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Kingfisher in profit boost

first_imgThursday 17 February 2011 8:23 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Kingfisher in profit boost B&Q owner Kingfisher yesterday forecast a 20 per cent rise in annual profits after strong overseas growth offset weak trading in the UK.The group said it expects adjusted pre-tax profits for the year ending last month to be at the top end of City expectations at £672m.Strong sales in countries such as Poland and Russia helped the company which owns the Bric Depot and Castorama chains. The UK and Ireland division remained under pressure, despite like-for-like sales at B&Q showing a decline of 0.3 per cent in the 13 weeks to 29 January. That was better than the 5.1 per cent drop seen in the previous quarter. Total sales in UK stores were up 0.1 per cent to £835m. Its building supplies arm Screwfix also put in a stronger performance, with sales up 5.4 per cent to £119m after it introduced new ranges.Chief executive Ian Cheshire was cautious about B&Q’s outlook for the current financial year following the increase in VAT to 20 per cent from 17.5 per cent in January.He said: “We are not assuming any help from a buoyant market in the UK. It’s more about trying to gain market share than expecting the market to be in recovery.” But the boss was upbeat about the possibility of a sales boost inspired by the royal wedding bank holiday. People could actually do a really decent project over that period. We’re certainly going to gear up on the gardening and outdoor leisure fronts.”He said the group had just launched a set of two royal wedding gnomes decked in Union Jack hats and wedding outfits for £20. Kingfisher, with over 840 stores in eight countries, has been cutting costs to cope with tough trading conditions. last_img read more

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HSBC Lions Weekly – Reaction as series is levelled in Melbourne

first_imgMonday Jul 1, 2013 HSBC Lions Weekly – Reaction as series is levelled in Melbourne It’s Monday so time for the weekly British and Irish Lions warap-up as we look back on the second Test with HSBC Lions Weekly, featuring exclusive interviews and thoughts from legends past and present, in the build up to and following the second Test.Featuring an exclusive chat between Jonathan Davies and Brian O’Driscoll the morning after the Test, we also get to hear from the Wallaby side with views from former winger Joe Roff, former Wallaby captain George Gregan, and then former Lions star Jason Robinson.Some of the points discussed:Brian O’Driscoll on Test 3: “I think we can win, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever.”Robinson on Folau: “He’ll be one of the Wallaby greats”Davies on Folau: “I don’t think the pressure will affect him”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error British & Irish Lions 2013 Related Articles 235 WEEKS AGO Warren Gatland confirms British & Irish Lions… 399 WEEKS AGO Brian O’Driscoll’s incredible skill at training… 413 WEEKS AGO Montage of Amazing Lions Test series in Australia,… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Seed Consultants 5/13/2013 Closing Comment with Gary Wilhelmi

first_img Facebook Twitter FinancialDow off 27 with S&P steady and NASDAQ up 2Industrial production TuesdayRetail sales up .1%DAX steadyWTI crude down $1.00Gold off $6Dollar index 16 higher at 83.26Not much of a dayLivestockJune cattle end flatCash is expected to firm this weekBoxed drift along top of $206June hogs up $ .45Cash hogs steady to $1 betterPork cutout up $ .70 on carcassNarrow ranging day in meatsGrain and soybeansOld crop corn and soybeans higher on tight suppliesJuly-Nov soybean spread out to $2.18Dec corn $ 5.17-5.50Nov beans support at $12.00July resistance reached at $14.20July wheat middling ground at $7.096-10 day weather seen wetterSlow Argentine farm selling of soybeans inflates soy mealRussian wheat projected at 56 MT up from 37 MTCorn is 28% planted as expectedSoybeans 6% plantedSpring wheat 43% planted versus a 63% average Seed Consultants 5/13/2013 Closing Comment with Gary Wilhelmi By Hoosier Ag Today – May 13, 2013 FinancialLower opening call on stocks—Dow and NASDAQ open off .2 %Fed thought to be looking for ways to ease out of bond buyingRetail sales up .1 % in April after losing .3% in February, with pluses in autos and building construction.Industrial production will be out TuesdayManufacturing data Thursday and FridayWal Mart, Kohl’s and Cisco reportG7 approves Cyprus bail out procedureEuropean stocks lower earlyItalian interest rates down to 4.07 from higher in FebruaryChinese industrials production up 9.3% a little shy of estimate and retail sales up 12.8%WTI crude $95.43 down $ .61, but $4.00 at the local pumpGold $1433 off $4Dollar index up 3 ay 83.13LivestockMay and June are best beef demand monthsBoxed beef reached $206, and that’s pretty rich for the average budgetWatch features Wednesday for a more normal cook out weekendSlaughter up to 631,000 as expectedChoice beef off $ .51 and select up $ .17 FridayIowa-Minnesota hogs down $2.24 FridayPork cut out $ .70 higher on carcass with loins up $1.33, Hams $2, 72 and bellies $2.76Grain and soybeansJust a hair higher over nightCorn planting seen up to 30% maybe moreSoybeans 8-10%May contracts will expire on Tuesday.Weather warming until late week showers but still highs in the seventiesSoybean long liquidation18, 000 + and corn adds 16,000 +Dec corn support is at $ 5.17-22 SHAREcenter_img Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 5/13/2013 Closing Comment with Gary Wilhelmi SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA Brings out the BearNext articleSupreme Court Rules on Seed Patent Case Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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La Salle High School Welcomes New Principal

first_img Community News Education La Salle High School Welcomes New Principal By JOHN C. BLACKSTOCK ’67, Director of Communications Published on Monday, May 9, 2016 | 1:01 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News More Cool Stuff Herbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Mrs. Courtney KassakhianSubsequent to a national search which attracted nearly 40 qualified candidates, Dr. Richard Gray, President of La Salle High School, has appointed Courtney Kassakhian as the School’s 15th principal.Kassakhian will begin her duties on July 1, 2016. She succeeds Brother Christopher Brady, FSC, who is retiring as Principal.Kassakhian brings 15 years of professional elementary and secondary school experience including two years as Principal of Incarnation Elementary School in Glendale.A native Angelino, Kassakhian earned her B.A. at the University of Southern California, a Single Subject Credential (English) from the California State University (Los Angeles) and an M.A. in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Her career as a Catholic school educator included service in a variety of administrative capacities from Director of Admissions to Vice-Principal for Instruction to Principal. Kassakhian is particularly experienced in supporting the professional development of faculty and, in addition to taking responsibility for the WCEA/WASC accreditation process in two schools, she has led the implementation of a 1:1 technology program and managed summer programs at the high school level.In addition to her administrative duties, Kassakhian is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.In making the announcement, School President, Dr. Richard Gray, said, “Mrs. Kassakhian brings a proven record of educational leadership, a keen grasp of the challenges currently facing principals of Catholic secondary schools and a zealous passion for the students entrusted to her care. I am particularly pleased that Mrs. Kassakhian received high marks from every constituent group that interviewed her.”In accepting the position, Kassakhian noted: “I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen as the next principal of La Salle High School and I look forward to being part of this outstanding school community that has enabled students to learn, serve and lead for 60 years.”Dr. Gray thanks Morris & Berger, Executive Search Consultants and Dr. Vera Vignes and Sister Angela Hallahan, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee for their management of the successful search process that led to Kassakhian’s appointment as Principal.La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org. 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News center_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Cruelty to horses is at an all-time high in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Advertisement Previous articlePublic meetings to help improve city bus service in LimerickNext articleShannon airport flies in to sponsor Limerick run Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp TAGS2013 Animal Health and Welfare ActLimerick Society for Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsMusic Limerick NewsLocal NewsCruelty to horses is at an all-time high in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – May 1, 2014 1858 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Emailcenter_img Linkedin #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy LIMERICK Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) are seeing more cases of horses being mistreated in the city than at any other time in their 130 year history.According to the Hyde Road based voluntary group, cruelty to horses in Limerick is the worst it has ever been. The LSPCA have dealt with 50 cases in the city over the last six months where horses had to be put down due to mistreatment and neglect.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Manger of Limerick SPCA, Finola Kelly, said the charity has just had the worst winter in its long history, with animal cruelty cases more than doubling on previous years. They are currently dealing with around 80 call-outs per month while call-outs to cases of horses being mistreated have also risen by 70 per cent in the last six months.“I’m here 10 years and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing at the minute. We are constantly dealing with cases of animal cruelty. Our inspector has had one day off since last October, there has just been no let up at all,” said Ms Kelly.At an incident on the Groody Roundabout on the Dublin Road recently a horse, which collapsed with double pneumonia, was left dying for three hours. Two different vets who tried to help the animal were threatened by a gang that they would be “put down if they touched the horse”.According to Limerick SPCA, cases of cruelty to horses are more prominent in Limerick now than ever. Most of the suffering horses they are called to assist have been beaten and starved.“They can buy a horse for as little as €5, so they don’t care. These poor animals are dropping like flies. Most of the them are being starved. Horses are being left out in rain and all kinds of conditions where they get rainscald and pneumonia. We have seen horses with broken pelvises, broken fetlocks and wires stuck into their bones. Vicious cruelty,” said Ms Kelly.Limerick SPCA’s chairperson Geraldine Nardone has been with the charity 40 years. She said that 2014 has been the worst for animal cruelty that she has witnessed in Limerick during her long years of service.She believes that current local authority bye-laws for the control of horses need to be enforced in Limerick and she called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to see that the full weight of the law is used to punish those responsible for the mistreatment of animals. She also maintains that Gardai should be made aware of their increased powers to investigate complaints of animal cruelty under the 2013 Animal Health and Welfare Act.“Animal cruelty is nothing new, it’s just more frequent now. We concentrate on taking animals out of cruelty. We’re about prevention. I would urge people to let us know if they see animals being mistreated. We’ll find the money from somewhere,” said Ms Nardone.It costs Limerick Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals €70,000 a year to carry out their work in dealing with the prevention of cruelty to all animals in Limerick City and County and the surrounding counties of Clare and Tipperary.With cruelty to animals now more prominent than ever, so too is the charity’s need for donations to continue its work.“If things don’t improve our costs will continue to go up, and we’ll be gone,” said LSPCA’s Finola Kelly.To make a donation to LSPCA contact 061-415618 or log onto www.limerickspca.com for more details. New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

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Gardai warn motorists of extra checkpoints

first_img By News Highland – December 25, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Gardaí say there will be extra checkpoints in operation around the country over the Christmas period.Officers are targeting drink driving, speeding and the non wearing of seatbelts.Ireland’s road safety record has improved dramatically in recent years.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey says whilst one road death is one too many – he is congratulating all involved in making our roads safer: Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Newsx Adverts Previous articleDiversions in place after traffic collision outside BuncranaNext articleTaoiseach pays tribute to troops abroad at Christmas News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai warn motorists of extra checkpoints Google+last_img read more

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Forced Marriage As An Instrument To Escape Liability Of A Sexual Offence

first_imgColumnsForced Marriage As An Instrument To Escape Liability Of A Sexual Offence Lovika Jaiswal,Nausheen khan7 March 2021 8:29 PMShare This – xThe recent judgment, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High court in Satish v. State of Maharashtra dated 19.01.2021, on Section 7 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, held that sexual assault without disrobing and or skin to skin contact does not attract section 7 of POCSO Act. Instead, it falls under section 354 of IPC. This judgementhas invited scathing criticism and…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 recent judgment, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High court in Satish v. State of Maharashtra dated 19.01.2021, on Section 7 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, held that sexual assault without disrobing and or skin to skin contact does not attract section 7 of POCSO Act. Instead, it falls under section 354 of IPC. This judgementhas invited scathing criticism and has been castigated by the Supreme Court which stayed its operation.[i] In the case of Virendar Singh v. State of H.P the Himachal Pradesh High Court granted bail to a married man in a case of sexual offence registered for having carnal relations with a sixteen-year-old minor girl. Bail was granted because the accused agreed to marry the girl and the court concluded that the relationship was consensual.[ii] Similarly, recently the Supreme Court asked a man to marry a minor girl, whom he had raped to get bail and save his job.[iii] There has been another instance in the case of Aparna Bhat v. State of Madhya Pradesh where accused was granted relief on tying “Rakhi”[iv], following which a lawyer argued in the supreme court to allow women to tie Rakhi and acquit the accused in an offence of sexual assault.[v] The question is whether these orders and comments from the highest courts of India go against the objective behind the enactment of the POCSO Act and other welfare legislations for women and children. The following section discusses the jurisprudence on prevention of sexual offences in India, especially regarding the POCSO Act and the prevention of child marriage in order to determine the legitimacy of such orders as those mentioned above. Is Marriage the end-all of sexual offences against minors? Allowing a person accused of sexual assault or rape to marry the victim and making marriage a way to escape liability for heinous offences is not acceptable in a modern society. Sexual offences against children fall under the category of the most heinous crimes, and marrying the victim to avail bail defeats the intention of reformation of victims as enumerated in the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. It inflicts unwarranted suffering on the victim, who has to live with the consequences of a crime which results in grave injustice to him/her. On marrying the victim, any subsequent rape on the victim becomes legal under the garb of marital rape, which remains unpunished by law in India. One must ask, if the court punishes the man with a sentence of imprisonment in the final judgement, who is then to maintain and provide for his minor wife? All the mental trauma might also force the victim to withdraw the intention of seeking justice in any form. After all, the definition of a good wife in Indian marriages is a submissive woman. The good wife suffers silently, is forgiving for all the abuse in a patriarchal Indian marriage. The intention to punish and deter the criminal translates to punishment of the victim, and creates deterrence against filing complaints against sexual abuse. The instance of Madhya Pradesh mentioned above has a couple of glaring problems. Firstly, the accused is already married. Asking him to take the minor victim as a wife is against law and social policies of Indian Government on many levels. Secondly, Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 declares the second marriage as void. It is also against the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2006. UNICEF defines child marriage as marriage before 18 years of age and considers this practice as violation of human rights.[vi] This mindset is disheartening to see when, on the other hand, there are so many policies being adopted by district collectors/SDMs to discourage families from child marriages, such as Counselling centres, societal intervention[vii] etc. When the Hon’ble courts come out with orders that allow bail on marrying the victim, regardless of age and plight, it fails the progress being made by such local level administrative actions. The reason behind this kind of “Khap Panchayat Justice” could be that the court still thinks that the dignity of a woman lies in her sexuality. Justice DY Chandrachud observed in the case of Joseph Shine v. Union of India[viii] that a large chunk of society still thinks that dignity of a woman lies in her sexuality and states “A society which perceives women as pure and an embodiment of virtue has no qualms of subjecting them to virulent attack: to rape, honour killings, sex determination and infanticide. As an embodiment of virtue, society expects the women to be a mute spectator to and even accepting of egregious discrimination within the home. This is part of the process of raising women to a pedestal conditioned by male notions of what is right and what is wrong for a woman. The notion that women, who are equally entitled to the protections of the Constitution as their male counterparts, may be treated as objects capable of being possessed, is an exercise of subjugation and inflicting indignity.” Forcing victims of sexual offences to marry their rapists highlight the conceptions of “chastity” and “honour” which have dictated the social and cultural lives of women for centuries, depriving them of the guarantees of dignity and privacy, contained in the Constitution.[ix] The supreme court of India on behalf of four Judges in K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India[x], observed: “The challenge in this area is to enable the State to take the violation of the dignity of women in the domestic sphere seriously while at the same time protecting the privacy entitlements of women grounded in the identity of gender and liberty.” Right to marry is a fundamental right as declared in Hadiya Case[xi]. Age of valid consent is 18 years as per section 14 of the Indian Contract Act. The reason for stating these two laws is to analyse the nature of marriages sought by the Supreme Court as a remedy to crimes against women and children. Forced marriage is still common in India, however now women do not succumb to these pressures and they like to choose their own spouses as evident in the judgment of Sanjeev Kumar v. State of Himachal Pradesh[xii] where a woman moved to court to get right to choose to marry declared as an essential ingredient of right to marry under Article 21. In the present instance the age of the victim is below the age of valid consent, which makes her marriage voidable and has the option to nullify her marriage on attaining the age of 18, but the statistics highlights that only miniscule fraction of girls go out to nullify the marriage, the stigma surrounded around a divorced woman is strong. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India[xiii], while overturning the judgment of Delhi high court in Suresh Kaushal case[xiv], declared that a fundamental right cannot be denied and even if there is a miniscule fraction of population which is affected, it will still be considered as a violation of a fundamental right. Thus, right to marry a person of one’s choice could be considered as a violation when law officers force marriages of children. Recently, the legislature has proposed its intention to raise the age of marriage for women.[xv] This reflects a concern over marriage at an early age and its effect the economy and socio-legal fabric of our country. A criminological perspective will throw light on the nature of the punishments in the offence against children. The Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 is often criticised as opposite of what is provided on the POCSO. However, the difference is not as drastic as it may seem. The Juvenile Justice Act falls under the category of reformatory imprisonment and focuses on rehabilitation. On the other hand, POCSO is ridden with the stringent provisions which act as deterrent to the offenders. Both of the pieces of legislations are made to protect the welfare of children, and are complementary. The Imrana rape case of 2005 where the village panchayat had forced a woman, who had been raped by her father-in-law, to void her marriage with her existing husband and marry her father-in-law and then treat her ex-husband as her son also exposes the fallacy behind the philosophy of Marry-the-Rapist. Interestingly, the court in the case refused to take a lenient approach and sentenced the abuser to prison for rape.[xvi] Recently in Aisha Kumari v. State of N.C.T. of Delhi & Ors, the High Court of Delhi issued a notice to the government of Delhi to declare child marriage as Void ab initio because the petitioner in this case was being forced through verbal and physical abuse to marry a man when she wanted to study and take up a job to earn some form of financial independence.[xvii] The petitioner in this case relied on the doctrine of parens patriae by which the State is duty-bound to protect the interest and look after the well-being of children, particularly minor girls, who are most vulnerable.[xviii] Reports of National Crime Records Bureau highlight that conviction in rape case happens rarely and the rate of conviction is abysmally low at 27.2 percent with 94 percent of cases.[xix] Even after all of this, when courts endorse marriage as an instrument to empathize with the rapists and blatantly ignore the trauma that rape survivors have to go through, without thinking of the impact of marriage on the life a minor victim, on her education, on her health and mental well-being, it drives us decades back and makes us question the relevance of progressive legislations and policies that are being made for the welfare of children and their well-being Views are personal Next Storylast_img read more

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Sales tax revenue growth bodes well for local economy

first_img“(O)ur final numbers are not in and recorded yet, but these numbers from the state look pretty close.” Snyder added that the surplus revenue will be placed into the county’s general fund, which is unassigned revenue that can be used for capital projects, enhanced services, emergencies or to weather bad economic times. The figure is slightly above the state average of 5.3 percent sales tax revenue growth last year. Tompkins County’s revenue grew from $51,237,574 in 2017, to $54,150,488 in 2018, a gain of a little over $2.9 million. The city’s sales tax revenue grew from $11,452,021 in 2017, to $11,966,317 in 2018, a gain of just over half a million dollars. That last one has proved handy for the county in the recent past — just a couple of years ago, the county experienced an unexpected drop in sales tax revenue, “the worst in twenty years” according to then-county administrator Joe Mareane. Although the economy was generally regarded as being robust during the middle of the decade, some economic numbers such as Elia Kacapyr’s Ithaca Business Index have suggested that there was a mild, localized recession from late 2014 through the middle of 2016, which was somewhat masked by comparatively rapid economic growth since that time. Think of it as like waiting tables at a restaurant. Most servers depend on tips to supplant their base wages. Sometimes, you get a group of customers who leave you with a wallet full of tips by the end of the night. Other times, well, you’re going home with limited funds. You work hard and do your best to get good tips, but you can only do so much; bad customers are like bad economies, they happen. However, while you can compare Tompkins year-over-year, it’s much harder to compare counties. Snyder advised against it, because some counties apply additional sales taxes on certain goods and services that other counties may not (for instance, Tompkins County permits a sales tax exemption on solar array installations, while many other counties don’t). Quick reminder: sales tax is what you pay when you make a purchase for goods and services. It’s the reason that a $15 “Ithaca is Gorges” T-shirt costs $16.20 at the register. Over the course of a year, with more than 100,000 residents, thousands of local businesses and hundreds of thousands of visitors, all those tax dollars add up. The state assesses a 4 percent sales tax, and Tompkins County is permitted to add on another 4 percent, which it typically renews every two years through a vote by the Tompkins County Legislature (in 2017, they changed the procedure a bit by renewing the local sales tax for three years, meaning it won’t come up again until 2020). The state collects the money and disburses it to the county, which then allocates it out to the towns and villages, while the city of Ithaca gets its payout directly from the state. ITHACA, N.Y. — According to a report released last week by the New York State Comptroller’s Office, municipal budgets in Tompkins County will enjoy an unexpected benefit from 2018: strong growth in sales tax revenue, up 5.7 percent in the county as a whole, and 4.5 percent in the City of Ithaca. If there’s any message to take away from this tidy little surplus, it’s that right now, things are looking strong from an economic standpoint. The New York State Department of Labor consistently has Ithaca with the strongest job growth out of any metropolitan area in the state, and the surplus of sales tax revenue is another sign that Tompkins County’s economy is growing, for the time being at least. In the meanwhile, the county will keep its General Fund in good order for when the next rocky patch hits. Tagged: rick snyder, sales tax, taxes, tompkins county Rick Snyder, director of finance for Tompkins County, did advise a modest amount of caution with the state’s report. Brian Crandall “The point is that sales tax revenue is good in providing non-property tax revenue for the County and municipal budgets. However, it is also more susceptible to change in the economy, and is usually less stable and harder to predict than other revenues,” Molino concluded. In 2018, after splitting the revenue with the towns and the city, sales tax was budgeted to account for about $34.3 million, about 18 percent of the county’s budget. The estimated share of taxes for the county based on actual revenue is right around $36.8 million, so that’s about $2.5 million more than they expected. In turn, the county relies on sales taxes to help pay for its expenditures, the services it provides to residents. “Sales tax is an elastic revenue that is easily impacted by the economy. For example, gas prices have steadily declined over the past three months, dropping nearly 20% or about $0.50. While this is generally viewed as a positive trend for consumers, it has a potentially negative impact on future sales tax revenues. This change in pricing may, however, have a positive impact on sales in other industries.” said County Administrator Jason Molino. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandalllast_img read more

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Local fiddle legend remembered

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Her son Reynolds had hopes that some day he and his mama might be in a book like that.They should be. And maybe one day they will be.That’s the hope of one of his best friends in the world, Kenny Campbell. Email the author Published 1:06 am Sunday, February 1, 2009 Local fiddle legend remembered By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Skip Print Article Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Reynolds Rushing’s fiddle music is only a memory.He didn’t have any fancy recording machine or any city-slicker producers hanging around his house.Just a fiddle and the desire to help anybody learn to play the fiddle that wanted to learn.But he would have liked to have his mama’s name – and, maybe, his, too — in a fiddle players’ book.“This book came out about the best fiddle players in Alabama and Reynolds said that his mama’s name should have been in there,” Campbell said.“He said that maybe one day she’ll be in a book like that.”Campbell said Eula Rushing would have been proud just to know that her “boy” was making music with a fiddle and a bow.“She went all over the country playing the fiddle and everywhere she went she amazed people,” Campbell said.“Reynolds accompanied her on the guitar and he was a good guitar player.But, after his mama died, he picked up the fiddle. She would have been proud.”Campbell said Rushing learned to play the fiddle listening to records, primarily those of Kenny Baker.“He was a self-taught fiddle player,” Campbell said.“He styled his playing after Kenny Baker. Reynolds’ wife said when he first started learning he made so much noise he ran everybody out of the house. Reynolds was every bit as good as Kenny Baker, maybe better.”Rushing was a peanut farmer in the Ansley community. He led a good, simple life and almost never left the farm, “except to play the fiddle.”“Reynolds could play the fiddle like nobody else,” Campbell said.“He could play as good as he needed to play. He was not the kind of fiddle player that wanted to show anybody up or over sound them. He’d just join in and bang or saw. He was always courteous and polite.”“But he could play the fiddle. His fiddle was perfectly tuned. His timing was perfect. He’d just kick right off and play.”Campbell first heard Rushing play at one of Rex Locklar’s “earliest” bluegrass festivals.“This man was trying to play guitar along with Reynolds but he couldn’t see the chords,” Campbell said.“You can’t see a fiddler’s chords. Reynolds got me to play the chords on my guitar so the man could watch me and learn the chords.”“After that, we started talking and became friends right off. I admired his ability and appreciated his love of making music.”Campbell’s dad, Newton Campbell, was a fine fiddler but he played old-timey music that didn’t have the fast tempo of bluegrass that Rushing loved to play.“But like my dad, I liked making music, that’s what they called it back then, and Reynolds and I liked going around from place to place making music,” Campbell said.“We went all over the country making music and having a great time.”Rushing had a lot of favorite songs but his signature song was “Jerusalem Ridge.”“He liked the waltzes, too, but ‘Jerusalem Ridge’ was his favorite and he like playing with other musicians,” Campbell said.“One of the best times we had, and we had a lot, was when we went up to east Tennessee to visit his brother. That was the first time Reynolds flew in a plane. He was nervous at first but then he got used to it and he was always ready to fly to play somewhere.”In Tennessee, Rushing and Campbell traversed the hills and hollows back to a little cinder block building where they were invited to make music with some of the best musicians in the mountains.“Some of them were professionals but they all could play and they were all amazed at Reynolds and how he could play the fiddle,” Campbell said.“We played until the sun came up and I don’t know if I’ve ever had a better time.”Maybe not a better time but certainly a more sentimental time. One that puts a lump in Campbell’s throat when he talks about it.“You know, Reynolds was not a proud man and he never wanted to draw attention to himself, but there was this one festival that had a lot of young pickers at it and good ones too, real good ones,” Campbell said.“It was kind of unusual that I went to bed before Reynolds. It was around midnight and he came in the camper and woke me up. Told me to get my guitar and come go with him. He said that he went down the hill to jam with a group that was drawing a big crowd. He said every time he started to play they all turned their backs on him. He wanted to show those fellows that he could play the fiddle.”Rushing and Campbell combined to make their own jam session and, before long the crowded that had gathered around the young pickers had moved up the hillside to hear an old-timer who could really play the fiddle.“It was a good sight to look out over the crowd that surrounded Reynolds and see those young pickers down the hill all by themselves,” Campbell said.“That’s one of my fondest memories of Reynolds. He showed them all who could make music.”Eula and Reynolds Rushing might not be listed in a book about Alabama fiddle players but anyone who ever hear either of them play knows that if, there’s fiddle music in heaven, Eula Rushing and her boy have a crowd gathered around them. Eula Rushing was one of the finest fiddle players this part of the country has ever known.Maybe she was one of the finest fiddle players in the whole country but no one would have ever known that because she never fiddled that far from home.Eula Rushing is not listed in any books taunting Alabama’s finest fiddle players. She should have been. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Rushing’s death in December was a low-in-the-gut blow that still pains Campbell and always will.“It was tough to lose Reynolds,” he said.“He was one of the best friends I ever had and one of the best men I’ve ever known.”A smile pushed at the corners of Campbell’s mouth. “And one of the best fiddle players I’ve ever heard. The best. I miss him and I miss his music.”last_img read more

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