Forget your State Pension worries! I’d buy these 2 investment trusts to retire rich

first_img John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon, Netflix, and Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Forget your State Pension worries! I’d buy these 2 investment trusts to retire rich I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The State Pension isn’t large enough to fund the retirement of your dreams. In fact, it doesn’t even come close. The new State Pension gives you just £175.20 per week. That works out as £9,110.40 a year, roughly a third of the average national full-time salary. If you are relying on that for your final years, things could be rough.A lot of people spend their time worrying about the State Pension, but don’t do anything about it. Avoid falling into that trap. Instead, look to build the money you need to enjoy a comfortable retirement, by investing in UK shares.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Nobody makes a fortune on the stock market overnight, despite what many people think. It takes time and effort. So if you have money to spare, don’t leave it any longer.Don’t worry about retirement, do somethingI would suggest backing up the State Pension by investing in the following two FTSE 100-listed investment trusts. These are companies whose business is managing a balanced portfolio of shares for income and growth.The biggest and best known is Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT), which now runs £14.3bn worth of assets. Over the last five years, it has smashed the FTSE 100 and almost every other UK investment fund, with a total return of 300%.It has largely done this by making a big call on the buoyant US stock market. More than half the fund is invested in the US, in big names such as Tesla, Amazon, and Netflix. As a result it has benefited from the tech boom.It isn’t just a US fund, though. Roughly a fifth is invested in China, notably tech giants Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group, and slightly less in Europe. If you mostly hold UK shares or funds, that could give you some much-needed diversification, away from your State Pension.As with any fund, Scottish Mortgage may not always outperform. Also, it offers only a tiny dividend yield, just 0.34% a year.Income on top of your State PensionIf you want income, you could balance this with the UK’s second-biggest investment trust City of London Investment Trust (LSE: CTY). This equity income fund yields a whopping 5.86% a year, mostly from renowned FTSE 100 dividend-payers such as British American Tobacco, Diageo, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, and Royal Dutch Shell. Scottish Mortgage gives you global growth, City of London gives you UK income.If you invest a regular monthly sum in both, you should steadily build your wealth over time. When you retire, you could draw the natural yield from City of London to provide the income you need to top up your State Pension.You can take lump sums from Scottish Mortgage, as and when. Remember, if you invest inside a Stocks and Shares ISA, both income and growth will be free of tax.If you invest in these two funds, you can start building the wealth you need to reduce your reliance on the State Pension. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones | Saturday, 29th August, 2020 | More on: CTY SMT center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet

first_img Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/48601/penthouse-sur-loire-avignon-et-clouet Clipboard CopyPenthouse•Nantes, France France Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet Architects: Avignon et Clouet Photographs Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et ClouetSave this projectSavePenthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet “COPY” Save this picture!© Stéphane Chalmeau+ 33 Share “COPY” Photographs:  Stéphane ChalmeauText description provided by the architects. Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us this great Penthouse refurbishment made by french architects Avignon et Clouet in Nantes, France, giving great sunlight to the interiors using glass divisions instead of solid walls and including an indoor pool with an amazing view to the city.Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®DoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityTake a look at the complete photoset after the break.Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauProject gallerySee allShow lessSpontaneous Architecture Challenge: Rebuild HaitiArticlesAD Round Up: Lake Houses Part IIArticlesProject locationAddress:Nantes, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/48601/penthouse-sur-loire-avignon-et-clouet Clipboard Penthouse CopyAbout this officeAvignon et ClouetOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPenthouseNantesInteriorsHousingFrancePublished on February 06, 2010Cite: “Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet” 06 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Tour operator to support overseas horse charity

first_img Tagged with: Trading 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. Tour operator to support overseas horse charity Overseas equine welfare charity, the Brooke, has been adopted by the tour operators Discover Egypt.The company, which operates cruises on the Nile, will be providing the Brooke with cash/prize sponsorship, donations per Nile cruise client and sponsorship of practical items including overhead sunshades in the horse and carriage waiting areas in resorts, and will be highlighting the charity’s work in its holiday brochures.The Brooke currently helps over 100,000 working equine animals in Egypt alone, by providing free veterinary care, and training and education for millions of animal owners via a network of mobile veterinary teams and community participation. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In particular, the charity focuses its help at the carriage horse owners of Luxor, Aswan and Edfu, which are frequently used by Discover Egypt’s clients when visiting Egypt, and can fall victim to overwork, dehydration and lameness. John Trampleasure, Director of Fundraising at the Brooke, said of the new tourism partnership: “Without tourism, these horse drawn carriages wouldn’t exist and we are delighted to have such a worthwhile partner in Discover Egypt”. Howard Lake | 8 May 2005 | Newslast_img read more

Workers strike at McDonald’s

first_imgA plane flew over Chicago displaying the message, “Stop sexual harassment!” aimed at McDonald’s headquarters on Sept. 18. That day, workers employed by the fast food chain engaged in a historic strike in 10 cities to protest workplace sexual abuse. They marched and rallied in Chicago; Durham, N.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Fla.; San Francisco; and St. Louis.In many cities, the strikers carried banners that read: “#MeToo McDonald’s!”  In Chicago and elsewhere, women put tape over their mouths on which the words “#Me Too” were written.” These courageous low-wage workers — the majority women, who are African American, Latinx and im/migrants — were fed up with rampant sexual harassment at the restaurants and staged the one-day walkout to tell McDonald bosses this abuse has to stop.  They all took risks because they are not unionized. But they were backed by the Fight for $15 — a national campaign linked to the Service Employees union — which fights for a $15 minimum wage and unionization for all workers.This was their first such action against sexual harassment, say these brave workers.  They plan to keep on demonstrating and pressuring McDonald’s — and they seek to inspire other service workers to boldly demand the right to work in a safe, abuse-free environment and be treated with respect.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sul Ross musician in electronic music competition

first_imgLocal News Pinterest GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross musician in electronic music competition ALPINE Max Ferguson wants your vote.Ferguson, Presidio, a Sul Ross State University music major and professional musician, seeks to broaden his electronic music resume by winning the Untz Challenge. The two winners, grand prize by fan vote and second place chosen by the staff of TheUntz.com, will be awarded performance slots in seven participating music festivals from late May through late September.Festivals are scheduled in Illinois, California, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and one location to be announced.Voting ends Friday.Fans may vote their favorite tracks via: tinyurl.com/y94jr6jf.To hear Ferguson’s song, go to: tinyurl.com/ybhhl36o.Voting instructions may be found at: fullymaxxed.com; or1. Sign In or Register on TheUntz.com.2. Select ‘FullyMaxxed – No Sleeping’ at this link: tinyurl.com/y8ur44xq.3. Vote. Share.“This competition is a way to put my name out and introduce the region to electronic music,” said Ferguson, who is a music student, musician, DJ and producer under the label, FullyMaxxed.Electronic music, by definition, employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. Devices including computers, synthesizers and Theremins may be used to produce electronic sounds.Ferguson’s competition track is “No Sleeping,” incorporating electronic sounds, vocals, slap bass, saxophone, electric guitar and random background recordings.He has played and performed music from a young age, including with his father’s band, The Resonators. “You can find my music on all platforms,” he said. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By admin – April 11, 2018 Sul Ross musician in electronic music competition Previous articleTrustees approve policies for District of InnovationNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Wildflowers offer Texans a show-stopping display adminlast_img read more

Iteris Awarded Traffic Signal Synchronization Services Contract Extension from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

first_img SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today announced that it has received $737,000 in service orders under an existing $2.49 million on-call contract from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) for traffic signal synchronization-related managed services across 16 municipalities in the San Bernardino Valley, demonstrating growing demand for Iteris’ software-enabled managed services in a key geographic market. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005168/en/ Iteris Awarded Traffic Signal Synchronization Services Contract Extension from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (Photo: Business Wire) Under the terms of the 12-month on-call contract extension, Iteris will continue to perform on-call traffic signal synchronization, and will virtualize agency processes to provide system support and maintenance services for the San Bernardino Valley Coordinated Traffic Signal System (SBVCTSS) corridors – a heavily traveled arterial network of more than 250 square miles. The primary goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users, including vehicles, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, as well as reduce travel times, number of stops and carbon emissions along the SBVCTSS corridors. In addition, Iteris’ ClearGuide™ software-as-a-service solution will be used to conduct before-and-after evaluations on all retimed corridors, with the option to include ClearGuide’s automated signal performance measures capabilities in the future. The new service orders address traffic signal timing improvements, and ongoing traffic device and infrastructure maintenance both within cities and across jurisdictional boundaries for up to 1,250 signalized intersections on an as-needed basis. The service orders span 16 agencies: the Cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland and Yucaipa, as well as the County of San Bernardino. Iteris’ software-enabled managed services offering is a key component of the ClearMobility™ Platform, the world’s most complete solution to continuously monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure. ClearMobility applies cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, advisory services and managed services to help ensure roads are safe, travel is efficient, and communities thrive. “We are proud to continue to support the SBCTA’s goal of improving safety and mobility in the San Bernardino Valley with this expansive traffic signal synchronization program, which demonstrates growing demand for Iteris’ software-enabled managed services in Southern California,” said Scott Carlson, regional vice president, Transportation Systems at Iteris. “The expansion of this initiative with the SBCTA will continue to decrease travel times and overall traffic congestion, as well as improve air quality and reduce the existing transportation system’s impact on the environment.” Iteris expects to commence the project immediately. About Iteris, Inc. Iteris is the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management – the foundation for a new era of mobility. We apply cloud computing, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, advisory services and managed services to achieve safe, efficient and sustainable mobility. Our end-to-end solutions monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure around the world to help ensure that roads are safe, travel is efficient, and communities thrive. Visit www.iteris.com for more information and join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Iteris Forward-Looking Statements This release may contain forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based upon our current expectations and the information available to us at this time. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “can,” and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the new service orders, and capabilities, benefits and impacts of our managed services and ClearGuide solution. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, our ability to provide our services and solutions in a cost-efficient manner; the accuracy and completeness of data for our solutions to analyze and measure; government funding and budgetary delays, issues and timing; our ability to introduce, market and gain broad acceptance of our service offerings in the transportation industry; the potential impact of product and service offerings from competitors and other competitive pressures; challenges in the development of software-based solutions generally; and the impact of general economic, political and other conditions in the markets we address. Further information on Iteris, Inc., including additional risk factors that may affect our forward-looking statements, is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, and our other SEC filings that are available through the SEC’s website ( www.sec.gov ). View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005168/en/ CONTACT: Iteris Contact David Sadeghi Tel: (949) 270-9523 Email:[email protected] Relations MKR Investor Relations, Inc. Todd Kehrli Tel: (213) 277-5550 Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRUCKING MANUFACTURING TRANSPORT AUTOMOTIVE STATE/LOCAL SOFTWARE URBAN PLANNING NETWORKS CONSULTING OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT LOGISTICS/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY OTHER AUTOMOTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ENGINEERING SOURCE: Iteris, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 08:30 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 08:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005168/en WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Pinterestcenter_img Iteris Awarded Traffic Signal Synchronization Services Contract Extension from San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleNader Soudah of Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure Provider Liqid Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel ChiefNext articleCalyxt to Host Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results Conference Call on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

AllyConnect Offers Free Compliance Documentation Management

first_imgSubscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 14, 2017 1,190 Views AllyConnect Offers Free Compliance Documentation Management Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Compliance 2017-09-14 Brianna Gilpin Previous: Chronos Offers Data Recently Excluded from Credit Reports Next: RES.NET Offers New Data Portal The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Featured / AllyConnect Offers Free Compliance Documentation Management in Featured, News, Technology Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Compliance AllyConnect, a vendor and compliance management technology solution for the Property Preservation and REO space, recently announced it is offering free compliance document management and annual updating automation tools for all registered users of the service.“Regulations require that the entire supply chain to maintain the proper documentation. There is such a significant compliance gap for the 10’s of 1000’s of BOTG (boots on the ground) Property Preservation contractors, that offering the necessary resources to allow all vendors to maintain their own compliance documentation for free was not only needed, but the right thing to do,” said Steve Salimbas, CEO of Agios World Wide, Inc. the developer of the AllyConnect SaaS technology.The product offers more than 70 tools and functions that are user-friendly for any size company, this is welcomed news as the challenges of compliance management have been well documented. “Vendor managers will now have the necessary transparency to know their contractor networks from top to bottom are both qualified and highly compliant, while also creating efficiencies to reduce costs. Even when a contractor network is many levels deep,” the Agios CEO said.AllyConnect believes that compliance is a continually evolving matter and a hot button topic in the financial industry and that this product will help all stakeholders succeed in achieving mission critical processes and regulatory requirements.last_img read more

Police appeal for information after serious assault in Derry

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By admin – August 11, 2015 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Facebook Police appeal for information after serious assault in Derry Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsAppcenter_img Detectives at Strand Road are investigating a serious assault that occurred in the Clooney Road area of Derry sometime around 5.30pm on Saturday 8th August.Detective Constable Richard Donnell is keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at that and who may have witnessed the incident during which a male was knocked out.The man, aged 19, sustained injuries to his face and jaw.Police are also keen to trace the driver of a cream MINI whose car may have been damaged in the process.Information can be given on the police non-emergency number, 101 or by calling the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleLeaving cert students face major battle to find third level accommodation – McConalogueNext articleWalsh & O’Reilly named on Ireland Development Squad admin NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programmelast_img read more

Baghjan Fire Disaster: A Case Of Criminal Negligence

first_imgColumnsBaghjan Fire Disaster: A Case Of Criminal Negligence Meghna sharma13 Jun 2020 9:32 PMShare This – xThe Oil India Limited (OIL) announced on 20 May 2020 that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) had given it clearance for extension drilling and testing of hydrocarbons in seven locations under Dibru Saikhowa National Park area and North-West of Baghjan in the Tinsukia district of Assam. In less than a week, there was a blowout in its oil well in Bhaghjan 5….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 Oil India Limited (OIL) announced on 20 May 2020 that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) had given it clearance for extension drilling and testing of hydrocarbons in seven locations under Dibru Saikhowa National Park area and North-West of Baghjan in the Tinsukia district of Assam. In less than a week, there was a blowout in its oil well in Bhaghjan 5. The unchecked leakage led to a huge fire in the oil well on 9 June 2020, killing two fire fighters. Nearly three thousand people have had to be evacuated from the nearby villages. The Dibru Saikhowa National Park, which is at an aerial distance of only 900 metres, was terribly impacted. There are reports of death of the endangered Gangetic dolphin, a variety of fishes along with a huge number of migratory birds and stray animals. This, notwithstanding the assurances made by OIL that there would be no damage to the wildlife and the endangered species in the National Park. It may be recalled that the Guidelines for Declaration of Eco Sensitive Zones around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries were formulated during the XXI meeting of the Indian Board for Wildlife. The MoEF also came up with the National Wildlife Action Plan (2002-2016). The Plan, whose objective was to delineate the Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZ) in order to ensure the protection of wildlife around the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, provided that “(t)he areas outside the protected area network are often vital ecological corridor links and must be protected to to prevent isolation of fragments of biodiversity which will not survive in the long run. Land and Water use policies will need to accept the imperative of strictly protecting ecologically fragile habitat and regulating use elsewhere.” The Guidelines also stated that if the sensitive corridors went beyond the estimated width of 10km of the ESZ, the ecologically important patches in the extended area must be included in the ESZ. OIL has been drilling in the vicinity of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park since 2006 and owns around 25 drilling wells in the area. This is in direct contravention of the Guidelines and the National Wildlife Plan introduced by the Board and the Ministry. Moreover, The Eco Sensitive Zone of Dibru Saikhowa was notified this year which stated that the radial distance from the Park varies from zero to 8.7 km. The Baghjan 5 well of OIL is at a distance of less than a kilometre from the wetlands at the southern end of the Park, a part of the ESZ. The Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989 were laid down to prevent chemical accidents from industrial activities and mitigate impacts of the accidents. Rule 4 lays down the general responsibility of the occupier during industrial activity and Rule 13 directs to ensure a preparation of on-site emergency plan. The oil drilling company seems to have ignored both the rules which might be the reason for the gas leak. The employees had noticed a damaged spool when the tragedy stuck. For replacing the spool, the Blow Out Preventer (BOP) was removed from the well. According to the experts present at the site, the blowout could have been prevented if the early signs from the well were noticed on time. Further, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Rules of 2006 mandates public hearing of Category A projects. The drilling project by OIL is considered as Category A project under the EIA notification. However, there are no records of public hearings conducted for the assessment. The local people have been against the operation since its inception but have never been heard by the authorities. Such state of affairs reminds one of Supreme Court decision in the Lafarge Umiam Mining Case (2011). The Court had emphasized on ‘sustainable development’ while observing that environmental clearance must be based on ‘doctrine of proportionality’. The clearance must be based on the legislative policy that governs the activity and the principles of natural justice. The decision also highlighted the need for public hearing. Public participation provides valuable input in deciding for the correct site for such an operation. It is regrettable that almost a decade later no lessons have been learnt. The Central and State government and also the statutory institutions seem oblivious to importance of making the right assessment and ensuring sustainable development. The operation continued despite the strong disapproval of the National Board of Wildlife voiced by its Standing Committee during its visit in 2013. The Board had robustly criticized OIL for seeking post-facto clearance after having already started the work without prior permissions. Even the recent clearance by the Ministry on 20 May 2020 was met with an uproar by the locals, but to no avail. The establishment of a hazardous industry in proximity to the National Park is itself a questionable action which got approved by the ministry. Hazardous substances are defined in section 2(e) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 as “means any substance or preparation which, by reason of its chemical or physico-chemical properties or handling, is liable to cause harm to human beings, other living creatures, plants, micro-organism, property or the environment”. Despite the fact that, the oil drilling operation by the company deals with hazardous substances, it continues to operate and affect diversity of living organisms in and around Dibru Saikhowa. The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 mandates the protection and improvement of the environment and provides the modalities for such purpose. The entire drilling project of OIL is a product of poor Environmental Impact Assessment, low maintenance, lack of attention and industrial greed. The gas leak followed by the fire has caused irreplaceable loss to the rich biodiversity of the National Park, apart from endangering the lives of the villagers who are also at the verge of losing their houses and cattle. The presence of OIL in the Dibru Saikhowa area continues to pose a threat to the endangered species and the habitat. The National Green Tribunal also has the power to take suo moto cognizance against the defaulters. After the recent gas leak at Vizag, the Tribunal had observed that ” NGT has the purpose and power to provide relief and compensation to victims of environment damage, restitution of property, and restoration of environment. To effectuate this purpose, NGT has wide powers to devise its own procedure. In appropriate circumstances, this power includes the power to institute suo-motu proceedings and not keep its hands tied in the face of drastic environmental damage and serious violation of right to life, public health and damage to property,” . Under Section 15 of the NGT Act, the Tribunal has the power to provide relief, compensation and restitution to the victims of pollution and environmental damage that has occurred under the enactments specified in the Schedule I. OIL has announced that it will resume operations in around four weeks. Urgent remedial steps need to be taken before that to review the clearances given to OIL and affix responsibility on the erring parties on the principle of absolute liability for their acts and omissions.Views are personal only. Next Storylast_img read more

Nigerian Nationals Stayed Without Visa For 9 Years: Allahabad High Court Seeks Centre’s Report About Embassy’s Response

first_imgNews UpdatesNigerian Nationals Stayed Without Visa For 9 Years: Allahabad High Court Seeks Centre’s Report About Embassy’s Response LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Nov 2020 7:51 PMShare This – x”It is unfortunate that the Petitioners, who have come to this Court by challenging their illegal detention by the authority, have concealed the material fact that their Visa had already expired and they have remained in the Country without any valid Visa for about nine years and on account of the said fact, they have been arrested by the police on 24.9.2019,” observed the Allahabad…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?Login”It is unfortunate that the Petitioners, who have come to this Court by challenging their illegal detention by the authority, have concealed the material fact that their Visa had already expired and they have remained in the Country without any valid Visa for about nine years and on account of the said fact, they have been arrested by the police on 24.9.2019,” observed the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday while hearing a habeas corpus writ petition filed by two Nigerian nationals. A Division Bench comprising of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Samit Gopal has now sought response from the relevant authorities with respect to the Petitioners, Chinasa Victor Obioha and Chima Paul Ugochukwu. “The Additional Commissioner of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar is directed to file his personal affidavit in the matter within three days bringing on record the instruction which has been placed by learned A.G.A. before the Court today,” the Court ordered. The AGA had informed the Court that the Petitioners had come to India on 26.12.2010 and 5.1.2010 respectively and as their respective Visa expired in the year 2011 and 2010 and they were present in the country without any valid Visa. He further stated that for obtaining relevant travel documents of the Petitioners, several letters were sent to the Nigerian Embassy in 2019 and 2020. Furthermore, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was requested to deport the Petitioners following which the Nigerian Embassy was contacted. In view of these submissions, the Division Bench has directed the competent authority of the Union of India to file a personal affidavit in this regard by the next date, failing which he shall appear in person. “The Competent Authority of Union of India shall also inform this Court what reply it has received from the Nigerian Embassy in pursuance of its communication dated 23.7.2020,” the order states. Meanwhile, the State assured the Court that the Petitioners were being provided all the necessary facilities like hygiene, health inspection and also precaution against Covid19 pandemic, in the detention camp. The matter is now listed for hearing on November 24, 2020. Background The Petitioners had approached the High Court through their next friends and wives. It was alleged that both the Petitioners were illegally detained at Surajpur Police lines, 49 Battalion, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and are under detention since 24th September, 2019. They had urged that their application for grant of long-term Visa be considered sympathetically and they be granted the same as per the MHA Guidelines. The High Court had thereafter directed the Union of India and the Uttar Pradesh Government to respond to the allegations put forth in the Petition. Case Title: Chinasa Victor Obioha & Anr. v. State of UP & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe 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