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Bishop Elections Rector Washington, DC Tags An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls 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 By diocesan staffPosted Feb 10, 2014 Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service East Carolina diocese announces 4 nominees for bishop Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of East Carolina announced its slate of nominees for election as bishop. The announcement was made as the final piece of business during the 131st Convention of the diocese on Feb. 8, meeting in New Bern, North Carolina.The nominees are:The Rev. Mary Cecilia (Mimi) Lacy, rector, St. Timothy’s Church, Greenville, North Carolina;The Rev. Canon David Pfaff, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin;The Rev. Robert Skirving, rector, St. John’s Church, Midland, Michigan; andThe Rev. Stephen Smith, rector, St. Patrick’s Church, Dublin, Ohio.More information about each of the nominees is available here.A petition process for submitting additional names opened on Feb. 8 and will close on Feb. 22. Complete information about the petition process and the petition form are available on the website as well.The slate is the result of a 10-month discernment process conducted by the Search Committee, made up of lay and clergy members representing all five deaneries of the diocese. The Search Committee was established and charged by the Standing Committee. With the announcement of the slate, a Transition Committee, also reporting to the Standing Committee and comprising lay and clergy members from across the diocese, implements the next stages of the election process.The nominees will tour the diocese and participate in question-and-answer sessions April 28-May 2, giving the people of the diocese an opportunity to meet and learn more about the nominees. Visit http://eastcarolinabishopsearch.com/about/process.html for locations and times.The election will take place on Saturday, May 17 at Christ Church, New Bern, North Carolina. All canonically resident clergy of the diocese and lay delegates vote separately as “orders”; a majority of votes on the same ballot from both the clergy and lay orders is required for election.Pending consent from a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan bishops and a majority of dioceses (via their Standing Committees), the consecration and ordination of the bishop-elect is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Rock Springs Center in Greenville, North Carolina, with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori presiding.The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel served as the 7th bishop from 1997 until his resignation in February 2013 to become the bishop provisional of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. The Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee was elected bishop provisional in March 2013 and will serve until the consecration of the 8th bishop. The Diocese of East Carolina is composed of nearly 70 parishes in 32 counties and covers the area from I-95 to the coast and from Southport up to Gatesville. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874029/3shoebox-house-ofis-architects Clipboard Project Team:Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Jamie Lee, Lorenzo Conti, Maja Vecerina, Sam Eadington, Alexandra Volkov, Aliaksandra Dalmatava, Anastasia Barasheva, Chiara Girolami, Darko Ivanovski, Elisa Ribilotta, Łukasz Czech, José Navarrete Jiménez, Mariangela FabbriStructural Engineering:ProjectaMechanical Engineering:Vavtar engineeringElectrical Engineering:EuroluxLighting Design:Arcadia lightwearContractor:PermizCity:LjubljanaCountry:SloveniaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tomaz GregoricText description provided by the architects. The Villa is located in Trnovo within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is renovation of a small existing house dating from 1934. Old house was designed by architect Emil Navinsek, known for inovation space concepts of a school non-corridor plan. He designed the house next to his residence for his two unmarried eldery sisters who lived together in a small surface of only 50m2 per floor. The street where the house is situated was mostly built in the 60s and 70s with typical one family residential houses made in combination of white plaster render and dark wood cladding.Save this picture!© Tomaz GregoricThe extension is creating different intersection between old and new part on each floor … is composed of 3 cube volumes, each in a proportion of a shoe-box like existing house floorplan. Boxes are stacked with 90 degrees shifts creating overhangs and terraces. The volumes are claded in dark wood – spruce vertical lattice – in the context of the street architecture. The structure is combination of a concrete base, metal frames and wooden substructure. Interior of the new part is formed mostly by wall cladding creating integrated wardrobes and walls.Save this picture!Existing house plansSave this picture!© Tomaz GregoricSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Tomaz GregoricThe old house is simply renovated keeping all the existing textures and materials. Interior of an old house and new extension are connected in different ways – new extension perforates through the old walls creating associated facilities: groundfloor as a living area, first floor with kids rooms and guest room, top floor with master bedroom and living.Save this picture!Section B-BThe heart of the house – intersection of volumes and connector of old and new is a staircase attached to a main vertical concrete wall. Inspired by Adolf Loos interiors forms elevated podiums, niches, wardrobes, small sitting areas and is partly extended into small spaces in the existing part of the house creating private living areas on each floor.Save this picture!© Tomaz GregoricProject gallerySee allShow lessJackson Hole House / McLean QuinlanSelected ProjectsMulti-Sport Pavilion and Classroom Complex / Alberto Campo BaezaSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Slovenia 3SHOEBOX House / OFIS Architects Houses “COPY” Save this picture!© Tomaz Gregoric+ 46Curated by Fernanda Castro Share 3SHOEBOX House / OFIS ArchitectsSave this projectSave3SHOEBOX House / OFIS Architects Manufacturers: REFLEX d.o.o, Arcadia Custom, Marles Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses, Renovation•Ljubljana, Slovenia Area: 228 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: Architects: OFIS Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs “COPY” 2017 CopyAbout this officeOFIS ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationLjubljanaIcebergSloveniaPublished on December 06, 2020Cite: “3SHOEBOX House / OFIS Architects” 06 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 April 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Dormant Accounts Fund calls for applications Tagged with: Ireland The roll out of funding will be co-ordinated by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs which is the lead Department in the implementation of the 2006 Dormant Accounts Funding Programme. Unlike the 2003 / 2004 call for applications Categories A, B and C will not be announced at the same time. This latest funding round is intended to provide interventions and supports for community based services to assist older people to continue living in their own homes and in the community. The funding will be directed at locally based community and voluntary groups.The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Health and Children will be responsible for handling the applications. Application forms can be obtained on 01 2400700. The deadline is 2nd June. The Dormant Accounts Fund was established from money that was languishing in Irish bank accounts for many years and has already distributed ‚€30 million. Up to ‚€3 million is being made available from the Dormant Accounts Fund in Ireland under the Economic and Social Disadvantage Category for projects supporting community based services for older people. This funding is part of ‚€60 million allocated for 2006 from the Fund. An allocation of ‚€60 million has been approved for the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2006. The breakdown of this figure under the various categories is as follows: A. Economic & Social Disadvantage 40% or ‚€24 million B. Educational Disadvantage 30% or ‚€18 million C. Persons with a Disability 30% or ‚€18 million Advertisement
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La ubicación de la próxima cumbre de la OTAN es en sí misma una provocación contra Rusia. Los líderes de la OTAN se reunirán el 8 y 9 de julio en Varsovia-Polonia, a menos de 200 millas de la provincia rusa de Kaliningrado.La reunión ocurre tras maniobras militares de la OTAN bajo el mando de EUA que amenazan a Rusia. El 5 de junio, un ejercicio de mar llamado Baltops 16 comenzó en el Mar Báltico con 6.100 soldados, 45 barcos y 60 aviones de combate de 17 países, mientras bombarderos volaban hacia las fronteras de Rusia. Un ejercicio militar del 7-16 de junio llamado Anaconda 16 trasladó 31.000 soldados y miles de vehículos, incluyendo tanques, de 19 miembros de la OTAN y otros seis estados, a través de territorio polaco.Se espera que la cumbre de Varsovia acuerde la colocación de miles de tropas y equipo pesado en Polonia y los estados bálticos – Estonia, Letonia y Lituania – en o cerca de las fronteras rusas.Esto acontece cuando 51 funcionarios del Departamento de Estado pidieron al gobierno EUA emprender acción militar contra Siria – lo que significa atacar su aliado, Rusia. Tomados estos puntos en conjunto, apuntan al aumento de la agresión militar EUA y peligro de guerra.Estrategia de EUA/OTAN: 1949-1989La OTAN siempre ha sido una herramienta de la política imperialista estadounidense. En 1949, Washington fundó la OTAN para evitar las revoluciones obreras en Europa Occidental – devastada por la guerra – y para enfrentarse a la Unión Soviética y sus aliados en Europa del Este. Es sólo más tarde que la URSS establece el pacto de Varsovia con sus aliados.En 1990, durante negociaciones entre los líderes de EUA y la URSS, Washington se comprometió a no mover la OTAN hacia el este. Un artículo publicado en la revista alemana Der Spiegel el 26 de noviembre de 2009, dejó en claro que durante estas negociaciones “no había duda de que Occidente hizo todo lo posible para dar a los soviéticos la impresión de que la membresía a la OTAN estaba fuera de cuestión para países como Polonia, Hungría o Checoslovaquia”. (tinyurl.com/nvm476v)Ahora estos antiguos miembros del Pacto de Varsovia y otros que habían formado parte de la Unión Soviética no sólo son estados capitalistas, sino que han sido envueltos en una alianza militar contra Rusia.Nuevo papel de la OTAN: policía mundialLa desintegración inminente de la URSS en 1991 y la disolución del Pacto de Varsovia terminó el propósito declarado de la OTAN.Pero desde 1991, lejos de disolver la OTAN, Washington amplió el pacto militar, siempre bajo su mando. Los EUA anunció en un documento de estrategia militar publicado por el New York Times en 1991, que utilizaría la OTAN para mantener la misma hegemonía en Europa como lo haría en todo el mundo.Incluso los aliados imperialistas de Washington como Bretaña, Francia y Alemania estarían impedidos de anteponer sus propios intereses frente a los del imperialismo EUA. Los EUA volvió la OTAN en una especie de fuerza policial para la intervención militar imperialista – y no sólo en Europa. Bajo el mando de EUA, la OTAN se ha convertido en una fuerza de intervención en todo el mundo al servicio de los monopolios transnacionales que explotan el trabajo y los recursos del mundo.La primera agresión real EUA-OTAN destruyó Yugoslavia. Intervenciones militares de la OTAN lideradas por EUA siguieron: Afganistán en Asia Central, Irak en el oeste de Asia después de la invasión EUA-Bretaña de 2003, y Libia en el norte de África.La OTAN no sólo defiende los intereses imperialistas. Durante los últimos 25 años ha intentado reconquistar las zonas del mundo que habían ganado algo de independencia del imperialismo durante la existencia de la Unión Soviética. Ahora Rusia, el único país con suficientes armas nucleares para hacer frente a EUA, es el blanco de provocaciones de guerra EUA-OTAN.Cumbre despierta oposiciónLos ejercicios de Anaconda 16 trasladaron efectivos de la OTAN cerca de la provincia rusa de Kaliningrado. Fue la primera vez que tanques alemanes se han movido hacia el este a través de Polonia desde el ataque de la Alemania nazi a la Unión Soviética en julio de 1941.No sólo las grandes potencias de la OTAN participaron en Anaconda 16. Lo mismo hicieron Suecia – no es oficialmente parte de la OTAN – y Finlandia. Antes de 1989, Finlandia fue siempre un estado neutro entre la URSS y Occidente. Este nuevo paso añade otro país fronterizo contra Rusia.Incluso muchos funcionarios de Europa Occidental reconocen los peligros de un ejercicio tan provocador de guerra. El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores alemán, Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticó los ejercicios, que califica de “ruido de sables”, y habló de una mayor cooperación con Rusia. (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18 de junio)El Consejo Mundial de la Paz y otros grupos han convocado manifestaciones en todo el mundo el 9 de julio en oposición a los planes de guerra de la cumbre OTAN. Manifestaciones y una cumbre contra la guerra se planifican en la misma Varsovia.En EUA, la Coalición Nacional Contra la Guerra, que envía un representante a la protesta de Varsovia, así como el Consejo de Paz EUA, Veteranos por la Paz, el Centro de Acción Internacional y otras organizaciones han convocado una concentración en la ciudad de Nueva York el 9 de julio a las 2 pm en el Centro de Reclutamiento del ejército en Times Square. (Para obtener más información, consulte unacpeace.org.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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WhatsApp Fran Rice, a former longtime Odessan, recently celebrated her 104th birthday. (Courtesy Photo) By Anita ReedSpecial to the Odessa AmericanWhen Fran Rice was born on April 27, 1917, between Sherman and Denison in Grayson County, Texas, Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I had seen more than two and a half years of conflict, and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was poised to sweep across the continents.In April, Fran celebrated her 104th birthday, she enjoys talking about her childhood years, passionately discusses presidents and politics, and is keenly informed on the current pandemic that threatened to cancel her 103rd birthday party.Texas to Kansas Fran, only recently a Kansan, lived the first 103 years of her life in either Oklahoma or Texas, owning the same home in Odessa, Texas, for 73 years. Last year, for her 103rd birthday, her friends put together a drive-by birthday party where youngsters handed out napkins and cupcakes, and police, sheriff, and fire department escorts “with sirens going” joined in the festivities. The drive-by was planned by Teresa Ford Shepard, a dear friend from church.Fran’s hair stylist and close friend, Leti Martinez, joined in, and Fran’s daughter Shirley Pokorny provided the cupcakes and helped coordinate the birthday fun. Fran sat outside in her yard and savored every minute of her celebration.“I kind of thought they had something planned, but I just couldn’t imagine what…with things the way they were with the pandemic and all… I thought maybe something in the yard.”The memory of that day and the surprise drive-by still brings a smile. Teresa describes how Fran’s parade of friends made signs for their cars and drove by in a long train of well-wishers. “We were honking and happy birthday-ing and hollering.”They parked in an empty lot across from Fran’s house, got out of their cars, and sang to her on that April day in 2020. And now, a year has passed — a year that brought heartache as Fran’s daughter Shirley died in September of 2020.Shirley’s husband John had died just two months prior. With no family nearby in Odessa and the macular degeneration eye problems that caused her to give up driving worsening, Fran decided to accept the invitation from her son Dave (she calls him David) and daughter-in-law Jeri Rice of Liberal to come and live with them.She now proudly shows off her bedroom which Jeri decorated for her at her new home in Liberal, and the desk Fran brought into the decor, and the family photos that grace the walls. Family is important to Fran. “I’m the 8th of 13 children,” she says, with eyes wide and sparkling just waiting for the expected reaction.She then names off the siblings along with birth years to emphasize her point, naturally including the birthdate of a certain Frances Anne Taylor on April 27, 1917. She was the 8th born, but two baby brothers born before she was didn’t live.In addition to the 13 children born to her parents, she has five younger half brothers and sisters. She went on to have two children, and now her progeny includes seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren, and she doesn’t miss a beat sharing their names and stories about them.Of course, from such a large family, a host of nieces and nephews grace the family circle. Fran recalls family reunions with more than 100 in attendance. Her two children, Shirley and David Rice, were born in 1939 and 1940, respectively, to her and her husband Alvin. Alvin Alvin came into Fran’s life by literally walking through a door in Colbert, Okla.“We went to a lady’s house on the pretext of playing dominoes — 42,” she smiles slyly. “Well, nobody brought the dominoes, but everybody brought their fiddles and guitars.”Fran could chord, so she latched onto a guitar and was playing when “Alvin Rice walked up to that door.” When Fran saw him, she said, out loud: “Ooh, that ol’ boy don’t know it, but he’s mine.” She had attended the “domino” party with her sister Mayhew and Mayhew’s boyfriend George.Fran would go along with them on their dates to get out of the house where Fran and Mayhew were living with their sister Richie.After that night, Fran told them, “I’m not going unless I have a date.” George asked her who she wanted to date. “Well, that Alvin Rice would be all right for a starter!”In April of that year, Mayhew and George married. In July they were standing up as the only witnesses when Fran and Alvin got married at a preacher’s house in Durant, Okla. The honeymoon was unique. They left the preacher’s house and went to a hamburger place. Then, all four packed in the seat of Alvin’s flatbed truck, took their food and drove to an overpass on the railroad tracks between Colbert and Durant where they stopped and ate their hamburgers. George and Mayhew dropped the newlyweds off at a little motel between Colbert and Calera, Okla., and took the truck to Alvin’s mother’s house so no one would know where they were. With that many brothers and sisters, who knows who might have thought it was funny to show up there.That wedding day in July 1938 started a marriage that lasted for 63 years and 11 months. Fran lost “that ol’ boy” that sparked her love at first sight when, sadly, his death parted them on the 10th of June in 2002.Fran’s many talents have shone to those around her. Not only was she a wife and mother and active member in her church, but Fran also made beautiful quilts, painted pictures, sewed, knitted, cooked, and had a distinctive career at Sears Roebuck for 18 years. She started in the men’s department when she helped lay out the Odessa store, putting merchandise on the shelves, for its opening in 1954. That got her a job that spanned 18 years, from Odessa to Dallas and back again, from the men’s department to Piece Good Department Division Manager selling patterns, fabrics, and sewing supplies, and to the ready-to-wear department.She also finds some politicians useless and got somewhat of a reputation as a writer of letters to Barack Obama and letters to the editor of the Odessa American when Obama was president. Fran is a lifelong, dedicated Republican. In fact, when asked what she would wish for this year when she blows out the candles on her birthday cake, she replied, without hesitation, “That we could elect another Republican president.”This year, Jeri and Dave highlighted Fran’s birthday at a family affair with the appropriate theme of “104 and still glowing,” Fran cherishes her memories that span the past century, but she’s all about moving forward and making new memories with family and friends. Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Bill is a loser for the people of TexasNext articleMOSC 59th season opens Sept. 9 OA Life WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Local News TAGS104th birthdayAnita ReedFran RiceLetter to the editorOdessa By OA Life – May 2, 2021 Facebook Twitter Former longtime Odessan celebrates 104 years Rice was a prolific writer of letters to the editor Pinterest
News UpdatesBombay HC Refuses ‘Force Majeure’ Exemption To Steel Importers; Says Steel Declared As ‘Essential Service’ During Lockdown [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap10 April 2020 10:11 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant ‘Force Majeure’ exemption to a set of steel importers, who had sought to restrain the encashment of their Letter of Credits by Korea-based exporters.The companies had approached the High Court under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, stating that the lockdown had rendered the performance of contract impossible….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant ‘Force Majeure’ exemption to a set of steel importers, who had sought to restrain the encashment of their Letter of Credits by Korea-based exporters.The companies had approached the High Court under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, stating that the lockdown had rendered the performance of contract impossible. Petitioner companies – Standard Retail Pvt Ltd, Integral Industries Pvt Ltd, Vinayaga Marine Petro Ltd and Hariyana International Pvt Ltd – invoked the Force Majeure clause in their contract with Hyundai Corp and GS Global seeking directions restraining the respondent bank Wells Fargo from encashing letters of credit.Petitioners contended that contracts with Hyundai Corp and GS Global stood terminated as unenforceable on account of “frustration, impossibility and impracticability”. They relied upon Section 56 of the Indian Contract Act, 1972 and Supreme Court’s judgment in Energy Watchdog Vs CERC (2017) and Satyabrata Ghose Vs Mugneeram Bangure & Co. (1954).Firstly, the Court noted that the Letters of Credit are an independent transaction with the Bank and the Bank is not concerned with underlying disputes between the buyers and sellers.Notably, Justice A A Sayed also observed that the lockdown guidelines indicated that the distribution of steel has been declared as an essential service.”The Notifications/Advisories relied upon by the learned Senior Counsel for the Respondent No. 1 does suggest that the distribution of steel has been declared as an essential service. There are no restrictions on its movement and all ports and port related activities including the movement of vehicles and manpower, operations of Container Freight Station and warehouses and offices of Custom Houses Agents have also been declared as essential services. The Notification of the Director General of Shipping, Mumbai, states that there would be no container detention charges on import and export shipments during the lockdown period”. Furthermore, Court said – “In any event, the lockdown would be for a limited period and the lockdown cannot come to the rescue of the Petitioners so as to resile from its contractual obligations with the Respondent No. 1 of making payments.”Justice AA Sayed observed that the Force Majeure clause in the present contracts is applicable only to exporters and cannot come to the aid of the Petitioners.’Force Majeure’, ‘Act Of God’ & ‘Doctrine Of Frustration’ Under Indian Contract Act [Explainer] The bench further said : “Moreover,the contract terms are on Cost and Freight basis (CFR) and the Respondent No. 1 has complied with its obligations and performed its part of the contracts and the goods have been already shipped from South Korea. The fact that the Petitioners would not be able to perform its obligations so far as its own purchasers are concerned and/or it would suffer damages, is not a factor which can be considered and held against the Respondent No. 1.” Thus ad-interim reliefs were rejected.Senior Advocate Vineet Naik instructed by Tuli Tuli & Co. appeared for GS Global, Ameya Gokhale along with Veena Sivaramakrishnan and Vaibhav Singh instructed by Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. for Hyundai Corp. Whereas Advocate SB Deshmukh along with Uttam Rane appeared for the petitioners.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
Top StoriesSC Bars Contempt Actions Against EPFO For Implementation Of Employees Pension Proportional To Salary LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 March 2021 2:10 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has barred all courts from taking up contempt petitions against the Employees Provident Fund Organization(EPFO) and the Central Government seeking the implementation of judgments which held that employees pension cannot be capped at Rs 15,000 and that the same should be proportional to the last drawn salary.A bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph passed this…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has barred all courts from taking up contempt petitions against the Employees Provident Fund Organization(EPFO) and the Central Government seeking the implementation of judgments which held that employees pension cannot be capped at Rs 15,000 and that the same should be proportional to the last drawn salary.A bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph passed this order while deciding to hear the review petitions on the pensions case from March 23 on a day-to-day basis. The bench also categorically said that no adjournments will be given.”Pending further consideration, no contempt application seeking implementation of any of the orders passed in the aforesaid four categories of matters, shall be taken up by any Court”, the order said.Among the four categories of cases mentioned in the order are the judgments of the High Courts of Kerala, Rajasthan and Delhi which had set aside Employee’s Pension (Amendment) Scheme, 2014 that capped maximum pensionable salary to Rs.15, 000 per month. It also includes the apex court’s April 2019 judgment, which ordered that subscribers of the Employee Pension Scheme or EPS be given the full pension as calculated by their last drawn salaries, irrespective of the ceiling.In April 2019, the Supreme Court had upheld the Kerala High Court judgment by dismissing the special leave petition filed by EPFO in limine. Recently, on January 29, 2021, while considering a review petition filed by the EPFO, the Supreme Court recalled its April 2019 order which had dismissed the SLP against the Kerala High Court judgment.When these review petitions were taken up last week, the Centre brought to the notice of the Court an order dated 21.12.2020 passed by another Division Bench of the High Court of Kerala by which the correctness of the earlier decision dated 12.10.2018 was doubted and the matter was referred to Full Bench of the High Court. It was submitted that the effect of impugned order of the High Court is that the benefit would get conferred upon employees retrospectively which, in turn, would create great imbalance. The 2014 amendment had brought these changes in the pension scheme :(i) Limits the maximum pensionable salary to Rs.15,000 per month. Prior to the amendment, though the maximum pensionable salary was only Rs.6,500 per month, the proviso to the said paragraph permitted an employee to be paid pension on the basis of the actual salary drawn by him provided, contribution was remitted by him on the basis of the actual salary drawn by him preceded by a joint request made for such purpose jointly with his employer. The said proviso has been omitted by the amendment thereby capping the maximum pensionable salary at Rs.15,000. The Scheme has been amended further by a subsequent notification, the Employee’s Pension (Fifth Amendment) Scheme, 2016 to provide that the pensionable salary for the existing members who prefer a fresh option, shall be based on the higher salary. (ii) Confers an option on the existing members as on 1.9.2014 to submit a fresh option jointly with their employer to continue to contribute on salary exceeding Rs.15,000 per month. Upon such an option, the employee would have to make a further contribution at the rate of 1.16% on the salary exceeding Rs.15,000/-, additionally. Such a fresh option would have to be exercised within a period of six months from 1.9.2014. A power to condone the omission to exercise the fresh option within the said period of six months by a further period of six months is conferred on the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner. If no such option is made, the contribution already made in excess of the wage ceiling limit would be diverted to the Provident Fund Account, along with interest. (iii) Provides that monthly pension shall be determined on pro-rata basis for pensionable service up to 1st of September, 2014 at the maximum pensionable salary of Rs.6,500 and for the period thereafter at the maximum pensionable salary of Rs.15,000 per month. (iv) Provides for withdrawal of the benefits where a member has not rendered the eligible service as required. Defending these amendments, the EPFO had contended before the Kerala High Court that, payment of pension computed on the basis of the contributions made on their actual salaries by the employees would deplete the Pension Fund and would make the Scheme unworkable. The High Court rejected this contention and also found that the provision capping the maximum pensionable salary at Rs.15,000/- thereby disentitling the persons who have contributed on the basis of their actual salaries to any benefits on the basis of the excess contributions made by them, is arbitrary and unsustainable. Click here to read/download the orderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story