I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address See all posts by T Sligo T Sligo has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Netflix. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares T Sligo | Saturday, 13th June, 2020 | More on: CINE Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Cineworld’s share price is down 65%! Here’s what I’d do now Following the coronavirus lockdown measures that have been implemented, it is no surprise that Cineworld’s (LSE: CINE) share price has dropped by 65% in the year to date. Like restaurants and bars, cinemas have also been closed for several months.Even though its stock price has spiralled, the company is now showing signs of a slight recovery. In the past month, with lockdown measures being gently eased, Cineworld’s share price has rebounded by about 13%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Fellow-Fool Alan Oscroft notes that before the crash, the Cineworld share price was trading at a price-to-earnings multiple of roughly 35. Now, after the huge depreciation of its market value, the P/E ratio is just 5. This could get value investors excited. But I think it pays to dig a little bit deeper.Curtains closing?There are problems at Cineworld. When lockdown measures were implemented, the company closed the 787 sites it operates around the world. When things turn back to normal, it is tempting to imagine that admissions will return to pre-coronavirus levels. But there are other issues for Cineworld.Firstly, the business has a pile of debt. At the end of 2019, its bank debt was $3.5bn. People interested in the Cineworld share price should note that this is about 10 times the company’s after-tax profit for 2019. In my view, the business needs to pay down its debt urgently. While its cinemas are sitting empty, I imagine the only feasible way to reduce the sum is by way of a refinancing arrangement. Another threat to the future of Cineworld is the rise of online streaming services. Businesses like Netflix are doing a great job of keeping previous cinema-goers entertained at home. In the past, there has been an argument that people will continue to use cinemas because it offers a different experience to streaming on your television at home. However, I think the coronavirus might have changed customers mindsets. Will people sacrifice the experience of seeing a film on a big screen in favour of the safety and comfort of their living rooms?Both of these issues cause me concern over the future of the Cineworld share price.What next for the Cineworld share price?As things stand, I believe that Cineworld offers no margin of safety for its investors. It is operating in an industry that is riddled with competitors and disruptors. In addition to these concerns, the company is sitting on a pile of debt. Both of these threats could seriously damage Cineworld’s share price. The lockdown measures that have been implemented around the world might have acted as a catalyst for a company that was already in trouble. The market seems nervous about Cineworld, and I share these thoughts.At the moment, I would not buy Cineworld shares. For long-term investors, I feel there are much better opportunities elsewhere to buy undervalued shares in today’s market.
Image source: Getty Images. The Lloyds Bank (LSE: LLOY) share price has made gains in the past month. This marks a break from the share’s dismal performance this year. The Lloyds share price has been mired in an unsupportive environment that includes a poor economy, low interest rates, the possibility of negative interest rates, and Brexit uncertainty. The latest price rise is a bit of a relief.Lloyds’ share price future is uncertainBut since we aren’t out of the woods yet, I doubt if the recent recovery in Lloyds share price can be sustained. Institutional investors, for instance, are losing confidence in the stock, which says something about its prospects. Hedge fund Marshall Wace shorted the stock in September according to an IG report. I think times are particularly tough for FTSE 100 banking stocks, making them underperformers at the stock market. But other finance companies, like asset managers, have been able to distinguish themselves the year. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Asset managers perform betterOne of them is Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT), whose share price is at all-time high right now. According to SMT’s own assessment, its share price rose by 86% in the one year up to 31 August this year. Its popularity and performance is tied to its investments in the coveted Tesla stock. Essentially, buying shares in SMT gives the investors a piece of Tesla, along with other global companies that have seen fast growth, like Alibaba and Netflix. I think SMT’s performance is particularly notable considering that more than 46% of its portfolio is in the consumer cyclicals’ sector, according to the Financial Times’ classification. And broadly speak, this hasn’t exactly been the year of cyclicals. They are always dragged down when consumer spending is at a low. But, with recovery expected in 2021, cyclicals should perform better, and relatedly, so should SMT. I think this is a stock to consider, despite its huge run-up in 2020. FTSE 100 entrant to noteAnother is the Intermediate Capital Group (LSE: ICP), a private equity fund and other financial solutions provider, that got bumped up to the list of FTSE 100 companies this year. Unlike SMT, ICP hasn’t yet put the stock market crash behind it. But, its stock price has risen. In fact, since the time I first wrote about it at the end of March, its share price is up almost 55%. Now, we at the Motley Fool encourage investors to buy shares and hold them for at least a few years. But gains in relatively short time-periods are important to indicate if we are on the right path, or not. So far, it would appear that investing in ICP would have been a good decision at the time. Its last update, released in July, was optimistic about the company’s prospects as well. It also pays a dividend, which is an additional plus to the robust growth stock. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 | More on: ICP LLOY SMT “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UPDATING A BREAKING NEWS STORYRuth Charlene Davis waited a long time for closure. She wondered if it would ever come. The sister of Sean Davis, the shooting victim at the Errol Villas back in November, is now one step closer. Yesterday she received the call from an officer of the Joint Homicide Investigation Team (JHIT) and was told that Paul Neff, her brother’s shooter, had been arrested.“I was shocked,” said Davis. “I really thought he was in the wind. I know he had to be out of that condo in December and I thought they lost him. A weight has been taken off of me and my entire family.”Neff remains in the Orange County Jail with no bond following his First Appearance in Circuit Court this morning.An arrest warrant was issued for Neff on Tuesday for First Degree Murder. He was taken into custody in Winter Park yesterday and booked into the Orange County Jail.On November 5th, 2015 Apopka Police responded to the 911 call from the condominium on Villa Lane for a fatal shooting. Neff called 911 after he shot Davis, alleging he shot him in self-defense. Neff and Davis had lived in the rented condo for only a few months and were scheduled to move out before the Canadian owner traveled south for the winter. Neff moved out and left Apopka in December.According to Davis’ sister, he and Neff met in Jacksonville in 2013. TAGSApopka Police DepartmentJoint Homicide Investigation TeamPaul NeffSean Davis Previous articleFoliage Garden Club Announces Annual Fundraiser Fashion ShowNext articleBreaking News: Overnight shooting in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Area: 346 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ENGEL House / CMC architects Czech Republic 2017 ArchDaily Photographs Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882863/engel-house-cmc-architects Clipboard ENGEL House / CMC architectsSave this projectSaveENGEL House / CMC architects CopyHouses•Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Architects: CMC architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882863/engel-house-cmc-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© BoysPlayNice+ 41 Share Photographs: BoysPlayNice Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Projects Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, RHEINZINK, Reynaers Aluminium, Ares, Boen, Corian® Design, Corten, Delta Light, Hormann, NATUZZI, Ragno, Stiebel Eltron, ABB, Atika, Bomma, CRW, Duke, HoxterProject Architect:Jan HrebicekCollaborators:Dan Simpach, Gabriela SekyrovaInteriors:ALNUSAuthors:Vit Maslo, David Richard ChisholmCity:Karlovy VaryCountry:Czech RepublicMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodEGGERLaminatesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEADoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaLocationIn a small community in the Western region of the Czech Republic, not far from the spa town of Karlovy Vary, this villa was designed as a recreational house for an accomplished man, his family and friends. The architect’s intention was essentially to assimilate the romantic context of this small village, posited just under the massive cliffs and ruins of a Gothic castle, where the town originated. Andelska Hora (originally in German Engelsburg), belongs to a protected area of the country, and sits above 600 meters in altitude. The local climate, as one could expect, has dramatic extremes.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceThe concept of this villa evolved from traditional forms of Czech village living typologies, which include ‘saddle’ or A-frame roofs made from wood timber construction. The design brief was of course for a completely modern recreational villa, for both summer and winter seasons. The land plot is 2 163m2 and has ideal South orientation, approached from the North, with fabulous views of the regions ‘waves’ of green hills. The built-up footprint of the villa is 346m2.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceCompositionAfter careful analysis of the site and surroundings, a ‘cross’ configuration was proposed in plan, with double-height massing of the main functional components of the villa. The crossing forms are flat-roofed and one floor in height, containing secondary or support spaces. The orientation is North-East/South-West for the axis of the main body of the villa. The basic planning principle allows for a simple and clear entry court, off the local street, with easy garage access. This resulting ‘L’ shape forms a semi-enclosed space, giving ground-floor orientation and an excellent view to the open countryside.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceDispositionThe main living space is in the South-West end of the double-height volume, which also includes an open gallery to the upper level. The living style is informal, with the kitchen-dining also oriented to the roofed, outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. Separating the living room from the kitchen area is a towering black metal fireplace with glass doors, which is a main feature of the well-proportioned space. The side wings of the ground floor, which form the cross in the plan, have master bedroom, study and service functions. The upper level of the main villa body, with its open gallery to below, has three guest bedrooms and bathrooms.Save this picture!Roof PlanInteriorThe villa brief asked for wood timber construction, made from massive wood beams and panel walls, which ultimately form the ‘wood-living’ concept of the house. The wood panel wall system is left exposed to view, with a light white-toned stain, elegantly contrasting the dark wood floor and wall cladding. The primarily wood interior is contrasted with metals, both finished and unfinished, and features decorative lighting made from Czech crystal. Bathrooms are generous, but simple in design, also with contrasting, large format ceramic tiles in dark brown and beige colors.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!Lower Floor PlanSave this picture!© BoysPlayNiceFacadesThe façade materials were selected so as to fit well into the context and have lasting beauty. The forms and materials concept attempts to assimilate simpler, utilitarian objects and buildings common in the region. The vertical ends of the main villa body are from recycled, charred Spruce wood, and the East-West façades are clad with standing seam, pre-oxidized RHEINZINK. The lower crossing wings are clad with CORTEN, or rusted steel sheets, which give the feeling of workshops or shed-like service buildings supporting the main living spaces.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceGardensGenerally, the landscape is composed of existing trees and new indigenous plants, complimented with low-maintenance, succulent types of bushes and flowers. The swimming pool is oriented South-West, and, like the villa, is warmed with a heat pump system. Terraces have Ipe wood, which ages quite well and has very good durability.Save this picture!© BoysPlayNiceProject gallerySee allShow lessGoogle’s Tilt Brush Transforms Your Room Into A 3D-Modeling WorkshopArchitecture NewsGai-Kodzor Winery / Kleinewelt ArchitektenSelected Projects Share Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officeCMC architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKarlovy VaryCzech RepublicPublished on November 05, 2017Cite: “ENGEL House / CMC architects” 05 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Revamped enrollment process confuses some students TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Twitter Linkedin Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Facebook Photo courtesy of TCU alumni. Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Linkedin Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Flu activity remains high in Texas Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ ReddIt Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printStudents who have completed a minimum of 60 hours are now eligible to order their class ring. Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, rising graduates can meet in the Smith building to get sized and chose their desired style.Photo of ring optionsThe rings come in either silver or gold and are offered in three different sizes; small, medium and large. The seal bears the image of the Horned Frog, the founding date of 1873, and the motto “knowledge is power,” according to the official ring pamphlet. Depending on the the metal quality of the ring, prices range from around $350 to $1,500. Students also have the opportunity to further personalize their rings by adding their graduation year, an inside engraving, or a ring protection plan. Additionally, Jostens, the manufacturer, offers a keepsake box for the ring, which retails for about $55. Jilly Cherry, a senior nursing major, said she had no hesitation in buying a class ring which she purchased last semester.“These last four years were definitely a roller coaster, but this ring will symbolize all the hardships I endured and that they all will pay off,” Cherry said. “I think I will wear this ring every day. When I hopefully become a nurse, it will remind me of all the classes, clinical hours, and labs that I had to take and how all that work finally paid off.”Meg Cahill, also a nursing major, said there was a multitude of reasons why she did not purchase a class ring. “I already have a special ring that I wear on my right hand that I didn’t want to replace with a class ring,” Cahill said. “None of my friends expressed interest in buying a class ring, either. I guess lack of school tradition with the class rings was also a reason I opted out.”Sonia Leal, a 2012 graduate from TCU, said that even though did not purchase a class ring during her time as a student she wishes she did. “At the time, I was so busy with my senior research project and getting everything else gradation related done that was time sensitive, the ring slipped through the cracks,” Leal said. “It wasn’t as high a priority.” Christine Gores, a 2006 graduate of TCU, said she did not buy a ring because she did not believe she would wear it. But now, 11 years later, she regrets that she did not order one.“I didn’t know anyone who purchased and wore their TCU rings,” Gores said. “I saw a Facebook post the other day from TCU about alumni being able to reorder their class ring. I was very excited about this opportunity until I looked up the cost. If I ever get to the place where I have quite a bit of extra discretionary income, I do plan on getting a ring and to wear it on game days.”Sally Crowe, who was working at the Josten’s booth, said she believes there are benefits to buying a class ring. “Students work very hard to complete their degree,” Crowe said. “Purchasing a class ring is a wonderful way to capture the memory of such a great accomplishment.”Approximately 30 percent of students purchase class rings, according to Crowe.Even though TCU may not be as recognized for having strong ring traditions like other schools, such as A&M’s infamous ring dunk, faculty continuously try to initiate pride by having seniors engage in the official ring ceremony. This event, which takes place during family weekend, is when graduates formally receive their rings from the Chancellor.Those who purchase the ring are guaranteed a lifetime limited warranty that includes free resizing, cleaning and refinishing. It also includes a free replacement of broken or chipped simulated stone. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook ReddIt Previous articleTCU Equestrian falls to Texas A&MNext articleHorned Frogs refuse to dwell on past in preparation for Texas Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Grace Amiss
Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns News PolandEurope – Central Asia News PolandEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders, indignant at the imminent jailing of Andrzej Marek, editor of a local weekly, appealed to President Aleksander Kwasniewski to pardon the journalist. May 10, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pardon for newspaper editor sentenced to three months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland Follow the news on Poland RSF_en to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information News January 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Organisation Andrzej Marek, the editor of the local weekly Wiesci Polickie, will not have to serve a three- month prison sentence for libelling a government official. State prosecutor Andrzej Kalwas announced on 10 September that Marek will be pardoned._________________________02.04.2004Journalist has start of prison sentence postponedThe supreme court today refused to suspend execution of journalist AndrzejMarek’s prison sentence for “lack of juridical grounds.” However, the rulingdid not affect the six months’ suspension ordered by the Szczecin court on23 March. The supreme court did not specify a date for when it wouldconsider Marek’s sentence.______A court in north-western Szczecin postponed for six months the start of a three-month prison sentence for defamation against journalist Andrzej Marek at a hearing on 23 March. Lawyer for Marek, editor-in-chief of local weekly, Wiesci Polickie, had appealed on the grounds that the journalist’s wife was undergoing a high risk pregnancy. On 4 March, Reporters Without Borders urged President Aleksander Kwasniewski to pardon the journalist. On 11 March, the ombudsman Andrzej Zoll made an official request for an appeal before the Supreme Court that will examine the case on 2 April. President Kwasniewski, who has told the press that he is inclined to begin the process of issuing a pardon, has chosen however to await this verdict.______________04. 03. 2004Reporters Without Borders appeals for presidential pardon for journalist sentenced to a prison termReporters Without Borders has appealed for a presidential pardon for journalist Andrzej Marek, who has been sentenced to three months in prison for defamation.The editor of local weekly Wiesci Polickie was told on 2 March by a court in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, that he must present himself at the local municipal prison on 23 March to begin serving his sentence.Only a presidential pardon could now save the journalist from having to serve time in jail.Reporters Without Borders, which said it was very indignant about this sentence, called on President Aleksander Kwasniewski to pardon Marek.”This imminent imprisonment is contrary to the recommendations of the United nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who say that prison terms should never be handed down for press offences,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of the organisation.”No-one will understand that Poland, which is not in the habit of violating press freedom, should lock up a journalist for having written an article, even if it was considered defamatory.At a time when all eyes are turned towards the European Union’s new member states, this case will only tarnish the image of your country and will set an extremely dangerous precedent for European journalists.In the name of press freedom in Europe, we call on you, Mr President, to pardon Mr Marek”, the organisation added.Marek was sentenced in November 2002 then, on appeal in November 2003, to a prison sentence that was suspended on condition that he made a public apology to the official who took legal action against him.On 6 February 2004, Judge Marcin Jedrzejewski setenced Marek to three months in prison for having refused to apologise.In an article headlined “Promotion of scheming”, that appeared in February 2001, the journalist said he suspected Piotr Misilo, at the time head of communications for the town of Police and spokesman for the local authority, of using his position to promote the advertising agency that he owned.
Help by sharing this information RSF_en VietnamAsia – Pacific Organisation News News Photo : voatiengviet.com April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News May 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly-detained blogger insisted he was “neither criminal nor reactionary” to go further News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific Public security ministry officials yesterday arrested Truong Duy Nhat, one of Vietnam’s most influential bloggers, at his home in the central city of Da Nang and escorted him by plane to Hanoi.“Nhat’s arrest is particularly disturbing as it shows that the government is bent on persecuting and jailing all dissidents, despite the many calls for the release of five bloggers when their appeals were heard last week,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for Nhat’s immediate and unconditional release and an end to this unjustified persecution.”Nhat was arrested on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms in order to infringe upon the interests of the state, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens” under article 258 of the criminal code.The link to his blog was disabled yesterday and, since then, any attempt to use it causes a malware download.After working for two state-controlled newspapers for 11 years – Bao Cong An Quang Nam Da Nang (Quang Nam Da Nang Police Newspaper) and then Bao Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity Newspaper) – Nhat resigned in 2010 to devote himself to his blog.Entitled “Another point of view,” it covers a range of sensitive subjects and encourages debate. A recent post headlined “The General Secretary and Prime Minister must stand down” called for immediate economic, political and social reforms.On 13 October 2012, Nhat posted an entry entitled “Writing after being investigated by the police three times,” in which he commented on the various interrogation sessions to which he had been subjected.He wrote: “I am neither a criminal nor a reactionary. There is nothing propagandistic or reactionary about the articles I post on ‘Another point of view.’ The police investigations, summonses and interrogations should be targeting reactionaries, anti-patriots and the interest groups gathering in banks, these insects who devour the people.”The entry added: “The handcuff and gun should not be used against bloggers such as Truong Duy Nhat, who sacrifice all their interests to outspoken blogs that are helping to change in the party and the people.”A total of 33 bloggers and netizens are currently detained in Vietnam. On 23 May, an appeal court upheld sentences ranging from four to 13 years in prison for five bloggers – Ho Duc Hoa, Paulus Le Van Son, Nguyen Van Duyet, Thai Van Dung and Tran Minh Nhat.Vietnam is ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang
Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Scores of people in Myanmar’s largest city honked car horns and banged on pots and pans Tuesday in the first known public resistance to the coup led a day earlier by the country’s military. What was initially planned to take place for just a few minutes extended to more than a quarter-hour in several neighborhoods of Yangon. Shouts could be heard wishing detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi good health and calling for freedom. “Beating a drum in Myanmar culture is like we are kicking out the devils,” said one participant who declined to give his name for fear of reprisals. Several pro-democracy groups had asked people to make noise at 8 p.m. to show their opposition to the coup. A senior politician and close confidante of Suu Kyi also urged citizens to defy the military through civil disobedience. Win Htein, a leader of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, spoke Tuesday from a small party office in the capital, Naypyitaw, not far from where hundreds of lawmakers elected in the November vote were detained when the military seized power Monday in a lightning takeover. “The curse of the coup is rooted in our country, and this is the reason why our country still remains poor. I feel sad and upset for our fellow citizens and for their future,” the former political prisoner said. “All the voters who gave their backing to us in the 2020 general election should follow Aung San Suu Kyi’s instructions to carry out civil disobedience,” he said, referring to a note posted Monday on Facebook attributed to her. The military began to lift restrictions Tuesday on the hundreds of members of Parliament who had been confined at a guarded government housing complex, with the new government telling them to go back to their homes, party spokesman Kyi Toe said. He said Suu Kyi was in good health at a separate location where she was being held and would stay there for the time being. His comments couldn’t immediately be confirmed. The coup came as lawmakers gathered in the capital for the opening of a new parliamentary session. The military said the seizure was necessary because the government had not acted on the military’s unsubstantiated claims of fraud in November’s election, in which Suu Kyi’s party won a majority of seats. It claimed the takeover was legal under the constitution. The move was widely condemned abroad. The coup highlights the extent to which the generals ultimately maintained control in Myanmar, despite more than a decade of talk about democratic reforms. Western countries had greeted the move toward democracy enthusiastically, removing sanctions they had in place for years. It comes as Myanmar faces a growing coronavirus outbreak. As of Tuesday, it had over 140,300 confirmed cases, including about 3,100 deaths. The country has just received its first supply of vaccines from India. Win Htein heavily criticized the generals for the impact he said the coup would have on efforts to protect lives. “These people, they are super crazy to do this. They are not courageous,” he said. “The virus still remains, and the people are struggling a lot. Their only priority is power and their personal desire.” As a result, he said, “vaccines will be delayed, the economy will go down and there will be pressure from other countries.” The takeover presents a test for the international community. U.S. President Joe Biden called the military’s actions “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law” and threatened new sanctions. The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday but took no action. Suu Kyi’s party released a statement Tuesday calling for the military to honor the results of the election and release all of those detained — as have the leaders of many other countries. “The commander in chief seizing the power of the nation is against the constitution and it also neglects the sovereign power of people,” the party said. An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV on Monday said Commander in Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing would be in charge of the country for one year. A new Cabinet composed of current and former generals and former advisers to a previous government headed by former Gen. Thein Sein held its first meeting Tuesday. The takeover marked a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who had lived under house arrest for years as she tried to push her country toward democracy and then became its de facto leader after her party won elections in 2015. Suu Kyi had been a fierce critic of the army during her years in detention. But after her shift from democracy icon to politician, she worked with the generals, who despite allowing elections maintained control of key ministries and guaranteed themselves enough seats in Parliament to have veto power over any constitutional changes. The U.N. envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, urged the U.N. Security Council “to collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar.” She said the Security Council’s fundamental role must be “ensuring democracy is expeditiously restored and the country does not fall back into isolation.” Diplomats said that was the key element of a draft statement for the council to release, along with a call for the immediate release of all those detained. 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News Updates’Has Trappings of Ministers’ Office’: Karnataka High Court Declares Parliamentary Secretaries Act As Unconstitutional LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Jan 2021 7:17 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Monday struck down the Karnataka Parliamentary Secretaries Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1963 (as amended in the year 1999) as void ab initio, being ultra vires the Constitution of India. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay S. Okay and Justice SR Krishna Kumar held that the State Legislature of Karnataka had…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 Karnataka High Court on Monday struck down the Karnataka Parliamentary Secretaries Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1963 (as amended in the year 1999) as void ab initio, being ultra vires the Constitution of India. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay S. Okay and Justice SR Krishna Kumar held that the State Legislature of Karnataka had no legislative competence to enact the said legislation. The Petitioners in this case had contended that the State Legislature lacked the legislative competence to make the said Act. It was argued that Entry-39 of list-II of Schedule VII of the Constitution does not empower the State Legislature to frame a Legislation dealing with the powers and privileges of the members of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. Reliance was also placed on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bimolangshu Roy (dead) through Lrs v. State of Assam & Anr., where it was held that the State Legislature had no power to enact the Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004 by deriving support either from Article 194 (3) of the Constitution of India or from the entry-39 of List-II. The Karnataka High Court has also held that it can be seen from the scheme of Article 194 that it does not expressly authorise the State Legislature to create offices such as the one in question. The Court noted that the impugned Act did not deal with the powers, privileges and immunities of the members of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council and the committees of the said Houses. In fact, it was a ploy to delegate the functions and duties in respect of the Legislative matters to the Parliamentary Secretary attached to him. In this context it noted the following functions and duties of a Parliamentary Secretary: He shall brief the concerned Minister on the subjects which involve Legislative matters;He shall assist and advise to execute Legislative duties of the concerned Ministers on the floor of the house so that the business of the house could be done effectively; andHe shall execute the functions and duties entrusted by the concerned Minister, in respect of the Legislative matters. The Court observed that most of the duties and functions of Parliamentary Secretaries are akin to the Legislative duties of a Deputy Minister or a Minister of State without independent charge; and the same cannot be said to be ‘privileges and immunities’ contemplated under Article 194. “It is true that there is no specific provision under the said Act, which specifically lays down that the Parliamentary Secretaries shall be entitled to the status of Hon’ble Ministers or Ministers of State or Deputy Ministers to whom, the Hon’ble Governor administers the oath of office on the advice of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. But, the said Rules show that there is hardly any difference between the role of a Deputy Minister or a Minister of State without independent charge and a Parliamentary Secretary,” it said. The Court further emphasized, “none of the Constitutional provisions referred above empower the State Legislature, even by implication, to enact a law for appointment of the Parliamentary Secretaries. Entry-39, List-II of Schedule-VII of the Constitution deals with the powers and privileges and immunities of the legislators qua Legislature, as held by the Apex Court. There was an argument canvassed on behalf of the State that the said Act confers additional privileges on members of both the Houses. However, on plain reading of the said Act, it seeks to provide for appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries and further seeks to define their powers and duties. The Apex Court has held that the State Legislature has no competence to enact a law providing for appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries. Moreover, the said Act does not confer any privileges on the members of both Houses as legislators qua Legislature.” Reliance was placed on Bimolangshu Roy (supra). Another reason given by the Court for declaring the impugned Act as unconstitutional is as follows: “the office of the Parliamentary Secretaries has trappings of the post of Hon’ble Ministers of State without independent charge or at least Hon’ble Deputy Ministers. The said Act will work as a devise available to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to appoint the members of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council of his choice as parliamentary Secretaries, who cannot be made as Ministers due to constraints of Article 164(1-A). This will completely defeat and nullify the upper ceiling limit imposed by Article 164(1-A) of the Constitution of India on number of Ministers. Hence, even otherwise, the said enactment is ultra vires the constitutional mandate in Article 164(1-A).” Case Title: MB Adinarayana v. State of Karnataka Click Here To Download Judgment Read JudgmentNext Story