First prison sentence for a cartoonist since penal code was amended

first_img June 11, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 First prison sentence for a cartoonist since penal code was amended Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Follow the news on Iran News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News Reporters Without Borders today protested against the suspended sentenced of six months in prison passed on 20 May by an Algiers court on Ali Dilem, a cartoonist with the daily Liberté, for a cartoon of army chief of staff Gen. Mohamed Lamari published on 15 January 2002.The court also fined Dilem 20,000 dinars (about 240 euros), and imposed fines of 40,000 dinars (about 480 euros) on Liberté editor Abrous Outoudert and 300,000 dinars (about 3,600 euros) on the newspaper itself.”This is the first prison sentence ever passed on a cartoonist, and it has been imposed as a result of the May 2001 amendment of the criminal code, which was dubbed the ‘Dilem amendment’,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “It clearly shows the authorities want to intimidate journalists who display any kind of impertinence, and it poses a threat to the freedom of expression which quite a few Algerian publications have adopted,” Ménard addedOn 31 December 2002, Dilem was sentenced by an Algiers court to a fine of 20,000 dinars (about 240 euros) for a cartoon of the assassination of President Boudiaf, which had appeared on 16 January 2002. The newspaper was fined 10,000 dinars (about 120 euros). As a result of another defence ministry complaint, Dilem is also awaiting prosecution for a cartoon on a telethon that appeared on 29 November 2001.Article 144b of the criminal code establishes prison terms of two to 12 months and heavy fines for any “attack on the president of the republic involving abuse, insult or defamation.” The same penalties apply when the offences are committed against “the parliament or either of its two chambers or the ANP (the army).” IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Section 138 NI Act : Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Views On Creation Of Additional Courts For Cheque Dishonour Case

first_imgTop StoriesSection 138 NI Act : Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Views On Creation Of Additional Courts For Cheque Dishonour Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Feb 2021 1:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday sought the views of the Central Government on the creation of additional courts for the trial of cheque dishonour cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat asked the Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee if the Union of India was…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 Supreme Court on Thursday sought the views of the Central Government on the creation of additional courts for the trial of cheque dishonour cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat asked the Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee if the Union of India was willing to create additional courts for Section 138 NI Act cases, using powers under Article 247 of the Constitution.Article 247 of the Constitution speaks of the power of the Parliament to provide for the establishment of certain additional courts in respect of matters under the Union List.Article 247 reads as follows :”Notwithstanding anything in this Chapter, Parliament may by law provide for the establishment of any additional courts for the better administration of laws made by Parliament or of any existing laws with respect to a matter enumerated in the Union List”The bench also sought to know if the power under Article 247 is coupled with a duty. The bench said that there are observations in some judgments that the legislature is duty-bound to conduct a “judicial impact assessment” before creating a new offence.  Since the offence relating to cheque dishonour was created by a Union legislation, the bench sought to know if Union has an obligation to establish additional courts to deal with cases arising out of Section 138.ASG Banerjee submitted that he will file a response to the bench’s query.The bench also observed that even if additional courts are created, there was still a need to streamline the trial procedure.The bench was considering the suo moto case taken by it to lay down guidelines for expediting trial of Section 138 NI Act cases (In Re Expeditious Trial of Cases Under Section 138 of the N.I Act).Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra, an amicus curiae appointed in the case, informed the bench about the suggestions made in the preliminary report prepared by him along with other amicus in the case Senior Advocate R Basant and Advocate K Parameshwar.The suggestions were summarized as follows :1. E-service of summons Luthra submitted that summons in private complaints are the last to be served. Many cheque bounce cases are stuck due to delay in service of summons. “There is a suggestion for a nodal agency for electronic service of summons. Nowadays everything is linked with Aadhaar. There is no reason why electronic service of summons should not be done”, Luthra submitted.2. Attachment of bank accountsIf the person against whom a warrant has been issued has absconded or has concealed himself such that the warrant cannot be executed, Magistrates could order attachment of the bank accounts of the Accused to the extent of the cheque amount by passing an order under Section 83, CrPC.3. Summary trialLuthra next submitted that there is lack of clarity as to whether the trial in Section 138 cases are to be done following the summary trial procedure or summons trial procedure.He pointed out that the provisions of the NI Act  Sections 143 and 145, envisage a summary trial. The Supreme Court also directed in the 2017 decision “Meters and Instruments Pvt Ltd v Kanchan Gupta’ that summary trial procedure must be adopted in cheque cases. However, practice directions by High Courts are necessary.4. Mandatory mediationMediation must be encouraged at every stage, right from post-cognizance stage.Cases pending at appellate or revisional stage must be send for mandatory mediation at least once.”If it can be resolved(through mediation), why not?”, Luthra said.5. Resolve the judicial confusion on Section 202 CrPCLuthra next spoke about the urgent need to settle the judicial confusion regarding the applicability of Section 202 of Cr. PC to cheque bounce cases. The Section mandates that the Magistrate shall postpone the issue of process against the Accused, if the Accused is residing in a place beyond its territorial jurisdiction, until an enquiry is made for the purpose of deciding whether there are sufficient grounds for proceeding.The SC in K S Joseph v. Philips Carbon Black, left this question open to be decided in an appropriate case. He submitted that trial in many cases numerous across the country are stayed on account of this confusion.6. Joint trial of multiple cheque bounces relating to same loan transactionLuthra submitted that Section 219 of the CrPC allows the joining of only three cases against an accused arising within one year. However, Section 220 CrPC allows the joint trial of offences arising out of the same transaction. The bench had an engaging discussion with Luthra on the provisions of Sections 218, 219 and 220 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Luthra said that a “wholesome interpretation” of these provisions is necessary to provide for joint trial of multiple cheque cases.The bench then sought a written note from Luthra on this aspect and adjourned further hearing till March 3.It was on March 7 this year that the top court registered the suo moto case to devise methods for expeditious trial of Section 138 NI Act cases.”A matter which is supposed to be disposed of summarily by the trial court in six months, it took seven years for this case to be disposed of at the trial court level. A dispute of such nature has remained pending for 15 years in various courts, taking judicial time and space up till this Court”, the SC had observed then.In October last year, the amici curiae submitted the preliminary report. After that, the bench had sought the responses of all High Courts and State Governments to the preliminary report.The preliminary report submitted by amici curiae may be read here.Pre And Post-Summons Online Mediation, Summons Via SMS/WhatsApp, Disclosure Of Defence Before Trial [Read Amici Reports On Fast Disposal Of Cheque Cases   Next Storylast_img read more

Large losses of total ozone in Antarctica reveal seasonal ClOx/NOx interaction

first_imgRecent attempts1,2 to consolidate assessments of the effect of human activities on stratospheric ozone (O3) using one-dimensional models for 30° N have suggested that perturbations of total O3 will remain small for at least the next decade. Results from such models are often accepted by default as global estimates3. The inadequacy of this approach is here made evident by observations that the spring values of total O3 in Antarctica have now fallen considerably. The circulation in the lower stratosphere is apparently unchanged, and possible chemical causes must be considered. We suggest that the very low temperatures which prevail from midwinter until several weeks after the spring equinox make the Antarctic stratosphere uniquely sensitive to growth of inorganic chlorine, ClX, primarily by the effect of this growth on the NO2/NO ratio. This, with the height distribution of UV irradiation peculiar to the polar stratosphere, could account for the O3 losses observed.last_img read more

Adjunct-English Composition (Pool)

first_imgRequisition ID: req2826Job Title: Adjunct-English Composition (Pool)Department: EnglishLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $51.88 per contact hourSchedule: Hours vary depending upon course assignment; day,evening, or weekend hoursThe CollegeCommunity colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, severalregional learning centers and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. The College is also a proud partner to over 40 highschools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from highschool to college that encourage qualified young people to earndual credit – high school and college credit – while they are stillin high school.Columbus State employees benefit from an engaging, collaborative,and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. Ouradjunct faculty enjoy competitive compensation and professionaldevelopment opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that thediversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of ourstudents and region. We are proud to be a central part of acommunity that embraces differences and celebrates the manycultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio. The Ideal CandidateColumbus State seeks to attract faculty who believe in thecommunity college mission; who are academically and culturallydiverse; who believe the student comes first, always; and who sharein our commitment to student success. The ideal candidate iscommitted to academic excellence, continuous improvement throughprofessional development, assessment, contributing to program andcourse development, and creating a collegial environment ofcivility, collaboration and open communication.There is a particular need for qualified adjuncts to teach duringthe day at central Ohio area high schools as a part of the ColumbusState College Credit Plus program and also at our Delaware campusand regional centers located in Dublin, Reynoldsburg andWesterville.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – English Composition position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach, Planning& OrganizingEssential Job FunctionsIn conjunction with the English department’s policies, teachesassigned courses as scheduled and assumes primary responsibilityfor the delivery of the curriculum in the classroom, ensuring boththe rigor of the program and quality of instruction in order toachieve course outcomes. Employs appropriate teaching and learningstrategies and uses available instructional technology.Distributes and submits syllabi for all assigned sections inaccordance with department and College policies. Maintains studentattendance records and submits reports by specified deadlines.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule.Creates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction and support for learners. Regularlycommunicates with students and is available either in person orelectronically. Encourages a sense of community among students forlearning both inside and outside the classroom.Employs appropriate assessment techniques to measure studentperformance in achieving course outcomes and objectives.Communicates course progress to students in a timely manner.Determines and submits student grades (electronic format) inaccordance with established College policies and procedures.Assists in the identification of students with academic or otherneeds and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Maintainsconfidentiality of student information in accordance with theFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Periodic meetings with the department, Lead Instructor, andChairperson relative to teaching duties, and professionaldevelopment.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend department meetings and trainings as required. Regular,predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job the employee: regularly standsand walks for extended periods of time, and occasionally sits;converses verbally with others in person and by telephone;regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data intocomputer; occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbs orbalances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls; and frequentlyuses hand or fingers to touch. Vision demands include close,relatively detailed vision and distance vision. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsNormal classroom and office working conditions. Travel may berequired based upon assignment.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: online instruction techniques and methods; MicrosoftOffice; BlackBoard; internet research; online communication andrecord-keeping.Skill in: providing quality instruction; learning technologies andthe use of multi-media technology to enhance to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping.Ability to: effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills;create engaging learning environments that respect a wide varietyof viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingsupervision; meet deadlines; perform student learning outcomes;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Master’s in English or MFA in Creative Writing; plus EITHERat least one year of college English teaching experience, includingat least one course in English Composition, OR completion ofat least one 3-semester credit graduate-level course incomposition/rhetoric. The CityColumbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.center_img ORA Master’s degree, plus 18 semester credit hours of graduate-levelEnglish courses, 9 of which are composition/rhetoric.State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability togain access to work site(s).Preferred Qualifications: At least one year of teachingcollege English post Master’s degree. Additional Information: Adjunct faculty positions areongoing pooled positions and as such, applications are accepted ona continuous basis and reviewed by the department when openingsbecome available. To be considered for a position, candidates mustcomplete the online application and provide the followingdocuments: unofficial transcripts based on the requirements of theposition, cover letter and CV or resume. Official transcripts mustbe provided within 30-days of hire date. If transcripts are from aninternational institution, it is the responsibility of theprospective applicant to have the transcripts translated andevaluated by an approved credential evaluator.last_img read more

Carnage UK night brings disorder after criticism

first_imgOne man was arrested and two were warned for drunken behaviour during Thursday’s Carnage UK ‘Doctors & Nurses’ pub crawl in Oxford.The three men were told to leave the city centre, but one returned to the area afterwards. As a result, he was arrested.Two students were also seen urinating against the University Church on High Street at around 10.30pm. A student at Magdalen described the situation, “We were walking down High Street and saw two students wearing Carnage T-shirts who were pissing against the wall of the University Church. My friend went up to them and told them to respect the Church as a place of worship. They gave an insincere apology but were quite embarrassed.”This incident follows OUSU’s condemnation of Carnage UK events during Tuesday’s council. The motion criticising the company was put forward in the wake of a national scandal as a Sheffield student was caught urinating on a war memorial during a pub-crawl.The events have prompted concerns about their impact on relations between students and locals, given the number of students involved and their presence on the streets. Carnage UK has also been accused of encouraging binge drinking. Between 900 and 1,000 students took part in the event this week, their route passing through Anuba, Po Na Na, Mood, Que Pasa, Escape and The Regal.One first year participant from Worcester College described the event as “fun” with “nice people”, however complained about the queues and the difficulty of getting into Regal.Police spokesman Dave Parker commented on the night, “It passed pleasingly quietly and was just like a normal night in Oxford.” 35 voluntary stewards and 22 police officers were stationed to keep an eye on the revellers.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare HATFIELD PULLS OFF MAJOR UPSET IN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RACEDemocrat Jeff Hatfield took on the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Mayor of Evansville, seemly every elected Republican official in Vanderburgh County to pull one of the biggest political upsets in years.Because of this almost impossible political achievement, the Vanderburgh County’s Democratic Party will soon hold two of the three of the County Commissioners positions.Mr. Hatfield defeated Mike Duckworth by only 219 votes. Mr. Hatfield received 50.19 percent of the votes cast in yesterdays election.Mr. Hatfield put together an impressive campaign committee. He good people and communications skills proved to a big plus during his campaign. His finance committee did an amazing job in raising twice more money than his opponent in the campaign. His door-to-door campaign was very very effective in generating additional interest in his campaign.Bottom line, the message that he is very conservative and coupled with the fact he a  successful businessman resonated with the voters.Mr. Hatfield promised that he will govern in a non-partisan manner while using his good business skills and conservative values.last_img read more

Havana, then and now

first_imgThe pictures are hauntingly static. In a series of modern photos matched against century-old postcards, Havana’s sprawling boulevards, public squares, and majestic hotels appear side by side, frozen in time.With the Cuban revolution in 1959, most development on the island nation, including construction, came to an abrupt halt. The result is a city landscape rich with historic structures (those that have not crumbled), standing as they were close to 100 years ago, largely unhindered by progress or overshadowed by steel and concrete towers. Spanish, Moorish, Italian, Greek, and Roman influences can all be found in Havana’s architecture, which covers periods from colonial and baroque to art nouveau and art deco.The starring role in Cathryn Griffith’s photographs are the once-grand buildings and urban environments that are now undergoing a grand revival. To emphasize the sense of structural stasis, Griffith paired her current photos with postcard images from long ago.A selection of her work, captured in her new book “Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage,” is currently on view at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Located on the second floor of Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies’ south building, 25 photos in the exhibit are paired with historic shots of the same site. Each frame challenges the viewer to discern significant change.In one photo, an angular old corner building has been carefully cleaned and restored. It looks identical to the postcard image from 90 years before, with the exception of a tall building that looms just to its left. In another, a plaza with a church is instantly recognizable, even though the horses and carriages of the postcard image are long vanished. In their stead stand a bride and groom. In the foreground of another postcard image, a lush park surrounds the elegant capitol building. In the photo below, the capitol remains pristine, but the park has been replaced with pavement.For Griffith, an artist and photographer, the inspiration began on a trip to Havana in 2003, when she was struck by the city’s rich architectural heritage. Visiting Paris afterward, she bought several historic postcards that captured Havana’s grand colonial structures in hand-drawn images and vivid colors from long ago. With the help of eBay, Griffith was able to amass a collection of more than 600 similar cards.Ultimately, she found herself in the office of Leland Cott of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), looking for guidance on her idea of uniting the past and present.Cott understood Griffith’s desire to combine the images she had found with the photos she had taken in book form and helped her to conceptualize the project. Cott, a GSD adjunct professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design who has taught in Havana, also connected her with his contacts.Griffith made a dozen more trips to Cuba, searching for vantage points that matched some of her postcards, and taking digital photographs.“Just think about what that means in terms of that city, that you can still do that,” Cott told a crowd gathered on Feb. 3 for an opening reception.The almost imperceptible changes in the buildings, he said, were the result of two actions: a concentrated and well-designed campaign by government officials to restore historic structures to boost tourism, and what he called “benign neglect,” given the country’s dearth of material resources.“Doing nothing in this particular case,” Cott said,  “may have proven to be the most valuable preservation act of all.”While Cott helped put Griffith in touch with his contacts, her most important connection was to a young Cuban man who became her tour guide and translator. Together, with his limited English and her broken Spanish, they snaked through the city, stopping strangers on streets, ringing random doorbells, and persuading hotel security guards to let them in so they could seek vantage points matching the postcards.“The preservation of old Havana emphasizes the restoration of buildings to their old appearance,” Griffith said, noting that the effort is “not about change; it’s really about preserving or returning to an earlier state.”Griffith added that the underlying philosophy of the restoration, according to Cuban officials, “is that it’s necessary to have an understanding of the past in order to successfully engage with the future.”The exhibit continues through June 1.last_img read more

Hauser Center earns LEED Silver certification

first_imgThe Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations became the first LEED-certified project at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) when it achieved a LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) version 2.0 rating system on Sept. 2, 2010. It is the 35th LEED-certified project at Harvard.The Hauser Center moved into its current location in Belfer Hall after it was renovated in 2009. The center moved from its previous off-campus location to facilitate more interaction between students and Hauser Center employees. The center staff and facility leaders took the opportunity to improve the office space’s energy efficiency. The offices were renovated with a mind toward creating a welcoming, comfortable work environment, with offices exposed to natural light and outfitted with energy-efficient appliances. Additional ventilation was installed, all rooms are equipped with motion sensors, and all new equipment is certified as Energy Star.“Redesigning the Hauser Center with an eye towards efficiency was a win-win. Reusing existing furniture and minimizing new construction by repurposing existing spaces presented opportunities to creatively shape our environment. This process resulted in significant cost savings, greater teamwork between Hauser staff and facilities, as well as dynamic integration of new and historic design elements,” said Hauser Center Executive Director Aviva Luz Argote. “Our work environment has improved dramatically. I was intent that every one working at the center should have access to natural light – in contrast to our previous work space where many people worked in spaces devoid of any day lighting.”last_img read more

Stepping out

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Martinez eyes options after Kone KO

first_img “It is a big blow (losing Kone). When he came on against Hull (his last appearances) I felt we had Arouna back,” he said. “He then had a nasty challenge and it never settled down. It’s going to be a lengthy spell. “Darron Gibson has been in a similar situation (having had cruciate knee ligament surgery) and those two players are working hand in hand to get back. “But we have many more options up front. “Kevin Mirallas played more than a season at Olympiacos up front, Steven Naismith keeps playing at international up front – we have many options in that department.” Martinez denied Jelavic, whose last goal in any capacity for the club was in March in the 2-0 win at home to Manchester City, is suffering from a lack of confidence. “Niki started the season working hard and scored a few important goals in pre-season and has been working really well,” said the manager. “When he came on on Sunday he looked sharp, lively and full of energy and I have no doubt he will have a massive role and is a very important player for us. “He is such an experienced player he knows what he needs to do. As a striker you are always going to be in good moments and that happens after scoring goals and you feel you are really effective in the final third. “He has never suffered a lack of confidence. He is experienced enough to understand we have Romelu in a very good moment of form. “Niki is not suffering at all, he is fighting and waiting for his opportunity. “It is good to have that healthy competition. You see how Romelu has been performing and that is because people have been setting the same high standards in training.” Martinez insists the long-term injuries to Kone and Gibson have not altered his thinking as the January transfer window approaches. “We will use the next six, seven, eight weeks to get a clear assessment of the squad and see how the youngsters are developing because it is important to give them an opportunity,” he added. “Every window we are working hard to make sure we are helping the squad. “It is not a case of bringing in players for the sake of it in every window, it is the opposite. “It is trying to identify characters and personalities who can fit in and help the squad if there is any need. “That will always be the case, with injuries or without injuries.” Everton head to bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace on Saturday looking to ensure they keep pace with the six sides currently above them. Martinez believes the Londoner’s paltry points haul of three from 10 matches is not a true reflection of their quality. “We will never take any game lightly. Palace have been unfortunate in terms of results, they have been in games more,” he said. “When you get promoted you are either in that honeymoon period when everything goes in your favour and you develop momentum or it is the opposite and things don’t go your way and the confidence and belief you had in that successful season which got you promoted is not there. “They are much better than the points reflect in the table. At any time they could click into place and the last thing we want is for that to happen on Saturday.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident in the strength and depth of his attacking options despite losing striker Arouna Kone to a long-term knee injury. The Ivory Coast international’s participation in the remainder of the season has been thrown into doubt by an operation on a cartilage problem. While on-loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku is fit and firing Martinez will not have a problem and despite back-up option Nikica Jelavic having scored just once in the league since December 9, the Toffees boss does not fear problems further down the line. Press Associationlast_img read more