that programs participants lived in decent, safe, and sanitary housing, according to the report.The OIG recommends that HUD’s Director of the New Orleans Office of Community Planning and Development require the city to repay more than $1.8 million, support or repay more than $5.8 million, and revise its written procedures and management controls. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Nicole Casperson Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / NOLA Mismanaging HUD Funds September 8, 2017 1,160 Views NOLA Mismanaging HUD Funds Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Tagged with: HOUSING HUD mortgage NOLA The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago HOUSING HUD mortgage NOLA 2017-09-08 Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The People vs. Equifax Next: Cleveland Federal Reserve: Be Careful with Rate Hikes Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

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Five Minutes With: John Vella, Chief Revenue Officer of Altisource

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Altisource HOUSING john vella mortgage 2018-02-17 Nicole Casperson The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Five Minutes With: John Vella, Chief Revenue Officer of Altisource February 17, 2018 3,777 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles About Author: Nicole Casperson Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Print Features Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Previous: For Sale: Freddie Mac’s First NPLs of 2018 Next: Franklin American Mortgage is NAMB Double Diamond Industry Partner This story was originally featured in the February edition of DS News, out now. John Vella serves as Chief Revenue Officer of Altisource and was previously President and COO of Equator, LLC. He began his financial services career with the FDIC and Freddie Mac and later served as Chief Sales Officer for H&R Block’s mortgage company, CEO of Household International’s Automotive Business, and President and CEO of Bear Stearns EMC Mortgage Company. This month, Vella shares his views on challenges that will impact the industry in 2018, as well as how new technology is helping servicers manage cost.In what ways are servicers seeking to lower their costs? How can new technological innovations and working with third-party vendors help them achieve this goal? The cost of servicing has tripled over the last several years due primarily to compliance playing a bigger part of the cost structure and the amount of resources that have been put toward managing a loan throughout the process. Remaining compliant has required changes in technology, process, and training.Now, in order to obtain proper margins, it is paramount that servicers focus on lowering the cost of servicing through additional technology enhancements. Utilizing APIs (application programming interfaces) to bring in third-party data enables more a sophisticated decision- making process without the risk and associated manual processes.The industry is seeing advancement in decisioning tools such as optimal outcome and database analytics that allow servicers to manage loans in a more efficient and effective manner. By identifying the optimal outcome for individual loans and properties, servicers can reduce their costs, lower their severity, and reduce their advances.Auto decisioning and exception-based workflow management allows for the appropriate focus on potential problem scenarios when meeting investor and service-level requirements. Servicers are also reducing costs by outsourcing additional functions, allowing them to move to a more-variable cost structure versus a fixed-cost structure. However, with additional outsourcing, the requirement to select and manage vendors becomes more prominent.Cyber and data security are also key focus areas and in the forefront for obvious reasons, especially when it relates to all the borrower data that is held by the servicers. Data security and cybersecurity are more of a risk-management function than a cost reduction capability, but any breach or issues with technology security could result in astronomic costs and headline risk to the loan servicer.What are the main compliance concerns that servicers currently have? There are still many unknowns when it comes to the future direction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the current administration when it comes to regulatory compliance. For the last several years, servicers have been complying with state and local regulatory agencies and putting the proper process, training, and technology in place to help employees maintain compliance, and they have done a fantastic job. Now, with changes at the head of the CFPB, some of those rules will obviously change, while some of the rules may be eliminated. e unknown will eventually result in change that will lead to additional costs. The changes will require additional change management throughout the entire servicing operation, including training, technology, and workflow.Over the past several years and the heightened awareness around compliance and regulatory issues, the borrower has become more cognizant of servicing practices and what their rights are throughout the process. From a compliance standpoint, servicing personnel must continue to remain compliant when functioning as a single point of contact for borrowers by being properly trained and monitored. Having the compliance and regulatory rules embedded in the operating systems, along with proper scripting will remain a requirement. As you go across hundreds of people in a servicing operation, the need for consistency is paramount, especially with all the upcoming changes that could be taking place and the changes that continue to take place as a normal part of the compliance cycle.What other anticipated changes do industry professionals need to watch this year? Because of rising interest rates, the market has become primarily a purchase market. The refi business has slowed down tremendously, impacting the servicer’s runoff rate on the portfolio, along with the value of the mortgage servicing rights. We are seeing origination growth in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and purchase products along with an emergence of non-QM originations. This coming year, we will see that trend continue which could impact delinquency and nonperforming loan volumes. The growing FHA portfolios will continue to be a challenge for servicers to manage. Managing a delinquent FHA asset requires a lot of diligence and cost with severe penalties and fines, if not managed correctly. In terms of adherence to FHA servicing guidelines, the emphasis will be focused on managing title, property, and valuation issues earlier in the delinquent lifecycle. This practice will mitigate risk, avoid conveyance, and lower servicers’ costs.This year, you will also see a more aggressive oversight process when it comes to managing third-party vendors. The risk in today’s market is that vendors who have seen a reduction in their volumes are not investing in their infrastructure. This will ultimately result in vendor consolidation and certain vendors potentially going out of business. These scenarios require servicers to work with vendors who have a strong balance sheet coupled with a strong compliance and vendor management platform. Home / Daily Dose / Five Minutes With: John Vella, Chief Revenue Officer of Altisource Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Altisource HOUSING john vella mortgage Subscribelast_img read more

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Malin Head’s local knowledge ‘crucial’ in Lough Swilly rescue

first_img Malin Head’s local knowledge ‘crucial’ in Lough Swilly rescue Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Previous articleRescue Update – Man successfully airlifted from lifeboatNext articleDerry PSNI investigate suspicious approach made to 10 year old girl News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Facebook Newscenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp A rescue operation is over on Lough Swilly this afternoon after a man taken from the sea onto the Lough Swilly Lifeboat and airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The rescue was coordinated by the Malin Head Marine Rescue Centre, which is potentially facing closure following a review earlier this year.Joe Joyce of the Lough Swilly Lifeboat outlines how the rescue unfolded……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/joyce530.mp3[/podcast]The RNLI has praised Malin Head Coastguard Station’s handling of the emergency saying the outcome might have been different had they not been involved.Derek Flanagan is the Divisional Controller at the Malin Head base – He says the level of local knowledge they bring to rescues is significant…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/derek530.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 10, 2012 Facebook Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH last_img read more

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Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Review Of Judgment Upholding Upholds Land Acquisition Notifications For Chennai-Salem 8 Lane Expressway

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In Supreme Court Seeks Review Of Judgment Upholding Upholds Land Acquisition Notifications For Chennai-Salem 8 Lane Expressway Mehal Jain8 Jan 2021 4:54 AMShare This – xA review petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against its December 8, 2020 decision upholding the notifications issued for acquiring land for the Chennai-Salem eight-lane greenfield expressway project.The Review Application, through Advocate P. Somasundaram, is primarily premised on that the Judges of the three-judge bench of the Apex Court did NOT have the occasion to consider the(1)…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?LoginA review petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against its December 8, 2020 decision upholding the notifications issued for acquiring land for the Chennai-Salem eight-lane greenfield expressway project.The Review Application, through Advocate P. Somasundaram, is primarily premised on that the Judges of the three-judge bench of the Apex Court did NOT have the occasion to consider the(1) Law laid down by this Court for Judicial Review of purported “Public Policy” when there is violation of a larger policy (Bharatmala–I)(2) Law laid down by this Court for Judicial Review of purported “Public Policy” when there Delagatee acts beyond his delegated powers(3) Law laid down by this Court for Judicial Review of purported “Public Policy”done without”declared change in Policy” that which was NOT supported by reason, NOT done fairly and done acting with any ulterior motive or arbitrarily(4) Law laid down by this Court for Judicial Review of purported “Public purpose” when there is lack of Public Interest, when it is unreasonable or contrary to professed standards, even when done bona fide(5) Law laid down by this Court for Judicial review of purported “Public Purpose” when the concept of public purpose is lost without the ensuring of maximum benefit to the largest number of people through attempt of promoting public purpose to benefit a particular group of people or to serve any particular interest at the cost of the interest of a large section of people especially of the common people(6) Respondent’s violation of Constitutional provisions w.r.t. Roads in Entry 23 of the Union List and Entry 13 of the State List together with Art.257 as ought to have been seen in terms of the law laid by the 7-Judge Constitutional bench of this Hon’ble Court for interpretation of Constitutional provisions specially dealing with delimitation of powers(7) Respondent’s violation of Statutory provisions (Sec.2(2) and sec.3A(1) of the National Highways Act) as ought to have been seen in terms of the law laid by the 7-Judge Constitutional bench of this Hon’ble Court for interpretation of Constitutional provisions specially dealing with delimitation of powersPartly allowing the appeals of the Union of India and the National Highways Authority of India, the top court had on December 8 last year reversed the Madras High Court judgment to the extent it quashed the land acquisition notifications.The Court said that it has negatived the challenge against the notifications issued under the National Highways Act.However, the top court has maintained the directions in paragraph 106 of the High Court judgment regarding the reversal of entries in the revenue records which stood mutated following the acquisition notification. Fresh notification proceedings need to be issued with respect to the acquisition of those lands.A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari delivered the judgment in the appeals filed by Central Government and the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) against the Madras High Court judgment which quashed the notifications for acquisition of land for the highway project.The prime issue in the case was whether prior environmental clearance was necessary before acquiring lands for the highway project.Prior Environmental Clearance not needed for land acquisition notificationThe Supreme Court observed that it is not necessary for the Central Government or the National Highway Authority of India to apply for prior environmental/forest clearances or permissions at the stage of planning or taking an in­ principle decision to formalize the project of constructing a new national highway manifested in notification under Section 2(2), including until the stage of issuing notification under Section 3A of the National Highways Act.The prior environmental clearance is required to be taken before commencement of the “actual construction or building work” of the national highway by the executing agency (NHAI), the bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari observed while allowing the appeal filed against the Madras High Court judgment which had quashed the notifications issued for acquiring land for the Chennai-Salem eight-lane greenfield expressway project.One of the issues considered by the High Court in this case was whether prior environmental clearance was imperative before issuing notifications under Section 3A(1) and at what stage of acquisition proceedings such environmental clearance ought to be made pre­condition? Answering it against NHAI, the High Court had held that the prior environmental clearance/ permission ought to have been obtained before issuance of notifications under Section 3A of the 1956 Act. Before the Apex Court, Centre contended that the High Court committed manifest error in concluding that such notifications under Section 3A of the 1956 Act could be issued only after prior environmental and forest clearances/permissions are granted in that behalf.The bench noticed that there is nothing in the NH Act or Rules which impels the Central Government to obtain prior environment clearance before exercise of that power and in issuing notification under Section 2(2), much less Section 3A expressing its intention to acquire the designated land. The court further noted that, as per 2006 EIA notification, the environmental/forest clearance is required to be obtained by the executing agency in terms of this notification “before commencing the actual work or executing the proposed work/project.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Forest management could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by billions of tons a year: Study

first_imgsubinpumsom/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Forest management, when implemented correctly, can not only reduce the number of devastating wildfires that rage every year but also the billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions that result from them as well, researchers have determined.The mitigation potential for avoiding deforestation, implementing forest management activities, increasing harvest rotations and reforestation and afforestation could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 6.6 billion tons a year by 2055, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature.The avoidance of deforestation in the tropics would have the largest impact, which could account for up to an estimated 54% of the total mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions, the researchers, who used models to study the forestry activities in 16 different regions, determined. The tropics, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia contribute to the largest share of emissions mitigation in all of the scenarios modeled in the study.The majority of the mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. would derive from forest management intensification and afforestation.Forests are critical to stabilizing the climate and can “substantially” reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to both the oxygen the trees provide and the ability to absorb carbon in the atmosphere.“It has long been recognized that nature-based climate change mitigation strategies, which leverage natural ecosystem carbon sequestration and storage processes, have the potential to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,” the study said.The forest management activities could cost about $393 billion per year, which the authors project is higher than recently reported. About a quarter of the costs would come from private land managers.However, the findings of the study “confirm that the global forest sector could play a critical role in achieving cost-effective global climate change mitigation,” the authors concluded.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more