Cineworld share price crashes 40%: would I buy or sell?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Cineworld share price crashes 40%: would I buy or sell? The Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE) share price has crashed by over 40%, at the time of writing late on Monday. Investors were spooked after the cinema chain announced that it will be temporarily suspending operations across the US and UK.Covid-19 has provided a difficult backdrop for the hospitality and leisure industry this year. Cinemas in particular are struggling as movie studios remain reluctant to release their pipeline of films. Major markets remain closed and those that are open have struggled to welcome viewers back to cinemas.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…Cineworld’s announcement comes just days after the release of the latest James Bond movie was postponed again, until next April. No Time to Die was originally due to be released in April this year but nationwide shutdowns postponed its debut date to November.The latest postponement highlights the difficulty that cinemas are facing. Without new movies, Cineworld and other cinemas will struggle to attract customers. Without customers, movie studios will remain reluctant to release their latest offerings.Cineworld may need to wait until movie studios can bring back their pipeline of films to the big screen. Also, the picture may not improve until authorities in Cineworld’s key markets provide updated concrete guidance for cinemas and customers.Cineworld share price: set to fall even without Covid-19?The company as an investment has struggled in recent years. The Cineworld share price reached an all-time high in 2017, and has failed to climb higher ever since. One of the biggest reasons for this lacklustre performance seems to be the mountain of debt Cineworld has accrued.Between 2017 and 2019, although revenues tripled, net debt ballooned 20-fold to almost $8bn. The increase in debt was to enable several acquisitions, aiming to drive future growth.    Without Covid-19, the group could potentially have increased revenues enough to be able to reduce this level of debt. However, Covid-related shutdowns earlier this year brought revenues to a standstill. Despite attempting to reopen over the summer and lure customers through its doors, it just has not been enough.So what now for the Cineworld share price?Given that revenues have dried up, I think there is a good chance that Cineworld may need to refinance its debt. It said in a statement: “Cineworld is assessing several sources of additional liquidity and all liquidity raising options are being considered”.Equity shareholders may have their holdings diluted if new equity is required. Either way, it doesn’t look great for shareholders, in my opinion.After a one-day decline of nearly 40%, a short-term bounce is possible. Any sign of a vaccine or any possibility that public confidence is returning could support the share price in the short term. However, both currently seem a long way off. With no clear visibility of revenues and a burgeoning debt pile, I would steer clear. If I already held the shares, I would sell them, despite taking a loss. There are several other less risky options in the hospitality and leisure sector that I’d consider instead. Harshil Patel has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Harshil Patel | Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 | More on: CINE Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Harshil Patel “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

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Hotshots: Edinburgh rugby’s young star, Alex Allan

first_imgWhen did you first play rugby?When I was seven my dad took me to Harrogate rugby club. He didn’t play but he thought I’d enjoy it. Later on I went to Sedbergh College.Can you play on both sides of the scrum?I had more game time through the years at loosehead, but more recently I’ve played more at tighthead. In my early teens I was a centre!How did you end up playing in Scotland? I qualify for Scotland through my dad’s dad, Don Allan. I played for the Exiles and Scotland age-grades and last year I became one of Edinburgh’s EDP (Elite Development Players).I put my degree at Loughborough on hold after two years and joined Edinburgh Accies.Who has helped you at Edinburgh?  Allan Jacobsen stayed behind after training with me all season to give me tips and tactics.You broke your leg just after being selected for the John Macphail Scholarship…I was excited about going to New Zealand for the summer; it would have been a great opportunity. I was devastated when I broke my leg, but injuries are part of rugby and I had been lucky until now.What are your aims for the next year?I came off the bench against Munster in the Heineken Cup, which was unbelievable. Playing for Edinburgh regularly is the next step.RW Verdict: This 21-year-old prop is on the verge of a big breakthrough. Watch for him next season! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img  This appeared in the July 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.last_img read more

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Who is Jamie George: Ten things you should know about the England hooker

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 6. He made history to become the first men’s hooker to score a hat-trick for England in 2020. The record was made during a 40-0 Autumn Nations Cup victory against Georgia. 7. George has likened Saracens and England captain Owen Farrell to NBA legend Michael Jordan.He told Mail Online: “He would probably hate me for saying this, but there were huge parallels between him and Michael Jordan, his drive, his work-rate, how much he brings people with him…“Michael Jordan has had bad games in the past, I’m sure Michael Jordan was told he was awful at times – I don’t think anyone in the Chicago Bulls team worried about Michael Jordan. No one in the England team is worrying about Owen.”8. George owns a business with best friend and physiotherapist Rhys Carter called Carter & George Practice. The company offers rehabilitation and physiotherapy services. Jamie George has been a stalwart player for England (Getty Images) Who is Jamie George: Ten things you should know about the England hookerJamie George made his England debut against France in 2015 and has accumulated more than 50 caps for his country. Here are a few facts you may not know about him…Ten things you should know about Jamie George1. Jamie George was born on 20 October 1990 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He stands at 5ft 10in (1.78m) and weighs 17st 11lb (113kg).2. He has played all of his senior career for Saracens, making his debut in 2009. He remained at the club when they were relegated to the Championship in 2020. George has won the Premiership trophy five times and the European Champions Cup three times with the club.3. George has won three Six Nations titles with England in 2016, 2017 and 2020. The 2016 win was a Grand Slam.He has also represented his country at two Rugby World Cups, in 2015 and 2019, and was a part of Eddie Jones’s side that lost 32-12 to South Africa in the 2019 final.4. He was selected for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. George started in all three Tests and the series resulted in a draw after both teams won one match and then drew the third.He has also been picked in the Lions 2021 squad to tour South Africa.Is Jamie George married?5. George married his long-term partner Katie in 2020. His Saracens and England team-mate Elliot Daly was his best man.center_img Find out more about the Saracens, England and Lions front-rower 9. George has three A levels despite not sitting the exams because he was in Japan for the Junior World Cup. His mum, Jane, is a teacher and she found a loophole dating back to World War Two which meant he received a grade based on his coursework.He told The Sun: “I got given my coursework grades as there was a loophole in the system that dated back to the war.“So during the time of exams, you were given your coursework grades if you were on international duty. I got two As and a C.”10. He supports Premier League club Aston Villa and his favourite current player is Jack Grealish. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Orange County Veterans Services: Many vets don’t know about benefits

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the Orange County Newsroom Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Orange County Veterans Services, part of the County’s Community and Family Services Department, has been helping veterans with their VA benefits since 1945. Unfortunately, many veterans do not know they are eligible for benefits, and still, more are unaware that the County is here to help.“There are almost 70,000 veterans in Orange County, but only 17,000 are getting benefits of any kind,” said Tommie Maldonado, program manager for Veterans Services and Veterans Service Officer. “We have their contact information, but we’re not authorized to reach out to them directly for any reason. We either have to wait for them to contact us, or we go out into the community and provide information to businesses and veterans groups about what we do here.”This outreach helps veterans understand what benefits they qualify for, as well as how Veterans Services can help. Dianne Arnold, division manager for the County’s Citizen Resource and Outreach Division, supervises Veterans Services and works with Maldonado to ensure everything is being done to get veterans the benefits they deserve, work through any issues that may arise and coordinate with other offices and veterans’ programs to make the process as seamless as possible.“It can be complicated,” admits Arnold, “because we’re talking about a lot of different benefits and getting the ones you’re entitled to require doing the appropriate paperwork. We can’t improve veterans’ quality of life through the relief of financial and healthcare burdens if they’re completely unaware they’re entitled to that relief.”Maldonado, a 30-year U.S. Army veteran, has specialized knowledge and training suited to procuring veteran-related entitlements, which may be available from a variety of government agencies.“Many veterans think if they didn’t go to war, they’re not considered a veteran, which is wrong,” he asserted. “If you completed two years of service and got an honorable discharge, you can file for compensation for anything that happened to you while you were in the military.”Maldonado also stresses that just because you applied for benefits once and were denied does not mean you cannot appeal it.“Veterans can always come back and try again,” he explained. “There’s no time limit to applying for the benefit, plus laws are constantly changing, so what they weren’t eligible to receive a decade ago, they may be eligible to receive now.”Orange County Veterans Services deals directly with both the Veterans Health Administration, which provides primary and specialized care, as well as related medical and social support services to veterans; and the Veterans Benefits Administration, which provides financial and other forms of assistance to veterans and their dependents. Identifying earned benefits can be overwhelming, which is why Veterans Service Officers do everything they can to reach as many veterans as possible.“Getting the benefit for the veteran is my ultimate goal,” said Maldonado. “I’ve worked with some of these former service members for over a decade, and they’ve become my friends. You get to know everything about them … their families, financial and medical situations … and there’s a strong bond that develops. You can’t imagine how appreciative they are when you help them; it’s incredibly rewarding.”Maldonado’s message to veterans: “Don’t assume you don’t qualify. It doesn’t matter what branch of service you were in or how long you served. Come in and let’s figure it out together.”For more information on Orange County Veterans Services, its office locations and the benefits veterans may qualify for; or if you would like to have an Orange County Veteran’s Service Officer come out and speak to your employees, go to Orange County Veterans Services’ webpage at www.ocfl.net/veterans or call 407-836-8990. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herecenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear TAGSOrange CountyOrange County Veterans ServicesVeterans Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Wales cut loose in Rome for unbelievable second half against Italy

first_imgSunday Mar 22, 2015 Wales cut loose in Rome for unbelievable second half against Italy Wales produced an unbelievable second half performance against Italy as they chased the Six Nations title, attempting to rack up as many points as possible in Rome. Leading just 14-13 at halftime, they ended up winning 61-20, putting them in a strong position.It was a day of mixed emotions for Welsh fans, as they ended up coming third overall, with Ireland in winning and England coming second, within a converted try of snatching the championship.George North scored a hat-trick, while Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Scott Williams, Rhys Webb and Sam Warburton all scored too, and flyhalf Dan Biggar kicked 15 points with the boot.Despite not managing to get into pole position, Wales coach Warren Gatland has backed his side to get out of Rugby World Cup’s Pool A ‘pool of death’, that includes England and Australia.“If we’ve got the players fit and available we’re good enough to come out of that group and even to the win the World Cup. We have momentum and all the confidence that goes with that”, he said.“We won’t be going into the World Cup with any fears of not qualifying from our group.“There is no fear about playing England at Twickenham or Australia as well because we know we will be in good shape as long as everyone stays fit and clear of injuries. We can go there with some real confidence and belief that we can get out of our group.“You have sides ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in the world, so that shows how tough it is to get out of that group, while Fiji with preparation will be tough as well. It is unfortunate that you are going to have one of the big teams not making the quarter-finals. That’s what has happened to us and we are confident we can get out of that group and progress to the quarter-finals,” Gatland added.We’ll have more Six Nations highlights and reaction over the course of the next few days ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Six Nations 2015 Related Articles 325 WEEKS AGO Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting… 325 WEEKS AGO England and France’s Twickenham thriller… 325 WEEKS AGO Ireland thump Scotland to set up second Championship… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Smart new appointment to drive digital transformation of Limerick

first_imgBusinessLimerickNewsSmart new appointment to drive digital transformation of LimerickBy Meghann Scully – February 13, 2021 930 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Facebook Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleWATCH: Conor Murray knows Ireland will have to be at their best to beat FranceNext articleUL Hospitals Group staff vaccinations roll out continues Meghann Scully TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Email Printcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LIMERICK City and County Council has announced the appointment of a new Head of Digital Strategy, who will drive the implementation of the Smart Limerick strategy, coordinating EU projects, support the broadband rollout and the development of the Council’s digital plans.Alan Dooley is a graduate of the University of Limerick and has lived in Limerick since coming to college here in 1993. He has almost 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, spending most of the last two decades leading global software engineering teams from the USA, to Ireland, to India and the Philippines for Pramerica Ireland, as subsidiary of Prudential Financial, a Fortune 50 company and subsequently Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) via a company acquisition.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Alan’s principal areas of responsibility will be Smart Limerick, which is a strategy for the development of a smart, sustainable region where digital technologies improve quality of life, empower communities, and enable economic growth.He will also be responsible for the planning and development of digital infrastructure, digital innovation and services for Limerick using the Limerick.ie platform to expand and develop the provision of services to the people of Limerick.His department is also involved in the rollout of broadband across the city and county and in the development and co-ordination of EU funding proposals.Commenting on his new role Alan said: “I am very excited about joining the Smart Limerick team. I truly believe that Limerick is a city and region that can soar over the coming years – economically, culturally, with climate change, the services it provides to the community and much, much more. The fact that Limerick is a smart, sustainable region and that it strives to leave nobody behind, is a big attraction for me.”Alan has remotely lead teams for almost two decades, up to and including all of his teams being fully remote since early 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.“I am acutely aware of the myriad of challenges remote working brings at a personal level. The isolation can be difficult, impacting on your mental health, balancing home schooling, your work life and your personal life. Delivering services like broadband, which is intrinsic to our day-to-day life, to better enable remote working is something I really look forward to”, he added.Caroline Curley, Director of National and Regional Shared Services at Limerick City and County Council said: “The Head of Digital Strategy is a senior position within my directorate, and I am looking forward to working with Alan and his team in delivering for the people of Limerick and the employees of the Council.”A keen cyclist, Alan has participated in six Tour de Munster’s, raising funds for Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Some of his other passions include playing the traditional Irish flute and singing and he has performed with the Voices of Limerick and the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick WhatsApp Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

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Curfew During Procession, Social Distancing, Only COVID19 Negative Persons To Pull Rath : Read SC Directions On Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesCurfew During Procession, Social Distancing, Only COVID19 Negative Persons To Pull Rath : Read SC Directions On Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra [Read Order] Sanya Talwar22 Jun 2020 8:20 AMShare This – xIn modification of its earlier June 18 order imposing a complete ban on the Rath Yatra at Puri, the Supreme Court has allowed intervention applications seeking holding of the Chariot festival tomorrow with stipulated directions.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices Dinesh Maheshwari & AS Bopanna have allowed the Rath Yatra to proceed without the general congregation 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?LoginIn modification of its earlier June 18 order imposing a complete ban on the Rath Yatra at Puri, the Supreme Court has allowed intervention applications seeking holding of the Chariot festival tomorrow with stipulated directions.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices Dinesh Maheshwari & AS Bopanna have allowed the Rath Yatra to proceed without the general congregation of participants subject to the following conditions: (1) All entry points into the City of Puri, i.e., airports, railway stations, bus stands, etc., shall be closed during the period of Rath Yatra festival;(2) The State Government shall impose a curfew in the City of Puri on all the days and during all the time when Rath Yatra chariots are taken in procession. The State Government may also impose curfew in the city of Puri on such other days and during such time as deemed necessary. During the period of curfew no one would be allowed to come out of their houses or their places of residence, such as, hotels, lodging houses, etc. To start with, the curfew shall begin tonight at 8 P.M;(3) Each Rath, i.e.., Chariot, shall be pulled by not more than 500 persons. Each of those 500 persons shall be tested for the Coronavirus. They shall be permitted to pull the chariot only if they have been found negative. The number 500 shall include officials and police personnel;(4) There shall be an interval of one hour between two chariots;(5) Each of those who is engaged in pulling the chariot shall maintain social distancing before, during and after the Rath Yatra;(6) We are informed that certain rituals are associated with the Rath Yatra. We direct that only such persons shall be associated with the rituals who have been found to have tested negative and shall maintain social distancing;(7) The primary responsibility for conducting the Rath Yatra in accordance with the conditions and other norms shall be that of the Committee in-charge of Puri Jagannath Temple Administration. Each member of the Committee shall be responsible for due compliance with the conditions imposed by this Court and the general directions which govern ensuring of public health issued by the Union Government. In addition, the officers designated by the State Government for conduct of the Rath Yatra shall be responsible likewise;(8) The rituals and the Rath Yatra shall be freely covered by the visual media. The State Government shall allow TV cameras to be installed at such places as may be found necessary by the TV crew;(9) The bare minimum number of people shall be allowed by the Committee to participate in the rituals and in the Rath Yatra. We take a note of the fact that the State of Orissa has a good record of having controlled the pandemic with a very little loss of life. We see no reason why the same attitude of care and caution should not be applied to the Rath Yatra. (10) The State Government may take such help as may be found necessary from the Union Government. Shri Tushar Mehta, learned Solicitor General, has assured the Court that the Union Government shall offer all assistance and help to the State Government in this endeavour; (11) The State Government shall maintain a record containing details of all those who have been allowed to participate in the Rath Yatra or the rituals connected therewith along with details of their medical conditions after testing. Further to this, the court noted that even though it did not an official copy of the gazette itself, “a yatra of this kind on the 18-19th century was responsible for spread of cholera and plague like wild fire”. Therefore, court cautioned the authorities that if appropriate precautions are not taken, it can become a dangerous situation.Court also observed that the June 18 order was passed in light of submissions made according to which it was told that the Rath Yatra would be “highly impossible” without congregation and therefore, it was left with no option but to grant an injunction restraining the Rath Yatra.However, since it was proposed by Gajapati Maharaj of Puri (Chairman of Puri Jagannath Temple Administration) that the it was in fact, possible to ensure no public attendance, Court observed that it saw “no reason why the Rath Yatra cannot be conducted safely along its usual route from temple to temple”Earlier today, Supreme Court had allowed the Rath Yatra at Puri and had ordered that the Centre and State should “work in tandem”, Detailed instructions of which were to be released and  stated in the signed copy of the order “soon to be released”.The Central Government supported the modification of the stay order to allow the Rath Yatra after taking necessary precautions.Solicitor General submitted that there are guidelines of the Central Government, as per which the Rath Yatra can be carried out without compromising health and safety.He asserted that no compromise shall be made while carrying out the Puri Rath Yatra in terms of health and safety.”Traditions of centuries cannot be stopped. It is a matter of faith for crores. If Lord Jagannath will not come out tomorrow, he cannot come out for 12 years as per traditions”, the SG had submitted in the morning.The application for modification was moved by Jagannath Sanskriti Jana Jagaran Manch challenging stay imposed on the annual Rath Yatra on the ground that Odisha Vikas Parishad – the original petitioner – had concealed material facts and had not apprised the court of requisite arrangements ensuring social distancing.Though the petition was originally listed before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, it was later considered by a bench comprising CJI S A Bobde (who was at his Nagpur residence), Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and AS Bopanna. The shift happened after the Solicitor General made a mention before Justice Arun Mishra in the morning, seeking the conduct of the Rath Yatra on conditions.Click Here To Download OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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‘Not Allowing Homosexual Marriage A Violation Of Right To Life’: PIL in Delhi HC Seeks Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

first_imgTop Stories’Not Allowing Homosexual Marriage A Violation Of Right To Life’: PIL in Delhi HC Seeks Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage Nilashish Chaudhary13 Sep 2020 2:04 AMShare This – xA PIL filed in Delhi High Court seeks a declaration recognizing the right of same-sex couples to get married under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The petition filed on behalf of activists and members of the LGBTQ community avers that the Hindu Marriage Act (the Act) allows a marriage to take place between ‘any two Hindus’, without discriminating between homosexuals…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?LoginA PIL filed in Delhi High Court seeks a declaration recognizing the right of same-sex couples to get married under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The petition filed on behalf of activists and members of the LGBTQ community avers that the Hindu Marriage Act (the Act) allows a marriage to take place between ‘any two Hindus’, without discriminating between homosexuals and heterosexuals.Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a member of LGBT community and a commentator on security and foreign policy, Gopi Shankar M, a Tamil Nadu-based intersex activist who contested the 2016 assembly elections, Giti Thandani, founder member of Sakhi Collective Journal of contemporary and historical lesbian life in India and G. Oorvasi, a transgender activist, are the petitioners.  Nowhere in Section 5 of the Act is it mentioned that the ‘two Hindus’ getting married must be a Hindu Man and a Hindu Woman, further contends the plea.”Section 5 of the Act clearly lays down that marriage can be performed between ‘any two Hindus’ under the Act”, the plea states.  Despite the Supreme Court reading down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to decriminalize consensual homosexual acts in India two years ago, it is not possible for gay couples to get married, states the PIL. “…despite the fact that there is absolutely no statutory bar under the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 and the Special Marriage Act of 1954 against gay marriage, the same are not being registered throughout the country and also in the National Capital Territory of Delhi”, argue the petitioners. In this light, the petitioners pray for a declaration that since Section 5 of the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 does not distinguish between Homosexual and Hetrosexual couples, the right of same sex couples to marry should be recognized under the Act. The denial of the right to marry encroaches upon the fundamental rights of LGBT people enshrined in the Constitution, asserts the petition filed by Advocates Mukesh Sharma and Raghav Awasthi. “…the non-recognition of the rights of gay couples, especially when their sexuality has been recognised as such as valid by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is violative of various provisions of the Constitution of India as well as various conventions that India as a sovereign State is signatory to.” -reads the plea.It is pointed out that the Supreme Court has recognized right to choose sexual identity as a fundamental right forming part of right to privacy and individual autonomy under Article 21 as per its decisions in the 2014 NALSA case, and the 2018 Navtej Singh Johar case which decriminalized homosexuality.Invoking Article 21 of the Constitution, it is stated that the Right to Marry is an admitted aspect of the Right to life, and seeking that Right to be extended to couples of the same sex is neither radical nor complicated. Discriminating against one community in denying them enjoyment of the same right is also violative of the Right to Equality, adds the petition. The benefits which are otherwise available to heterosexual couples is not available to the LGBT community. In seeking enforcement of equal rights, the petitioners aver that their prayer only “requires enforcement of the universally applicable guarantee of non-discrimination in the enjoyment of all rights. The prohibition of marriage of LGBT people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is an absolute discrimination towards them and is also violative of Right to Equality as granted by the Constitution of India.” The contention rests on two universally accepted, fundamental principles of Equality and Non-Discrimination. International Human Rights law envisages the birth rights of all human beings and admits no exception urges the petitioner in conclusion.”…not allowing the LGBT community to marry as per their own choice in India is like saying that ((There is no one for you to marry ,or at least no way for you to marry a person you love” and forcing them to live in a marriageless world (at least for them), wherein the members of LGBT community are forced to live life being a bachelor only “It is stated that legalizing homosexual marriages will not affect the institution of marriage, and not allowing LGBT community of marriage increases rates of psychological disorders.”That Right to Marry is also stated under Human Rights Charter within the meaning of the right to start a family. The Right to Marry is a universal right and it is available to everyone irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity,” the plea said. A similar petition seeking the recognition of homosexual marriages under the Special Marriage Act is pending in the High Court of Kerala. That was a petition filed by Nikesh and Sonu, the first ‘married’ gay couple from Kerala, challenging the provisions of Special Marriage Act 1954 to the extent they do not permit the registration of homosexual marriages. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Florida feds knew of New York victim in Epstein indictment 11 years earlier

first_imgStephanie Keith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A woman whose allegations of childhood sex abuse in New York were central to last year’s indictment of Jeffrey Epstein was questioned by the FBI and subpoenaed for testimony by federal prosecutors in Florida more than a decade ago in connection with the first federal investigation into Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficking, according to court documents and multiple sources familiar with the events.But the woman, who was 19 at the time of her initial contact with federal agents in 2008, did not appear before a grand jury in West Palm Beach, as the subpoena commanded. Before her testimony could be secured, Epstein cemented a controversial and once-secret non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami by pleading guilty to two state prostitution charges for which he was sentenced to 18 months in a county jail.The woman’s account could have helped prosecutors strengthen an already expansive case against Epstein, by potentially unraveling an alleged network of child sexual abuse at his Manhattan residence that mirrored what had been uncovered at his home in Palm Beach. But with the deal done, the federal grand jury was suspended, the investigation halted, and the subpoena to the woman, ultimately, withdrawn.“I certainly think with the FBI’s capabilities, even back then, that they could have unraveled the entire network from New York to Paris to New Mexico,” said Spencer Kuvin, a West Palm Beach attorney who represented three of Epstein’s alleged victims during the original federal investigation in Florida. “The potential was always there. [The government] shut this thing down and pled this thing out before going through and talking to probably more than half of the women that were involved in this whole thing. Had they conducted a full investigation and taken their time, this would’ve been a whole different story.”It wasn’t until nearly 11 years later, when federal prosecutors in New York quietly opened a new investigation into Epstein, that the woman was again contacted by authorities seeking details of her alleged years-long sexual abuse by the multi-millionaire financier. Identified in last year’s indictment as “Minor-Victim 1,” she is the only alleged victim from New York whose allegations are specifically detailed in the charges, a strong indicator of her importance to the investigation.According to the allegations contained in the indictment, the woman claimed she was initially recruited in 2002, at age 14, to provide massages to Epstein at his palatial Manhattan townhouse, and that she ultimately suffered sexual abuse that escalated over a period of years. Epstein allegedly enlisted one or more of his employees to schedule appointments with the girl and also encouraged, enticed and paid the teenager, whose family was in dire financial straits, to bring other young girls to engage in sex acts with him.The woman, now 31, filed a civil lawsuit against Epstein’s estate following his arrest and his death by apparent suicide in a federal detention center last August, alleging that Epstein’s abuse “has forever scarred her and altered her life.” The lawsuit, filed under a pseudonym, makes no mention of her prior contact with federal authorities, but it does lay out in harrowing detail the breadth of the abuse she allegedly endured as a vulnerable young girl.“[Her] experience with Epstein fit within what is now known to have been a common pattern for the abuser,” the complaint says. “He would find vulnerable young girls who needed money and slowly test their boundaries — first asking them to remove their own clothes and massage him and then, over time, he would escalate his conduct, touching them in ways that would become more invasive, violent, and painful. As these children grew to rely financially on Epstein, he would only cause them more and more harm.”An attorney representing the woman — whose identity is known to ABC News but is being withheld to protect her privacy — declined to comment for this report. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York also declined to comment.Marie Villafaña, the former Florida federal prosecutor who led the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of Epstein and prepared a draft 53-page indictment against him, is said to be “heartbroken” over the outcome of the initial investigation, according to sources familiar with the investigation. She also declined to comment but her attorney, Ty Kelly, issued this statement on her behalf.“Because the Department of Justice has declined to waive privilege over the Epstein matter, Ms. Villafaña is prohibited from discussing this matter and her opinions on the outcome in greater detail,” the statement reads. “If the Department were to waive that privilege, she believes it would provide a fuller and more accurate picture of how she handled this matter and how she advocated for victims at every turn.”The FBI agents’ first visit with the woman in New York — in the early Spring of 2008 — came at a particularly sensitive time in the federal investigation, which was being overseen by R. Alexander Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.Several months earlier, in September of 2007, Epstein had signed a deal with Acosta’s office, which would shelve a potential federal indictment for multiple child sex crimes that had been under investigation by the FBI and Acosta’s prosecutors for more than a year. In exchange, Epstein agreed to plead guilty to two comparatively minor prostitution charges in a Florida state court, register as a sex offender and pay restitution to dozens of alleged victims of his abuse in Florida.“It’s just downright unjust.” said Sunny Hostin, a former federal prosecutor and senior legal correspondent and analyst for ABC News. “The deal does not match the significance of the evidence in the case.”Under the terms of the agreement, Epstein was required to “use his best efforts to enter his guilty plea and be sentenced not later than October 26, 2007.” But not long after the ink was dry on the agreement, disputes arose between Epstein’s legal team and the prosecutors over the interpretation of the restitution clauses in the deal, resulting in a months-long delay in finalizing the terms, according to court records in a lawsuit against the Justice Department by victims who challenged the agreement.After an amended deal was agreed upon in December of 2007, Epstein was granted even more time for his legal team to appeal to higher levels of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., challenging the premises of the federal investigation and certain aspects of the non-prosecution agreement.In a court filing responding to the victims’ lawsuit against the Justice Department in 2017, Villafaña wrote that after the signing of the agreement Epstein “made several attempts to avoid having to perform the obligations he had undertaken,” and as a result, her office continued to proceed as though a trial of Epstein was still a possibility.“The investigation continued up until the day that Epstein entered his state court guilty plea,” Villafaña wrote.It was during that period of delay and uncertainty that the FBI paid its visit to the young woman in New York. It’s not clear what she said to the agents, but after the meeting, she placed a call to an associate of Epstein looking for guidance on how to proceed, according to sources familiar with the situation, and Epstein then provided an attorney to represent the woman in discussions with federal prosecutors, who were pressing for her testimony before a grand jury.As the date of a potential grand jury appearance for the woman approached – with all of his appeals to the Justice Department having been turned away – Epstein scheduled a hearing in Palm Beach County and finally entered the required guilty pleas on June 30, 2008, nine months after signing the deal with the federal government.No one can say for sure whether the prospect of this woman testifying was a factor in the timing of Epstein’s plea, or know with certainty what would have happened if she had testified. But she is yet another young woman who suffered in silence while Epstein walked free.“[She] never received a high school education. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression,” her complaint says. “Her severe emotional injuries manifest in myriad ways: she often finds herself crying; she is unable to form healthy emotional relationships with men; she often cannot sleep through the night or fall asleep at all; she has panic attacks; and she is constantly afraid for her young daughter.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Effect of Heavy Metals and Other Xenobiotics on Biodegradation of Waste Canola Oil by Cold-Adapted Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07

first_imgThe Antarctic is generally considered to be one of the most pristine areas in the world. However, both long and short-range pollutants are now known to be present in the Antarctic environment. Canola oil is an example of a polluting hydrocarbon that can be accidentally released into the Antarctic environment in oil wastewater treatment plants. The Antarctic soil bacterial strain Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07, known to be capable of using waste canola oil (WCO) as its sole source of carbon, was tested for its ability to degrade canola oil in the presence of different heavy metals and xenobiotics. Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07 was grown on minimum salt media containing different heavy metals (Zn, Co, Ni, Ag, Pb, Cu, Cr, Hg, Cd and As), xenobiotics (acrylamide and phenol) supplemented with 3% WCO. Three out of the 10 heavy metals tested (Hg, Cd and Ag) led a significant reduction in canola oil degradation at a concentration of 1 ppm. The IC50 values of Hg, Cd and Ag were 0.38, 0.45 and 0.32 ppm, respectively. The strain could also withstand 10 mg/L acrylamide, 50 mg/L phenol and 0.5% (v/v) diesel. This study confirmed the ability of Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07 to degrade canola oil in the presence of various heavy metals and other xenobiotics, supporting its potential use in bioremediation of vegetable oil and wastewater treatments in low temperature environments.last_img read more

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