Oddschecker Group acquires WhoScored.com

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Marketing & affiliates 20th September 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address Oddschecker Global Media, the affiliate marketing subsidiary of the The Stars Group-owned Sky Betting and Gaming, has struck a deal to acquire football statistics portal WhoScored.com.Under the deal, Oddschecker will have access to WhoScored’s data from 500 football leagues, 15,000 teams and 250,000 players and its proprietary player rating algorithm.Toby Bentall, chief executive officer of Oddschecker Global Media, said WhoScored’s popularity in Oddschecker’s target regions was a major reason for the deal.“I am delighted to welcome the WhoScored team to Oddschecker Global Media,” Bentall said. “WhoScored.com is a well-established site with a fantastic product and brand which draws a strong audience in our key target territories.“The acquisition will enhance our strong product offering while the integration will allow WhoScored to leverage our core strengths, thereby delivering growth to both businesses.” Cristiano Acconci, founder and chief executive of WhoScored, added that the joint popularity of both companies among football fans made the deal ideal for WhoScored.“I am thrilled that WhoScored will be joining Oddschecker,” Acconci said. “We share the same passion of serving football fans around the world with outstanding content.“Their global presence, innovative technology and extensive commercial experience makes them the perfect partner to help accelerate WhoScored’s growth. The team looks forward to developing the product further while leveraging the talent of our new colleagues.” Oddschecker Global Media, the affiliate marketing subsidiary of the The Stars Group-owned Sky Betting and Gaming, has struck a deal to acquire football statistics portal WhoScored.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Oddschecker Group acquires WhoScored.com Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports bettinglast_img read more

Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Letlole La Rona Limited (LETL.bw) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgLetlole La Rona Limited (LETL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Letlole La Rona Limited (LETL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Letlole La Rona Limited (LETL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Letlole La Rona Limited (LETL.bw)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileLetlole La Rona Limited, listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, is a real estate development and management company that owns and operates commercial and industrial properties in Botswana which includes hotels, warehouses and factories. The focus of the company property portfolio is on industrial properties. Letlole La Rona Limited has thirteen industrial properties in its portfolio; as well as Moedi House which is a commercial property; Shoppers which is retail property; Red Square which is a residential development; and four hospitality properties which are Bosele Hotel, President Hotel, Cresta Lodge and Thapama Lodge. Letlole La Rona Limited is a subsidiary of Botswana Development Corporation Limited.last_img read more

Give free fivers to charity, say Liverpool shoppers

first_imgGive free fivers to charity, say Liverpool shoppers Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropy Alphacare bear gives a hug Howard Lake | 24 December 2008 | News Liverpool care company Alphacare Northwest has discovered that you can’t always give money away.In its first “Random Acts of Care Day”, dozens of life-sized Alphacare bears handed out cash to passers-by in Liverpool One. However they found that many people refused to accept the fivers on offer, asking for the money to be donated to charity instead.Managing Director Tony Williams said: “We had thousands of pounds worth of five pound notes to give to shoppers as part of our own random act of care and to reward anyone who was kind to a stranger. But many people refused to accept anything, asking for the money to be donated to charity instead”.As a result, Alphacare Northwest will be donating £900 to Everton in the Community.The Random Acts of Care Day on 18 December, received backing from celebrities including TV entertainer Les Dennis, Everton player Marouane Fellaini and Hollyoaks actors Carly Stenson and John Pickard.Alphacare Northwest said that they planned to make it an annual event.www.alphacarenw.co.ukcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  38 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Wheelchair challenge creates a sense of empathy for Fort Worth Country Day students

first_imgFacebook Facebook Aardvark closes, Christ Chapel relocates ReddIt Michelle Ross is a senior Journalism and Communication Studies double major from Austin, Texas. When she is not in the newsroom, she loves to dance, go on random adventures and pet dogs on campus. Michelle Ross Classroom technology frustrates faculty, students + posts Linkedin Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ 41st Jazz Festival gives guest musicians a chance to perform Twittercenter_img ReddIt Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ Linkedin Previous articleNew rules and procedures in place for residents speaking at council meetingsNext articleStudents, faculty and administration seek to improve TCU experience for students of color Michelle Ross RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printTwo wheelchairs roll down the halls of Fort Worth Country Day, but not for the same reason.One chair is for Strother Norman, a fifth grader who was paralyzed at the age of five, while the other chair allows his classmates and faculty to get a sense of what it’s like getting around in a wheelchair. “I wanted to let others know what it felt like,” Strother said. He called it “The Strother Challenge.” He said he got the idea for the challenge when he outgrew his old wheelchair and decided to donate the old one to his school.Here’s how the challenge works:Strother ChallengeVenngage InfographicsThe accidentFive years ago, Strother was riding in the car with his grandfather coming home from his ranch when their vehicle flipped in a one-car accident, Strother’s mother, Blythe Norman, said. “The last thing I remember was sitting in my car seat looking out the window,” Strother said. “Then the accident happened. I woke up, my legs were in the air and I was on the other side of the car.” Quickly after the accident, a helicopter transported him to Cook Children’s Medical Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he reunited with his mother.“I was so happy he survived,” Norman said. “We didn’t think he would make it for awhile because he was very weak.”At the intensive care unit, doctors determined the accident caused Strother to have a spinal cord injury at his T3 and L3 vertebrae. Additionally, he had no spinal cord function below the T2 vertebrae, which meant he was paralyzed from the chest down. When Norman first received the news about her son, she said she was in complete shock. “I had a hard time visualizing what life would be like in a wheelchair for Strother, so I had to do a lot of research and reach out to a lot of people,” Norman said.For the next 44 days, Strother stayed in ICU where multiple doctors performed four surgeries throughout his stay. After the four surgeries, Strother and his mother traveled to The Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago for rehabilitation.During August and September of 2012, he worked on strengthening his muscles and learning how to maneuver in a wheelchair. “One exercise I did was sitting on a bubble thing and reaching for a person’s hands over and over,” Strother said. After two months of rehabilitation, Strother said he returned to Fort Worth Country Day to join his kindergarten class. Fours years later, Strother began “The Strother Challenge.”What The Strother Challenge participants thoughtToday, several students and faculty members have completed “The Strother Challenge.” After participants finish their school day in the wheelchair, they are required to journal about their experience.The fifth Strother Challenge participant was Strother’s friend Hardie Tucker.“We’ve known each other for six years and Strother powers through everything,” Tucker said. “I wanted to sign up for the challenge because I wanted to know what it felt like to be Strother. I didn’t want to take my legs for granted.”During his day in the wheelchair, Tucker said he realized how hard the challenge was when he maneuvered between classes. “You’re about to go down the stairs and then you realize you are in the wheelchair and have to turn around to find a ramp or an elevator,” he said. “It’s frustrating at first, but once you get the ropes of it it’s fun.” Mason Harper, another challenge participant, said, “I was jealous of everyone trying the wheelchair, so I signed up.”Before the challenge, Strother taught Harper how to turn in the chair, how to go up hills and ask for help whenever he needed it, Harper said.“It’s frustrating at first because you want to turn one way, but it goes the other way,” he said.During Harper’s day in the wheelchair, he said navigating around the classroom was more difficult than he imagined. “One of my teachers had the desks really close, so my classmates had to move the desks around for me to get to my seat,” he said. “I didn’t realize how narrow things could be in the chair.”Norman said she had the opportunity to read other journal entries from other participants, both students and faculty members. “A lot of kids said they had shoulder pain, backpacks were in the way and that lunch was trickier to get around,” she said. On the other hand, Norman said she noticed the adults found the challenge more emotional than physical because they struggled to accomplish things themselves and had to ask for help. “Asking for help is something Strother deals with every day,” she said. “But the reality is that he’s strong and he’s accomplished so much on his own already.”Even though Strother will be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Norman said her job as his mother is to not help him, but teach him to be independent. “Strother is going to go to college, get a degree, start his own family and have a career,” she said. “He’s outgrowing the memories of the accident, which is good because he’s surrounded by a supportive community. Strother is resilient”. “I’m grateful not to be in this, but I’m glad Strother doesn’t let his spinal cord injury affect his life,” Harper said. “He just acts and goes along with his regular day and I’m pretty happy for him about that.” Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Rec center app aims to make scheduling workouts easier Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Acid threat against journalist

first_img Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest RSF_en BulgariaEurope – Central Asia News Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked to learn that two men walked up to journalist Maria Nikolayeva’s office in the weekly Politika on 9 February and threatened to throw acid in her face if she continued to write about a real estate development project in the Strandzha national park, Bulgaria’s largest protected area.A story by Nikolayeva and Burgas-based journalist Assen Yordanov headlined “The crusade against Strandzha” had just been published in that day’s issue. After eluding the magazine’s security, the two men told her: “You know full well that you shouldn’t write things like this. And you know what happens to curious journalists, they get acid thrown at them.”“We are outraged by the use of this type of threat, especially as there have been terrible precedents in Bulgaria,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fight against corruption is a fundamental issue that Bulgaria faces and the authorities, including the European authorities must urgently mobilise all available resources to combat these criminal practices.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call on the Bulgarian police authorities to take this situation seriously and to act in accordance with their responsibilities.”After reporting the incident to the police, Nikolayeva went ahead and wrote her planned follow-up story, which was published on 16 February. The issue containing the story was not however distributed in Burgas – the administrative centre of the region where Stradzha is located – as an unidentified person bought up all the available copies from the distributor in Burgas.Nikolayeva told Reporters Without Borders she had been very scared but as a journalist she had no choice but to publish the second part of her investigative report. Asked about the frequency of this kind of intimidation in Bulgaria, she said journalists unfortunately had to face it quite often.Sulphuric acid was thrown at Anna Zarkova of the Troud daily newspaper at a bus-stop on 11 May 1998 after she received threats about her coverage of forced prostitution and different kinds of trafficking. She still works as a journalist. to go further News Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Bulgaria Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the use of this kind of threat, although there are terrible precedents in this country. The Bulgarian and European authorities must deploy all the available resources to put an end to criminal practices of this nature. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive February 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Acid threat against journalist December 2, 2020 Find out more BulgariaEurope – Central Asia News News February 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 10, 2021 Find out more Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedomlast_img read more

Foreclosures Down, But Delinquencies Up In August

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Nationwide foreclosures are down both monthly and annually, but mortgage loan delinquencies are up month-over-month in August, according to the Black Knight Financial Services Mortgage Monitor released earlier in the week.In its August 2014 data summary included in the report, Black Knight indicated a nationwide foreclosure inventory rate of 1.80 percent, meaning that 1.80 percent of all residential mortgage loans were in some state of foreclosure in August. This number represented a decline of 2.80 percent from July and 33 percent from August 2013.Black Knight also reported the number of foreclosure starts in August declined by 10 percent from July and by 24 percent year-over-year. The number of nationwide foreclosure starts has dropped from about 107,000 in August 2013 to about 81,000 in August 2014. A foreclosure start is defined as “any active loan that was not in foreclosure in the prior month that moves into foreclosure inventory in the current month.”The mortgage loan delinquency rate was reported at 5.9 percent for August, according to Black Knight’s report, meaning that 5.9 percent of all mortgage loans in the nation were delinquent that month. A delinquent loan is defined as one that 30 or more days late on a payment.The percentage of delinquent loans has dropped from 6.20 percent in August 2013, but experienced a 4.68 percent increase from July after an up and down year. It was the fifth time in the last 12 months the delinquency rate experienced a month-over-month increase, according to Black Knight.The nation’s serious delinquency rate, which is the percentage of mortgages that are either 90 days late on their payment or in foreclosure, dropped slightly from 4.10 percent in July to 4.05 percent in August. The serious delinquency rate has been declining slowly but surely each month for 11 months after a slight uptick from 5.22 percent in August 2013 to 5.26 percent in August 2014, according to Black Knight. Black Knight Financial Services Delinquent Mortgage Loans Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosure Starts Foreclosures Serious Delinquency Rate 2014-10-07 Brian Honea Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services Delinquent Mortgage Loans Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosure Starts Foreclosures Serious Delinquency Rate Previous: RedVision Names EVP For Sales, Marketing Next: Fannie Mae: Consumers Growing More Optimistic Toward Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosures Down, But Delinquencies Up In August Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosures Down, But Delinquencies Up In August The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 7, 2014 1,134 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Home help restrictions must be re-assessed in forthcoming budget – Cope

first_img Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath By admin – August 10, 2016 WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Home help restrictions must be re-assessed in forthcoming budget – Cope Facebookcenter_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSinead Jennings back in Olympic action todayNext articleSearch for missing singer stepped up as gardai appeal to public not to get involved admin A Donegal Deputy is urging the Government to increase the hours of Home Help Service which is provided to elderly and vulnerable people.Currently the time allocated to Home Helpers to carry out various work is 30 minutes a day.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says the number of people aged over 65 next will double over the next 20 years with those over 85 increasing even more.He says it’s imperative Budget 2017 must take take these statisitics into account and consider our future elderly……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/copehomehelp.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

New vaccines for babies born after October this year

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook New vaccines for babies born after October this year Google+ Two new vaccines are being made available to babies born after the first of October this year, with the first being administered next week.The new vaccines are intended to immunise children against  and Men B, and are additional to vaccines which are already given.On today’s Shaun Doherty Show, Donegal based Public Health Specialist Dr Anthony Breslin outlined what the new vaccines entail…Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/breslinweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Previous articleRecycled jewellery made in Portsalon to be showcased in Dublin next weekNext articleSeveral people taken to hospital following collison admin Twitter By admin – November 23, 2016 last_img read more

COVID-19 : J&K HC Passes Slew Of Directions For Protection Of Health Workers, Compliance Of Lockdown Guidelines

first_imgNews UpdatesCOVID-19 : J&K HC Passes Slew Of Directions For Protection Of Health Workers, Compliance Of Lockdown Guidelines Nilashish Chaudhary4 April 2020 7:26 AMShare This – xThe Jammu And Kashmir High Court on Friday dealt with a batch of petitions and passed various orders regarding several issues of governance during the nationwide lockdown. A Bench comprising of Chief Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal conducted the proceedings via video conference. Details regarding those orders are as follows:-The Bench suggested that associations of…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 Jammu And Kashmir High Court on Friday dealt with a batch of petitions and passed various orders regarding several issues of governance during the nationwide lockdown. A Bench comprising of Chief Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal conducted the proceedings via video conference. Details regarding those orders are as follows:-The Bench suggested that associations of healthcare professionals could nominate some of its members who are well versed with the ground realities and requirements for relief thereof to join in discussions with the authorities to jointly take decisions for dealing with the crisis presented by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Education has been directed to consider these suggestions and inform the Court of its decision.Further, addressing the contingency that the personnel engaged in the treatment of COVID-19 patients are working well beyond their scheduled hours, the Bench asked the administration to consider keeping canteens and kitchens in all medical institutions open 24 hours to ensure necessities are always available to these personnel. It was also suggested that the involvement of NGOs and citizen volunteers could be considered. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Education is now to consider these suggestions and take steps accordingly.This concern of providing basic essentials was extended to the families of the healthcare personnel by the Court, which recorded that “in order to ensure the full attention of the personnel addressing COVID-19 issues, it is necessary that they be kept free of any personal tensions and needs.” So to ensure the optimum response of people addressing COVID-19 issues, be it healthcare personnel, government personnel or other officials so engaged, it was suggested that a body or a network of people be created to attend to the needs of family members or dependents of these personnel. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Education has been directed to file a report on the action taken in this regard.The Court then emphasized on the need to prepare the public for the removal of lockdown restrictions. Though it cannot be said what the situation will be around April 14 (the last scheduled day of the lcokdown), the Court asserted that information regarding permissible conduct in case of any removal of restrictions must be disseminated forthwith. “It is therefore imperative to prepare the public about the permissible conduct upon removal of the restrictions (partial or complete); progression of the COVID-19 virus infection and life of the virus; possibility of carriers existing and infecting despite the lockdown and all related information…It is essential that widespread dissemination of the above information using all mediums as are available.” In this light, the Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Director, Information Department and Member Secretary, JK State Legal Services Authority were directed to immediately take appropriate steps towards the same, and the action plan be submitted to the Court by the Director of the Information Department.Moving on, in light of several complaints over safety measures provided to healthcare professionals, the Department of Health and Medical Education has been asked to apprise the Court of the availability of personal protection equipment for the safety of all healthcare workers.Taking up the issue of decongestion of prisons, as per the suo motu cognizance taken by the Supreme Court, it is informed that an order of the High Power Committee notifying the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Suspension of Sentence Rules, 2020′ has been received by the Court. In furtherance of the same, the Court has directed these rules, on categories of prisoners to be released on parole and the manner in which the same is to be executed, to be implemented at the earliest. To facilitate the same, it has been directed that steps to ensure special parole to prisoners must be taken on a priority basis and the orders must be complied with by the District Courts. Before the next date, the Court has sought a compliance report from the Member Secretary of JKSLSA. The Court has further asked the High Power Committee to view with urgency some aspects that have been raised as allegedly overlooked in this regard. With regard to residents of Jammu&Kashmir and Ladakh who are lodged in prisons in other States, the Additional Advocate General has been directed to file a report on their condition before the next hearing.Addressing the issue of safety and violence faced by healthcare professionals and establishments, the Court notes that these are matters which “would need critical attention of the Central Government as well as the Governments of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh…We may note that it is only after appropriate legislations has been put in place that the aspect of its enforcement would also require to be strictly monitored.” In its order, the Court has recorded that a Draft Bill on violence against the healthcare professionals and establishments was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 8th March 2019 but did not result in a law. It further notes that 19 States have enacted their own specific laws in this regard. Owing to the importance of the issue, a copy of the order is to be placed before the Home Secretary and Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Central Government, in addition to the Secretaries Home and Secretaries Health and Medical Education of the UTs of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.The Secretary, Health and Medical Education has been directed to examine the probable impact of implementing a recent High Court order directing the felling of certain Poplar trees. It has been argued that pollen/seeds, released by Poplar trees, would remain in the air for many days wreaking havoc by causing respiratory diseases. If on examination, this is found to be correct, immediate remedial action is to be taken.The Bench stated that it would examine a report about the status of the provision of permanent infrastructure for Juvenile Justice Boards and Observation Homes “after the current crisis ends”. In the meantime, it was directed that the facilities be maintained efficiently.Taking up a matter involving the welfare of an Indian, Gurkirat Singh Sekhon, in USA the Court noted that a detailed report of the action taken by the Indian Consulate at New York had been received from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). This report contained the steps taken for the safety of Indian nationals abroad along with the proposed plan of action depending on change of situation. Satisfied with the same, the Bench was pleased to record its appreciation for the efforts of the MEA. “We have no manner of doubt that the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi is deeply concerned with the safety and well-being of all Indian nationals abroad and is doing its utmost possible to ensure the same… We would fail in our duty if we do not record our deep appreciation for the tremendous efforts of the Indian Consulate in New York City and the Embassy of India at Washington DC as also the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi in prioritising and addressing all concerns of Indian nationals who are in the United States of America.”Apropos a plea regarding pilgrims stranded at the Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra, the lawyer for the shrine submitted a report informing the Court that 400 stranded pilgrims from Bihar were camping at a temple opposite the railway station in Jammu, and not in Katra anymore. It was further informed that their boarding and lodging was being looked after by the district administration, that the Shrine Board was in touch with local administration to ensure the pilgrims’ well-being and that a 600 bed facility had been provided to the district administration free of cost at Katra to serve this purpose. Satisfied with this, the Court decided that no further action on its part was required and disposed off the matter. A report regarding video conferencing facilities in the Court was directed to be forwarded to the Registrar (IT) for examination. The Bench will look into this issue on the next date of hearing.Given that authorities face difficulties in identifying those who have come in contact with COVID-19 infected persons, the Court emphasized the ‘imperative need’ for information of public gatherings to be readily available to authorities. In this light, concerned authorities were urged to consider “the feasibility of installation of CCTVs with or without online access to monitor such gatherings.Click here to download orderRead 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