Fish to play full-back for Blues against Dragons

first_imgSpeaking ahead of the match, Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby, David Young, said, “The Dragons try to play a more expansive game than maybe they have done previously but we have also got to respect the ball and not get turned over. That will be huge for us.”“They have a tremendous attitude and really work for each other and we’ve got to match that.” We have to match their hunger and desire, but I believe we have the quality, which I think will be the difference. However, we can’t underestimate how important attitude is.”“We’ve won three more games that the other teams fighting for the play off places, which is great, but we would like to win with more style. The performances aren’t what I would like them to be, but we have had the results which is the most important thing.” Cardiff Blues starting XV:15 Dan Fish14 Chris Czekaj13 Casey Laulala12 Jamie Roberts11 Tom James10 Dan Parks9 Richie Rees8 Xavier Rush7 Sam Warburton / Ben White6 Michael Paterson5 Paul Tito (c)4 Bradley Davies3 Taufa’ao Filise2 Gareth Williams1 John Yapp CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 29: Blues fullback Dan Fish in action during the LV Anglo Welsh Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Ospreys at Cardiff City Stadium on January 29, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fullback Dan FishDan Fish will play at fullback for the Blues when they take on the Dragons on Friday 29 April, 4.05pm kick off, in the crucial Magners League matchFish comes in at Fullback with Chris Czekaj moving to the Wing in place of the Leigh Halfpenny who picked up and ankle injury in the win over Treviso. Halfpenny is expected to miss the remaining matches of the regular season.The Blues travel to Rodney Parade knowing that a victory would guarantee them a top four finish; deny Scarlets a Play-Off spot and end Ospreys hopes of retaining their title. Any other result would see the make up of the remaining three Play-Off places go down to the last round of games.The Blues require a win by a margin of more than nine points and also obtain a try bonus point if they are to displace Leinster in 2nd place in the league table going into the last round of fixtures.The Blues have lost just once on the road in the competition since December: 13-32 at Ulster on 25 February and have won their last eight clashes with Dragons since the Men from Gwent were victorious 14-13 at Rodney Parade on 27 December 2006.Newport Gwent Dragons’ two game winning run in the Magners League came to a halt against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday. Dragons have lost just one of their last seven league matches played at Rodney Parade since September: 16-26 to Leinster on 27 March.The Dragons may no longer be able to make the Magners League Play-Offs themselves, but they hold the destiny of the other Welsh Regions in their hands, as the play both the third and fourth placed teams, Cardiff Blues and Ulster, before the end of the season, and the results of those matches will have an impact on Scarlets and Ospreys chances of claiming a top four spot. Replacements:16 Rhys Williams, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Deiniol Jones, 20 Ma’ama Molitika, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Dafydd HewittInjury ListAndries Pretorius – KneeLeigh Halfpenny – AnkleRichard Mustoe – GroinT Rhys Thomas – HipBen Blair – KneeJames Down – FootGethin Jenkins – ToeTom Davies – Calflast_img read more

RIP: Former Quincy Bishop Donald Parsons

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Posted Jan 20, 2016 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (2) Obituary, Featured Jobs & Calls Christopher Epting says: Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ People Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Selena Smith says: Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI January 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm What in the world is a “bishop vicar?” Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York RIP: Former Quincy Bishop Donald Parsons Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. January 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm “bishop vicar?” check Wikipedia and the use of the term among other denominations (an ecumenical term, perhaps). Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab [Nashotah House Theological Seminary] Bishop Donald James Parsons, 13th dean and president and professor of New Testament at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, died on January 4, 2016. He was 93.He was born on March 28, 1922 ,in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University before matriculating at Philadelphia Divinity School, where he earned a ThB, a ThM, and a ThD in New Testament. He was ordained as a deacon in 1946 in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and ordained as a priest later that same year in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. He served as Tutor of Greek and New Testament at Philadelphia Divinity School while also serving as Curate at Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. He subsequently served as assistant rector of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Delaware. In 1950 he moved to Wisconsin to begin serving at Nashotah House, where he was professor New Testament and Ascetical Theology; his tenure as the 13th dean and president of Nashotah House ran from 1963 to 1973. He was elected as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy and was consecrated on September 8, 1973; he served as bishop until his retirement in 1987, and thereafter continued to provide episcopal oversight for a number of congregations. He was the author of The Holy Eucharist Rite Two: a Devotional Commentary (1976) and A Lifetime Road to God (1977). In 1955 he married Mary Russell, who predeceased him; he is survived by his three children, Mary, Rebecca, and Brad.A Requiem Mass for Bishop Parsons will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (343 Buena Vista Ave., Pekin, Illinois) on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 3 p.m.Nashotah House will celebrate the life and ministry of Bishop Parsons with a Requiem Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016, followed by a Committal service at the Nashotah House cemetery. The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield and chair of the Board of Directors of Nashotah House, will preside; The Very Rev. Steven A. Peay, 20th dean and president of Nashotah House, will celebrate; The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, bishop vicar of the Diocese of Quincy of the Anglican Church in North America and Member of the Board of Directors of Nashotah House, will serve as preacher. A reception will immediately follow in Breck Refectory, located in DeKoven Commons.Appropriate attire for Clergy: Choir VestureThe family requests that memorial gifts be dedicated to the Bishop Parsons Scholarship Fund at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, WI 53058 or on the Nashotah House website.Your sentiments or stories about Bishop Parsons can be posted on the Nashotah House twitter account by using the username @NashotahHouse in your tweet. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Flake House / Olgga Architects

first_imgArchitects: Olgga Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Houses Flake House / Olgga ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFlake House / Olgga Architects ArchDaily Area:  22 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeOlgga ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesFrossayFrancePublished on April 20, 2010Cite: “Flake House / Olgga Architects” 20 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” France 2009center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. The flake house, a nomadic, road-gauged dwelling, has been conceived to clad the places wherever it lands, as to transpose theses in an unusual vision. A poetical shelter, a “folie”,that merges low-tech and hi-tech. The interior finish is smooth and stripped down as to contrast with the traditional look of the external log cladding. Created in 2006 for the competition “Petites machines à habiter” held by the CAUE 72, OLGGA’ proposal for this nomadic wooden shelter is based on the concept of the «folie», where the wooden structure is broken in two halves establishing a radical spatial boundary while materializing an unexpected entry sequence. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodEGGERLaminatesAn object, recalling a broken branch, whose unconventional scale is the main idea of the project: to be built-up, taken down, moved, put down, left behind or taken along, inhabited or left to it’s surrounding. Save this picture!First a short-listed entry in the competition that gave birth to the concept, then winner of the “Lauriers de la construction bois” of the Salon du Bois in Grenoble in 2007, the flake house cause curiosity and desire. Last year, the flake house was set up in Nantes (FRANCE) between the 5 june and 16 august at the Festival Estuaire Nantes/ St Nazaire organized by the Lieu Unique. Save this picture!The Flake house was located on the site of Frossay (Le Carnet).I.C.I.! (Instant Carnet Island) is a temporary refuge of micro-architectures and light habitat meeting based on the bank of the Loire and open to anybody.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessLawn House / Altro StudioArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share Flake House / Olgga Architects “COPY” CopyHouses•Frossay, France Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!+ 17 Sharelast_img read more

Alzheimer’s Society launches first national Memory Walk

first_imgMemory Walk was first piloted in the UK in London in 2002. The concept was launched in 1989 in the United States where it now raises over $17 million from 500 walks in 50 states. It has also been adopted by a number of other countries worldwide. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  56 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 20 July 2003 | Newscenter_img The Alzheimer’s Society is holding its first national Memory Walk to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September 2003.More than seventy branches will be hosting walks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money to support people with dementia, their families and carers. Unlike the traditional sponsored walk, which tests endurance, Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks can be merely a short walk or stroll around a park or through the local streets. Branches in Chichester and Chester will mark the occasion by walking around their historic city walls, while members of the Havering branch in London will be walking the streets of Romford in fancy dress. Advertisement Alzheimer’s Society launches first national Memory Walk 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

UK Fundraising offers news archive browse facility

first_imgSo, you now have two methods of exploring our news archive – keyword searching or browsing by month.Eagle-eyed users will spot a few gaps in previous years: we haven’t quite finished adding all the archive and categorising individual news items. Bear with us and we’ll get it completed over the coming months.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis You can now explore UK Fundraising’s archive of news items which stretch back nearly 10 years through a new browsing facility.Visitors to UK Fundraising have been able to search for news articles via our site search facility, but our site’s original archive listing facility disappeared when we introduced the new version of the site last year.It’s back now, so you can browse our news coverage of fundraising developments by year and by month. This facility should prove useful to fundraisers who, for example, are sure there was a news item on a training course about major donors in February this year, but just couldn’t locate it via the site search tool. Advertisement UK Fundraising offers news archive browse facilitycenter_img Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 5 May 2004 | 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Beef, Pork Exports Solid in September

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Beef, Pork Exports Solid in September Beef and Pork exports both broke the $5 billion mark for the first three quarters of the year in September. The U.S Meat Export Federation announced this week beef exports for September increased six percent from last year and Pork exports were up seven percent in value, but declined three percent in volume. Pork exports for the month of September were worth $513 million, according to USDA. Since the beginning of the year, the value of pork exports has increased 14 percent. Beef exports for the month were worth $631 million, up 15 percent since the beginning of the year. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng stated “These are impressive results, especially given the headwinds we faced in September – including a very strong U.S. dollar, a significant decline in beef production and our first full month of dealing with Russia’s retaliatory import ban.U.S. beef and pork exports first passed the $5 billion mark just three years ago, according to USMEF. With herd rebuilding gaining traction in the U.S. beef industry, fed slaughter numbers have trended lower. Exports equated to 14 percent of total beef production and 11 percent for muscle cuts only. Mexico, which is the leading volume destination for U.S. pork, continued to perform very well in September – with exports up 17 percent for the first nine months of the year.Source: NAFB News Srvice Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articlePeterson: Opening Farm Bill in Next Congress Puts Everything in Jeopardy Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 6, 2014 SHARE Beef, Pork Exports Solid in September Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hong Kong: RSF and NGO coalition demand bill threatening journalists to be withdrawn

first_imgNews ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en Related documents English LetterPDF – 1.79 MBChinese LetterPDF – 1.87 MB PHOTO : DALE DE LA REY / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF), along with 73 other NGOs, urges Hong Kong to abandon the bill that would allow the authorities to extradite journalists and their sources to China. News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Organisation In a letter sent on June 6th to Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of 73 NGOs call for Hong Kong to immediately withdraw the extradition bill, which is scheduled for a second reading this Wednesday, June 12, at the Legislative Council (LegCo).On Sunday, June 9th, one million Hong Kongers (more than 13% of the population) marched against this bill, which, if passed by the pro-Beijing majority LegCo, would allow China to extradite residents or visitors, including journalists and their sources. China holds at least 111 journalists under life-threatening conditions.“The Chinese regime has shown on multiple occasions that it needs no solid grounds to punish critical voices,” says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “If such a regulation was adopted, Beijing would no longer have to resort to abduction, and would simply be able to seize whomever they wish to silence under a false accusation.”The collective of NGOs comprises of 73 organisations, including 23 human rights defence groups: Amnesty International, Asia Monitor Resource Centre, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Civil Rights Observer, Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers, Covenants Watch, Hong Kong Watch, Human Rights Watch, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Judicial Reform Foundation, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham, PEN Hong Kong, Progressive Lawyers Group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, The Committee to Protect Journalists, The Hong Kong Society for Asylum-seekers and Refugees, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Rights Practice.Hong Kong’s ranking has plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year, while China ranks 177th out of 180 in the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Index.See below the joint letter in its entirety, in English and in Chinese. June 11, 2019 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Hong Kong: RSF and NGO coalition demand bill threatening journalists to be withdrawn to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more

Seven Al-Masry Al-Youm journalists attacked

first_img RSF_en Organisation News Seven Al-Masry Al-Youm journalists were attacked while covering protests in Cairo. They included Ahmed Al-Hawari, the website’s editor, who was attacked on Qasr Al-Aini Street by three anti-riot police. They tore up his press card and hit him with their batons although he shouted that he was a journalist. He was held for several hours. Mostafa Al-Marsafawi was injured by a tear-gas grenade. The staff of Al-Masry Al-Youm said they had lost contact with one of their journalists, Mohamed Gamaleddine. An Al-Jazeera crew was meanwhile briefly detained in the Cairo neighbourhood of Shubra. Police were reportedly watching Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau and following its journalists. center_img January 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven Al-Masry Al-Youm journalists attacked Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Licensed by Oragenics from the NIH Demonstrates Protective Immunity in Mice

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‘Need To Get Up From Slumber Now’: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Pulls Up Govt For Failure To Promote Tourism [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Need To Get Up From Slumber Now’: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Pulls Up Govt For Failure To Promote Tourism [Read Order] Akshita Saxena3 Nov 2020 12:11 AMShare This – x”It cannot be denied that tourism in Jammu & Kashmir is one of the major employment/revenue generator but our closed mind has failed us in exploiting this source to the optimum.” The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday pulled up the Tourism Department of the Union Territory for its failure to attract tourists due to non-application of its mind. The Bench of Justice Rajesh…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”It cannot be denied that tourism in Jammu & Kashmir is one of the major employment/revenue generator but our closed mind has failed us in exploiting this source to the optimum.” The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday pulled up the Tourism Department of the Union Territory for its failure to attract tourists due to non-application of its mind. The Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal rapped the authorities for “keep everything close to its chest” and not disclosing information about the tourism and adventure sports facilities available in Jammu & Kashmir. “We all know the reach of social media. Days of hard copies of brochures are gone. Prospective tourists visit websites, especially the government websites, as these provide authentic information but we have failed. Again question if of mindset. Why we want to keep everything close to our chest? We are not playing card game. Let the people all around know about the tourism and adventure sports facilities available in Jammu & Kashmir and show them that its really a ‘Paradise on Earth’ but one has ‘to visit, see and feel to believe’. Or the idea is to create facilities not for promoting tourism but to keep it to ourselves and let the projects fail because of lesser foot fall,” the Bench sternly remarked. The High Court emphasized that the Union Territory now has cable car/rope way projects, but no information regarding the same is available on the Government’s Tourism website. “Less said the better even about the website of the J&K Tourism Department,” the Bench exclaimed. Now the Court has directed thus: Tourism Department will make an extensive exercise to update the information on its website about various tourist destinations and other facilities available and also use other social media platforms to promote tourism in Jammu & Kashmir. Option for making bookings online for the cable car/ ropeway should be made available. The J&K Tourism Development Corporation should make such facilities available on its website, making it quite feasible and less challenging for the potential tourists for making arrangements. State Government should make an effort to have an integrated portal providing all tourism related information and for online booking for all the facilities available in the Jammu & Kashmir for the potential tourists such as Hotels/ House Boats/ Huts, Adventure Sports, Cable Car/Ropeway, Travel, Cuisines etc. and such other attractions to promote the tourism activities in the State. Tourists also need to be guided regarding best weather to visit any particular area. One needs to keep in mind about growth of religious tourism also, hence, provide detailed information regarding that with proper guidance and package tours from Jammu or Srinagar. “Secretary, Tourism, Law Secretary, Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Managing Director of J&K Tourism Corporation to sit together and plan a common strategy and platform to promote tourism in Jammu & Kashmir instead of sitting in offices and remain busy in Durbar moves only, and spend time to find out accommodation for its staff at Jammu and Srinagar.” The observations were made by the High Court while considering a writ petition filed by Sagar Ratna, seeking grant of license for running restaurants at three terminals of Jammu Ropeway Project. The case primarily concerns failure of a Government Corporation in completing/ promoting a project, which would be a massive attraction for tourists. During hearing of the matter, the Court noted that even though the project was proposed in the year 1995 however, “We are twenty five years down the line. The work started only in the year 2016 and still the same is not complete though it was to be completed in about thirty months. Apparently there are no checks and review of the working of the officers. One needs to examine as to how much was the increase in the cost of project because of delays. The Ropeway Project became operational on July 27, 2020, however, till date, the restaurants at three stations, which could generate income not only for the Corporation but even for the Government as well in the form of GST, could not be allotted. This puts a serious question mark on the seriousness and capability of the officers 7 OWP 603/2019 concerned in planning and executing the project.” The Court noted that the J&K State Cable Car Corporation had issued five tenders inviting bids for establishment of restaurants at the Ropeway Project, but in vain. This, the Court said, was apparently because the project was not complete when the tenders were repeatedly issued, that too with the same terms and conditions. As a result, none or few had shown interest to participate. “Drafting of a tender document with reference to the terms and conditions and the time when it should be issued, is certainly the work of experts in the field. Failure of the Corporation in not getting a successful bidder even after five efforts, has certainly put a question mark as to whether there was application of mind before putting the restaurants in public domain for outsourcing or the effort was to cause loss to the exchequer and benefit private players. It’s a business proposal. The successful bidder has to work out his economics as well. The tenders were being floated almost every month. As from June 2018 till January 2019, there were five NITs issued within a period 8 OWP 603/2019 of about 7-8 months, as if the new bidders will just crop up within a month or so or the wait was for some favorite to participate,” the Bench said. At this juncture, the Court was also sceptical about the productivity of the Government employees. It highlighted that in Jammu & Kashmir, the number of government employees with reference to the population are very high if compared with other States, but no positive results were forthcoming therefrom. “With so much of strength of government employees, we could have really made Jammu & Kashmir, a Paradise on Earth, but failed. There is nothing wrong, if the Government is creating job opportunities for its subjects but those who are given employment also have duty to justify the salary or the wages, they receive. We need to cultivate some work culture also, instead of shirking work or passing on the buck. Or may be the people run after government jobs only for the reason that they will get paid without working. There is need to change the mindset from wasting the public money, causing loss to the exchequer and benefit the private players to work in larger public interest and generate more revenues so that the same can be used for creating more and better infrastructure,” the Bench observed. Tender for Jammu Ropeway Project South-Indian food chain Sagar Ratna had stated that the Corporation had indulged in favouritism and had changed the terms of tender several times, only to favour the private Respondent no. 5. Responding to the allegations, the Corporation had submitted that the tenders were recalled numerous times as either no one participated or qualified or there was only one bidder. It was also submitted that Sagar Ratna was not technically qualified to participate in the bid. At this juncture, the Court perused an RTI response whereby the Corporation had disclosed that both the bidders (Petitioner and Respondent No. 5) had qualified in the technical bid and the financial bids were opened and the finalization was under process. Finding contradiction in these two statements of the Corporation, the Bench observed, “The system of having two bids in any tendering process, namely the technical bid and the financial bid and the stages at which these are to be opened and what is to be evaluated therein, is not known to the persons concerned. Once the stand taken in response to RTI query is that the petitioner was the second highest in the two bidders as far as the bid amount is concerned, that would necessarily mean that it was technically qualified. The financial bid could be opened only after a bidder is technically qualified.” This also prompted the Court to look into the Company’s antecedents, which disclosed that the Company was an ‘Active Non-complaint’ Corporation. As per the website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, its last Annual General Meeting was held in 2012, and the Balance Sheet filed with the authorities was for the period ending in 2007. “If the information available is upto date, this shows the mindset of people, which is more towards ‘defying than complying’ with law. Are the persons at the helm of affairs of the corporation not aware of the penal provisions of the Companies Act, for not filing statutory returns, annual returns and the Balance Sheets? They can be prosecuted besides levy of personal penalties on the persons incharge of the affairs. There are certain more compliances to be made by the State Government company. Or they may be thinking that they are immune from prosecution and penalties,” the Bench cautioned. Astonished by the state of affairs of a Government Corporation, the Court has taken up the task to see if there are any more such Government companies in Jammu & Kashmir that may be “just on papers” and “a drain on the public exchequer”. It has sought for information about all the Government companies in a tabular form, so as to ensure that public money is not misused. The Court has also asked the authorities to scrap the tender in question and issue a fresh one, specifying in details the facilities available or the time period during which the same will be available to the prospective bidders. Case Title: M/s Hotel Jammu Premier Pvt. Ltd v. State of J&K & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more