“Ill-Advised” And “Inadequately planned”: Letter Petition To CJI Seeks Stay On Community Testing In Goa

first_imgTop Stories”Ill-Advised” And “Inadequately planned”: Letter Petition To CJI Seeks Stay On Community Testing In Goa Sanya Talwar12 April 2020 1:55 AMShare This – xA letter has been written to Chief Justice SA Bobde seeking immediate intervention of the Court for staying the COVID19 community survey which is to begin in the State of Goa on April 13, 2020.The plea highlights the basis of urgency and lays down that putting off the issue for even one day shall put the entire community at risk as the survey is “ill-advised” and…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?LoginA letter has been written to Chief Justice SA Bobde seeking immediate intervention of the Court for staying the COVID19 community survey which is to begin in the State of Goa on April 13, 2020.The plea highlights the basis of urgency and lays down that putting off the issue for even one day shall put the entire community at risk as the survey is “ill-advised” and “inadequately planned”.The Petitioner has prayed for an injunction in this regard on Sunday itself, as a similar petition, filed by Mr. Dattatreya Naik of Goa Seondary Teachers Assocaition in the High Court Of Goa has been delayed to Monday, April 13, 2020, which, accordingly shall be the day the State Government begins COVID Community testing.”We pray that urgent orders may be passed in the matter, as this Hon’ble Supreme Court sees fit on Sunday, April 12, 2020, as the Hon’ble High Court of Goa has delayed the hearing of the matter to Monday, April 13, 2020, by which time it will already be too late to protect the citizens of Goa, particularly the elderly and infirm of health as the potentially calamitous survey will have already begun for 700,000 households!” – the petitioners state.The petitioners, Activist Ms. Latoya Mistral Ferns, Mr. Girish Chodankar, State President of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee & Mr. Michael Ferns, Chairman of Goa Citizens Welfare Trust have written the letter in initiation of a Public Interest Litigation.”We are compelled to bring to Your Lordship’s attention the fact that the State Government of Goa will be carrying out an ill-advised Covid-19 community survey in the State from Monday the 13th of April, 2020 to April 15, 2020, which is why we are writing to you to intervene as a matter of emergency on Sunday April 12, 2020. Even a day’s delay in this matter would risk exposing lakhs of vulnerable Goans to new chains of contagion via the inadequately planned government survey”- the letter states.Petitioners have averred that the State Government’s orders for door-to-door testing for detecting those denizens of the State who are infected by the novel coronavirus shall put Goans at immense risk as firstly, those delegated with the task are non-health department Government Servants such as teachers, anganwadi workers, meter readers and other Government employees, who number approximately 7000 individuals.Secondly, the letter suggests that these workers were not extensively trained to neither detect the deadly virus nor to protect themselves in the process & their training did not encompass social distancing norms, which is another glaring shortcoming. The order therefore fails to take into account the possibility of exposure of the infection to lakhs of citizens, the petitioners contend.”…… it has been reported that social distancing norms were not followed by the State Government at their training session on April 9, 2020, which puts into question whether they themselves will prove to be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, because of the State Government’s negligence in this respect. Since no testing was undertaken before the training at various locations in Goa, it is too high a risk to allow for potentially asymptomatic carriers to survey Goans on their doorsteps”Further to this, petitioners contend that delegates who have been assigned the task have already expressed “dismay” and “deep concern” at the lack of protective suits and have stated that they are only being equipped with simple masks & hand sanitisers. The letter states further puts forth that no gaurantee has been given to the surveyors that that they will be protected by law and order personnel while they go door-to-door.”Not only are they being put in danger and being left uninsured for this task by the State Government, there is a real risk that these 7000 surveyors may infect lakhs of citizens in the course of their duty. Your Lordship is most likely aware that even medical doctors in Goa are complaining about the acute shortfall in PPE” – the letter reads.Emphasising on the widsedpread disaproval expressed by residents in the State, the petitioner has prayed that the CJI direct for an immediate halt to the survey and only allow it, if neccesary in areas which are designated as “hotspots” in Goa. Further, the letter also seeks that the CJI personally oversee such a survey and make sure all surveyors are properly equipped, trained & tested for virus beforehand themselves.On April 7, 2020, the Goa government announced a community door-to-door survey to be completed in three days in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “Around 7,000 enumerators will be involved in surveying people across the state for flu-like symptoms and travel histories”, Goa Chief Minister Pramod  Sawant had announced.[Read Letter][Personal Information of Petitioners’ removed]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


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Adds 2019 Spring Tour Dates

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong is gearing up for their first show of 2019 later this month, starting with a pair of shows at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony (1/24, 1/25) and their debut at Port Chester, NY’s historic The Capitol Theatre. From there, the band will head south for a run of performances including their first stretch in Florida since 2016. Pigeons will also make their return to Chicago for their first headlining gig in the Windy City since 2017 and head to Las Vegas for a two-night stand supporting moe. at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in March, just to name a few. Tickets for all of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s newly announced spring tour dates are on sale now here. For a full list of PPPP’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website. The newly added batch of Pigeons performances includes stops at Cleveland, OH’s House of Blues on March 22nd followed by shows at Harrisburg, PA’s Capitol Room (3/28); Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater (3/29); Albany, NY’s Jupiter Hall (3/30); a two-night run at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground Ballroom (4/4 & 4/5); Portland, ME’s State Theatre (4/6); and a two-night stand at Rochester, NY’s Anthology on April 12th and 13th.center_img Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has added nine new tour dates to their already extensive winter/spring 2019 tour. Mugion, Cycles, Goose, and Kitchen Dwellers will join PPPP for support on select dates.last_img read more


Uruguayan and Peruvian Troops Provide Security for Haitian Elections

first_imgThe Uruguayan and Peruvian contingent maintained ongoing oversight before, during, and after the opening and closing of the polls, which included conducting patrols and ensuring security at polling centers and for those who voted. To ensure direct technical coordination with the Chief Military Liaison Officers (CMLOs), the Haitian National Police (HNP), UNPOL, and electoral authorities who worked under and reported directly to the Force Commander of the UN Mission, Liaison officers were also deployed in the departmental capitals. The URUPERBAT is protecting the Haitian voting process while MINUSTAH is aiming to consolidate peace nationwide, with the goal being a gradual and phased reduction of the mission’s Military component, in accordance with UN Resolution 2180, of 2014. “As part of the security strategy, Peruvian and Uruguayan Troops in Haiti have been leading efforts since July 15 to obtain the necessary information to facilitate the fulfillment of the mission to ensure security for the presidential and parliamentary elections,” Col. Gentini told Diálogo. Uruguayan and Peruvian Soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are cooperating through the Ecclesia plan to provide security throughout the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections. The 410-member URUPERBAT, which began deploying the Ecclesia plan in mid-July, started monitoring and improving security at polling stations primarily in the Northeast and Central departments during Haiti’s first round of parliamentary elections on August 9. They established a Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in the village of Hincha, in the central part of Haiti; it was operated by about 100 Soldiers from the Uruguayan contingent’s Combat Team Alpha. Meanwhile, Bravo Combat Team which is made up of the Peruvian URUPERBAT troops, assumed its role in the Northeast department. During the voting on October 25 — and again on December 27, if the presidential election goes a second round — the Uruguay-Peru Battalion (URUPERBAT) will maintain public safety throughout Haiti, contributing 246 Uruguayan and 164 Peruvian Troops to the total of 2,300 Troops and 2,339 police officers participating in the effort. By Dialogo October 13, 2015 It’s a good newspaper it has everything Time of transition “The military presence during the first round of parliamentary elections acts as a deterrent, and no incidents were reported. The military operation was rated as a success by national and international authorities. The Ecclesia plan was put to the test in this first round of elections.” “There will be centralized planning for the elections, with significant autonomy and opportunities to take the initiative within the guidelines provided by the military commander,” Colonel José I. Gentini, URUPERBAT’s Battalion Commander, told Diálogo. “A tiered strategy involving the participation of local authorities, the United Nations Police (UNPOL), and the military components from Brazil and Chile will be employed as part of the Ecclesia plan.” Within this context, the UN proposed that Brazil and Chile lead the final phase of the Military operation in Haiti, which will begin to wind down in 2016, after the completion of the presidential election. Protecting voting centers “We are proud to be part of the contingent that has led to the development of a democratic life in Haiti that will allow its own authorities to take charge of their country,” Col. Gentini said.last_img read more


‘Chin jobs’ head cosmetic-surgery list in US

first_img Tweet Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint ‘Chin jobs’ head cosmetic-surgery list in US by: – April 16, 2012 Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share More than 20,000 chin implants took place in the US last year.Chin implants are the fastest growing type of cosmetic procedure in the US according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).The body reported 20,680 operations in 2011, a 71% increase since 2010.However, the chin implants still account for a small proportion of the overall number of cosmetic procedures taking place. British surgeons said chin impants were rarely done in isolation but as part of a package of cosmetic surgery.Last month, data from American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery showed liposuction was the most common cosmetic surgical procedure with 325,332 operations.This was closely followed by breast augmentation (316,848).However, the ASPS said the main growth was in chin implants, with almost equal numbers of men and women opting to modify their jawline.The ASPS represents 7,000 surgeons in the US. Its president, Malcolm Roth, said: “People are considering chin augmentation as a way to restore their youthful look, just like a facelift.”One patient, Lizette Stephens, said: “I do a lot of video chats and I’m in a lot of photos and noticed that my double chin was very pronounced. “It really, really bothered me. I wanted to do something about it.”James McDiarmid, a consultant surgeon and spokesperson for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “No-one ever comes into my clinic asking for a chin implant. Nobody says ‘I want to look like Bruce Forsyth’.”Instead, he says, it is being used as part of other operations such as reducing the size of a nose when “the small chin is making the nose look bigger.”Around 80% of his chin implants are part of other cosmetic surgery operations.Mr McDiarmid said: “It is a more complex response to demands from patients.”BBC Newslast_img read more


At Syracuse, Rick Pitino grew as a coach under Jim Boeheim

first_imgForty-eight hours after Jim Boeheim’s Hall of Fame head coaching career began, he needed to fill out his staff. He drove to New York City to convince a young coach, Rick Pitino, then 24, to join him. So Boeheim called Pitino’s hotel room and asked him to talk.“That’s great, Jim,” Boeheim recalled Pitino said to him, “but I just got married, so I can’t do it today, and I’m leaving on my honeymoon tomorrow,”“It has to be right now,” Boeheim said.They met in the lobby of a Manhattan hotel, spoke for two or three hours and agreed on Pitino’s salary of $17,000. Boeheim insisted Pitino start immediately and go on a trip to Cincinnati to recruit Louis Orr, who became an SU star. But Pitino and his wife, Joanne, wanted to leave for their honeymoon in Puerto Rico. Boeheim wouldn’t let him go.“Oh, my wife’s gonna love this,” Pitino told Boeheim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA skipped honeymoon began the Pitino era at Syracuse, which spanned two seasons from 1976-78 and doubled as Boeheim’s first two seasons as head coach. In one drill, players said they did slides while holding bricks out in front of them. Pitino worked out with players well before the official start of practice at 3:40 p.m., and he showcased a passion for the game that led him to an illustrious career including stints with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and college programs like Kentucky and Louisville. His progression to the Hall of Fame — he’s the only coach to lead three programs to the Final Four — happened by sticking to the same approach molded at Syracuse.“He was a tremendously enthusiastic young coach who really loved the game, knew the game, and understood how hard you have to work at the game,” Boeheim recalled on Monday.“He knew that at a very young age.”On Wednesday night, the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals visit the Carrier Dome for the first time without Pitino since 1998. Pitino went 12-5 against Boeheim over 17 seasons, but his tenure at Louisville ended following the 2016-17 season because he was involved in a FBI probe that forced him to resign. He’s since coached in Greece, where he led his team to the Greek Cup title last weekend.Rick Pitino coached for two seasons with Syracuse. It was Jim Boeheim’s first two years as head coach of the Orange. SU ArchivesPitino could not be reached for comment on this story after multiple attempts. In his 2018 book, “Pitino: My Story,” he said he was a dogged recruiter at Syracuse who wanted to see most of his high school recruit’s games.While traveling with Boeheim on trips, he remembered the head coach being glued to the TV screen, his face a foot from the screen, so he could hear the whisper-level volume late at night while Pitino slept, his book said. They became close friends, and Pitino often said while at SU, “Jim will be at Syracuse forever.” Pitino also attended Boeheim’s first wedding, and remembered Boeheim watching the New York Mets game while it was time to cut the cake.Now 66, Pitino has compiled one of the most extensive resumes in the game. He’s a three-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year and a one-time National Coach of the Year. He led his teams to seven Final Four appearances (two were vacated), as well as the 1996 national title at Kentucky and the 2013 vacated national title at Louisville.In September, Pitino visited the place that set him up for his first head-coaching gig. At the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, he spoke with SU about leadership, strong defense and Boeheim, his son, freshman guard Buddy Boeheim said. Players were mesmerized to speak with a college hoops legend who got his start in Manley Field House. Pitino also grabbed a bite with Boeheim and SU associate head coach Adrian Autry at Varsity on South Crouse Avenue.Former Syracuse players, including forward Roosevelt Bouie and guard Dale Shackleford, characterized Pitino as a hard-charging coach. They recalled his two main qualities: Intensity and enthusiasm, a byproduct of a coach who wasn’t much older than his players. He installed an aggressive man-to-man defense before the Orange switched to the 2-3 zone. Some games, Syracuse pressed for 35 minutes. They trapped ball-handlers and tried to prevent in-bounders from easily entering the ball into play.Daily Orange File PhotoPitino compiled extensive scouting reports on teams and player tendencies, former players said. He once told Shackleford about a Providence guard who favored his left hand. Make him go right, Pitino urged him that week. Shackleford listened, and he held the player neutral. “He really emphasized that offense comes from defense,” Shackleford said. “He was energetic, great at breaking down a player, motivating you, and he loved pressure defense. He wanted us defending up in players’ chests and cutting off every passing lane. He hated losing and was emotional. A blue-collar coach for the blue-collar team that we were.”Once during a game, in a timeout huddle, Pitino broke convention and spoke up. Boeheim turned toward him. “Rick, shut the hell up,” he told him. “I was like, well, we know whose team this is,” Bouie said. Pitino’s formative years as a coach were similar to his years as a well-known head coach, when he’d pounce up and down the sideline and yell instructions across the court. Vocal and demanding, he wanted Syracuse players to replicate his own energy. He demanded they practice and play with his vigor. A no-nonsense coach, Pitino banned behind-the-back passes. He told players they were too flashy. He also discouraged players from dribbling the ball between their legs. “No, no, no!” he told them when he saw what he declared a flashy move.Yet one day, Bouie, a former SU center, was walking through Manley Field House to grab a drink before a class at noon. Practice was four hours away, and the coaches were playing pickup basketball. Pitino, who didn’t know Bouie was watching, was dribbling behind his back and between his legs. “He had more moves than anyone,” Bouie said. “He was telling us not to do all of that, yet there he was, dribbling all over the court.” Comments Published on February 20, 2019 at 12:28 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


A Texas mom gave birth to triplets right after she beat COVID-19

first_imgMaggie Sillero told CNN that she showed no symptoms of COVID-19 on May 8th when she went to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. Sillero was admitted for observation because she was considered high-risk and her doctor wanted to monitor her and her babies’ health for the final weeks of the pregnancySillero said she hadn’t left her house since March, so she thought the coronavirus test would just a routine precaution. She was shocked to find out her, and her husband tested positive and were both asymptomatic.Sillero was tested regularly in the hospital and on June 4, when she was in her 32nd week, she got her second negative result. That same day, the three babies — a girl and two boys — were delivered by emergency Caesarean section.“They are doing really good. They’re being healthy. They’re growing as expected,” Sillero said.”Of course, they are premature. So there’s going to be some delays in certain things, but I mean, they’ve been doing really good that weight has been going up.”,Maggie Sillero told CNN that she showed no symptoms of COVID-19 on May 8th when she went to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. Sillero was admitted for observation because she was considered high-risk and her doctor wanted to monitor her and her babies’ health for the final weeks of the pregnancySillero said she hadn’t left her house since March, so she thought the coronavirus test would just a routine precaution. She was shocked to find out her, and her husband tested positive and were both asymptomatic.Sillero was tested regularly in the hospital and on June 4, when she was in her 32nd week, she got her second negative result. That same day, the three babies — a girl and two boys — were delivered by emergency Caesarean section.“They are doing really good. They’re being healthy. They’re growing as expected,” Sillero said.”Of course, they are premature. So there’s going to be some delays in certain things, but I mean, they’ve been doing really good that weight has been going up.” A 28-year-old Texas woman gave birth to triplets after she beat COVID-19.last_img read more


49ers want no part of Rams’ Aaron Donald sack-record pursuit

first_imgSANTA CLARA — If Aaron Donald breaks the NFL’s single-season sack record Sunday, it will come at the 49ers’ expense, and not necessarily Nick Mullens’.The 49ers offensive linemen are on alert. They’ve discussed Donald’s record quest. They want no part of it, other than to deny it in Sunday’s regular-season finale at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Donald has 19 1/2 sacks and needs four more to break Michael Strahan’s record, set with the 2001 New York Giants.“It’s our job to not have him …last_img


Whoops, the Wrong Star Exploded

first_img“Our understanding of the evolution of massive stars before their final explosions as supernovae is incomplete, from both an observational and a theoretical standpoint.”  That’s how a paper in Nature begins.1  Avishay Gal-Yam was not kidding; a star exploded that theory says was not supposed to.    The famous supernova 1987A was already an anomaly.  Its progenitor was a blue supergiant.  That fact “required a rethink of stellar evolution models,” they said.  Now, the progenitor of a supernova in 2005 has been identified. The progenitor of supernova SN 2005gl was proposed to be an extremely luminous object, but the association was not robustly established (it was not even clear that the putative progenitor was a single luminous star).  Here we report that the previously proposed object was indeed the progenitor star of SN 2005gl.  This very massive star was likely a luminous blue variable that standard stellar evolution predicts should not have exploded in that state.Massive stars are not supposed to explode during the Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) stage, but this one did.  The astronomers think, based on the unexpectedly low amount of material flung off from the star, that the material collapsed into a black hole 10-15 times the mass of our sun.    How serious is this disconnect between theory and observation?  Gal-Yam told Space.com, “This might mean that we are fundamentally wrong about the evolution of massive stars, and that theories need revising.”  It shows also that “The unexpected explosion could mean other stars may behave in ways not previously expected,” the article said.  Astronomers are scrambling to figure out what happened.    So the tidy models of core collapse of red giants may not be the whole story.  “This also leaves open the question that there may be other mechanisms for triggering supernova explosions,” Gal-Yam said.  “We may be missing something very basic in understanding how a superluminous star goes through mass loss.” 1.  A. Gal-Yam and D. C. Leonard, “A massive hypergiant star as the progenitor of the supernova SN 2005gl,” Nature doi:10.1038/nature07934, published online March 22, 2009.Fundamental misunderstanding, missing something very basic, requiring a rethink…. and this is in one of the hard sciences, not the squishy stuff of which Darwinism is made.  Lesson learned?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Lower milk and corn prices equals tough math for dairy farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The declining price of milk is causing some serious economic consequences for America’s dairy farmers.Recent numbers show the price for Class III milk, which is used to make cheese, is down 19% from this time last year, and down 41% since September of 2014. Class I, or fluid milk, has seen a sharp decline in prices since the beginning of the year. These lower figures are primarily driven by large decreases in the commodity values of non-fat dry milk, cheese and dry whey.“It’s really hard to put this current decline into perspective with other declines,” said Dr. John Newton, Senior Director of Economic Research for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “In 2009, milk prices fell to below $10 a hundredweight and that was a catastrophic environment for dairy farmers.”In 2012, it wasn’t a milk price decline so much as it was record high feed prices that really put the squeeze on dairymen. Now, today’s decline encompasses a completely different scenario.“Today, we have milk price declines but feed prices have also declined considerably,” Newton said. “With that said, the dynamic has changed somewhat because not all dairy farmers purchase feed and those that grow feed also are having difficulty penciling out the cost of planting and growing their commodity and have to take that into consideration when evaluating the profitability of their dairy operation.”NMPF is continually working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) the risk management tool that dairy farmers need. Several important improvements in the new safety net program for dairy farmers were announced recently by USDA, following recommendations made by NMPF to enhance the value of MPP.One change announced by USDA will ensure that all farms enrolled in the MPP will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90% of their production history, with the ability to purchase buy-up coverage at less than 90% of their history. Although lower milk prices are putting farmers in a tough spot, consumers are enjoying the lower prices at the supermarket as the national average for a gallon of milk is down almost 40 cents from year ago levels.“Retail prices closely follow the farm price so consumers are getting some relief from the record high milk prices of 2014,” Newton said. “Hopefully what that does is increase the purchasing power per dollar of dairy units that consumers are able to spend and that should certainly help consumption.”The current market situation is troublesome for U.S. milk producers, but the impact of lower prices is being seen outside of America’s borders too.“It’s not only a dairy worldwide situation, it’s a commodity worldwide situation,” Newton said. “We have a glut of corn, soybean and milk supplies. A lot of the commodities have experienced significant price declines, including oil, compared to what they were just a few years ago.”On the dairy side, Newton sites the European Union’s move to do away with their milk quota program in 2015 as a reason for the increasing world supplies of milk. That decision resulted in an additional 10 billion pounds of milk on the global market.last_img read more


Virender Sehwag clears fitness test, allowed to play opening game against KKR in CL T20 on Saturday

first_imgVirender Sehwag has been cleared for Delhi Daredevils’ opening Champions League Twenty20 match against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders after a fitness test here today.Sehwag had suffered a ligament strain on his left ankle during India’s final Super Eights game against South Africa in Colombo recently. “Virender Sehwag today appeared for a fitness test which was conducted by Kirk Russell. He cleared the test and was declared fit to play in the tournament from the start,” a Delhi Daredevils official told PTI.Delhi Daredevils (DD) play KKR at the Centurion on Saturday.Sehwag also played a warm-up game against Sydney Sixers that saw Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene and star opener David Warner missing out. While Warner was rested, Jayawardene had an appointment with the dentist and was unavailable.However, the game didn’t go along expected lines, with Sehwag yorked for naught by pacer Josh Hazlewood as the Daredevils managed only 107 against the Big Bash champions. DD lost the match by five wickets.last_img read more


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