How major US stock indexes fared Monday

first_img Facebook Pinterest How major US stock indexes fared Monday By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Twitter TAGS  Previous articleBoone: Safe to say Cole will be Yankees’ opening day starterNext articleAngry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

“PMO Unique, Matter Cannot Be Kept Pending” :SC Reserves Order In Plea Against Narendra Modi’s Election From Varanasi

first_imgTop Stories”PMO Unique, Matter Cannot Be Kept Pending” :SC Reserves Order In Plea Against Narendra Modi’s Election From Varanasi Sanya Talwar18 Nov 2020 1:37 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved orders in a petition filed by ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, challenging the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun said that the issue concerned with the most important office of the country, i.e. the PMO and that…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 Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved orders in a petition filed by ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, challenging the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun said that the issue concerned with the most important office of the country, i.e. the PMO and that it cannot be kept pending indefinitely. This happened after the counsel for petitioner sought adjournments and pass overs many times during the hearing.”We have already adjourned it many times. This is an important case which revolves around the unique office of the Prime Minister. We cannot keep it pending indefinitely,” said CJI SA BobdeAdvocate Pradeep Kumar told the court that the nomination of his client, an ex-BSF Jawan was wrongly rejected and that he was not given sufficient time after notice was issued to him.At this juncture, CJI Bobde asked him where the said contention had been raised by the petitioner in the High Court.Senior Advocate Harish Salve appeared for PM Modi and told Court that the contention was not raised before the High Court and neither was it raised now.The special leave petition is filed challenging the judgment passed by the Allahabad High Court in December 2019 dismissing Tej Bahadur’s election petition on the ground of lack of locus standi.”…the petitioner is neither an elector nor a candidate at the election which he seeks to challenge and would therefore have no locus to file election petition,” said a single bench of Justice Mohan Kumar Gupta of the High Court.It may be recalled that Tej Bahadur Yadav had attempted to contest against PM Modi from Varanasi on BSP ticket. However, his nomination was rejected by the Returning Officer citing the reason that he had failed to submit a certificate stating that his dismissal from BSF was not on account of disloyalty or corruption.He was dismissed from the BSF in 2017 after a video featuring him became viral, where he was seen he complaining about the quality of food served to soldiers guarding the India-Pakistan border became viral.The HC held that Yadav could not have filed the election petition as he was neither nominated nor could he be deemed to be duly nominated.The court relied on Section 33 of The Representation of the People Act, 1951 which states that if a person in government service is dismissed and a period of five years has not elapsed since the dismissal, such person shall not be deemed to be duly nominated as a candidate unless his nomination paper is accompanied by a certificate issued in the prescribed manner by the Election Commission to the effect that he has not been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the State.The SLP filed in the Supreme Court contends that the High Court has failed to appreciate the misuse of provisions under Sections 9 & 33(3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by the District Election Officer.The plea drawn by Advocate Pradeep Kumar and filed by Advocate Sanjeev Malhotra further avers that a grave error has been committed by the High Court by failing to take into contention the merits of the case and thereby, wrongly deciding the plea on “mere technical grounds” of Order VII Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure.The ex-BSF jawan had previously approached the Supreme Court, challenging the decision of the Returning Officer to reject his nomination from Varanasi constituency. A Bench headed by then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had dismissed the petition.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

In The Absence Of An Action Plan, The Healthcare System In Bihar Qua COVID Appears To Be Moving Aimlessly: Patna High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesIn The Absence Of An Action Plan, The Healthcare System In Bihar Qua COVID Appears To Be Moving Aimlessly: Patna High Court Sparsh Upadhyay4 May 2021 1:42 AMShare This – xThe Patna High Court on Monday (May 3) observed that in the absence of an action plan, the healthcare system in Bihar qua COVID-19 appeared to be moving aimlessly. The bench of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice Mohit Kumar Shah was hearing the suo motu case concerning reported deficient healthcare facilities in the State to meet the challenges posed by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Shortage of Beds, Oxygen, and Manpower Interacting with Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, the Court came to know that there was serious manpower issue in the hospital and only 300 beds were available for COVID patients inclusive of 60 ICU beds. It was pointed out by the Director that the hospital has not been able to admit more patients because of irregular/ short supply of oxygen and unavailability of adequate manpower. The Situation in respect of ESIC, Hospital Bihta, in the Court’s opinion, was even worse. Squadron Leader (Dr.) Wansi informed the Court that the doctors and other staff deputed by the Armed Forces to treat COVID patients in the said hospital were facing lot of problems because of non-supply of medicines and absence of management and that they appeared to be virtually sitting idle in the said hospital. “No Action Plan” Further, the Court noted that when the matter was taken up on 15th April 2021, the Court had directed the State Government to prepare a comprehensive action plan to fight the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in its second wave. The Court had reiterated the said direction in its orders dated 17th April 2021 and 19th April 2021, and 23rd April 2021, however, the State of Bihar did not come up with a concrete action pla. Therefore, the Court noted, “In the absence of an action plan, the healthcare system qua COVID-19 appears to be moving aimlessly.” Further, the Court also took note of black-marketing of some essential drugs including oxygen in the State of Bihar in a situation where the State is facing an unprecedented challenge on account of the pandemic. Further, the Court perused a report filed by Mrigank Mauli, Amicus Curiae, the Court noted, “There is no gainsaying that the Health Department of the State is operating to meet the mammoth challenge without the aid of experts in the respective fields, having a better understanding of the crisis and management thereof.” The Court also expressed concerns about the slow pace of reporting of RT-PCR test and asked the State Government to inform it about the development in this regard. The Court was also informed that the COVID Hospitals are not admitting patients in the absence of RT-PCR test reports. To this, the Court said, “The Court is of the view that the department, with the help of the experts in this regard, should immediately take a decision as to whether HRCT Chest Scan report should also be a basis for considering a person suffering from COVID-19 to be admitted in a COVID hospital.” Case Title: Shivani Kaushik v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsPatna High Court Healthcare System healthcare COVID COVID -19 COVID Management Bihar Government RT-PCR COVID-19 test RTPCR Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh Justice Mohit Kumar Shah Next Storylast_img read more

Glasgow firms share safety at work advice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Glasgow firms share safety at work adviceOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Next Article Comments are closed. Six of Glasgow’s biggest employers took part in Scotland’s first GoodNeighbour conference, hosted by the Health and Safety Commission and theBritish Safety Council on 30 November. Scottish Power, Hewden Stuart, Glasgow City Council, First Engineering andNEC Semiconductors offered their health and safety advice to their smallercontractors, suppliers and neighbouring businesses. The initiative was prompted by concerns over health and safety in smallbusinesses. “Good practice is something that should be shared rather than protectedfor fear of losing a competitive advantage,” explained Sir Neville Purvis,director general of the British Safety Council. “Small organisations need to understand that they need not tackle theseissues on their own.”last_img read more

Habitat temperature and the temporal scaling of cold hardening in the high Arctic collembolan, Hypogastrura tullbergi (Schäffer)

first_img1. Cold tolerance is a fundamental adaptation of insects to high latitudes. Flexibility in the cold hardening process, in turn, provides a useful indicator of the extent to which polar insects can respond to spatial and temporal variability in habitat temperature. 2. A scaling approach was adopted to investigate flexibility in the cold tolerance of the high Arctic collembolan, Hypogastrura tullbergi, over different time-scales. The cold hardiness of animals was compared from diurnal warming and cooling phases in the field, and controlled acclimation and cooling treatments in the laboratory. Plasticity in acclimation responses was examined using three parameters: low temperature survival, cold shock survival, and supercooling points (SCPs). 3. Over time-scales of 24–48 h, both field animals from warm diurnal phases and laboratory cultures from a ‘warm’ acclimation regime (18 °C) consistently showed greater or equivalent cold hardiness to animals from cool diurnal phases and acclimation regimes (3 °C). 4. No significant evidence was found of low temperature acclimation after either hours or days of low temperature exposure. The cold hardiness of H. tullbergi remained ‘seasonal’ in character and mortality throughout was indicative of the summer state of acclimatization. 5. These data suggest that H. tullbergi employs an ‘all or nothing’ cryoprotective strategy, cold hardening at seasonal but not diel-temporal scales. 6. It is hypothesised that rapid cold hardening offers little advantage to these high Arctic arthropods because sub-zero habitat temperatures during the summer on West Spitsbergen are rare and behavioural migration into soil profiles offers sufficient buffering against low summer temperatures.last_img read more

Baker Tilly expands client accounting services with oil and gas expertise

first_img Baker Tilly to provide client accounting services for oil and gas industry. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Aadvisory, tax and assurance firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (Baker Tilly) announces its intent to acquire Oil and Gas Business Solutions, Inc. (OGBS), a Dallas-based firm specializing in complex and unique bookkeeping and back office services in the oil and gas upstream sector.Founded 50 years ago, OGBS serves small and mid-sized independent operators, oil and gas investors, royalty trusts and brokers. .“OGBS is a great complement to Baker Tilly,” Dallas Market Managing Partner Gary Boyd said.“Our energy practice is growing and staying ahead of the curve with increasingly diverse capabilities that address emerging technology, operational efficiency, financial structuring and tax strategies.”Baker Tilly continues to strengthen its presence in Texas with offices in four of the five largest cities in the state: Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston – the “energy capital of the world.”“We’re proud of our history and reputation in the oil and gas industry,” OGBS President Tom Black said. “Joining Baker Tilly enables us to serve the growing demands of oil and gas clients’ evolving business and technology needs while providing exciting opportunities for our team members.”All OGBS team members will join Baker Tilly. The anticipated effective date of the deal is June 1, 2020. Source: Company Press Release Baker Tilly continues to strengthen its presence in Texas with offices in four of the five largest cities in the statelast_img read more

Islamic protests over female preacher

first_imgA visiting professor has sparked protests from many members of the Muslim community after she became the first woman in Britain to lead an Islamic prayer service.Amina Wadud arrived in Oxford on Friday to perform the service before a mixed congregation of men and women at Wolfson College.The event marked the start of a conference on Islam and feminism at the college and has provoked mosques throughout the country to weigh into the debate.A Muslim student at Oxford opposed the event, saying, “It is clearly stipulated in law, with agreement from the majority of Islamic schools of thought, that amongst the main factors in choosing an Imam, or leader of prayer, are being male, just, and having a good command of the Arabic language.”He added that though there is no direct reference in the Qu’ran to suggest that a woman leading the congregational prayer is not allowed, the Qu’ran is not the sole basis upon which Islamic law is based upon.He said, “Muslims extract law not only from the Holy Qu’ran, but also from the teachings of the Prophet and his progeny.”He continued, “Islam venerates women, whether they be mothers or policy makers” and “promotes scholarship, as evident by the female academics in Islam at Al Azhar University.”However, he continued that there is “no historical or theological basis to women leading mixed congregational prayer.”Professor Wadud first delivered a Friday sermon in South Africa in August 1994 and, after leading a service in New York three years ago, received death threats from some extremists.Traditionally, only male Imams hold mixed service. Whereas women are allowed to lead the prayer for other women, men have to lead the prayer for a mixed congregation.Dr. Taj Hargey, Chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre Oxford (MECO), who invited Amina Wadud to lead the prayers, argued that there should be no gender inequality, and the person leading the prayers should simply be the most qualified person.He stated that he “believe(s) in equity” and that this event was a “fundamental success” for encouraging gender equality in Islam.He claimed that he intentionally invited her “to promote theological self-empowerment and to challenge Wahhabi extremism.”Dr. Hargey said he had expected the response as a result of “theological extremism”, but argued that they have no relevance to 21st century Britain.However, Mokhtar Badri, the vice-president of the Muslim Association of Britain, said, “With all respect to Sister Amina, prayer is something we perform in accordance to the teachings of our Lord.“It has nothing to do with position of women in society. It is not to degrade them or because we don’t think they are up to it.”Nawaz Ahmad, President of the Oxford University Islamic Society, explained that some schools of thought believe “the reason for the prohibition for women to lead prayers is based on a statement of the prophet that men are to stand in front of women, and the imam (prayer leader) must stand in front of the congregation.”Another Muslim student added, “this is due to one of the fundamentals of religion, modesty.”He added that hijab and the headscarf are based on similar reasoning.Despite the protests, Dr. Hargey is confident that the event is a successful step forward equivalent to that made by Emmeline Pankhurst.He declared his intention to organise an event like this each year until a notable change in conservative Islam occurs.Photo: Mark Bassettlast_img read more

What’s Quackin’ at cMoe?

first_imgElf Academy Visit Our Website 25 Days of Giving Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ will be leaving cMoe on December 29th!Created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action is designed to promote the fun in and communicate the many benefits of physical activity.Featuring the theme of action adventures popular in children’s books and movies, the homegrown exhibition invites visitors to jump into “Action Star Training” – play activities that build strength, coordination, balance and endurance.Sponsored nationally by General Mills. Sponsored locally by Old National Bank Foundation. View Calendar Can’t stay up till midnight? Party all day at the annual Happy Noon Year’s celebration!Enjoy engaging activities, games, snacks, and a special performance by The Awesome Squad! Oh, and make sure to join us in the lobby as we count down to NOON with cMoe’s special balloon drop!Activities included with admission:18 Months & Older—$15 per personcMoe Member Families— FreeMuseums For All program—$1 per personcMoe will be open from 9 AM-2 PM on December 31.Awesome Squad performance made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ Holiday ClosurescMoe will be closed on the following dates: The North Pole needs more Elves!December 14th will be the jolliest, immersive holiday experience for the family. At Elf Academy, you’ll discover all the magical secrets of being a North Pole Elf. During your training, you’ll: Daily Educational Programs December Theme: Winter – It’s almost Winter, and it is getting COLD outside! But there are plenty of wonderful activities and celebrations that take place in December to keep us warm and happy. This month we’ll be doing activities and games to help keep away the cold, as well as learning about the multi-cultural celebrations that are taking place around the world!Daily activities are included with general admission and no registration is required. The Museum will be open on December 23rd and December 30th. Christmas Eve (December 24)Christmas Day (December 25)New Year’s Day (January 1) Member Families, Donors, & Volunteers are exclusively invited on December 13th from 5 PM-7 PM!Special activities will be happening throughout the Museum including:Holiday themed craftsA hot chocolate barPictures with Santacenter_img Family Free NightCreate family memories and spark your children’s imagination during Family Free Night!The public is admitted FREE on December 5th from 5 PM-8 PM to explore the Museum. Last admittance is at 7:30 pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years older. No reservations are necessary for this evening of holiday fun! Learn More Learn More Merry Members Night (Photos: MIKE LAWRENCE / COURIER & PRESS, Mike Lawrence) Tickets sales end on December 6th! This event is sponsored by Old National Bank. Happy Noon Years! Make toys at Santa’s WorkshopSlide down Magic MountainHave a Snowball FightGet your photo with Santa & Mrs. ClausBust a Move at a Dance PartyBrunchGet your official Elf Badge! Purchase Tickets FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare One of our core beliefs is that every child and family deserves the chance to learn, play, and form stronger family bonds. Our Access Initiatives help us support families and children in times of need and financial difficulty, giving kids the opportunity to experience the simple joys of being a kid.Help us raise $25K in 25 Days!Give, renew or upgrade your gift:• Donate online at www.cMoekids.org• Call us at 812.464.2663• Mail gifts to P.O. Box 122; Evansville, IN 47701Each gift is 100% tax deductible.last_img read more

WINNERS OF THE AUTUMN BARN FARMS POPCORN AUGUST 1-to 15 BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY DRAWING

first_imgThe following individuals should go to Autumn Barn Popcorn Store and show your identity and tell them you won it in the CCO.   They are:                            SHANCE SIZEMORE,KAY THORPEKelly KoresselJude WilliamsDaniel FinkDan DanksCourt AltonJeremy DillonBecky McbrideSusan ShoversMandy AshbyJeff Kincaid Max DedmondRyan CraddockPam Bailey WINNERS OF THE AUTUMN BARN FARMS POPCORN AUGUST 1-to 15 BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY DRAWINGWhen Chris Wintner and his wife, Kristy, settled in Evansville after leaving military service, he was disappointed to learn that Uncle Mark’s Popcorn had burned down and was not being rebuilt. Chris had always looked forward to his family sharing a tin of Uncle Mark’s popcorn during the holiday, the way he had done when he was younger. That gave the veteran an idea. He decided to build a business that would feature the same kind of high-quality gourmet popcorn that Uncle Mark’s had offered.That was in 2012. Now Chris and Kristy are the proud proprietors of Autumn Barn Farms Popcorn. They operate the business at 1442 N. Green River Rd. with the help of their two daughters. They offer 27 different gourmet flavors in three different sized bags and refillable tins that range from a half gallon to three-and-a half gallons. A discount is offered to weddings and parties of 50 or more. Chris offers an everyday discount of 10% to his fellow veterans and seniors.City-County Observer is proud to advertise all veteran-owned businesses, but we are particularly pleased to announce that Autumn Barn Farms Popcorn will be awarding 30 tins each month to lucky winners chosen randomly from those whose birthdays appear on our site for each month. Please send in names and birthdays of your friends and family members, so they can have a chance to win. Winners will receive a half gallon tin valued at $10, that can be refilled for $7.   We will award 15 tins 1-15 of this month and 15 more tins for 16-to 31 of August.The following Popcorn flavors available are: SWEETS: Kettle, Caramel, Pina Colada, Cherry, Orange, Grape, Banana , Strawberry, Blueberry, Watermelon, Cinnamon ,Tootie Frootie and Toffee. SAVORY: Butter, Ranch, Bbq. Chicago Mis, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Cheddar, White Cheddar, Creamy Dill, Siriraca, Buffalo Breach, Prizza,Honey Mustard and Chill. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In my world

first_imgI often wonder about the differences between success and failure. We are all aware that businesses in every sector are struggling in the current economic climate; some get to the point where they cannot carry on and, sadly, are forced to go into administration.The recent, well-publicised events at Coffee Republic are a good case in point. (At this point I should mention that my former business supplied them from 1998, and I purchased a few shares so I would receive copies of their accounts.)Over the years, Coffee Republic has rapidly expanded, acquired businesses – for example, Good Bean – contracted and finally moved towards a franchise-based operation, increasing its estate again. My 10,000 shares purchased at 8p had been diluted to 166, worth 20p each at the time of their administration. I purchased 800 shares at 40p in Caffè Nero at the same time. When it went private a couple of years ago, shareholders received 250p per share. Caffè Nero has continued to expand and, more importantly, make a good profit.A visit to both chains will show great superficial similarity; they both serve similar-sounding drinks and comparable ranges of sandwiches, paninis and muffins and so on. The difference in their performance is not just down to timing; Coffee Republic was into variably performing franchises and some very high rents. Even now, I am watching some great coffee shops not only opening, but thriving; examples include London coffee shops Flat White (www.flat-white.co.uk) and Sacred (www.sacredcafe.co.uk). Many of the successes in this area now have very strong Antipodean roots. Indeed, the current hot spot for coffee shops is New Zealand – in particular, Wellington.I can think of examples in other bakery-related sectors. Paul has been an enormous national success story, expanding rapidly, but they sell freshly baked bread (albeit from part-baked frozen), cakes and pastries, plus a range of filled baguettes and drinks – does this sound familiar? Le Pain Quotidien (www.lepainquotidien.com) has a similar range, although more geared to sit down.Ottolenghi (www.ottolenghi.co.uk), my current favourite London bakery/deli, is going from strength to strength. I defy anyone to visit one of their shops and not feel inspired to purchase. I loved my lunch yesterday, the strawberry-peach and pistachio tart as dessert. I only eat their muesli for breakfast and will deliver their cakes to mum today – via the gym!If you get the chance, please visit some of the places I have mentioned and ask yourself: ’What are they doing right/wrong?’ and, more importantly, ’What can I do with my business to make sure I remain one of the successes?’last_img read more