New Ryanair routes for Shannon

first_imgPrint Ryanair adds new routes RYANAIR has announced two new routes out of Shannon airport, bringing to 11 the number of routes it will operate from there this winter.The airline announced that it is to add a daily Manchester service, replacing a three times weekly Liverpool service, and a weekly flight to Kaunas in Lithuania, as well as extra flights on Stansted, to its winter schedule, starting at the end of October.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Peter Bellew, the budget airline’s marketing director and airport CEO Neil Paykey, made the announcement at a press conference in King John’s castle.Mr Bellew said the Manchester flights will have a “much larger catchment area,” and will deliver more inward-bound passengers to Shannon.Asked if the airline had been given a sweetheart deal to get it back into Shannon and whether the deal is sustainable, the airport CEO said that they were “well aware in our dealings with Ryanair that we were not the cheapest airport”.Mr Bellew agreed but said that dealing with airports is “not only about money. We’ve seen what the team at Shannon can do – we give them new routes and they get up off their backsides and go out and market those routes themselves”. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSairportfeaturedroutesRyanairShannon Email Advertisement Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannon Chamber Expresses Disappointment at Ryanair’s Decision to Close Shannon Base for Winter center_img Previous articleOlympic hopefuls to take on Thomond Swim challengeNext articleCalling all Limerick gameshow aficionados! Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. “Shannon Airport is a vital component of our tourism infrastructure” WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsBusinessNew Ryanair routes for ShannonBy Bernie English – July 24, 2014 731 Facebook Twitter Oireachtas Committee to hold series of meetings in response to aviation crisis Statement in response to Ryanair’s decision to close Cork and Shannon bases for winter seasonlast_img read more

Government announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Print Twitter Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIN A Government press conference today, Tuesday, March 24, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further measures would be taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).The measures introduced will take place from midnight tonight will see the closure of “non-essential” retail services which include but not be limited to bookmakers, casinos, and theatres. Cafés and food services can remain open, but operate on a ‘take away’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The list of services which fall under the non-essential services will be made available by Government.There will be an increased presence of Gardaí in public parks to observe and enforce physical-distancing guidelines by the HSE. Gathering in groups of larger than 4 will be prohibited unless from the same household.Social WelfareThe pandemic unemployment payment will be increased from €203 to €350, as will the COVID related illness benefit. Self-employed people impacted will also be included in the unemployment payment scheme.In a bid to support businesses and maintain employment within companies, it was announced that Government will subsidise 70 per cent of salaries up to a cap of €410 per week tax-free payment.SchoolsSchools, universities and childcare facilities are set to remain closed until April 19, having originally supposed to reopen on March 29.HealthIt was announced that all private hospitals will operate on a not-for-profit basis to increase bed-availability, and staffing in the public health service. Minister for Health, Simon Harris noted all COVID-19 treatment would be free of charge and all people will be given the same level of care. NewsHealthPoliticsGovernment announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – March 24, 2020 318 Linkedin TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and County center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Email Previous articleLimerick City and County Council supports new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish BumblebeesNext article19 Gardaí assigned to Limerick to offer support in wake of covid-19 virus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] last_img read more

Two Finger Test On Rape Victims Unconstitutional,Violates Personal Dignity Of Woman, Holds Lahore High Court, Quotes Indian Precedents

first_imgForeign/InternationalTwo Finger Test On Rape Victims Unconstitutional,Violates Personal Dignity Of Woman, Holds Lahore High Court, Quotes Indian Precedents LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Jan 2021 6:25 AMShare This – xThe Lahore High Court has held that two finger test and the hymen test carried out for the purposes of ascertaining the virginity of a female victim of rape or sexual abuse is unconstitutional.The court held that such tests are unscientific having no medical basis and also offends the personal dignity of the female victim.Justice Ayesha A. Malik held that such tests are discriminatory and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Lahore High Court has held that two finger test and the hymen test carried out for the purposes of ascertaining the virginity of a female victim of rape or sexual abuse is unconstitutional.The court held that such tests are unscientific having no medical basis and also offends the personal dignity of the female victim.Justice Ayesha A. Malik held that such tests are discriminatory and against the right to life and right to dignity enshrined in Article 9 and 14 of the Constitution of Pakistan.  The court also directed the Federation and Provincial Government to take necessary steps to ensure that virginity tests are not carried out in medico legal examination of the victims of rape and sexual abuse.The court declared thus while disposing writ petitions challenging the use and conduct of virginity tests specifically being the two finger test and hymen examination in cases of rape or sexual abuse.  In its judgment, the court refers to various research reports and observed that there is clarity and consensus that virginity tests by way of the two finger test and hymen test cannot indicate definitively that there was any sexual violence.A reference has also been made about the judgment of Supreme Court of India in Lillu @ Rajesh & ANR v State of Haryana wherein it has been held that:-the two finger test and its interpretation violates the right of rape survivors to privacy, physical and mental integrity and dignity. The Court also referred  to Allahabad and Gujarat High Court judgments. “These courts have all held that there is no scientific or medical basis to carry out virginity testing in the form of two finger test or to rely on the status of the hymen whether it is torn or intact as it has no relevance to the investigation into the incident of rape or sexual abuse.”, the judge said.Following are some of the observations made in the judgment:Virginity testing is highly invasive, having no scientific or medical requirement, yet carried out in the name of medical protocols in sexual violence cases. It is a humiliating practice, which is used to cast suspicion on the victim, as opposed to focusing on the accused and the incident of sexual violence. This in effect amounts to gender based discrimination as it is neither a medical condition which requires treatment nor does it provide any clinical benefit to the victim. Its sole purpose is to determine whether the victim is habituated to sexual intercourse so as corroborate her statement on the charge of rape and sexual abuse. When seen in the context of an investigation into the incident of sexual violence, whether the victim was previously accustomed to sexual intercourse is hardly the determinative question. The issue is whether the accused committed rape on the victim in the time and circumstances complained of. If the victim, is found to not be a virgin, it cannot and does not suggest that she was not raped or sexually abused. What it does is place the victim on trial in place of the accused and shifts the focus on her virginity status. In this regard, the victim’s sexual behaviour is totally irrelevant as even the most promiscuous victim does not deserve to be raped, nor should the incident of sexual violence be decided on the basis of a virginity test. When seen in the context of fundamental rights Article 9 of the Constitution provides for the right to life and liberty as per  law and Article 14 of the Constitution provides for the fundamental rights of dignity of man. These rights ensure that life is to be lived with a dignified existence protecting one from degradation and ensuring accessibility to a decent physical, social and cultural environment. It also protects a person from structured stigmatizing as stereotype discrimination adversely impacts the dignity of a person. Furthermore, it ensures that right to receive healthcare of a high standard and to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.The virginity test by its very nature is invasive and an infringement on the privacy of a woman to her body. It is a blatant violation of the dignity of a woman. The conclusion drawn from these tests about a woman’s sexual history and character is a direct attack on her dignity and leads to adverse effects on the social and cultural standing of a victim. It is also discriminatory as the test is carried out primarily to ascertain whether or not she is sexually active, for which there appears to be no justification as being sexual active is irrelevant to the incident of rape or sexual abuse. If at all, there is any testing of the status of the hymen, it can only be for medical purposes with respect to injury or treatment. However, there is no justification for such information to be used for the purposes of determining whether or not the incident of rape or sexual abuse took place.Change can only be brought  about when the people responsible for the change understand and acknowledge the reasons for changing old practices which no longer find any justification. Merely documenting change and not implementing change does not mean that the Federation or the Provincial Government have acted in accordance with the Constitution, the law and international obligations. Hence a concerted effort must be made so as to ensure that virginity tests are stopped in totality.The court also noted that the 2020 Guidelines do not categorically prohibit virginity testing, rather they attempt to camouflage the issue so as to continue this practice. To the extent that the 2020 Guidelines, SOPs and the 2015 Instructions mandate the two finger test or the hymen test for the purposes of ascertaining the virginity of the victim are declared to be illegal, the bench added.Indian Courts on Two Finger TestRecently, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had directed all the health professionals of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, and Union Territory of Ladakh “to strictly desist from undertaking ‘two finger test’ known as ‘per-vaginum examination’ on the rape survivors”.In January, last year, the Gujarat High Court held that the “archaic and outdated” practice of two-finger test, conducted to determine the virginity/consent of a rape victim, is unconstitutional. In 2013, the Supreme Court had observed in the case Lilu @ Rajesh v State of Haryana and another that the ‘two finger test’ will violate the woman’s right to privacy and dignity. In December 2019, the Supreme Court again disapproved the use of this test in sexual offence cases, and called for a report from state governments on a query as to whether it has been done away with.Case: Sadaf Aziz vs. Federation of Pakistan [WP No.13537 of 2020]Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more