“Situation Is Indeed Grave; Initiate Action Against Hoarders”: P&H High Court Revives Plea Concerning Covid Facilities In Punjab, Haryana & UT Chandigarh

first_imgNews Updates”Situation Is Indeed Grave; Initiate Action Against Hoarders”: P&H High Court Revives Plea Concerning Covid Facilities In Punjab, Haryana & UT Chandigarh Sparsh Upadhyay1 May 2021 9:01 PMShare This – xReviving the disposed of petition concerning COVID-related facilities in States of Punjab, Haryana and UT of Chandigarh, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (April 30) observed that the situation was “indeed grave”.The Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh was hearing amicus curiae Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla’s application filed before High Court seeking revival of the said petition highlighting the critical situation of covid patients and shortage of oxygen supply faced by Hospitals.Read more about the application filed by Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Khosla here – “Critical Patients Running From Pillar To Post In Search Of Beds”: Amicus Moves Punjab And Haryana HC Seeking Revival Of Plea Concerning Covid FacilitiesSubmissions made in the applicationIn his application, it was, inter alia, contended by Mr. Khosla that a grave situation had arisen in all the three states in view of the non-availability of essential drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab. Oxygen, ICU Beds, ventilators, and oxygen concentrators are in short supply due to which a number of deaths are being reported. According to him, an impression was percolated in the general public that no help is forthcoming from any quarter. He, thus, vehemently contended that the petition be revived.Therefore, accepting his prayer, the plea, which was earlier disposed of, was revived.He also submitted that it had come to his knowledge that PGI and Government Hospital, Sector-16, Chandigarh have exhausted their capacity of treating critical patients. According to him, it was clear from the status reports filed by the State of Punjab and UT, Chandigarh that infrastructure to fight the pandemic situation was grossly inadequate. On perusal of the status reports, the Court felt that the situation was indeed grave, and thus, prayer made in this application for the impleadment of Union of India as a party was found to be justified by the Court.Therefore, allowing the application, the Court directed that the Union of India through its Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (along with Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi) be impleaded as a respondent party in the Petition. Submissions made by Haryana, Punjab & UT ChandigarhThe Chief Secretary, Haryana apprised the court that there had been a sudden dearth of oxygen as some plants in Roorkee, Rewari, and Baadi (Barotiwala) have collapsed and as a result, oxygen had been sought from the plants from Rourkela and Angul in Odisha by means of road, rail, and other means. He also submitted that the Indian Air Force had flown a few sorties to fetch the oxygen from these far-flung places and that all efforts were being made to meet the demand of deficit oxygen in the State of Haryana. The State of Punjab submitted that the capacity of beds had been enhanced in the State and that all efforts were being made to supply oxygen and essential drugs in those parts of the State where the covid surge was more than the other parts. Senior Standing Counsel for UT, Chandigarh submitted that a policy decision had been taken to supply the essential drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab directly to the Government and private hospitals and not through the private distributors/ chemists. It was has submitted that a Virtual Central Control Room had been set up by the Government of India and if the three States have any difficulty in any of the aforesaid issues, they can get in touch with the control room and the matter would be looked into forthwith. Court’s observationsAs regards the issue of hoarding of oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, and essential medicines such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, the Court said,”Needless to observe that the respective investigating agencies of all the three States in their own jurisdiction, even central agencies, are at liberty to take cognizance and initiate action.”The Court also proposed that the categories of patients may be segregated into three parts, such as critical, mild to moderate and mild and the plan be drawn up accordingly. To this, the counsel representing all the three States assure the court that the proposal shall be examined and a response shall be given in the next status report to be filed on their behalf. Lastly, the Court remarked,d”We expect that all the three States shall file another status reports on or before the next date of hearing. It shall also be ensured that the order dated 23.4.2021 whereby it was directed that nodal agencies be created in every District, is complied with in letter and spirit. In case of failure to do so, this court will examine whether there is any willful disobedience of the orders passed by this court by any District in the States of Punjab and Haryana.”The matter has been posted for further hearing on May 4.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsRemdesivir Tocilizumab #P&H High Court #Punjab and Haryana High Court Covid Facilities In Punjab COVID COVID 19 COVID Management Mismanagement of Covid19 Justice Rajan Gupta Justice Karamjit Singh Next Storylast_img read more

National parks face dangerous foe

first_imgThirty-eight of the United States’ national parks are experiencing “accidental fertilization” at or above a critical threshold for ecological damage, according to a study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and led by Harvard University researchers. Unless significant controls on ammonia emissions are introduced at a national level, they say, little improvement is likely between now and 2050.The environmental scientists — experts in air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and ecology — have been studying the fate of nitrogen-based compounds that are blown into natural areas from power plants, automobile exhaust, and, increasingly, industrial agriculture. Nitrogen that finds its way into natural ecosystems can disrupt the cycling of nutrients in soil, promote algal overgrowth and lower the pH of water in aquatic environments, and ultimately decrease the number of species that can survive.“The vast majority, 85 percent, of nitrogen deposition originates with human activities,” explained principal investigator Daniel J. Jacob, the Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “It is fully within our power as a nation to reduce our impact.”“When we apply fertilizer in the United States, only about 10 percent of the nitrogen makes it into the food. All the rest escapes, and most of it escapes through the atmosphere.”  — Daniel J. JacobExisting air quality regulations and trends in clean-energy technology are expected to reduce the amount of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by coal plants and cars over time. However, no government regulations currently limit the amount of ammonia (NH3) that enters the atmosphere through agricultural fertilization or manure from animal husbandry, which are now responsible for one-third of the anthropogenic nitrogen carried on air currents and deposited on land.“Ammonia’s pretty volatile,” said Jacob. “When we apply fertilizer in the United States, only about 10 percent of the nitrogen makes it into the food. All the rest escapes, and most of it escapes through the atmosphere.”The team of researchers from SEAS, the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of California, Irvine, presented evidence that unchecked increases in nitrogen deposition are already threatening the ecology of federally protected natural areas.In many previous studies, environmental scientists identified nitrogen levels that would be ecologically harmful in various settings. The new, Harvard-led study used a high-resolution atmospheric model called GEOS-Chem to calculate nitrogen deposition rates across the contiguous United States, and compared those rates to the critical loads.The findings suggest that many parks may already be suffering.In Eastern temperate forests, such as those in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most sensitive elements of the ecosystem are the hardwood trees, which start to suffer when nitrogen deposition reaches approximately 3–8 kilograms per hectare, per year. According to the new study, the actual rate of deposition — 13.6 kg/ha/yr — far exceeds that threshold. In the forests of Mount Rainier National Park, it’s the lichens that suffer first; their critical load is between 2.5 and 7.1 kg/ha/yr, and the deposition rate there is at a troubling 6.7 kg/ha/yr.“The lichens might not be noticed or particularly valued by someone walking around a national park, but they’re integral for everything else that’s dependent on them,” explained lead author Raluca A. Ellis, who conducted the research as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard SEAS. She now directs the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership at the Franklin Institute.Jacob, Ellis, and their collaborators predict that NOx emissions from the United States will decrease significantly by 2050 (globally, those decreases may be offset to some extent by increases in industrialization overseas). But for ammonia, the story is different. The team predicts significant increases in the amount and density of agricultural land in the Midwest and the West that will requiring more and more fertilizer to feed a growing population and to meet an anticipated demand for biofuels.“Even if anthropogenic NOx emissions were globally zero, avoiding [critical load] exceedance at all national parks would require a 55 percent reduction of anthropogenic NH3 emissions,” the report said.How such a reduction would be achieved is a matter for further study.“Air quality regulations in the United States have always focused on public health, because air pollution leads to premature deaths, and that’s something you can quantify very well. When you try to write regulations to protect ecosystems, however, the damage is much harder to quantify,” said Jacob. “At least in the national parks you can say, ‘There’s a legal obligation here.’”The project was funded by the NASA Applied Sciences Program through the Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, which is led by Jacob at Harvard and includes 23 researchers from numerous institutions. The National Park Service has been studying nitrogen deposition for some time now, typically in focused studies such as those at Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park. The new collaboration has enabled many different research teams to unify their efforts and benefit from shared resources like the GEOS-Chem model, which was developed at Harvard and has become an international standard for modeling atmospheric chemistry over time.Actual levels of future nitrogen deposition will depend on a complex interplay of economic, legal, and environmental factors.“The point is, in the decades ahead, the problem in our national parks is not going to be solved by the reduction of NOx emissions alone,” said Ellis. “It will require a targeted effort to control ammonia.”“It’s a national issue, and I think that’s why having the national perspective was so important,” Jacob added. “We’ve shown that most of the nitrogen deposition to parks in the United States is coming from domestic sources. It’s not coming from China; it’s not coming from Canada — it’s something we can deal with, but we need to deal with it at the national level.”Additional co-authors included Melissa Payer of SEAS; Lin Zhang, formerly of SEAS and now at Peking University; Christopher D. Holmes of the University of California, Irvine; Bret A. Schichtel of the National Park Service in Fort Collins, Colo.; Tamara Blett and Ellen Porter of the National Park Service in Denver; Linda H. Pardo of the USDA Forest Service; and Jason A. Lynch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.last_img read more

College places first in statewide competition

first_imgTen days, 83 pages and one case study later, Saint Mary’s students took first place at the Indiana Certified Public Accounting Society’s (INCPAS) 2010 collegiate contest in Indianapolis earlier this month. The team was given a scenario about a struggling accounting firm and wrote a report on how to deal with the issue. The team was comprised of juniors Allison Courtney and Maggie DePaola, seniors Betsy Reed and Maureen Temchuk and faculty advisor Mary Ann Merryman, chair of the Business Administration and Economics department. The Saint Mary’s team competed against 12 others from Indiana to win the contest, which was held Nov. 19. The group had to put together a 50-page report and 30 pages of appendices in the 10-day time frame, Courtney said. Then, the top six reports were chosen to present in Indianapolis. From those six, the Saint Mary’s team took first. “It was just such a nice feeling that all our hard work paid off,” Courtney said. “It was amazing.” According to the INCPAS website, Valparaiso University placed second and the University of Southern Indiana placed third. The remaining three, Butler University, Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, were given honorable mentions. Each student on the Saint Mary’s team was awarded $1,000 for winning the competition, the website said. Merryman has taken five teams to the finals of the INCPAS contest, which began in 2000, and placed as high as third in the past. This is the first time Saint Mary’s has won the entire competition, according to the College’s press release. “Students graduate, so the one constant is a faculty member with an ongoing commitment to make sure that a college or university organizes and coaches a team to compete,” Merryman said in the release. According to Courtney, INCPAS invites every college in Indiana and Saint Mary’s has participated in the competition for several years. She said winning the competition was “surreal” for multiple reasons. “One, Saint Mary’s had never placed first in the competition before and two, we were probably the smallest school represented at the competition,” Courtney said. For next year’s competition, the Saint Mary’s team will again be comprised of two juniors and two seniors. Courtney said it is set up this way so she and DePaola will be more prepared. “I will take away the experience I have gained this year to compete again in the competition next year,” DePaola said.last_img read more

Angel Di Maria scores brace as PSG beat Marseille

first_imgParis: A great performance by Argentina’s Angel Di Maria, with two goals and one assist, helped Paris Saint Germain beat Marseille 3-1.In a match marked at the start by the unrest of the Parisian team’s radical supporters, who had left their usual location in the Parc des Princes empty, protesting their team’s early elimination from the Champions League, PSG accentuated their authority in Ligue 1 on Matchday 29.Nine rounds are remaining, 10 for PSG as the match against Nimes is still pending, their advantage in the lead is 20 points ahead of Lille, second, and 24 ahead of Lyon in third place.The champion put an end to Marseille’s good form, who had arrived in Paris with five wins and one draw in their six recent matches.Paris Saint Germain maintained their form during most of the first half. Until the first appearance of Di Maria, who sent a fine pass to Kylian Mbappe who, as received, crossed the ball over the line at the end of the first half, out of reach of Marseilles’ Mandanda. But after the break, the game changed. Marseille equalised after just a minute into the second half in an action that was started with a long kick from visiting midfielder Lucas Ocampos. The Argentinian gave the ball to Valere Germain who surpassed PSG’s goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.The draw lasted barely 10 minutes. Until a pass to inside the area by German Thilo Kehrer, who replaced Thomas Meunier, gave the first goal of Di Maria, who shot almost without an angle to bring the ball into the net. The visitors’ chances faded away as the hour went by, with goalkeeper Mandanda sent off after intercepting a Parisian attack with his hands outside his area. The substitute goalie Yohann Pele had to come on the field. Marseille’s Italian Mario Balotelli was also substituted by Yohann Pele. Di Maria made it a brace with the execution of a free kick that decided the game IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

WHY TERMON MAN TONY IS REALLY ‘FRIELING-ING’ THE COLD!

first_imgSnow has wiped out everything near Termon man Tony Friel’s neighbourhoodSo we thought we had a little snow last week?Just don’t tell Tony Friel that or he’ll have a right laugh at us.Tony, who is originally from Termon, now lives in a little place called Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a town called Hancock on the shores of Lake Superior. “I see by the Donegal Daily that it is cold with snow, its a little cold here too, and we have a wee bit of snow to go with.It was -26F (-32C) yesterday, it warmed up to a balmy -6F (-21C) this morning, tomorrow it is supposed to -10F (-23C).“It’s been snowing for just over a week, at this point we have about 3ft with another 2ft of snow by the weekend.After that the snow is supposed to stop and the weather is to warm up to 0 to 10F……whoppee,” laughed Tony. The Donegal man has even had to fit a special snow plough to the front of his jeep to clear a path to get to work.Tony was kind enough to send us some pictures in case we forget what real snow looks like. WHY TERMON MAN TONY IS REALLY ‘FRIELING-ING’ THE COLD! was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Michigan’s Upper PeninsulaTermonTony Frieldlast_img read more

SA police ‘keeping their eye on the ball’

first_img30 June 2010 South African National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele is committed to making sure that the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ continues to be a safe one as the tournament enters the final phases. “This is a demanding but intriguing period in the history of this country,” Cele said this week. “And undoubtedly up to now, actions are speaking louder than words. Our success can be attributed to the security plan that is now proving to be a winning one.” While many teams have been sent home, there are still plenty of fans routing for their team, with many more arriving on a daily basis. “With numbers increasing as we are approaching the end of tournament. This leaves us with a mammoth task until the final whistle,” Cele said. Since the beginning of the tournament a Joint Operational Committee has been meeting on a daily basis to ensure that security measures are adequately deployed. With a staff complement of over 44 000 police members dedicated to the tournament, support from the South African Defence Force, Interpol and respective competing nation’s police services, the host nation has taken security seriously. “There are 225 foreign police officials based here in Pretoria,” said Cele. “They are here in an advisory capacity to assist South African security agencies to have a better understanding of how fans from various countries behave.” There have been a few minor incidents, which can be expected during a massive gathering of people such as the Fifa Word Cup™. However, the South African police have dealt with these efficiently. “World Cup security and normal policing are equally important, hence none was compromised,” said Cele. “Instead, our men and woman in blue went beyond the call of duty.” The rate of investigations, arrests and prosecutions around tournament incidents has been increased, and Cele feels that this improved service will continue long after the tournament is over. “The money, the training and the methodology are going to stay with the South African Police Service. We are now capable of continuing at this same pace after the World Cup. We must keep this momentum up for the benefit of the country. “We are going to work hard for the last 10 matches,” Cele said. “We have re-committed ourselves to carry out our duties with diligence and pride, this we owe to South Africa, the African continent and the world.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Wits team shows how lightning shapes mountains

first_img10 January 2014Scientists at Wits University in Johannesburg have made a “shocking” discovery – lightning rather than ice or heat is the main force shattering rocks on Drakensberg summits.National Geographic reports on research published in the journal Geomorphology on 1 January 2014. The evidence gathered by geomorphologist Stefan Grab and geologist Jasper Knight has apparently changed their own conventional notions about the forces that shape mountain peaks.For their research, the pair surveyed almost half a kilometre of the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where they found 90 sites where lightning strikes had blasted apart the basalt rock face, the website reports.While frost alters the shape of rocks over thousands of years, lightning – at temperatures of up to almost 30 000°C – can shatter rocks milliseconds, the researchers say.Lightning “basically causes a bomb to explode on the rock surface”, Knight told National Geographic.The fact that a lightning strike will partially melt basalt in an instant meant the researchers were able to develop a diagnostic “tool kit” to distinguish the sites of lightning strikes from other rock fragments affected by heat or ice.Lightning is “part of the much bigger jigsaw,” a puzzle piece that had been “passed over by geoscientists for decades”, Grab is quoted as saying.The two researchers told National Geographic that further exploration would reveal other examples of mountain ranges shaped in large part by lightning – especially in warmer regions of Australia, Africa, and Asia that were mostly passed over by the Ice Age.Read the full article on NationalGeographic.com: Shocking news: lightning can shape a mountain!SAinfo reporter and National Geographiclast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a striker

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a strikerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn admits Mum isn’t crazy about having another keeper in the family.Like most kids, he started out dreaming of being a striker but was put between the sticks as a nine-year-old. Yet, if his mum had had her way, she would have stopped the ­ Southampton goalie following in dad Bryan’s footsteps.Gunn Jnr told the Mirror: “I was on trial ­playing outfield at Norwich City for the Under-9s, the keeper got injured. Someone gave me the gloves and after that ­session, someone else told me to bring the gloves next time and focus on being a ­goalkeeper.“After the session when they told me to be a keeper, my dad got home, told my mum and I don’t think she was very pleased. She was like, ‘I’ve dealt with you for 20 years – I don’t need another goalkeeper!’“But it ­happened, she accepted it and I think she’s fine with it now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 days agoWoodward: What Man Utd want in a player…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” last_img read more