Ethanol Industry, EPA Battle Continues Over RFS

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Ethanol Industry, EPA Battle Continues Over RFS SHARE Ethanol Industry, EPA Battle Continues Over RFSOn Oct. 4, President Trump announced that moving forward, EPA would restore integrity to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and ensure every year there would be 15 billion gallons of ethanol blended. This announcement received praise by the ethanol industry and farmers.Two weeks later, the EPA released its supplemental proposal that could adjust the percentage standards for 2020. Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said this betrays the original promise.“It’s a bit of a bait and switch,” said Skor. “We’re frustrated and we’re working very hard to make sure that in a final rule, EPA does what the president said they will do.”EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said this proposal does not undercut farmers and rural America. He said the EPA and President Trump followed through on their E15 implementation before the driving season started.During a Q&A with the audience at his Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Detroit, Wheeler said, “Farmers should be happy.”“We are committed to making sure we have 15 billion gallons of ethanol next year,” he said. “We estimate what the small refinery exemption (SRE) program will be next year. The purpose of our supplemental proposal was to make sure that we net out at 15 billion gallons so farmers have the certainty of the amount of ethanol going into 2020.”Skor disagrees with Wheeler, and said farmers are not happy.“This EPA has been pretty consistent,” she said. “Each year they grant about 1.3 billion gallons of exemptions, so estimate that’s how many you’re going to grant. That’s the most accurate way you can look at this moving forward and project so that at the end of the day, when we blend, we’re blending according to actual blending.”Wheeler remains steadfast that those 15 billion gallons mean 15 billion gallons.“The amount of ethanol produced this year was greater than last year so far, and last year was greater than the year before,” said Wheeler. “We don’t see that there was a demand destruction from the small refinery exemption program, but the important point going forward is we’re going to make sure we net out at 15 billion gallons, which is what corn farmers asked for and we are providing.”Wheeler also said EPA wants to make sure in the future that any small refinery exemptions given won’t undercut the 15 billion gallon mark. Facebook Twitter Previous articleSnow Possible Next Week and a Tough Year for Co-ops Too on the HAT Friday Morning EditionNext articleFall Weed Control Reminders on Late, Prevent Plant Acres Ashley Davenport By Ashley Davenport – Oct 25, 2019 SHARE Ethanol Industry, EPA Battle Continues Over RFS Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

About press freedom (last part)

first_img Follow the news on China August 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 About press freedom (last part) ——Last Part: About press freedom Hong Kong and foreign readers who know that I was a journalist for 18 years before being imprisoned for five years, like to ask me if I know what press freedom is and if press freedom exists in China, if I can predict when the press in China will be free… I am not an expert on this subject and I will not attempt to make any big speeches. I will confine myself to giving a few conditions for the existence of press freedom. When the authorities allow free expression, when journalists can freely conduct interviews, express themselves and publish their articles and they are not imprisoned for what they write or remarks they make, only then will we be able to talk about press freedom. Obviously, journalists owe it to themselves to be honest. This honesty is like a chain that restrains a dancer. Didn’t Rousseau say that “man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”? After I was released on 4 January 2006, I was greeted by my family and friends who gave me more than one hundred articles about my case that came from websites of Hong Kong and foreign newspapers. Naturally, I have constantly had to thank the people who supported me, but I have always felt I had not done as much as I could have. I only read one article about me that was critical, headlined “Bo Xilai swallows his bitterness”. I threw away all the articles that sang my praises and carefully kept only this one article that recounted my so-called dismissal from the Dalian Daily at the beginning of the 1980s, as well as the embezzlement of more than 800,000 yuan from the newspaper Wen Hui, both entirely invented. But fortunately my colleagues on the Dalian Daily and on Wen Hui are vigilant and can still testify to my good behaviour.A lawyer friend then told me that I could get a lot of money by suing for defamation. As a joke, I replied that this was what press freedom meant, that thanks to this article I would not get big-headed. After all, I am just an ordinary journalist who had not dreamt of doing anything heroic. And I want to stress that I never took any bribes or was dismissed. While around one hundred articles approved of what I wrote, one had been critical. I would have liked there to have been more. That is why I have kept it carefully. I do not know who wrote it. One day perhaps I will be able to thank him by giving him an example of my beautiful handwriting!Praise can corrupt people. But it is the same for governments. A sole political party tends to delight in hearing praise, making any criticism impossible. Inevitably, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) demonstrates, corruption becomes commonplace and the regime decadent. The CCP does not allow free expression of dissenting points of view, nor give journalists the chance to reveal the truth. It only endeavours to ensure that its leaders are kept in power. The People’s Republic of China has since its foundation in 1949 until the recent arrest of Liu Xiaobo, never stopped sending its dissidents to jail. Press freedom therefore scarcely exists in China at this time. The only period of freedom for journalists came before the massacre of students on 4 June 1989. But on 4 June they had to pay paid for this freedom with their lives. Chinese journalists are not untouchable. They face constant interference when reporting, cannot express themselves freely and have to resign themselves to singing the praises of the CCP. I won’t even go into the requirement to submit articles to a censorship bureau, or the fear that follows publication of articles about sensitive issues. That is the kind of problem I have spent my life facing up to. Today, the editorial positions in newspapers on mainland China are virtually indistinguishable. Certainly, there is toleration for minor variations but they must all been in harmony with the tune of the CCP. That is what I call media uniformity. The lying propaganda serves only to mask the countless social problems, certainly not to resolve them. In fact, the impossibility of relaying the feelings and complaints of the people, provoke even more upheavals and social unrest. The burgeoning demands of these past few years demonstrate the growing importance of Chinese civil society. But in China, the sufferings of the poor struggle to get a hearing because of the lack of freedom. I consider the absence of free expression amounts to removing the raison d’être of journalists.All media are under the control of the CCP because it is the party that decides who runs each newspaper, magazine and television station. It also fixes salaries, bonuses and housing subsidies. Impertinent journalists, who do not praise the CCP as they are expected to, can be demoted, sacked even imprisoned and put on trial. Naturally, in this case all benefits such as social security are also lost. How could one not be afraid of these sanctions, since one has to earn a living, get married have children and bring them up? That is why most of China’s 200,000 journalists are government lap dogs.The still relatively high growth of the Chinese economy has allowed the CCP to alternate between violence and propaganda to maintain its pressure on the media. The likelihood of any change in the state of the media in the short term is therefore very slim. If there is no transformation of the political regime, we will be reduced to hoping for favours from the CCP. Freedom of information does not fall from heaven. In that case, how can we demand rapid change?I think that the popular movements for human rights constitute one of the most significant points of pressure. This tiny spark, however small, could genuinely ignite people’s determination and force the CCP to change. However society develops, journalists and the media will certainly play a key role. In the current situation, the most effective thing would be the quick passing of an “information law”, which was already sketched out during the 1980s, but which should be revived. Certainly the promulgation of this law will not have any immediate effect, but it will be a major step.This law will allow the reformists within the CCP to bring China closer to democracy. Even if the law was not perfect, even if it was not subsequently brought in, its mere existence would encourage journalists, in knowing how to protect themselves and claiming their rights. I tried to raise the issue of freedom of expression in China at a conference in early June this year with colleagues with whom I previously shared the same ideas. But they thought I was too moderate, understanding or even full of illusions about the CCP. How could this be? These people left China around 20 years ago, and it seems to me that they have become disconnected and do not understand the current situation. It is a rare editor or journalist, affiliated to the party, who would want to defy censorship and thus risk losing their job. However, everyone, or practically everyone, applauds the idea of establishing this law. One could therefore discuss the principles, how it will be put into force and monitored. Slowly but surely we could move towards a democratic China. Perhaps miracles could even happen. But you must always keep in mind that China is too large, state power too great, the government too authoritarian and the population too ground down. Also, if you want to set out on the rocky and windy road of free expression, you have to be methodical and tackle the problems head on. This year, my nightmare has just ended. I have lived in China and in Canada and I feel able to compare the two countries. I have become even more aware of the importance of freedom of expression. The Canadian immigration minister told me in person that I could become a Canadian citizen and investigate corruption in his country…Of course, it was a joke, but it shows that the Canadian media and citizens can all keep a watchful eye on the authorities. Undemocratic regimes cannot have corruption scandals. But a democratic regime like that in Canada does not imprison people for what they write! Obviously, press freedom has to be legislated for. A real journalist would not make up reports or defame someone because he would be at risk of legal action. As a result, freedom of the press can be fully achieved if the justice system is independent and can guarantee the freedom of journalists. But in China, individuals who should be defended are not and those who should have action taken against them do not. For example, while honest journalists are arrested corrupt journalists are paid handsomely for not revealing any scandals. Stating principles is not enough, there must be action. And without delay. We should work with all our strength to improve China. In this way, our lives will not have been meaningless! Video of the English-subtitled interview with Jiang Weipingjiangweipingfrenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’actualité du moment en vidéo. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Life of a Chinese journalist, by Jiang WeipingReporters Without Borders is presenting a series of four articles by Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping recounting his career as an investigative reporter from the time he started out as a journalist in the 1980s to his arrest in 2000 and his departure for exile in Canada this year.“Jiang is a courageous and exemplary journalist who did not think twice about the dangers he was running when he denounced corruption at the highest levels in the Communist Party of China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is thanks to committed journalism like his that the Chinese public can learn about the all-powerful party’s abuses and press freedom will be able to evolve in China.”Jiang achieved recognition in the course of his long career, which he began by working for the state news agency Xinhua. In the early 1990s, he became northeast China bureau chief for the Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po (香港文匯報). He wrote a series of articles on corruption in the party for the Hong Kong-based magazine Frontline (前哨). Around this time he also started working for Hong Kong magazine.He was arrested in the northeastern province of Dalian in December 2000 and was sentenced in May 2001 to eight years in prison on charges of endangering state security and divulging state secrets. He was finally released in 2006 after serving six years of his sentence.In February 2009, he obtained political asylum in Canada, where he now lives with his wife in Toronto and continues working as a freelance journalist and calligraphist.see Part 3 China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation Newslast_img read more

June Business Growth Workshop Offers Unique Trio of Perspectives on Protecting A Company’s Assets

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Diana Peterson-More, Alan Harrison, Blake Longo, University Club. Photo credit: John LavittBusiness Growth Workshop University Club of Pasadena. Photo credit: John LavittAt the University Club on the morning of June 23, a troika of three respected Pasadena business leaders led the monthly Business Growth Workshop. Introduced by James Harwood of Total HR Management, the trio of speakers offered a multi-dimensional perspective on how to help an organization protect and improve the assets of its business. Diana Peterson-More, JD, focused on people and employees, Blake Longo, CIC, illuminated product challenges, and Alan Harrison, CPA, zeroed in on the financial challenges.Business Growth Workshop University Club. Photo credit: John LavittBy examining a plethora of questions and hurdles facing every modern company, the speakers revealed the multidimensional approach that is needed to succeed. While each speaker brought up salient points that could not be overlooked, none of the three dominated the session. Rather, by viewing key issues like employee hiring, customer analytics and government compliance from a multi-dimensional take, the Pasadena business leaders at the University Club came to understand how none could be ignored. By ignoring one of the three perspectives, a company might be placed in unexpected jeopardy. After all, in the 21st century marketplace, ignorance is very far from bliss.Although the breadth of the presentation would be impossible to summarize given how much ground was covered, a couple powerful points can be highlighted. In discussing coverage in the modern world, Blake Longo highlighted the importance of an employee dishonesty policy that is separate from other forms of coverage. Blake Longo explained to the surprise of his audience, “Normally, such a policy applies to a long-term trusted employee that has turned on the company. In most cases, these employees have experienced a negative change in life, involving divorce, gambling or drugs.”Alan Harrison emphasized how so many companies are actually caught with their pants down when it comes to employee fraud. Time and time again, Alan Harrison has heard business owners shake their head and mutter; We can’t let this happen again. What Alan Harrison doesn’t understand is why they let is happen the first time around. As he clearly explained, “Don’t put your company in the position where you will have to say this. If you have employees, you will only have the potential for fraud.”Diana Peterson-More believes a roadmap to long-term success starts at the beginning when a company develops what she describes as a vertical alignment model. The vertical alignment model begins with values, opens up into vision, and pares down into the mission, leading directly to goals and an overall strategic plan. If such a vertical alignment model is implemented, long-term success follows once the checks and balances are in place.If you really wanted to know the depth and extent of the presentation, you had to be present at the University Club of Pasadena. For the sixth time this year, the Business Growth Workshop provided valuable business insight amidst intelligent company and a satisfying breakfast. As 2015 continues to progress, there is little doubt that the value provided to the Pasadena community by the monthly Business Growth Workshops will continue.About the AuthorGrowing up in New York City as a stutterer, John Lavitt embraced writing as a way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John Lavitt’s published work includes several articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Today, John Lavitt works at Open Interactive as the Director of Content Development. As a journalist, he is a Regular Contributor to The Fix where he writes investigative reports about the latest issues in the world of addiction and recovery. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News Company News Briefs June Business Growth Workshop Offers Unique Trio of Perspectives on Protecting A Company’s Assets By JOHN LAVITT Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 11:07 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Local campaigns promote bicycle, motorcycle safety

first_img The Texas Department of Transportation announces their new safety campaign: ‘Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles.’ TxDOT launched the campaign as part of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. A TxDOT press release stated crashes killed 501 and seriously injured another 2,101 motorcyclists in Texas last year. Previous articleClassic sounds on stage WednesdayNext articleAn evening of brass admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By admin – May 11, 2018 ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Twitter Pinterest Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School What: Ride of Silence.When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.Where: UTPB CEED Building, 1310 North FM 1788, Midland.More information: Call John Floyd at 432-681-7648. OC employee of the year always learning Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Local News Local campaigns promote bicycle, motorcycle safety May is both National Bike Month and National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, and in recognition of that, two campaigns are promoting safety for all who share the road.This will be the 13th year the Ride of Silence takes place in the Permian Basin, an international event with the goal of remembering cyclists killed and educating cyclists and motorists of the responsibilities they carry when traveling.“It’s to let the motorists know that we are out there, that we have the rights to the road,” Ride of Silence Organizer John Floyd said. “It’s a shared responsibility; we can’t put all of the onus on motorists. We have to take care of ourselves.”Floyd said some of the ways both cyclists and motorists can be more careful on the road is by paying closer attention to the people around them and knowing the rules of the road. Cyclists have a right to ride in the lane and aren’t required to drive on the shoulder, and said motorists should get in the other lane to pass cyclists to make it safe for everyone.Visibility is also important for cyclists, Floyd said. Cyclists can become more visible for those around them by using flashing lights on their bikes and wearing bright colored clothing.“As cyclists, we have to do everything we can to be visible,” he said. “Let the folks around you know that’s what you’re going to do.”During the 14-mile ride, there will be a stop to honor two Midland cyclists: Camron Stotts and Michael Mestas, who were recently killed in late April after being hit by a truck. A third cyclist, Jason Haislip, was also hit and taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the truck, Ricardo Madera, was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, and fleeing the scene of the crash.The ride will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the UTPB CEED Building at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 191 and FM 1788 in Midland. Floyd said anyone is able to participate, not just cycling enthusiasts, and is asking everyone interested in participating to arrive around 6:45 p.m.As part of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign called “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles,” urging drivers to watch carefully for motorcyclists.This campaign comes after crashes killed 501 and seriously injured another 2,101 motorcyclists in Texas last year.“Nobody wants to take a life in a crash or lose a loved one,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said in a statement. “Motorcycles are small, they’re hard to see, and it can be difficult to judge their speed and distance. That’s why it’s critical that drivers take extra precautions to look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.”Odessa saw its share of motorcycle crashes as well. Odessa Police Department Spokesman Steve LeSueur said 78 motorcycle crashes were reported in 2017, and five of them resulted in fatalities.Through the end of April this year, LeSueur said there have been 15 motorcycle crashes reported in Odessa, with one of them resulting in a fatality.A TxDOT news release stated there are several ways to ensure motorcyclists and drivers alike arrive safely to their destination:Look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear.Avoid turning in front of an oncoming motorcycle.Use turn signals and check blind spots before changing lanes.Avoid following a motorcycle too closely.Give motorcyclists a full lane.Obey posted speed limits.If You Go Home Local News Local campaigns promote bicycle, motorcycle safetylast_img read more

OCC Terminates Foreclosure-Related Consent Order for OneWest

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Banks Foreclosure-Related Consent Order OCC OneWest 2015-07-27 Brian Honea Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced the termination of the 2011 foreclosure-related consent order for OneWest Bank, having determined that the bank has satisfied the terms of the consent order.OneWest was one of 12 mortgage servicers penalized by the OCC and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) in April 2011 for deficient mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices. The OCC handed down enforcement actions against Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, MetLife Bank, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. The OTS penalized Aurora Bank, EverBank, OneWest Bank, and Sovereign Bank.The consent orders handed down against the servicers were based on findings by an examiner during an interagency review of major mortgage servicers conducted during Q4 2010, at the height of the foreclosure crisis. The OTS reported at the time of the consent order in 2011 that OneWest serviced a portfolio of approximately $141 billion in residential mortgage loans.At the same time the OCC announced the termination of OneWest’s consent order, the agency announced that it had granted approval for the Pasadena, California-based bank to merge with CIT Bank, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The name of the new merged bank will be CIT Bank, N.A.OneWest was one of eight national banks included in the OCC’s Q1 2015 Quarterly Mortgage Metrics Report released in late June. The OCC reported that the percentage of performing first-lien mortgages at the eight banks had increased from 93.1 to 94.2 percent year-over-year and that foreclosure activity had declined during that same period by more than 30 percent to just less than 300,000 loans.Click here to view a copy of the original consent order against OneWest in April 2011. To view a copy of the consent order termination, click here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Previous: Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Is Skeptical of the New Fair Housing Rule Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 7/27/2015 Tagged with: Banks Foreclosure-Related Consent Order OCC OneWest OCC Terminates Foreclosure-Related Consent Order for OneWest Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 27, 2015 1,748 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / OCC Terminates Foreclosure-Related Consent Order for OneWest About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs All Private Hospitals That Are Called Upon To Reserve 20% Beds For COVID Patients To Also Conduct Tests Of Those Seeking Admission For Non-COVID Procedures [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs All Private Hospitals That Are Called Upon To Reserve 20% Beds For COVID Patients To Also Conduct Tests Of Those Seeking Admission For Non-COVID Procedures [Read Order] Karan Tripathi11 Jun 2020 6:15 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi that have been called upon to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients, are equipped with labs to conduct the COVID-19 test and have the sanction of the ICMR to do so, should proceed to conduct tests on symptomatic/asymptomatic persons, who seek admission in the hospital for undergoing surgeries/procedures of…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?LoginDelhi High Court has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi that have been called upon to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients, are equipped with labs to conduct the COVID-19 test and have the sanction of the ICMR to do so, should proceed to conduct tests on symptomatic/asymptomatic persons, who seek admission in the hospital for undergoing surgeries/procedures of other nature as well. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has also directed Indian Council for Medical Research to file a status report indicating the number of applications submitted by accredited labs in Delhi, seeking permission to conduct COVID-19 test and the status of the said applications. The order has come in a PIL filed by Mr Rakesh Malhotra seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to ramp up the testing facilities for both the symptomatic and asymptomatic patients of COVID19. In its status report, the Delhi Government informed the court today that there are 17 labs in the public sector and their current combined capacity for undertaking COVID-19 tests is 2,900 per day. In the private sector, 23 labs have been permitted to conduct the test and their combined capacity of testing is 5,700 per day. The Petitioner, on the other hand, submitted that the list of the private sector laboratories mentioned in the said status report, is incorrect as the Delhi Government has disallowed about 6 laboratories from undertaking the COVID-19 tests which includes Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The Petitioner also informed the court that that there has been a phenomenal spike in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Delhi. Even as per the Delhi Government, it is expected that the cases will rise to 50,000 by 15th June, 2020 and to 5,50,000 by 30th July, 2020. In order to resolve this controversy, the court directed all the 23 private labs mentioned in the status report, who are stated to be undertaking tests relating to COVID-19, to file affidavits stating as to whether they have been permitted to undertake tests for suspected COVID-19 patients by adopting the RT-PCR test or the CB-NAAT test. They shall also point out the difficulties, if any, faced by them on account of any bureaucratic red tapism. All these private labs are supposed to file the affidavits on or before June 15. The court observed that: ‘It appears that Delhi is fast heading towards becoming the Corona Capital of the country, an epithet the city can well do without. We are of the opinion that it is the need of the hour that all the private hospitals in Delhi, who are equipped with a lab to undertake COVID-19 test, be permitted to do the testing, without any further loss of time. This is all the more imperative as the Delhi Government has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients.’Click here to download the Order Next Storylast_img read more

“No Question Of Black Marketing When Government Has Not Fixed MRP”: Navneet Kalra Submits, Delhi Court Reserves Order In His Anticipatory Bail Plea

first_imgNews Updates”No Question Of Black Marketing When Government Has Not Fixed MRP”: Navneet Kalra Submits, Delhi Court Reserves Order In His Anticipatory Bail Plea Nupur Thapliyal12 May 2021 5:17 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Wednesday reserved orders in the anticipatory bail plea filed by businessman Navneet Kalra accused in connection with the recovery and seizure of Oxygen Concentrators by the Delhi Police recently.Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Garg reserved the orders for tomorrow after hearing Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa and Advocate Vineet Malhotra appearing for Kalra and Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava for the State. The Court will be pronouncing the order tomorrow at 10 AM.Advertisement During the course of hearing today, Senior Advocate Pahwa submitted before the Court that the arrest was effected in a mala fide manner by the Delhi Police and that as the Government has not regulated or fixed the MRP for oxygen concentrators, selling the same in an open market will not amount to black marketing.It was also submitted by Pahwa that since the offences involving in the FIR involves punishment for less than 7 years, the Anticipatory bail must be granted to Kalra in view of the recent decision of the High Powered Committee constituted by the Delhi High Court for decongesting prisons and also in view of the Supreme Court directions following the Arnesh Kumar guidelines.Advertisement “When custom authorities of the government approves the transactions, that means they are aware about the same. The invoices are given and returns are filed so the GST department is also aware of it.” Pahwa argued at the outset.Moreover, Pahwa also submitted that “Who decides it is sold on exorbitant price? There is no MRP fixed by the government till date. So how will one decide it’s an exorbitant price? In this case there is no notification which fixes price of oxygen Concentrators.”Advertisement Advertisement Highlighting that the transactions were effected through proper banking channels, Pahwa submitted that GST was paid by Matrix and that such transactions were all legitimate.”It’s a case which has been registered and investigated only to divert the attention of people. My photos are circulated on social media. It was all deliberately done. I am surprised that why an independent investigation is not conducted.” Pahwa submitted.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Relying on the Pahwa Drugs Price Control Order 2013, Pahwa further submitted that In June 2020, when the Country was in the middle of the pandemic, an effort was made by the Government of India to regulate the MRP in terms of Drugs Price Control Order 2013, however, the same has not been fixed by the Government till date.”I will demonstrate that there is no order under sec. 2 and 3 of the Essential Commodities Act till date. They are not essential commodities. They are saying that we have not informed about the MRP. I say, the government has not fixed the MRP till date.” Pahwa argued at the outset.During the course of hearing, the Court was apprised by Pahwa that a complaint was filed by Kalra few days prior to the arrest alleging that he was being threatened. In view of this, Pahwa submitted thus:”Three days prior to the raid while I’m in the Hospital, I inform the police that this is the person trying to harass us because he is using this for black marketing. I am making a complaint and I am being held responsible today. It was a task undertaken for the purpose helping people. I am not asking for quashing of FIR. I am only saying is the custodial interrogation required when I myself had filed a complaint for black marketing.” “Where is the mala fide? Where is the criminal intent to cheat in this case which is required under sec. 420 IPC? What I have argued today, I dont get the right of audience. They should not arrest me and then investigate.” Argued Pahwa while concluding the submissions.On the other hand, Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava submitted that since Kalra is an influential person, granting him anticipatory bail in the matter would not be suitable and that police custody must be granted to them so that the investigating agency can ask relevant questions as regards to the alleged black marketing. “There is no selling price fixed. But the price they have quoted is their own thing. Government has invited you to quote your rate so that they can be regularised. It’s exactly like how an Act is made. Prior to declaring the price, they invite others. They gave time of 10 days in June 2020. But they are charging people 70,000.” PP argued.Furthermore, it was also submitted by Shrivastava thus:”As per IPC, this is a wrongful gain. What you have given to other person under a belief that it is sufficient for two persons whereas its not even enough for one person. Can we expect each and everything at such an initial stage of investigation? Specially in Covid.” During the course of hearing, a report from Shri Ram Laboratory was received by the Prosecution to which samples of oxygen Concentrators seized were sent for the purpose of their testing.Highlighting that the report so recieved showed that the Concentration was found 20.8% in the sample, PP argued thus:”Is it not an inducement? We need custodial interrogation. Entire society is watching it. They are on their toes. This anticipatory bail application be please dismissed and allow us to ensure not only this court but also the society to prove our case.” In view of the aforesaid submissions, the Court reserved the order and adjourned the case for pronouncement of order tomorrow at 10 AM.Yesterday, Additional Sessions Judge Sumit Dass refused to grant interim relief or protection against arrest to Kalra and sent the case to the District Judge for deciding jurisdiction of the matter.The Delhi Police had registered a case under sec. 420,188,120B,34 of the Indian Penal Code and sec. 3 and 7 of the Essential Commodity Act 1955 for recovery of over 500 oxygen Concentrators from some restaurants in the national capital. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch last week.Tagsdelhi court navneet kalra delhi oxygen concentrators hoarding c ase black marketing oxygen concentrators covid 19 second covid wave Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Counter-Piracy Week: African Nations Should Lead Anti-Piracy Efforts

first_img Authorities Counter-Piracy Week: African Nations Should Lead Anti-Piracy Efforts November 14, 2013 More than 200 participants including representatives from African nations, the shipping industry, legal experts and NATO discussed the continuing threat of piracy off the eastern African coast at an international conference held in Djibouti this week.The meeting was the 15th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia. It was the first time the Contact Group met in Djibouti, signaling an enhanced leadership role for the eastern African nation in the fight against piracy in the region.“Djibouti understands the important role they play in the fight against piracy. They, like their neighbours in the region, are still adversely affected by piracy and while attacks are down, the threat remains,” said the Chair of the Contact Group, Donna Hopkins of the U.S. State Department. “It will become increasingly important for all the regional countries, including Somalia, to take a leadership role in countering piracy, which the international community has worked so hard to address over the past five years.”Delegates discussed the continued threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia and how regional nations can contribute to the international counter-piracy effort.“There is still a threat to shipping in the area, as we have seen over the weekend when a NATO ship was able to apprehend the suspected pirates, who it appears attacked a commercial vessel,” said NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Rick Froh, who led the NATO delegation.“NATO is committed to this fight and with the help of the regional countries we can continue to reduce the threat of piracy that has had such a negative impact on regional security and on our economies. This is an important conference, the first held in an African nation, Djibouti. At the Group’s meetings, we are discussing one of our top priorities, including regional capacity building to fight piracy.”The number of pirate attacks at sea off the coast of Somalia has dropped significantly over the last year. The presence of international warships, including those from NATO, as well as the security measures adopted by commercial shipping companies, have all helped to reduce the threat. There has not been a successful hijacking of a commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia for more than a year.The four-day Counter Piracy Week in Djibouti ends on Thursday 14 November but the five working groups, which report to the Contact Group, meet regularly to address issues affected by piracy, such as maritime shipping and the welfare of seafarers.[mappress]Press Release, November 14, 2013; Image: NATOcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Counter-Piracy Week: African Nations Should Lead Anti-Piracy Efforts Share this articlelast_img read more

General Cigar Company Building By Pat Sides

first_img This familiar commercial building has stood at Second and Court streets since its construction in 1902 on the site of an old hospital. From about 1919 to the 1950s, the General Cigar Company manufactured hand-rolled cigars, producing a million cigars weekly just before the onset of the Great Depression. At that time, about a thousand people were employed there, mostly women and children. General Cigar was one of Evansville’s four largest cigar manufacturers, which included the Fendrich Cigar Company. Over the years, the building has been well preserved, showing few physical alterations; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wallace & Gromit’s Top Bun adventure

first_imgThe makers of the latest Wallace & Gromit outing, A Matter of Loaf And Death, have revealed more plot details of the film, which will see the pair running a bakery called Top Bun.The storyline will revolve around the murderous Cereal Killer, who targets local bakers. While Top Bun’s business does well as the competition is killed off, Gromit worries that the pair may become victims themselves. Meanwhile, Wallace is oblivious to the threat, as he has fallen in love with former star of the Bake-O-Lite advertisements, Piella Bakewell. However, he soon makes a discovery that points to the identity of the Cereal Killer, but will the truth ever be revealed?The 30-minute programme will premiere on BBC One this Christmas and was produced by Aardman Animations.last_img read more