Unikrn to ‘vigorously defend’ lawsuit

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 20th August 2018 | By contenteditor Investor seeks class-action status in suit focusing on UnikoinGold cryptocurrency Finance Topics: Finance Legal & compliancecenter_img Unikrn has retained law firm Perkins Coie to “vigorously defend” the esports gambling company against legal action that has been initiated by one of its investors, according to co-founder Rahul Sood.John Hastings has filed the lawsuit in King County, Washington, against Unikrn and its founders, including Sood and Karl Flores. Sood acknowledged the lawsuit in a statement to GeekWire.Hastings, who is seeking class-action status, alleges that the company circumvented securities law in relation to the sale of its cryptocurrency, UnikoinGold, which is supported by the Ethereum blockchain network.UnikoinGold was launched in September for Unikrn users, allowing punters to place bets on esports titles including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and League of Legends.“Defendants have crafted a flimsy facade that UKG Tokens are not securities by claiming they are utility tokens,” Hastings, who purchased UnikoinGold tokens with 10 Ethereum during that September offering, said in his filing, according to ESPN.“In reality, the UnikoinGold ICO was an offer and sale of securities. Indeed, it is evident that investors were purchasing UKG Tokens with the expectation that those tokens would increase in value and become worth more than the virtual currencies invested.”Hastings also cited a recent report by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US that stated that the DAO Tokens cryptocurrency was subject to security laws.UnikoinGold was listed at 30 cents per token when the initial coin offering (ICO) launched in September, but it is now valued at just under 5 cents. The ICO, which was described at the time as representing a “signal moment” for the sector, had raised nearly 113,000 Ethereum worth about $31m by October in a two-stage process spanning 112 countries.Unikrn has a number of high-profile investors, including Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, and actor Ashton Kutcher. Tags: Online Gambling Unikrn to ‘vigorously defend’ lawsuit Email Addresslast_img read more

Forget the Cash ISA! I’d buy these 6% yielding FTSE 100 stocks

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With that in mind, I think investors would be better off buying FTSE 100 stocks to generate a passive income. FTSE 100 stocks for incomeTwo companies in the UK’s blue-chip index stand out to me as being undervalued income investments.  Mining groups BHP (LSE: BHP) and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) are some of the world’s largest producers of crucial commodities such as iron ore and copper.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The mining sector might not be the first place investors look for income investments. However, these FTSE 100 stocks have become some of the market’s best dividend stocks during the past few years. Their transition started a few years ago. After an extended period of excessive spending, when the mining industry collectively wasted hundreds of billions of dollars on vanity projects, many of which never recouped the cost of construction, BHP and Rio decided enough was enough.Their respective management teams took decisive action to lower costs and reduce spending. This coincided with a significant increase in the prices of essential commodities. As a result, profit margins expanded, and profits jumped. By reducing spending on capital projects, these FTSE 100 companies were able to use the extra profit to reduce debt. And after paying off borrowing, the firms switched to rewarding investors. Dividend championsFollowing the switch away from debt reduction to dividend growth, both BHP and Rio have since become dividend champions. Today, shares in the two companies support dividend yields around 6%. That’s around double the FTSE 100 average. I think these dividends are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Governments around the world are in the process of commissioning massive infrastructure programmes, which are designed to stimulate economic growth following the pandemic. This is already having a significant impact on commodity prices. The prices of copper and iron ore, for example, are pushing to multi-year highs. This suggests that BHP and Rio could see a substantial increase in sales and profits this year. At the same time, both companies have been investing in efficiency measures, such as automated trains, which should lower their transportation and production costs. I believe these twin tailwinds of rising sales and growing profit margins will lead to larger profits, and, as a result, bigger dividends for investors. There could also be the chance of a special dividend or share buyback if the FTSE 100 firms end up with too much cash on their balance sheets. The bottom line All in all, at a time when so many other companies are struggling, and with interest rates at record lows, I think Rio and BHP could boost one’s portfolio. Their dividends alone are worth investing in, in my view, that’s without taking into account the potential for capital growth.  Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! 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Red Light Camera Hearing Results

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia TAGSRed Light Cameras Previous articleMarden Road closing for roundabout constructionNext articleStudy: Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! February 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 4 COMMENTS Mama Mia Does the Florida Leaque of Cities lobby for the red-light camera company??? February 16, 2017 at 12:05 am Mama Mia Reply center_img Reply Who lobbies for the red-light camera company in Tallahassee? Find out their names, or law firms, and tell us who! Who lobbys for the thousands of little people who get robbed with these huge fines and citations? Can’t possibly be the people we elect as nothing has changed, just talk, talk, talk……….. You got a letter from the Apopka Police Department that contained a Red Light Camera violation notice.  You went online and reviewed the video and the photos. At this point you had to make a decision.  Do I pay the fine or do I request a hearing and try to convince the independent hearing officer, also known as a magistrate, to dismiss my case.If you pay the fine it will cost you $158.  If you take your case before the magistrate and win the cost is zero.  But if you take your case to hearing and lose the cost becomes $408 ($158 for the violation and $250 for hearing costs).The City of Apopka schedules its Red Light Camera hearings on the second Tuesday of each month.  At the beginning of the hearings the clerk and the officer both explain to the petitioners which defenses are unlikely to result in a dismissal.  The ineffective defenses include:The sun was in my eyesI was driving too fast to stopThe road was wetI was behind a large vehicle and could not see the lightI was distracted by someone or something in my carThe light was red for my lane but it was green for the lane I switched to as I approached or entered the intersectionAfter the ineffective defenses are listed the petitioners are given the opportunity to plead guilty, pay the $158 fine and incur a $50 dismissal fee.  Total cost: $208. The crowd is reminded that Red Light Camera violations do not go on their driving record. At this point the decision is;Do I plead guilty before my hearing is called and pay $208, orDo I go forward with the hearing and risk paying $200 more if I am unable to convince the magistrate to dismiss my case?There were 34 cases scheduled to be heard yesterday by the independent hearing officer, Randy Means from Brevard County. After hearing the the list of ineffective defenses 12 people decided to plead guilty and pay $208.  The others decided to plead their case before the hearing officer.Thirteen of the cases heard involved straight-thru violations.  All thirteen were found to be violations by the hearing officer.Seven of the cases were at the intersection of Park and Main street.  All seven drivers were traveling southbound on Park in the left turn lane and the red light was on for traffic in that lane.  All seven drivers continued straight on Park thus running the red light for the left turn lane. All seven cases were found to be red light camera violations.It should be noted that changing lanes while in an intersection is illegal, but the red light camera video can only be used to issue red light camera citations.Eight cases involved turning right on red without first coming to a complete stop. Six of the cases were upheld and two of the right-turn cases were dismissed by the hearing officer. In those cases the hearing officer found that, even though the drivers did not come to a complete stop before turning right on red, they did make a right-hand turn, “…in a careful and prudent manner.”What constitutes, “a careful and prudent manner?”There does not appear to be a hard and fast rule, but speed through the turn seemed to play a big part in yesterday’s dismissals. In one case the magistrate explained his decision by saying, “The video shows that you intended to stop. Make sure you do next time.”“There won’t be no next time,” said the grateful petitioner.In the other case the magistrate said, “You came to almost a full stop.”In both cases the video showed the drivers were noticeably slowing as they approached the turns and had their brakes on. In the other right-turn cases the drivers were not slowing and did not apply their brakes at any time.At the end of the day there were 32 violations upheld and 2 violations dismissed.In January there were 25 violations upheld and 6 violations dismissed.Use this link to learn more about the Apopka Red Light Camera Program. February 16, 2017 at 12:16 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate February 16, 2017 at 12:10 am $ 158.00 + $ 50.00 + $ 200.00 more to fight on……this is absolutely the most ridiculous robbery ever! I will jump for joy when 2020 comes around when they claim the state is going to get rid of the red-light cameras. 2020 can’t come soon enough for me, and I don’t care how old I will be, but then, oh yeah, no sooner than I heard that they would be fazed out in 2020 by state, the tv news reported they might be allowed to stay permanently! You can’t believe nothing those people say at Tallahassee! Those Tallahassee legislators irk me to death, playing games with people’s lives! I wonder if they have to pay their red-light tickets? I bet they get tossed out!!!! Reply Please enter your name here Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Monaco House / McBride Charles Ryan

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/8039/monaco-house-mcbride-charles-ryan Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/8039/monaco-house-mcbride-charles-ryan Clipboard “COPY” Australia CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Houses Save this picture!+ 13 Share CopyAbout this officeMcBride Charles RyanOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneHousesAustraliaPublished on October 31, 2008Cite: “Monaco House / McBride Charles Ryan” 31 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave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 stream Text description provided by the architects. This is a new 4 storey building located in a largely pedestrian lane (Ridgway place) at the East end of Melbourne’s CBD. Dominant in the lane is the historic Melbourne Club wall and the gigantic plane trees emanating from the Melbourne Club Garden which arch over the diminutive lane. The site with dimensions of 6.1 m in width and 17m in depth and a foot print of 102.5 sqm is a postage stamp.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsOur brief was to provide a ground level entry and café, followed by two levels of office tailored for the Proprietors Investment and Philanthropic Organisation. The top level contains a small reception area primarily for official functions associated with the client’s role as Honorary Consular of Monaco. Save this picture!The process of the Aggregation of the Melbourne’s allotments is now almost universally seen as a process which diminishes urban quality and diversity. There is now an earnest attempt, even in large block developments, to reintroduce fine grain urbanism that has been lost to the city. This project is rare; despite renewed respect of fine grain urbanism there are few willing to make the significant investment that this type of building entails. Save this picture!This was this client’s first foray into what may be considered contemporary architecture. Despite this inexperience, our client had a love of the design of cars, boats (particularly early 20C) and finely crafted objects. He bemoaned the loss of shape in the contemporary world. It was in the area of shape, craft and material that the architect and client found our common ground. Save this picture!To meet cost constraints building elements had to be structured around crane sizes, and crane sizes around turning circles. Much of the external is pragmatic and unremarkable. It is in the 2 metre frontage zone where for many months we explored and discussed the nuances of composition. We wanted the building to be both abstract and awash with imagery. We looked at the plane trees, the gothic, surrealism, the heraldic, deco and the Prague cubists. We wanted the building to be above all else something that amplified its miniature urban grain and enriched the pedestrian experience of the city. Save this picture!Within the office large apertures to the West are well shaded by deep balconies and the adjoining plane trees. The workspace has good natural light and cross ventilation. Exposed windows have electronically controlled external blinds. Outdoor balconies provide areas of release from the office desk. The ‘green roofscape’ is a similar space but also adds additional insulation to the upper floor. Water is harvested and stored in the stairwell. Fixtures are selected for their low energy and water usage. There is a heavy emphasis on insulation with a combination of closed cell Styrofoam, air cell and bulk insulation reducing reliance on conditioned air. Save this picture!From a technical point of view the complex geometry and use of such materials as Glass Reinforced Cement and its structural support demanded sophisticated use of 3d software and integration of those techniques with the off site production. This project may have brought us a small step closer to the ideal where our CAD software can integrate with production and enhance diversity, complexity and apparent craft without large cost impost.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessd’House Addition & Renovation / Wiebenson & Dorman ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCouran Point house / ArkhefieldSelected Projects Share Monaco House / McBride Charles RyanSave this projectSaveMonaco House / McBride Charles Ryan ArchDaily “COPY” 2007 Year:  Projects Monaco House / McBride Charles Ryan Architects: McBride Charles Ryan Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Chief Executive of Diabetes UK awarded OBE

first_imgChief Executive of Diabetes UK awarded OBE Howard Lake | 16 June 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Paul Streets, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, has been awarded the OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services towards people with diabetes.Streets has worked at Diabetes UK, formerly the British Diabetic Association, since July 1998. He has steered the charity through some major changes, including a new corporate identity in 2000. He was also instrumental in shaping the English National Service Framework for Diabetes (NSF), and also worked to ensure framework services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Streets said: “I regard this as a great honour, but it is also recognition of the work we are doing at Diabetes UK. I work with a tremendous team of people, who share my vision of a future without diabetes.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

How to turn negative emojis into positive charity support

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Howard Lake | 29 November 2017 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. A new Chrome extension lets you convert your negative Facebook emoji reactions into positive actions to support charities and social change campaigns.Every time the Emoji Reaction Project‘s free tool encounters an angry or sad emoji on one of your posts about a particular environmental or social issue, it will prompt you with three actions you can take on it: donate, do or dial.Currently available only in the US, the extension’s ‘donate‘ option links you to a relevant nonprofit, selected via Charity Navigator’s API. Selecting ‘do‘ presents lists of protests and campaign meetings for you to attend, pulled in from filmmaker Michael Moore’s Resistance calendar of protests. Choosing ‘dial’ lets you connect with local politicians to connect with.Don’t be sad – take actionThe Emoji Reaction Project was inspired by the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. A group of staff at ad agency Droga5 wondered how they could convert the outpouring of sadness and grief on Facebook posts about the killings into something more practical. They decided to create a tool that could apply to a wide range of issues. Advertisement The extension has been created as a ‘side project’ by the group. It lists 15 policy and causes with relevant actions for them. These include gun control, natural disasters, the environment, LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. More issues will be added soon.For an action to present itself, the Facebook post has to contain one or more keywords that the project is set up to search for.Although it is expanding in the US, there is no indication as to whether this will be expanded to the UK.center_img How to turn negative emojis into positive charity support Tagged with: Digital emoji  248 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  247 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

U.S. Ethanol Production at a 15 Week Low

first_img SHARE According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.036 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.51 million gallons daily. Output thinned by 15,000 b/d, settling 1.4% under the prior week. The four-week average for ethanol production receded to a 15-week low of 1.048 million b/d for an annualized rate of 16.07 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol eased to 22.6 million barrels. That is a 0.4% decrease and an 8-week low.There were zero ethanol imports recorded for the third consecutive week. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of July 2018.)Average weekly gasoline demand dropped for the fourth straight week, plummeting 5.7% to 8.987 million barrels (377.5 million gallons) daily. This is equivalent to 137.77 billion gallons annualized and the lowest consumption in 16 weeks (the start of summer driving season). Refiner/blender input of ethanol likewise shrank to the lowest use in 16 weeks, contracting 2.9% to 901,000 b/d. That is equivalent to 13.81 billion gallons annualized.Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production lifted to a 7-week high of 11.53%.Source: RFA Home Energy U.S. Ethanol Production at a 15 Week Low By Gary Truitt – Sep 26, 2018 U.S. Ethanol Production at a 15 Week Low Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleAdministration Keeps Looking for Trade Wins on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext article“Red” to Return to the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo Gary Truittlast_img read more

Much-needed drug service opens in city centre

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Facebook Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSCommunityhealthLimerick City and CountyNews TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img NewsCommunityHealthMuch-needed drug service opens in city centreBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2018 1362 Twitter Previous articleFarrell pleased to put his hand back up for selectionNext articlePowPig grab the last available slot at Other Voices Festival this weekend Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Ana Liffey chief executive Tony DuffinANA Liffey Drug Project this week opened their new premises on the Dock Road to continue giving people who use drugs in the city their non-judgmental support.Supported by the HSE and the Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Ana Liffey first opened its doors six years ago at their former premises at Fairgreen in Limerick. Since then they have worked to support hundreds of people, with complex and multiple needs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick has a lot going for it – it’s a busy business hub, it has great restaurants, nightlife and an unparalleled community spirit. Sadly, like all urban centres Limerick has its unfair share of problems too. One of these issues is a significant drug problem,” Ana Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin said this week.“There was an identified need to relocate to a more central location to facilitate easier access for more people. We are grateful to our funders, the community and partner agencies for their support – our work can only be done in partnership.“We are very proud of our Mid-West team; and the move to our new building on the Dock Road in Limerick City represents a significant investment by Ana Liffey in our work in the region. We look forward to continuing to help as many people as we can – people whose lives have been blighted by drug use,” he added.Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler, who is a professional Drugs Education and Prevention worker, was on hand to open Ana Liffey’s new base.“As an elected public representative I represent people from all walks of life. I also work as a drugs worker. So, I have a, somewhat, unique perspective on the drugs issue. I know that being addicted to drugs is a physically and psychologically painful experience, which nobody would choose for themselves,” Mayor Butler explained.“Equally, I know that people living in communities, impacted upon by drugs, often live in fear. If we want to have any chance of improving this situation, we must address the problems that cause drug use. Part of the response is accessible drug services that meet people where they are at. Ana Liffey Drug Project is such a service. Moving their service into the heart of Limerick City is a great idea and I am confident that more people will turn to Ana Liffey for support.” Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

Elevate ENT Partners Launches New Physician-Led Practice Management Support Organization

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Elevate ENT Partners Launches New Physician-Led Practice Management Support Organization By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHouston Rockets release DeMarcus Cousins after 25 gamesNext articleAUTO RACING: NASCAR heads to Homestead Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

[Chhat Puja] Calcutta High Court Sets Broad Guidelines, Asks State To Strictly Enforce Ban On Crackers [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Chhat Puja] Calcutta High Court Sets Broad Guidelines, Asks State To Strictly Enforce Ban On Crackers [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Nov 2020 5:31 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (10th November) decided the broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja in West Bengal, amid the surging COVID-19 cases.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee also directed the State Government, particularly the police, to leave no stone unturned “to take immediate appropriate steps against anyone seeking to sell or purchase…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 Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (10th November) decided the broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja in West Bengal, amid the surging COVID-19 cases.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee also directed the State Government, particularly the police, to leave no stone unturned “to take immediate appropriate steps against anyone seeking to sell or purchase firecrackers or the like or any such material which emanates smoke and has the propensity to pollute the air.”Regarding the Chhat Puja, several suggestions were made before the Court. In this context, the Court was of the opinion that it is the executive which ought to devise measures to take care of the myriad situations which may arise.”It is elementary that the executive would act for the greater good and in public interest and, in such course, there may be a minority which may be adversely affected”, noted the Court.Accordingly, in view of the submission made on behalf of the State, some broad guidelines regarding the Chhat Puja were indicated by the Court:(i) In the pockets in the State where Chhat Puja is observed, particularly in and around the cities of Kolkata, Siliguri, Durgapur and Asansol, the State should make repeated announcements in the relevant areas requesting no more than two persons per family to attempt to visit any water body this year and for the rest of the family to observe Chhat Puja from home or in and around the home.(ii) Long-drawn processions should not be allowed and, in any event, the use of music, other than the dhak or small band, should not be allowed. Once the revelry that goes with blaring music is arrested, the processions are expected to be less.(iii) Persons intending to travel to a water body should come in vehicles upon maintaining the Covid protocol and without jostling with each other to get a toehold in the vehicle. The wearing of masks will be mandatory at all stages.(iv) Even when a vehicle, which may be a small tempo or lorry or the like comes to a water body or near the same, all persons should not be permitted to alight or go to the water body. Representatives from each vehicle, as may be deemed fit, should be 6 allowed to go to the edge of the water body and perform the rituals in an ecologically friendly mannerAs far as Subhas Sarovar and Rabindra Sarobar were concerned, the Court observed that in view of the subsisting order of the National Green Tribunal, “these water bodies will be totally out of bounds for Chhat Puja celebrations.”Further, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the local municipal bodies were directed to depute representatives in the relevant localities for spreading awareness, the need to exercise self-restraint and to observe the Chhat Puja on a low-key. Such measures will have to be undertaken all over the State where Chhat Puja is observed.Regarding the functioning of local trains, the Court said,”The State should consider whether it may be in the best interest of all to suspend the operation of local trains on November 14 and November 15, 2020 and on the day of Jagadhatri Puja or to manage the running of trains in such manner that people do not find it convenient to come to the city of Kolkata or travel to other places of interest on Kali Puja day or visit 7 Chandannagar on Jagadhatri Puja day. The State is left free to make appropriate arrangements with the railway authorities in such regard..”Further, the Court directed the Kolkata Police and the State police to put up telephone numbers on their websites and on hoardings and boards prominently displayed across the city and the State, indicating effective numbers where complaints regarding the bursting of crackers may be made.Apart from that, the Court also observed that in the event the State finds any difficulty in controlling crowds or in the implementation of this order, “the State is reminded of the authority at its disposal including the power under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to restrict the number of persons in any particular area.”Lastly, the Court said,”Indeed, it is hoped that the entire State machinery is geared up to implement the orders passed in such regard for the greater good of the citizens and to ensure that the quality of air is not adversely affected by the acts of a few that may imperil lives”Case title – Anasua Bhattacharya v. State of West Bengal & Ors. and other connected Writ PetitionsClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more