News UpdatesKerala HC Stays Munsiff-Magistrate Notification On Prima Facie Finding That It Excluded EWS Reservation [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 July 2020 8:37 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed a HC notification dated June 20, 2020 inviting applications for appointment to the post of Munsiff Magistrate, on the prima facie finding that the it excluded Economically Weaker Section (EWS) from the category of reservation. After going through the grounds taken by the writ petitioner and since no instructions were forthcoming from…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 Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed a HC notification dated June 20, 2020 inviting applications for appointment to the post of Munsiff Magistrate, on the prima facie finding that the it excluded Economically Weaker Section (EWS) from the category of reservation. After going through the grounds taken by the writ petitioner and since no instructions were forthcoming from the Respondents, the bench of Justice CS Dias ordered that step one process of the notification shall not be concluded, until the next date of hearing. The Petitioners, Ramya AK, Majo CJ and Vishnu P Nair, practicing lawyers in the State and claiming to be potential beneficiaries under the EWS quota, had approached the High Court stating that the Respondent had failed to earmark the category of EWS from the reservation head of the notification. They had contended that 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker section in the general category is mandatory in terms of Article 15(6) and 16(6) of the Constitution, as inserted by way of 103rd Amendment Act. “The conferment of power to the ‘State’ by the constitution under Article 15(6) and Article 16(6) to make any provision in favor of economically weaker section is with a view to achieve the goal of equality before law or equal protection of law as enshrined in Article 14 of the constitution of India. By excluding EWS from the category of reservation in Ext P1 notification, the 1st respondent had violated the fundamental rights of the petitioners as inherited from Article 14, 15 and 16 of the constitution of India,” the plea states. The Petitioners had further pointed out that the impugned notification was also in derogation of the office memorandum issued by the General Administration (Coordination) Department of State of Kerala, whereby EWS, who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations, fall within the category of reservation. On being pima facie satisfied that the Respondent is going ahead with the impugned notification excluding economic weaker sections from the zone of reservation and the last date for closure of step one process (i.e., deadline for submission of application forms) is on July 22, 2020, i.e. today, the High Court stayed the last date till the next date of hearing, i.e. August 4, 2020. In the interregnum, the bench has asked the Respondents to file their counter affidavit. Case Details: Case Title: Ramya AK & Ors. v. Kerala HC Case No.: WP (C) No. 14187/2020 Quorum: Justice CS Dias Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Valiant Shield 2014 Kicks Off View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercise Authorities Exercise Valiant Shield 2014 kicked off with more than 18,000 joint force service members from 30 units, including 200 aircraft and 20 ships in, and around, the island of Guam beginning Sept. 15. View post tag: Naval View post tag: Valiant Shield The exercise will demonstrate a wide range of capabilities designed to test the inherent flexibility of joint forces. These capabilities range from maritime security operations, anti-submarine, air defense and space and cyber warfighting proficiencies in an environment that could not be simulated otherwise.“When you think of the U.S. military in the Pacific, you want credible combat power,” said Rear Adm. Russell Allen, Valiant Shield exercise director. “The true test of a force is its ability to detect, track and engage targets with live sensors and weapons systems. The U.S. military does that more than anyone. Valiant Shield 2014 focuses on integrated training that helps us do it even better.”Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.The lessons learned from exercises like VS14 help the U.S. develop regional and global power projection capabilities and enhance its ability to defend its interests and those of its allies and partners around the world.[mappress]Press Release, September 16, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: americas September 16, 2014 View post tag: Kicks-Off Back to overview,Home naval-today Valiant Shield 2014 Kicks Off View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 2014 Share this article
Neoen Australia to build 400MW solar farm in Queensland, country’s largest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Neoen Australia’s plans to build a massive 400MW solar farm in Queensland’s Western Downs region will go ahead after winning the backing of the state government-owned renewable energy generator, CleanCo.Queensland’s Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the move on Wednesday – ahead of the formal unveiling at the Stimulus Summit co-hosted by the Smart Energy Council and Renew Economy – that it had inked a deal with Neoen for CleanCo to buy 320MW of the output of the Western Downs Green Power Hub, paving the way for construction on the project to begin in July.Neoen – the French owner of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, which still boasts the world’s biggest grid-connected Tesla battery – won council planning approval for the Western Downs project nearly two years ago and was hoping to begin construction last year. It had hinted at a major solar contract in its recent annual results presentation.The project, located 22km south of Chinchilla and 62km north west of Dalby in the state’s south-west, is the second big project to be pursued by Neoen in Queensland, after the Kaban renewable energy hub that plans to combine 160MW and battery storage near Cairns in the state’s north.For CleanCo, the Western Downs Green Power Hub deal marks its third investment and takes its new renewable energy pipeline to a total of 820MW.The latest deal, with Neoen, comes as calls emerge from all sides of Australia’s renewable energy industry call on Australia’s federal and state governments to pave the way for a Covid-19 economic recovery led by investments in clean energy and robust climate action.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Australia’s largest solar farm set for construction after Neoen wins deal with CleanCo
So, for some reason, cyclocross season is a winter sport. There is no real explanation for this that I can find, other than the “origins” of the sport were basically off season training for road cyclists in Europe. The other reason is that cyclocrossers love pain, punishment, and hardship and each of those things is amplified when it’s cold, rainy, snowing, sleeting, or otherwise terrible outside. Being miserable is part of the sport, and nothing is more miserable than riding a skinny-tired bike across mud and obstacles when it’s 25 degrees and wet.We kick things off with the amazing cyclocross fail video above. This guy is hauling ass and has no time for messing around when it comes to those pesky barriers. He comes barreling in at full speed, but forgets the crucial move at the crucial moment: lifting the bike and himself over the barrier. This could be one of the reasons that cyclocross is raced in the winter, it’s so cold and miserable people just forget what they are doing right in the middle of doing it. You have to have a hook if you want to be a spectator sport. Baseball has the long-ball, football has the violence, hockey has the fights, cyclocross has full speed barrier collision explosions. What I don’t quite understand are the physics of this accident. Why does this guy go flying through the air?Here’s another great example of things going horribly wrong during a race:Well, they go horribly wrong for the racer, they go horribly right for the people watching the carnage.
With one week remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale, Arizona, the San Francisco Giants have yet to sign a free agent position player.First-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has promised incremental improvements to the roster, but the Giants have appeared reluctant to back up the Brinks truck and enter the sweepstakes for high-profile free agents.Until now.Multiple reports indicated Wednesday the Giants are one of the remaining teams pursuing 26-year-old …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistLake Erie wasn’t as bad as expected. What? We missed 1.5 million acres of crops, and from my eye mostly in northwest Ohio. But here is the deal: you did apply fertilizer last year, and probably the year before. We farm in a leaky system and I learned this week that entropy is working against us — meaning it will get more random. So, yes it’s leaky and will perhaps get a little more leaky. We did not plant as many crops and yes we applied less fertilizer in the Lake Erie basin, but the leaks still happen even without the crop because we still have rain, and rain moves that little tiny bit of phosphorus off your farm and downstream.This from NOAA about the Harmful Algal Bloom on Lake Erie, on Oct. 31, (http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/habs/forecasting):The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom in 2019 had a severity index (SI) of 7.3, indicating a relatively severe bloom.This was more severe than 2018 (3.6) and somewhat less than 2017 (8.0). The severity index captures the amount of bloom biomass over the peak 30 days of the bloom.The measured bloom severity of 7.3 matched the forecast severity of 7.5 (with likely range of 7 to 8). This bloom severity was consistent with the total bioavailable phosphorus (TBP) load into western Lake Erie from the Maumee River.While the discharge volume and total phosphorus loads approached those in 2011, a lower concentration of TBP compared to recent years led to lower TBP loads and allowed us to avoid a 2011-sized bloom.Meaning, while it could have been worse, the cropping situation likely reduced the amount of P loss. And what about the Ohio River HAB? Did what we do in northwest Ohio cause that? I don’t think so, but again we farm in a leaky system across all of Ohio so I am not surprised we had problems in the southern part of the state too. Because you know what, it rained down there as well.This was in the USEPA October 2019 Freshwater HABs Newsletter: “A harmful algae bloom (HAB) occurred on the Ohio River in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area during September and October of 2019. During this time, ORSANCO (the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission) worked with Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky to monitor an algae bloom in the Ohio River. ORSANCO coordinated sample collection and lab analysis with member states. The data from these samples are available: http://www.orsanco.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Toxin-results_updated11.5.19.pdf.What do we do about this? First, understand we operate in an environment where we grow crops that are rain fed. We actually get more rain than we need to grow a crop. And second, we need about 20 to 22 inches of rain to grow a great crop and we got quite a bit more than that this year. At my location we were seven inches above average on precipitation for the past year and I had no rain after July 1. Others in southern Ohio were as much as 10 to 16 inches above normal.For that water that goes south, the area of concern is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.“The measured size of the dead zone, also called the hypoxic zone, is the 8th largest in the 33-year record and exceeds the 5,770-square-mile average from the past five years. The annual survey was led by scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) during a research cruise from July 23 to 29 aboard LUMCON’s R/V Pelican.” See the reference at: https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/large-dead-zone-measured-in-gulf-of-mexico.We at OSU continue our efforts to share with producers and consulting agronomists ways to reduce the water quality concerns for both northern and southern Ohio. We will continue to talk about some new tools that you can put in place to slow movement of nutrients to our waters. They are:The updated Tri-State Fertilizer recommendations, data is being shared now for the Ohio portion and it is hoped to be published as the “Tri-State” this winter: https://soilfertility.osu.edu.We have completed work on the new P-risk index and hope that will be rolled out soon.Application risk management tools? There are a couple of these to help you plan when a fertilizer or manure application is suggested or not: Ohio Applicator Forecast (from ODA) https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecast and the OSU Field Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) can give present (and past) forecasts https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu.
Check the qualifications of any job applicantsKnowing what qualifications your bookkeeper should have and what role he or she should play in your organization is critical. A bookkeeper should be certified in the use of QuickBooks, or should be able to pass a QuickBooks exam. Moreover, a bookkeeper should be interviewed or recommended by your accountant, and should be able to pass a basic accounting exam. A candidate with experience in residential construction will have greater familiarity with your books than one who has a background in another industry, so that should be given due consideration.This professional can be a part-time or full-time employee, depending on the volume of work you have. In some cases you may be able to work out a creative arrangement with a professional bookkeeper to whom you can subcontract the work. Be cautious of this arrangement, however, as you, your estimators, superintendents, and office staff will all need lots of “face time” with your bookkeeper. Thus, make sure they have a physical presence in your office at least a couple of times a week. In my last blog, I recommended that we builders should try to build our office team much like we build our construction team. We should move as quickly as possible from doing all the work ourselves to hiring specialty employees and professional partners. (In the field we call them trade contractors). The benefits of doing this include:Greater specialization will lead to a higher quality of work, since no one individual is great at selling, estimating, website design, bookkeeping, legal work, and insurance administration.Having professional partners doing some of the administrative work gives us greater flexibility and cost savings in adjusting our staff size when business is slow.Having employees and professional partners doing administrative work instead of doing all of it ourselves enables us to accomplish a higher quantity of work. First, hire a bookkeeperI recommend that the first office chore that you outsource to a specialized employee or professional service is bookkeeping. Why? Because managing your money is the foundation of everything else you do. No matter how good you are at estimating, sales, marketing, or construction cost control, if you do not know how to manage your costs and profits, you will not enjoy the financial security your company needs to weather the ups and downs of this crazy industry.Once you have the tools in place to manage the financial aspects of your business, you can lay out a road map for securing the other important administrative specialists on your team. Note: putting bookkeeping ahead of others does not preclude you from hiring other specialists simultaneously; it is only recommended.Unless you have a particular talent, need, preference, or relationship with a given professional affecting who you hire first, I believe you should start with addressing your accounting needs first. Meet with your bookkeeper regularlyAs the owner, you should sit down with your bookkeeper and accountant at least quarterly to review the agreed-upon financial reports. You should have formal meetings with your bookkeeper alone at least weekly.Once you have a rhythm, including timely reporting of your job costs, profitability, debt analysis, and cash flow forecasting, look at the balance of your administrative needs to determine the office duties that should hire out next. Whether these duties involve design, estimating, sales, or marketing will be determined by what you can afford, what you need, and what you no longer want to do yourself.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh has criticised India for going ga-ga over ‘win it for Sachin’ campaign ahead of a warm-up tie between the two teams on Sunday in the ICC Cricket World Cup.Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh, in a press conference, criticised Team India for going ga-ga over ‘win it for Sachin’ campaign. After Dhoni’s men said that they would like to win this World Cup for Tendulkar, Steve Waugh said the players should instead play for their country and not an individual. Taking a dig at the Indian team, Waugh went on to say that If the Indian team wanted to win it for Sachin, then it’s definitely not the right attitude.
North Carolina: India’s top single’s player Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament with a straight set win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe here. Prajnesh, ranked 89th in the world, beat his German rival 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 13 minutes on Sunday night. The Indian utilised two of the five breakpoints he earned while holding his serve throughout the match. He will next face top seed Benoit Paire of France, who received a first round bye. Paire is ranked 30 in the world. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Indian will fancy his chances in the next round as earlier this year, Prajnesh had stunned Paire at the Indian Wellls ATP Masters event for one of the biggest wins of his career. In the doubles event, the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round. The Indian duo lost to American pair of Nicholas Monroe Tennys Sandgren 3-6 3-6. Meanwhile, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, will take on the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the opening round.
OTTAWA — Mazda is recalling more than 200,000 Mazda 3 compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the windshield wipers can fail.The company says in documents posted Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the recall covers cars from the 2016 through 2018 model years.The Japanese automaker traced the problem to metal deposits that can cause a wiper relay to stick, knocking out the wipers and limiting driver visibility.It says it has no reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem.Transport Canada says the recall affects more than 51,000 units in Canada.It says owners can take their vehicle to a dealer to have the front body control module replaced.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press