News Updates”Acute Shortage Of Oxygen Attributable To Total Inaction Of State”: Amicus Moves Madhya Pradesh High Court Sparsh Upadhyay26 April 2021 12:10 AMShare This – xSeeking compliance and praying for further urgent directions/orders necessary in the evolving situation related to COVID Management in the State of Madhya Pradesh, the Amicus Curiae Senior Advocate Naman Nagrath has moved an application before the Madhya Pradesh High Court. This High Court had, vide its order dated 19th April 2021 passed specific directions to the State Government in view of ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The Court had fixed the matter for 10th of May for reporting compliance and further orders, however, the Amicus Curiae in the matter has stated in his application that the developments in the intervening period are so serious that he had to move the court with his IA. Issues highlighted in the application State Government shall ensure continuous and a regular supply of Oxygen and Remdesivir State Government shall if it has not already notified the rates, fix the rates for being charged by the private Hospitals/Nursing Homes and private Pathological Labs/ Diagnostic Centres. State Government shall ensure displaying of data with regard to the availability of normal beds, ICU beds, and Ventilators on its Sarthak portal in all the Government Hospitals and Private Hospitals/ Nursing Homes on a real-time basis. State Government should require all the private Hospitals/Nursing Homes, Chemists/Medical Shops to display the rates of Remdesivir per vial, separately for generic and branded injections. The State should consider increasing per day testing number of Covid infected persons for their early detection so as to prevent further spread of Coronavirus Averments in the application It has been averred that though the figures of availability of Oxygen as provided by the State may portray a picture that there is sufficient availability of oxygen, but the actual availability and he ground reality shows a totally different picture. Apparently, the Application states that the State of MP has no Liquid Oxygen production plant and that it was dependent on other States and sources for supply of oxygen “The acute shortage of oxygen is attributable to total inaction and indifference of State, which has failed to perceive this aspect of any importance and necessity. It is saddening that entire period of several months after slowing down of first wave have been lost and no efforts even worth mentioning have been taken by the State in this regard,” the application submits. Significantly, the application claims that, “It is only apathy and indifference on part of the State Government that it has been unable to utilise even the grant made available to it by Central Government for setting up 8 Oxygen plants, as a result of which thousands of critical patients are suffering and struggling for life, and eventually many of them are dying because of lack of Oxygen supply. Therefore, the application seeks direction to the State Government to set up a Liquid Oxygen manufacturing plant at war footing without any further delay. Next, the application has submitted that the availability of Remdesivir was a cause of concern across the State and that the patients requiring hospitalization were being made to shuttle from one hospital to the other in view of persisting ambiguity regarding availability of beds. In this backdrop, the application submits that the State Government is under a bounden obligation to provide for the needs of its citizens and the people of the State cannot be left to fend for themselves. Stressing that COVID-19 has started affecting rural the population also, the application states that it had become absolutely necessary that the State Government gives immediate attention to this issue so that the rural population does not suffer adverse consequences which may be worse than those being witnessed by the urban population of the State. Significantly, the application has submitted that, “State seems to have been totally oblivious and has been caught unaware and unprepared of the impending second wave which is devastating. The state has simply failed to live up to the proverb, ‘dig the well before you are thirsty and lost valuable days and weeks in months of February and March 2021, as a result, it is even lesser prepared than the first spell of Covid-19 last year.” Prayers of the plea List the matter at short intervals in view of exceptional ongoing circumstances, in order to monitor the compliance of directions issued to the respondents. State submits a report of action taken to date in respect of directions issued pursuant to order dated 19.04.2021, especially with regard to the supply of oxygen, Remedesevir drug and alleged overcharging by some private hospitals, so that the situation could be better monitored by this Hon’ble Court at short intervals, Direct the State Government as well as Central Govt. to submit status report of installation & functioning of 8 PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) Oxygen plants Direct the State to submit its action plan to set up and install a “Liquid Oxygen Manufacturing Plant” in the State of MP. Direct the State to install PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) Oxygen plant in each and every Govt District Hospital of the State, which costs about Rs. 1 Crore each, so that they are self-sufficient for the requirement of oxygen. To submit an action plan for the coming 2-3 weeks when the present second wave of Covid-19 is expected to hit its peak, in view of such reports by experts. To submit its action plan for rural areas with respect to Covid19, which is now affecting rural population also, and which admittedly has minimal medical facilities and infrastructure. To direct the State government to submit its preparedness and forward planning in respect of possible third wave of Covid-19, which mat hit the country and also the State of MP in coming months as indicated by scientific and research studies. TagsOxygen Shortage #Oxygen Madhya Pradesh High Court Amicus Curiae COVID -19 COVID Management Madhya Pradesh HC Shortage Of Oxygen Remdesivir Next Story
The August edition of PYMNTS Credit Union Tracker is now available. A monthly publication powered by CO-OP, the Tracker brings credit unions news and insights on the most significant partnerships, innovations and regulatory developments reshaping the industry.According to this month’s Tracker, there are more than 111 million credit union members today, capital at credit unions topped $145.5 billion in June of this year, and the industry will continue to grow at 2.4 percent in 2018.Yet as healthy as our movement is, the future success of credit unions will be built around a different paradigm than in the past, one in which digital touchpoints increasingly define the member experience.Stepping Out of Our Comfort ZoneThe Tracker’s August edition explores this challenge in a one-on-one interview with Brian Ziff-Levine, senior director of cards and payments for Mountain View Calif.-based First Tech Federal Credit Union. Serving 400,000 members throughout Silicon Valley, First Tech understands well what it takes to keep pace with advances in fintech. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday when hosts Egypt take on Zimbabwe in Cairo.Here is everything you need to know before the tournament gets underway.Where is it being held?Egypt will stage the competition from June 21st until July 19th. Six venues across four cities will be used, with three stadia in Cairo and one each in Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. The 74,100-capacity Cairo International Stadium will host the final and the opening match. Defending champions Cameroon were initially selected as hosts but were stripped of the responsibility in November by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because “a number of compliance conditions” had not been met. The start of the tournament was also pushed back six days to allow players to rest after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.What is the format?Since the last competition in 2017, the biennial tournament has been expanded from 16 teams to 24. It will follow a similar format to Euro 2016. Countries have been drawn into six groups of four and will face each group opponent once. The top two teams are guaranteed places in the knockout stages, while the four best third-place teams will also progress. The tournament will be played in Europe’s summer for the first time. It has previously been held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who lose players during the season.Which Premier League stars are involved?Fresh from lifting the Champions League trophy, Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), and Naby Keita (Guinea) will be among the Premier League talent on display. Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier have been included in Ivory Coast’s squad, while Manchester City title-winner Riyad Mahrez is Algeria’s star man. Other top-flight players involved include Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi (Nigeria), Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama (Kenya), and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye (Senegal).Who else is worth watching?Senegal’s towering centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has been repeatedly linked with a big-money move from Napoli to the Premier League. Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe, who hit 22 Ligue 1 goals for Lille last season, is another reported to be attracting attention. Elsewhere, Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana and Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech played key roles in Ajax’s recent run to the Champions League semi-finals, while Mali striker Moussa Marega struck six times in that competition for Porto. Who won’t be there?Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Premier League’s joint leading scorer, will be a notable absentee as Gabon, who hosted the previous tournament, did not qualify. Former Gunners forward Emmanuel Adebayor also misses out following Togo’s failure to reach the finals. Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was left out of Ivory Coast’s squad due to a knee injury.Who are the favourites?Seven-time winners Egypt, the competition’s most successful team, are being heavily backed to reclaim the trophy they last lifted in 2010. They have the advantage of home soil plus the talent of African player of the year Salah and will be keen to make amends for last summer’s poor World Cup display. Senegal, who have never won the tournament, are similarly being tipped for success, while much is expected of Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Algeria, holders Cameroon, and Tunisia are also in with a shout.Who are the newcomers?The expanded format has seen three nations qualify for the first time. Madagascar and Burundi have been drawn alongside each other in Group B, while Mauritania are in Group E. Burundi, the lowest ranked team in the competition at 134th in the world, are the only country of the three with an English-based player in their squad having selected Stoke striker Saido Berahino. Tanzania, who last qualified in 1980, will make just their second tournament appearance, along with Guinea-Bissau, who debuted in 2017.
13 March 2009South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) is back on the ropes – this time over its perceived failure to promote the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which takes place in less than 100 days’ time.Visiting Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke lashed out at the LOC last week for the lack of signage for the key 2010 curtain-raiser. Fair comment, perhaps, but once again it’s not the whole story. LOC marketing boss Derek Carstens argues that this all just a matter of timing, with campaigns planned to become more visible towards the end of the month, when the impact will be strongest.Either way, this is an opportune time to gauge the effectiveness of the marketing for both tournaments. The good news is that every southern African country (floundering Zimbabwe included) has 2010 task teams and plans in place to capitalise on the showpiece of international football.Shortly after South Africa was awarded the rights to host the tournament, Fifa got the ball rolling with various initiatives, including the “Win With Africa, In Africa” campaign that now reaches most corners of the continent. So far, 42 of the planned 53 state-of-the art synthetic pitches have already been built.Other initiatives of the legacy projects for Africa include “Silencing the Guns”, which is aimed at facilitating the replacement of guns with radios, and “My Game is Fair Play”, an initiative to mobilise politicians to sign an undertaking based on fair play principles.Next week, Bafana legends Phil Masinga and Mark Fish will join a “2010 Peace Africa caravan” to mobilie support in several African countries for both tournaments.In Berlin, South Africa’s World Cup preparations have been under the spotlight at this week’s Internationale Tourismus Borse, the global industry’s leading trade show, where South African Tourism has been hosting the “SA – Wired for 2010” stand.Back home, the “My 2010 School Adventure” roadshow, which aims to promote both education and participation in football, visits Mafikeng this week.And, of course, there are thousands of other development initiatives that are quietly taking root that don’t receive any media coverage.The critical issue is that the 2010 revolution will envelop the entire country and the rest of the continent, and ensure that Africa is viewed in an entirely different light when the world’s biggest party leaves these shores in 16 months.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010
Tags:#Finance#international#policy#smartphone Only The Income Gap RemainsMobile computing is a fast-moving revolution that is spreading online access to all who welcome it. In fact, the majority of adult Americans and more than a third of teens now own a smartphone. That said, household income remains a differentiator – there is still a clear gap in smartphone ownership between rich and poor.Expect this too to disappear very soon as prices continue to fall.Android smartphones and the latest Nokia Asha devices, for example, are available for less than $100 (no contract needed) all around the world. In the U.S., many smartphones now come free with a carrier voice and data plan. Prices for devices and services will almost certainly continue to drop.In an interview with Bloomberg last month, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen noted that “$50 Android smartphones” would be available this year. Carriers that demand fees that millions cannot afford are likely to be routed around – by Google fiber as likely as legislation. Fewer and fewer people, particularly in the United States and other rich countries, will be denied always-on, any-place connectivity to the global Web.The Smartphone Is The ComputerNaysayers like to retort that smartphones don’t fully erase the Digital Divide because, even more than tablets,they are primarily “consumption” devices. While “real” computers, the argument goes, can be used to create things and do real work, smartphones are all about downloading content and chatting on Facebook. Work is changing, however, in many cases to take advantage of the spread of smartphones. Such changes may, in fact, disproportionately favor minorities. A separate Pew study last year revealed that Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to use their mobile devices for a wider range of activities than do Whites. (See also Teenagers & Smartphones: How They’re Already Changing The World.)Further, some have called the notion that smartphones are not designed for “real work” an elitist view: To discount identity performance, socialization and other activities on social media as not productive, not educational, not meaningful, pure entertainment and a waste of time offensively reduces less privileged folks as “an other,” less worthy and less human.Productivity Divide?If smartphones connect an increasing number of Americans to knowledge resources, job opportunities and cultural amenities, are they delivering a clear and calculable economic benefit equivalent to that provided by PCs? It seems that economic analysis has simply not yet caught up with the impact smartphones are having on work and the economy. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that already today’s smartphones possess the computing power of a “desktop” in 2005 and that “at heart [smartphones] are like all computers before them. They are efficiency engines, a means of saving time, bridging distance, reducing cost.”Nonetheless, the Journal acknowledges that proving smartphones’ aggregate economic value remains difficult: Yet there’s something bizarre going on. Even as an estimated 130 million smartphones roam the U.S. streets, economists can’t quite find them.Still, as the Journal also states: “Can you find an area of life and business not being affected by the devices?” Global PhenomenonThe situation may be even clearer overseas. Already, 89% of the developing world has a mobile device. It’s a solid assumption that these mobile phone users will soon transition to smartphones. Indeed, smartphone sales now eclipse traditional mobile phone sales. According to the International Telecommunication Union, “mobile broadband” subscriptions have grown from 278 million in 2007 – when the iPhone was first introduced – to 2.1 billion this year.These numbers continue to grow – and researchers say the trend is already making a big difference:Bridging The Digital Divide In Developing Nations Through Mobile Phone Transaction Systems – University of West GeorgiaMobile Finance Options Changing Lives In Developing Countries – Bankless TimesMobile Technology’s Role In Combating Global Poverty And Enabling Entrepreneurship – Brookings InstitutionAlleviating Poverty: Mobile Communications, Microfinance And Small Business Development Around The World – Brookings InstitutionAs smartphones continue to spread to every demographic group in every corner of the world, there’s just no more room for the Digital Divide. That’s a big deal, and likely to bring significant economic, social and cultural effects over the coming months, years and decades.(See also The Numbers Are Clear: Mobile is Taking Over the World.) Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Since at least the 1990s, when personal computers first became commonplace, public policy experts have worried the ill effects of a Digital Divide. That is, a learning, socialization and economic gap across socio-economic status, race and gender caused by unequal access to computing resources.No need. The Digital Divide has now been bridged by smartphones – the most advanced personal computing devices ever. While personal computers were disproportionally used by the rich, the white and the male, smartphones are more likely to be used by Blacks and Hispanics than Whites, and by girls as equally as boys.Whites Trail In Smartphone OwnershipAccording to a Pew research survey conducted last year, 49% of Hispanics and 47% of Blacks own a smartphone, compared to only 42% of Whites. The survey also revealed than men and women were about evenly split (46% to 45%, respectively) in smartphone ownership, as were suburban and urban residents (49% to 48%, respectively). Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian s hall Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
TORONTO — Canada’s food safety watchdog says a Toronto meat packing company has issued a national recall of raw beef and veal products due to possible E. coli contamination.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Ryding-Regency Meat Packers is recalling dozens of products produced on May 27 and May 30.Food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers are being told to not serve, use, or sell the recalled products and people who have such products are being urged to return them.The agency says food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea and in severe cases people may have seizures, strokes, suffer permanent kidney damage or die.The CFIA says the recall was triggered by its inspection activities but says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.Last month, the agency suspended Ryding-Regency’s licence over compliance concerns. The Canadian Press
Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsRenowned Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal says he was disappointed with Monday’s court ruling that dismissed his request for an injunction to stop Cleveland’s baseball team from using its name and logo in Ontario.“I am deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling, however, today was a victory in that at a national — and even international — level,” Cardinal said in a statement.Just hours before the first pitch in game 3 of the American League championship series between Cleveland and the Toronto Blue Jays, Justice Thomas McEwan dismissed the legal challenge. McEwan did not give a reason but said he would later in a written statement.Cardinal launched the legal action against Rogers Communications and Major League Baseball.See related stories: ClevelandCardinal also filed a human rights complaint with the Ontario and Canadian human rights commissions.In a courtroom packed with lawyers for Rogers Communications and Major League baseball, Cardinal argued the team name and logo, which includes the depiction of an Indigenous caricature called Chief Wahoo, is racist.“You could not call a team the New York Jews. Why is it OK to call a team the Cleveland Indians,” Cardinal’s lawyer Monique Jilesen said in court.Cardinal was asking for a ban on commentators from using the name and a ban on the broadcast of the logo. Despite the looming opening pitch time, lawyers for Cardinal believed this was achievable.Lawyers for Rogers Communications, the owners of the Toronto Blue Jays, broadcaster Sportsnet and the stadium where the team plays, questioned the timing of the court proceedings, arguing Toronto has been playing Cleveland since the 1970s.Those lawyers also argued that Cardinal has referred to himself as an Indian in the past. They also argued that Cardinal is currently in China, nowhere near Rogers Communications broadcast area.Just last week Blue Jays broadcaster and Sportsnet employee Jerry Howarth made media headlines when he said he hasn’t used Cleveland’s team name in almost 25 years, after receiving a letter from a fan.Cardinal’s lawyer Michael Swinwood told reporters later this was just the start and his client will proceed with his human rights complaint.Cardinal is a world-renowned architect whose buildings include the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Que., and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.His advocacy also includes an effort to stop a development near Victoria Island on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa.A number of U.S. media outlets posted stories about the injunction request including the New York Times and [email protected] [email protected]— with files from the Canadian Press
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDonation efforts continue to stream in for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which recently devastated sections of the Philipines. The Red Cross is now pooling funds for the cause where donations can be made at First Caribbean, Account number 1660958 and checks can be dropped off at the TCI Red Cross Headquarters on Leeward Highway. The Red Cross has also announced that it will be opening its Restoring Family Links Programme so anyone wanting to contact loved ones can call 232-2167 to make their request. You can also help at your fingertips, Digicel customers can text the word HEART to 5151 to donate $1 towards the relief efforts. Magnetic Media can also confirm that a Turks and Caicos Islander who was in the Philippines when the typhoon hit is okay; Holbert Handfield has phoned family to confirm that he is doing fine and not in the part of the country severely damaged by the winds and surges of Haiyan. Holbert Handfield is reportedly in the Philippines with friends. Related Items: