Find out latest on travel to Cuba

first_imgIt seems like everyone is going to Cuba or wants to. Some want to go before U.S. “tourists” spoil Cuba. But wait a minute, isn’t “tourism” still formally prohibited by U.S law? What is ethical travel to Cuba anyway?Help spread the word and register to discuss Cuba issues. Questions will be taken on Sunday, July 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time during a webinar, or can be asked on Facebook event page bit.ly/1WWUMob, Twitter #AskAboutCubaTravel or via email to [email protected] The webinar is free, but registration is required at bit.ly/1YzgvBN.During the webinar, Art Heitzer from the National Lawyers Guild and its Cuba Subcommittee and Bob Guild from Marazul Charters will provide up-to-date information about the changing landscape of Cuba travel. They are both well prepared and experienced in Cuba travel since 1959.Working with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Heitzer on behalf of the NLG helped train and establish a network of over 50 lawyers in the U.S. to assist travelers who had visited or wanted to visit Cuba. He also assisted in the defense of all the “Trials for Travel,” approximately one dozen administrative prosecutions under the administration of George W. Bush, as well as directly representing dozens of Cuba travelers. This included the Methodist Three, in which the government settled their case with no penalty after Heitzer filed unprecedented counterclaims alleging racial profiling and interference with religious practices. In the last 25 years, he has counseled over 1,000 Cuba travelers, usually pro bono, and continues to do so.Guild has been sending groups to Cuba since 1977. He worked with the Venceremos Brigade for many years and is currently vice president of Marazul Charters.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Arlington Heights pitcher joins high school record books

first_imgKevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ Kevin is a senior sports broadcasting major from Rockton, Illinois. He covers club sports for TCU360. Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printAn Arlington Heights High School baseball player is making history.Blair Henley, a senior at Arlington Heights, threw three consecutive no-hitters in a row starting March 17 against the Fort Worth Southwest Raiders.Only two players have thrown more in the history of high school baseball.Henley threw the next no-hitter March 24, and the third April 1. His streak was finally broken by Waco-Midway April 8 when he gave up a hit in the first inning.Henley said the pressure was starting to mount when he threw his third no-hitter, but he tried to block it out as best he could.“I really wasn’t thinking about it, I was just going into it,” said Henley.Henley gave credit to his coach, Shad Whiteley, who is in charge of calling pitches during the games.“My coach does a really good job at calling pitches. My catcher catches it where he needs to,” said Henley. “They’re the other piece of the puzzle.”Whiteley talked about the mentality of a pitcher.“I was a pitcher myself,” said Whiteley. “It is what it is. You’re gonna give up some hits, I don’t feel like I was second guessing myself.”Henley is committed to play at the University of Texas next year, but that hasn’t stopped MLB scouts from watching him pitch or Henley considering the draft.“The decision comes down to the day,” said Henley. “I’m really confident in both. Fall back to getting drafted or going to college, I have two good options behind my back.”Henley and the Yellow Jackets have five more games in the regular season and Henley is looking forward to a deep playoff run.“We’re really just excited to play some better teams, really see what we can do and play for as long as we can.”The Yellow Jackets are 14-6 so far this season and will play South Hills High School April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Kevin Peters Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ ReddIt Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ Facebook Previous articleKickball tournament raises money to kick out cancerNext articleTCU’s new med school could be option for graduating seniors Kevin Peters RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Kevin Petershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kevin-peters/ Dylan Thomas back from injury, signs with TCU TCU Bass Fishing reels in fourth place finish at last tournament TCU’s home field advantage: One of the best in the Big 12 Linkedin Twitter Facebook ReddIt Paschal Baseball sets high hopes for the season, conference playlast_img read more

25-year-old Los Angeles Resident Sought for Pasadena Assault with Deadly Weapon

first_imgHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Public Safety 25-year-old Los Angeles Resident Sought for Pasadena Assault with Deadly Weapon Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 3:25 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * © OpenStreetMap contributorsPasadena police officers are searching for a 25-year-old Los Angeles man who threw a rock through the living room window of a house on the 600 block of North Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena Tuesday afternoon.The man had an argument with the 60-year-old man who lives in the house and had threatened him with bodily harm.Pasadena Police Lt. Mark Goodman said the two men were having a dispute over a car repair at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.“During the dispute, the suspect waved a tire iron and a piece of plywood toward the victim in a threatening manner,” Goodman said. “The dispute ended with the suspect throwing a rock through the victim’s living room window which broke the window.”Goodman said the suspect fled in a maroon-colored four-door compact after the incident. He could face an assault with a deadly weapon charge but has not been arrested since.Luckily, the 60-year-old Pasadena resident was not injured during the incident. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a commentlast_img read more

AB 5 Survives Repeal, But Some Local Freelancers Are Hopeful Changes Could Be Coming

first_imgGovernment AB 5 Survives Repeal, But Some Local Freelancers Are Hopeful Changes Could Be Coming Author of bill that limits freelancers promises ‘We’re Making Changes’ Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6:33 pm Top of the News 11 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rockland), left, and AB-5 author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).California Assembly Bill AB 5 stands firmly in place after a motion by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rockland), was voted down by the State Assembly Thursday morning, 50-15.The bill codifies into law a landmark Supreme Court of California case which ruled most freelancer workers are actually employees and must be classified as such, dramatically restricting who can qualify as an independent contractor.But the bill’s original author promised to make changes to the bill to protect some freelancers.“Having heard additional feedback from a variety of freelance writers, photographers and journalists, we are making changes to Assembly Bill 5 that accommodate their needs and still proved protections from misclassification,” said Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).Freelance journalist Kathryn Ross whose work has appeared in Pasadena Now and the Pasadena Weekly criticized the AB5 on Thursday.“The nature of my work has always been creative,” said Ross. “I’m a writer and author and often have to move around throughout the week to different appointments and gigs in different SoCal cities throughout the day that just wouldn’t be possible with an in-house position. Freelance writing helped me stay afloat throughout college and grad school by giving me a way to earn steady income while keeping a flexible schedule and it’s become a cornerstone of my career today. AB5 threatens my main source of income and puts me at a disadvantage with most companies simply because I live in California. I’m seriously concerned about how the law will change my work and daily life and I’m wary each time I get a new gig because I’m just not sure how long it’s going to last. It’s really thrown a wrench in my sense of job security.”Kiley and Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Murrieta) co-authored AB 1928 as an urgency measure that would have returned the legal standard of what independent contracting was before AB 5 was enacted at the beginning of the year.The duo felt that the State Legislature should suspend the changes that were made until there were further considerations made.Kiley’s motion was largely rejected because of procedural issues and Gonzales suddenly announced that there were going to be changes made to AB 5 that she felt would make the bill more palatable by those affected.After the vote squashed Kiley’s motion to repeal AB 5, Assemblywoman Gonzales took to Twitter to further express her feelings.“When we passed #AB 5 last year, we acknowledged our work to provide clarity following the #Dynamex decision wasn’t done. After more than a year of meetings, fact-findings and discussions with freelance writers and journalists, we’re making changes…”Soon after the vote, Assemblyman Kiley spoke to the press about his disappointment with the motion’s defeat.“The Assembly consciously chose to keep enforcing a law that everyone, including the author, acknowledges has major problems and is destroying people’s lives. I’ve never been more ashamed of this legislative body.” Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Health Minister meets Senator Keaveney on infant post mortem issue

first_img Previous articleCouncillor launches attack on County ManagerNext articleCoughlan cautious about latest growth figures News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Health Minister meets Senator Keaveney on infant post mortem issue Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Pinterest Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – December 17, 2009 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Health Minsiter “looking into the issues”Health Minister Mary Harney has met briefly with Senator Cecilia Keavney to discuss the lack of arrangements for infant post mortem examinations in Donegal.The possibility of a cross border agreement for the sharing of services was one of the issues discussed.The lack of a designated Pediatric Pathologist above the Galway to Dublin line came into focus in tragic circumstances recently when a young Buncrana couple had to travel to Dublin on a minibus with their infant’s coffin on their knees.Minister Harney said the HSE is currently developing a Code of Practice for Post Mortem Services, a development Senator Keavney is welcoming.She says arrangements for Donegal must be included in that code of practice: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/cecil830.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Newslast_img read more

Can Call Details Of Police Officers Be Furnished To The Accused? Kerala High Court Refers Question For The Consideration Of Division Bench

first_imgNews UpdatesCan Call Details Of Police Officers Be Furnished To The Accused? Kerala High Court Refers Question For The Consideration Of Division Bench LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 March 2021 1:39 AMShare This – xOn Monday, the Kerala High Court was faced with a rather interesting request by a person accused in a drug haul; he sought the call records of certain persons including investigating officers between a certain time window on a particular date. Finding an element of public interest in the question, a Single Bench of Justice B Sudeendhra Kumar opined that an authoritative pronouncement…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?LoginOn Monday, the Kerala High Court was faced with a rather interesting request by a person accused in a drug haul; he sought the call records of certain persons including investigating officers between a certain time window on a particular date. Finding an element of public interest in the question, a Single Bench of Justice B Sudeendhra Kumar opined that an authoritative pronouncement was necessary as to whether such a request could be entertained. The Court observed, Considering the seriousness of the question involved in this case, I am of the view that an authoritative pronouncement by a Division Bench is necessary in this case. The applicant had beseeched the Court to issue directions to the Nodal Officers concerned to furnish the call details of certain persons, among whom were certain excise officers who investigated narcotics offences in the state. In his application, he prayed that the name of the subscriber, call details and the tower location of the mobile phone numbers of certain persons be produced. Pertinently, his earlier application to in this respect had been dismissed by a subordinate court. The State vehemently opposed the request, placing on record its objection to a request for these details. It was contended that Investigating Agencies relied on secret information from the public and rival groups to detect offences and that allowing the accused this information would be a risk to the lives of informants. The Court’s reference order records these submissions as stating, The call details of the Investigating Officer would include the number from which the secret information was received by the Investigating Officer. There may be rival fractions of drug dealers and mafias. If they get the particulars of the informant, it would endanger the life of that person. Several incidents of such type are there and most of the cases are not reported, if the informant who met with the dire consequences, is a member of a gang engaged in illegal activities of narcotic drugs. Agreeing that furnishing call details on such terms would be detrimental to public interest, Justice Kumar observed that the question raised it was serious. This was especially so considering that the public would be deterred from divulging secret information about the offences, the Court mused. The Court noted that there were only two pronouncements relating to call details. The first such order was a directive from 2017 wherein the High Court directed to keep in safe custody the call details, tower locations and other details of certain mobile numbers for a certain period. The other was an Order from February 2019, where a Singe Bench of the High Court directed the service providers concerned to preserve the tower locations and call details in respect of some of the Police Officers. Stating that no other decision has been brought to the notice of this Court in this regard by the Bar, the Court said, “I am of the view that the question as to whether the call details, pertaining to the mobile phones of the Police Officers, can be directed to be given to persons accused of having committed serious offences like NDPS cases involving commercial quantity of narcotic drug, is a question involving public interest” The Court therefore, directed the Registry to place its reference order along with the case file before the Chief Justice for a decision on whether the matter merited the consideration of a higher benchClick Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

‘Detrimental To Interest Of Inhabitants Of Village’: Punjab & Haryana High Court Quashes Govt Order For Exchange Of Gram Panchayat Land

first_imgNews Updates’Detrimental To Interest Of Inhabitants Of Village’: Punjab & Haryana High Court Quashes Govt Order For Exchange Of Gram Panchayat Land LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 March 2021 8:10 AMShare This – x”The Gram Panchayat of the village being democratically elected by the inhabitants of the village is under duty to watch the interest of the inhabitants of the village,” observed the Punjab and Haryana High Court last month while setting aside Resolutions passed by the Gram Panchayat as well as decision of the State Government, according its approval for exchange of a land belonging to…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?Login”The Gram Panchayat of the village being democratically elected by the inhabitants of the village is under duty to watch the interest of the inhabitants of the village,” observed the Punjab and Haryana High Court last month while setting aside Resolutions passed by the Gram Panchayat as well as decision of the State Government, according its approval for exchange of a land belonging to the Gram Panchayat with that of a private developer. A Division Bench comprising of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh observed that the said exchange of land is detrimental to the interest of the inhabitants of the village inasmuch as the Gram Panchayat land was viable for commercial purposes when compared to the land proposed to be exchanged. In this backdrop, the Bench said, “it was necessary for the Gram Panchayat to apply its mind and to satisfy itself that the exchange in question is for the benefit of the inhabitants of the village, however, no such satisfaction was recorded by it while passing the impugned resolutions. The land which the Gram Panchayat intends to give to respondent No.9 by way of exchange has got much more commercial and industrial potential than the land which the Gram Panchayat will get in exchange.” Background The Bench was presiding over a writ petition filed by a village-resident, disputing the said exchange on the ground that the even though the lands proposed to be exchanged were of identical area, there was a huge difference in their values. He submitted that the land belonging to Gram Panchayat was of very high commercial value as it was abutting the 200 feet wide “PR-9 road” going towards the Mohali International Airport, whereas the land belonging to respondent No. 9 (private developer) was away from the said road and was low lying and prone to flooding was less valuable. He contended that the Resolutions passed by the Gram Panchayat were totally illegal being in violation of Rule 5 of Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules 1964 and the aforesaid resolutions were passed for extraneous consideration in order to give undue benefit to the Respondent. [Rule 5 states that a Panchayat, if it is of opinion that it is necessary so to do for the benefit of the inhabitants of the village, may with the prior approval of the Government transfer any land in shamilat deh by exchange with the land of an equivalent value] State’s Argument The State counsel argued that the approval was granted by the Government while taking into consideration the fact that the Collector rate, Market rate and Chhant rate of both the lands under exchange were equal. He further argued that with the construction of PR-9 road, the land of the Gram Panchayat was divided into 2 portions and therefore, the utility of land of Gram Panchayat was also reduced. However, with the proposed exchange of land, the entire land of Gram Panchayat would be converted into one big piece of land, having better utilization The Advocate General, Punjab also contended that the Petitioner was not having any right to challenge the aforesaid action of the Punjab Government as well as the resolutions passed by the Gram Panchayat. The Senior Counsel appearing on behalf of the private-Respondents contended that the low laying and water-logged land of Gram Panchayat is of no use and is not of any benefit to the residents of the village. He also submitted that the Petitioner failed to avail the alternative remedy of the statutory appeal under Section 6 of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulations) Act 1961. Findings At the outset, the Bench rejected the plea of lack of locus standi raised by the private-Respondent. It held, “In the case in hand the Gram Panchayat has failed to show that the proposed exchange of land is for the benefit of the residents of the village. Anybody who has been prejudicially affected by the aforesaid acts or omissions committed by the Gram Panchayat could invoke writ jurisdiction, even though he may not have proprietary interest in the subject matter.” The Bench further rejected the plea of alternate remedy, stating, “As the petitioner was not party to the impugned proceedings, he was having no right to challenge the same by filing statutory appeal, as has been suggested by the counsel for the respondents. Also the existence of alternative remedy is not an absolute bar on the jurisdiction of the High Court under Article 226 and is a rule of discretion and self-imposed limitation rather than that of law.” Coming to the merits of the case, the Bench made the following observations: Gram Panchayat land abutted a 200 feet wide PR-9 road which approaches the Mohali International Airport whereas the land proposed for exchange was situated adjacent to a sewage drain. It thus held, “In lieu of the said land, he would get the prime land abutting 200 feet wide PR-9 road, having high commercial and industrial potential. The entire process of exchange of land smacks of mala fide as its real purpose is to give benefit to the colonizer/developer who would later on sell the same in the shape of plots/flats/houses at exorbitant rates. … The Gram Panchayat land is highly valuable being useful for industrial as well as commercial purpose, as compared to the land which the Gram Panchayat would get in its exchange from the private developer.” It added that the sewage drain emitting foul smell may be a permanent source of nuisance for the adjoining land owners. However, at the same time, the said drain meant for disposal of sewage water is at a distance of more than 6 acres from the land of the Gram Panchayat, which is proposed to be given by it in exchange to the respondent No.9. “This clearly shows that the private colonizer/developer i.e. respondent No.9 intends to get rid of his land, which is unfit for residential purpose being near to the aforesaid drain,” it remarked. The Bench noted that even in the approval given by the State Government, there was no mention that the land of the Gram Panchayat was having disadvantage of being low lying and water logged. It observed, “As per the respondents, the land of the Gram Panchayat, which was sought to be given in exchange to respondent Nos. 9 and 10 has got certain disadvantages/limitations…We are of the view that the above discussed encumbrances/limitations would pass over to respondent No.9, at the time of the proposed exchange. It means that respondent No.9 would get the exchanged land along with aforesaid encumbrances. So, respondent No.9 would be having same disadvantages qua the said land, which are presently faced by the Gram Panchayat. The respondents have failed to explain as to how a private developer has become interested in exchange of land, in case, it is not beneficial for him.” In fact, the Court opined that division of the Gram Panchayat land into two would come as an advantage. It said, “In view of the fact that 200 feet wide PR-9 road has divided the Panchayat land into two parts, we find that the same has increased the potential value of the said land which is now abutting both sides of the road leading to Mohali International Airport. So, the plea taken by the respondents that the utility and value of land belonging to Gram Panchayat was diminished due to construction of PR-9 road, which divided it into two parts, appears to be totally misplaced and could not be accepted.” Accordingly, the impugned Resolutions passed by the Gram Panchayat and the Government orders permitting exchange of land were set aside, being in violation of statutory provisions of law. Case Title: Baljit Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe 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

Santos reportedly mulls stake sale in Dorado field and Bedout project

first_imgThe company is also looking to sell stakes in the Van Gogh and Pyrenees projects, as per a media report Santos is reportedly considering to sell stakes in the Dorado development and the Bedout exploration portfolio. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) Australian energy company Santos is reportedly looking to divest its stakes in the Dorado field and the Bedout exploration portfolio, offshore Australia.In this connection, the company has hired the services of Goldman Sachs to sell a 20%-30% interest in the Dorado development, reported Reuters, citing a sales document of Santos.Dorado is located in the Bedout Basin, off the coast of Western Australia.The news agency also reported that the company is mulling to divest its stake of 52.5% in the producing Van Gogh oil field and the Ningaloo Vision production vessel in the Exmouth Basin, offshore Western Australia.Apart from that, the company is considering the sale of a 29% stake in the offshore Pyrenees oilfield in the same state.As per the sales document, the Bedout Basin, which is yet to be developed, holds prospective resources of 990 million barrels of oil equivalent. Nearly half of the resources are oil-bearing.In the Dorado field, Santos has an 80% stake and is partnered by Carnarvon, which holds the remaining 20% stake. The field holds 150 million barrels of contingent 2C oil resources, as per Santos’ sales document.The company is expected to take a final investment decision (FID) on the project in the first half of next year.Recently, the company took an FID on the $3.6bn Barossa project, located offshore Northern Territory. The project involves the development of the Barossa gas and condensate field in the Australian waters of the Timor Sea.Santos had awarded a $4.6bn worth contract to BW Offshore for construction, connection, and operation of the project-related FPSO.last_img read more

Knight Frank posts record annual profits

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Knight Frank posts record annual profits previous nextAgencies & PeopleKnight Frank posts record annual profitsKnight Frank saw its profit before tax rise sharply despite a mixed performance in the residential market.The Negotiator9th October 20150686 Views Knight Frank has posted record annual profits, thanks in part to a number of high profile deals and a surge in investor activity.The high end property consultancy, which is owned by its partners, has announced that profit before tax rose by 19 per cent to £162 million in the year to 31st March, while turnover increased by 13 per cent to £443.1 million.The growth in profits was fuelled mainly by a recovery in the commercial sector; the company’s 10 commercial offices across the UK have had “their best year ever”, according to Alistair Elliott (left), Knight Frank’s Group Chairman and Senior Partner.He commented, “In the UK, commercial real estate activity has increased and there is now significant life in the sector.“The regions have spent several years in the doldrums, but we are seeing the commercial lettings market increase, but it must be said this is against a backdrop that has been terrible.”But while the commercial property market was on the up, Knight Frank said that the residential sector delivered a somewhat mixed performance – owed in part to higher stamp duty rates imposed by the Chancellor George Osborne on homes in the upper sector of the market.“The prime sector is still absorbing the changes to stamp duty made last December, especially in central London. That said, the market continues to be underpinned by a combination of under-supply of housing, the improving economy and the low interest rate environment,” Mr Elliott added.He continued, “We have had five or six incredible buoyant years. It’s not surprising therefore that the market has been a bit more constrained. It has led many to reflect and there is going to be lower volumes this year in the higher price brackets.”HMRC collected a record £7.5 billion in stamp duty from residential property transactions in 2014/2015, up from £6.45 million the previous year, official figures show.Transactions in London contributed the most residential stamp duty revenue at just over £3 billion, followed by the South East at £1.6 billion. Together these two regions accounted for two-thirds of the total tax take.Grainne Gilmore (right), Head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, said, “Overall, home buyers still paid more in stamp duty than over the previous 12 months. While the increased take from stamp duty reflects the growth in house prices and a pick-up in transactions, another factor has been the increases to stamp duty charges, especially towards the top end of the market.”investor activity Knight Frank annual profits recovery in commercial sector October 9, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Sri Lanka, India Hold 21st International Maritime Boundary Line Meeting

first_imgThe 21st International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between Sri Lanka and India was held onboard the Sri Lanka Naval Ship Sagara at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai.The Sri Lankan delegation consisted of Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard officials and was headed by Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. The Indian delegation consisted of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard officials.The IMBL Meeting is held to strengthen the naval relationship between the two neighboring countries.During this session, matters of mutual interests related to naval operations and fishing activities were discussed.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 6, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Maritime Authorities Sri Lanka, India Hold 21st International Maritime Boundary Line Meeting View post tag: 21st View post tag: Boundary View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Sri View post tag: India July 6, 2012 Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: meeting Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka, India Hold 21st International Maritime Boundary Line Meeting View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: hold View post tag: line View post tag: Internationallast_img read more