ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) HY2016 Presentation

first_imgZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the half year.For more information about ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw)  2016 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileZB Financial Holdings Limited provides financial solutions to the commercial and merchant banking sector in Zimbabwe, as well as retail banking services, insurance operations and strategic investments. Known as Zimbank, the company services its clients through a nationwide footprint of branches in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe and electronic delivery channels. The Insurance division provides structured insurance products for short- and long-term insurance; and the Strategic Investment division offers shared services which include risk management, compliance and human resources, and investments in property holdings and sub-sectors of the financial sector. ZB Financial Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Tevita Taumoepeau to make 150th appearance for Worcester

first_img2 Chris Fortey3 Tevita Taumoepeau4 Graham Kitchener5 Craig Gillies6 Neil Best7 James Collins8 Kai HorstmannReplacements16 Aleki Lutui17 Bruce Douglas18 Greg Rawlinson19 Adam Balding20 Ollie Frost Tevita Taumoepeau of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Ernst Joubert of SaracensPowerhouse prop Tevita Taumoepeau will play his 150th game for Worcester Warriors as the team looks to maintain their perfect start to the RFU Championship play-offs with an away trip to Nottingham Rugby on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).Taumoepeau, who has become a huge fan’s favourite during his six year stay at Sixways, will hit the memorable milestone as Head Coach Richard Hill makes three changes to the starting line-up that defeated London Welsh last weekend.Hill calls-up prop loosehead prop Adam Black and vastly experienced hooker Chris Fortey to join Taumoepeau in the front row for the game at Meadow Lane. Scotland international Alex Grove will also start his first game in the play-offs as he partners Alex Crockett in midfield. Crockett moves to inside centre while Dale Rasmussen will provide firepower from the replacements bench.Hill praised the contribution of Taumoepeau during his Worcester career and admitting the Tongan giant was now making even more impact for the Warriors. “Tevita is an extremely strong man who very rarely budges in the scrum – everyone in world rugby knows that is his main asset,” he said.“However, what we have seen this season is him develop his all-round game. He has worked exceptionally hard and been very disciplined with his diet, as a result he has lost any excess body fat and really honed down. Tevita is in very good shape and his mobility around the pitch is better and he is having the ball far more. There is still much more to come from him.”“I have been delighted with his efforts at this stage of his career and we all wish him the best as he reaches another milestone in his time at Warriors.” added Coach Richard HillWarriors team to play Nottingham Rugby15 Chris Pennell (c)14 Marcel Garvey13 Alex Grove12 Alex Crockett11 Miles Benjamin10 Andy Goode9 Jonny Arr1 Adam Black LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 21 Joe Carlisle22 Dale Rasmussen WORCESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Tevita Taumoepeau of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Ernst Joubert of Saracens during the Guinness Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Saracens at Sixways Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) last_img read more

French rugby enjoys a popularity boom as it looks to the future

first_imgFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here 2. Have a long-term development plan3. Come from a suitable economic and demographic region that’s able to sustain a professional club.Three ‘wildcard’ clubs will earn promotion to the ProD2 over three seasons and then in 2020-21 a third professional league will be launched on the same lines as the ProD2. By this date the LNR is confident the Federale 1 clubs will be professional and capable of fulfilling all the relevant criteria for accession to the ProD2 in the event of promotion.Other initiatives announced by the LNR include the establishment of a women’s championship involving teams from all of the Top 14 and ProD2 clubs, and the creation of a professional Sevens circuit.Sevens growth: Virimi Vakatawa will be much sought-after with the introduction of a Sevens circuitFew details were offered on the women’s championship but the Sevens circuit is scheduled to launch in 2017-18 featuring sides from every Top 14 club plus “a guest team”. Initially it will comprise five tournaments in different cities or towns but this number will be increased to seven in due course. Goze said that he expects teams to field sides that will be a mix of senior stars and academy players. As for the guest side, Goze said “We’ll see how the fifteenth side is composed. We have several ideas but nothing has been finalised.”Aware of the possible objections from Top 14 presidents, many of whom are never slow to pick a fight with the LNR over the structure of the season, Goze added: “The dates will be chosen in such a way as to cause the least possible disruption [to the Top 14]. and to maximise media interest.” Asked which cities are likely to hose the Sevens series, he replied: “Cities which are not for the moment rugby cities because the goal is also to promote our sport.”The LNR has set aside 28m euros to implement its strategic plan, a plan bristling with ambition. The times they are a-changing in the rugby world and the French are at the forefront of the innovation On the up: Racing 92 lift the Bouclier de Brennus LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The Top 14’s governing body, the LNR, have drawn up ambitious plans to further strengthen rugby’s popularity with the French public The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) launched its ‘strategic plan’ on Tuesday, outlining its vision for the sport in France up to and including the 2023 World Cup.Before president Paul Goze got down to details, some statistics were served up to illustrate how rugby in France has grown since the country hosted the 2007 World Cup.In the 2015-16 season, a total of 3.8m supporters attended Top 14 and ProD2 matches. Spectator numbers in the Top 14 have increased 40% in the past decade, rising to 68% for the ProD2. Also on the increase are club budgets. The average budget of a Top 14 club in the last ten years has rocketed 140%, from 9.67m euros to 23.38m, and its 100% for the ProD2 sides, from 3.02m euros to 6.19m.Power-broker: Paul Goze (right) is seeking re-election with wide-ranging plans for French rugbyAccording to the LNR, 18,8m of France’s 66m population now profess to “be interested in rugby” with over 11m living in the northern half the country [defined as a line running east to west from Lyon to La Rochelle]. So to sum up: rugby has never been so popular and Monsieur Goze – who is up for re-election in October – intends to capitalise.Getting down to business, the LNR president confirmed that as of 2017-18, only the club finishing bottom in the Top 14 will be automatically relegated to the ProD2, their place taken by the champions of the second division. The 13th club in the Top 14 will play the runners-up in the ProD2 with the winner playing in the top-flight the following season.Additionally, as of 2017-18, the ProD2 season with culminate with a play-off system identical to that of the Top 14, instead of the current format that pits 2nd v 5th and 3rd v 4th with the winners meeting the following week. That means the top two at the end of the regular season will automatically go into the semi-final, while teams finishing third to sixth will play-off in a quarter-final with the winners progressing to the semis.Star appeal: The riches in the Top 14 have brought the likes of Ma’a Nonu to FranceFrom the 2017-18 season the ProD2 will also see a change in how clubs from the amateur Federale 1 are promoted to their ranks. Currently, the two clubs that win their semi-finals don’t contest a final but are promoted to ProD2. From next year onwards there will be a final with the winner being promoted; the club that joins them will be what the LNR described on Tuesday as a “wildcard”. These ‘wildcard’ clubs, who will each receive 800,000 euros from the LNR to assist in their transition from an amateur to a professional club, will be selected on three criteria. They must:1. Be situated in the north of Francelast_img read more

Seven Sensational Tries from the inaugural Sydney Sevens

first_imgWednesday Feb 10, 2016 Seven Sensational Tries from the inaugural Sydney Sevens The World Sevens Series was full of action again in Sydney this past weekend, with all teams coming to the party as the standard continues to rise ahead of Rugby Sevens’ return to the Olympics later this year. Above is a look at some of the brilliant tries that were scored.ALSO AT THE SYDNEY SEVENS:– Carlin Isles unhappy after being caught and hit hard by Augustine Pulu | Watch here– New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field | Watch hereADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Sevens Related Articles 66 WEEKS AGO Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary… 107 WEEKS AGO Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to… 114 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Touching jersey ceremony for young… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Parkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter Architects

first_imgArchitects: Fulton Trotter Architects Photographs ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeFulton Trotter ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureChermsideHousingAustraliaPublished on January 18, 2012Cite: “Parkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter Architects” 18 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyResidential Architecture•Chermside, Australia Residential Architecture Australia “COPY” Photographs:  John MillsText description provided by the architects. Parkview is not so much a building, but a community flowing with the joy of life. Its purpose is to be filled with residents living well and with integrity, respect, empowerment, hope, justice, compassion, and innovation. The building is the framework, but the people inside are the spirit – encouraging individualised care through catering to the specific needs of each resident. Parkview and its people fully embrace the principles of the Eden Alternative™ – “a principle-based philosophy that empowers Care Partners to transform institutional approaches to care into the creation of a community where life is worth living” – and which seeks to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom in residential aged care. Save this picture!© John MillsRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD22Residential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels + Creaktive in Social HousingWoodEGGERTimberParkview is the central facility within a high density seniors residential precinct developed by Wesley Mission Brisbane on the site of Wheller Gardens, Chermside, Brisbane.This building includes residential accommodation for 144 high care residents, a new community therapy centre, and supporting facilities. The accommodation is in predominantly single bed apartment format with a small number of 2 bed rooms. Save this picture!© John MillsThe building is broken into five sections, two residential complexes, a central community building, a kitchen and café/ restaurant. Each residential section has two floors of 36 apartments arranged to maximize access to natural light, breezes, and views. Save this picture!© John MillsA central community space, chapel, café, hairdresser, and admin facilities are all accessible to the public, the architects’ aim to defuse the barrier between this residential group and the surrounding community. Save this picture!© John MillsThe architects explain that high site value in this growing part of Brisbane necessitated a multi-level and intensive approach. However, the buildings’ mass has been broken down into firstly the five buildings and then further into pods of 4 units to reduce the developments’ potential for an intimidating character. Save this picture!north elevationThe residential components use finely detailed concrete block work blades, panelised coloured spandrels, and individual stepped roofs to result in an aesthetic equating to apartment / resort living. A vertical emphasis has been applied to a largely horizontal building plate to reduce its impact. The central building is more dominant with outdoor entertaining verandas detailed in timber screening projecting from a coloured block work core. Save this picture!west elevationThe café, when built, will be an entirely different aesthetic of Spanish tiles, timber louvers and pavilion forms to clearly identify this destination facet of the development. Interiors use a largely white simplicity, combined with varying colour timber ceilings, and trims. Save this picture!© John MillsProject gallerySee allShow lessResort Hotel / Holzer Kobler ArchitekturenArticlesCall for Entries: Norman Foster Travel PrizeArticlesProject locationAddress:Chermside, AustraliaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© John Mills+ 15 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/200992/parkview-wheller-gardens-fulton-trotter-architects Clipboard Parkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/200992/parkview-wheller-gardens-fulton-trotter-architects Clipboard Parkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter ArchitectsSave this projectSaveParkview Wheller Gardens / Fulton Trotter Architects Projectslast_img read more

Lister Tower / PAD Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889777/lister-tower-pad-studio Clipboard “COPY” Architects: PAD Studio Area Area of this architecture project Area:  58 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: LITTLEHAMPTON WELDING, ILLIAM HOLLAND, LORDRITE, MONK METAL WINDOWS, SKIN FLINT DESIGN ArchDaily Construction Manager: Houses United Kingdom Lister Tower / PAD StudioSave this projectSaveLister Tower / PAD StudioSave this picture!© Nigel Rigden+ 41Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Lister Tower / PAD Studio Structural Engineers: CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•United Kingdom Country:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nigel RigdenRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionText description provided by the architects. Located within the New Forest, Hampshire, this four storey water tower was first constructed in the early 1900s to gravity feed water to the adjacent Fritham House. The attached cottage building housed the diesel generators which pumped water up to the top of the tower for storage. The tower was in very bad state of repair with a number of single glazed timber and metal framed windows which had deteriorated to the point of leaking.Save this picture!© Nigel RigdenPAD began the refurbishment by stripping away the existing furnishing and decor to reveal the water towers historic fabric, before proposing a number of contemporary interventions, including a large protruding window and sculptural steel staircase. The former acts like a camera lens, puncturing the building at first floor level, focusing one’s view out to the garden and beyond. A window seat is also formed creating a space to sit, soaking up light and prospect. The latter, a new sculptural steel stair, was designed as an industrial feature in the day room, rising up through the double height space to the bathroom on the fourth floor. Elsewhere, new minimally framed Crittall windows were designed and installed to maximise natural light and improve the buildings thermal performance.Save this picture!© Nigel RigdenAs part of the renovation, a carefully selected pallet of materials complements the existing brick allowing the original architecture to be clearly expressed against the new additions. Furthermore, extensive cleaning was undertaken to refresh the buildings external walls and bring back the original brick’s colour. Save this picture!© Nigel RigdenSave this picture!Plans 2016 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889777/lister-tower-pad-studio Clipboard Rice Projects, Edward Rice “COPY” Projects Photographs Save this picture!© Nigel RigdenProject gallerySee allShow lessSpotlight: Frank GehryArchitecture NewsAD Classics: Smith House / Richard Meier & PartnersArchitecture Classics Share Photographs:  Nigel Rigden Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project BUILT ENGINEERS CopyAbout this officePAD StudioOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseUnited KingdomPublished on February 28, 2018Cite: “Lister Tower / PAD Studio” 28 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

ChildLine launches its 20th birthday appeal

first_imgChildLine launches its 20th birthday appeal Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Events Giving/Philanthropy ChildLine has launched its 20th Birthday Appeal with the target of raising £20 million in order to help at least another 1,000 children every day over the next two years.Since its launch in October 1986 ChildLine has given in-depth counselling to nearly two million children but it has never had the resources to answer every call. At present 4,500 children call for help each day and 2,500 are answered.Ninety per cent of ChildLine’s income is received in the form of donations from the public. Advertisement  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 8 March 2006 | News ChildLine was launched by Esther Rantzen on the BBC programme Child Watch and begins its 20th Birthday Appeal with the broadcast of the documentary ChildLine: Someone you can talk to on BBC ONE on Wednesday 8 March.The documentary focuses on the way ChildLine has been able to protect children who have been sexually abused, but ChildLine also helps children calling about a huge range of problems, including physical and emotional abuse, bullying, serious family tensions, substance abuse, bereavement, concern about friends with serious problems, pregnancy and sexual health.ChildLine has secured support from a number of leading companies for this campaign, including founding corporate partner BT and Buena Vista International. 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.last_img read more

Protesters tell Houston sheriff: ‘Stop deportations!’

first_imgHouston — People who support immigrant rights gathered outside the county jail here to protest the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for its complicity in the deportation of over 1,000 people every month in Houston. The Oct. 10 picket line faced dozens of armed sheriffs trying to intimidate the demonstrators while participants took the mic to denounce the recent immigration raids in Houston.The action was initiated by the Houston Socialist Movement. Speakers included representatives of many organizations, including the International Workers of the World and End Mass Incarceration-Houston. Many undocumented youth participated, including César Fiero, from Immigrant Families and Students in Struggle (FIEL), who proudly announced, ”I am undocumented and unafraid!”Martha Ojeda with the Fe y Justicia (Faith and Justice) Worker Center told the crowd that the raids must stop. The workers’ center is organizing with the families who were taken into custody recently at a tortilla factory.A speaker representing Workers World Party pointed to the line of cops monitoring the protest and said: “These uniformed goons standing here are the ones separating families, causing untold grief and deporting honest people. This is criminal. They are the people that should be locked up for their crimes against humanity, not the immigrants fleeing terror at home, not families trying to find work, not students denied jobs even after graduating high school and even college.”Activists outside county sheriff’s office, Oct. 10.WW photo: Gloria RubacAfter the demonstration, the crowd walked up the steps of the building housing the sheriff’s office, which is inside the huge county jail, in order to deliver a letter to Sheriff Ron Hickman. A line of cops blocked the entrance and doors were locked. Angry protesters began chanting, “Let us in! Let us in!”Since the sheriffs had stopped allowing visitors to enter to see their family or friends who were in jail, the protest was ended so that jail visits could resume. All agreed that only by mobilizing the community can the raids and deportations be stopped, that no politician will end the racist attacks on immigrants. Only the people can do it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In Ohio, solidarity with Amazon workers

first_imgUniversity Heights, OhioA demonstration outside a Whole Foods store March 13 brought out supporters for the Amazon union drive taking place in Bessemer, Ala. They came to this Cleveland suburb from throughout Northeast Ohio and from as far away as Columbus.Outside Whole Foods, University Hts., Ohio. March 13.Our Revolution Ohio, an outgrowth of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, called the rally along with Single Payer Action Network. In addition to voicing support for the Bessemer workers, people held signs backing “Medicare for All” and called for passage of the Protect the Right to Organize Act by Congress.Speakers included United Auto Workers Local 1112 activist Chuckie Denison, University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and Kahlil Seren, the first African American Vice Mayor of adjoining Cleveland Heights. Two members of Kenyon Student Workers Organizing Committee talked about their strike at Kenyon College. The featured speaker was State Senator Nina Turner, Sanders’ 2020 campaign co-chair currently running to replace U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, who has accepted a Biden administration appointment.Participants were excited to receive leaflets about the March 20 Support Alabama Amazon Union demonstration, slated to take place outside a nearby Amazon facility. (supportamazonworkers.org)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Madras HC Allows Pvt. Unaided Institutions To Collect 40% ‘Advance Fees’ Pending Resumption Of Physical Classes

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Allows Pvt. Unaided Institutions To Collect 40% ‘Advance Fees’ Pending Resumption Of Physical Classes Mehal Jain17 July 2020 5:51 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Friday allowed all unaided private institutions in the state of Tamil Nadu to collect 40% of the tuition fees as ‘advance fees’, based on the tuition fees for the academic year 2019-2020. “This advance fee shall be paid by the students on or before August 31”, directed Justice N. Anand Venkatesh. “The balance of 35% of the fees based on the tuition fees collected…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 Madras High Court on Friday allowed all unaided private institutions in the state of Tamil Nadu to collect 40% of the tuition fees as ‘advance fees’, based on the tuition fees for the academic year 2019-2020. “This advance fee shall be paid by the students on or before August 31”, directed Justice N. Anand Venkatesh. “The balance of 35% of the fees based on the tuition fees collected for the academic year 2019-2020, shall be collected within a period of two months from the date on which the institution is reopened and physical classes commences”, it is ordered. In so far as it has been suggested on behalf of the government that 75% of the tuition fee for the academic year 2020-2021 can be collected in three instalments and that the 2nd instalment of 25% is made payable after the opening of the institutions, the Court did not “find any visibility of the institutions reopening and conducting physical classes in the near future”. Therefore, the Single Bench was of the view that the initial percentage of the payment of tuition fee must be increased. Hearing the writ petitions of unaided institutions aggrieved of a Government Order which had “virtually put a lid on the institutions from collecting tuition fees” on account of the pandemic situation, the Single Judge opined that “many decisions which seems to be right at the time when it is taken goes completely wrong at a later point of time”. “This is due to the fact that there is no clear visibility as to when the normalcy will be restored”, said the bench. The other directions issued by the court on Friday are as follows: 1. The bench also permitted such unaided private institutions to collect the arrears of fees payable for the academic year 2019-2020, requiring such arrears fees to be paid on or before September 30. 2. If any student has already paid the entire fees including arrears, the same shall not be a ground to claim for refund of the fees. 3. The fee Committee shall immediately start the process of the determining the tuition fees for the respective institutions and make an attempt to complete the process within a period of eight months starting from August 2020 onwards. 4. The payment of balance if any, shall be determined after the final decision of the fee Committee. 5. The directions given to the fee Committee will not in any way prejudice to the rights of the institutions which have already challenged the jurisdiction of the determination of the fees and which are pending before this Court and the Supreme Court. 6. The teaching and non teaching staff shall not insist for any increment in salary and/or DA, until the restoration of normalcy and further orders of this Court. The State Government is directed to immediately take into consideration the request made by the institutions to supply text books and note books to the students either free of cost or at some nominal rates. For this purpose, the State Government can also get the particulars from the respective Schools regarding the students who are in dire straits and it can also be confined to those students. Asserting that this direction is issued purely in the interest of the students who should not be deprived of education due to their inability to purchase text books and note books, the bench expressed its hope that the State Government will come up with a positive response in this regard. The Court was of the view that the immediate requirement for the present is that the institutions must kick start their functioning. In order to commence the said process, these unaided institutions require some flow of funds. “Admittedly, all these institutions are unaided and they depend upon only fees collected from the students. This money is required to pay the salary of the teachers and non teaching staff without whom the institutions will not be able to function”, observed the bench. “The respective managements have managed to pay the salaries to the teachers and the non teaching staffs from their available reserve funds till date. This process cannot go on endlessly”, said the court. The Single Judge was also alive to the fact that “the other end of the spectrum” is that many of the parents are also in the receiving end either because of no income or with a reduced income and consequently, their ability to pay the fees for their children is also under question. Asserting that the “education of the students cannot be put on a hold endlessly” and that they have to be engaged in studies, the bench commented that “this deadly virus is not going to leave us by fixing any date as an outer limit and it is not known for how many more months we are going to face the present situation”. In the same breath, the court acknowledged that the Covid 2019 Pandemic has posed huge challenges to the entire human kind all over the world, and that “all the Governments are grappling to handle the situation” and “every day new challenges stare at the face of the State and Central Government”. Besides, the continued lock down/phased opening up of operations, has virtually stalled the economic progress, and the savings and contingency funds are dwindling every day due to the non availability of income. The economic breakdown has virtually come to a stage where the livelihoodof many persons is under challenge. “We are facing a very extreme situation and at this point of time, the courts must be very careful while interfering with the administrative decisions taken by the Government”, clarified the bench.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. 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