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first_imgNews Updates’One Nation, One Price’: Rajasthan High Court Issues Notice To Centre, State On Plea Against Differential Pricing Of Covid Vaccine Akshita Saxena7 May 2021 5:22 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court today issued notice to the Central and the State Government on a PIL seeking implementation of ‘One Nation, One Price’ policy with respect to Covid-19 vaccine. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Vinit Kumar Mathur has fixed the case for hearing on May 24. The petition has been filed by Advocate Manish Bhunwal stating that price variation in procurement of vaccine by the Centre, States and private hospitals is violative of fundamental right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. It also stated to be violative of the following laws: The Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 was enacted and amended from time to time to regulate the import, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs and cosmetics; Under the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Policy, 2012, the Government is required to provide essential medicines at reasonable prices to all and therefore no law provides authority to price the medicine differently in the country; Pricing of drug is governed by the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 wherein the formulae to determine the whole sale and retail price of drug is provided. The same does not provide for rate differentiation for procurement by State & Union. Reference is also made to the case of Union of India v. KS Gopinath & Ors., whereby the Supreme Court emphasized the need to ‘consider & formulate appropriate criteria for ensuring essential and life saving drugs do not fall out of price control….’ The plea suggests that since Covid-19 vaccine is a life saving drug, it should be included in the National List of Essential Medicines that was prepared in the year 2016, in order keep a check on the price of Stents used for angioplasty. The second issue raised in the PIL pertains to mismanagement of COVID related medical supplies, oxygen and hospital beds across the State of Rajasthan. The Petitioner seeks constitution of a High Level Committee headed by a Retired High Court Judge to oversee the working of Union & State in relation to medical supplies and oxygen. It is further urged that directions be issued to the concerned authorities to: allocate and allot medical supplies and Oxygen in correlation with the active cases in the State and directions;ensure uninterrupted availability of medical supplies & oxygen to the State of Rajasthan;ensure logistic support through Railway & Special Corridor of Roads;form SIT at State & District level to take necessary actions against the black marketers and hoarders of medical supplies and oxygen. Case Title: Manish Bhunwal v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderTags#Rajasthan High Court COVID-19 second wave Differential Pricing Of COVID Vaccines Next Storylast_img read more


first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will conduct its 19th oral history program in Jacksonville February 20, honoring former Jacksonville resident Major B. Harding, who spent the last 11 years of a 34-year judicial career on the Florida Supreme Court before retiring in August.The Supreme Court will meet in ceremonial session February 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duval County Courthouse to recognize Harding for his many contributions during his career. Judges and lawyers from throughout the state will take part in the ceremony, which will chronicle Harding’s most significant court decisions and contributions to the Florida judiciary.Later in the day, festivities honoring Harding will shift to the Omni Jacksonville Hotel for a 5:30 reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner and roast, where some of the area’s best known jurists and attorneys will take turns firing verbal jabs at the affable Justice Harding.Invited guests include members of the Historical Society and the Jacksonville Bar Association, which is helping coordinate the event, as well as members of the judiciary, friends of the Hardings, and sponsoring law firms. Harding and his wife of 43 years, the former Jane Lewis of Jacksonville, reside in Tallahassee in retirement.The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society began its series of oral history programs, which are videotaped for posterity, in 1985 when Florida’s legendary senator and congressman, Claude Pepper, was honored. The society is a non-profit organization that works to preserve Florida’s judicial heritage and educate the public about the important role of the third branch of government.Harding’s judicial career began in 1968 when Gov. Claude Kirk appointed him a juvenile judge in Jacksonville. After he served for many years as circuit judge and chief judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit (comprising Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties), Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him to the state Supreme Court in 1991. He served as the Supreme Court’s chief justice from 1998-2000. Harding to be honored by Historical Society February 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Harding to be honored by Historical Societylast_img read more


first_imgAn undisclosed corporate investor based in Germany has tendered a €100m, developed Pacific, all/large-cap equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2084, the search is for “information purposes” only – “the best manager/product will serve as a backup for existing managers for the time being”.No passive approaches will be considered.The mandate calls for a 50% MSCI Japan and 50% MSCI Pacific ex Japan benchmark, in euros. The investor has no minimum or maximum tracking-error requirements.Asset managers must have at least €1bn in assets under management and a minimum track record of five years.Interested parties should state performance, gross of fees, to 30 June. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgDuring the December 21 council meeting, the Lacey City Council unanimously appointed Virgil Clarkson to serve as Mayor for the remainder of his term. Mayor Andy Ryder made the motion to appoint Clarkson as Mayor in recognition of Clarkson’s 19 years of service to the City and his retirement at the end of this term.Photo courtesy: City of LaceyMayor Clarkson was immediately sworn in and presided over the remainder of the meeting. He will continue to serve as Lacey’s Mayor until the end of the year.Mayor Clarkson, one of Lacey’s longest-serving council members in the city’s history, officially assumed public office on July 23, 1998. Clarkson provided nearly two decades of service and dedication to the Lacey community, including three previous terms as mayor and two as deputy mayor. Facebook293Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Last season was among the zaniest in NHL history. An expansion team came within three games of winning the Stanley Cup. A New Jersey Devil won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. The Washington Capitals didn’t lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs — and went on to lift Lord Stanley’s shiny silver salad bowl for the first time in franchise history. As the NHL’s 2018-19 campaign is set to begin, we shouldn’t expect a repeat of last season, but what can we expect? Let’s have a look.Could Vegas somehow be better than it was in year one?The Vegas Golden Knights entered the 2017-18 NHL season without much in the way of expectations. Their roster was the best assembled by an expansion franchise in league history, but even that didn’t seem to matter — it just meant the Knights would be relatively bad, instead of embarrassingly bad, right?Oh what a difference the best expansion season in sports history can make.The Knights enter this season with the same Stanley Cup odds as the defending champion Capitals (14-to-1),1All odds in this article are as of Oct. 1. and they seem less like a glitzy desert novelty and more like a team built to make a deep playoff run. Vegas would have challenged for Western Conference pre-eminence even if they had made exactly zero roster moves during the summer. But the Knights added depth on the offensive side of the bench, signing veteran center Paul Stastny and trading for sharp-shooting left winger Max Pacioretty. Stastny makes the Knights a better possession team: His abilities at the dot (his career faceoff win percentage is 53.9) should bolster a troupe of centermen who tied for the eighth-worst faceoff win percentage in the league last season. Pacioretty makes up for the goals Vegas lost when James Neal signed with the Calgary Flames: Pacioretty has scored 30 or more goals each season in which he’s played more than 70 games.Vegas returns four players who scored at least 55 points and at least 20 goals — and while it’s probably too soon to ordain William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault as superstars, each played as such last season.So the team shouldn’t struggle to score. And if goalie Marc-Andre Fleury finds the same form he showed off during the playoffs last season — when he was a beast — the Knights also won’t have much trouble preventing other teams from scoring goals.Can Canada win its first Cup since the early 1990s?The last Canadian team to win the Cup was the Montreal Canadiens, all the way back in 1993. This season, two of the three teams with the shortest odds to win it all hail from the Great White North: the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Jets return seven skaters who scored 43 or more points last season, each of whom is at least 6 feet tall. The Jets are big and fast and scary, and they’re nearly as good at protecting their own net as they are shelling the net of their opponents: Winnipeg scored the second-highest number of goals in the NHL last season and conceded the fifth-fewest. If goalie Connor Hellebuyck plays as well as he did last season, the Jets might do what seemingly everyone thought they were going to do last spring: win the Cup.Like their Canadian neighbors to the west, the Leafs look to be devastating in the offensive zone. Last season, they notched 270 goals, tied for third in the league. And their power play, which ranked second in 2017-18, will be even better with the addition of longtime Islander John Tavares — 213 of his 621 career points have come with the man advantage. Having to choose between Tavares and Auston Matthews to center the top power play unit is a dilemma that Leafs coach Mike Babcock will no doubt be happy to have.Canadians like hockey a lot more than Americans do, so it feels a bit cruel that they haven’t been able to celebrate a Stanley Cup title in nearly three decades. If the Jets and the Leafs can manage to pick up where they left off last season and continue to pour goals in with apparent ease, all that might finally change in 2019.Will another new name be etched on the Cup?Last season, the Caps ended 42 seasons of Cupless hockey in Washington, while two other teams to have never won it — Winnipeg and Vegas — reached the semifinals or beyond. This season, there are two franchises that have been knocking on the door for years that hope to end their own long Cupless streaks.We already know why the San Jose Sharks are contenders: Their rearguard is lousy with winners of the Norris Trophy (given to the league’s top defenseman) who are in the habit of putting up massive point totals. Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, whom the Sharks traded for this summer, won’t be paired together at even strength, but they’ll hurt teams on the power play, along with Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane.Speaking of Thornton: There are a lot of miles on those legs (and lots of debris in that beard, shorter though it may be), and he’s no longer the player he was when he was 30. But he says he feels rested and healthy as he heads into his 21st season playing in the NHL. And there are precious few playmakers you’d rather have centering a line with goalscorers like Pavelski and Kane patrolling the half boards than a rested and healthy Joe Thornton. Thornton also appears to be happy about the Karlsson trade.If the Nashville Predators don’t strike soon, they’ll be in danger of joining San Jose’s ranks as perennial bridesmaids. Last season, the Preds finished the regular season with the most points in the league but underperformed in the playoffs.2They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Jets in a weird series that was defined by blowouts despite going seven games. While Nashville doesn’t have a true offensive superstar, they’re stacked at the back: P.K. Subban, who won a Norris Trophy in 2013, and Roman Josi are among the best 10 defensemen on the planet, and Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm aren’t bad either. That group of four, along with goalie Pekka Rinne, are the reason the Preds conceded the second-fewest goals in the league last season.Or will the postseason mainstays add to their trophy case?Deference must be given to the Capitals: They enter as the defending champions, and their roster is filled with many of the players who’ve made the team so consistently good for the past decade. It remains to be seen how much the post-celebration hangover — especially Alexander Ovechkin’s — will affect Washington’s play early on, but the Caps should be taken seriously as a repeat threat.Also in the mix should be two frequent contenders: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. Both clubs will rely on high-scoring top lines and lethal power plays, which were crucial ingredients to their relative successes last season (they each made it to the second round of the playoffs). Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is still one of the two best players in the world,3The top distinction belongs to Connor McDavid these days. Sorry, Sid. and all he’s ever done in Pittsburgh is win. And if Boston’s temperamental talisman Brad Marchand can stop licking — and elbowing — people’s faces and instead focus on scoring goals, he could be a candidate to win the Art Ross Trophy, given to the league’s top point-getter. That’s a big if, though: He’s been suspended six times since 2011, and nothing in his past suggests that he’s learned his lesson. Boston fans will be forced to hold their collective breath every time Marchand takes the ice and to hope that he does something like this instead of something like this.If there’s a sleeper in the league, it might be the Los Angeles Kings, who have won two Stanley Cup titles this decade but were swept away by Vegas in the first round of the playoffs last season. They gave up the fewest goals in 2017-18 and boasted the league’s stingiest penalty kill. But while they were effective at keeping goals out of their own net, they were mediocre at putting them into the nets of their opponents: The Kings were in the middle of the pack in goals scored and power play percentage. The signing of Ilya Kovalchuk may change that. Kovalchuk is 35 years old and hasn’t played in an NHL game since 2013, but the Kings are hoping he can find some of the magic that allowed him to score 816 points in 816 career games. Whether or not the Russian still has some goals in his locker may determine if the Kings are first-round doormats or a team built for a Stanley Cup run.And let’s not forget about the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be out to avenge their Eastern Conference finals loss to the Capitals. They’re the only team in the NHL that can match the blueline depth of the Preds, and their forward group isn’t half-bad either: They got 186 points from just Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov last season. Then there’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is one of the best goalies in the league — his quality starts percentage of .706 in the playoffs was far greater than his career regular-season mark of .517. And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that a hot goalie is crucial to success in the postseason. read more


Behind a pair of double-doubles from its star players, the No. 7 OSU women’s basketball team (5-0) overcame a slow start to defeat UNC-Wilmington 88-69 on Sunday at Value City Arena. Center Jantel Lavender scored 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and point guard Samantha Prahalis scored 21 points and recorded 11 assists in her second game back from serving a three-game suspension for committing a secondary violation in the offseason. The Buckeyes struggled to establish a rhythm in the first half, committing seven turnovers and missing five of their first eight free throw attempts. OSU coach Jim Foster said his team is still adjusting to Prahalis’ presence in the line-up. “Without a doubt it’s a work in progress,” Foster said. “In the first half we forced some issues … there’s no bad teams this time of year, let alone, that’s a good team.” UNC-Wilmington led the Buckeyes 17-16 with nine minutes remaining in the first half before a Prahalis floater regained the lead for OSU. Amber Stokes then added to the OSU lead with a jump shot and stole the ensuing inbounds pass, finding Prahalis for another floater, which extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 22-17. Paced by 12 first-half points from guard Brittany Johnson, the Buckeyes failed to push their lead to more than eight points, as UNC-Wilmington cut the Buckeye advantage to 37-32 at the end of the half following a 3-point shot by Abria Trice. Johnson finished the game with 17 points. “Brittany did a very good job at the offensive end,” Foster said. “On this team, if you run, you’re going to get pretty good shots.” The Buckeyes had a difficult time putting away the Seahawks in the second half, as back-to-back 3-point shots from Alisha Andrews and Jessica Freeman cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 57-54 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. “When you win a lot of games, you’re targeted by your opponents,” Foster said. “We’re the big game on a lot of teams’ schedules.” The Buckeyes extended their lead to 11 points on a 3-point shot from Prahalis, but the Seahawks answered back again on the very next play when Brittany Blackwell was fouled as she converted a lay-up and made the subsequent free throw. The Seahawks, however, couldn’t find an answer for Lavender in the second half; with less than seven minutes remaining, she scored on six consecutive OSU possessions, pushing the OSU lead to 80-65. “We started running the floor really well, reversing the ball and making the extra pass,” Lavender said. “It was just, basically, attention to detail, running the plays right and reversing the ball.” Lavender’s basket with 6:02 remaining in the second half moved her past former OSU center Jessica Davenport for the school’s record for career field goals. “I’ve been fortunate to coach some very, very talented post players here,” Foster said. “Jantel got that running start as a freshman here and she hasn’t stopped since, so it was just a matter of time until that was going to happen.” The Buckeyes will next face Virginia on Thursday in the Big Ten-ACC challenge, when they’ll play their lone game of the season at St. John’s Arena before taking on No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday at Value City Arena. “I like the challenge, I like the fact that we’re playing a lot of different teams with a lot of different looks,” Lavender said. “It’s basically preparing us for anything that we could potentially face in the NCAA tournament.” read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – The Grand Bahama Council of the Girls Brigade and the Winners of the 2017 Girls Brigade Speech Competition called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  Pictured from left, Brianna Smith; Yvonne McDonald, Commandant; H.E. Dame Marguerite PindlIng; and Dahjah McDonald.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


first_img#MagneticMediaNews#NationalYouthMonth Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMs. Cory Hamilton#Bahamas, October 28, 2017 – Nassau – An ambush by violence and negativity on many Caribbean countries’ traditional ways of life has inspired my award winning, artistically gifted niece Cory Hamilton of CC Sweeting Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas to create a drawing commanding her peers to ‘bury the bad, celebrate the good’.Our Family is very proud of Cory and the thousands of other young people who ‘get it’ and stand virtuously for the good which still exists!   I mention here also, my cousin Lendeic Smith of the CR Walker High Class of 2018 who is a Governor General Youth Award recipient for excellence in Leadership.“To be recognized is one thing, but to be presented a national award by the Governor General herself in person is  extraordinary.  I’m just embracing every moment as I continue to excel,” said Ms. Smith.Hundreds of Bahamian Youth were congratulated for their diligence scholastically, socially, athletically and spiritually; an effort to ensure these well-doers are not forgotten or their works overshadowed by the less appealing reports on some of their generation.Deadline for entries in the art contest was yesterday; so I feel at liberty to share the original piece by Cory.Read more on the NATIONAL COMPETITION attached.Congratulations to these stand outs who are also mine! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NationalYouthMonthlast_img read more