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The Aston Martin share price has jumped. Here’s why I’m not tempted

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Paul Summers Paul Summers | Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 | More on: AML 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. Image source: Aston Martin 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Shares in luxury car firm Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE: AML) were up 8% this morning following the release of results covering the first half of 2020.Does this mark the beginning of a more sustained recovery in the share price? I think it unlikely.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…Aston Martin’s “challenging six months”With the coronavirus battering the vast majority of businesses over the last few months, it’s to be expected that today’s numbers weren’t exactly impressive.Total retails sales tumbled 41% to 1,770 cars in the six months to the end of June as dealers were forced to shut up shop.As a sign of just how bad things are, the company sold just one car from its special range over the first half of 2020. Contrast this with the 36 vehicles sold over the half-year to June 2019. The fact that retail sales were ahead of wholesales, however, did mean that the company made “significant progress” on its goal of reducing dealer inventory and rebalancing supply to demand.All told, revenue fell 64% to £146m over what new Executive Chair Lawrence Stroll reflected had been “a very intense and challenging six months“. Aston Martin also posted a pre-tax loss of £227.4m. This is up significantly on the £80m loss reported over the same period last year. So, why are the shares doing so well today? The only reason I can find is that retail sales in China were up 11% year-on-year in June. Dealerships in China reopened last month. When your share price has already been pummelled, even the merest chink of light is sufficient to generate interest. Personally, I’m still to be convinced that the company is investable. Steering clearFor one, Aston Martin still carries a lot of debt despite attempting to make cost savings where it can. At the end of June, this stood at £751m. Although lower than it once was, this is still roughly 75% of the company’s entire value. That’s hardly a position of strength.I’m also somewhat sceptical that the new Aston Martin F1 team will benefit the company as much as management think it will. Sure – motor racing fans will fuss over the cars but is this “significant global marketing platform” even necessary? The brand and quality of the vehicles were never in doubt. It’s the business that’s always been the problem.Being so dependent on its new DBX model proving popular is also something to be wary of. It might be a wonderful bit of machinery but that won’t necessarily translate to great sales at a time when the global economy is in such a mess.Bumpy road aheadLooking ahead, the company said that the uncertainty over the coronavirus means trading “remains challenging in many markets“. Having new and highly experienced CEO Tobias Moers in charge from the beginning of August may reassure those already invested but I can’t see this situation changing anytime soon.Indeed, should the threat of a second coronavirus wave become a reality, the share price could crash even further. To recap, anyone who invested in the firm back in October 2018 would already be sitting on a loss of around 90%!All told, I suspect Aston Martin may remain the plaything of traders for some time to come.For anyone wanting a more comfortable ride, I think there are far better options out there. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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 Aston Martin share price has jumped. Here’s why I’m not tempted Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more


Win tickets to Wales v Ireland

first_imgFor your chance to win, tell us the score when Wales met Ireland in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations. Email you entry to [email protected] before 2pm on Thursday 10 March. You must include a daytime telephone number and your full address – both are conditions of entry as is a commitment not to sell the tickets on, even at face value.To register your rugby club for the RBS RugbyForce Weekend on 11 & 12 June, visit www.rbs.co.uk/rugbyforce Both Wales and Ireland – with only one defeat apiece – are still in the hunt for the RBS 6 Nations Championship this year and you can be at the Millennium Stadium this Saturday to see both sides in what promises to be a titanic clash between two sides who have both won Grand Slams in the last three years.But, as rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor is recognising this by helping local communities to make their rugby club a better place. RBS RugbyForce helps clubs to improve their facilities through on-line tools, practical advice and a few incentives.To further recognise how important communities and fans are to the success of the international game, RBS has teamed up with Rugby World to offer a pairof tickets to Wales v Ireland, 12th March LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more


Hans & Delphine / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

first_imgCopyHouses, Extension•Ghent, Belgium Save this picture!© Atelier Vens Vanbelle+ 20Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Hans & Delphine / Atelier Vens VanbelleSave this projectSaveHans & Delphine / Atelier Vens Vanbelle Photographs Year:  ArchDaily 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777493/hans-and-delphine-atelier-vens-vanbelle Clipboard Belgium Photographs:  Atelier Vens VanbelleSave this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. Hans and Delphine dreamed of a new kitchen, a new bathroom, and an airier and more open house. Hans wanted to read his newspaper in the sunlight, Delphine wanted a big garden. In order to comply with this wish, there was made a construction which feels like an extension of the garden.Save this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleInstead of building a kitchen, a space that evokes the feeling of an autumn stroll was designed: the light falls through a series of skylights subtly through the fin structure of the ceiling, the floor appears to be covered with leaves and tree trunks make the hike through this space adventurous.Save this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleTo increase the link with the garden both walls were kept white, so one focuses on the floor, the tree trunks, fins and garden.The kitchen island was suspended by two logs and was coated with stainless steel which reflects the colors of the space, and a brown concrete hexagon in the garden works as a terrace.Save this picture!DiagramSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleThe new bathroom is located at the rear side of the first floor. The bath and shower cabinet was made in white polyester, and through a glazed atrium there is contact with the ground floor. To achieve this a square cutout was made in the ancient ceiling of the underlying space. The sides of this opening was coated with mirrors through which the light is optimally reflected downwards.What once was a dark house with small rooms, now is an oasis of light and space. Hans may read his newspaper at ease in the sun, and Delphine thoroughly enjoys the autumn walk and her garden. Mission accomplished.Save this picture!© Atelier Vens VanbelleOriginally published on November 23, 2015.Project gallerySee allShow lessOcean Park Marriott Hotel / AedasSelected ProjectsLAND Salon / SIDES CORESelected Projects Share Architects: Atelier Vens Vanbelle Area Area of this architecture project Hans & Delphine / Atelier Vens Vanbelle ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777493/hans-and-delphine-atelier-vens-vanbelle Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” Projects Houses Area:  174 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAtelier Vens VanbelleOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionGhentIcebergBelgiumPublished on March 14, 2020Cite: “Hans & Delphine / Atelier Vens Vanbelle” 13 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Hans & Delphine 住宅 / Atelier Vens Vanbelle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


House C-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten

first_imgPhotographs:  Jeroen VerrechtSave this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. House C-VL – an original take on a bungalow renovation. In renovating this 1960s-era bungalow, certain areas in the house were kept undefined. This left a lot of room for the personal interpretation of the residents, so that the house came to life very spontaneously. Three squares. A living space that could be doubled at maximum, a deep, narrow lot and an uninspiring original construction: those were the raw ingredients for the renovation of this bungalow.Save this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtNevertheless, this house from the 1960s also concealed an interesting element. Stripped to the essentials, the floor plan revealed the basic shape of one and a half squares. Mirror this shape and you will get three squares, with a fireplace in the middle. Suddenly there was an exciting element to work with. Centrepiece in every room.Save this picture!AxoTo provide ceiling support for the square spaces, a structural element was introduced into each one: a white cross in the rear and front squares where the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms are respectively located; and in the central space of the living room, a concrete crosspiece that rests on the chimney. By placing the constructive crosses asymmetrically with a single column in each space, a different layout was created each time, with the cross as the centrepiece around which the space unfolds. Original patio. Instead of integrating the entrance, storage room and toilet into the concept of the three sleek squares, as often happens in a new building, these spaces were given a place in the original annex.Save this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtOut of love and respect for the typical Flemish building context with its extensions and additions. On the south side of the house, openness was created in the living room by means of a large glass wall. The proximity of the neighbours was not a deterrent. On the contrary, this fact stimulated us even more to arrive at a creative solution.Save this picture!The windows were positioned somewhat recessed and the resulting patio was delineated by a wall on the contours of the original outbuilding and with the same window openings as in the original. This design opens up the antechamber and at the same time creates a buffer for the adjacent living space. Moreover, this intervention not only created a fascinating interaction between the living room and the strip of garden at the side, but also between the dining room and the bedroom, resulting in a very spacious feeling.Save this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtSpontaneous living. In the interior, high ceilings were chosen that were deliberately left rough. The structural walls were painted with Kalei stucco. In the living room, the support beam rests on the chimney, but otherwise it simply cantilevers without resting on anything. It is a detail that contributes greatly to the spacious feeling of this room. The hearth itself is not just straightforward, but contains playful concrete elements that here and there have a frame or decoration and where the children spontaneously sit down with a book.Save this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtThis is just one example of how the residents have been given the freedom to design their living space themselves. Even the corners created by the positioning of the crosses in each room are not necessarily assigned a specific function, so that anything is possible.Save this picture!© Jeroen VerrechtProject gallerySee allShow lessLiving On the Edge: Why We’re Attracted to Places Where the Manmade Abuts the NaturalArticlesMeet the Winners for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Mosul’s Al Nouri ComplexArchitecture News Share House C-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten Photographs CopyHouses•De Haan, Belgium “COPY” “COPY” Belgium ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960047/house-c-vl-graux-and-baeyens-architecten Clipboard Save this picture!© Jeroen Verrecht+ 18Curated by María Francisca González Share Year: center_img Projects Houses 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960047/house-c-vl-graux-and-baeyens-architecten Clipboard ArchDaily Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten Year Completion year of this architecture project House C-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS ArchitectenSave this projectSaveHouse C-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten CopyAbout this officeGRAUX & BAEYENS ArchitectenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookDe HaanBelgiumPublished on April 16, 2021Cite: “House C-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten” 16 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! 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Body Shop partners with Teenage Cancer Trust for 2013

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ethical beauty retailer The Body Shop is partnering with Teenage Cancer Trust and aims to raise £250,000 for the charity.In addition to fundraising activities by staff, from April 2013 customers will be invited to make a 10p top-up donation at the end of their purchase.For the first time, The Body Shop is launching a charity single. Beauty With Heart, written and performed by British singer/songwriter Leddra Chapman, is now available to download for 99p from fairsharemusic.com. 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. Body Shop partners with Teenage Cancer Trust for 2013  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 January 2013 | News Advertisement Tagged with: charity of the year corporate In addition, the partnership will involve The Body Shop providing a range of activities for young people with cancer including make-up workshops in the charity’s specialist cancer units across the UK, and work experience opportunities in The Body Shop stores.www.thebodyshop.com/teenagecancertrustlast_img read more


Activists build Southern march

first_imgOutreach team hitting the streets, Aug. 25.WW photo: Bryan G. PfeiferCharlotte, N.C. — Delegations from across the country are traveling to Charlotte, N.C. — otherwise known as Wall Street South — to demand a world free of poverty, racism and war. The Coalition to March on Wall Street South’s army of organizers is working day and night to build protests during the Democratic National Convention Sept. 1-6.MOWSS organizers have helped to build a multi-city network of more than 20 organizing centers. They report that the Detroit Moratorium NOW! Coalition has chartered a bus, organizers from Occupy 4 Jobs and other groups are coming in vans from New York City, and activists from the South and elsewhere are joining the protests.For weeks, MOWSS organizers and supporters from many states have been on Charlotte’s streets distributing thousands of leaflets and posters and attending progressive events, including the Pride Charlotte festival on Aug. 25-26. They’ve helped defend women’s health clinics, attended pro-environmental events and gone to city workers’ worksites and rallies.Elena Everett, of Occupy Durham and a MOWSS Coalition lead organizer, told WW, “As an organizer from the South, the process of pulling together these mobilizations in this coalition has been and is inspiring. It’s truly a grass-roots, homegrown, Southern-led coalition, and it proves that the people’s movement is alive and well in the South.”MOWSS activist Phyllis Sones.WW photo: Bryan G. PfeiferEverett explained: “The South has been historically underrepresented and underresourced. It exists in a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. It’s important for all justice-minded people to understand the importance and significance of our region. We have a third of the entire population of the country living in the South. The working conditions here are the worst in the country.“If we really want change in our country, we need to focus on organizing the unorganized and putting forth the resources and solidarity necessary to help Southern organizers organize themselves in their own name. We need to make sure people’s voices are heard, so we need to mobilize and come together.”‘Fighting for liberation’Youth and students across North Carolina and beyond are a driving force in this mobilization.Cameron Aviles, 18, a student at Durham Technical Community College, is a people’s poet, member of Occupy Durham and a volunteer MOWSS organizer. Aviles told WW why this march is important: “The reason why we march is obvious. We’re marching because something is wrong with the world or else people wouldn’t be wasting their precious time, sweat and tears to make something this big happen. There will be thousands of us. Thousands of us who could be working. Thousands of us who could be doing homework or studying. Thousands of us who could be spending time with our families. But instead we are bringing our families out to witness and participate in something unprecedented. Fighting for liberation is our job.”Lifetime Charlotte resident Bryan Perlmutter is a MOWSS volunteer organizer and a member of the North Carolina State University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. As he participated in a city workers’ informational picket at Charlotte City Hall on Aug. 6, he talked to WW about the city and why it was chosen for the DNC: “It’s evident as you walk around Charlotte that it’s a city centered around Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Duke Energy. It’s clear if you look at political donations and the policies of the Democrats and who they’re really supporting — and that it is the big banks, corporations and big utility companies that are passing the burden along to the people. [The Democratic Party] picked this state and specifically this city to prop up the banks and corporations that they’re working for.”MOWSS volunteer Yen Alcala.WW photo: Bryan G. PfeiferAdded Perlmutter: “I see a lot of intersections between the struggles of students and the struggles of workers right now. … [I]t’s important that we support each other. We have a common theme in that we’re both being hurt by the banks and corporations, the 1% that are profiting off our education and profiting off the work of city workers and all workers. So it’s important that we stand together and really come together around our common interests. All our struggles are connected. With solidarity and with support we can join together and overcome the forces that are trying to keep us down.”Contact the Coalition to March on Wall Street South: phone 704-266-0362; Twitter @WallStSouth; email [email protected]; go to wallstsouth.org or southernworker.org. Visit the Charlotte Solidarity Center and MOWSS convergence space at 516 E. 15th St.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


International Workers’ Day: Find an action!

first_imgMay Day — International Workers’ Day — will be celebrated on May 1 across the U.S. despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Activists in many cities are protesting from their cars about a range of key working-class issues, including health, safety and economic well-being in the context of COVID-19. Others are holding “virtual” protests.Dozens of endorsers have signed on to a general strike call initiated by the Cooperation Jackson coalition: Peoples’ Strike on May Day.Solidarity with prisoners and migrants, among the most oppressed and exploited sectors of the working class, is an emphatic theme. Organizers are also paying tribute to im/migrant communities who revived May Day in 2006 with a general strike of millions, raising awareness coast-to-coast in the U.S. about this historic day of workers’ resistance.Revolutionaries are keeping May Day alive, a tradition that started in 1886 with the militant fight for the 8-hour day — then as now led by im/migrant workers.A number of actions are listed here: peoplespowerassemblies.org/.To watch the May Day Workers’ Assembly hosted by Workers World Party at 8 p.m. EDT, register here: tinyurl.com/y9nccq56FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


[Death Penalty] Sentencing Taken As A Formality; Trial Courts Need Training : Sr Adv Rebecca John

first_imgNews Updates[Death Penalty] Sentencing Taken As A Formality; Trial Courts Need Training : Sr Adv Rebecca John Radhika Roy17 May 2020 5:19 AMShare This – x”Sentencing in trial courts is done in a super-fast manner based on an incorrect understanding of SC judgments”Project 39A at National Law University, Delhi, held a webinar on the topic – 40 years of Death Penalty Sentencing; The Uncertain Legacy of Bachan Singh. Senior Advocate Rebecca John was in conversation with Anup Surendranath, Executive Director of Project 39A. Surendranath commenced the discussion by announcing that there was a two-fold agenda to the webinar. Firstly, there would…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?LoginProject 39A at National Law University, Delhi, held a webinar on the topic – 40 years of Death Penalty Sentencing; The Uncertain Legacy of Bachan Singh. Senior Advocate Rebecca John was in conversation with Anup Surendranath, Executive Director of Project 39A. Surendranath commenced the discussion by announcing that there was a two-fold agenda to the webinar. Firstly, there would be an examination o”Death Penalty Sentencing in Trial Courts: Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra (2000-2015)”. Secondly, there would a Q&A session with Rebecca John regarding the same. JOHN’S COMMENTS ON THE REPORT In a 2016 report by the organization, 372 death row prisoners and their families had been interviewed, and the trajectory of 1500 death sentences was observed between 2000-2015 awarded by the trial courts. It was found that only 4.9% of the death sentences awarded by the trial courts was eventually confirmed by the Appellate Courts. In another report wherein 60 former Supreme Court judges had been interviewed, the consensus was the justice system was broken; evidence was often fabricated and the accused suffered from extremely poor representation. All of this led to wrongful convictions, yet the judges favoured the awarding of the death penalty. John stated that present report is important as a trial court is where it all starts. “Sentencing in trial courts is done in a super-fast manner based on an incorrect understanding of the judgements of the Supreme Court and this becomes the basis of errors that take place in superior courts.” John noted the multiple aspects highlighted in the Report – same day sentencing, collective conscience, how certain factors were mitigating in some cases, but aggravating in others. In doing so, John mentioned an example of how young age was not a mitigating factor as the judges stated that age cannot justify the commission of such a beastly. Per contra, regarding old age, the judges stated that there is no scope for reformation at such an age. The Report also focuses on the lack of understanding of law, not just on behalf of the courts, but also on behalf of the law practitioners. John states that the best case law we have on the matter is Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab [AIR 1980 SC 898]. However, the even the Apex Court is guilty of deviating from it. “Three years after Bachan Singh, you had Machhi Singh (v. State of Punjab [1983]), which did a 360 degree turn. And it is Machhi Singh which is found to be the appealing judgement and not Bachan Singh, despite Bachan Singh being rendered by a Constitution Bench”. John also referred to the case of Rajbir v. State of Rajasthan (1997) which only focused on crime and not on any other factors. 13 years later, in 2009, there was the Santosh Bariyar v. State of Maharashtra case wherein at least 6 decisions of the Apex Court, including Rajbir, in which death penalty had been awarded were declared per incuriam. John further stated that there was a tendency to latch onto the concept of “rarest of the rare” as prescribed by Bachan Singh. However, she notes that the important part is to focus on whether the option of life has been completely foreclosed or not. “I was reminded of this judgment by J. Krishna Iyer rendered in 1977. He said that questions like bail or jail in the Pre-trial stage belongs to the blurred space of the criminal justice system and largely hinges on the hunch of the Bench, otherwise called judicial discretion. I feel this paragraph can be used even with respect to death sentences because there are no guidelines, no good practices which courts should have laid down which should be compulsory for the sentencing process, and that is really the framework of this Report.” John concluded her comments by stating that there was no institutional coherence, and due to this lack of institutional coherence, there was a mess which had been created where even the Supreme Court was contradicting itself. ASPECT OF CRIMINAL LAW JURISPRUDENCE On being asked by Surendranath regarding the state of criminal law jurisprudence in the country and whether there was lack of clarity and quality in a broader sense as well, John stated that confusion was consistent across the board as there was no standard sentencing policy. “The problem arises because in many penal sections, there are a wide range of punishments that a judge can pick from. What will a trial judge base his sentencing on? Look at Sections 124A or 195A of IPC. There’s imprisonment or with fine or both. I have a whole list where very broad frameworks are present. It’s the discretion of the Bench! There is really no reason why one may have gotten away with lesser sentence or may have gotten some strict sentence, and that is really a problem with the system”. IMPACT ON TRIAL COURT JUDGES Surendranath then asked John, “Obviously there is the aspect of lack of legislative guidance within the statute books as well. And what happens is that there is further judicial confusion that is introduced into the lack of legislative clarity. How does that impact trial court judges?” John responded that she goes into Court with the mindset that the judges do not know the law. However, the problem arises with the fact that majority of lawyers are also unaware of the law. “Sentencings are taken as a formality. No effort is made to convey to the judge points that may lower the sentence and you just hope for the best. There is a need to bring in more institutional coherence into this whole exercise. “There is one example we have in Delhi HC; Bharat Kumar’s case which was done by J. Muralidhar, where they asked for the Probationary Officer’s report and came to the conclusion that the man could be reformed. I believe we should do compulsory evidentiary hearings; I believe it is not sufficient to just argue these points”. John wondered why more had not been done after J. Muralidhar had successfully opened the door for calling for evidence at the Appellate level. She felt that obvious errors in trial court went either unnoticed or were not dealt by the Appellate courts due to procedural lacunae. “Since we stick to the stand that there shall be no introduction of evidence at the Appellate Court or Super Appellate Court, there is no scope for correction. This is the story of death penalty cases in this country.” IMPACT OF QUALITY OF REPRESENTATION IN TRIAL COURTS ON APPELLATE COURT HEARINGS Surendranath raised the issue surrounding the mistakes that are committed by lawyers during trial court proceedings due to lack of awareness of legal procedures or precedents. He enquired from John the impact which errors committed during trial proceedings had on representation in the Appellate Courts. John began her answer by stating that the proceedings at the trial court level were the toughest where the foundation or the structure of case must be laid wherein lawyers need to be equipped with various aspects of cross-examination and evidence (such as DNA evidence). “Most lawyers are not equipped with this. Lawyers in bigger cities are still learning a lot of this stuff. This whole DNA thing sounds very, very complex. We have just about gotten to cross-examining post-mortem doctors. All the technical stuff which is thrown in DNA repots goes unchallenged.” John further stated that even the nuts and bolts of litigation, such as questioning a witness, are done poorly. There is also no attempt made to distinguish multiple accused persons or isolate the role of one accused. Therefore, it is important to set up a stronger foundation as largely poor people end up becoming the victims of poor representation. DELHI GANG RAPE CASE (DECEMBER 2016) Surendranath asked John about her involvement in the court proceedings of Delhi gang rape case and public’s perception of the same. He asked about the difficult of lawyers in representing people in such unpopular cases, where outcome is based on facts and not evidence. John, Advocate Vrinda Grover and Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash were a part of the case. John began with how everything had become tied up with political events: “At the time when I was asked to appear in the case, we were asking for very basic things. A mercy petition was filed and the case of “Shatrughan Chouhan” said that some concession was to be given for delay. There was fair amount of backlash from the High Court. I’ve thought about this subsequently, but I feel sometimes courts don’t like such cases being represented so robustly at whichever stage. I could sense from the body language that they were not quite approving that I was appearing in the matter. But the relief that we sought was a part of the Supreme Court judgement. It was a given that you had to agree. When we went to the SC for the post-mercy challenge, what amazed me was also the fact that that law was unknown to the Supreme Court.” John also raised the infirmities in the grasp of law by the Apex Court: “First question asked was how could we interfere with decision of President under Article 72. But, both Shatrughan Chouhan and Kehar Singh say that President has the right to review the entire case material and come to a decision which is separate from the courts”. John further touched upon the fact the following: “It was sad because that rich jurisprudence got lost. My takeaway is that: 1. You are unpopular when you represent such cases. You’re unpopular in the Bar where a lot of people come ask you why you are doing this case. You are not very popular with the Bench. 2. The Bench is tragically unfamiliar with the jurisprudence. You have to tell them that there is scope of judicial review.” On her personal journey during the case, John said: “I think it was more difficult for Grover who was dealing with all the forums. It was emotionally very challenging. The reason we did it was because we were trying to establish that there were rights that even a death row convict has till the last breath of his life. All the protections under Article 21 are available to convict. It doesn’t matter if he is the worst criminal on earth. We were not challenging the merits of the case, but post-mercy there is a journey and we were trying to uphold that”. John further commended the trial court judge as he did an amazing job in scrupulously following the law and giving a fair chance to everyone, even with the “nonsense happening in front of him”. Another positive was the Sunday hearing wherein Supreme Court judges agreeing to the fact that an isolated hanging could not take place and that all remedies must be exhausted – “It was a very compassionate judgement. Ultimately it is a space where you have to be humane”. John also stated that there was a change in perspective regarding appreciation of the crimes: “We’ve all changed in the way we look at these cases. In Kehar Singh (Indira Gandhi assassination case) we had the two pillars of the Bar, Ram Jethmalani and Shanti Bhushan appearing in it and I don’t think there was this much opposition. Now we are looking for add-on offences, looking for increased sentences, more crimes punishable with death…” ADDITIONAL COMMENTS On the aspect of Supreme Court’s power of reviewing lower court orders, John evoked an incident regarding the Ankush Maruti Shinde case, where the Supreme Court recognised all the errors that had been made and went about reassessing the errors, and came to conclusion that the men were innocent and then awarded them compensation for their 15-16 years of wrongful incarceration. On the need for consistency and coherence in trial court orders, John said: “Trial courts need direction and they need training. Someone needs to put practice directions in place. Obviously a superior court cannot tell the trial courts how to decide a case. But, how to view mitigating circumstances, how to view aggravating circumstances, get out of the ‘rarest of the rare’, look at reformation and then come to the conclusion that the question of life has been unquestionably foreclosed. I think the time has come for these directions”. John also commented on the routineness of sentencing which emerges when death sentencing is commuted to life without remission. “I find this very problematic and recently judicial officers have been resorting to it. It’s not a this or that situation. Both need to be challenged. Life without remission is not a substitution to death penalty, how much ever we value life”. On future of death penalty litigation, John stated that the reformation needs to start at the point of original jurisdiction, where the mistakes are made: “Trial is very complicated business. People tend to look at trial court lawyers as if they haven’t made it in life. But, they’re an important part of the hierarchy. That is where the foundation is made. If the structure is in place, you can fight well in Appellate”. In an answer to a question regarding cognizance by higher courts of poor representation, John stated: “Sending the case back would mean the starting of the process all over again. But, there are has been an instance where the Delhi High Court allowed for recording of additional evidence. The Courts should be troubled when there is poor representation. They should either warn the lawyer or ask the litigant if they want a better lawyer. We need to have a discussion on what constitutes poor representation”. The webinar ended with John condemning the Centre’s challenge to the guidelines put forward in the case of Shatrughan Chouhan by claiming that the same should be made victim-centric. “There needs to be a proportionality of response; Criminal Procedure is essentially giving procedural rights to an accused and those must be upheld; Article 21 rights have to be upheld; the law laid down by the Supreme Court has to be upheld; you’re taking a human being’s life.” Next Storylast_img read more


Enda Bonner not chosen to stand in local elections

first_img Previous articlePeople encouraged to get involved with The Big Hello!Next articleBritish Government attempts to alter Backstop futile – Sinn Fein News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Enda Bonner not chosen to stand in local elections Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Glenties Electoral Area Fianna Fáil councillor Enda Bonner has been overlooked as a local election candidate in favour of local activist Noreen McGarvey.A vote at last night’s Fianna Fail election convention in Burtonport Community Center showed 33 votes for Ms. Garvey, over Mr Bonner’s 26.Speaking after the announcement, Mr Bonner said he would be making contact with Fianna Fáil party headquarters on Monday. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ By News Highland – March 9, 2019 Facebook WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more


Two inmates charged with murder on the loose after escaping South Carolina jail

first_imgABC News (ORANGEBURG, S.C.) — One escaped inmate was caught Sunday, but two inmates — both charged with murder — are still on the loose after breaking out of a South Carolina prison late Saturday.The three inmates escaped from Orangeburg County Detention Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina, just before 10 p.m. Saturday after overpowering a correctional officer, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said it was still investigating whether the trio had help.Christopher Boltin, who had been jailed on charges of carjacking and possession of stolen vehicle, was caught Sunday evening, according to officials.Boltin, 27, was arrested in Lexington County, South Carolina, about an hour north of the prison after being alerted by Orangeburg County Sheriff’s that he “had contacts in that jurisdiction.“Christopher Boltin was taken into custody in Lexington County by sheriff’s deputies in that jurisdiction,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “He will be returned to Orangeburg and put back in jail to await his court hearing. We will now focus on the remaining two at large.”The two men at large, Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, and Curtis Ray Green, 20, were both charged with murder in separate incidents, according to the sheriff’s office.“We know that these individuals are dangerous, we hope they’re not armed at this time, but we just advise people to be vigilant,” said Ravenell.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more