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This FTSE 250 dividend stock is too cheap! I’d buy it in an ISA today

first_img Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild owns shares of Ibstock and Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Ibstock. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild | Sunday, 26th April, 2020 | More on: IBST I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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.center_img 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. The coronavirus crisis has delivered a hammerblow to the FTSE 250. Despite the recent recovery it still trades at a 25% discount to levels recorded on 24 February. There are some top-quality stocks that have fared even worse than the wider index, though.Take Ibstock (LSE: IBST). The brickbuilder more than halved in value as Covid-19 fears intensified at one point, though it has grabbed back some of that ground since. Still, I would argue that it remains too cheap to miss. Not only does it trade on a rock-bottom forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.6 times, the company also sports a chunky 4.2% dividend yield for 2020.5G 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…Home orders risingThe construction materials colossus has seen its share price leap in recent days as a number of housebuilders like Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, and that other FTSE 250 giant Vistry, have vowed to return to work during the next fortnight. This isn’t the only reason why Ibstock shares have rocketed of late, though (it’s gained a third in value since the beginning of April).Naturally market makers had feared a collapse in the UK housing market following the Covid-19 breakout. However, concerns over the domestic economy have so far failed to smash buyer interest for newbuild homes. Taylor Wimpey advised last week that “we are still seeing continued demand for our homes and our sales teams have been selling homes remotely, and digitally, week to week.”Indeed, the FTSE 100 builder’s order book continues to increase despite the ongoing pandemic. This had grown to roughly £2.68bn as of 19 April from £2.4bn at the same point in 2019. Cancellations have remained low, too, Taylor Wimpey says, at just 1% of the order book.A FTSE 250 starIt’s clear that the housebuilders and providers of construction materials like bricks will suffer some profits strain in the near term. The lockdown of building sites has of course smashed planned build rates for 2020. The homemakers could well suffer from a fall in buyer demand from later in the year should the broader economy disappear down the sinkhole.The long-term outlook for all of these firms remains very strong, however. There simply aren’t enough homes to go around and government will need to get building to meet the needs of a booming population. The powers-that-be have planned to create 300,000 new homes each year by the middle of this new decade, of course.Ibstock, then, can expect sales of its bricks to keep on flying, then. The Leicestershire company shuttered its manufacturing sites in response to the pandemic. But profits were flying up to that point. A 5% revenues uplift in 2019 pushed adjusted EBITDA 9% higher on an annual basis.And the future looks extremely bright. As well as boosting its position in the concrete market with the purchase of Longley last summer, a new brick factory will turbocharge production of its bread-and-butter products from 2022. I own shares in this particular FTSE 250 company and am tempted to buy more given its current cheapness. This FTSE 250 dividend stock is too cheap! 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Veoveo House / Verne Arquitectura

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Pablo García Esparza Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Spain Area:  35 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Veoveo House / Verne ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveVeoveo House / Verne Arquitectura “COPY” Architects: Verne Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Houses Veoveo House / Verne Arquitectura “COPY”center_img ArchDaily Manufacturers: Technal, Inalco, KnollArchitects In Charge:Víctor Larripa, Javier Martín, Daniel Ruiz de Gordejuela, Javier MartínezOther Participants:Daniel GonzálezCity:ArticaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Pablo García EsparzaRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. In some cases, the greatest value of a house is its relationship with the immediate exterior; its views to a garden full of vegetation. Such is the case of the Veoveo House; a small extension of a large single family house built in the eighties.Save this picture!Axonometric DetailsThe Veoveo House is, then, a stone box that stands on an old terrace and is drilled in two very specific points: the first point is a big eye on the main front, which stares out over the garden, always so green and so cared for by the owners. The second, on the other hand, is a horizontal crevasse, a ribbon window, oriented towards the north and that allows the views towards the top of mount San Cristóbal. Thus, this extension puts in value, even emphasizes, a so pleasant environment that already surrounded the pre-existing single-family home.Save this picture!© Pablo García EsparzaWith its more contemporary and strong forms, and with its stone look, it contrasts strongly with that house, of a more traditional character. By contrast, however, some visual harmony is achieved: the new house – the Veoveo House – does not quarrel with the existing house, it is simply different, new.Save this picture!West Section DetailsIt is an extension to the house, in its inside a playroom and children’s living room; hence the interior makes use of color, without falling into aggressive contrasts: blue, pink, green. Wood also plays an important role in the pallet of interior materials. The furniture is not less taken care of: Knoll pieces, a green furniture from USM or the beautiful Molteni Bookcase dialogue with each other, and also with the colors of the walls and the vegetation of the landscape that “enters” through the windowsSave this picture!© Pablo García EsparzaProject gallerySee allShow lessUsing LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and BuildingsMiscThe Spectacular Stories Behind 7 Ancient Lost LandmarksArchitecture News Share Year:  Save this picture!© Pablo García Esparza+ 21 Share 2017 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses, Extension•Artica, Spain CopyAbout this officeVerne ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionArticaSpainPublished on October 17, 2017Cite: “Veoveo House / Verne Arquitectura” 17 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?强迫症最喜欢的住宅立面 Veoveo House / Verne Arquitectura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Fines deal potentially fatal blow to Le Journal Hebdomadaire

first_img February 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fines deal potentially fatal blow to Le Journal Hebdomadaire News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced shock as managing editor Abubakr Jamai and sub-editor Fahd Iraqi, of Le Journal Hebdomadaire were fined three million and 50,000 dirhams (350,000 euros) for defamation, the highest ever slapped on journalists in Morocco.”With this disproportionate sentence – equal to 138 years of a minimum salary in Morocco – the courts are determined to silence one of the best independent publications in the Maghreb, where the press is too often under the control of the government,” said Reporters Without Borders.The complaint that led to the sentence against the newspaper was laid by the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre (ESISC), after Le Journal Hebdomadaire published a report questioning the objectivity of a critical report carried out by this “institute” into the separatist Polisario.“The Moroccan authorities never give up and gagging newspapers and their journalists is their latest weapon”, said Reporters Without Borders. After sentencing Ali Lmrabet to a ten-year ban on practising his profession and imposing fines totally 177,000 euros for libel on the weekly Tel Quel over a period of less than three months, it is the turn of Le Journal to pay the price for this policy of stifling the investigative press”.”In exploiting a foreign-based fake NGO, the government is reminding journalists of the red lines they should not cross. In the same way anything connected with the Palace or the Western Sahara is taboo.”Jamai and Iraqi, already fined 50,000 dirhams (5,000 euros) in the criminal court were handed down the latest fines on 16 February by a civil court in Rabat which also ordered them to publish the grounds for the decision in three weeklies, Le Journal Hebdomadaire, Maroc Hebdo and El Ousboue. Lawyers for the two journalists said they would appeal. Editor of Le Journal Hebdomadaire, Ali Amar, said that “at no time had the speeches focused on the alleged object of the libel. The plaintiff’s lawyer said that it was in reality a political trial and the court was as a result invited to judge the newspaper’s editorial line and opinions and not the object of the complaint. The lawyer for the centre produced in evidence previous front pages of the newspaper that dealt with sensitive issues, arguing that it was damaging Morocco’s image abroad.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Iran News June 11, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information News June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go furtherlast_img read more

Noonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next election

first_img TAGSfeaturedFine GaellimerickMichael NoonanTD Minister Michael Noonan.Minister Michael NoonanMICHAEL Noonan is to step down as Minister for Finance and will not seek a seat in the next General Election nor will he seek a seat at the next cabinet table.After Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the Fine Gael party, the Limerick TD of 36 years said that the time was now “for a new Finance Minister to take up office.Having introduced six budgets and one supplementary budget, the secondary school teacher who turns 74 this Sunday said that he was “honoured to serve as Minister for Finance since March 2011.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe, the budget is almost balanced and we are on the cusp of full employment.Minister Noonan said that he would continue to carry out his duties until a new party leader is elected.“I will not be seeking re-election to Dáil Éireann at the next General Election. It has been a privilege to represent the people of Limerick since I was first elected in 1981 and I look forward to continuing to do so until an election is called.The Loughill native has had the privilege of serving as a Minister in every Fine Gael led Government since 1982.He has held positions as Fine gael party leader ad ministerial portfolios in health, industry and commerce, and justice.Prior to that, Michael Noonan was first elected to Limerick County Council in 1974 and resigned his seat after he was elected as a first time TD in 1981. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print NewsBreaking newsNoonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next electionBy Staff Reporter – May 18, 2017 960 center_img Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Previous articleDJ Micky Mac: Shake your bib and bang your drumsNext articleWorms in the heart of suburbia’s bookclub Staff Reporter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedinlast_img read more

GOP endorsements raise eyebrows

first_img Twitter Twitter Local NewsGovernment WhatsApp Facebook GOP endorsements raise eyebrows Pinterest Facebook GOP logo After the Ector County Republican Party announced endorsements of three local candidates for the March 6 Primary, questions were raised if the decision was legal or violated party bylaws.Ector County Chair Tisha Crow said there is nothing in law that prohibits the party from endorsing a candidate in the primary, although it is uncommon.“Since I’ve been chair, we have not done it until now,” Crow said, who’s been the party chair for about nine years.The bylaws that make up the local party are whatever the group passes and the party has to follow the law, she added. As long as it doesn’t violate the group’s bylaws it is legal. However, she added that she could see how people could get confused between the Ector County Republican Party and the Ector County Republican Women’s club. The group is the governing body for the party in the county, whereas the ECRW is a club that has a membership and collects dues.ECRW President Sherry Hurt said the club has not endorsed any candidates for the primary election.“I would just like to say that ECRW supports all Republican candidates equally and wants to thank all candidates for their time and interest in wanting to make Ector County a better place. ECRW does not endorse any candidates during the March primary,” Hurt said.The three candidates endorsed were Debi Hays for County Judge, Arlo Chavira for Precinct 4 county commissioner and Greg Simmons for Precinct 2 county commissioner. Hays serves as the vice chair of the Republican Party and Chavira serves as the secretary — positions that do not allow the two to vote during any meetings, Crow said.“The only people who can vote are precinct chairs and in the case of a tie, myself,” she said. “If you appoint someone to secretary, treasurer or vice chair then they can’t vote, but they can participate in discussion.”Crow said when the Ector County Republican Party’s executive committee met to vote on whether or not to endorse the three candidates, Hays and Chavira did not participate in the discussion, but remained in the room during the vote.“I think they thought they felt it was a little self-serving,” Crow said of why they didn’t participate in the discussion. “I can’t understand why they would be expected to step out when they know they can’t vote. No one felt compelled to vote one way or another.”While they have had many contentious discussions and voting matters in the past, Crow said, “This wasn’t like that. It was very straight forward.”The precinct chairs who were present voted unanimously to endorse all three. In a news release, Crow said the candidates were chosen for endorsement because of their extensive involvement in the community and the Republican Party. Pinterest By admin – February 21, 2018 WhatsApp Previous articleSolar company investing in Permian BasinNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 21 adminlast_img read more

Yum! Brands Named to 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

first_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Yum! Brands Named to 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Local NewsBusinesscenter_img TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleAllscripts Collaborates With Microsoft, MATTER and ARC Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center to Discover New InnovationsNext articleKeyavi DataTM Champions Data Privacy Day by Sharing GDPR White Paper Digital AIM Web Support LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) was named to the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the Company’s commitment to advancing women’s equality and transparency in gender reporting. Yum! is one of 380 companies included on the 2021 Bloomberg GEI, which covers 11 sectors across 44 countries and regions, and brings transparency around gender-related practices and policies by encouraging disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. “Investing in our culture and talent with a focus on equity and inclusion is key to creating a workplace that attracts, develops and retains the best and brightest people in the industry,” said Tracy Skeans, Yum! Chief Transformation & People Officer. “Being named to the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index reaffirms our efforts and shows that we’re on the right path when it comes to our continued work to build a diverse and inclusive culture and to advance our gender equity strategy.” Yum! Brands has a long history of investing in its people-first culture which includes a focus on equity and inclusion and is illustrated in part by the advancement of women. In line with the Paradigm for Parity® coalition’s goal to advance women to senior roles and achieve gender parity in leadership globally by 2030, more than 40% of Yum! Brands’ global leadership positions are now held by women, making more progress in two years than in the previous 10. “At Yum!, we’re stronger when we have diverse people, voices and ideas at the table and we know that fostering a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging is central to achieving this,” said James Fripp, Yum! Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer. “We’re proud to be included on an index with companies who share our vision around an inclusive workplace and are committed to making additional progress on this journey.” Yum! Brands’ equity, inclusion and belonging strategy focuses on investing in programs to support women and under-represented minorities, including inclusive leadership training, mentoring and sponsorship programs, employee resource groups, executive coaching and benefits to enable well-being at home and work. Yum! also works closely with partner organizations to advance its equity and inclusion work, including CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, We Are All Human’s Hispanic Promise, Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. In addition, in 2020, Yum! launched the Unlocking Opportunity Initiative that pledges $100 million over five years to fight inequality. “The companies included in the 2021 GEI are expanding the ESG data universe to include gender-related data that investors are demanding today,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg. “Their commitment to disclosure is making the business case for inclusion and driving transparency in the markets.” The Bloomberg GEI is a comprehensive and transparent reporting framework that offers public companies the opportunity to disclose information on how they promote gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies and pro-women brand. For more information about Yum! Brands’ equity and inclusion work and its broader citizenship and sustainability strategy called its Recipe for Good, visit View more information on the Bloomberg 2021 Gender-Equality Index here. About Yum! Brands, Inc. Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 50,000 restaurants in more than 150 countries and territories, making it a leader in global retail development primarily operating the company’s brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. The Company’s family of brands also includes The Habit Burger Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in made-to-order chargrilled burgers, sandwiches and more. Yum! Brands was included on the 2021 Bloomberg Gender Index and in 2020, Yum Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and was ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media. View source version on CONTACT: Alecia Berry 502-874-8200 KEYWORD: KENTUCKY UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL OTHER CONSUMER CONSUMER RESTAURANT/BAR WOMEN FOOD/BEVERAGE SOURCE: Yum! Brands, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 08:04 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 08:04 AM Twitterlast_img read more

Justin Low running for District Judge

first_img Twitter WhatsApp TAGS  Facebook Justin Low Odessa attorney Justin Low announced Friday his intent to run for Judge of the 161st District Court in the November 2020 election, a position currently held by the retiring Judge John Smith.Low said he made the decision to run for office after he heard Smith would be retiring when his term ends at the end of 2020.“Somebody’s gonna need to take that seat, and I felt like I could handle that caseload and deal with those cases fairly,” Low said. “Knowing who the possible candidates could be for that, I knew that I’d be the best one to do it.”Low said ever since he became a lawyer, the idea of running for judge had been in his mind, but he had never given it much serious thought before this opportunity came around.“You don’t want to have to go practice in front of some new judge that doesn’t know everything Judge Smith knows,” Low said. “I thought I can do this. It kind of happened pretty quickly.”Low, 52, is a Republican and an Odessa native and graduated summa cum laude with his law degree from St. Mary’s University. He has been a practicing licensed attorney for about 24 years. He is also board-certified in criminal law, which he said not many judges are, and this is a position that handles mostly criminal cases. Attorney Spencer Dobbs is his campaign treasurer.Smith, 74, has served as the 161st District Judge since February 2006 and his term will end on Dec. 31, 2020. Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsElectionscenter_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleHit and run investigationNext article5 must-haves to pack for a fun holiday weekend Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Pinterest Justin Low running for District Judgelast_img read more

Lack of progress on telcommunication masts because of cuts – Cllr Quinn

first_img Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – June 9, 2010 Twitter Lack of progress on telcommunication masts because of cuts – Cllr Quinn 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter News Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleCourt told man facing sex charges is due to marryNext articleDonegal students Leaving and Junior cert exams begin today News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A councillor has said he is outraged that planning process for telecomuniction masts has not been made more transparent despite the issue being raised nine months ago.At last Septembers monthly meeting of the council Councillor Mick Quinn had a motion passed calling on the council to amend the county development plan in relation to the masts.This after claims that many people are unaware that a planning application has been placed and that in some cases when they do become aware it is to late to object.Councillor Quinn is blaming government cuts for the council’s lack of progress on the issue.[podcast][/podcast] Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Deputy Doherty says Gateway scheme being used to massage job figures

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleUUP MLA critical of John Downey commentsNext article142 jobs lost in Donegal as Largo Foods announces it will close its Gweedore Factory News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Google+center_img Facebook Deputy Doherty says Gateway scheme being used to massage job figures Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest News By News Highland – March 14, 2014 A Donegal South-West Deputy has slammed the government’s plan to introduce the Gateway scheme.The scheme will pay long-term unemployed people €20 extra a week in benefits for working for their local authority.In all, 3,000 long-term unemployed people will be selected to work for councils around the country for two years. 80 people will be taken on in Donegal.Deputy Pearse Doherty says schemes such as this and jobbridge are being used to make us believe that employment is being created:[podcast][/podcast] 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Consider State’s Request To Increase Oxygen, Remdesivir Allocation : Karnataka High Court Directs Centre

first_imgNews UpdatesConsider State’s Request To Increase Oxygen, Remdesivir Allocation : Karnataka High Court Directs Centre LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 April 2021 4:06 AMShare This – x The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the Government Of India to immediately consider the request which would be made by the State Government seeking to increase the cap on supply of Remdesivir and Oxygen allotment to the state, in view of the increase in Covid-19 cases. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar said “The Central government will take into consideration the increase in Covid-19 cases in the state. The Central government’s decision in increasing the cap on supply of Remdesivir and oxygen shall be placed on record by Monday (May 3).” Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi informed the court that there is a cap of 802 MT per day on allocation of medical oxygen to the state. The production of Oxygen in the state exceeds much more than the requirement of the state but in view of the cap of 802 MT per day the state cannot utilize the excess amount. The estimated requirement of oxygen for the state is 1471 MT per day. As regards Remdesivir medicine it was submitted that the quota for the State of Karnataka is 1.22 lakhs for a period between April 21 to April 30. Dr H M Prasanna, President of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes association (PHANA) contended that around 10,000 vials are required per day in Benagluru alone. It was also informed that the supply of remdesivir medicine is routed through the state government and thus not entire demand if met. In its order the bench said “We direct the state government to estimate the number of Remdesivir vials required in private hospitals as well 50 percent reserved beds in hospitals and submit a report to the Central government. We direct the state government to give a requisition to the central government to increase the outer limit, within two days. We direct the Central government to consider the request of the state government to increase outer limit allocation, considering the situation in the state of Karnataka. We direct the Central government to take immediate decision on the requisition submitted by the state government.” The court also directed the State and BBMP to permanently put up on all the helpdesk outside covid hospitals the contact number of the Deputy Drug controller in-charge of supply of remdesivir, so that relatives can easily contact the drug controller for getting Remdesivir. The court also recorded the submission made by PHANA that it will issue instructions that Remdesivir will be prescribed to only those patients who need it immediately. Obligation of State to provide treatment to patients of Covid-19. The bench in its order reminded the state/central government as well as for agencies and instrumentalities of the state about their obligation under the constitution. Referring to the judgment in the case of Devika Vishwas and others, in which the Apex court reiterated that Right to Life under Article 21 of Constitution. Right to lead a dignified life and meaningful life will include Right to Health. The apex court held that Right to Health is an integral facet of right under Article 21. Also the judgement in the case of Bandhua Mukti Morcha vs Union Of India & Others on 16 December, 1983 the apex court held that Protection accorded by Article 21 of the Constitution of India must include the protection of strength of workers, men and women. The court said “Today we are dealing with the extraordinary situation of Covid-19. Those who are getting infected by covid-19 are looking upon the state and it agencies and instrumentalities to provide them best possible medical treatment and best possible health care. Covid-19 is such a disease which requires specialized treatment.” It added “Therefore, it is necessary for us to remind the state and central government and all agencies and instrumentalities of the state that Right to Health is an integral part of Article 21 of Constitution of India. It is the obligation of all authorities to make all possible efforts to provide medical treatment to all those persons who are infected. Let all authorities remember that ultimately they are dealing with Fundamental Rights of citizens under Article 21 of Right to Life.” Availability of Beds: The bench recorded the statement made by counsel for BBMP that after the last date of hearing, in the city of bengalur only 329 general beds have been added, 425 HDU beds and 29 ICU beds and 21 ICU with ventilator beds have been added. It said “This marginal increase may not be of relief to patients and he stated that at 9.30 am there were only 30 ICU beds and 14 ICU beds with ventilators. This has to be judged in the context of the fact that yesterday the figure of positive cases has jumped and crossed 22,000.” It also recorded the submission made by Advocate M N Kumar appearing for Central Government that the South Western Railway, is in position to provide 300 beds, in Bengaluru and Mysore. These beds have facilities of Oxygen. Accordingly the court issued the following directions: “As far city is concerned we direct BBMP and state govt to take immediate steps to contact officers of South Western Railway and take over beds which are available. State or local authorities shall take immediate steps to take over the beds available with the Railway at Mysuru and Hubli.” Further the court observed “In situations created by disaster the Armed forces, have always respected and helped civic administration. The situation in Bengaluru is very critical. We therefore direct officers of BBMP including the Commissioner and state government to immediately hold a meeting with officers of Army and Airforce in the city. We hope and trust that Army/Airforce officers will go out of the way to help civic administration by creating a large number of beds with oxygen,” it said. In view of the principles laid down in the Disaster Management Act of 2005 the court said “The state will have to be in a state of preparedness by keeping the estimate of beds which may be required in near future in Benagluru and all other major cities of the state. Unless the state estimates the bed requirement it may not be able to provide treatment to patients of covid-19. We direct the state to place on record the steps taken to prepare a broad estimate of beds in the near future and increase capacity of all the hospitals.” Other directions: Due to lockdown and huge surge in covid cases in the state, the issue of food security, relief to the workers will require urgent attention. The court said “Lockdown started two days back. The effect of lockdown on the weaker section of society will have to be assessed. It will be appropriate that the Advocate General convenes a meeting with advocates appearing for different petitioners so that the state can assess the impact of lockdown.” It added “State will come out with concrete steps to help weaker sections of the society by providing ration etc. The steps shall be placed on record on the next date of hearing. Considering views of all persons.” State and BBMP will have to consider making available covid-19 centres for those patients who do not require hospitalisation.BBMP will have to activate ward level officers to ensure that those who cannot self isolate at home are encouraged to make use of Covid centres. State Government to consider the report submitted by Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. Court records appreciation for work done by all stakeholders: The bench said “We clarify that there are several government officials, officials attached to various agencies and instrumentalities, doctors nurses and para medical staff, who have done excellent work and it needs to be appreciated. While we are passing orders in the context of Article 21, we must appreciate the efforts of all stakeholders taken in the right direction.” The court concluded by saying “We make it clear that directions issued by the court for the city of Bengaluru will have to be implemented in its true letter and spirit in other cities of the state where there are a large number of covid-19 cases.” The matter will be next heard on May 5. Click here to read/download the order Tags#Karnataka High Court Chief Justice AS Oka Justice Aravind Kumar Oxygen Supply COVID19 Remdesivir Next Storylast_img read more