Illovo Sugar Limited HY2008 Interim Report

first_imgIllovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the half year.For more information about Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw)  2008 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileIllovo Sugar Limited is a South African-based enterprise and Africa’s largest producer of raw sugar and sugar brands produced from sugar cane grown by its own agricultural operations and independent growers. It operates in six African countries and exports products to sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union and the United States. Illovo Sugar Malawi is based in Limbe in the Blantyre District. Illovo Sugar Limited operates in four segments; cane growing, sugar production, downstream and co-generation products. The Cane Growing division grows sugar cane which is used in the production of sugar productions. The Sugar Production division manufactures and markets Illovo Sugar brands. The Downstream and Co-generation division manufactures and markets brands that are by-products of the production process, including furfural and alcohol. Illovo Sugar Limited also supplies surplus electricity generated in the sugar production process. Illovo Sugar Limited is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Illovo Sugar Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

1 FTSE small-cap biotech stock I’d buy now

first_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 1 FTSE small-cap biotech stock I’d buy now Image source: Getty Images 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Biotechnology is at the heart of modern drug development. Innovations within the sector have accelerated the progress of the Covid-19 vaccine. But what about treatments unrelated to the pandemic? I’ve found a FTSE small-cap biotech stock whose share price has jumped more than 60% in only a few months.Why is the stock surging? And should I add this company to my growth portfolio? Let’s take a look.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…FTSE small-cap: a biotech stock with hidden potentialPureTech Health (LSE:PRTC) discovers, develops, and commercialises new treatments for diseases that affect the brain, immune system and gut.A common problem with young biotech companies is finding the necessary funding to develop new medicines. After all, the process is long and expensive, with a high chance of failing to deliver a viable product. But this FTSE small-cap stock has found an intriguing solution.The business comprises two pipelines. The first is called Wholly Owned, which, as the name suggests, develops new drugs entirely owned by PureTech. The second pipeline is where things get interesting, in my opinion.It’s called Founded Entities and is essentially a portfolio of nine independent businesses of which PureTech is a major stakeholder. What’s more, some of these businesses, such as Karuna Therapeutics, are actually listed on the stock exchange themselves. So, whenever PureTech needs to raise additional capital to fund its own drug development, it can sell some of its shares.Combining both pipelines, PureTech has 23 product candidates in its portfolio, 14 of which are already in clinical trial phases, with another two on the market today.Drug development is riskyThe biotech stock has an extensive portfolio of products in its pipelines. And while most have either entered or are entering clinical trial phases, there’s a considerable level of risk to consider.Firstly, none of the drugs in its Wholly Owned pipeline have been FDA approved as they are mostly in phase 1 trials. And given that the typical drug development cycle lasts around 10 years, it could be some time before any of these products yield tangible returns. And that’s assuming they don’t fail along the way.Today, the firm generates all of its profits from Founded Entities through stock sales and royalty income on two FDA-approved medicines. The remaining products are once again at various clinical trials stages, although there are two in their final phases.The highly regulated nature of the drug development industry protects the health of patients. But it also makes it incredibly difficult to release new treatments. Even if a new medicine is approved, there’s still the chance that it won’t be economically viable. For example, PureTech’s new drugs may not be covered by health insurance policies or government health authorities.The bottom lineThis FTSE small-cap biotech stock undoubtedly has a significant level of risk attached to it, especially since the business is currently structured more like a holding company, as opposed to a regular biotech stock.But over the long term, PureTech looks like a solid business in my eyes. It has a vast portfolio of potential products and is set to continue receiving royalties from treatments designed and developed by other firms. This is one biotech stock I’d add to my growth portfolio. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Speaking of FTSE small-cap stocks, there is another that has caught my attention. Zaven Boyrazian | Saturday, 6th March, 2021 | More on: PRTC Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in PureTech Health. 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. See all posts by Zaven Boyrazianlast_img read more

House M / Elphick Proome Architects

first_img Area:  800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Products used in this ProjectShowershansgroheShower MixersSinkshansgroheBath MixersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisDesign Team:George Elphick, Grant PrestedgeEngineering:Mondon and Associates EngineersCity:WestvilleCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyText description provided by the architects. Relocation of a young family to the owner’s childhood community prompted our client to build a new house on a partially platformed site in Westville, Durban RSA. A substantial piece of land was procured with view to developing additional houses in the long term, offering extraordinary views of the Palmiet Nature Reserve and the opportunity for their children to walk to the local school. A productive engagement of the couple yielded an interesting brief accommodating a house, guest studio and ancillary accommodation.Save this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographySave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyOf paramount importance was respect for the environment, with a particular directive to create a home that, while large in scale, displayed a relatively understated architectural character. A large level garden to play cricket, a courtyard to promote tennis practice and a pool large enough for swimming training were sporting priorities. Open, permeable living spaces with a focal kitchen as the centroid of the house, together with four interesting bedrooms, were clear desires. And a love of the African bush drove the requirement for extensive outdoor connectivity, the selected materiality and interior furnishings.Save this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyWith many options for siting the house, a crucial driver was to ensure that the remarkable location was fully embraced. The building was consequently positioned on an existing platform on the southern edge providing the best prospect, unfettered views and becoming an extension of the adjacent nature reserve complete with indigenous wildlife. Simple planning and a two level arrangement with sleeping spaces above and living spaces below were early decisions, delivering an anchor to which the ancillary accommodation is appended. All living spaces are open, connecting to northern outdoor terraces, east facing elevated deck, pool and generous lawns.Save this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographySave this picture!SketchSave this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyClarity of structure using a hybrid of conventional masonry and concrete with light steel framed elements and a boldly expressed roof characterizes the approach. The layering of spaces linearly facilitates a continuous liminality from all living and sleeping spaces. Central to the spatial development is the kitchen, the heart of the house, enjoying a pivotal double-volume space. The master bedroom set on the eastern edge of the house is separated from the children’s bedrooms and media space via a gallery and double-volume living space. The vertical connectivity is overtly announced at the entrance and becomes a key aspect in the spatial legibility of the house.Save this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyThe design intention was to create a truly African home with a sensitive contextual integration. Simple sustainability methods were deployed in an appreciation of the local microclimate, orientation and rectangular plan form. A strategy to use large over-sailing roofs with a suspended elevated veranda structure and sliding folding shutters generated the basis of the passive climatic response. The filter solution to the envelope was successfully and extensively used to generate privacy, security and promote cooling. Air-conditioning was entirely discarded in favor of natural ventilation and the inclusion of grey water treatment, extensive rainwater harvesting and a rooftop PV array to serve essential appliances were introduced as active solutions. Conceptually this house is a further addition to EPA’s oeuvre of climatically responsive houses.Save this picture!© Karl Beath PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessSigma Coffee / Atelier WatersideSelected ProjectsAn Australian Tiny Home / CABNSelected Projects Share Projects Electrical Engineers: Save this picture!© Karl Beath Photography+ 24Curated by Hana Abdel Share House M / Elphick Proome ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse M / Elphick Proome Architects South Africa ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956453/house-m-elphick-proome-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Karl Beath Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Uys and White Houses Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Hansgrohe, Catalano, FRANKE, Serge Ferrari, Ceasar Stone, Cini & Nills, Dorma, Hillaldam “COPY” Photographscenter_img AECOM Landscape: 2016 AECOM Quantity Surveyor: CopyHouses•Westville, South Africa House M / Elphick Proome Architects Architects: Elphick Proome Architects Area Area of this architecture project Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956453/house-m-elphick-proome-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeElphick Proome ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWestvilleOn FacebookSouth AfricaPublished on February 08, 2021Cite: “House M / Elphick Proome Architects ” 07 Feb 2021. 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Life without water in New York City’s towers

first_imgOn 14th Street in Manhattan, Oct. 29.New York — The 650,000 Con Edison customers in lower Manhattan without power don’t have water either unless they have hooked up a generator to their pumps.  Some of these “customers” are not individuals, but entire apartment buildings or complexes with hundreds or even thousands of residents.In New York City, most buildings supply water to their tenants from a water tower on the top of the building. A few pump the water directly to each apartment.While the image of Manhattan is that of sleek, modern, extremely high-priced apartments, many poor and working people live in the city’s public housing on either the western or eastern edges of the island.   Now they have to try to get by without water.The rule of thumb is a gallon of water a day, 8 pounds per person — to drink, wash or flush.  For an elderly, frail person, carrying 8 pounds up 10 or 20 flights or even two flights of stairs is impossible.  Even if one is fit and hardy, carrying the 40 pounds needed by a family of five is a difficult task.Some tenants who remember past electric outages filled up bathtubs and pots in anticipation of the storm.  However, after five days, the water they saved is running out.The NYC and state administrations have recognized the need for water — and food — by setting up some distribution centers in a few poor neighborhoods five days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York.  Neighbors and family members help the elderly carry their water and food home.Church and progressive organizations had begun similar distributions earlier and some stores are giving passersby the food that they would otherwise have had to throw away because it is spoiling without refrigeration.What is really needed is a program that would supply generators to run the pumps for all the Con Edison customers without power.  Then with the water flowing, the next step would be to get food to the people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New York: ‘Strong rent laws now!’

first_img“We are tired of being displaced, extorted, harassed and ignored. We will continue to bring our grievances to the doorsteps of the powers-that-be until we are heard. New York City is facing a massive housing crisis, and the stakes are now higher than ever. On June 15, NYC’s rent regulation laws are set to expire,” stated protest organizers led by Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Tenants Union.Blocking four lanes on East 3rd Street near Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office on May 28, determined protesters held a huge banner reading “Cuomo: Strong Rent Laws Now” and “Housing Justice Is Racial Justice.” Fliers were distributed to motorists explaining why the protest brought traffic to a standstill.Several TV stations and newspaper reporters rushed to cover this while the police came much later. Connecting the need for affordable housing with New York’s long history of racist housing policies, the flier mentioned landlords’ history of redlining policies and how now the developers seek to cash in on gentrification, as they deny tenants their rights in an attempt to evict them.NYC’s vacancy decontrol provisions eliminated 300,000 rent-regulated apart­ments where the majority of tenants are working class and people of color. The protesters’ statement offered: “This is why, as low income communities of color, we are taking matters into our own hands. With the recent upsurge of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have seen that the only way policymakers listen to disenfranchised people is when we take to the streets and disrupt business as usual. Cuomo has the power to change rent laws by June 15th in favor of low and moderate income New Yorkers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Open letter to president, parliament and supreme court calling for repeal of legal hangover from military regime

first_img Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil RSF_en BrazilAmericas News Organisation Help by sharing this information Mr. Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, President of the Federal Republic of BrazilMs. Dilma Roussef, Minister of the PresidencyMr. Renan Calheiros, President of the SenateMr. Jader Barbalho, President of the Chamber of Deputies Commission for Science, Technology, Communication and ComputingMr. Nelson Jobim, President of the Federal Supreme CourtDear Madam, Dear Sirs,Reporters Without Borders has learned with concern of the plight of Lúcio Flávio Pinto, the founder and editor of the bimonthly Jornal Pessoal, based in Belém, in the northern state of Pará, who is currently the target of 18 lawsuits, ten of them for libel, as a result of covering such sensitive issues as drug trafficking, Amazonian deforestation and local corruption. He has also been threatened and physically attacked. Obliged to stay at home and organise his defence, he will be unable to attend a ceremony in New York at the end of the month at which he is to receive a prize. Worse still, he faces up to three years in prison if two existing convictions are confirmed on appeal. He was convicted under the press law of 9 February 1967, the law under which all the other actions have been brought against him.Mr. Pinto is not the only journalist to have been assailed under this law. José de Arimatéia Azevedo, the manager of the Portal AZ website in Teresina (in the northeastern state of Piauí), was arrested on 26 October 2005 and held for 48 hours for “insult and libel” and “pressure on the course of a judicial procedure.” Alvanir Ferreira Avelino of the daily newspaper Dois Estados, was arrested on 29 August 2003 in Rio de Janeiro state and sentenced to 10 and a half months in an open prison as a result of libel actions. He served a similar sentence in 2001 for a “crime of opinion.”It is time to finish with this iniquitous law which, although rarely applied, is nonetheless incorporated into the Brazilian federal constitution and continues to weigh heavily on free expression as a whole and press freedom in particular.Is it normal for a law inherited from military rule (the military regime of 1964-1985) to be still in force in a democracy after all this time? The situation is all the more absurd as Brazil, like almost all the countries in the Americas, signed the Declaration of Chapultepec of 11 March 1994 on free expression, which was dawn up by the Inter-American Press Association. Among other things, this declaration recognises that it is the role of the press to challenge the government, but the 1967 law does not let the Brazilian press perform this role.The incompatibility of the 1967 law with current laws, case history and treaties is not the only issue. The danger lies in the letter of the law itself, which gives often elastic definitions of press offences and makes them punishable by prison sentences.Article 14, for example, says that “war propaganda, procedures to subvert the political and social order, or race or class prejudice” are punishable by one to four years in prison. Hunting down “subversion” is the prerogative of repressive regimes. And should editorials be likened these days to propaganda?Article 17 envisages a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine equivalent to one to 20 times the minimum salary for “offending public decency and moral standards.” What are the current limits of “public decency” and “moral standards” ?Similar penalties are stipulated for “slander” (article 20), “defamation” (article 21) and “insult” (articles 22) and even “defamation and insult of the memory of the dead” (articles 24). These offence are treated as “crimes.” Article 23 increases the penalties by a third if any of the offences mentioned in articles 20-22 is committed against: – the president of the republic, the president of the federal senate, the president of the chamber of deputies, the judges of the federal supreme court, foreign heads of state or government or their diplomatic representatives.- a public official, in his or her official capacity.- an entity or authority that perform the role of a state authority.This article is not just contrary to the Declaration of Chapultepec, it also constitutes a serious negation of the news media’s role to criticise the authorities and offers an easy way of silencing journalists, especially those working for local newspapers. The 1967 law is all the more unfair as it is used against “small” media which generally have few resources. Furthermore, and paradoxically, it is used above all in the state courts and very little at the federal court level.All of these reasons should lead you now to repeal the press law of 9 February 1967, of which higher court of justice president Edson Vidigal has on several occasions said it has been “implicitly rendered invalid by the 1988 constitution.”We hope a broad democratic debate followed by a parliamentary vote will achieve this goal.Sincerely,Reporters Without Borders BrazilAmericas Lúcio Flávio Pinto (photo), the editor of the bimonthly Jornal Pessoal in Belém, in the northern state of Pará, is currently the target of 18 lawsuits under the 1967 press law. In an open letter to the president, parliament and judiciary, Reporters Without Borders calls for the repeal of this iniquitous law that is a hangover from the (1964-1985) military dictatorship. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America November 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to president, parliament and supreme court calling for repeal of legal hangover from military regime to go further Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

Roxana Saberi about to be freed

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomes a Tehran appeal court’s decision to reduce Roxana Saberi’s eight-year jail term to a suspended two-year sentence. Her lawyer, Saleh Nikbakhat, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that she could be freed later today. In a closed hearing yesterday, the court’s judges noted that Iran and the United States “are not at war.”—————-10.05.2009 – Court hears Roxana Saberi’s appeal, urged to quash her conviction on spying chargeA Tehran appeal court today heard Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi’s appeal against her conviction on a charge of spying for the United States. The hearing was closed but, unlike the original trial, which resulted in Saberi getting an eight-year jail sentence, it lasted several hours and Saberi’s lawyers were able to present arguments in her defence. The appeal court is expected to issue its ruling in a few days.“The short space of time between the original trial and the appeal, the length of the appeal hearing and the fact that her lawyers were allowed to speak in her defence are all encouraging signs,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we must not jump to conclusions as the Iranian judicial system often produces surprises.”The press freedom organisation added : “We had urged the authorities to allow Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Human Rights Defenders Centre to attend the hearing but they did not. If this court is to render justice to Saberi, it must quash her conviction and free her without delay.”Reporters Without Borders spoke to Saberi’s two lawyers – Saleh Nikbakhat and Abdolsamad Khoramshahi – after today’s hearing. Nikbakhat said he was “confident and optimistic.” He was able to speak for almost two hours, presenting arguments based on past cases of journalists who have been acquitted of spying charges. “If the court takes account of these arguments, Roxana will have to be freed,” he said, adding that, “although the hearing was closed, the court adhered to the law.” Khoramshahi, who also said he was “optimistic”, added that the court had week to issue its verdict.The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and who acquired US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR. Arrested at the end of January, she was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried on a spying charge, one the Iranian authorities often use to silence journalists.Several Iranian-American citizens, including journalists, have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence. Her trial was held on 13 April and the sentence was issued five days later.Iran was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. A wave of arrests on 1 May brought the total number of journalists and bloggers currently held in Iran to 14. Three of them are women. to go further Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 May 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Roxana Saberi about to be freed RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa News June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes a Tehran appeal court’s decision to reduce Roxana Saberi’s eight-year jail term to a suspended two-year sentence. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Organisation News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady

first_img Previous: Disasters and Defaults: A Retrospective Next: Court Allows Recovery of Attorney’s Fees Following Foreclosure Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. January 29, 2020 1,309 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will keep the federal funds rate at 1.5 to 1.75%, according to a statement following the latest Committee meeting. The Committee cited a strong labor market and moderately rising economic activity.“Markets anticipated the Fed’s stance in the wake of the bank’s December meeting. As investors anticipate rising risks in markets, demand for bonds is likely to remain solid, keeping mortgage rates on a sideways trajectory in the months ahead,” said realtor.com’s Senior Economist George Ratiu. “Rates are about 80 basis points below last year, offering first-time buyers favorable home financing. However, the number of homes available for sale have reached a two-year low, adding headwinds to the housing market.”While interest rates are low, following multiple decreases from the Fed in 2019, some homeowners and potential buyers would still like to see them fall further. Of the three most popular government actions among first-time homebuyers—lowering interest rates, providing tax credits, and easing lending standards—lower interest rates are the most popular option, Redfin reports, especially among buyers with annual incomes of less than $100,000. However, as Redfin notes, though these government actions would make homebuying more affordable in the short-term, they would not directly address the long-term shortage of affordable homes.The FOMC will be looking at global economic indicators when determining its next rate decision, as Ratiu notes.“Globally, central banks remain committed to accommodative stances in their monetary policies, with most European banks, as well as the Bank of Japan, at zero interest rates,” Ratiu continues. “The outlook for world economies remains clouded by slowing growth and increased geopolitical risk. A recent report indicated that increasingly synchronized global housing markets are expected to experience moderation in 2020, with price declines likely to impact economic output.”  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Federal Reserve Interest rates 2020-01-29 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Federal Reserve Interest rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady Subscribelast_img read more

Robert Howard loses bid to stop Arlene Inquest

first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson By News Highland – December 7, 2011 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook A High Court judge has criticised the delay to an inquest into the death of missing schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson.The 15-year-old from Castlederg disappeared after attending a disco in Bundoran in 1994.An inquest was ordered in 2007, but has yet to start.Mr Justice Treacy dismissed a legal bid to stop it by a convicted child-killer acquitted of murdering Arlene. He then urged the senior coroner to ensure no further delay.Robert Howard was acquitted of Arlene’s murder in 2005. His legal team said the inquest would be used to attempt to undermine that verdict.67-year-old Howard, who had lived near her home, was already serving life for raping and killing 14-year-old Hanna Williams from Deptford, south London.Today, the judge said that coroners who ensure they respect the rights of people such as Howard must be equally careful with those of the next of kin. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+center_img Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Google+ Previous articleFire crews attending blaze in GweedoreNext articleDonegal County Council budget crisis averted News Highland Robert Howard loses bid to stop Arlene Inquest 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Twitter Twitter News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly last_img read more

Covid-19,Climate Change And Planetary Health

first_imgColumnsCovid-19,Climate Change And Planetary Health Professor Arvind Jasrotia7 July 2020 5:07 AMShare This – x1. INTRODUCTION Exposing the inadequacy of dominant western ethical tradition to provide a satisfactory basis for an environmental ethic and decrying human chauvinism, Richard Routley in his Last Man Arguments, asked us to visualize a hypothetical situation in which the last person, surviving a world catastrophe, acts to ensure the elimination of all other living things and…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?Login1. INTRODUCTION Exposing the inadequacy of dominant western ethical tradition to provide a satisfactory basis for an environmental ethic and decrying human chauvinism, Richard Routley in his Last Man Arguments, asked us to visualize a hypothetical situation in which the last person, surviving a world catastrophe, acts to ensure the elimination of all other living things and non-natural world after his demise. Anthropocentrically, the last person would do nothing morally wrong, yet there is a moral intuition of the anticipated last act being morally wrong since those non-human objects in the environment and planet’s landscapes, whose destruction is ensured by the last person, have intrinsic value, apart from their usefulness for humankind. Ecocentrism rejects human chauvinism of anthropocentrism and argues that all of nature has intrinsic value. Human chauvinism is detested, not the humans. Humans and human culture can blossom and flourish as is the case with other species. Ecocentric positions are weaved around a non-human centered attitude towards nature with value residing in the ecosphere as a whole. Radical perspectives such as Deep Ecology and Ancient indian Philosophy support ecocentric approach towards nature as also certain nascent international soft law instruments [See, here and here]. The planet Earth appears restive. Nature has sent us an astute message with COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing climate crisis. Humankind has placed too much pressure on the natural resources with catastrophic consequences. Both Climate change and COVID-19 pandemic has become biggest global health threats and urgent curative and transformative steps are needed to combat this existential crisis. (See here) Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet even as COVID-19 pandemic, with over 10 million infected cases and 5 Lakh deaths worldwide, (and still counting), has painfully exposed the deep inequalities and fragilities of the social, political and economic structures carved for our living. Both Climate change and COVID-19 pandemic depicts the inter-connectedness between the health of people and the planetary health. Human activity has altered virtually every sphere of Earth, bringing humans into contact with new vectors. Seventy-five percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans have had their origin in zoonotic source. The long-term threats of climate change and ecosystem and biodiversity loss also spring from the destruction of nature. The IPCC Reports released so far have also consistently confirmed human activities to be the dominant cause of observed global warming with discernible impacts affecting the basic elements of life for people around the world – access to water, food production, health, and the environment. IPCC introduced the idea of tipping points two decades ago where large-scale discontinuities in the climate system were considered likely only if global warming exceeded 5 °C above pre-industrial levels. However, the two most recent IPCC Special Reports suggests that tipping points could be exceeded even between 1 and 2 °C of global warming. As per estimates of UNEP Emission Gap Report 2019, nations must triple the level of ambition of their first NDCs as per Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 2 °C and fivefold increase to limit warming to 1.5 °C. 2. PLANETARY BOUNDARIES In a planetary system of finite resources, human activities motivated by an attitude of rampant consumerism and unsustainable patterns of production and consumption have never been as inhumane and callous towards environment as in the modern era of scientific and technological innovations. Scientists refer to the current geologic era of human-induced environmental change as the Anthropocene in contrast to a stability era known as Holocene. This anthropogenic change has exacted a heavy toll on the natural world and is being referred as sixth mass extinction. This has amplified demands on our ailing regulatory institutions, including law and its constructs, such as human rights. Human agency is significantly complicit in the genesis of the anthropocene and paradoxically charged, through its institutional mechanism, to address anthropocene exigencies. Scientists from Stockholm Resilience Centre have identified nine planetary boundaries that determine the self-regulating capacity of the Earth system. These are climate change, biodiversity loss, interference with the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, global freshwater use, changes in land use, chemical pollution, and atmospheric aerosol loading. Scientists argue that each subsystem or process has a certain ‘boundary’ (a threshold or tipping point) which, if crossed, may trigger non-linear changes in the functioning of the Earth system, thereby challenging social-ecological resilience at regional to global scales. As per 2015 update four out of nine planetary boundaries, viz., climate change, biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and extinctions), bio-geochemical flows and land system change, have already been exceeded which from planetary health perspective have devastating consequences for human health and requires urgent and transformative actions to protect present and future generations. 3. PLANETARY HEALTH Planetary heath refers to the interdependence of health of human civilization and the state of natural system. Exploitation of the environment has contributed to human health and increase in life spans. However, rampant and unsustainable exploitation of the natural resources has led to a tipping point leading to negative impact on human health. In the year 2015, The Rockefeller Foundation-The Lancet Commission on Planetary Health published a seminal report titled Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch that recognizes the following foundational premise: Human health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked, and that our civilization depends on human health, flourishing natural systems, and the wise stewardship of natural resources. With natural systems being degraded to an extent unprecedented in human history, both our health and that of our planet are in peril. The Commission Draws upon the definition of health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity and the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health as one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition as embedded in the preambular recital of the Constitution of WHO. Planetary health has been referred as the achievement of highest attainable standard of health, well being and equity worldwide through judicial attention to the human system — political, economic and social – that shape the future of humanity and various natural systems within which humanity can flourish. This inter connectedness is vital for the sustainability of human civilization and to the natural and human made system that support humanity. 4. HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change is the defining human development challenge for the 21st century and represents the greatest existential threat for the present and future generations, as well as for non-human nature. Climate change affects health through direct exposures such as heat waves or extreme weather conditions, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms as well as through indirect effects via adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement, and mental ill health. The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has been formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health. The study says that health effects of Climate Change are the biggest global health threat of the 21st century and paradoxically, tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity. Many mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change are thus no-regret options, which lead to direct reductions in the burden of ill-health, enhance community resilience, alleviate poverty, and address global inequity. The 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change provides evidence of the exposures, vulnerabilities, and impacts of climate change on health along a range of temperature and precipitation pathways, with reductions in crop yield potentials, and increases in vectoral capacity for a number of climate-sensitive diseases. These effects are felt most acutely by low-income and middle-income countries across the world. Amongst other findings, emphasizing intergenerational equity, the study predicts that if the ‘business as usual’ emission pathway is followed by the global community, a child born today will experience 40C warmer than the pre-industrial average, with the potential for their health to be marred by under nutrition, increased vector-borne disease, wildfires and heat-related effects on work. Alternatively, in a world embracing the Paris Agreement’s ambition via rapid coal power phase out, uptake of clean energy, electrification of transport, support for plant rich diets, increased green space and active commuting opportunities, a child born today will experience cleaner air, decreased chronic disease, strengthened social ties and manageable levels of warming. As per the stated aim of Paris Climate Agreement of keeping global average temperature below 2°C guardrail requires total anthropogenic CO2 emissions to be kept below 2900 billion tonnes (GtCO2) by the end of 21st century. As of 2011, total emissions since 1870 were a little over half of this, with current trends expected to exceed 2900 GtCO2 in the next 15–30 years. High-end emissions projection scenarios show global average warming of 2·6–4·8°C by the end of this century. In the year 2014, CO2 concentration had reached more than 400 parts per million (ppm). Notice that every additional ppm is equivalent to about 7·5 billion tonnes of atmospheric CO2. 5. EPILOGUE Thus post COVID-19 pandemic, global community requires strenuous efforts to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy alternatives, such as solar and wind and promoting investments in cleaner energy and climate change mitigation and resilience efforts. Simultaneously, an integrated approach on the 2030 Agenda, the SDG Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement should be pursued as these are still humanity’s best bet towards a brighter future with stronger health systems, fewer people living in poverty, less gender inequality, a healthier environment and more resilient societies. COVID-19 does not provide a silver lining for the environment, but it provides the impetus to revamp our relationship with nature and build a better world. Adverse impacts on human and planetary health will come from many sources as the world deals with COVID-19: a spike in hazardous waste, such as PPE kits, electronics and pharmaceuticals, wastewater and massive use of detergents, disinfectants and antimicrobial solutions, et.al. A healthy planet is thus critical to our ability to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic and to combat climate crisis. This requires a new sense of global solidarity and universal responsibility that rests upon the recognition of the interdependence of human health and planetary healthViews are personal only. Next Storylast_img read more