Ensure No Obstruction In Transport Of Oxygen To Delhi: Delhi HC To Centre, Warns Of Criminal Action Against Erring Authorities

first_imgTop StoriesEnsure No Obstruction In Transport Of Oxygen To Delhi: Delhi HC To Centre, Warns Of Criminal Action Against Erring Authorities Shreya Agarwal22 April 2021 3:42 AMShare This – x”If government wants they can make heaven and earth meet”: Justice Vipin SanghiThe Delhi High Court on Thursday said that in case supply of Medical Oxygen to Delhi is blocked, then the local authorities responsible for its movement shall be held criminally liable for the same. “We direct that non-compliance will invite criminal action,” the High Court said. A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was hearing a writ petition filed by Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Rohini seeking urgent critical supply of oxygen to it. During the hearing, another hospital appeared before the Bench saying that they have only 3 hours of Oxygen left. A similar petition was filed by Max Hospitals, Delhi yesterday where the Centre had assured that it will raise the allocation of oxygen for Delhi as 480 MT from 370 MT. Today, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Government claimed that even though allocation has gone up, in reality, only 80-100 MT has been received by the State. The Bench was informed that the shortage was due to obstruction of Oxygen Tankers being sent from Air Liquidae, Panipat, etc. It was also informed that the Central Government has passed an order under the Disaster Management Act, for uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country. The order provides that there should be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities and that the local administration, such as DMs, SSPs will be personally liable for implementation of the order. In this backdrop, the Division Bench also directed the authorities concerned, bound by the order passed under the Disaster Management Act, to ensure strict compliance. Any non-compliance will invite criminal action, it said. “We direct that Central Govt to ensure allocation takes place as planned and transportation of the tankers takes place unhindered. Adequate security to be provided to lorries transporting the oxygen, to move without obstruction,” the Bench ordered. Blocking of Oxygen Tankers Stressing on the gravity of the situation, Senior Advocate G. Tushar Rao told the Court that many Hospitals are issuing discharge letter to untreated patients, as they do not have enough Oxygen supply to support their lives. “This is the fallout. Hospitals saying take the patient out as we can’t supply oxygen. How can they ask the critical patients are already in hospitals to get out?” he told the Bench. The Court noted that many Oxygen Tankers being sent from UP and Haryana, are being blocked by the local authorities, given the requirement in those States. “We have just been informed that the plants are not honoring the allocations made, as they’ve been taken over by locals. Also, 3 of the plants are too far. So you should ensure that your allocations are honoured…What is the point of paper allocation (of oxygen) if they are not being allowed to transport,” Justice Sanghi told the Centre. He also told the officers that it may not be possible to airlift Oxygen Tankers due to technical reasons. “My researcher has prepared a very nice report, have shared with you as well. It has to come either by rail or road due to air compression issues, it can’t be airlifted. The empty tankers can be airlifted back to plants,” Justice Sanghi said. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Rao suggested that the Government may pass an order deploying para-military forces and put a corridor in place, to help the tankers move. Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs also appeared before the Bench and informed that they were able to restore movement of stopped tankers by evening. He further submitted that a Nodal Officer of the IAS Cadre has been appointed to ensure that no hospital faces shortages.Edited by Akshita SaxenaTagsOxygen Supply #Delhi High Court Justice Vipin Sanghi #Justice Rekha Palli COVID-19 Crisis Next Storylast_img read more

Illegal migrant prostitutes too ‘terrified’ to report exploitation

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 March 2018Migrant prostitutes working illegally on temporary visas are “terrified” they will be deported if they report exploitative pimps and abusive clients to authorities.In the past year, 136 migrants suspected of coming here to carry out sex work were denied entry into New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand data revealed.Sex work is the only occupation migrants on temporary visas are not legally allowed to take up.However, migrants who have entered the country on temporary work, visitor, holiday or international student visas and work as prostitutes are being forced to carry out sexual acts without protection and often work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week.Often temporary migrants, particularly international students, were unaware it was illegal for them to work in the sex industry, she said.The application of the Immigration Act, section 19, in the Prostitution Reform Act deems it illegal for any temporary migrant to work as a prostitute or invest in any business that sells sexual services.It was added into the Prostitution Reform Act to deter trafficking of international sex workers.Since the decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand for citizens and permanent residents in 2003, the collective has argued that section 19 puts migrant prostitutes at risk of exploitation.Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said last week that legal migrant workers were “very, very vulnerable” and did not receive enough protection if they blew the whistle on exploitative employers.Eliminating migrant exploitation was his priority, however, and protective measures for migrant whistleblowers were still being decided.Protection for all migrant workers, including illegal sex workers, was important, but he ruled out eliminating section 19 that makes it illegal for migrants to work or invest in the sex industry.“That’s not something we would consider because we are concerned that by removing it, it could encourage sex trafficking.”Immigration NZ acting assistant general manager Senta Jehle​ said the agency recognised that sex workers were vulnerable to exploitation.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/102248502/illegal-migrant-prostitutes-too-terrified-to-report-exploitationlast_img read more

Enyimba Cage Rangers in Opening Game

first_imgJoseph Osadiaye’s 49th minute strike was all Enyimba FC needed in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Six Championship Playoff clash with Rangers International FC of Enugu to pick the first maximum points of the opening day.The People’s Elephant defended the goal stoutly, resisting all attempts by the Flying Antelopes to even scores. Changes made by the Enugu side gave Rangers some bite in the second half but failed to earn them a share of the booty.Despite the opening day set back, Rangers’ Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote and captain, Godwin Aguda remain confident they will bounce back to reckoning for the league title.“We are here for a tournament of five games but have lost one already. That naturally has put pressure on us but we will definitely make up in the remaining matches,” Ogunbote said at a post match conference.He however praised Enyimba for their tactical discipline while admitting that his squad didn’t start off well.“We have taken the positives from this match and will work to remedy observed weaknesses so we can remain in contention for the title and a continental ticket,” stressed Ogunbote.On whether he is under pressure to win the title, the Rangers Coach asserted, “there’s no coach that goes into a competition not planning to win. Yes, I want to win the title but the defeat hasn’t put me under any negative pressure but is rather a motivation”.On his part, Rangers Captain, Aguda, who also spoke at the post match conference said their error was in the poor start to the match and assured their fans that the team will get better in the remaining matches.“I think what we didn’t get right was our slow start to the game. You can see we played better in the second half but failed to get a goal,” rued Aguda.Like his coach, the diminutive player insists one bad result is not sufficient to mar their title ambitions.“We will go after three points in the remaining games and at the end, we will consider our chances”, Aguda notedIn the other match played yesterday, Kano Pillars and Akwa United shared points with the thrilling 2-2 result.David Ebuka gave Kano Pillars the lead in the 3rd minute of play in the keenly contested clash. The Promise Keepers recovered from the early setback and got the equaliser through Ndifreke Effiong a minute after the half hour mark.The Sai Masu Gida again went ahead three minutes later courtesy of a fine strike by Nyima Nwagua. Akwa United rallied back almost immediately with Godspower Aniefiok grabbing the equaliser in the 37th minuteLobi Stars and FC IfeanyiUbah were yet to conclude the third game of the opening day of the Playoff as at press time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL SUPER SIX PLAYOFF*Kano Pillars, Akwa United draw 2-2 in four-goal thrillerDuro Ikhazuagbelast_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse wins final two matches to defeat Binghamton

first_imgAnd her teammates proved her right. Both girls were able to defeat their opponents and save the match for SU head coach Luke Jensen and his squad. Harman won the 12th game of her second set with BU’s Lauren Bates and finished her off 7-5 in the final set. In doing so, she defeated an opponent who had taken her down in straight sets a year ago. ‘It would’ve been easy for us to walk off the court, give up and say, ‘Oh, it wasn’t my day,” Harman said. ‘But that’s not how we work here.’ [email protected] With the victory, Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14. And Parra credited the clutch victories to the experience of both herself and Harman. Facebook Twitter Google+ ‘This team has a bulletproof mentality when it faces pressure,’ Jensen said. Parra edged the Bearcats’ Anna Edelman in a second-set tiebreaker to force a third set and took the final set 7-6. And with everything on the line Friday afternoon, Parra and Harman came through for their team. Published on February 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 And the two players left on the court for SU, Alessondra Parra and Emily Harman, were both trailing their Binghamton counterparts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Jensen tells the players to think of these matches as real ones against other teams. He tells them to get into a competitive mindset. And he tells them to play like ‘everything is on the line,’ Parra said.center_img Maddie Kobelt stared blankly at the wall opposite from her teammates who were still competing. Disappointed and clearly upset, the SU freshman lifted a tissue to her eye. ‘This is not new for us, even though it’s a challenge,’ Parra said. ‘We know to relax in tight matches like this and just let our best come out of us without forcing anything.’ This mental fortitude roots from extra hours in the weight room and conditioning. Every member of the Orange is required to run five miles in under 40 minutes each fall, Parra said. SU players are ready for these three-set matches, whereas some opponents clearly feel the strain of playing point after point.Harman prides herself on the team’s elite level of conditioning. Kobelt had just dropped her No. 2 singles match after winning the first set and holding a 4-1 lead in the third set. That loss left the Orange trailing Binghamton by one in the best-of-seven match format. ‘We work to win,’ Harman said. ‘End of story.’ Though coming into the season in shape is important, the work the Orange has done in practice is just as valuable. One of Jensen’s coaching philosophies is encouraging competition in practice. Players regularly compete in matches against their teammates. Comments While both Bearcat opponents looked rattled late in their respective matches, Jensen’s pair was cool, calm and collected. It’s a quality most of Syracuse’s players actively display on the courts. Jensen said this attitude is one of the signature traits of his team. ‘This team is one of the fittest in the country,’ Harman said. ‘I’m very confident in saying that. … I’d like to see another team do what we did today.’last_img read more

Panelists talk about putting intimate information online

first_imgNearly everyone in Doheny’s Friends Lecture Hall raised their hand when Marissa Gluck, the panel moderator for “Privacy and Identity in the Age of Facebook,” asked the audience “How many of you have a Facebook account?”The panelists at the event were Henry Jenkins, a USC professor of journalism, communications and cinematic arts; Whitney Phillips, a University of Oregon Ph.D. student; and Nathan Ruyle, an adjunct faculty member at California Institute of the Arts.Jenkins said Facebook has become part of our culture and allows people to connect with friends from middle and high school. The information people put on their Facebook can define who they are, the panelists said.“In the 1960s, people were disposable and there was no reason to build relationships,” Jenkins said.Social networking forces people to think about how they present themselves to others on the Internet, Jenkins said.Everything a person searches online remains on the cookies that store information on a person’s computer. Social networking sites can track one’s searches, according to Gluck, so marketers are now creating advertisements geared toward one’s specific interests.Facebook has become a “marketing utopia” because it is used for a person’s own publicity and functions like a private marketing campaign, Ruyle said.Some students said they were not aware that marketers and other individuals can collect information based on the websites a person visits.“I didn’t think about data mining,” said Rihao Gao, a junior majoring in political science. “It’s pretty scary.”Phillips suggested people try not to post things they don’t want their grandmothers stumbling upon.“People post things they shouldn’t,” she said. “It’s important to make deliberate choices about what they put online.”For instance, the “Asians in the Library” video posted on March 11 by Alexandra Wallace, a UCLA student, extended beyond her university and created negative press, according to Jenkins.“Why would she post that,” Phillips said. “I don’t understand why people choose to do what they do on the Internet.”Though Facebook has changed its layout and features, from privacy settings to personal information, several times since the site’s introduction in 2004, it remains up to the individual to determine what information they make available to others.“Facebook has responded to that and you can now change settings to show your status only to certain people,” Phillips said.Knowing this information, however, does not deter some students from posting personal information on their Facebooks.“There are so many people here who have pinpointed all the things that are wrong, but we are all still on Facebook and updating our statuses saying ‘I’m at a conference about Facebook,’” said America Hernandez, a freshman majoring in political science.last_img read more

No special committee on medical marijuana, governor says it’s not needed

first_imgDES MOINES — Top Republican lawmakers at the statehouse have denied a request from Democrats to start a special committee to study the state’s medical marijuana program. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed a bipartisan bill passed this year that would’ve allowed for more potent medical marijuana products.Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale, says it would help with crafting a proposal to expand the program.   “The thought was if we could have this interim committee meeting, bring public members in and voice their opinion and concerns, I think that strengthens our bill and allows other legislators the opportunity to be able to hear what their constituents are saying too,” Forbes says.Governor Reynolds says she isn’t interested in an interim legislative committee. Reynolds says there already is a process for reviewing the rules that was included in the initial law.  “They put in place as part of that an advisory board…. and they were very prescriptive about who served on that advisory board so we have the expertise to make decisions going forward,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she vetoed the bill over the provision that would have let more potent cannabis pills, oils and creams be produced and sold in Iowa. Something that was not approved by the advisory board. “So out of the eight or so policy pieces that were included in that bill — seven of them, my numbers may be off — but every one but one was a recommendation of the policy board. So that’s an indication to me that it’s working,” Reynolds says.Reynolds says she wants to see what the advisory board thinks before signing off on expanding the potency of the medical marijuana. “There is a great big range between where we are at right now and what was proposed last year. And I would be interest again in hearing what the advisory board that the legislature put together and passed and was signed into law, I would be interested in their input as well,” she says.Reynolds says lawmakers should work through the policy board to make changes instead of another committee.  “They created it, it’s already there, so work with them,” Reynolds says. “This is legislation that passed both chambers that was sent to the governor an signed into law. So, it seems to me that that’s the role of this policy board that they put into place.”Reynolds made her comments Wednesday following an event. Lawmakers failed in an attempt to get enough votes to call a special session to override the veto.last_img read more