Top Stories’If Tatas Can Divert Their Oxygen, Why Can’t Others? This Is Height Of Greed’ : Delhi High Court Wants Industries To Supply Oxygen For COVID Emergency LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 April 2021 8:34 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday observed that steel and petroleum industries should divert their oxygen stock to address the medical emergency in the capital city on account of the COVID19 surge.A division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was holding a special sitting on Wednesday night at 8 PM to hear an urgent petition filed by Max Hospital highlighting acute…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday observed that steel and petroleum industries should divert their oxygen stock to address the medical emergency in the capital city on account of the COVID19 surge.A division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was holding a special sitting on Wednesday night at 8 PM to hear an urgent petition filed by Max Hospital highlighting acute oxygen deficiency.”We direct Centre to protect right to life of citizens who are seriously ill and require medical oxygen and to supply the same by whatever means it is required”, the bench observed during the hearing.The bench pulled up the Central Government for providing exemption to steel and petroleum industries while banning the use of oxygen for industrial purposes.”If necessary, Centre should divert entire supply from industries particularly steel and petroleum”, the bench observed.”If Tatas can divert their oxygen, why can’t others do it ? This is the height of greed if we can say that. There is no humanity left or what?”, the bench asked.”How is this that the government is so oblivious to the ground reality. We can’t have people die?”, the bench asked the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Family and Health Welfare who was present during the virtual hearing. “We are shocked and dismayed that the government does not seem to be mindful to the extremely urgent need of medical oxygen”, the bench observed.”The reality is that there is no oxygen. You have to arrange. Hospitals have run dry”, the bench told the Centre’s officers.The bench dictated an order to direct Centre to take over production of oxygen from steel plants, if necessary from petroleum plants for supply to oxygen even if it means that such industries have to stop production for the time being.The order also directed that such industries particularly Steel to make their oxygen production available to Central Government.While the bench was finishing the dictation, Central Government Counsel made a request not to finalize the order and requested for an adjournment till tomorrow so that the secretaries of the concerned departments can address the court.The bench refused to grant the adjournment till tomorrow and said that it will defer the proceedings for 30 minutes. The bench will re-assemble at 9.20 PM.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Of course it does – just not for everything. A growing number of enterprises, particularly in the financial services sector, are realising that applying 99.99999% SLAs to all workloads isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective way to run IT infrastructure. As developers become more agile, businesses should consider how they can manage SLAs in a way that’s as flexible as their cloud infrastructure: not just seeking to lower costs, but to be able to “scale” availability up and down as their needs shift and evolve.Let’s say you’re running a low-level workload to test a new service – part of your new DevOps strategy, perhaps. The service doesn’t need extremely high levels of uptime because you’re still in the testing and iteration phase: in fact, your developers want to see when the service fails to identify potential areas for improvement. But let’s say the service experiences far larger demand than expected during public beta, so much so that it starts to hit performance issues or outages. Your uptime requirements have just changed and you need a way to quickly “scale” your SLAs to keep up.At the same time, there will always be mission-critical services which require the highest uptime possible. You recognise these need best-of-breed infrastructure, without compromise: a VCE Vblock, for example, rather than an off-the-shelf DIY configuration. Yet these systems need to integrate seamlessly with your lower-availability workloads – ideally running on the same platform. How do you cover both ends of the spectrum without breaking IT operations into siloes?The solution lies in a managed-service approach to converged infrastructure. Our customers increasingly tell us they want full control over how they consume IT resources, particularly when it comes to costs and responsibility for day-to-day operations. At VCE, we both provide best-of-breed hardware (like Vblocks and VxRacks) and look after it as a fully managed offering, giving our customers the security of SLAs while allowing them to vary the levels of these agreements in an agile way.This is very different to your traditional model of IT outsourcing, where any change to your SLAs or other aspects of your configuration typically incurs an (let’s face it) unreasonably high cost. Those outsourcing models are in real danger of going extinct as more and more businesses adopt “utility” models for IT infrastructure. Although they may (but not always) cost more, the flexibility and control of spend compared to CapEx investments is increasingly worth it.Is your business taking a multi-level approach to SLAs and uptime?
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August 2011 was 5.9 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a percent from the July rate. Compared to a year ago, the rate is lower by one-tenth of a percentage point. Despite the increase, Vermont still has one of the lowest state unemployment rates in the country and is well below the national average of 9.1 percent. Additionally, the current state rate is well below Vermont’s recent high of 7.3 percent percent in May of 2009 which was during the height of the last recession. The employment numbers do not include the bulk of Hurricane Irene-related impacts, as the storm hit on August 28. However, the first two weeks of September saw a spike in unemployment claims.‘The employment picture in Vermont has softened as the summer has progressed, and has become complicated by the disruptions to local economies due to the flooding in May and now Hurricane Irene. We anticipate some temporary and permanent worker displacement as a result of the disaster. On the ‘flip side’, we have also seen significant numbers of job openings for cleaning, repair, restoration and demolition work as a result of the hurricane. Also, three industries of note each reported job gains: Professional & Business Services, Local Government, and Trade, Transportation & Utilities Work. ‘It is important for employers and workers to know that resources are available to assist them rebound from the disaster. As a result of the governor’s efforts, Vermont has qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, which has broader eligibility parameters than regular unemployment, including assistance for people who are self-employed. The claims line for new claims is 1-877-214-3330. In addition, the Department of Labor regional Career Centers can match employers with job seekers, and offer a wide array of services that can assist the business community and the public, and those office numbers are posted on our website. We urge the employer community to list your job openings with our offices so that we can help you keep your business moving forward,’ said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. State of Vermont Overview The Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percent in August to 5.9 percent. The comparable rate over the same time period for the United States was unchanged; remaining stable at 9.1 percent. The seasonally-adjusted Vermont data show the total Vermont labor force is unchanged over the month. Total employment declined by 500 while total unemployment increased by 600. None of these over the month changes were statistically significant. July unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.7 percent in Hartford to 7.8 percent in Newport (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted). For comparison, the August unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.4 percent which reflects a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the July level and a decline of one-tenth of a percent from a year ago. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry The preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for August show an increase of 1,200 jobs when compared to the revised July numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 150 job decrease between the preliminary and the revised July estimates due to the inclusion of more data. As detailed in the preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ August data, Total Private reports an increase of 800 jobs and Government reports an increase of 400 jobs. In the private sector, Professional & Business Services (+750 jobs) and Leisure & Hospitality (+650 jobs) reported the largest nominal increases. Reported job declines over the month by industry were minimal with a 350 job loss in the private industry Educational & Health Services being the only one of note. The seasonally adjusted data for August reports a 1,400 jobs increase from the revised July data. As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised July numbers which experienced a downward revision from the preliminary estimates by 200 jobs. A review of the seasonally adjusted August numbers shows the job gains were distributed across both Private and Government employers. Vermont’s Private Industries reported an increase of 800 jobs while Total Government reported a 600 job increase. As with the not-seasonally adjusted data, the seasonally adjusted data had few over the month changes of significant magnitude. The three industries of note each reported job gains: Professional & Business Services (+700 jobs), Local Government (+500 jobs) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+400 jobs). All other over the month fluctuations by industry were +/- 200 jobs or less. Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200 Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400 Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500 Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling. The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.RELATED: http://vermontbiz.com/news/september/weekly-unemployment-claims-continue… Changes From August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010
Biomass can be a part of the effort to cut back on fossil fuels, but only if it is harvested and used in ways that reduce pollution, cut emissions and protect forests. Pictured: A biomass-burning power plant. Credit: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What is “biomass” and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy? — Edward White, New Bedford, MABiomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels.According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was formed during the oil shocks of the early 1970s to help ward off future energy shortages, biomass combustion is a carbon-neutral process because the carbon dioxide released at burning has previously been absorbed by the plants from the atmosphere.Biomass resources, reports IEA, include agricultural residues, animal manure, wood wastes, food and paper industry residues, municipal green wastes, sewage sludge, and a large variety of grasses and crops.But while biomass may be in theory carbon-neutral, green groups point out that there is no free lunch. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), for example, points out that some American timber companies are targeting whole trees from forests as an easy source of biomass and are pressuring Congress to open up additional National Forest acreage for this form of energy generation.NRDC says that, practically speaking, burning whole trees for biomass energy is far from carbon-neutral, given that the carbon dioxide that trees accumulate over decades is suddenly released into the atmosphere upon combustion, just like when coal is burned. “But unlike coal, however, trees will continue to absorb carbon if left alone.” Therefore, the burning of forests for biomass energy both emits considerable amounts of carbon and destroys an important way carbon is prevented from entering our atmosphere.Deforestation isn’t the only problem with biomass. Burning biomass also produces sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and other toxins harmful to our health. Two California wood-fired power plants were fined $830,000 under the Clean Air Act recently for violating emissions standards.And then there is the issue of the efficiency of biomass as a fuel feedstock. Researchers have found that some common forms of biomass yield only 25 or 30 percent the amount of energy as an equivalent amount of coal. The 2011 closure of a biomass conversion plant in Georgia that reportedly spent $320 million to produce just 100,000 gallons of ethanol stands out as another black mark against biomass.Despite such downsides, reports NRDC, some policymakers seeking to promote alternative fuels are proposing actions and policies that would greatly increase the use of biomass. At the same time, the group says, industry lobbyists are pushing to relax biomass sourcing safeguards and “pushing to give industrial biomass burning a ‘free pass’ on complying with Clean Air Act mandates.”Biomass can be a part of the effort to cut back on fossil fuels, but only if it is harvested and used in ways that reduce pollution, cut emissions and protect forests. NRDC and other green groups would like to see Congress impose stricter rules to rein in soot, smog and greenhouse gases at biomass power plants and pass measures that safeguard forests from deforestation for biomass development.CONTACTS: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org; NRDC, www.nrdc.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Board weighs in on 17th JNC questions February 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board weighs in on 17th JNC questions Senior Editor The Florida Bar Board of Governors wants Bar members — and especially judicial applicants — to know it cares passionately about the integrity of the judicial nominating commission system.More than a dozen board members commented at their January 30 meeting in a broad discussion on news stories that reported improper questions were asked of some candidates when they were interviewed by the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.Bar President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson raised the issue with a report on the controversy and on what the Bar had done. That produced a strong reaction from board members — who said they didn’t know if the media reports were accurate, but that if the questions were asked as reported in the article they were clearly inappropriate.“We want our members to know we are as concerned as they are about this,” said board member Don Horn, a former chair of the 11th Circuit JNC.The issue arose from news articles in a South Florida paper that judicial applicants had been asked possibly inappropriate questions during interviews by the JNC. Those included whether a female candidate could balance duties as a judge with her responsibilities as a mother and whether other candidates were “God-fearing.” The stories also allege 17th Circuit JNC commissioners regularly ask candidates about recent court decisions, such as the courthouse Ten Commandments case in Alabama and the Texas sodomy case, that some think are akin to a political or religious litmus test.Board members questioned whether the Bar had responded appropriately to reassure potential candidates that the problems, if they happened, would not reoccur. They also pondered whether the Bar should have called for a formal investigation by the Governor’s Office. Bar President Miles McGrane also said he had been quoted imprecisely regarding those issues in one article.Board member Jesse Diner, the senior board member from the 17th Circuit, said inaccurate reporting had inflamed the issue. Diner said he met with the chair of the 17th JNC and determined “there were unfortunately some things taken out of context.” But also added, “Some things that were asked clearly should not have been asked.“The Bar is not whitewashing it; we immediately intervened to make sure this didn’t happen again.. . . It’s not really fair to say the Bar didn’t do anything. We didn’t go out front and beat on our chest because that wasn’t the way to deal with it,” Diner added.Johnson noted besides Diner’s efforts, she, McGrane, President-elect Alan Bookman, and other Bar leaders attended the Bar’s recent Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee meeting and she also discussed the incident with the governor’s General Counsel Raquel Rodriquez, who looked into the matter.Horn said the questions that were allegedly asked likely would have been ruled out of order in the 11th Circuit JNC. Diner replied that the JNCs each have their own practices and the 17th Circuit members have been allowed to ask whatever questions they wanted, although it might be pointed out after a meeting that some questions were improper. The chair now understands she can instantly rule that questions are improper and will do so in the future, he said.Johnson noted the issue was fully aired during the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee meeting at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in January, and recommendations were made to better educate JNC members.While some board members said the Bar should call on the governor for a formal investigation, board member Hank Coxe said that wasn’t justified. He noted no one had filed a complaint over the incidents — which is required by JNC rules before an investigation can be launched.“We should never act only on a newspaper account,” Coxe said. “For us to write a letter now and take a public position because a newspaper report has said X, Y, and Z is not responsible.”Board member David Rothman said the Bar should have a plan for dealing with any future problems.“How many people will read that article [about JNC problems] and will not apply for a judgeship?” he asked. “We have to go through the back door and educate, but we have to go through the front door and say, ‘No, this is not all we can do.’ It’s going to happen again. You know it’s going to happen again, and we’ve got to be prepared to respond. I don’t want those good candidates, who are now thinking about not applying, to go unprotected.”Dinita James, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, noted FAWL has given Gov. Jeb Bush an award honoring his diverse appointments to the bench. She suggested he be approached to write a letter reaffirming that he wants people of diverse backgrounds to apply.She also noted that JNC interviews are public and suggested Bar members be encouraged to attend and watch the process.President McGrane recounted how a reporter called him for a comment and asked if the Bar would be appointing an investigative panel, like it did in an earlier case. Prior to 2001, The Florida Bar had the authority to investigate one of its direct appointee commissioners pursuant to JNC Uniform Rules of Procedure. Statutory changes were made in 2001 that removed all other appointing authorities except the governor, who now has sole responsibility for the appointments and misconduct. McGrane said he told the reporter the Bar had no power to appoint such a panel, but it came out in the story as if the Bar had no influence in the JNC process.Coxe, Diner, and President-elect Johnson noted there have been positive effects from the incident, including the full discussion of the issue during the procedures committee meeting, a call for more training of JNC members, and a better understanding of the rules. President-elect Designate Bookman said money needs to be found to help pay for commissioners to attend training sessions, noting they have to pay their own expenses and consequently many skip the training meetings. The board could seek such money from the legislature or even consider having the Bar help pay those costs, he said.Johnson said there was one other thing board members could do. Although the Bar no longer directly appoints JNC members, it does nominate slates of lawyers for four of the nine seats on each JNC. The Bar will be making nominations for one seat on each of the 26 JNCs at its May meeting, and Johnson asked board members to find good people to apply for the posts. The Bar must nominate at least three people for each seat.Applications, she said, are available from the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Account takeover fraud is ramping up to an “industrial scale,” according to one analyst who says many financial institutions are not prepared to defend against “Fraud, Incorporated.”Trace Fooshee, senior analyst at Aite Group, told CUToday.info financial institutions are now getting caught off guard as crooks rapidly increase the size and scale of account takeover crime.“It is not that they are caught unaware that these attacks are happening, they are caught off guard by the sheer number of them,” said Fooshee.Account takeover fraud is a form of identity theft where a third party gains access to unique details of a trusted user’s online accounts. By posing as the real customer or member, fraudsters can change account details, make purchases, withdraw funds, and even leverage the stolen information to access other accounts. continue reading »
(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garner announced Tuesday morning that Robert Murphy will take over as the new director of the Office of Employment and Training. As to that conflict of interest, Murphy knows he must gain back the trust of Broome County residents. In a press release to 12 News, Mayor David explained Murphy violated the BLDC policy by issuing a payment without the Board of Directors’ authorization or knowledge. Murphy accepting the reality of the situation. Murphy told 12 News his removal was based around assistance he gave a hemp company having difficulty setting up a wire transfer. “This gentleman did not feel comfortable sending [a wire transfer] to a hemp business,” Murphy said. “We tracked the money in, we tracked the money out, except it was viewed differently by the auditors .” “Having the energy, being able to work with so many different people, those are the assets and qualities that make a really successful workforce development director,” Garnar said, “Bob has all of them.” “I understand the reasons why he did that ,’ Murphy said. “I take responsibility for my decisions and I move on from there.” In an official press release from the city of Binghamton, Mayor David said: 12 News reached out to the Mayor’s Office, who said they are standing by their decision to move on from Murphy. Murphy’s appointment coming less than two weeks after he was removed by Binghamton Mayor Rich David from his previous post as the Director of Economic Development for the city. The conflict of interest being Murphy provided assistance to a relative in the wiring of funds. This decision, Murphy says, alerted auditors. “While I believe Mr. Murphy’s intentions were sincere and no BLDC funds were involved, this co-mingling of funds was an unacceptable financial practice. The action also represents a clear conflict of interest.” This prompted the mayor to remove Murphy from his position back on November 20. “What I would continue to bring is the enthusiasm and the willingness to work hard for the people which I think is every public employee’s job,” Murphy said. “I made a command decision to run it through the BLDC housekeeping account which is the unrestricted account,” Murphy said. Office officials said there will be a final audit report in the coming weeks, detailing why Murphy was removed.
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Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday May 31, after more than two months of suspension amid strict measures to help curb the novel coronavirus outbreak.Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of June 14, Minister of Human Resources Ahmed al-Rajhi said in a televised speech on Tuesday.On March 16, Saudi Arabia suspended work in all government sectors except health and security as part of the efforts to contain the pandemic. The government said on Monday it will begin easing restrictions on movement and travel this week.Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending from June 21, with the exception of the holy city of Mecca, the state news agency reported. Topics :
German prosecutors said on Monday they had arrested the head of a Dubai-based subsidiary of Wirecard, widening the circle of suspects in a multi-billion-dollar fraud investigation into the collapse of the payments company.The Munich prosecutor’s office said in a statement it had questioned the chief executive of Cardsystems Middle East FZ-LLC earlier in the day and arrested him on the basis of a warrant.The executive had travelled from Dubai and turned himself in, prosecutors said, without naming him. Unless defendants are publicly well known, their identity can be protected under German law to avoid prejudicing legal proceedings. The arrest was made on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud, attempted fraud and aiding and abetting other crimes, prosecutors said. They said there was a risk that he would flee or tamper with evidence.Wirecard filed for insolvency last month owing creditors 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) after disclosing a 1.9 billion euro hole in its accounts that its auditor EY said was the result of a sophisticated global fraud.Investigative journalists and speculators had long highlighted Wirecard’s reliance on an obscure trio of third-party acquiring partners – one of which was Cardsystems – to generate the bulk of its reported revenue and profit.Wirecard’s creditor committee was meanwhile set to convene for the first time on Tuesday, people close to the matter said. Investigation gathers paceThe latest arrest came after police and public prosecutors raided Wirecard’s headquarters in Munich and four properties in Germany and Austria last Wednesday as they widened their investigation.Prosecutors have said they are investigating Wirecard’s Chief Financial Officer Alexander von Knoop and Chief Product Officer Susanne Steidl, in addition to former Chief Executive Markus Braun and chief operating officer Jan Marsalek.Wirecard did not immediately respond to a Reuters request to comment on behalf of von Knoop and Steidl.Braun has been released after posting 5 million euros bail. Marsalek’s whereabouts are unknown and his lawyer is declining requests for comment.Creditors will convene on Tuesday to discuss the latest on the fraud investigation, as well as planned asset sales with which insolvency administrator Michael Jaffe hopes to recoup at least a fraction of the money owed, people close to the matter said.One of the people said that Jaffe was likely to raise only about 400-500 million euros for Wirecard’s assets, including about 100 million euros for its banking unit. That works out at at about 10% of the total they are owed.Wirecard’s lenders will be represented by ING and German regional bank LBBW, while bondholders will be represented by a law firm appointed by Cyrus Capital, people close to the matter said. Holders of other securities have named German law firm Tilp to the creditor committee, while employees will also be represented, the people said.The members of the creditor committee declined to comment or were not immediately available for comment.Topics :