State Must Reconsider Decision Asking Blind Employees To Report To Duty: Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesState Must Reconsider Decision Asking Blind Employees To Report To Duty: Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber26 Nov 2020 8:14 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has directed the State government to in two weeks time reconsider its decision making it compulsory for government employees, in particular blind employees, to report to duty. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty said: “For the time being we are dealing with the issue of blind persons. The state government will have…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 Karnataka High Court has directed the State government to in two weeks time reconsider its decision making it compulsory for government employees, in particular blind employees, to report to duty. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty said: “For the time being we are dealing with the issue of blind persons. The state government will have to reconsider its decision, subject matter of challenge in the light of Rights of Employees with Disabilities and in particular blind employees.” By a circular dated May 18, the state government has directed all Government Employees belonging to Group A, B, C and D to come for duty at 100% capacity. The bench while hearing a petition filed by Karnataka Federation of the Blind noted: “We direct the state to reconsider its decision, dated May 18, in the light of Rights Guaranteed to the differently abled persons and in particular blind persons. The issue will also have to be addressed in the context of the fact that some of the differently abled persons will need assistance, which will need touching the other persons. Thus we direct the state government to reconsider its decision, considering Rights of differently abled persons as well as genuine difficulties faced by them.” Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari, appearing for the petitioner, had submitted that actions of the respondent State government in issuing the impugned directions requiring 100% duty attendance by state government employees including employees with disabilities is in complete violation of the directions issued by the central government in Office Memorandum dated 28.04.2020 and 14.09.2020, exempting government employees with disabilities from roster duty during COVID-19 pandemic and hence deserves to be quashed and set aside. Further, it was said “By requiring 100% attendance in duty from all government employees with disabilities, especially employees with blindness and other disabilities who require physical assistance in travel and at work from other persons, the Respondents are putting the government employees with disabilities and other staff members at a high risk of infection with COVID-19.” The petition prays for order or direction, setting aside the Circular dated 18.05.2020, issued by the Respondent No. as it is in violation of the Central Government Office Memorandum dated 14.9.2020 exempting employees with disabilities from roster duty during the COVID 19 pandemic, and direct the Respondents to exempt government employees with disabilities from roster duty and treat the same as special paid leave. Or direct the respondents to provide private transportation facilities for employees with disabilities, especially for persons with blindness, where exemption from roster duty is not possible, or to reimburse them with costs of private transport arranged by them. The court has directed the state government to place on record the decision taken by December 11 and posted the matter for further hearing on December 14.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

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A cost of culture

first_imgThe ability to adopt new behaviors and ideas — whether learned or invented — has helped humans develop everything from stone tools and agriculture to revolutionary communications technologies like the World Wide Web. But new research shows that this ability may come with a very real cost, in an increased exposure to potentially deadly diseases.Learning behaviors from others necessarily brings individuals, whether humans or other animals, into close contact with others, and so could drive the spread of socially transmitted diseases such as the flu, while learning through exploration and experimentation could expose individuals to previously unknown pathogens and parasites.A new study, authored by Collin McCabe, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, suggests that increased exposure to disease has played an important role in the evolution of culture both in humans and in non-human primates. The study is described in a recently published paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.“This is sort of a curiosity-killed-the-cat scenario,” McCabe said. “What we’re saying is that that while the ability to be a good social learner or a good innovator may evolve because it’s beneficial from a cognitive standpoint, those abilities can also lead you to expose yourself to more disease.”To understand the cost associated with learning new behaviors, McCabe and colleagues, including Simon Reader, a professor of Biology at McGill University, and Charles Nunn, a professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, examined data on social learning and exploratory behavior across 127 primate species, and compared it to data on the diversity of pathogens and parasites within those same species to detect associations between them.“What we were trying to understand was what the causal relationship, if any, might be between how an animal learns and its disease burden,” McCabe said. “The question was whether animals that have more diseases are forced to come up with new solutions for coping with these infections. That idea, what we call the compensation hypothesis, takes the disease as a given and argues that behavior develops in response to diseases.“The alternative — what we called the exposure hypothesis — suggests that animals that are more exploratory and learn more from others expose themselves to more diseases through more-frequent contact with other individuals or the environment,” McCabe continued. “That is, disease is a consequence, not a cause of behavioral flexibility.”When McCabe and colleagues began to analyze their data, the results were unequivocal. While more social learning was associated with an increased risk of socially transmitted disease, and more exploratory learning was associated with an increased risk of environmentally transmitted disease, no other correlations were found.While the analysis included in the paper didn’t include any measures of human culture or disease, largely because it is difficult to obtain a good estimate of the full diversity of human cultural behaviors, McCabe said there is no reason why the result shouldn’t also apply to humans. “The same processes — innovation and social learning — that lead to non-human primate cultural transmission are the very building blocks of human culture.“On one hand, I think this might be a good explanation for why we don’t see every animal inhabiting the same brainy niche that humans do,” McCabe said. “Because there are significant costs that go along with learning, and each species is equipped with varying behaviors and other coping mechanisms, it doesn’t really make sense for every animal to become a great learner.“There’s also a good amount of irony in the fact that the same set of behaviors that allowed us to domesticate livestock and build the pyramids is also what exposed us to the sort of diseases that occur when people live in close contact and start to try new things, so this provides an interesting perspective on human evolution.”last_img read more

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Seagreen 2 and 3 offshore wind projects get new names

first_imgAccording to the company, the new names are a nod to the geological history of each site, including the remains of the last glacial maximum over 20,000 years ago. The move to rename the projects is to distinguish the two standalone offshore wind farms from the neighboring Seagreen 1 project, SSE said. SSE Renewables is renaming its Seagreen 2 and 3 offshore wind projects to Berwick Bank wind farm and Marr Bank wind farm, respectively. “Offshore wind is critical if both Scotland and the UK are to achieve net zero. The two wind farms will contribute significantly to carbon reduction targets and will help to drive forward a green recovery. We’re pleased to have renamed them to help distinguish them as separate sites in their own right,” said Malcolm Grant, Lead Project Manager. The proposed installed capacity of Berwick Bank is between 1,400 MW and 2,300 MW. It could be operational as soon as 2027.center_img All three Seagreen sites were awarded exclusive development rights in 2010, but are now progressing on separate tracks, with Seagreen 1 having reached a final investment decision this June. Marr Bank’s proposed capacity is between 900 MW and 1,850 MW and it follows slightly later timescales. The two projects are located in the North Sea beyond the Firth of Forth, and Berwick Bank sits 54km off the Angus coast at its closest point and Marr Bank over 43km off the coast.last_img read more

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Cardinal Rule: Starters take down reserves 19-14

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoDywon Rowan compiled 96 total yards and Jamil Walker led all runners with 74 yards on the ground, as the Cardinal team defeated the White squad, 19-14, in UW’s annual Spring Game in front of a crowd of 10,139 at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.The Cardinal team was comprised of UW’s starters, whereas the White team consisted of the reserves on the squad, though there was continuous lineup shuffling throughout the contest. Points earned by the White squadwere doubled on the scoreboard. The tweaked scoring system paid instant dividends for the White team. Quarterback John Stocco — who produced a strong day for the Cardinal, completing 10 of 13 passes for 154 yards in just one half of play — made his lone mistake of the afternoon early in the first quarter. Zach Hampton cut behind intended receiver Paul Hubbard and intercepted Stocco, running it back 59 yards for the touchdown and pushing the White out in front 14-0 with the double points.From there, however, it was all Cardinal.P.J. Hill went down less than five minutes into the contest with a stinger, according to UW head coach Bret Bielema. Bielema added the injury is not serious.Rowan came in and took the reins for the Cardinal running game. The fifth-year senior capped a five-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard dash into the end zone, putting the Cardinal team on the scoreboard.Overall, Rowan ended the game with 50 rushing yards on six carries, as well as three catches for another 46 yards on the afternoon.”I like what Dywon did; I think he’s able to get himself vertical and change direction in a short amount of time,” Bielema said. “[I] thought he caught a couple of nice screens today, as well. He’s got the ability to catch the football as well as run.”Stocco, who has constantly spoken about the Badgers’ necessity to find consistency, praised Rowan for his ability to accomplish as such.”He’s been real good for us; he’s kind of a power guy, he’s got good vision, and he’s been real steady for us,” Stocco said. “He’s a guy that’s been real consistent for us, so far, and he made some nice plays today.”Not to be outdone, Walker earned 16 carries on the day (13 for Cardinal and three for White). His 74-yard, one-touchdown effort was enough to show that he will be a strong competitor with both Hill and Rowan for playing time come September.”We all made statements today,” Walker said, when asked if Rowan in particular had done so during the game. “We just have fun with it. If somebody does something good, you pat him on the butt or just tell him ‘good job.’ We’rejust having fun competing.””I think that all the running backs have a chance because they haven’t named the starter yet, but me and Jamil did, I think, the best out of the backs today,” Rowan said. “P.J. went down early, and the young guys really don’t have a sense for the game yet, but I think me and Jamil did make a push for the No. 1 spot today.”UW’s starting defensive corps gave up no points to the White team Saturday, surrendering only 130 total yards and seven first downs in the game.”We came in, everyone seemed like they were really comfortable with where we were today and were flying around making plays,” linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “Even our twos against the one offense in the first half, they looked like they were real sound and they were making plays, too. So I think, all around, the defenseplayed pretty well.”Stocco, along with defensive stars Zalewski, Joe Stellmacher and Roderick Rogers, did not participate in the second half. Bielema said he believed those four to be relatively established at their positions and didn’t feel the need toutilize them too much after the first half of play.Marcus Randle El led all receivers with five catches and 50 yards on the day, whereas Travis Beckum carried the White load with three grabs and 14 yards.A facemasking penalty on White’s offense in the end zone awarded the Cardinal a safety, which turned out to be the winning pair of points for the starters, as it moved the score to 16-14.Taylor Mehlhaff missed a 43-yard FG opportunity just into the second quarter but redeemed himself by nailing a 41-yarder with six minutes remaining in the contest, putting the score to rest at 19-14.last_img read more

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Kyler Murray commits to focusing on NFL over MLB

first_imgThe quarterback went on to complete 260 of 377 passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with only seven interceptions and rushed 140 times for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns, making him one of the top prospects in his position in the 2019 NFL Draft.Murray was due to report to spring training with the Athletics this week, but he has now made his intentions clear.”Moving forward, I am firmly committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray posted on Twitter.”Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 per cent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.” Dual threat Kyler Murray is committing himself to focusing on the NFL over the MLB, the Heisman Trophy winner confirmed on Monday.Murray was the Oakland Athletics’ first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft but was permitted to return to the Oklahoma Sooners to complete his senior season with the football team. pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrId— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019Murray will get a chance to exhibit his skills at the NFL combine from February 26 until March 4 in Indianapolis and in subsequent workouts for NFL talent evaluators ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft between April 25 and 27 in Nashville.”I have started an extensive program to further prepare myself for the upcoming NFL workouts and interviews,” Murray said.”I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”last_img read more

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World Cup: more tourists than expected

first_img6 October 2010The total number of foreign tourists to South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup might be close to 400 000, says consultancy Grant Thornton, with higher than expected African air arrivals and huge numbers from countries whose teams did well contributing to the figure.Grant Thornton predicted in April that South Africa would receive around 373 000 visitors during the World Cup.Total overseas visitors (who stayed overnight) could easily be around the 270 000 mark, with a possible 130 000 African visitors for the event. Statistics South African released its June and July 2010 foreign arrivals data last week.Preliminary figuresIn a statement this week, Grant Thornton says it has assessed the tourist arrival data from Stats SA to generate a preliminary total World Cup visitor figure, by combining the June data with estimates for the first 11 days of July.The figure has been adjusted to take into consideration the displacement factor of regular tourists who opted not to visit South Africa during the event, as well as those tourists who were in the country but did not come for the football.Grant Thornton does emphasise, though, that analysis of other surveys is still outstanding, and that new data may well affect current estimates.“We’ve adjusted the data to make it as useful and as realistic as possible given current information available and there is no doubt we saw pretty high levels of visitation possibly exceeding our latter projections,” said Gillian Saunders, head of Grant Thornton advisory services in Johannesburg.African air arrivals underestimatedGrant Thornton’s April prediction of 274 000 total overseas visitors (ie, discounting African visitors) seems to be well aligned to the current data (about 270 000), though it seems to have significantly under-estimated African air arrivals, with current data indicating 119 000 arrivals against initial estimates of 15 000.“What’s concerning, though, is that ticket sales data did not support these arrival numbers,” said Saunders, adding that the miscalculation in terms of African air arrivals could perhaps be attributed to many thousands of air arrivals that were possibly VIPs, hospitality or Fifa Federation Fans.“The alternative could be that these additional African visitors bought over-the-counter tickets during phase five, or even that they used pre-purchased SA-resident tickets,” she said.According to Southern Africa Tourism Services CEO Michael Tatalias, it is highly possible that many Africans who visited the country for the tournament attended the many Fan Fests rather than the actual games in the stadiums.There was only a 4% increase in African cross-border overland arrivals during the World Cup period, which was 18 percentage points (3%) lower than expected for the period given the trends, whereas African air arrivals were up a surprising 248% or 118 000, from 47 783 to 166 360.“With a higher mix of African air compared to African cross-border, we would expect greater spends by African tourists than we predicted,” said Saunders. “Also with more African visitors than we estimated, the overall impact on national spend may turn out to be higher than our last forecasts.”Arrivals linked to teams’ fortunesDeclines noted for arrivals from 1 to 11 July 2010 compared to visitors for the equivalent 11-day period in July 2009 are from those countries whose teams were knocked out early from the football event – the UK ( -27.6%), Italy (-10.5%), France (-14.7%).“Compared to massive increases in arrivals from these countries during June 2010 (UK +15%; Italy +74%; and France +166%) to numbers in June 2009, it’s clear that as teams dropped out, visitors stopped coming which is directly visible in the July 2010 data,” said Tatalias.Increases in arrivals were – as expected – from nations who went far beyond from the Round of 16 games, such as Germany (+95.9%), Netherlands (+33.1%) and Spain (+196.9%). These escalations of visitors were over and above massive numbers recorded for June 2010 in comparison to the same month last year – Germany (+109%), Netherlands (+164%) and Spain (+415%).“The dramatic increases in air arrivals from South America – Mexico in particular – admittedly off a low base; and now from Africa by air too makes us question, now, what do we have to do to get them back again far more regularly,” added Tatalias.2010: tangible and intangible benfitsSaunders said the nation needed to realise that the event overall was extremely successful, and had delivered on a range of tangible and intangible benefits internally to South Africa and externally to the world.“In terms of our other estimations, we’re consolidating our research to evaluate our forecasts for individual spend by foreign visitors of R30-000 per person and length of stay, and actual impact on GDP (0.5%),” Saunders said. “Whatever the final figures will be, it will be significant in terms of the impact of a single event on the tourism industry and the national economy.”The World Cup event massively improved national pride and extended to a greater allegiance with the African continent as the nation proffered strong support for “BaGhana BaGhana” once Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the tournament.“South Africans are often our own worst enemies,” said Saunders. “The World Cup created wonderful patriotic levels of self-belief.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Andy Rodefer, May 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have made some progress, but it has still been pretty challenging in this area. We started planting on May 2 and planted until May 4. Then we ended up getting about 1.5 inches of rain on May 4 and it pounded stuff into the ground — something we definitely did not need. We were out last week until Friday and we were able to plant beans. Then we planted corn on Saturday and Sunday. We got another .7 last night.Most people have gotten started around here but there are still some farmers who haven’t started planting yet. If you go north two miles and south 10 miles they have been missing the rains. We have been getting hit here pretty steady and field conditions have really not been ideal for planting, but the corn that we planted first is all up and it does look pretty good.On a normal year I would have been reluctant to plant in the conditions we have had, but we decided that we needed to run. Three or four weeks ago I had a neighbor plant into well drained fields and his corn only popped up a couple of days before our first corn. Those warmer soil temperatures have really helped.We are just over 50% done with corn. We may be 30% or 35% done with soybeans. The area is maybe at 40% or 50% done on corn and there are very few soybean acres planted around here.They are calling for an 80% chance of rain today and it looks like we may be right back where we were before with more chances for rain later in the week. We are anxious to get going again but it looks like this week could be another slow one for us. It has been frustrating.last_img read more

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Ilonen, Stenson Match Play Final

first_imgASH, England — Mikko Ilonen of Finland ended Joost Luiten’s unbeaten run to set up a final later Oct. 19 against top-seeded Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the World Match Play Championship.Ilonen defeated his Dutch rival 2 and 1, while Stenson won 1 up at the last hole against South African George Coetzee, in the semifinal matches at the London Club course at Ash in Kent outside London.Irish Open winner Ilonen was 2 up over Luiten after seven holes before Luiten, who won all three of his group games, went 1 up after winning Nos. 8, 11 and 13.The Finn rebounded by winning the 14th and holing a long putt at the 15th, before claiming victory with a birdie on the 17th.“It was an unbelievable match as it could have gone any way as we both didn’t play our best and with the early tee-time today we were still both asleep,” said Ilonen. “But somehow I managed to make two long putts near the end.”Stenson wasn’t in front until the last when he holed a long par putt to beat Coetzee, a player ranked 84 places lower than the Swede.Stenson is looking for his first World Match Play Championship title.“I had to dig deep to win my match as I was never in front till I holed that putt at the last,” Stenson said. “While it wasn’t the most well-played match this week, I still got the result.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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