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The last round up for this year of corporate support and fundraising help, featuring a range of companies and charities including Boeing and OpenUniversity, Nominet and Samaritans, and Bodyform and In Kind Direct. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Bodyform & In Kind DirectBodyform has doubled its commitment to help provide free sanitary protection to women and girls unable to access or purchase products for themselves or their families. Bodyform first pledged 100,000 pads per month to HRH Prince of Wales’ charity In Kind Direct in 2017 following news reports about women and girls becoming socially isolated, including missing school, due to a lack of appropriate sanitary protection. That pledge was due to end in January 2020 but will now continue for another three years. Metro Bank & Teenage Cancer TrustDecember saw 50 Metro Bank colleagues abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in aid of the Bank’s chosen charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust. Two members of Metro Bank’s Executive Leadership Team braved the 80-metre abseil. Ian Walters, Managing Director of Retail and Business Banking was first down the Olympic structure, complete in a Santa outfit. The group has so far raised more than £8,000 from the challenge and colleagues at the Bank have pledged to raise more than £150,000 in total as part of a one-year partnership with the charity. With Metro Bank’s support, Teenage Cancer Trust will be able to recruit and fund a new team of highly specialist nurses to go into local communities across the country. The Bank also gives colleagues a ‘Day to AMAZE’ – a day, when they would normally be working, to volunteer their time and / or skills or give back to their local community. Enterprise Rent-A-Car & BBC Children in NeedEmployees from over 450 Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK branches raised almost six hundred thousand pounds for BBC Children In Need this year, thanks in part to the bespoke solution provided by digital fundraising platform Donr. Donr created a unique fundraising page and Text Giving keyword for all 459 branches of Enterprise Rent-a-Car UK, allowing each team to manage and track the fundraising efforts of their staff through a user-friendly dashboard. A leaderboard function was also developed for the company, to help promote friendly competition between regions and branches. From sky dives to abseils: corporate fundraising round up Boeing & Open University’s University Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships FundBoeing has announced a contribution of more than £60,000 to the Open University’s University Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund, which is now in its third year of accepting applications. The Scholarship Fund gives disabled veterans across the UK the opportunity to access education free of charge. Boeing’s contribution to the Fund will help more former service men and women plan for the future and a fulfilling career. This grant to the Open University is part of Boeing’s 2019 global charitable grants package totaling more than £36 million ($48 million). The grants, part of the Boeing Global Engagement portfolio, will support 404 charitable organisations in 50 countries, funding programmes into 2020 and beyond. One key pillar of Boeing’s community activity is support for veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programmes and workforce transition services. In the UK, Boeing donates more than £450,000 each year to charity. Premier Inn & Great Ormond Street HospitalPremier Inn has launched a short story competition to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is encouraging children and young people aged 15 and under to submit an original 500-word short story around the theme of relaxation or inspiration. Stories revolving around friendship, families, animals or even science fiction are all welcome, providing they slot into the themes above. The competition runs from Tuesday 24 December 2019 through to early 2020 with stories judged in two categories: under 10s and ages 11-15. There will also be twelve regional runners-up. To launch the nationwide competition in the lead up to Christmas, children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) were treated to story readings by Father Christmas and his festive elves. Premier Inn is a longstanding supporter of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and the winning stories will be available for a donation, with all proceeds donated to GOSH. Vitality, parkrun & Alzheimer’s Research UKVitality’s partnership with parkrun has passed the £1.5million mark since it became the official charity partner of parkrun UK in 2015. Last year it extended its partnership with parkrun to 2023. The money goes to Alzheimer’s Research UK to fund dementia research. Dobbies Garden Centres & Teenage Cancer TrustDobbies Garden Centres has now raised over £500,000 for its National Charity Partner, Teenage Cancer Trust. Dobbies announced Teenage Cancer Trust last year as its first ever National Charity Partner after having partnered with it previously over several successful Christmas fundraising periods. Fundraising takes place across the UK led by staff members in each of Dobbies’ 69 stores all year round through the donations from carrier bag purchases, individual store led activity, nationwide charity fundraising events and even members from Dobbies Central Support Office taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge. Dobbies customers have also taken part in nationwide events such as the recent Christmas Charity Night, Santa’s Arrival and the infamous Ladies Night, which took place across all Dobbies stores leading up to the festive season. Nominet & SamaritansNominet, the tech for good company that runs the .UK internet, has announced that it will donate £1 for every new .UK domain registered to mental health charity Samaritans. The initiative runs until 17 January 2020, with Nominet donating a minimum of £140,000. The initiative is part of Nominet’s continued partnership with Samaritans, with Nominet already providing £175,000 to the charity this year, bringing the total donation for 2019 to at least £300,000. Melanie May | 30 December 2019 | News Hamptons International & Cancer Research UKJudith Marcham and Darren Currie, who sit on the Risk and Audit team at Hamptons International have taken on a sky dive with the Red Devils Army Display team, raising over £2,500 for Cancer Research UK. The sky dive took place at Netheravon in Wiltshire, and the jump was over 13,000 feet. Cancer Research UK is Hamptons International’s charity partner, for its 150th year, it challenged each of its employees to raise £150. To date, the team at Hamptons have raised £118,000 this year; which brings its total to £363,000. Toyota Motor Europe & Special Olympics Europe EurasiaToyota Motor Europe and Special Olympics Europe Eurasia have announced a three-year partnership from 2020 that will support grass roots inclusive programming and sports events across the region. The initiative reflects the spirit of Toyota’s worldwide Start Your Impossible campaign to inspire everyone to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising Main image: Hamptons International 443 total views, 2 views today Dryrobe & The Wave Projectdryrobe is partnering with The Wave Project, to support the work it does to help vulnerable young people through surfing. The partnership will see dryrobe products in use across the country in Wave Project sessions, keeping clients warm, comfortable and happy while enjoying their time on the beach and learning to surf. Limited Edition Wave Project dryrobes will also be available to purchase online at www.dryrobe.com – 100% of the profits of each sale of this dryrobe will go towards supporting the incredible work that the charity does helping young people through surfing. Literary Laughs & Coram BeanstalkA literary-themed quiz night hosted simultaneously in venues across the country has collectively raised over £2,500 for the national literacy charity Coram Beanstalk. The quiz night took place on 5 December at several different locations including London, Norfolk and North Yorkshire. The fundraising initiative is created by Literary Laughs, an organisation that inspires book clubs to come together to fundraise for worthwhile causes. Charities and book clubs are encouraged to host a quiz night on the same date, to invite friends, family and colleagues and to pay an entry fee per person or team. The Literary Laughs team then send the strictly embargoed literary quizzes (and answers) for the party to enjoy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 444 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2
Más militarización en el Mediterráneo ha sido aprobada por una resolución del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU el 9 de octubre. Con una votación de 14 a 1, se facultaron las fuerzas navales de la Unión Europea para supuestamente detener y hacer retroceder a buques que transporten inmigrantes hacia el sur Europa a través del Mediterráneo. Sólo la República Bolivariana de Venezuela se abstuvo de votar. Millones de personas han sido desplazadas de África, Medio Oriente y Asia en la peor crisis de refugiados desde el fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.Este renovado esfuerzo denominado “Operación Sofía”, consiste de seis buques de guerra de la UE en constante patrullaje por la costa de Libia. A estos barcos se les ha dado la capacidad de detener, confiscar, detener y destruir los barcos utilizados por los traficantes de personas que llevan miles a Europa cada semana.Un comunicado emitido por la operación naval de la UE decía que, “Los activos abordarán, registrarán, confiscarán y desviarán, en alta mar, los buques sospechosos de ser utilizados para el contrabando o la trata de personas”. (eeas.europa.eu) Un portaaviones italiano, una fragata francesa y otra británica, junto a un barco español y dos alemanes, encabezarán la misión, que sigue el mismo patrón que las expediciones antipiratería de la UE por el Cuerno de África.La agencia de noticias Francia 24 reportó el 7 de octubre: “Se espera que al menos otros tres buques suministrados por las armadas belga, británica y eslovena llegue a la zona a finales de octubre para completar la fuerza, que también incluye cuatro aviones y 1.318 personas. Pero la operación es una gota en el océano comparado con la inmensa magnitud del problema que ha visto 630.000 inmigrantes entrar ilegalmente a la UE este año mientras la gente huye de conflictos en Siria, Afganistán e Irak”.Imperialistas tratan de mantener unidad en medio de crisisLa crisis migratoria ha dividido profundamente a los estados miembros de la UE, lo que llevó a los líderes de Francia y Alemania a emitir una declaración conjunta llamando a la unidad.Otros países como Hungría, han erigido vallas para mantener a las/os migrantes fuera de su territorio, mientras que abusan de las/os que ya han entrado, forzándoles a centros de detención y golpeándoles y echándole gases a personas de la 3ra edad, hombres, mujeres y niños.Los estados europeos se afectaron mucho por la crisis capitalista mundial de 2007-09. Las tasas de desempleo y pobreza aumentaron incluso en países relativamente ricos como Francia, Alemania y Bretaña. Las tensiones raciales entre comunidades oprimidas y gobiernos en estos estados se han intensificado en la última década.No obstante, las principales economías de Europa reconocen que a menos que presenten una postura más liberal hacia la comunidad internacional, resultará aún más difícil hacer valer su derecho a mantener su presencia militar en África, Oriente Medio y Asia. Mientras que Alemania y Francia enmarcan su respuesta a la crisis de migrantes y refugiados – que en realidad está diseñada para continuar su papel neocolonialista – como una “misión humanitaria”, los europeos están tratando de apaciguar una potencial calamidad o ruptura dentro de las estructuras de la UE.El escritor Mustapha Karkouti de Gulf News señaló el 10 de octubre que “Los dos gigantes europeos, Alemania y Francia, han advertido recientemente que Europa se enfrenta a una seria división sobre Siria, ya que tanto la canciller alemana Angela Merkel y el presidente francés François Hollande, han pedido unidad a los 28 países que integran la UE. Juntos, hablándoles al parlamento de la UE el miércoles pasado [7 de octubre] en Estrasburgo, trataron conjuntamente de persuadir a los estados miembros que están orientados hacia el interior, que van a estar mejor si permanecen en el bloque europeo”.La rivalidad inter-imperialista entre los estados miembros de la UE y EU y Canadá, hace necesario fomentar la ilusión de unidad en relación a la crisis migratoria. Sin embargo, los miembros más recientes que eran estados de orientación socialista en alianza con la Unión Soviética como Hungría, están en una posición más débil económica y políticamente, particularmente a la luz de los partidos políticos derechistas que están en el poder en varios de estos países.El artículo de Gulf News continuó: “La aparición de ambos líderes en el parlamento europeo es la primera vez desde que el ex canciller Helmut Kohl, el arquitecto de la reunificación de Alemania, y el ex presidente francés François Mitterrand, los arquitectos del Tratado de Maastricht que estableció la Unión Europea, aparecieron juntos en la misma plataforma en 1989, también subrayando la importancia estratégica de Europa . . . El proceso de ampliación en sí ha tenido sus propias consecuencias en la política de Europa y en la vida europea, particularmente, el aumento gradual de las tendencias derechistas y nacionalistas”.Implicaciones a largo plazo de la crisis migratoriaCientos de miles de inmigrantes, muchas/os de ellos procedentes de Siria y otros estados del Medio Oriente, Asia y África, han presentado una crisis humanitaria y política, con más de 3.000 muertes hasta la fecha.Imágenes de cuerpos flotando y arrastrados a las playas son un símbolo profundo de la política imperialista fallida en los últimos 13 años desde el comienzo de las guerras en Afganistán y luego Irak. Las fotografías y videos de migrantes que mueren en el Mediterráneo representan una extensión de las invasiones por fuerzas del Pentágono y de la OTAN aliadas con sus suplentes políticos en las regiones geopolíticas afectadas.La administración del presidente Barack Obama sigue tratando de justificar su papel en la destrucción de grandes extensiones de territorio en el estado de Siria, que una vez fue estable y próspero. La campaña aérea de la Federación Rusia contra los grupos armados de oposición en Siria es un desafío directo a las guerras imperialistas para cambiar régimen que han caracterizado la política estadounidense en el Medio Oriente, África y Asia.Reportes de prensa indican que más de $500 millones de los impuestos de trabajadoras/es EUA han sido despreciados en un intento fallido por crear el llamado “ejército moderado anti-sirio”. Después de años de esfuerzo, solo cinco combatientes individuales han podido permanecer dentro del marco establecido por EUA. A pesar de estas afirmaciones es evidente que hay otros grupos que luchan contra el gobierno sirio con armas suministradas por EUA.Todo lo que estos otros grupos armados han sido capaces de hacer es causar muertes, destrucción y desplazamiento monumentales. Muchas personas en el Medio Oriente y en todo el mundo han acogido con satisfacción la intervención de Moscú e Irán para defender al estado sirio.Las divisiones entre los estados miembros de la UE no protegerán ni a Francia ni Alemania del inevitable malestar social. Washington ha anunciado que dará la bienvenida a unas/os 10.000 a 100.000 sirios a EUA — un número totalmente inadecuado teniendo en cuenta que la política militar y política de Washington y Wall Street es la base de la crisis en Siria, Asia Central, Libia, Yemen e Irak.La crisis migratoria es un resultado directo del militarismo imperialista encabezado por EUA en diversas regiones geopolíticas, así como la continua crisis capitalista mundial. Turquía, un estado de la OTAN, está muy involucrado en la desestabilización de Siria, planteando preguntas sobre el origen del atentado en Ankara el 10 de octubre que mató a casi 100 personas.La única esperanza real de revertir la situación en el Mediterráneo, la devastación de estados afectados por la guerra en tres continentes, y el sufrimiento de las/os trabajadores y oprimidos en los países imperialistas debido al drenaje de recursos nacionales por las guerras y desestabilizaciones, es unir a los pueblos de estas naciones oprimidas, junto con las/os trabajadores y oprimidos en los países industrializados, con el fin de sacar a las fuerzas del Pentágono, la CIA y la OTAN fuera del Medio Oriente, África y Asia Central. Entonces, la gente de estas regiones será capaz de resolver sus propios problemas internos y tener verdadera paz y seguridad.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
There is widespread opposition in Puerto Rico to the imposition of aerial spraying of Naled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Naled is in the most toxic class of pesticides that may cause fetal brain damage and kill bees, birds and fish. The U.S.-based CDC wanted to use Naled in an attempt to kill mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus and curb the raging Zika crisis in Puerto Rico.On Aug. 4, Naled was sprayed in North Miami, Fla., where the first cases of locally acquired Zika infections were reported in the continental U.S. However, the CDC has admitted that this control measure may not work well in Miami because the mosquitoes may be developing resistance to pesticides.In Puerto Rico, the number of Zika infections is expected to explode throughout the summer. Over 8,700 cases of Zika have already been reported there. The CDC predicts that between 20 to 25 percent of the island’s estimated 3.5 million people will be infected with Zika before the end of the year. (npr.com, Aug. 6)More than 900 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika. Every day 50 more test positive, seven times more than in January. But experts at the CDC say that is probably a massive undercount because many women are not aware they’re infected and are not getting tested. By the end of the year, the CDC estimates that 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico may be infected with Zika and hundreds of infants may be born with microcephaly, a Zika-related birth defect that causes severe problems with fetal brain development and unusually small head size. (New York Times, July 30)Naled is “definitely not safe during early brain development,” warned Jennifer Sass, even “when sprayed at legal exposure levels.” Sass is a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She added that “spraying Naled too freely would also build up resistance, which would be detrimental in the long run in the fight against the virus.” (Huffington Post, July 23)When 25,000 pounds of Naled were secretly shipped to Puerto Rico in July, it sparked a storm of demonstrations. Signs read, “U.S. We are not your damn experiment! #Naled” and “Por mi futuro, USA/CDC stop!” The United Front Against Aerial Spraying helped organize the protests, along with numerous organizations, businesses, workers, scientists, farmers, health workers, environmentalists and politicians.Protesters are angry that Washington has still not appropriated the $1.9 billion that President Obama requested in February to help combat the spread of Zika. Many oppose the use of Naled, which failed to stop an outbreak of dengue fever, also carried by mosquitoes, in Puerto Rico in 1987.In response to widespread protests against spraying Naled, the San Juan government filed a lawsuit July 21 in Puerto Rico’s federal court charging that the plan to spray would pose “a significant risk” to wildlife and fish in the area and to the “general health” of San Juan residents. By July 25, the CDC relented after Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, who has veto power, opposed the use of aerial spraying.Violation of Puerto Rico’s sovereigntyShipping Naled to the island is the latest U.S. violation of Puerto Rico’s sovereignty. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. tested napalm and Agent Orange in Puerto Rican jungles. The U.S. in the 1950s tested the first birth control pill on Puerto Rican women and also strong-armed over 30 percent of childbearing women working in U.S. industries on the island to become sterilized in order to keep their jobs.For 55 years the U.S. used the Puerto Rican island of Vieques as a naval training and testing center, dropping 23,000 bombs and leaving more than 22 million pounds of toxic military and industrial waste. The cancer rate in Vieques is 27 percent higher than that on the mainland. In 1994, the Department of Energy admitted it had used Puerto Rican prisoners for human radiation experiments during the 1950s and 1970s. (“Fish, Wildlife and Bombs: The Struggle to Clean Up Vieques” by Katherine T. McCaffrey, nacla.org)Puerto Rico’s obstetricians and gynecologists have started a new program to help fight Zika. Their association is offering free contraception to any woman who wants to delay pregnancy. This includes more expensive and long-lasting implants and intrauterine devices, as well as pills and condoms.The United Front Against Aerial Spraying initiated the Cleaning Olympics of Mosquito Breeding Sites on Aug. 7. Going door-to-door, street-by-street, group members are trying to eliminate all standing water where mosquito larvae live, places where even aerial spraying could not reach. They say that instead of carrying out Washington’s orders, the workers will do what their own politicians and government agencies have not done.The workers plan to implement the same measures as those used in socialist Cuba, which developed a community-based program to eradicate Zika-carrying mosquitos. Since March 15, when the last of 14 locally transmitted cases was reported, Cuba has been Zika-free.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
After 49 years, on Oct. 7, 2020, political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim was finally released, becoming the last remaining Black Panther Party member to survive the New York State prison system. However, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley charged Muntaqim with felony voter fraud immediately after his release, claiming that he attempted to register to vote. New York, like many other states in the U.S., formally disenfranchises those with felony convictions even after they have been released from prison.After public outcry and mobilization, Muntaqim beat the charges. On April 9, the former Black Panther appeared on a virtual event on the history of COINTELPRO and the Black Panther Party, hosted by Coalition for Civil Freedoms.“We continue to build movements that serve the interests of our common humanity and not the greed of the billionaires who control and own 90% of the wealth of this country,” Muntaqim said April 9. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Advertisement Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Twitter Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print Previous articleFine Gael selects Adare/Rathkeale election teamNext articleSponsored: Competition Aherlow House Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsHousingPoliticsJan seeks big Limerick turnout at housing rallyBy Alan Jacques – November 30, 2018 1466 Limerick on Covid watch list TAGSHousingLimerick City and Countypolitics Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’SullivanLABOUR Spokesperson on Housing Jan O’Sullivan is encouraging Limerick people to attend the Housing and Homelessness Coalition National Demonstration in Dublin this Saturday, December 1.“We need large numbers of people on our Capital city streets to keep the current government under pressure to develop the kind of publicly owned and affordable body of housing that is needed in Ireland,” said Deputy O’Sullivan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick politician also takes the view that Fine Gael has failed on housing.“They haven’t introduced a rent register for tenants but will give landlords a tax cut. Their rent pressure zones have been a complete failure but they won’t introduce rent controls for the whole country. They haven’t built nearly enough public housing units, but are happy to sell off public lands to private developers whose sole interest is their own profit margins. Fine Gael seem allergic to publicly owned homes on publicly held lands,” she declared.Responding to Jan’s comments, Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Maria Byrne stated: “Deputy O’Sullivan served as a Housing Minister in the last government. I have no doubt she is aware of the complexity of the housing situation in Ireland. I understand she has to distance herself from her former colleagues for electoral gain, but the fact is Labour had the opportunity to join the Government in 2016. Now they look to crib from the side-lines advocating the spending of money that doesn’t exist.”Senator Byrne continued: “Here in Limerick, Fine Gael in Government under the National Development Plan are providing for continued investment in the Limerick Regeneration Programme which will see the completion of the works identified in the 2013 Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan, with the delivery of some 400 new homes and the upgrading of 900 homes across the city. Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!
Top StoriesSupreme Court Allows Tata Sons Appeal Against NCLAT Order To Reinstate Cyrus Mistry As Chairman LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 March 2021 11:02 PMShare This – xIn a big win for Tata Sons Ltd, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed its appeal against the order of the National Company Law Tribunal, which had ordered to reinstate the ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry.The Court allowed the appeal of Tata Sons, answering all questions of law framed in the case in its favour, and set aside the NCLAT order. The appeals filed by Shapoorji Pallonji group and…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?LoginIn a big win for Tata Sons Ltd, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed its appeal against the order of the National Company Law Tribunal, which had ordered to reinstate the ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry.The Court allowed the appeal of Tata Sons, answering all questions of law framed in the case in its favour, and set aside the NCLAT order. The appeals filed by Shapoorji Pallonji group and Cyrus Mistry were dismissed.The Top Court held that the actions of Tata Sons board against Mistry did not amount to oppression of minority shareholders or mismanagement. The bench also said that it was open for Tatas and Mistry to work out their separation terms. The reasoning of the bench will be know when the full copy of the judgment is released.A 3- judge bench comprising of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian pronounced the judgment. It was on December 17 last year that the bench reserved judgment in the case after hearing a battery of Senior Advocates including Harish Salve, Shyam Divan, CA Sundaram, Dr AM Singhvi, Janak Dwarakadas, Mohan Parasaran etc.The NCLAT, in its order passed on December 18, 2019, had quashed the decision taken by the Board of Tata Sons in October 2016 to remove Mistry as the Chairman and had directed to restore Mistry.The present legal battle has its genesis in the company petitions filed by Shapoorji Pallonji Group under Sections 241 and 242 of the Companies Act 2013 alleging oppression and mismanagement in Tata Sons. These petitions were filed in the wake of Mistry’s removal. The NCLT Mumbai bench dismissed the petitions, against which appeals were filed in NCLAT. On December 18, 2019, The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal restored Cyrus Mistry as the Executive Chairman of Tata Group. Allowing Mistry’s appeal, the Appellate Tribunal had set aside the judgment of Mumbai bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) that had upheld the appointment of N Chandrasekharan as Chairman in his place. The said NCLAT order was stayed by the Apex Court in January 2020 whereas the judgment was reserved on 17th December 2020. Tatas v Cyrus Mistry : 15 Grounds Of Challenge Against NCLAT OrderQuestions of Law FramedThe Supreme Court framed the following questions of law :(i)Whether the formation of opinion by the Appellate Tribunal that the company’s affairs have been or are being conducted in a manner prejudicial and oppressive to some members and that the facts otherwise justify the winding up of the company on just and equitable ground,is in tune with the well settled principles and parameters,especially in the light of the fact that the findings of NCLT on facts were not individually and specifically overturned by the Appellate Tribunal ?(ii)Whether the reliefs granted and the directions issued by the Appellate Tribunal, including the reinstatement of CPM into the Board of Tata Sons and other Tata companies, are in consonance with the pleadings made, the reliefs sought and the powers available under Subsection (2) of Section 242(Companies Act 2013) ?(iii)Whether the Appellate Tribunal could have, in law,muted the power of the Company under Article 75 of the Articles of Association, to demand any member to transfer his ordinary shares, by simply injuncting the company from exercising such a right without setting aside the Article ? iv)Whether the characterisation by the Tribunal, of the affirmative voting rights available under Article 121 to the Directors nominated by the Trusts in terms of Article104B, as oppressive and prejudicial, is justified especially after the challenge to these Articles have been given up expressly and whether the Tribunal could have granted a direction to RNT and the Nominee Directors virtually nullifying the effect of these Articles ?(v)whether the reconversion of Tata Sons from a public company into a private company, required the necessary approval under section 14 of the Companies Act, 2013 or at least an action under section 43A(4) of the Companies Act,1956 during the period from 2000 (when Act 53 of 2000came into force) to 2013 (when the 2013 Act was enacted)as held by NCLAT?All questions of law were answered in favour of the Tata Group.Stand of Tata Sons Calling the NCLAT direction to reinstate Cyrus Mistry as Chairman to undermine the principles of corporate democracy, it was the case of Tata Sons group that NCLAT lacked jurisdiction for such restoration especially when such a relief was not sought. According to Tata Sons, NCLAT lacked jurisdiction to declare it as a “Public Company” when it is a “Private Company” under sec. 2(68) of the Companies Act 2013.During the course of hearing in the matter, it was submitted by Harish Salve that “It has always been a private company. The curious thing which has happened in the case is that there is a provision in Tata Son’s Articles which restricts the transfer of shares. It also has a remarkable feature that the Board could direct a shareholder to sell shares. The NCLAT overlooked the fact that the primary contract between the shareholders and the company is the Articles of Association”. Furthermore, Tata Sons in its appeal submitted that NCLAT’s direction to Tata Sons for consulting Shapoorji Pallonji Group for appointments of Executive Chairman and Directors in future was contrary to the Articles of Association. “Pallonji Mistry, Cyrus Mistry’s father was included in Tata Sons as non-executive Director in 1980. Cyrus Mistry joined Tata Sons in 2006. Mistry’s appointment as Executive Chairman would have ended in March 2017. It was not a life long appointment. He was removed in October 2016. After March 2017, he had no right to seek re-appointment. Corporate democracies must have its places. ” Salve submitted in the Court. Coming to the aspect of legal tests under sec. 241 and 242 of the Companies Act, it was the case of Tata Sons that the NCLAT failed to explain how the actions of the Board constituted any prejudice and oppression. It was also their case that orders under sec. 242 of the Act can be passed only if there are facts which show that the winding up of the company is otherwise necessary which was not discussed by the NCLAT. “The power under sections 241 and 242 is available as the alternative power, only in case the court concludes that it is otherwise just and equitable that the company be wound up. The English courts developed it as an equitable relief and we incorporated it as a statutory relief. Say, in case of a deadlock, where two directors are not speaking to each other. In such cases, it may be just and equitable to wind up the company but if it would cause unnecessary prejudice to the shareholders or to the company, the tribunal would instead grant relief of oppression.” Salve argued in the Court. Stand of Cyrus Mistry Shyam Divan appearing for Mistry submitted during the course of hearings that the essence of the legal battle rests on the concept of corporate governance and how law has evolved from corporate majority to corporate democracy to a higher set of values and a higher standard ensuring transparency. According to Divan, the process of removal of Cyrus Mistry went against the concept of Corporate Democracy. In view of this, he called the removal procedure as prescribed under the AoA as an “express black letter provision”.According to his arguments, Mr. Ratan Tata exercised an overriding authority on the decisions of the Board of Directors. He informed the Court that the communications between the year 2013 to 2016 show that there was a complete confusion in the Board. All the decisions were taken by Ratan Tata himself. “On 28th June 2016, the Board didn’t have any grievance from Cyrus Mistry. The board noted that Mistry in fact worked in the welfare of the company and the Board applauded his contribution. There is no agenda of removal of his termination. No reasons for removal of Mistry were recorded. One of the directors was a nominee of Tata Trust. Other 2 were appointed as personal nomination by Ratan Tata. Other 2 who voted for his removal had just 4 months prior to the removal praised his work. No reason was given by them on their vote.” He argued. Furthermore it was submitted that “Mr. Ratan Tata is not the member of the board on 18 Dec 2012. He didn’t attend any meeting until 2016 October. He is not subject to the discipline of sec. 166 of Companies Act. Mr. Subedar, company secretary informed the board that while the meeting was in process, Ratan Tata sent 2 letters while in the position of shareholder requesting other Directors namely Shrinivasan and Piramal to take necessary actions. Mr. Cyrus Mistry was the Executive Chairman on this date.” It was Mr. Divan’s argument that it was agreed in the meeting that Mr. Mistry must be removed from the post of Executive Chairman as the trust lost confidence in him due to some reason. “While there were different agendas for the meeting to be convened, the voting was done on agendas over which no prior information was given to anyone. Article 105A and Article 118 requires that before the removal of a Chairperson, removal has to be considered by a selection committee and a notice of removal as to be furnished. These conditions were not fulfilled in this case. This is violation of AoA.” he argued. According to Mr. Divan, on 1 August 2012, a resolution was passed by General Body appointing Mr. Mistry as Executive Chairman. He suggested that if one wants to go against the appointment of chairperson, the appropriate way is to approach the General Body which is supported by requirement of Article 105. He also suggested that no prior information or notice was accorded to Mr. Mistry on his removal which goes against the statutory requirement of both AoA and Companies Act, 2013.Tata Sons Pvt. Ltd. was represented by Mr. Harish N. Salve and Dr. A.M. Singhvi, Sr. Advs. and briefed by a team from Karanjawala & Co. Advocates. The Karanjawala & Co. team comprised of Ms. Ruby Singh Ahuja, Senior Partner, Ms. Tahira Karanjawala, Principal Associate, Senior Associates – Mr. Anupm Prakash, Mr. Arjun Sharma & Mr. Shravan Sahny, and Associates – Mr. Ashutosh P. Shukla & Mr. Utkarsh Maria. Mr. Dhruv Dewan, Mr. Avishkar Singhvi, Mr. Rohan Batra & Ms. Reena Choudhary, Advs. also appeared for Tata Sons Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Harish N. Salve and Mr. S.N. Mookerjee, Sr. Advs. appeared for Mr. Ratan N. Tata.Case DetailsTitle : Tata Sons Ltd v Cyrus Mistry and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 184Click here to read/download the judgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Robin Hood Foundation(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced in a press conference Tuesday that he is resigning.Politicians and lawmakers in the state began calling for Greitens, 44, to resign last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Greitens said the decision to resign was a difficult one, but maintained that he’s done nothing wrong. His resignation is effective June 1.“I am not perfect, but I have not broken any laws or offense worthy of this treatment,” he said.A special investigative committee in the house has already released two ruinous reports against Greitens. The first details accusations made by a woman with whom he was having an affair. She said he threatened and mistreated her. The second report focuses on allegations that Greitens wrongfully obtained a charity donor list to fundraise for political purposes.Greitens admitted to having the affair with the woman, his former hairdresser, in 2015 before becoming governor, but maintained he did not commit any crimes.On Tuesday, Greitens said the past few months have been difficult for him and his family and that he is facing millions of dollars in mounting legal bills.“It’s clear for the forces that oppose us, there’s no end in sight,” he said. “I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love.”Greitens ended the news conference saying he will “always be a fighter for the people of Missouri.”“May god continue to bless you and to bless the great state of Missouri,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » ‘Vendors turning to auctions as a third of treaty sales fall through’ previous next‘Vendors turning to auctions as a third of treaty sales fall through’Claim made by Auction House founder Roger Lake as he reveals record year so far despite Brexit and other uncertainties.Nigel Lewis10th October 201701,619 Views More vendors are turning from the high street to auctions to sell their homes as the UK’s high street agents struggle to find buyers in today’s “challenging selling environment”.The claim was made by leading auctioneer Auction House as it revealed that it has sold more houses so far this year than it did at the same time last year.“In the current climate, even to have matched last year’s number of sales would have been impressive,” says Auction House Director Roger Lake (pictured, below).“But to have exceeded it – despite the uncertainties of Brexit, political turmoil and future trading fears – is nothing short of remarkable.”Auction House says it has sold 2,420 lots so far this year with a combed total of just over £300 million.Explaining the figures, Roger says he believes sales at auctions have “become a solution for more sellers as other methods fail to deliver the timely results that vendors require,” he says.Roger also says that the private treaty route has now become a four or five month process, that latest figures suggest that nearly a third of private treat sales are falling through and that, “by contrast, auction is the quick, easy and certain alternative,” he says.“Results are variable across the country, with stronger success rates evident in the northern half and some buyer reluctance noticeable in the south.“We see the market coming back into balance, with keener guides and reserves delivering competing bids and healthy hammer prices.”Roger Lake Auction House October 10, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021