I don’t care if stock markets crash. I’m buying cheap UK shares today

first_img Image source: Getty Images Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 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. I’d make a start with top stocks like these. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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. I think today is a great time to buy cheap UK shares, but then I would say that. I think it’s nearly always a good time to buy shares.I’m not scared that stock markets could crash if this year’s post-pandemic recovery disappoints or inflation makes a shock comeback. The ISA season is in full swing, and I’d rather buy cheap UK shares today than wait to see what happens tomorrow.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…The first reason is that a stock market crash is impossible to predict. At any point of the investment cycle, we will find somebody saying the sky is about to fall in. They may be right one time in 10, and will boast about that for the rest of their lives.The rest of the time they will be wrong. Don’t try to time the marketIf I listen to the doomsayers I will never buy UK shares when they are cheap, and end up kicking myself as a result. History shows that over the longer run, shares go up more than they go down. It therefore pays to put my money in the market whenever I have some to spare, and leave it there. Timing my entry is hopeless. I will get it wrong more than I get it right. While I wait, my money will be earning next to nothing in cash.It is important to remember that shares pay dividends, as well as rising in value. The FTSE 100 is set to yield around 3.5% this year. Some top UK shares pay dividend income worth more than 6% or 7%, and many are cheap. I will not benefit if I am sitting on the sidelines, fretting over the next crash. Yes, shares do come with risk. But I will only earn that income if I buy them. And by diversifying, I reduce my single-stock risk.I think there are plenty of dirt-cheap opportunities out there right now. Naturally, if stock markets do crash, they would get cheaper still. On the other hand, if markets rose, they would get more expensive. Since I don’t know which is going to happen, the best thing I can do is take my chances and snap up cheap UK shares when I see them.I’d buy cheap UK shares nowIf markets do crash later, I won’t kick myself. I’m not to blame. Instead, I will take the opportunity to buy more UK shares, at the cheaper price. And I will leave the rest of my money invested for the recovery.It will come.I understand why some investors run scared of a possible stock market crash. Nobody wants to invest only to see shares crash next day. The best way round this is to drip feed money in, to smooth over the ups and downs.I invest every month. Sometimes I pick up UK shares when they are cheap. At other times, when they are expensive. Either way, it doesn’t bother me because in the longer run, buying and holding shares is the best way I know to build the money I need for my retirement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I don’t care if stock markets crash. I’m buying cheap UK shares today See all posts by Harvey Jones Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Harvey Jones | Saturday, 13th March, 2021 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

To the beach!

first_imgSouth Africa’s Jean de Villiers leading the charge!Just because rugby is played in the dark, dreary days of winter, does not mean the muddy pitch can’t be traded in for soft sand and crashing waves. It’s time to swap your boots for suntan lotion. This clip is sure to inspire you, whether you want to play or watch with a cold drink. The action’s not bad either – especially the entertainment! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Wall house / FAR frohn&rojas

first_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/71/wall-house-far-frohnrojas Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. Wall house innovates on house design, through a sustainable soft skin. This house was awarded the 2007 AR Emerging Awards and selected as one of the 2008 Record Houses by Architectural Record.With a limited budget, our office was asked to design a residence for a retired couple in one of the suburban areas that stretch out from the center of Santiago de Chile along the Pan-American Highway. We were immediately curious about the ambiguous nature of the couple’s purchased lot: while technically being part of a suburban subdivision, the development actually projected a highly rural image through its dirt roads, large lots of more than 50,000 square feet, and most importantly its clever use of tall hedges to enclose the lots on their perimeters and provide a high level of privacy. Finding that the hedges, while blocking off any visual connection to the immediate suburban context yet still opening up to views of the distant Andean mountains, could be understood as an outer layer of building skin, they became an intriguing starting point for the project. Using this new understanding of the hedge, we developed the idea of a house based upon a series of separated wall layers which structure the house and progressively fade it out, starting from its solid, innermost core to its soft and delicate encasing.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWhile the “traditional” single family home, regardless of locale, typically establishes a strong separation between interior and exterior through solid walls and clearly defined window and door openings, our design creates a gradual and hazy transition between the two, finally including the exterior in its hierarchy of interior spaces. Based on 4 layers, in between which residential activities result, each layer offers its very specific structural, material, functional, atmospheric, or climatic qualities and contributes to an intelligent hierarchy for a limited-budget project: while the innermost zones contain the most demanding functions associated with home (i.e. kitchen and bathroom), the selection of materials and finishes is allowed to ‘roughen up’ toward the exterior. Moving from room to room plays with a perception of moving deeper into or further out, with changes of materiality and lighting providing a range of qualitative experiences and cues. Save this picture!The introverted concrete core forms the first element of the structural system. Containing the house’s two bathrooms, its inside surfaces are fully covered in ceramic tile, allowing it to be an entirely wet zone. A sturdy and vault-like chamber, this innermost layer is solid, opaque, and shiny-smooth, offering cave-like protection for the most private of domestic activity. Save this picture!Surrounding the inner core is a pair of upper and lower structural shelving bands, built of engineered wood, formwork panels and plywood, shifted in their relative positions and cantilevering out up to 5.20 meters along the corners.Backed with plywood sheets in select areas while left open in others, the bands set up varying configurations for placement of domestic articles, privacy or openness, and levels of illumination according to program and orientation. The decision to use formwork and plywood as two of the primary materials reflects the specificity of material required by the budget. Fully contained within the shelving band in a continuity of spaces are the kitchen, dining and guest room on the ground floor and a work studio on the upper. Through the collocation of objects amongst these shelves, passing movement, pattern and lighting changes fluctuate intermittently. Save this picture!Moving out to the climate threshold, an upwardly folding translucent skin, or milky shell, of high-insulation polycarbonate panels filters the harsh Chilean sun, registering shadows of trees and outside elements on its surface and flooding the zone with light. A delicate and vertically laid substructure for the panels, typically used in drywall construction and calling for an almost zero-tolerance assembly, was employed for a seamless reading of the panels. Surrounding the building much like a shrink wrap binds two shifted boxes, this shell creates two partially double-height spaces along the outer corners of the house. Outwardly-focused and filled with an even diffusion of natural light, these two areas include the living room and master bedroom, where expansive sliding glass surfaces extend the spaces outward toward the hedges. Save this picture!Finally, a soft fabric membrane typically used in greenhouse environments acts as an energy screen, filtering out up to 70% of the solar energy hitting the building, and at the same time creates a protective barrier against the mosquitoes and insects prevalent in the area. Wrapping itself entirely around the house and logically connecting along the lengths and corners of the polycarbonate skin, this soft casing creates a tent-like screened porch between inside and out, fully open to breezes and varyingly open to views (employing 3 differing degrees of transparency), yet still providing a protective sheath. As seen from the outside, the aluminum netting and its folds of connectivity create a crisply tailored, jewel-cut form that changes its luminosity and depth of field depending on time of day and season of year. A fold in the membrane opens the path from the exterior towards the main entrance. Additionally there are three zippers in the skin for easy access from the house into the garden. Both the polycarbonate shell as well as the soft fabric membrane are interesting in the context of this project both through their performative and sensual qualities, but showed their extra-value during the construction process as they could be installed in a quasi-“do-it-yourself”-manner by the mostly untrained labor force. After having passed through the series of different wall-layers from the interior outward, one understands not only the climatic but also the formal and geometric relationship between them. Starting from a simple rectangular core the different layers build upon one another creating increasingly complex geometries. Thus from the inside out the house describes the transformation from a simple box to a diamond-like, light-reflecting shape, which the house is perceived as from the surrounding. Save this picture!Wall House Energy Concept Save this picture!With its separated wall layers the project unites architectural and energy concepts. They become inseparable as in between the different membranes a series of specific climate zones emerges. Thus the individual wall layers do not only build upon one another geometrically, starting from an extruded concrete core developing into a diamond-shaped soft skin, but in the context of the energy concept establish a finely calibrated hierarchy amongst one another.The concrete core and the ground floor concrete slab contain the gas-powered radiant heating. The ground floor is being climatized from the slab, while the concrete core is radiating heat into the openly organized second floor space. For that purpose PEX-hoses are integrated into the concrete elements. During the summer the circuit can be appropriated for passive cooling using a heat pump. In this case the water in the PEX-serpentines is being cooled down to 15 degree Celcius. The component cooling needs far less energy than conventional air conditioning systems.Milky Shell, the translucent / transparent climate envelope wraps itself around all sides of the “interior space” of the house. The envelope consists of extruded, multi-layered polycarbonate panels (40mm, 3 chambers, 1,65 W/m²K) and double glazing (1,4 W/m²K). Two surfaces of the envelope are fully glazed. They contain full-height sliding doors, which – depending on daytime and season – allow a complete opening toward the exterior. On both sides of the ridge there is a long pivot-hung element that can be opened in the summer. The outer skin of the Wall House, Soft Skin, consists of two different woven textiles, the energy screen and an insect membrane. Both materials are commonly used in green house construction. The energy screen consists of a combination of highly reflective aluminum strips, which are woven together with polymer fibers. The diamond-shaped skin uses – depending on directional orientation – energy screen that reflects between 50 and 75% of the sunlight away from the building. In the triangles close to the ground the energy screen is replaced by the insect membrane. By moving away from the polycarbonate shell up to 4 meters and more on the ground floor a usable exterior space develops under the skin. Mosquitoes and other insects can not penetrate the membrane. It contains three zippers allowing the inhabitants to easily move in and out of the tent.Along the ridge the distance between the two layers Soft Skin and Milky Shell is reduced to roughly 45cm. Air can flow through this remaining gap being able to suck the warm air through the pivot-hung opening out of the interior.Through the spatial and material configuration of the individual wall layers the project develops an appropriate architectural approach of dealing with the local climate (summer between 30-35 degree C, winter up to 10 degree C). The energy efficiency of the house is extremely high for Latin American standards.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessIcon: 20 essential young architectsArticlesContrapunto Bookshop / Lipthay + Cohn + ContenlaSelected Projects Share Chile Projects CopyAbout this officeFAR frohn&rojasOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteFabric#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSantiagoWoodSustainabilityBuilding Technology and MaterialsHousesChilePublished on April 19, 2008Cite: “Wall house / FAR frohn&rojas” 19 Apr 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/71/wall-house-far-frohnrojas Clipboard ArchDaily Wall house / FAR frohn&rojasSave this projectSaveWall house / FAR frohn&rojas Architects: FAR frohn&rojas Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Santiago, Chile Year:  2007 Save this picture!+ 34 Share “COPY” Wall house / FAR frohn&rojas “COPY”last_img read more

Urban Reflections / HOLODECK architects

first_imgCopyHousing, Extension•Vienna, Austria 2012 “COPY” Housing Area:  1400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Dana, Silent Gliss, AlucobondArchitect In Charge:Marlies Breuss, Michael OgertschnigDesign Team:Marlies Breuss, Michael Ogertschnig, Sven Klöcker, Jan Chladil, Stephan Goos, Sebastian Uhl, Stefan Förg, Alexej KolyschkowCity:ViennaCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© PasteinerRecommended ProductsLoungersB&B ItaliaChaise Longue – GioSwitchesGIRAGira E22 – SwitchesStoolsAndreu WorldLineal Comfort – BarstoolText description provided by the architects. The rooftop extension containing multi-level apartments is divided into private and public areas based on the concept of green filter areas, roof folding an views. Starting out from the gridlines of the existing windows the roof shape shifts according to the inner functions and the urban context.Save this picture!SectionThe urban strategy to integrate the building into the surrounding urban context leads to the concept of roof folding. The large scaled roof tiles evolve according to inner functions and urban context, with views into the city the landscape and within the multileveled apartments. The levels are divided into private on the lowest level, and common areas, on the upper levels, with vertical sliding walls and slanted panoramic sliding windows.Save this picture!© PasteinerSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© PasteinerSave this picture!Product Description. The Skin of the roofs was done with big alucobond elements in fire protection category A2. Its directly shaped and fixed on / next to the roof. Perfect process without any tolerance according to the size of the elements and without logistic problems in the historical city of Vienna.Save this picture!© PasteinerProject gallerySee allShow lessSports Complex Olympiakwartier / Slangen+Koenis ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPlugin Tower / People’s Architecture OfficeSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:1010 Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Urban Reflections / HOLODECK architects Year:  Urban Reflections / HOLODECK architectsSave this projectSaveUrban Reflections / HOLODECK architects Save this picture!© Pasteiner+ 18 Share Projectscenter_img Austria ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/800519/urban-reflections-holodeck-architects Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeHOLODECK architectsOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingRefurbishmentExtensionViennaAustriaPublished on December 04, 2016Cite: “Urban Reflections / HOLODECK architects” 04 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?都市镜面 / HOLODECK architects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 Photographs:  Pasteiner Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: HOLODECK architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/800519/urban-reflections-holodeck-architects Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY”last_img read more

Giving Thanks By Giving Back: Union Station Homeless Services Feeds Thousands in Need at Annual Dinner-in-the-Park

first_img Top of the News Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Community News Giving Thanks By Giving Back: Union Station Homeless Services Feeds Thousands in Need at Annual Dinner-in-the-Park From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | 11:18 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribecenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community members of the City of Pasadena know that the best way to give thanks is to give back. More than 850 volunteers of all ages will gather together on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day to serve at Union Station Homeless Services’ annual Dinner-in-the-Park events. Food is served at noon.For more than 40 years, this beloved tradition has been the staple event for the community during the holiday season. Thousands of volunteers have helped prepare and serve meals – including turkey with stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pie – to all who are hungry at Pasadena’s Central Park on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.Union Station Homeless Services expects to serve more than 4,000 plates of food this Thanksgiving, November 26th . The event will feed thousands thanks to the help of volunteers, and key community partners, including the Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Charitable Foundation, Longo Toyota, Chipotle, Whole Foods, Centerplate, Kids Klub, Super King Markets, Pasadena Federal Credit Union, Homestreet Bank, Dove Properties, and more.“The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate is thrilled to support Union Station Homeless Services by preparing turkeys for Dinner-in-the-Park,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “We applaud Union Station’s work to serve thousands of meals to the hungry and homeless during the holiday season and are pleased to participate in such a worthwhile cause.”Dinner-in-the-Park meal recipients include adults and families experiencing homelessness and poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford such holiday fare. Union Station encourages all who have no place to go during the holidays to come enjoy a meal. All who are able to help are invited to donate their time, food items or funds to this valuable holiday outreach program.“Dinner-in-the-Park is truly a community event and simply would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers and dozens of businesses who make this event such a success,” said Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station.“The event brings the community together even if it is for one day. Hopefully, one day leads to another and another and so on and so on. Thank you Union Station for all you for the community,” said Ginger Mort, member of the Los Angeles Disney VoluntEAR Leadership Council and a Union Station Dinner-in-the-Park volunteer since 2001.Volunteer registration for Thanksgiving opens on November 1. Union Station Homeless Services is in need of non-perishable food donations. A Wish List of much needed items can be found at http://unionstationhs.org/event/dinner-in-the-park-2015/. The community is invited to drop off these supplies (in the indicated sizes) at 412 S. Raymond.Please Note: Due to Health Department regulations, Union Station Homeless Services is no longer able to accept turkey or prepared food donations at the event.About Union Station Homeless Services: Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Headquartered in Pasadena, we are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We believe every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With over 40 years of experience, we proudly offer a full continuum of nine programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley; services include street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Govt Decision To Open More Liquor Shops/Bars/Parlours Cannot Be Said To Be Unconstitutional: Kerala HC [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesGovt Decision To Open More Liquor Shops/Bars/Parlours Cannot Be Said To Be Unconstitutional: Kerala HC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Aug 2020 5:18 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has observed that the decision of the State Government in opening more liquor shops, bars/parlours, cannot be said to be violative of Constitution of India or the statutory provisions.The bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Shaji P. Chaly observed thus while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation filed by members of the Kerala Prohibition Council, a movement,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has observed that the decision of the State Government in opening more liquor shops, bars/parlours, cannot be said to be violative of Constitution of India or the statutory provisions.The bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Shaji P. Chaly observed thus while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation filed by members of the Kerala Prohibition Council, a movement, striving to thwart the menace of alcoholism in the people of Kerala. They sought a direction to regulate the sale of liquor in the State of Kerala, by adopting three ways of bringing down the sale, viz., (i) limiting the number of points of sale of liquor; (ii) limiting the time of sale of liquor and (iii) limiting the quantity of liquor that may be sold to a person per day by adopting electronic means.The bench considered the contentions raised by the petitioners in detail and observed that the action of the respondents, in opening more liquor shops/bars/parlours etc., cannot be said to be characterized as outrageous or in total defiance of the statutory provisions. “Merely because, more number of shops / bars / parlours etc. are opened, it cannot be said that the fundamental rights of the women and children are affected. While considering the scope of interference by Courts in economic matters, public interest cannot be circumscribed only to the rights of women and children. Decision of the Government in opening more liquor shops, bars/parlours, cannot be said to be violative of Constitution of India or the statutory provisions. Decision does not suffer from the vice of irrationality.””The wisdom of policy underlying a Statute is a matter for the Government. If the Statute is reasonably designed to achieve the purposes of the Act and, in the case on hand, where Sections 10, 24 and 29 of the Cochin Abkari Act,1 of 1077 as amended from time-to-time, and the provisions of the Kerala Abkari Shops Disposal Rules, 2002, enable the Government to deal with disposal of licenses to liquor shops, bars, parlours etc., action of the Government in opening more liquor shops, bars etc., cannot be said to be unconstitutional or contrary to the statutory provisions.”The petitioners had also brought to the attention of the court the election manifesto published by the LDF in which they stated that the LDF Government will adopt a policy by which availability and consumption of liquor will be brought down. The bench therefore considered the issue whether the promises made in the election manifesto of any political party can be a ground to enforce the same, by way of a writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. In this regard, the bench, referring to a judgment delivered by Delhi High Court, observed that it is not within the domain of the Court to legislate or issue a direction therefor, making the manifesto a legally binding document on the political party issuing the same.The 174 paged judgment refers to various judgments of the Supreme Court and High Court on the issue of jurisdiction of court to interfere in the matter of state policies.a) The State under its regulatory power conferred under Article 47 of the Constitution of India, has the power to prohibit absolutely every form of activity in relation to intoxicants – its manufacture, storage, export, import, sale and possession. b) Laws relating to economic activities should be viewed with greater latitude than laws touching civil rights such as freedom of speech, religion, etc., and the legislature should be allowed, greater play in the case of legislation dealing with economic matters. c) The courts, in exercise of their power of judicial review, do not ordinarily interfere with the policy decisions unless such policy framed could be faulted on the grounds of malafide, unreasonableness, arbitrariness, unfairness, etc. If the policy cannot be faulted on any of these grounds, the mere fact that it would hurt business interests of a party, does not justify invalidating the policy. d) The courts are not expected to express their opinion as to whether at a particular point of time or in a particular situation any such policy should have been adopted or not. It is best left to the discretion of the Statee) It is to be presumed that before a policy is formulated by a State Government, all relevant aspects and the prevailing fact situation, attending circumstances and the public interest are taken into account. Unless a policy decision ex facie conflicts with a constitutional or statutory provision, or is apparently against public interest it cannot be struck down merely on the ground that the decision is not a prudent and wise one. f) It is for the State to decide what economic and social policy it should pursue and what discriminations advance those social and economic policies. In view of the inherent complexity of these fiscal adjustments, courts give a larger discretion to the Legislature in the matter of its preferences of economic and social policies and effectuate the chosen system in all possible and reasonable ways. g) The Court cannot examine the relative merits of different economic policies and cannot strike down the same merely on the ground that another policy would have been fairer and better. h) It is neither within the domain of the Courts, nor the scope of judicial review to embark upon an enquiry as to whether a particular public policy is wise or whether better public policy can be evolved, nor are the Courts inclined to strike down a policy at the behest of a petitioners merely because it has been urged that a different policy would have been fairer or wiser or more scientific or more logical. i) In matters of trade and commerce or economic policy, the wisdom of the Government must be respected and courts cannot lightly interfere with the same unless such policy is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution or any law or such policy itself is wholly arbitrary. j) Unless a policy decision is absolutely capricious, unreasonable and arbitrary and based on mere ipse dixit of the executive authority or is violative of any constitutional or statutory mandate, court’s interference is not called for. Policy decision is in the domain of the executive authority of the State and the court should not embark on the adequacy of public policy and should not question the efficacy or otherwise of such policy so long it falls within the constitutional limitations and does not offend any provision of the statute. k) Government have the power to frame and re-frame, change and re-change, adjust and readjust policy, the said action cannot be declared illegal, arbitrary or ultra vires the provisions of the Constitution only on the ground that the earlier policy had been given up, changed or not adhered to. It also cannot be attacked on the plea that the earlier policy was better and suited to the prevailing situation.l) Court does not sit as a court of appeal, but merely review the manner in which, a policy decision was taken. A fair play in the joints is a necessary concomitant for an administrative body functioning in an administrative sphere or quasiadministrative sphere. However, the decision must not only be tested by the application of Wednesbury principle of reasonableness, but must be free from arbitrariness not affected by bias or actuated by mala fides.Case detailsCase name: KHADEEJA NARGEES vs. STATE of KERALACase no.: W.P(C).9630/2020  Coram: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Shaji P. Chaly Counsel: Advocate Thanuja Roshan George for petitioner, Sr. GP SURIN GEORGE IPE, Advocates T. NAVEEN and M. SASINDRAN, Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Plea Seeking Setting Up COVID Vaccination Centres In RWA Offices: Delhi High Court Asks Govt To Consider Representation

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea Seeking Setting Up COVID Vaccination Centres In RWA Offices: Delhi High Court Asks Govt To Consider Representation Nupur Thapliyal8 May 2021 4:59 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to consider as representation the plea seeking setting up vaccination centres in RWA Offices, Residential Societies and NGO Compounds to ensure minimum exposure to covid for people going for vaccinations.A division bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh asked the authorities to take a decision in accordance with the law, rules, regulations and government policy.The plea, filed by Ashish Kumar and moved through Advocates Avani Bansal, Abhinav Garg, Anshul Kumar and Bhanu Pratap, highlights the current situation at hospitals and dispensaries having “high probable chances of people being affected and further exposed to COVID.”Stating that the Delhi Government is operating Vaccination Centres in approximately 76 Government Schools “which is still not sufficient to vaccinate a large number of people”, the plea reads thus:”While the set- up of Vaccination Centres in Schools, is a good decision by the State Government and in the same spirit as this petition, they are not sufficient to ensure vaccination for all the people of Delhi with minimum exposure of COVID. There are still long queues at Vaccination Centres set up in schools which make the need for setting up similar vaccine centres extremely important.”Taking the example of vaccination camps being set up at condominiums and residential societies in Gurugram and Faridabad, the plea states that having vaccination drives nearby home premises, will not only help relieve the stress but will also encourage more people to get the vaccines, by encouraging them to see their neighbours do the same.”Allowing societies, companies, organisations to come forward and support the vaccination drive will help the communities come together and support the government, thereby discharging their Fundamental Duties, especially under Art. 51 (e), (h) and (j). It will also help maintain social distance, avoid long queues and due to smaller number of people at of these centres – it will easier to take better precaution measures, every step of the way” the plea states further.The plea seeks the following prayers:- Issue a writ, order or directions in the nature of mandamus to the Respondents for setting up Vaccination Centers in RWA offices, Residential Societies, NGO compounds and other organisations to ensure minimum exposure to COVID for people going for vaccinations. – Issue a writ, order or directions in the nature of mandamus to the Respondents to review and assess current available infrastructure and facilities for vaccination, in a scientific manner and as per international standards. – Issue a writ, order or directions in the nature of mandamus to the Respondents to take proper and adequate measures to control and combat the menace of Coronavirus.- Issue a writ, order or directions in the nature of mandamus to the Respondents for setting up a monitoring committee under the supervision of experts in the field, to ensure effective, swift vaccination drive in Delhi, with minimum COVID exposure to the people of Delhi.TagsDelhi High Court COVID -19 second covid wave Covid Vaccination Chief Justice DN Patel Justice Jasmeet Singh Next Storylast_img read more

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates convicted of lesser crimes to be granted early release

first_img@OklaDOC/Twitter(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Hundreds of prisoners in Oklahoma are scheduled to be released Monday after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board on Friday commuted the sentences of more than 450 inmates.House Bill 1269, which just took effect after it was passed in May by the state legislature, was designed to limit prison time for low-level drug and property crime offenders. The people of Oklahoma kicked off this process after passing a ballot initiative to change the punishment for non-violent minor drug offenses three years ago.“These are real people with real lives and real families and real friends, and now they get to go home,” Oklahoma House Majority Leader Jon Echols said a press conference Friday. “And that’s a pretty special accomplishment.”Calling Friday’s commutation the single largest in U.S. history, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said at a press conference that it’s “an important step for criminal justice reform in our state.”“Today,” he added, “we are implementing the will of the people.”In 2018, the Prison Policy Initiative showed that Oklahoma had the highest incarceration rate in the U.S. with 1,079 per 100,000 people. By the end of the day on Friday, Echols said the state was “no longer No. 1 in the nation in incarceration. This is a big deal and this is an exciting time.”More than 900 inmates applied for an early release as part of the new law. The state said it expects to have around 2,000 empty prison beds by the end of the year.“We all came together, and worked toward, to conduct a very thorough review process to ensure that those eligible for this commutation were actually in line with what the intent and the will of the people were,” Stitt said Friday. “More than 450 Oklahomans are getting a second chance.”As part of the process of preparing the inmates for life outside prison walls, the state hosted more than two dozen re-entry fairs for prospective early-release prisoners. Similar to a typical job fair, inmates could get a state ID or a driver’s license, advice on housing or educational opportunities or explore career opportunities.Stitt said more than 700 inmates met with 200 volunteers to enroll in programs designed to aid with a successful reintegration.Among those scheduled for release on Monday are 72 women, 11 of whom already have received their Oklahoma driver’s license or state ID card.“Having an official state ID or driver’s license is a huge hurdle for many former inmates as they try to integrate into society after prison,” the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said in a statement.Stitt said making sure the released inmates have a place to sleep and a job to work is they key to making sure they stay out of the prison system.“Recidivism goes way down when we can get people plugged in and working,” he said.Of the soon-to-be released inmates, according Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, the average age is nearly 40, with each having been in prison over the last three years. They are getting out about 16 months early on average.The state announced it would save $11.9 million annually due to the early-release program.Leaders from both parties praised the bi-partisan bill on Friday, saying that even in today’s political climate both parties could work together on commonsense laws for the people.“If we work together the way that we worked on this bill,” Democratic state Rep. Jason Dunnington said, “we can accomplish big things.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

United Airlines passengers, pedestrians recall horror of watching engine rain debris

first_imggk-6mt/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) — Eyewitnesses in the air and on the ground said they watched in horror and shock as parts of a United Airlines jet engine exploded and broke apart shortly after takeoff from Denver, raining debris over homes.Although there were no reported injuries or deaths during Saturday’s incident over Broomfield, Colorado, residents and passengers told ABC News that they are still shaken up.“It was more along the lines of, ‘Hey, is everything going to be OK?’ That’s not normal,” Brett Guy, who was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 328, told ABC News. “I didn’t know what to think.”The Boeing 777-200’s right engine failed shortly after takeoff on Saturday around 1 p.m. MT for a flight from Denver to Honolulu, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Parts of the engine began to strip off as it was engulfed in flames, and debris dropped in midair.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Sunday evening that, based on their initial investigation, the inlet and cowling separated from the engine and two fan blades were fractured.A portion of one blade was embedded in the containment ring, and some of the fan blades exhibited damage to the tips and leading edges, according to the NTSB.Guy said he and other passengers heard the noise of the boom and saw the engine come apart from their windows.“The plane was shaking pretty hard,” he recalled. “It didn’t stop, and nobody really knew. And then, you looked out the window to the side.”Tyler Thal, a resident of Broomfield, told ABC News he was walking with his family that afternoon when the engine exploded. Thal said they were scared after hearing the explosion and seeing the flash of light. He grew more concerned about the passengers as he saw the jet continue to fly with the engine on fire.“It’s nothing like anything we’ve ever seen,” Thal told ABC News. “So it was fear for my daughter, my wife, and I [was] just concerned, knowing that that plane is full of people.”Thal said he was hoping that the jet could make it safely with the remaining engine.Guy also had a similar thought while he was in his seat on the plane after he remembered a moment from the 1986 Tom Cruise movie Top Gun.“There’s the part where it’s like, engine one is out. And then he’s like, ‘I’m shutting it down,’” Guy said. “And for some reason, in my head, I was thinking, ‘We’re OK with one engine, but this is kind of messed up.’”The flight returned to Denver International Airport, and all 231 passengers and 10 crew exited without any major injuries, according to the FAA.The engine debris, however, caused massive damage to homes and streets below. Huge parts of the jet, including the metal coverings, fell on roofs, sidewalks and trees.Kirby Klements told ABC News he was in his home with his wife when they heard the boom from the explosion. They raced to their front window and saw a giant, circular piece of the engine roll right past them.“The engine cowling ended up laying right here hanging off of my tree branch,” Klements said. “It had come down and landed square in the bed of my truck at the corner of my garage. It fell over and landed and ended right there with my wife and I sitting right inside here going, ‘What is that?’”Klements said the damage was very scary.“If somebody would have been in there that had been seriously injured or killed,” he added. “I mean … the whole top of the truck is in the side of the cabin of the truck.”Klements said he and his wife heard about the flight making a safe landing from the news and that as of Sunday afternoon, the debris was still on his property.“So that was very fortunate that nobody on the ground got hurt from the several large pieces that hit around the neighborhood,” he said. “And thank goodness that nobody in the plane was injured or anything either.”Debris remains scattered throughout the town as the FAA and NTSB survey the damage and investigate the incident.FAA Administrator Steve Dickson issued an emergency airworthiness directive on Sunday that would require immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 jets powered by certain Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines.“This will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service,” Dickson said in a statement.Pratt & Whitney said it has “dispatched a team to work with investigators.”“Pratt & Whitney is actively coordinating with operators and regulators to support the revised inspection interval of the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines that power Boeing 777 aircraft,” the company said in a statement Sunday. “Pratt & Whitney will continue to work to ensure the safe operation of the fleet.”Following Saturday’s incident, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism instructed Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, both of which operate aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines, to ground all Boeing 777 planes in their fleet. The ministry referred to a “serious incident” that occurred on a Japan Airlines flight on Dec. 4, where the same type of engine was damaged as in the United Airlines incident.Boeing said it “supports the decision” by Japanese and U.S. regulators to ground its 777 jets equipped with those engines.“While the NTSB investigation is ongoing, we recommended suspending operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol,” the company said in a statement Sunday. “Boeing supports the decision yesterday by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, and the FAA’s action today to suspend operations of 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines. We are working with these regulators as they take actions while these planes are on the ground and further inspections are conducted by Pratt & Whitney.”Shortly after the FAA issued its directive, United Airlines announced it would temporarily remove 24 Boeing 777 planes equipped with those engines from its schedule.“Since yesterday, we’ve been in touch with regulators at the NTSB and FAA and will continue to work closely with them to determine any additional steps that are needed to ensure these aircraft meet our rigorous safety standards and can return to service,” the airline said in a statement. “As we swap out aircraft, we expect only a small number of customers to be inconvenienced.”A person familiar with the situation told ABC News that this particular engine has a unique design. The blade itself is hollow titanium and the source compared it to a chocolate Easter bunny.Tom Haueter, an ABC News consultant and the former NTSB director of the Office of Aviation Safety, called the engine fan blades “critical” to the investigation.“What the NTSB wants to look at is, is there any evidence of a preexisting issue with that engine, with that fan blade,” Haueter told ABC News.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve collusion grievances with NFL

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPaul Marotta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Fformer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the NFL, according to a joint statement released by the players and the league.“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement, released separately by the league and the players, said. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”Kaepernick and Reid filed separate collusion grievances in 2017 and 2018, respectively, over their employment with the NFL after becoming free agents and remaining unsigned. Both demanded arbitration hearings on the matter under the terms of the collective bargaining agreements they had with the NFL, choosing the law firm Geragos & Geragos to represent them rather than going through the NFL Players Association.Kaepernick has not been with an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. He drew national attention for kneeling during the national anthem before playing in games to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.Reid, who played for the 49ers at the time, was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling, setting off a movement that would transcend the NFL and spark condemnation from those who opposed the protest, including President Donald Trump.The NFL Players Association, which has supported the two players during the grievance process, reiterated its support in a statement on Friday.“Today we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases,” a statement from the NFLPA said. “We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund February 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve collusion grievances with NFLcenter_img Written bylast_img read more