IMF warns banking rules lack global theme

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Nokia and Apple lose sales to cheap Chinese phones

first_img Share whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Wednesday 10 November 2010 8:37 pm Nokia and Apple lose sales to cheap Chinese phones KCS-content center_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution whatsapp NOKIA and other established handset makers are quickly losing global market share to a push by Chinese no-brand vendors into emerging markets, research firm Gartner said.Surging growth of no-brand manufacturers coupled with growing smartphone sales boosted third-quarter mobile phone sales 35 per cent, Gartner said yesterday. But Nokia saw its marketshare slip from 44.6 per cent to 36.6 per cent in the period.No-brand manufacturers, mostly small Chinese firms, have this year quickly expanded their reach outside China into Africa, India, Latin America and Russia.These manufacturers, who sell in total roughly as many phones as Nokia, will soon focus on smartphones, using Mediatek’s new Android chipset, Gartner said. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

BC eyes Phones 4U deal

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULLcenter_img BC eyes Phones 4U deal Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndo Sunday 20 February 2011 11:15 pm PHONES 4U could soon be snapped up by BC Partners after talks were resumed despite an earlier stalemate.It is thought BC could offer in the region of £700m to take control of the firm from Providence Equity Partners.Providence has been mulling a sale since September after a number of firms signalled their interest in the company. Talks with BC are understood to have dragged on for several months before being put on ice.BC Partners and Phones 4U were unavailable for comment last night.Providence bought Phones 4U from founder John Caudwell in 2006. A sale would result in a second windfall for Caudwell. He kept a small stake in the business after raking in £1.5bn from selling his empire four years ago. last_img read more

Telekom Networks Malawi Limited ( HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgTelekom Networks Malawi Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Telekom Networks Malawi Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Telekom Networks Malawi Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTelekom Networks Malawi Limited is the major provider of telecommunication services in Malawi; offering a range of products that include post- and pre-paid airtime, interconnections, international incoming and roaming, handsets, equipment and accessories. Additional products and services include smart data packages, a mobile money wallet called Mpamba, Yanga Internet bundles; as well as voice services which include caller tune, call conference and mobile directory services. Value-added services include Me2U which allows customers to share airtime, Pasavute airtime services, and multimedia messaging services. Innovations include the introduction of 3.5g broadband services and high-speed wireless Internet access, voice and data connectivity, and video and music streaming. Telekom Networks Malawi Limited was the first mobile network operator in Malawi and was established as a joint venture between Telekom Malaysia and the then government-owned Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL). Telekom Malaysia sold its 60% majority stake in TNM and the telecommunication enterprise is now a wholly-owned Malawi company. Telekom Networks Malawi is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Process

first_imgHow teams can book their place at the global showpiece in France Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification ProcessThe qualification process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has been confirmed.Twelve teams – South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina and Fiji – have already qualified for the tournament having finished in the top three of their pools at RWC 2019.The remaining eight places will be determined by a series of qualifying tournaments in 2021 and 2022, including a four-team, round-robin event to decide the final qualifier. The Americas and Europe both have two guaranteed qualifiers. The top two teams in the Rugby Europe Championship in March 2022 will go through to RWC 2023 as Europe 1 and Europe 2 while the format of the Americas tournament has yet to be confirmed.The winner of the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup will also be a direct qualifier (Africa 1), as will the winner of a home-and-away play-off between Samoa and Tonga in 2021 (Oceania 1).The loser of that play-off will go on to play the winner of next year’s Asia Rugby Championship home and away to determine the Asia/Pacific 1 qualifier.The Final Qualification Tournament will then take place in November 2022 featuring the loser of the Asia/Pacific 1 play-off, the runner-up in the Rugby Africa Cup, the third-placed team in the Rugby Europe Championship and the third best Americas team. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Popular: Somoa’s TJ Ioane takes a selfie with fans at RWC 2019 (Getty Images)World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With the global pandemic having halted most rugby activity, confirmation of the global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 provides a beacon of excitement for all, including players and fans.“The process that has been developed via full consultation with our regional associations and member unions will provide a genuine opportunity for full member unions to qualify for our showcase men’s 15s event.“Maximising existing regional competitions, the process is good for regions and unions in managing costs for organisers and participants alike, which is important as we all recover from the global pandemic.”Shock result: Uruguay players celebrate beating Fiji at RWC 2019 (Getty Images)Tournament organisers will be hoping for a World Cup even more competitive than the 2019 edition, which saw Japan reach the quarter-finals for the first time and Uruguay stun Fiji.RWC 2023 chief executive Claude Atcher said: “This qualification process gives emerging unions an opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest competition.“The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugby’s expansion globally.“As the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is about to be won, I welcome this optimistic prospect of reconnecting with the excitement of our sport. This is the start of our journey towards France 2023, which will be the best tournament ever delivered.”The pool draw for the next World Cup is due to take place later this year, although with the coronavirus causing uncertainty over whether any more international fixtures will be played in 2020 that may be delayed. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

first_img “COPY” Projects ArchDaily France Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Romain BlanchiArchitects In Charge:Eric Frei, Kaveh RezakhanlouProject Management:Michel DesvalléesCity:DouvaineCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Romain BlanchiRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. The client had knowingly bought the house in a state of near ruin with heavy transformation in mind. With two university age children, they wanted three independant but communicating units; the largest for themselves to stay for several months a year and two others as weekend places for the children.Save this picture!SectionThe house, being the ultimate in a row of houses that formed an old nucleus, has three facades. On the fourth side (the same wall it shares with the neighbour) it had a barn attached to it. The house had two floors, 50 sqm each. As high as the house, the barn was 6 by 5 meters in plan but had no floors.Save this picture!© Romain BlanchiBoth were poorly built with fragile (but thick) outside walls containing as much stone as ordinary dirt. The thin wooden floors had long fallen down. In spite of all this, the municipality was adamant on conservation; at most they would let a couple of new windows after approving drawings for the new facades. All exterior shapes had to be maintained.Save this picture!First Floor PlanIn order to keep the walls together, extensive concrete work was employed: from injected concrete as new fundations to concrete floors, casted in part in the stone making the whole more hyperstatic. A full height concrete core containing all bathrooms provides lateral stability and most of all structures the whole project in it’s spatial concept.Save this picture!© Romain BlanchiThe main apartment occupies the entire ground floor with a kitchen, a double-height sitting room, a living room and a guest bedroom. The main bedroom Is on the mezzanine level which looks onto the sitting room. This mezzanine is the connecting element of the three units and is central to the idea. The daughter’s apartment, basically a loft under the roof, is reached by the old outside stairs and throught the kitchen as entrance on the first floor. A flight of stairs at the back entrance gives access to the son’s unit which is a duplex in the old barn with a living area on the first floor and a bedroom upstairs.Save this picture!© Romain BlanchiThe concrete slabs are left bare as ceilings and receive a cement flooring containg heating tubes. Walls are coated in a thick hemp based porous roughcast on both sides which was calculated to be sufficient insulation. Some are left apparent inside. Windows and shutters are in solid oak and with no basement all the technical units are reduced to a minimum and housed under stairs.Save this picture!© Romain BlanchiProject gallerySee allShow lessBO House / Plan B ArquitectosSelected ProjectsArzum Headquarters / Habif ArchitectureSelected Projects Share CopyHouses, Renovation•Douvaine, Francecenter_img CopyAbout this officeFrei Rezakhanlou ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationDouvaineFrancePublished on October 18, 2014Cite: “Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects” 18 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More products »Read commentsSave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 “COPY” 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou ArchitectsSave this projectSaveOld House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects Houses Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects Save this picture!© Romain Blanchi+ 25 Sharelast_img read more

Business leaders’ support for charities

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 Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Eighty-nine per cent of board chairmen give time to charities, and each gives time on average to 3.6 charities. These are the findings of a survey of one third of the 350 leading FTSE companies by Charities Aid Foundation.Read Time is Money by David Brindle at the Guardian. Howard Lake | 11 July 2000 | News Business leaders’ support for charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

[Char Dham Road Project] Centre Opposes Petitioner’s Request For Adjournment, Supreme Court To Hear The Case On Friday

first_imgTop Stories[Char Dham Road Project] Centre Opposes Petitioner’s Request For Adjournment, Supreme Court To Hear The Case On Friday Mehal Jain11 May 2021 7:30 AMShare This – xCentre Opposes Petitioner’s Request For Adjournment Of Hearing By 3 Wks; Supreme Court Posts Matter For FridayIn the Char Dham road project matter, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for a convenience compilation of the relevant previous orders of the Court, with a view to ascertain if there has been any interim stay on construction.The order came when a request for 3 weeks’ adjournment of the hearing was made by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, who appears for the petitioner-organisation ‘Citizens for Green Doon’, and SG Tushar Mehta vehemently opposed the same.Advertisement The bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari was hearing the matter. The bench will now take it up on Friday after ascertaining the position as regards the order of September 8, 2020, which requires the road to have a width of 5.5 m per the 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and the subsequent amendment of the circular in 2020 to provide for a width of effectively 10 m, and if there is any interim stay.Advertisement At the outset, the Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, for the petitioner-organisation, sought an adjournment of the matter by 3 weeks. “The parties are quarantined in Uttarkashi. My office is also affected by COVID. We have been caught amid a lockdown and the papers needed to finalise the written submissions are stuck. People need time to recover”, he advanced.Opposing this request for adjournment, SG Tushar Mehta argued, “Whenever and wherever it is convenient, Mr. Gonsalves has been filing replies, written submissions. My objection is to the use of COVID in some matters! Advertisement Advertisement Please have it next week and let us be over with it! This matter involves questions of national security, it concerns roads on China border! “”Which you have built! There was no stay! You have completed your work- that is your case! You have filed photographs before the court!”, countered Mr. Gonsalves”Is there any order of this Court stopping any activity?”, asked the bench of Mr. Gonsalves.When Mr. Gonsalves replied in the negative, the bench observed, “Then we will record this statement and have the matter after 3 weeks. Then why will the SG object?”Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement At this point, AG K. K. Venugopal submitted, “Your Lordships, there are convoys and troops to be taken to the Chinese border…If Mr. Gonsalves agrees that there is no stay and we can complete whatever work has not been completed, I have no objection to the matter being deferred by 3 weeks…””That is not what I said…But they say that they have been proceeding with the work at full speed! They have said on affidavit that they have completed many stretches and that they are still continuing the work!”, pressed Mr. Gonsalves.”So they can complete the work even if you seek adjournment?”, asked the bench of Mr. Gonsalves.”I don’t want to say they are authorised because Justice Nariman’s bench has ordered that…”, Mr. Gonsalves began to reply. The Senior Counsel had sought to indicate the September 8, 2020 order passed by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman, directing that the roads in hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project are to be constructed in accordance with the 2018 circular of the MoRTH and hence, the width of the road would remain at 5.5 metres.”Why are you referring to it as so-and-so’s bench, so-and-so’s bench? It is the SC’s order!”, commented the Court.”It is unfair…”, intervened the SG.”There is no letter of adjournment before us…”, said the bench.”That is because people are in quarantine. Papers got stuck in the lockdown. Please give me 3 weeks’ time”, pleaded Mr. Gonsalves. “We can’t give that long. The AG is a very senior, respected person and if he is saying that the matter relates to border routes, we need to hear it expeditiously. Why should border routes be stopped?”, remarked the bench.”The matter has been going on for months! Why are they suddenly insistent on it being heard now?”, urged Mr. Gonsalves, even as the SG commented that “COVID is being used selectively by the petitioners”. “Mr. AG, Mr. SG, we want to be clear about one aspect. Is there any interim order of this court anywhere staying anything?”, asked the bench.The AG replied, “By the original order of Justice Nariman’s bench (of September 8, 2020), they have refused to permit us to broaden the roads. But that is on the basis of a 2018 notification issued by the Ministry of Roads which said that the width should be 5.5 m. That notification mentions ‘hilly areas’ generally. Thereafter, the Ministry of Roads has amended its notification on December 15, 2020. The amended notification says that so far as the roads for defence purposes, which go right up to the Chinese border, are concerned, we have to broaden the roads to 7 m. It says that width has to be 7 m with 1.5 m paved shoulder on either side…We have continued to construct, but…””There is an order which contemplates that they may do what they want- It says that if they want to change the standard, they may…But I have an interpretation and they have an interpretation…There is no stay order! And they have carried on merrily for 5 months, but now suddenly they are getting very excited!”, argued Mr. Gonsalves. It may be noted that on December 2 last year, Justice Nariman’s bench had asked the court-appointed High-Powered Committee to meet and look into the applications filed before the Court by the Ministry of Defence, against reducing the road width, in two weeks. Liberty was also given to the Ministry of Roads to amend its circular.”We all have many things to say!”, retorted the SG.The bench then asked the AG, the SG and Mr. Gonsalves to file before the court a convenience compilation of the 2018 and the 2020 notifications, the relevant applications and the orders that both sides wish to rely on and posted the matter on Friday.”We will look into the interests of all parties. We only want to clarify what the order is. We just want to know what the order is”, the bench said, putting the matter to Friday.BackgroundOn December 2, before the Supreme Court, the Defence Ministry had sought wider roads for national security, arguing that the three national highways- Rishikesh to Mana, Rishikesh to Gangotri and Tanakpur to Pithoragarh- lead up to the northern border with China and act as feeder roads. During that hearing, Justice Nariman had noted that the road and the defence ministries “are not working in tandem with each other”. The bench had asked the court-appointed High-Powered Committee to meet and look into the applications filed before the Court by the Ministry of Defence, against reducing the road width, in two weeks. Liberty was also given to the Ministry of Roads to amend its circular.The MoRTH on December 15, 2020 amended its 2018 circular that formed the basis of the ongoing legal case. The 5.5 m maximum width limit for roads in hilly and mountainous areas is now effectively 10 m. “For roads in hilly and mountainous terrain which act as feeder roads to the Indo-China border or are of strategic importance for national security, the carriageway width should be 7 m with 1.5 m paved shoulder on either side”, the circular says.Referring to the 2018 circular ‘Standards for lane width of national highways and roads developed under central sector schemes in hilly and mountainous terrain’- which the new circular now supersedes- the 2020 circular adds, “The standards have been further reviewed in the light of the issues raised by the Ministry of Defence. A committee of chief engineers considered the suggestions received and have recommended modifications to the standards”Reportedly, the HPC also submitted its report in two parts – the majority report and minority report, dated December 31, 2020. In its report to the SC, the high-powered committee presented a divided opinion with the majority in favour of the wider roads on the Char Dham route, considering the strategic requirement and snow removal needs.The Supreme Court on January 18 had listed the Char Dham Yatra road project for hearing on a Non-Miscellaneous Day, the interim order to keep the road width at 5.5m continuing in the meantime. The bench of Justice Nariman had noted that Mr. Gonsalves had filed objections to the majority report.Reportedly, the majority report also took into account the state government’s focus on reversing the migration in border areas by providing ample livelihood opportunities and ease of transportation, and said that the latest MoRTH circular on wider roads, of December 15, 2020, amending its previous circular and increasing the road width in hilly and mountainous terrains along the Indo-China border from 5.5 m to 10 m, should be accepted.The majority report added it is not “feasible” to revisit the entire project where work is already completed and reduce the road width from 10 m to 5.5 m, underlining that it was “impractical” to reclaim the already tarred road because it will not be possible to grow trees on the excavated parts.”Road width may be kept as approved for Char Dham with flexibility as per site conditions, considering the prior, during and post vulnerability of the terrain in the design, instead of restricting the road width,” stated the majority report, adding landslides may have no direct connection with road cutting and constructions.The minority group comprised high-powered committee chairman Ravi Chopra, who is a noted environmentalist, and two other members, however, expressed their dissent and maintained that the road width should be restricted to 5.5 m.In its affidavit, the MoRTH has urged the Supreme Court to accept the majority view of the high-powered committee (HPC), which has favoured a 10-metre road width for the Rs.12,000-crore Char Dham highway project. the ministry has pointed out that 21 out of 26 members of the court-appointed HPC have been in favour of the wider road to ease movement of military forces along the Indo-China border areas, and to ensure better amenities for local communities.Reportedly, the application before the top court last year by the defence ministry, presented by solicitor general Tushar Mehta, said, “The roads should have capacity to facilitate movement of heavy vehicles carrying troops, self propelled artillery and various machinery required by the army. For this purpose a double lane road having a carriageway width of 7m (or 7.5m where there is a raised kerb) is necessary to meet requirements of the army. The very security of the nation is involved and it has become necessary to seek modification of the September 8 order.”The road ministry had claimed that a substantial reduction in the width of the road to 5.5m in terms of the 2018 circular at this stage will result in non-uniform carriageway width varying from 10m to 5.5m in short stretches. “This sudden change in road width in a short road length is not desirable from road users’ safety perspectives and may lead to the formation of black spots and spurt in road accidents,” said the ministry.On February 17, the Centre told the SC that the assertions made by the HPC in the wake of the recent unfortunate disaster in Uttarakhand, where the members led by the Chairman have imputed blame to the Project, are not correct. Appearing before a bench headed by Justice Nariman, the Attorney General, for the Defence Ministry, took objection to the Chairman of the HPC, Ravi Chopra, writing a letter to the Government linking the Highway widening project to the recent flash floods on Dhauliganga river, which claimed many lives and damaged Tapovan hydro project. The AG termed the letter “unwarranted”.The Supreme Court had on September 8 directed that the width of hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project to be constructed in accordance with the 2018 circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices Nariman, Sinha and Indira Banerjee took into consideration the current situation with regard to the eco system and fragility of the mountain terrains to order that the width of the road would remain at 5.5 metres.A High Power Committee constituted by Supreme Court in August 2019 submitted a Report in July 2020 whereby 13 members recommended following standards prescribed in a circular from 2012 while 5 members, including the Chairman, were in favour of going ahead according to the 2018 circular.The 2018 circular prescribes a width of 5.5 metres for the intermediate lane configuration along with two-lane structures for National Highways in hilly and mountainous terrains.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that it was only a minority view of the Committee that the 2018 circular be complied with. Adding that since the road covers the India-China Border, the terrain in question sees movement of Army vehicles. Therefore, he urged, the width of the carriageway must be 7 metres wide, not 5.5 metres.Refusing to accept this submission, Justice Nariman asserted that “the 2018 circular will alone apply.””Shri Tushar Mehta, learned Solicitor General, persisted with his arguments that the 2018 circular is only prospective in nature. We are well aware of the distinction between something which is retrospective in the sense that it applies for the first time to projects which are already completed as opposed to ongoing projects, where it is necessary to take stock of the current situation and then move forward. Having taken stock of the current situation and of the fragility generally of the eco system in mountain terrain, we are of the view that this argument has no legs to stand on.” -Records the Order.Appearing for the Citizens for Green Doon, the Petitioner NGO, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh apprised court of devastation caused to mountains as a result of violations of directions by authorities.Recording that a “great deal of devastation has occurred in certain areas and that plantation should be taken up in right earnest”, the Apex Court noted that “we have no doubt that this will be carried out” and disposed off the application.The char dham project is a 900KM, all-weather highway project which connects four towns state of Uttarakhand including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.On August 8, 2019, a bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant had modified the NGT order approving the Char DhamHighway project and constituted a High Powered Committee to assess and study the impact of the project on the Himalayan valleys.In the meeting held on July 2020, the HPC could not reach a unanimous decision on the road width for the proposed highway, resulting in the matter reaching before the bench.TagsSupreme Court Char Dham Road Project SG Tushar Mehta Justice Vineet Saran Justice Dinesh Maheshwari Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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California’s Orange County closes beaches after photos showed them packed with people

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 233,000 people worldwide.Over 3.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than one million diagnosed cases and at least 63,001 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Thursday. All times Eastern:9:05 p.m.: Chicago to hold virtual high school commencementChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the entire city will take part in a virtual commencement ceremony in mid-June. The ceremony will have a commencement address from none other than city icon Oprah Winfrey.The ceremony is intended to honor public schools, but also charter and private schools.“The times we are living in are historic and stunning, forcing us all to take a deep look at who we are as a people and our place in the world,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “No one knows this better than Oprah, and I join all of Chicago in looking forward to hearing the wisdom she’ll be sharing with our incredible young people as they take this unforgettable next step on their life’s journey.”The event, which does not yet have a date, will feature “speeches, performances, and a wide array of elements that will feature student achievements and experiences.”Chicago Public Schools closed on March 17 and will be closed throughout the rest of the school year.6:50 p.m.: American, Delta, United to require face coveringsThree more major American airlines will require passengers to wear face masks during flights.American Airlines, Delta and United announced on Thursday that all customers will be required to wear face coverings starting in May.The move follows similar announcements from JetBlue and Frontier.Delta and United will require face coverings starting May 4. American will require face masks on flights starting May 11.JetBlue and Frontier will start requiring face masks during travel on May 4 and May 8, respectively.This week, Democratic lawmakers called for federal action to mandate that all air travelers wear masks. 5:15 p.m.: CityMD has done thousands of antibody tests alreadyJust two days into its initiative to offer antibody testing, CityMD has already done 19,000 tests, according to the chain of walk-in clinics.“We did more than 19,000 in the first two days and we remain very busy at the sites,” Joy Lee-Calio, director of public relations and communications for Summit Medical Group, said in a statement. “We do not anticipate any testing capacity issues at this time. Wait times are longer than normal right now, but we’re doing our best to keep the lines moving while maintaining social and physical distancing.”CityMD has more than 100 locations in New York and New Jersey.The health provider announced Tuesday it would offer an antibody test to determine if patients had COVID-19, whether or not they experienced symptoms. The tests cost $55, but are covered by most insurers, according to CityMD.New York and New Jersey have proven to be the epicenter of COVID-19 cases, with more than 400,000 combined confirmed cases in the states and over 30,000 deaths — about half of the total nationwide.5 p.m.: Connecticut nonessential businesses can open May 20In Connecticut, nonessential businesses can reopen May 20, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday.That will include hair and nail salons, outdoor-only restaurant seating and outdoor museums and zoos. 4:10 p.m.: California’s Orange County beaches must close after photos of crowdsCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered beaches in sunny Orange County to close temporarily on Thursday, after too many people flocked to the sand over the weekend.The “images we saw on the beaches were disturbing,” Newsom said. “Everyone saw those images and we’re all concerned about that. … That’s what ultimately led to this decision.”“If we can get this right, we can reopen very quickly,” he added.California has 48,917 people diagnosed with coronavirus, while at least 1,982 people have died.3:10 p.m.: West Virginia on brink of reopeningIn West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice says he is replacing his “stay-at-home” order with a “safer-at-home” order on Monday, May 4, which encourages, but does not require, West Virginians to stay at home.The new order says restaurants can open for outdoor dining service and elective medical procedures can resume.Public gatherings with more than 35 people are prohibited.Churches remain essential and can stay open but people should practice social distancingSmall businesses can operate if there are no more than 10 employees. The businesses must have limited customer contact and maintain social distancing and hygiene practices.Nail salons, hair salons and barber shops can open if they leave time between appointments for proper cleaning and disinfecting. Customers must wait for their appointment in their cars.2:25 p.m.: Kamala Harris announces legislation for task force to combat racial, ethnic disparities Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Thursday announced new legislation — the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act — to create a task force to combat the way minorities are being impacted by the coronavirus.“People of color are being infected and dying from coronavirus at astounding rates,” Harris said in a statement. “This is in part due to persistent lack of access to health care, bias in our health care system, systematic barriers to equal pay and housing, and environmental injustice. It is critical that the federal government proactively work to right historical wrongs that have led to racial inequities for generations.”The legislation would require the task force experts and government officials to “make data-driven recommendations to federal agencies about directing crucial resources—like testing kits, testing supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE)—to communities with racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death rates.”It also aims to extend the work of such a task force beyond the current coronavirus pandemic by establishing a permanent presence, “to continue to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in our health care system and improve future infectious disease response.”The legislation has the backing of a number of top Senate Democrats, including five of Harris’ former 2020 presidential competitors — Sens. Cory Booker, Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.1:55 p.m.: Russia’s prime minister tests positive for COVID-19 Russia Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will go into self-isolation.Mishustin made the announcement during a televised video briefing with President Vladimir Putin.Mishustin said he intended to remain in contact with colleagues, but asked Putin to appoint Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov as acting prime minister.“The government will continue to work as normal,” Mishustin said. “I plan to be in active contact by telephone and video-conference with my colleagues, and also with you.”Putin said he hoped Mishustin would continue to be able to work and take part in decisions, adding that getting the coronavirus could “happen to anyone.”1:25 p.m.: USNS Comfort leaves NYCThe Navy ship USNS Comfort left New York City’s harbor Thursday afternoon to return to Norfolk, Virginia.The USNS Comfort treated 182 patients during its one month in New York.The ship “was originally tasked with providing care to non-COVID patients, bringing the first aboard on April 1,” the Navy said in a statement this week. “It quickly became apparent that in order to be of help to the city, USNS Comfort needed to treat all patients, regardless of their COVID status. On April 6, the USNS COMFORT began accepting COVID-positive patients.”“I believe Comfort not only brought comfort but also saved lives,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing last week.12:50 p.m.: UK is ‘past the peak,’ Boris Johnson saysThe United Kingdom is “past the peak of this disease,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday, as he anchored the daily Downing Street briefing for the first time in weeks.“We are on the downward slope,” said Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus and treated in the hospital.“I will be setting out a comprehensive plan next week on how to get the economy moving, to get children back to school and how we can travel to work and make work in the workplace safer,” Johnson said.Fatalities in the U.K. has climbed to over 26,000. The U.K. now has the third-highest death toll, behind the U.S. and Italy.12:05 p.m.: New York forming a ‘tracing army’In New York state, 306 lives were lost to the virus on Wednesday, including 19 in nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.Across the state, 4,681 people tested positive on Wednesday.New York is now forming a “tracing army” — led by former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg — to recruit and train people to work as contact tracers, said Cuomo.“We want the best system that we can have to get New York open and to protect New Yorkers,” Cuomo said, “but it will also be a laboratory to put together the best system” to share with other states.Meanwhile, Cuomo announced that New York City subways will close from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during the pandemic in order to disinfect trains and stations.The governor said conditions on the subway have “rapidly deteriorated.” Even though the Metropolitan Transportation Authority “stepped” up to clean trains and buses every 72 hours — which Cuomo called “an amazing undertaking” — he stressed that the disinfecting must ramp up because the virus can live on a surface for hours or even days.“You have to disinfect every place that a hand could touch on the subway car,” Cuomo said. “It is a massive undertaking that we’ve never done before.”11:35 a.m.: Alabama beaches to reopen Thursday nightAlabama beaches will reopen Thursday night as the state’s new “safer at home” order goes into effect.With the new rules, no more than 10 people can be in a group at the beach. Beachgoers must stay 6 feet away from people outside their household.Pools are also reopening with the new rules. Those at pools must follow the same rules as the beach.“Our beaches will be open – providing people abide by social distancing & the gatherings guidelines,” Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted. “I trust the people of AL to practice personal responsibility while enjoying the Gulf.”The new “safer at home” order enforces social distancing as some people return to work, Ivey said.“The threat of #COVID19 isn’t over. We’re still seeing the virus spread,” she cautioned. “You’re urged to wear face coverings around people from other households when you leave your house. Please continue proper hand washing & other good, common-sense hygiene.”10:50 a.m.: Intelligence Community examining origins of the outbreakThe U.S. Intelligence Community agrees with the “wide scientific consensus” that COVID-19 wasn’t man-made or genetically modified, according to a statement Thursday.However, the Intelligence Community says it’s continuing to “rigorously” examine “whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”10:25 a.m.: NYC distributing free face coverings at busy parksIn New York City, free face coverings are being distributed at high-trafficked parks and hard-hit communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.The mayor also said he’s assigning city workers to patrol parks and public spaces to enforce social distancing.De Blasio called it a “very good day” as he announced the latest numbers.Of people tested citywide Tuesday, 22% were positive — down from 23% on Monday.There were 129 people admitted to hospitals with coronavirus symptoms on Tuesday, down from 136 on Monday.And 705 patients were in ICUs on Tuesday, down from 734 on Monday.As the pandemic continues, New York City is planning to triple testing capacity at community sites, de Blasio said.The city currently has 11 testing sites, and by the week of May 18, the city plans to have 30 sites.The mayor said there will be 14,000 tests conducted this week, but by the week of May 18 the city hopes to reach 43,000 per week.9:42 a.m.: Europe remains ‘in the grip’ of coronavirus pandemic, WHO saysThe World Health Organization’s European director warned Thursday that the continent remains “in the grip” of the coronavirus pandemic, even as many countries start lifting lockdowns and relaxing other restrictive measures.“The European region accounts for 46% of cases and 63% of deaths globally,” Dr. Hans Kluge said during a press conference in Geneva. “The region remains very much in the grip of this pandemic.”Out of the 44 countries in the WHO Europe’s region that have enacted coronavirus-related restrictions, Kluge said 21 have already begun easing those measures and another 11 intend to do so in the coming days.Kluge noted that social distancing measures have helped reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in the region, saying, “We must monitor this positive development very closely.”But he said France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom still have high caseloads while Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine have all seen increases in cases.“This virus is unforgiving. We must remain vigilant, persevere and be patient, ready to ramp up measures as and when needed,” Kluge said. “COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon.”8:49 a.m.: Japan plans to extend state of emergencyJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he plans to extend the country’s state of emergency, which is slated to expire next week. “I believe it will be difficult to return to our normal daily lives after May 7,” Abe told reporters. “We must expect an endurance race to a certain extent.”Abe said he will consult with experts to determine how long the declaration should be extended to curb the country’s coronavirus outbreak. Japan reported more than 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the nationwide tally to nearly 14,000.8:40 a.m.: Potential COVID-19 treatment shows ‘glimmer of hope,’ researcher saysScientists are optimistic about a potential treatment for COVID-19. A U.S. government-sponsored clinical trial of the antiviral medication remdesivir began on Feb. 21 and includes more than 1,000 patients around the world. Sixty-eight sites have joined the study — 47 in the United States and 21 in countries in Europe and Asia. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has played a leading role — the school and an affiliated hospital enrolled 103 patients, more than any other institution in the world. Preliminary data from the trial shows hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received the drug recovered faster than similar patients who received a placebo. “I think now we have the first glimmer of hope of something that can do that,” Dr. Aneesh Mehta, an infectious diseases expert at Emory University who is leading the trial there, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.“Having taken care of patients for eight weeks now with many colleagues working hard,” he said, “we have been getting patients better but we are looking to find a medication that helps patients get better more rapidly, get them home to their families and make more room for other patients.” Mehta noted that most antiviral medications tend to work better earlier in the course of disease, so his team would also like to offer remdesivir to patients with milder cases. “It is an intravenous medicine so can only be given in the hospital,” he added, “but we are planning to offer this medicine as early as possible to as many patients that qualify.” Mehta said his team is now looking at other medications to be used in combination with remdesivir. “We want to learn how remdesivir works for patients, who it works best in and what additional medications or therapies are needed to improve the outcome,” he said. “All patients are different, so we want to make sure that we’re tailoring their therapy to what their needs are.”7:47 a.m.: China reports no new deathsChina reported no new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Thursday morning and just four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, all brought from outside the country.China has been testing and quarantining people coming into the country from abroad. Imported cases of COVID-19 account for many of China’s recent cases.China’s National Health Commission said Thursday that 619 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, including 41 in serious condition.Since the new virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan back in December, the country has reported 82,862 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,633 deaths.6:04 a.m.: Russia reports record spike in new casesThe number of people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease in Russia surpassed 100,000 on Thursday, while the death toll topped 1,000.Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters on Thursday morning reported a record daily spike of 7,099 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally to 106,498. The death toll from the disease now stands at 1,073, after 101 new fatalities were reported over the past 24 hours — the second day in a row that Russia has recorded over 100 deaths from COVID-19.Moscow still has the bulk of the country’s reported infections, with 3,093 new cases and 65 more deaths were confirmed in the capital on Thursday morning, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.Much of Russia has been on lockdown since late March, with residents ordered to stay home and only essential businesses remaining open, including banks, grocery stores and pharmacies.Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the lockdown until May 11 on Tuesday and asked his government to put together a plan to slowly reopen the country.4:43 a.m.: California governor plans to order closure of all beaches, state parksCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to order the closure of all beaches and state parks after seeing seashores packed with thousands of people, ABC News has learned.A memo from the California Police Chiefs Association sent to police departments across the Golden State outlines the decision, saying it was prompted by the “well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend.”The governor intends to announce the order Thursday and it will go into effect Friday. The memo, a copy of which was obtained by Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV, was sent to police agencies ahead of time so they could plan for any situations that might happen in their communities as a result.Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to beaches in Southern California amid a heatwave. Newsom reprimanded beachgoers during a press conference on Monday, saying such risky behavior could prevent the state from reopening other activities as it continues to try to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.“Those images are an example of what not to see, what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress we’ve made the past couple of weeks,” Newsom said.3:57 a.m.: South Korea reports no new local cases for first time since FebruarySouth Korea reported no new locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday for the first time since Feb. 18.Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the past 24 hours, but all were imported from abroad, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The country’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported on Jan. 20. Since then, at least 10,765 people have been diagnosed with the disease, of which 9,059 have recovered and 247 have died.South Korean authorities remain concerned about the possibility of new outbreaks and have urged the public to maintain strict social distancing guidelines as the nation enters an extended public holiday that began Thursday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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