Focus owners seek financial help or a sale

first_img Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Sunday 31 October 2010 11:02 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this Share Focus owners seek financial help or a sale whatsapp THE owners of the UK’s fourth-largest DIY chain Focus are looking to investment bankers to advise on the future of the heavily debt laden business, which could lead to a sale.US based private equity firm Cerberus is taking advice from Lazard on the future of Focus, and is in talks with its banks about refinancing its loans and overdrafts.The business, which has 180 stores in Britain, has debts totalling approximately £230m and made a loss of £21m on sales of nearly £490m in the year to 21 February, accounts filed at Companies House in August show.Last year Focus secured a company voluntary agreement which made it possible to cut leases on a number of empty stores, and also managed to extend its £50m overdraft by two years.One £60m loan carries a high interest rate of seven per cent over Libor – the rate at which banks lend to each other – and will have accrued some £19m in interest by the end of January.Competition issues could however prevent rivals Home Retail Group, the owners of the Homebase home improvement chain and the Argos chain, and Kingfisher, which owns market leader B&Q, from buying the business.Data for the DIY sector shows B&Q has a market share of 27 per cent, while a spokesperson for Home Retail Group said Homebase’s share of the market could also prevent an acquisition. Focus has a market share of just 3.5 per cent.The retail chain was originally founded in 1987 by Bill Archer and has 180 stores nationwide, and last changed hands in 2007 for £1.While DIY was once a boom sector, the industry’s popularity has taken a nose dive and analysts expect sales to fall further this year. However, Focus has recently trialled a new format in 11 stores, with additional cut-price items under the revived Payless brand. The changes are starting to pay off and Cerberus could decide to roll this programme out further. whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Output tumbles at Fresnillo

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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited 2010 Presentation

first_imgEconet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2010 presentation For more information about Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (  2010 presentation Company ProfileEconet Wireless Zimbabwe is a diversified telecommunications group; it is the largest enterprise of its kind in Zimbabwe and the largest company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe provides products and solutions for mobile and fixed wireless telephony, public payphones, internet access and payment solutions. In 2009, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe became the first operator in Zimbabwe to launch data services with 3G capability. This was followed by an extensive project to expand its geographic coverage; building a fibre-optic network, providing financial transaction switching and point-of-sale and value-added retail support services. The company is a subsidiary of a privately-owned group controlled by its founder, Strive Masiyiwa. The group’s subsidiaries include Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Enterprises, Liquid Telecom Group and Econet Media.last_img read more

Do the right thing Mr. Anderson… drop this lawsuit

first_img July 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm July 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Stop the name calling, the mayor negotiated a settlement and then voted against it , is who has his head up his ass, so who is kidding who, the city should just live up to this settlement, and then we will be done, stop dragging it out. Please enter your comment! Right. When you can’t come up with an intelligent point-by-point rebuttal, find fault with the person who wrote the original opinion! How original! Let’s look at the FACTS, shall we? This whole mess involving Mr. Anderson was inherited by Mayor Kilsheimer as a result of multiple sweetheart deals from the previous mayor, that kindly old gentleman who walks on water. Everybody in this country is entitled to legal representation no matter how despicable the charges. Every defense attorney is required by law to fully represent his/her client and every defendant wants to get off with as little penalty as possible. If the police officer did not see the collision or have any viable testifiable witnesses then they cannot charge the defendant without said proof! I doubt the average Apopkan cares about this case. Many do not even know who the Mayor is, let alone council. So I don’t if any large percentage of Apopkans are wringing their hands and losing sleep over this. It’s a sad FACT, but most just don’t care! 9 COMMENTS What a blessing to our fair town to see Mr. Gondera, with his anal mind and his cronies who find him cute, fading into irrelevance. Barbara McLeod Reply July 22, 2017 at 11:36 am July 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm I am sure that Mr. Anderson, after due deliberation and heartfelt prayer in the matter is going to do what a gentleman, a professional, and a real man would do, what his heart dictates if he ever desires to walk with his head held high in this community again. God bless you sir, may your conscience be your guide. Sincerely, Charles Towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 23, 2017 at 10:34 am Danny Anderson So Reggie how far up Joe’s… well you know are you going to climb? Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom An open letter to Richard Anderson: For the sake of Apopka, put this case behind youOpinionBy Reggie Connell/ Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceIn the early morning hours of April 5th, Richard Anderson changed a lot of lives. When his Dodge Ram crossed the center line on SR46 and crashed into Michael Falcon’s Toyota, the former City Administrator took the Apopka community on one of the darkest journeys in its history.This story has been a chronic malignancy in the Apopka news cycle for over 15 months now. It’s a story writers don’t like writing. It’s an issue the City Council doesn’t want to deliberate. It’s a case the Lake County State Attorney, and the Florida Highway Patrol would like to put behind them. It’s a subject the residents of Apopka don’t want to talk about.And now it’s time for it to end. It’s  time for this tragic, unthinkable, unending saga to conclude, and I’m calling on you, Mr. Anderson, to drop this lawsuit.I don’t know how much money you have made in Apopka, but I suspect you are approaching seven figures after a long career as a paramedic, fire chief, city administrator, consultant, and lobbyist. I was not the Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice when you were city administrator, but I am told by people who knew you that you did a good job. I take them at their word and have no reason to believe you didn’t love Apopka with the passion I am told you did.If that is the case, if you truly love Apopka, then I urge you to end this polarizing issue and let Apopka heal. Forego the trial. Nothing good can come from it.Count your blessings, sir. You were involved in a head-on collision.  The person your pickup crashed into was seriously injured and airlifted to ORMC.  Three 911 calls were made on his behalf.  None were from you Mr. Anderson, despite making several calls shortly after the collision, but at least you were able to walk away relatively uninjured.Some might classify that as a miracle.A year later the Lake County State Attorney agreed to a shocking plea agreement that sentenced you to three years probation on the charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, and six months probation on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Two other charges – reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and reckless driving with bodily damage were dropped because the prosecutors claimed the Florida Highway Patrol was unable to prove you drove the vehicle. Considering the maximum penalty for those charges was five years in prison, five years probation, and a $5,000 fine per count, everyone can agree it was an extremely lenient sentence.The Apopka City Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to reject your $60,000 settlement agreement. And with that split decision comes a polarized Apopka.Mayor Joe Kilsheimer gave no opinion in the discussion except to read from a prepared statement that shows his hope for a fast conclusion to this matter.“Earlier in the case, we proposed that both sides walk away from the litigation with no money changing hands. At mediation, the choice became this… decide on my own to take the case to trial or bring a settlement agreement back to this council. After some interaction, it became clear that I could not substitute my judgment for the Council’s judgment. With regards to whether the city should continue this litigation is, in my opinion, better to express the will of the community through this City Council rather than my judgment alone. With regards to this amount, this is the lowest amount to which the other side would agree.”Commissioner Doug Bankson took a pragmatic approach that few could disagree with.“Have we already suffered and are we just extending something that only further hurts our city for personal vindictiveness? We’ve all sat through all these budget hearings. Looking at the financial side, it does have ramifications as well because it affects what we can do for our city and citizens.”Commissioner Kyle Becker also took an approach few could disagree with.“My litmus test, the first thing I’m asking myself is right versus wrong. For that reason I’m willing to risk dollars if it means we’re doing the right thing to protect the integrity of the people of this town who entrust people like Mr. Anderson. That’s where my stance is and I really don’t think I’m budging on this one.”It’s simply wrong to pay you a settlement when the fault lies with you, Mr. Anderson. With all due respect, you were convicted of two felonies, nearly killed a person, watched as less qualified passers-by came to his aid while you made 10-plus phone calls, and walked away. If the mayor, any member of the City Council, or any department head of the City of Apopka had committed those acts, they would have resigned or been fired. They would not have counter-sued the city, and most of them make a lot less money than you did.I would also draw from the wisdom of Commissioner Bankson…“Have we already suffered and are we just extending something that only further hurts our city for personal vindictiveness?”I would ask Bankson’s question of you sir. What is the motivation for extending this case? If vindictiveness plays a part in this case, please rise above it sir.For the sake of Apopka forego this lawsuit, Mr. Anderson. Do not put this city through another trauma. Allow your final action in this matter to be a selfless act. July 26, 2017 at 9:31 am Libby Dudley Joyce Brockercenter_img I am trying to find the heartfelt part of this letter. I would even like to see where it is rational. The writer made a plea for Richard to end a suit. The City filed the suit!!! ONLY THE CITY CAN END A SUIT, THEY FILED. Oops, I guess all you smart people forgot that part. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter It came down to helping an injured person with his paramedic training or protecting and hiding his wrongdoings. He chose his path and it appears he’s not remorseful enough to correct those bad decisions or even to just walk away and put it behind him. Whether he’s in too deep or it’s spite that’s causing him to pursue this, it’s his defining moment Doug gondera This is a heartfelt, rational article. The problem is, I don’t think Mr. Anderson has a conscience, nor do I think he gives a hoot about Apopka or the people in it. Very, very sad. One more thing to cause commotion in our town. Reply July 23, 2017 at 7:30 am July 25, 2017 at 10:46 pm charles towne TAGSApopka City CouncilOpinionRichard Anderson Previous articleDemings joins members of Congress calling on review of Amazon dealNext articleLiving from glory to glory: The gospel for grown-ups Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Terry Pooler Reply Well said. Thank you. 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Fundraising tribute cards offer alternative to funeral flowers

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Fundraising tribute cards offer alternative to funeral flowers A Giving Tribute® is a new service that aims to offer a more personal alternative to funeral flowers and one which can generate funds for charity in memory of the person who has died.The company gives friends and family the opportunity to pay tribute to the deceased with a personal ‘Visible Tribute Card’ which is displayed at the funeral following an optional (“but encouraged!”) donation to the chosen charity via the company’s website.Liz Mowatt of A Giving Tribute describes the service as ‘The Caring Alternative to Funeral Flowers’. “Each tribute is unique, just like the person who has died” she said. “Collectively they provide a great insight into their character, hobbies, friendships and what the deceased meant to people – the full spectrum of their life, adding colour, vibrancy and a really personal connection for everyone attending”.The tribute cards are kept by the bereaved and can be displayed in a special commemorative book available from their funeral director.Mourners wishing to create a Giving Tribute can do so on the A Giving Tribute’s website adding their own photo and a personal message. The site includes stock images and suggested words, given that it can be hard to find the right words. The mourners can read and share the funeral details and print out maps of the funeral and wake locations.Liz Mowatt added: “The good news for the charity sector is that 100% of all donations are passed to the charity with absolutely no deductions or charges.” In addition, the full donor and Gift Aid details are passed on to the charity.A Giving Tribute emails all donors on behalf of the charity to advise them of the grand total collected.The Visible Tribute Cards created before the funeral are dispatched to the Funeral Director in a weatherproof ‘wreath’ that displays each card, to be viewed as mourners leave the funeral. The charity logo is shown on the central card of the wreath.Mowatt invited charities to register to benefit from the scheme. “It costs them absolutely nothing and yet really promotes their cause”, she said. “They have their own page to advise visitors of their valuable work and fundraising initiatives, perhaps even to encourage Memorial Tribute Funds on their own site if they wish – this may be a natural progression for mourners to make.” Howard Lake | 31 October 2011 | 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Community fundraising Events funeral in memoriam Individual giving  218 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

Le Patriote editor released after being held for 24 hours

first_img February 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Le Patriote editor released after being held for 24 hours November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica News News Reports Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire —— Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Reporters Without Borders notes that Charles Sanga, the managing editor of the daily Le Patriote, was released at 6.35pm yesterday after being held for interrogation for 24 hours at the headquarters of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST) in Abidjan.Le Patriote reporter Jean-Claude Coulibaly, who went to the DST yesterday afternoon with his lawyer, was released at the same time as Sanga. 01.02.12 – Newspaper editor arrested for publishing “confidential information”Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Charles Sanga, the managing editor of the daily Le Patriote, who was arrested by the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST), an intelligence agency, last night in Abidjan for allegedly “publishing confidential information.”In an exclusive in yesterday’s Le Patriote, journalist Jean-Claude Coulibaly reported that the Constitutional Council had decided to annul the 11 December parliamentary elections in 11 districts where the results were disputed. The council has not yet announced its decision.The authorities reacted to the story’s publication by summoning Coulibaly to the DST for interrogation and by demanding that the newspaper reveal its sources. Sanga refused to comply.“If Le Patriote broke the law by pre-empting a state entity’s prerogative to publish information, then it may be punished, but not by jailing its editor or the reporter who wrote the story,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Under Côte d’Ivoire’s 2004 media law, journalists cannot be detained for media offences, so Charles Sanga must be released. Furthermore, the DST’s attempt to force him to reveal his sources violates a basic principle of media freedom.” Receive email alerts News to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Photo : cover of Le Patriote on January 31st, 2012. October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Arrowhead to Present at the Jefferies 2014 Global Healthcare Conference

first_img Community News HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Arrowhead Research Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted RNAi therapeutics, today announced that Christopher Anzalone, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Jefferies 2014 Global Healthcare Conference on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. EDT in New York City. A live webcast of the presentation can be accessed by visiting the investors tab of the company’s website at A replay will also be archived on the website.About Arrowhead Research CorporationArrowhead Research Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted RNAi therapeutics. The company is leveraging its proprietary drug delivery technologies to develop targeted drugs based on the RNA interference mechanism that efficiently silences disease-causing genes. Arrowhead technologies also enable partners to create peptide-drug conjugates that specifically home to cell types of interest while sparing off-target tissues. Arrowhead’s pipeline includes clinical programs in chronic hepatitis B virus and partner-based programs in obesity and oncology.For more information please visit, or follow us on Twitter @ArrowRes. To be added to the Company’s email list to receive news directly, please send an email to [email protected] Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Company News Briefs Arrowhead to Present at the Jefferies 2014 Global Healthcare Conference From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 12:49 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Local Artist Sam Nicholson Donating 25 Percent of Sales to Hillsides

first_imgGiving Back Local Artist Sam Nicholson Donating 25 Percent of Sales to Hillsides From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 5:01 pm Local fine artist Sam Nicholson is donating 25 percent of any of his paintings purchased by supporters of the Pasadena-headquartered non-profit Hillsides.“My wife Diane and I have been involved with Hillsides for years, and it’s such a worthy cause that it’s an honor for me to help out,” said Nicholson.Nicholson, a graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Fine Arts, combines photography with traditional oil painting on canvas. An accomplished cinematographer and director, his background in motion pictures and commercial art enables him to fuse fine art and technology into dramatic images. Many of his works capture moments during his world travels to locales including Africa, India, Japan, and Europe.Nicholson is also the founder of Stargate Studios, an award-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989. Stargate has won three Emmy awards and multiple Visual Effects Society awards.“Sam already has been very generous to Hillsides by donating a painting of Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge that was auctioned off for thousands of dollars at our annual gala held in February,” said Hillsides Director of Development Carrie Espinoza. “It’s incredibly generous of him to support Hillsides beyond our gala and to give our supporters a chance to own his beautiful paintings while benefiting Hillsides.”To view Nicholson’s works, please visit To purchase a painting, please call (626) 862-1111 or write him through the contact form on his web site. For Hillsides to receive the donation, all anyone has to do is mention Hillsides when they make a purchase.Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County, serving more than 7,500 individuals a year. For more information, please visit Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newslast_img read more

Leadership Pasadena Offers Homegrown Leader Workshop Series to Local Youth

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Photo taken from one of Leadership Pasadena’s youth workshop in 2019Leadership Pasadena is offering a free virtual youth workshop series this month for 17 to 19 year olds in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.The three-session Homegrown Leader Workshop Series is offering a free virtual youth workshop series this month for 17 to 19 year olds in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.The three-session Homegrown Leader Workshop Series is a certification program focused on giving a localized boost for whatever personal or professional step comes next for youth leaders who want to live and work in the greater Pasadena area.It will also increase the knowledge that Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre’s youth have about their community, city and themselves, as well as give them access to leaders across diverse industries and interests for future job development or mentorship.Upon completion of the series, participants receive a certification badge recognizing them as Leadership-Trained and Community-Informed.This workshop series is free to accepted participants and is conducted virtually.Other than the free youth workshop, Leadership Pasadena offers a full six-month course in which participants do a “deep dive” into all aspects of Pasadena life — learning about local government, business, arts, science, history, and regional economics. They discuss and debate issues with Pasadena’s top leaders, and they enhance their leadership skills through neuro-science based leadership training and completion of a community service project for Pasadena.The program has been revamped to fit COVID-19 protocols and provides two two-day executive leadership retreats, 42 hours of neuro-science-based leadership education, including numerous professional assessments; hands on community service projectswith non-profit organizations; and 50 hours of experiential, on-site education about Pasadena and personal connections with community leaders.The program also features small group collaboration within the community-impact opportunity areas of Seniors, Youth Development, the Digital Divide, and Community-Commission Engagement.For more information, call (510) 289-1194 or visit Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 59 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Non-Profits News Leadership Pasadena Offers Homegrown Leader Workshop Series to Local Youth By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Monday, May 10, 2021 | 5:48 pm Community News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Election Commission’s Apathy As Citizens Gasp For Breath

first_imgColumnsElection Commission’s Apathy As Citizens Gasp For Breath Adab Singh Kapoor28 April 2021 10:53 PMShare This – x Abstract: The power of “Judicial Review” on quite a few occasions is known in history to have saved our constitution from being hijacked. It is being put to test again, as India is standing face-to-face with a deadly Pandemic which unfortunately has transformed death into a mere figure that is often read in news and tabloids. This article strikes at the sheer high-headedness of the Election Commissions functioning in poll-bound states like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu with regards to its irresponsible actions, which have led to the surge in the number of cases of COVID 19. Further, the author hopes that the Courts exercise their power of Judicial Review to check the actions and inactions of the Commission, so that the guilty may be brought to justice. The essence of any nation which claims itself to be democratic emanates from the fact that the people governing it are appointed in a democratic manner. The only democratic way by which a government can be appointed is by way of free and fair elections – which has the capability of reflecting the will of the people. This principle is enunciated under Article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.” Also backed by the United Nations, as described above, it is an undisputed notion that regular elections are the only means which can assist in ensuring that the handful of people who are enshrined with the authority to rule the citizens are appointed by the citizens with their free will. In India, which is perhaps the largest and the most complex democracy in the world, the task of holding free and fair elections has been cast upon an autonomous body – The Election Commission of India. The Election Commission is solely responsible for the planning and execution of elections not only of the Union, but also for all States and Union Territories across the nation. So much reliance and faith has been placed upon this autonomous body that the courts have been as a matter of rule been dismissing requests for stay or adjournment of elections for any reason once an election notification has been issued by the Election Commission. The most landmark pronouncement in this regard has been N.P. Ponnuswami and Ors. v. Returning Officer, Namakkal Constituency and Ors.[1] wherein the Hon’ble Supreme Court while placing emphasis over the importance of elections in democratic countries, held that elections shall be concluded as early as possible and all disputes and grievances therefrom shall be postponed till after the said elections are over. This judgment has since been used as the rule of thumb by all other courts in dismissing any plea made before them for the postponement of elections due to any reason whatsoever. What is noteworthy, and perhaps the object of this article, is that the aforementioned judgment passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court holds good in times when the world is not faced by exigencies such as a global Pandemic like COVID 19. It is extremely ironical to observe that the Election Commissions in most poll-bound states have turned a blind eye towards the health and safety concerns of the electorate in light of the deadly Pandemic. It is pertinent to note that the Election Commission cannot and should not be absolved of all responsibilities in relation to its passiveness with regards to public health of which they are also responsible for, especially when our country is gripped by the deadly Pandemic. Legally speaking, the autonomous body has tremendous powers under Article 324[2] of the Constitution of India and Sections 57[3] and 153[4] of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 to postpone / adjourn elections, or even increase the timeline for the completion of elections. Further, as holding and managing elections come under the sole ambit of the authority of the Election Commission, the courts in various matters have placed faith upon the body to decide in the larger interest of the public, whether it should proceed with, or postpone elections. Recently, seized with a plea to direct the Election Commission to defer / postpone the legislative assembly elections in the State of Bihar, the Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Patna in the matter of Badri Narayan Singh & Ors. v. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Government of India & Ors.[5] held, “The Election Commission is the sole authority responsible for the conduct of elections, including the decision on the schedule of the election. The ultimate decision on when to hold elections lies with the Commission. It cannot be assumed that the Election Commission has taken/or would take its decision without considering the prevailing situation. The Commission cannot be directed to act in any-what-way by any authority.”. Similarly, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Election Commission of India v. State of Haryana[6], while dealing with the order of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana staying the notification issued by the Election Commission, while respecting its independence, placed utmost faith in the autonomous body by holding the following: “But the ultimate decision as to whether it is possible and expedient to hold the elections at any given point of time must rest with the Election Commission, It is not suggested that the Election Commission can exercise its discretion in an arbitrary or mala fide manner. Arbitrariness and mala fide destroy the validity and efficacy of all orders passed by public authorities.”. Further, and more importantly, the Supreme Court directed that it shall be the duty of the Chief Election Commissioner to be constantly vigilant of the situation in the poll-bound areas and adjust his decision in relation to the date of elections with the “realities of the situation”. Needless to mention, with such great power, authority and most importantly, the independence to exercise it freely without any hindrance whatsoever, a great duty is also cast upon the Election Commission not only by the courts, but also the Constitution of India as well as the Union Legislature – by way of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951. Further, it is the duty of the Commission to ensure maximum participation of the electorate in any given election. With the Pandemic at its new peak, a vast majority of voters who are physically vulnerable to the virus have been advised not to step out of their “bio-bubbles”, shall not be able to exercise their democratic right despite the will to do so. By simply ignoring innumerable pleas to postpone / defer elections until the surge in the number of cases stops, the Commission has caused grave injustice to the part of the electorate, which is willing to cast vote, but cannot for the sake of their health and life. In light of the above-mentioned, from the point of view of the assembly elections that are underway in the States of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, is it at all incorrect to infer that the Election Commission has miserably failed to adhere to the great duty cast upon it? Having understood the wide ambit of the powers of the Election Commission, let us take a look at some of the latest figures emerging from the poll-bound states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. In the last 24 hours (as per the data available on the Aarogya Setu Application on 28.04.2021) the state of West Bengal has witnessed 16,403 new cases of COVID 19, whereas the number of new cases in the State of Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours is 15,830. It is no news that despite clear directions from the courts, the Election Commission, which is vested with the sole duty and authority to control the manner in which election rallies take place, has for reasons best known to itself, chose to close its eyes to the millions of supporters who have time and again gathered with little to no precautions with respect to COVID 19. No evidence is required to be induced to showcase that these election rallies were “super-spreader” events and have caused unprecedented spread of the deadly virus to thousands of people across these two states. Upon no action whatsoever from the Election Commission, the respective High Courts of both the poll-bound states – West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have now questioned the body on its culpability in the new and deadly wave of the virus that has now engulfed the states. Most recently, the Hon’ble Madras High Court in its order dated 26.04.2021[7] came down heavily on the Election Commission for its role in the spread of the virus across the state, to say the least. While recording the inactivity of the autonomous body, the Court held, “Public health is of paramount importance and it is distressing that Constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard. It is only when the citizen survives that he enjoys the other rights that this democratic republic guarantees unto him. The situation is now one of survival and protection and, everything else comes thereafter.” Apart from the recorded observations, the Court has been reported[8] to mention the following to the counsel of the Election Commission, “Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of COVID-19. Your officers should be booked on murder charges probably.” while discussing the culpability of the Election Commission in the increase in the number of deaths in the State due to the spread COVID 19. Similarly, the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court in its order dated 22.04.2021[9] called upon the Election Commission to explain as to what steps had it taken to enforce the circulars issued by it in relation to COVID Protocols to be adopted by inter alia, political parties and their workers in their election campaigns. While recording its dissatisfaction with the inactivity of the Election Commission in this regard, the court held, “We are unable to reconcile with the fact that the Election Commission of India is not able to update us as to what action by way of enforcement of the circulars has been obtained. Issuance of circulars and holding of meetings by themselves do not discharge the onerous responsibility of the Election Commission of India and officers under its command in due performance of not only the statutory power and authority under the Representation of People Act, 1950 and the Representation of People Act, 1951 but the confidence that the Indian polity would have in it to carry forward the mechanism of upholding the democracy by use of requisite facilities even in pandemic times like heightened challenge by COVID-19 virus and its variants.”. The Hon’ble Allahabad High Court on 27.04.2021 taking cognisance of the death of 135 election workers involved in the “Panchayat Election Duty” due to COVID, issued show-cause notice to the State Election Commission calling upon them to explain as to why action should not be taken against the officers thereof for their failure to enforce the guidelines issued to curb the spread of the virus. Coming down heavily on both, the Commission as well as the State Government, the court observed, “We, make it clear that we will not tolerate any paperwork or public announcements to show account of the steps taken and its sufficiency as it is now an open secret that government had gone complacent due to weakening of virus impact by the end of 2020 in the state and the government got more involved in other activities including Panchayat elections. Had it been constantly vigilant, it would have prepared itself to face the onslaught of the pandemic in its second wave. Posterity would never forgive us if we remain oblivious to the real public health issues and let the people die for want of adequate health care.”[10] It is but pertinent to note that the Hon’ble Madras High Court has travelled to the extent of stating that it will stop the counting – which is scheduled to take place on 02.05.2021 – if a proper “blueprint” is not tabled before it on 30.05.2021. This observation by the Court reflects the disappointment of the Hon’ble Court with the continuous insensitivity shown by the Election Commission towards the life and health of the common man – who ironically, in theory, is the centre of the entire complex exercise of election. Another reason for which the aforementioned oral direction of the court – and perhaps it is the most important one – is that the court which giving this direction has had to threaten the Election Commission to reach out of its judicial domain and enter that of the executive, despite clear faith placed by courts[11] across the country, including the Hon’ble Supreme Court[12], on the body to take each and every decision in relation to elections. The larger question which needs to be answered here, is that should the Election Commission be held liable for the spread of COVID 19 in the election-bound states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where there is clear data depicting that the number of cases have drastically increased post the rampant campaigning and election rallies conducted by political parties and candidates – due to the failure of the Commission to enforce its guidelines issued in the wake of the Pandemic. A common man, if found to violate the protocols put in place by the State, is prosecuted mercilessly. Should the same standards not apply to constitutional bodies vested with such unfettered and unabridged powers to carry the beacon of democracy, if they fail (actively) to carry out their functions for reasons best known to themselves? Now that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognisance of all matters pertaining to COVID 19, the stage is set for the apex court to take stringent action against the Election Commission not only for the ends of justice to meet, but also so that a clear message is sent to all autonomous bodies of our country that their doings and undoing shall not go unnoticed and unaccounted. It is perhaps time the Doctrine of Checks and Balances takes a practical avatar so that trust of the common man remains placed in the judiciary. What we as a people of the world’s largest democracy need to understand and appreciate is that the existence of the ones governing us emanates from us, and not the other way round. Until the life and health of the weakest section of the society does not become the top-most priority of the government – be it State or Centre – it has no right to rule. It about time, we, and more importantly, the constitutional bodies with power to ‘govern’ us understand that elections are only means to an end, and not the end itself. The author, Adab Singh Kapoor, is the Founder & Proprietor of a Delhi-based firm Adab Singh Kapoor & Associates. He may be reached at [email protected] article was written with the research assistance of Sameer Choudhary, Associate at the Firm. Views are personal.AIR 1952 SC 64.324. Superintendence, direction and control of elections to be vested in an Election Commission (1) The superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State and of elections to the offices of President and Vice President held under this Constitution shall be vested in a Commission (referred to in this Constitution as the Election Commission). Section 57 – Adjournment of poll in emergencies (1) If at an election the proceedings at any polling station provided under section 25m or at the place fixed under sub-section (1) of section 29 for the poll are interrupted or obstructed by any riot or open violence, or if at an election it is not possible to take the poll at any polling station or such place on account of any natural calamity, or any other sufficient cause the presiding officer for such polling station or the returning officer presiding over such place, as the case may be, shall announce an adjournment of the poll to a date to be notified later, and where the poll is so adjourned by a presiding officer, he shall forthwith inform the returning officer concerned. Section 153. Extension of time for completion of election. – It shall be competent for the Election Commission for reasons which it considers sufficient, to extend the time for the completion of any election by making necessary amendments in the notification issued by it under section 30 or sub-section (1) of section 39.]2020 (4) PLJR 776.AIR 1984 SC 1406.W.P. No. 10441 of 2021. Nitish Debnath v. Election Commission of India & Ors., WPA (P) 117 of 2021. In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive v. State of U.P., PIL No. 574 of 2020. Supra Note 6. Supra Note 7. TagsElection Commission of India Election rallies COVID19 Second Wave Next Storylast_img read more