British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco Uganda Limited (BAT Uganda) grows and processes tobacco in Uganda and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products to the local market and for export. Brands sold by BAT Uganda include Dunhill, Rex, Sportsman and Safari. Tobacco is grown in 13 districts in Uganda through a network of tobacco farmers. The raw tobacco is transported to the BAT Uganda green leaf threshing plant in Kampala where it is processed and packed for local and export cigarette consumption. BAT Uganda also exports tobacco leaves to cigarette manufacturers in Europe, Asia and other African countries. BAT Uganda is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Investments Limited. British American Tobacco Uganda is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgSeplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileSeplat Petroleum Development Company Plc is an oil and gas exploration company in Nigeria operating a portfolio of assets in the Niger Delta Region. This includes a 45% stake in OML 4 which covers an area of 267 square kilometres; a 45% stake in OML 38 which covers an area of 2 094 square kilometres; and a 45% stake in OML 41 that covers an area of 291 square kilometres. Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc also holds a 40% non-operated working interest in OPL 283 marginal field which is located in the northern onshore deposit-belt of the Niger Delta; a 40% non-operated interest in OML 53 that covers an area of 1 585 square kilometres located onshore in north-eastern Niger Delta; and interest in OML 55 that covers an area of 840 square kilometres located in south-eastern Niger Delta. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgI&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileI&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited is a leading financial institution in Rwanda offering products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate banking segment. Personal banking products range from current accounts and short or fixed deposits to personal, vehicle, home and building loans. The corporate division offers financial solutions for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations which range from overdrafts, investments and equipment and vehicle loans to purchase and disposal of foreign currency and treasury services. This includes issuing letters of credit and guarantee, export and import trading, insurance premium financing, and e-banking services. I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited is a subsidiary of I&M Bank Limited and is based in Kigali, Rwanda. I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Justice for Ramarley Graham

first_imgConstance Malcolm at March 27 press conference.Two demonstrations were held March 27 in New York City to protest the white New York Police Department cop who killed an unarmed Black teenager, Ramarley Graham, in front of his grandmother and brother on Feb. 2, 2012, in the bathroom of their Bronx home.The cop, Richard Haste, decided to resign on March 26 rather than face being fired on March 27.  What many in the movement are asking is why didn’t a grand jury indict Haste and his partner Morris McCoughlin for Graham’s murder? Haste chased Graham into his home without a warrant, claiming to be looking for “drugs” before fatally executing the 18-year-old.Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, responded to this development, saying, “Mayor de Blasio has once again shown his unwillingness to hold police accountable to our communities with his administration giving deference to Richard Haste in allowing him to resign. This is not accountability after de Blasio and the NYPD dragged their feet for years, especially while all the other officers involved in the killing of my son continue to be employed by the department, enjoying pay raises every year.” (New York Daily News, March 26)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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[2020 Tribunal Rules] SC Judgments Requiring 5-7 Yrs Tenure Don’t Apply Where Right Of Re-Appointment Contemplated: AG Defends 4 Yr Term

first_imgTop Stories[2020 Tribunal Rules] SC Judgments Requiring 5-7 Yrs Tenure Don’t Apply Where Right Of Re-Appointment Contemplated: AG Defends 4 Yr Term Mehal Jain1 Oct 2020 7:28 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday resumed hearing on the plea by the Madras Bar Association challenging the Tribunal Rules of 2020, on the grounds that it is in the teeth of the principles of separation of power and independence of judiciary.The Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat are hearing the matter.After Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, for the Madras Bar…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 on Thursday resumed hearing on the plea by the Madras Bar Association challenging the Tribunal Rules of 2020, on the grounds that it is in the teeth of the principles of separation of power and independence of judiciary.The Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat are hearing the matter.After Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, for the Madras Bar Association concluded his rejoinder submissions, AG K. K. Venugopal began by advancing that by the operation of section 175 of the Finance Act 2017, a new sub-section (7) came to be added to section 129 of the Customs Act, stipulating that the qualifications, appointment, tenure, salaries, removal and terms and conditions of service of the presiding officer and the members of the CESTAT shall be governed by section 184 of the Finance Act.”Section 175 says two things- that from the date of commencement of part 14 of Chapter 6 of the Finance Act (AMENDMENTS TO CERTAIN ACTS TO PROVIDE FOR MERGER OF TRIBUNALS AND OTHER AUTHORITIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF CHAIRPERSONS, MEMBERS, ETC.), the qualification, appointment and tenure will be governed by section 184. And for appointments made before the appointed day, the old Rules shall hold fort”, he explained.”Sections 183 and 184 of the Finance Act are the single most important ingredients..it is clear that on and from the appointed day, whatever rules are framed under 184, they shall apply. But they won’t apply to those who were holding office immediately before the appointed day…so Mr. Datar’s fears are wholly unjustified”, he advanced.”Further, the proviso to section 184 provides that the chairman and the other members shall hold office for a term as may be determined by the central government by any rules framed in this behalf, but such term may not be more than 5 years, or until the age of 70 years, in the case of the chairman, and 67 years, in the case of other members, whichever is earlier. This provision even contemplates re-appointment if found so eligible. 184 was challenged and upheld in entirety. It was given to exhibit that rules may so be framed such that the tenure does not exceed 5 years…if a lawyer, economist or other person is to be appointed before 25 years of experience – assuming they enter the profession at the age of 22-23 and are appointed after only 10-15 years of experience – then after just 5 years, their term would end and they would go away…so 4 years is a reasonable period to ask, when they are being given the right of reappointment till the maximum age of 70 or 65…4 years is a sufficient tenure to understand how competent the member is, whether the orders delivered by him are upheld by the appellate authorities, whether there is delay in rendering judgments, whether he is coming late- these are the parameters for reappointment….judgments of the Supreme Court which said that the tenure must be between 5-7 years do not apply where there is a right of reappointment at the behest of a Search Cum Selection Committee headed by a SC judge! And if a member is not found deserving of re-appointment based on the track record, then the SC judge shall control the affairs of the committee, as the secretary to a government cannot be expected to stand up and oppose him”, he argued.”As the Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualification, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017 have been struck down and several directions have been issued vide the majority judgment for framing of fresh set of Rules, we, as an interim order, direct that appointments to the Tribunal/Appellate Tribunal and the terms and conditions of appointment shall be in terms of the respective statutes before the enactment of the Finance Bill, 2017. However, liberty is granted to the Union of India to seek modification of this order after they have framed fresh Rules in accordance with the majority judgment.”, Mr. Venugopal quoted from Roger Mathews. He pointed out that it was held that “in case any additional benefits concerning the salaries and emoluments have been granted under the Finance Act, they shall not be withdrawn and will be continued. These would equally apply to all new members.””It has been ensured again and again that no person appointed shall be deprived of any benefits which are better than those in the 2020 Rules! So no one can complain”, insisted the AG.It may be noted that earlier in the day, Senior Advocate Arvind Datar for the Madras Bar Association had argued that members of tribunals, who are retired HC and SC judges, cannot be expected to hunt for houses post retirement and accordingly, the same must be provided, as it discourages good candidates from taking up the posts in the tribunals. In response, the AG cited from the Roger Mathews judgment that ” there can be no doubt that executive action cannot confer status equivalent to that of either Supreme Court or High Court judges on any member or head of any Tribunal or other judicial fora””Even members are asking that since they are retired HC judges, they be given housing”, remarked the AG.He read further from Roger Mathews: “Furthermore, that even though manned by retired judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court, such Tribunals established under Article 323-A and 323-B of the Constitution cannot seek equivalence with High Courts or the Supreme Court. Once a judge of a High Court or Supreme Court has retired and he/she no longer enjoys the Constitutional status, the statutory position occupied by him/her cannot be equated with the previous position as a High Court or a Supreme Court judge. The rank, dignity and position of Constitutional judges is hence sui generis and arise not merely by their position in the Warrant of Precedence or the salary and perquisites they draw, but as a result of the Constitutional trust accorded in them. Indiscriminate accordance of status of such Constitutional judges on Tribunal members and presiding officers will do violence to the very Constitutional Scheme””So they can’t expect housing and to be treated like judges. They should get their own houses like other members…In tribunals, where the members are retired judges, they use the prefix ‘Justice’. If I dont address them as ‘My Lords’, they won’t be happy with me…If Your Lordships make a remark that this is unnecessary, then lawyers would not be worried”, he advanced, in a lighter note.There was a brief talk on how some bar associations have suggested dropping the use of “My Lord” to address even HC and SC judges, and how the full court of the Rajasthan HC had passed a resolution last year doing away with the practice. “At least one of us (referring to Justice Bhat) didn’t want to be so addressed, even when in the HC…We don’t insist on it. It is the habit of the lawyers…”, said Justice Rao in good humour. Senior Counsel C. S. Vaidyanathan also chipped in that Justice Bhat and Justice S. Muralidhar, while at the Delhi High Court, had asked not to be addressed as “My Lord””I consider it prudent…I always begin with ‘May I please Your Lordships’…it gives time to collect the thoughts…But I think ‘sir’ would be the best”, remarked the AG in a lighter vein.”It is jokingly said that if you take away “My Lord”, then hardly anything would remain in an argument”, commented Justice Gupta.Next, the AG moved to discuss the composition of the Search-Cum-Selection Committee: “It is to comprise the CJI himself or his nominee judge, the Chairperson of the tribunal/or the outgoing Chairperson, and two secretaries to the government. The Chairperson would be appointed directly by the SCSC and therefore, would be wearing the garb of the judiciary and would go with the Presiding Judge…I don’t think the secretary to the government would consider going against the conscious decision of the Presiding Judge…”, he began.”There are 19 tribunals in total, and every other day a member retires…even a chairman or a vice-chairman retires frequently…Would Your Lordships spare two judges of the SC or the HC or a CJ of the HC to constantly spend time on ensuring that vacancies are filled up without delay? Would that not result in loss of time meant for judicial adjudication for the benefit of lawyers and litigants? So I submit that the SCSC should have 1 SC judge, the Chairperson, who would be having judicial experience, and two secretaries…amending Rules to have two judges on the Committee to provide for a casting vote in the event of a 2: 2 vote, which never happens, can be avoided…”, he submitted.As regards the appointment of members of the ILS as judicial members in Tribunals, the AG pointed out that the present incumbent Director of Prosecution is a member of the ILS. He explained that DRTs are manned by a single member, and therefore, one who is or has been a district judge is deemed suitable for appointment. Further, ILS members are excluded from being appointed to the Appellate Tribunal as it is supposed to sit over the decision of a district judge, and so only a retired HC judge is considered appropriate. “Advocates are not considered for the DRT, the Airports Appellate Tribunal and even for Film Certification, which is a highly specialised field”, he added.As regards the plea that 25 years of substantial experience in the relevant field before the HC, the SC or the concerned Tribunal is unreasonable considering that some tribunals like the NGT, TDSAT, SEBI Appellate Tribunal, APTEL have not even been in existence that long, the AG explained, “The topic on which these tribunals are constituted, like environment, securities etc, have been in existence since years and the HCs and the SC have been dealing with them…that experience will be looked at. We don’t want 25 years in the particular subject or the field. 5 years in the subject is enough so long as he has done related cases”.As regards the date of applicability of the 2020 Rules, whose purported retrospective application is being challenged, the AG indicated section 183 of the Finance Act to submit that notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any of the 19 parents Acts under which the tribunals are constituted, on and from the appointed day, the provision of section 184 shall apply in matters of appointment, qualifications, removal, tenure, salaries and terms and conditions of service. “So 184 Rules, when made, shall apply”, said the AG.”Section 157 says that the ‘appointed day’ shall be such as is fixed by the Central government by notification…which was 26.5.2017…so by virtue of 183, the rules framed under 184 shall operate from then…it is not like a rule was framed to make these Rules apply retrospectively, but the Act itself provides that whenever the Rules are made, they shall apply from this previous date”, he explained.”The 2017 Rules were struck down in entirety in November, 2019. The new Rules had not been made. There was a total vacuum.. Your Lordships had to make some provision for that, so it was said, by way of an interim order, that until the new Rules are framed, the old Rules shall apply, i.e. the 19 different Acts. But liberty was granted to the UOI to seek modification of this order after fresh rules are framed”, he insisted.”So now a modification of this order is sought?”, asked Justice Rao.”No…So far as the old Rules are concerned, by virtue of section 183, they fill the void from the appointed date. 183 was not challenged and 184 has been upheld…the result is that those appointed under the respective Acts prior to 26.5.2017 will continue on the same conditions of service”, he replied.”Because of 183 proviso?”, asked Justice Bhat. The AG replied in the affirmative.”Those appointed under the 2017 struck-down Rules will still continue to be entitled to all the terms of service which are more beneficial than the present rules. if the 2020 rules are more beneficial on certain aspects, those conditions shall be applied to them”, he continued.”But we don’t know how many of such members there are. Not all are before us…we don’t have a clear picture’, pointed out Justice Bhat.”144-145. we are told. We can put the figure in the written submissions”, assured the AG.”What would be the position of those appointed under the statutes?”, asked Justice Rao.”Each appointment order says that it is subject to the outcome of this petition”, replied the AG.”I am sorry, not a single order says that ”, interjected Mr. Datar.At this point, Mr. Vaidyanathan backed the AG, saying that his clients’ appointment order says so. The AG also drew the bench’s attention to the proclamation in the order: “The President of India pleased to appoint as Member (Judicial) to the  Appellate Tribunal at a salary of Rs. 2,25,000. The appointment shall be subject to the final outcome in WP No.””The Finance Act is meant to crate a uniform set-up as regards appointment, terms and conditions of service, points of integration; to amalgamate the Rules and bring uniformity and create one homogenous set-up for all tribunals post 26.5.2017…all appointments made before 26.5.2017 shall continue under the old Acts and Rules. The 2017 Rules came into force on the appointed day. So far as the appointments made under these Rules are concerned, Roger Mathws says that though the rules have been struck down, the members appointed under them shall continue to be entitled to additional benefits in terms of salaries and emoluments …under the interim order, the old Rules were to only apply in the period when there was a vacuum, a void. But the new Rules of 2020 shall come into force from the appointed day, regardless of the date of their making. But if any other additional benefits, by way of a better salary or emoluments, were granted earlier, they shall continue even now”, summarised the AG.”Only salaries and emoluments? Not on other aspects?”, asked Justice Rao.The AG replied in the negative.Pressing the case for appointment of ILS officers as judicial members, he continued, “They have 13 years’ experience as advocates before they are appointed as ILS officers. They are advocates. Then they procure additional legal experience as AORs, in instructing senior counsel, and as PPs…Graduating at the age of 23, with 13 years’ experience as an advocate, they come at par with the additional secretary to the government “, he advanced.”You want them as judicial members? How will you override the two constitution bench judgements?”, asked Justice Rao.”Sampath Kumar is the authority on this, The others didn’t even notice that ILS members have 13 years’ experience as advocates behind them”, replied the AG.He relied on Sundeep Kumar Bafna to submit that a decision or judgment can be per incuriam any provision in a statute, rule or regulation, which was not brought to the notice of the Court, and that decision or judgment can also be per incuriam if it is not possible to reconcile its ratio with that of a previously pronounced judgment of a Co-equal or Larger Bench.Indicating Sampath Kumar, he submitted that even a secretary to the government can be vice-chairman, who, after two years’ of experience as such, can be made chairman. Quoting from Sampath Kumar, the AG recited, “Sub-section (3) prescribes the qualification of a judicial member and requires that: (a) he should be or should have been or qualified to be a Judge of a High Court; or (b) has been a member of the Indian Legal Service and has held a post in Grade I of that service for at least three years”. “So he can become the Chairman and even go up to the Appellate Tribunal”, explained the AG.”So far as the Chairman is concerned, the court (in Sampath Kumar) was of the view that ordinarily a retiring or retired Chief Justice of a High Court or when such a person is not available, a Senior Judge of proved ability either in office or retired should be appointed. The Court said that that office should for all practical purposes be equated with the office of Chief Justice of a High Court. The decision points out that there is no bias, in any manner, against members of the Service, that some of them do exhibit great candor, wisdom, capacity to deal with intricate problems with understanding, detachment and objectiveness. The Court had only said that nevertheless, judicial discipline generated by experience and training in an adequate dose is a necessary qualification for the post of Chairman. The bench had agreed that a Vice-Chairman with these qualifications and experience of two years may be considered for appointment as Chairman”, explained the AG. Next Storylast_img read more

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Covid-19: Ambulances left waiting outside LUH overnight

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 11, 2021 Covid-19: Ambulances left waiting outside LUH overnight Twitter Previous articleDonegal Mountain Rescue issue safety adviceNext articleSecurity alert in Derry ends News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Ambulances with patients were left waiting outside Letterkenny University Hospital last night as the facility was under increased pressure due to Covid-19.79 patients with the disease were being treated in the hospital at 8pm last night, while there’s a further three suspected cases.There were few beds left available in the facility due to the number covid-19 patients already there.It resulted in ambulances being forced to treat patients outside the facility.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has described the strain on the hospital as “unprecedented”.Despite the ambulances being used for case outside the hospital, they were still released by the hospital to carry out their normal duties.It’s understood that extra staff have been given to the facility, which means an extra 11 beds can be manned. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furthercenter_img Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+last_img read more

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P.G. or not to be?

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 6:26 pm Friday, August 22, 2014 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like College football and costs The economic landscape of college football is rapidly changing. This is the first year of the Bowl Championship Series “plus… read more “You better come on home,” Daddy said. “The stork’s been and brought you a baby brother.”I knew all about the stork bringing babies. But I didn’t know anything about the stork coming to my house. I sure hadn’t asked for a baby brother. I wasn’t sure I wanted one. But everybody else was clapping and Daddy was grinning so I ran up the hill to see what the stork had brought.Mama was lying up in the bed with what the stork had brought. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson What got me thinking about the stork was the billboard on South Brundidge Street in Troy –the big, bold one brandishing a bare-bellied pregnant woman.My, how times have changed. Not too many years ago, women who were “P.G.” shopped at the Ringling Brothers tent sales for maternity fashions. Children thought the stork brought babies or their mamas found them in hollow logs or in baskets along the creek bank.But today, little is kept from children. They know about babies and where they come from and probably how they get there. So, perhaps a billboard with a bare-bellied pregnant woman is just a sign of the times and folks aren’t offended at the sight of such.Maybe I am stuck back in the 1950s but, if you ask me, the billboard’s in extremely poor taste and, as my granny would say, “It just ort not to be there.”And, amen to that. Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder “This is your baby brother,” she said like it was something I had been wanting for a long time. I had not.Everybody was making a fuss over my baby brother so I went outside and rode my bicycle around and around the house until it got dark. Mama said if I took a bath I could hold my baby brother on my lap. I didn’t want to take a bath or hold my baby brother.My grandmother was going to sit up all night and watch my baby brother so the cat wouldn’t come in the window and suck his breath away.I wanted to be in on that so I sat up all night with her and my baby brother. The cat never came. My grandmother sang lullabies and I got to liking my baby brother. Latest Stories The image of the stork winging its way to our house with my baby brother cradled in a blue blanket and hanging from its beak is crystal clear in my memory.I didn’t see the stork when he arrived with my baby brother. I didn’t even know I was getting a baby brother.I was just having fun spending the hot July afternoon at my grandmother’s house. We had eaten watermelon and made mud pies and Mommie had washed us off with the garden hose. We had put on fresh clothes and were playing on the back porch when Daddy came walking down the hill. By Jaine Treadwell Print Article P.G. or not to be?last_img read more

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Paradise resident ‘forced’ to move home after wildfire without access to safe water

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(PARADISE, Calif.) — In the wake of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, the residents of Paradise are slowly returning and rebuilding.But even though one Paradise resident’s home survived the wildfire, her family’s saga of returning to a normal life is far from over. While the structure of resident Kyla Awalt’s home is still intact, she said it has no access to running water — a widespread problem in the area after the historic fire — but her insurance company has ruled that the water issue isn’t covered by her home insurance policy.“We were literally forced to move back home and figure out a solution to get us water,” Awalt told ABC News’ Brad Mielke on “Start Here.”Even if her pipes started working, she wouldn’t be able to drink it. The Paradise Irrigation District has warned every resident that the city’s water supply is not potable, after testing revealed several positive results for benzene.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said short-term exposure to the chemical can cause skin and eye irritation, as well as issues with concentration, dizziness, convulsions, irregular heartbeat and vomiting.Long-term exposure to benzene causes anemia and cancer, specifically leukemia, according to the CDC.The Camp Fire swept through Butte County in November, killing 85 people in the town of Paradise and destroying 90% city’s structures. Since then, about 1,500 have moved back, the Sacramento Bee reported.Awalt, a mother of two, has been back at her home in Paradise since early January, shortly after the town reopened in December. She told ABC News she and her family were evacuated for 2 1/2 months, and moved to four different locations during that time.Thankfully, her husband was able to find their home still standing after the blaze.“It was incredible for us to just know that it survived and that we were one of the very, very few … we’re the only house on our street,” Awalt said, adding that they still had work to do to make the home habitable.“We had to get the home cleaned for smoke inhalation,” she said. “We needed the insulation repaired and replaced.”Awalt said she asked the family’s insurance company when it would stop covering the rent the family was paying to stay elsewhere, as well as extra gas and extra food out of pocket.“They were very clear numerous times. Once the house is cleaned, it’s considered livable and that they would stop any additional living expenses that we were receiving,” she said.The house was cleaned and back to normal — but the town’s plumbing system was not.“There is absolutely no water,” she said. “There’s no way to flush toilets. There’s no way to wash your hands.”“There’s no way that I would even turn it on,” Awalt continued. “Because what happens is, once you turn it on, let’s say there is that contamination in that line, and you bring it into your home while it contaminates the pipes. So it literally binds to your pipes and will continue to leach into your home.”Awalt said she filed a claim to have a new water tank installed in her home but her insurance company said that water contamination was a utility company issue that had “nothing to do with her plumbing.”“Our meter was not burned,” she said. “If our meter had been burned, they would have covered the tank, but our meter wasn’t even burned. So the fact that there was no water … it didn’t matter.”Awalt said she received a letter from Farmers Insurance dated Jan. 11, 2019, that read, in part: “You requested coverage for a water tank, pump and full-up due to the citywide water outage. Per your policy, there must be actual, accidental direct, distinct and demonstrable physical loss or damage to the water system on your premise for additional; living expense coverage to apply, and for us to cover the water tank. We did not find any damage to the water system on your premise. Unfortunately there is no coverage for your claim based on the facts known to us at the present time.”Awalt then filed a complaint with the California Department of Insurance concerning her issue with the water tank coverage.In response to the insurance commissioner complaint, Awalt said she received a letter from Farmers Insurance dated Jan. 22, 2019, that read, in part, “Unfortunately, the damage was done to the city’s infrastructure resulting in the loss of water service, but there was no direct damage to your water meter or water lines. Based on the policy language, we cannot extend coverage for the expense.”She said the situation is putting her in an impossible situation.“You’re still paying your mortgage, and now you’re also having to pay rent,” she said.Awalt said she and her husband have had to pay out of their pocket for a water tanker from a private company until the water issue in Paradise is fixed.City officials said the blaze created a “toxic cocktail” of gases that were sucked into homes’ water pipes, according to the Bee.In a statement to ABC News, Farmers said: “We have worked with our customer to pay all benefits due under her policy for direct damage to her residence resulting from the Paradise wildfire. While the homeowner has submitted requests for additional compensation, those supplementary items fall outside of the limitations of the policy, thus not compensable under her policy. We have discussed these items with our customer and are available to review any new information she may have related to this matter.”“It’s all been made clear to everybody. Don’t drink it,” Awalt said. “You don’t want to use hot water because it makes the benzene go airborne … so you’re told to use lukewarm water.”Residents of Paradise are being told not to drink the tap water and use only bottled water, according to the Paradise Irrigation District website.She said officials told residents not to take baths, only showers.“Everybody’s really cautious right now,” she said. “It’s funny, my son — he had a baseball practice up in … the city just above us. And their water’s fine. So he was at baseball practice, and one of the kids went over to get a drink out of the drinking fountain — and my son yelled across the field. ‘Don’t drink the water, it’s got benzene!’ And so it was just really interesting seeing how the kids in the community is really affected by this.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Interannual variation in the diets of two albatross species breeding at South Georgia: implications for breeding performance

first_imgThe diet and breeding performance of Grey-headed Albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma and Black-browed Albatrosses Diomedea melanophris breeding at Bird Island, South Georgia, were studied simultaneously during the chick-rearing period between 1996 and 2000. When samples for all years were combined, cephalopods and crustaceans were the main components in the diet of Grey-headed and Black-browed Albatrosses, respectively. However, their diets exhibited interannual variations. Cephalopods were the most important component in the diet of Grey-headed Albatrosses between 1996 and 1999 (60-75% by mass) but decreased significantly in 2000 (17%), when crustaceans dominated (61%). The Black-browed Albatross diet varied greatly, with cephalopods being the most important component in 1996 (49% by mass) and 1997 (48%), fish in 1998 (32%) and 1999 (40%), and crustaceans in 2000 (63%). In 1998 and 2000 there was a significant change in the cephalopod species present in the diet of both albatross species, when their breeding success was low. The consumption of the ommastrephid Martialia hyadesi was significantly and positively correlated with Grey-headed Albatross breeding success. For Black-browed Albatrosses significant correlations were found between its consumption of the Icefish Champsocephalus gunnari and breeding success, and between its consumption of M. hyadesi and M. hyadesi CPUE (Catch per Unit Effort). These findings suggest that Grey-headed Albatrosses are more reliant on Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone prey (M. hyadesi and Lamprey Geotria australis) whereas Black-browed Albatrosses are more dependent on Antarctic prey (Icefish and Antarctic Krill Euphausia superba). The differences between diets of Grey-headed and Black-browed Albatrosses breeding on different islands of the Southern Ocean showed that Grey-headed Albatrosses feed more on oceanic cephalopods (e.g. M. hyadesi) whereas Black-browed Albatrosses feed primarily on shelf fish (e.g. Blue Whiting Micromesistius australis), suggesting that albatross diets are likely to be influenced by the geographical position of those islands, albatross foraging preference and prey availability.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 1/13

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls BasketballRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps pounded Maeser Prep 63-23 Monday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Tags: Roundup January 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/13 Written bylast_img

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