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‘Papers Record Chaotic Scenes In Front Of Vaccine Centers’: Kerala High Court Registers Suo Motu Case Based On News Reports

first_imgNews Updates’Papers Record Chaotic Scenes In Front Of Vaccine Centers’: Kerala High Court Registers Suo Motu Case Based On News Reports Lydia Suzanne Thomas4 May 2021 4:44 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court, acting on news reports of overcrowding at vaccine centers in Trivandrum and Kochi instituted suo motu proceedings taking cognizance of overcrowding at vaccine centers.In its Order, the Court noted, “We have been alerted by press reports that there is uncontrolled crowding of persons seeking vaccinations for COVID-19.” While instituting proceedings, the Division Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Dr Kauser Edappagath stated that there are press stories on overcrowding at vaccine centers in Trivandrum and Kochi.At the outset, the State Attorney remarked that the situation was of the past when there was provision for spot registration. After the Kerala government issued an order stopping spot reservation and only online registration for both doses of vaccine, this was at an end, the State Attorney said.”There was initially some software trouble, we have requested correction of this..”, he added.The Court pointed out that the news report as regards the situation in Trivandrum was from April 26. On the situation in Ernakulam, the Court said it had received, “reliable information that crowding at Ernakulam General Hospital for second dose is unabated”.Voicing its concern at the situation, the Court remarked,”If uncontrolled crowding is permitted at vaccination centers, the situation will boomerang. Instead of being a prophylactic, vaccination drive will be a superspreader”The Bench also recorded its views on why this overcrowding took place.The Court said -“There may be several reasons why persons may be crowding – perhaps people believe there are not enough vaccines , perhaps they want to get vaccinated before exposure to vaccine, perhaps it is because of rumours circulating.. The fact remains that papers report chaotic scenes before Vaccine centers”On availability of vaccines, the State Attorney informed the Court that 2.43 lakhs of doses were expected to be administered as of Tuesday, with an inflow of almost 2 lakh persons per day. He also submitted that excess doses were being used and vaccines were not getting wasted. Recording appreciation for the same and remarking that it augured well for the system, the Court stated, “However, we cannot allow nervous congregation at any of the vaccine centers”Advocate Ajay M appearing for the National Health Mission and the Kerala Medical Services Corporation submitted that the supply was very slow as compared to demand for vaccines. Along with the State Attorney, he pressed for an impleadment of the Centre.The Court therefore pointed out that crowding at vaccine centers seems to be because there is an impression that there are not enough vaccinations. The Court also added that there seemed to be grounds for this impression. In this light, the Court called for a report from the state, in light of COVID vaccine guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which mandated specific requirements for waiting room/area outside vaccine centers, observation rooms as well as provided for maintenance of adequate social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, the Court directed that matter be listed on May 7.”We give direction to State Police Chief to ensure personnel are deployed outside vaccination centers. Ensure no force is used, but only empathetic persuasion”, the Court underscored. TagsCovid vaccine Suo Motu PIL Kerala High Court #Justice Devan Ramachandran Justice Kauser Edappagath Next Storylast_img read more

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Four levels of luxury living at inner-city abode

first_imgThe four-level house at 29 Upper Cairns Tce, Paddington, is for sale.IT IS difficult to believe this Paddington house once had purple walls and maroon carpet.But this was the reality of the 29 Upper Cairns Tce home when it was bought by Richard and Josie Harrison five years ago. Dark floorboards give a dramatic vibe when contrasted with crisp cupboards and walls.“It took us pretty much two years on and off … because we had to change all of the plumbing and electrical,” Mrs Harrison said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“I wanted to embellish the bones of the property and create a really functional flow.”Embellish she did, with the house now a mixture of French provincial and hamptons styles. The kitchen is hamptons style, with a touch of French provincial influences.“It was purple and maroon carpet, and it had staircases running everywhere,” Mrs Harrison said.It was Mrs Harrison’s vision to create a space that was functional on each of its four levels, and pay homage to its Queensland history while adding some creative flair. There is a balcony off the bedroom.Dark timber floorboards flow through the home, juxtaposed with neutral coloured VJ walls.With this renovation being the “sixth or seventh” on the couple’s resume, Mrs Harrison said her past experiences had allowed her to create the beautiful property.“With every project there are always things you might change or learn,” she said.“For example, texture is something people forget, and texture is just as important as colour.” The bathrooms are glamorous.A fine example of this is the herringbone tiled splashback in the kitchen, which begs for a hand to run over its surface.On the home’s lowest level is a double lockup garage, a bedroom, kitchenette and toilet. Living, dining and kitchen spaces occupy ground level.The master bedroom, which has an ensuite, and another bedroom are on level two. The loft also has a bedroom and ensuite. Three of the four levels also have washing machines.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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Fat Tire Festival celebrates 20th birthday

first_imgThere’s also the Kootenay Krawl and Last Wheelie Standing competition.Saturday is set aside for riding in the Casino Royale Day.There are rides at 9 a.m., Smallwood Group, 10 a.m., Sacred Ride BlackJack Downhill Shuttle beginning at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Gerick’s Mountain Station Poker Ride.The Roots, Rocks and Rhythm Party at the Royal Inn follow it all.Sunday, it’s back to racing again with Morning Mountain Madness.Registration, available all weekend, closes at 8:30 a.m.The Nelson and District Credit Union Kids Cross Country race goes at 11: 30 a.m. followed at 1 p.m. by the Downhill Event. Nelson Fat Tire Festival turns 20 this weekend.An event, for kids from two to 72 to enjoy that salutes the memory of avid cyclist Cam Alexander, the Nelson Fat Tire Festival kicks off Thursday at the Rosemont All Wheel Bike Park.Opening night is set-aside for timed Pump Track Races and the Open Jump Jam.  Must be a cycling club member to participate; Pump Track Races are $2 for each timed lap or 5 for $5. Friday, the event moves to Baker Street for the Bike Parade, beginning at 5:45 p.m. and followed by the Show’n’Shine.last_img read more

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Leafs snap winless streak by stopping Spokane Braves 2-0

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs returned to the win column, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday in Spokane.A powerplay goal by Jordan Davie, combined with solid netminding by Joe Barton, sparked Nelson to the shutout win.Davie combined with the two Austins — Anselmo and Lindsay — to beat Trevor Dilauro in the Spokane nets for the first goal of the game. Brendan Smith added an insurance marker in the third period, also on the powerplay, to secure the two points for the Green and White.Barton bounced back from a loss Friday to Beaver Valley to register the shutout in goal for Nelson.The Leafs carried the play for most of the game, pounding Dilauro with 56 shots, including a 25-5 advantage in the third period.Nelson, improving to 4-4 on the season for third spot in Murdoch Division standings, now returns to the NDCC Arena for a three-game home stand beginning Friday against Golden Rockets.Saturday, the Leafs host Beaver Valley before concluding the Thanksgiving Day weekend with an afternoon affair against Summerland Steam.ICE CHIPS: With the goal, Brendan Smith moves into the scoring lead for Nelson with six points — three goals and three assists — one point ahead of Jordan Davie. . . . Spokane knocked division rival Beaver Valley from the unbeaten ranks Saturday by edging the Hawks 2-1 in Fruitvale. Spokane netminder Blake Norman stopped 44 of 45 shots to power the Braves to the upset victory. . . . Beaver Valley and Castlegar are now tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division, each with 14 points. Castlegar has played one more game than the Hawks.last_img read more

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All set for MTB World Cup South Africa leg

first_img10 April 2014Pietermaritzburg, South Africa will be the centre of the mountain biking world from Friday through Sunday as the sport’s leading cross-country and downhill competitors do battle in the opening round of the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup.It is the fourth time that the KwaZulu-Natal provincial capital, which played host to last year’s UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, has been on the World Cup series calendar, having previously hosted World Cups in 2009, 2011 and 2012.Cross countryAfter partnering South Africa’s Phillip Buys to fifth place overall in the recent Absa Cape Epic, cross-country world champion Nino Schurter, who won in Pietermaritzburg in the 2011 and 2012 World Cups, followed by a World Championship victory last year, will be out to continue his run of success at the Cascades MTB Park.The Swiss star goes into the World Cup season opener as the favourite, especially after Specialized Racing’s Jaroslav Kulhavy, a former overall World Cup winner and the 2012 London Olympic gold medallist, was forced to withdraw late last week due to illness.French star Julien Absalon and Aussie Daniel McConnell will be hoping their off season efforts will be enough to overcome Schurter’s Pietermaritzburg dominance. Cannondale Factory Racing’s Manuel Fumic and Multivan Merida Biking Team’s Jose Hermida, who were on the World Championships podium with Schurter in 2013, will also likely be in the mix again.The women’s cross-country duel is set to be a fascinating one as 2013 World Cup overall winner Tanja Zakelj attempts to deal with the challenges posed by, among others, Eva Lechner of Italy, 2013 world champion Julie Bresset of France and Polish star Maja Wloszczowska.DownhillSouth African downhill sensation and triple world champion Greg Minnaar, riding for the Santa Cruz Syndicate, will be hard-pressed to repeat his 2013 World Championships’ heroics as he underwent surgery on his left knee late in 2013. However, given his past World Cup successes in Pietermaritzburg – two wins and a runner-up finish – he should still deliver a good performance.British big gun Gee Atherton is again expected to be a factor in the seven-leg 2014 World Cup series, along with the likes of young French star Loic Bruni, Australia’s Sam Hill, American ace Aaron Gwin, and Kiwi Brook Macdonald.Atherton’s sister Rachel, who dominated last year’s World Championships, despite it being her first appearance in Pietermaritzburg, will again be the woman to catch in the women’s downhill competition on Saturday, with fellow Brit Manon Carpenter and 2012 Pietermaritzburg World Cup Tracey Hannah likely to be her nearest rivals.TrainingA timed training session for the downhill competitors takes place on Thursday afternoon, while training for both the cross-country and downhill competitors has been set for Friday morning before downhill qualification takes place at 12:30.In a change from previous World Cups in Pietermaritzburg, the downhill finals will take place on Saturday afternoon, with the cross-country moving from Saturday to Sunday.Clear blue skies and warm temperatures are expected for most of the weekend, with a slightly cooler, overcast day forecast for Sunday – ideal for the gruelling cross-country clashes. Thousands of mountain biking enthusiasts are expected to be in attendance.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Meet the Presenters for Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

first_imgDid you miss this webinar Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism? The recording is now  posted at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/30362/RDs can earn 1.0 CPEU! Jamie Pearson, PhD2019 EI Webinar Series PresenterDr. Jamie Pearson, a former ABA therapist and autism program consultant, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pearson earned her PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she developed FACES, a parent advocacy program designed to support African American families of children with autism. Her areas of focus include: (a) investigating disparities in the diagnosis of autism and access to services for minority families, (b) assessing the impact of parent-advocacy and empowerment training on family dynamics and child outcomes, (c) implementing classroom-based interventions that promote effective learning and engagement for underrepresented children with autism; and (d) building positive partnerships between educators and parents of children with disabilities.Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with AutismHedda Meadan-KaplanskyHedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD2019 EI Webinar Series PresenterDr. Hedda Meadan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, a Goldstick Family Scholar, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Meadan’s areas of interest include social-communication skills and challenging behavior of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and intervention methods to enhance these spheres of functioning.Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with AutismStepping Out: Family Outings with Young Children with AutismWelcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with AutismThe objectives for the June 12 session are below.Participants will describe the behavioral, physiological, and cultural factors that contribute to diet and eating preferences in children with autism and related disordersParticipants will identify behavioral strategies for overcoming food aversions in children with autism and related disordersParticipants will identify nutrient dense alternatives to foods that are non-preferred by children with autism and related disordersParticipants will discuss family-centered, naturalistic teaching strategies to strengthen family mealtime experienceslast_img read more

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Lok Sabha election: Aligarh has never elected a Muslim MP

first_imgBefore digital locks became the norm for securing homes, Aligarh was famous for its locks, which made its way to the farthest corner of the country. Today, Aligarh is best known for its Aligarh Muslim University, which has also contributed to the impression among outsiders that it is a Muslim-dominated district of Uttar Pradesh.This impression has gained currency in the wake of controversies such as the Jinnah portrait row in Aligarh Muslim University, clash between the varsity students and the BJP over alleged shouting of anti-India slogans leading to slapping of sedition charges against 14 youths and a ‘tiranga yatra’ in recent times.Interestingly, the only Muslim majority district of Uttar Pradesh is Rampur.Aligarh, which voted on April 19 in the Lok Sabha election, is one of the 80 parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. This seat has never elected a Muslim candidate to the Lok Sabha.Aligarh’s profileGoing by the electorate’s demography, Muslims are about one-fifth of the total 18.82 lakh voters in Aligarh. There are estimated 3.50 lakh Muslim voters followed by 2.50 lakh Jats and 1.60 lakh Brahmins.There are about 2 lakh Jatav voters, believed to be the supporters of the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati, in Aligargh and 1.50 lakh Thakurs or Rajputs. Vaishya, Lodh, Yadav and Baghel are 1 lakh each in the Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency.How has Aligarh voted till date?The Congress won the first two Lok Sabha elections from Aligarh, which in 1962 voted for a candidate of the Republic Party of India. The Bharatiya Kranti Dal, which later merged with the Janata Party won Aligarh Lok Sabha seat in 1967 and 1971, when Indira Gandhi’s popularity was at its peak.advertisementThe Janata Party and its breakaway faction Janata Party (S) won the next two elections before the Congress won from Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency in 1984, when the election was held in the shadow of assassination of Indira Gandhi. The Congress could not win the Aligarh seat for next 20 years.The BJP has dominated the Aligarh constituency since 1991, winning this seat six times. The Congress has also won from here six times but its first four victories came in the first two Lok Sabha elections, when Aligarh sent two representatives one in open category and the other in reserved segment.The BJP won Aligarh seat five times in a row from 1991 to 2001 Lok Sabha bypoll. The Congress won back this seat in 2004 and lost it to the BSP in 2009. The BJP secured Aligarh Lok Sabha seat in 2014, when Satish Kumar Gautam defeated his BSP rival by about 2.87 lakh votes.Gautam is in the fray seeking a second term. He was up against BSP’s Ajeet Baliyan and former MP Bijendra Singh of the Congress.Before Aligarh went to polling boothsIn 2018, Satish Kumar Gautam triggered a massive row when he demanded that the Aligarh Muslim University should remove the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an alumnus of the university and creator of Pakistan, from its campus.In January this year, the BJP and the Aligarh Muslim University were again on the warpath after the varsity denied a ‘tiranga rally’ organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) on Republic Day.The BJYM is the youth wing of the ruling BJP. The BJYM had decided to take out the tiranga yatra inside the university campus after the AMU administration issued notice to two of its students for a similar rally, carrying the national tricolour, on the premises.Again in February, local BJP leader Mukesh Kumar Lodh lodged a complaint with the police that he and his supporters were shot at and assaulted at the gate of the AMU for sporting a sticker of the party. He alleged that the assaulters were students of the AMU and shouted anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans.The police slapped sedition charges against 14 students of the AMU. Some of these students were suspended by the AMU administration.(With inputs from Siraj Qureshi in Agra)ALSO READ: Will higher voter turnout help or hurt BJP?ALSO WATCH: Modi will become PM once again, says Amit Shahlast_img read more

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2009 NTL Survey Results

first_imgThanks to all that participated in the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League Survey.Please find enclosed a summary of results.We appreciate the feedback given, and it helps improve TFA events. NTL Survey Summarylast_img

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10 months agoLiverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool captain Henderson reveals he’s still in Gerrard contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he remains in contact with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.Henderson took over the captaincy from Gerrard four years ago.”It was a big responsibility when I first got the role but I always looked forward to it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it,” reflects Henderson. “I spoke to Stevie in a lot of detail before he left and still speak to him now and again. As time has gone on, it has got a lot easier. I’ve learned a lot.”With Liverpool unbeaten this season he says: “I feel we’re ready. We definitely have the potential to win trophies.”I have every confidence, with the people and talent we’ve got in the dressing-room, that we can produce trophies in the very near future.” last_img read more

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Japanese drug maker Takeda to buy Irelands Shire

first_imgTOKYO – Japanese drugmaker Takeda has agreed to buy Shire for 46 billion pounds ($62.4 billion) in cash and stock, one of the biggest deals ever in the pharmaceuticals industry, the companies said Tuesday.Takeda will pay the equivalent of 49.01 pounds in cash and stock for each share of Shire, based on Takeda’s closing share price on April 23, the day before a preliminary deal was announced.Shire gives Takeda a larger presence in the U.S. and expertise in rare diseases, an increasingly important area for pharmaceutical companies as patents on established drugs expire. Even though Shire’s headquarters are in Dublin, it earns more than two thirds of its revenue in the U.S. on drugs like Adderall, which is used for ADHD.Takeda, meanwhile, has like many Japanese companies been expanding overseas to compensate for slowing growth at home. Last year it bought Ariad Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Takeda is valued at about $34 billion and makes almost half of its sales in Asia, and about a third in the U.S. Among its top sellers are Entyvio, used to treat ulcerative colitis, and cancer drug Leuprorelin.The deal recognizes “the strong growth potential of our leading products and innovative pipeline,” Shire Chairman Susan Kilsby said.The share price in both companies rose on the news — Shire’s by 3.6 per cent to 39.96 pounds, and Takeda’s by the same rate to 4,638 yen.Takeda obtained a $31 billion bridge loan to help finance the deal, a fact that had unnerved some investors before the deal’s announcement. Takeda pledged Tuesday to quickly reduce the debt and maintain the company’s investment grade credit reading.“Shire’s highly complementary product portfolio and pipeline, as well as experienced employees, will accelerate our transformation for a stronger Takeda,” Christophe Weber, Takeda’s president and CEO, said in a statement.Shareholders of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Shire Plc will each own about 50 per cent of the merged company. The company will trade in Japan and New York.The companies expect to complete the deal in the first half of 2019.last_img read more

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