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Linkage Assurance Plc ( 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgLinkage Assurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Linkage Assurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Linkage Assurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Linkage Assurance Plc (  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileLinkage Assurance Plc is a non-life insurance business in Nigeria licensed to underwrite numerous insurance classes including business, marine and motor insurance. Business insurance classes include automobiles, property, general accident, liability group, compulsory insurances, oil and gas, marine and aviation and engineering. Retail and direct insurance includes motor plans, estate insurance plans, citadel shield plans, shop comprehensive plans and event insurance. Linkage Assurance Plc merged with Central Insurance Company Limited in 2007 as part of the recapitilisation and consolidation reforms of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Linkage Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

£5k to invest in an ISA? I’d buy these 2 crashing UK shares today

first_img Peter Stephens | Thursday, 1st October, 2020 | More on: ITV TW Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Buying UK shares that have fallen in price due to the stock market crash may not appear to be a logical move to some investors. Such companies may face significant short-term risks that could send their share prices even lower.However, in some cases they may offer recovery potential over the long run. With that in mind, here are two British stocks that have fallen heavily in 2020 but could produce turnarounds as the economic outlook improves.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 recovery opportunity among UK sharesTaylor Wimpey’s (LSE: TW) stock price has underperformed many other UK shares since the start of the year. It’s currently down 46%, with its recent half-year results showing a 56% decline in sales versus the same period of the previous year.Despite an uncertain near-term outlook, the company has a solid financial position that could allow it to overcome short-term threats. For example, it has net cash of almost £500m and a long order book. Therefore, its financial prospects may be more positive than investors are currently anticipating.Certainly, further lockdown measures and weak consumer confidence would harm the outlook for Taylor Wimpey, as it would for many other UK shares. However, low interest rates and government support such as the stamp duty holiday may mean that operating conditions for the sector become more encouraging.Therefore, now could be the right time to buy a slice of the business, especially while it appears to offer a wide margin of safety.A falling stock with turnaround potentialITV (LSE: ITV) has also delivered a disappointing performance this year relative to other UK shares. The media company’s stock price is currently down 55% year-to-date, with its recent half-year results highlighting the difficulties it has faced.For example, the company’s sales declined by 17% as demand for advertising has fallen. This situation could persist in the short run, but is likely to improve as the prospects for the economy strengthen. Moreover, ITV is reducing costs and investing in digital opportunities that could position it for growth in the coming years.As such, now could be the right time to buy it. Although other UK shares may offer greater stability in the short run, the company’s capital return potential appears to be high.Its cyclicality means it may prove to be a major beneficiary of an improving business and consumer outlook for the UK as risks such as Brexit and coronavirus gradually recede.Investing money in an ISA todayClearly, investing £5k, or any other amount, in UK shares such as ITV and Taylor Wimpey may not produce high returns for ISA investors in the short run. However, with the stock market having a solid track record of recovery, buying cheap stocks could be a means of benefitting from improving prospects over the coming years. £5k to invest in an ISA? I’d buy these 2 crashing UK shares today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Peter Stephens owns shares of Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. 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 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Baltimore WWP candidates wage petition blitz

first_imgBaltimore volunteer petitioners are joined by Workers World Party Presidential Candidate Monica Moorehead and WWP First Secretary Larry Holmes. The group pictured, along with others, were at the weekend ­African American Festival called AFRAM. They were there to sign up Baltimore voters to gain ballot access for local WWP candidates Andre Powell for mayor and Sharon Black for city council president. Hundreds of copies of Workers World newspapers were distributed, along with copies of a proposed local “Freddie Gray Justice Bill,” which would empower communities to disband racist police. Local activists declared the weekend a resounding success.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dire situation for Palestinian prisoners

first_imgThe following remarks were given by Palestinian author and activist Susan Abulhawa during a Workers World Party webinar,“Free Them All: COVID-19 and Racist Mass Incarceration,” on April 9. The videotaped webinar is available for viewing at is the anniversary of the Deir Yasin massacre, which took place on April 9, 1948, when Zionist gangs (the Irgun, Haganah and Stern Gang) went house-to-house in a small Palestinian village, lined people against the wall and sprayed them with bullets, gutted pregnant women and smashed the skulls of children. The Irgun and Haganah gangs were the precursors to Israel’s current state military. I want to acknowledge that moment in Palestinian history.Today, there are roughly 5,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, approximately 200 are children and about 500 are held in something called administrative detention — arrested as a preventive measure and held indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Many spend years languishing in detention because Israel can renew the orders indefinitely, without ever bringing evidence or charges against the detainee.Conditions worsen for Palestinian prisonersThe situation for Palestinian political prisoners is quite dire in normal circumstances, but rights activists fear the worst now. So-called emergency regulations have banned Palestinians from meeting their lawyers or receiving family visitations. Prisoners, often denied the right to use phones in prison, can only consult with their attorneys over the phone in the event of an upcoming court hearing. However, court hearings have been canceled. In effect, Palestinian political prisoners are completely cut off from the outside world.They are under a total blackout at the moment. They are being denied the basic needs to curb the spread of the virus. All they have are bars of soap. They’re being refused even basic food needs. Prisoners typically have to buy necessities, but now the amount of vegetables, as well as meat and fish they can buy, is cut. They are even banned from buying cleaning products to sanitize bathrooms and cells.In response to prisoners’ demands for protective kits, including masks, gloves and disinfectant, Israel’s Prison Service told them to use their socks to make masks and soap to disinfect. Following that response, the prison authorities then banned soap and socks in a clear move to provoke the prisoners while the world is distracted by the coronavirus.Political prisoners are held in crowded, unsanitary conditions, with a high level of contact among them and no real way to protect themselves from infection. On April 1, Israel released a Palestinian from prison who tested positive for COVID-19. It is clear that prisoners are indeed infected.However, Israel has released its own criminals in order to reduce infections among Jewish prisoners. Human rights groups are calling on Israel to do the same for Palestinian political prisoners, particularly for vulnerable Palestinians who are older or have underlying medical conditions. Most of these are in administrative detention who have not even been charged with anything.There are currently 180 Palestinian children in Israel’s prisons, some as young as 12 years old. None have been able to speak with their parents, advocates or lawyers. Under normal circumstances, their conditions are dire, but the level of their bewilderment is surely intensified now that they are not allowed contact with the outside world.The scale of the problem remains unknown as Israel has not tested any of the 5,500 Palestinians in its jails, even those who were known to be in contact with infected guards.Weaponizing the virusAdditionally, Israel continues to raid Palestinian homes and conduct arbitrary arrests of Palestinians who are trying to self-isolate and protect their families. Israel also demolished a pop-up hospital set up to treat cases of the virus. Palestinian prisoner rights groups are appealing to international bodies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, for help.Israel is actually exacerbating the problem by weaponizing the virus. A case in point is Mahmoud Atta. He was arrested in his home on March 22 and sent to Megiddo prison — on suspicion that he had been in contact with someone who tested positive. Israel extended his detention twice and postponed a hearing for his appeal.Right now there is a hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners demanding to be tested and given adequate protective gear. They are refusing to allow new detainees into their wing. They are also demanding that authorities conduct head counts through the camera system and that guards, who are the source of the infection being brought into isolated populations, also wear masks.‘My dad going to prison every few months was our normal’I want to close with a post from the daughter of Khalida Jarrar, a high-profile Palestinian political prisoner and an elected leader and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian Marxist-Leninist organization founded by George Habash in 1967. Jarrar is currently in administrative detention, languishing without charge or trial.Here’s what her daughter Suha Ghassan wrote:“We were raised with my dad getting locked up every few months. … That means that we were raised with the military busting into our home every few months, destroying our belongings and taking our father away. I first met my father when I was 4 years old, and it took me a while to figure out this man suddenly living with us. I used to hold onto this picture, but when I met him, he looked nothing like that picture and I couldn’t understand that it was the same person.“The years passed and we got used to our dad going to prison every few months. We thought it was just a normal thing. It was our normal. We understood that every Palestinian had to go to prison and had to get tortured. When I was 10 years old, I began to worry that I wouldn’t be able to withstand torture when my turn came.“Today, I’m much older than 10 years, but when Israel took my mother away the first time, I was once again that terrified little girl. I didn’t want them to take her, to the point that I thought about throwing her from the balcony when they came to our home to arrest her in 2015. It has been five years, and we don’t know if she’s with us or not, when will they come back for her when she’s home, is she alive when she’s in prison?“My mother is in prison now, and we don’t know how to reach her during this pandemic and we know nothing about her condition. We don’t know if she has the virus, if she’s able to breathe. She’s already sick and has a weakened immune system. This coronavirus has immense political dimensions.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New National FFA Officer Team Announced as Indianapolis Convention Concludes

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News New National FFA Officer Team Announced as Indianapolis Convention Concludes By Andy Eubank – Oct 27, 2012 SHARE Six students from across the U.S. have been chosen by their peers to help lead and shape the National FFA Organization as national FFA officers in 2012-13.Today at the conclusion of the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, University of Florida at Gainesville student Clay Sapp was elected to serve as National FFA president.“It will be my mission to activate change and growth in the National FFA Organization,” he said. “I plan to develop strong relationships, be a champion of FFA and agricultural education and seek new ways to strengthen student experiences within FFA.”Joining Sapp on the 2012-13 National FFA Officer team are Kalie Hall of Georgia as national secretary, Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky as Eastern Region vice president, Lindsey Anderson of California as Western Region vice president, Brennan Costello of Nebraska as Central Region vice president and Wiley Bailey as Southern Region vice president.For the next year, the group will travel more than 100,000 miles across the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. The national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.“It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “It is an opportunity afforded to just a few of our members. As a national officer, the lives of these six individuals will be non-stop hard work with never-ending commitments where every moment counts.”Indiana candidate Micah Matlock, although breaking through to the top 20, did not make it to the final 6.The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter New National FFA Officer Team Announced as Indianapolis Convention Concludes Previous articleFrom Oven to Combine, Pizza Delivery to Farmers During HarvestNext articleSomething is Missing from the Campaign Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Irresponsible comments and actions by ministers endanger journalists

first_img July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders appealed today to President Mahinda Rajapakse to rein in various government ministers whose inflammatory comments and incitements to violence have serious threatened the safety of dozens of Sri Lankan journalists.”Mr. President, it is not yet too late to restrain those of your close associates and political allies who sow trouble and fear among journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “The violent behaviour of the men employed by some of your ministers is bringing the government into disrepute, a situation that will be hard to redress if nothing is done.”The defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the president’s brother, said in an interview in the Sunday Lankadeepa on 27 January: “Journalists should not be allowed to write about military matters. Strong action ought to be taken against those who do. We should return to the laws that criminalize defamation in order to punish those who try to murder us.” He also criticised the Wijeya and Maharajah private press groups.Thugs working for labour minister Mervyn Silva, who is well known for his racist comments about Tamils and his diatribes against journalists, were probably responsible for the stabbing of Lal Hemantha Mawalage, a journalist employed by state broadcaster Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), on 25 January.Two men on a motorcycle, who were armed with knives, ambushed and attacked Mawalage as he was returning home on the outskirts of Colombo. He and his son managed to hide in a forest until the police came. He was hospitalised with stab wounds to the hands and body.Mawalage told several journalists he had received death threats in the weeks that followed the violence at SLRC headquarters on 27 December, when Silva ordered his men to beat up the channel’s news director T. M. G. Chandrasekara. Terrified at the possibility of further reprisals, Chandrasekara recently asked to be relieved of his post.After that incident, Reporters Without Borders contacted presidential aides to express concern about the threats to SLRC journalists.On 7 January, social welfare minister Douglas Devananda, who is also the head of the pro-governmental EPDP militia, accused journalists working for Minnal, a Tamil programme on Shakthi TV, of orchestrating an interview with a Tamil opposition parliamentarian at the behest of the Tamil Tigers rebels. In the interview, conducted a few days before he was murdered in Colombo, the parliamentarian told the station he was being threatened by the EPDP.Devananda called on the police to investigate the programme’s journalists, especially Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam. Following his comments, demonstrations were held in various parts of the country to defend Minnal, which is one of the few remaining Tamil programmes to cover politics in an independent manner.Devananda’s thugs are also suspected of being responsible for the threatening phone call made on 6 January to the Jaffna-based daily Uthayan. The call came from Kayts, an island controlled by the EPDP. Uthayan editors told Reporters Without Borders they feared for the safety of their employees.Another journalist, Suhaib Kasim, a former senior member of the staff of the Tamil-language daily Thinakaran, was stabbed by unidentified assailants at his Colombo home yesterday. The motive of the attack is not known. News July 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Sri Lankacenter_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News News January 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Irresponsible comments and actions by ministers endanger journalistslast_img read more

Announcement of official investigation into French journalist’s death greeted with caution

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders reacted cautiously today to yesterday’s Syrian government announcement of an investigation into the circumstances of French TV journalist Gilles Jacquier’s death the previous day in Homs.A commission of enquiry has been set by the city’s governor, Ghassan Abdel Al-Aal. According to the government news agency Sana, the commission consists of a judge, the head of the city’s criminal security department, two ballistics experts and a representative of France 2, the French TV station that Jacquier worked for.“We can only be pleased that the Syrian authorities are investigating the case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we are circumspect about the commission of enquiry’s composition and real independence. The utmost caution is still necessary. The circumstances of Jacquier’s death must be clarified. Reporters Without Borders will stand beside his family and France 2 during this ordeal.”Reporters Without Borders had called on the Arab League observers who have been in Syria since 26 December to take charge of the investigation and to establish the origin of the mortar shells that killed the France 2 roving correspondent and seven Syrian civilians.The recent resignations of some observers suggest that the Syrian government is not being transparent about the way it has been cracking down on the street protests since March 2011. The government is suspected of manipulating their investigations and Reporters Without Borders doubts its desire to allow all the facts to come to light.The Paris prosecutor’s office has meanwhile opened its own investigation into Jacquier’s death, which it is treating as a case of deliberate homicide, while the French president’s office has indicated that it suspects Syrian government collusion. French foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal has called on the Syrian authorities to provide the French investigators “with all the necessary means to shed light in an independent manner on the circumstances of this death.”Jacquier’s body was repatriated today to France, where an autopsy is due to be carried out later in the day. Follow the news on Syria January 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Announcement of official investigation into French journalist’s death greeted with caution Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Organisation Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fannie Mae’s Credit Risk Transfer Initiatives Approach the Half Trillion Dollar Mark

first_img Previous: Alliant National Title Appoints New Regulatory Compliance Officer Next: Slight Increases In Mortgage Default Rates Should Not Raise Concerns Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. November 18, 2015 971 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae’s Credit Risk Transfer Initiatives Approach the Half Trillion Dollar Mark While the FHFA’s conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are unlikely to end before 2017, the Enterprises continue to transfer more credit risk from their single-family residential mortgages to private insurers.Fannie Mae’s credit risk transfer program, Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS), has sold more than $12.4 billion in securities to private investors, which covers $438 billion worth of mortgage loans since the program’s inception in September 2013. Fannie Mae estimates by the end of 2015, it will have transferred a portion of the credit risk on approximately half a trillion dollars worth of single-family mortgages.“We recently brought our ninth CAS deal to the market, our first CAS deal allocating actual losses from the deal’s reference pool to investors (versus a fixed severity schedule incorporated on previous deals),” said Laurel Davis, Fannie Mae’s VP of Credit Risk Transfer, in a commentary on Wednesday. “We will continue to use the actual loss framework for CAS deals going forward and provided enhanced disclosures to support this shift.”Through the CAS series and other forms of credit risk transfer such as the Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) program, insurance/reinsurance deals, senior-subordinate securities, and collateralized recourse transactions, Fannie Mae has been able to move credit risk away from taxpayers to private capital—as opposed to the past model of acquiring credit risk and holding it through the life of the asset.“Credit risk transfer is now a regular part of the Enterprises’ business.”FHFA“Our credit risk-sharing transactions are structured so that if the covered loans experienced the same stress scenario as in the most recent housing crisis, Fannie Mae’s projected loss exposure would be limited to a relatively small piece of credit risk retained by the company,” Davis said. “Our efforts to transfer credit risk away from Fannie Mae significantly reduce taxpayers’ exposure to risk, give investors an avenue to gain exposure to the U.S. housing market, and help ensure essential funding for homebuyers.”Both GSEs have exceeded their credit-risk transfer goals for the calendar year 2015, largely due to Fannie Mae’s CAS series and Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) series. Fannie Mae has transferred credit risk on $205 billion in single-family mortgages year-to-date as of October 2015 (the goal was $150 billion), and Freddie Mac has transferred credit risk on $126 billion in single-family mortgages for that same period (the goal was $120 billion).“Credit risk transfer is now a regular part of the Enterprises’ business,” the FHFA wrote in its Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2015 released earlier this week. “In all credit risk transfers, the Enterprises and FHFA have been strategic about which loans to target. Instead of using a random sample of Enterprise loans, the transactions focus on new loan purchases with the greatest credit risk. The targeted loans include new acquisitions of 30-year fixed-rate mortgages that have loan-to-value ratios exceeding 60 percent, excluding HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) refinances. The Enterprises are currently transferring significant credit risk on approximately 90 percent of these targeted loans, the mainstay of their single-family purchases. This approach has made the transactions easier to scale up and more economical, benefitting the Enterprises and taxpayers.” Connecticut Avenue Securities Series Credit Risk Transfer Fannie Mae 2015-11-18 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Connecticut Avenue Securities Series Credit Risk Transfer Fannie Mae Share Save Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Fannie Mae’s Credit Risk Transfer Initiatives Approach the Half Trillion Dollar Mark Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Court of Appeal referendum passes with lowest level of support in Donegal North East

first_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp By News Highland – October 6, 2013 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Pinterest The referendum on the establishment of a new Court of Appeal to hear cases referred by the High Court was passed in both Donegal constituencies.Donegal North East returned the narrowest margin in the country with a yes vote of just over 56%.Donegal South West matched the national trend exactly, with 65% of the electorate supporting the establishment of the new Court of Appeal. Facebook Google+center_img Previous articleReferendum Count – UpdateNext articleGarda presence at funeral of RSF co-founder and former Bundoran councillor News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Court of Appeal referendum passes with lowest level of support in Donegal North East News LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Covid-19: Every Possible Option Ought To Be Explored To Minimize People’s Suffering; Bombay HC Tells State & MCGM [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCovid-19: Every Possible Option Ought To Be Explored To Minimize People’s Suffering; Bombay HC Tells State & MCGM [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap18 May 2020 5:07 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court last Friday observed that every possible option ought to be explored by the State Government and the Municipal Corporation to ensure that people’s suffering caused due to the pandemic of Covid-19 is minimized. Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed via video conferencing was hearing the PILs alleging that non-covid patients are being…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 Bombay High Court last Friday observed that every possible option ought to be explored by the State Government and the Municipal Corporation to ensure that people’s suffering caused due to the pandemic of Covid-19 is minimized. Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed via video conferencing was hearing the PILs alleging that non-covid patients are being denied admission in private as well as government run hospitals leading to a rise in death toll in several such cases. The petitioners contend that in many cases, families of elderly Covid affected patients have been forced to wait day and night for hours just for a routine medical examination. Moreover, in the absence of requisite medical facilities made available for non-Covid patients, many of them have been unnecessarily suffering and even succumbed to their respective ailment/disease without proper treatment. All the major hospitals and nursing homes in the city of Mumbai have closed down due to the spread of Covid-19; and that the State and the Corporation have, despite genuine efforts, failed to ensure adequate medical facilities for treatment of patients suffering from ailments other than Covid-19, the petitioners argue. Senior Counsel AY Sakhare appeared for MCGM, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh for the Union of India, Government Pleader PH Kantharia for the State, Advocate Amit Karkhanis, for some of the private institutions impleaded as respondents and Advocates Ankit Kulkarni, Gaurav Shrivastava for the petitioners. Court had sought a reply from the state and MCGM last month. MCGM’s counsel Senior Advocate AY Sakhare vehemently opposed the allegations made in the said PILs. He argued that sufficient arrangements have been made for treatment of non-Covid patients. Court observed- “In course of hearing, we have been apprised that the petitioners as well as the private institutions have valuable suggestions to offer which, if accepted and implemented by the Corporation and the State, would go a long way to ensure better health conditions for Covid as well as non-Covid patients. Having regard to the havoc wreaked by Covid and in the absence of any therapeutic cure of the disease, every possible option ought to be explored so that the suffering of the people at large can be minimized to the extent possible. If indeed what the petitioners and the private institutions suggest are of any help or assistance to mankind, we see no reason as to why the State and the Corporation may not consider the same in its true perspective.” The bench noted that despite the initial opposition, Sakhare said that if at all the petitioners’ suggestions are of any worth, the Corporation will look into the same. Thus, the Court asked the private institutions to make a single set of compilation of all their suggestions by Sunday and to forward the same to the lawyers for the State as well as the Corporation for proper consideration. Finally, the bench concluded- “We make it clear that the suggestions shall be realistic so that they can be implemented and it shall also be ensured that the same are consistent with the extant medical protocol. We hope and trust that the suggestions, if made, shall receive the care and attention the same deserve at the hands of the State and the Corporation and a report shall be filed on their behalf indicating therein the steps that are proposed to be taken, if at all, by May 22, 2020 when this batch of PIL Petitions may be considered next.” This order will be digitally signed by the Sr. Private Secretary of this Court. All concerned will act on production by fax or e-mail of a digitally signed copy of this orderClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more