Karnataka HC To District Court Do Not Defer Hearing Bail Applications On Ground That It Is Not A Case Of Extreme Urgency [Read Order]

May 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC To District Court Do Not Defer Hearing Bail Applications On Ground That It Is Not A Case Of Extreme Urgency [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber11 May 2020 4:33 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has said trial court cannot defer hearing of bail application stating that it is not a case of extreme urgency without going into the merits of the matter. Justice Mohammad Nawaz said “The Consideration of application to be enlarged on bail in accordance with law is a right that can be encapsulated in the Right to Life under Article 21 of the Constitution…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 Karnataka High Court has said trial court cannot defer hearing of bail application stating that it is not a case of extreme urgency without going into the merits of the matter. Justice Mohammad Nawaz said “The Consideration of application to be enlarged on bail in accordance with law is a right that can be encapsulated in the Right to Life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.” Accused Iliyaz Khan was arrested on April 4, during the ongoing lockdown period, under sections offences punishable under Sections 341, 353, 504 r/w Section 34 of IPC. He has been in custody for over a month and is lodged in the prison. After filing for bail before the district court he submitted that necessary report to the Principal District and Sessions Court, Bengaluru Rural District on 07.04.2020 as well as on 13.04.2020 to ensure that the petition be taken up on priority. However, the district judge has refused to order that the bail petition be taken up for consideration stating that it is not a case of ‘extreme urgency’. Advocate Sunil S. Rao, appearing for the accused in the high court argued that petitioner has been in custody for about a month the offence under Section 341 of I.P.C. is punishable for imprisonment for one month. There could not be deferment of consideration of bail petition for any reason and appropriate arrangements ought to be made to take up the bail petition. The court said “Once bail petition has been filed, as petition involves the question of life in all its expanseful connotations and liberty of the petitioner, it is appropriate to take up the petition and consider it in accordance with law in an expeditious manner. Without commenting as regards to the merits of the matter, it cannot be stated that though the petitioner seeks for enlarging him on bail, petitioner is seeking to move a matter which does not involve any extreme urgency and hence, the consideration of application for bail could be deferred. Such a pedantic approach is not acceptable when considering the application filed seeking to be enlarged on bail.” The court accordingly directed the concerned Court to take up the petition seeking enlargement of bail and to dispose of the said petition within a period of seven days.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Watermelon Variety Testing

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgResearch by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences could help Georgia’s watermelon growers produce sweeter results.UGA vegetable horticulturalist Tim Coolong conducts variety trial testing on watermelons as part of his work on the UGA Tifton Campus. He is researching the productivity and quality of multiple watermelon varieties tested at different locations and in various conditions statewide. Georgia farmers transport the bulk of the state’s watermelon crop in bin containers, so they rely on Coolong’s research to tell them how different varieties stack up. If a sweeter, more productive melon is developed that also meets farmers’ demands, they’ll be more likely to embrace Coolong’s research.Last year’s seedless watermelon varieties trials yielded promising results, Coolong said. The seedless melons produced excess fruit with decent size, very good quality and little hollow heart, which can downgrade a watermelon’s marketability. “We really like to see how the varieties break down as far as 36-count, 45-count. Size of the 36-count melons is usually about 18 pounds to about 21 pounds on average. A lot of our growers really need that information if their contract is primarily for 36-count fruit,” he said. “If a farmer’s contract is for 45-count fruit, they need to know if this variety will produce a majority percent of the fruit in the 45-count range.”Strengthened by an almost $144 million farm gate value in 2013, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s watermelon crop tops the state’s list of most productive vegetables. Watermelons accounted for 14.4 percent of the state’s vegetable crop, topping bell peppers, sweet corn and onions. Georgia’s top 10 watermelon-producing counties by value are Berrien, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dooly, Telfair, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth, all of which are located in south Georgia.Coolong credits south Georgia watermelon farmers for the rise in the crop. “If you could pick one vegetable that’s grown over a wide area in south Georgia, it would be watermelon. It’s grown in Dooly County, down to Lowndes County, over to Wheeler and into Toombs County,” Coolong said. “We have a lot of acres.”Georgia’s watermelon farmers will hear more about Coolong’s research and will receive updates about the watermelon industry at this week’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Coolong is one of multiple UGA scientists and Extension agents who will speak at the event, set for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 8-10.“This is the largest produce-related trade show and educational program in the Southeastern United States. It allows growers to network with colleagues, see new products and step in to any number of educational programs. Because of the diversity of programming at the conference, it allows growers to get updated on what they are already growing as well as attend sessions on different crops to see if they might want to grow something new,” Coolong said.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Wines

October 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgImproving Tannin Extraction in Wines Made from Red lnterspecific Hybrid (Vitis ssp.) Grapes: Proof of concept trials and winemaking exploring enzyme concentrations and combinations, as well as pre-fermentation maceration conditions, in order to enhance the tannin structure of wines made from red hybrid grapes, thereby improving the quality and stability of such wines.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$89,782 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Act 39 also created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve and fund up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The PLCB awarded the inaugural round of grants supporting Pennsylvania’s beer industry in February 2018, with grants for 13 projects totaling nearly $705,000. The second rounds of grants – a total of $791,412 for 12 projects – were issued in December 2018.The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $16.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov. Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved grants totaling $1 million to nine projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.“Agriculture and tourism are key to the commonwealth’s economic success and job creation,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “More than 1 million people visit Pennsylvania wineries each year, boosting our economy and introducing visitors to the unique beauty and experiences Pennsylvania has to offer. That’s why supporting our winemakers and the researchers who enhance the winemaking process is so important.”Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion. Since the first wine grants were approved in 2017, the PLCB has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to support the Pennsylvania wine industry.“The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is pleased to provide $1 million in grants to assist in-state winemakers,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “These grants will support industry research, help wine producers to grow superior grapes, and allow for additional resources to promote their products. Winemaking is a thriving business in the commonwealth and continues to expand.”The following grant projects were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board for fiscal year 2019-20. July 17, 2019 Does Delaying Bud Burst Reduce the Risk of Frost Damage While Maintaining Grape and Wine Quality? Year three of this research comparing the effectiveness of two frost avoidance strategies (application of Amigo oil, a food grade vegetable oil-based adjuvant, versus delayed winter pruning) on delaying the onset of budburst in order to avoid crop losses and delays in fruit ripening caused by post-budburstThe Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$42,152 Boosting Polyfunctional Thiols and Other Aroma Compounds in White Hybrid Wines Through Foliar Nitrogen and Sulfur Application: Continuation of a multi-year study evaluating the impact of foliar nitrogen and sulfur spraying as potentially low-cost viticultural practices to improve quality and profitability of white hybrid cultivar Traminette.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$80,828 Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Winescenter_img Defining Regional Typicity of Gruner Veltliner Wines: Continuation of a multi-year project aiming to characterize the environmental, viticultural, and sensory factors that define signature characteristics of Grüner Veltliner wines and develop marketing strategies to appeal to current and potential Grüner Veltliner drinkers, extending field and wine evaluations to the 2019 vintage.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$124,849 Grant ProjectGranteeGrant Amount Evaluating the Impact of Under-Trellis Groundcover Practices on Winegrape Production Profitability and Sustainability: Continuation of research into a sustainable weed suppression alternative to herbicides exploring if the alternative practices are sustainable, which strategies lead to the highest-quality grapes, and whether consumers are receptive to higher prices for wine produced using environmentally friendly practices.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$41,110 What do Consumers Look for in PA Wines? A Mixed-Methods Approach to Study the Importance of Regionality and Hybrid Grapes: A study of consumer perception of Pennsylvania-grown wines, with a focus on the importance of regionality and attitudes toward hybrid wines, utilizing consumer focus groups and a product categorization exercise among Pennsylvania wine consumers.The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences$63,286 Consumer Attitudes and Purchasing Behaviors Toward PA Wines, Wineries, and Retail Wine Marketing Programs: Comprehensive, four-step consumer market research study blending a review of secondary data, focus groups, graduate study taste comparisons between Pennsylvania wines and wines from elsewhere, and an online survey of hundreds of Pennsylvania residents to analyze and understand the characteristics and motivations of Pennsylvania wine consumers.Saint Joseph’s University$89,110 Pennsylvania Wine Land Statewide Marketing & Promotions: Continuation and new investments in the Pennsylvania Wine Land consumer marketing campaign, development of a new PA Wines Guide and sustaining investment in Pennsylvania Wine Trails grantsPA Winery Association$422,082last_img read more

University Prep’s plan: ‘Bring home trophies’ – USO Panthers are 5-0 after crushing Allderdice, 40-6

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_img MALACHI QUARLES After USO’s 40-6 domination of Allderdice on Sept. 20, it’s safe to say, statement made.Senior Michael Snowden, who’s committed to the University of Akron, scored three rushing touchdowns for USO (5-0, 3-0 in City League), and Rashad Murray scored two defensive touchdowns.“If you look at the history of this program, it’s always been built on defense, and if we can get our offensive side of the ball to catch up with our defense, we bring home trophies, and that’s the plan,” Berry told the Courier after the game.USO comprises the schools University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama—you must have chemistry to mix the players from all three schools into a winning combination. Berry sees great results coming from the lab.“The chemistry piece is pretty much the reason why this is happening,” he said. “It’s a senior group that doesn’t possess a whole lot of on-field experience, but they’ve been in the program three, four years—now it’s their turn. And a lot of those seniors have stepped up and really taken us to another level.”Seniors like Malachi Quarles, who had a major impact in the win against Allderdice. “Malachi was a role player for us in this program the past three years…found it difficult to find a starting role defensively for us,” Berry said. “Now this year he comes on as one of our four captains, one of our defensive leaders, and he just plays like a man with his hair on fire.”The only score of the game for Allderdice (0-5, 0-2 in City League) was an 82-yard touchdown run by Dajaun Williams.USO’s remaining three regular season games are at Steubenville (Sept. 27), home vs. Brashear (Oct. 3) and at Sharon (Oct. 11). Whether they win out or not, their current commanding lead in the City League standings should secure USO a spot in the City League semi-finals, to be played a week after the regular season ends. A win in the semis, and they’ll have a chance to win their first City League football championship since 2016. THE UNIVERSITY PREP PANTHERS, also known as USO, after their convincing 40-6 win over Allderdice, Sept. 20. THE UNIVERSITY PREP PANTHERS ARE 5-0 to start the 2019 season…center_img BRENDAN WALLS goes airborne to catch a pass for University Prep, also known as USO, in a huge win over Allderdice, Sept. 20. (Photos by Courier photographer Andre Swinton Jr.)by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff WriterEven though Allderdice had yet to win a game this season, the Dragons were still, in many local sportswriters’ eyes, the favorite to three-peat as City League champions.But last Friday, Sept. 20, they met up against the University Prep (USO) Panthers, who were undefeated at 4-0.“For some odd reason (before the game), I put up on our board in our football room our USO history against Allderdice, and the first five matchups against Allderdice, we won all five and brought home two championships against that top-notch program,” USO coach Lou Berry told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “We hadn’t beaten them since 2013—so there was a lot of incentive tonight to really play hard and go after it. Make a statement.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Lacey Museum Partners With Olympia Genealogical Society

August 5, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFacebook140Tweet0Pin1Submitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey Museum and the Olympia Genealogical Society are excited to announce their joint venture to make unique genealogical resources available to the South Sound community.The two organizations have the common goal of maintaining and developing relevant historical resources for the public to research information on their families and local histories. “Although we have many wonderful online resources these days,” said Museum Curator Erin Quinn Valcho, “less than 5 percent of the genealogical resources are available online. Plus, many are behind a pay wall, which can make them inaccessible for some people.”Researchers will now have access to the Olympia Genealogical Society’s collection of over 1,700 volumes at Lacey City Hall. “The Olympia Genealogical Society is pleased to have a new home for our book collection, which includes genealogy books from across the United States and around the world,” said Nancy Neville Cordell, Past President of the Olympia Genealogical Society.To view the collection catalog, visit here. To set up an appointment to access the collection, contact Museum Curator, Erin Quinn Valcho at [email protected] more information on the Olympia Genealogical Society, including how to become a member, visit http://olygensoc.org. For more information on the Lacey Museum, or to access the collection, call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at 360-491-0857.last_img read more

Lovato Carries Middletown South Lineage Into Super Bowl

August 4, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhen Lovato takes the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it will be a scene that resonates with Antonucci’s current players and a moment the longtime Eagles head man will use to teach his student-athletes about more than just the game of football.“Every kid that comes into our program, we talk to them about playing at the next level, but also using their experience over these four years to better themselves as people,” Antonucci said. “And when you have a player and a person of Rick’s character carrying the program with them to the highest levels of the game, it’s a tremendous example to take to the guys we have here.”Lovato and the Philadelphia Eagles will square off with the Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.The game will be televised by NBC with coverage starting at noon, followed by a National Anthem performance from Pink and a half time show starring Justin Timberlake.This article originally appeared in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Lovato, who was an All-Conference lineman for the MHSS Eagles as a senior, will be the fourth Middletown South alum to appear in a Super Bowl, joining Moreno, Simonsen and Christian Peter, who was part of a New York Giants team that fell to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.“The Middletown South football program is a family and Rick is one of my brothers. I couldn’t be more proud of him and everything he’s accomplished,” said Peter.“We’re all pulling for Rick, especially because he needs to end the losing streak for us,” said Peter, referencing the Super Bowl losses suffered by all three previous MHSS players and their respective NFL organizations. “With all the adversity Rick has faced in his career, he’s never given up, and now he’s one of the most revered long snappers in the NFL playing in a Super Bowl. It’s a great story, and I think it’s going to end with him and the Eagles on top,” Peters predicted. By Chris Rotolo |center_img MIDDLETOWN — For the third consecutive season, members of the Middletown High School South football program will have one of their own to root for on Super Bowl Sunday.Earlier this week a framed Philadelphia Eagles jersey was placed prominently in the school’s trophy case, recognizing the monumental achievement of MHSS alumnus Rick Lovato.A 2011 graduate, Lovato will serve as the Eagles’ long snapper in Sunday’s title bout against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, making it three straight Super Bowls that South coach Steve Antonucci will watch a former standout from his program compete for the Lombardi Trophy. Lovato joins Knowshon Moreno, who played with the Denver Broncos in 2016, and Scott Simonsen, a member of the Carolina Panthers in last year’s game.“I just saw Rick’s father this past week and we spoke about how proud we are of him. It’s sort of a ‘proud father moment’ for both of us,” said Antonucci, who completed his 20th season at the helm of the Middletown South program this past fall.“Over the years, our coaching staff has spent so much time with Rick and Knowshon and Scott, as well as their families, so when they get to this level and they’re playing in the biggest game of the year where the entire country is watching, you feel that sense of pride, because you feel like you were a small part of their journey,” he said.last_img read more


August 2, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBOLO TO CONSIDER SURFACE SWITCH TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON MARCH 12 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2016)–A Kentucky Derby hopeful a year ago, 4-year-old Bolo proved himself a nationally prominent turf horse Saturday at Santa Anita, as he ran down heavily favored Obviously late to take the Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes by a neck under Flavien Prat. Trained by Carla Gaines and idle since July 4, Bolo negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.09 and is now undefeated in three tries over the Santa Anita lawn.A measured second, two lengths off the favorite past the half mile pole, Bolo got outside pressure from eventual third place finisher Om going to the far turn, shook him off turning for home and gradually wore down Obviously to win going away at the wire.“I couldn’t watch at the end,” said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool, on behalf of the ownership of Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack, LLC. “I couldn’t watch, but it was unbelievable. Carla did just an incredible job, incredible. Her patience over a seven month period drives me crazy, but then in one day, it all comes together.”Off at 7-1 in a field of five older horses, Bolo paid $17.40, $7.20 and $3.00. A Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City, he notched his fourth win from nine starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $408,700.“You have to be closer on the turf the way it’s playing, so it worked out well,” said Prat, who rode Bolo for the first time. “I knew the pace was already fast (set by Obviously; 22.70, 45.67, 1:09.13 and 1:20.99) but I had to get out and go (around the far turn) because Obviously was still in front of me. When I came up next to Obviously, he picked it back up…but I knew Bolo can get the distance and in the end, Obviously came back to us.”Although all four of his career wins have come on turf, Brackpool left the door open for a possible return to dirt in the mile and a quarter $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12.“It seems like every other horse I hear about is being considered for Dubai,” he said. “So we’ve got lots of options.”As for Gaines, she was obviously pleased with the way Bolo came back running off the bench.“The horse had a terrific trip,” she said. “All I told Flavien was to let him break and find his place in the race. I felt he’d be sitting right behind the leaders and he would still have a kick home. That’s exactly what happened. I’m just so thrilled…Did I think he was going to get there? I’m not sure. I was screaming very loud.”Irish-bred Obviously, one of America’s best turf milers dating back to 2012, was cutting back in distance from a mile and one eighth and appeared to have things his own way on the lead.“He settled great and he ran really well,” said Mike Smith, who was aboard the 8-year-old for the first time in the Arcadia. “They went in (one) thirty three to beat us. That’s pretty impressive. I wouldn’t say the this track favors speed, but…He just got run down today.”Off at 4-5, Obviously paid $3.00 and $2.10.Om, who came off a rousing win here in the Grade II Mathis Brother Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, sat a comfortable third early with Gary Stevens and went after the top two going to the far turn, but proved third best. The second choice at 8-5, he paid $2.10 to show.last_img read more


August 2, 2020 0 Comments

first_img            BOB BAFFERT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER, AND MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He was training really, really well for this. It’s like the best I’ve ever seen him train. Prat worked him the other day and the track was really fast. He went 10 and four (Jan. 30). I was afraid they went too fast but they were doing it the right way.“I was really happy about Mor Spirit. I thought for sure turning for home he was going to win it. But Hoppertunity, he just grinded it out, came running, and I’m happy for the (owners) Pegram, Watson and Weitman team. This horse has been a lot of fun for them. There’s nothing like having a good horse. That’s why we’re in the business, so as long as he’s doing well we’ll go to Dubai (World Cup, March 25) and see if we can get another win.“That was the plan all along. This horse has made so much money just picking up here and there (now $4,066,425). I don’t know what I’m going to do with Mor Spirit. We’re going to play it by ear but today was a good race for him. He was part of that pace up front and they were going pretty fast . . . I think he’ll move forward because he’s a big, heavy horse. He did a lot of running early and he got beat by a Grade I horse that’s made four million dollars. It was a good race.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “This has been a great day. Before today, I knew I had a good shot to do well and everything turned out really well. Sometimes it doesn’t, even when you know you have a good chance, but today turned out very well.“Everyone knows this horse. He ran a great race. I think he may be better than he was last year. He seems better.“He’s always slow out of the gate, he’ll never be fast and he likes to come from off the pace. Once he starts running, you just have to let him run and do his thing. The worst part for me is the first part of the race, because I have to ask him. But then he just takes you to the wire.” KARL WATSON, CO-OWNER, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “I was a little concerned about the mile and a sixteenth today, but he handled it. We’re excited. He’s been doing really well and we’re keeping our fingers crossed. I think the goal is to get him back to Dubai. There’s no California Chrome this year, but we don’t know about Arrogate. There’s always somebody.” MIKE SMITH, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He needed this. Going around two turns is what he wants. I’m not too sure I got enough out of it I guess, going seven-eighths (in the Malibu).“Speed has been playing good so I tried to stay fairly close. Everything worked today, other than Hoppertunity. When (Hoppertunity) runs his A race . . . I mean he’s been running against the best in the world. My horse, he’s just now getting back to where he used to be, hopefully better.“This race should really set him up. Now he’ll be really fit to run huge next time out. But the seven-eighths…I think he got something out of it, just not enough. He still ran great.”             NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. Baffert has won five of the last eight runnings of the San Antonio.last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTHE COPE Builders Providers Dungloe have received a nomination for a prestigious award in recognition for their services to the construction industry.Nominations for the OCTABUILD Builders Merchant Awards 2015 have just been announced and The Cope Builders Providers Dungloe have been nominated as one of three finalists in the Connaught/Ulster Category.  OCTABUILD is a culmination of 8 of the countries top suppliers to the Building Trade, these are: Dulux, Kingspan, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Tegral , Sanbra Fyffe, Glennon Brothers and Wavin.The Cope Builders Providers were the 2011 winners of the Donegal Section and the team are delighted to be nominated again.Laurence McDaid, The Cope Builders Providers General Manager, says, “It is a fantastic achievement just to be nominated for an Octabuild Award.“In order to qualify for nomination we had to pass a series of inspections and rigorous testing and thanks to the staff, we have earned a nomination for this prestigious award”. The award ceremony takes place on Thursday May 21st in the Mansion House, Dublin.THE COPE BUILDERS PROVIDERS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsThe Cope Dungloelast_img read more

Women’s Month launched in South Africa

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMinister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, right,with fellow cabinet ministers. Government would like to see more womenoccupying top positions in the private sector. Both public and private sectors will supportthe Take a Girl Child to Work initiative.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sibani MngadiSpokespersonWomen, Children and Persons with Disabilities+27 82 7720 161RELATED ARTICLES• SA women take the lead• SA women in the spotlight• Media awards for SA women• Hair academy empowers women• Celebrating the power of womenBongani NkosiThe public sector in South Africa is making “steady progress” in securing senior positions for women in the workplace, said Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya.The minister was speaking at the launch of Women’s Month in Pretoria on 2 August 2010.Although the entire month is dedicated to women, the public holiday on 9 August is particularly significant, as it marks the 54th anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings, Pretoria, which at the time were the headquarters of the apartheid government.More than 20 000 women took part in this march to protest against racial segregation and the discriminatory pass laws, which restricted the movement of black people within declared “white areas”.This year government will use August to reflect on efforts made since then to empower women in rural areas, townships and cities.Women now occupy about 36% of senior-level jobs in government, Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch. “There is steady progress in the representation of women at senior levels of public services …”Similarly, this will be the focus of Public Service Week, which also falls in August.According to the minister, there are now more women in decision-making roles than there were in 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections.Up to 44 % members of the legislature, on a national and provincial level, are women – this puts South Africa in third position worldwide for the greatest number of females in Parliament, Mayende-Sibiya said.The number of women ministers and deputy ministers has more than doubled over the past 16 years, growing from 18 % in 1994 to 40 % in 2010, she added.Transformation slow in private sectorWhile the South African government works hard to empower women and positively influence their role in society, other employers are lagging behind.According to the country’s Affirmative Action policy, the employment of women and previously disadvantaged individuals should be prioritised, but top private-sector positions are still dominated by white men, government said.Black, Indian and coloured South Africans fall into the “previously disadvantaged” category.At present, white men hold about 63% of senior management jobs in the private sector, while black, Indian and coloured women only account for 5%.While massive progress has been made in boosting female access to education, South Africa has to “ensure that skills development programmes focus on empowering women”, so they are able to follow “careers that are still male-dominated”, Mayende-Sibiya said.Speeding up transformationThe Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities is planning to introduce a new policy to “enforce gender parity measures across all sectors of society”.The Gender Equality Bill should be tabled by next year, Mayende-Sibiya said.The Bill reflects government’s realisation that it needs to act decisively to enforce change in the workplace. “Our analysis of various studies available indicates that if we continue at the current pace of transformation, it will take us almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity.“We cannot allow that. Measures have to be taken to hasten the process of gender and racial transformation in our country,” the minister said.Empowerment projects in AugustGovernment is planning to launch a number of countrywide initiatives to empower women this August.Mayende-Sibiya said their projects are aimed at tackling challenges facing women, reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic status of women in South Africa.The Gauteng provincial government said it will launch 200 women-only schemes across the province from 9 August.The schemes will take the form of cooperatives offering cleaning and catering services in hospitals, according to Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development. “This is part of our agenda to empower women,” he said.Both the public and private sector will support the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on 19 August, as has been done since the drive was launched in 2003.“To enforce mentoring of girls into various careers, we will all be supporting the campaign,” Mayende-Sibiya said.last_img read more