Thinking of buying the BP share price? This is what you need to know about the FTSE 100 stock

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Thinking of buying the BP share price? This is what you need to know about the FTSE 100 stock Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 | More on: BP Royston Wild 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. 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. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The BP share price has been on a rocky ride of late. Could now be the time to buy in?After striking out at 21-year lows in March, BP has soared a whopping 40% in value. Still, at 325p per share, the FTSE 100 oilie’s still trading at a meaty discount to its pre-plunge levels above 450p.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…Buyers would argue that it now reflects the near-term storm facing the oil market. And what a storm the world’s oil majors face. According to the International Energy Agency, worldwide oil demand will slump by 8.1m barrels per day in 2020, the biggest annual drop on record.What’s more, consumption will only return to pre-coronavirus levels in 2022 at the earliest, the body estimates. No wonder BP slashed the valuation of its oil and gas assets by up to $17.5bn earlier today.Price questionsHowever, BP’s fans would argue that the recent share price correction fully reflects these near-term challenges. They might say, too, that according to conventional wisdom, the key to successful investing is to buy shares with a view to holding them for a decade or more. And this FTSE 100 share will be in great shape to ride the gradual oil price recovery and enjoy mighty profits growth over that time span, right?I’m afraid I’m not so sure. First of all I’m worried about the possibility of prolonged oversupply in the oil market through the 2020s and possibly beyond.Major producers (like the OPEC+ group) have been axing production following the Covid-19 outbreak on fears over a prolonged demand slump. The danger is, though, that the taps will start to be switched on again as the Brent price recovers, keeping global inventories chock-full and limiting any price rises. Countries that have invested large amounts in their oil industries like the US, Brazil, Norway, and Guyana will certainly be getting itchy trigger fingers.It’s possible that BP might not be in as strong a position to capitalise on any sustained recovery in black gold prices. The Footsie firm also announced today that it was “reviewing its intent to develop some of its exploration prospects” in a move that could seriously damage its profits-making potential later down the line.The BP dividend questionBut let’s look at the positives to BP at current prices. City analysts are expecting the oilie’s bottom line to surge next year, leading them to predict that it will have the confidence to keep its ultra-generous dividend policy in play too. This means that dividend yields sit north of 9% for both 2020 and 2021.I have severe reservations about whether BP will be able to meet brokers’s lofty expectations, though. With earnings expected to crumble to around 2.5 US cents per share in 2020, for instance, will it really be able to afford to pay another 41-cent annual dividend? Call me a stick in the mud, but the fact that its colossal net debt pile sits at $51.4bn and continues to grow suggests to me that the answer is ‘no.’So forget about the BP share price, I say. It’s a share that’s loaded with risk, and one whose forward P/E ratio of 17.5 times fails to reflect this. I’d prefer to buy other FTSE 100 dividend stocks today. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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Social Justice Has Been Placed On The Back-Burner By The Supreme Court In The Last Few Years: Justice Madan Lokur

first_imgTop StoriesSocial Justice Has Been Placed On The Back-Burner By The Supreme Court In The Last Few Years: Justice Madan Lokur Mehal Jain28 Dec 2020 9:27 PMShare This – xThe launch of “In pursuit of Justice: An autobiography” by late Justice Rajinder Sachar on Tuesday evening witnessed an interesting panel discussion on “Personal Freedom and Judiciary”The following are the excerpts from the discussion, moderated by renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, among former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul…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 launch of “In pursuit of Justice: An autobiography” by late Justice Rajinder Sachar on Tuesday evening witnessed an interesting panel discussion on “Personal Freedom and Judiciary”The following are the excerpts from the discussion, moderated by renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, among former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi.On whether social justice has come to be placed on the back burner by the Supreme Court in the last few yearsJustice Lokur agreed that the Supreme Court has lost its way in so far is social justice is concerned. He said that about 6 to 7 years ago, when the social justice bench of the Supreme Court was inaugurated, the first case that it had heard was about the rehabilitation of the Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees, filed by social activist Medha Patkar. “Then we dealt with a variety of issues. But in the last two years or so, Social justice has been placed on the back-burner. Because of the pandemic, the Supreme Court should have been far, far more proactive – there was the issue of the migrant labourers, there were thousands of people who were thrown out of their jobs. The Supreme Court could have done better than what it did. So I agree that in the last couple of years, social justice has been placed on the backburner. But unfortunately, we must live with it”, he said.Agreeing with Justice Lokur, Mr Rohatgi also stated that that the prime place in the Constitution of India and in the Supreme Court, which he called the “conscience keeper of the nation”, is accorded to the infraction of liberty, which has been pushed back in the last few years. “Even habeas corpus petitions have been taking six months to a year to decide. However, initially, these petitions were taken up with utmost priority and decided within two weeks…now other things have taken over”, he said. However, he added as a word of caution that while it is very well to blame the court, the Supreme Court has “taken on too much” and that the role of the traditional court has been lost- “So when you take on too much work, the priorities may differ and inconsistencies may come in. However, the Supreme Court must shrug off this inaction and take up vigorously those cases which need to be”In his turn, Mr. Sibal expressed the view that both Justice Lokur and Mr Rohatgi are right. “The Supreme Court has lost its way, not just two years but several years ago. Today, the highly political issues are being taken up. Issues of liberty have been brushed under the carpet. As regards habeas corpus petitions, the case of people being detained in the Kashmir issue for more than a year, which was not under some preventive detention order, but for breach of peace under section 144 of the Cr. P. C. where the detention can only be for a few months but it was extended from time to time, the Supreme Court took no notice. The issue of communication between people, which is the heart of liberty, had not been dealt with. As regards migrant labourers, one law officer came to the Supreme Court and said that there are no people walking on the highways. This is what was said in the court when social media and TV channels showed thousands of people walking on the roads because they had no other means of getting home. There were people who were not supplied with food and it was incumbent on the government under the Disaster Management Act to deal with it, particularly by the National Disaster Management Authority which is headed by the Prime Minister. Businesses, small and medium enterprises had lost out-the court had to reach out to them and ask them how they are doing. But the matters have been lingering for months. We have been too soft on the Supreme Court. What we see is corporate matters coming up and being heard for days at an end. But the more important issues of electoral bonds, CAA are not on the roster of the court at all”, he advanced.On how, amid the highly polarised and politicised society, should the judges remain aloof and deliver equitable justice in accordance with the law above allJustice Lokur was of the view that there are two “mantras” which Justice Sachar has also mentioned in his autobiography – one, it is the Constitution of India which is above everything, and too, judges must be people oriented. “Don’t get into the technicalities of the law, procedure etc. Do what is called ‘human justice’. Justice Sachar has cited a case of divorce by mutual consent which he had dealt with. The law requires a petition for mutual divorce to be filed before the district judge in the trial court, then there is a six month waiting period, post with a divorce is granted. However, the case before him had come in the High Court. The couple in question had not been living together for two years. And they wanted a divorce by mutual consent. One point of view could be how could you come to the High Court? How could the six months period be waived? But Justice Sachar did not let this technicality stand in the way and said ‘if they want a divorce, they want to divorce, and and I should give them a divorce’. So judges must keep the Constitution and people in mind to deliver justice”, he explained.On UP Love-Jihad OrdinanceAs regards the UP Ordinance barring marriages involving religious conversions, Justice Lokur was of the view that seen from the legal and constitutional perspective, the Ordinance contains so many defects- “The judge doesn’t have to go into the politics, he has to look at if the law is constitutionally valid or not. For example, the Constitution requires for an Ordinance to be brought only if very immediate action is required. In this case, was it important to bring in an Ordinance when the Vidhan Sabha was not in session? There was absolutely nothing to warrant for it. Is the Ordinance people oriented? What are the problems which interfaith couples would find- They would have to move an application before the District Magistrate. Even after the marriage, they have to report to somebody. Either from the point of view of the Constitution or from the point of view of the people, there is no way that the law can be sustained”.Mr. Rohatgi, however, did not agree that the balance of power has shifted from the Judiciary to the Executive- “Our Constitution provides for the separation of powers. My view is that in the last 30 to 40 years, the balance has sharply shifted in favour of the judiciary. The judiciary has been infringing in the turf of the Legislature and the Executive by the process of judgements etc. The Executive in fact was not capable of defending its own turf. That is why it shifted to the right, the right being the Judiciary. If at all the power has now somewhat shifted back to the Centre, it is only that what was extreme right in one part of the chamber has now shifted back a little. But it would not be correct to say that the Supreme Court has helmed it. There is no question of helming it. The Constitution of India is the Holy Grail of the people vis-a-vis the government”, he expressed.Mr. Rohatgi continued to assert that it is only a perception that the judiciary is not independent. “If the CAA or the Kashmir issue had been decided in six months, then the balance would have remained where it is? Some aberrations will always occur. Justice is delivered by an individual or a group of individuals called judges, not by a machine, where you put in the problem and out comes the answer. Perception may vary – what should be taken up first, what should not. History then sees whether it was right or not”, he said.As regards the Ordinance, he voiced his belief that forced marriages and conversions are happening galore. If a law has been brought in, it is ultimately the will of the Assembly or the Parliament which is supreme, they have to decide what the populace requires at a point of time. It is not for the court to decide whether a law should have been brought in or not, but the court can only see whether there has been any abuse or if the law is one which could not have framed by the legislature or if any constitutional guarantees have been infringed. “The court must be dispassionate. It should not enter into whether there is love jihad or not, whether it is pernicious or not. It must keep aloof from the milieu and what is going on in the milieu”, he said.On whether judges, by their nature, should remain outside the political noise, and whether the delay of justice in human rights cases is an institutional or an individual problemMr. Sibal was of the opinion that without doubt, judges have nothing to do with the political thicket. “If you look at the Fundamental Rights, the only term that is used is ‘citizen’.It is stipulated that ‘all citizens’ must have these rights. Or that ‘no citizen’ must do so and so. Throughout the Chapter, the focus is on ‘citizens’. The judiciary must look at the law from the context of the rights of the citizens of the country. Can they actually look at what caste they belong to or what religion they belong to? The Supreme Court has forgotten that ‘citizen’ has no relation to caste, creed, religion. Nobody should be dealt with other than in his capacity as a citizen”, he pointed out.”What happened during ADM Jabalpur. The judges did not rise to the occasion. This resulted in a great judicial disaster. Now we see several similar instances. The problem cannot be institutional because some judges of the Supreme Court are passionately dealing with the issues of liberty but some are not. Ultimately, it is dependent on the man sitting there and deciding the matter. If judges are not made of sterner stuff, you will have the kind of judgements that you do. Of course, Justice Lokur was dealing with social justice issues every day. The Constitution is in his blood. We don’t have men like him anymore”, continued Mr. Sibal.Justice Lokur opined that the problem is a mixture of both individual and institutional factors. He cited an example from Justice Sachar’s autobiography, where the late judge had dealt with the case of the 1984 riots in Delhi. “The case had spilled over to January next year and the Chief Justice assigned criminal cases to him, taking him out of the roster. Now whatever order he was going to pass was frustrated as he was not on that bench anymore. In a situation like this, the CJ represents the institution, not himself individually. We had this problem in the Supreme Court-the master of the roster is incharge. If you decide to shift the case from here to there, give precedence to some cases and not to others, it becomes an institutional problem”, explained Justice Lokur.”You also have individual problems – some judge may say that there is no urgency in habeas corpus petitions because these people are terrorist etc or that I don’t want to hear a particular kind of case so I’ll push it by 2-3 months because I am interested in our kind of cases. Other judges may have another point of view. If it is an individual problem, the judges must be made of sterner stuff. Justice Sachar has written in his own biography but he knew a lot of politicians and that, in fact, he had wanted to resign and contest elections. He was into politics but politicians didn’t rule his judgements. He was made of sterner stuff. If you are not made of that stuff, you get judgements like ADM Jabalpur, or views like there is no hurry in deciding a certain category of cases but we don’t mind sitting in vacation to hear that certain category of cases. That is when there is an individual problem”, continued the judge.”Like in these matters of habeas corpus and detentions, on the principles of the Constitution, Justice Sachar would have stepped in! You can’t keep a person in preventive custody, without a trial! And it is not just adults but children in preventive detention! Justice Sachar would have fought for them!”, asserted Justice Lokur.As regards Justice Lokur’s statement then judges should be made of sterner stuff, Mr. Rohatgi pointed out that judges are drawn essentially from the pool of lawyers. He pointed out that even an average lawyer is not willing to become a judge because of the remuneration that judges receive. “Compared to an average lawyer, a judge only makes 1/5th. And compared to a good lawyer, the income of a judge is 1/20th. A good lawyer would say that he has young children, who will get them married, who will get them educated? The old notions have now gone”, he said.”In 1950, the salary of judges was Rs. 4000. My father became a judge in 1972 for 3,500. There was no driver, we had our own car. We used to get Rs. 100 for petrol. We survived. That has now come to 2.5 lakh today. What was the value of Rs. 4000 then? So people don’t want to become judges. You will get third-rate lawyers becoming judges and going on to higher posts. How are you going to get sterner stuff? If you increase the salary, then the bureaucrats, the Cabinet Secretary, the ministers, the Army will say that they also want an increase. So it is a hornet’s nest- if you open it up, many things will come out”, remarked Mr. Rohatgi.”As regards Stan Samy and ‘X’, ‘Y’ other people, there may be aberration. The journalist who got bail in the vacation, there may be different points of view. But I think it was rightly heard in the vacation. Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished freedoms. That bail is equal to 1000 regular bails. It is not possible to hear thousand regular bills in the vacation, so somewhere there has to be some prioritisation. In hindsight, you can always say that this is wrong or this is right. There are hundred problems in the Executive, there is the Babu making the law, there are problems of the judiciary. Some judges say they want to hear, some say they don’t want o hear. 30 years ago, we had a judge before whom if you appeared for the landlord, you could never win the case. In the next court, if you were appearing for the tenant, you could never win the case. So the ideology of the judge varies, there is an individualistic streak also. You need sterner stuff, but it is difficult to get and to get-by”, Mr. Rohatgi expressed.As regards the Chief Justice of a court being an institutional problem, Mr. Sibal was of the view that it is institutional only because he happens to be the Chief Justice of that court, so to that extent it is an institutional problem. “But it is an individual problem. Not every Chief Justice would do what some have done, to pick and choose the bench. When the Chief Justice does not do this, it is not an institutional problem”, he elaborated.”Of course, the issues are complex. But if the issues are simple, then there would be no problem. That is why the judges are there to – deal with the complex issues. The number of cases have always been more than the number of judges, the situation has always been like this in the past 45 years. But now we the Chief justice of the Supreme Court sitting in judgement on his own case! Has it ever happened in the history of the court? We see Chidambaram not getting a date for hearing! It is fine if some people get a date before the vacation bench, but why should the other people not? The journalist in that Hathras matter (Siddique Kappan) has not been getting a hearing, he has been asked to go back to the trial court or to the High Court. The issue is the man sitting there!”, he said.”And judges of the Supreme Court are not third-rate lawyers. Some of them are very bright people sitting there. They were exceptionally good lawyers. A man without a large practice cannot be a good judge? The question is that sitting there, what have they done? People with moderate practises can be wonderful judges-we see it in the Delhi High Court. Ultimately, it is the attitude towards the Constitution, the people of India and the values you must uphold”, he iterated.”If you have your heart in the right place, you will never go wrong. That is the problem with the Indian judiciary”, articulated Mr. SibalOn whether the actions of the judges should also be judgedJustice Lokur asserted that it is necessary that judges should be scrutinised. “Recently, the Supreme Court deprecated the practice of one particular High Court to pass final orders without reasoned judgments. I had the occasion to say the same thing twice for the same High Court. It was a case where the demolition of a building was ordered and the judge said that the reasons will follow. The reason never came. In the SLP, we had no option but to stay. In Talwandi’s case, the Supreme Court said that you have to give reasons in the order. The High Court had releases the person from the preventive detention. The Attorney General told the Supreme Court that he had no idea why the person had been released. The five-judge bench said that reasons have to be given. So this is one aspect of accountability”, canvassed the judge.”The other is the length of the judgement. Nobody reads 800-900 page judgements. So there are a lot of issues for introspection. The Supreme Court judges need to sit down and try to improve the situation…There was this one Chief Justice who had said in April that there will be monthly full court meetings. I asked in July when it was due. He said ‘I am getting bad vibes’…”, said Justice Lokur.Mr. Rohatgi also expressed the wish that the situation changes, commenting that “it is not very sanguine”. “And the change is needed, not just from the court, but from every quarter-the government, the law ministry, the archaic laws need to be changed, we have to reduce the number of appeals, there has to be accountability in the High Courts and the Supreme Court. The High Court scrutinises the work of the district judge, but there is nobody to do the same for the High Court judges. The Supreme Court does not have appellate power in that sense. And what about 800-page judgements from the Supreme Court? The same issue of giving reasons also happens here in the Supreme Court and it takes 8 to 10 months to deliver the judgement”, said Mr. Rohatgi.” The rules must apply to the gander! Accountability has to be there! And it is not difficult to achieve – There are 1000 High Court judges in the country and 30 Supreme Court judges. Why can’t somebody judge the work of a judge? There are some judges of the High Court who deliver 300 to 500 judgements in a year and there are some others who deliver just 10. You blame that a bureaucrat has a stable tenure and cannot be removed except for the archaic procedure of enquiry. So, similarly, nobody can remove a judge, except by the procedure of impeachment, which has never happened in 50 years. If you become a judge and you don’t want to pull the weight of the post that you hold and deliver only 10 judgements in a year, nobody can say anything. You may only get transferred from Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh to Calcutta, which does not matter. A judge is a judge. Wherever he goes, he will have the same traits. If he is not working in Delhi, he won’t work anywhere else”, continued Mr. Rohatgi. “A host of constitutional changes are required. In the US, when somebody becomes a judge, there are debates on National TV. Someone can ask him, ‘Did you smoke a joint when you were 17’ and he has to answer. In India, though the collegium system has been upheld, but half of the judges even today will tell you that the system is no good. There are no reasons accorded for who is appointed, how somebody is appointed and why he is appointed”, voiced Mr. Rohatgi.Mr. Sibal expressed his strong opinion that judges should not join politics after they have served the court, even with a 2-3 year gap upon the end of their tenure as judges. “Justice Rajinder Sachar was given the Padma award and he refused it! This is about integrity in the political system and in the judicial system”, he said.Finally, he proceeded to state that a solution is difficult to come by in these times as “these are very difficult times”. “You can criticise the Parliament and the Executive, they are open. But it is not so for the Judiciary- a lot of what happens does not come out”, he concluded.Next Storylast_img read more

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US Supreme Court won’t take up Sheldon Silver’s case

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it won’t take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who’s serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. The high court on Monday declined to take up the Democrat’s appeal. Silver once was one of the three most powerful state officials. He was ousted as speaker in 2015 and was convicted later that year. Silver’s original conviction was overturned on appeal, but Silver was convicted again in 2018. Part of that conviction was then tossed out on another appeal, leading to yet another sentencing in July. The 76-year-old Silver began serving his sentence in August.last_img read more

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Ward and McCormick to face off

first_imgAfter a campaign violation delayed the results for a day, the Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced the Pat McCormick-Brett Rocheleau and James Ward-Heather Eaton tickets will proceed to a runoff election for the offices of student body president and vice president. A runoff debate featuring the McCormick-Rocheleau and Ward-Eaton tickets will take place tonight at 10 p.m. in the Main Lobby of LaFortune Student Center. The runoff election will be held Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To win the initial election, a ticket must win a majority of the votes cast, Michael Thomas, Judicial Council Vice President of Elections, said. No ticket received more than 50 percent of the vote in the election. The council received 4,036 votes in total, which is slightly lower than the 4,177 votes cast in last year’s election. Thomas said the number generally remains the same, and that this year’s was a respectable turnout. The McCormick-Rocheleau ticket received 1,536 votes, which is equal to 38.07 percent of the votes, followed by Ward and Eaton, who received 911 votes, or 22.59 percent. The Catherine Soler-Emily LeStrange ticket, with 904 votes, or 22.42 percent, received only seven votes less than Ward and Eaton. The two remaining tickets, Ricky Bevington-Olivia Colangelo and Kevin Noonan-Matt Thomas, received 266 votes, or 6.60 percent, and 257 votes, or 6.37 percent, respectively. One hundred and sixty-three students, or 4.04 percent, chose to abstain from voting. Following the results, Ward said he is glad the results prove that he and Eaton connected with students. “We’re absolutely overjoyed to know that people do have confidence in us,” he said. “That’s what continues to inspire us to go through this whole process.” Ward and Eaton also both expressed their positive feelings toward McCormick and Rocheleau. “It’s nice to know that no matter which way it goes we will be happy with the results,” Eaton said. McCormick and Rocheleau said they are excited about the possibility to see their plan for a new vision of student government through. “It’s been an honor for us to have the chance to have this conversation with the student body,” McCormick said. McCormick said the palpable excitement on campus is because this campaign has never been about the candidates. “It’s about Notre Dame students’ hopes for the school,” he said. “We’re fired up to realize a broader vision and to put our hope in action for Notre Dame.” Rocheleau said he is both excited and hopeful for things to come. Soler said she and LeStrange planned to continue their involvement in student government despite their loss. “I am disappointed Emily and I won’t be able to serve the student body in the way we had hoped,” she said. “But we want to say thank you to everyone who supported us, and we will contribute to the student body in any way we can.” Although he will not proceed to the runoff election, Bevington said he truly enjoyed his experience of running for student body president. “I had an awesome time,” he said. “There were so many great tickets willing to run and trying to help the student body.” Noonan said he and Thomas are simply glad their number of votes is higher than the number of students who abstained. The Judicial Council distributed a link to the voting website by e-mail on Monday, and students were able to vote on the site between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The results were delayed 24 hours due to a campaign violation by the Ward- Eaton ticket. Ward sent an e-mail titled “Your year next year” that was found by the Judicial Council to contain campaign misconduct. As a sanction, Ward was required to send a second e-mail to the student body apologizing for his prior message by 11:59 p.m. Monday night. Although an appeal was filed within Student Senate, the appeal was later dropped and the decision of the Election Committee stood. Ward complied with the given sanction before the deadline.last_img read more

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Australian gas industry veteran offloading Gold Coast apartment

first_imgUnit 4/2 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid BeachAUSTRALIAN gas industry veteran Richard Cottee is offloading an apartment on the absolute beachfront on the Gold Coast.Cottee, who’s now managing director of Central Petroleum, was in a previous worklife MD of Queensland Gas when its market capitalisation went from millions to billions. His investment unit at 4/2 Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach has hit the market with an asking price of more than $1 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCentral Petroleum head Richard Cottee is a master negotiator. Picture: Emma Murray.It is listed through Luke Henderson And Cindy Katene of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach who’re so confident that the property is good value that they’ve challenged potential buyers “to find better value on the beachfront”.Considering Cottee paid $1.1m for the unit a decade ago, it would be like buying at 2008 prices. The east-facing apartment has uninterrupted views of the beach and open plan living areas, plus there is direct access to the beach. The two-bedroom apartment is in a seven-storey tower in which there are only a dozen owners. Regular expenses in Cottee’s investment property include about $4,849 in council rates a year, over $1,094 annually for water, body corporate fees of $140 a week, and he currently has it tenanted at $715 a week. Great location on the coast.last_img read more

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Soccer to host two non-conference schools

first_imgThe No. 4 USC women’s soccer team looks to remain undefeated as it faces off against two non-conference opponents — Northern Arizona and Nebraska — this weekend. Maling took seven shots — including five shots on goal — in 80 minutes of play on Sunday and scored 2 of NAU’s 4 goals against Detroit Mercy in less than two minutes. She already has doubled her offensive production from last season in the first three games. McAlpine also said that along with slowing down Maling, the Trojan defense must hold up under the consistent high-pressure approach of the Lumberjacks. Given their track record this season, the Huskers will step on the pitch with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove, so the Trojans must remain ready. The Trojans should move the ball in McKeown’s direction if they want to be successful on Saturday. McKeown was named both the National Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for her performance last weekend. She was involved in every score against Florida State, scoring the first 2 goals and assisting on the game-winner. McKeown has now scored in every game this season and has already tied her 6-goal total from last season. While Northern Arizona is unranked, it might prove to be one of the Trojans’ toughest opponents yet. The Lumberjacks are coming in with a two-game win streak, a 2-0-1 overall record and last week’s Offensive Player of the Week junior forward Paige Maling. The Trojans will go on to face Nebraska Sunday with the hope of extending their winning streak to six games. Nebraska has gotten off to a sluggish start, especially in terms of scoring. The Huskers average less than a goal per game this season, while their opponents are scoring more than 2 goals per game. In their last two matches, Nebraska has struggled to score in the second half, resulting in a loss and a tie.  Although the Trojans beat one of the nation’s fiercest opponents in Florida State, McKeown says they will not rest easy in their preparation for Northern Arizona. Coming off a thrilling overtime win against defending champion Florida State, the team shows no signs of slowing down. Despite its impressive start to the season, though, junior forward Tara McKeown believes there is still room for her team to grow. “The key for us is the consistency in terms of our work rate and our aggression and in terms of how we compete,” McAlpine said. “If we start there then we allow our technical ability, our talent, our individual skills to show up on the field.” Head coach Keidane McAlpine said that containing Maling would be one of the most important factors in his team’s success on Friday. “What we try to do is to take away what they like to do [and] limit her touches, which will limit the crosses into the box,” McAlpine said. “If we’ve got the ball, they can’t score.” “I think that there is always something that we can work on and improve,” McKeown said. “During that [Florida] game, we focused a lot on getting our width and moving the ball … I think we executed that well.” “[Florida and Florida State] were really big wins for us so it’s good to have that in our back pocket,” McKeown said. “This whole week at practice we have just been focusing on doing the things that we have been doing well and continuing that into [the game against] NAU.” “Their style is very [much] push the ball forward, go, go, go, try to get high pressure, lots of pressure,” McAlpine said. Junior forward Tara McKeown is USC’s leading scorer in 2019, already totaling 6 goals through just four games. (Tal Volk / Daily Trojan) The Trojans will kick off against Northern Arizona 3 p.m. Friday before facing off against Nebraska noon Sunday. Both games will be at McAlister Field.last_img read more

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Draw for Davis Cup Games Between B&H and Greece Took Place Today

first_imgThe draw of tennis teams in the Davis Cup games between B&H-Greece, which will be played within the first round of the second group of Euro-African zone, took place today in Sarajevo, led by Massimo Moratti, supervisor of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The judges Milan Dmitrović and Srđan Svjetlanović and the head judge Hana Mehmedagić attended the drawing.Mirza Bašić – Alexandros Jakupovic, and Damir Džumhur – Markos Kalovelonis will play on Friday, 31 January at 13:00. Mirza Bašić/Tomislav Brkić – Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis will play on Saturday, 1 February at 14:00. Damir Džumhur – Alexandros Jakupovic and Mirza Bašić – Markos Kalovelonis will play on Sunday, 2 February at 13:00.The members of the tennis teams of B&H and Greece will fight for to qualify in the second round of II zone Euro-African group of Davis Cup from 31 January to 2 February at the Sarajevo stadium Ramiz Salčin.The entrance to the games is free.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

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GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – CAMPAIGN TO START AGAINST LK GAELS

first_img*Unemployed*Are you in receipt of Social Welfare and unemployed for more than twelve months? Are you interested in coaching Gaelic Games? If so you may be eligible to partake in a Social Employment Scheme, Sponsored by the Club, training will be provided. For more information contact Joe at 086-8547114 or [email protected]*Senior League Campaign Begins* The Seniors and Reserves kick off their league campaigns this weekend at home to Letterkenny Gaels. The will take place on Good Friday with the reserve throw in at 4pm and the Seniors at 5.15pm. Lets get good support out to cheer the boys on.*Minors*CLG BnaG 2-7 Termon 5-12. A terrible first half from the boys left themselves an awful lot of hard work to do in the second half but they rallied back impressively in the second period to close the gap. Unfortunately they had left themselves far too much to do and were unable to come close to Termon in the end up. A lot of the boys are training well with some in serious contention for a starting spot on the Senior team so if they can keep up their performances in training and a few more of the minor team join them they won’t be far away come championship time. Best for CLG BnaG on Sunday were Jamie Heena, Gavin McFadden and Odhran Coll. Team: Gavin McFadden, Dara McGettigan, Gavin Grier, Jason McConigley, Shay Durning, Jamie Heena, Darragh Black (1-0), Kane Barrett (1-3), Dominic Hull, Emmett Conaghan (0-1), Caolan Bolton, Jason Scullion, Odhran Coll, Dylan Hegarty (0-3), Hugh McMenamin. Subs: Kieran Sheridan and Finian Ferry came on at half time.*Donegal U21s*The club would like to congratulate the Donegal u21 team on their fantastic victory over Tyrone in Omagh last Wednesday night. Donegal beat the bookies second favourites for the All Ireland 0-15 to 1-6. Christopher ‘Chippie’ Barrett was unlucky to only be on the bench for the team while Micky McGlynn is the team physio. Donegal will now go on to play Derry in the semi final of the Ulster Championship in two weeks time (3rd April). It will be played in a neutral venue yet to be decided.*Club Membership*Please note that club membership is now due. Membership rates are €20 for adults, €10 for children, and €50 per family. Alternatively you can download a standing order form from the club website (www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie) for the weekly club lotto. Entry to the lotto database costs €17 per month which also entitles you to 11 weeks free entry to the lotto as well as full family membership. PLEASE NOTE: The club will only source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members.*Lotto* This weeks lotto numbers were 1-4-6-16. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners gets €20 each. The winners were: Seamus Durkan Snr, Drumbern, James Edward Friel, Margaret Orr, Ballyare, Kevin Coyle, Ramelton. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,820.*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training*Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players continues every Monday and Wednesday at 7pm at the pitch in Milford. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*Ladies Training* Training continues at the pitch every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10am.*U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm.with League starting at the start of March it is important we get everyone out. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*U12 Training Change*U12 training will now take place on Mondays at 5.30pm at the pitch in Milford. All welcome.*U10 Training*Milford GAA U10 Training continues on Friday at 6.00pm at Moyle View Park. Please bring Gumshields and a drink.*U8 Fundamentals*U8 fundamentals training begins this Friday from 6-7 in the Milford convent gym. Registration will also take place at 6pm. Any parents wishing to help out in any way are more than welcome to attend.*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (Navy) (13/14 – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 each*Conversational Irish Classes*Conversational Irish classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in the clubhouse at Moyleview Park. Adults and children welcome. Admission: Adults €2, Children €1. The classes will be for 1.5 hours and refreshments will be provided.The club wishes to establish a newsletter that can be emailed out to all interested parties on a weekly basis. In this weeks issue we had all your club news and lotto results, as well as upcoming fixtures and training schedules for the week ahead. We also have match reports from the recent minor and ladies games as well as the coaching section which covered the ‘Body Catch’ and we also have a blast from the past in our photo gallery with the victorious 1992 Intermediate Championship winning team. This weeks player profile is on Ulster All Star ladies forward Amber Barrett. if you would like to be included on this mailing list please text your name and email address to 0863400082 or email it to [email protected]: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – CAMPAIGN TO START AGAINST LK GAELS was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – CAMPAIGN TO START AGAINST LK GAELSlast_img read more

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Lookout Paypal! Google Checkout’s New Gadget is Incredibly Simple

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez This morning on the Google Checkout Blog, the company announced the introduction of a new, embeddable gadget which you can place on any web site where you sell your products and/or services. An embeddable gadget like this is nothing new to the online shopping space – Checkout’s major competitor PayPal has offered their own copy-and-paste code for years on end. But what’s interesting about this new gadget is how it’s tied to the Google Docs service for inventory management on the back-end. The gadget is also incredibly simple to set up and use.Gadget Setup: Three Easy StepsAccording to the blog post, there are only a few steps necessary to get up-and-running with Google Checkout on your site, a process they claim will only take “a matter of minutes.” (That may depend on how much inventory you sell, however.) After signing up for your Google Checkout Seller Account the next step is to list the products you want to sell in a Google Docs spreadsheet. The process couldn’t be easier. Google provides you with a copy of their template spreadsheet. When you click the link, you’re prompted to click on another link reading: “Yes, make a copy.” Doing so copies the template file over to your own Google Docs account where you’ll see a basic spreadsheet that features columns for title, content, price, quantity, shipping, image_link, option, and option_name. So you’ll know what those fields are used for, the spreadsheet also includes some example inventory entries. When you’re finished listing your inventory, you simply publish the spreadsheet as a web page.The final step is to pick the embed location, a list which allows you to choose between a normal HTML web site or one of the following Google-owned properties: Google Sites, Blogger, or iGoogle. Then you choose the size of your gadget and make a couple of changes to the code, one of which is pasting in the URL to your own Google Docs spreadsheet. The Checkout Gadget is still a Google Labs project, meaning (in theory) that it’s still in the experimental phase. Of course, with Google, the same company that left Gmail in beta until just this year, it’s hard to know exactly how “experimental” the gadget really is at this point. Google Checkout Gadget is “Good Enough”At the end of the day, PayPal may offer more options for configuring web site buttons as they allow you to configure shipping by weight, various tax calculations, and a customized button appearance among other things. Still, Google Checkout is doing what Google knows best how to do: provide a simple, easy-to-use service to attract the set of users looking for “good enough” (but not the best). As with many of their other services – like Google Docs and Google Sites, for example – Google’s offerings may not be the absolute best in their field, but they’re good enough for most users. For example, with Google Docs: to date, Microsoft Office still has more features than Docs and Zoho is by far a more robust online suite, but Docs is straightforward and simple. The same can be said for the new Checkout gadget. It may not be the best, but for small business sellers who don’t need complicated setups, the gadget will likely be a good fit. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin raises profile in Japan

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Thailand’s midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Thailand and China in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League. The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)TOKYO — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field.ADVERTISEMENT In his second season in Japan, the 5-foot-2 (1.58-meter) attacking midfielder scored eight goals, helping Consadole to a fourth-place finish in the top flight — a record high for the club.He was selected to the J-League XI, becoming the first Southeast Asian player to earn the honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With the recent signings of players such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres, the J-League is bidding to raise its international profile in the region after a period when the Chinese Super League grabbed most of the headlines for its record-breaking signings and transfer deals.During the 2017 season, the Chinese authorities introduced a 100 percent tax on the signing of foreign players for a fee of more than $7 million in a move to increase opportunities for young local players. At the same time, the limited on the number of foreign players that could be selected for a game was reduced from four to three for each team.While Chinese soccer appears to be inching back from a foreign influx, the J-League, long considered the most professional competition in the region, is stepping forward.“We want to create interest in our league not only in Japan but in Asia and around the world,” J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said. “With players like Chanathip we feel we are well on the way to achieving those goals.”Since 2017, the J-League has permitted each team to sign one player from an Asian Football Confederation nation outside of the existing foreign player quota.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Japanese football is very fast and physical,” Chanathip said in a recent interview. “Players here are very disciplined, so if more Thai players come to Japan, they will be able to learn a lot and become better football players.”While playing in a more competitive league has helped Chanathip raise the level of his game, it has also helped promote the J-League overseas. Nearly 1.5 million people attend soccer matches every year in Thailand and Japanese soccer officials are eager to gain a foothold there. View comments Last year, Chanathip’s Thailand teammates Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan played in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe.Thailand captain Teerasil returned to Muangthong following the completion of his loan deal, but Theerathon is continuing to play in the J-League with Yokohama F Marinos.Newly promoted Oita Trinita, meanwhile, has acquired Thai midfielder Thitipan Puangchan on loan.Chanathip has given the profile of the Japanese league a huge boost in his homeland, where he was a star at Thai powerhouse Muangthong United.Thai TV viewership of J-League broadcasts hit an all-time high in 2017 when a match between Consadole and the J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale drew an estimated 400,000 Thai TV viewers, outperforming a broadcast of popular domestic side Buriram United.The J-League hopes its success in Thailand can be duplicated in other Southeast Asian countries, where broadcasts of the top European leagues dominate ratings.Murai has praised Chanathip for his success with Sapporo and promotion of the league in Thailand.“I was surprised when a video of Chanathip’s first practice in Sapporo attracted 3 million viewers, more than the entire population of Sapporo,” Murai told local media. “He has made a huge impact on the J-League.”While he’s completely focused on helping Sapporo achieve its goals, Chanathip said he’s keeping an open mind about his future prospects, including the possibility of one day playing on soccer’s biggest stage.“If I get a chance to play in Europe, I’d be happy to take on a new challenge,” Chanathip said. 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