New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Friday a plea by All India Football Federation (AIFF) challenging the Delhi High Court verdict setting aside the election of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the sports body.AIFFs counsel mentioned the matter before a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer and sought a stay on the high courts October 31 order, which had also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct fresh polls to the sport body.The counsel sought urgent listing of the matter contending that AIFF has to bid for hosting the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the last date to submit the bid was November 14.”The high court had set aside the election of AIFF committee. We are seeking a stay on it (high courts order). Under the FIFA Rules, a country is recognised only if there is an elected body and if there is no elected body, a country is derecognised by the FIFA,” the AIFF counsel told the bench.The bench, after hearing the brief submissions, said the plea would be heard on November 10.The high court had set aside the election of Patel as the president of the sports body observing that the AIFF Rules were in breach of the National Sports Code and Model Guidelines.Patel, a former minister of civil aviation and heavy industries, was elected for a four-year term in December last year along with the Executive Committee for 2017-2020, after the high court had, as an interim measure, vacated the stay on the polls on the ground that the result would be subject to the final outcome of the issue pending before it.advertisementThe high court had directed that fresh elections should be held in accordance with the model guidelines.It had said the administrator should conduct the polls by resolving the issue of disaffiliation of members/units of AIFF as on November 30, 2016 and preparing the electoral list within a month by giving two weeks notice to the parties.The high court had said that till the elections are conducted and the results declared in consonance with the National Sports Code and in compliance with its directions, the AIFF should not make any new financial commitments, except with the administrators prior approval.The court passed the interim order on an application by the AIFF seeking vacation and modification of its December 15 last years order staying the election process.The National Sports Code is a set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2011 to ensure that National Sports Federations (NSFs) dependent on government funding are made accountable and transparent. PTI ABA MNL RRT ARC
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge will allow constitutional arguments in a case where the province decided a man’s personalized licence plate was offensive to women.Lorne Grabher had his licence plate with the text “GRABHER” — his last name — revoked last year after government officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In a court hearing on Wednesday, lawyer Jay Cameron of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms asked for the right to argue that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague that they violate the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Charter of Rights.Cameron said in an interview that Justice James Chipman allowed Grabher amend his original motion.Grabher’s lawyers can now make constitutional arguments against the regulation, rather than simply seek to have the government’s ruling overturned.The court also set fresh dates for a trial, with the matter now scheduled for one year from now, on Sept. 5 and 6, 2018.
Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stills and many special guests will return to Los Angeles on April 5 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.Also performing are special guests—rapper Watsky, indie artist Xolie Morra, Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles, Adam Mandela Walden, and Neal Katz. The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 22 at 10 AM PT through all Ticketmaster outlets, and online here.The April 5 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international Autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.“We are so thrilled to be doing this again. Last year’s Light Up The Blues benefit was such an incredible event, life changing for all involved. We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the Autism community and to support Autism Speaks,” says Kristen & Stephen Stills. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of autistic individuals, while supporting Autism Speaks in their mission to raise awareness and continue to enact their successful advocacy on behalf of all those who navigate through the journey of Autism.“We value our partnership with the Stills family on this amazing event that not only has great music, but also highlights the incredible talents of individuals on the spectrum, and lets them shine bright for a wonderful evening,” said Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks.
As Nickelodeon celebrates this year’s five HALO Awards honorees this Nov. 30 for their commitment to service; the network is adding two pro-social elements to the telecast that will let audiences deepen their connections and commitments to the causes they care about.Nickelodeon is taking its HALO Effect initiative into 2015 with $50,000 of grants to fund kids’ charitable efforts, and is also launching on Nov. 15 a pro-social project with DoSomething.org designed to connect kids and teens to the community service initiatives championed by this year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees. The HALO Awards is Nickelodeon’s annual event that recognizes real-life kids who are doing extraordinary things in their communities and ‘Helping and Leading Others’ (HALO).This year’s HALO honorees — Lulu Cerone, Yash Gupta, Cassandra Lin, Nicolas Lowinger and Alanna Wall — are being commended for their work to raise awareness across numerous issues relevant to kids today, including environmental sustainability, volunteerism, helping the underprivileged, and building awareness for youth philanthropy. Kids and teens can visit DoSomething.org/HALO and click on the profile of each HALO honoree to sign up and participate in activities that include creating activity books for kids in hospitals, encouraging friends and family to decrease oil waste, donating gently worn eyeglasses and backpacks, and teaching internet safety tips to friends and family. Additionally, users can upload images showcasing how they participated in these activities and earn an opportunity to be nominated for Nickelodeon’s year-round pro-social initiative, HALO Effect.The HALO Effect initiative recognizes one deserving teen every month for “helping and leading others” (HALO) in their community. Over the past year HALO Effect has awarded more than $50,000 to 10 kids across the country to help fund their charitable organization of choice. HALO Effect awards a $5,000 grant to a charity of each teen’s choosing. Teens selected are also featured in an on-air profile on TeenNick and highlighted on TeenNick.com throughout each month. This year’s HALO Awards will showcase the work of the 2014 HALO Effect winners during the hour-long concert special.“The Nickelodeon HALO Awards celebrates what is truly a generational movement among kids and teens about the need to address the most pressing issues of our time,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “Our hope is that the platform we are giving this year’s HALO Awards honorees will serve as inspiration to kids across the country.”“The impact of the Halo Awards will extend beyond the screen and into the homes and communities of young people across the country. We built five custom campaigns, influenced by the rockstar Halo honorees and their causes, so inspired viewers can take an immediate action for social good. It’s simple: tune in, take action,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org.The sixth annual HALO Awards will celebrate the work of five teens that are actively helping others in their communities with a concert special featuring performances by Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, The Roots, Echosmith, The Vamps and Fifth Harmony; along with appearances by Zendaya, Victoria Justice, Carlos PenaVega, and Nickelodeon’s live-action stars. Led by host/creator/executive producer Nick Cannon the hour-long concert will premiere across Nickelodeon’s networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons) on Sunday Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and stream live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.