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Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Manika Premsingh 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. Manika Premsingh | Friday, 12th March, 2021 | More on: RR Enter Your Email Address Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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. Rolls-Royce share price: can it go back up to 200p? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) faced big challenges in 2020, and its full-year results released Thursday only confirm that. Interestingly though, the Rolls Royce share price has risen, presumably on the news. Why the Rolls-Royce share price is upI think the Rolls-Royce share price rose for two reasons. 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…One, poor results were already priced in. Support services to aviation is the big revenue source for RR. Since travel in 2020 was restricted, RR was bound to feel the impact. The company’s updates have been reflecting this. So have weak trends in the Rolls-Royce share price. Two, times are changing. The worst of the pandemic now seems to be behind us. And travel is expected to be back soon. Rolls-Royce will be back in business, because of this. Optimism about this recovery is evident in RR’s outlook. It says “Looking ahead over the next couple of years….we expect the rebound in global GDP and lifting of travel restrictions to drive our recovery”. According to the International Monetary Fund, global growth will be 5.5% in 2021 after a fall in world output in 2020. It is expected to rise by another 4.2% in 2022. This can bode well for RR, which expects hours flown by its engines to increase to 80% of the levels seen in 2019 by 2022. This is a big jump in the 55% levels expected for 2021. Why the RR share price can cross 200pThis is somewhat encouraging and I think it can increase RR’s share price further. The Rolls-Royce share price is presently at 115p, which is already an increase of around three times from the lows we saw last year. I think it may well be possible now that the RR share price can rise back up to its pre-pandemic levels of 200p and above. Besides the improving environment for RR and its outlook, I think there are two other reasons it can happen. One, other coronavirus and lockdown impacted stocks like Lloyds Bank and Cineworld have recently seen a jump in their share prices back up to pre-pandemic times. For investors still looking for post-market crash bargains, RR is still among them.Two, the US government just passed a massive fiscal stimulus of $1.9trn. If these funds are indeed spent in the manner intended — to improve infrastructure and economic wellbeing that creates higher consumption — we could see a boom in US growth. This in turn, will impact the rest of the world positively.Moreover, it could mean another stock market rally, which could raise share prices across the board, including the Rolls-Royce share price. A word of cautionMuch can still go wrong. The pandemic is not over. The threat of coronavirus variants still lurks. Further, RR’s financials are weak and will take their own time to recover. This adds to the fact that RR was in an uncertain place even earlier. Attractive as the Rolls-Royce share price might look for the near future, I would consider the downside too before making a long-term investment in the stock.
Saracens’ relegation has put the salary cap issue centre stage. Mark Evans, a former DoR at the club, warns that the problem will recur unless the whole system is overhauled Mark Evans: “The salary cap hasn’t worked well. The governance model needs fixing”The plight of Saracens has dominated the game’s news agenda since the reigning Premiership and European champions were docked 35 points and fined £5.4m in early November. That punishment, for breaching salary cap regulations in each of the three previous seasons, escalated last week because of the club’s failure to take action to comply with the cap this season. They were relegated from the Premiership, prompting renewed demands for the publication of the report into Saracens’ offences.That document, running to 103 pages, was released yesterday and contains heavy criticism of Saracens from Premiership Rugby’s salary cap manager Andrew Rogers – click here for a report summary by the BBC.The events of the past week have highlighted the need for change at Premiership Rugby and make points made in this Mark Evans column from late last year even more pertinent…Club in crisis: the Saracens success story has ground to a halt and flagged up unresolved issues (Getty)The furore surrounding the decision to fine Saracens more than £5m and dock them 35 points (and now relegate them) has tended to obscure the fact that, ever since its inception in 1998, the salary cap has not operated well, writes Mark Evans.As an unashamed proponent of a range of equalisation policies, such as a closed league, collective bargaining agreement and differential funding, as well as a flat salary cap linked to average club revenue, it gives me no pleasure to record that. Unless a salary cap is part of an integrated, multifaceted, mutually reinforcing set of policies it will never be highly effective.I can barely remember a time when one or another of the Premiership clubs were not generally felt by their fellow teams to be breaking or getting around the cap. It indicates that the salary cap has been honoured more in the breach than the observance.Indeed, a pattern has been repeated again and again. The cycle begins with the setting of a new cap level, followed by a few seasons during which costs stabilise and revenues rise. After this period of relative stability, a few clubs feel they can spend more and most clubs feel they have no choice but to follow their example if they wish to remain competitive.In charge: Mark Evans watches a Saracens game in 1997, when he was the club’s director of rugby (Getty)Soon after a breach is discovered (usually through a whistle-blower), a ‘deal’ involving an amnesty is done behind closed doors, which also includes the introduction of a higher cap level in order to ensure no club has to move players on. Then the whole cycle starts again. TAGS: Saracens The only difference this time is that it appears there was no appetite for an internal settlement – too close in time to the 2015 ‘deal’ perhaps? Patience seems to have worn a little thin; so soon after everyone agreed that this time it really would be different.Competitors and probably many of the rugby public looked at a squad containing nine players in the World Cup final line-ups, plus various other international players, and thought: “That can’t be done within the spirit of the regulations we all agreed upon”, regardless of the undoubted excellence of the pathway system and culture at Allianz Park.Witness the vehement reactions of many clubs when the news broke. There is a real sense of anger amongst many of them that it has all happened again, never mind whether the breaches were intentional or not.But if all that comes out of all this is that one club cops it, then it is only a matter of time before it happens again. The real thing that needs fixing is the governance model. To expect a group of clubs to self-police, which is what has happened to date, is naïve in the extreme.Rocked: Nigel Wray stepped down as Saracens chairman soon after the scandal broke (Getty Images)They are competitive organisations looking for competitive advantage; coupled with the fact that most club owners are entrepreneurial in nature and tend to be somewhat suspicious of regulations, even those looking to ensure competitive balance and uncertainty of outcome. This in-built resistance is exacerbated whenever a new owner who has not had to suffer the losses of the past two decades enters the league.What the Premiership requires is an independent board or commission, with a much more powerful chief executive whose remit is the commercial success of the league as a whole and not the interests or otherwise of individual clubs and chairmen.Only then will the club game in England get away from its slavish adherence to an inappropriate football-type model and adopt a structure which can actually grow the reach and value of the league whilst ensuring the cumulative losses of the club owners do not continue to mount. If such change could be facilitated, possibly by CVC, then some real good might come out of this rather predictable tale. Self-inflicted wounds: Saracens have been relegated for breaching salary cap regulations (AFP/Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This column originally appeared in the January 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Shock to the system: Sarries fans will have to get used to watching second-tier rugby next season (Getty)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Howard Lake | 27 October 2015 | News 394 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 393 total views, 1 views today Benefiting charitiesAfter you have deposited your money, you will be asked if you would like to donate some, or all of your money to one of Fourex’s charity partners.These are:• London Transport Museum• Unicef• Ellenor• Guide Dogs• the Stroke Association• Railway Children.You can either round up, donate all of your money, or share your deposit between all six charities. Your money goes directly to the charity you have chosen.There is no fee to process coins donated to charities. The total value of your transaction as displayed is donated to the charity of your choice.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsWXQPwZMv4[/youtube] The first Fourex machine is at London’s Kings Cross. The first in a range of automated foreign currency conversion machines opened in London’s King’s Cross yesterday, and included the option to donate the money to six charities.Fourex claims that UK citizens are holding on to up to £3 billion in foreign currency coins and notes. We can’t exchange coins at banks, and low value notes are often not worth the transaction charge. Yet UK residents make 58 million trips abroad each year, and 33 million tourists visit the UK, so the unrealised value of this small change continues to grow.This is why Fourex has produced a self-service machine that can handle the conversion of over 150 currencies. You simply pour the coins and notes in – there i no need to sort them first because the machine can recognise coins in one tenth of a second – and you then receive the converted cash.You can choose to receive your money in pounds, dollars or euros. How does Fourex make money?Fourex’s machines charge no commission or fee, just “competitive exchange rates”. These are updated daily and displayed on the side of the machine. It buys and sells currency into the market. Old currenciesYou can also use the machine to convert out of circulation currency, like pesetas and deutschmarks. The same applies to old UK currency too. Advertisement Tagged with: Donated goods Finance Money Other charities?The machines do not let you donate to other charities, just those listed.However, the machines might prove useful to many other charities if they are the only way their supporters can convert unwanted foreign or old UK coins and notes into cash, which could then be donated to their favourite charity.Where are the machines?There is only one machine at launch, in London’s King’s Cross station. But Fourex have plans to install more in shopping malls, train stations, airports and cruise liners. Six charities to benefit from foreign coin and banknote conversion machines 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.
Fund managers aim to raise €1 million in Ireland Howard Lake | 25 November 2017 | News 86 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: corporate Ireland 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. Basis.point is supported by a very large voluntary effort from individuals and companies from all sectors of the investment fund industry supporting the board of directors, six committees and a steering group.To date commitments totalling over €710,000 have been made to five charities. The charity programmes supported are – Archways for a mentoring project for children, ELI for pre-school education in Dublin and Limerick, Suas numeracy for disadvantaged communities in Dublin, Foroige project to teach entrepreneurship in Cork and a Business in the Community project to improve school retention rates.According to the website of the Association, investment funds number nearly 7000 in Ireland with over €2 trillion in [email protected] thank you for helping make our work even more possible ?https://t.co/MmMJ28CWej— Suas (@SuasEdDev) November 13, 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 85 total views, 3 views today A fundraising initiative by the Irish fund industry hopes to reach the €1 million target next year.Basis.point is the fundraising and fund distribution arm of the Irish Funds Industry Association which was set up in 2013 to support educational programmes in Ireland. The Association includes many of the leading investment funds based in Ireland.Basis.point says its vision is to make a sustainable and tangible difference to those living in poverty, particularly young people, by supporting charities that focus on education. The organisation raises money through events such as golf classics, social events and donations from individuals.The charity’s efforts so far have built up an annualised donation ‘run rate’ in excess of €250,000 which it aims to increase to €300,000 by the end of this year.A fantastic example of the impact of collective giving and leadership on corporate giving #philanthropy for #impact…. https://t.co/cYuIqTwSHy— Philanthropy Ireland (@PhilanthropyIE) November 13, 2017 Advertisement
John CrawfordThere is now no justice for John Crawford III, the 22-year-old African-American youth killed on Aug. 5 in a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek, Ohio. A Greene County special grand jury did not indict Sgt. David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, both white police officers, in the fatal shooting of this father of two, and found their actions “justified.”The victim’s father, John Crawford Jr., denounced the grand jury’s Sept. 24 decision at a press conference the next day: “The officer went in and virtually shot him on sight. He did not have a chance.” (Associated Press, Sept. 25)On the night of Aug. 5, 24-year-old Ronald Ritchie, who is white, called 911 and said that a Black man was brandishing a gun and pointing it at people, including two children, in the Wal-Mart store. According to Salon, “Ritchie claimed the police told Crawford to drop the gun, twice, but Crawford, ‘decided to swing the rifle to the officers, pointing at them, and that’s when the officer shot him twice.’” (Sept. 26)Crawford’s family members, community residents and students demanded that Wal-Mart release the video of the shooting. However, it took a struggle to achieve this. Neither Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine nor Wal-Mart would release the video.The Ohio Student Association (OSA) organized demonstrations in Cleveland, a 200-person march to the Beavercreek police station and protests at DeWine’s office, calling for justice for Crawford and for the video to be made public. ColorOfChange.org reports that 60,000 people signed their petition demanding the video’s release.Finally, after the grand jury decision, the video was made public on Sept. 24.What it showed was horrific. Crawford was talking on his cell phone and walking around the store. He picked up an unloaded BB air rifle from a store shelf. He was pointing the toy gun at the ground, not at anyone. He was standing alone. Police came near him, yelling and shooting, hitting him twice. Crawford was on the ground within two minutes of police entering the store. He was still on the phone.Crawford’s last words to police were, “It’s not real,” stated Leecee Johnson, who was on the phone with Crawford. (Democracy Now!, Sept. 25)After seeing the video, John Crawford Jr. stressed, “It was an execution, no doubt about it. It was flat-out murder.” (Guardian, Sept. 7.)The coroner’s office has ruled Crawford’s death a homicide.Now, Ritchie, the 911 caller, has reversed his story, saying, “At no point did [Crawford] shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody.” (Guardian, Sept. 7) Some progressives insist that he, too, be prosecuted.The family’s attorney, Michael Wright, said, “It was an unarmed black man that got shot and killed in Wal-Mart, and we can’t hide from that.” (AP) He said that Ohio Attorney General DeWine and special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier had “clear bias” in favor of the police.Remember Michael Brown and John Crawford IIIActivists have the raised similarities to Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, and how local officials have dealt with both cases. ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson said the Ohio and Ferguson press conferences showed that “the decks were stacked against justice. … The video not being released, the political apparatus in Ohio had weeks to criminalize John Crawford in death, the same way that Michael Brown was criminalized in death.” (Democracy Now!)OSA organizer Prentiss Haney said that Brown’s death led to discussions about racism and close scrutiny of Crawford’s killing. “I think that race has always been a part of it, but I think Ferguson exploded it.” (AP, Sept. 26) Active in protests outside the grand jury sessions at the Xenia, Ohio, courthouse, Haney emphasized that this is “a national problem deeply rooted in racism that has plagued black and brown lives in our country.” (Guardian, Sept. 22)James Hayes, also of OSA, observed that the prosecutor didn’t really try to prosecute the police in Crawford’s death, but seemed to be justifying their decisions. “We understand we must push forward, and it only strengthens our resolve to fight for justice for John, his family, and to fight for true systemic change that will make sure that there are fewer and fewer John Crawfords,” he said. (Democracy Now!)The Crawford family is looking to the U.S. Justice Department to ascertain if their son’s civil rights were violated. Soon after the grand jury’s decision, the DOJ confirmed that it would carry out an “independent civil rights investigation” into Crawford’s killing. The family’s attorneys are examining other legal avenues as well.Racism was the cause of John Crawford III’s death. Will there be any justice for him?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
May 26, Boucau, France.Throughout France, 300,000 people poured into the streets on May 26 demanding withdrawal of a reactionary labor law recently rammed through the National Assembly. The law significantly weakens protections French workers have won through decades of struggle.This was the eighth day of nationally coordinated protests against the law within the last three months. The coalition of militant labor unions calling the demonstration included the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), Workers Force (FO), the Unitary Union Federation (FSU), Solidarity (Solidaire), the National Union of French Students (UNEF), the National High School Union (UNL) and the Independent and Democratic Federation of High Schools (FIDL).The coalition has issued a call for a single, nationwide demonstration in Paris on June 14, the day the French Senate takes up the law.The second largest French union, the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), has broken with most of the French labor movement, and is supporting the anti-worker law and the government.Besides protests in the street on May 26, there were numerous strikes, blockades and occupations. One group of marchers in Paris chanted: “All together, general strike! Who are the real hooligans? The state and the bosses.” (Telegram, May 26)In France, labor unions are permitted to strike over political issues.All eight French oil refineries were struck. Refinery workers, truck drivers, and dock and unemployed workers blockaded some fuel depots. Forty percent of France’s gas stations went dry, especially stations around Paris and those in the north and west.Dockworkers went out and French television pointedly showed tankers waiting offshore because they couldn’t be unloaded.Workers at France’s 19 nuclear power plants struck, which is their constitutional right. The workers did not shut down reactors or leave them unsafely attended. Instead, they dramatically reduced the power produced. The plants generate about 80 percent of French electricity.Air traffic controllers also struck, shutting down flights at key Paris airports. About a third of French train operators went out, severely limiting train traffic. Solidarity, the main union of Paris Metro subway system workers, called for an unlimited strike to start June 10 — the first day of the Euro 2016 soccer competition.Workers attract staunch supportDespite strikes, blockades, fuel shortages and protests disrupting the lives of millions, 65 to 72 percent of the French people support the protests and oppose the anti-worker law, according to the CGT.The government had pushed the law through the National Assembly without a vote, using an obscure procedure in the French Constitution. Had there been a vote, the law would most likely have lost, since the Socialist Party now running the French state is split, and many of its own members might have voted against it. Though this party calls itself “socialist,” it firmly defends the interests of the French capitalists and is actively intervening in the Middle East and Africa in tandem with U.S. imperialism.Jean Lassalle, from the small centrist party called MoDem, is a National Assembly member who did not get to vote on the new labor law because of the government’s no-vote maneuver. From the floor, Lassalle said: “I want to compliment the CGT for the actions which it has led. It takes a lot of courage to try to wake up a country which is asleep and living such a nightmare.” (Le Point, May 26)In a May 23 statement, the World Federation of Trade Unions said: “The WFTU expresses … its full solidarity with all workers in France, who are fighting against the ‘labor’ law of the Social-Democratic government of François Hollande.“The WFTU expresses its full and fraternal support to its affiliate, the FNIC-CGT, which strengthens the struggle of workers until the withdrawal of this unacceptable draft law.”In the U.S., the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, issued an April 28 statement: “We send our warmest internationalist greetings to the rising working class of France. We hail the upsurge of public and private sector unions, of unemployed, pensioners, students and immigrants, and of everyone who is under siege by the capitalist exploiters.”The largest group of Local 8751 members are originally from Haiti, home of a slave revolt in 1804 that drove out the French Empire.The workers and youth of France, led by the CGT, are waging a stubborn, up-or-down struggle against the French ruling class, which is a vicious, determined enemy that so far has refused to concede. Nevertheless, the workers have a real chance to win. Every act of solidarity is important.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Previous articleSGA hosts election watch party in the BLUU ballroomNext articleThe Skiff: November 9, 2016 (Election Issue) China Perkins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFew voters showed up to the Trinity Chapel in Fort Worth around lunchtime, where a group of women was holding their weekly Bible study in the church.The group of women varied in their selections for the presidential candidate. One woman said she voted for third-party candidate Gary Johnson; others mentioned they voted for major party candidates.One of them, however, based their decision on whether to vote around her faith.Karen Dennis, a member of the women’s Bible study at the church, said she did not vote in this election.“I can’t personally feel good about voting for either candidate,” Dennis said. “I know that God is in control of it no matter how it ends up, so I’m letting God take the reigns and not making the decision myself.”The 31-year-old said this was the first time she did not participate in a general election since she registered at the age of 18.“Not voting was a hard decision to come to,” Dennis said.One of Dennis’ major reasons for choosing not to vote was that she could not decide “the lesser of the two evils.”Dennis said whoever is elected will have major issues to face when taking office.“I’m not sure where the country is going, but we are all seeing a lot of what is wrong with the country that we weren’t necessarily seeing before,” Dennis said.Dennis said she doesn’t know where the future of the United States is headed, but she will rely on her faith to understand it.“I have hope that God will lead whichever candidate to be very active and make our country great again,” Dennis said. ReddIt Twitter This author does not have any more posts. Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis ReddIt Facebook China Perkins Linkedin TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Members of a Bible study at Trinity Chapel talk about how faith impacted their decision to vote — or not vote.(China Perkins/ TCU 360) Twitter TAGStext only Linkedin
WHILE there is an acceptance in Limerick that Minister Michael Noonan’s budget was not as tough as had been predicted, proposals to cut payments to the handicapped were met with anger by the Limerick Down Syndrome Associaton.And there are fears that hikes to the Drugs Payments scheme threshold could have serious consequences.The ministers decision not to increase personal tax bands was seen as a plus factor.Roger Kingston, chairman of the Limerick Down Syndrome Association, described as “outrageous,” cuts of up to 46 per cent in payment to the handicapped.“We’ll march in the streets – this country is morally bankrupt if we allow this to happen”.However, it has emerged that the Government, following nationwide outcry on the issue, have agreed to push the ‘pause’ button.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up St Vincent de Paul welcomed the fact that welfare payments were not cut but are concerned about the cumulative effect of other measures.Regional president, Michael Murphy, says: “Cutting the fuel allowance is a nasty one. There are houses in this city where the only source of heat is still a fire in the front room”. Increased petrol costs, car-tax and VAT are all burdens which could push struggling earners over the brink, he added. “There are many families seeking our help already even though there is a working parent – people on lower wages are being very badly hit”.Padraig Malone, Limerick Resource Centre for the Unemployed, said that much is being made of not cutting the basic welfare rate.“But they are paying it for five days now instead of six and they have cut so many important supports that unemployed people are going to be worse off,” he said.Maire McConn, pharmacist at Hogan’s in Upper William Street, says the increase in the Drugs Payment Scheme threshold from €120 to €132 a month will prompt people with long-term conditions to stop taking medication.“The preventative inhalers are very expensive and while the relievers for Asthma cost just a few euro, people will buy the cheaper versiond”.And warning that this could have tragic consequences, Jean Houlihan of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “Relievers are cheaper but they are not treating the condition. We have more people in Ireland suffering from Asthma than there are people signing on the Live Register”. Jim Prior, manager of the Southill Family Resource, centre warned that changes in payments to lone parents will cause huge difficulties. “Here in Southill we have the highest rate of lone parents in the city. Now, when the youngest child turns seven, they revert to jobseekers allowance but the real problem will be affordable childcare for a seven- year- old if the parent takes up a course or gets work “. Previous articleRestorative Justice Project focuses on needs of victims and offendersNext articleIncreased spending crucial to economy admin Linkedin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Email NewsLocal NewsLocal groups hit out at budget cutsBy admin – December 8, 2011 622 Print Twitter
Top StoriesBJP Leader Moves Plea In Supreme Court For Removal Of Party Symbols In EVMs Live Law News Network29 Oct 2020 6:02 AMShare This – xBJP leader Ashwini Upadhyaya has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to use the name, age, qualification and photograph of contesting candidates on ballots and Electronic Voting Machines instead of symbols of political parties. The plea states that this is to secure equal opportunity to all contesting candidates in…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?LoginBJP leader Ashwini Upadhyaya has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to use the name, age, qualification and photograph of contesting candidates on ballots and Electronic Voting Machines instead of symbols of political parties. The plea states that this is to secure equal opportunity to all contesting candidates in spirit of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution of India, which enshrine the fundamental rights to equality, prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and right to life, respectively. Amongst others, the petition pleads the Supreme Court to declare that the use of party symbol on EVMs unconstitutional, to declare that the words ‘and symbol’ occurring in Rule 49B(4)(a) of the Conduct of Election Rules 1961, are contrary to Articles 14, 15, and 21 are unconstitutional and therefore void. The plea states that “nearly 43% MPs have criminal cases pending against them”, and that “out of 542 winners analyzed after 2014 election, 185 (34%) had declared criminal cases against themselves and out of 543 winners analyzed after 2009 LokSabha election, 162 (30%) had declared criminal cases against themselves”. Citing the “increase of 44% in the number of Loksabha MPs with declared criminal cases against themselves since 2009”, the petitioner states that “the root cause of this bizarre situation is the use of political party symbol on Ballot Paper and EVM.” The petition further states that there is also a violation of the Oath of Affirmation which a legislator is required to take under Schedule III of the Constitution of India, in which he swears to faithfully discharge his duty. It states that a convicted or imprisoned legislator cannot discharge his duty fully or faithfully, as it demands full-time involvement. Stating that the political party symbol on the ballot and EVM, leads to “confusion” for the voter and leads to the wrong casting of vote, the petition says that political parties have hijacked the democratic process and also engage in “stock-piling of black money, benami properties” transactions, etc “by selling the political party symbol to looters and criminals.” The petition pushes forth the argument that the Constitution framers didn’t feel the need of political party/symbols, which is why the Constitution does not mention them, however, the current system of voting has deviated to revolve solely around party symbols. This, the petition contends, is jeopardizing the democratic process of free and fair voting which is the basis of the Indian democracy. It also contends that the current system does not help to fight “menaces” like corruption, casteism, communalism, regionalism, nepotism, etc. Interestingly, on the aspect of education of legislators, the petition states that “to have a legislator who didn’t even go to college/university in (the) 21st century is unfathomable.” Stating that while the Indian Constitution has provisions to make MPs accountable through Articles 102 (disqualification of MP if he holds an “Office of Profit”), anti-defection under Schedule X, Article 101 (seat to be declared vacant on absence from meetings for more than 60 days without permission), etc. currently, there is no provision prescribing a minimum qualification and maximum age limit for contesting election, which was a gap in the law. Therefore, the petition prays for the publishing of the age & qualification of the candiates on EVMs, stating that the move will strengthen our democracy.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Story