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first_imgArchDaily Projects Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction StudioSave this projectSaveCloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio Save this picture!© Mostafa KarbasiBrick has this unique potential to create a dynamic facade while using merely a single material.  The architecture is constantly alive, from both inside and outside. The facade’s colorful texture changes during the day representing different qualities of light and shadow as the inner spaces experience the same.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffIn arranging inner spaces, privacy is still the main goal especially in the entrance where a filtering space is designed to provide easy access to the spaces especially the kitchen. This filtering space is inspired from the vernacular Iranian architecture.Designing niches between the columns provided the opportunity to host mechanical facilities, decorative objects and lighting. The location of the kitchen adjacent to the void, more than getting enough light, provides natural ventilation.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffA ledge is designed in the gap between the brick membrane and the outer edge for placing flower-boxes and providing access to the windows from outside in case of cleaning. Balconies are placed behind the brick facade creating private semi-open spaces to revitalize their function. The plan is divided into geometrically pure forms in order to provide the potential to accept various furniture arrangements.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe design was an attempt to propose a prototype addressing the current issues of residential architecture in its region through bridging between old and new, proving how local materials and patterns can be used in new ways creating an architecture responding to both functional and aesthetic needs.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Blue Planet / 3XNSelected ProjectsOpen Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, IrelandBuilt Projects & MasterplansProject locationAddress:Tehran, Nafisi St, IranLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  1100 m² Area:  1100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Year:  CopyAbout this officeAdmun Design & Construction StudioOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsTehranIranPublished on October 11, 2015Cite: “Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio” 11 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Mostafa Karbasi+ 28 Sharecenter_img photographs:  Mostafa Karbasi, Parham TaghioffPhotographs:  Mostafa Karbasi, Parham TaghioffPresentation Team:Mostafa Karbasi, Niousha GhasemConstruction:Admun Design & Construction StudioProject Management:Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza FazelConstruction Team:Mehdi Mousavi, Javad Shirmohammadi, Mohsen Hosseini, Arash Askari, Mir Ali Shafiei, Ahmad Esmaeel ZadeFacade Structural Consultant:Jalal SalehiMechanical Design:Sassan AlavinejadElectrical Design:Shahrouz JafariArchitect In Charge:Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza FazelDesign Team:Ramtin Haghnazar, Mohsen Fayazbakhsh, Marjan Rafighi, Bita LatifiProject Team:Ali Reza Fazel, Majid Rahmati, Bahareh AhmadniaCity:TehranCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Parham TaghioffRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Fiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. During the last decades Tehran population has grown enormously, as a consequence demand for housing has increased dramatically leading to high land prices. In such conditions every feet of land equals to considerable amount of profit making a change in priorities. In contradiction to the past that the main center of attention was on human’s comfort and needs, unfortunately, making the most profit out of every project has become the number one priority, these days.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe current housing developments tend toward a vertical growth and even though this pattern of housing is economically profitable for the builders and seems to be the only solution to the lack of sufficient land, it is extremely in contrast with Iranian lifestyle originating from their cultural and religious belief.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffA key characteristic of Iranian vernacular residential architecture was providing privacy for the residents which in the past was achieved through an introverted architecture often formed around a central private garden with all the openings oriented to that and the windows were rarely exposed on the outer faces. However, in the contemporary residential architecture windows are opened to the public passage and with the vertical growth of the apartments, privacy has become a lost quality. An evidence of this claim is several balconies in the neighborhood covered by opaque materials blocking view from the opposite buildings.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe design team faced several challenges:1. The structure was constructed by another team before we were commissioned the job.2. The strict building codes in Tehran.The architect’s role was to overcome the mentioned challenges to produce a design that addresses its users’ needs and reconceptualize vernacular precedents to create a unique architecture.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffTo provide maximum privacy yet fulfilling other features such as moderating light, limiting view from outside, organizing chaotic experience of the terraces and decreasing high-traffic neighborhood noise, the solution seemed to be covering the architectural mass in a grid of openings. Brick appeared to be a proper choice since it has always been used as a local building material in Iran meeting environmental needs while creating numerous aesthetically beautiful texturesSave this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe concept for the façade is inspired from the surrounding neighborhood fabric. The brick texture is a reflection of the context’s chaotic skyline and the openings are located considering the pleasant and unpleasant neighborhood views.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffRotating the bricks provided the opportunity to have various degrees of openings and the  rotation angles are precisely adjusted through a dialogue between inside and outside considering sun direction, daylight and level of distraction from the across apartments.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffThe complex form of the façade, limited construction period and economical conditions of the project forced the project team to search for a new construction method for implementing the façade. The appropriate method seemed to be eliminating mortar by punching the bricks.Save this picture!© Parham TaghioffParametric design software facilitated the texture design process. Despite the complex form of the facade the construction process was easily executable by workers through simple instructions prepared by employing a system of coding. Cloaked in Bricks / Admun Design & Construction Studio CopyApartments•Tehran, Iran 2015 Architects: Admun Design & Construction Studio Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Iranlast_img read more

first_imgAnnika Clark Annika Clark is a sophomore journalism major and Spanish minor. She is a member of the TCU Women’s golf team. She enjoys spending her nonexistent free time eating and sleeping. Amazing Vietnam 2017 brings cultural diversity to TCU Annika Clark ReddIt Linkedin + posts Facebook Annika Clark Twitter Linkedin Senseless Acts of Comedy travels for national tournamentcenter_img Christian women’s ministry continues to grow on TCU’s campus Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleFort Worth fashion companies move toward sustainabilityNext articleCDC: Most maternal deaths could be prevented Annika Clark RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printBermuda grass is hardy and doesn’t wither under the blistering Texas heat.But J. Marvin Leonard, a frequent golfer and late Fort Worth retailer, disliked walking the golf course at River Crest Country Club because its Bermuda grass did not play in his advantage. Instead of having his putts run smoothly across the greens, his ball would hop and stop about an inch or so from the hole. Bent grass would do the trick, but no matter how much he complained the country club’s governing board would not budge. So Mr. Marvin, as he was known to friends, decided to take matters into his own hands.J. Marvin Leonard and his daughter Marty. Photo courtesy of Marty Leonard. In 1935, Leonard invited friends and business associates to put up a security deposit of $50 and become members of the only course in Texas with “premiere” greens.About 100 Fort Worth residents called themselves members of the Colonial Golf Club when it opened on Jan. 29, 1936.With the hope of long-term prosperity of the club in mind, Leonard decided it would be best to sell Colonial to its members, leading him to change the club’s name to Colonial Country Club on Dec. 31, 1942.Surviving and thriving in the Texas heatColonial quickly became known for having greens which had once seemed impossible to survive Texas’ grueling heat. The turf quality of bentgrass typically declines in hot and humid regions due to environmental stresses, soil properties, management practices and diseases, according to Leon T. Lucas, Ph. D, an agronomist in the Carolinas Golf Association. Leonard’s daughter, Marty Leonard, said her father was determined to host a prestigious event at his course, so he convinced the United States Golf Association (USGA) to play the U.S. Open at Colonial in 1941, marking the first time the tournament was held south of the Mason-Dixon line.  The PGA followed in 1946. The tournament, which has gone through several different sponsors in recent years, is its longest-running annual event at Colonial. The only pause came in May 1949 when Fort Worth experienced a historic flood, in which 10 people were killed and damages exceeded $11 million. Water stood 10 to 12 feet deep in some locations. May 1949, heavy rains overflowed the Trinity River to flood portions of 7th Street to University Ave. including the Montgomery Ward building (foreground). At least 10 people were killed and 13,000 left homeless. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)“Colonial sits visibly lower than most of the city, which means the water drains directly towards the course, which has caused problems for the course,” Marty Leonard said.She said she vividly remembers walking out to Colonial Country Club with her father and seeing employees hanging from trees to avoid the high water. Holes were rearranged and levees were added along the Trinity River to prevent a situation like this in the future, but the course was not able to host the PGA Tour event again in 1950. Colonial Country Club holds the bragging rights of being the only course that has hosted a U.S. Open, a Player’s Chamionship and an annual PGA Tour event. The hometown advantage Fort Worth native Ben Hogan is perhaps the course’s most legendary player. Hogan, who spent most of his childhood in Fort Worth, shot 65 in the final round of the first tour event in 1946.His win at Colonial was more than simply earning a paycheck. He had won at the course that was created because of the vision of Marvin Leonard, his mentor and friend. Ben Hogan of Palm Springs, Calif., winner of last year’s Colonial National Invitational golf tournament, gets out of the rough on the 6th fairway during the first round of the tournament at Fort Worth, Texas, May 21, 1953. Hogan came in with a 73, three strokes over par. (AP Photo/Carl E. Linde)The pair first met at Glen Garden Country Club in south Fort Worth where Hogan was a caddy. Leonard frequently hired Hogan to caddy when he played, which sparked their relationship. Marty Leonard said the pair were like father and son. When Hogan chose to make a living playing golf, Marvin Leonard sponsored him. Hogan was known for his stoic character and intense work ethic. He won the PGA event at Colonial five times. Because of his accomplishments, the country club is referred to as “Hogan’s Alley.”To this day he is the only person to win back-to-back events at Colonial, which he did twice. His name can be found on the Wall of Champions located on the first tee box.Clara Hogan, mother of Ben Hogan, runs on to the 18th green and hugs her son in 1959 after he won the National Colonial Invitation title for the fifth time. Hogan shot a 69. (AP Photo)A bronze statue of Mr. Hogan greets the members and guests as they enter the gates of Colonial. Located inside the clubhouse is the Ben Hogan Trophy Room, which pays tribute to the golfer’s many achievements. Today, Hogan’s legacy lives on at Colonial for golfers, non-golfers and college students alike. The course is located just under a mile from TCU’s campus, serving as a desirable location for students to work. John Grady, a senior at TCU, worked at Colonial Country Club for over two years in the outside services departments, assisting members and taking care of the golf course.“I learned a lot about the game of golf and it’s integrity while employed at Colonial, as well as everything that goes into hosting a major PGA tournament every year,” Grady said.Changing with the timesColonial Country Club has also opened its doors to women and men collegiate golfers, allowing the TCU women’s and men’s teams to utilize the course and its facilities at practice every week.TCU women’s golf coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin said that practicing at Colonial is a huge recruiting advantage as well as a player development advantage. She said it gives the players opportunities to build lasting relationships with people who have significant influence and resources on and off the golf course.Golfer Annika Sorenstam hits to the 2nd hole at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, May 23, 2003, during the second round of the Colonial golf tournament. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)“With Colonial’s rich history with the PGA Tour, Mr. Ben Hogan, the U.S. Women’s Open, and many other significant events in the world of golf, it is an honor and privilege to say that it is one of our home courses,” Ravaioli-Larkin said.The rich history of Colonial Country Club is still being written as the PGA Tour has continued to host an event there, despite temporary issues with sponsorships.A statue of golfing great Ben Hogan is silhouetted in the sun after the third round of the Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dean & Deluca pulled out if its six-year sponsorship agreement after the 2017 tournament, just two years into their deal.In an attempt to make the 2018 tournament possible, American Airlines, AT&T, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and XTO Energy Inc. joined to contribute $2 million each to sponsor the newly named Fort Worth Invitational.With many questioning if Colonial could find a sponsor in time to keep the longest running PGA event at its original site, the country club made an announcement in April 2018 that stopped all rumors.Charles Schwab will be the new sponsor of the Fort Worth tournament starting in 2019 until 2022. Charles Schwab has a history with the PGA Tour, which is promising for a lengthened life of the tournament being played at Colonial Country Club.The 73rd Charles Schawb Challenge will begin at the Colonial Country Club on May 20 and will last until May 26. Major golfers like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth will play in the tournament. 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first_imgNewsCouncil buys landmark Limerick siteBy Editor – September 16, 2014 1192 The former Cleeve’s factory at Lansdowne that has been purchased by Limerick city and county council.THE €3.5 million purchase of the former Golden Vale site at Lansdowne on the city’s North Circular Road by Limerick city and county council has given a significant boost to the local authority’s 2030 urban renewal plan.Discussions are continuing with various local interests over the future development of the 6.35 acre site known to generations of Limerick people as the Cleeve’s Toffee factory.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Although not part of the development plan launched last year, the local authority have stated that they will give prime consideration to projects with a strong economic base that would form part of the 2030 strategy.The site was purchased from Golden Vale plc. and proposed developments include a multi-purpose conference centre and a diaspora centre. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleNew support group for Limerick women experiencing separationNext articleDeputy State pathologist to examine remains in murder probe Editor RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Email Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus center_img No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement WhatsApp TAGS2030 planCleeve’s toffeeconference centrediaspora centrefeaturedfull-imageGolden ValelimerickLimerick City and County Council Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

first_imgECISD. By admin – May 1, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest The waiting game begins again for Ector County Independent School District after the board of trustees unanimously approved an agreement between the district and Ector Success Academy Network, a nonprofit entity, to operate Ector Middle School starting in the fall.The Texas Education Agency, which shot down ECISD’s last proposal to partner with Texas Tech University College of Education, has 15 days to approve it.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability regulations. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.The district was notified at 4:45 p.m. Friday that its memorandum of understanding with Texas Tech University College of Education would not be sufficient to meet statutory requirements under Senate Bill 1882, which allows these types of partnerships.ECISD is one of six districts that submitted requests to TEA for Senate Bill 1882 benefits for locally developed turnaround partnerships. Other districts seeking approval include Austin ISD; Hearne ISD; San Antonio ISD; Victoria ISD; and Waco ISD.SB 1882 relates to a school district contract to partner with an open-enrollment charter school in good standing or other eligible entity (including institutions of higher education, non-profits or government entities) to operate a district campus.With a midnight deadline, the board spent about 40 minutes in closed session before coming out to approve the agreement with the nonprofit unanimously Monday during a special meeting.Board President Carol Gregg opened the meeting with an explanation of how things got to this point. She said this is the first time this legislation has been implemented and everyone involved, including TEA, had to work through the obstacles.Late Monday, Texas Tech issued a statement regarding last week’s events.“Texas Tech University is unable to move forward with the proposed plans for a partnership with Ector County ISD. We appreciate the work of both sides, but the university is not able to adequately address the detailed requirements of a performance contract at this time,” the statement said.Superintendent Tom Crowe said the district talked to Robert Bleisch, a lecturer and doctoral candidate at Texas Tech College of Education, about the possibility of forming a nonprofit, which he has filed paperwork for. Bleisch presented the concept of Ector College Prep Success Academy in April to a packed house in the Ector Middle School auditorium.Bleisch, who also is director of Safety Net Domain for the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant, said the Texas Tech Turnaround model will be implemented. It is designed to provide academic and behavior support to struggling students. This includes at-risk students, English language learners, special education and intentional non-learners who show excessive misbehavior, office discipline referrals, and in school and out of school suspensions, an executive summary provided by Bleisch said.He said the discipline will be similar to ECISD policy.“We’re coming in with a really strong student piece where discipline is going to be taken care of. It’s going to be a mandatory type thing where kids are going to have to come to school. They’re going to have to behave. They’re going to have to do their homework,” Bleisch said.“That’s something that should not be negotiable. Kids that are two or three years behind should not have the option of not coming to school, so we have some strong systems that we believe will take care of most of it right away. It’s going to be a work in progress. There’s no perfect system out there, so there are a lot of similarities between our system and the one the district uses,” he added.On the curriculum front, Bleisch said he will first listen to people and talk to them about what’s already been done.“We want to come in, meet with the principal, meet with the staff, watch, listen, learn and then kind of tailor our approach based on the needs of that specific campus,” Bleisch said.He has said he hopes to keep the current administration and teachers at Ector.He added that it will be a few months before the nonprofit becomes official, but it’s his understanding that the process can move forward while that’s happening. He said his role with Texas Tech is still under discussion.Bleisch said things like transportation, food service and special education, for example, will flow through ECISD. The district will bill the nonprofit for the services and get reimbursed, he said.Bleisch said the plan is to keep as many of the teachers and administrators as possible at Ector.He said he has had experience with school turnarounds, but not necessarily using this avenue.Expertise from Texas Tech will still be used and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test, will still be the measuring stick, he said.The school will have its own board that will meet monthly or quarterly. Currently they include Superintendent of Cloudcroft Municipal Schools Porter Curtell, Ravi Shakamuri, Ron Leach, Sondra Eoff, all Ector County community members, and Zinab Munoz, adjunct faculty at TechTeach at Texas Tech University.Bleisch said he has worked closely with Curtell in the past and he has worked at alternative and early college high school campuses.Board member Delma Abalos said she would recommend that another Hispanic and an African American be added to the board.Bleisch said he plans to be in Odessa the majority of the time, but he’ll probably commute. He said that hasn’t been figured out yet, but he plans to work hand-in-hand with Principal Charles Quintela.He said the agreement, which takes effect in July, could potentially last 10 years, but if quick success is not achieved they could be out in two years. TEA’s sanctions would be stayed for those two years.“We have a two-year grace period to be able to do this work,” Bleisch said.Crowe said he was pleased that the agreement with the nonprofit being approved, but it’s not a done deal until TEA approves it.“It’s really the same deal as before, it’s just that Tech is not legally responsible or officially involved. But it was his (Bleisch’s) program all along. He’s the one who put it together. He’s the one (who has) done it before, so I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be great for our community,” Crowe said.Quintela said there’s a lot of hard work to come, but there are no options except to move forward with a student-centered, student-driven program.“We’re going to have barriers we’re going to have to knock down in order to get parents and students to think school’s doing what’s best for us, so we’ve got to be on board. If they’re not, we’re going to make believers out of them,” he said.Robert Bleisch, a lecturer and doctoral candidate at Texas Tech College of Education and director of Safety Net Domain for the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant, presents the proposal for Ector Middle School at a special ECISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday in the board room of the administration building.Ruth Campbell|Odessa AmericanMore Information Previous articleWoman arrested on drug charges early TuesdayNext articleShots fired during Andrews police chase involving city vehicle admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Facebook Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Local NewsGovernment TEA has 15 days to approve new proposal for Ector Home Local News Government TEA has 15 days to approve new proposal for Ector Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSummer Spaghetti SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Pinterest Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesTelangana HC Directs Urgent Judicial Training Of Officers Discharging Adjudicatory/Quasi-Judicial Functions Under Revenue, Labour, Tax, Cooperatives, Agency, Land Transfer Laws [Read Order] Mehal Jain25 July 2020 6:52 AMShare This – xThe Telangana High Court has directed the Government to urgently take necessary concrete proactive steps for imparting training to the Officers of various departments, like the Cooperative Department, Revenue Department, Labour Department and Commercial Tax Department etc., who discharge quasi judicial functions to avoid procedural irregularities and for proper dispensation of justice while…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 Telangana High Court has directed the Government to urgently take necessary concrete proactive steps for imparting training to the Officers of various departments, like the Cooperative Department, Revenue Department, Labour Department and Commercial Tax Department etc., who discharge quasi judicial functions to avoid procedural irregularities and for proper dispensation of justice while the disputes are resolved in a manner established by law.Justice K. Lakshman was considering a writ petition of a cooperative bank to quash an order of the Cooperative Tribunal (under the Telangana Cooperative Societies Act) in a case of irregularities and misappropriation committed by certain employees of the bank.The Single Judge noted a number of lapses on the part of the Tribunal in terms of maintainability of the dispute under the Act; exercise of discretion of review, principles of natural justice; adjudication of issues relating to jurisdiction; correction of date of order on the docket, even when the Member was not on the bench on the date, amounting to falsification of court records.Noting that the Administrative Member of the Cooperative Tribunal, who was the Additional Registrar of Cooperative Department, did not follow the procedure established by law, did not maintain the docket properly and no reasons were assigned in orders, the bench observed that the said mistakes/irregularities may be due to lack of proper training and lack of judicial approach. “The assignment entrusted to the learned Member of the 4th respondent Tribunal is an important assignment. She has to maintain the docket, pass orders in I.As. and also pass orders in the main appeals along with the Chairman of the Tribunal”, said the Judge.The bench expressed that it is high time that the Government has to initiate steps to impart proper training to the Members, who are not below the rank of Additional Registrar from the Cooperative Department, as these officials are being appointed as Members of the Cooperative Tribunals. “They are being assigned with the important assignments of discharging the functions on par with a Judicial Officer, which includes maintaining of dockets and passing of orders in interlocutory applications and also hearing of appeals and passing of orders along with the Chairman of the Tribunal”, reflected the bench, adding that though such an important assignment is entrusted to the officials of the Cooperative Department, no training is imparted to them much less judicial training.The bench noted that under the Telangana Cooperative Societies Act, several quasi- judicial functions are entrusted to the officers of the Cooperative Department without giving any training to them. They are passing orders/awards under the provisions of the Act by recording evidence, considering the pleadings of the parties including the judgments cited by the parties, which are important assignments in the Cooperative Department. “The orders passed go a long way to streamline the Co-Operative Societies and have a long time effect upon the co-operative movement, culture and spirit”, remarked the Single Judge.Likewise, the Court noted that similar quasi-judicial functions are also assigned to the officers of the Revenue Department under the Revenue laws, Labour Department officials under various Labour Laws, officials of Tax department under various Tax Laws, the Revenue Divisional Officers working in Scheduled Areas under Agency Laws, Land Transfer Regulations etc. “Appropriate training, sensitization, befitting the functions they discharge as Adjudicating Officers seems to be lacking”, observed the bench.Stating that the Revenue Officials, like Tahsildars, Revenue Divisional Officers and Joint Collectors have been discharging various quasi- judicial functions under Revenue Laws, the bench noted that the said orders are subject to judicial scrutiny by High Courts in judicial review and in many cases, the High Courts also, considering the fact that there are concurrent findings of the said quasi-judicial officers, are dismissing the writ petitions on the ground of concurrent findings. “Thus, the said officials have been discharging important quasi-judicial functions pertain to property rights of citizens”, commented the bench.It appreciated that the Officials of Labour Department have been discharging quasi-judicial functions under various Labour Laws including the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 and Employees Compensation Act, 1923 (formerly known as Workmen’s Compensation Act) etc. They are also recording evidence and passing orders. “An order passed by the Assistant Commissioner of Labour under the provisions of Employees Compensation Act is subject to judicial scrutiny by the High Court in judicial review under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Thus, virtually an order passed by an untrained Officer is being subjected to judicial scrutiny by a High Court Judge. Even for the said officials also, there is no training regarding the basic concepts of adjudicatory process both procedural and content wise”, the Single Judge expressed. Likewise, the court commented that the officials of the Commercial Tax Department have been discharging various quasi-judicial functions and the proceedings which involve complicated questions of law, like limitation, application of principle etc. and also involve huge amounts, and for them also, there is no serious training befitting the important issues they adjudicate.”Under Agency Laws, in Scheduled Areas, the Revenue Divisional Officers concerned have been assigned with suits to be tried and pass decrees which involve complicated questions of law, preparation of dockets and passing of decrees by appreciation of principles etc. Even for them, there is no proper substantial training though they decide the issue of lives of Tribunal Communities”, the judgment points out.The judgment appreciates that the High Courts are appointing Judicial Officers including Junior Civil Judges and District Judges by issuing notification, conducting written tests and oral tests from eligible candidates. After selection, High Courts are imparting training to them in the Judicial Academy on various aspects. There are several programmes to fine tune the adjudicating skills of the serving Judicial Officers, an Academy is established and functioning for the said purpose. Moreover, the National Judicial Academy at Bhopal has been conducting seminars, workshops etc., on various legal topics to even the High Court Judges so as to enable them to be fully appraised of current trends and new legal issues.The bench acknowledged that the Law Commission of India in its 186th Report made certain proposals for appointment of Authorities under Environmental Laws. In the said report, recommendation was made to appoint Authorities who are having requisite knowledge and expertise in the field. It was made clear that training should be given to them. The Law Commission considered various aspects of the inexperience of the quasi-judicial officials, authorities appointed in various institutions including Environmental Authorities.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesBCCI To Run The Management And Administration Of J&K Cricket Association Till Its Elections As Interim Measure: J&K HC Nupur Thapliyal24 March 2021 1:43 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court (Bench at Srinagar) on Tuesday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to run the management, control and administration of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) as an interim measure till a new body of JKCA is elected whereafter the same shall be handed over to the newly elected office bearers of the Association. A division…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 Jammu and Kashmir High Court (Bench at Srinagar) on Tuesday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to run the management, control and administration of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) as an interim measure till a new body of JKCA is elected whereafter the same shall be handed over to the newly elected office bearers of the Association. A division bench comprising of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Puneet Gupta delivered the judgment in a bunch of appeals and petitions challenging the order of the single judge directing that Mr Justice C. K. Prasad, retired Judge of the Supreme Court and Mr Justice Syed Rafat Alam, Chief Justice of M.P. and Allahabad High Courts shall act as Administrators of the J&K Cricket Association to ensure its free and fair elections. Background An initiative was undertaken by the Kashmir Cricket Club in 1957 wherein a Committee headed by one Qazi Ghulam Rasul submitted a report resulting in the framing of JKCA Rules. Thereafter, with the popularity gained by the game of cricket, BCCI was tasked as an Apex Body to control the activities of the game in India, affecting the functioning of many Cricket Associations in India. The genesis of the litigation rests on the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee wherein it was tasked to recommend the wholesome reforms in the administration of game of cricket in India. The said Committee was functioning under the Chairmanship of former Chief Justice of India, Justice RM Lodha. The recommendations were accepted by the Apex Court in the judgment of Board of Control for Cricket in India & Others v. Cricket Association of Bihar & Others; (2016) 8 SCC 535. The guidelines formulated by the Committee mandated the affiliate State Associations of the BCCI to effect necessary amendments in their Rules/ Memorandum of Association/Constitutions so as to bring them in tune with the recommendations made by the Committee. However, JKCA, being in total disengagement with the said recommendations, did not implement the guidelines of the Committee. The order of the single judge was upheld by the division bench with the modification as regards to a direction to the JKCA that any disputes inter se different clubs affiliated to it shall be resolved by an Ombudsman to be appointed by the Court. A draft Constitution of the BCCI was approved by the Apex Court vide judgment dated 9th August 2018 wherein the Court directed all the members of BCCI, including JKCA, to undertake registration of their Constitutions on similar lines. In view of this, JKCA framed the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations and got them registered on 3rd October 2018. According to the petitioners it was submitted before the Single Bench that the Court Appointed Administrators (CAA) of JKCA went beyond its mandate of amending its earlier Constitution registered in the year 1957 to make it in line with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee by framing an entirely new Constitution of JKCA. The Single Bench dismissed the petitions by holding that the issue rested within the domain of the Apex Court. The said judgment was thereafter challenged, forming the primary basis of the judgment. Observation of the Court While noting that it was not appropriate for the Court to go into the question of ascertaining whether the MOA and Rules frmaed by CAA of JKCA was in tune with the Committee’s recommendations, the Court went ahead to observe that: “..BCCI, which is tasked with the overall governing/ controlling of the activities of the game of cricket in India and of which the JKCA is an affiliate member, is in position with its newly approved Constitution, it is the said body which shall be the appropriate authority to answer the above-formulated question in the light of its newly approved Constitution. The BCCI is expected to have all expertise required for answering this question, being the apex body for managing and controlling the activities of the game of cricket in India, including the Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, the BCCI has also filed an application for handing over the affairs of the JKCA to it till such time the elections of the office bearers of the JKCA are conducted under its supervision.” The Court thereafter issued the following directions: 1. In view of the challenge thrown to the amended Constitution/ Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations framed by the CAA of the JKCA, coupled with the contentions raised about the mandate exercised by the CAA as well as the role played by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) nominated by this Court, we, while appreciating the effort and endeavour made by the CAA as well as the CEO, feel that there is no further need of their continuation, as such, the CAA and the CEO of the JKCA appointed by this Court shall stand discontinued. 2. The BCCI shall, as an interim measure and till a new body of the JKCA is elected under its supervision, run the management, control and administration of the JKCA immediately upon being handed over the same by the CAA. 3. The BCCI shall, while finalizing the amendment, if any, in the Constitution of the JKCA, in conformity with the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee as approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, consult all the stakeholders, including the parties litigating before this Court, i.e., the representatives of the erstwhile clubs of the JKCA as also of the District Cricket Associations now formed by the CAA. 4. The BCCI shall ensure promoting of cricketing activities in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Ladakh in tune with its approved Constitution and at par with other affiliated Associations from various States and Union Territories of the country. 5. The BCCI shall ensure that the required infrastructure on ground is improved and made available to the cricketers of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh without waiting for any audit report. 6. The BCCI shall make every endeavour to ensure that the boys and girls playing the game of cricket in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, from different age groups, are provided all facilities to excel in the game of cricket not only on national, but also at international level. 7. The BCCI, given the task assigned to it as indicated above, shall be authorized to appoint Committee/ sub-Committee to run, administer, control and supervise the affairs of the JKCA till the elections are held and a body of the JKCA is elected under its supervision, whereafter the administration, control and supervision of the JKCA shall be handed over to the newly elected office bearers of the Association. 8. Deputy Commissioner of Jammu as well of Srinagar shall cooperate with the BCCI for ensuring implementation of the aforesaid directions passed in this judgment for any requisitioned assistance. They shall ensure preparation of inventory of movable and immovable property of the JKCA and furnishing the same, alongwith the list of assets and liabilities of JKCA as existing on the date of this judgment, to the BCCI during the course of this week. Click Here To Download JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgJanuary 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local San Francisco snaps 11-game skid against BYU, 82-63 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frankie Ferrari had 21 points and seven assists to help San Francisco beat BYU 82-63 on Saturday night and snap an 11-game losing streak against the Cougars. Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/WCC Yoeli Childs led BYU (19-9, 4-2) with 25 points and TJ Haws scored 12.center_img Ferrari was 8-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Jamaree Bouyea had 15 points, Matt McCarthy scored 14, Charles Minlend added 13 and Jordan Ratinho 10 for San Francisco. The Dons (16-3, 4-1 West Coast Conference) shot a season-high 63.6 percent (35 of 55) from the field. Bouyea’s dunk made it 15-all and sparked a 26-6 run that made it 39-21 and USF led the rest of the way. Nate Renfro, Ferrari, Bouyea and Ratinho each hit a 3-pointer, and McCarthy scored 10 points during that stretch. BYU used a 16-7 spurt to trim its deficit to 53-47 with 13 minutes to play but the Dons scored 12 of the next 13 points and led by double figures thereon. Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img Written by February 26, 2021 /Sports News – Local Marin scores 20 to lead S. Utah past N. Arizona 92-62 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dre Marin had 20 points as Southern Utah extended its win streak to seven games, routing Northern Arizona 92-62.Nik Mains led the Lumberjacks with 19 points. Tags: Big Sky/Dre Marin/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Associated Presslast_img

first_imgBiomedical engineer Amy Kerdok, Ph.D. ’06, knows firsthand how much a technological solution can affect a person’s life.During her time on campus, Kerdok served as both “poobah” and women’s captain of the Harvard University Cycling Association. A well-rounded athlete, she led the team to success, but due to a congenital hiatial hernia, she suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and frequently was ill while riding. (“My teammates just got used to it,” she says.)Now a clinical development engineer at Intuitive Surgical in Sunnyvale, California, Kerdok develops new instrumentation, advanced visualization schemes, and robotic platforms that support and advance robotic surgery. In fact, Kerdok trusts in her company’s work so much that she actually arranged in 2009 to have an esophageal surgery performed on herself using the da Vinci robot that she develops at work.Completely cured of GERD, she continues to cycle, is currently training to run the Boston marathon, and looks ahead with the hope of one day teaching engineering design to undergraduates.last_img read more