UK shares to buy for May: how I’d invest £2,000 today

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” UK shares to buy for May: how I’d invest £2,000 today 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. Roland Head 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. Image source: Getty Images Roland Head | Saturday, 1st May, 2021 | More on: SPT WG See all posts by Roland Head Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img The market rally we’ve seen since November has left some UK shares trading at share prices last seen before the pandemic. I’m finding it harder to find cheap shares to buy than I was six months ago.However, I reckon there are still some good opportunities out there. Today, I’m going to look at two companies that have caught my eye recently.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…From oil to renewablesI think it’s fair to say renewable energy is a sector that’s going grow for the foreseeable future. But the reality is that much of our energy today still comes from oil and gas.I reckon that one good way to play the energy transition is to invest in companies whose services are needed by oil producers and renewable operators, especially offshore. My favourite stock in this sector is  Wood Group (LSE: WG), which has been in business for more than 100 years.Wood Group has historically focused on the oil sector, but the company has diversified in recent years and now works in renewables and the wider infrastructure sector. I reckon that should support longer-term growth.In the meantime, the company is still an important service provider to the oil sector — including the growing area of North Sea decommissioning.What could go wrong? Market conditions are pretty tough for oil services firms these days. Wood’s profit margins have never returned to the peak levels seen from 2013-2015, when oil traded at over $100 per barrel.The company is also still battling to repay the debt it built up when it acquired AMEC Foster Wheeler in 2017. Borrowings are coming down, but they’re still a little high for my liking.Despite these concerns, I think Wood Group looks decent value at the moment, on around 13 times 2022 forecast earnings. I’d be happy to buy the shares at this level, as I expect to see steady growth over the next few years.This UK share could keep growingOne company that’s impressed me over many years is FTSE 250 firm Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT). This company is one of the leading players in the network-testing and analytics sector. Its main business is providing the services and equipment needed by network operators to test services such as 5G and Wi-Fi.The pandemic caused some extra challenges last year. Despite these, Spirent’s adjusted pre-tax profit rose by 10% to $104m last year, while its operating margin rose to 18%.City analysts are forecasting a 17% increase in pre-tax profit for 2021. Is this the perfect business? Not quite.Spirent must continually invest in research and development to ensure that it has the best testing solutions for new technology. The company is spending about 20% of its revenue on R&D each year at the moment and must continue to stay ahead of new trends. Falling behind could result in a multi-year slump in new sales.This UK share isn’t cheap either. Spirent trades on around 23 times forecast earnings for 2021, with a dividend yield of just 1.6%. If steady growth continues, then I think this valuation is probably fair. But if results disappoint, then I think the stock could fall sharply.Despite these risks, I’d buy Spirent Communications today. I reckon it’s a good quality business in a growing market. 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El uso de un terreno de la iglesia de la…

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 El uso de un terreno de la iglesia de la Trinidad se convierte en el foco de Ocupar Wall Street AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Episcopal News Service] Un pedacito de terreno propiedad de la iglesia episcopal de La Trinidad en Wall Street, situado en la Calle Canal y la Sexta Avenida y contiguo a la plaza Duarte en el Bajo Manhattan se ha convertido en el foco de Ocupar Wall Street (OWS) al tiempo que este movimiento contra la codicia y la desigualdad económica cumple su tercer mes.“Si el movimiento procura la equidad económica, la justicia social y la adecuada interacción contra gente civilizada, ese mensaje  puede transmitirse de diversas maneras sin tener que ocupar la propiedad de nadie”, dijo el Rdo. Jim Cooper, rector de La Trinidad, en una entrevista con ENS el 12 de diciembre, opinión que venía a reforzar un comentario suyo que había aparecido el 9 de diciembre en la página web de La Trinidad. Desde el inicio del movimiento, La Trinidad ha proporcionado espacio de reunión y el uso de sus instalaciones, cuando están abiertas, para que los manifestantes tengan acceso a baños y a descanso, pero se ha mantenido firme en no permitir ocupantes en su propiedad de la plaza Duarte.Los ocupas fueron desalojados del Parque Zuccotti -un parque público de propiedad privada que se encuentra en Broadway a dos cuadras al norte de La Trinidad- en las primeras horas del 15 de noviembre y ya no pueden seguir acampando allí de noche. Desde entonces, OWS ha sostenido que necesita “ocupar” un espacio para erigir su comunidad y llevar adelante su movimiento.Occupy Faith NYC, una coalición interreligiosa formada a raíz del movimiento OWS; George Packard, obispo episcopal para las Fuerzas Armadas y ministerios federales, jubilado en la actualidad,  y otros han presionado a la iglesia a permitir que OWS utilice su propiedad como base de operaciones. Unas 7.000 personas han firmado una petición a nombre de América Fiel, en la que se le pide a La Trinidad que le brinde santuario a OWS.Según el plan actual, los ocupas y sus partidarios se reunirán al mediodía del 17 de diciembre en la plaza Duarte para “Ocupar 2.0: Recobrar los espacios públicos [Occupy 2.0: Take Back the Commons] un evento de todo un día en apoyo de OWS y de “la ocupación y recuperación de los espacios públicos”.“Hay un plan de ocupar el espacio que es propiedad de la iglesia”, dijo Linnea Palmer Paton, estudiante de 23 años de la Universidad de Nueva York y miembro del grupo de trabajo de relaciones públicas de los ocupas, en una entrevista telefónica el 14 de diciembre. Pero, según ella, no se tomará ninguna decisión hasta el 17.La fecha del 17 de diciembre coincide con los tres meses del lanzamiento formal de OWS en el parque Zuccotti. También es el cumpleaños del soldado Bradley Manning (del Ejercito de EE.UU.) que se enfrenta a la corte marcial el 16 de diciembre en Port Meade, Maryland, por el supuesto delito de transmitir información militar clasificada a la página web WikiLeaks; y el primer aniversario de la autoinmolación del vendedor ambulante tunecito Mohamed Bouazizi,  el acto que provocó el surgimiento de la Primavera Árabe, las sublevaciones independientes y democráticas que se propagaron por el mundo árabe en 2011 e inspiraron al movimiento de los ocupas o indignados.Las protestas de OWS se han extendido a más 2.500 sitios a través del país y en todo el mundo. En el último mes, los funcionarios de muchas ciudades han tomado medidas para desmantelar los campamentos de los que protestan. El movimiento convoca a las ocupaciones desplazadas a través de la nación a reocupar espacios abiertos el 17 de diciembre.Un letrero fijo a la cadena que cierra con candado la entrada en el terreno perteneciente a La Trinidad dice: “Propiedad privada, prohibido el paso”. A través de la cerca uno puede ver una docena aproximada de bancos de madera y unas cuantas macetas también de madera. El suelo está cubierto de guijarros. La Trinidad le alquila la propiedad al Consejo Cultural del Bajo Manhattan (LMCC, por su sigla en inglés), que lo usa por temporadas para exposiciones de arte y eventos culturales al aire libre.Es la “totalidad de los problemas” -legales, sanitarios, de seguridad, uso del terreno, el ser un buen vecino-” que al sumarse todos ellos hacen que La Trinidad considere un campamento o grandes asambleas como un uso inapropiado del terreno”, dijo Cooper durante una entrevista el 12 de diciembre en Charlotte’s Place, un lugar de reuniones comunitarias que la iglesia posee en la Calle Greenwich, al sur del parque Zuccotti.“Y existe el tenue límite entre la política y lo espiritual, y nos centramos en lo espiritual”, afirmó. “Yo no sé cómo [el movimiento]Ocupar Wall Street se define a sí mismo”.Tomó 12 meses de negociaciones con el municipio de Nueva York antes de que La Trinidad pudiera alquilar el terreno -que está cerca de la entrada del Túnel Holland y que carece de agua y de servicios sanitarios- al LMCC, dijo Cooper, quien agregó que él y la junta parroquial y los guardianes de la iglesia revisan y estudian los acuerdos de alquiler.El 3 de diciembre, arrestaron a tres participantes de OWS que montaron una protesta y huelga de hambre para presionar a la iglesia a dejar que el movimiento de los ocupas levantara un campamento en la propiedad. Los pusieron en libertad al día siguiente. Con anterioridad, los manifestantes que entraron en la propiedad de La Trinidad el 15 de noviembre habían sido arrestados.Tarde en la noche del 10 de diciembre, Cooper y su esposa, Octavia, se reunieron con las tres personas que hacían huelga de hambre en la plaza Duarte y a las que para entonces se les había unido una cuarta. Los huelguistas asistieron luego a la Eucaristía de las 9:00 A.M. en La Trinidad, a la mañana siguiente, junto con Packard y su esposa, Brooke.Durante su sermón, Cooper predicó acerca de la profecía, la ley y el orden, y los duraderos vínculos compartidos que se forman en tiempos difíciles y de grandes demandas.“Todas las generaciones tienen tiempos difíciles, y a veces tiempos realmente difíciles”, dijo Cooper, citando la letra de una canción de Neil Diamond, en un sermón que repitió en la Eucaristía de las 11:15 A.M.Packard ha manifestado su apoyo verbal a OWS, aun cuando estuviera haciendo lo que él llamó “un renuente servicio de enlace diplomático entre los ocupas y la iglesias de La Trinidad”.“Tengo la gran preocupación de que esta venerable parroquia se encuentre del lado equivocado de la historia dentro de unas pocas semanas”, dijo Packard en un correo de la página de Facebook de la Trinidad que luego borraron. “De seguro que hay alguna consumada sabiduría en el liderazgo que pueda ofrecerles a los ocupas una oportunidad de expresar su destino profético en estos días. Es cosa sabida que la iglesia es eficaz en brindar servicio y ayuda al vecindario; al parecer [ese liderazgo]no es capaz de entender sus necesidades dinámicas. Dicho claramente, esto significa comenzar de nuevo los acuerdos de alquiler por una temporada en lo tocante a la propiedad de Duarte. Piensen que les estamos ofreciendo hospitalidad a viajeros del futuro que son portadores del mensaje de “basta ya de injusticia”. Si viéramos realmente a OWS por lo que ellos son, en lugar de ponerles obstáculos en su camino, ¡realmente nos regocijaríamos con su venida!En su blog Obispo Ocupado [Occupied Bishop] Packard llamó más tarde a su comentario en la página de Facebook de La Trinidad “un exabrupto”, pero preguntaba: “¿No debería esta conversación estar vigente en la parroquia?OWS se describe a sí mismo como “un movimiento de resistencia sin líderes”. Pese a la ausencia de un campamento permanente, ha continuado organizando grupos de trabajo que se concentran en problemas particulares y reuniéndose en “asambleas generales” en distintos lugares de la ciudad.La Trinidad y OWS “usan dos clases de vocabularios diferentes” y los ocupas miran la “propiedad” desde un punto de vista totalmente distinto, dijo Packard el 14 de diciembre en una entrevista telefónica con ENS.“Ellos [OWS] creen en liberar la propiedad como parte de sus creencias fundamentales”, explicó.El movimiento ve la ocupación de un espacio a cielo abierto como “un símbolo de acción directa” tal como lo explicaban en el número de diciembre de 2011 de Tidal -una publicación de la teoría de la ocupación publicado en Medios de Difusión Ocupados [ Ocupied Media].La Iglesia Episcopal, mediante la participación directa y el apoyo ofrecido por clérigo y laicos y gracias al uso de sus iglesias y edificios, ha apoyado a OWS desde el principio.El Consejo Ejecutivo en su reunión de octubre aprobó una resolución (AN037) en la cual afirmaba “el creciente movimiento de protestas pacíficas en espacios públicos de Estados Unidos y a través del mundo en resistencia a la explotación de las personas por lucro o por poder da fiel testimonio en la tradición de Jesús  de las pecaminosas inequidades de la sociedad” y llama a los episcopales “a testificar en la tradición de Jesús de la inequidades de la sociedad”.En Boston, por ejemplo, los episcopales se cuentan entre un grupo de Capellanes de la Protesta, que mantuvieron una tienda de fe y espiritualidad para los ocupas de un campamento del centro. Luego del cierre de su campamento en la Plaza Dewey, la iglesia catedral de San Pablo en la  Diócesis de Massachusetts, comenzó a ofrecerles a los manifestantes de Ocupar Boston un espacio de reunión para sus asambleas generales, “a través de las cuales los participantes locales del movimiento llegaron a un consenso acerca de futuras acciones” a partir del 13 de diciembre, según una declaración publicada en la página web de la diócesis.La catedral, “se ha ofrecido a auspiciar la reunión de semana en semana, en la medida en que se necesite, y al hacerlo no respalda ningún punto de vista particular, sino que ‘respalda la conversación’, según el Muy Rdo. Jep Streit, deán de la catedral, decía el comunicado.Streit decía en ese comunicado que “los problemas que suscita el movimiento Ocupar merecen, por su importancia, ser discutidos en sociedad, y en consecuencia me siento feliz de ofrecer nuestra catedral para brindar hospitalidad y un lugar de manera que esas conversaciones puedan continuar”. Él hizo notar que percibía que  “la atención últimamente había pasado a la controversia sobre el acampamento de los que protestaban y se había distanciado de los problemas  cotidianos de justicia económica y social”.En Chicago, donde a los manifestante se les ha exigido que se mantengan en movimiento, la iglesia episcopal de La Gracia [Grace Episcopal Church] ha provisto alimento y espacio para dormir a los líderes del movimiento.“El deseo representado por Ocupar Wall Street de una restauración de la justicia y la equidad en nuestra sociedad es uno con el me siento totalmente solidario, y al que todos los cristianos deberían apoyar -y creo que debemos resaltar que la iglesia de La Trinidad ha respaldado vigorosamente a OWS desde su inicio”, dijo el obispo diocesano de Nueva York Mark S. Sisk en un declaración al respecto enviada por correo electrónico a ENS el 13 de diciembre.“Pero un rasgo típico de los movimientos que promueven cambios es su tendencia a ver las situaciones en blanco y negro: estás a favor de ellos o contra ellos”, escribió él. “Ésta es la dinámica que prevalece, me temo, respecto a la propiedad de Duarte -y que genera una gran cantidad de calor y muchísimo humo. Si la obligación legal de La Trinidad con su inquilino pesa más que su obligación con una visión de justicia como la que representa OWS es una pregunta que puede que no tenga una respuesta totalmente satisfactoria, es ciertamente una respuesta sobre la cual, creo yo, personas de buena voluntad pueden razonablemente discrepar.Además de atraer a ocupantes, activistas, partidarios y turistas, el campamento  del parque Zuccotti se convirtió en un imán para las personas sin vivienda, así como homosexuales [bisexuales y transexuales][LGBT] que habían abandonado sus hogares, que levantaban tiendas y recibían alimentos y atención médica. Durante la ocupación, la Trinidad puso a disposición de los manifestantes Charlotte’s Place como un refugio seguro para los ocupas: un lugar donde la gente podía tomarse un receso de la atmósfera de hacinamiento y de acoso periodístico del parque.Durante el período que siguió inmediatamente a la redada del 15 de noviembre, cuando, por orden del alcalde Michael Bloomberg, el Departamento de Policía de Nueva York despejó el parque y arrestó a unos 200 ocupantes, Charlotte’s Place, que está abierto desde el mediodía a las 6:00 P.M. los días hábiles, continuó sirviendo a los que protestaban y, por corto tiempo, quebrantó las reglas y dejó que algunas personas durmieran en el lugar.El 16 de noviembre, el arzobispo Bernard Ntahoturi, de la Iglesia Anglicana de Burundi -un país que está emergiendo luego de 12 años de guerra civil debido a causas étnicas- visitó la iglesia de La Trinidad y habló acerca de la reconciliación con los ocupas desplazados que se reunían en Charlotte’s Place.Charlotte’s Place sigue albergando de 150 a 200 personas diariamente, la mayoría de ellos ocupas, la mitad de ellos desamparados, dijo Jennifer Chinn, directora de programa, quien añadió que ella había permanecido neutral respecto a OWS, manteniéndose concentrada en la misión de Charlotte’s Place.“No se trata de una ideología; se trata de la acogida y la hospitalidad. No siempre es fácil. El ser acogedor se percibe como un desafío, y es entonces cuando uno sabe que está funcionando”, dijo ella. A veces, agregó, los ocupas han usado el espacio de reunión para organizarse contra La Trinidad y le han preguntado, desde un punto de vista personal, ‘¿Hacemos bien?’”Reconociendo la necesidad de servicios médicos y sociales, así como para personas sin hogar, La Trinidad contrató a la Rda. Mary Caliendo, una sacerdote de Wiccan que trabaja con  la clínica médica de los ocupas -que incluye médicos, enfermeros y psiquiatras- para trabajar en Charlotte’s Place y facilitar el cuidado.Una vez que se regó la voz de que había comida y servicios médicos gratuitos, la gente comenzó a aparecerse, dijo Caliendo.Los manifestantes desplazados incluyen a personas como Michael Morgan. Oriundo de Filadelfia, Morgan, de 42 años, vivió en las calles de Nueva York durante dos años. Él y su novia, Seida Safford, de 24 años, que está embarazada, vivieron en una tienda en el parque Zuccotti y ahora pasan noches en algunas iglesias. Al menos dos templos de la Iglesia Metodista Unida -uno en Park Slope, Brooklyn, y otro en el Upper West Side de Manhattan- siguen albergando a personas sin hogar que fueron desalojados del Zuccotti.Morgan y Safford han llegado a formar parte de un grupo de trabajo de personas sin hogar de los ocupas, tarea en la que intentan ayudar a otras personas desamparadas a tener acceso a los servicios que necesitan, dijo él el 12 de diciembre durante una entrevista con ENS en Charlotte’s Place.Sin un acampamento, dijo Morgan, él se siente aislado del movimiento.El 12 de diciembre también estaba en Charlotte’s Place Sonya Zink, quien es propietaria de una casa en Park Falls, Wisconsin, un pueblo de 2.000 habitantes. A ella la echaron de un trabajo de servicios sociales en 2009, trabajó en el censo de EE.UU. en 2010, pero ahora sigue desempleada, como le ocurre al 10 por ciento del pueblo donde vive.Zink comenzó a seguir el movimiento en abril cuando, a través de mensajes en Twitter, éste comenzó a formarse y salió a ser parte de los manifestantes el 17 de abril, Día de la Ira en EE.UU.,  y fecha en que nació el movimiento de los ocupas.Al igual que muchos otros, dijo, ella se sentía enojada con el gobierno de EE.UU.  “que rehúsa representar a su pueblo”.El parque era casi un microcosmos perfecto para el racismo, el clasismo y el privilegio presentes en la sociedad -toda la corrupción que OWS atacaba “se manifestaba en nuestro movimiento”, dijo Zink, añadiendo que su hincapié era llevar las voces de los marginados a la mesa.A pesar del desalojo, los manifestantes de OWS continuaron protestando, aunque no durmiendo, en el parque Zuccotti, que está rodeado de barreras de metal y custodiado las 24 horas por una compañía de seguridad privada.Zink por lo general toma el turno de la noche en el parque, afirmó.OWS no intenta recrear el campamento original en el parque Duarte y ha aprendido de sus pasados errores, dijo Paton, portavoz del movimiento.“La idea es tener una mejor dirección que la última ocupación”, explicó. “La gente no puede sencillamente venir a dormir; ellos tendrían que contribuir. Y porque sería una operación con acceso controlado las 24 horas donde la gente estaría viviendo en el lugar -no viviendo permanentemente, sino durmiendo en el espacio, no cubierto por tiendas- estaría muy orientada.En un bosquejo de 23 páginas, que incluye una versión hecha en computadora de la apariencia que tendría el campamento de un tercio de hectárea, en el que se incluiría un espacio abierto, espacio de reunión, tiendas, un cocina y baños, OWS creó una declaración de intenciones y una lista de acuerdos comunitarios -los cuales prohíben el uso de drogas o alcohol en el terreno.“Entendemos que la Iglesia tiene algunas preocupaciones respecto a la salud y a la seguridad”, dijo Paton. El movimiento tiene el plan de abordar esos problemas, y añadió que la preocupación más inmediata es la de la libertad de expresión y buscar el apoyo de la iglesia de La Trinidad en la lucha por la justicia al brindar un espacio que de otro modo es un solar vacío.El 15 de diciembre, líderes religiosos y activistas de OWS colocaron un “nacimiento guerrillero” frente a la iglesia de La Trinidad. La escena, que los activistas llamaron una “ofrenda de paz” muestra a José, María y Jesús dentro de una tienda de OWS con un letrero que dice: “Lucas 2:7 ‘No había lugar para ellos en el mesón’, pero con $10.000 millones en propiedad inmobiliaria, a la iglesia de La Trinidad le sobra lugar”.La iglesia posee 6 hectáreas y media de tierra en el barrio de Hudson Square y tiene medio millón de metros cuadrados de espacio de oficinas en su carpeta de bienes raíces, lo cual la hace uno de los más grandes propietarios de Manhattan. Sus propiedades ayudan a financiar sus obras sociales tanto localmente como en todo el mundo.—Lynette Wilson es editora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Sharon Sheridan, corresponsal de ENS, colaboró con este artículo. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Apopka’s Joel Berry II leads North Carolina to Elite 8

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Beats Butler 92-80 in Sweet 16 matchupApopka’s Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night.Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half.Joel Berry IIAndrew Chrabascz led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (25-9) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Kelan Martin finished with 16 points for Butler, which struggled shooting early and did not recover.The Tar Heels, which reached the Elite Eight for the 27th time, will face the winner of Friday’s second game between UCLA and Kentucky for a shot at the Final Fout next weekend in Phoenix, AZ.The Tar Heels connected on 54.4 percent of their shots, while Butler was at 43.5 percent.Berry, a 6’0 point guard, played high school basketball at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. He led his team to three state titles and was the first player named Florida Mr. Basketball three times. He was named a Parade All-American and McDonald’s All-American as a senior in 2014. At North Carolina, Berry has led the Tar Heels as its point guard, averaging 14.6 points, 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season.ESPN contributed to this report. TAGSJoel Berry II Previous articleConstitution Revision Commission begins statewide listening tour in central FloridaNext articleVelazquez quietly announces her re-election bid for Seat #2 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I can never decipher sports talk but congratulations Joel Berry II…..Apopka proud! Joel sure looks athletic, nice biceps! Reply center_img March 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

MS House / Studio Arthur Casas

first_img Houses Projects Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Ricardo Labougle Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Brazil Manufacturers: panoramah!®, Gaggenau, Leicht, AG Movelaria, Arthur Decor, Di Mármore, Ecosys, Mekal, Ornare, Ornatus, Pagliotto, Pau Pau, Punto, Tresuno Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ArchDaily Products used in this ProjectWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityLandscape:Renata TilliLighting :MigroneStructure:Stec ProjectScaffolding:PanoramahIntalations:GrauAuthor:Arthur CasasDesign Team:Marillia Pellegrini, Alexandre Kayat, Renata Adoni, Regiane Khristian, Fernanda MullerCity:Fazenda Boa VistaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. This summerhouse near São Paulo was built for a couple with three grown-up daughters. It had to conciliate the dichotomy between framing astonishing views to a golf course and woods towards the dark south and seeking abundant light on the street side, towards north. The solution was to arrange the spaces following the latitudinal axis of the plot in a manner that would provide framed views to the landscape and bring the sunlight altogether.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleSave this picture!SectionThe house is divided in two sections: on one side there are four bedrooms for the daughters and guests. They open towards a long corridor with a glass wall facing south and are protected by wooden louvers in front of a dense garden facing north. On the other side, social areas form one single common space integrated with the surrounding context. The dry climate of the region led to the creation of a small pond that embraces the house. It is 50 centimeters deep, containing fishes and plants able to keep the water naturally clean.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleSeveral rocks create a particularly astonishing atmosphere and part of the pond was deepened to be used as a swimming pool. The wood flooring in the private areas is replaced by rough stone in the common areas. The living room has a high wood ceiling of 3.6 meters that brings warmth to the house and extends to the outside, connecting interior and exterior. A lower wooden volume next to the living room holds a powder room and a cellar. The horizontality of the space is highlighted by a succession of layouts that comprehend an entrance hall, a living room with a hearth and a dining room, all along the exterior terrace. A continuous zenital slit that lightens the opposite side of the space is a technical prowess with no beams crossing its path.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleSave this picture!Sketch 02The connection between both spaces is enhanced by glass doors that slide within the walls and disappear from view. Further, next to this room, a gourmet kitchen and a home theater can also be integrated through sliding walls. Outside, the wooden deck conceals a Jacuzzi underneath the floor. Next to it, a ground hearth made of stone stands as the perfect spot for gathering on clear nights.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleThe stairs that lead to the master suite and the atelier on the first floor becomes a sculpture with its floating steps underneath a large glass ceiling, transforming the atrium into a courtyard. The volume of this floor, covered with vertical wood louvers of different widths, contrasts with the long horizontal lines of the brick walls of the first floor. The rusticity of the house is highlighted by the washed tones of the bricks, playing with the shadows under the strong tropical light. All the frames employed in glass doors and windows are very narrow, with a 2 cm square section, becoming almost imperceptible, even when closed.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleThe interior design result in an innovative composition that allies strong and iconic American works with discrete Italian furniture. Sculptor Michael Coffey handcrafted a bespoken set of dining table and chairs in a lengthy process that lasted 8 months, working with wood trunks. Icons by Paul Evans, Warren Platner and Richard Schultz share the space with neutral designs by Paola Lenti.Save this picture!© Ricardo LabougleSave this picture!Roof PlanThe color palette employed seeks orange and terracotta tones found in the surrounding landscape. It reconciles the warmth of the wood with the freshness of the stone. Fabrics such as the striped cushions and the Nepalese carpet in the living room highlight the effort to create an atmosphere that transits from being monochromatic to playing with earthly tones. Antiques and artworks from the clients’ collection, such as ceramic plates by Picasso and Burle Marx, give a final touch to the cozy ambiances.Project gallerySee allShow lessEco-Friendly Insulation Offers Thermal Performance, Sound Absorption and Fire Resist…MiscLook Inside a Collection of Barcelona-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Ma…Architecture News Share MS House / Studio Arthur Casas MS House / Studio Arthur CasasSave this projectSaveMS House / Studio Arthur Casas Photographs Area:  990 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 16Curated by Pedro Vada Share “COPY” Architects: Studio Arthur Casas Area Area of this architecture project 2014 CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Fazenda Boa Vista, Brazil “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889508/ms-house-studio-arthur-casas Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889508/ms-house-studio-arthur-casas Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeStudio Arthur CasasOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsFazenda Boa VistaBrazilPublished on February 25, 2018Cite: “MS House / Studio Arthur Casas” 25 Feb 2018. 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Activists denounce MTA’s union-busting tactics in NYC school bus strike

first_imgSome of the protesters outside the MTA meeting, Jan. 30.Protesters crashed the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority’s first board meeting of the year in solidarity with the school bus drivers’ and matrons’ strike and in defense of students’ safety. They demanded that transit agency MetroCards not be issued to students as alternative school transportation.This topic was not on the MTA’s agenda. Nevertheless, the board heard from seven speakers who used the public comments section of the meeting to denounce the MTA’s collusion with New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor provoked the Jan. 16 strike by eliminating the union’s seniority list from the contract, which jeopardizes the children’s safety.The fact that the board’s agenda omitted the strike issue did not mean the MTA was unprepared. The action, which included gathering outside the meeting with placards beforehand, had been advertised on Facebook and Occupy sites. So the transit agency stationed police and security guards on the street where people lined up to get into the meeting.The signs protesters brought — “MetroCards are for public transportation, not union busting” — were confiscated and not allowed into the meeting where television cameras gathered in a press pool.The MTA’s hand-picked board of bankers, politicians and other representatives of the 1% want no media coverage of the considerable solidarity for the school bus workers represented by the parents, teachers and members of Occupy Wall Street who showed up. Parents were represented by Parents to Improve School Transportation, the group that also organized the Feb. 2  electrifying “Solidarity Car Caravan for the Striking School Bus Union.”Demand ‘safety first’ for students, passengersThe primary point made by parents and others during the meeting was that the MetroCard alternative, especially for special needs students, was both unsafe and a violation of these students’ right to have safe access to education.Johnnie Stevens of PIST told the board, “My son is a special needs student, and he has directions from his doctor specifying that he cannot be in a crowded situation. Well, I just came from the train and it’s extremely crowded.”Stevens explained that the doctor’s directions were part of his son’s Individualized Education Program — a mandate under federal law spelling out how to maximize access to education for special needs students. The school bus and the matron on it are an integral part of those mandates, as specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.On top of the access issue is the safety issue. This was dramatized by the battle the Transport Workers Union — whose members also spoke at the meeting — has been fighting with the MTA over how to increase safety after the recent spate of subway passengers pushed to their deaths from platforms onto the train tracks. To reduce deaths, the union has begun to slow down trains when they enter a station.Stevens mentioned this in his comments, that at the exact moment the Department of Education is passing out free MetroCards to special needs students, “We’re talking about people being killed on the train. We’re talking about putting barriers up on the subway platform.”Joe Thierren, a New York City schoolteacher, said the city’s scheme to make MetroCards available to special needs students is “putting them in an unsafe situation” and that the MTA’s participation in that was “supporting Bloomberg’s union busting of the striking school bus workers.”Occupy Wall Street activists spoke at the meeting, too. William Lipsey told the board that it should “not be in the business of union busting. If you want to give out free MetroCards, there are probably a million unemployed people in New York City who could use the assistance to find employment.”Members of PIST also handed out a media statement at the meeting. Referring to the mix of subways, buses and cabs the students and their families are now forced to utilize during the strike, it said in part: “Isn’t it easier just to include the EPP [seniority list] in the city bids and let the school bus drivers and matrons keep their jobs — rather than throw students and their families into this chaos?”PIST member Stevens put it this way to the MTA board: “MTA is a party to this — and you should be a party to getting Mayor Bloomberg back to the table so our kids can go back to school.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Texas strikes blow at poor women

first_imgThe Texas Health and Human Services Commission stripped Planned Parenthood of its Medicaid contracts on Oct. 19. Defunding was based on alleged violations of its fetal tissue donation program.Such allegations stem from widely discredited, deceptively edited videos issued in July by the anti-abortion, so-called Center for Medical Progress. The videos insinuate that Planned Parenthood engaged in selling fetal tissue for profit. CMP, currently under investigation in California for fraud, is closely associated with far-right, anti-abortion, bigoted groups like Operation Rescue, which has a history of arrests for blockading clinics and harassing patients.Anti-choice bigots picketing a Planned Parenthood clinic and harassing patients Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore., were stopped cold when Mary Numair, a PP supporter, came outside with her sign thanking PP and chanted loudly, “Yeast infections! Yeast infections!” one of many health problems treated by PP.Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, the largest national provider of reproductive health care services for women, announced on Oct. 13 that it would no longer request reimbursement from research centers for fetal tissue donations, which are vital in creating lifesaving vaccines and medicines.Three days later, on Oct. 21, the Texas HHSC issued subpoenas alleging misuse of federal Medicaid funds. It demanded Medicaid records of abortion patients who have donated fetal tissue in the past five years and documents covering patient, billing and personnel records, including employee home addresses and salaries.To serve the subpoenas, investigators from HHSC’s Office of Inspector General arrived without warning at Planned Parenthood facilities in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston and gave the clinics 24 hours to deliver thousands of pages of documents. Ken Lambrecht, head of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, called this “a politically motivated … fishing expedition.”That charge appears accurate, reported Mother Jones on Oct. 22, because a reporter arrived at the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio at the same time as state investigators. The state’s raid, noted the magazine, seemed to be “looking for an excuse to justify its politically motivated actions.”Also on Oct. 21, the Ohio Senate passed a bill defunding Planned Parenthood. Pro-choice Sen. Edna Brown condemned the bill because it disproportionately impacts low-income women. “There is no one, no one but Planned Parenthood in poor and African-American communities.” (RH Reality Check, Oct. 22)Relentless attacks continueThough the House of Representatives held a hearing on Planned Parenthood on Sept. 29, during which President Cecile Richards stood up to hours of insulting demands and harangues by anti-abortion critics, the House announced Oct. 23 that it is convening yet another investigation. The eight Republican members of the Select Investigative Panel have “100 percent ratings from the National Right to Life Committee,” reported the Huffington Post on Oct. 23.Pro-choice Democrats criticized the new panel and said they may boycott it as it is a waste of taxpayer dollars.RH Reality Check Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson compared watching the Sept. 29 hearing to “witnessing an inquisition” like those of anti-communist Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. (Oct. 5) She pointed out that no evidence was presented to substantiate charges of selling fetal tissue for profit. She denounced charges against Planned Parenthood as lies and demands for lists of providers, clinics and staff as ways to intimidate and frighten people.Jacobson quoted two dictionary definitions of McCarthyism: “the practice of making accusations unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful or irrelevant evidence” and “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.”A startling example of today’s McCarthyism is the website set up Sept. 28 by the deep-pocketed anti-abortion group known as the Alliance Defending Freedom. (Oct. 22) The purpose of the site, getyourcare.org, is to provide “alternatives” to Planned Parenthood if it is defunded nationally. The website, based on data from lists of Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers, is supported by 17 of the country’s most prominent anti-abortion groups, including the ultraright Family Research Council, which is also hostile to same-sex marriage.Yet when RH Reality Check writers called dozens of these facilities, they discovered elementary, middle and high schools; homeless shelters; nursing homes; pediatric centers; and even the District of Columbia jail. All of them said they were not prepared to provide reproductive health services for poor women.Drawing a parallel between McCarthyism and today’s reactionaries is spot on. These right-wingers seek to promote their ruthless austerity agenda against oppressed and working people, while lining the pockets of the already-rich.The attacks on Planned Parenthood — because they strike at the quality of life for millions of poor women of color, youth, immigrants, women who are homeless due to domestic violence, women with disabilities and rural residents — are integral to that reactionary agenda.All progressive people must join the fightback to defend Planned Parenthood.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

“My aim is to liberalise the press” Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz tells Reporters Without Borders

first_img RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Follow the news on Mauritania News Organisation Reporters Without Borders has been given an assurance by Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, elected on 4 August 2009, that freedom of the press will be one of his priorities.The head of state, on an official visit to Paris yesterday, met a delegation from the worldwide press freedom organisation and in a cordial meeting said he was determined to work to improve the state of press freedom in his country.“My aim it to encourage press freedom and freedom of expression for all Mauritanians. Despite all the insults I have had to bear, I never on principle attack the press in whatever way. I think that public figures who do not accept this principle should change their profession,” the president told the delegation.“I have decided to put an end to the system of state advertising which was encouraging corruption. The state currently funds 80% of printing of the privately owned press through the national printing-house. It is a major effort and I think it should first help newspapers that appear regularly,” the head of state added.The discussion with the head of state on the current state of the country’s media and progress made since 2005, came one week after the publication of Reporters Without Borders’ latest world press freedom index, in which Mauritania was ranked 100th out of 175 countries, improving its position by five places compared to 2008.The president undertook to examine all the issues raised by Reporters Without Borders, which were:- The urgent need to promulgate the order applying the broadcast law that promotes effective liberalising of the airwaves;- The need to stabilise the media sector;- The benefit for Mauritania in filling the legal void in connection with the online press. It raised the case of the editor of the website Taqadoumy, Hanevy Ould Dehah, who has been in custody since 18 June 2009 and was sentenced to six months in prison. More information on Haney Ould Dehah Picture : AFP / Watt Abdel Jelil MauritaniaAfrica RSF_en Help by sharing this information MauritaniaAfrica March 13, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img Receive email alerts News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post July 6, 2020 Find out more May 20, 2021 Find out more October 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “My aim is to liberalise the press” Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz tells Reporters Without Borders to go furtherlast_img read more

[TRP SCAM- Republic TV And Arnab Goswami Vs Mumbai Police] Live Updates From Supreme Court

first_imgTop Stories[TRP SCAM- Republic TV And Arnab Goswami Vs Mumbai Police] Live Updates From Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 Oct 2020 11:24 PMShare This – xSupreme Court Bench headed by Justice Chandrachud is hearing a petition filed by Republic TV (AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd) and Arnab Goswamy against the Bombay Police Investigation in the TRPScam…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?LoginSupreme Court Bench headed by Justice Chandrachud is hearing a petition filed by Republic TV  (AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd) and Arnab Goswamy against the Bombay Police Investigation in the TRPScam caseLive Updates 14 Oct 2020 11:45 PMSibal (in lighter vein) to Justice Chandrachud: It’s good to know that Your Lordship enjoys things apart from presiding over matters !Justice Chandrachud: Well, this week (miscellaneous week) there has been no scope to enjoy anything else !14 Oct 2020 11:28 PMJustice Chandrachud states that he mentioned Flora Fountain because he belongs to that area. Sibal: The fountain of justice !14 Oct 2020 11:27 PMSalve applies for leave to withdraw the plea. The Bench grants liberty to the Petitioners to move the High Court. 14 Oct 2020 11:27 PMJustice Chandrachud: We must have faith in our HCs. Without the intervention of the HC, it sends a bad message to the HC. They’ve been functioning throughout the pandemic. Salve (laughs): We’ll go to Flora Fountain then. 14 Oct 2020 11:26 PMJustice Chandrachud: We must have faith in our HCs. Without the intervention of the HC, it sends a bad message to the HC. They’ve been functioning throughout the pandemic. Salve (laughs): We’ll go to Flora Fountain then. 14 Oct 2020 11:25 PMJustice Chandrachud: We are concerned of this observation that as of late, Commissioners have the tendency of giving interviews. Justice Indu Malhotra: Go by way of 226/482. That is our concern. 14 Oct 2020 11:24 PMSenior. Adv. Harish Salve begins. Justice Chandrachud: You may go to the Bombay HC to file a 482 petition or a 226 petition. I think your client’s office is in Worli. 14 Oct 2020 11:24 PMMatter has commenced. Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal, Harish Salve, Devadatt Kamat and Siddharth Bhatnagar are present. >Load MoreNext Storylast_img read more

Shrinking Space For Dissent

first_imgColumnsShrinking Space For Dissent S Devika13 Oct 2020 8:43 PMShare This – xThe order of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh protests case is part of a trend where the space for dissent is shrinking rapidly, at great cost to democracy. Background and context The occupation of Shaheen Bagh by women began in December 2019 when violence against Jamia Millia students was unleashed. It continued as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, a law…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 order of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh protests case is part of a trend where the space for dissent is shrinking rapidly, at great cost to democracy. Background and context The occupation of Shaheen Bagh by women began in December 2019 when violence against Jamia Millia students was unleashed. It continued as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, a law that discriminates against Muslims. It came to an end in March 2020 due to the COVID- 19 pandemic and the lockdown, alluded to as the “Hand of God,” by the judges. The protest was unprecedented for many reasons – it was led by women without the support of an organized union or political party, it was organic and spontaneous, it was a round the clock sit-in and reminiscent of occupy movements of the world, it had no leaders, it sparked off similar protests in the rest of the country, it acquired an iconic status and was keenly observed by the rest of the world, the protestors remained non-violent throughout and people from all over the country travelled to the site to express support and solidarity, the tenacity and determination of women inspired hope, empowered the participants and observers and the oldest participant, Bilkis Dadi was featured as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in the Times magazine. A petition was initially filed before the Delhi High Court seeking regulation of this protest on the ground that it disrupted the free movement of traffic and affected the rights of commuters. The Delhi High Court disposed of the case on the date of admission, 14/01/2020, leaving it to the wisdom of the police to manage and control traffic, bearing in mind the ground realities. The petitioner then approached the Supreme Court. The relief sought had become infructuous when the Supreme Court passed a final order on 07/10/2020. The judges acknowledge this fact but decide to set certain parameters for future protests. While appearing to affirm a citizen’s right to protest, the Supreme Court imposes restrictive measures that are severely prohibitory. The order bans : 1) use of public areas for protests unless such areas are designated for that purpose 2) indefinite occupation of public space and 3) assembly of indeterminable number of persons whenever they choose to protest. No doubt a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution is never absolute and must yield when there are competing rights deserving a better claim. It is a tricky and arduous task to assess which of the competing rights will prevail and it is usually a subjective one. No rigid formula can be applied, in a case such as this, as situations and context may influence and change the decision as well as the process. Situs and timing of protest determines its efficacy The right to protest involves the exercise of several interdependent and interconnected fundamental rights and is essential for securing all human rights. It is an indispensable tool for building pressure to bring about political, economic or social change. It strengthens the fundamental social and constitutional fabric of a democracy A protest in a public space is an expression of disagreement with a state action, in full public gaze, to draw the attention of the authority in the hope of remedial response. It is an appeal to the conscience of the community and an invitation for discussion, support, participation and solidarity. A protest can be spontaneous, like a flash mob, in response to an immediate grievance. It can also be intended to disrupt a routine – like a group of women blocking a road as they have been denied drinking water for weeks. A protest can be inconvenient to other members of the public and may encroach upon their rights. The location, mode and timing of a protest are chosen to ensure maximum visibility and proximity to the authority that can redress the grievance. The efficacy of a protest is dependent on these factors. Recognising this, the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Saska v Hungary (ECHR 27 Nov 2012) held that the right to freedom of assembly includes the right to choose time, place and modalities of assembly, subject to lawful limits. When the state is allowed to choose sites, areas with low or no visibility are designated to subvert the protest and defeat its purpose. Sanitization of protests and gentrification of dissent Blanket site and duration restrictions pose a real danger to the efficacy of a public demonstration. Imposing a cap on the number of participants makes a mockery of the right to protest, as one of the objectives of a demonstration is to show the extent of support. An observer is entitled to become a participant. Any participant in a protest would vouchsafe that numbers may swell if the cause resonates with the onlookers. Despite the large numbers and the groundswell of support for the Shaheen Bagh protestors, the government refused to engage with the citizenry. The Supreme Court has made it easier for such a government to ignore voices of dissent. Protest as much as you want, but limit the crowd and time, do not be seen or heard and while you are going about it do not inconvenience any other person, is the message. The aversion of the privileged to the troublesome din of democracy and the cacophony of contests will now acquire legitimacy. Sanitizing a protest and stripping it of tools necessary for building pressure to bring about change has serious ramifications for a democracy that can exist only with effective public participation.Cartoon by the author of the articleAbuse of power and pigeonholing of protests Almost all parts of the country have regulations that impose a blanket ban on protests without prior permission. As any permanent law imposing such prohibitions will fail the test of constitutional scrutiny, they are introduced as temporary measures through notifications and renewed repeatedly keeping alive the ban. This clearly is an abuse of executive power intended to frustrate the right to protest, in breach of the reasonable restrictions test. Applications for permissions are rejected routinely or onerous conditions imposed. Information about names of speakers, content of speech and banners/placards, duration, personal details about participants is invariably demanded. Protests, however, do not follow a script and cannot be pigeonholed into slots. Such information also compromises the rights of the participants and divests the protest of its fluid nature and spontaneity. Prior intimation can be seen as a legitimate inroad into the right to protest but prior permission cannot be the norm. Restrictive measures fail to meet obligations under ICCPR United Nations Human Rights Committee’s General Comment 37, adopted on 23/07/2020, on Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (right to peaceful assembly), calls upon the state to discharge positive obligations and negative duties to enable effective exercise of the right to protest by facilitating peaceful assemblies within sight and sound of the target audience and by not prohibiting, restricting, blocking, disrupting such assemblies without compelling justification, the onus being on the authority to justify prohibition. UNHRC recognizes that assemblies with a political message should enjoy a heightened level of accommodation and protection and redirecting traffic, blocking roads and providing security are measures that should be taken by the state. Even disruptive assemblies are entitled to a significant degree of toleration. An important departure from the “reasonable restriction” jurisprudence is found in the UNHRC document-restrictions must be necessary and not just reasonable and expedient. India though being a signatory to ICCPR has failed to discharge these obligations and continues to adopt repressive measures to stultify the right to protest. The additional restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court do not meet the standards set out in ICCPR, as clarified in UNHRC General Comment. Rights of commuters After considering the competing claims – freedom of assembly and expression of protestors vis-à-vis freedom of movement of commuters, the Supreme Court decides in favour of commuters. UNHRC General Comment sheds light on the balance test: “… peaceful assemblies can sometimes be used to pursue contentious ideas or goals. Their scale of nature can cause disruption, for example of vehicular or pedestrian movement or economic activity. These consequences, whether intended or unintended, do not call into question the protection such assemblies enjoy. To an extent that an event may create such disruptions or risks, these must be managed within the framework of the Covenant.” “… assemblies are a legitimate use of public and other spaces, and since they may entail by their very nature a certain level of disruption to ordinary life, such disruption must be accommodated, unless they impose a disproportionate burden, in which case the authorities must be able to provide detailed justification for restrictions.” The main reason for the inconvenience caused to commuters, in this case, was blocking by the police of two alternate routes, Kalindi Kunj Mithapur road (that runs parallel to G D Birla Marg, the protest site ) and Khadad Kalindi Kunj road. This blockade was a deliberate act of subversion, intended to deprive the commuters’ freedom of movement. The order does not mention the complicity of law enforcement officials in creating a situation where one right was intentionally pitted against another, to impair the essence of the right to protest. The right of a commuter to unrestricted movement is constantly compromised by events like political parties’ rallies, VIP cavalcades, religious processions and security measures for visiting dignitaries. This right, in practice, is never an absolute one and is normally considered unimportant by the state. To hold that the right to protest is subservient to such a right will stultify and weaken a democracy. Courts in other parts of the world have balanced these claims differently. Justice A.E.N Mpagi Bahigeine of Uganda’s constitutional court in the landmark case of Muwanga Kivumbi v Attorney General [(2008) UGCC 4 (27 May 2008)] says : “… if the police entertain a “reasonable belief” that some disturbances may occur during the assembly, all that can be done is to provide security and supervision in anticipation of disturbances. It is the paramount duty of the police to maintain law and order but not to curtail people’s enshrined freedom and liberties on mere anticipatory grounds.” Justice Byamugisha J.A, in that order opines: “A society especially a democratic one should be able to tolerate a good deal of annoyance or disorder so as to encourage the greatest possible freedom of expression, particularly political expression.” The attempt to reverse this order through a legislative measure was stymied in a recent order in the case of Human Rights Network & 4 others v Attorney General [(2020) UGCC 6 (26 March 2020)] where the Uganda constitutional court held : “Provided a protest or public gathering is peaceful, it does not matter that it may be disruptive or even inconveniencing due to the large numbers of individuals that may participate in the same.” Counter demonstrations cannot negate a right to protest The Supreme Court’s observation that persons with a different point of view may emulate the Shaheen Bagh protest leading to a chaotic situation is counter-intuitive. It is the obligation of the state to ensure that such counter-protests are peaceful and do not cause any disruption. UNHRC General Comment, envisaging such a situation, states that it is the responsibility of the state to enable both kinds of protests, even within sight and sound of each other. A recent example is the Black Lives Matter movement in U.S.A, where white supremacists resorted to violence to disrupt the protests. To cite the possibility of violence by counter-demonstrators as a reason for negating the right to protest is nothing short of an absurdity. The UK Supreme Court in Redmont – Bate v Director of Public Prosecution (1999 EWHC Admin 733) (23 July 1999) declares that it is the responsibility of law enforcers to stop others from behaving unlawfully in reaction to a protest and the solution does not lie in stopping the protestor from proceeding with the protest. Presumption of state benevolence The order seeks to make a distinction between protests during colonial times and post-independence era. There is a presumption that the relationship between the citizenry and an elected government in power is egalitarian, that the latter would not abuse its powers lightly and antagonism towards and suspicion of a colonial power cannot or does not exist against elected governments. This assumption, as we know, is not correct. A majoritarian government easily tramples upon basic rights and uses intimidation, incarceration under draconian laws (including those that served the purpose of brutal colonialism) and institutions that enforce and protect rights to silence dissent. What we are witnessing today is the rise of authoritarianism that is much more alarming than a colonial rule. Dissenters are quickly labelled anti-nationals and terrorists. Charges of sedition and terrorism are indiscriminately slapped on any person who musters the courage to question those at the helm of power. Forms of protest resorted to during the colonial rule have not lost its relevance even today, as the state continues to employ the same methods as that of colonial regimes to suppress mass movements. Therefore, the observations of the highest court of the land that the “erstwhile mode and manner of dissent against colonial rule cannot be equated with dissent in a self – ruled democracy, ” do not reflect ground realities.To conclude, the Supreme Court’s order leaves us with very little space for dissent and meaningful participation in a democracy. It sets the stage for Dyerism under the veneer of legality. It will lead to legitimization of oppressive measures against dissenters.We can only draw strength from judge Learned Hand’s prophetic words, “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”(The author is an advocate practising at the Madras High Court. She may be reached at [email protected]) Next Storylast_img read more

Visiting restrictions tightened further at LUH

first_img Pinterest Visiting restrictions tightened further at LUH By News Highland – December 2, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal Town and Greencastle honoured at ‘Pride of Place’ awardsNext articleThe Devenney View – Ulster Final will stand to Naomh Conaill News Highland Visiting restrictions have been tightened further at Letterkenny University Hospital as a result of the current flu outbreak.Already, the hospital has asked that only immediate family visit patients, and visitors are limited to two at any time.From today, all intending visitors are being asked to check with the Ward Manager before coming to the hospital.Dr Michael Mulhern is a Consultant Microbiologist at the hospital – He says the restrictions are necessary……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/michmulh5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Latest statement in full -Following an infection control meeting this afternoon, the visiting restrictions at Letterkenny University Hospital have been extended.From this afternoon, no visitors are permitted to visit the hospital other than in exceptional circumstances and following prior arrangement with the ward manager.Seán Murphy General Manager Letterkenny University Hospital has again stressed the importance of the public adhering to the visiting restrictions at LUH. He said, “The number of patients attending the ED with symptoms of the flu is continuing to increase and we are reminding the public that we have implemented visiting restrictions across the hospital.“We are appealing to people to cooperate with these restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital. We would like to emphasise that the public should not visit the hospital other than in exceptional circumstances and following discussion with the ward manager.“While we know that this may be challenging for patients and their families, our priority must be protecting our patients many of whom are very ill and for whom the flu would be very serious.”Dr Anthony Breslin, HSE Specialist in Public Health Medicine added, “We are continuing to see a sustained increase in the number of cases of the flu in Donegal. These visiting restrictions at LUH are critical to help prevent further spread of this virus.“Many of the patients in LUH are very sick and vulnerable to infection and it is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu.“The flu virus is an unpredictable virus and a healthy person will usually recover in 7 days, however it can be severe and can cause serious illness and death. Complications of flu include bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and rarely acute encephalopathy (swelling of the brain). Serious complications of flu are more likely if you have a chronic medical condition or if you are aged 65 years or older. Pregnant women are also at increased risk of flu complications”, concluded Dr Breslin. Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApplast_img read more