Eurozone inflation revised down but oil and food costs expected to weigh

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Monday 28 February 2011 8:16 pm INFLATION in the Eurozone was revised down to an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in January, yesterday – surprising economists who had expected it to be held at the earlier estimate of 2.4 per cent.However, strong pressures from oil and food prices are expected to increase the harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) by one or two percentage points in February.The first “flash” estimate of consumer price inflation in February for the Eurozone is released this morning.“We expect ‘flash’ preliminary HICP to have increased to 2.5 per cent year-on-year in February,” said Fabio Fois of Barclays Capital.An increase to just 2.4 per cent would take inflation to its highest level since October 2008.Core inflation – excluding food, energy, alcohol and tobacco – stood at 1.1 per cent across the single currency area for January.Despite food inflation dropping to 1.5 per cent, from 1.8 per cent in December, it is expected to drive prices upwards in coming months, along with rising oil prices.“We continue to expect energy and food inflation to remain the largest contributors to the headline inflation rate this year,” Fois said. “In terms of core inflation, we would expect it to keep moving sideways.”French price increases for January surprised on the downside recently, but yesterday Spanish consumer price inflation for February was estimated at 3.4 per cent – a strong upturn from January’s rate of three per cent.Across the European Union as a whole, consumer price inflation stayed at 2.7 per cent in January — one per cent higher than the annualised rate a year earlier. Share Eurozone inflation revised down but oil and food costs expected to weigh More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

Scientific Games puts social spin-off plans into motion

first_imgCasino & games 8th April 2019 | By contenteditor Scientific Games puts social spin-off plans into motion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Social gaming SciPlay Corporation, the social gaming subsidiary of Scientific Games, has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of a minority interest in its business.The number of shares that will be offered nor the price range for the share are yet to be determined though, it has been confirmed that SciPlay has applied to list its Class A common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol ‘SCPL’.Should SciPlay proceed with the offering, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, would act as book-running managers for the offering.Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Wedbush Securities Inc. would also act as co-managers for the proposed offering.The supplier first revealed plans to spin off its social gaming division in November last year, saying at the time that the IPO would allow it to “provide greater flexibility to pursue additional growth initiatives” and “unlock additional value” for its shareholders. It said that proceeds from the offering would be used to pay down the company’s net debt, which stood at $9.1bn (£6.97bn/€8.10bn) at December 31, 2018.The move comes after Scientific Games in February revealed a year-on-year rise in social gaming revenue for the 12 months to December 31, 2018. Revenue for this area of the business grew 14.9% to $415.9m.Digital revenue more than trebled to $269.6m, helping push overall revenue up 9.1%, despite a marginal decline in gaming revenue – down 0.7% to $1.8bn.However, Scientific Games still posted a loss of $352.4m for 2018, up 45.4% on the previous year, as operating costs grew at a similar rate as revenue during the year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter SciPlay Corporation, the social gaming subsidiary of Scientific Games, has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of a minority interest in its business.last_img read more

West Virginia Lottery delays launch of DraftKings sports betting app

first_img Regions: US West Virginia Consumers in West Virginia are to remain without mobile sports betting services for the foreseeable further after the state’s Lottery announced that it is to delay the launch of DraftKings’ sports betting app. Email Address Tags: Mobile West Virginia Lottery delays launch of DraftKings sports betting app Consumers in West Virginia are to remain without mobile sports betting services for the foreseeable further after the state’s Lottery announced that it is to delay the launch of DraftKings’ sports betting app.DraftKings and the lottery, which serves as the gambling regulator for the state, carried out testing of the app in late May with a view to rolling it out to consumers soon after. However, while testing of the system was successful, the physical location of the servers and compliance with the Federal Wire Act has led to the Lottery delaying the launch.DraftKings is to launch mobile sports bettingin the state via a partnership with Penn National Gaming and its Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races venue.Read the full story of iGB North America. 6th June 2019 | By contenteditor Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Serena Williams stays with Accorhotels

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Rain stops play; South Africa in huge trouble, SA 66/6 (24.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket Cricket ATP Tour Cricket Wimbledon 2021 LIVE streaming: When, where and how to watch year’s third Grand Slam’ in you country, India RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Viking Classic Birmingham 2021 Final: Ons Jabeur beats Daria Kasatkina to clinch title WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSportSportstarsTennis Sport News Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeE! OnlineTLC’s So Freaking Cheap Takes Penny-Pinching to the ExtremeE! OnlinePhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickcio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comThe US tennis icon, currently preparing for a comeback after taking a maternity break, will lend her image to a series of advertising campaigns across Australia to promoting Accorhotels, which will provide information services to Australian Open fans, staff training for the Melbourne Park service hubs and player concierge services throughout the two-week event.The group will also host the Australian Open 2018 official player party, providing benefits to members of its Le Club Accorhotels and Accor Plus loyalty programs.“I am thrilled to return as Accorhotels official ambassador for the 2018 Australian Open,” said Serena. “I love staying with AccorHotels because they make me feel like family and I can rest and recover in comfort and style.Michael Issenberg, chief executive of Accorhotels, added: “As one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, Serena is the perfect ambassador for Accorhotels for the Australian Open and we are thrilled that she has signed on with us again.“Serena clearly embodies excellence and determination that are core values for our group, she is truly an inspiration to our teams, our guests and tennis fans the world over.”The 2018 Australian Open will be held at Melbourne Park between 15th and 28th January.Serena has won her seventh Australian Open championship this year, defeating her sister Venus in the final, 6–4, 6–4. The 36-year-old later revealed she had been eight weeks pregnant during the tournament, in which she did not drop a single set. Facebook Twitter WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Previous articleHeavyweight champion Joshua to endorse Bulk PowdersNext articleWorld Chess Championship goes sexy with ‘pawnographic’ logo Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Tennis superstar Serena Williams has partnered with Accorhotels for a third consecutive year.Serena, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, will once again be the hotel chain’s official ambassador for Australian Open – the first Grand Slam of the season. Football TAGSAccorHotelsAustralian OpenSerena Williams SHARE Bett1Open 2021 Final: Liudmila Samsonova beats Belinda Bencic to clinch title Serena Williams stays with Accorhotels Latest Sports News Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion Sport News Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – December 21, 2017 YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredlast_img read more

MT Villa / Alhumaidhi Architects

first_img Houses Save this picture!© Nelson Garrido+ 17Curated by Fernanda Castro Share MT Villa / Alhumaidhi ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMT Villa / Alhumaidhi Architects Year:  MT Villa / Alhumaidhi Architects Kuwait Area:  1073 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893026/mt-villa-alhumaidhi-architects Clipboard “COPY” Manufacturers: Technal, MARAZZI, Martini Light, Poggenpohl, INALSave this picture!© Nelson GarridoRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The project is located in Shaab, Kuwait with a plot area of 500 m2. The house plan applies a clean, contemporary aesthetic designed around the needs of a young family with 2 children. The plot is located across the street from a neighborhood park and views towards the park were encouraged by the owners from most rooms and spaces within the house.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoThe upper floors contain 3 bedrooms and a master suite in addition to a roof top terrace which overlook the park – floor to ceiling louvres were utilized to provide privacy for the bedrooms from the street directly in front. Additionally, the louvres provide a degree of shading from the harsh south/west sun exposure.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Nelson GarridoThe ground floor adopts a U-shaped plan which hugs a landscaped garden. In the center of the U plan is an outdoor covered terrace which anchors the daily kitchen, reception space, as well as the daily living area. The kitchen, with foldable floor to ceiling glass windows can open up onto the terrace; which is also accessible from the main reception space one on side, and the daily living on the other. Foldable floor to ceiling glass partitions line the edge of the terrace and when opened allow for free flow and movement from reception, living, or kitchen through to the terrace and into the garden.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoProject gallerySee allShow lessVIP Hair Club / 4 Architecture StudioSelected ProjectsI-House / Gooseberry DesignSelected Projects Share Architects: Alhumaidhi Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img CopyHouses•Shaab, Kuwait “COPY” 2017 ArchDaily Photographs:  Nelson Garrido Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893026/mt-villa-alhumaidhi-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAlhumaidhi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesShaabKuwaitPublished on May 04, 2018Cite: “MT Villa / Alhumaidhi Architects” 04 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Temperatures Could Dip Into the 80s on Wednesday

first_img Make a comment Community News Temperatures Could Dip Into the 80s on Wednesday CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:16 pm Community News HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Woman Being Deceptive About Her Age Is Nothing New!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe The Southland’s first heat wave of 2020 is almost a week old today, but the weather could begin to break tomorrow.“Communities in the 90s will revert to the 80s Wednesday and remain there at least through Monday,” the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday.Pasadena was expected to reach a high of 90 on Tuesday.On Tuesday, temperatures were generally 10-15 degrees above normal, said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall. Hall said the one somewhat unusual aspect of the heat wave, which began last Wednesday, is that it showed up a little earlier than usual.The powerful winds that have been sweeping the region for several days are dying down, although a wind advisory will remain in force in the San Gabriel Mountains until 9 a.m.Offshore, conditions will remain hazardous, according to the NWS. A gale warning has been allowed to elapse, but a small craft advisory urging inexperienced sailors in small vessels to remain in port will be in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday.At 1 a.m. on Tuesday, the weather service released a summary of the strongest wind gusts recorded in Southern California in the previous 24 hours, including 64 mph on Whitaker Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, 43 mph at Poppy Park in the Antelope Valley, 40 mph at Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley.The weather service forecast sunny skies in L.A. County today and highs of 78 degrees in Avalon and at LAX; 79 on Mount Wilson; 80 in Long Beach;85 in Downtown L.A.; 89 in Burbank and San Gabriel; 90 in Pasadena; and 94 in Palmdale, Lancaster, Saugus and Woodland Hills.The NWS forecast sunny skies in Orange County today and highs of 67 degrees in Laguna Beach; 69 in Newport Beach and San Clemente; 77 on Santiago Peak; 78 at Fremont Canyon; 81 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet and in Mission Viejo; 83 at Trabuco Canyon; and 84 in Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Anaheim.Temperatures will remain about the same through Monday. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Limerick may be included in pyrite remediation scheme

first_imgEmail TAGSblocksFine GaelJohn Paul PhelanlimerickMaria Byrnepyriteremediation schemeresolution boardSeanadSenator Linkedin Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Pyrite damageLimerick City Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne has called on the Pyrite Resolution Board to include Limerick in the Pyrite Remediation Scheme.Speaking the Seanad yesterday, Senator Byrne said: “Pyrite in concrete blocks can have a devastating effect on a person’s home. The most effective remediation solutions suggested involve practically the removal of affected blockwork and the reconstruction of the houses. This clearly will involve considerable expense on homeowners.“All of this underlines the need that householders be provided with financial assistance to fix their home and for a remediation scheme for pyrite blocks similar to that set up on the East Coast to remedy pyrite heave in foundations be established.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is also imperative that a pathway be set out whereby when remediation works are carried out to specified standards that a Certificate of Structural Soundness will issue in respect of the affected property so there will be no question other than the owners will be able to sell and mortgage their properties like any other in the future.“This is an issue that is very important to me. Buying a home is perhaps one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. They need to be assured that what they buy is fit for purpose and meets minimum standards. We need to face up to the heartbreak that pyrite brings to people’s lives.Senator Maria Byrne“It is very distressing for the homeowners involved. We need to put funds in place for a Remediation Scheme for Pyrite in blockwork similar to what was done for homeowners in the East of the country where pyrite heave identified in foundations.Minister of State John Paul Phelan, who has responsibility for housing, said that the Pyrite Resolution Board is open to amending the scheme to include Limerick, “subject to the affected properties meeting certain conditions”.More housing news here  Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEarls would not have left Munster for SaracensNext articleTaute says Stander and O’Mahony will stay with Munster Editor NewsHousingLimerick may be included in pyrite remediation schemeBy Editor – December 8, 2017 2573 Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebooklast_img read more

D.C.’s Address Confidentiality Act

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing D.C.’s Address Confidentiality Act  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / D.C.’s Address Confidentiality Act Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save January 11, 2019 2,040 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago District of Columbia Lenders Servicers 2019-01-11 John Ansell John A. Ansell III, is partner at Rosenberg & Associates, LLC. Born in Andrews AFB, Maryland, Ansell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland (1994) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2001). Ansell’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate, settlement, foreclosure and default litigation legal services, and he oversees the firm’s appellate practice. Ansell is admitted to the state courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts for the United States District Court for Virginia. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Is the Housing Market Recession Ready? Next: TMS Sells Originations Business to AmeriSave Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: District of Columbia Lenders Servicers The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: John Ansell Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the January issue of DS News, out now.The District of Columbia recently passed legislation that may affect the ability of servicers and lenders to adequately assess title on certain properties in Washington, D.C. The new statute—dubbed the Address Confidentiality Act of 2018, which became effective on October 1, 2018—is designed to protect the victims of domestic violence.According to the terms of the Act, if an individual applies for the program and is certified as a victim of stalking, domestic violence, human trafficking, or a range of other sexual offenses, the individual will be issued an identification card with a substitute address. The substitute address will be a mailbox to which mail can be sent, and from which the office that administers the program will forward mail to the program participant’s actual address. More importantly from a title perspective, a participant in the program can submit a request to any D.C. government office or agency to remove all publicly accessible references to their actual address. This means that a participant may have their name removed from all publicly available land records, tax records, or court records. This presents obvious problems for the title industry, as well as to loan originators and servicers.Also problematic at this point is the fact that D.C. has not provided crucial details of such activity. Namely, there is no word yet whether the redacted information will simply be absent or if there will be an indication that the information is being withheld pursuant to this program. Thus, a title search may come back with documents simply missing—e.g., a deed or deed of trust simply not appearing in a title search, or a lack of a tax record appearing when performing an escrow analysis. Alternatively, the record might come back with some indication that the information was being omitted, with or without explanation.The District of Columbia has not yet provided any answers as to how such matters will be treated. Further complicating the issue is the fact that, as currently written, the statute does not allow the participant to selectively direct the release of their information. Their only choice appears to remove themselves entirely from the program—hardly the route that someone fearing for their safety would choose. Overall, the potential implications of this statute for title are enormous, and until D.C. provides more information as to how such matters will be handled, the state of title in D.C. will remain uncertain. Subscribelast_img read more

Professional Ethics: A Gentle Reminder To The Solicitor General Of India

first_imgColumnsProfessional Ethics: A Gentle Reminder To The Solicitor General Of India Aldanish Rein, Advocate2 Jun 2020 11:59 PMShare This – xThe Solicitor General of India is the Second Law Officer of our Country – India. It is not a Constitutional but a Statutory Authority and a very respectable post. Young Lawyers aspire to achieve it someday. Mr. Tushar Mehta is an energetic and luminous Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and is currently the Solicitor General of India who advises the Government of India…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 Solicitor General of India is the Second Law Officer of our Country – India. It is not a Constitutional but a Statutory Authority and a very respectable post. Young Lawyers aspire to achieve it someday. Mr. Tushar Mehta is an energetic and luminous Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and is currently the Solicitor General of India who advises the Government of India and appears on behalf of the Union of India in terms of the Law Officers (Terms and Conditions) Rules, 1972. Young lawyer like myself, look up to him as a mentor to learn court craft and arguing skills and aspire to be like him one day. I personally admire him for his amazing court crafting, his legal knowledge and for being an exceptionally wonderful human being. There is so much to learn from his enriched experience as an Advocate. I, on the other hand, am a young Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India and also one of the young members of the Bar to have been elected by the Bar as a Member Executive of the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (2018 – 2020). Compared to the learned Solicitor General of India, I might not even have half of the years of practice that the learned Solicitor General of India has. In my few years of practice, what I have observed and learnt from this profession is that, “We” as “young lawyers” are expected to learn from “Senior Advocates” , and what we learn today, is what we are going to teach our juniors in the future. Every year thousands of students pass out from hundreds of law colleges and join this noble profession and begin practicing in district courts & high courts across India and in the Supreme Court of India, and just like me, most of them are watching and trying to learn from the Learned Solicitor General of India. Looking at the way the Migrant Crises issue has been handled by the Learned Solicitor General of India, it reminded me that, “Even the elitist of us, needs to be reminded of the Professional Ethics that the Profession has set for itself”. The Migrant Issue : A little back ground: Lakhs of migrant workers were stranded without work or proper shelter ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed. There was a stream of visuals of desperate workers walking several hundred kilometres towards their homes. The Union Government was criticised by many for not arranging travel facilities for these informal sector workers before imposing a lockdown. March 31, 2020 – A Public Interest Litigation was heard by Hon’ble Supreme Court filed by Alakh Alok Srivastava being W.P.Civil No. 468 /2020 on migrant crises. The Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta makes a wrong statement and the same is recorded in the order: “The Solicitor General of India made a statement on instructions that at 11 A.M. today, there is no person walking on the roads in an attempt to reach his/her home towns/villages.” April 3, 2020 – The SG while responding to the various PILs filed by various Advocates and others on Migrant Crises says “Shut down Public Interest Litigation shops” April 18, 2020 – A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) being W. P. ( Civil) .. Diary No. 10947/2020 was filed by one Prof. Jagdeep S. Chhoker in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Central Government to allow migrant workers to return to their hometowns and villages after testing them for COVID-19 and for the authorities to provide for their safe travel back home. April 27, 2020 – The matter was listed in the court and the court passed the following order: “we call upon the learned Solicitor General to place on record the proposed protocol, if any, for movement of migrant workers between States in view of reported discussions already taking place between different States. List after one week.” The above matter was to come up on the 5th May, 2020. May 1, 2020 – That in the mean while the Railways started running the Shramik Special trains for transporting stranded workers from May 1. The Railways was however charging the migrants for the railway ticket fare and was being heavily criticised especially because on the one hand the Railways had donated Rs. 151 Crores to “PM CARES” while on the other, it was charging migrants. May 4, 2020 – As the Centre faced the heat from the opposition over the Indian Railways asking migrant labourers making their way home to pay for train tickets and since the matter of migrant travel was to come up the next day in the Supreme Court, the Union Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Mr. Lav Agarwal gave a cryptic explanation on 4th May and the same is as under: “Be it the government of India or the Railways, we have not talked about charging from workers. 85% of the transportation cost is borne by the Railways, while states have to bear 15% of the cost,” This was played on repeated mode on some news channels and some BJP leaders even tweeted it, and were seen on TV channels defending it. They pedalled the notion that migrant workers were not being charged at all, even as many reports showed that those who boarded the special “Shramik Special” trains had already paid for their tickets. May 5, 2020 – The above mentioned PIL for Migrant Travel was listed before the Supreme Court and as expected the Hon’ble Court had also seen the above news of railway bearing 85 % of the fare. During the course of hearing Justice Gavai referred to the “reports” that the Railways had decided to bear 85 % of the fare. Justice Kaul asked the Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta if the Centre was actually funding 85 per cent of the fare and the SG preferred to have said: “At this moment, no such statement can be made as to what amount is being taken from the migrant workers.” The Hon’ble Court and the PIL petitioner were however convinced due to the news reports, that the railways was bearing 85 % of thefare and therefore the arguments werelimited tothe remaining 15 %, as it was to be paid by the migrant and it was not possible for the migrant to bear it at that moment. The Hon’ble Court however considering the above argument was pleased to have laid that:”Insofar as charging of 15% of Railway tickets’ amount from workers, it is not for this Court to issue any order under Article 32 regarding the same, it is the concerned State/Railways to take necessary steps under the relevant guidelines.” May 28, 2020 – That finally in the suo motu matter by the Supreme Court on the COVID-19 migrant crisis , the Court proceeded to question the Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta on the fare charged for the Shramik trains. Justice Shah remarked,”It seems there is no clarity about fare and thus middlemen are taking advantage.” The Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta replied that either the originating state or the receiving state covers the fare as per their internal agreement. This clearly means that the Hon’ble Court in W. P. (Civil) .. Diary No. 10947/2020, was wrongly made to believe that the Railways was incurring 85 % of the Ticket Fare. The Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta did not even bothered to have informed the Court about it on/before or after the hearing of the above Suo Moto matter by the Supreme Court of India on the Migrant Crises. However, Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta goes on to say, 1) Some High Courts are running a parallel Govt’ 2) Those criticising the govt are ‘prophets of doom’ 3) Cites instance of a journalist as ‘vulture’.” Professional Ethics: 1. In Dhanraj Singh Vs. Hanuman Das Khatry, the Supreme Court held that “the Legal Profession is a noble profession… A person practicing law has to practice in the spirit of honesty and not in the spirit of mischief making..” 2. An advocate shall, at all times, comport himself in a manner befitting his status as an officer of the Court, a privileged member of the community, and a gentleman, bearing in mind that what may be lawful and moral for a person who is not a member of the Bar, or for a member of the Bar in his non-professional capacity may still be improper for an advocate. 3. In Rondel v Worsley [1969] 1 AC 191, 227, Lord Reid made the following observations in relation to the Duty owed by a Lawyer to the Court: “As an officer of the court concerned in the administration of justice [a legal practitioner] has an overriding duty to the court, to the standards of his profession, and to the public, which may and often does lead to a conflict with his client’s wishes or with what the client thinks are his personal interests”. 4. Similar to blatantly offering false evidence, knowingly maintaining false pretences is another way a lawyer can mislead the court. Where counsel knows that the court is operating under a mistaken assumption and actively maintains the false pretence, the lawyer is guilty of misleading the court. Failing to correct a false statement or pretence is a breach of a lawyer’s duty of candour. 5. Lawyers may not make allegations of dishonesty unless they have evidence to support such allegations and shall not interfere with the administration of justice. 6. A lawyer may not be able to act in a way that serves the client’s best interests if doing so would put the administration of justice and the community’s confidence in the profession at risk. In Bar Council of Maharashtra Vs. M.V. Dabholkar & Ors [1976] 2 SCC 291, the Supreme Court has held that, “the central function of the legal profession is to promote the administration of justice…” 7. A lawyer should not abuse the court process. A lawyer should not unreasonably raise or defend an action for which there is no legal justification. In particular, when a lawyer knows there is no merit to the client’s claim but pursues the claim for some other reason, this is an abuse of the court process. 8. When dealing with others, a lawyer shall be courteous, civil and act in good faith with all persons with whom he or she deals with during the course of practice. 9. A lawyer’s duty to be civil to opposing counsel, includes the following conduct: the duty not to engage in acrimonious exchanges with opposing counsel or otherwise engage in undignified or discourteous conduct. Acrimonious exchanges with opposing counsel come in all forms – sarcasm, intimidation, rudeness and unfounded personal attacks. To me Professional Ethics are more than a set of rules, they are a commitment to honesty, integrity and service in the practice of law. I conclude by quoting Lord Denning in the case of Rondel v. Worsley, in which he states: “[The advocate] has a duty to the court which is paramount. It is a mistake to suppose that he is the mouthpiece of his client to say what he wants: or his tool to do what he directs. He is none of these things. He owes allegiance to a higher cause. It is the cause of truth and justice. He must not consciously mis-state [sic] the facts. He must not knowingly conceal the truth…He must produce all the relevant authorities, even those that are against him. He must see that his client discloses, if ordered, the relevant documents, even those that are fatal to his case. He must disregard the most specific instructions of his client, if they conflict with his duty to the court. The code which requires a barrister to do all this is not a code of law. It is a code of honour. If he breaks it, he is offending against the rules of the profession and is subject to its discipline.” I hope the Learned Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta will take this gentle reminder in the spirit it is written and not otherwise.Views Are Personal Only.(The author of the article is a Practicing Advocate – On – Record in the Supreme Court of India and a former Member Executive Of the Supreme Court Advocates- On – Record Association) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

8 Points For Trial Lawyers On Criminal Side : From Senior Adv R Basant

first_imgTop Stories8 Points For Trial Lawyers On Criminal Side : From Senior Adv R Basant LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 Jun 2020 8:38 AMShare This – xR Basant, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court (and former judge of Kerala High Court), shared certain valuable points which are necessary to be followed by a trial lawyer for a successful practice in the criminal side.1. Know your papers well”Trial lawyers job is a very tough job. Unlike civil cases, there are no pleadings in criminal law. Witnesses statements are unsigned and not…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?LoginR Basant, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court (and former judge of Kerala High Court), shared certain valuable points which are necessary to be followed by a trial lawyer for a successful practice in the criminal side.1. Know your papers well”Trial lawyers job is a very tough job. Unlike civil cases, there are no pleadings in criminal law. Witnesses statements are unsigned and not binding. Witnesses may disown them. The first thing lies in knowing your papers well through and through, intelligently and imaginatively. Making an assessment of what deviations can take place when the matter comes up for trial is also important. An imaginative trial lawyer thinks of that. One should have a thorough knowledge of all papers furnished to you under Section 207 of the Code of Criminal Procedure”2. Thorough knowledge of Evidence Act”In order to be good trial lawyer, you must know the Evidence Act and the provisions completely”.3. Thorough knowledge of procedural and substantive lawsA trial lawyer should have thorough knowledge of the Code of Criminal Procedure and rules of evidence.Also, the lawyer must be well versed with the provisions of substantive law, definitions of offences and how the courts have dealt with them, general exceptions etc.4. An imaginative mindAn imaginative mind working on the all probabilities of the case is necessary. “You must have an imaginative commonsense so that you can generate various possibilities which can stem from the given set of facts”, he said.5. An understanding that fighting with prosecution for everything is not going to helpThe trial lawyer must not be disputing obvious facts.”I know lawyers who keep on denying everything. In lighter vein, we say, some will even deny that the witness is a police officer. He will ask, do you have any document to show that you are a police officer. Only inexperienced persons do that”, he said.Recalling the lessons of K Kunhiraman, who Basant called a doyen of trial courts in Kerala and his super-senior, he said :”Go with the prosecution as far as possible; only at the vital cross roads take a turn and move away from the prosecution”.6. Have a definite case as far as possible; don’t take contradictory pleasAgain recalling the lessons of K Kunhiraman, Basant said”To the extent possible have a definite case. You may take up alternate defences, but not contradictory defences – like the defence of alibi and private defence.  That will result in you losing the court. To take up defences which are contradictory with each other is far too unclever”.7. Effective communication and power of analysisHe said that effective communication is necessary. But flowery language or oratory is not going to help much. A good judge does not look for flowery language.  What is more important is the power of analysis of law and facts. Young lawyers should not feel diffident because they don’t have flowery English language. Power of analysis is more important than mastery over English. 8. Hard work; no short cutsBasant highlighted the importance of hard work and said that there were no short cuts for success.He added that having a god-father or a predecessor in the profession was not necessary for success. “I can vouch for that. I had no god-father in profession”, he said.He was speaking at a webinar hosted by LiveLaw on the topic “Fundamentals of Criminal Trial” as the inaugural session of “Law Practitioners Series”.In the beginning of the session, he spoke in detail about ‘conflict of conscience’ which a trial lawyer in the criminal side may face.”Am I going to be a mouthpiece for a criminal? Am I going to be mercenary for criminals?”, Basant said even he used to face such conflicts in the early days of the profession.But he said that that trial lawyer in the criminal side should not feel ashamed or apologetic about his role.”A trial court lawyer is not a mercenary for a crime or a fighter for criminal. The dharma of the trial court lawyer is to defend the institutional safeguards. You are fighting for freedom and liberty, though you are not involved with very nice people…he is a sublime warrior for constitutional safeguards for liberty and freedom. The defence lawyer ensures that administration of justice is done in accordance with reason and evidence”, he explained.Quoting from an American judgment, he said “One who defends constitutional rights must share the foxhole with scoundrels of every sort. But to abandon the post because of poor company is to sell freedom cheap”.He said that only this attitude will help one to attain meaning and satisfaction as a lawyer on the criminal side.”If you reduce yourselves to just a fighter for a criminal to save him somehow, you will lose the sublimity of the assignment you have”, he said.In a lighter vein, he said that he did not approve of the expression “criminal lawyer” and preferred “lawyer practising on the criminal side” or “practitioner of criminal law”.Subscribe to LiveLaw and help us provide quality journalism. Click here to subscribeWatch the full video here :Next Storylast_img read more