Employers ignore staff needs

first_img Employers ignore staff needs KCS-content whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Monday 20 September 2010 8:57 pm Employers do not properly understand what motivates their staff to continue working for them, according to a report by one of the world’s largest recruitment and HR services companies. Randstad ranked the main factors driving people to stay at UK companies as their brand, culture and the benefits packages on offer. This was in sharp contrast to what employees ranked as the most important factors: level of remuneration, training and development, a good career path and flexible working conditions. The report also found that over 50 per cent of people feel their skills are under utilised.Among the most disillusioned were those that during the economic downturn have improved their skills to cover additional responsibilities, often because organisations have not hired new staff. This group represents a third of permanent staff and a fifth of interims and contractors and has been dubbed “Generation R”.The report highlights that there is growing gap between what organisations think will motivate their key talent to stay with them and what their employees actually say will retain them. Brian Wilkinson, head of Randstad UK, said: “It is important that organisations act now to resolve this gulf in understanding, otherwise they risk losing talented people who have up-skilled during the recession and made themselves more valuable.”Wilkinson added: “While organisations are focusing on the realities of today, they must not lose sight of the long-term trends which point towards skill shortages, particularly as the number of people of working age declines and the population ages.” Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Another market crash? I’d buy defensive FTSE 100 shares in my ISA

first_imgAnother market crash? I’d buy defensive FTSE 100 shares in my ISA Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Markets have come under pressure in the past few days. And committing new capital to shares when you’re wondering whether the FTSE 100 may be about to crash yet again could be rather unnerving. But if you’re like most market participants, then you probably have a long-term investment goal, such as retiring wealthy. In that case, investing in cheap share prices could also help you jump start your portfolio. This would be especially true if you’re buying defensive stocks in an ISA. Therefore, I’d like to discuss why Tesco (LSE: TSCO) could be a solid investment in these volatile times.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…Being defensive against another crash2020 has shown most market participants the importance of investing in defensive stocks. Such shares help ride out the choppiness in the markets. They also provide investors with stable returns, mostly through dividend income. The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown have highlighted how grocers are an essential service. Therefore their shares can be regarded as defensive stocks.Tesco is the largest of the four grocers in the FTSE 100, both by market value and by industry market share. The others are Morrisons, Ocado and Sainsbury.In the most recent trading update put out by Tesco, chief executive Dave Lewis said: “Covid-19 has shown how critical the food supply chain is to the UK and I’m very proud of the way Tesco, as indeed the whole UK food industry, has stepped forward.“Year-to-date, TSCO stock is down about 11%, hovering at 226p. By comparison, following the crash earlier in the year, the FTSE 100 index is still down around 20%. Put another way, Tesco shares have held up much better than most others in the UK’s main equity index. As a result of increased grocery spending, supermarkets are seeing strong cash flows and balance sheets.The current dividend yield stands at 4.05% and the shares are expected to go ex-dividend next in October. I’d look to buy TSCO stock, especially if there’s any decline in the price toward the 210p level or below.I believe the best defensive FTSE shares are the ones that won’t see much of a change in customer demand in the coming months. And Tesco would qualify as such a business.Other FTSE stocksWe mostly invest for future goals, such as saving for a deposit on a home, for retirement or simply gaining financial independence. As part of your investment aims, are you looking for other defensive names? Then there are several other FTSE 100 stocks I’d consider buying as well. I believe they’d help ready my portfolio for whatever comes next.I regard BAE Systems, British American Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, Pennon Group, Unilever and Vodafone as defensive picks for a personal pension portfolio.Any of these shares could experience choppiness and price declines in the short run. Yet the track record of recovery for most FTSE shares is extremely strong.Now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of companies. But you should be ready to hold them for the long run. You may also consider investing via Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). You can easily buy or sell them like you would any other share. An example would be the iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF, which is a basket of the 50 highest-yielding stocks from the FTSE 350 Index.  I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Monday, 15th June, 2020 | More on: TSCO tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Pennon Group and Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Conference participants reflect on the state of racism in America

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Posted Nov 18, 2013 Tags Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI State of Racism Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Conference participants reflect on the state of racism in America Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH last_img read more

Phinney / Pb elemental architecture

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/168823/phinney-pb-elemental-architecture Clipboard United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/168823/phinney-pb-elemental-architecture Clipboard Phinney / Pb elemental architecture Phinney / Pb elemental architectureSave this projectSavePhinney / Pb elemental architecture Area:  2510 ft² Photographs Projects “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Seattle, United States Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Mel CurtisText description provided by the architects. This 2510 sqf single family home located in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. This home was designed for a young family on a small in-fill lot. The lot was very challenging just over 2000 sft with a access easement covering a portion of the southwest corner. Save this picture!© Mel CurtisRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19Corporate ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in UniEléctricaFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupConcrete Facade – öko skinThis created a situation where the building footprint covered the majority of the yard, so it was essential to capture outdoor space on the structure. This led to the reverse floor plan (living on the third level), allowing the main spaces to easily access outdoor space, light and view.  Save this picture!plansThe homeowners created a welcoming contrast by their choices in furniture and wall coverings. To maintain a visual connection to the street we designed the stair to the main living level to be transparent so you can see and feel the activity. The upper level opens to a West facing deck and exterior stair leading to a view roofdeck which overlooks Ballard and the Puget Sound. Save this picture!© Mel CurtisText provided by Pb elemental architecture.Project gallerySee allShow lessParc Paysager des bords de Seine Proposal / AWP & HHFArticles“São Paulo – South America Super Nexus” at Cities of Tomorrow TalksArticles Share CopyAbout this officeProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeattleHousesUnited StatesPublished on September 20, 2011Cite: “Phinney / Pb elemental architecture” 20 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Save this picture!© Mel Curtis+ 22 Sharelast_img read more

Nick Burne joins THINK

first_imgCharity new media expert Nick Burne has joined THINK Consulting Solutions as senior new media consultant. He will work closely with Jason Potts on developing THINK’s new media and digital consultancy offering.Burne joins from Christian Aid where he was head of interactive marketing between 2005 and 2008. He launched the charity’s first e-commerce website, which exceeded income targets by 700%, and in June 2007 he implemented the charity’s new corporate website.Nick also runs MusoFinder.com, a social networking site he established in 2003 for musicians looking for new band members, which now has more than 36,000 registered users.Nick’s areas of expertise include: digital behavior, audience research and insights, competitive analysis, online marketing tactics (such as search, email and affiliate marketing), Web 2.0 technologies, mobile platforms and e-commerce.He has won a number of industry awards including the 2005 Bronze Cannes Cyber Lion award for MailOrderChickens.org (2005).THINK’s managing director Tony Elischer said: “We are enormously pleased to welcome Nick – one of the real stars of charity digital fundraising – to the ranks of THINK Consulting Solutions, to cope with the increasing demand for digital consultancy expertise and to continue to drive digital and new media fundraising further up the charity agenda.”www.thinkcs.org Howard Lake | 7 May 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nick Burne joins THINK Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Recruitment / people  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Thirty Years of CRP on Display in Ripley County

first_img SHARE Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Members Come from All Ag SegmentsNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – May 25, 2016 Facebook Twitter Thirty Years of CRP on Display in Ripley CountyMulford farmThe Conservation Reserve Program is 30 years old this year and, on Wednesday, Federal and State conservation leaders came to Ripley County to see 30 years of CRP progress in action. Farm Services Administration Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs Brad Pfaff came out from Washington to Versailles to get a firsthand look at what the CRP programs has accomplished in SE Indiana. He, along with state FSA director Julia Wickard and State Conservationist Jane Hardisty, visited the Bob and Ellen Mulford farm, “It was a wonderful opportunity to walk their farm and see the practices they have put in place.“CRP on Mulford farmFirst included in the 1985 Farm Bill, the CRP was developed by Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. Pfaff told HAT the program has been a tremendous success in helping farmers improve the environmental impact of their farms, “There is no doubt the CRP program and the practices we offer can really help farmers not only improve their farm, but improve water and soil quality, habitat for pollinators, and prevent wind erosion.”CRP on Mulford farmA strictly voluntary program, CRP continues to be very popular with more land being offered into the program than the current 24 million acre cap allows. Pfaff says the program has a future and a place in the next Farm Bill, “It remains a popular program, and we continue to grow. Agriculture continues to change and farm practices continue to change, but the CRP has also continued to change over the past 30 years.”In addition to visiting the Mulford farm, the delegation also toured the Marilyn Hance farm located approximately 8 miles south of Versailles. Home Indiana Agriculture News Thirty Years of CRP on Display in Ripley County Thirty Years of CRP on Display in Ripley County SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Planted Acres Up; Corn at 94.1 Million Acres

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Planted Acres Up; Corn at 94.1 Million Acres By Andy Eubank – Jun 30, 2016 The highly anticipated USDA planted acres report is out and the corn and soybean plantings are both higher. The corn number exceeds the average of trade guesses compiled by Reuters by over a million bushels. Here is the report snapshot:Corn Planted Acreage Up 7 Percent from 2015Soybean Acreage Up 1 PercentAll Wheat Acreage Down 7 PercentAll Cotton Acreage Up 17 PercentCorn planted area for all purposes in 2016 is estimated at 94.1 million acres, up 7 percent from last year. This represents the third highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944. Area harvested for grain, at 86.6 million acres, is up 7 percent from last year and represents the third highest area harvested for grain since 1933.Soybean planted area for 2016 is estimated at a record high 83.7 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 83.0 million acres, is also up 1 percent from 2015 and will be a record high if realized. Record high planted acreage is estimated in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.All wheat planted area for 2016 is estimated at 50.8 million acres, down 7 percent from 2015. The 2016 winter wheat planted area, at 36.5 million acres, is down 7 percent from last year but up 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 26.5 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 6.58 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.42 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2016 is estimated at 12.1 million acres, down 8 percent from 2015. Of this total, about 11.4 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2016 is estimated at 2.15 million acres, up 11 percent from the previous year.All cotton planted area for 2016 is estimated at 10.0 million acres, 17 percent above last year. Upland area is estimated at 9.82 million acres, up 17 percent from 2015. American Pima area is estimated at 199,000 acres, up 26 percent from 2015.Source: USDA SHARE SHARE Planted Acres Up; Corn at 94.1 Million Acres Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleMorning OutlookNext articleUSDA Planted Acreage and Grain Stocks Report Andy Eubanklast_img read more

No major ESB problems reported after a night of gale force winds

first_imgNews WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson No major ESB problems reported after a night of gale force winds Motorists are being advised to drive with care this morning after high winds hit parts of the West and North West last night.Strong gusts ranging from 100-to-130 kilometres per hours battered parts of Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick last night. So far, ESB Networks are not reporting any major problems in the county.Met Eireann forecaster David Rogers says there may be some sleet and snow today, but it won’t stick……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/metmonday.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Previous articleLGH Manager says 2013 targets were met despite severe pressuresNext articleBlaze lost out in National Final News Highland center_img By News Highland – January 27, 2014 NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest Google+ Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

The Guardian For One And All Or The Judiciary Is The Sentinel Qui Vive

first_imgColumnsThe Guardian For One And All Or The Judiciary Is The Sentinel Qui Vive Prateek Dwivedi12 Nov 2020 7:35 AMShare This – xWhile hearing the Arnab Goswami’s Case in court, Hon’ble Justice D.Y. Chandrachud remarked: “If we don’t interfere in this case today, we will walk on path of destruction. If left to me I won’t watch the channel and you may differ in ideology but Constitutional courts will have to protect such freedoms…” “Forget Arnab Goswami for a moment, we are a Constitutional court…. If we as…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?LoginWhile hearing the Arnab Goswami’s Case in court, Hon’ble Justice D.Y. Chandrachud remarked: “If we don’t interfere in this case today, we will walk on path of destruction. If left to me I won’t watch the channel and you may differ in ideology but Constitutional courts will have to protect such freedoms…” “Forget Arnab Goswami for a moment, we are a Constitutional court…. If we as a Constitutional Court do not lay down law and protect liberty, then who will?” The Indian Judiciary is vested with power to protect under Articles 32 and 226 in the form of Writs and Public Interest Litigation(PIL), to deal with every public grievance and the flagrant violations of human rights and individual freedoms by the State. What transpired  before the Supreme Court in the case of Arnab Goswami is a treat to a common man’s eyes and is a reminder of that power of protection given to the Court. The India Judiciary is, in fact, duty bound to stand up for the rights of the people in general and is obliged to protect them from a tyrannical and exploitative State. For this purpose, Articles 32 and 226 were inserted in the Constitution of India by the constitution makers. The provide for remedies available to the common man in case of infringement and violation of their Fundamental Rights contained in Part III of the Constitution. In the instant case, regardless of whether the relief was given, the Supreme Court fulfilled the role of being the guardian of fundamental rights of the people. The reason being that the Highest Court of the nation came to the rescue of the individual by listing the matter before it immediately and affording that individual a proper hearing before proceeding to grant the interim relief as prayed. The questions of personal liberty, including right against illegal detention, of an individual guaranteed under Article 21 read with Article 22 and the arbitrariness of a State action under Article 14 were involved. The judiciary inherently is the sentinel qui vive. A Constitutional bench of the Apex Court dealt with the issue of illegal arrest and the arbitrariness of state action in the case ADM, Jabalpur vs. Shivakant Shukls, (1976) 2 SCC 521, wherein a Writ of Habeas Corpus and the power of the Constitutional Court in the context of illegal arrest was discussed at length. I do not agree with his style of journalism.He has repeatedly attacked various individuals, organisations, institutions with his own motives and has possibly contributed more than most, if not the most, in disturbing peace in our nation and has promoted an environment which has rendered a nation divided and destroyed law and order in many instances. But that is how I feel about him and what he does personally. Having said that, we are all aware of the events that led to the filing of the instant appeal before the Supreme Court of India, therefore, I will forgo reiterating those facts here for sake of brevity. The one fact which deserves to be mentioned here is theletter written by Mr. Dushyant Dave, Senior Advocate and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association to the Registrar of the Supreme Court of India questioning why such urgency is not shown in other similar matters. The reason why the letter deserves a special mention is because it raised a very pertinent and disturbing issue, and is in a way a mirror to the judiciary of which I am also a part. The fact remains that there are several individuals who are languishing in jail while their matters are kept pending for months and even years in various courts of our country, including writs under Articles 32 and 226 of the Constitution of India. A recent example of the same would be the various petitions under 226 and 32 filed by hundreds of persons before the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and the Supreme Court alleging political vendetta, exploitation and tyranny at the hands of the State post abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. Some persons were under house or general arrest for several months. Many of them are still behind bars waiting to be heard. These are more recent examples. Another specific example would be of Dr. Khafeel Khan who was a victim of such alleged political vendetta. He was slapped with various charges from time to time, including charges under the National Security Act. The NSA charges were later quashed by the HighCourt at Allahabad for being illegal and without basis but by then he has faced jail time and harassment for being deprived of his right to personal liberty and human dignity. Dr Khafeel Khan is just one of the several examples that come to mind when it comes to political vendetta and prosecution. Every other day a journalist and activist is booked under draconian penal laws, like sedition, for discharging their duty just like Mr. Arnab Goswami was under another charge. They and many are waiting to be saved by the Indian Judiciary from the alleged political prosecution at the hands of the State. The Courts have held time and again that the Court is duty bound to interfere when there is arbitrariness, irrationality, mala fides and bias. It has to discharge this constitutional obligation to protect an individual’s freedom and personal liberty. In a country like India where there is gross imbalance between the powerful political class and the subjects, it is imperative for the judiciary to guarantee human rights to the subjects. The Fundamental Rights of an individual were included in the Basic Structure under the Basic Structure Theory propounded in the case of Kesavananda Bharati, (1973) 4 SCC 225. The Fundamental Rights under Part III of the Constitution of India are an inalienable part of the Constitution and that theory remains the bedrock of the Indian Constitution till date. Right to personal liberty, life and to live with human dignity is a fundamental right guaranteed to all and not just the rich and powerful. It should be given effect to in a similar manner as all subjects are equal. Mr. Arnab Gowswami’s Case is a perfect example of why all such matters dealing with personal liberty and life as contained in Articles 21 and 22 should be heard and decided with utmost urgency and importance, especially in these times of pandemic. Hopefully, the order in the case of Arnab Goswami will be a reminder to us all and would also be a precedent for affording equal protection to all(Article 14) against arbitrariness and unreasonableness of State action as is envisaged in the Constitution of India.Views are personal.(Author is a practicing Lawyer at The Supreme Court of India)Next Storylast_img read more

Winter storm moving from Rockies to Midwest as flooding rain hits Florida

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Freezing temperatures and snow are on the way for millions of Americans from Denver to Detroit.Already on Monday morning, snow alerts are up for seven states from Montana to Missouri as this new storm moves out of the Rockies and into the Plains.Snow will hit Denver by Monday late afternoon into Monday evening and will move into Kansas City Monday night into Tuesday.Denver is expecting up to a half a foot of snow with up to 15 inches of snow possible in the higher elevations.Kansas City will see up to 3 inches of April snow with up to 4 inches west of the city.The snow will move east into the rest of the Midwest and southern Great Lakes with snow possible for Illinois, Indiana and into Detroit, Michigan, by Tuesday night into Wednesday and several inches of snow could be possible there.Behind the snowstorm, a winter-like freeze will move into a large part of the country.Already Monday morning, 14 states are on freeze alerts from Texas to Michigan with the coldest night expected on Tuesday night as temperatures will fall to freezing and wind chills could be in the teens for some.Meanwhile in Florida, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms produced damage to buildings with ping pong ball-sized hail over the weekend as the hardest hit areas were in central and northern Florida and north of Orlando.A stalled frontal boundary will not move much over the next 48 hours and will bring more heavy rain with strong storms to central and the southern part of Florida.Locally, more than 4 inches of rain is possible which could lead to flooding from Orlando to Naples and south Miami.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more