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We take a long-term view here at The Motley Fool so anyone buying should think in terms of years, not weeks or months.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A very cheap share priceThe shares are trading on a P/E of seven and are therefore very cheap. It’s broadly the same across the housebuilding sector though. I think this is primarily because of fears around the end of government support such as Help to Buy and wider concerns about the economy.This environment creates an opportunity to invest in most of the housebuilders, of course. But I like Barratt Developments because it has around £430m in cash. It also has access to £700m undrawn credit.If we look back to how it was performing pre-Covid-19 there are a lot of reasons for optimism if the lockdown continues to be eased. Revenues were rising and the group was making progress on pushing up its margins.Barratt had also taken steps to reduce its exposure to the struggling central London property market. Long term, this seems like a sensible move.Looking at the subdued share price and valuation metrics, such as the P/E ratio, it’s hard not to see Barratt Developments as anything other than an undervalued share with a lot of potential to rise.A rival with a new boss comingRival housebuilder Persimmon (LSE: PSN) will be getting a new boss who’ll start at the end of this year. Dean Finch will be joining Persimmon from National Express.It will be interesting to see what his strategy will be. I imagine he’ll continue the work of interim boss David Jenkinson who began the process of improving the culture and build quality at Persimmon following the controversial reign of Jeff Fairburn.This strategy did hit overall volumes. Before Covid-19, the group was selling about 4% fewer homes, but for the long term, rebuilding customer trust is essential. The group has cash and a strong land bank so has many reasons for optimism. I think that’s why the shares are more expensive than BDEV on around 2.8x book value. That figure is well above the average for the sector and certainly not such an obviously cheap share price as BDEV. Yet I still see its price as attractive.I’ve been invested in the shares for a number of years and while housebuilding is cyclical, I think they offer value qualities. Meanwhile market forces support the housebuilders in general. 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I was sitting on a toilet when an earthquake hit. We’d gone on holiday after the World Cup in New Zealand and on the first day my wife, Jane, and I went to the supermarket – the only four-storey building in Bali! – to get essentials like nappies. I went to the loo and that’s when the earthquake struck. The mirrors smashed and the toilet came out of the wall and the floor. Then I had the ultimate dilemma: get myself together when there’s a chance I could die or run out into the middle of the supermarket with my trousers around my ankles!I decided to take my time and when I found my wife hiding under a clotheshorse we ran out of the building. I persuaded a taxi driver to take us back to the hotel to see if the kids were okay. He was listening to pop music so I got him to put on the news so we could find out what was going on. Bizarrely there were still roofers on houses putting down tiles! The quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, but luckily the kids were fine.My best rugby moment came with Wasps, not England. For me the game is about playing with mates and achieving something with guys who you play with week in, week out. So after the years I had at Wasps, the 2004 Heineken Cup victory against Toulouse stands out as the best.Mark Regan was very nervous about meeting the Queen. We went to the Palace after winning the 2003 World Cup. He was okay meeting the Queen, then we went into a big hall where there were lots of dignitaries and a big buffet. A footman, in all his regalia, approached myself and Ronnie and said, “Earl Grey?” Ronnie replied, “Mark Regan, pleased to meet you.” Any moments with Ronnie are memorable!DID YOU KNOW?Shaw is the oldest player to represent England at a Rugby World Cup. He was aged 38 years, nine days when RWC 2011 kicked offThis article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. 17 Sep 2000: Simon Shaw of Wasps in action during the Zurich Premiership match against Gloucester at Loftus Road, in London. Wasps won the match 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers /Allsport LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click hereFor Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Shaw reckons he’s lost an inch and a half in height over the years of scrum impactsCountry: EnglandAge: 38 (1 September 1973)Position: Second-rowBorn: Nairobi, KenyaA three-time Lions tourist, Simon Shaw spent 14 years at Wasps and has represented England in 71 Tests and at three World Cups. Here are a few things you might not know about Toulon’s newest lock…I needed a change. The move to Toulon came at the right time because I wanted a new experience. I needed something completely different and I came with an open mind. I’m enjoying life down here and I want to immerse myself in the culture.Life’s more relaxed in France. Every time I go back to the UK I go into overdrive. As soon as I get to the airport I’m thinking about where I have to go next, what time, and so on. Here it’s very laissez-faire.I used to speak Swahili. I was brought up in Kenya but remember little of the language now. I can also speak Spanish as I spent time in Spain. I’m trying my best with French but my schooling was many years ago and I don’t recall much. I pretty much understand everything but can’t converse very well yet.The kids love it here. I wanted the kids (Samantha, 8, Tyler, 7, Beau, 5, and Sienna, 2) to have a different experience. At home it rains a lot but over here the weather’s fantastic and they can play outside. The chance for them to learn another language is great. Everyone said they’d be speaking French in three months, so I expected them to be able to speak a third of French in a month! They’re doing well and are ordering meals for us.France has a lot of incredibly large players. Even at 6ft 8in and 18st 8lb, I often find that I’m no longer one of the biggest or heaviest on the pitch – I’m fourth or fifth on the list. I thought the game might be a lot faster in France, but it’s slower than I expected and all French clubs have a tough pack up front.Back in the day: Wasps v Gloucester, 17 September 2000Our trampoline ended up in the swimming pool. I spent a day and a half constructing this 13ft trampoline in the garden for my kids and the Mistral blew the thing in the air and it landed in the pool. It’s supposed to be a coastal breeze, but it’s a very hefty wind that comes out of nowhere.I’m not in any hurry to retire. It’s all doom and gloom out there and Toulon are interested in signing me for another year. I’ve also got a corporate events company, Set Piece Events. We’re launching a sevens festival in Brighton on 8-10 June (thebrighton7s.co.uk), which should be great. People concentrate on age too much. Lots of sportsmen and women achieve their ultimate goals in their 30s, such as Kelly Holmes, Linford Christie and Steve Redgrave, who won the last of his Olympic gold medals at 38.My first rugby memory is a bit random. I was playing football in the garden when my dad and our Welsh neighbour started swearing at each other across the porch for ten minutes. It was only later that I found out it was half-time during a Five Nations game between England and Wales.I hope rugby doesn’t become like football. I wouldn’t want players to ever be separate from fans, the people who watch and love the game. To socialise with fans is part of rugby. As soon as that stops rugby will be like football and other sports where players are so ‘big’ they’re untouchable.
Por Workers World en Austin, TexasLos siguientes son testimonios ligeramente editados sobre la respuesta del sistema de atención médica al coronavirus COVID-19 de varios trabajadores que actualmente tienen trabajos en el centro de Texas o han pasado sus vidas trabajando allí.Médico de Emergencias en Austin, TexasLa respuesta de los hospitales del centro de Texas, hogares de ancianos y servicios de ambulancia ha sido hasta ahora lo que esperaba de la medicina basada en las ganancias. No se toman precauciones con los pacientes a menos que tengan un caso verificado de COVID-19. Para que se verifique un caso, un paciente debe pasar una serie estricta de preguntas y presentación de síntomas antes de considerar la prueba. Las personas que dan positivo para la influenza pero tienen tos persistente no toman precauciones. La suposición es que si tiene una [enfermedad], entonces no puede tener la otra.Durante todo este tiempo, los trabajadores de atención médica pueden o no usar máscaras cuando están cerca del paciente. Las tiendas de triaje se instalan fuera de los hospitales, pero los trabajadores no usan protección fuera de los guantes estándar de nitrilo, y no hay forma de aislar a los pacientes mientras esperan ser atendidos.Los trabajadores de la salud ya están sobrecargados de trabajo gracias al deseo de nuestros hospitales privados, hogares de ancianos y servicios de ambulancia para maximizar las ganancias [durante] COVID-19, y eso solo empeora el problema. En lugar de traer suficientes trabajadores para atender la afluencia de pacientes, se espera que trabajemos más rápido.Los trabajadores de la salud, que incluyen limpiadores de instalaciones médicas, cocineros, encargados de registros y trabajadores de lavandería, no están siendo evaluados, y la falta de alimentos garantizados, vivienda y estabilidad de ingresos nos incentiva a ocultar los síntomas. Nos queda en gran medida hacer una autoinvestigación sobre el virus. En mi trabajo como [Médico de Emergencias], el único entrenamiento que hemos recibido en COVID-19 es un video de 20 minutos publicado en línea que no es obligatorio.Necesitamos más personas en el trabajo; necesitamos un derecho a la vivienda, la alimentación y la atención médica; necesitamos educación sobre el virus; y, sobre todo, necesitamos que la especulación termine.Escritura de un médico en una zona rural de TexasLa experiencia clínica aquí se puede resumir en una palabra: inadecuada. Eso es gracias a la falta de respuesta organizada, investigación y educación sobre COVID-19. Hay poca o ninguna comprensión por parte de nadie en cualquier nivel de atención, desde los empleados hasta los médicos, sobre la naturaleza de esta epidemia o cómo es cuantificable o cualitativamente diferente a la influenza. Han fracasado constantemente en cada oportunidad de brindar a los pacientes orientación y expectativas adecuadas para el cuidado de los niños pequeños hasta los ancianos.Es probable que algunas personas aquí ya estén infectadas debido a la proximidad a varias ciudades grandes, y el período de incubación se pasa por alto durante el triaje de personas en riesgo de infección. Los síntomas pueden ocultarse por completo en niños pequeños y no se mantienen alejados de las poblaciones en riesgo. En el mejor de los casos, podemos esperar que lleguemos tarde a la ola de la enfermedad cuando comprendamos las apuestasLa gran población de jubilados y la actitud descortés de todos, excepto algunos valientes Cassandras, significa que nos estamos preparando para un momento difícil. [Cassandra era la hija de un dios griego dotado con el don de profecía pero destinado a no ser creído.]Una ex enfermera del centro de Texas que vive en AlemaniaUno de los primeros casos de propagación comunitaria de COVID-19 fuera de China ocurrió en Alemania el 27 de enero. Sin embargo, no se sabía mucho sobre el brote en ese momento, y la gente no parecía preocupada. Lo que me sorprendió fue que la persona que transfirió el virus no tenía síntomas cuando interactuó con otros en la comunidad que luego se enfermaron. Me ha sorprendido la falta de un sentido de urgencia o voluntad de tomar en serio este coronavirus, incluso hoy en día, a medida que las fronteras de las principales naciones del mundo comienzan a cerrarse y los bloqueos entran en vigencia, y aún hay tantos defectos en toda la respuesta .Las personas con síntomas aún no se están haciendo la prueba porque no han viajado a China, pero el virus ha sido global desde enero. La línea directa para que las personas llamen si creen que están infectadas en Berlín, Alemania, donde vivo ahora, no tiene una opción para ningún otro idioma que no sea alemán. Esta es una de las ciudades con mayor diversidad étnica en Europa, e incluso en una crisis requieren que solicite ayuda solo en su lengua materna.Otra cuestión que veo como un problema importante desde el principio fue la falta de suministros de equipos de protección personal. Me mudé aquí desde el centro de Texas en octubre de 2019, donde trabajé como enfermera registrada durante casi 20 años. Mi último trabajo antes de salir de EE. UU. fue en recuperación quirúrgica. Similar a la sala de emergencias, este es un ambiente que requiere que haya bolsas de ventilación manual a cada lado de la cama. Después de que el huracán María devastó a Puerto Rico [creando una necesidad extrema de suministros médicos], no pudimos reemplazar estos equipos vitales, y muchos de ellos caducaron.También hubo medicamentos y otros suministros que no pudimos reponer, y los fabricantes en los Estados Unidos tardaron meses en aumentar la producción, mientras que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos se negó a invertir en la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico. Fui testigo de lo rápido que nuestras operaciones podrían verse comprometidas, incluso detenerse sin el equipo necesario. Esto es exactamente lo que está sucediendo hoy en Italia, y me temo que es una señal de lo que vendrá para el resto del mundo que se centra más en maximizar las ganancias en lugar de salvar la vida de las personas.Una enfermera que trabaja en el centro de TexasSoy una enfermera registrada y trabajo en un centro de crisis psiquiátrica del centro de la ciudad. Más de la mitad de los pacientes que atendemos no tienen hogar. La organización para la que trabajo está impulsada por el trabajo social y hay pocas enfermeras licenciadas (RN). Tengo 75 años y, por lo tanto, soy miembro de una de las poblaciones vulnerables.El liderazgo de la organización se ha paralizado por todo esto. El jueves pasado a mi supervisora, que tiene cáncer y está tomando medicamentos de quimioterapia, le dijeron que tenía que trabajar desde casa. Pero no le dieron una computadora portátil, así que regresó a trabajar al día siguiente. Luego, sus supervisores le dijeron que buscara cómo podría trabajar sin tener contacto directo con pacientesSe le ocurrió la idea de que podía usar su oficina y ver a los pacientes por telemed. He estado fuera del trabajo, pero tengo que volver a trabajar mañana. Mi supervisor me llamó hoy para decirme que la idea de Telemed fracasó porque el liderazgo no pudo encontrar una computadora portátil (¡otra vez!) Para que la use para conectarme a Telemed.Me dieron la opción, y me animaron encarecidamente, a quedarme en casa, pero no quiero dejar a mis compañeros de trabajo con poco personal. Tal como está ahora, resulta que mi supervisor tiene una infección de las vías respiratorias superiores (¡no, no la corona!), Así que usaré su oficina y haré los gráficos, el trabajo con la computadora y otras cosas que no requieren contacto con el paciente. Por ineptos que sean sus esfuerzos, el liderazgo parece preocupado por mi seguridad. O eso, o saben que he dado instrucciones a mis hijos adultos para demandar.En cualquier caso, no veo el mismo nivel de preocupación por nuestra clientela por parte de mi liderazgo organizacional, por políticos locales o por el gobierno federal. El distanciamiento social y la buena higiene de las manos están a la orden del día. ¿Cómo haces eso si vives en un refugio lleno de gente y estás en la calle todo el día?Un estudiante paramédico en AustinComo técnico médico de emergencia y estudiante de paramédico, he sido testigo de primera mano del desmoronamiento de nuestra infraestructura de atención médica a raíz de COVID-19. Los sitios clínicos en los hospitales de todo el centro de Texas redujeron al mínimo la propagación inicial del virus y no pudieron implementar protocolos aumentados para el control de infecciones durante semanas hasta que quedó muy claro que el alcance de esta pandemia ya no podía evitarse.En un solo turno clínico de seis horas, cada paciente con el que tuve contacto en la sala de emergencias era un paciente con afecciones preexistentes, con signos y síntomas de neumonía, como tos y fiebre. Estos pacientes, que exhiben signos reveladores del virus, fueron abordados sin un mayor nivel de aislamiento dentro del entorno hospitalario.En las últimas dos semanas, el sistema de Servicios Médicos de Emergencia basado en subsidios, en el que soy estudiante clínico, solo había comenzado conversaciones para asegurarse de que las máscaras N95 se ajustaran adecuadamente a los proveedores. El personal también discutió las preocupaciones sobre la falta de máscaras y la incapacidad de abastecerse de más a medida que la ola de esta pandemia creció lentamente a un aumento gradual. El personal discutió continuamente los problemas con el despacho, pero con una falta de continuidad en términos de respuesta a casos potenciales del virus, algunas llamadas fueron respondidas con múltiples unidades, otras con tripulaciones individuales.A partir del 13 de marzo, me informaron que mi educación clínica, así como todo el departamento de profesiones médicas de mi universidad, se habían suspendido indefinidamente debido al virus. A partir de ahora, no puedo pagar el registro estatal requerido para trabajar como EMT en el estado de Texas y debo quedar en segundo plano ya que no puedo unirme a mis colegas profesionales de la salud que continúan ahogándose en un sistema que hace poco para poner su bienestar, y mucho menos el del paciente, a la vanguardia.Solo hoy, casi una semana después de las prácticas de distanciamiento social, escucho informes anecdóticos de personal médico y pacientes que reciben pruebas, en lugar de pruebas de detección, para COVID-19.ConclusiónCOVID-19 está enseñando a muchos que no tenemos más remedio que abandonar la medicina basada en las ganancias en favor de la evidencia y la planificación centralizada. Las reformas sugeridas por políticos como Bernie Sanders son un comienzo, pero no alcanzan lo que necesitamos. La eliminación completa del motivo de ganancias y el control completo de los trabajadores sobre la atención médica nos permitiría centrarnos en nuestra tarea más importante: la salud del paciente.Los trabajadores de la salud que se enferman deben sentirse capaces y apoyados para actuar en interés de nuestros pacientes y tomarse un tiempo libre, incluida la auto cuarentena prolongada si nos infectamos con COVID-19. Necesitamos pruebas que estén disponibles para todos, especialmente para aquellos que nos preocupamos por la salud de los demás.La riqueza que generamos los trabajadores debería ir hacia cosas que nos mantengan felices y saludables, no un absurdo presupuesto del Pentágono de $700 mil millones u otro yate para los buitres capitalistas que se aprovechan de los enfermos y heridos.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top Stories”We Are Not Overtaking The Powers Of High Courts Or The Executive”: Read The Full Courtroom Exchange In Supreme Court’s Suo Motu Covid Matter Mehal Jain27 April 2021 4:30 AMShare This – xHaving taken suo moth cognisance of the COVID- related issues in the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that it does not intend to supplant or substitute the High Courts in their dealing of the practical issues and problems in their territories. “We acknowledge that Article 226 is valuable for the protection of both Fundamental rights and legal rights. High Courts are best-situated to assess the ground realities in each state and come up with flexible solutions for practical concerns of the citizens. They may find solutions with the cooperation of all the authorities concerned”, the bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud asserted.At the same time, the bench clarified it is also important that the intervention of the top court is appreciated in proper perspective, that the Court has jurisdiction under Article 32 towards the protection of fundamental rights, and that in the face of a national crisis, the court cannot stand silent as a mute spectator. “Our role will be complimentary to the functioning of the High Courts. Neither is intended to substitute the other. We are on the national issues, the broader issues of a systematic nature, the issues which are beyond state boundaries and that is why the suo motu cognisance was taken” “By the pendency of these proceedings, the High Courts are not restrained from continuing to deal with the issue that they are seized of”, the bench, also comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat, stated.The bench, on Tuesday, required the Union of India to highlight the following issues before the Court: Supply of oxygen – the bench initially required the Centre to tell the total availability of oxygen in the country, but SG Tushar Mehta urged the court to avoid this aspect –” I have good reason for it. The oxygen is being augmented but I don’t want to create any panic”. Then, the bench agreed to exclude this point. Instead, the court has asked to be apprised of the projected demand for oxygen in the country at present and the future; the steps being taken to augment the availability of oxygen; the monitoring mechanism to be put into place for the supply of oxygen to the states; the basis of allocation of oxygen to the states from the central pool; and the methodology for communication of states’ requirement to the Centre on a daily basis.Enhancement of critical medical infrastructure- The bench also asked the Centre to clarify the issue of enhancement of the critical medical infrastructure- number of beds, Covid treatment centres equipped with personnel, healthcare professionals.The Court has also asked for details as regards the availability of essential drugs such as Remdesivir. The bench also indicated the need for a system of seamless communication of their requirements from the district collectors to the Health Departments of the states to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and for a daily monitoring of the same.Vaccination: The bench recorded, “As of now, there are two vaccines which are available in the country- Covishield and Covaxin. At present, the vaccination has been extended to all above the age of 45 years, and from May 1, the age group of 18 to 45 will be added to this existing group”. The order requires the Union of India to clarify the projected requirement of vaccine and the modalities to ensure that any deficit will be catered to.”The Union of India shall also highlight the basis and the rational for the pricing of the vaccine”, directed the bench.The bench also suggested the setting of a comprehensive, official line of communication at a national level, where individuals may acquire information on a daily basis for combating the pandemic at their level. The bench suggested that the Union of India come up with an identified panel of specialists for this purpose, which model can be replicated by the state governments.The bench also appointed Senior advocates Jaideep Gupta and Meenakshi Arora as amicus curiae in the matter.The following is the courtroom exchange as it transpired:SG Tushar Mehta: I have filed a detailed reply.as has been rightly indicated by Your Lordships, that this is the fight for the nation; If we fails the nation fails; if succeeds, then we succeed collectively. Apropos to what Your Lordships said that there must not be any political bickering (in the earlier matter where Vedanta has been permitted to run its oxygen plant in Madras), it is with the same spirit that I have filed this affidavit.Unfortunately, since the affidavit could only be filed today, Your Lordships would not have the occasion to see it. But just to satisfy Your Lordships, may I indicate a letter by the Additional Director, Health averring that some states like that of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have made a rational utilisation of oxygen and there has been a reduction in their consumption by 25%, and urging all other states to follow in their footsteps. So these states are appreciated! It is not about Aam Aadmi Party or BJP or the left or the Congress party! This is about one nation!Justice Chandrachud: We would like to clarify that the purpose of the suo motu intervention is not to supplant the High Courts and not to take over the valuable role that they play under Article 226. It is a basic principle that 226 extends to the protection of both legal rights as well as fundamental rights. The High Courts are in a better position to monitor the territorial situation. At the same time, it is also important for the Supreme Court to intervene to look into the systemic, national issues and ensure the coordination at a national level and between the states, which the High Courts may find difficult to deal with. This is a national crisis and the Supreme Court of India, being the national Constitutional Court, cannot be a silent spectator. But we must clarify that we are not preventing the High Courts from continuing with the proceedings that they have begun. In fact, we support their endeavour. If they face any difficulties by virtue of their jurisdiction being confined to a state, we will take up from there and ensure that their orders are enforced by cooperative means.Considering that the amicus curiae (Senior advocate Harish Salve) appointed by the previous bench has been relieved, we would like to appoint other advocates to assist us on the matter. We are not against the orders of the courts, we only want certain visions before us, to be able to balance the different perspectives. Then we can come up with a median- a comprehensive, unified plan which may fulfil the needs of all citizens.SG Mehta: The central government does not oppose any of the constitutional courts, be it the High Courts or the Supreme Court or both, who are calling upon us to assist them in knowing how the central government is dealing with this crisis. We are not even remotely questioning the jurisdiction. Your Lordships may examine what steps have been taken as regards the perceptional issues – from the beginning of the problem in 2019 till 2020; what steps are being continuously taken; how the second wave was kept in mind even though it was not anticipated; what guidelines and directions were issued; how, as a nation, we are dealing with the unprecedented surge.The coordination between the states inter se is a matter which is being looked into from the highest political executive level, by both the Centre and the states. There have been meetings of the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers. We are proud to say that except in certain exceptional cases, there is no question of one state being pitched against the other or against the Centre. The situation is being monitored and reviewed hourly. The work is progressing on a war footing. The provisions under the Disaster Management Act have been taken recourse to to iron out any differences. We are not here as ‘A’ government or ‘B’ government or ‘A’ party or ‘B’ party, but as a nation before this court.Justice Bhat: I wish to flag two issues which are exclusively in the central government’s power – one, the use of central forces – paramilitary forces, the army doctors, the Armed Forces which are not deployed at the border, and the railways- which can be used as a common facility for hospitals, transportation, vaccination. What is the national planning on this? I am not saying if it is right or wrong, it is just for necessary for us to know.Two, in order to combat this pandemic, we need to vaccinate the maximum number of people. The key element here is pricing. It is the central government which has negotiated a certain price till now. But now the different manufacturers are citing different prices. What is the central government thinking with regard to this? It is their power under the Drug Price Control Order. There is also the power under section 100, Patents Act (Power of Central Government to use inventions for purposes of Government). If this is not a national emergency, then I fail to understand what is (for the exercise of the government’s extra-ordinary authority under the aforesaid statutory provisions). If you clarify this, a lot of issues would be resolved at the level of the High Courts. If these issues have not been considered, you may consider them now.SG Mehta: Substantially, they are there in my affidavit. To the extent they are not, I will put them on record. But I can assure Your Lordships that the central government resources are being put to optimum use in every which way possible.The bench then heard advocates voicing the concerns of the different states and other stakeholders:Senior advocate Vikas Singh, (for the SCBA, being an intervenor in these proceedings amid the initial apprehension of withdrawal of proceedings before the High Courts to the SC; and for the state of West Bengal): Your Lordships opening statement clarifies the SCBA concerns. I am also appearing for the state of West Bengal – in the 73 years, the vaccine pricing for the Central and the state governments has always been the same. It is for the first time now, that the pricing for Covaxin is Rs.150 for the Centre and Rs.600 for the states and 1200 for the private parties and for Covishield, it is Rs.150 for the Centre and 400 and 600 respectively for the states and the private parties. This is creating a huge problem. Since it is the central government which is negotiating the vaccine, there is no reason for there to be differential pricing between the Centre and the states. As regards the private players, it is still understandable.Secondly, under the DM act, it is the union secretary which is heading a committee of all secretaries as regards the issue of movement of oxygen between states. If it is only the central task force which is looking into it, the word of the states may get lost. So an endeavour may be made to involve the representatives of the states in their ‘zoom’ meetings.Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, for the state of Rajasthan: For Rajasthan, one issue, which is occurring perhaps unintentionally, is that it is the largest state with the lowest density of population. There are 750 km to be transversed from Bhiwadi till Jaisalmer. It touches five states and it also touches Pakistan. One has to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach some of the remote villages. Cases in the state are increasing at a galloping rate. As per our figures yesterday, the number of active cases is 1.29 lakhs. As of May 9, our projections show that the oxygen requirement will double. The national allocation plan has 2 sources for us- 100MT from Bhiwadi and 40 from the Reliance plant in Jamnagar. Today, we need 300 MT. By 9th may, we will need 550. The oxygen availability per active case is 6 kg in Madhya Pradesh, 2.81 in UP, 8.02 in Gujarat and in Rajasthan, it is 0.6. Please look at the disparity.Justice Chandrachud: This is not the correct index. Every patient does not need oxygen. What you have done is divided the number of patients by the oxygen availability.It may be noted that the Delhi high court on Monday said it expects the Rajasthan government to honour the orders not to obstruct cryogenic tankers carrying medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients to other states, observing that any obstruction at this stage will tantamount to endangering hundreds of human lives.Dr. Singhvi: Yesterday, the Delhi High Court was misled by a statement by Inox, which runs the Bhiwadi plant, that certain tankers which they were bringing to Delhi have been ‘detained’ by the state of Rajasthan. The Delhi High Court then, unfortunately, said that they hope and trust that such a thing would not be done. Of course, it cannot be the intent of the Courts to transfer the problem from state ‘A’ to state ‘B’. But Inox did not tell the High Court that 23 tankers have been requisitioned by Rajasthan by an April 21 order of the district authorities under the Disaster Management Act. Even the 23 tankers are too less for Rajasthan.Justice Rao: You can approach the Delhi High Court for a correction of the order.Dr. Singhvi: The order is between Inox and the Union of India. I am not a party in the High Court. I was not heard. And anyway, the Delhi High Court does not extend to Rajasthan. But if there is no clarification of the order, it will come to be implemented.Justice Chandrachud: Why must we micromanage these issues now as to why the tanker was stopped or detained. If you are hurt by the order, you can challenge it before us. Otherwise, go to the High Court and clarify the position.Dr Singhvi: The High Court is not hearing states but it is hearing individual parties, hospitals and the Union of India. There are also some limitations on state High Courts in doing such things. I don’t want my tankers, which are travelling 1000 kilometres to serve areas dispersedly, to hamper a national cause!Justice Bhatt: Even as we speak, you can go to the High Court. We will write a one-line order.Justice Chandrachud: You can give a factual clarification regarding the tankers being stopped or detained over there. The other issues, we will handle here.SG Mehta: The question before the High court was nonavailability of tankers to supply oxygen to the Delhi government. The scheme is such that it is the Centre which allocates the oxygen. We call for potential leads from the state government. Based on the availability of oxygen as at 12:30 on any day, the quantity is allocated in consultation with the state governments. Then it is for the state government to arrange for tankers. We are running double engine trains, there is an electric engine and also one that runs on diesel, so in case the electricity fails, they can still deliver to the destination. These trains use the green corridor, which means that there is no stoppage from the place of departure till the destination. It is on these trains that the tankers are mounted. The Delhi government was not able to find sufficient tankers. So the Delhi High Court court called on Inox, which is a major supplier, and they were pointing out to the court their problem. The central government also had the same problem. Initially, it was a serious one, and though it continues even now, its gravity has reduced. Suppose, certain tankers are directed to go from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh, the Gujarat government may hold on to them, saying that our people are also dying. And these tankers come to be stopped by the District Magistrates and the DSPs. So the central government under the DM Act has said that it will be a criminal offence to stop the tankers. Now this is rarely occurring. We also have a central virtual control room, where there are joint secretaries and additional secretaries working 24/7. If any such report comes, then the Home Secretary etc discusses it with the concerned state chief secretary. Inox said that four tankers have been detained by Rajasthan. The court said that this is unfair and illegal and also violative of the directive of the central government. Probably, the tankers are still with Rajasthan. But the state is not my opponent. I am only showing the circumstances in which the order was passed.Advocate Rahul Mehra, for the GNCTD: As a government, we have nothing against the state of Rajasthan. We are all together, we are all Indians. It was not on our asking that that order was passed. The court even relegated the Rajasthan government to the central government to make any representations. Nobody is to be prejudiced, there are to be no coercive steps against anybody. It is all to be in a cooperative spirit. Now if Delhi start stopping tankers, there will be chaos. Every state must cooperate.SG Mehta: This used to happen a lot in Haryana and in UP. It was then when the Home Minister said that these tankers be treated as an ambulance, that not only must they not be prevented from moving but they must be given way!Dr Singhvi: But the catch is that the Inox used wrong words like ‘detain’ and ‘stop’. It was a requisition of the tankers to store oxygen for transferring it. Rajasthan is 10 times larger than any other state. How do I otherwise transport?Justice Chandrachud: Dr Singhvi, you may explain this to the High Court-why the tankers were stopped, who stopped them.Senior Advocate S. Niranjan Reddy (for the state of Andhra Pradesh): The oxygen is being allotted from the central pool, and it is being allotted from Orissa to Andhra Pradesh, from Visakhapatnam to Maharashtra. There is no difficulty in that, but it is disrupting the existing supply lines and the logistical chain. The northern part of Andhra Pradesh is closer to Orissa and the southern part is closer to Tamil Nadu. So Parcelling out the states in smaller regions may help. Justice Rao: Mr. Solicitor, you may consider what Mr Reddy is saying. If you allot Tamil Nadu to the norther part of Andhra Pradesh, there might be logistical issues. We have a 1000 km coastline. Also, have you dealt with the availability of healthcare professionals? Taking into account their fatigue over the past one month and the future which seems to be scary? Where do we stand, how do we plan?SG Mehta: Although the allotment which is made geographically may seem illogical, but there are several considerations, such as their need, the requirements of the other states, of other units. But this mechanism is ever-evolving. If any other mechanism seems to be better, it can always be considered. Nothing is cast in stone. In fact, if we have directed a supply from state A to state B and suddenly there is a surge in a neighbouring state, we re-route. We are open- our only concern is maximum augmentation of oxygen, keeping in mind the future requirements, and of the maximum coverage of oxygen.Advocate Yatin Oza (for an NGO): Since there are only a limited number of companies which are producing the essential medicines, there is an acute shortage. There may be a waiver of all intellectual property rights. The Union of India may take recourse to sections 92 (on compulsory licensing) and 100 of the Patents Act. Same route may be adopted with regard to the vaccination policy.Senior advocate Siddharth Dave: There is also a need for a uniform policy for admission to hospitals in all states. In Delhi, you need the SDM’s sign in order to be admitted in a hospital. (Mr Oza pointed out that two patients died outside a hospital in Gujarat as they were not admitted on account of arriving in a private vehicle and not the ‘108’ ambulance service).Your Lordships have held that the right to medical facilities is a fundamental right and it cannot be denied by this bureaucracy.SG Mehta: This is a very valid issue. As a citizen and a potential patient, it is my concern also. Although I am not opposing individuals from approaching this court, but it is the states who are being dealt with with here…The Delhi High Court and the Gujarat High Court are also in seisin of this issue and they can be moved…Justice Chandrachud: But Mr Dave is not asking for our intervention, he only seeks that the central government may lay down a uniform hospitalisation policy. Although we are on the national, systemic issues, if individual grievances present a national picture, we will look into them.SG Mehta: Even if Your Lordships should look into the individual grievances, we are not opposing it. We are only saying that the individual problems may not serve the purpose with which Your Lordships are examining this issue, when the high courts have already taken suo motto cognisance of the related issues. This is because in each state, the availability of beds, doctors etc is different. Justice Chandrachud: Yes, there is free play in the joints for the states. But there must also be a broad framework as to when one can be hospitalised.As the bench prepared to dictate its order, advocate Sachin Patil pointed out that 30% of the test reports are wrong, and even though the patient has all the symptoms of Covid, just because the report is negative, they are not getting treatment.After the bench passed its order, listing the matter for Friday, Justice Chandrachud observed,”But we must clarify that there must be no recrimination. Recriminations will not save life. It is the bench’s appeal to you. The matter must proceed in a cooperative spirit. We have to arrive at a final solution””Equally, we are aware that in our exercise of judicial review, we are not overtaking the executive power of the government. We only want to be apprised of what is happening and to throw suggestions at you. Like Mr Reddy validly pointed out that there must be a parceling of states”, added Justice Chandrachud to the SGSG Tushar Mehta assured that he has received intimation from the Centre that some changes in this direction have already been taken care of.Tags#Supreme Court #COVID19 #Suo Motu Proceedings #Vaccination #Remdesivir #Hospitals #Oxygen #Justice DY Chandrachud #Tushar Mehta #High Courts Next Story
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A mysterious breakup may have sparked the “Golden State Killer” suspect’s anger against women, according to an investigator on the case.During one attack on July 5, 1978, the serial burglar, rapist and killer reportedly talked about a woman named “Bonnie,” while sexually assaulting another woman in Davis, California.“He is sobbing and saying, ‘I hate you, Bonnie. I hate you, Bonnie,’ over and over,” investigator Paul Holes told ABC News’ “20/20.”“He had some anger against what Bonnie, or what he perceived Bonnie, had done to him. And he’s taking that anger out on this victim that he’s raping,” Holes said. “We didn’t know, was Bonnie his mom? A wife? Ex-wife? Girlfriend? We just knew that there was a Bonnie in his life.”Holes, who recently retired, spent decades investigating the elusive “Golden State Killer,” who police say committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.Watch the full story on “20/20” this Friday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PTThis year, Holes said investigators finally learned the identity of the mysterious Bonnie.After suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was identified, Holes said investigators found a newspaper article listing an engagement between him and a woman named Bonnie in 1970.“So, now we have a guy that has a Bonnie in his life, and we couldn’t find any indication that they ever got married,” Holes said. “So, something happened in that relationship that caused them to part — and that probably is indicative of a relationship that went sideways and … maybe he could have a grudge, because of whatever happened in that relationship.”Last week, DeAngelo was arrested and taken into custody at his home in Sacramento County, where the crime spree started.DeAngelo has not entered a plea; he returns to court May 14.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Work permits at a glanceOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Employers who have recruited, or may recruit, non-UK citizens must notdiscriminate against them because of their nationality. But they must ensurethey don’t breach the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996, says Alison Gurden atBeachcroft WansbroughsWho requires a work permit?Most workers who are not: – European Economic Area citizens – Commonwealth citizens with a right of abode in the UK – Individuals without automatic entitlement to work in the UK should obtaina work permit. The employer should apply for this on behalf of the prospectiveemployee. If granted, the permit will apply to a particular job and employer,and should not be transferred to another employer without authorisation. When will a work permit be granted? In general, permits are not granted for unskilled jobs or forself-employment. The employer must show a genuine vacancy for an employee. Inaddition, it must be shown that the person is suitably qualified or experiencedfor that vacancy, and that there are no suitably qualified or experienced”resident workers”. For intra-company transfers, the employer must show that the post requiresan established employee who has essential company knowledge and experience. For how long will the permit be granted? Permits may be issued for up to five years, and one that is granted forfewer may be extended on application of the employer and the employee. What if the work permit has expired? An employee who is appealing against a permit extension refusal shouldreceive a letter from the Home Office confirming that they may continue to workuntil their appeal is determined. But an employee whose permit has expired andwho is not appealing cannot work after the expiry date. What about people already resident in the UK? Residents of the UK, without permission to work indefinitely, will usuallyrequire a work permit. Asylum-seekers may work in the UK if they have writtenpermission from the Home Office. Employers’ potential criminal liability Under Section 8 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996, it is a criminaloffence to employ a person who does not have permission to work in the UK. The company or organisation, or individual officers of the company (such asthe HR director or manager) may face personal liability if they have acquiescedin the employment of such a person. The offence may result in a fine of up to£5,000. It may be a defence for the company or organisation, or its officers, toprove that the employee produced documentation showing entitlement to work in theUK (see below). This defence will also apply if an employment agency hadguaranteed that a temporary employee’s relevant documents had been checked, andthe person was entitled to work in the UK. How can an employer protect it’s self? The employer faces two potential liabilities when employing a worker who isnot an EEA citizen: criminal liability under the Immigration and Asylum Act; orcivil liability under the Race Relations Act. An employer refusing to employ an individual because of a belief that theymay not have permission to work in the UK could be subject to a discriminationclaim brought by the prospective employee in an employment tribunal. The Home Office has issued a code of practice for all employers on theavoidance of race discrimination in recruitment, which is intended to protectthe worker, while at the same time prevent illegal working. The code is notbinding on employers, but the tribunal should take it into account in anydiscrimination proceedings. Key elements of the code The code specifies documentation that an employer may request in order toconfirm that the individual is entitled to work in the UK. This includes: – A document issued by a previous employer, the Inland Revenue, the BenefitsAgency, the Contributions Agency or the Employment Service, stating theindividual’s national insurance number – A passport or national identity card identifying the individual as aBritish or EEA citizen, or having the right of abode in the UK – A birth certificate issued in the UK, the Irish Republic, the ChannelIslands or the Isle of Man – A letter from the Home Office indicating that the individual haspermission to work in the UK – A work permit or other approval for employment issued by Work Permits UK The code suggests that the employer should request that all applicantsproduce one of the documents listed. But they should be given a choice of thedocument they produce – to request that each applicant produce a P45 maydiscriminate against those applicants who have not worked previously. Failure to provide proof of employment status will not necessarily preventthe applicant obtaining authority to work. In situations where the applicant isnot able to provide proof of authorisation to work, they should be referred toa Citizen’s Advice Bureau or another such organisation as it may be the casethat they have not applied for authorisation. If the position would have been offered to the applicant had they been ableto show entitlement to work, it should be left open for a reasonable period oftime, if possible, to allow the candidate to apply for permission to work. What other obligations does an employer have towards a worker? An employer should not dismiss an employee due to expiry of their workpermit if that person is still required for the job. It is advisable that theemployer assists the employee to obtain an extension, otherwise an action forunfair dismissal may follow. Suspending a worker, until the determination oftheir appeal against a permit refusal, could be classed as constructivedismissal, particularly if suspension on pay does not include shift allowancesor regular overtime. Alison Gurden is a member of the employment department at BeachcroftWansbroughs Contact 020-7894 6038 Further information – Information on work permits may be found at www.workpermits.gov.uk– Information on the code of practice may be obtained from www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk– Advice on avoiding race discrimination is available from the Commissionfor Racial Equality at www.cre.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Air passenger traffic is expected to more than halve in 2020 The collapse of air travel during coronavirus weighs heavily on recovering oil demand, despite the fact 2021 could witness the biggest annual rebound in history, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).In its latest oil market update, the Paris-based watchdog said worldwide demand will fall by 8.1 million barrels per day (bpd) this year – a slight positive adjustment from last month’s forecast of an 8.6 million bpd decline, prompted largely by China’s quick resurgence after lockdown.Global demand has been decimated in the months since the pandemic began to spread, as containment measures put the brakes on travel and industrial activity.A recovery of 5.7 million bpd is expected in 2021 – which would be the biggest annual growth in history beating 1973’s record – but even this will leave a shortfall of 2.4 million bpd to 2019’s all-time peak of 100.8 million bpd. Peak oil demand could return by 2023The IEA’s head of oil industry and markets Neil Atkinson added: “We believe that the worst is behind us. As we move through the second half of 2020 the picture starts to improve very considerably. China has emerged very quickly.“As we get to November, December, the demand for everything except jet fuel is very close to last year’s level, almost back to normal.“[A demand level of] 100 million bpd will come back at some point, but it may not be until 2023.”Measures have been taken worldwide to lower the supply of oil into a market where demand has taken record hit, like the Opec+ agreement to collectively cut production by 9.7 million bpd throughout May, June and July, as well as market-led cutbacks in non-Opec nations like the US and Canada.These efforts resulted in a production drop of 11.8 million bpd during May, according to the IEA.Over the year, global production cutbacks are expected to average 7.2 million bpd, with the US the largest contributor with curtailments of 1.2 million bpd by the end of next year.An overall production increase of 1.7 million bpd is anticipated for 2021. If aviation was set aside, global demand could recover to pre-crisis levels by the middle of next yearThe damage dealt to the aviation industry – and consequently jet-fuel demand – caused by travel restrictions largely accounts for this gap, said the IEA, which warned the trend that will cause a 55% drop in air passenger traffic this year will “continue to be a drag on oil demand through 2021”.“If you put aviation aside, our numbers show that global oil demand on a monthly basis in mid-2021 will be at the level of pre-crisis,” said the agency’s executive director Dr Fatih Birol.He also cautioned all of these calculations are based on a set of assumptions that there will be a significant economic recovery in 2021, “as major institutions expect”, and no second wave of coronavirus.Estimates by the agency suggest jest fuel and kerosene demand will fall by three million bpd over this year, before rebounding by just one million bpd in 2021. The International Energy Agency says oil demand could bounce back next year, but restrictions on air travel will continue lower appetite for jet fuel
USS Gary Changes Command Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gary Changes Command Training & Education November 25, 2013 The guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) conducted a change of command ceremony while in homeport at Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 22.Cmdr. Steven R. McDowell, a native of Millbrook, N.Y., relived Cmdr. James E. Brown, a Las Vegas native, as commanding officer of Gary during a ceremony on the pier.During Brown’s tenure as commanding officer, the ship completed a full training cycle in 2012, participated in the 2012 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, completed a seven-month deployment to Central and South America in support of Operation Martillo and other U.S. 4th Fleet missions, and completed a Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment last month.Brown was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony. His next assignment will be as reactor officer for USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).McDowell is a 1993 graduate of Brockport University and received his commission through officer candidate school in 1997, following an initial enlistment as a Navy intelligence specialist on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).His previous sea duty assignments include serving as the executive officer of USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), combat system officer for USS Cape St. George (CG 71), combat system officer for USS Nicholas (FFG 47), fire control officer for USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and information systems officer for USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20).FFG 51 is named after the late Cmdr. Donald Arthur Gary, a former enlisted Sailor and Medal of Honor recipient who is credited with helping to save the lives of more than 250 members of the crew aboard USS Franklin (CV 13) during World War II. As a young lieutenant serving as Franklin’s engineering officer, Gary led the crew in damage control efforts and saved the ship after being attacked by Japanese bombers March 19, 1945.[mappress]Press Release, November 25, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article