‘Ship’s Captain Leaves Last’: Bombay HC CJ Cites ‘Titanic’ While Hearing PIL On Vaccination For Legal Fraternity

first_imgNews Updates’Ship’s Captain Leaves Last’: Bombay HC CJ Cites ‘Titanic’ While Hearing PIL On Vaccination For Legal Fraternity Sharmeen Hakim10 March 2021 3:45 AMShare This – x”When the ship runs into rough weather, the Captain leaves last”The Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta invoked the iconic American epic – Titanic – to express his views on a PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity, including Judges, as frontline workers and to vaccinate them for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis. “Have you seen the English movie Titanic? Do you…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?LoginThe Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta invoked the iconic American epic – Titanic – to express his views on a PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity, including Judges, as frontline workers and to vaccinate them for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis. “Have you seen the English movie Titanic? Do you recollect the captain of the ship? Captain Smith. When the ship runs into rough weather, what does the captain have to do?” Justice Dipankar Datta rhetorically asked. “He should be the last one to leave. I am the captain of the ship here. First comes society, then my judiciary and last me,” the CJ added. Advocate Yashodeep Deshmukh was quick to respond that politicians were also Captains of their ships but they were getting vaccinated. He requested the court to issue a notice or at least direct the State to consider the representation made to declare members of the legal fraternity as frontline workers. He clarified that he had no grievance against those who are getting it. “Not every doctor was facing the risk of the virus. Some kept their clinics closed for months. But the State included them because it is a necessity.” He added that there were lawyers from legal aid services, who worked tirelessly for the release of undertrials and to decongest prisons. “The magistrates, public prosecutors who interact with police officers and undertrials, aren’t they entitled to vaccination?” Deshmukh asked. “There is a risk, no doubt. We have to be cautious and careful. But you are asking for a writ of mandamus for the judiciary from the judiciary,” Justice Dutta said. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh then informed the court that Bharat Biotech has already filed an application seeking transfer of all these matters to the Supreme Court. The Court said they were not inclined to intervene unless there was something amiss in the policy, but the petitioner had mentioned “access to justice.” However, the division bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and GS Kulkarni sought to know what was the eligibility criteria for getting a Covid vaccine as it is very easy to get a doctor’s prescription these days. “So that the noble object is not exploited by scheming people.” The ASG said he would come back with instructions. The matter was then adjourned to March 17. The hearing began with the court asking the petitioner why such a PIL was not filed for the staff of private organizations and dabbawallas. “That way everyone is a frontline worker,” CJ Datta said. He said that the executive has done a fantastic job and some things should be left to its wisdom. Background The PIL seeking to declare members of the legal fraternity as frontline workers and to provide them with a vaccine for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on a priority basis was filed by two advocates from Raigad district in Maharashtra, Vaishnavi Gholave and Yogesh Morbale. It states that not just judicial officers, but advocates and their staff must be included in the list of frontline workers. “Judiciary is declared as one of the essential pillars of democracy. The members who are part of this pillar include the Judges, court staff, advocates and their clerks. Hence they are equally important along with the other staff,” the petition reads.Next Storylast_img read more

A boost for city students

first_img Hear more about the mission and impact of the Crimson Summer Academy from CSA Director Maxine Rodburg, a CSA mentor, and a student participant. When Jefferson Correia arrived at Syracuse University as a freshman, he sat in a large lecture hall with the school’s dean, along with hundreds of others in the incoming class. When they were asked what they hoped to pursue, several of his peers said finance “because their father was in investment banking,” or because they hoped one day to take over the family business, Correia recalled.“I am sitting there thinking, ‘My dad is a cook … what am I doing here?’ But then, at the same time, because I’d gone through the Crimson Summer Academy [CSA] … I knew I could succeed, because I already did it at CSA. So if I did it once, I could do it again.”Correia, who graduated from Syracuse in 2011, took part in an Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Tuesday along with five other alumni from CSA, an intense academic and college preparatory program founded by Harvard in 2003 to support high-achieving high school students from Boston and Cambridge.The initiative, whose curriculum is based on the theme of students as citizens, brings 30 of them to campus over three consecutive summers for classes, field trips, cultural activities, and discussions with Harvard professors. The program, which is funded by the President’s Office at Harvard University, includes a yearlong mentoring component with Harvard College students and CSA alumni. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a $3,000 scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice.“The culture that has been created at the academy, it’s palpable,” said CSA Director Maxine Rodburg. “This incredibly positive community that supports each other, that lifts each other up, that reaches out — it’s really quite remarkable.”Each graduate had a story about that supportive community. One participant said his CSA experience helped him express himself more freely. Another turned to a CSA friend and mentor for support during a rough freshman year. Others said they were inspired by their challenging summer classes and returned to high school energized and a step ahead in math and writing. And all made long-lasting friendships, and went on to top colleges and universities.Bates College President Clayton Spencer, Harvard’s former vice president for policy who helped to design the College’s current financial aid program during her Harvard tenure, was a driving force behind CSA. During the discussion, Spencer explained how the initiative began as a national pipeline program envisioned by onetime Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers, but quickly morphed into a multiyear initiative with a residential component at the urging of Rodburg, who was director of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Writing Center.“[Maxine said] ‘If you want to do something that really changes lives, this needs to be a local program. It needs to draw from Boston and Cambridge’s most challenging public schools, and [the students] need to come every summer after ninth grade.’“I knew we had a really powerful program from the beginning.”The numbers attest to its success. Ninety percent of CSA graduates have completed college or are on track to do so in four or five years. Another powerful proof of the initiative’s long-term impact comes from those who attended the academy, a closely connected group known as “Crimson scholars.”Gabrielle Farrell said her drive to excel in college and try new things has much do with the confidence she gained at CSA. At one point, Farrell waved to Harvard President Drew Faust, a fellow Bryn Mawr alumna who was seated in the front row of the lecture hall.“Without the CSA, I would never have grasped onto the concept that writing is transformative, and it’s constantly changing. … I remember constantly running back to Maxine for guidance with that, and it all has to do with confidence, and CSA instills that confidence in us.”Andria Bhagwandeen, now a junior at Bates, had a transformative moment during her early days with the CSA program. She remembered her high school English teacher calling her “one of the best writers” she had seen. But when Bhagwandeen arrived at CSA, she failed her first essay assignment three times.“It was at that moment I realized how important CSA became to me in … shaping my academics. Quite honestly, I don’t know where I would have ended up if I didn’t come to CSA. It really paved a whole new way for me to go, and that’s what I’m really thankful for.”For Wesleyan University student Kwame Adams, traveling to see colleges with other CSA participants and meeting with students on various campuses helped him feel more comfortable with the college application process, and with applying to top-tier schools.“Being able to go to those places, eat in a dining hall and talk to a panel of students, and hear from professors … eased our fears and let us know, ‘You can do this. You can be here.’”The Crimson Academy is one of Harvard’s efforts to support students from modest economic backgrounds. In addition to a comprehensive financial aid package to support undergraduates, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) recently announced the rollout of a new initiative, the Harvard College Connection, which is designed to bolster existing efforts to encourage low-income students to apply to Harvard and other selective colleges and universities.The new program will use social media, video, and other Web-based communications to connect with high school students.  Harvard admissions officers already travel to more than 140 cities and towns each year — many in low-income areas — to meet with potential students, parents, and guidance counselors.There is a continuing need to reach those students, experts agree. Recent research conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Christopher Avery and his Stanford collaborator Caroline M. Hoxby showed that high-achieving high school students from limited backgrounds aren’t generally applying to elite institutions, in part because they have little exposure to peers attending such schools, or they are unaware of the broad financial aid packages available.Avery, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and Management, is working with Harvard on the College Connection initiative, and is also involved with gathering feedback from CSA alumni about the summer program.The Crimson Summer Academylast_img read more

Watch Idina Menzel Receive Billboard Women in Music Honor

first_img View Comments On December 12, Broadway star and Frozen queen Idina Menzel received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Check out her heartfelt acceptance speech below. “I have yearned for so long to be accepted by the people in this room,” she says, “never realizing that until I could finally surrender and just sing music that I love…this moment right here and right now would never happen.” It’s been a huge year for the If/Then star, but, according to Menzel, “It’s simply a personal breakthrough for me. It’s the irony of being given a song all about accepting who you are and unleashing your power.” If you’re not teary-eyed yet, take a look at the surprise tribute performance from the BroaderWay Choir, an organization she co-founded that organizes fine arts programming for girls in urban communities. You’ll probably recognize the two tunes. Take it away, ladies! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Catholics of Loubiere offer prayers for the nation.

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Catholics of Loubiere offer prayers for the nation. by: – June 3, 2011 Share 82 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Photo credit: danheller.comHundreds of pilgrims from Loubiere and its environs converge on the Holy Spirit Chapel this week for the 2011 Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit.The novena commenced on Thursday to Friday 10th June with the theme ‘The Holy Spirit will teach us all things’.Each night ,the faithful will reflect on various sub themes  using the apostle Paul’s first and second letters to Timothy as the reference scripture passage. Preachers for the Novena include :Fr Conan Shillingford, Fr Jude Nkem , Fr Peter Wamutitu,Fr Rodney Olive and Fr Vanty Auguiste .The novena begins at 6.30 nightly with Holy Spirit Chaplet, followed by the Novena prayer for the day and the litany to the Holy Spirit. This will be followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist  during which the teaching will be delivered. The Holy Spirit Novena provides the faithful with an opportunity for  intense  prayer and reflection on  the diverse need of the nation . It is strongly felt that through such  powerful intercessions, that God will bring true  healing to our nation and create  an environment of love ,peace and joy. The Holy Spirit Novena is in   preparation for the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost . On Sunday June 12th catholics worldwide celebrate this  great feast of Pentecost . Pentecost is the day when Christ filled the church with the power of his spirit and sent it out into the world to bring his peace ,joy,and forgiveness to all mankind . Christians celebrate this feast as the birthday of the church.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Bottas tops practice times for Abu Dhabi grand prix

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Press Trust Of India Valtteri Bottas topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s opening free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Finn, who is assured already of finishing second behind six-time champion Hamilton in this year’s title race, clocked a best time of one minute and 36.957 seconds to outpace Verstappen by half a second and Hamilton by six-tenths. Bottas, who announced the break-up of his marriage on Thursday, will start from the back of the grid on Sunday regardless of how he does in qualifying after being sanctioned for taking a new power-unit.READ | Matt Ryan Takes Shy Tuttle’s Brutal Stiff Arm To The Face After Interception: WatchBottas tops practice timesHe clocked his best lap on a set of medium tyres midway through a session stopped twice for red flags following a blown engine in Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault and a late crash by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The four-time champion Vettel had arrived late at the circuit on Friday morning following the birth of his third child, a son, on Wednesday. Red Bull new boy Alex Albon was fourth, Vettel fifth and Romain Grosjean sixth for Haas ahead of Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari, Kevin Magnussen in the second Haas, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg who is set to start his final Grand Prix with the team.READ | Elijah Moore’s Dog Pee Celebration Costs Ole Miss In Egg Bowl Against Mississippi StateBottas dominated the session from the start and was only replaced briefly early on by Hamilton before the stoppages on a hot day of blue skies at the Yas Marina circuit. Ricciardo’s engine failure dumped a lot of oil on the track, which led to a 10-minute clean-up before the action resumed and Vettel spun backward into the barriers. Williams’s George Russell took part in the session and wound up 20th despite doubts about his fitness due to illness. He went through a medical check before taking part.READ | Lewis Hamilton Blames F1 Career For Split With Nicole ScherzingerHamilton ran briefly in the session with number one on the nose of his car and, when asked earlier about Bottas’ private predicament, said that balancing the demands of racing with a full private life was dificult. He congratulated Vettel on the new addition to his family while sympathising with Bottas following the split with wife Emilia, an Olympic swimmer and a horse show jumping rider, after three years’ marriage. “It’s similar to most sportsmen and women, but it may actually be slightly different in that we are away for crazy amounts of time,” he said. “I for one also find that incredibly difficult, with your goal to be as competitive as you can be, but there are those who manage it — like Seb.” READ | Donald Cerrone Mocks Conor McGregor’s Proper 12 Brand Ahead Of Highly-awaited UFC Bout First Published: 29th November, 2019 18:06 IST Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 18:06 IST Bottas Tops Practice Times For Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s opening free practice 9 months ago Ferrari set for crisis talks with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc after crash WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVcenter_img 9 months ago Hamilton unsure he can catch Ferrari, Bottas more confident WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton, Bottas divided over Max Verstappen’s driving 9 months ago Lewis Hamilton to have contract renewal talks with Mercedes amidst Ferrari rumours FOLLOW US COMMENT 9 months ago Sebastian Vettel becomes father, set to delay arrival for Abu Dhabi GPlast_img read more