first_imgTop StoriesBombay High Court Directs TV Today Network To Deposit Rs.5 Lakh To Grant Interim Protection In Plea Against BARC Nitish Kashyap23 Oct 2020 6:23 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court has directed the TV Today network to deposit Rs.5 lakh fine imposed on it by Broadcast Audience Research Council’s Disciplinary Council for violating its code of conduct. Court observed that “if the amount is deposited”, no coercive steps will be taken against the network.Division bench of Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice Milind Jadhav were hearing via video conferencing…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 Bombay High Court has directed the TV Today network to deposit Rs.5 lakh fine imposed on it by Broadcast Audience Research Council’s Disciplinary Council for violating its code of conduct. Court observed that “if the amount is deposited”, no coercive steps will be taken against the network.Division bench of Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice Milind Jadhav were hearing via video conferencing a writ petition filed by TV Today Network Limited seeking protection against any further coercive steps after BARC’s Disciplinary Council had concluded that the petitioner network had indulged in viewership malpractice and issued a warning letter in this regard.According to the BARC’s order, there was an “abnormal jump” in daily viewership of the channels of TV Today network and it seemed like panel households were being influenced which is in violation of the Code of ConductSenior Advocate Dr. Virendra Tulzapurkar appeared on behalf of the petitioner network along with Dr.Abhinav Chandrachud and Advocate Ashish Kamat along with Advocate Thomas George for BARC.While, counsels for the petitioner sought interim protection and argued that the order passed by BARC was not reasonable and no evidence was produced in order to prove the allegations against them. Advocate Ashish Kamath raised the issue of maintainability.Court observed-“As regards the issue of maintainability raised by the learned counsel for the Respondent, identical matters are kept on board on 5 November 2020.It will be open to the Petitioner without prejudice to its rights and contentions to deposit the amount of Rs.5,00,000 as directed by the Respondent No.1’s Disciplinary Council in the registry of this Court. If this amount is deposited no coercive steps will be taken against the Petitioner in the meanwhile.”The next date of hearing in the case is November 5, 2020. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgJimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesBy JAMES HILL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Six months after a federal judge determined Ghislaine Maxwell to be a flight risk and ordered her detained until trial, the accused co-conspirator of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein intends to present a proposed bail package of $28.5 million in a renewed effort to be released from jail before the end of the year, ABC News has learned.More than $22 million of the assets pledged to secure the proposed bond will come from the combined resources of Maxwell and her husband, with the remainder to be posted by a handful of close family and friends, according to a person familiar with Maxwell’s intentions.The forthcoming bail application, expected to be in front of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in the coming days, will also be the first public acknowledgement from Maxwell that she is, in fact, married, the person said.At a detention hearing shortly after Maxwell’s arrest in July, a federal prosecutor told the court that Maxwell had refused to provide information about the identity or assets of her previously unknown spouse.Maxwell’s legal team first signaled their intention to take a second crack at securing pretrial release for their client in a pair of letters to the court last month that were redacted to conceal the identities of the family members and friends of Maxwell who were offering to co-sign the bond.“Ms. Maxwell and her counsel have assembled substantial information that was not available to present at the initial hearing [in July], as well as a comprehensive bail package co-signed by sureties who were unable to come forward at that time,” wrote Christian Everdell, an attorney for Maxwell, on Nov. 25.The proposed bail package, Everdell wrote, will include letters from family and friends that contain details that — if made public — would “invite identification and harassment of the sureties and other third parties, including minor children.” The co-signers are “legitimately afraid” that if their names become public, they will be subjected to the “same relentless media scrutiny and threats that Ms. Maxwell has experienced for more than a year,” Everdell wrote.Also to be included, according to Everdell’s letter, is a financial report prepared by a professional accounting firm that “provides a summary of Ms. Maxwell’s financial condition from 2015-2020 and discloses all of her assets, all assets held in trust, and assets held by other family members.”At Maxwell’s initial detention hearing in July, federal prosecutors conceded that they were not alleging that Maxwell presented a danger to society if released on bail, but argued that her finances were “opaque” and that she was the “very definition of a flight risk.”“She has three passports, large sums of money, extensive international connections, and absolutely no reason to stay in the United States to face a potential significant term of incarceration,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe.Maxwell’s renewed bail proposal will attempt to counter those concerns by emphasizing her marriage, her family connections to the U.S. and her commitment to stay and fight the charges, according to the person familiar with her plans. Her proposal will also include a waiver of her right to seek extradition from England and France, the two countries besides the U.S. where she holds citizenship.Maxwell, 58, is the Oxford-educated daughter of Robert Maxwell, the larger-than-life publishing baron whose rags-to-riches story captivated England. She lived an extravagant life among the British elite until her father’s business empire collapsed in the wake of his death in 1991. She decamped to New York looking for a fresh start and was soon seen in the company of the mysterious multimillionaire Epstein.In a letter to a Florida state prosecutor related to Epstein’s 2008 guilty plea, Epstein’s attorneys described his relationship with Maxwell as one of two “long-term intimate relationships” Epstein had in adulthood. Maxwell has asserted in court filings that she entered Epstein’s employ in 1999, where she remained, despite the eventual end of their romantic relationship, until at least 2006.Following Epstein’s death in custody in August 2019, media and law enforcement attention turned to Maxwell, who had been previously accused in civil lawsuits of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of young women and girls, allegations that she has long denied. She was arrested on July 2 in a surprise early morning raid at a secluded 156-acre property in Bradford, New Hampshire, that had been purchased by a shell company in an all-cash transaction, according to court records and public documents.To answer allegations from prosecutors that she tried to hide from law enforcement during the year-long investigation prior to her arrest, Maxwell will contend that she was never hiding from the government but had sought seclusion because of media attention and threats to the safety of her and her family after Epstein’s death, the person said.Maxwell’s bail proposal is also expected to renew her concerns that the conditions of her confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn are putting her health at risk and making it difficult for her to review documents in preparation for trial. She recently spent two weeks in quarantine protocol after a staff member assigned to her unit tested positive for COVID-19, according to court records. Her lawyers have argued that Maxwell — a pretrial detainee — is being subjected to “disparate treatment” because the federal Bureau of Prisons failed to keep Epstein alive in jail.“[T]the Department of Justice is seeking to repair the BOP’s tarnished reputation by placing Ms. Maxwell under extraordinarily harsh conditions, not in any response to Ms. Maxwell’s requirements, but rather in response to the failed handling of a completely different inmate,” wrote Bobbi Sternheim, an attorney for Maxwell, in a letter to the court earlier this week.Maxwell pleaded not guilty to a six-count federal indictment alleging that she conspired with Epstein in a multi-state sex trafficking scheme involving three unnamed minor victims between 1994 and 1997. Prosecutors contend Maxwell not only “befriended” and later “enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Epstein, through a variety of means and methods,” but was also, at times, was “present for and involved” in the abuse herself.Maxwell’s attorneys have already questioned the prosecution’s contention that the “strength of the Government’s evidence” provided a strong incentive for Maxwell to flee, alleging in an earlier court filing that the government had yet to produce the corroborating documentation they claimed to have.“[T]he dearth of evidence reinforces why Ms. Maxwell has never intended to flee. She steadfastly maintains her innocence and vehemently denies the charges against her,” wrote Maxwell’s attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca in October.Maxwell has asked Nathan to set a hearing on her renewed bail proposal for Dec. 21. If granted release, Maxwell could be out of custody in time for Christmas, which is also her 59th birthday. Nathan has ordered the government to respond to Maxwell’s proposal by next week and then will decide if a hearing is necessary.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgFREEHOLD – An 86-year-old man is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy, following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Tinton Falls Police Department, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Albert DeCresci, formerly of Rumson but a resident in Tinton Falls at the time of the incident, is charged with one count each of second degree sexual assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a child, after police allege he was found in the act of the sexual assault.DeCresci is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $250,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior County Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, J.S.C., who also ordered he have no contact with his victim and not return to the scene of the crime if he is released.If convicted of sexual assault, DeCresci faces a sentence of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole, subject to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and Community Supervision for Life following his release from state prison.If convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, DeCresci faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter, Director of the Office’s Special Victims Bureau.Detective Delisa Brazile, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-620-4045, or Detective Robert Wilson, of the Tinton Falls Police Department at 732-542-3400 ext. 443.last_img read more

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first_imgPope Francis’ visit to the United States is of great interest to Catholics and the public in general, escalating this week with his Year of Mercy statement calling on priests to forgive the sin of abortion.Still, area Roman Catholic churches have been slow to organize any events to celebrate the pontiff’s trip. Pope Francis will be in the U.S. from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, with appearances in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.This week The Two River Times reached out to 10 Two River area Catholic Churches to see what has been planned. Those who responded to phone calls said nothing has been planned.One parish, however, St. Benedict, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel, sees an educational opportunity. The seventh and eighth graders in the accompanying school will participate in a “Pope Watch Party,” and watch Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, the first Catholic Pope to do so. During the session, teachers will be live tweeting on Twitter about their students’ reaction and the event with the hashtag #pope2congress, according to Denise Contino, St. Benedict’s director of religious instruction. This is being done in conjunction with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, which describes itself as a national social justice education and advocacy network inspired by the work of St. Ignatius of Loyola.Contino plans to repeat the viewing the following week for the non-St. Benedict religious instruction students.This summer St. Benedict had emailed to parish and student families information about “Flat Francis” – an approximately one-foot cutout of the pontiff – asking them to honor the pope’s coming visit by taking the good-natured photos with the cutout while on vacation or traveling, sending photos to Catholic Extension, a Catholic charitable organization, by way of the Twitter hashtag #FlatFrancis. “There’s ton of pictures on that already,” Contino said.Rayanne Bennett, director of public relations for the Diocese of Trenton, acknowledged this week while many individual Catholics have obtained the tickets for Pope Francis’ appearances in New York City and Philadelphia, “it’s slow in coming,” for the diocese’s various parishes to organize events in recognition of the visit. Given in August things slow down as many take their vacations, there wasn’t much in the way of organizing, Bennett pointed out. But now, she suspected church groups and parish volunteers will likely be working on get-togethers, watching parties, to catch the Papal events with friends. “And I think more are in formulation,” to be announced shortly.The diocese will put together a list of various parish activities to commemorate the Pope’s visit. That will be released to the media shortly, according to Bennett.last_img read more

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first_imgThe event saw more than $80,000 go toward finding a cure for MS and one team raised more than $9100.Team Cranked Up cranked it up on the fundraising circuit to raise the amazing total during the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge MS Bike tour held last weekend. The tour took riders from New Denver to Nelson one day and Nelson to New Denver the next to help find a cure while getting a whole of exercise and scenery looking.Staff at Mallards Source for sport were quick to make this selection at Team of the Week. The group includes, from left, Jan Summersides, Robyn Mitz, Sheri Allarie (Captain), Ami Kaup, Dianna Ducs, Wendi Thomson and Joy McAdams. Missing from photo, Maggie Mulvihill.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and damaged.last_img read more

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first_imgThere will be no repeat for the Tom Shypitka rink.Ken McHargue did the unthinkable, defeating the defending Kootenay Champs two straight games en route to the Senior Men’s Zone Curling Championships Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.McHargue, third Gerry Kent, second Grant Klapp and lead Bruce Young outlasted Shypitka & Company 7-5 in the A-B final to secure a trip to Vancouver Island in Feburary.McHargue defeated Shypitka 9-6 in the B final Sunday morning.With the game tied 5-5 entering the 10th end, McHargue put the pressure on the Cranbrook skip with a couple of rocks in scoring position. Despite facing a pair of counting rocks, Shypitka still had a chance to steal the win if the Cranbrook skip could bury his final stone.However, Shypitka came up light with his final attempt allowing the Elkford skip to grab two to win the game.McHargue lost Saturday afternoon to Shypitka 8-7 in the A final.However, the East Kootenay rink blasted Nando Salviulo of Nelson 9-1 in the B semi Saturday to advance against Shypitka.Salviulo, with Bud Edgar, Gary Meadows and Don Harasym anchoring the team, finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.Rob Ferguson of Trail and Myron Nichol of Castlegar were 1-2.Shypitka of Cranbrook, with Nelson third Fred Thomson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale on the team, lost in 2013 in the Senior’s Final held in Trail.The B.C. Senior Championships are set for February 17-23 in Comox Valley.last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#enterprise#news#NYT IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now When we talk to companies, you get a sense of what matters to them, what is the future and how the organization in question fits into the market.At the SAP Sapphire Now press conference this morning, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Overall, the actual production at Sapphire Now is outstanding. It’s a co-conference, being held here in Orlando and Frankfurt. Virgin Founder Richard Branson took the stage in Frankfurt but the quality of the video feed here in Orlando was crystal clear. During the press conference, Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe took turns answering questions back and forth from the two locations.The production of the event gives us a sense that SAP is energized, a more confident company since CEO Leo Apotheker resigned and SAP returned to the Co-CEO structure. But we also hear language that makes it a bit unclear how the Sybase acquisition fits with the company’s plan.But, overall, we are curious about the executive team and the role of SAP CTO Vishal Sikka. The Sybase acquisition will be shepherded by Sikka and SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner. On Wednesday, Plattner will go on stage with Sikka to present the vision for the in-memory technology capabilities that come with SAP and Sybase together.That’s a sign of what is really happening at SAP. Plattner is deep in the game and the company has two CEO’s. In the middle is Sikka who is guiding the technology, defining and clarifying what the acquisition means. He reports to Plattner, which shows the leverage he has in the organization.In all of this is a shift in the organization, another reorganization as we have heard some analysts lament about.After the press conference we talked to some of the more seasoned analysts who cover SAP. They are still unclear, too, and talk with a bit of frustration about the company and its number of re-organizations. But perhaps we will get a better picture on Wednesday when Plattner and Sikka take the stage.[Disclosure: SAP paid for a plane ticket and hotel room for Alex Williams to attend the the SAP Sapphire Now conference in Orlando.] alex williamscenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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December 16, 2019

Living in a Passivhaus

first_imgWe moved in to our new house on New Year’s Day 2014. We have found that living in a Passivhaus is fantastic, and the house performs as expected.During our first winter, we experienced one of the most severe tests we will ever face in our Passivhaus. The cold “polar vortex” winter of 2014 was one of the toughest winters in many years. In spite of this, the house remained very comfortable. On sunny days, the minsiplit heat pump stayed offTo us, comfortable meant temperatures from about 65°F to 70°F, relative humidity of about 40%, and of course no drafts. We found ourselves rarely using the backup minisplit heat pump. If the sun was shining during the day, the sun and internal heat sources (people, dogs, appliances, etc.) in the house were sufficient for us to remain comfortable all day and night, and we didn’t need to turn on the backup heat. Indeed, for our preference, we would have preferred a somewhat colder bedroom for nighttime sleeping.If the day was cloudy, we turned on the heat pump, usually for an hour or two. We found that once the heat was inside the house, it wasn’t going anywhere very quickly. We found ourselves using the heat pump maybe once a week. Admittedly, we had some extra heating assistance from our other heat source, our 8-year-old plasma TV, which cranks out a warming 500 watts when we watch it in the evening. We have since replaced the TV with an LED unit that consumes only 120 watts. The wi-fi signal was blockedOne disadvantage of a tight house is that wi-fi signals are unable to penetrate the walls, just like the heat energy. Future Passivhaus buildings should have exterior Ethernet connections so that people on decks and patios can be online.Another product which could use improvement is the condensing clothes dryer — a dryer does not exhaust to the outside. It is small and inefficient to run. With a Passivhaus, there is no simple non-mechanical way to use exterior exhausting products like conventional clothes dryers and range hoods. Even when we run our 120-cfm central vacuum cleaner, it is pulling a vacuum on the inside of the house. If we leave a window cracked, the vacuum airflow will pull it open. The reason is that there is no easy way to get the high air flows needed for these devices, unlike in a conventional house where the extra air is supplied by leakage through cracks and crevices in the house. Fresh ventilation airWe love the idea of living in a house that has no combustion and 24/7 ventilation. This keeps the air fresh and filtered (when we keep the windows closed).Everything in the house is electric, including the heat-pump water heater, the induction cooktop, the clothes dryer, and the backup heating and cooling systems. With the house so tight and insulated, we have found the interior to be very quiet. Only our dogs seem to be able to detect the faint barking sounds out there. On track to be net-zeroWe are on track to use about 7,200 kWh per year for our all-electric house. This is the same number of kWh we used in our previous conventional house, but at that house everything was gas (heat, hot water, clothes dryer, and cooking). The new photovoltaic system that we installed will generate about 10,000 kWh annually, enough to also power a future electric car and still have our new home be net zero. I should get about 10,000 miles with the 2,500 excess kWh that my PV system provides. Energy-stingy ways to stay coolDuring the spring, we kept the windows closed most of the time to keep out the pollen and relied on the inlet air filtration of our ERV. Our ERV is equipped with a pre-cooling ground loop, and that system was usually sufficient to keep the house comfortable.This summer, we experienced what it was like living in a coastal humid climate. With outdoor relative humidities consistently at 80% or higher, we wanted to keep the house at about 55% RH. We did this by running the heat pump in either AC (“cool”) or dehumidification (“dry”) mode through most of July and August. Our ceiling fans are equipped with high-efficiency DC motors, and we ran these fans much of the time. These methods kept the house very comfortable (75° to 78°F). In spite of this, our monthly electric bills went up by only about 100 kWh (or $20, based on our electricity cost of 20 cents per kWh here on the Cape).During the fall, we typically open two or three windows on both the first and second floors to allow for natural stack-effect cooling, provided the humidity is low. Dan Roy is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with PHIUS and a licensed professional engineer (mechanical) in Massachusetts. He worked many years in various engineering jobs, but this is his first Passive House design. Dan wanted to live in his first design so that he could experience it firsthand and share what it is like living in a Passive House. [Editor’s note: Daniel Roy is one of the owners of a recently completed Passivhaus in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Designed by architect Steve Baczek, the house was featured in a series of GBA videos. For more information on the home’s energy specifications, see the attached Excel spreadsheet.] Falmouth Passivhaus.xlsxlast_img read more

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November 26, 2019

(REOPENS SPD 14)

first_imgAnother AFI official later said that the Bahraini organisers did not inform them that four runners will have to take part to be considered for team championships. He said another country has also lodged a protest to the organisers regarding this issue. “The organisers did not tell us that four runners will have to take part from a country to be considered for team championships,” he said. “The Sports Ministry did not fund the athletes for this championships and AFI had borne all the expenses. So, the selection committee thought we will field only three athletes in each of the four events. Moreover, the selectors found that there was no fourth athlete good enough for selection,” he added. PTI PDS BS ATlast_img

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