Consider Vaccinating Caretakers Of Juvenile Justice Homes/Child Care Centres, Treat Them As Frontline Warriors: Gauhati HC To Govt.

first_imgNews UpdatesConsider Vaccinating Caretakers Of Juvenile Justice Homes/Child Care Centres, Treat Them As Frontline Warriors: Gauhati HC To Govt. Sparsh Upadhyay7 May 2021 12:21 AMShare This – xUnderlining that the caretakers of Juvenile Centres, need to be vaccinated for their safety and also for the safety of the juveniles, the Gauhati High Court on Thursday (May 6) asked the Assam Government to consider treating them as “frontline warriors”. The Bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak observed, “The persons, who are taking care of juveniles in these Juvenile Centres, need to be vaccinated for their safety, but also for the safety of the juveniles. We, therefore, direct the State Government to consider treating these persons, who are taking care of Juvenile Care Centres as ‘frontline warriors’, and vaccinate them so that they do not pass on the disease to the children, who are under their care.”#GauhatiHighCourt: Persons, who are taking care of juveniles in the Juvenile Centres (in the state of #Assam), need to be vaccinated for their safety, and also for the safety of the juveniles.State Government asked to consider treating these persons, as “frontline warriors”.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 7, 2021In related news, dealing with a petition filed by under-trial prisoners, currently locked in the Central Jail-6 Tihar, seeking certain directions for the provision of certain facilities in the jail, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday (May 5) issued a slew of directions. Considering that for inmates who are 45+ years of age, vaccines are already available and are with the Jail Superintendent, the Court directed that proper counseling be done for these inmates, and they be encouraged to take the vaccine, at the earliest. Recently, It was informed by the DG Prisoners (to the High Powered Committee of the Delhi High Court ) that the jail staff was declared “Front Line Workers” and thus was directed to be vaccinated in the First Phase of Vaccine Drive against COVID-19. “Members of the Committee have deliberated upon this issue and have resolved that all the jail inmates as well as jail staff are required to be vaccinated at the earliest so that the spread of COVID-19 inside the jail premises can be curtailed.” The Committee resolved. Further, dealing with a PIL filed regarding the state of prisoners amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday (May 6) issued a slew of directions. The Bench directed the Jail Department and the Principal Secretary, Home / Prison, State of Uttarakhand, to ensure that the number of the prisoners being inoculated is drastically increased. The Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir recently informed the High Court that it was taking all relevant steps to ensure that all prisoners, whether convicted or under-trial, are inoculated against the Covid-19 virus. Also, the Orissa High Court recently passed significant directions to ensure that all inmates lodged in prisons of the State are vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 virus. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray was hearing two petitions concerning various issues persistent in the jails in Orissa. The Gauhati High Court also asked the Assam Government to file its response on a suo moto PIL concerning jail inmates, who are allegedly not being vaccinated in the state. Inter alia, the Division Bench at the Orissa High Court asked the State Government to work in coordination with the State Legal Services Authority and take time-bound steps for the remission of the sentences of prisoners found eligible for that benefit. Case title – Lawyers Association, Guwahati v. The State Of Assam And 2 Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsJuvenile Justice Homes Child Care Centres Frontline Warriors vaccination drive vaccination for caretakers of Juvenile Justice Homes Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak Next Storylast_img read more

NBA: Luka Doncic makes history by recording back-to-back triple-double

first_img 10 months ago NBA news: Stephen Curry out for three months due to hand injury Last Updated: 4th November, 2019 13:34 IST NBA: Luka Doncic Makes History By Recording Back-to-back Triple-double On November 4, Luka Doncic became the first player since Oscar Robertson to record at least 25 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds in back-to-back games. 10 months ago NBA: Warriors vs Spurs player ratings, results and highlights SUBSCRIBE TO US Devika Pawar LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago NBA players and fans react to Stephen Curry’s injury on Twitter 10 months ago NBA: Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki gets street named after him First Published: 4th November, 2019 13:34 IST Also read | NBA 2020 MVP Odds: Antetokounmpo leads the way in the MVP race Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic set multiple records after his triple-double performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, November 4. Mavericks beat Cavaliers 131-111 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Doncic scored 29 points, 15 assists and 14 rebounds.Also read | NBA news: Stephen Curry out for three months due to hand injury COMMENT WE RECOMMEND As this is his second consecutive triple-double, he is the first player who has recorded a stat line like this in back-to-back games according to NBA stats. The last player to hold the record was Oscar Robertson in 1965. Luka Doncic is also the youngest to have consecutive 25-point triple-doubles. He is now also the second player to record consecutive 15-assist games. The first was Jason Kidd. Doncic previously scored 31 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 2, Saturday.  Doncic, who was the last NBA season’s Rookie of the Year, has only performed consistently in his second year with the Mavericks. In the first six games, the guard put up 26.2 points per game, 9.6 rebounds, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. Doncic also shot 45.3% from the field and 31.8% from deep. Also read | NBA: Warriors vs Spurs player ratings, results and highlightsLuka Doncic has been crucial for the team’s offence since his rookie season, even though his turnovers are a minor setback. In an interview with a new channel, head coach Rick Carlisle had admitted that he has never seen a player like Doncic before. Carlisle himself has two decades of experience as both coach and player. The Mavericks will be playing Orlando Magic next on Thursday, November 7 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas (7:00 am IST). Also read | NBA: Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers result and player ratings 10 months ago NBA: Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers result and player ratings FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Pac-10 packed deep for tournament

first_imgSix Pac-10 teams have played in the NCAA tournament only once before – in 2002. Five were chosen on four occasions, most recently in 2003. Three played in 2004, and four were picked in each of the past two years. Seven of the league’s 10 teams have at least 18 wins, and those seven went a combined 71-12 against nonconference opponents. “Hopefully we’ll be rewarded for being a very, very tough conference,” Kent said. “We’ve kind of beaten up on each other.” Perhaps that explains why only three teams are ranked among the nation’s top 25 this week – No.4 UCLA, No.11 Washington State and No.16 Oregon. Each of the top seven teams were ranked at one time or another this season. Eighth-seeded California (14-16, 6-12 Pac-10) faces ninth-seeded Oregon State (11-20, 3-15) and seventh-seeded Washington (18-12, 8-10) meets 10th-seeded Arizona State (8-21, 2-16) tonight to begin the tournament. Four games will be played Thursday. The semifinals are Friday night and the finals Saturday. “I feel like we should be in the (NCAA) tournament – win or lose,” said Stanford’s Trent Johnson, whose team appears to be the only one of the top six that could be bypassed. UCLA won the Pac-10 regular-season and tournament championships last year, and reached the finals of the NCAA tournament before losing to Florida 73-57. The prevailing sentiment is that UCLA is even better this season, but Floyd said he can see as many as seven teams winning the conference tournament. “They’re more experienced, to begin with,” Olson said about the Bruins. “The second thing is they’ve had another year to play in the system. The key to UCLA a year ago and this year is how they defend.” Romar also pointed to the Bruins’ ability on defense, and added: “I think Darren Collison has done a marvelous job replacing Jordan Farmar (at point guard). I thought that would be where the biggest dropoff would be. There hasn’t been a dropoff at all.” Romar said he believes his team has to win the conference tournament championship to earn an NCAA tournament berth. That would mean winning four games in four days on a neutral floor, something no team has done in the five years all 10 schools have been included in the Pac-10 tournament. “Who knows what the committee will do? At this point, we can’t rely on anyone else,” he said. “We feel like we have to go out and win four, and that’s how we’re approaching it. You go in, you know the next time you lose, you’re probably out of the NCAA tournament.” A Romar team has accomplished such a feat. In 2000, his first season at Saint Louis, the Billikens entered the Conference USA tournament following an 84-41 loss at Cincinnati, but took advantage of an injury to Kenyon Martin and upset the Bearcats in the second round, then won two more games to take the tournament title and earn an NCAA tournament bid. The Huskies beat USC and UCLA to complete the regular season, but both games were at home, where they won 17 games. Washington’s only road victory was a 66-61 triumph at ASU. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The Pacific-10 usually finds itself down the list when conferences are being evaluated at this time of year. Not this season. The Pac-10 tournament starts today at Staples Center. USC’s Tim Floyd said he couldn’t imagine a better seventh-place team in the nation than Washington, prompting Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar to say: “I wouldn’t say I disagree. If they had a tournament for all seventh-place teams, hopefully we would hold our own.” And Ben Howland, coach of top-seeded UCLA, expressed the opinion that six Pac-10 teams are a lock to play in the NCAA tournament, no matter what happens in the conference tournament. That’s usually the mantra of the Big East, Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference about now. “I was in the Big East for four years – that’s a point of reference for me,” Howland said. center_img Lute Olson, completing his 24th year at Arizona, called the Pac-10 the toughest it’s ever been during a conference call Tuesday. Ernie Kent, finishing his 10th season at Oregon, added: “I think it’s the No.1 conference in the country. If it’s not No.1, it’s No.2.” last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Bucks, Friday at 6:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 6:30 p.m. when the Warriors try to settle the score against the Eastern Conference power Bucks in Milwaukee.The Bucks (16-7) have the NBA’s third-best record heading into the game, including an impressive 134-111 win over the Warriors a month ago in Oakland. Milwaukee got 26 points from point guard Eric Bledsoe that night as Golden State saw its eight-game winning streak end. Stephen Curry also injured his groin in that game, which …last_img

Africa calls for ‘climate-smart’ agriculture

first_img8 December 2011Climate-smart agriculture offers a “triple win” for food security, adaptation, and mitigation, South African President Jacob Zuma and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on the sidelines of COP 17 in Durban on Wednesday.Zuma and Annan were addressed a side-event for early action on climate-smart agriculture, an initiative driven by the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Huge potential in agricultureClimate-smart agriculture is being touted for all of Africa to deal with climate change impacts that have been taking a toll on food production and security.“Climate-smart agriculture seeks to enhance agricultural productivity by improving on resilience,” Zuma said, adding: “Farmers should be at the centre of this transformation of the agriculture sector.”Research shows that agriculture has a huge potential to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gases through changes in agricultural technologies and management practices, particularly in developed countries.Climate-smart agriculture includes proven practical techniques including mulching, intercropping, conservation agriculture, crop rotation, integrated crop-livestock management, agro-forestry, improved grazing and improved water management.With nine-billion people expected to inhabit the world by 2050, food production in Africa alone must be tripled, according to experts.“Climate changes create risks and uncertainty with potentially serious downsides. Without strong adaptation measures, climate change could reduce food crop production by 10 to 20% by the 2050s, with more severe losses in Africa,” Zuma said.Collaborative effort requiredAnnan, who is chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, said Africa had to grow food to meet its own needs and also be able to export any surplus. He said this would require a collaborative effort from farmers, businesses, government and scientists.“We need the creativity, leadership, resources, expertise and solidarity of every organisation and individual if we are to find solutions to this common challenge,” Annan said.“We all have a part to play as well in ensuring our leaders do not shy away from the hard decisions necessary to ensure the world we pass on to future generations is a stable, secure and healthy one.”Zuma also took the opportunity to ask governments to consider promoting organic farming systems.“Organic agriculture has a smaller footprint on the natural resource base and the health of agricultural workers than conventional agriculture … food security, poverty and climate change are closely linked and should not be considered separately,” Zuma said.Boosting agricultural production“As climate change increases its impact on agriculture, we strongly support African leaders in their efforts to boost action that will help feed Africa and the world,” said World Bank MD Sri Mulyani Indrawati.“This is about working together … we need strong, continuous and collective action to boost agricultural production and productivity and to improve distribution networks, so people have food security,” Indrawati said.Zuma and Annan both said there had to be a link between climate change, food security and poverty.“We need to engage on emerging issues including finance and technological support and approaches such as climate-smart agriculture that are geared towards addressing food security, adaptation and mitigation,” Zuma said.He added that investments in agriculture development and incentives provided to local farmers had to be complemented by macro-economic policies to ensure sustainability.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BMW SA to export 3 Series to China

first_img10 August 2012BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn Plant outside Pretoria will begin exporting its 3 Series vehicles to China later this year, after receiving a China Quality Certification clearance permit from the authorities there last week.BMW South Africa is the first car manufacturer in the country to be awarded the permit since the establishment of the country’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995.The MIDP is a support programme aimed at the development of a sustainable, globally competitive automotive industry by providing South African manufacturers incentives such as a reduction on import duties.China is one of the fastest growing major markets in the world, and BMW sales in the country are growing by over 40% every year. “The South African-built vehicles will go a long way towards addressing the booming demand in this market,” BMW South Africa said in a statement.The Rosslyn Plant was awarded the China Quality Certification following a comprehensive audit which confirmed that the plant’s production and quality management systems met global standards.It follows a R2.2-billion upgrade of the plant, which re-opened in March this year. Its production capacity will increase significantly in the coming years to exceed 90 000 units per year, BMW South Africa’s managing director Bodo Donauer said.“The China certification is a great vote of confidence in our plant and our people. It bodes well not only for our sustainability as a company, but also for the broader motoring industry in South Africa,” Donauer said.“While our Chinese exports will start at a small level at first, the plan is for this market to ultimately make up around 10% of our total export volume. In 2012, we plan to export around 3 900 units to China.”The Rosslyn plant was the first BMW plant to be established outside Europe, in 1973. It currently exports 50% of the vehicles it produces to the USA, with the remainder going to local and African markets, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.“With more than R10-billion invested, BMW South Africa has led the local motor industry in a number of respects in terms of production and export,” the company said.“At the same time, BMW’s development of its production and export programme has been the catalyst for the company’s sustainable growth and contribution to the South African economy.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #3 – Wuebker Brothers Dairy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week #3 of Feeding Farmers winner was Wuebker Brothers Dairy in St. Henry. These three brothers took over the family dairy farm 11 years ago after their dad passed away from cancer. They milk 160 cows, farm 500 acres and feed out 200 steers. In addition to the dairy farm they also run a farm drainage business installing farm tile and residential septic systems. Dale Minyo visited with Mark Wuebker from the parlor.last_img

Coalition pushing to lift metals tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A diverse, ad hoc coalition of more than 45 groups representing many sectors of the U.S. economy and led by the National Pork Producers Council called for an end to U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican aluminum and steel imports so that America can take advantage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).The Trump administration on June 1, 2018, imposed a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico. Both countries subsequently retaliated against a host of U.S. products. In a letter sent Wednesday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, business and agricultural organizations urged the administration to lift the metals tariffs so that Canada and Mexico will rescind their duties on U.S. goods. Resolution of the metals tariff dispute will allow the groups to turn their undivided attention to generating congressional support for the USMCA, negotiations on which were concluded last fall.Farmers and food companies have been particularly hard hit by the Canadian and Mexican retaliation. Mexico’s 20% punitive tariff on U.S. pork, for example, has inflicted severe financial harm on America’s pork producers. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the Mexican tariff is costing producers $12 per animal, meaning industry wide losses of $1.5 billion annually.last_img read more

What 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to Me

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Two million active geocaches is a big deal. But at the end of the day, two million active geocaches is a number. It’s hard to even imagine. Here’s a little perspective on the magnitude of two million. It takes you more than four months to blink two million times. About two million babies will be born around the world this week. And students spend two million minutes to complete four years of high school classes in the United States.Two million active geocaches though, means adventure is closer than ever. Active geocaches can be found in more than 180 countries. Those at Geocaching HQ in Seattle weigh in on the significance. Cathy Hornback at Geocaching HQ has more than 11,000 finds. She’s been geocaching under the username Prying Pandora since 2003. She says two million active geocaches takes Geocaching into the mainstream, “It means we’re no longer the biggest game that no one has heard about.”Jenn Seva, MissJenn, at Geocaching HQ says congratulations goes to geocache hiders, “Thank you so much for those quirky gems and amazing locations. Thank you also to those who take the time to award Favorite Points so that it’s slightly easier to choose my destinations.” (You can thank a geocache hider by sharing this video)Recent “Corporate Day” at Geocaching HQ (no one really dresses like this at HQ)MissJenn also helped power the worldwide geocaching volunteer community. Each of the two million active geocaches has volunteer reviewer fingerprints on them. Each geocache was individually reviewed. She says volunteers should take a moment to enjoy the milestone, “Being a steward of the game takes a lot of time and dedicated effort. Please take a moment to bask in a bit of the  glory: beam with pride! Take a look at this awesome community that you have helped to create: one geocache at time, one forum thread at a time, and one translation at a time.”Geocaching is now more than 12-years-old. Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, has been geocaching since its infancy. He works at Geocaching HQ and says, “At the outset, I had no idea that this great game would ever get this big. When I placed Idaho’s first geocache back in 2000, there were less than 40 geocaches in existence, and I naively placed a hitchhiker in the geocache with the idea that it might someday visit every geocache in the world. Now we’re at two million. My hitchhiker, poor little Stash Hopper never had a chance!”But Jon reminds us, “Remember, it’s not about the numbers! For this game to continue to thrive, we all need to become stewards of the game and push forward to new heights of creativity, cooperation, and commitment!” Well said.Share your comments below. What does reaching two million active geocaches mean to you? SharePrint RelatedThe Two Millionth Active Geocache – Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 6, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: the United States of AmericaDecember 14, 2018In “News”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Money and Marriage

first_imgBy Carol ChurchWhen two people walk down the aisle with stars in their eyes, we hope that fights and arguments are the farthest thing from their minds. But of course, for all couples, some conflict is inevitable.Did you know that financial issues are one of the top problem areas in marriage? According to research, money is one of the most frequent causes of marital arguments; one study found it to be the #1 source of conflicts for newlyweds. Money troubles may even be the marital problem that predicts divorce most strongly of all.These concerns can be cyclical, too. Lack of money and money problems create stress, which leads to fighting and unhappiness, which may even lead to communication problems that cause more money issues! This issue can get especially bad if couples tend to fight about money in an angry, bitter, and unproductive way.For service members, who face often other challenges, fights about money are another stressor that they definitely don’t need. However, as we all know, money can sometimes be a tough issue in military families, what with unexpected expenses, “up and down” compensation, and lower pay for many.So, what can couples do to manage money proactively and productively so that this issue doesn’t sabotage their happiness? Relationship experts and financial gurus offer some advice that can help.Image via to Reduce Money Problems and Financial Conflict Within a MarriageCommunicate about financial habits and beliefs: The financial attitudes, habits, and beliefs that we learn in childhood and further develop in adulthood can have a huge effect on how we manage our finances as adults…but styles definitely vary. (Are you a saver or spender? Do you embrace, tolerate, or fear risk?) To make the money merger a smooth one, couples should start talking about this issue long before wedding bells are ringing. For instance, will all accounts be shared? How much “fun money” does each spouse get? Getting on the “same page” can eliminate a lot of strife. Check out the Money Habitudes program to learn more about these concepts. Be cautious of debt: For most couples, some debt will be inevitable. However, it’s important to draw a distinction between consumer debt, such as credit card balances, car payments, or payday loans, and other types of debt, like mortgages and student loans. Studies find that consumer debt is linked to lower marriage satisfaction, more fights, and more feelings that things are “unfair” in the marriage. What’s more, over time, couples that continue to take on debt may be more likely to split up. To give marriages their best chance, keep consumer debt balances low. Have a plan: Our financial lives proceed more smoothly when we create measurable, achievable goals and a plan to meet them. Couples who make time to set this into motion will benefit from the feeling of accomplishment and teamwork that follows. Don’t forget to discuss your hopes and dreams for your financial future, too. Prioritize savings and build an emergency fund: Wise couples start early in building savings, even when money is tight. Setting early goals of putting a certain percentage of each paycheck away will do wonders in keeping the financial wolf away from the door and preventing the stress and conflict that can tear couples apart when emergency strikes. Programs like America Saves and Military Saves can help.What Do Happy Couples Do?Here’s one last thought. An interesting study looked at about 65 “very happy” married couples and asked them how they managed money in their relationships. While not every couple handled things the same way, there were some interesting patterns. On the whole, these blissful men and women tended to:Avoid debtDeputize one person to be the “money manager”Live a frugal lifestyleEnjoy high levels of trust and communicationFor couples wanting to build a strong, lifelong partnership, trust and healthy communication about money and finances are definitely part of the picture. A big part of accomplishing this is simply being deliberate about money rather than making assumptions or letting things “just happen.” Service members and their families have unique resources available to them to help them manage their financial lives; with assistance, they can create a healthy financial partnership.Save the dates of our 3-part Family Finances Series which begins July 10 with a webinar on Separation & Single Parenting in the Military.References:Dew, J. (2008). Debt change and marital satisfaction change in recently married couples. Family Relations, 57(1), 60-71.Dew, J. (2011). The association between consumer debt and the likelihood of divorce. Journal of Family Economic Issues, 32, 554-564. doi: 10.1007/s10834-011-9274-zDew, J., Britt, S., & Huston, S. (2012). Examining the relationship between financial issues and divorce. Family Relations 61, 628-615. DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00715.xNational Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families. (n.d.) Strong families: Tips for healthy financial management.Skogrand, L., Johnson, A.C., Horrocks, A.M. et al. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. (2011) 32: 27. doi:10.1007/s10834-010-9195-2 Learn to budget and live within the family’s means: Gaining a basic grasp of how money goes in and out of the family and learning where to cut may seem basic, but it’s easy to put off or avoid. Apps and money management programs can help make this process easier.last_img read more