These FTSE 100 dividend stocks yield 6%. Here’s what I’d buy Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Roland Head I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Roland Head owns shares of Centrica. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address The two companies I want to look at today are seriously out of favour with investors at the moment. Both stocks offer dividend yields of about 6%, but each company is suffering from an identity crisis. However, I’m convinced that one of these offers real value and could deliver big gains for investors over the next few years.Coal vs electric powerIt’s hard to think of anything less popular with investors at the moment than coal mining. This is causing problems for FTSE 100 commodity group Glencore (LSE: GLEN). Although Glencore also produces lots of copper and cobalt — which are needed in increasing quantities for electric power — a large part of the group’s income still comes from coal.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…2019 was a difficult year for the firm and profits plunged across the board. But the company’s dependence on coal seems higher than ever. Although profits in Glencore’s trading division were stable, at $2,366m, mining profits fell by 73% to $1,785m. Of this, about 75% came from coal mining.Where do we go from here?Glencore has announced plans to cut the carbon footprint of its products, but these seem to be based on running down existing oil and coal reserves while ramping up copper and nickel production.I think there could be an opportunity here. But having reviewed last week’s results, I feel the group’s dependence on coal is too much of a risk for me. Although I’m still comfortable investing in oil and gas, I feel that coal is becoming a special situation. I might be wrong here — but I’m happy to stay on the sidelines for now.What I’m buyingI’ve noticed British Gas has some jazzy new television adverts promoting its boiler repair services. This is no surprise. As I wrote recently, consumer services are a core part of the strategy on which British Gas owner Centrica (LSE: CNA) is pinning its hopes.The company’s days as an integrated utility are fast approaching their end. Oil and gas production and nuclear power are all up for sale. What’s left will be the British Gas business and a business division which helps companies source energy and use it more efficiently.It’s not yet clear how much money Centrica will raise by selling its unwanted energy assets. But one thing we can do is to work out how much profit is coming from the ‘good’ bits of the business — the consumer and business divisions. Looking at last year’s results, I can see Centrica generated an adjusted operating profit of £722m from these two divisions last year.If we ignore the rest of the up-for-sale business then we can see how the reformed Centrica might look. My sums suggest this business would comfortably support the current dividend and trade at less than 10 times forecast earnings.Based on this view, I think Centrica’s 2020 forecast dividend yield of 6.7% looks safe and could be an attractive buy. I may add to my holding over the coming weeks. 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The man, Taulupe Faletau with the try for Wales! #GuinnessSixNations #ITAvWAL pic.twitter.com/ByjpM1yEdO— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 13, 2021 2 – Ken Owens is the first hooker to score 2+ tries in a Six Nations game since Ireland’s Shane Byrne in February 2004 against Wales. Retraining. pic.twitter.com/Bi2jNyBrmr— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) March 13, 2021Rees-Zammit had a try disallowed for a forward pass by Biggar before the half-time whistle brought temporary relief for the Azzurri. The score stood at 0-27 at the break.It appeared that Wales’ record points haul in Rome, 67 in 2016, was under threat. But as so often happens, the intensity dropped off a notch amid a welter of early substitutions.George North scored his 43rd Wales try straight after the break from a Jonathan Davies offload. But the next score went to Italy as wing Monty Ioane chased down his deft chip on the left touchline. Garbisi landed an excellent conversion. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. — Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 13, 2021Ioane was no doubt highly frustrated at spending two ten-minute periods on the sideline due to indiscretions from team-mates. The second of these was a dangerous fend by prop Marco Riccioni on Willis Halahalo. It was perilously close to a red card but the contact was fractionally below head height.Adams blew a score by failing to touch the ball down before his feet slid into touch. So it was Sheedy who was next to score, plucking a pass from Man of the Match Josh Navidi out the air to waltz over. Back-row Navidi made 19 tackles and seven carries in a typically forceful performance by the Cardiff Blues man. A seven-try 48-7 stroll in Rome puts Wales on the brink of a Six Nations Grand Slam Double for Owens as Wales brush Italy asideWales will go to Paris next week in search of their second Six Nations Grand Slam in three years. And Wayne Pivac’s men will travel with a swagger in their step after blowing Italy away in the Stadio Olimpico sunshine, scoring seven tries to one.Tries by Josh Adams, Taulupe Faletau, Ken Owens (two), George North, Callum Sheedy and Louis Rees-Zammit made this a saunter for Wales.And they piled on the misery for the bottom-placed Azzurri, whose record losing run now extends to 31 ahead of next weekend’s 2021 finale against Scotland. The visitors had two further scores, by wings Adams and Rees-Zammit, disallowed.Adams spark: Josh Adams scores Wales’ first try during their Six Nations win in Rome (AFP/Getty)“We were adamant that if we went a few scores up we weren’t going to get carried away and would constantly try to refocus and reset,” said Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. “We’ll be a bit frustrated with 15 or 20 minutes of that second half but it’s a case of job done and move on.“It was nice to see us taking our chances. That was a challenge that was set for us. We’ve had opportunities in other games we haven’t taken and had a couple more tries here that were disallowed. It’s a step in the right direction.“It’s cliched but there’s plenty to work on. These Test weeks are special but next week is going to be special for a bit of a different reason.”The outcome was decided long before even the half-time whistle. Italy made a wretched start as Paolo Garbisi smacked the ball too long at the kick-off, gifting Wales a scrum on halfway. Soon after, Luca Bigi conceded a penalty for not supporting his weight at the jackal and Dan Biggar opened the scoring.Skipper Bigi’s afternoon got worse as he was sin-binned for tackling Gareth Davies too quickly from a tap penalty. Opting for the scrum, Wales threw two long passes to put Adams in for the first try. It all looked too easy.No 8 Faletau got the next try on 13 minutes in the right-hand corner – his first Test score since 2016 – after the busy Adams made inroads down the left. And that’s the try that puts George North joint third with Shane Williams on the #GuinnessSixNations all-time leaderboard! #ITAvWAL pic.twitter.com/Mv6pdgOnDO Probably the last person in world rugby you’d want to see intercepting a pass against you… LRZ does it again #GuinnessSixNations #ITAvWAL pic.twitter.com/A9cGIPuy5B— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 13, 2021Wales: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North (Willis Halaholo 46), Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (Callum Sheedy 52), Gareth Davies (Lloyd Williams 52); Wyn Jones (Rhys Carre 57), Ken Owens (Elliot Dee 54), Tomas Francis (Leon Brown 45), Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Jake Ball 54), Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau (Aaron Wainwright 52).Tries: Adams, Faletau, Owens 2, North, Sheedy, Rees-Zammit. Cons: Biggar 3, Sheedy 2. Pen: Biggar. Italy went into the match as the joint worst offenders in the championship, with 41 penalties conceded in the first three rounds. The pattern continued as they were repeatedly on the wrong end of Wayne Barnes’s whistle. In particular, they were failing to move away in the tackle area. “Roll east to west,” Barnes emphasised.From one such infringement, Wales kicked to the corner and Owens crossed from the subsequent lineout drive – his first Six Nations try in his 42nd tournament appearance.Biggar survived a TMO review for a potential head contact whilst tackling Johan Meyer before Wales secured their try bonus point before the half-hour. Again it came from a lineout drive, and again from Owens, although this time the Scarlets hooker needed to show his athleticism and dexterity as he became detached but still stretched over to score. Expert finish: Ken Owens scores his second try – he had just three in 82 Tests before today (AFP/Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TRY!Ioane has no right to score this but Italy’s bright spark catches his own chip and goes overWatch LIVE @ITV https://t.co/451CUNHDEe#ITAvWAL #GuinnessSixNations #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/DCrTefdBlk— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 13, 2021And Rees-Zammit, denied earlier, finally got on the scoresheet by intercepting Carlo Canna’s loose pass and running the distance. It was his fifth try in eight Tests.Related content: Why Louis Rees-Zammit is getting fasterItaly threw a few metaphorical punches before no-side without being able to add to their score. There were no great celebrations at the end. For Wales, as with France, England and Ireland before them in preceding weeks, there was just recognition of a job well done against the championship’s weakest link.The most points that Italy have conceded in a Six Nations is 228, in their first year back in 2000. Should Scotland score 42 against them next week at Murrayfield, that long-standing record will be broken. These are tough times for this callow Italian team.“We conceded too many soft penalties. We have to be focused for the whole 80 minutes,” said Italy captain Bigi. “When we conceded a soft moment, they scored against us. That’s killed us.“As players, we have to take some positives from the game. When we held the ball, when we created phases, we really put Wales under pressure. But we didn’t score. The last ten minutes, we built phases on their 22 but we didn’t score. We have to learn from that.”Final touch: Louis Rees-Zammit sprints clear to complete his side’s emphatic win at Stadio Olimpico (Getty)Italy: Jacopo Trulla (Edoardo Padovani 43); Mattia Bellini, Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Montanna Ioane (Oliviero Fabiani 7-17, Giosué Zilocchi 68); Paolo Garbisi (Federico Mori 54), Stephen Varney (Marcello Violi 63); Danilo Fischetti (Andrea Lovotti 65), Luca Bigi (capt), Giosué Zilocchi (Marco Riccioni 68), Niccolò Cannone (Marco Lazzaroni 52), David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer (Maxime Mbandà 26-36), Michele Lamaro.Try: Ioane. Con: Garbisi.
The YouTube Nonprofit Programme has been updated to offer more to charities that take part.You can now read some detailed advice on how charities can make the most out of video on YouTube and from the programme. The Playbook Guide: YouTube for Good includes sections on how to create content, raise funds, and connect with other community members.In addition, as part of its recent redesign, YouTube has made the donate button on charities’ channels even more prominent, “making it easier than ever to support the causes you care about”.The YouTube Nonprofit Programme was launched in 2007 and since then 16,000 nonprofits in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia have taken advantage of it. According to the company, “there are hundreds of nonprofit organisations with millions of views on YouTube, and dozens with more than ten million views, like Greenpeace, Khan Academy and UNICEF.”YouTube’s Nonprofit Programme might well see more developments following the appointment of Hunter Walk to head YouTube’s social good activities. Previously Director of Product Management at Google, he will now be focusing on supporting causes and nonprofits, education, and activisim and free expression.http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2012/01/youtube-for-nonprofits-reloaded-with.html YouTube Nonprofit programme offers more Tagged with: Digital YouTube AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 January 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Home Energy Ethanol Industry Thoughts on Presidential Candidates Ethanol Industry Thoughts on Presidential Candidates Several new presidential hopefuls in both parties have officially declared their candidacies recently and more are planning to announce soon. During a press briefing at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop, Bob Dinneen with the Renewable Fuels Association and Brooke Coleman with the Advanced Ethanol Council were asked how they think the candidates, declared and undeclared, rate when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.Dinneen attended the Iowa Ag Summit in March where nine Republican presidential hopefuls were asked their views on the RFS and was not surprised that the only two who said they were opposed were from Texas – the first declared GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry, who just formally declared this week. “That’s a dog bites man story if there ever was one,” said Dinneen. “I would think less of those two men if they weren’t sticking up for their big Texas oil industry.”Dinneen was surprised by the candidates who did express support for the RFS, some of them publicly for the first time, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is expected to announce his candidacy later this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, both of whom have yet to declare.On the Democratic side, another new candidate announced this week was former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, but the big dog in the fight is still Hillary Clinton and Coleman was impressed with her recent op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “It suggested that she understands the different intricacies of the challenges we face in this industry,” said Coleman. “However, one op-ed does not make a candidate and we will have to continue to work with Secretary Clinton to make sure that she is helpful to make sure she is helpful with regard to what we are dealing with in the administration right now because there is no better person to help us than Hillary Clinton when it comes to where the Obama administration is in the Renewable Fuel Standard.” By Andy Eubank – Jun 7, 2015 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Previous articleNFU Will Score House Vote on TPANext articleA Strong Voice for Biofuels in the Strangest Place Andy Eubank
RSF_en KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expression August 14, 2020 Find out more October 9, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan August 13, 2019 – Updated on August 14, 2019 Kyrgyz TV channel’s forced closure deals blow to media pluralism News Credit: Aprel Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the closure of Aprel TV, a Kyrgyz opposition TV channel owned by former President Almazbek Atambayev, as a press freedom violation and calls on the authorities to allow it to resume broadcasting.Aprel TV was closed on 9 August by armed special forces wearing masks, helmets and battledress, who stormed into its headquarters in the capital Bishkek at around 8 p.m., evicted all the employees within 15 minutes and then placed seals over the entrance. The TV channel’s journalists have nonetheless managed to continue broadcasting on the Internet.The authorities claim that Aprel TV’s closure was just one of a series of measures taken to freeze the assets of Atambayev, who was arrested on 8 August on corruption charges. The culture ministry insists that the TV channel’s closure has nothing to do with its journalistic content or its criticism of the current government.But Aprel TV points out that it had been unable to broadcast by satellite since 7 August, when its signal was disconnected while it was providing live coverage of an initial, unsuccessful attempt to arrest the former president.“The investigation into Almazbek Atambayev’s assets cannot be used to justify a violation of press freedom of this kind, especially as Aprel TV is not accused of breaking the law,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the authorities to rescind this disproportionate measure and to protect media pluralism.”A joint statement by a dozen of Kyrgyz associations, media outlets and experts has described the closure as a “fatal error,” pointing out that “the ability to read or listen to news from any source whatsoever” was one of the leading gains of the 2005 and 2010 revolutions. Kyrgyz media pluralism “has always distinguished this country from its neighbours and has given it a higher ranking in international indexes than the rest of Central Asia,” the statement added.Kyrgyzstan is currently embroiled in a major political crisis pitting the current president against his predecessor, who has been held ever since his arrest during a second assault on his home by the security forces on 8 August.One person was killed and around 100 were injured during clashes between special forces and the Atambayev supporters who went to defend his home. As a result of these clashes, Atambayev is now also under suspicion of staging a coup attempt. Kyrgyzstan is ranked 83rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests News News August 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expression RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan to go further
Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en January 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom threatened by proposed phone tap amendment Reporters Without Borders condemns a proposed criminal law amendment before parliament that would ban the media from publishing the contents of police telephone taps or any information about the tapping of phones by the police. The proposed amendment provides for sentences of one to five years in prison and fines up to 5 million crowns (182,000 euros) for violators.“In its current form, this bill would seriously undermine the right to inform and be informed, as well as the constitutionally-guaranteed right to disseminate news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would reduce sources of information and pose a serious obstacle to investigative journalism. The European Union must be beyond reproach, and indeed should set an example, in its reforms of laws affecting the media. It should above all ensure that the laws it drafts increase individual freedom rather than restricting the areas of investigation.The press freedom organisation added: “If amendments have to be made to legislation affecting the media, they must respect the European Union’s democratic standards and should be preceded by dialogue with those concerned. With just a few months to go to European elections, we call on the Czech government, which currently holds the EU rotating presidency, to announce the withdrawal of this amendment.”The proposed amendment was passed by the national assembly on first reading on 31 November and is due to go before the senate in February. The editors of leading national media* have meanwhile sent an open letter to the senate speaker and deputy speaker and the chair of the parliamentary media commission expressing their opposition to the bill.*The letter’s signatories : Robert Casensky (MF DNES), Veselin Vackov (Lidove noviny), Petr Simunek (Hospodarske noviny), Zdenek Prybny (Pravo), Martin Ondracek (news service TV Nova), Pavel Safr (Reflex), Istvan Leko (Euro), Martin M. Simecka (Respekt) Follow the news on Czech Republic News Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News Help by sharing this information Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia News
Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday H-S-GasCo-Bfast: (l-r) Tony Tartaglia, Carol Wade, Santa aka Mike Maslowski, Lance Ostrowski, Mike Galper, Renee LaBran and Julie McCarty. Photo courtesy Hathaway-SycamoresEvery holiday season for the past 31 years, dozens of Southern California Gas Company employees and friends have been cooking a pancake breakfast and playing Santa Claus for children served by Hathaway-Sycamores. This year, the Gas Co. group not only provided breakfast and toys to the 32 boys in the residential treatment program and dozens of families in the Foster Family and Adoption Program, they presented Hathaway-Sycamores with a check for $2,500.00 to help fund the agencyâ€™s work in these critical areas.The annual event was started at The Gas Companyâ€™s Pasadena Customer Service office by an employee as a tribute to the kindness of strangers that he and his family once received. Three decades later, this tradition of selfless giving continues as this past Saturday, some 25 employees, along with their friends and kids, showed up early with groceries in hand, and cooked a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs for the boys, foster familes and staff. They also brought holiday gifts as a result of a company toy drive from the Pasadena Gas Company office, fulfilling specific items from the boysâ€™ wish lists. The gifts include MP3 players, football jerseys, CD boomboxes, remote control cars and watches, basketballs, alarm clocks, helicopters, skateboards, clothing and gift cards.For more information about Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, visitÂ http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org/. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Subscribe center column 1 Gas Company Cooks Up Holiday Spirit for Hathaway-Sycamoresâ€™ Kids From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 11:00 am Top of the News Community News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
1 of 2 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter Tammy Hawkins hadn’t used her degree in criminal justice and minor in psychology in 17 years in 1993, telling her mother she would be the highest paid meter maid there ever was at the time.But former Teen Court Coordinator Natalie Rothstein told Hawkins she would be a great choice to take over her role, and after Rothstein died, Hawkins was appointed to the position in April of 1993.“Since that day, every day has been a special day,” Hawkins said. “I’ve never regretted one minute. It’s been the grandest ride ever.”After more than 25 years as the coordinator for the Odessa Teen Court, Hawkins is retiring from the position to spend more time with her parents, her five grandchildren, and to travel with her husband. Teen Court Coordinator Tammy Hawkins retired from her Teen Court position last week in Odessa. By admin – June 3, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Police searching for man connected to hit and run “I’m 60, I want to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it,” she said. “I still think God has more out there for me.”Teen Court is a program for first-time offenders given a class C misdemeanor who are at least 10 to 18 or older if they are still in high school. By going through teen court, the citation is taken off of their records. Those cited stand before a jury of teens who have also gone through the Teen Court system, who issue a sentence of community service hours and a number of jury duties they have to serve for the citation.“It’s for kids that made a mistake,” Hawkins said. “It’s not for bad kids; it’s for good kids that made a bad choice.”Teen Court meets on Monday nights at the Ector County Courthouse about two to three times a month.Hawkins said teenagers from all walks of life come through Teen Court, rich or poor, even both of her own children had gone through the court. She said many of those who go through the court system come back to act as attorneys, and seniors in high school can be given scholarships. Between 500 and 800 minors go through Teen Court every year, she said.One of the greatest joys of working as Teen Court coordinator, Hawkins said, has been being able to walk down the street and have a parent or someone who went through the system come up to her and thank her for what she did for them.“As far as I’m concerned, if I saved one, it’s all been worth it,” Hawkins said. “That kid’s been worth it.”Hawkins considers Teen Court as a testament of the entire community. The judges in the court room are volunteers, typically district judges or prosecutors. District Attorney Bobby Bland, Judge Sara Kate Billingsley, and even State Representative Brooks Landgraf have volunteered their time as judges for Teen Court cases.“Our community has embraced this program because it works,” Hawkins said. “The whole entire city of Odessa has embraced us and that’s what has kept us up for 34 years.”Hawkins said in her role, she oversees the trials and also works with the teenagers who are facing trial, talking to them about upcoming court dates, and finding out what and how their citations happened. She also tries to find out if they are going through any problems, such as issues at homes or trouble with drugs or alcohol or feeling suicidal, and tries to get them the help they need.“We may move mountains and we may move hills, but somebody’s moving, because we’re coming through,” Hawkins said. “And this kid’s gonna be OK.”Despite her best efforts, she said some do run into trouble with the law after they’re done with Teen Court.“There are some that slip through the cracks, and those are the ones you cry at night about,” she said. “That doesn’t mean you’re gonna stop trying, but those hurt a lot.”Hawkins’ last day was Thursday, and her replacement already started working the next day, Rebecca Grisham, Hawkins’ assistant for nearly six years.“She’ll bring a strength to this program that we need and I know that she will do a perfect job,” Hawkins said.Grisham said she’s honored and excited to take over the job, and has learned a lot from Hawkins over the years,“It was an adventure,” Grisham said about working with Hawkins. “Every day is a different situation, every kid is a different kid. She has a really good grasp on how to handle the different situations and so that was something that has been amazing.” Previous articleNATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: Regis hat trick lifts Sockers FC to victory over KatyNext articleECSO facing several civil suits admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleSouthern Style Potato SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Teen Court Coordinator Tammy Hawkins retired from her Teen Court position last week in Odessa. Twitter New Teen Court Coordinator Rebecca Grisham will take over the Teen Court duties from Tammy Hawkins. Hawkins retired from her Teen Court position last week in Odessa. Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Home Local News Crime Teen Court coordinator retiring after 25 years Local NewsCrime Teen Court coordinator retiring after 25 years Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends
News UpdatesTake Over 50% Beds From Private Hospitals : Kerala High Court Suggests Lydia Suzanne Thomas6 May 2021 2:07 AMShare This – x”When the public is putting all their life savings (for treatment), the private hospitals can also sacrifice…This situation will continue only for a few months more”, Justice Ramachandran expressed, on a note of optimism.Following the High Court’s emphatic declaration on Tuesday that it would take up the issue of COVID treatment with some seriousness, the Kerala High Court convened a special sitting to discuss measures to rationalise COVID-19 treatment tariffs across private hospitals, labs, and diagnostic centers in the state.A Division Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Dr Kauser Edappagath touted a list of measures for the state government’s consideration. Delete The Kerala High Court is hearing a PIL seeking uniform #Covid treatment rates across hospitals in Kerala#Covid #Covid19 #COVIDsecondwave #KeralaHighCourt #Kerala— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 6, 2021Court’s concern on rates charged on Covid beds in private hospitalsOn the state’s bid to reserve 50% of beds in non-empanelled private hospitals for Covid, Justice Ramachandran said, “We have few reservations on that..””The first reservation is, we are not sure whether the non-empanelled hospitals are keeping apart 50% beds..we want you find out..this will have to be scrupulously verified,” the Court instructed State Attorney KV Sohan.”50% of vacancies in empanelled hospitals are virtually unregulated – and 50% of vacancies the government has earmarked is also unregulated in private hospitals as of now. There is also another 50% in un-empanelled hospitals for which there is absolutely no rates fixed. In other words, 50% vacancies in private hospitals are completely unregulated even today”, Justice Ramachandran pointed out.”These are patients whom the hospitals call walk-in patients. When they walk-in, they do not walk in with full volition, they have no other option. They would love to go to a government hospital but there is no vacancy there, so they are forced to go to a private hospital. So, therefore, the walk-in will certainly have to be regulated”, the Court stated.The Court therefore directed the State Attorney to obtain instructions by the next hearing on rates charged on 50% of beds that were not reserved in the government’s Covid-19 empanelled hospitals and the rates for Covid beds in non-empanelled hospitals. The bench mark rate can be that fixed by the State Health Agency, the Court volunteered.Here is an outline of what else the Court suggested during the 50-minute session today -Toll Free NumberThe Court suggested the allocation of a toll free number exclusively for Covid-19 that people could telephone in case they needed details of beds available, or other information pertinent to Covid treatment. The Bench pointed out that presently there were a host of district helplines, but no single number that could easily be remembered and dialled for information. “Some number we are capable of understanding in case we have trouble…,” the Court explained.The petitioner’s counsel, Advocate Sureshkumar submitted that there are no beds in private hospitals. “Patients are running from hospital to hospital!”, he exclaimed. With this, he narrated the story of a patient in Ernakulam who had to be shifted to another district, Pathanamthitta, after his family failed to find beds for him in Ernakulam. Shortly after he was given a ventilator, the patient succumbed, Advocate Sureshkumar said.Justice Ramachandran at this juncture declaring, “this is precisely what we were saying, this is why we need a helpline number!”The State Attorney drew the Court’s attention to the State’s Covid web portal that mentioned the number of beds etc available in the state. The Court said, “Only numbers (numeric details) are displayed on the website. This is why we need a (toll free) number to call for…this is very important, otherwise we will go in the way other states have been going”Patient Management SystemAdditionally, the Division Bench proposed a system where patients could be grouped into categories, with each of these categories having its own management and treatment protocol to reduce stress on hospitals.ConsumablesJustice Devan Ramachandran, speaking for the bench, suggested that the rates for consumables such as oximeters, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits etc be fixed pro rata. The pathological rates should be charges as per actuals, the Court said.Reading from certain patient bills that the Court received, the Bench stated that a certain hospital was charging its patients for 2 – 3 PPE Kits per day and taking Rs 40,000 for oxygen.”This has to be regulated”, the Court iterated.Doctor and Nurse Consultation ChargesOn this count, the Bench called for uniform rates.The State’s stance and the Court’s appreciation for measures taken and proposedAt the outset of the hearing, State Attorney KV Sohan informed the Court that the State Government had convened a meeting with management of private hospitals on Wednesday, following which it was decided to fix the rates that private hospitals could charge for COVID-19 treatment.This decision, with the rates that can be charged by each hospital will soon be notifed in a Government Order, the State Attorney said.In an additional submission, he said that the government would be setting-up an authority at the district level and with an appellate authority to decide on infractions of these rates. The orders of the appellate authority would be amenable to judicial review under Article 226, he stated.Lauding these measures, Justice Devan Ramachandran said, “Good! We appreciate the stand, we completely appreciate this stand!” After this, the Court added that there were few more things to consider and highlighted listed the suggestions described in the previous section of this report. “The Court can suggest so that I can put before the authority”, the State Attorney affirmed.Other suggestions proposed Regulating Prices of Consumables sold outside hospitalsAdvocate Hariraj for an impleader raised a suggestion that consumables sold outside hospitals, which are purchased privately needed regulation.He narrated how he had purchased an oximeter for Rs 800 few months ago and that it is now being sold for Rs 2500.In response to this, Justice Ramachandran said, “My brother (Justice Edappagath) tells me it is not available even! Advocate Hariraj revealed that oximeters are available online.Remarking that the issue of oximeters merited consideration, since it formed part of first line treatment, the Court instructed the State to look into the issue.Appointment of Sectoral Magistrates to monitor how hospitals were charging their covid patientsAdvocate Sureshkumar for the petitioner posited that the government could appoint sectoral magistrates to monitor situation in hospitals, so patients and others who had grievances could approach them if hospitals were charging rates higher than those mandated.Taking over and regulating unused hospitals The Court proposed utilising unused hospitals in the state for the treatment of Covid-19. The government mandated RT-PCR rate of Rs 500 to be charged by private hospitals Along with private diagnostic centers in the state, private hospitals would also have to price their RT-PCR tests at Rs 500, the Court charged. “If the rate is Rs 500, they (private hospitals) cannot go ahead and charge Rs. 501”, Justice Ramachandran illustrated.On the right to health and necessity of ensuring non-discriminatory access to treatmentThe Court underscored that adequate and affordable treatment is necessary in Covid treatment policies. Non-discriminatory access to medical facilities was to be promoted, the Court emphasized additionally. Referring to Article 21 and how it encompassed the right to health, the Court pointed out that public health access during a pandemic and in ordinary circumstances was very different.On efforts already takenAfter lauding the state for its efforts so far, Justice Ramachandran remarked, “We are happy that the efforts of the Court are being recognised…Even the private hospital are not fighting it (fixing of charges).”The Court added, however, that when the public is putting all their life savings (for treatment), the private hospitals can also sacrifice. “This situation will continue only for a few months more, Justice Ramachandran expressed, on a note of optimism.The Court directed all counsel who had suggestions on Covid measures to hand them over to the State Attorney for the State’s consideration.”It should be to the point”, the State Attorney cautioned.On this note, the Court directed that the matter be posted to Monday, May 10, for additional deliberations. The petition before the Court was filed by one Advocate Sabu Thomas through Advocates CN Sreekumar, Manju Paul and Sureshkumar C. His plea contended that private medical centers and testing centers charged high prices to “exploit the pandemic situation and fear of people in the society.” Advocate Thomas’ pleadings assert that the state government is bound to take appropriate action or remedial measures to control regularize the high charges imposed by Private Hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The plea termed the effective denial of access to Covid facilities as a failure by the government to assure to citizens the right to good health under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, and said, “The State Government should assure that every citizen should be provided with facility to get adequate treatment through Government Health Services or else assure the treatment through other private facilities in the present rapid spread of Covid-19 and unavailability of beds, ICU’s and Oxygen supported beds etc. in the Government Hospitals.”TagsCOVID -19 #Justice Devan Ramachandran Justice Devan Ramachandran RTPCR Kerala High Court News Kerala High Court Justice Kauser Edappagath Next Story
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