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Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgStaco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStaco Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover non-life insurance for fire, general accident, motor vehicle, oil and gas, marine, aviation, bond and engineering. Other insurance products cover fidelity guarantees, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, employer liability, burglary, public liability and group/personal accident as well as transportation insurance which includes motor, marine hull and cargo and aviation insurance. Fire and bond insurance products cover fire and special perils, homeowner/holder, all-risks, engineering and bond insurance. Customised insurance products cover motor insurance, personal protection and homeowners insurance. Staco Insurance Plc has business interests in Sierra Leone offering life and non-life insurance products to individuals and corporate customers. Formerly known as Standard Trust Assurance Plc, the company changed its name to Staco Insurance Plc in 2006. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Staco Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Will the British Land (BLND) share price recover after a £1.1bn loss?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. British Land lost £1.1bn in 2020/21This week, the British Land share price has weakened, down 4.3% in five trading days. Most of this decline came yesterday, when the group released its latest full-year results. Covid-19 wiped more than £1bn of value (10.8%) from the group’s portfolio of shopping centres and offices. This decline lowered the portfolio’s value to £9.1bn at end-March 2021. Office values fell by 3.8% in the year ending March, while shopping-centre values collapsed by more than a third (36%).Furthermore, the property giant expects London office rents to fall by another 5%, given weaker demand from tenants. However, British Land’s stock consists of many modern, high-quality developments, including the huge Broadgate site in the City of London. Thus, the company collected 99% of its office rents in 2020/21, but only 71% of rents from retail tenants. It also wrote off £30m in rent arrears from ailing or failing tenants. This reduced underlying profit to £201m, down more than a third (34.3%). This decline, together with the massive write-down, produced a whopping loss of £1.08bn. Hence the 3.7% slide in the British Land share price on Wednesday.What next for the British Land share price?The British Land share price currently trades at a discount of over a fifth (21.7%) to net asset value of 648p a share. But commercial-property values could well fall further. The 2020/21 cash dividend of 15.04p equates to a dividend yield of 3%, slightly below the FTSE 100’s yield. Net debt of 38% is modest for a large property firm. But it remains to be seen how much tenant demand will pick up in 2021/22.  Will the British Land (BLND) share price recover after a £1.1bn loss? We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… British Land (LSE: LBND) is one of the UK’s largest property developers and investors. It has a long pedigree, having been around since 1856. As a real estate investment trust (REIT) listed in London, the group must distribute 90% of its tax-exempt profits from rents to shareholders. This steady income once made BLND a core holding of many UK income funds. But the British Land share price has struggled in 2020/21. Could it recover as Covid-19 infections recede?The British Land share price slidesAt its five-year peak, the British Land share price closed at 738p on 3 June 2016. On 11 May 2018, the shares closed at 694p, down just 6% almost two years later. But BLND declined further in 2019 and the stock slid to just below 478p on 16 August 2019. On 31 December 2019, before the Covid-19 crisis, the shares had recovered to 638.8p. But then coronavirus swept the world, sending stocks into meltdown.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…At its 2020 low, the British Land share price crashed to an intra-day low of 309.4p on 3 April. It had more than halved (-51.6%) in just three months. BLND’s 2020 closing low of 313.8p came on 1 April. Although the shares recovered to hit 460p in early June, they fell back again. On 25 September, they closed at 322p, down more than £3 in 2020.BLND soars on vaccine hopesAlong with the wider FTSE 100 index, the British Land share price has soared since Halloween. This followed news in early November of several effective Covid-19 vaccines. These announcements boosted BLND, which skyrocketed as vaccination programmes were rolled out. On 10 May, the shares closed at their 2021 high of 544.8p. On Thursday, the British Land share price closed at 507.2p, up 3.7% in 2021. See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co. 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. 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. Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Cliff D’Arcy | Friday, 28th May, 2021 | More on: BLND last_img read more

House on the hills in Montevecchia / a25architetti

first_imgCopyAbout this officea25architettiOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookMontevecchiaItalyPublished on October 27, 2020Cite: “House on the hills in Montevecchia / a25architetti” 27 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Photographs:  Marcello Mariana Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Piantanida Costruzioni House on the hills in Montevecchia / a25architetti House on the hills in Montevecchia / a25architettiSave this projectSaveHouse on the hills in Montevecchia / a25architetti Save this picture!© Marcello Mariana+ 25Curated by María Francisca González Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950210/house-on-the-hills-in-montevecchia-a25architetti Clipboard Projects “COPY” Architects: a25architetti Area Area of this architecture project Construction Company: 2019 Manufacturers: Desalto, Flaminia, Flos, Minotti, Poliform, Bellosta, Kerlite Cotto D’Este “COPY” Houses Italy Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950210/house-on-the-hills-in-montevecchia-a25architetti Clipboard Year:  CopyHouses•Montevecchia, Italy Design Team:Francesco Manzoni, Paolo ManzoniCity:MontevecchiaCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcello MarianaRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. The house was made out of a warehouse and a barn, inside an apartment building in Montevecchia, in northern Brianza. The building gets integrated into the higher area of Montevecchia which, after being inactive and abandoned for several years, has resumed growing grapes on the terraces to produce wine. The design choices were based on the local nature, on the surrounding territory and landscape. The materials, such as stone and wood, strongly recall this bond. The house has been adapted to energy-efficiency through new systems and new technologies aimed at satisfying the required needs and increasing living comfort.Save this picture!© Marcello MarianaThe restoration plan was designed with our clients starting from three adjacent spaces and their relationship: – the old vaulted cellar, which was once used for wine fermentation and aging, while today it’s being used for recreational and social purposes; – the store room that opens onto the outdoor space, which today is a portico directly connected to the house; – the warehouse and the barn, the only space divided into two floors, connected to the cellar and the store room that has now been transformed into living space.Save this picture!© Marcello MarianaSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Marcello MarianaFloor maintenance and plaster removal were the only interventions that were designed for the old vaulted cellar and the store room, in order to highlight the old limestone and molera stone masonry, of which the terraces in Montevecchia are also made. The old barnhouse on the ground floor and the barn on the first floor were instead totally restored. The double high space between the ground floor and the first floor, once used to load hay and today reminder of its past, has become the cornerstone of the whole dwelling, a starting point to conceive every space.Save this picture!© Marcello MarianaThe main hall, the kitchen, the living room (on a raised portion of the floor) and a toilet are located on the ground floor, characterised by a stone paving; bedrooms and other toilets are on the upstairs floor, facing the double high space. The building materials recall the typical local materials for construction: stone, for the ground floor paving, rough plaster for indoor walls and wood for upstairs flooring and furniture.Save this picture!SectionsFurniture is never conceived as an individual object, located in a space, yet it is always designed and tailored as an essential device that relates to the ambients. – The kitchen and living room furniture is aligned and located on the step of the living room. It defines the connection to the adjacent spaces, though with different purposes and functions.Save this picture!© Marcello MarianaThe large window frame between the kitchen and the portico sets a threshold and builds an exchange between indoor and outdoor spaces, likewise the bush-hammered stone in the arch between the cellar and the main hall marks another threshold between the two ambients and similarly the first step of the staircase points out the threshold downstairs-upstairs. The historical casing of the old building was therefore kept unchanged in its shape, while added value was given to materials and space in this architecture: from an old workplace to a modern living spaceSave this picture!© Marcello MarianaProject gallerySee allShow lessBaan Priggang / BodinChapa ArchitectsSelected ProjectsWhat Are Refractory Bricks and What Are They For?Articles Sharelast_img read more

Colchester Zoo offers awards for best fundraising supporters

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Volunteering Howard Lake | 30 April 2006 | News Colchester Zoo offers awards for best fundraising supporterscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Colchester Zoo is to award fundraising awards for the first time to encourage and recognise supporters to raise funds for the organisation.There are four award categories – best fundraising school, best fundraising family, best fundraising individual, and most innovative fundraising idea.The winners, who need to have sent in the funds raised by 1 June 2006 to qualify, will win prizes such as family entry to Madame Tussauds, a night in a hotel, and a spa day at Center Parcs. Advertisement Supporters can enter the awards by filling in the entry form in the current supporters newsletter.last_img read more

Liverpool City Council invites bids for £4 million in grants

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The closing date for applications is 15 October 2007. Liverpool City Council invites bids for £4 million in grants Liverpool City Council is offering up to £4.2 million in grants to voluntary and community groups working in the areas of community legal advice services, support for victims of domestic violence, non-housing support for single homeless people, stronger communities, and strengthening community and voluntary organisations.The Voluntary and Community Groups scheme is a three year fund, which runs from April 2008 to April 2011, and it will see up to £4.2 million given each year. Around 80 organisations have received money under the existing three year scheme, which was launched in 2005.Liverpool City Council gives a total of £7.6 million each year to voluntary, cultural and educational organisations, which the council believes is one of the largest grant programmes of any local authority in the UK. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 September 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Harvest Focus in Indiana Moves to Corn

first_img Harvest Focus in Indiana Moves to Corn Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Focus in Indiana Moves to Corn SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 20, 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleSCN Numbers Likely to Increase After Summer 2020, Make Plans For RotationNext articleReuters: Payments to Farmers at All Time High Before Election Gary Truitt Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2020/10/Eric-Miller-October-19-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For the past few weeks in Central Indiana, the focus has been on beans.“We have put a big dent on soybean harvest in the past two weeks,” Eric Miller with Pioneer told HAT. He estimates that the soybean harvest is over 75% complete.Miller said the switch is on to corn.“Most guys switch into corn, and I would said we are approaching the half way mark.”He noted that the moisture level in the corn had fallen sharply in the past week.“Most everything that was planted prior to Mother’s Day is below 20%.”As for some of the yield numbers, Miller is hearing, “In Central Indiana from Indianapolis east and west and down along I-74 where they caught some rains, especially some July and August rains, the yields are good. Eighty bushel beans are not uncommon, and north of 25 bpa corn is pretty prevalent.”Miller said further north things were drier and some fields have been disappointing.We will have an early wrap up on harvest. Miller suggests as a priority for fall field work weed control should be on top.“Anything we do this fall is really beneficial with marestail control.” SHARElast_img read more

Fewer reports of crime in Adare/Rathkeale area

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement TAGSAdare/Rathkeale municipal districtAn Garda SíochánaCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyInspector Brian O’DonovanlimerickNewcastle West Gardai Gardaí investigating fatal road traffic collision Previous articleLimerick road users urged to support European Project EdwardNext articleSoccer – Limerick primed for EA Sports Cup final Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Youth arrested in connection with alleged assault on female Garda Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedincenter_img Funeral tribute for the Limerick Garda known as ‘Robocop’ Print Man arrested after buildings in Limerick city centre allegedly damaged by gunfire Gardaí do not suspect foul play after woman’s body discovered in house THERE has been a decrease in the levels of crime reported in the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District during the last three months in comparison to the same time period last year.Addressing councillors at their monthly local area meeting, Inspector Brian O’Donovan from Newcastle West Garda Station said the overall picture was positive with crime figures down.Crime in Rathkeale was down 32 per cent to the same period last year. While Adare showed a 22 per cent drop, reported incidents of crime also fell by 45 per cent in Ballingarry and 37 per cent in Askeaton.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Inspector O’Donovan explained that one of the reasons for the drop in crime figures was due to many “prolific offenders” now either behind bars or before the courts. Gardaí, he assured councillors, are working to tackle rural crime and are currently in talks with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) to deal with this issue.“Rural crime is on our agenda and we will keep it our focus,” Insp O’Donovan said.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary welcomed the drop in crime. However, he maintained that the reason the numbers were “pleasing to the eye” was because people are not reporting incidents.“You can’t get through to the office. I rang on midday on July 26 to report an incident of aggressive overtaking and I’m still waiting for a call back on it,” Cllr Keary claimed.Meanwhile, Independent councillor Richard O’Donoghue welcomed the reopening of the Croom Garda Station. He pointed out that the town is a “gateway town” to Limerick and Cork for criminals.“The visibility of Gardaí makes all the difference. It has been a great success,” he commented.by Alan [email protected] NewsFewer reports of crime in Adare/Rathkeale areaBy Alan Jacques – September 16, 2016 2111 New Garda operation to ensure public compliance with COVID-19 travel restrictions WhatsApplast_img read more

Consumers Show Renewed Confidence in Housing Recovery

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Consumers Show Renewed Confidence in Housing Recovery Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Previous: Declining Refinances Drive Increased Lending Next: California Loses Jobs in January Consumers Show Renewed Confidence in Housing Recovery The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Confidence Fannie Mae Home Prices National Housing Survey March 10, 2014 705 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Confidence Fannie Mae Home Prices National Housing Survey 2014-03-10 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago After starting the year on a low note, consumer attitudes toward housing brightened overall in February, according to Fannie Mae.Asked about home price trends over the next year, 50 percent of respondents in Fannie Mae’s February National Housing Survey said they expect improvements, a recovery from a slide to 43 percent in January. A slightly larger number of consumers anticipate price declines—7 percent, up from 6 percent—while the share of those forecasting no significant movement was down to 38 percent.Having dropped 1.2 percentage points to start the year, the average home price change expectation rebounded just as sharply to 3.2 percent, matching the December survey.That renewed confidence in home prices spurred a boost in those saying now is a good time to buy a home; that number was up 3 percentage points from January to 68 percent. At the same time, though, the share of respondents saying they think it would be easy for them to get a mortgage right now retreated from January’s all-time high of 52 percent, falling back to 45 percent.Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said the up-and-down nature of the last few surveys fits with the “noisy economic and housing data published over the past few months.”“[W]e’ve seen a corresponding increase in volatility in our survey results, particularly for home price expectations and perceptions about the ease of getting a mortgage,” Duncan said. “Despite the volatile month-to-month changes, we believe that the housing recovery is continuing, but is not yet robust.”Gauging consumer attitudes about the economy, Fannie Mae found Americans were considerably more downbeat than they have been recently. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they believe the economy is on the right track—down 4 percentage points—while 57 percent say it’s on the wrong track, a small bounce after four straight months of declines.Twenty-four percent of consumers said their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago, an increase of 2 percentage points. Meanwhile, 36 percent said their expenses have grown substantially, an increase of 4 percentage points.Noting a 6 percentage point jump over the last two months in the share of consumers citing higher household expenses, Duncan speculated that weather may have played a large role in any declines in economic optimism.“This response would be consistent with higher home heating costs,” he explained.Nevertheless, at least a few consumers seem to think these higher costs will stick: The number of respondents who expect their personal financial situation to improve in the next year fell slightly to 43 percent, while those expecting things to get worse ticked up to 15 percent.last_img read more

Letterkenny councillor accuses Environment Minister of political cowardice

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 3, 2013 Previous articleUpdate – Fintona Jamboree promotor says there was a bottleneck, but no stampedeoncern at overcrowding reports at music eventNext articleGary Doherty selected to replace Cora Harvey on Donegal County Council News Highland Twitter Google+ Letterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has accused Environment Minister, Phil Hogan of political cowardice.Cllr Gerry McMonagleThe councillors comments come as the minister plans to visit Letterkenny next week to open the new Water Treatment Plant in the town.Cllr Mc Monagle said “once again Minister Hogan is refusing to explain his decision to abolish Town Councils to local elected representatives. For over two years now Phil Hogan has been hiding behind political reform rather than discuss with local representatives the impact that the abolition of Town Councils will have on local democracy. Yet with one stroke of a pen he is prepared to extinguish local town governance without even having the decency to explain it to the elected members.”At the AMAI conference in Cavan last year he refused to take questions from Councillors on his proposal’s to abolish Town Councils, telling us that he would not be abolishing Town Councils but instead would strengthen them, and would actually give Town Councils more powers.”What we got was the Putting People First Document which contained the proposal to Abolish Town Councils in favour of Municipal Districts. If the Minister has not got the courage of his convictions then he should not be in his job.The least the people of this town and especially its elected representatives deserve is an explanation as to why in one short stroke of a pen that the Minister is wiping out over a hundred years of town governance without an explanation. The Minister by refusing to meet with Letterkenny Town Councillors when he is in the town next Friday smacks of Political opportunism and Political Cowardice of the worse kind.” Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Letterkenny councillor accuses Environment Minister of political cowardice News Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApplast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Elections During COVID- Supreme Court To Hear The Plea Tomorrow [Saturday], Issues Notice

first_imgNews UpdatesUttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Elections During COVID- Supreme Court To Hear The Plea Tomorrow [Saturday], Issues Notice LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 April 2021 12:19 AMShare This – xSupreme Court on Friday issued notice to the State of Uttar Pradesh and the State Election Commission in a plea challenging the Allahabad High Court order which allowed the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Elections to continue amidst the rising COVID-19 cases.

A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar heard the submissions of Advocate Shoeb Alam and directed for the matter to be taken up tomorrow, i.e. Saturday, at 10.30 AM. 

In today’s hearing, Alam submitted to the Court that he was a victim of fait accompli as the elections had concluded and the counting of votes would begin day after. 

The Bench sought information of the Counsel appearing for the State Election Commission to which Alam responded that SEC had already been impleaded in the matter. 

Accordingly, the Bench issued notice to the State of UP and the SEC. The matter will be taken up at 10.30 AM tomorrow. 

A division Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Ajay Rastogi heard the plea filed seeking an interim stay on the Allahabad High Court order allowing the election to continue and a deferral of the polls till the situation in the State returns to normal, due to rise in cases and the consequent toll on the healthcare sector. The petitioner also sought that the further phases of elections in the state are stayed until the State Election Commission is advised by the State Medical Department and independent doctors and that the situation ‘is conducive’ to complete the remaining phases of the elections. The petitioner also called upon the State Election Commission to take a decision immediately deferring the remaining phases of elections, as training and transit of the government employees would be likely to spread the virus to areas that are relatively less affected The petitioner stated that he had also submitted a representation to the UP State Election, which was not acted upon. According to the petition filed Sachin Yadav through Advocate Talha Abdul Rahman, the State is everyday observing highest record breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases, which has paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation. The petitioner also cited Allahabad High Court’s last year order whereby it had observed that priority is to be given to public health over elections and Government is expected to streamline every department of public health and public care in the light of the observations made. The plea alleged that due to a huge turn out and non compliance with COVID protocols the first phase of the election on April 15 the lives of “voters, officer on duty and others who came in their contact, was risked.TagsSupreme Court Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election Covid 19 Uttar Pradesh Justice AM Khanwilkar Justice Ajay Rastogi Next Storylast_img read more

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