Are Australians falling out of love with horse racing? Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Betting on the Melbourne Cup was subdued this year, with taxes and animal cruelty concerns affecting enthusiasm for the big race, reports Joanne Christie. Over the past couple of years, Australia’s biggest bookies have come under fire for failing to keep up with demand for bets for the country’s famous Melbourne Cup day.Last year, the ‘race that stops the nation’ also stopped the biggest operators, at least temporarily, with the websites of Sportsbet, Ladbrokes and Betfair all crashing shortly before the event.This year, however, there was an absence of headlines criticising the technology of bookmakers Down Under after last week’s event.One reason for this is likely to be that the bookies improved their systems to avoid further embarrassment. Scientific Games announced a record performance on its OpenBet platform for the event, with 35,000 bets per minute processed for one operator.Another reason, however, is potentially that less bets were being placed. Indeed, the news flow leading up to the event focused on bookies’ despair at being unable to make any money from what was once one of their most profitable events.Tabcorp, which has an exclusive licence to offer pari-mutuel betting in all of Australia’s main states and territories apart from Western Australia, reported a 7.8% fall in turnover on the race, with this year’s take of AU$106m (£56.3m) down from $115m last year.In a statement announcing the figure, the company said: “It should be noted that many factors influence racing turnover and turnover figures from a single race or meeting are not necessarily indicative of the broader wagering market.”However, the slump in Melbourne Cup betting followed a 24% drop in turnover at the Caulfield Cup, one of the other main events in the Spring Racing Carnival, according to the Melbourne Racing Club.Animal cruelty scandal hits hard One reason casual punters are shying away from racing is animal welfare concerns. In mid October, national broadcaster ABC aired a damning expose showing former racehorses being cruelly mistreated and slaughtered in its 7.30 progamme.“The timing of the recent ABC report on animal welfare issues may have had some impact on the spring carnival,” says Dean Shannon, CEO at Ladbrokes Australia. “I do think the racing industry in general has come a long way in terms of rehoming horses and animal welfare over the last few years [but] I think the racing industry needs to communicate this better to the general public.”Even before the programme, a debate was raging over the treatment of racehorses – animal rights campaigners claimed to have been behind Taylor Swift’s decision to pull out of performing at the Melbourne Cup, although the official reason given was a scheduling conflict.For more serious punters, however, it’s the odds on offer that are turning them off. Bookmakers in Australia have been hit with a wave of new point of consumption (PoC) taxes, which have now been rolled out across most of the nation’s states after first being introduced by South Australia in 2017.In January of this year, the country’s two most important racing states, Victoria and NSW, both introduced PoC taxes, of 8% and 10%, respectively.“The PoC is unnecessary and it’s breaking a model that was working just fine. The corporate bookmakers were already paying significant product fees, GST and company tax, it doesn’t make economic sense to introduce a new tax that then affects the other taxes/fees,” says Shannon.“The PoC tax is having a negative effect on turnover and the bookmakers here in Australia have had to lift our margins to try and compensate for the increase in tax. Higher margins mean less turnover.”Such has been the impact of the additional tax burden that earlier this year, TopSport, a low-margin bookie serving the big punters that many other bookies won’t, pulled a number of its products in Victoria, citing an inability to break even, let alone turn a profit, on some events.“In recent years, the wagering industry has borne witness to a rapid and rampant escalation in the fees and taxes payable by wagering operators to racing and licensing authorities. To compound the burden, the governments of each state and territory have now also chimed in with their quite heavy-handed point of consumption taxes.“The result is a taxation burden that can no longer be viably absorbed within our retained earnings under our current business model,” it said in an open letter.Switch in strategy Though PoC taxes are of course impacting all betting products and not just racing, when combined with the product fees applied to racing, which in some states are higher for the biggest events, it’s making some bookies rethink their strategy with regard to racing.“Another flow-on effect from this new PoC is that one of the main levers we have to pull to mitigate against the cost is to reduce advertising. This in turn will lead to less turnover,” says Shannon.“We are certainly looking at enhancing products and features around sports such as basketball , American football and AFL, and potentially channelling more marketing spend to support these sports.”This seems an entirely sensible approach and is one other operators appear to be following if their recent advertising campaigns are anything to go by.Even Tabcorp seems to be taking clear steps to expand its presence in other markets. This year it signed official partnership deals with America’s National Football League and National Basketball Association.The bookies may be refocusing to shore up their bottom lines, but the question then becomes what happens to the racing industry?Australia’s racing industry is almost entirely reliant on wagering – Tabcorp alone provides more than $1bn in annual funding to racing. If both bookies and punters are losing interest, the ramifications for horse racing Down Under could be dramatic. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Horse racing Tags: Race Track and Racino Regions: Oceania Australia Betting on the Melbourne Cup was subdued this year, with taxes and animal cruelty concerns affecting enthusiasm for the big race, reports Joanne Christie. 13th November 2019 | By Joanne Christie
Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the men’s 2020 Twenty20 World Cup, due to take place in Australia later this year, has been pushed back to 2021 as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The tournament was scheduled to take place from 18 October to 15 November, but has instead been shifted back a year, with the final taking place on 14 November, 2021.With the event taking place every two years, the next edition of the tournament will follow a year later, with the final scheduled for 13 November.The decision comes as Melbourne, which was due to host a number of matches in the tournament including the final, sees Covid-19 cases spiking. This saw the city go back into lockdown, while all travellers entering Australia must quarantine for 14 days.“We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport,” ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney explained.“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available to us and gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the world.”The decision was taken by the IBC board, the commercial arm of the ICC, which also opted to push back the dates for the 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup. This will now take place from October to November that year, rather than from February to March as originally scheduled.Sawhney explained that the changes would allow domestic competitions to be scheduled following the disruption caused by Covid-19.“Moving the Men’s Cricket World Cup to a later window is a critical element of this and gives us a better chance of maintaining the integrity of the qualification process,” he said. “This additional time will be used to reschedule games that might be lost because of the pandemic ensuring qualification can be decided on the field of play.”While the Women’s Cricket World Cup, due take place in New Zealand in February 2021, remains on the calendar, the IBC board will “continue to evaluate the situation” going forward.“Throughout this process we have worked closely with our key stakeholders including governments, members, broadcasters, partners and medical experts to enable us to reach a collective decision for the good of the game and our fans,” Sawhney added. “I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to a safe return to cricket.”The T20 World Cup becomes the latest international sporting event to be suspended or cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which also disrupted domestic leagues around the world.This summer’s European football championship was pushed back a year, while the Tokyo Olympics will now take place in summer 2021. Regions: Oceania Australia 20th July 2020 | By contenteditor The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the men’s 2020 Twenty20 World Cup, due to take place in Australia later this year, has been pushed back to 2021 as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Topics: People Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Covid-19 forces ICC to postpone cricket’s T20 World Cup People
Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileGo Life International Limited is a multi-faceted healthcare company that offers products serving market needs in pharmaceuticals, generics, nutraceuticals, and medical consumables through to high end sophisticated hospital equipment. Go Life International Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Hamsa’s House / Biome Environmental Solutions ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772257/hamsas-house-biome-environmental-solutions Clipboard Area: 172 m² Area: 172 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Structural Engineer: 2010 Save this picture!© Vivek Muthuramalingam+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772257/hamsas-house-biome-environmental-solutions Clipboard Design Team:Sharath Nayak, Chitra VishwanathCity:BengaluruCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. A dense urban context, a small site of 140 square meters, and a brief requiring individual multipurpose studio spaces for a brother and sister required that the building be tall.Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamSince building with earth was the preferred choice of the client,the chosen method of construction was rammed earth in place of bricks which would have demanded space for making as well as storing the bricks. The earth was sourced from another site where a large basement was excavated and wherein extra soil was available.Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamIn aesthetic sense the rammed earth walls strike the eye at first and then the horizontal layers, shades and hue lend a repose. The palette for this house is of the most basic materials used– of exposed concrete, rammed earth, wood and glass.In terms of layout, the two are extremely identical studio units placed one above the other. Each unit has a double height living space with a kitchenette and a powder room at that level. An L-shaped mezzanine space above has a sleeping space and a bathroom.Save this picture!SectionThe house is really a box which includes the good views and discards the urban eye sores with strategic location of openings and mix match of frosted and clear glass. The double upper mezzanine is almost a revelation as one walks around the house. This home is different from the rest in the neighbourhood on the count of technique and material use, as well as it’s scale. Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamProject gallerySee allShow lessExhibition: The Art of ArchitectureEventCreate+Construct 2015: dwellEvent Share photographs: Vivek MuthuramalingamPhotographs: Vivek Muthuramalingam Architects: Biome Environmental Solutions Area Area of this architecture project Ravindranath B.V Year: 2010 Year: Projects India Houses CopyHouses•Bengaluru, India Narayan M.C. CopyAbout this officeBiome Environmental SolutionsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBengaluruIndiaPublished on August 24, 2015Cite: “Hamsa’s House / Biome Environmental Solutions” 24 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Pinterest More volunteers needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters TAGS Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters 2018 logo.jpg Getting more volunteers and students lined up is one of Susan Miller’s goals this summer. Miller is the Big Brothers Big Sisters Odessa program coordinator. The school-based program started at Blackshear Elementary Magnet this fall. With close to 700 students and only one counselor, Miller said it took longer than anticipated to get set up. “Right now, we have four active matches at Blackshear. We actually have one child there that’s waiting. I have an active match at Sam Houston (Elementary) and one that’s waiting and I have a … probably seven or eight kids scattered at different schools. My plan is to visit with them over the next month, get them enrolled in the program, so when school starts in August, they’ll be ready to go,” Miller said in a recent interview. “Our goal this summer is volunteer recruitment. That seems to have been the hardest part. It takes a commitment to be a school-based volunteer and it also takes a job where you have an ability to leave work in the middle of the day and be able to go to the school for an hour once a week, so that’s been the challenge of just recruiting volunteers,” Miller said. She added that she’d like to have 10 to 15 volunteers ready to go by the end of the summer. Miller said getting the students is not the issue. She noted that having an office in Odessa at Connection Christian Church will help. Volunteers must undergo an extensive screening process to be a big brother or sister. “There are several different background checks that they go through. … It’s a tiered background, so we do one at the national level; we do one at the state; then we do a local. We check references. We talk to whoever they give us as references. There’s an interview process. That gives me a chance to get to know them. The orientation interview takes an hour and a half to two hours. There is training, but that is online. Once they enroll with us, they’re automatically sent the link to the online training so that eliminates a lot of time …,” Miller said. She added that it may take extra time, but the bottom line is child safety. “We do everything we can to make sure that the people that are coming into our program are going to work well with our kids. What we gain from that interview is information about them, their history, their interests, their hobbies. That helps us make a better match with the child. We try to find something they have in common with the child. … The more we get to know the volunteer, the better match we can make with the child,” Miller said. In this program, volunteers have to be 18 or out of high school and there is no limit on age, she said. “I think my oldest volunteer in Midland is 86. She’s a retired school teacher and she just keeps going. It doesn’t take a lot to plant a seed in a child. Most of our kids, have, they come from all different backgrounds. They come from all different places in their life. We have stories about the impact of life changing experiences that kids have been turned around from what could have been a life of crime have now moved toward something more healthy and productive. But there’s also the kids that they just need that little bit of extra one-on-one attention,” Miller said. Annie Stanley, the educator at the Ellen Noel Art Museum, started giving of her time this fall. “The program in Odessa differs from the one in Midland because Odessa is school-based. You don’t meet them outside school, so it’s a smaller time constraint. And you meet during the week, so the way it was first described to me was that you could do it during lunch hour, which I thought to mean I would eat lunch with the child,” Stanley said. “I go during my lunch hour, but we don’t eat lunch. She’s already had lunch by the time I get there, so we get to spend time doing fun things. We’re not just eating and I leave, so it’s actually better,” Stanley added. Initially, Stanley said she wanted to see what the student she was matched with was interested in, so Stanley bought a lot of different things. “And it’s kind of stayed that way, so when I bring a bag I have a book that’s at her grade level that either we read together, or she reads to me. I always bring some kind of art activity. She really likes to play games, so I’ve got a good deck of Uno and I have Monopoly Junior,” Stanley said. She added that the young girl likes everything she brings, so Stanley just tells her what she has and sees what she wants to do. But she always wants to have time for art. “We stop and draw together, make Christmas ornaments at Christmas. Sometimes we’ll read together. Sometimes she’ll take a book and bring it back when she’s done. Sometimes we’ll read part of it together and she’ll take it home and finish it,” Stanley added. At first, her student was reserved and doubted that Stanley would return. Over time, though, the girl got used to Stanley. “I’ve gotten a lot out of it. The reason I had said I would do this in the beginning when I was approached about volunteering is that I know the history of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I think it’s really important program and I feel like if you see something that you want to have in your town, there’s lots of different ways that you can support that. But the real easy way is to go volunteer for it,” Stanley said. She added that she knew it would just be an hour a week and she would encourage anybody to try it. “But I don’t think I was prepared for how rewarding it would be because it’s really fun. Kids are fun. It’s fun to go and play Monopoly in the middle of the day. I love to read. It’s fun to share that with someone. I love to do art. And if she hadn’t liked those things, we wouldn’t be doing them … This is supposed to be a fun time. It’s supposed to be supportive.” WhatsApp Previous articleTRACK AND FIELD: Cepero Memorial track meet enters 15th yearNext articleCombine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style Digital AIM Web Support
Bank of America Predicting Q3 Trading Losses Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: United States District Court Dismisses CFPB Enforcement Claims Over Discovery Abuses Next: REO Update: RES.NET Launches Asset Strategy Tools Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Bank of America is expecting to report trading revenues down 15 percent when the third quarter of the year ends on September 30, says to the bank’s CFO, Paul Donofrio, according to a report by the Motley Fool.This isn’t an uncommon trend, says the Motley Fool. Trading revenues can be affected by a number of influences, including consumer sentiment, and ordinary and regular changes in the market.The report points to past instances where this has occurred. For instance, in Q1 of 2016, the bank’s trading revenue fell by 16 percent, largely spurred by oil prices and the United Kingdom’s potential exit from the European Union.In the first quarter of 2017, however, Bank of America’s trading revenue grew 23 percent year-over-year, proving that the market’s volatility isn’t necessarily indicative of long-term trends.The Motley Fool also predicts that JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will also report drops in trading revenue, at 20 percent and 15 percent, respectively.According to the report, trading revenue for Bank of America accounts for only 16 percent of their profits, even though that figure amounts to $3.2 billion in revenue. Given past trends in trading revenue, the numbers for the third quarter most likely don’t indicate a trend.It should be noted that financial guru Warren Buffet recently became the largest shareholder of the bank. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Q3 Trading Home / Daily Dose / Bank of America Predicting Q3 Trading Losses Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 18, 2017 1,548 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Bank of America Q3 Trading 2017-09-18 Joey Pizzolato Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe
News UpdatesSupreme Court Directs Delhi University To Declare 5th Semester Results Of Law Student Who Had Attendance Shortage Due To Pregnancy LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Jan 2021 10:45 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court directed the Delhi University to declare the 5th Semester result of a law student who could not meet the requisite 70% attendance criteria due to her pregnancy.Ankita Meena could not obtain requisite attendance since she missed many classes during the 4th Semester due to her pregnancy. She approached the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the University to permit her…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 directed the Delhi University to declare the 5th Semester result of a law student who could not meet the requisite 70% attendance criteria due to her pregnancy.Ankita Meena could not obtain requisite attendance since she missed many classes during the 4th Semester due to her pregnancy. She approached the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the University to permit her to appear in the 4th Semester LLB Examination. The High Court had refused to grant her any reliefs. In appeal, the Supreme Court, passed various interim orders which enabled her to attend the examinations of the 4th, 5th and 6th Semesters.When the case was taken up last week, it was submitted that the University has declared the results of the 4th and 6th Semester examinations, but has not declared the results of the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination. Therefore, the student sought a direction to the University to declare the results of the petitioner for the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination and to grant the provisional degree, consolidated mark sheet and character certificate.Taking note of these developments, the bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian noted as follows: “(i) that the petitioner has completed the course in entirety; (ii) that the results of all the semester examinations except the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination has already been declared; and (iii) that the lis in the SLP, though relates to the 4th Semester, does not actually survive for an active adjudication on account of the subsequent developments. Once the petitioner has completed the course and also written the 5th and 6th Semester Examinations and even got the results of all the semester examinations except the 5th Semester Supplementary Examinations published, the adjudication of the dispute in the SLP will only be a matter of academic interest.”Allowing her plea, the bench directed the University to declare her 5th Semester supplementary Examination results and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, if she had passed the examinations, subject to the her clearing the other formalities. The Court clarified that the order was passed in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.AOR Ashish Virmani and Adv. Himanshu Dhuper appeared for the petitioner. CASE: ANKITA MEENA vs UNIVERSITY OF DELHI [SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 26484 OF 2018] CORAM: CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V. RamasubramanianCITATION: LL 2021 SC 41Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesMadras High Court Dismisses DMK’s Plea Challenging Postal Ballots Provision In RP Act Akshita Saxena18 March 2021 3:48 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition filed by political party Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam (DMK) against Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act which permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability, electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 and electors rendering essential services. A Division…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 Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition filed by political party Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam (DMK) against Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act which permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability, electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 and electors rendering essential services. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy held, “all that the Election Commission has done here is to be inclusive and allow certain classes of persons who would have been excluded from exercising their franchise the right to use the postal ballot and participate in the celebration of the festival of democracy” It added, “if the process is made inclusive without compromising on either the secrecy of the ballot or the fairness in the conduct of elections, it would be a greater cause to celebrate and compliment the conducting body” The Bench rejected the contention that the Election Commission has no jurisdiction to issue guidelines in light of the “plenary authority” conferred on the Commission by Article 324 of the Constitution. In this regard it referred to the Supreme Court’s observations in A.C.Jose, recognising the authority of the Election Commission to pass any orders in respect of the conduct of elections when there is no parliamentary legislation or rule made under the said legislation. Findings At the outset, the Court remarked that the nature of attack on the validity of Section 60(c) of the Act falls way short of the exalted tests that a person questioning the propriety of a statutory provision must meet. The Bench noted that DMK had failed to establish that the provision is in derogation of any constitutional provision or principle or even against the grain of the statute which has made room for it. “There is no credible suggestion that the impugned provision falls foul of Article 14 of the Constitution in any manner or form,” the Bench added. No question of Excessive delegation In its plea, the party had submitted that the Government has excessively delegated power on the EC to name any one to be entitled for postal ballot. It was argued that under the guise of the impugned provision, the Government has created a “class of persons” as postal ballot voters, without any guiding principle. Rejecting this argument, the Bench observed that the authority of EC has to be seen to be plenary, in the sense that within its domain the Election Commission has primacy and the Parliament can only enact such laws as would aid in its functioning as envisaged in the Constitution. It observed, “the delegation in the present case is not as is usually found in a statute where the legislature empowers the executive or a branch of the executive to devise measures to implement the purpose of the statute. The discussion here pertains to a high constitutional authority as the Election Commission and the venerable position conferred to such Commission by the constitutional provisions in Part XV of the suprema lex.” It added, “The expressions “superintendence, direction and control” as used in Article 324 of the Constitution are of the widest amplitude and the fullest latitude has to be seen to be granted thereby to the Commission in the matter of conducting such of the elections as have been entrusted to it. There is no doubt that the Election Commission has to abide by the laws made by the Parliament; but the laws made by the Parliament can only be such as may facilitate the conduct of the elections by the Election Commission in the milieu of the expansive domain carved out for the Commission in the wide words of Article 324 of the Constitution.” Creation of sub-classes not excessive delegation The party had argued that the Election Commission has brought a new and surprising class of voters called “absentee voters” who are not of class themselves. It was submitted that the term persons employed in essential services is very vague and no definition is given in the Act and/or the Rules. Further, when the lower age limit of a senior citizen is 65 years, the Election Commission has no business to create a new sub-class of persons above 80 years of age. The party had also raised issues with respect to the third category of persons with disability inasmuch as the authority has not prescribed the “extent of disability”. Lastly, it objected to the fourth category, i.e. persons affected/ suspected of Covid-19 as being “too vague as date of acquiring disease or affected is not said in the rules.” The Court has rejected these arguments with the following observations: “The clear words of Section 60(c) of the Act of 1951 permit any person to be chosen by the Election Commission from a class of persons indicated in the Rules to be conferred the privilege of voting by postal ballot as long as the choice is preceded by a consultation with the Central Government and followed by a notification in such regard being published. If the statute confers the right to indicate classes of persons to the executive and the executive allows the Election Commission to choose sub-classes in consultation with the executive, no case of excessive delegation is made out. At any rate, such a choice cannot be seen to be arbitrary as the logistics may not permit the full complement of the class to be immediately accommodated.” The Bench also found that such sub-classes were formed and duly notified in the Official Gazette, upon consultation with the Central Government. Moreover, the Election Commission sought the views of the State, but the State refrained from giving any. Historical basis of a statutory provision has no impact in its subsequent implementation Another argument raised by the Petitioner was with respect to an amendment proposed to be made to the Act in the year 1999. The said Amendment Act pertained to persons who had moved from one State to another and were no longer ordinary residents of the State of origin. It was argued that the words used in Section 60(c) of the Act have now been twisted out of context to imply much more than what the 1999 amendment intended. Rejecting this submission, the Bench ruled that in the year 2021, it matters little as to what may have impelled the 1999 Bill, as long as the ordinary meaning of the words permit the measures now taken. It observed, “The historical basis for the introduction of a statutory provision has no impact in its subsequent implementation and interpretation as long as the subsequent interpretation does not militate with the language of the provision the purpose of the statute and the object that the impugned measures seek to achieve.” It added, “There does not seem to be any arbitrariness in the classification of the persons permitted by the Rules of 1961 to cast their vote by postal ballot. The consideration appears to have been as to who may not be able to physically attend a polling booth to cast her vote. If such is the consideration, there is no arbitrariness in the classes of persons enumerated by the amendments of 2019 and 2020, particularly, as the object appears to be to afford such classes of persons their basic right to participate in the democratic process.”No violation of free and fair elections The Petitioner had lamented that the secrecy in casting a vote, which is the fulfillment of the right to choose by an ordinary citizen, is seriously compromised in the voting process designed by the Election Commission for absentee voters. It submitted, “in the usual polling at an election booth, the election agents of all political parties would be present and there would be a secluded place where a citizen would cast her vote in complete peace and privacy and not be required to indicate the choice she made to any other. This fundamental premise will be lost in the methodology devised by the Election Commission.” The Bench rejected this argument based on a submission made by the Centre that postal ballot can no longer be regarded as that ballot which would be entrusted by the Election Commission to the Department of Posts to be delivered to a voter, for such voter to indicate his choice of candidate therein and return the postal ballot in identical mode to the Election Commission via the Department of Posts. The Government submitted, “there is no harm in a postal ballot being physically delivered by personnel engaged by the Election Commission and the postal ballot being collected in similar manner as long as the fairness of the system is ensured.” Antecedents of the petitioning party In its order, though the Bench found that the challenge to the vires of Section 60(c) of the Act of 1951 was not made on firm grounds, it remarked that the overall challenge in the petition cannot be brushed aside since it has been brought by a party that has played a considerable role in nurturing and guiding this preeminent State. The order stated, “The petitioning party must be seen to be aware of the psyche of the voter, the difficulties that the Election Commission may face in implementing the manner of voting through postal ballot, as indicated in the impugned guidelines, and the endeavour here has to be respected as an attempt to ensure a free and fair election, where the secrecy of exercising the right of franchise is not compromised by the complications in the manner of exercise of such right by postal ballot.” It was further observed, “The petitioner appears to be concerned that the implementation of the new sets of guidelines may not be in tune with the geography of the State or its climate. The petitioner must be seen to be sufficiently aware of the local logistics for its concerns to be addressed with the degree of seriousness that they deserve.” The Bench then proceeded to observe that the only area which is of some concern in the instant matter is the manner in which some personnel from certain areas have been notified as belonging to the essential services without several others being included. “If there is any criticism which the Commission deserves in the present context, it may be in its constricted approach in covering the entire gamut of essential services. There are many who go about their normal duties, whether on an election day or a holiday, so that the rest of the population can exercise their rights or enjoy their freedom. Such people also serve who only stand and wait, and it may do well for the Election Commission to include the larger section of personnel involved in essential services to allow them the right to vote when they are away from their constituencies in discharge of their duties as part of the essential services,” it observed. The Bench cautiously added, “To be fair to the Commission, it could not elicit any views from the State Government despite invitation. The submission of the Commission in such regard is that it considered all those who applied to it to be regarded as part of the essential services.” Case Title: Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Story
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019The dog used in the al-Baghdadi raid is not the first to have been involved in a high-profile terrorist operation, nor was it the first Belgian Malinois.In 2011, Cairo — a Belgian Malinois attached to Navy SEAL Team 6 — was credited with helping the elite team find and kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. U.S. Military (WASHINGTON) — It played one of the most crucial roles in a top-secret U.S. military operation in Syria on Sunday, racing through an underground tunnel and cornering one of the world’s most sought-after terrorists faster than any human or robot could.It’s a dog — a Belgian Malinois, to be exact — and although top brass is withholding its name, it’s being hailed as a hero in the operation that ultimately resulted in the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.President Donald Trump, in a hastily-arranged address to the nation on Sunday, called it “a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog,” and — though it sustained injuries of its own — he gave it credit for ensuring that the dozens of operators on the ground completed the two-hour mission unscathed. The president tweeted a declassified photo of the dog on Monday afternoon.“We had nobody even hurt and that’s why the dog was so great,” Trump said.According to Trump, the dog was injured when al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself, three children and causing the dead-end tunnel they occupied to collapse.Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing Monday that the dog was “slightly wounded and fully recovering,” and explained that because it was returned to duty as part of a classified military unit, he would not be disclosing its identity.And then he, too, praised the canine.“The dog, the canine, the military working dog performed a tremendous service, as they all do in a variety of situations,” Milley said.Man’s best friends are used in a variety of tactical situations at home and abroad, trained from a young age to complete oftentimes dangerous tasks, including sniffing out contraband and explosives, tracking missing persons and — as was the case Sunday — chasing enemy personnel.David Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired Army general, told ABC News in 2011 that, “by all measures of performance,” military working dogs outperform “any asset we have in our industry.”“The capability they [the dogs] bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,” he said at the time.