Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) 2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLux Island Resorts Limited, formerly known as Naïade Resorts Limited, is a collection of premium hotels in the Indian Ocean with running operations in Mauritius, the Réunion Island, the Maldives, China, Vietnam, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The company however, operates as a subsidiary of IBL Ltd as of May 18, 2018. Lux Island Resorts Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Ocado (LSE: OCDO) is a stock I’ve been keeping a close eye on for a while. That’s because it’s one of the fastest growing companies in the FTSE 100 index, with five-year annualised sales growth of 16.1%.But recently, Ocado’s share price has pulled back. Is this a good opportunity for me to buy? Let’s take a look at the investment case.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…Ocado’s share price has fallenThere are a number of things I like about Ocado. Firstly, it’s generating strong growth in its retail segment. The company’s recent full-year results showed it generated growth of 35% here for the 52 weeks to 29 November. That’s an impressive level of growth. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in this division also came in at £148.5m – up 266% year-on-year.Secondly, the group has a unique automation technology offer in its ‘Ocado Smart Platform’ (OSP). This is an end-to-end solution that helps other supermarkets move online. Supermarkets Ocado is currently working with include France’s Groupe Casino, Canada’s Sobeys, and Australia’s Coles. Ocado says seven out of its nine current partners will be using its platform by the end of this financial year.Overall, I think the future looks bright for Ocado.Will online grocery shopping growth continue?That said, there are a few risks that could hit the share price. One is that, post-Covid-19, online supermarket sales could fall as shoppers return to stores. But Ocado’s CEO Tim Steiner believes online grocery shopping is here to stay. He expects online grocery in Britain to double in size again over the next few years.However, not everyone is as bullish as Steiner. For example, Christian Härtnagel, CEO of Lidl GB, believes that online sales growth will moderate in the near term. He believes that as the crisis recedes, so will online grocery penetration.“A lot of people are talking about the new normal, I’m absolutely convinced that we are not in this new normal right now, we are in the temporary normal, we are in an extraordinary time,” he told Reuters recently.Another issue to be aware of is that the OSP is losing money. This is impacting group profitability significantly. Moreover, Ocado is spending a lot of money to invest in this side of the business. Recently, the company told investors that total capital expenditure for the group is expected to be around £700m this year. This large amount of investment appears to be testing investors’ patience and affecting the share price.It’s worth pointing out, however, that Bank of America analysts believe profits from this division will kick in in 2022. That’s not too far away now.Should I buy Ocado shares?Overall, I’m cautiously optimistic on the outlook for Ocado shares. This is a more speculative stock, in my view, because the company is currently losing money. However, after the recent share price pullback, I’m a buyer of the stock. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 | More on: OCDO Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Edward Sheldon has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Ocado’s share price has fallen. Should I buy the stock now? Image source: Getty Images. 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.
Shifted: France vs Italy will be held in Marseille, not Paris (Getty Images) Why is France v Italy being played in Marseille?To kick off round three of the 2018 Six Nations, France are playing Italy on Friday night, but the game is not where you would expect.Traditionally, France play their Five and Six Nations home matches in Paris. Their current home is the Stade de France, located in Saint-Denis to the north of the city, while the Parc de Princes, which is home to football team Paris Saint Germain, staged matches in the Eighties and Nineties and from the 1920s to the early 1970s their fixtures were held at Colombes.Related: Six Nations TV coverageHowever this week the match will be taking place in Marseille, at the Stade Velodrome (or for sponsorship purposes, the Orange Velodrome!). This is the first time France have ever played a home Six Nations match outside of Paris. So what’s behind the stadium switch?Firstly, the majority of the rugby fans in France are situated in the south of the country with teams like Toulon, Toulouse, and Montpellier having large followings. The only two Top 14 sides in the north of the country are Parisian clubs Stade Francais and Racing 92 – every other team is located in the bottom half of France.Toulon regularly use the Velodrome for matches, the biggest of which was their Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster in 2014.By moving this fixture against Italy to Marseille they are giving those in the rugby hotbed of the south the chance to see live Six Nations action without travelling to Paris – or one of their away matches.The Stade de France has been known to have a poor atmosphere on occasions so it will be interesting to see if the crowd is more vocal and intimidating in Marseille.Second home: Toulon often play in Marseille for big games (Getty Images)Secondly, France has the ability to switch venues, with several massive football stadiums across the country. Countries like Ireland, Scotland, and Wales do not have the same choice of alternatives, plus their traditional venues – the Aviva Stadium, BT Murrayfield and Principality Stadium – are conveniently located, particularly given the fact those countries are smaller. Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France and Italy have moved the odd autumn Internationals away from the Stade de France and Stadio Olimpico before, but the historic nature of the French federation taking a Six Nations fixture away from Paris is significant.It may also lead to calls for England to move Tests away from Twickenham. Why not stage an International at Old Trafford or St James’ Park and give those rugby fans in the North of England the chance to see their heroes in action?Importantly, if you are a French fan, the national side has a good record in Marseille too. They have played there 11 times since 2000 and only lost twice, once to Argentina in 2004 and the other to New Zealand in 2009.Good Record: France have a strong record in Marseille, only losing twice in 11 matches (Getty Images)This is welcome news for Jacques Brunel and his side in terms of their Six Nations camapign because France desperately need a win, having lost to both Ireland and Scotland in close contests in the first two rounds. Their opponents, Italy, also need a victory after losing heavily to England and Ireland.As for the fact this match is being played on a Friday night, that is down to the TV rights holders. Friday night sporting events traditionally attract big TV audiences but France are now the only country in the Six Nations to agree to stage fixtures then.Wales have hosted Friday night games in the past but made a call last year to stop until more countries in the competition agreed to do the same.Interestingly, next year’s Six Nations will kick off with a Friday night game between France and Wales on 1 February 2019 at the Stade de France.Related: Six Nations Fixtures On Friday night, France will play Italy in Marseille for the first time in Six Nations history. Find out why here
Google to create grant-making foundation The Foundation, however, will go beyond this and actually make cash grants to non-profits. In addition it is likely non-US groups will be eligible for these. Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 6 May 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Uber-search engine Google has announced it is to create a charitable grant-making foundation.In the run-up to the anticipated public offering of Google on the US stock market, the search engine company has announced that it will create a charitable foundation to co-ordinate all its charitable activities.It already offers a ‘Google Grants’ programme which gives US non-profit groups free AdWords„¢ advertising on its results pages. Current applications are on hold but you can still fill in the downloadable application form for possible future consideration. Advertisement 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.
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. 62 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 July 2011 | News Tagged with: Events South West A group of Cornish sea shanty singers, who were propelled to stardom after their album reached the UK top 10, are performing on Port Isaac beach to raise money for the UK’s retired and impoverished seafarers on July 15.Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends performed this year to a massive crowd on the main stage at Glastonbury this year, but have set aside time to appear at a more modest fundraising event in their home town to support the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has been supporting the seafaring community in Cornwall for over 172 years. In the last 12 months, grants totalling over £1.5 million were distributed to former seafarers in 2,650 cases of need throughout the UK.The event has been organised by Dugald Sproull, the Society’s honorary agent for Port Isaac, who knows the group personally through his involvement in the area’s fishing community and as chairman of the Port Isaac Harbour Commission.Commenting on the event, he said:“Since some of the group are fishermen themselves and understand the financial difficulties that fishermen can face in retirement, the charity seemed like the perfect choice for their fundraising activity.”Hundreds of people from Port Isaac and the surrounding areas are expected to attend the performance on The Platt in Port Isaac which will generate essential funds for the Society which relies heavily on public donations.“The Society has an historical tradition in Port Isaac going back to 1860 and has been supporting fishermen ever since. I took over the role of honorary agent in 1992 from my mother who had supported the Society since 1944 said Mr Sproull.Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, said:“We are delighted that Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends are supporting the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. Being fishermen themselves, they understand the risks of working at sea and the struggle many mariners retiring on meagre pensions often face. All the funds raised from the performance will make a real difference to the quality of life of former seafarers and their families.”Since topping the album charts in 2010, Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends have held several concerts and made numerous TV appearances, including an ITV1 documentary about their rise to fame which aired last week. However their forthcoming performance at Glastonbury will be their most prestigious event yet.Information about the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society can be found at www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fisherman’s Friends perform for Seafarers in Need
After a week-long fact-finding mission, Reporters Without Borders appealed to the UN Security Council on 25 October to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider the grave press freedom situation in the country. It demanded an immediate international investigation of the abuses committed by both government and rebel forces in the current conflict.It said the threats and attacks on journalists and destruction of their property since the troubles began on 19 September were serious violations of humanitarian law that could be tried and punished by the ICC even though Côte d’Ivoire had not yet ratified the ICC statute.Reporters Without Borders also urged the Ivorian authorities to give protection to media requesting it and to restore the FM reception facilities for foreign radio stations RFI, the BBC and Africa No. 1, which Ivorians have not been able to hear for more than a month now.It asked the Ivorian communications ministry to see that state radio and TV employees removed because of their ethic origin or political opinions were allowed to return to their jobs at once.The events of 19 September plunged Côte d’Ivoire into the grimmest period of its history. An attempted coup d’état turned into a wholesale uprising by rebels who now control part of the country. The media have been attacked by both the armed forces and police and by the rebels. No media currently feels safe.The foreign press under broad attackIvorian officials early on accused foreign journalists of being in league with the rebels and their intention of “destabilising” the country. The foreign media can be criticised but nothing justifies the virulent attacks on it by the authorities and sections of both the privately-owned and government media. Sometimes named people are targeted and this creates an climate of lawlessness which on occasion leads to physical attacks.Nearly all foreign journalists the fact-finding mission met said these repeated threats had seriously affected their freedom of movement. Several who had covered other conflicts in Africa said the situation was unprecedented. A French freelance radio producer working for the Radio France Outre-Mer (RFO) was held for six days without explanation by Ivorian security officials.Local media threatenedIn the course of a month, two media offices have been ransacked, several journalists physically attacked and countless anonymous threats received by staff. Despite requests, the authorities have not taken effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists. Communications minister Séry Bailly has simply said that “the safest thing for journalists is to report the news in a proper manner.” This remark has encouraged self-censorship, which has now become routine in the local media.Xenophobic media”We Ivorian journalists have set the scene for this war,” the former editor of a local daily said recently. “We must take responsibility for that. Our diatribes and hate-filled language have filled Ivorian heads with the idea of war.”The foreign press, France and opposition figure Alassane Dramane Ouattara are the targets of some pro-government papers. Le National is once again the most vicious, stepping up its attacks, calling for violence and hurling insults. The paper is a true mouthpiece of hatred. Other papers are guilty too. The pro-government daily Notre Voie and L’oeil du Peuple regularly pour oil on the flames.The attitude of the government mediaSeveral local journalists said the government media were playing an unhealthy role in the crisis. As organs of official propaganda, they are not helping to calm things down and are seriously misinforming the public. By reporting only one side of things and making warmongering comments, their journalists are poisoning the situation even more.Ethnic and political purgesImmediately after the 19 September attempted coup, several dozen staff of the state-controlled radio and TV were no longer allowed to work. Officially, this was said to be for their own safety, but several laid-off journalists said it was because they allegedly supported the opposition Republican Rally (RDR) party or were born in the north of the country. Two government TV journalists, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reporters Without Borders they had been deliberately pushed out. “All the laid-off staff are northerners or supposed RDR members. Nearly all those remaining are from the Bete tribe.”The rebels control the news tooIn the rebel-ruled part of the country, journalists are not much better off. Foreign reporters are less vulnerable than the few Ivorian journalists working in the area. The rebels have well understood the importance of controlling the news and on 21 October they set up their own TV station. It too simply relays propaganda all day, including meetings of the rebel Côte d’Ivoire Patriotic Movement (MPCI) and the speeches of its leaders. to go further News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News Reporters Without Borders issued a report on press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire called “Exaggerated patriotism and the smearing of the foreign media,” in which it urged the UN Security Council to refer the serious situation there to the International Criminal Court. Côte d’IvoireAfrica Côte d’IvoireAfrica Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Reports Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Organisation October 28, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition and foreign journalists targeted with impunity October 29, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election October 16, 2020 Find out more
Nearly since the time Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac entered government conservatorship in 2008, some have called to release them back to the private market. At the same time though, there have been constant echoes that the GSEs need to remain countercyclical. Playing a countercyclical role in the private market is simply infeasible, according to Don Layton, a senior industry fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The former CEO of Freddie Mac called the notion that the GSEs could remain countercyclical post-conservatorship “quite wrong” and “fundamentally inconsistent” in a Joint Center blog post released Wednesday. In short, he explained that “if a source of mortgage credit has private sector capital supporting it, it cannot truly be countercyclical. … Only the government—as the owner of the money printing press—can ignore market conditions.” Without government backing, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will need to maintain substantive capital, just like other private financial firms, and they will need to adjust to market conditions—also just like other private financial entities. To remain countercyclical, the government would either need to exempt the GSEs from capital requirements or provide capital itself as it did in the last financial crisis, Layton explained, adding “But do we really want to go through that again?” “Perhaps it’s time to be realistic: countercyclicality is for FHA and VA, as direct government entities. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae should be assumed neutral, at best, and more likely somewhat procyclical, just like the banks,” Layton stated. “So we have a conundrum,” Layton said. The GSEs’ charter requires them to be countercyclical, but and end to conservatorship necessitates they become pro-cyclical. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria alluded to the delicate balance between maintaining appropriate levels of capital and risk while also fulfilling the statutory mission of keeping the market liquid when speaking before the National Association of Home Builders last month. Calabria called capital “the foundation of safety and soundness regulation” and explained that the FHFA is “looking closely at the risk profiles of Fannie and Freddie to ensure they match their capital levels and support their statutory missions.”The FHFA recently hired a financial advisor to help plan toward and end of GSE conservatorship. Prior to their conservatorship, the GSEs did play a largely countercyclical role in the housing market due to their Congressional charters and large government subsidies, Layton pointed out. However, in 2008, their ability to remain countercyclical with private sector capital came to an end.“After all, how could they not be procyclical when facing massive losses and rapidly deteriorating capital ratios?” Layton said. While the private-label securitization market, banks, and the GSEs must respond to economic cycles to remain viable, there are two entities that can and maintain a countercyclical role in the market: the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration. “Their funding is directly on the books of the government, their securitization guarantees carry the full faith and credit of the government, and they have no equity holders or stock price to worry about,” Layton said. Thus, while other entities retracted during the financial crisis, FHA and VA market share grew from about 5% to about 20%. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 13, 2020 3,616 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae Net Worth Rises to $14.6B Next: Trump’s Pick for Federal Reserve Board Questioned During Hearing Print This Post Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs 2020-02-13 Mike Albanese The ‘Conundrum’ Surrounding the GSEs in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The ‘Conundrum’ Surrounding the GSEs Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Krista F. Brock The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.
Top StoriesSC Refuses To Review Its Order Dismissing PIL Seeking Guidelines To Curb Fake News [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Jun 2020 10:34 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court recently refused to review its order dismissing a writ petition seeking framing of guidelines to curb the spread of fake news through print, electronic and social media. A PIL was filed in 2019 by a lawyer, Anuja Kapur, highlighting fake news and misinformation flooded media in the wake of recent India-Pakistan tension, with videos of previous air-shows and photos…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court recently refused to review its order dismissing a writ petition seeking framing of guidelines to curb the spread of fake news through print, electronic and social media. A PIL was filed in 2019 by a lawyer, Anuja Kapur, highlighting fake news and misinformation flooded media in the wake of recent India-Pakistan tension, with videos of previous air-shows and photos of crashing fighter jets were being peddled as the latest from both the countries on various platforms. She had sought directions to the Central Ministries of Law & Justice, Information and Broadcasting and Electronics and Information Technology to constitute a Committee for framing guidelines for curbing fake news. She contended that the spread of fake news is leading to various incidents of mob lynching, communal riots and breakdown of law and order. In April 2019, the Court, refusing to entertain the writ petition, had dismissed it in limine. Advocate Anuja, thereafter, filed a review petition against the order of dismissal.We do not find any ground, whatsoever, to entertain the Review Petition, said the three judge bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde, Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna in an order passed last month.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesKerala Court Permits Limited Internet Access To ‘Maoist’ Undertrial For Legal Research [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Oct 2020 7:45 AMShare This – xA Kerala Court has permitted Roopesh, who is undertrial in several cases for alleged links with Maoist organizations, to use Internet facility for 45 minutes every week for the purposes of legal research.He can access only the official websites of the Supreme court and various High Courts in India, India Code, Indian Kanoon and any useful search engine for accessing any of the…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 Kerala Court has permitted Roopesh, who is undertrial in several cases for alleged links with Maoist organizations, to use Internet facility for 45 minutes every week for the purposes of legal research.He can access only the official websites of the Supreme court and various High Courts in India, India Code, Indian Kanoon and any useful search engine for accessing any of the said website, Additional Sessions Judge P. Krishna Kumar said.Roopesh, who is in judicial custody since 2015, had filed a petition before the court seeking a direction to the prison authorities for providing limited and indirect access to Internet for collecting legal materials like judgments of the constitutional courts and various statutes. He submitted that the study materials available with him has been exhausted and they are no more helpful to him to defend the ensuing trial in various courts. He submitted that he has been prosecuted for 39 cases in various courts and he is conducting the trial as party in person in most of the cases. He is presently in Central Prison, Viyyur.Senior Public Prosecutor for NIA submitted before the court that a controlled access could be given to him for a limited time, by making sure that he is not misusing the liberty to disseminate some message to his confiderators. State prosecutor also submitted that it has no objection in giving permission to the petitioner to use the Internet for the sole purpose of accessing legal materials from the official websites of the Government Authorities or the websites like Indian Kanoon etc.”This court had the opportunity to see the legal acumen of the petitioner on a number of occasions. He always comes prepared to address the court with suitable precedents and legal provisions. He is a law graduate.”, the judge observed in the order.The court also noted that the Prisoners Act or the Kerala Prisons & Correctional Services (Management) Act, 2010 or the Rules made thereunder neither prohibits nor permits the undertrial prisoners from using Internet for accessing legal materials or otherwise. “When it is declared by the constitutional courts that right to legal aid and right to use Internet are fundamental rights, the petitioner has every justification in asking permission to use the same for accessing legal materials to properly defend his case, in the absence of any prohibition in the prison laws. But the exercise of that right depends upon the availability of that facility in the prison and the capability of the prison authorities to provide it to the petitioner or any other person who demands it, without compromising the risk elements involved. Such a facility can be provided to a person only if there is enough mechanism to regulate its use in a reasonable manner and also to prevent the misuse of the same.”, the judge said.The court, however, agreed with apprehension raised by state prosecutor, that if such a facility is extended to him, there might be demand from the other prisoners as well and the prison authorities may not be able to handle such demands without compromising the risk factors involved in the usage of Internet facility by the inmates. Thus, the court disposed of the petition by issuing following directives:(1) If the petitioner makes a request to the Member Secretary, Kerala State Legal Service Authority, Niyama Sahaya Bhavan, High Court Compound, Ernakulam for providing adequate legal aid, including the facility to provide limited and controlled access to the Internet to collect legal materials, the Superintendent of Prison shall forward the same. (2) Based on the submission made by the prison authority that they are ready to provide journals to the inmates of the jail, if the court directs, the Superintendent of Prison, Central Prison, Viyyur is directed to arrange Software based law journals (like KHC, Verdicts etc) to the petitioner. (3) When such software based law journals are made available, petitioner shall be permitted to use the computer in which it is enabled for a reasonable duration. (4) Until a decision is taken on the petition given to the Member Secretary, KELSA or until the direction No. 2 is implemented, the petitioner shall be permitted to use Internet facility for a duration of 45 minutes every week to access only the official websites of the Hon’ble Supreme court and various High Courts in India, India Code, Indian Kanoon and any useful search 8 engine for accessing any of the said websites.(5) The Superintendent is also directed to implement necessary Firewall protection to the computer so as to restrict the use of Internet only with the above said official websites. (6) The Superintendent of the prison shall take steps to place the computer (in which the petitioner would access Internet or the Software based law journal), in such a manner to cover its screen in a CCTV camera which is available in the prison, so as to ensure that the liberty given to the petitioner is not misused. (7) The Jail Superintendent shall fix the usage charges for the Internet facility being used by the petitioner, taking into account the actual charges caused by such usage and the incidental matters, and shall adjust it against the wages to be given to the petitioner, if he exercises his option under section 54 of the Kerala Prisons & Correctional Services (Management) Act, for availing employment in the prison.Last year, the High Court of Kerala had discharged him from charges under UAPA and sedition in one case. The State Government has filed SLP in the Supreme Court against thie discharge given by the HC.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Previous articleLatest update on effects of Storm Emma in DonegalNext articleCalls on Minister to support farmers following extreme weather News Highland An Garda Síochána say there are no plans to reduce the number of Gardai in Donegal Town following the announcement of plans to reduce the stations opening hours.In a statement the force says despite recent retirements, the number of Gardai in Donegal Town and surrounding areas has been retained in recent years.An Garda Síochána say their commitment to the policing of Donegal Town is apparent by the significant refurbishment of the station, due to commence before summer and furthermore, there are no plans to reduce the number of Gardai.At present the station is open on a 24-hour basis along with the delivery of a Garda patrol and response service.However, the force says, from analysis of callers to the station, it is apparent that there are very few callers during off peak hours.They are of the view that the community in Donegal Town would be better served by the increased patrolling, including beat patrols, which would be delivered if the Garda member who would normally be on sttaion duty were out patrolling during off peak hoursAn Garda Síochána wish to emphasize there is no downgrading in patrolling or Garda response in Donegal Town. No plans to reduce Garda numbers in Donegal Town Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 3, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest