The Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) share price has decreased dramatically since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. But is the worst already behind for the company? Share price fallThe share price plunge has been dramatic. The value of Rolls-Royce stock has fallen by two thirds, below 300p per share.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…As you can see from the graph, most of the damage was due to the coronavirus pandemic that started in March. However, unlike many other companies, Rolls-Royce’s stock hasn’t recovered any of the losses since.As we all know, Rolls-Royce is a large engine producer. The company’s customers include industrial firms and nuclear power plants. Many orders are due to defence but the greatest number of customers are from the civil aerospace sector. The aerospace division is so important for the company that 47% of its employees work there. Due to the pandemic, aerospace industry activity fell to levels unseen before. So, many of the company’s customers were lost. Rolls-Royce’s fundamentalsThat is why credit rating agency S&P downgraded the company’s credit rating to junk status on 28 May. Two other investment agencies – Moody’s and Fitch – did not change their credit ratings of the company. However, it is likely that they will follow S&P’s example. If that happens, Rolls-Royce’s borrowing costs will rise.On a more positive note, Rolls-Royce’s other customers are getting on somewhat better. According to the company’s report, defense activity is in line with the management’s expectations. Still, the power systems department is experiencing some problems due to a slight drop in demand from oil and gas customers.Fortunately, Rolls-Royce has a substantial cash cushion and much of its debt is not maturing any time soon. The company’s current cash level amounts to £5.2bn. Rolls-Royce expects its liquidity to total £6.7bn due to additional borrowing. Even though it will have a bad effect on its balance sheet, it will allow the company to avoid bankruptcy for some time. The only debt maturing in the near term is a £500m bond. The repayment is due in the second half of 2020 and the company has enough cash to repay it. Rolls-Royce is also decreasing labour costs to improve efficiency. Quite recently the company announced that it would cut 9,000 jobs in its civil aerospace wing. Sadly, it will make many people unemployed. The company’s current shareholders are in an unpleasant situation as well. Apart from the dramatic share price plunge and plenty of uncertainty ahead, they will not get a dividend this year. All these measures, however, will allow the company to spare some cash. Here’s what I’d do nowI totally agree with my colleague Kirsteen Mackay that Rolls-Royce is not a perfect stock for novice investors. It carries substantial risks. Even though the global economy is starting to open up, the aerospace industry will probably take a lot more time to recover. This means that Rolls-Royce shares will stay depressed for some time. Overall, I think that there are many other options for FTSE 100 investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images The Rolls-Royce share price has fallen below 300p. Here’s what I’d do now Anna Sokolidou | Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 | More on: RR Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Speakers support scholarships for those seeking to serve small congregations Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] More than a half-dozen speakers appeared before the Ministry Committee on July 6 to voice their support for a resolution that would eventually lead to scholarship funding for individuals pursuing the ministry in order to serve small congregations as clergy and deacons.“We found that those who are called to serve small congregations find very little funding available to them,” said the Rev. Susanna Singer, chair of the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Congregations and associate professor of ministry development at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.The task force submitted Resolution A027, which would direct Executive Council to establish a panel to “develop and implement a plan to provide need-based central scholarship funding to individuals” pursuing a theological education to serve as priests or deacons in small congregations.Singer suggested the funding could provide individuals with financial support for tuition, travel, child care, computers “or whatever the applicant needed” to pursue a theological education, primarily outside traditional residential seminary programs.According to the task force, 69 percent of Episcopal congregations have an average Sunday attendance of less than 100, placing them in the category of “small congregation.” To take this even further, bishops surveyed by the task force reported that a “substantial minority” of their congregations number less than 20 on an average Sunday.Recognizing the unique needs and issues of such congregations, the 78th General Convention three years ago set up the task force to “develop a plan for quality formation for clergy in small congregations that is affordable, theologically reflective and innovative.”Speakers agreed with the task force’s assessment that many individuals interested in serving small congregations, often located in rural or poor urban areas, are unable to afford the cost of a seminary education.The Rev. Andrew Hybl, dean of students at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, told the committee that “individuals are being asked to make personal and financial sacrifices that are impossible” in order to obtain a theological education and enter the ministry.A ministry subcommittee planned to consider the testimony and return with its recommendations.— Mike Patterson is a San Antonio-based freelance writer and correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. He is a member of ENS General Convention reporting team and can be reached at [email protected] By Mike PattersonPosted Jul 6, 2018 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS William D. Razz Waff says: Comments (11) Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm Finally, someone might have an answer to a distinct need within the church. Don’t wait another 3years, please. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN General Convention 2018 Jane O’Leary says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL July 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm Sadly, the first thing that jumped out at me was the reporter’s phrasing of “…clergy and deacons.” Wow, I really thought that we had sort of figured that out, oh, years ago. As a priest I am fully aware of and appreciative of those who are deacons, both transitionally or as a life-long vocation. This has me wondering if there is an editor who checks articles for errors such as this. 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 July 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm Jane,There is a strong correlation between the two. Many of the underrepresented groups belong to small congregations. Many do not feel able to make the financial sacrifices required of theological education when they know they cannot receive adequate compensation. Deborah Matherne says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA General Convention, Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Razz Waff says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 7, 2018 at 12:57 am Major mistake with this article: “clergy and deacons.” Deacons ARE clergy. I expect better of the Episcopal News Service. Maureen-Elizabeth HagenPresidentAssociation for Episcopal Deacons Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen says: July 7, 2018 at 7:09 am The vitality of small congregations, especially in rural areas, is probably the most important topic taken up by this convention. Unfortunately, most of the attention seems devoted to all sorts of topics that even the United Nations can’t solve because, I suppose, it makes the participants feel more important. If we would focus our attention on those areas where our opinion is relevant, we would be a better church. Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC July 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm The first thing that jumped out at me was the author’s phrasing of “….clergy and deacons.” I really thought we had figured this out years ago. I for one have always been appreciative of the work and ministry of deacons and the work they do as clergy. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 7, 2018 at 8:06 am Amen! Press Release Service Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen says: Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA July 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm John, I think I mostly agree. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA William D. Razz Waff says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN July 7, 2018 at 9:16 am First paragraph got off to a poor start when deacons were not included in the category of “clergy.” We have a hard enough time educating parishes regarding the role of deacon. Please don’t add to the confusion by improperly marginalizing this order in your reports. Kevin McGrane Sr. says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm Sadly, the first thing that jumped out at me was the reporter’s phrasing of “…clergy and deacons.” Wow, I really thought that we had sort of figured that out, oh, years ago. As a priest I am fully aware of and appreciative of those who are deacons, both transitionally or as a life-long vocation. This has me wondering if there is an editor who checks articles for errors such as this. 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 July 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm This explanation seems to assume a correlation between a person’s financial ability to afford a theological education and a person’s call to serve a small congregation. Please help me understand. Thank you. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET John Hobart says: Jeanine Blessant says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Debra Aring says:
Football team strips off kit for charityOver in Oxford, the OURFC Women’s calendar features the team in 13 different rugby poses and aims to promote a positive body image. It is available for £12 at www.ourfcwomensnakedcalendar.com, with £1 from every calendar sold going to Beat. This is the second time the team has done a naked calendar, with its last calendar raising several thousand pounds for Oxford University-based charity Mind Your Head.Team captain Carly Bliss said:“We specifically wanted to use the calendar to promote female athleticism and positive body image. Beat is a fantastic charity, which works extremely hard nationally to support anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape, and if each calendar sold gets just one person talking about these often-avoided topics, then OURFC Women and Beat have been successful in their mission.” 758 total views, 8 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 3 December 2015 | News 759 total views, 9 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Nude calendars score points for charity About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: calendar christmas sport Two nude calendars for 2016 are definitely in with a sporting chance of raising some much-needed funds for their chosen charities.Cambridgeshire’s Burwell Tigers FC have stripped off to raise money for CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is dedicated to preventing male suicide, and its youth football club, while Oxford University’s women’s rugby team OURFC Women have shed their team colours for Beat, which supports those affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight, and shape.Burwell Tigers FC chose CALM in memory of their friend Ryan Lynch who took his life two years ago. The calendar is available for £10, and aims to raise £5,000. It is available from the club’s Facebook page.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Palestinian political prisoner Maher al-Akhras was released from Israeli prison Nov. 26. He had staged a hunger strike for 103 days in protest of his arrest and incarceration. He was held by occupation forces under “administrative detention” and was never charged with a crime. Akhras, who was transferred to a hospital in Nablus, said, “My freedom is the freedom of my people, and we have won over the occupation with our will and determination.” He is pictured here being fed a spoonful of food by his daughter Tuqa.— Report by Ted Kelly
Home Energy Energy Programs Will Boost Rural Economy Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficient projects across the country, helping to spur domestic energy production while also growing the rural economy and helping to create jobs. The investment, part of the Rural Energy for America Program, aids farmers and landowners in developing homegrown, renewable energy and also in making energy efficiency improvements – helping to reduce overall energy consumption and the need for foreign energy sources. The 2014 Farm Bill includes a robust energy title that received significant funding. “These rural energy programs are critical in strengthening small businesses across the country and helping to spur local economies and create jobs,” Stabenow said. “Through these investments, farmers will be able to install energy efficiency upgrades to their operations to cut energy costs. They will be empowered to harness the energy potential of American grown agriculture – by developing innovative systems to fuel and grow their businesses. Farm energy programs were a major priority for me when writing the 2014 Farm Bill, and I’m pleased to see producers across the country using these programs to strengthen their businesses, grow profits, and continue creating more jobs.”The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has helped nearly 4,000 farmers, ranchers and rural business owners lower their energy bills by installing renewable and energy efficient systems. The 2014 Farm Bill provides robust funding for REAP and authorizes a streamlined application process that helps farmers and rural business owners move forward more quickly on small projects. These investments provide opportunities, income and jobs in our nation’s rural communities by investing in the future, ensuring rural communities will be able to thrive in the 21st century economy. More about the 2014 Farm Bill can be found here. By Gary Truitt – Sep 18, 2014 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Energy Programs Will Boost Rural Economy Previous article2014 Farm Science Review Crowd Tops 2013 ShowNext articleIndiana Ethanol Reps Promote RFS in DC Gary Truitt
News HondurasAmericas Follow the news on Honduras Receive email alerts TV presenter and radio producer Nery Francisco Soto was gunned down outside his home in Olanchito, in the northern department of Yoro, on the night of 14 August, becoming the seventh journalist to be murdered in Honduras since the start of 2014.Unidentified gunmen shot him as he was putting his motorcycle inside his garage. The Olanchito authorities have ruled out robbery as a motive because his killers took nothing.Colleagues say Soto, a Canal 23 TV anchor and co-producer of Radio Full FM’s “Cuarto Poder” programme, had been investigating alleged corruption involving the mayor of the nearby city of Yoro, who is currently wanted for suspected money laundering.According to the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH), there have been 47 murders of journalists in Honduras since 2003, of which 91 per cent have gone unpunished.“The persistence of violence against journalists in Honduras shows that those responsible for these crimes stop at nothing to silence the sources of troublesome reporting,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“The authorities must take urgent action and must give themselves the necessary resources to end the impunity prevailing in most of these crimes, which affect those who dare to investigate sensitive news stories.”Honduras is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. August 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV presenter becomes 7th journalist to be killed in Honduras in 2014 RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information RSF_en News to go further Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas December 28, 2020 Find out more News
Facebook Previous articleHospital fire being brought under controlNext articleCouncil defers youth centre vote admin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL By Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MAN who was arrested after an eight hour garda stand-off which saw a large part of Limerick city cordoned off, has had the charges against him withdrawn by the State.38-year-old Robert Browne barricaded himself into an apartment on John Street and was arrested by Gardai when the siege ended shortly before midnight on March 22 last.He was later charged at a special sitting of Limerick District Court where defence solicitor John Devane indicated that the case was “effectively a housing matter”.The father-of-two was charged with producing a knife in the course of a dispute at 34 John Street, Limerick and with entering the apartment as a trespasser.It emerged that Mr Browne had earlier left the building as a tenant but arranged to return the next day to collect some of his personal belongings. He locked the door and remained inside after becoming involved in a dispute.When the case was called at Limerick District Court last week, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that the State wished to withdraw the charges and sought to have the case struck out.The case was dismissed and Mr Browne was released from his bail. NewsBreaking newsCharges dropped against man involved in 8 hour stand-offBy admin – September 23, 2013 907 Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April TAGSfeatured Twitter Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended First Irish death from Coronavirus WhatsApp
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Effective immediately, state, local and education (SLED) government agencies in Washington can, in accordance with the requirements of Washington’s Participating Addendum, purchase the 8×8 integrated cloud contact center, voice communications, chat, meetings and Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) product directly from 8×8 or 8×8 channel partners. 8×8 partners can guide SLED organizations through a simplified procurement process, reducing friction as they move to the cloud to transform employee and customer engagement. “We serve over 800,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels, and our vision is that everyone in the community is connected to their library,” said Nick Fuchs, Acting Director Technical Services at Sno-Isle Libraries. “Our legacy on-premises Avaya system hampered efforts and was difficult to manage with expensive monthly carrier costs. 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Top StoriesCOVID-It Is A Pity That People Are Dying Due to Lack of Oxygen, There Is No Reason Why Govt. Cannot Invest To Set Up PSA Oxygen Plants In Each Districts: HC Pulls up MP Govt. Nupur Thapliyal1 May 2021 10:08 PMShare This – x”The State of Madhya Pradesh has got 52 districts in which District Hospitals are situated. There is no reason why it cannot invest an amount of Rs.50 Crore so as to set up one PSA Oxygen Plants in each of them. There is no liquid oxygen manufacturing plant in the entire State. Since there is possibility of third wave of Covid-19 in the coming months, it is the duty of the State to take steps to ensure that such plants are set up in the State.”Reiterating the earlier directions issued to the State Government for ensuring regular continuous supply of oxygen to all, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday asked the State to “re-look its distribution policy” for Remdesivir injections with all the stakeholders in order to make it available to common man at a reasonable price, and not just to patients on oxygen support. “Whether or not a particular Covid-19 patient is required to be administered Remdesivir as medicine, should be left to the discretion of the treating doctors and ought not to be decided by the executive fiat. We see no justification on the insistence of providing Remdesivir to only such patients who are on oxygen support, particularly when oxygen, as a commodity, itself has become so scarce. There appears to be no logic behind this policy.” observed a division bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Atul Sreedharan. On Availability of Remdesivir and Issue of Black Marketing During the course of hearing, Naman Nagrath, amicus curiae in the matter apprised the Court about the issue of availability of Remdesivir medicine due to black marketing and exorbitant price at which it is being sold in the State. Observing that the State Government has taken no steps in order to curb such malpractice, the Bench noted thus: “Most of the private hospitals are requiring the Covid-19 patients to obtain this medicine on their own. The patients requiring admission are being made to shuttle from one hospital to another in view of ambiguity regarding availability of beds. The State Government has to pay urgent attention to strengthen the healthcare facilities in the rural areas, so that citizens do not suffer adverse consequence. Despite direction by this Court for not charging more than the rates prescribed for treatment, the private hospitals are taking exorbitant charges.” Furthermore, the Court also observed that it should be for the treating doctor to decide which patient has to be administered the Remdesivir injection and once prescribed, it is the duty of the State to ensure that it becomes available at the earliest. It is pertinent to note that the Court had directed the State to ensure that patients or attendants are not exploited by exorbitant prices and that it would regulate and ensure continuous supply of Remdesivir, not only to the Government Hospitals but also to the Private Hospitals/Nursing Homes. The Advocate General appearing for the State apprised the Court that an interim allocation of Remdesivir for 10 days from 21st to 30th April has been ensured with supplies from seven domestic manufacturers. Moreover, it was submitted that the State has been allocated 95000 vials of Remdesivir for consumption before 30.04.2021, out of which, only 45,000 vials were retained for utilization in the Government Hospitals and allotted 50,000 to be supplied to the private hospitals but with a condition that they shall ensure equitable sale/ availability of drug for treatment of admitted Covid-19 patients in private hospitals based on the number of Covid-19 inpatients admitted in Covid ICU/HDU/Oxygen supported beds. It was further submitted by Additional Chief Secretary of State Directorate of Health Services that while only 5 to 6% of covid patients in Government Hospitals were being prescribed the said injection, the same was being advised by private hospitals indiscriminately thereby increasing the demand. Finding no logic behind the policy of the State on providing Remdesivir to only patients with oxygen support, the Court was of the view thus: “..we find that there is tremendous amount of dissatisfaction not only amongst the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes with regard to justness of policy of distribution of this drug but also there is lot of hue and cry amongst the patients and their attendants/family members with regard to the policy of distribution of Remdesivir injections. Resultantly black-marketeers are flourishing. This sometimes results into very chaotic conditions in such hospitals giving rise to law and order situation. We do not want to go into the details of all these issues but considering serious question marks put on the efficacy of the policy adopted in this behalf, the State Government ought to have re-look at its distribution policy so as to rationalize the same in consultation with all the stakeholders, in such a way that the medicine becomes available to common man at reasonable price.” On Dearth of Oxygen Supply During the course of hearing, the Court was apprised by the amicus curiae that despite exhaustive directions of the Court to ensure continuous oxygen supply, there were about 60 deaths in the State due to the lack of oxygen owing to the failure of the State. The Court was further informed that out of 8 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants approved by the Central Government under PM Cares Fund to the State, only five Plants have been installed and they too are also functional with less than half capacity. “The State of Madhya Pradesh has got 52 districts in which District Hospitals are situated. There is no reason why it cannot invest an amount of Rs.50 Crore so as to set up one PSA Oxygen Plants in each of them. There is no liquid oxygen manufacturing plant in the entire State. Since there is possibility of third wave of Covid-19 in the coming months, it is the duty of the State to take steps to ensure that such plants are set up in the State.” The Court observed at the outset. Observing that the situation on ground was “totally different than what was portrayed by the State in Action report”, the Court also took serious note of newspaper reports showing various deaths due to the lack of supply of oxygen and observed thus: “Even the State has not made any serious effort to dispute the veracity of the alleged deaths of several persons in the hospitals due to non-availability of oxygen. Death of citizens, so large in number, is really heart-rending. It is a pity that people are dying in the hospitals due to lack of oxygen.” Noting that the Right to Life is meaningless unless accompanied by guarantee of “certain concomitant rights including, but not limited to, the right of health”, the Court held that the right to health can be secured to the citizens only if the State provides adequate measures for their well being, treatment, healthcare and takes their care by protecting them from calamities like Coronavirus. “Health has its own prerequisites of social justice and equality and that it should be accessible to all. It includes the ability to obtain all kind of healthcare services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of health disorders, diseases, illness and other health impacting conditions.” The Court observed. Furthermore, highlighting the importance of oxygen for human existence, the Court also went ahead to observe thus: “At such crucial stage, survival of citizen can be ensured by supply of oxygen from external source till the time his lungs with the use of approved medication can be made to regain their normal functioning. The right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India would be meaningless in the present situation without the continuous availability of oxygen. Here comes the role of State as a Constitutional obligation to provide for not only the life saving drugs but also the oxygen.” Furthermore, the Court also opined thus: “This Court impresses upon all the State Governments and through them, their Police Authorities and the Transport Authorities, to provide green corridors to the Tankers carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen involving inter-state movement, at par with ambulances, so that the oxygen can be timely delivered at the respective destinations, to save the precious human lives in this crucial period.” Observing that the State is making all its efforts to continuously procure oxygen and supply it in the hospitals, the Court also observed that such procurement of oxygen should be so regular and punctual, that all hospitals, be it Government or Private, continue to have such quantity of oxygen, as may be necessary to maintain the required pressure of oxygen supply to all the patients under their treatment so that no patient loses his life due to shortage or non-supply of oxygen. “We therefore, reiterate our earlier directions which required the State Government to ensure regular and continuous supply of oxygen to all the citizens admitted anywhere either in Government or Private facilities.” The Court directed. Furthermore, the Court also went ahead to observe that the patients having BPL cards under Deendayal Antyodaya Upchar Yojana, Cards under Ayushman Bharat Yojana and those covered under the CGHS were neither being given admissions nor were being provided any treatment by private hostpitals or nursing homes. The Court also opined that the State was not taking effective steps s for disposal of the medical waste, which is being dumped at open place in all the major cities of the State. “The helpline number provided by the Government is hardly helpful to the people seeking to know the position of availability of beds in the private hospitals. The private hospitals are refusing to admit the ordinary patients and honouring only those patients who pay the hefty amount in advance. The State Government should regulate admission of the Coronavirus patients in Government hospitals as well as private hospitals as per modal developed by the Government of NCR Delhi.” The Court observed. Reiterating the earlier directions issued, the Court directed that those hospitals which are approved for providing cashless treatment under government schemes “shall not refuse to provide treatment to concerned patients and if any complaint in that behalf is received, the State Government shall take appropriate action against such private Hospitals/Nursing Homes.” Posting the matter for further hearing on May 6, the Court directed the State and its authorities to make endeavors for carrying out directions issued by the Court in the earlier order dated 19th April. Click Here To Read OrderTagsmadhya pradesh high court oxygen supply oxygen shortage covid 19 second covid wave remdesivir Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Justice Atul Sreedharan Next Story
Staying the courseOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Abysmalcompletion rates for Modern Apprenticeships have sparked calls for a rethink inthe implementation of work-based training. By Patrick McCurryThemost recent statistics from the DfEE revealed that just 32 per cent of peopleleaving the Modern Apprenticeship scheme achieved an NVQ Level 3 qualificationor higher.Thefigures also show major discrepancies between sectors. The motor industry andengineering manufacturing performed better than average, with 44 per cent and36 per cent completion rates respectively, but the hospitality and retailingsectors only achieved 15 per cent and 11 per cent.JohnBrennan, director of further education development at the Association ofColleges, says: “I’m disappointed that one of the major government programmesfor young people has such a low success rate.”Headds that while the Government has been keen to challenge colleges on thesuccess of further education programmes it has been less vocal about the muchlower completion rates for modern apprenticeships. “The question is, what doesthe Government intend to do and is it committed to raising standards in thisarea of work-based programmes?”Oneof the main reasons for the low success rate appears to be the attitude ofemployers. A DfEE study last September on work-based training generally,Tackling Early Leaving from Youth Programmes, said some training providers hadsuggested “that a number of employers pressurise young people to leave trainingearly or to take up permanent employment with or without training”.Anotherproblem, according to the DfEE, was poor initial assessment by trainingproviders of young people entering programmes such as Modern Apprenticeships.It found assessment can range from an interview to establish exam results to amuch more rigorous assessment of basic and key skills. Proper initialassessment helps with retention, the study said.AdrianAnderson, director of policy at the NTO National Council, says: “It’s clear a lotneeds to be done on Modern Apprenticeships and that’s something both we and theDfEE recognise.”NTOshave developed the training frameworks delivered through Tecs, says Anderson,but he argues that NTOs could play a wider role in evaluating and monitoringModern Apprenticeships, which could help improve completion rates.“Wehave sent proposals to the secretary of state outlining a new role for nationaltraining organisations in evaluation, marketing and review of work-basedtraining,” he says, adding that this would be an appropriate task for NTOsbecause they enjoy strong employer backing.Anotherarea the Government is expected to examine is whether NVQ Level 3 is anappropriate completion point for all modern apprenticeships.Themuch lower success rates in sectors such as retailing suggest employers inthose areas do not necessarily feel trainees need to achieve such a highstandard.“Inretail, there is no tradition of NVQ Level 3 and employers often see Level 2 asan acceptable standard,” says Brennan.IainMurray, policy officer at the TUC, accepts this may be an issue and points toproposals by the NTO National Council for two modern apprenticeship tracks.“One would take young people to NVQ Level 2 and the other to Level 3.”Murray,while accepting there are a variety of reasons for the low success rate,stresses employers need to be aware of their responsibilities under theprogramme: “The modern apprenticeship debate is part of a much widerexamination of work-based training and we’re not just blaming employers forproblems.“Butit’s clear employers need to be aware of their roles and responsibilities inensuring young people receive the training they are supposed to.”Itis clear the DfEE will have to do a lot of thinking, says John Brennan, on howwork-based training will be delivered in the future, but he is sceptical aboutwhether changes will occur in the short term.“Atthe moment the Government is funding a Level 3 programme but only getting aLevel 2 output, so perhaps the funding regime needs to be rethought,” he says.“But I haven’t seen any indication that the Government is considering action.”Theabolition of Tecs, however, may provide an opportunity to reshape the system,he believes: “In the long term the abolition of Tecs and creation of learningand skills councils may provide a chance to look at this funding issue.”Casestudy: Matra Marconi SpaceSuccessor failure the employer’s choice, says space companyCommitmentby the employer is one of the key elements in a successful modernapprenticeship programme, according to Glyn Berrington, UK training anddevelopment manager at satellite manufacturer Matra Marconi Space.“Wehave a 100 per cent completion record for our modern apprentices and that isbecause we have high expectations from the word go and push our young peoplehard in employment and at college,” he says.Thecompany has around 40 young people doing modern apprenticeships in mechanicaland electrical engineering.Thecompany takes seriously its relationship with colleges, says Berrington, andhas a “preferred supplier” list of favoured training providers. It also ensurescommitment from young people by insisting all candidates for the scheme attenda one-day selection process to assess personal skills and motivation.Thekey to the success of the programme is not relying on others, such as colleges,but for the employer to take a proactive role in monitoring ModernApprenticeships, he says. “We rely on the colleges for the academic part, butit’s up to us to ensure the programme is working overall and to monitorpeople’s progress.”Inpractice, this means informing line managers of their responsibility and havinga dedicated member of the training staff whose job is to manage in-worktraining programmes for young people.“Wehave seen Tecs come and go in the same way as the old EngineeringTrainingBoard but, when it comes to how successful schemes like modern apprenticeshipsare, the buck stops with the employer,” says Berrington. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.