Patrick Hall Mayor of Canning (2019-)

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Patrick Hall says he has a feeling of inevitability when it comes to leadership.

Having served as a policeman for two decades, Mr Hall found himself drawn to executive positions across a broad range of sectors, including retailers and not for profits.

That extended through to his personal life, where he found it natural to volunteer to help lead local sports clubs and other community groups.

“I always felt that if people were looking for a hand on a committee, I had the time and the inclination to do it and I always thought I had something to offer,” Mr Hall said.

“Invariably I would always put my hand up, which was not always great because we had four kids, but we got the job done.”

Those motivations resurfaced in 2015 when, aware the City of Canning’s council had been dismissed, Mr Hall campaigned to represent his local community in an official capacity.

He tempered a run for mayor at the time, reasoning he needed more experience before launching a bid.

However, his background and broad knowledge across industries stood him in good stead for the role when he successfully stood for the position last year.

Mr Hall said

Area under pulses coverage up over two-fold to 6.42 mn ha in kharif season

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Area under pulses coverage has jumped over two-fold to 6.42 million hectares in the ongoing kharif sowing season owing to good monsoon rains, the government said on Friday.


About 12.07 million hectares area has been sown under summer rice so far as compared to 9.57 million hectares during the corresponding period of last year, an official statement said..



“About 6.42 million hectares area coverage under pulses as compared to 2.44 million hectares during the corresponding period of last year,” the statement said.


Sowing area for coarse cereals reached 9.32 million hectares as compared with 7.19 million hectares during the corresponding period of last year.


About 13.93 million hectares of area has been covered under oilseeds so far as compared with 7.52 million hectares during the corresponding period of last year, it said.


Sowing area for cotton has increased to 10.48 million hectares as compared with 7.77 million hectares in the year-ago period.

Tata Sons a 2-group firm, quasi-partnership between 2 groups: Mistry family

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Tata Sons, owned 66 per cent by Tata Trusts and 18.5 per cent by the Mistrys, is a two-group company and is a quasi-partnership between the two groups, said the Mistry family.


In its petition to the Supreme Court, has claimed there is no formal or informal agreement like quasi-partnership exists between the two groups, and is not a two-group company.



To apply quasi-partnership principles to Tata Sons, (SP) Group had said there were ‘two groups’ in the company — and non-Tata Group/ SP Group. But, Tatas have said this distinction is itself flawed and the starting premise of their case is wrong. According to the Tatas, neither is a family company nor a ‘two-group’ company. The majority of Tata Sons stake is held not by any family or corporate promoter group but by seven ‘public charitable trusts’, which cumulatively hold close to 66 per cent of the equity stake while another 12.87 per cent of the stake is held by different companies, including the listed Tata entities.


However, sources close to Mistry family have said the concept of

The UK housing market after lockdown

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Not many would have predicted that a global pandemic might be just the fillip needed to kickstart the construction and development industry.

If there wasn’t a desperate need for more housing before Covid-19 then there certainly is now but there is hope that the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 30th June – “build, build, build” – will prove to be just the stimulus needed for developers.

What might the housing market look like after lockdown lifts?

This is the million-pound question!  With a second spike in Covid-19 possible, the housing market has sustained a recent flurry of activity as people try and get moving before life stops again if indeed it does stop but, in the longer term, the doom and gloom of economic recession must surely have a huge dampening effect on house prices?

Commercial developers are also sometimes known as adrenalin junkies loving the thrill of risk as unless you are blessed with a crystal ball then frankly, the housing market could do anything.  Embracing uncertainty and risk should come as second nature to those who speculate in property development but that is of course against the old adage that if you wait long enough, bricks and

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