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Cable & Wireless Communications sells Bermuda operations for £43m

first_img Cable & Wireless Communications sells Bermuda operations for £43m More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Share KCS-content Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) yesterday announced the sale of its business in Bermuda to Canada’s Bragg Group for $70m (£43m).The deal comes just three months after CWC said it would buy a majority stake in Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), the state-owned mobile operator, for $210m to boost its Caribbean operations. Bragg Group, a Canadian cable and telecommunications provider, will fund the deal – expected to close by the end of next month – with cash.CWC, which also announced a share buyback of up to $100m yesterday, owns stakes in two international cable systems which land in Bermuda that are operated separately and not part of the transaction.Chief executive Tony Rice said: “Bermuda does not fit our business model as it is not a full-service operation while BTC provides excellent opportunities and a strong strategic fit with our Caribbean business.” whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Wednesday 23 February 2011 8:38 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comlast_img read more

William Hill cites online and US success as growth continues

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance William Hill cites online and US success as growth continues 8th May 2018 | By contenteditor William Hill has said ongoing growth within its online and US divisions helped to drive an increase in key financials during the 17 weeks to April 24 Topics: Finance Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Regions: Oceania UK & Ireland US Australia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter William Hill has said ongoing growth within its online and US divisions helped to drive an increase in key financials during the 17 weeks to April 24. Group revenue, excluding discontinued operations during the period, was up 3% on a year-on-year basis, with strong performances by Hill’s online and US businesses slightly offset by a decline in UK retail revenue. Total net online revenue for the period was up 12% year-on-year, despite an 8% drop in amounts wagered via sportsbook, while US revenue hiked 45%, with a 17% increase in sportsbook wagers. Retail revenue fell 4% year-on-year, with sportsbook wagers down by 13%. Hill noted that its discontinued Australian operation, which it sold to CrownBet Holdings last month, saw revenue drop 22% in the period.With the Australian business included, group revenue was only up by 1%. Philip Bowcock, chief executive of William Hill, said: “William Hill has had a positive start to 2018, making further progress against our strategic priorities to grow UK market share, drive international revenues and deliver key transformation projects. “Continued momentum in online and strong growth in the US have driven a good performance during the period. “In the UK, an unprecedented run of bookmaker-friendly sporting results led to unusual wagering and gaming trends, which we expect to normalise over time. “The sale of our Australia business has further strengthened our balance sheet. “While we await the outcome of the UK Triennial Review and the Supreme Court’s decision on US sports betting legislation, we remain focused on continuing to deliver a great customer experience, particularly ahead of this summer’s World Cup.”Related article: William Hill completes sale of Australian business Email Addresslast_img read more

B2B revenue drives Aspire H1 growth

first_img Email Address Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGaming solutions provider Aspire Global’s B2B revenue increased 76.5% in the first half of 2019, pushing group revenue for the period to €66m (£60.5m/$73.1m).The company saw an increase in B2B deposits, from €40.7m to €74m, and in total number of B2B transactions, to 1.27bn, up from 715.8m last year. These figures helped B2B revenues increase to €43m, up from €25.2m last year.“I am very proud of the strong progress for our B2B-business, currently constituting around 60% of total revenue and almost 70% of EBITDA,” chief executive Tsachi Maimon said. “This is the result of our consistent strategy to focus our efforts on the right partnerships, all while improving our offering and optimizing the business set-up. It is certainly gratifying to see the results of our hard work being reflected in many of our KPIs.”B2C revenue also increased, from €21m to €27m, helped by a 15.3% increase in deposits from first-time depositors to €75.3m. The number of active users increased to 119.5m, up from 98.5m last year.The Nordic region contributed €13.4m of the company’s revenue from the period, a decline from €14.1m last year. Revenue from the UK and Ireland increased 9% to €9.7m, but the vast majority of the company’s growth came from the rest of Europe, where revenue increased from €19m to €41m. Revenue from the rest of the world increased from €1.1m to €1.9m.The company paid €42.8m in distribution expenses, up 69.2% from last year. Gaming duties increased from €2.1 to €2.4m, while administrative expenses increased from €6.4m to €7m, bringing total expenses to €52.1m, up 54.4% year-on-year.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization increased 43.3% to €12.1m. Financial expenses increased by 107% to €2.1m, leading to a net profit of €9.1m, up 21.3% from last year.In the second quarter of 2019, B2B revenue increased 51.4% to €21.5m, resulting in group revenue increasing €31.8m, up from €24.2m in the prior year.However the contribution from the Nordic region fell from €7m in Q2 2018 to €6m, which Aspire blamed on tough regulatory conditions in the Swedish market. Revenue from the UK and Ireland also fell, from €6.1m to €5m. This was offset by strong growth across the rest of Europe, where revenue increased by 90.8% to €20.8m, with the rest of the world contributing a further €1.0m.Distribution expenses for the company increased from €13.8m to €21.3m, while gaming duties totalled €1.2m and administrative expenses declined 8.5% to €3.2m. However, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization increased, increased financial expenses and losses from foreign currency exchange differences meant that net income declined for the quarter from €5.3m to €4.2m.Maimon said that going forward, the company would continue the emphasis on B2B and new markets that led to increased revenue in 2019, and that he believed new partnerships would help the company continue to grow.“We will continue to focus on B2B, entering additional new markets and extending the offering for some of our main brands to include more than one vertical,” Maimon said. “We are also excited about the upcoming launches together with our recent partners, one of which is Apex Marketing and the other is Codere Group who will be expanding their online offering to Northern Europe over our platform.”This will be supported by the €13.1m acquisition of games developer Pariplay, agreed in July. The deal, Aspire said, would allow it to cut costs, broaden its game portfolio and provide a channel to sell games, including proprietary titles, outside of its partner network. The supplier is also licensed in New Jersey, which Aspire said would allow it to expand into the US market. B2B revenue drives Aspire H1 growth The company paid €42.8m in distribution expenses, up 69.2% from last year. Gaming duties increased from €2.1 to €2.4m, while administrative expenses increased from €6.4m to €7m, bringing total expenses to €52.1m, up 54.4% year-on-year.center_img Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation 20th August 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Dawn Properties Limited 2005 Annual Report

first_imgDawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dawn Properties Limited (DAWN.zw)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileDawn Properties Limited offers professional real estate services to government, parastatals, corporates, institutional bodies, the financial services and private sector; including property sales and leasing, property management, real estate valuation and advisory services, and project and development management. Dawn Properties has three real estate businesses in Zimbabwe; property holding, property development and property consulting. It owns approximately 540 hectares of land in residential and commercial markets and manages over 340 000 square metres of lettable space across over 120 sites in Zimbabwe. The valuation division covers property, plant and machinery, and furniture and fittings valuations. Its property and timeshare portfolio include Caribbea Bay Sun Hotel, Monomotapa Hotel, Elephant Hills Resort and Conference Centre, Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Holiday Inn Mutare Hotel and Hwange Safari Lodge. Dawn Properties Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N

first_imgArchitects: Estudio M + N Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla+ 35 Share House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/434615/house-in-villa-cielo-estudio-m-n Clipboard Structural Advisor:Hugo BonaiuttiIronworks:Fabián Aimar e HijosProject Architect:Cristian NanzerCity:Capilla del MonteCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Windowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumThe direction of the gaze builds the landscape, of the evanescent magma of time and space, capturing its own territory for a moment, the act of looking is like building, it is never naive and innocent, there is always a cultural dimension that supports it, a time bias that identifies it, it serves as a mechanism for selection and assembly, which soon turns to memory, the reservoir of existence, and that is when the landscape becomes subjective and manipulable, relational and evocative. Every landscape is passing, or rather, the projected gaze returns us the assurance of being ourselves momentary passengers in the landscape, this conviction gives us ubiquity and temporality in traffic. Every landscape is perishable, like the carrier of the gaze. Precisely for this reason, the landscape is revealed to us in an instant as deeply human.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaTraversing the landscape, the project for this house attempts to develop this argument, inducing a daily communion of its inhabitants with the surrounding environment. They are a couple who usually lives in Buenos Aires, but who slowly want to leave their residence in the city and settle in the peace and quiet of the mountain village.Save this picture!© Cristian NanzerThe layout of the project takes place around the dominant presence of Uritorco hill, in the foothills of the Sierra de Punilla. The views and orientations led us to define its siting and materiality. Basically, a heavy prism of cyclopean concrete, which on the sloping terrain accommodates two floors, the lower or basement contains a double open garage that serves as an extension to the grill and pool area, together with an independent guest room. The lower floor is composed as a base, at the same time raising the position of the main areas of the house. Above the base is a wall with all the domestic services: kitchen, bathrooms, dressing room, service courtyard and main entrance, built with a rustic technique that alternates exposed concrete and cyclopean concrete, the basement and the services wall frame and accommodate the main rooms. Over the heavy walls is a light steel structure, which addresses the basic modulation of the project, dependent on the optimization of the profiles: 1.50m in the longitudinal direction, 1.20m in the transverse direction. Enclosed in natural aluminum frames, it defines the perimeter of the living room, dining room, and master bedroom, these are placed in direct relationship with the landscape, which is pervasive and produces atmosphere variations according to the changing color of light throughout the day and year. To enhance the relationship of the house with the ambient light, the sloping roof is always separated from the concrete walls through a perimeter carpentry, while extended above windows and walls, forming a separate plane which gives rise to a gallery to the northwest and eaves on the other sides.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaTo confer security and shade for the large glass panels, sliding shutters were designed with heavyweight metal, which together with the metal structure, provide consistency and a certain subtlety that contrasts with the rusticity and imperfection of the concrete finishes.At the entrance, concrete walls are combined with a “palo a pique” technique, common in the construction of pens in the mountains, with the exception that all those trunks were extracted from fallen trees, or trees washed away by the high tides of the rivers. Without chopping a single tree, this was a task undertaken by a local guide and friend: Barnabas Leal.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaIn the main void inside, there are two sculptures by artist Hernán Dompé, which intensify the space with their geometry, the analogy of the outdoor rough landscape.Finally, we can say that certain principles of containment, material, and formal austerity defined this work, with the expectation that time will allow to amalgamate it without aggression or stridency to its site, until such time comes, as an award, when it will go unnoticed, to become one more component of the landscape that hosts it.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessTales Pavilion / Luca NichettoSelected ProjectsIf Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do “Donuts” Tell Us?Architecture News Share “COPY” Projects “COPY” House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + NSave this projectSaveHouse in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/434615/house-in-villa-cielo-estudio-m-n Clipboard ArchDaily 2007 Houses Year:  CopyHouses•Capilla del Monte, Argentina CopyAbout this officeEstudio M + NOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCapilla del MonteArgentinaPublished on October 07, 2013Cite: “House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N” [Casa en Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N] 07 Oct 2013. 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nfpSynergy monitor shows proportion giving sank to record low this summer

first_img Melanie May | 25 September 2020 | News  450 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement nfpSynergy monitor shows proportion giving sank to record low this summer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  449 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics The percentage of people donating dropped over the summer, according to nfpSynergy’s latest Charity Awareness Monitor, with 54% of people questioned in August saying they had given in the last three months – a 15% fall from the previous quarter.This is the lowest level ever recorded by nfpSynergy, with the 45-54 age bracket seeing the biggest drop. The AB social group however saw the lowest drop, with 70% saying they had given in the previous three months, down from 79% in the previous period.28% overall also said they had given less in last 12 months than previous years – again a record low.Regular giving however has held up according to nfpSynergy’s data, with 22% saying they have a direct debit or standing order, and 18% via a charity website, with membership up slightly at 15%.Buying from and giving to charity shops was also down. 27% bought something from a charity shop in August, falling from 44% in January, while a third donated to a charity shop, down from 47% at the beginning of the year.However, 63% of the public believe charities should continue to fundraise, while 17% of donors expect to give more to charity in the next 12 months, compared to 12% who expect to give less.nfpSynergy surveys a representative sample of the UK general public – 1,000 adults, aged 16+ for its Charity Awareness Monitor research. A blog on the findings is available on the nfpSynergy site. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Mountain Rescue Today Continues Record Streak

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News latest #1 Mountain Rescue Today Continues Record Streak From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 12:36 pmcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Business News 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Altadena Mountain Rescue Team members, joined by the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, rescued a 32-year-old man who was stuck in Coyote Canyon Tuesday morning, adding another incident to the record number of seven rescues the team has conducted since February 21, 2016.The man was visiting from Michigan, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Paige said.“At about 8 a.m., the Sierra Madre Police Department was notified of a hiker stranded in Coyote Canyon, on top of a dried-up waterfall,” Paige said. “The Sierra Madre Police notified us.”Both the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue and Altadena Mountain Rescue Team were activated.Paige said it took them several hours searching at the canyon before locating the stranded man.Rescuers reached him and lowered the man on a rope down the canyon. The man had to be treated for scratches on his elbows and knees.“He started off his hike at about 7 in the morning before the nature center opened and he was on a trail run,” Paige related. “He got into the canyon and got to the end, and said ‘well, there’s a trail here, it’s got to go somewhere,’ so he kept on trekking and unfortunately, he got into a position where he could no longer go up or down. So he called for help.”Paige said they could not use a helicopter because the area was right under a high-voltage power line.Earlier, Paige said they’ve had a record number of incidents involving people being stuck in the mountain trails or injured, partly because of the increased number of people hiking up the mountains because of the warm and sunny weather. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Honors the Altadena Community by Giving Back

first_img 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Community News Giving Back Webster’s Community Pharmacy Honors the Altadena Community by Giving Back By STACEY MICKLES Published on Friday, January 19, 2018 | 2:48 pm Business News It’s widely known that Webster’s Community Pharmacy (Webster’s) has long been a civic partner in the community of Altadena. Last week, Meredith Miller, co-owner of Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith presented a check to Michele Zack, local Altadenan and board member of Altadena Heritage according to Aubin Wilson, marketing consultant to Meredith M and Webster’s.In June 2017, Webster’s launched a new brand of lifestyle products — Beautiful Altadena 91001 ™. When the line was introduced, they announced that a portion of the sales of the line through the end of 2017 were being donated to a local community organization, Altadena Heritage. Altadena Heritage is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and raising awareness of our foothill community’s rich architectural, environmental and cultural heritage. Effective, January 1, 2018 the Altadena Historical Society was named as the next community partner to be the recipient of monies generated by the sale of the line.The Altadena Historical Society (AHS) was founded in 1935. Their mission is to gather, preserve, and share print and digital information about the people, places, and events that have shaped the Altadena community. For the last few years, images of the people and places in Beautiful Altadena 91001 have been on display in the photo gallery located at Webster’s.Want to do some good for the community you love? Shop the Beautiful Altadena 91001 line of home goods, apparel and gifts currently exclusively available at Webster’s located at 2450 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena and you will automatically be giving back to the community.Webster’s Community Pharmacy is located at 2450 Lake Ave. in Altadena. Fore more call (626) 797-1163 or visit http://www.altadenarx.com/ 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. More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

School Fee Waiver Amid Lockdown : How Various High Courts Dealt With The Issue?

first_imgTop StoriesSchool Fee Waiver Amid Lockdown : How Various High Courts Dealt With The Issue? Ashok Kini5 July 2020 4:33 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court is considering a Writ Petition filed by Parents Association seeking waiver of private school fees for a period of three months starting April 1 till July 1 2020 during lockdown. The PIL filed by Parents Associations in 9 states, namely Rajasthan, Odisha, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, contends that that it is the duty of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court is considering a Writ Petition filed by Parents Association seeking waiver of private school fees for a period of three months starting April 1 till July 1 2020 during lockdown. The PIL filed by Parents Associations in 9 states, namely Rajasthan, Odisha, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, contends that that it is the duty of the Government to protect the fundamental right of Right to Education in “event of inability in payment of fees due to financial hardships of a parent, the protection which is provided for … in the Constitution”. The Supreme Court is expected to consider the matter soon.This piece intends to survey how various High Courts have dealt with similar petitions. Uttarakhand High Court Restrained Schools From Demanding FeeThe earliest order in this regard was passed by Uttarakhand High Court which restrained all private unaided schools in the state from demanding tution fee from parents of students who are unable to access online classes, in view of the lockdown situation. The Order was passed in May 2020. The court directed that “it is only those students, who are able to access the online course being offered by the private educational institutions, who would be required to pay the tuition fee, if they choose to do so.” The order was passed by a bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe in conformity with the state Government’s order dated May 2, 2020, whereby private schools were prohibited from collecting any fees other than tuition fees and payment of tuition fees was made voluntary.”While the difficulties of these institutions, in having to incur expenditure without collecting fees from its students, is understandable, times of crisis like these would require the haves to extend a helping hand to the have-nots. The Government Order dated 02.05.2020 binds these private schools and, as long as it continues to remain in force, they are bound to adhere to the conditions stipulated therein.”, it said in the order.A batch of appeals against this order had come up before the Supreme Court last month in which it has issued notices to the parties.Gujarat HC: See To It That Schools Don’t Proceed To Cancel Admission On Failure To Deposit FeeWhile considering certain writ petitions which raised the issue of school fees, the Gujarat High Court, in an order passed on 19th June, directed the Advocate General to take up these issues with the State Government and see to it that the private schools across the State of Gujarat do not proceed to cancel the admission on failure of the parents to deposit the fees by 30.06.2020. The Court has posted these matters on 17th July 2020.Punjab and Haryana HC: Schools Entitled To Collect Tuition FeeThe High Court of Punjab and Haryana recently held that all schools, irrespective of whether they offered online classes during the lock-down period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee. Justice Nirmaljit Kaur issued various directions in the matter, while considering a bunch of petitions filed by associations of unaided private schools and parents of school students, challenging the May 14 notification issued by the Director, School Education, imposing curbs on the charging of fees.”The grievance of the parents that they should not be made to pay for the services which have not been rendered, especially when either some schools did not offer online services or because they reside in remote areas, where the online facility is not available, may be a reasonable complaint but while making the said complaint, the parents have forgotten the fact, as already noted above, that the staff and teachers have to be continuously paid the salary during this lockdown period”, held the bench while dismissing the PIL.Delhi HC: Charging of Tuition Fee JustifiedDelhi High Court rejected the plea seeking a direction to the Directorate of Education asking it to prohibit schools from charging even the tuition fee during lockdown period. The Court said that the charging of tuition fee is justified as schools are organising online classes, providing study materials, and paying staff salaries. The Court passed this order while dismissing a writ petition filed by one Naresh Kumar seeking a direction stating that private unaided schools should be prohibited from collecting even the tuition fee in light of the nationwide lockdown.’While there can be no cavil, to the proposition that the requirement of payment of school fees would, necessarily, become enforceable only where the fees are payable, i.e., where the parents are physically in a position to pay the school fees, we cannot agree that, during the period of lockdown, or during the period when online education is being provided by the schools, and availed of, by students, tuition fees should be exempted. So long as schools are disseminating education online, they are certainly entitled to charge tuition fees.’, the Court said.Kerala HC: Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff Salary Has To Be PaidThe Kerala High Court also dismissed a PIL against collection of school fee during lockdown period. Two students of Sree Buddha Central School, Sreelekshmi S. and Dhanvin M. Pillai, had approached the High Court seeking to direct the Government to issue directions to the Schools conducting online/virtual classes using modern video conferencing techniques to ensure that no student is denied the same on the reason on failure to pay fee. They submitted that, during the lockdown from March to May, 2020, though the schools were closed and online classes commenced only from June 2020, but the students have been asked to pay tuition fees for the said period also.”The main contention of the petitioners is that no fee should be collected during the lock down period. As rightly contended by the learned counsel for the respondents 6 and 7, whether there is lock down or not, monthly salaries for the teaching and non-teaching staff have to be paid. Though not contended, judicial notice can be taken that maintenance expenditure is a factor to be considered. Considering the fact that there is no change in the fees for the last year and the current year, and for other reasons stated supra, the demand of the petitioners that no fees can be collected during the lock down period cannot be accepted”, the court held.Allahabad HC Rejects Plea Seeking Complete Waiver Of School Fees The Allahabad High Court dismissed a public interest litigation seeking a direction on all the schools and colleges in the state to completely waive off fees, including tution fees. It dismissed a writ petition filed by one Ashutosh Kumar Pandey who contended that the period of closure of schools and colleges during the Covid crisis should be treated as a “holiday” and the institutions should be restrained from demanding fees for such period.”Most of the schools and colleges are taking up on-line classes for the students and teachers are taking either live classes or sending videos to the students. Even students are being given homework and the same is being checked by the teachers.”, the bench comprised by Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh observed Bombay HC: Approach the GovernmentThe Bombay High Court dismissed a public interest litigation filed by a social worker who sought directions to schools to waive off 50% school fees in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial distress it has caused to the parents of school children. The Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated dismissed the PIL by Dr.Binu Varghese.”There is a general statement made by the PIL petitioner that parents of school going children are in financial distress. If at all the statement is correct, nothing prevents such parents to approach the Government in a group and seek framing of guidelines for reducing the quantum of tuition fees as well as for other relief during the period of lockdown considering their plight. Apart from the requisite facts and figures based on which a guideline could be framed being absent in this PIL petition, it would require a policy decision to be adopted. In matters relating to academic policy, the courts ought to stay at a distance.”, the bench said Thus, the petition was dismissed without costs and the Court clarified that this order shall not preclude aggrieved persons from pursuing their remedy in accordance with law.Rajasthan HC Recorded Govt. Policy DecisionThe Rajasthan High Court disposed of a PIL seeking waiver of school fees, after the Government apprised the court that a policy decision for the same had been taken.The Petitioner, Advocate Rajeev Bhushan Bansal had approached the High Court stating that due to lockdown situation, parents are unable to pay necessary fee to the private school authorities. Hence, he prayed that payment of school fee be waived off for the time being. The Court disposed of the PIL recording the submission made by Additional Advocate General Ganesh Meena that, the Government had issued an order for deferring the due payment of private schools fee, as on March 15, 2020, for three months.Madhya Pradesh HC: Institutions shall not be charging any sum towards unincurred expenses   Madhya Pradesh High Court, while considering a petition filed by Association of Unaided CBSE Schools challenging some notifications issued by the State, sought response from the state. It also clarified that the institutions shall not be charging any sum towards unincurred expenses during the period of lockdown (till the schools are closed) such as transportation and mess.Writ petition seeking similar reliefs are also pending before High Courts of Madras, Calcutta and Orissa and no interim orders have been passed by them.  Next Storylast_img read more

Feds target ex-con ‘attorney imposter’ for allegedly preying on undocumented immigrants

first_imgAudtakorn Sutarmjam/EyeEm(PHILADELPHIA) — Federal authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating an ex-con who they say preyed on undocumented immigrants by posing as a lawyer and offering thousands of dollars’ worth of “legal services” she was not licensed to provide.At times, 55-year-old Ana Molina of Philadelphia would even use the personal information of past clients to fraudulently bolster immigration cases for her newer clients, a Homeland Security Investigations agent alleged in court documents.“Molina is an attorney imposter,” the agent said in the documents. “Molina accepts money for filing applications for legal status adjustments the client may not even qualify for.”The case shows that even as the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants inside the United States, the Justice Department is still trying to root out criminals who would target vulnerable immigrants, as recently described by the department.But an attorney representing Molina said the case only shows a “not-so-subtle attempt to bully Ms. Molina into ending the immigration assistance she provides to immigrants who come to this country in search of a better life.”“It should not surprise anyone that in this current political climate, [the federal government] is targeting an immigrant who makes a living helping other immigrants get their affairs in order,” the attorney said in a statement to ABC News.A decade ago, Molina served more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to money-laundering charges connected to a drug trafficking case. After her release, a federal judge allowed her to operate an immigration services business in Philadelphia.But in court documents filed Tuesday, federal investigators alleged Molina used that business, “Molina Multilegal Services,” to dupe undocumented immigrants and their families or friends out of thousands of dollars. She even threatened clients who sought to get their money back, the court documents alleged.Although Molina has yet to be charged, the court documents said there is “probable cause to believe” Molina committed mail fraud and identity theft, citing several cases of Molina’s “fraudulent legal representation” in recent years.In some cases, Molina stole “identity documents from unwitting individuals and used their information” to “defraud” U.S. agencies into believing applicants for immigration status were financially secure and wouldn’t need government assistance, according to the court documents.Several years ago, a Dominican woman allegedly paid Molina $1,800 to resolve her husband’s immigration case. To prove the couple’s financial security, the woman provided Molina with her tax returns.But when the couple grew dissatisfied with Molina’s assistance and asked for their money back, Molina allegedly refused, instead telling the husband he was “illegal and couldn’t do anything,” the husband later recalled to federal authorities, according to the court records.Then, after being hired by a man from Jamaica, Molina used the Dominican woman’s tax forms to file documents on behalf of the Jamaican client, federal authorities alleged.Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents executed a search warrant at Molina’s office on Wednesday.Molina previously earned a degree in “paralegal studies,” according to an online profile of Molina, which was taken down after Wednesday’s raid.Her company’s website, however, describes her as a “renowned lawyer,” and — according to court documents — she repeatedly claimed to prospective clients that she is a practicing attorney, including during a recorded phone call two weeks ago.In his statement to ABC News, the attorney representing Molina said she “will defend herself and the work she does.”But when asked whether he or Molina denies the specific allegations against her, the attorney declined to comment further.Molina’s case is one of many such cases around the country. In 2016 alone, federal authorities received more than 1,100 complaints related to immigration services.But “quantifying the scope of immigration services fraud is difficult because scams are underreported,” according to the Washington, D.C.-based organization Ayuda, which provides legal assistance to immigrants and whose name means “help” in Spanish.Last year, a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted a 65-year-old New Jersey man on several fraud charges for what prosecutors described as his “brazen behavior in posing, for decades, as a licensed attorney.”Leaford Cameron took more than $200,000 from at least 100 victims, many of whom were immigrants and low-income people, according to a Justice Department press release on the case. He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.“Far from a guardian of the law, Cameron is a crook whose fraud caused serious harm to his victims and the public’s trust in our legal institutions,” the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William McSwain, said at the time.Cameron has appealed his conviction, and that appeal is still pending.McSwain’s office is now overseeing the investigation targeting Molina, who was born in Peru and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1987.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more