Supreme Court Weekly Round Up [March 22 to March 28 2021]

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Weekly Round Up [March 22 to March 28 2021] Nupur Thapliyal28 March 2021 7:27 AMShare This – xJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. ‘Structures Of Our Society Created By Males For Males’ : Supreme Court Holds Army’s Evaluation Criteria To Grant Permanent Commission For Women Officers ArbitraryCase Title : Lt Col Nitisha and othes v Union of India and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 181A division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah declared that the…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?LoginJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. ‘Structures Of Our Society Created By Males For Males’ : Supreme Court Holds Army’s Evaluation Criteria To Grant Permanent Commission For Women Officers ArbitraryCase Title : Lt Col Nitisha and othes v Union of India and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 181A division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah declared that the evaluation criteria adopted by the Indian Army to consider the grant of permanent commission for women officers to be “arbitrary and irrational”. The Court directed the Army to reconsider the pleas of women Short Service Commission officers for grant of PC within two months in accordance with the fresh directions issued by the Court.The top court held that the evaluation criteria adopted by the Army to benchmark the women officers with the lowest credentials of their male counter-parts and to freeze their ACR evaluation at the 5th or 10th years of their services to be “arbitrary and irrational”, causing women officers “systemic discrimination”.”We must recognize here that the structures of our society have been created by males and for males. As a result, certain structures that may seem to be the “norm” and may appear to be harmless, are a reflection of the insidious patriarchal system.At the time of Independence, our Constitution sought to achieve a transformation in our society by envisaging equal opportunity in public employment and gender equality. Since then, we have continuously endeavored to achieve the guarantee of equality enshrined in our Constitution. A facially equal application of laws to unequal parties is a farce, when the law is structured to cater to a male standpoint….Superficial face of Equality does not stand true to the principles enshrined in the Constitution”, the Court observed in the 137-page judgment.Also Read: ‘Not Enough To Proudly Say Women Are Allowed To Serve Army When Their Service Conditions Tell A Different Story’ : Supreme Court In Permanent Commission CaseAlso Read: Permanent Commission For Women Army Officers- Indirect Discrimination Even Without Discriminatory Intent Must Be Prohibited: Supreme Court2. Supreme Court Allows Tata Sons Appeal Against NCLAT Order To Reinstate Cyrus Mistry As ChairmanTitle : Tata Sons Ltd v Cyrus Mistry and others Citation : LL 2021 SC 184In a big win for Tata Sons Ltd, the Supreme Court bench headed by CJI SA Bobde allowed its appeal against the order of the National Company Law Tribunal, which had ordered to reinstate the ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry.The Court held that the actions of Tata Sons board against Mistry did not amount to oppression of minority shareholders or mismanagement. The bench also said that it was open for Tatas and Mistry to work out their separation terms.On December 18, 2019, The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal restored Cyrus Mistry as the Executive Chairman of Tata Group. Allowing Mistry’s appeal, the Appellate Tribunal had set aside the judgment of Mumbai bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) that had upheld the appointment of N Chandrasekharan as Chairman in his place. The said NCLAT order was stayed by the Apex Court in January 2020 whereas the judgment was reserved on 17th December 2020.3. “Call For Justice Not Hate Speech”: Supreme Court Quashes FIR Against Journalist Patricia MukhimCase Title: Patricia Mukhim v. State of Meghalaya & Ors. Citation: LL 2021 SC 182The bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara and S. Ravindra Bhat this week quashed the FIR registered against Shillong Times Editor Patricia Mukhim over a Facebook post on violence against non-tribal people in Meghalaya. The Court noted that the Facebook post was directed against the apathy shown by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, the Director General of Police and the Dorbar Shnong of the area in not taking any action against the culprits who attacked the non-tribals youngsters.The Court allowed the appeal filed by Mukhim challenging the Meghalaya High Court order which had dismissed her plea to quash the FIR.”India is a plural and multicultural society. The promise of liberty, enunciated in the Preamble, manifests itself in various provisions which outline each citizen’s rights; they include the right to free speech, to travel freely and settle (subject to such reasonable restrictions that may be validly enacted) throughout the length and breadth of India. At times, when in the legitimate exercise of such a right, individuals travel, settle down or carry on a vocation in a place where they find conditions conducive, there may be resentments, especially if such citizens prosper, leading to hostility or possibly violence. In such instances, if the victims voice their discontent, and speak out, especially if the state authorities turn a blind eye, or drag their feet, such voicing of discontent is really a cry for anguish, for justice denied – or delayed. This is exactly what appears to have happened in this case.” The Bench held.Also Read: Free Speech Of Citizens Cannot Be Stifled By Implicating Them In Criminal Cases: Supreme Court4. State Govt A ‘Party Interested’ Under Section 406 CrPC; Entitled To Seek Transfer Of Case From Another State : Supreme CourtCase Title : State of UP vs Jail Superintendent(Ropar) and others Citation : LL 2021 SC 185 The Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan allowed the appeal filed by the Uttar Pradesh Government’s plea seeking transfer of BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari from Ropar Jail in Punjab to Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur Jail.In allowing Uttar Pradesh Government’s appeal, the Supreme Court, while not delving into whether the petition was maintainable under Article 32,held that a State as “party interested” under Section 406 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.Observing that in a criminal administrative system, the State was a prosecuting agency, working for and on behalf of the people of the State, it could be deemed to be a “party interested” as the terms were of a “wide import and, therefore, have to be interpreted by giving a wider meaning”. “The words such as ‘aggrieved party’, ‘party to the proceedings’ and ‘party interested’ are used in various Statutes. If the words used are to the effect ‘party to the proceedings’ or ‘party to a case’, it can be given a restricted meaning’. In such cases, the intention of the legislature is clear to give restricted meaning. But, at the same time, the words used as ‘party interested’, which are not defined under the Code of Criminal Procedure, have to be given a wider meaning” The Court observed.Also Read: Supreme Court Allows UP’s Plea To Transfer Mukhtar Ansari From Punjab Jail5. Arbitration Reference Not Maintainable If Filed After Admission Of Insolvency Resolution Petition U/s 7 IBC: Supreme CourtCase: Indus Biotech Private Limited vs. Kotak India Venture (Offshore) Fund [Arb. Petition (Civil) 48/2019] Citation: LL 2021 SC 187Supreme Court bench headed by CJI SA Bobde observed that in any proceeding which is pending before the Adjudicating Authority under Section 7 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, if such petition is admitted upon the Adjudicating Authority recording the satisfaction with regard to the default and the debt being due from the corporate debtor, any application seeking reference to arbitration under Section 8 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act made thereafter will not be maintainable.”In a situation where the petition under Section 7 of IB Code is yet to be admitted and, in such proceedings, if an application under Section 8 of the Act, 1996 is filed, the Adjudicating Authority is duty bound to first decide the application under Section 7 of the IB Code by recording a satisfaction with regard to there being default or not, even if the application under Section 8 of Act, 1996 is kept along for consideration. In such event, the natural consequence of the consideration made therein on Section 7 of IB Code application would befall on the application under Section 8 of the Act, 1996.”, The bench observed.In this case, the appellant filed a petition under Section 7 of IB Code before the NCLT seeking appointment of Resolution Professional. In the said proceedings, the respondent, filed a Miscellaneous Application under Section 8 of the Arbitration Act seeking a direction to refer the parties to arbitration. NCLT allowed the said application and also dismissed the petition under Section 7 IBC observing that that there is no default. 6. Insolvency Process Maintainable Against Corporate Guarantor Even If Principal Borrower Is Not A ‘Corporate Person’ : Supreme CourtCase: Laxmi Pat Surana vs. Union Bank Of India [CA 2734 OF 2020]Citation: LL 2021 SC 186The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari held that the principal borrower need not be a “corporate person” for insolvency process to be initiated against a company which stood as its guarantor.”Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 can be initiated by a financial creditor against a corporate person in respect of guarantee to the loan amount secured by person not being a corporate person, in case of default in payment of such a debt”, the Court held.The bench observed that the principal borrower may or may not be a corporate person, but if a corporate person extends guarantee for the loan transaction concerning a principal borrower not being a corporate person, it would still be covered within the meaning of expression “corporate debtor” in Section 3(8) of the Code. “For, the obligation of the guarantor is coextensive and coterminous with that of the principal borrower to defray the debt, as predicated in Section 128 of the Contract Act.” The Court observed.IMPORTANT APEX COURT UPDATES1. Maratha Quota Case : Supreme Court Constitution Bench Reserves Judgment After 10 Days Of HearingAfter a marathon hearing over a period of 10 days, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court this week reserved the judgement in a batch of pleas challenging the Maharashtra SEBC Act, 2018, which provides for reservation for Marathas in jobs and education. The 5-Judge Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, L. Nageswara Rao, S. Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat heard the matter which began on 15th March.The pleas before the Constitution Bench challenges the Bombay High Court judgment passed in June 2019, and submits that the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, which provides for 12% and 13% quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, violated the principles laid in the case of Indira Sawhney v. Union of India (1992) as per which the Apex Court capped the reservation limit at 50%.On September 9, 2020, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court referred the cases to a larger Bench to determine the issue whether State Government has the power to declare a class as Socially and Economically Backward after the Constitution (102nd) amendment.Also Read: ‘We Cannot Take This 16% Reservation Lightly’, Says Supreme Court On Maratha Quota[Hearing Day 8]Also Read: ‘All Reservations May Go And Only EWS May Remain; But That’s A Matter Of Policy’ : Supreme Court In Maratha Quota Case [Day 9]Also Read: Maharashtra Law Granting Maratha Quota Constitutional, Centre Tells Supreme Court [Day 7]2. Supreme Court Refuses To Stay Electoral Bonds, Says Sufficient Safeguards Already ThereThe Supreme Court this week refused to stay the release of the fresh set of electoral bonds from April 1 for the assembly polls in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry. The Court dismissed the application filed by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms seeking stay of the bonds.Since the bonds were allowed to be released in 2018, 2019 and 2020 without interruption, and sufficient safeguards are there, there is no justification to stay the electoral bonds at present, the Court said in its order.”…in the light of the fact that the Scheme was introduced on 2.1.2018; that the bonds are released at periodical intervals in January, April, July and October of every year; that they had been so released in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 without any impediment; and that certain safeguards have already been provided by this Court in its interim order dated 12.4.2019,we do not see any justification for the grant of stay at this stage.Hence both the applications for stay are dismissed”, the Court said. Also Read: Cull Out Information From Bond Purchaser & Political Party; Do ‘Match The Following’ :SC Says Electoral Bond Anonymity Can Be Pierced3. Supreme Court Dismisses Andhra CM’s Complaint Against Justice Ramana After Confidential In-House EnquiryIn a significant development, the Supreme Court this week dismissed the complaint made by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy to the Chief Justice of India that Justice NV Ramana was trying to influence the state judiciary to destabilize the state government.The information regarding the dismissal of the complaint was given in a statement published in the Supreme Court website. As per the statement, the complaint was dismissed “on due consideration” after being dealt with under the in-house procedure.It was on October 6 last year that the Andhra Chief Minister sent the complaint to the Chief Justice of India. Few days later, the details of the complaint were made public in a press conference held by the Chief Minister’s Secretary Ajeya Chellam IAS. The Andhra CM’s complaint alleged that Justice N V Ramana was influencing the judges of Andhra Pradesh High Court in “politically sensitive” matters for passing adverse orders against the state government.4. Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Param Bir Singh’s Plea Seeking CBI Probe Against Anil Deshmukh, Asks Him To Approach Bombay High CourtSupreme Court bench comprising of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Subhash Reddy this week asked Former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh to approach Bombay High Court with his plea seeking CBI investigation in the alleged corrupt malpractices of Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Government of Maharashtra.During the hearing, the Bench posed two questions to the petitioner. The Bench asked why a petition as been filed before Supreme Court under Article 32 rather than an Article 226 petition before the High Court. The Court further asked the petitioner as to why Mr Anil Deshmukh, the person against whom they have made serious allegations hasn’t even been impleaded as a party.5. Bhima Koregaon Case: Supreme Court Reserves Order On Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default BailThe Bench comprising of Justice UU Lalit and Justice KM Joseph reserved its order on a plea filed by senior journalist and activist Gautam Navlakha, against an order of the Bombay High Court denying him default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case. The Bench said that it will release the order after 7th April, as Justice Joseph is not available until then.During the hearing, the Bench observed that the first two days, the period of seeking transit remand for Navlakha, will “definitely be accounted” to calculate period of custody. However, the question remains as to whether the period of house arrest can be considered under Section 167 (2) of CrPC.Navlakha’s plea before the top Court comes after a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik refused to interfere in his criminal appeal filed against an order of the special court, which rejected his application for default bail in June, last year. He is in prison since his surrender on April, 14 2020. 6. Supreme Court Reserves Orders On Plea Against Deportation of Rohingya Refugees In JammuA bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam reserved for orders a plea seeking directions for release of the Rohingya refugees who have been detained in Jammu and to restrain the government from deporting them to Myanmar.The Court was hearing an interim application filed by a PIL petitioner Mohammad Salimullah seeking protection of Rohinya refugees who came to India following persecution in Myanmar.The Original Petitioner in the main Rohingya Case Mohammed Salimullah has approached the Supreme Court of India with the plea seeking directions for release of the Rohingya refugees who have been detained in Jammu and to refrain the government from implementing any orders on deporting them. The plea has also sought directions to UNHCR to intervene and assess the protection needs of the refugees and grant them refugee cards.The application has sought release of the detained Rohingya refugees immediately and direction to the Union Territory government and the Ministry of Home Affairs to expeditiously grant Refugee identification cards through the FRRO for the Rohingyas in the informal camps. They have urged the Court to direct the Union Government to refrain from implementing any orders on deporting the Rohingya refugees who have been detained in the sub jail in Jammu. 7. Supreme Court Dismisses Plea By Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sister To Quash FIR Against Her Based On Rhea Chakraborty’s ComplaintThe Supreme Court this week dismissed a petition filed Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Priyanka Singh challenging the Bombay High Court’s refusal to quash FIR filed against her by Mumbai Police on actor Rhea Chakraborty’s complaint.”We are not inclined to entertain the petition”, a bench headed by CJI Bobde told Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who was appearing for Priyanka.The Bombay High Court had observed that there was a prima facie case found against Priyanka Singh, the sister of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in the FIR lodged against her at the instance of Rhea Chakraborty alleging criminal conspiracy and abetment to suicide of Sushant Singh.8. West Bengal Coal Mining Case: Supreme Court Grants Interim Protection to Anup MajeeThe Supreme Court granted ad interim protection from arrest to the prime accused in the West Bengal coal scam probe, Anup Majee, conditional on him joining in the investigation before the CBI and cooperating in the same.The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, MR Shah and Sanjiv Khanna further clarified that this order is passed without expression of any opinion on the merits of the rival contentions, only as a pro-tem measure in view of the forthcoming Holi recess.The Supreme Court this week commenced the hearing on the challenge to the order of the Calcutta High Court whereby it allowed the CBI to investigate a case pertaining to illegal mining and transportation of coal through Railways in West Bengal, without the State’s consent.The Single Judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court had ruled that the probe beyond the Railway areas (in the State of West Bengal), shall be conducted by the CBI only subject to specific consent being granted by appropriate authorities of the State of West Bengal. In an appeal preferred by CBI, a Division Bench of the High Court stayed the Single Judge’s order and allowed CBI to investigate the case without any hindrance. The case pertains to illegal mining and transportation of coal through Railways in connivance with officers of the Eastern Coalfield Limited, Railways, C.I.S.F. and some other private persons including the writ petitioner (Anup Majee). 9. Supreme Court Grants Relief To Mamata Banerjee’s Election Agent SK Supian, Stays High Court Order Reviving Cases Against Him In Nandigram ViolenceSupreme Court this week granted interim relief to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s election agent SK Supian in relation to matter of revived FIRs against him in Nandigram violence case. A division Bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Krishna Murari has ordered an ad-inetrim stay on the High Court’s order dated 5 March 2021 issued in response to a PIL. The FIRs in which SK Supian was named in relation to the Nandigram violence were withdrawn by the West Bengal government in 2020.The special leave petition has been filed against an order dated 5th march 2021 issued in a PIL whereby orders were issued to re-instate the criminal cases against Supian. The Additional chief Judicial Magistrate Contai, through an order dated 10th feb 2020 had discharged the petitioner from case initiated against him. There Court observed that while there were other similar matters discharging accused persons from proceedings, the Court is not concerned with them at this stage.10. Breaking: Supreme Court Stays Recovery Of Rs. 27 Cr Penalty Imposed On NDTV, Prannoy Roy And Radhika Roy By SEBIThe bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah this week stayed the recovery of the penalty of Rs 27 crore imposed by the SEBI on December 24, 2020 on NDTV promoters, Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, as well as on their holding company for allegedly violating various securities norms by concealing information from shareholders regarding certain loan agreements.The bench also directed the appellants cooperate in the expeditious disposal of the appeals against the SEBI order by the SAT, which are listed for final disposal on April 6.In a relief to Prannoy & Radhika Roy, the Supreme Court had on February 15 exempted them from making deposit before the Securities Appellate Tribunal(SAT) for hearing their appeals against the penalty of over Rs 16.97 crores imposed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) in a different case related to insider trading. 11. Supreme Court Issues Notice On Subramanian Swamy’s Plea Challenging Provisions Of Places of Worship ActThe Supreme Court issued notice on a PIL filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy challenging the Constitutional validity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991.A Bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde and Justice AS Bopanna issued notice and tagged the matter with Ashwini Upadhyay’s plea seeking similar relief.Swamy in his plea alleged that the Places of Worship Act is a barrier, depriving the Petitioner(s) the right to pray at a place where, due to foreign oppression and invasion a Hindu Temple of a certain significance according to faith and belief of Hindus was/is converted, inviting this Court to interpret in lieu of the well documented history and review in checking the constitutional validity of such Act. 12. Supreme Court Stays Cases In High Courts On OTT Content RegulationThe Supreme Court this week stayed proceedings of cases pertaining to regulation of content on online media streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar etc pending before the High Courts.A three-judge Bench led by Justice Chandrachud issued the direction while hearing Central Government’s transfer petition seeking transfer of cases pending in different High Courts for regulation of OTT platforms.The Bench was hearing a batch of pleas filed for regulation of content on these online media streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar etc by the government.The Court observed that it will not transfer it today as service is not complete. The Bench has decided to hear the matter in second week after Holi, and asked SG Mehta to ensure that service be completed in meantime by taking all requisite steps.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

Peanut potential

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia was expected to have a record-size peanut crop this year. But hot, dry September weather and disease have taken a toll on the crop, lowering expectations, says a University of Georgia expert.In early September, Georgia was expected to produce 2.3 billion pounds of peanuts, 97 million pounds more than the record set in 1991, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The record production potential was spurred by an increase to 760,000 planted acres, 140,000 more than last year. Georgia grows about half of all U.S. peanuts.Georgia farmers were set to average 3,100 pounds per acre. But this number will likely go down by the time harvest ends later in November, says John Beasley, a UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.”The major reason for the significant drop-off in yield potential is the hot, dry weather over the past few weeks,” Beasley said.Rainfall in September has been scarce to nonexistent across south Georgia, where most peanuts are grown. The area usually gets 3 to 4 inches in September, barring any tropical storms, according to the UGA Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.Farmers started harvesting a few weeks ago, Beasley said. But much of the crop is still maturing in fields.”A significant number of our acres were planted late,” he said. “Those acres still need several weeks to mature. Weather conditions over the next few weeks will dictate the yield potential of those acres.”Dry weather has hurt peanut quality, too, he said. It has kept part of the crop from maturing and gaining weight normally.”But we expect the grades to improve as the season progresses,” Beasley said.About half of Georgia’s peanut acres are irrigated, he said. But farmers haven’t had to use it much this summer. Most of the peanut-growing counties had above-average rainfall in June, July and August.”Many producers were able to park their irrigation systems during the season because of the rainfall amounts,” he said. “Those producers with irrigation have run it more over the past few weeks than all season combined.”Tomato spotted wilt virus, a deadly and yield-reducing peanut disease, has hit the crop hard this year, he said, along with other diseases.”TSWV is the worse it has been since the late 1990s,” he said. About 12 percent of the crop in 1997 was infected with TSWV, costing $45 million in losses.last_img read more

Victor Moses out of DR Congo Clash, Mikel Arrives Uyo

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed yesterday on its Twitter handle that Moses would join up with the team in London for the pre-World Cup tune up clash with the Three Lions of England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2.No reason was adduced for why the 27-year-old winger-back who won the English FA with Chelsea penultimate weekend is going to miss the clash with the Simba of DR Congo.The team’s Camp update ahead #2018FIFAWorldCup simply announced thus: “Captain @mikel_john_obi and @ogujohnugo have arrived in [email protected] will join the team in London.#SoarSuperEagles.”Meanwhile, Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed yesterday that sports journalists will have the opportunity to meet with the head of the coaching crew, Gernot Rohr, and the players at 1.45pm today.“Coach Gernot Rohr and the rest of the team are inviting members of the media to a parley at the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort, Uyo at 1.45pm on Friday, May 25, 2018,” a tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles revealed.Earlier yesterday, Eagles intensified their preparations with forwards like Odion Ighalo and Simeon Nwankwo the cynosure of eyes at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.The morning training featured the usual warm-up drills handled by Fitness Coach, Bernard Giles, who teamed up with Rohr early this year ahead of the World Cup. He is usually responsible for the fitness of players anywhere Rohr heads the coaching crew. Giles last duty post was at the Raja Casablanca in Morocco.Goalkeeper Coach, Enrico Pionetti drilled Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho and Dele Ajiboye. One of the quartet is to miss the final list of 23-players for the Mundial.Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Uche Agbo all showed exciting forms. Enyimba Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa conceded a goal from FC Crotone top man, Simeon Nwankwo.Recuperating Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi continued his regimen of training alone. He showed good form that he may be fit for the Three Lions clash in London next weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chelsea star to join Eagles for the Three Lions friendly at WembleyDuro IkhazuagbeChelsea wing-back, Victor Moses, has been ruled out of Super Eagles friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt on Monday.Moses is the only missing link in Gernot Rohr’s 30-man provisional squad at the Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo following the arrival of team Captain, John Mikel Obi and John Ogu yesterday.last_img read more

New Life for Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

first_imgSupply of batteries still inconsistentBecause sales of electric vehicles are still small, there isn’t a steady supply of the batteries available to Green Charge and others with the same idea. But the idea is promising.General Motors is using five Volt batteries to help power a data center that’s part of its testing facility, The Times said. Photovoltaic panels and two wind turbines produce electricity at the net-zero energy facility, and the batteries can either store or deliver energy, depending on the need. The Volt batteries hold enough electricity to power the system for four hours.The first of the Nissan-Green Charge systems, which incorporates four Leaf batteries, will be installed at a Nissan facility later this summer to reduce peak demands, the newspaper said, and the systems are apparently now ready for the commercial market.While Leaf and GM are finding ways to repurpose old batteries, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz both have announced plans for battery storage systems for residential and business use that incorporate new lithium-ion batteries. The battery systems are built on technology developed for electric vehicles. The batteries that power electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt still have as much as 80 percent of their storage capacity when they’re replaced, and figuring out what to do with them has been a headache for manufacturers.These used batteries are no longer strong enough to run a vehicle, but unlike the cars themselves, they are difficult to take apart and recycle. Now both Nissan and General Motors have come up with a solution that not only solves, or at least delays, the recycling issue but offers businesses a way of reducing their power bills. The New York Times reports that Nissan has just formed a partnership with Green Charge Networks to use old Leaf batteries in stationary storage systems designed to reduce the “demand charges” that businesses pay utilities.As Green Charge explains at its website, demand charges represent as much as 50 percent of the power bill for a typical business. While residential customers pay only for the power they use, business also pay for the highest amount of power they use at any time during the billing cycle. This helps utilities defray the cost of building and maintaining the grid, which must be designed to meet peak loads.Businesses and institutions that have battery banks to even out their use of electricity and lower their peak demands on the grid can save money, and that’s where the electric vehicle batteries come into play. Green Charge will use the Leaf batteries to build these systems, and General Motors says it will develop a similar system for used Volt batteries and sell it on its own. Lots of life left in Leaf batteriesVic Shao, the founder and CEO of Green Charge, said Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kWh when new, so at 80 percent of that when they’re repurposed they would still be able to produce nearly twice the power as the larger of the two Tesla batteries, a 10 kWh model.The number of batteries and other parts of the system can be scaled to meet the customer’s needs.Shao said the systems would be commercially available in the 4th quarter of the year. He did not discuss pricing, but pointed out that Green Charge doesn’t sell the battery system to its commercial customers as a stand-alone package. Rather, they engineer and install the system and then split the savings with the site host. The batteries have a 10-year guaranteed life span when Green Charge acquires them from Nissan.Because of very high demand charges for commercial customers, the systems can produce big savings. But Shao said he didn’t see the same opportunity for the residential market right now.“I struggle with that question myself,” he said. “I believe there are certain niche residential applications available on the market today perhaps. I would say for the majority of the U.S. population, grid power is reliable and cheap and there is not really a particular need for home-based energy storage, at least economically speaking. Consumers may decide to buy home energy storage systems for other reasons other than economics.”Green Charge now has more than 20 systems installed and running now, and close to 200 customers who are contracted in design, engineering and construction.last_img read more

Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_img“There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC MOST READ LATEST STORIES “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is seeking written applications from suitably qualified currently accredited and active Coaches to fill Assistant Coach positions with the Australian Open Mens, Womens and Mixed teams. Positions available: Mens Open Assistant Coach; Womens Open Assistant Coach; Mixed Open Assistant Coach. Potential applicants should be aware that all Open team participants will be required to pay a levy for tours. Applications for these positions close on Monday 23 February 2004 and should be forwarded to: National Technical Manager Australian Touch Association PO Box 9078 DEAKIN ACT 2600 NB: Applications should be in writing demonstrating ability to perform the duties detailed in the attached Position Descriptions. The applicant should also include a curriculum vita. National Training Squad and Talent Identification Program The Talent Identification (TID) Program and selection of the National Training Squads during 2004 is detailed below: National Training Squad (NTS) selection – National Touch League 13-17 March 2004, Coffs Harbour; NTS training camp 11-14 June 2004, Canberra; State of Origin 13-14 August 2004, Sydney; Final selection camp Australian 20s, 15 August 2004, Sydney; Australian 18 years Championships, Coffs Harbour 15-18 September; Further training camps will be negotiated with the various open coach; Attendance at the major state competitions (i.e. Sydney Champs, South East Qld League). Further inquiries may be directed to the ATA Office.last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.” last_img

Jamaican Born Civil Rights Campaigner Appointed to British House of Lords

first_imgStory Highlights Doreen Lawrence has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London. Noted Jamaican-born civil rights campaigner, Doreen Lawrence, who was recently appointed to the British House of Lords, has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London.The United Kingdom’s (UK) Home Secretary, Theresa May, was among the special guests at a reception hosted on Monday, October 21, by Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month, using the title Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Her tireless fight for justice for her son, has promoted reforms of the police service. She has also founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.Mrs. Lawrence said that she was overwhelmed by the honour. “It has been overwhelming. My work was not to get me to here. It was for my son, for my family. I wanted the world to recognise what we were going through,” she said.She said she sees her role in the House of Lords as being the voice of ordinary people.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba congratulated Mrs. Lawrence on her elevation to the House of Lords.“We are very proud that she is now Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.  It is the parish of her birth in Jamaica and where Stephen is buried. I am told it is rare for this honour to be named after a location in a Commonwealth realm or other country outside of the United Kingdom,” the High Commissioner said.High Commissioner Assamba said the honour was a fitting testament to Baroness Lawrence’s resolute campaign, bravery and commitment to getting justice for Stephen. She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month.last_img read more

Slow start turns into blowout for Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa 483

OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more