News UpdatesHow Politicians & Celebrities Distribute COVID Drugs When State Faces Shortage?Bombay High Court Asks Sharmeen Hakim12 May 2021 9:25 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court asked the State to respond to an interim application demonstrating how investigational drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizubam are being procured and distributed by politicians and celebrities while the State continues to complain about a shortage in official supply. The bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a PIL on Covid-19 management when Advocate Rajesh Inamdar pointed out how patients approached Bollywood celebrities and politicians through Twitter, when they failed to get Remdesivir through lawful official channels. He has annexed several tweets from Bollywood Actor Sonu Sood and NCP’s Zeeshan Siddiqui, distributing Remdesivir vials within hours of such pleas, with a rider there are several other instances. “Why don’t you (State) appoint nodal officers for film stars & politicians? They can have their share of blessings from God, and we will not stand in their way. But help should reach all and not just a select few,” the CJ observed. “As the Advocate has said, this is just the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ we don’t know what lies under the water. We are here to do justice in accordance with law, not justice that is not in accordance with law,” he added. Justice Kulkarni then asked if this would amount to black marketing. “Whether this would amount to hoarding, illegal stocking and illegal distribution?”The bench then asked the State to respond to these allegations. Inamdar pointed out that hospitals even in Mumbai have boards saying they have no stock of Remdesivir/Tocilizubam for treating covid-19 patients, and doctors continue to pressurise relatives to procure the drug from outside. “There is a group of people, politicians etc who are distributing Remdesivir to patients arbitrarily. How are they procuring it?”The bench then asked the State why their orders are not followed, and patients are asked to procure Remdesivir independently.In his application, Inamdar states, that within few hours of tweeting, the vials reach people, “It is submitted that people’s representatives and celebrities should ensure that people don’t have to come to them and ensure that the provision essential medicine’s is assured in the public health facilities provided by the State, it is expected of them to in fact aid and guide such persons to procure the medicines from proper channels and mechanism as set by the State and assist the State in fulfilling its obligations and not make people dependent on them for any gains be it political or personal.”The petition has been drawn by Advocates Shashwat Anand and Saif Alam and filed by Adv Pankaj Khandari. Tags#Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta Justice GS Kulkarni COVID -19 Remdesivir Next Story
Authorities in Tamarac have arrested a 24-year-old man for the drowning deaths of a 5 and a 6-year-old boy.The incident occurred on May 22nd around 9:30 pm.According to the report, the children were found submerged in the pool and were given CPR. They were then transported to Northwest Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.On Tuesday, John Louis Lynn who was supposed to be watching the children at the time, was arrested a charged with manslaughter, after an investigation led officials to believe that Lynn did not provide proper care and supervision for the children. Officials says because he was not properly watching the children, he is responsible for their deaths.
Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels and the Babes of Brutality of Salmo continue to be the talk of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League following the latest stop on the tour Friday in Castlegar.Gnarlies Angels took care of the Dam City Rollers while Babes of Brutality got past a short-staffed Lumber Jackies of Nelson in the second leg of Friday’s twin bill.The Castlegar stop is the fourth of the season in the league.Friday, the Gnarlies, with a few of key players resting, powered past the improving Dam City Rollers. Penalties proved to be the undoing for the Rollers, which continually found players jammers in the box instead of on the floor.In the nightcap, the Lumber Jackies needed to use players from rival Killjoys for the match against the Babes.The League is back in action July 8 at the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.Game action has the Killjoys meeting the Babes of Brutality and the Lumber Jackies up against Dam City Rollers.This is the final regular season game of the season.In Castlegar on July 23 is the first round of the playoffs featuring the fourth-place team in regular season standings meeting the fifth-best squad.Semi Final round goes August 19 in Rossland with the second and third teams playing to see which club advances into the final September 10, also in Rossland.Kannibelles fifth at Best of the WestThe Kootenay Kannibelles — an all-star team of players from the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League — made it look easy during the Best of the West Roller Derby Tournament Saturday in the Okanagan.The Kannibelles defeated Saskatchewan 190-76 and Calgary 180-105 to finish fifth in the eight-team event.Rules in a Roller Derby GameFlat Track Roller Derby uses many of the same rules of the older banked track sport seen on television during the 60’s and 70’s.Each heat begins with a pack of blockers lead by two pivots. The two jammers from each team, who score the points, start a 10 meters behind the pack and begin skating when the last blocker crosses the pivot line.The jammers work their way through the pack of blockers to score points. However, only the lead jammer will score points.The season opened in Rossland in [email protected]
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2017)–In his first dance on grass, trainer Mark Glatt’s Law Abidin Citizen relaxed well and responded with a game head victory over favored Rockin Rudy in Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Law Abidin Citizen negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.72.Breaking from post position three in a field of six 3-year-olds, Law Abidin Citizen, who came off a second place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 12, sat a close third behind dueling leaders Rockin Rudy and Elwood J down the hill, swung three-wide at the dirt crossing turning for home and out-gamed the favorite while hand ridden to the wire.“I thought he’d take to the grass,” said Theriot, who has ridden the Twirling Candy gelding in his last three starts. “The idea today was to keep him relaxed early and keep him within striking distance. He’s the type of horse that when he makes the lead, he’ll shut it down a little, so I kept him engaged. He’s a nice horse.”Overlayed at 5-2, Law Abidin Citizen paid $7.00, $2.80 and $2.40. Owned by Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider and John Xitco, he improved his overall record to 7-2-2-2. With the winner’s check of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $134,200.When asked if Law Abidin Citizen would remain on turf for the time being, Glatt responded, “Probably so. We’ll probably try to stretch him out now. It seemed like he was pretty relaxed. He got floated out pretty wide, but he finished up good.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Rockin Rudy, who was hammered down to even money off a 2-1 morning line, finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Elwood J and paid $2.40 and $2.10.California-bred Elwood J, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished 4 ¾ lengths in front of Interrogator and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.78, 43.89 and 1:06.66.
11 July 2011Coca-Cola South Africa has opened a new state-of-the-art plant to bottle Valpre Spring Water in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg, introducing the environmentally friendly PlantBottle packaging to the African market for the first time.Selected for its close proximity to markets and distribution sites in the Guateng region, and a similar source water profile as Valpre’s, the new plant will help Coca-Cola meet the needs of the increasing demand for bottled water.“The opening of the new Valpre plant in Heidelberg, and the launch of PlantBottle, supports government’s mandate to create infrastructure, develop skills, increase the number of woman in the workforce and ensure sustainable development,” Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at the launch last week.“It is a notable example of the kind of development that we encourage all South African industries to adopt.”Recyclable PET plasticThe plant will make use of Coca-Cola’s innovative PlantBottle packaging, which has revolutionised the beverage industry as the first-ever recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle, made from up to 30% plant material and is 100% recyclable.PlantBottle packaging has a lighter footprint on the environment due to its reduced dependence on non-renewables such as petroleum.South Africa is only the 10th market to launch the bottle in the world, and the first in Africa.Greening the bottling industrySouth African National Bottled Water Association executive director Charlotte Metcalf said both the plant and new bottle significantly advance the bottling industry’s green strategy.“With the new Heidelberg plant, Valpre will reduce its carbon footprint, lower its water usage ratio, adopt energy efficient lighting and production technologies, and boost its solid waste recovery – all while providing its market with a sustainable product packaged in a bottle that takes a giant step towards using renewable resource,” Metcalf said.The new Valpre plant is undergoing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification – an internationally recognised programme that is the accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.The design of facility maximises recycled materials and makes optimal use of water and solar energy. It has a “zero to landfill” target.Empowering womenIn addition to the environmental aspects of the plant and the new PlantBottle, the Heidelberg plant is run by a team of black women operators.In 2010, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent announced the company’s “5 BY 20” campaign to empower five-million women by 2020. This is one of several programmes in South Africa to meet this challenge.“When we set out in 2009 to build this state-of-the art plant, we did so with the goal of ensuring that the plant reinforced all that The Coca-Cola Company and Valpre Spring Water stand for . unwavering quality and commitment to the sustainability of our environment and communities,” said Coca-Cola South Africa president Bill Egbe.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Lackey Nicole Bliss at Island Spirit 2012Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly 20 Mega-Events worldwide. Jen Smith aka J2B2, attended the Mega-Event Island Spirit 2012 (WestCan2) (GC349MK). The Mega-Event took place outside Westholme, British Columbia. Jen has served as a Lackey since 2006 and is Web Developer. Here’s Jen’s account of her adventure.Lackey Jen Smith, aka J2D2Written by: Jen SmithOn the weekend of July 7th, I was excited and honored to be one of two Lackeys representing Groundspeak at the Island Spirit 2012 (WestCan2) Mega-Event. While my fellow Lackey Nicole Bliss (Louie Bliss) is a Mega-Event veteran, I had never been to a Mega-Event outside of Seattle, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I had been to Canada once before, but it was so long ago that the only thing I remember from that trip is watching The Empire Strikes Back in French on the hotel TV.Ferry to CanadaOn Friday afternoon, I packed up my car and drove to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, WA. The mega was on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. Though it’s only about 100 miles from Seattle as the crow flies, they are separated by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands, so unless you’re really good at swimming, taking a ferry is a must. And on a weekend of incredible sunny weather, there are few nicer ways to travel. In fact, the infamous Pacific Northwest rain was nowhere to be found. I was even able to find my first EarthCache along the way!Saturday was the big day. Nicole spent the morning helping out at the registration tables, while I wandered around checking out the event. There were all kinds of interesting presentations and vendors to see, Trackables to discover, and of course, lots of geocachers to meet! It was amazing to hear how far many cachers had traveled just to attend – I talked to several who had come from as far away as Ontario and Quebec.Island Spirit MILESTONE WallA major centerpiece of the event was the emphasis on local history and culture. From the beautiful Island Spirit logo (featuring a spyhopping orca against a backdrop of rolling evergreen hills) to the awesome performance by the Quw’utsun’ First Nations Dancers at the end of the day, the natural heritage of the Cowichan Valley was constantly on display.Even some of the event challenges followed the theme. Cachers who successfully learned to identify Douglas fir cones, differentiate between male and female Dungeness crabs, and draw sea creature GPS art could earn pieces of a special puzzle Trackable. I really got the sense that this wasn’t just a geocaching event — it was also a celebration of a very beautiful and unique little corner of the world. Best of all, the legacy caches placed for the event will keep people coming back and rediscovering this incredible area, hopefully for years to come.Geocachers are also welcomeThe day closed out with a delicious group dinner and a comedy magic performance by featured Geocacher of the Month winner Magicman65. All in all, the event was a total blast and I can’t wait to go back to Vancouver Island for a longer visit. Major kudos and thanks go out to all the organizers and volunteers who made the day such a great success.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Mega-Event MOGA – Sock Hop and Caching CompetitionMay 13, 2012In “Community”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community”Two Mega-Events in One WeekendAugust 21, 2012In “Community”
These versatile lenses continue to be high-performing video production assets.Cover image via ZEISS.The Zeiss Otus line of lenses have been on the market for a few years; however, I recently rediscovered them as I was looking for a quality lens option for a project that needed something more affordable than traditional cinema lenses. After reading numerous reviews, watching comparison videos, looking at stills, and seeing multiple charts, I believe these lenses will benefit any project.Image via ZEISS.SharpnessSimply put, these lenses are sharp. Each of the three lenses in the lineup features an F/1.4 aperture, and they are surprisingly sharp, even wide open. Most other lenses I was considering were very soft when wide open. Since I had night scenes coming up, I knew I would want a lens I could run wide open, if needed. After looking through numerous charts, the Otus line simply blew me away. You can view some charts here at The Digital Picture to exactly see just how well these lenses perform at F/1.4 compared to a Canon still lens option.Cinema Lens-Like Qualities and FeaturesA huge advantage these lenses have over other still lens options is a 0.8 gear, 32 pitch, and 300-degree barrel rotation. These lenses will feel and function like a traditional cinema lens, so you or your AC wont have difficulty pulling critical focus. Also featured are hard stops, which makes these lenses feel even more like a true cinema option. You can also attach a Cool-Lux LuxGear focus ring so you can easily attach the lens to any follow focus, making this even better for cinematic applications.ConsistencyMuch like the Arri Master Primes, these lenses feature a consistent aperture across the entire family. This is extremely useful when switching lenses because you do not have to adjust exposure for a lower focal length. Also notable is that these lenses perform extremely well across the entire image. Many lenses will lose their sharpness around the edges. However, the Otus line maintains great sharpness across the entire picture. You can view examples of this in the video below.ConclusionThese still lenses, crafted for video, should be strong contenders for your next shoot. They feature exceptional sharpness and cinema lens-like features, and they capture beautiful images. My only hope is that they’ll make more focal lengths.Have you used the Zeiss Otus line of lenses before? Let us know in the comments.
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APTN National NewsAPTN Investigates reporter Kathleen Martens talks to anchor Dana Foster about the court order that’s holding up more than 50 IAP cases.