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first_img Pinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel Rossi Projects Save this picture!© Roberto Riverti+ 21 Share Houses Year:  “COPY” Area:  270 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Roberto Riverti Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Maguinor, Mileto SA, Trios, Vidriería VilizzioDocumentation:Jackeline BalbelaLandscape Design:Roberto MulieriTeam:Jackeline BalbelaCity:MaldonadoCountry:UruguayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Roberto RivertiRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The house is situated on a high point of the terrain, surrounded by a number of large pine trees.Save this picture!© Roberto RivertiThe abrupt shoulder towards the street is taken advantage of for the access to the house. A set of outdoor stairs connects to the high level of the garden, turning it into the new zero.Save this picture!© Roberto RivertiSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Roberto RivertiUpstairs, one encounters a large patio—vacant and contained. The patio’s limits are defined by a gallery that doubles as an exterior hallway, while a lateral wall is offset by a sliding door, creating a certain degree of privacy from neighbours.Save this picture!© Roberto Riverti The bedrooms relate to the back end of the garden through the patio. While the semi convered and the swimming pool frames the forest. Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanConcrete plays a big part in the main volume, where it is used in walls as well as floors. Meanwhile, wood is used as both solar and visual relief. Because of its sliding gates, the house can be closed towards the front—thus controlling how much sun from the west is allowed in. Save this picture!© Roberto RivertiWood is utilised once again in the top level, where the master suite is found. Diagonal roof ridjes are featured in this room and on the cielings of the rest of the rooms on this level, creating two folded wooden volumes on the concrete floor.Save this picture!© Roberto RivertiProject gallerySee allShow lessFoster + Partners’ Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in MeccaArchitecture NewsCORE’s Undulating Tower Will Be Mississauga’s Tallest BuildingArchitecture News Share 2014 ArchDailycenter_img Uruguay ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804211/casa-pinar-del-faro-carolina-pedroni-delfina-riverti-miguel-rossi Clipboard Pinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel RossiSave this projectSavePinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel Rossi “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804211/casa-pinar-del-faro-carolina-pedroni-delfina-riverti-miguel-rossi Clipboard CopyHouses•Maldonado, Uruguay Architects: Carolina Pedroni, Delfina Riverti, Miguel Rossi Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeCarolina Pedroni, Delfina Riverti, Miguel RossiOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMaldonadoUruguayPublished on January 30, 2017Cite: “Pinar del Faro House / Carolina Pedroni + Delfina Riverti + Miguel Rossi” 30 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Waitrose extends Community Matters to online shopping

first_img Tagged with: corporate Digital Waitrose extends Community Matters to online shopping  65 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Howard Lake | 3 January 2012 | News Waitrose has extended its Community Matters programme to include its online shop: shoppers there can vote for one of three national charities to receive a share of a £25,000 donation after three months.Community Matters has operated in Waitrose’s branch stores for some time. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) to be shared by three local good causes. At the checkout, shoppers receive a small green token, which they can then place in a transparent box of the good cause they would like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.Now shoppers at waitrose.com can join in by voting for one of three national charities when they have completed their online shop. The first three charities to benefit are the British Red Cross, the British Heart Foundation, and the Prince’s Trust. The £25,000 corporate donation will be split between the charities in proportion to the votes they receive.Voting runs to the end of February 2012.Waitrose says that it aims to support 12 national charities over the course of the year with this programme. UK national charities who wish to be considered for the Community Matters Online initiative can get in touch (offline!) at:Waitrose Community Matters TeamWaitrose LimitedDoncastle RoadBracknellBerkshireRG12 8YAFind and contact your local Waitrose branch if you wish to be considered for its Community Matters programme.www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/community_matters.html 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4last_img read more

Stop & Shop strike update

first_imgBulletin: After eight days on the picket line, Stop & Shop workers in New England are returning to work. Despite all kinds of inclement weather, strikers kept the lines strong from early morning to late evening. They begin voting on a new contract April 24 which the Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) says “preserves health care and retirement benefits, provides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members.”  Read workers.org for more coverage.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pressure on Karakalpakstan journalist wrongly accused of spreading false information

first_img May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more August 3, 2020 – Updated on August 4, 2020 Pressure on Karakalpakstan journalist wrongly accused of spreading false information UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19Judicial harassment News Kumar Begniazova UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19Judicial harassment News News Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the way the authorities of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic in western Uzbekistan, intimidated a journalist, summoning her in the middle of the night for allegedly reporting the death of Senator Musa Erniyazov, the chairman of Karakalpakstan’s parliament, six days before his reported death last Friday.The editor of the online news media Kar24.uz Kumar Begniyazov was compelled to go  to the prosecutor’s office during the night of 25 to 26 July, with her child, to explain her “error.” Although other journalists had already reported Erniyazov’s death, Begniyazov had not. In fact, after checking with the parliament’s press office, she had issued a report on her Telegram channel denying the report that he had died.Although Begniyazov has received no further explanation about this nocturnal summons, she assumes that officials confused her media outlet with another one with a similar name, which had indeed shared a report that Erniyazov, who was also deputy chairman of the Uzbek supreme assembly, had died after contracting Covid-19.Two other journalists were also brought to the prosecutor’s office in the middle of the night for reporting Erniyazov’s death without checking with the authorities first. One was Lola Kallikhanova, the editor of Makan.uz, who was collected by no fewer than six police cars. One of the plainclothes policemen who came for her snatched her phone from her hand and none of them showed any ID. During three hours of questioning, she argued that Karakalpakstan’s journalists did not trust official sources and that access to official information had become much harder since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.At the start of July, the parliament’s press office denied that Erniyazov had caught Covid-19, only to confirm it 13 days later. Kallikhanova, who has written many stories about coronavirus deaths in Karakalpakstan, suspects that the sudden summons to the prosecutor’s office was just a pretext to gain access to her mobile phone and sources.The other journalist was Iskandar Yusupov, who had also shared the Repost.uz report about Erniyazov’s death on his media outlet Kruz.uz’s Telegram channel. He said that a car came at around midnight to take him to the prosecutor’s office, where he was held until 3:30 a.m., and that his mobile phone and laptop were illegally confiscated.“These disproportionate interrogation methods leave no doubt that these authorities were bent on intimidating the journalists,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This case has highlighted the difficulty of accessing information in Karakalpakstan, and this hampers the work of journalists, especially during the Covid-19 epidemic. The lack of official transparency about the situation encourages the spread of rumours. We firmly condemn the way these interrogations were conducted and we call for these abuses to be punished. We also call on the authorities in this autonomous republic to stop hounding journalists and to improve communication with them.”On the morning after these interrogations, the prosecutor’s office announced that it was opening a criminal investigation into the dissemination of false news media reports about the spread of life-threatening infections. This is punishable by a fine of 4,000 to 8,000 euros and up to three years in prison following the adoption of the new criminal code article 244-5, whose vague wording poses a threat to press freedom.The outcome of this investigation is now uncertain, after the Uzbek government news agency Uza.uz finally reported that Erniyazov died last Friday.The Uzbek deputy prosecutor-general and the Uzbek Agency for News and Mass Communication both condemned the behaviour of the Karakalpakstan prosecutor’s office, while at the same time stressing the importance for media outlets to verify the information they report.Karakalpakstan is Uzbekistan’s only autonomous region. For fear of separatist movements and insurrections, the Uzbek government restricts access to information about the deaths of senior Karakalpakstan officials who are loyal to Tashkent and who keep the region under tight control.Uzbekistan is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Uzbekistan News RSF_en More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists’ unions still protest at dangers in anti-racism law

first_img News News Receive email alerts News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News BoliviaAmericas to go further BoliviaAmericas February 1, 2018 Find out morecenter_img November 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists’ unions still protest at dangers in anti-racism law RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 18, 2016 Find out more Bolivian journalists’ union today completed collecting signatures for a major petition urging parliament to amend a new law against racism and all forms of discrimination enacted on 8 October because of the threat it poses to news media.Two articles in the new legislation (number 045) have created suspicion and concern within the profession. By 7 November 2010 the petition had already attracted some 700,000 signatures, the organisers said.The government has stepped up consultation with civil society to regulate the law but most professional bodies decided not to take part. A media observatory has been specially created to follow any complaints made against journalists or media under the new law.Reporters Without Borders has never objected to the general principle of a law which is justified by the recent political context. Nevertheless, we have suggested amendments to remedy any ambiguity in its application, particularly under Article 16 by which a media could be banned for “authorising or publishing racist and discriminatory ideas”. We proposed that this punishment should be applied to “media that explicitly defend racism and discrimination”. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has expressed the same view. Government talks set up on regulating the law are in themselves positive. Unfortunately, we find that the new legislation is already been applied without its controversial wording first being clarified. Our fears are being confirmed with cases currently under way. A badly drawn up and badly applied law could fail in its purpose and end up losing all legitimacy. A first case, reported in Potosí, in south-western Bolivia involves proceedings launched by the former secretary of the peasants’ federation against José Luis Apacani, the presenter of the TV programme “El Variadito” on privately-owned Canal 33. During the live broadcast, a spectator called the plaintiff “llama face” (a racist term used against the indigenous people of Altiplano). The channel’s managers decided to take the programme off air. “It was a case of negligence on the part of the journalist. We told him not to take telephone calls but he disobeyed”, they said.This case illustrates the problems created by the terms of the law on the responsibility of media. In this case, Canal 33 and it presenter did not call for racism, even if the comments of a viewer were reprehensible. The legal confusion could end in self-censorship.In a second case, local councillors in Oruro region announced they were bringing a complaint against the daily La Patria, which in an article on 9 September, referred to them as “concejiles” (little councillors) instead of “concejales”, a term that they considered to be “discriminatory”. In this case the offence seems to have even shakier grounds and also raises the problem of retroactivity of a law, which should normally only be applied to cases following its promulgation. (Photo : La Prensa) Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Follow the news on Bolivia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

‘Home from home’ Danu delivery suite officially opens at UMHL

first_imgJoint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána Previous articleMunster great Peter Stringer calls time on illustrious careerNext articleVicky Phelan will use settlement to fund help for others Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. cian[email protected] Linkedin TAGSDanu SuitehealthHSEUMHLUniversity Maternity Hospital Limerick World Sepsis Day – Have You Asked, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’ UMHL hosts virtual Ceremony of Remembrance for families who have experienced loss NewsHealthVideo‘Home from home’ Danu delivery suite officially opens at UMHLBy Cian Reinhardt – June 26, 2018 4296 Print Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter SCAM ALERT: HSE warn of bogus calls following cyber attack UL Hospitals Group announces gradual relaxation of access restrictions at maternity hospital UNIVERISTY Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) has this today, Tuesday, June 26 officially opened the Danu Suite, the ‘home from home’ delivery room for women with less complex pregnancies.This refurbishment project includes a pool for water immersion in labour and, in line with the National Maternity Strategy 2016-2026, provides for greater maternal choice and the normalisation of labour.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The initiative is the result of focused multidisciplinary teamwork at UMHL. And it follows significant input from service users who were instrumental in choosing the colours, facilities and layout of the room.   Having the newly refurbished, comfortable, low-tech birth room with labour aids and pool is very much in line with the recommendations of the National Maternity Strategy – in having an interim alongside birth room – and is an example of UMHL’s responsiveness and willingness to provide choice for women and deliver on the strategy in Limerick.The name has been chosen by UMHL staff after the Celtic goddess Danu, who is associated with the Tuath De Danann, with fertility and abundance and with water.The room is intended for women on supported care pathway; defined in the Strategy as suitable for normal risk mothers and babies, with midwives leading and delivering care in a multidisciplinary framework.Women are offered the opportunity to labour in water for pain relief. Water for labour is a package of care which includes the actual water and the associated environment. Efforts are made to support a calm, positive and peaceful atmosphere for women labouring in water.  The pool itself is a large bath in which a pregnant woman can sit or adopt a range of different positions to optimise her mobility and comfort.  The service is only for labouring in water.  The woman will deliver her baby out of the water.Water immersion is one of a number of supports provided in the Danu Suite to facilitate natural labour and holistic care. The room is not dominated by a bed and women are free to move from the floor to leaning against the bed, to the ensuite shower to using a birthing ball/labour aids.The Danu Suite opened on 31st May and one of the mothers to use it was Sarah Dineen, from Ballina, County Tipperary. Baby Fiadh was born in the Danu Suite on June 20th.“My hope and my expectation was that everything about my labour would be as natural as possible. I had heard that the pool was going to be available and I was hoping that nothing would happen to delay it before Fiadh was born. Thankfully, everything worked out for us and it was great to have such a relaxing environment and the support of the staff, who were fantastic,” said Ms Dineen.Sarah told the Limerick Post, with her birth she wanted “to go as natural as possible”, doing hypnobirthing and yoga; “the waterbirth was the final piece of the puzzle for that for me,” she said, continuing, “it eases the pain, it makes everything that little bit easier.”Margaret Quigley, Director of Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Over the last two years we have had frequent requests from women to have a room which meets their needs and birth preferences for low risk labour.  In tandem, midwives wished to maintain and enhance their midwifery skills.  We had great support from our Consultant Obstetrician colleagues, in particular Dr Mark Skehan, and many other grades of staff contributed to its success.  We are very fortunate to have very dedicated staff in our Midwifery Practice Development Unit supporting the change in practice and the Estates Department general management assisted to make it happen.   The combination of all these factors has led to this successful opening of the Danu Suite and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved for embracing the change”.Joan Regan, Principal Officer, Department of Health and Steering Group member, National Maternity Strategy, said: “The National Maternity Strategy represents a significant development for maternity care in Ireland and aims to provide a service where women have access to safe, high quality, nationally consistent, woman-centred maternity care.  Rightfully, it underlines that women should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and have choices about the care they receive. I am delighted that the Strategy  is being championed so strongly and passionately here in Limerick.  The opening of the country’s first. ‘ interim Alongside Birth Room since the Strategy was launched is indeed a cause for celebration. I congratulate all concerned for their energy and commitment  to drive service improvements for the women and families in the MidWest.”And Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Today marks another milestone on our journey in implementing the National Maternity Strategy at UMHL. Our maternity hospital is over 50 years old and, while much loved by patients and staff, it is starting to show its age. Relocating the maternity hospital to the UHL site, as set out in the Project Ireland 2040 plan, is a hugely exciting project for us and will allow us to implement the strategy in full. But in the meantime, we must continue to improve our services for women and babies in this hospital.“This is something our staff and our service users are taking on with great enthusiasm and the Danu Suite is the latest example of that. It gives greater choice for women and makes childbirth a less clinical, less intimidating experience. We continue to make great strides in implementing the Strategy in Limerick and we look forward next month to the official launch of our perinatal mental health service, another exciting service development which has been designed with the input of patients and staff and is being implemented with significant support from the National Women’s and Infants Health Programme,” Prof Cowan added. Facebook Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students last_img read more

Citibank Announces $1.25 Billion Redemption of 3.165% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Notes due…

first_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Citibank Announces $1.25 Billion Redemption of 3.165% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Notes due February 2022 and $500 Million Redemption of Floating Rate Notes due February 2022 Previous articleZendesk Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 ResultsNext articleMDH Acquisition Corp. Announces Closing of Upsized $276 Million Initial Public Offering Including Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Citibank, N.A. is announcing the redemption, in whole, constituting $1,250,000,000 in aggregate principal amount, of its 3.165% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Notes due February 2022 (the “FXD / FRN notes”) (ISIN: US17325FAV04), and the redemption, in whole, constituting $500,000,000 in aggregate principal amount, of its Floating Rate Notes due February 2022 (the “FRN notes”, and together with the FXD / FRN notes, the “notes”) (ISIN: US17325FAU21). The redemption date for the notes is February 19, 2021. The cash redemption price payable for the notes on February 19, 2021 will equal par plus accrued and unpaid interest. The redemption announced today is consistent with Citibank’s liability management strategy, and reflects its ongoing efforts to enhance the efficiency of its funding and capital structure. Citibank will continue to consider opportunities to redeem or repurchase securities, based on several factors, including without limitation, the economic value, regulatory changes, potential impact on Citibank’s net interest margin and borrowing costs, the overall remaining tenor of Citibank’s debt portfolio, capital impact, as well as overall market conditions. Beginning on the redemption date, the notes will no longer be outstanding and interest will no longer accrue on such securities. Citibank, N.A. is the paying agent for the notes. Citigroup, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005945/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: Brendan McManus (212) 793-7064 Investors: Elizabeth Lynn (212) 559-2718 Fixed Income Investors: Thomas Rogers (212) 559-5091 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: Citibank, N.A. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 04:15 PM/DISC: 02/04/2021 04:15 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005945/enlast_img read more

Murder investigation launched after Omagh death

first_imgNews Detectives investigating the death of a teenager in Co. Tyrone at the weekend have launched a formal murder investigation.19 year old Jason McGovern from Monaghan died after being attacked during a night out with friends in Omagh.Detectives are studying CCTV footage of the assault and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.They particularly want to hear from people who were in the area of the Terrace pub and Sally O’Briens nightclub – and two men who helped Jason into a taxi after he was punched and kicked.Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness is leading the murder investigation:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/13harkOMAGH.mp3[/podcast] LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Previous articleNew information on the movements of Donegal’s Basking Shark populationNext articleAppeal after attempted robbery of Derry bookmakers News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Twitter By News Highland – January 2, 2013 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Murder investigation launched after Omagh death Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress schemelast_img read more

Kerala High Court Stays Govt Decision To Blacklist Pricewaterhouse Coopers From IT-Related Projects

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Stays Govt Decision To Blacklist Pricewaterhouse Coopers From IT-Related Projects LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Dec 2020 3:35 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the decision of the Kerala Government to blacklist premier consultancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers Private Ltd (PwC) from IT-related projects for two years.A single bench of Justice PV Asha stayed the decision for a period of two weeks while issuing notice to the Kerala Government and the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd(KSITIL) on the writ petition…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 Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the decision of the Kerala Government to blacklist premier consultancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers Private Ltd (PwC) from IT-related projects for two years.A single bench of Justice PV Asha stayed the decision for a period of two weeks while issuing notice to the Kerala Government and the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd(KSITIL) on the writ petition filed by PwC.Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the firm,briefed by Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, argued that the decision was mala-fide and was made in violation of the principles of natural justice without hearing the affected party.The decision to blacklist the international firm was taken in the wake of the controversial recruitment of Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to the Space Park Project, of which PwC was the consultant.The KSITIL had appointed PwC as the Project Management Unit of the Space Park. Following the controversy over the gold smuggling case, PwC faced allegations that it had made appointments to the Space Park without due diligence. In July, a two member committee consisting of Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta and Additional Chief Secretary(Finance) Rajesh Kumar Singh recommended the blacklisting of the London-headquartered firm over irregularities in the appointment.On November 27, the Kerala Government took the decision, acting on the committee’s recommendation to bar the firm from participating in future projects and terminated the subsisting projects.  This meant that PwC was out of the ambitious KFON( Kerala Fibre Optic Network) project of the Kerala Government as well as the Space Park project.Challenging the decision, the firm approached the High Court through the firm Menon & Pai Advocates, contending that the blacklisting was done without hearing it. It was also contended that Swapna Suresh was appointed at the recommendation of the Managing Director of the KSITIL.The Supreme Court recently reiterated the principle that blacklisting of a firm must be done only on proper notice as it results in grave adverse civil consequences. In another recent decision, the Supreme Court observed that blacklisting orders must be proportionate as they can lead to “civil death of institutions”. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Maratha Quota Case, Day 4 : Rights Of States On Backward Classes Not Affected By 102nd Constitution Amendment, AG Tells Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesMaratha Quota Case, Day 4 : Rights Of States On Backward Classes Not Affected By 102nd Constitution Amendment, AG Tells Supreme Court Radhika Roy18 March 2021 6:57 AMShare This – xA Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court sat for the fourth day to hear the petitions challenging the Constitutionality of the Maharashtra State Reservation For Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act which provides for a quota to Marathas in jobs and education.A 5- Judge Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L. Nageswara Rao, S. Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra…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 Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court sat for the fourth day to hear the petitions challenging the Constitutionality of the Maharashtra State Reservation For Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act which provides for a quota to Marathas in jobs and education.A 5- Judge Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L. Nageswara Rao, S. Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat heard the submissions of the Petitioners as well as the arguments put forward by Attorney-General KK Venugopal. In today’s hearing, Senior Advocates BH Marlapalle and Preetesh Kapur, and Advocates Dr. Gunratan Sadavarte, SB Talekar, RK Deshpande, Amit Anand Tiwari and Jaikriti S. Jadeja made their submissions on behalf of the Petitioners. Post the completion of the Petitioners’ submissions, Attorney-General KK Venugopal commenced his arguments by informing the Court that he would confine himself to the interpretation of the 102nd Amendment. He then referred to the 9-Judge Bench Indra Sawhney judgment and stated, “When a specific direction is issued by a 9-Judge Bench, and the Government shows every indication of implementing it, is it conceivable that an Amendment to the Constitution will be made, by which States are denuded of the right to identify backward classes?” The AG submitted that it was inconceivable to him that any such amendment could be brought into force the effect of which would be that no State would have the power to identify socially and educationally backward classes. He averred that in order to deprive the State of its power under Articles 15(4) and 16(4), an amendment would be required. “Articles 15(4) and 16(4) from the very inception are recognized as a source of power for the State as well as the Centre to identify SEBCs. Without identification, one cannot make provisions for advancement of SEBC. No such amendment has been made in any manner directly. You cannot indirectly modify the impact of a Constitutional provision”. The AG also highlighted the matter pertaining to the genesis of reservations and submitted that one of the unfortunate vices of the power given to the State under Articles 15(4) and 16(4) was that before elections, new groups were being introduced and votes were being obtained. Coming to Article 342A, inserted as a consequence of the 102nd Amendment, the AG submitted that the intention of the Parliament was to only cover the Central List. However, the amendment was not intended to affect State powers of inclusion and exclusion of backward classes in lists. “As far as Articles 15(4) and 16(4) are concerned, they would remain untouched and undisturbed by Article 342A; both are compartmentalized. States, in pursuant to Indra Sawhney, are also required to have their own State Commissions as I mentioned before”, conveyed the AG. Therefore, it was submitted by the AG that the State’s powers remained untouched as a result of the Amendment and the sole intention was to define the term “socially and educationally backward classes”. “Rights of the States remain untouched ‘expressly’ and will continue. See Article 366; it says ‘unless the context otherwise requires'”. In response to the Court’s question on the fact that a plain reading of Article 342A raised the issue of the “Central List” in relation to States, the AG responded that there were Public Sector Undertakings, offices of the Central Government in States which invariably meant that employment of public servants from the Union would take place. “In these cases, the Union won’t take list of State Governments. Centre also has educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs in various States. For this, Central Lists are needed. This list will apply to Central government public corporations such as railways. They won’t blindly accept identification of State governments”. The Court then asked the AG if a uniform standard for backward classes could be brought about via Article 342A as in the case of Marathas, they were not considered backward vis-à-vis the Union. The AG responded to this query by submitting that the State Government had an independent power which had not been touched by Article 342A. “Article 342A exclusively deals with the Central Government’s competence to identify SEBCs for its own purposes, but for Central Government jobs in States, the Centre has its own list. In every State, there is a State List for State institutions and educational institutions”. It was also averred by the AG that to construe the 102nd Amendment as a provision which was excluding the States from exercising their power was not justified as no attempt had been made to amend Articles 15(4) and 16(4) which encapsulated the power to identify backward classes and this was inherent in both the Centre and the States. “Unless you amend Articles 15(4) and 16(4) and denude States of the right to identify backward classes, it would not be a right to construe Article 342A as denuding State’s rights”. On that note, the AG concluded his submissions. He will continue his submissions on the petition challenging the 102nd Amendment next week. The matter will resume tomorrow with Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi initiating the arguments on behalf of the Respondents. BACKGROUND The pleas before the Constitution Bench challenges the Bombay High Court judgment passed in June 2019, and submits that the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, which provides for 12% and 13% quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, violated the principles laid in the case of Indira Sawhney v. Union of India (1992) as per which the Apex Court capped the reservation limit at 50%.The Bombay High Court, while upholding the Maratha quota, held that 16% reservation is not justifiable and ruled that reservation should not exceed 12% in employment and 13% in education as recommended by the State Backward Commission.On September 9, 2020, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court referred the cases to a larger Bench to determine the issue whether State Government has the power to declare a class as Socially and Economically Backward after the Constitution (102nd) amendment.Reports of previous hearings :Maratha Quota Case : Indira Sawhney Decision Delivered After Much Discussion; No Need To Revisit, Datar Argues In Supreme Court’No Extraordinary Circumstance To Exceed 50% Limit’ : SC Constitution Bench Hears Lawyers Opposing Maratha Quota On Day 3Next Storylast_img read more