Crown Resorts receives AUS$3bn funding proposal from Oaktree

first_img19th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Australia Crown added that it is yet to form a view on the merits of the proposal, with its board now set to commence a process to assess the offer, while the operator also said there is no certainty the offer will result in a transaction. Australian integrated resort operator Crown Resorts has received a proposal from alternative investment management firm Oaktree Capital Management to provide up to AUS$3.0bn (£1.67bn/€1.94bn/US$2.32bn) in funding for a share buy-back programme. Email Address The proposal was submitted from a company on behalf of funds managed and advised by Oaktree Capital Management. However, if none of these conditions to cancel the deal arise, the acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021. Crown Resorts receives AUS$3bn funding proposal from Oaktree According to Crown, the proposal is unsolicited, preliminary, non-binding and indicative proposal, and would be subject to shareholder approval, with no votes needing to be cast in favour by CPH or its associates. Last week, it was revealed that Blackstone had altered its bid to acquire Crown, so that the deal would not go ahead if either of Crown’s existing licences are suspended or its New South Wales licence is not granted. Crown said the funds would be used to buy back some or all of its shares from investment holding business Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), which currently holds approximately 37% of all shares in the operator. Blackstone may also withdraw its bid if “any of the gaming regulatory authorities imposes terms or conditions on Crown or any of its current or foreshadowed casino licences or framework agreements which, when combined, constitute a material adverse change” to Crown’s business, or if the regulators signal that such conditions are likely. Tags: Crown Resorts Oaktree Topics: Finance The offer comes at a time when Crown is thetarget of a takeover bid from private equity giant Blackstone. Last month, Blackstone offered AUS$8.02bn to acquire the remaining 90.1% of shares in Crown, having already acquired 9.99% of the business in April 2020. In its new bid conditions, Blackstone made clear that suspension, revocation or failure to receive a licence in its New South Wales, Victoria or Western Australia would be grounds to cancel the deal. The operator was the subject of an inquiry in New South Wales found that Crown was “unsuitable” to operate a casino in the Barangaroo district of Sydney, though it may still receive a license if it undergoes some changes. This report then prompted inquiries in Victoria and Western Australia, where Crown already operates. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Financelast_img read more

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BGC hits out at Lords’ “economically daft” reform proposals

first_imgBGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “We welcome the government’s gambling review and we are confident that Ministers will make sensible decisions for the future that are based on serious evidence, rather than the fantasy figures contained in this report. Other proposals in the report included a ban on gambling operators’ direct sponsorship in sports – which Dugher claims will only “drive people to the black market” – classifying loot boxes as gambling, and establishing a mandatory levy to fund research, education and treatment. 26th May 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui According to today’s report, the regulatory reforms proposed would see gaming industry profits reduced by up to £974m, but would see the money diverted to other sectors, which the report argues would boost the economy more than gambling spend. Topics: Casino & games Esports Legal & compliance Sports betting Casino regulation Online casino Slots esports betting esports regulation Regulation Problem gambling Responsible gambling Horse racing Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation “And the idea that somehow restricting betting would create more jobs is economically daft and frankly for the birds.” Tags: Betting and Gaming Council Peers for Gambling Reform AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “The dream of anti-gambling prohibitionists has always been to somehow force people not to gamble or to gamble less, just because they don’t like betting. A minority of peers may look down their noses at the millions of working people who enjoy a bet, but the truth is that the overwhelming majority do so perfectly safely. Email Address Regions: Europe UK & Ireland The Betting and Gaming Council has slammed a Peers for Gambling Reform report published today, with chief executive Michael Dugher arguing its assessments are “economically daft” and the work of “prohibitionists”. Although critical of the report, Dugher said the BGC remains open to change within the industry and said he hoped the document would lead to constructive reform. Regulation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter BGC hits out at Lords’ “economically daft” reform proposals “We 100 per cent committed to change and we hope that the White Paper will lead to a package of reforms that continue recent significant improvements in safer gambling. “Furthermore, our members are spending £100m on research, education and treatment of problem gambling, as well as £10m on the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention programme.” The report acts as a follow-up to the Gambling Harm – Time for Action report first published in 2020, in which peers proposed changes such as stake limits and a ban on gambling sports sponsorship. The new document – through research by Nera Economic Consulting – attempts to work out the economic impact of those reforms.last_img read more

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NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgNCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Camelot Ghana Limited (CMLT.gh) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgCamelot Ghana Limited (CMLT.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Camelot Ghana Limited (CMLT.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Camelot Ghana Limited (CMLT.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Camelot Ghana Limited (CMLT.gh)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCamelot Ghana Limited is a security printing company involved in the design, processing, printing and finishing of security print orders, business forms and documents and identity products. The company provides a service to governmental departments, financial institutions and multi-national organisations. Security stationary issued by Camelot Ghana Limited ranges from cheque books and banker’s drafts to share certificates, dividend warrants and lottery tickets. The company produces continuous and cut sheet stationary for insurance company forms, optical character recognition (OCR) forms, pre-prints for laser printers, listing paper and airline boarding passes. Company printing solutions range from magstripe encoded cards to UV cured cards, access control cards and ID cards. Government printing solutions for range from council tax forms to utility billing cards, electoral ballot papers and revenue collection tickets. Subsidiaries of Camelot Ghana Limit offer services ranging from holograms, holosealing, embossed hotfoiling to watermarked cheque paper, chemically-sensitive security paper, solvent sensitive inks, tri-thermochromic inks and microtext printing. Camelot Ghana Limited services governments and institutions in Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Benin, Côte d ´Ivoire, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The company headquarters are in Accra, Ghana. Camelot Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Faith and music take center stage at Festival

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Musical talent overcomes cold weather with fiery performancesGospel music fans are clearly a hearty bunch. They braved the rain, wind and frigid conditions at the Apopka Amphitheater where temperatures fell into the 40’s to attend the Apopka Family, Food and Faith Festival, and although it wasn’t in the name, music was king.The first annual event co-sponsored by the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance and the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance braved the inclement weather conditions, and despite other events in Central Florida cancelling because of the rain and cold temperatures, the Festival pushed past in a strong showing of faith.“You sat through the rain and the cold,” said Ellis Feaster. “And now the payoff comes.”Feaster and his wife Hope (from radio station G106.3) co-hosted and emceed the event.“Are you ready to get your praise on?” She asked the crowd as RJ4L took the stage.“I’m waking up I see the light now Now, in my heart I’m feeling hopeful-ful Lord I thank you for your grace now Cause it shines down”RJ4L from the song “Live It Up” RJ4L is an urban Christian pop group who warmed up the crowd with several songs from their LP “Limitless”. The Kissimmee trio’s smooth style and thought-provoking lyrics led the way for a strong slate of musical talent. “It was a great experience to be up there sharing our music and our hearts,” they said after their performance. “We will go wherever doors open for us, and we are glad it was in Apopka.”RJ4L warmed the crowd up with their smooth voices and thought-provoking lyrics. As smooth as RJ4L was, Benjah contrasted it with a raw, powerful energy that lit the audience on fire…“Every day’s a gift just take it as it comes Embrace it through the mist Wether rain or sun Every day’s a gift You got air up in your lungs Be grateful rain or sun.”Benjah from the song “Never Quit”Benjamin “Benjah” Thom, who goes by the stage name Benjah, is a Christian music writer, producer, engineer, and artist, who primarily works within Urban Contemporary Gospel, Hip Hop, Pop, and Reggae music. He is a Grammy-nominated performer and DOVE award winner for song writing. He graduated from the Full Sail University in Winter Park and lives in Orlando. “God put a dream in my heart, and he gave me the drive to fulfill it,” he said from the stage. “Never give up!” His fans stood up from their seats, danced, cheered, sang along and surrounded the stage. By the end of his performance, Benjah jumped into the crowd and sang to a Festival audience from his current album “Woke”. Benjah set the audience on fire with a raw passionate style. And as raw and powerful as Benjah was, Sisaundra Lewis contrasted that with a polished, sweet, world class Grammy award-winning voice.Teki Dericho mixed her smile and beautiful voice with inspiring words for the audience.Lewis, born in Haines City, rose to stardom and gained global recognition after delivering show stopping, electrifying performances on Season Six of NBC’s ‘The Voice!’ She started her career with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Peabo Bryson, who invited her to tour the world with him as a backing vocalist and his new duet partner. Her acquaintance with Bryson led to a worldwide tour with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Celine Dion. She spent several years working with Dion as her backing vocalist, vocal director and choreographer. “It took a lot for a country girl to step on the stage, but God will give you the strength, ” she told the audience from the stage. “I’m praying for you all in 2017, but remember you have to be faithful.” Local Apopka performers Jimmy Siberio, Teki Dericho and The Apopka Mass Choir closed out the Festival.Siberio sang a beautiful ballad in Spanish, and Dericho mixed her talent for singing and inspiration. “It was awesome,” Dericho said after her performance. Anytime you’re in the presence of God, it’s just awesome. Did you see how the sun broke from the clouds just as I began to sing? I knew then this wasn’t about me. It was about God.”Jimmy Siberio sang a heartfelt ballad in Spanish, while the Apopka Mass Choir closed out the Festival with a classic gospel Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Christian Ministerial AllianceApopka Family Faith Food FestivalBenjahJimmy SiberioRJ4LSisaundra LewisSouth Apopka Ministerial AllianceTeki Dericho Previous articleChristmas presents for prisoners’ childrenNext articleApplications open for Woman’s Club scholarship Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear 5 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:New K-8, middle school in Apopka starts constructionBreaking News: Apopka Chamber names new President/CEOApopka Police and Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office increasing enforcement for pedestrian and bicycle safety, starting next weekApopka to hold public hearing on COVID-related, small city development grantNorthwest Orange Republican Women Federated offering scholarships to students, applications now open You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSapopkaICYMIIn Case You Missed ItnewsTop StoriesWeek in Review Previous articleExpect weekday construction detours on Lake Apopka Loop Trail starting March 15Next article7 Clever Ideas to Revamp Your Living Room Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Canovas Cassart House / Lacol + LaBoqueria

first_imgArchDaily Photographs:  Lacol / House Habitat Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Architects: LaBoqueria, Lacol Area Area of this architecture project Canovas Cassart House / Lacol + LaBoqueriaSave this projectSaveCanovas Cassart House / Lacol + LaBoqueria Canovas Cassart House / Lacol + LaBoqueria CopyHouses, Sustainability•Spain Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918632/canovas-cassart-house-laboqueria Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeLaBoqueriaOfficeFollowLacolOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilitySpainPublished on June 10, 2019Cite: “Canovas Cassart House / Lacol + LaBoqueria” [Casa Canovas Cassart / Lacol + LaBoqueria] 10 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?卡诺瓦斯·卡萨特之家 / Lacol + LaBoqueria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 streamcenter_img “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Lacol / House Habitat+ 15Curated by Clara Ott Share Photographs 2018 Manufacturers: K-Line France, Steico, Egoin, Fermacel, SiberSave this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. The project, an detached single-family house, begins with three main ideas. First, the low environmental impact. Both in the construction phase and in the use of the house, maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact are sought. The structure of the house is CLT (contralaminated wood) and a dry construction has been chosen, with the use of the most sustainable materials as possible. The house is equipped with an aerothermal system accompanied by solar panels that cool and heat a floor heating system. The air conditioning set is complemented by a system of air renewal with heat recovery that allows to constantly ventilate the interior air without losing the comfort of the interior.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatThe second place bioclimatic functioning. The site offers the building very good solar capture throughout the day, hence the project tries to make the most of solar collection and demand minimum installed air conditioning systems. The East, West and North facades are very hermetic, while the South facade is the one with a different character. In it the sun is captured with large openings, which in the coldest months allow the entry of solar rays to almost half the house. For the hot months this facade has a system of shutters on the first floor and a large pergola of 3m deep with retractable cover that allows to protect from the solar rays according to the time of year.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatFinally, it is a project that looks after the comfort of users over time. Juan and Assumpta wanted a house that responded to their current situation, where they live with their teenage son and a grandmother, but understand that this situation is temporary in the mid term. So for them, who are the main users, the design allows them to have a comfortable, spacious, adapted, single-storey house and very related to the outside. The ground floor responds to the will of Juan and Assumpta to form a house in itself, a concatenation of very open spaces, which could work without doors where there is a day area turned towards the garden and is gaining privacy as you reach the area of ​​the rooms. On the contrary, the first floor can operate independently. It consists of two rooms with bathroom that allow in the future to be enabled as an independent area by the son, only changing the bathroom for a kitchen.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatEn ella recae la captación de la casa con grandes aberturas, que en los meses más fríos permiten la entrada de rayos solares hasta casi media casa. Para los meses calurosos esta fachada tiene un sistema de contraventanas en la planta primera y una gran pérgola de 3m de profundidad con cubrición retráctil que permite protegerse de la radiación solar según la época del año.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatFinalmente es un proyecto que vela por la comodidad de los usuarios en el tiempo. Juan y Assumpta quieren una casa que responda a su situación actual, donde conviven con su hijo adolescente y la abuela, pero entienden que esta situación es temporal a medio plazo. Así pues para ellos que son los principales usuarios les permita tener una vivienda cómoda, amplia, adaptada, de una sola planta y muy relacionada con el exterior.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatLa planta baja responde a las voluntad de Juan y Assumpta de formar una vivienda en sí misma, una concatenación de espacios muy abiertos, que podría funcionar sin puertas donde hay una zona de día volcada hacia el jardín y se va ganando con privacidad en medida que se llega a la zona de las habitaciones. Por el contrario la planta primera puede funcionar de forma independiente. Consta de dos habitaciones con baño que permita en un futuro habilitarse como zona independiente por el hijo, sólo cambiando el baño adaptado para una office / cocina.Save this picture!© Lacol / House HabitatProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse Lessans / McGonigle McGrathSelected ProjectsMontes Housing / Héctor SolórzanoSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918632/canovas-cassart-house-laboqueria Clipboard Area:  2798 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spainlast_img read more

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Conference to report on charitable giving of British Muslims

first_img  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 19 November 2004 | News 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. Speakers will include Amanullah De Sondy and Dr Mona Siddiqui from the Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Glasgow; Dr Christopher Harris, Ford Foundation New York; Imam Habib Al-Rahman, Glasgow Central Mosque & Islamic Centre; Professor Aziz Sheikh, Muslim Council of Britain; Waseem Yaqub (Islamic Relief UK Director); Dr Jonathan Benthall (University College London); and Julie Clague, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow.Charity representatives among the speakers will include Ebrahimsa Mohammed (Muslim Aid Chief Executive); Dr Alice Welbourne (International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS); and Adam Leach (OXFAM -Regional Director for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States).The conference will be held from 9-10 December 2004 at the Hilton Grosvenor, Glasgow.The registration fee is £45, and £30 for students, but does not include accommodation.Contact Miss Nurmilah Nusbar, Conference Administrator at Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Glasgow. Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statisticscenter_img The Centre for the Study of Islam at the University of Glasgow is hosting a conference to launch the findings of its study of the charitable habits of British Muslims and the effects their giving had on aiding or promoting social justice philanthropy.The Centre’s research is part of an international project entitled “Philanthropy for Social Justice in Muslim Societies”. “Social justice philanthropy” is defined as the granting of philanthropic contributions to non-profit organisations that work for structural change in order to increase the opportunity of those who are the least well off politically, economically and socially.The Centre hopes the conference will discuss ways of mobilising and facilitating philanthropic activities in British society in general and British Muslim societies in particular in support of local social justice initiatives. Advertisement Conference to report on charitable giving of British Muslims AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Government defeats FG motion on health cuts

first_img The Government has defeated an Opposition motion on health cuts.Despite Galway West TD Noel Grealish again voting against the Government, Donegal North East TD Dr James Mc Daid and Sligo Deputies Jimmy Devins and Eamon Scanlon, all of whom have lost the Fianna Fail whip, voted with the coalition. The government won the key vote by 77 votes to 73.Donegal North East TD Joe Mc Hugh is disappointed the so called FF dissidents didn’t support the motion………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/joe830.mp3[/podcast] News Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 7, 2010 WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Government defeats FG motion on health cutscenter_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook Previous articleGAA – Three Donegal Ladies Nominated For All StarsNext articleDermot Ahern to discuss Carndonagh situation during Inishowen visit next week News Highland Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Kerala HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Case Against A Man Who Displayed Placard Against Distribution Of Compensation To The Endosulfan Victims [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Case Against A Man Who Displayed Placard Against Distribution Of Compensation To The Endosulfan Victims [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay10 Oct 2020 6:55 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Tuesday (06th October) refused to quash criminal proceedings against a retired worker of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd. who asserted (by way of displaying a placard poster) that there is no menace related to the use of Endosulfan in Kasargode district.The Bench of Justice M. R. Anitha was hearing a criminal miscellaneous case which was filed under Section…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court on Tuesday (06th October) refused to quash criminal proceedings against a retired worker of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd. who asserted (by way of displaying a placard poster) that there is no menace related to the use of Endosulfan in Kasargode district.The Bench of Justice M. R. Anitha was hearing a criminal miscellaneous case which was filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C. to quash Charge-sheet in C.C.No.1471/2017 of the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-I, Kasargode against the Petitioner/Accused (Gangandharan Nair).Significantly, the Petitioner was engaged in spraying Endosulfan pesticide mainly used for the control of Tea Mosquitoes (during his term of employment with Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd.). The petitioner retired from employment in the year 2014.[BRIEF NOTE: It may be noted that till the year 2011, Endosulfan pesticide was used extensively on crops like paddy, fruits, cashew, cotton, tea, and others in the State of Kerala.However, in 2011, observing that Right to life is a paramount consideration and taking into consideration its harmful effects, the Supreme Court banned the manufacture, sale and use of pesticide endosulfan in the country.The health effects of the chemical include neurotoxicity, late sexual maturity, physical deformities, poisoning, among others. People, especially newborns have suffered deformities, health complications and loss of family members due to exposure to the agrochemical.Later on, in the year 2017, the Supreme Court directed the Kerala government to disburse Rs 500 crore as compensation for over 5,000 persons who suffered from various deformities, health complications and lost family members after using Endosulfan pesticides in the state.]Facts of the CaseOn 30.03.2017, a meeting was convened in the compound of Collectorate, Kasargode to distribute compensation to the Endosulfan affected victims by the Chief Minister.According to the petitioner, to bring the issue of malpractice in the preparation of list and fake claims to the direct notice of the Chief Minister as a common-man he displayed a placard poster.The writings on the Placard (in Malayam Language) stated that:-Endosulfan issue,There are no such health issues in Kasargod districtStop the plundering of the state treasury in the name of endosulfanPublish the report of Kasargod vigilance departmentFind out the truth by conducting an impartial investigationSatyameva JayatheThe Petitioner contended that by erecting the placard with the writings referred above, the petitioner/accused only wanted to show his protest in distributing the compensation to non-deserving persons which would affect the public exchequer and the act of the accused is a right guaranteed under the Constitution of India and hence the accused is entitled to protection under Article 19 of the Constitution of India.According to the Public Prosecutor, the writings in the placard itself confirm that the offence under Section 153 IPC and also Section 2 of the Kerala Prevention of Disturbances of Public Meetings Act, 1961 are attracted.He also contended that at this stage, this Court is to be satisfied only about a prima facie case and whether any offence as alleged has been made out.He contended that on a mere glance through the FIR and the Final Report, this Court can very well be satisfied of the prima facie case in favour of the respondent/State.Court’s AnalysisThe Court noted that as per the Apex Court’s judgment in W.P.(C)No.213/2011, directions were given to the State Government to formulate a scheme for providing compensation to the victims of the use of Endosulfan in the State.In this context, the Court noted,”When the Apex Court had made a finding and directed the State Government to formulate a scheme for providing compensation to the victims of the use of Endosulfan. It goes without saying that it is the law of the land. So, the writings in the placard, that there is no menace related to the use of endosulfan in Kasargode District, appear as prima facie illegal.”The Court noted that the placard with the abovesaid writings had been erected by the Petitioner in a meeting held at the collectorate, Kasargode and the Chief Minister was speaking on the occasion.So the question before the Court was – whether the conduct of the petitioner in such an event would attract the offence under Section 153 IPC prima facie.The Court observed that on close scrutiny of Section 153 IPC, it could be gathered that whoever malignantly or wantonly does any act, which is illegal and give provocation to any person intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation would cause the offence of rioting to be committed; the offence would be attracted in two ways:(1) If the offence of rioting is committed in consequence of such provocation, and(2) If the offence of the rioting is not committed.While examining the words ‘Malignantly’ and ‘Wantonly’, the Court referred to the Ratanlal & Dhirajlal’s Commentaries on the IPC 33rd Edition and concluded that any unlawful act done intentionally without just cause or excuse would come within the purview of the malignant act.Further, the Court said that the word ‘wantonly’ is far wider and having a more comprehensive application than is implied by the word malignantly. So any reckless or thoughtless act without any regard for right or consequences would amount to a wanton act.The Court further observed that in this case, what has been done by the petitioner is the erection of a placard in a public meeting where Chief Minister of the State was speaking in connection with the distribution of compensation to the victims of Endosulfan.So naturally, the Court said, the participants in the meeting would be the victims of endosulfan who would have come in the list prepared by the authorities. Probably, some persons in the list of beneficiaries may not be deserving persons. But it cannot be forgotten that there would be persons who are eligible also would be participating in the meeting.In this context, the Court said,”So what would be their feeling on seeing such a placard with writing that there is no such menace of Endosulphan in Kasargode district? So the act of the petitioner would prima facie amounts to a reckless or thoughtless act without any regard for the consequence. The possibility of the genuine victims of Endosulphan getting provoked by seeing the placard cannot be ruled out prima facie.”Further, examining Section 2 of the Kerala Prevention of Disturbances of Public Meetings Act, 1961, the Court said that if anybody acts in a disorderly manner at a public meeting for the purpose of preventing the transaction of the business for which the meeting was called, the offence under Section 2 would be attracted.So, the Court opined, when the petitioner displays a placard containing the writings quoted above in a meeting held for distribution of compensation to the victims of endosulfan and that too at the time when the Chief Minister is making a speech in connection with the function, there won’t be any doubt that the act of the petitioner/accused would cause confusion or disturbances of the normal working of mind of the victims who were assembled there prima facie.Lastly, the Court also stated,”Section 153 IPC and Section 2 of Kerala Prevention of Disturbances of Public Meetings Act, 1961 expressly prohibit certain acts in a public meeting by any citizen. So it will come under the reasonable restriction on the exercise of the right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a).”In the result, Crl.M.C. was found to be devoid of any merit and accordingly, it was dismissed.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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