COVID19-Plea In Supreme Court Seeks To Ensure Full Course of Vaccines Available Free of Charge At All Govt Hospitals and Centres

first_imgTop StoriesCOVID19-Plea In Supreme Court Seeks To Ensure Full Course of Vaccines Available Free of Charge At All Govt Hospitals and Centres Radhika Roy29 April 2021 8:30 PMShare This – xAn Application has been filed before Supreme Court in the suo moto matter pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis in the country seeking directions to scale up the production of vaccines against Coronavirus as well as to ensure that the full course of vaccines are available free of charge at all Government hospitals and centres. The Application, filed by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, further seeks directions to the Centre to continue the current scheme of providing vaccines for people aged 45 and above the full course of vaccines at Rs. 250 in the private sector. It also seeks the quashing of the decision of the Centre to not procure vaccines at a central level with the further direction to procure the same and distribute them to States in accordance with their requirements as has been done in the past 70 years. It continues to seek directions to issue directions for government authorization under Section 100 or compulsory licence under Section 92 of the Patents Act with a further direction to the DGCI to take measures to share trade secrets related to the manufacturing process of vaccines to scale up the production. It also seeks directions to NPPA to fix the prices of the vaccines in accordance with law. The Application underlines the shortage of vaccines in the country during the second wave of COVID-19 and states that the primary reason for the shortage is the limited number of manufactures. Further, it submits that there are issues of procurement and arbitrary pricing of the vaccine due to the approach taken by the Union of India. It is further submitted that another aspect which is a hurdle to widespread manufacture of vaccines is the grant of patents to the manufacturers, i.e. Bharat Biotech and Oxford University, due to which other manufacturers are unable to step in to ramp up the production. It is then averred in the Application in order to inoculate the entire population of the country, and with only two manufacturers in the marker – Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech whose combined production capacity is 65 million a month, the production needs to be increased. “…with the passage in the last three months only 30 percent of the 40 crores of the persons above the age of 65 years have been inoculated with the first does. It is estimated that in the last 100 days 14.19 crores inoculations have taken place. Of these about 2.4 crores have taken the 2nd dose. This is roughly 1.8% of the total population.” It is also to be noted that other vaccines are also likely to be promoted and that as it is not known how long the immunity lasts, the need may be for about 1.35 billion doses annually. In light of this information, it is necessary for the Centre to transparently disclose its plan about the persons who needs to be vaccinated and how it proposes to increase the production. Despite the Centre now realizing the need to invite other producers, the Application states there is no clarity as to when the products from these facilities will be available in the market and projected number of doses. The Application then delineates how the decision of the Centre to stop procuring the vaccines centrally and set the prices itself is to the detriment of the interests of the States and ultimately the citizens of India who have a fundamental right to access essential medicines to protect their health. “…have a duty to ensure that rights of all people in India to health and life are protected. The decision is arbitrary with no rational purpose and defeats the object of procuring vacciens for the people to protect their health”. The Application goes on to explain how the announcement by SII and Bharat Biotech to fix prices of the vaccines, even more so than the price at which the vaccines are being sold abroad, amounts to profiteering at the cost of lives of the citizens of India. “On its own admission, even the sales at Rs. 150 per dose that SII is selling to the Central Government, it makes a modest profit. Thus, the prices it has set for the State and private market are super profits. It is submitted that private pharmaceutical companies cannot be allowed to profiteer at the expense of the lives and the health of the people of India”. Noting that the development at Oxford University was publicly funded, the Application states that what was supposed to be available for the poor is now being converted by SII to profiteer from. It has further been submitted that issuing authorization for government use or order for compulsory licence for public non-commercial use in respect of the patents covering the vaccine would do away with the barriers. Further, the Application states that the price should be set under the Drug Price (Control) Order so as to make them affordable and accessible, and that this should be done by the NPPA. Stating that the lack of limited availability and accessibility of medicines for treatment of COVID-19 violates the Constitutional right to health and life guaranteed under Article 21, it is thus prayed that a vaccine distribution programme is developed by the Centre which ensures vaccines are available to all free of charge. The Application has been settled by Senior Advocate Anand Grover, drawn by Advocates Rajeshwari Hariharan and Nupur Kumar, and filed by Advocate Astha Sharma.Click here to download the ApplicationTagsVaccine Suo Moto COVID-19 Crisis Supreme Court Jan Swasthya Abhiyan #Vaccination #Vaccine Policy Next Storylast_img read more

Chile to close eight coal-fired stations by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享France24:Chile announced Tuesday it would close eight coal-fired power stations over the next five years as part of a plan to switch entirely to renewable energy by 2040. The closures, announced by Chile’s conservative President Sebastian Pinera, account for 20 percent of the country’s energy capacity, or 23,000 megawatts.Chile, a net importer of energy, has relied increasingly on coal-powered electricity generation over the last decade, driven largely by the end of imports of natural gas from Argentina. Imports were resumed last year under a new agreement with Buenos Aires, leading Chile to lessen its reliance on coal.About 40 percent of Chile’s electricity generation comes from 28 coal-fired power stations. The goal is to replace them all by 2040 and become fully carbon-neutral by 2050.Pinera has pushed Chile’s clean energy transformation drive first begun under his leftist predecessor Michelle Bachelet, favoring renewable sources of energy like wind, solar and geothermal stations.The shutdown of four coal-fired plants in Tocopilla — as well as others in Iquique, Puchuncavi in the center, and in the southern city of Coronel — will reduce annual CO2 emissions from the current 30 million tonnes (tons) to four million by 2024, the government said. Once they are shut down, the plants will remain mothballed in a state of “operational reserve,” ready to be called into service in an emergency at any time over the following five-year period, Pinera said.More: Chile to close eight coal-fired power stations Chile to close eight coal-fired stations by 2024last_img read more

Western Australia to shut two more units at Muja coal plant, saving $350 million

first_imgWestern Australia to shut two more units at Muja coal plant, saving $350 million FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Western Australian government has set a date for the closure of another two units of the state’s ageing coal fired Muja Power Station – a long-awaited move it says should save the state $350 million, drive down electricity costs and boost the stability of the grid.The Labor McGowan government said on Tuesday that the staged retirement of Muja’s C units would commence in October 2022, because it was “no longer viable” to keep them operating. The government said demand for the kind of coal-fired baseload power generated by the 40-year-old plant, which is operated by state-owned company Synergy, was in decline, and was being undercut by the boom in residential rooftop solar on the South West Interconnected System.On top of that, the high operating costs of Muja C, and increased maintenance due to the additional cycling of the plant – it is only being used around 35 per cent of the time – would force power prices up if it remained open.In dollar terms, the government estimates that keeping the two units operating at Muja C any longer than the selected dates would add “at least $350 million” to the state’s power bill – a cost borne by every taxpayer in the state.“It no longer makes sense to keep the Muja C units operational,” Premier Mark McGowan said in a statement. “They are expensive to run, and demand for electricity from the units is declining dramatically. Keeping them open will lead to higher power bills for Western Australians and put our stable electricity supply at risk.”The retirement of Muja C follows the closure in 2018 of what were the four oldest of the power station’s units – Muja AB – not long after they were controversially upgraded at a cost of more than $300 million under the previous Coalition government. The two Muja D units, Collie Power Station and Bluewaters will continue to operate – but for how long was not directly addressed in the statement.More: Western Australia to close Muja coal units – to lower power bills, stabilise gridlast_img read more

5 practical considerations for cloud security

first_img 277SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve McAtee As Vibrant’s chief information officer, Steve McAtee is the man with the plan when it comes to any of the high-tech gadgetry around the office. A lifelong Quad Cities … Web: Details Cloud computing promises significant costs savings and more streamlined management of mission-critical information technology, data processing, and storage needs, but the question is — is it secure? As Vibrant Credit Union continues to grow their footprint in the cloud, I’ve been tasked with migrating securely to the cloud without inflating the credit union’s IT budget. Like most organizations, we continue to have to do more with less without sacrificing our security posture, in fact, we need to continue to improve. Cloud security automation has helped my team not only improve our security posture by continuously monitoring for vulnerabilities in their Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, but also has eliminated the pain of annual regulatory compliance audits. Here are five questions I often get asked about Vibrant Credit Union’s move to the cloud:Does Cloud Computing help you move faster?In short, yes, moving to the cloud enables you to spin up resources and shut them down dynamically in an on-demand basis. The elasticity of cloud computing enables continuous development, allowing you to release software as rapidly as you like. But be warned, the speed of continuous development will increase the volume of vulnerabilities in your environment if it’s not well aligned with the security practices of your organization. In practice, cloud technology is a path to help security people get things done. Is it really cheaper?The advent of the cloud will forever change the landscape of IT budget. No longer are we housing, powering, and maintaining a farm of depreciating hardware assets. We are able to convert the capital expense associated with provisioning data centers into a more flexible consumption-based operating expense. Organizations are no longer tied down to physical datacenters, they are able to move elastically in the cloud based on the needs of the business.What about security and databreaches?While it is true that in the cloud, it’s easier to rebuild servers, it’s much more painful to do so if you haven’t properly protected your data. The speed and agility of the cloud works to the hackers’ advantage. In the cloud, more of your data is moved, processed, stored and accessed globally (including by mobile devices) which increases the data’s vulnerability to security breach and the corresponding adverse legal, regulatory and business consequences.  An automated attack runs 24/7/365 waiting to find the vulnerabilities for a way in. Attackers are doing things in a programmatic fashion. Automation is great for detecting and exploiting the risk – but you have to fight fire with fire. Arm yourself with automation and visibility so that you can identify your vulnerabilities before an attacker leveraging automation can detect it.What about compliance?Migrating to the cloud does not relieve your organization of its legal and regulatory responsibility for what is put into the cloud. In fact, moving to the cloud now has it’s own collection of industry-specific laws, regulations and compliance standards. For banking, the big regulator is the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). This is a government interagency body consisting of several different banking regulators including the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). This organization exists to help make banks less vulnerable and more resilient to cyber-attacks. A typical audit in the banking industry would consist of NIST 800-53 and ISO 20001- 300 specific standards. An audit like this would include everything you would expect to be adhering to from a security perspective, security controls, encryption, length and complexity of Passwords, as well as non-technical controls, employee background checks, access to systems removed before they are fired, etc.Compliance with these regulations is imperative, failure to comply will result in administrative orders and penalties with the potential to damage your business and brand reputation. While some framework controls are met by the cloud providers themselves, organizations need to be able to validate and prove that security standards are met. Even with a small cloud environment, monitoring by hand would be extremely burdensome if not impossible. My compliance team is also my security team; using security automation tools, like the Evident Security Platform (ESP), has helped us get to a place where we continuously monitor and manage the risks and vulnerabilities in our Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment and are also able to achieve continuous compliance.  Our move to the cloud is actually helping us enforce encryption of member data, compliance with FFIEC guidelines, and implementation of SSA16.Is it possible to manage security and compliance without automation?If you were to manually audit your cloud infrastructure, it can consume several hours, even weeks of your most valuable resources, security experts. If you add up all the discovery, auditing, remediation, and training time that security professionals have to deploy to protect cloud accounts without leveraging automation, you will lose at least one person from your team to these activities just to maintain existing security state. If you wish to move the ball forward and further implement advanced security controls or compliance frameworks, you can expect to consume up to 3 full-time bodies just to achieve baseline security practice.These were all factors in Vibrant Credit Union’s own move to continuous monitoring and continuous compliance in the cloud. Operating in the cloud brings a different reality than what enterprises worried about a few years ago when they were concerned that the introduction of the cloud and the use of cloud services in the supply chain would actually increase security vulnerabilities. As we moved to the cloud we’ve had to change how we enforce compliance and security policy and in some cases even change the security policy to ensure that we’re not creating new risk. With a small staff and limited resources, the move to the cloud made security automation a necessity. last_img read more

Sea Bright will be Rockin’ Sept. 1 with Celebration Concert

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – A celebration of the progress made since Super Storm Sandy hit town is being held by the Businesses of Sea Bright at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the Sea Bright Public Beach on Ocean Avenue at River Street.The business organization is sponsoring a free concert with the B-Street Band, featuring special guest Vinnie Maddog Lopez, a former Bruce Springsteen band member.The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with an opening act by Cat London & Friends. Admission is free and open to all ages. The first 500 attendees will be given a free T-shirt. There will be free raffles for bicycles and gift certificates to various Sea Bright retailers and eating establishments.The B-Street Band is the original tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and will perform Springsteen favorites as well as dance music. Selections will include music from the legendary Roy Orbinson, Billy Joel, ‘70s disco, Motown, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.B-Street Band, originally known as Backstreets, was formed May 1980 in Asbury Park by musicians Will Forte and the late Bob Chipak. Since that time, the top-drawing band has performed from Maine to the Bahamas for well over 3 million people.Cat London is a hot, popular Shore band.The Businesses of Sea Bright is an organization that promotes and furthers the public appeal of Sea Bright. It promotes higher business standards and encourages cooperation among the retail businesses, restaurants and beach clubs.Many Sea Bright businesses have reopened since Sandy.last_img read more

Former TRT Owner Weighs in About Obama

first_imgObama says Netanyahu speech had “nothing new” and Obama says he didn’t have a chance to watch Netanyahu speech.And Yet Obama somehow finds time to golf more than any President in American history.The liberal press will no doubt never acknowledge it, but Obama has done very little for the USA outside of universal health care. With Obama as President, blacks, in particular young black males, have a higher rate of unemployment. Income inequality has widened generally and average Americans believe race relations have worsened.Meanwhile Radical Islam has made the greatest gains under Obama and Iran is going to get the bomb. That will quite likely set off nuclear war even if it’s Israel that takes the first non-nuclear pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Obama will certainly have earned his well deserved Nobel Peace Prize – (sarcasm).Michael GoochDelray, Floridalast_img read more


first_imgBLACKJACKCAT: A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat, this Al and Sandee Kirkwood homebred is trained by Mark Glatt and retains the services of “Big Money” Mike Smith. Third in the Grade II Twilight Derby here two starts back on Nov. 4, Blackjackcat set the pace and tired to finish sixth in the Grade I Hollywood Derby on Dec. 3 at Del Mar and will be cutting back in distance from four consecutive tries at a mile and one eighth. Mittersill–Joel Rosario–119Blackjackcat–Mike Smith–119Moonlight Drive–Rafael Bejarano–119Conquest Enforcer–Flavien Prat–121Fabozzi–Luis Contreras–119Isotherm–Kent Desormeaux–119Path of David–Joe Talamo–121Frank Conversation–Mario Gutierrez–124Blackout–Julien Leparoux–119Defiantly–Brice Blanc–121Tusk–Drayden Van Dyke–119First post time on opening day, Monday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For opening day promotions and reservations, scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit CARDED AS THE LAST RACE ON OPENING DAY, MATHIS BROTHERS MILE ATTRACTS 11 SOPHOMORES ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2016)–The best may indeed be last on opening day, Monday, at Santa Anita. Carded as the ninth and final race, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) has attracted a wide open field of 11 three year olds and could be the best betting race of the day as The Great Race Place opens for its 80th Winter Meet. BLACKOUT: Trained by Florida-based Mark Casse, this French-bred colt ran evenly when finishing eighth, beaten three lengths, in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Commonwealth on Nov. 12 at Churchill Downs. Based at Palm Meadows in south Florida, he’ll be making his fourth stateside start for owners Gary Barber, Justin Casse and River Card Stable. He has two wins from three career tries at a mile on turf. CONQUEST ENFORCER: Formerly trained by Casse, he was sold privately following a neck defeat in the Grade II, six furlong turf Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 16 and will make his first start for Loooch Racing Stables Inc., Imaginary Stables or Ritchie, and trainer Phil D’Amato. An Ontario-Canadian-bred colt by Into Mischief, he’s been favored in six out of his seven starts. With a win from two tries at a mile on turf, Conquest Enforcer has plenty of speed and has four wins and two thirds to his credit. ISOTHERM: Well beaten in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, he’s winless in his last seven starts but has been keeping good company and gets the services for the first time of Kent Desormeaux. Trained by New York-based George Weaver and owned by Matthew Schera, Isotherm will likely be taken off the pace in his first-ever try over the Santa Anita turf. THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Third, beaten one length three starts back in the Grade III La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf, Italian-bred Moonlight Drive was subsequently seventh in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 4. Following that, he was freshened by Bob Baffert and responded with a game neck victory going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf on Oct. 22. With a 4-1-2-1 mark at one mile on turf, Moonlight Drive, who is owned by CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner, David Bienstock and Ro and Ward Williford, could be on the early lead or thereabouts under regular pilot Rafael Bejarano.                 FRANK CONVERSATION: Third, beaten two lengths at odds of 19-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Hollywood Derby on Dec. 3, he was a half length winner of the Grade II Twilight Derby under the same conditions here on Nov. 4 at 36-1. Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC and trained by Doug O’Neill, the Kentucky-bred colt by Quality Road will cut back in distance a furlong and hope to relax as he’s done in his last two starts. Mario Gutierrez once again has the riding assignment. Race 9 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PSTlast_img read more

Blame it on MySpace: Ad Spending on Social Networks Expected to Drop 3% This Year

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… As the Wall Street Journal points out, though, it is also important to note that eMarketer predicted a 10.2% growth in ad spending for 2009 in December 2008. For the upcoming years, eMarketer predicts that the market will rebound and it predicts a 13.2% increase in ad spending in 2010. However, given how far off eMarketer’s prediction for 2009 was, we will just take this projection with a grain of salt.More Bad News for MySpaceOverall, this is obviously even more bad news for MySpace, which is already struggling to just keep its current user base from moving to other services. Even as the MySpace team tries to improve the service and streamline its business, it faces an extremely tough challenger in Facebook, which also has a lot of momentum behind it right now. frederic lardinois Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web According to a new report from eMarketer, paid advertising on social networks in the US will drop 3% in 2009. In 2008, advertisers spent $1.175 billion on ads on social networks, but eMarketer predicts that this number will fall to $1.14 billion this year. The main culprit here is MySpace. EMarketer expects that ad spending on the social network will fall 15% in 2009. At the same time, it expects to see a 9% growth in ad spending on Facebook, and most other social networks are also doing just fine. EMarketer expects that this drop will be short-lived, however, and predicts a 13.2% increase in ad spending in 2010.It’s important to stress that except for MySpace, most other social networks are still doing just fine, and advertisers have actually increased their ad spending on Facebook and other social networks. Also, while most advertisers only spend a relatively small amount of money on ads on widgets and applications, the amount of money companies spend on advertising on these platforms will actually increase from $40 million to $70 million. last_img read more

Clip and Save: Stretching Your Grocery Dollar

first_imgBy Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceRegardless of the reason, whether it’s to save a few extra dollars or the thrill of scoring a good deal, couponing has become very popular. Have you seen TLC’s popular television show, Extreme Couponing, highlighting families who save hundreds of dollars at the register by using coupons? Do you ever wonder how someone can actually save that much at the grocery? Although most of us will not be able to reduce our grocery bill to a few dollars, there are a few simple couponing strategies that you can use to stretch your military family’s grocery dollars.The first step before even setting foot in the store is to get organized. Planning ahead for meal time can help you save both time and money, whether you use store ads or coupons. At the beginning of every week, spend a few minutes planning the meals you will need for the week. It is often helpful to look at a calendar, keeping in mind which nights your daughter has softball practice or your son has guitar lessons.Join us in saving this month by making small daily deposits July 1-30 to save $100 in 30 days.Planning ahead will prevent the last-minute panic of trying to figure out what to serve for dinner or turning to fast food from the drive-through. As you prepare your list, don’t just think about the evening meal, but also think of all meals that you will be serving for the week, including breakfast and lunches for both school and work. Also, consider meal options that include items you already have at home, especially perishables such as meat and dairy products.Once you have your meal plan for the week, search your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, making a list of the items to pick up at the store to complete your menu. You will also want to add any kitchen staples that you may need. After your list is complete, search your local stores’ weekly sale ads and coupons to find the best price. Sale ads, as well as coupons, can normally be found online, at the store, or in the Sunday edition of your local newspaper. You may also request coupons directly from manufacturers, although there is no guarantee that they will respond. Be flexible with your meal plan; if you see a great bargain on an item, such as beef or chicken, consider rearranging your list to incorporate it into your menu. However, once you are at the store, stick to your list. A last-minute change at the store could leave you without key ingredients to complete your meal plan.As you review weekly sales ads and coupons, keep in mind that if you are able to purchase the item for 50% off or more it is a good deal. For example, let’s assume macaroni and cheese normally costs $1.20 per box, but is on sale this week for $1.00, and you have a $0.50 coupon. If the store doubles coupons, your mac and cheese will be free, but if not, it would only cost you $0.50, a savings of nearly 60%. This is an item that you would definitely want to grab, but only if your family likes mac and cheese. Do not buy a bargain, just because it is a bargain. If no one at home likes a particular food item, but it is a good deal, either pass on it at the store or purchase it and donate it to a local food bank or charity. Also, you will need to become an informed consumer to know whether a sale is really a good deal. Maintaining a spending diary is a good financial practice to monitor monthly expenses. A detailed grocery-spending diary will help you quickly recognize a bargain price. Track the prices you typically pay for common household goods. You can reference your grocery diary to see whether an advertised sale price is really a good deal and if you should stock up on it or wait for a better price.Scanning weekly grocery ads and coupon circulars can seem like a time-consuming task for a busy person. Consider using internet search engines, social media, and both store and coupon websites to make the process faster. There are several websites that can help you locate the best deals and coupons quickly. Be cautious of fee-based websites; there are several reputable free sites available. Talk with friends and other couponers to find the best online resources. If you are considering a fee-based site, make certain you understand the fees and services provided. Be cautious about coupons on the Internet. Coupons can be counterfeited the same as money, and it is illegal to use fake coupons. Make certain that you are printing coupons from a legitimate source, such as or You might recognize the names RedPlum and SmartSource from the coupon circulars that are normally in the Sunday paper. These are examples only and there are many other sources of Internet coupons.Learning to coupon takes time and patience. Try not to become overwhelmed in the beginning. Remember, small savings are still savings, and they provide you with additionalContact Jennifer at  [email protected]last_img read more