‘Pained To Note That A Minister Has Held Physical Ceremonies’ : Bombay High Court Bars Political Functions During Lockdown

first_imgNews Updates’Pained To Note That A Minister Has Held Physical Ceremonies’ : Bombay High Court Bars Political Functions During Lockdown Sharmeen Hakim12 May 2021 11:52 PMShare This – xDealing with a weird situation where ministers are repeatedly flouting lock-down norms and making farce appeals to people not to participate in their functions, the Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) directed politicians to follow the State’s “Break the Chain” circular, which bans any political gathering.The Court has issued an order barring political gatherings, functions, agitations and morchas when lockdown restrictions are in force.Advertisement “We are, therefore, compelled by the circumstances created by the Hon’ble people’s representatives, to direct that these respected representatives of the citizens should not conduct physical ceremonies and functions like those which are mentioned in clause 10 and published in the newspapers, viz. inauguration of any constituency development program, bhoomipujan, felicitations, etc”, the Court ordered.Advertisement On Wednesday, the Amicus Curie pointed cited several newspaper reports to demonstrate how Employment Guarantee Scheme Minister, Shiv Sena’s Sandipan Bhumre was physically inaugurating certain development programmes in the presence of large gatherings in Paithan, Maharashtra.He further showed reports of MLAs and MPs pressurizing police officers to permit liquor shops to be kept open despite restrictions. Advertisement Advertisement The bench said that it was “pained” to see Minister Bhumer holding a function with physical gathering during the pandemic situation.”We are also pained to note that, an Hon’ble Minister Shri. Sandipan Bhumre(Cabinet Minister for EGS and Horticulture), Government of Maharashtra, has physically held ceremonies in his constituency. The newspaper also states that the Hon’ble Minister has violated diktats of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who has pleaded to his own Ministers not to hold ceremonies and functions, physically”, the High Court said.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “When the Hon’ble Chief Minister has been working untiringly and has appealed to the entire State to maintain physical distancing, would his appeal not bind the Hon’ble Ministers. Would heavens fall if such programs are postponed…?” a division bench of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and BU Debadwar observed while hearing its suo motu PIL on Covid-19 management in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. They added, “The question that arises is, why did the Hon’ble Minister hold several functions by his physical attendance? Do we not realise that the citizens of our country gather in large numbers when people’s representatives make a physical presence for an inauguration ceremony or a bhumipujan ceremony?The court then asked if politicians are above the law and lock-down restrictions are only for the commoner to follow. “Is it that the lock-down restrictions and orders passed by the court in the interest of public health, bind only the common-man and Hon’ble politicians are above the law? Is it that the Hon’ble politicians have the right to neutralise the law and our orders?”, the bench asked.During the hearing, Advocate Yuvraj Kakade for an intervenor further cited the FIR registered against several people on May 9, after the minister’s gathering. The FIR does not name the minister. The bench observed that Assistant Police Inspector – Ganesh Shivajirao Surwase has shrewdly mentioned in the FIR that villagers had gathered for the ceremony despite the appeals from the minister against crowding.”We are surprised that the voters of an Hon’ble Minister in his own Paithan constituency do not listen to him and are not willing to follow the lock-down restrictions,” the court said. Gramsevak Vishal Wankhede, prima facie record the FIR, to give a clean chit to the Hon’ble Minister, the bench observed. “We would refrain from drawing any conclusions on this aspect, though we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the Hon’ble Minister gave his consent for these programmes and has physically attended these programmes,” the court said. The court recorded the ‘Break the Chain’ order issued by Government of Maharashtra, Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mantralaya, Mumbai from April 13, last month. Clause 10 of the circular bars religious, social, political and cultural functions. “And if the Hon’ble Politicians are refusing to support the lock-down restrictions, the only solution would, therefore, be that, such functions should not be held in any form in the light of clause 10, until the lock-down restriction are eased by the Government of Maharashtra. Even agitations and morchas are prohibited. We order accordingly,” the bench observed. [The Registrar (Judicial) vs Union of India]Click here to read/download the orderTags#Bombay High Court Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) Justice Ravindra Ghuge Justice BU Debadwar 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

O’Donnells donate $30 million

first_imgHarvard University announced today that well-known Boston business executive and philanthropist Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71, a longtime Harvard benefactor, and his wife, Katherine A. O’Donnell, have donated $30 million to the University.The gift, which underscores the O’Donnells’ confidence in what they call the “superb leadership” of President Drew Faust and the School deans, will support Harvard’s long-term mission as planning continues for an eventual University-wide campaign. The O’Donnells hope that their gift will spur others to give early in an effort to help shape the University’s future.For Joe O’Donnell, this latest leg in his nearly five-decade association with Harvard is the culmination of a journey that led him from the streets of Everett, Mass., to the classrooms and athletic fields of the Ivy League. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Business School (HBS), he maintained close contact with the University, including a stint as an associate dean at HBS, where he worked closely with future dean John McArthur. O’Donnell has been an active volunteer ever since.“Harvard has played a very important role in my life,” O’Donnell said. “Kathy and I are pleased to have this opportunity to support Drew and the deans as they guide the University forward. We hope that our gift will encourage others to do the same.” He added, “We’ve reached a significant moment in Harvard’s long history, and what we do today will, in large measure, enable the University to expand its critical work in the years ahead — not only in Cambridge but also globally.”“We’re truly excited about this gift,” said Kathy O’Donnell. “Over the years, we’ve witnessed remarkable accomplishments by Harvard alumni, in many different fields, and we’re delighted that we can help Harvard continue to develop young leaders who will contribute to society as a whole.”Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History, praised the O’Donnells for their unwavering commitment and loyalty to Harvard. “As we celebrate Harvard’s 375th anniversary, we are profoundly grateful for extraordinarily generous friends like Joe and Kathy O’Donnell. A gift of this magnitude, at this important time in our history, is indicative of the leadership that has defined Joe’s relationship with Harvard since he arrived in Cambridge nearly half a century ago. Joe and Kathy’s support, on so many levels — advisory, volunteer, and philanthropic — means a lot to Harvard, and it means a lot to me personally. I can’t thank them enough.”The O’Donnells noted that the University has helped change the lives of families around the world, including their own. Harvard’s unparalleled financial aid, which has led to a remarkably diverse student body, along with its athletic opportunities and an extraordinary faculty, are among the reasons behind the outstanding undergraduate experiences of their daughters, Kate ’09 and Casey ’11.“Even though decades separate our time at Harvard, our daughters and I share a common experience,” Joe O’Donnell said. “We were all undergraduates here, and we all benefited from this incredible mix of talented students and teachers. We were fortunate to have had access to exceptional facilities and resources. From academics to athletics to the arts, it was really about everything the place had to offer.”The son of an Everett police officer and a homemaker who was valedictorian of her high school class, O’Donnell attended Malden Catholic High School and Phillips Exeter Academy before enrolling in Harvard College in 1963. After receiving a degree in government, he earned his M.B.A. from HBS in 1971. At Harvard, O’Donnell was a six-time letterwinner in football and baseball, and captained the baseball team as a senior.He founded Boston Culinary Group Inc. (originally Boston Concessions Group Inc.) in 1976, which, under his leadership, grew into a major food service corporation. The company merged with Centerplate in 2010, and O’Donnell now serves as chairman of a nationwide leader in the food service industry. He founded Belmont Capital LLC and also owns Allied Advertising Agency.In 1986, the O’Donnells founded the Joey Fund in memory of their son, who had died of cystic fibrosis earlier that year at age 12. O’Donnell is also a trustee of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which twice presented him with the Breath of Life Award, its highest honor. (Note: The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms, of cystic fibrosis.  Visit http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-09/metro/31038332_1_cystic-fibrosis-foundation-robert-beall-lungs-and-airways for more information.)His other board affiliations include: trustee of Children’s Hospital Trust (philanthropic resource for Children’s Hospital Boston), Malden Catholic High School, the Perkins School for the Blind, and the Winsor School in Boston; and overseer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.A member of the Harvard Corporation and a director of the Associates of Harvard Business School, O’Donnell has also served on the University’s Board of Overseers, the Allston Work Team, the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee as vice chair for reunion giving, various Harvard College visiting committees, and as an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association. He has chaired or co-chaired his Harvard College and HBS class reunion committees for many years. In recognition of his service, he received the Richard T. Flood Award from the Harvard College Fund twice, and the HBS Alumni Achievement Award in 2005.last_img read more

Developer changes plans to meet demand for large penthouse-style units

first_imgDemand for large penthouse-style apartments has prompted the developer to reconfigure one entire block.“We knew this project would be popular, everything from the location, views, design and value for money has really resonated with buyers,” development director Alex Rigby said. “The true test is always when it hits the market and it’s pleasing that we’ve had such a good mix of stock sold to a wide range of buyers.” The majority of more affordable stock around the parklands and cafe have now sold, Mr Rigby said. Apartments with Lake Weyba views are also selling well.“Due to the demand for large, four-bedroom, penthouse-style apartments, we have decided to reconfigure one of the buildings within the Luxury Parkridge Terraces to ensure we have enough of this stock to meet the growing number of buyers wanting a spacious residence with plenty of room to entertain guests,” Mr Rigby said. Parkridge Noosa is the result of a collaboration between the developeMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Parkridge Noosa L-R Developers Alex Rigby and Rob McCready with sales consultant Jeremy Gilmore from 360 Propertyr and local designers and architects, who took their inspiration from the environment.Blackburne Jackson director Rohan Jackson said the design brief was based around creating a luxurious modern living destination which reflected the Noosa lifestyle and the natural context in which it was located.“We pay homage to Noosa’s light, bright, balmy days and its relaxed energy,” he said. Sales consultant Jeremy Gilmore from 360 Property Group said Parkridge Noosa was proving particularly popular with local buyers.He said the site’s location, which is surrounded by Girraween Nature Reserve, Noosa National Park and has 180 degree views of Lake Weyba, ensured privacy.“Within Parkridge there is a range of quality communal facilities including a large gymnasium, 25m lap pool, restaurant and cafe, a local providore and over 2500sq m of lush parkland to relax, exercise or socialise,” he said. “It’s also just minutes away from Noosa’s stunning beaches, world class restaurants, cafes and boutiques as well as local entertainment, sporting and cultural centres.” Parkridge Noosa consists of two, three and four bedroom apartments and villas located on the last major undeveloped block in the Noosa Springs master planned community.The developers behind a luxury residential project will reconfigure one entire block to meet the demand for large penthouse-style apartments in Noosa.Peregian Beach-based Altum Property Group and Thakral Capital are constructing Parkridge Noosa, and have fast-tracked stages due to strong sales.center_img Paint Right store owner Phil Fortington has secured a terrace apartment. He said he had seen many new developments but Parkridge Noosa was “one of the best ones that I have come across”.“My partner Jos and I have been looking at some properties to live in around Noosa, including Noosaville and Sunrise Beach, but nothing matched what we could find at Parkridge Noosa,” he said. “The design of the apartments is great, the 180 degree water views of Lake Weyba are stunning and best of all it is privately tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Noosa and yet it’s just a few minutes from Noosa Junction and Hastings Street. “Jos loves to swim and there’s a great pool within the community, I am a keen golfer and with the Noosa Springs Golf Course right next door it’s absolutely ideal.“We also love the fact that we’ll have our own cafe, convenience store and gym within the development so it’s very similar to the facilities that we enjoyed at the Hyatt when it was at its prime when we lived in Coolum.”Prices start from $705,000. Four bedroom villas with Lake Weyba views range up to $2.5 million.last_img read more

O’Donnell drops to bench for trip to Paris

first_imgConor Murray and Johnny Sexton team up again at halfback while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue in midfield.  There are two changes to the back three with Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney joining Andrew Trimble. With Sean O’Brien returning to the back row alongside CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip at openside Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell drops to the replacements – his fellow Tipp native Donncha Ryan remains on the bench for the trip to Paris.Rory Best captains the side from hooker and is flanked in an unchanged front row by Jack McGrath and Nathan White.The second row sees Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy paired once again.last_img

Hopkins Finishes Regular Season Undefeated After Win Over McDaniel

first_imgWESTMINSTER, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team withstood its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday as the Blue Jays came from behind three times to knock off rival McDaniel, 28-24, at Bair Stadium. The win secures the first undefeated regular season in school history for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference with their 15th consecutive victory. The hard-luck Terror finish the season at 2-8 with six of the eight losses by eight points or less.Johns Hopkins, which had already secured the outright Centennial Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs, will find out on Sunday night who it plays in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays will be making their third trip to the NCAAs under head coach Jim Margraff, who improved to 147-78-3 in 22 years at Johns Hopkins.The Blue Jays trailed 21-14 late in the second quarter after a four-yard touchdown run by McDaniel quarterback Nick Valori. Working the two-minute offense to perfection, the Blue Jays needed just five plays and 39 seconds to go 70 yards with senior Hewitt Tomlin capping the drive with a 28-yard scoring strike to fellow senior Sam Wernick to account for a 21-21 halftime tie. Tomlin was 5-of-5 and passed for all 70 yards on the drive.The Blue Jays took the lead for good – and their first lead of the game – midway through the third-quarter when they went quick-strike again, this time covering 89 yards in just four plays and less than 90 seconds. After a pair of runs netted nine yards and a 16-yard pass from Tomlin to sophomore Dan Wodicka gave the Blue Jays a first down at their own 34, Tomlin connected with freshman Matt Berry on a 66-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.As if a rivalry game that dates back to 1894 didn’t have enough emotion, the game’s intensity jumped dramatically after the touchdown and a series of physical plays that ended in front of each team’s bench took emotions to a level not seen during Johns Hopkins’ current 11-game winning streak over the Green Terror.A 30-yard field goal by Jake Nichols late in the third quarter drew the Terror to within 28-24, but that would be the final scoring in the game.Johns Hopkins had two golden opportunities to extend the lead, but a pair of turnovers near the end zone ended both threats. Tomlin had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Tim McLister on the next-to-last play of the third quarter to end a 10-play, 59-yard drive that ate more than four minutes off the clock. The Blue Jays later moved the ball from their own nine-yard line to the McDaniel 35 before Tomlin hit Wernick on the outside and he raced towards the end zone before Sam Cox caught him from behind and forced a fumble that went through the end zone for a touchback with just over five minutes remaining.The Blue Jay defense forced a quick three-and-out on McDaniel’s ensuing possession and the Blue Jays were able to run out the final 4:23 of the game to seal the win and secure the undefeated regular season.McDaniel, playing with nothing to lose, capitalized on the first of six Johns Hopkins turnovers early in the game as the Terror recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and sophomore Joe Rollins scored on a one-yard run six plays later to stake McDaniel to an early 7-0 lead.The Blue Jays answered late in the first quarter when junior Jonathan Rigaud swept around right end and raced 28 yards to the end zone to make 7-7.That score lasted for less than three minutes as the Terror punched one in on the defensive side a short time later. After JHU forced a quick punt after Rigaud’s touchdown, the Blue Jays took over at their own nine-yard line. On the first play after the punt, Tomlin was hit as he threw and Sean Lajoie caught the fluttering ball at the JHU 12 and raced into the end zone to give the Terror a 14-7 lead.Hopkins answered right back with a solid 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by senior Nick Fazio. The Blue Jays converted three third-down opportunities on the drive, which took nearly four minutes.Valori’s touchdown run came eight minutes later and was answered by the Wernick’s touchdown reception just before halftime.Tomlin was 35-of-47 for 484 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 484 yards are the second-highest total of his career and the second highest in school history. In the process, he became the first player in school and Centennial Conference history to top 10,000 career passing yards as he now has 10,257.Wodicka and Wernick both topped 100-yards receiving as Wodicka had 13 receptions for 159 yards, while Wernick had eight catches for 110 yards and the one score and became just the second receiver in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards as he now has 3,023.The Blue Jay defense held McDaniel to just 286 yards and was led by junior Taylor Maciow and senior Michael Milano, who both posted nine tackles on the day.Rollins rushed 27 times for 136 yards and the one score, while Valori was 9-of-19 for 107 yards and added the rushing touchdown before being knocked from the game in the third quarter.last_img read more