Kerala High Court Stays Election Commission Order Which Halted Special Rice Distribution Through Ration Kits

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Stays Election Commission Order Which Halted Special Rice Distribution Through Ration Kits LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 March 2021 12:43 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Monday stayed the direction issued by the State Election Commission which stopped special distribution of rice to non-priority ration card holders(blue and white cards). The High Court noted that the decision regarding the special distribution was taken on February 4 before the election notification, and that auctions for the rice from Food Corporation of India…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 Kerala High Court on Monday stayed the direction issued by the State Election Commission which stopped special distribution of rice to non-priority ration card holders(blue and white cards). The High Court noted that the decision regarding the special distribution was taken on February 4 before the election notification, and that auctions for the rice from Food Corporation of India have already been carried out for Rs 83.34 crores. Since the payments have to be made before March 30, 2021, it is not practical for the State Government to approach the Election Commission with a fresh proposal seeking sanction, the HC said in the interim order.”In view of the fact that the proposal in item no.17 for implementation of a decision was taken as per Ext.P4 order as early as on04.02.2021, the said proposal cannot be one prohibited by model code of conduct…”, the Court said in the order.However, the Court added a caveat that the distribution should be strictly in accordance with the Model Code of Conduct without creating any impression that the welfare measure is taken by the party in power to influence the voters. The Election Commission had halted the special rice distribution based on a complaint made by the opposition that it would amount to the violation of model code of conduct ahead of the assembly polls scheduled on April 6.Challenging the Election Commissions’ decision, the State of Kerala filed a writ petition in the High Court, which was heard by a single bench of Justice PV Asha today, after an urgent mentioning was made by Additional Advocate General Ranjith Thampan.The Additional AG submitted that the special rice distribution was intended for the Easter-Vishu-Ramzan festive seasons, and the decision regarding this was taken on February 4, 2021, much before the election dates were announced by the Election Commission on February 26. He pointed out that similar special distribution through ration kits was done during the Onam festival in August last year too.The AAG informed the bench that auction of lift rice from various depots of the Food Corporation of India(FCI) has already been conducted for Rs 83.34 lakhs for the special distribution drive.”The model code of conduct does not apply to implementation of ongoing programmes, it is not as if the government took a decision after the election was announced. Nobody knew the election would be announced to be held on April 6, elections are usually in May!”, the AAG said.The AAG further said that the State’s case is supported by precedents in of the High Court in the case KM Babu v Election Commission of India (2006) 4 KHC 364, in which a division bench had allowed the implementation of pay revisions, which was decided before the election notification.The Election Commission’s standing counsel, Advocate Deepu Lal Mohan, submitted that the decision was taken to ensure that the ruling party was not vitiating the level playing ground by making the special distribution in close proximity of the elections.”The purpose of the model code of conduct is to ensure a level playing field for all the political parties and prevent an undue advantage for the party in power. Announcement of a distribution scheme provides an advantage to the party in power”, the ECI counsel said.Click here to read/download the orderNext Storylast_img read more

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Entire AFC should have supported Charrandas

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyanese people have, for three and a half years, been badly smitten by a morose sense of hopelessness, which gets progressively worse with each passing year the Coalition has been in government. The people saw not even a glimmer of hope on the horizon, since they knew that, as each day progresses, this nation has been fed a bitter diet of party paramountcy as the old PNC dictatorship began to emerge.In the weeks preceding the no-confidence motion, the Coalition spent a fortune on advertisements and TV programmes in an effort to brainwash the Guyanese public. However, the endless stream of wastage and extravagance; the countless acts of mismanagement, corruption and barefaced thievery; the cronyism and the innumerable ‘gifts’ to party hacks in the form of Commissions of Inquiry and forensic audits; the debilitating burden of increased taxation and worsening standard of living; the massive and vindictive dismissals of workers; the catapulting of numerous communities into poverty; the completely visionless annual budgets; the destruction of all the productive sectors; the increasingly huge deficits of the public enterprises; the voracious appetite for borrowing — ignoring the old, the young and the vulnerable groups, but shamelessly affording themselves the good life — have all contributed to the success of the ‘NO- CONFIDENCE’ motion.Why call Charrandas a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Judas’? He gave an interview wherein he gave valid reasons for supporting the motion!This member of Parliament took an oath to office in which he swore to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the people of Guyana’ and that he would ‘faithfully execute the Office of Member of Parliament without fear or favour, affection or ill-will’, and that in the functions of that office, “I will honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”.Anyone who listened to his interview in aftermath of the passage of the no-confidence motion would conclude that he gave effect to that oath, and allowed the facts outlined above to ignite his conscience, resulting in his support of the motion.What is a ‘conscience vote’? A conscience vote, or free vote, can be defined as ‘a type of vote in a legislative body where legislators are allowed to vote according to their personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party’. On one hand, the Coalition had instructed its members that the no-confidence motion is a ‘vote of conscience’ and should be voted along party lines. However, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jagdeo, is cognisant that, given the numbers, the motion would need the support of at least one member of the Coalition side of the House, therefore he exhorted those members that, “There are many of them that express displeasure about the state of affairs within that camp and about the policies they are pursuing…[We hope]  that some of them will grow a conscience and translate what they say privately into a vote, and we hope that that will happen because it wouldn’t mean an act of betrayal, it would be an act of patriotism.” This exhortation of the Opposition Leader bore fruit. A patriot answered this call!It must also be borne in mind that this change of conscience did not happen overnight. Since this Coalition took office in 2015, there has been a continuous awakening of the consciousness of its supporters, who became greatly disillusioned by its performance in office and the fact that the ‘good life’ as promised has dissipated into thin air. I have written extensively about the AFC reneging on its founding principles and its ‘subservience’ to the APNU, and Charrandas echoed this in his interview.The move by Charrandas was in the making all the time, and should have been supported by the entire AFC members of the House. At least that would have erased the shameless position to which they have been relegated, while renewing their commitment to the AFC’s founding principles; but, instead, they have opted to expel the one person who has stood as a beacon of sacrifice to this nation. The AFC have again squandered an ideal opportunity to make amends.Charrandas had offered that final opportunity to the AFC, but has gifted great hope to the Guyanese people at this year’s Christmas!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region 6last_img read more

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Can Scientists Conspire to Mislead?

first_imgScientists are only human.  Objectivity may be a noble aspiration; empiricism a worthy goal – but recent scandals illustrate the propensity for large-scale manipulation and misdirection by the very people supposedly devoted to intellectual integrity.  Though off-topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines, the flap over stolen documents that appear to reveal collusion to support anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is alarming and cautionary.    The BBC News (#1, #2) has been reporting about this flap some are calling “Climategate.”  Captured emails appear to indicate that the Climate Research Unit that feeds data to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deliberately suppressed data that undermined the consensus about human-caused global warming.  Michael Egnor summarized the scandal on Evolution News:A week ago, hackers released 160 mb of emails, data, and computer code from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  The data extends back a decade, and rather clearly documents an astonishing pattern of manipulation of evidence, concealment of doubts about whether the validity of global warming, destruction of data not favorable to global warming, fantasizing violence against prominent climate skeptic scientists, and a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process.  The data reveal extensive scientific misconduct and even criminal fraud in the top echelons of the pro-global warming scientific community.The scandal is exploding on conservative TV news, in newspapers, and radio, though liberal media are trying to ignore it.  Some are comparing it to the video embarrassments at ACORN.  The internet is on fire with blogs (example in The Telegraph), jokes and cartoons – prompting a flood of repostings of the emails with commentaries (example in the Wall Street Journal); Climate Depot is keeping a list of links to articles and editorials.  While AGW advocates are scrambling to re-interpret the emails and gloss over the implications, as popular science journalist (and consensus science ally) Chris Mooney attempted to do in quotes in the Michael Egnor piece, these attempts appear to be backfiring.  Outrage and ridicule are growing in the public – illustrated by a viral music video on YouTube that says Al Gore and the perpetrators belong in jail.  AGW skeptics (often dubbed “deniers” or “denialists” by the consensus, to suggest they are kin to Holocaust deniers) are feeling vindicated; some are on the warpath, calling for investigations and indictments (example in The Telegraph).    This week in Evolution News, Michael Egnor has been applying the lessons of this scandal to the Darwinist consensus (see also here).  He noted that British AGW skeptic Christopher Monckton has called the climatologists caught with their pants down as criminals, and that the scandal should make us angry (Evolution News).  Like Michael Crichton (12/27/2003), Egnor pointed out the inherent oxymoron in “consensus science.”  He said, “Invocation of ‘consensus science’ is merely a tactic to insulate bad science from scrutiny.  ‘Consensus science’ is to science as money-laundering is to finance.”The unfolding of this scandal will be instructive to students of philosophy of science.  It remains to be seen whether the advocates can weather this storm, or if the scandal will deflate upcoming policy discussions in Copenhagen.  Ignoring the scandal (an inconvenient truth), the BBC reported that the UN Secretary-General is pushing for world leaders to “seal a deal” on a legally binding climate treaty.  Can they get it done before the roof caves in?  It’s possible the perpetrators will get away with their lies and crimes.  It’s happened before – with the UN Oil-for-Food scandal (05/12/2008 commentary).  When power corrupts this far, don’t expect an ethical response from the perpetrators, even when they are exposed.    That’s not our concern here.  What is important is what this scandal reveals about the possibility that virtually the whole scientific world can be wrong and downright complicit in criminal cover-ups – in spite of the supposed protections against such things in the peer-review process and the assumed self-correcting nature of science.  If this can happen with one of the biggest scientific consensuses (yes, that’s the plural, not consensi) of the last decade, why not ask these same questions about the Darwinists, who similarly use political clout to suppress criticisms of its consensus?    The only climate that may be warming now is the climate of public distrust of big science.  This is a bad time for the Darwinists to emphasize their talking point that “all scientists accept evolution.”  Now read Michael Egnor’s latest scathing rebuke of the scandal that includes, among reasons for getting really angry, a quote by a scientist calling other scientists to get on the right side of history before “The reputation of science – and of many scientists – will be damaged severely.”  That’s small stuff compared to the damage potential Darwin defenders will face when his idol collapses, revealing the hollow interior where solid data was supposed to be.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

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March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_img SharePrint RelatedFebruary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community”April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMay 11, 2012In “Community”Announcing the February Featured Geocacher of the MonthMarch 27, 2012In “Community” LisdowneyLisdowneyNominated by Treknschmidt, “We met Lisdowney aka Arnie and Gerry when we were working on completing a tough challenge cache. They were always willing to share their own experiences with us and to provide us with words of encouragement along the way. It’s not unusual to find one of them up a tree, in a cave, or canoeing to one of Ontario’s remote locations to log a lonely cache. Not only are these two always willing to offer a helping hand but they are truly inspirational to everyone of any age.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured March “Geocacher of the Month.” A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured “Geocacher of the Month” will receive an exclusive special edition featured ”Geocacher of the Month” Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for March’s award through Friday, April 20th.If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the April Geocacher of the Month must be received by April 30th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other. Gsix5666Gsix5666Nominated by BSW2010, “Glenn is one of the best cachers in our area and contributes a lot to the geocaching community. He hosts an event every year on New Year’s Day. This proud Silver Level EarthCashe Master puts a lot of thought and effort into every cache he hides. Glenn keeps us plenty busy and is willing to help with any of his hides.”center_img March’s featured nominees are a great example of those who take geocaching wide and far. Though many other qualified candidates were nominated, Groundspeak Lackeys selected these three daring, helpful, and  inspirational nominees. Now it’s your turn to help select one of them as March’s featured “Geocacher of the Month.”Magicman65 – February 2012 Geocacher of the MonthWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be the feartured “Geocacher of the Month.” Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Last month, Magicman65 was chosen as the February Featured Geocacher of the Month. Magicman65 was recognized for his ability to engage the geocaching community with creativity, commitment, and encouragement.Here are your nominees for the March Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.Alexschweigert Alexschweigert Nominated by Hmichel777, “Alexschweigert led the Allerhalligen-Cruises on March, 24th on the fastest ship in the Wadden Sea with 280 cachers on board. That’s the 5th event of its kind involving chartered ships on the north sea led by Alex and his team. Alex shares his love for geocaching and the sea with others by inviting them to experience a geocaching adventure like no other. All events are recorded and can be found in Alex’s blog.” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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VVPATs at all Haryana booths: EC

first_imgChief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Thursday said that in the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used at all polling booths along with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).“The officers have been asked to strictly adhere to the laid-down procedures and standard operating procedures about use, storage and transportation of the machines in all the constituencies,” he said here, adding that EVMs with VVPATs will be used in all the 19,578 polling stations of the State.‘EVMs safe’Responding to a question, the CEC reiterated that the use of EVMs was safe.Mr. Arora said that the Commission has directed the Haryana Chief Secretary to ensure that the actions are taken as per the Commission’s policy regarding transfers of officers and efforts be made to complete assured minimum facilities at the polling stations. “Every effort will be made to ensure strict compliance with the model code of conduct and expenditure monitoring so that the parties and the voters can be assured of free and fair elections,” he said.last_img read more

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1979: Double delight for West Indies at Cup

first_imgThe second edition of the World Cup has a distinctly different feel as compared to the previous one. And it was due to a development that would, in due course, change the way cricket is played, perceived and financed.West Indies continued their dominance but world cricket was still recovering from the churning that had preceded the tournament due to one man – Australian tycoon Kerry Packer.West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds up the trophy at Lord’sAfter Packer failed to bag the exclusive rights for cricket in Australia, he set up the World Series Cricket in protest for his network, Channel Nine, in 1977.He signed top Australian, English, Pakistani and West Indian players, including England skipper Tony Greig, West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, Greg and Ian Chappell and fast bowlers like Dennis Lillee, Michael Holding and Imran Khan.Meagre salaries of international players forced them to take the Packer offer. But in the aftermath of the apparent revolt, those Australian players who were part of the series were not considered for the 1979 World Cup in England and thus the Aussies fielded a much weaker side, led by Kim Hughes.West Indies retained all their players and gave the reins of the side to 1975 winning captain Clive Lloyd.Eight teams participated, with Sri Lanka and Canada as the two non-Test playing nations.Still sporting whites in the 60-over format, the teams were divided in two groups. The West Indies, Pakistan, England and New Zealand qualified for the semi- finals. Australia were duly thrashed in the group stages, losing three out of the four matches in the group stage, winning only against Canada.advertisementIn the semis, England and New Zealand played out a humdinger of a match. The Kiwis won the toss and reduced the hosts to 98 for four. But Graham Gooch and Mike Brearley hit half- centuries to take the score to a competitive 221 for eight. John Wright tried to keep his team in the hunt with 69 but fell short by nine runs.In the second semi-final, the batsmen called the shots. Though West Indies won by 43 runs Pakistan gave them a run for their money. The defending champions racked up 293, thanks to an opening partnership of 132 by Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge. In reply, the prolific Zaheer Abbas (93) and Majid Khan (81) added 166 runs for the second wicket but the West Indians kept pegging away, led by Colin Croft who picked three for 29. In the end, Pakistan fell short by 43 runs.Thus the best two teams of the tournament faced off in the final. Clive Lloyd’s team was asked to bat first and was in a spot of bother at 99 for four. But that was all that went the Englishmen’s way. It was the time for some Viv Richards magic as he smashed 138 off 157 balls and remained not out as the defending champions scored 286. The hosts were never in the chase despite a century opening stand as Joel Garner completed the formalities with five for 38 to seal a 92- run win. Lloyd said the win even sweeter than the previous edition, as it had come after the tumultuous Packer series and the ensuing confrontations.Indian angleIt was a disastrous tournament for India. Losing all three group matches, including a humiliating 47-run loss to Sri Lanka. It was preceded by comprehensive losses against West Indies – nine wickets – and New Zealand – eight wickets. India failed to breach the 200- run mark with Gundappa Vishwanath’s 75 against the eventual winners being the best Indian effort. The last defeat against Sri Lanka was played over three days as the first day had a late start. It rained heavily the next day and India began the chase on the third day, falling to the leg- spin of Somachandra de Silva.Highlights of 1979 The fifth game of the 1979 World Cup between West Indies and Sri Lanka at The Oval was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.It was moved to the reserve day, but it rained again. The match was rescheduled for the next day and had to be abandoned too. This was first match which was abandoned for three consecutive days due to rain and is the only such instance in World Cup matches and One- Day Internationals.Sri Lanka beat India in the group stage by 47 runs which helped them gain Test status in a few years.last_img read more

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Blackwater gets ‘fresh start’ under new coach Aris Dimaunahan

first_imgBlackwater Elite. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another uneventful campaign in the Philippine Cup, Blackwater gets to start over under the tutelage of Aris Dimaunahan, who looking to make a good account of himself in his first head coaching stint.The Elite wound up in the bottom of the standings after finishing with a 2-9 record this conference but they remain in high spirits with an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Commissioner’s Cup next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I don’t think we’re losers. I don’t believe that. Regardless of what the result showed in the Philippine Cup, that’s one of three conferences and I feel like we’re going to put in the work to prove our doubters wrong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tasked to keep Blackwater’s engine running is DiGregorio, who has been on a steady rise.Also in the fold are promising rookies Abu Tratter and Paul Desiderio and hot-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi.Ray Parks, Blackwater’s second overall pick in the draft four months ago, is also expected to join the team for the next conference.The Elite eyes to finally silence their critics and DiGregorio believes they have a good chance of doing so next conference.“[We want to prove that] number one, we’re not losers,” the 27-year-old DiGregorio said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img “Regardless of what happened last conference, it’s a new start. With coach Aris being here, it feels like a fresh start, a new beginning and that’s always exciting and I think everybody is excited,” said Blackwater captain Mike DiGregorio after the Elite’s first practice with Dimaunahan at the helm.The 41-year-old Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who played for Barangay Ginebra in his first three seasons in the league, aims to maximize his team’s fresh legs by playing a quick pace on offense while also putting premium on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The first thing I looked at was where we at on the defensive end and I saw that were dead last in the league last conference and defense would be our top priority,” said Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos.“We have young guys here and we’re looking to play a controlled high octane offense. The goal is to use our youth to our advantage.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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10 months agoJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelsea

first_imgJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain has requested a transfer to Chelsea.Sportmediaset says the striker has asked Juventus for permission to make the move to Stamford Bridge.The Argentinian striker has flattered to deceive on loan at AC Milan, where he has scored just five Serie A goals in 14 games.The 31-year-old is desperate to reunite with former boss Maurizio Sarri.Higuain banged in 38 goals in 42 matches under the tutelage of Sarri in their only season together at Napoli, before he jumped ship to sign for the Old Lady.And the Italian news outlet also claims that Juve have given the World Cup runner-up the green light for the deal to go ahead. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injury

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injuryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a back injury in their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Two goals from Alvaro Morata saw the Blues book their place in the fourth round but the win was dampened somewhat by Loftus-Cheek’s injury.The 22-year-old was forced to exit the game in tears minutes before half-time after his back trouble flared up at Stamford Bridge.Blues coach Carlo Cudicini said, “We are very sorry for the kid.”It is a pity.It is something that’s affecting him, something we need to look at and resolve. “It has been going on for a while and maybe he might have to stop for a bit to resolve. It is a pity because he is doing very well.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partner

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have signed a new multi-year partnership which sees Dutch isotonic drinks manufacturer Osonyq become the club’s official sports drinks partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Continuing the brand’s expansion across European premier leagues, the agreement includes Everton’s men’s, women’s, and youth teams, and will also see Osonyq take up several match day activations at the club’s home stadium Goodison Park.In addition, the drinks vegan-friendly and gluten-free manufacturer will make its products available to purchase at the Premier League club’s official Everton One and Everton Two merchandise stores.Everton’s commercial director Alan McTavishat said that the partnership with Osonyq marks “another exciting addition to our partner portfolio”. last_img read more

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