Top Stories[Breaking] Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Reconsider Decision To Conduct Common Entrance Test(CET) Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases Mustafa Plumber28 July 2020 12:54 AMShare This – xThe State has been asked to place the decision before the court tomorrow at 2.30 PM.The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State Government to reconsider the decision to hold Karnataka Common Entrance Test(KCET) amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.The KCET was proposed to be held on July 30 and 31, as per a notification issued by the government on May 13.Taking note of the concerns raised by the petitioners, who challenged the government decision, a…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 on Tuesday directed the State Government to reconsider the decision to hold Karnataka Common Entrance Test(KCET) amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.The KCET was proposed to be held on July 30 and 31, as per a notification issued by the government on May 13.Taking note of the concerns raised by the petitioners, who challenged the government decision, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Sreenivas Oka observed :”During the last two weeks, every day around 5,000 positive cases are detected in the state and around 1500 cases were reported daily from Bengaluru. There are more than 5000 containment zones in Bengaluru. The SOP of government says that no one is allowed to leave Containment Zones. Moreover, Public transport will not be available too. There is a possibility of students missing out on the exam”.In the light of these factors, the bench directed the State to reconsider the question of holding the CET. The state must place its decision on record before the Court tomorrow at 2.30 pm.”We are sure that the state will take into consideration several aspects and some students missing the exams due to prevailing conditions”, the bench observed.The Court passed the order in three writ petitions challenging the decision to hold CET exams.The writ petitions were filed by: 1) Group of Students and NSUI 2) Adv Pradeep 3) Adv Abdullah Mannan Khan.While the bench observed that the petitions approached the Court late, at the ’11th hour’, to challenge the decision taken in May, it passed the order taking note of the drastic situation caused by the pandemic.”The situation has drastically changed after May 13″, the Court said.The Court asked Additional Advocate General, Dhyan Chinnappa, “how the exams could be held in containment zones?”.The AAG submitted that the State has held SSLC exams, and that a Standard Operating Procedure in place.The bench, however, highlighted the drastic rise in COVID-19 cases and urged the State to reconsider the decision.The petitioners submitted that conducting the exams under “such dreadful conditions” was arbitrary and risky to the health and safety of students, leading to violation of fundamental rights under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.The petitioners also highlighted that students in containment zones will face difficulties in attending the examination, resulting in denial of equal opportunities to the student community, which is a violation of the equality clause under Article 14 of the Constitution. Next Story
By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 17, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Naval Operations Command (CON, in Portuguese) will increase cooperation with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a U.S Navy and Royal Navy-led multinational naval partnership, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. CMF fights piracy, terrorism, and illegal activities at sea. In July 2018, Brazil officially became the 33rd and only Latin American country to join CMF. The organization controls navigation in 3.2 million square miles of high-risk international waters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, including the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. “This means that Brazil became a sitting member of a select group of countries seeking to contribute to maritime security and free trade in a region with a high concentration of maritime shipping lanes. The new status increases operational knowledge in the fight against crimes at sea, such as piracy, terrorism, drug, and arms trafficking. It’s also a great opportunity to establish exchanges with other navies, given the considerable number of countries involved,” said MB Commander Wendell Petrocelli de Lima of CON’s Joint Operations and Planning Division. In the past, liaison officers at CMF deployed to serve in the Middle East forwarded threat reports in monitored maritime areas to CON. As Brazil joined CMF as a sitting member, MB Commander João Orlando Enes Prudêncio took on the role of senior national representative, to act as a CMF General Staff member, in Manama, July 2018–July 2019. Cmdr. Prudêncio will then be assigned to CON to serve a two-year minimum, applying and disseminating all acquired knowledge. Brazilian maritime potential CMF is under the command of U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, who also serves as commander of U.S Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. Royal Navy Commodore Steve Dainton, UK Maritime Component commander at CMF, is second-in-command. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Brazil to our growing organization,” said Commodore Dainton in a CMF press release. “It shows that maritime security issues like piracy and acts of terror are a global concern, and we hope the Brazilian Navy contributes to our international partnership.” CMF’s resources fall under three combined task forces (CTF). CTF-150, Maritime Security Operations and Counterterrorism, was created in February 2002 after 9/11. CTF-151, Counter-Piracy, handles combat operations against piracy since January 2009. CTF-152, Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf, prioritizes the fight against terror and narcotraffickers under a U.S and Royal Saudi Navy-led team of officers. Brazil’s new membership attests to the power of its naval force and its capabilities, means, and human resources to cooperate and take part in global maritime task forces and operations. “Brazil participates with an officer in the General Staff of CTF-151, which is responsible for the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa, since November 2017. The Brazilian Navy has a second officer since September 28, 2018, who, along with Cmdr. Prudêncio, is part of the General Staff of CTF-151, under Kuwait’s command,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Future possibilities With critical vessels among its fleet, such as the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier Atlântico and the Bahia Multipurpose Dock Ship, that are now formally part of CMF, MB could participate in international patrols within CMF’s jurisdiction. “Not now, but as a CMF member country, it’s possible in the future,” Cmdr. Petrocelli said. “MB’s ship crews are trained to take action during several combat operations and crimes at sea, such as those CMF faces,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Since 2011, MB commands the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon with a ship and an aircraft permanently deployed to stop the influx of illegal weapons and contraband. MB also contributes to training the Lebanese Navy to help its troops gain operational autonomy. “Brazil seeks to stay current and engaged in maritime threat matters, although our actions within CMF are limited to combating piracy, due to the Brazilian government’s legal position,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. “Piracy in the Horn of Africa is a problem that afflicts the entire international community because it directly affects global trade, and Brazil has an interest in contributing to fighting this crime. In addition, Brazil can gain from the experience in the fight against piracy in this part of the world to use against the existing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a strategic area of great interest for the country,” concluded Cmdr. Petrocelli.
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Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 The first draft of this weekend’s summary centered around the Apple Cup and the miserable failure of my beloved Huskies to pull out a win. Despite the fact that I lost two bets (no money, just pride), I just can’t fill two paragraphs with my laments over Friday’s game. Plus, besides being a central game for college football fans, there really is no “tie-in” to ThurstonTalk.So, let’s talk about shopping instead. Because, in all reality, half the population was likely shopping on Friday afternoon instead of being glued to their television set.Shop Downtown Olympia Merchants On Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday, a national movement to support small businesses during Thanksgiving weekend, has passed, but there are still many shopping days remaining. Turn to this article for some great gift ideas as well as planning a shopping day in downtown Olympia, supporting your favorite local merchants. Watch for another article, coming soon, about non-material gifts you can give.The Salvation Army’s Iconic Slogan “Soup, Soap, and Salvation” Continues To Instill Hope In Thurston CountyWhile you were out this weekend, you likely came into contact with one of the Salvation Army’s bell ringers. Read about how the organization serves our community and understand more about the bell ringers role in making a difference. Then, drop a few coins into the pot.Providence St. Peter Foundation Celebrates Its 25th Christmas ForestAnd, now that you are truly ready for the holiday spirit, make plans to visit the Providence Christmas Forest next week. Preparations are being completed in advance of the opening event on Wednesday. All funds raised support vital healthcare resources in our community.Finally, a quick reminder that there are loads of activities happening in downtown Olympia today (Sunday). Here is the event schedule for the Downtown for the Holidays celebration.I saw Coug fans around downtown yesterday and I promise that I did not trip them or berate their win. I will let our sports writer, Tom Rohrer, have a few minutes next week to gloat about the win. But, then I will remind him of the Apple Cup series history (there is a lot more purple on that chart) and make a casual mention that Dawg fans will be back next year for revenge.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected] For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.
Submitted by Mayor Stephen BuxbaumOlympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum announced today that he will not seek re-election in the fall.Mayor Buxbaum has an ambitious agenda for his last year in office. “I am excited about what’s ahead in 2015 and am looking forward to continuing to advocate for the interests of our city and region without having the extra work of running a re-election campaign.”Buxbaum said that his priorities for the coming year include expanding upon the progress made to date in developing a Community Renewal Area for downtown Olympia, a plan for preservation of Percival Landing and advocating for a new Olympia Library.“Protecting the character and quality of all of our city’s neighborhoods continues to be a priority for me as does expanding opportunities for local businesses.”During Buxbaum’s term as Mayor the Council completed work on both its Shoreline Master Plan and the update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Among Buxbaum’s accomplishments are strengthening the region’s homeless service system, improved relationships with neighborhood associations and the restructuring of the city’s Community Development Block Grant Program to include new resources now available for economic development.Including his time as Mayor Pro Tem and chair of the City’s Finance Committee, Buxbaum oversaw the passage of several balanced budgets during a time of serious fiscal constraints placed on the city due to the Great Recession and cutbacks in support from Washington State. He proposed and led in the passage of a Public Safety Sales Tax and in the approval of an Alcohol Impact Area for downtown Olympia.Buxbaum was elected to the Olympia City Council in 2009 and was elected mayor in 2011. At the end of his term in December 2015 he will have served the City of Olympia for 6 years. Facebook32Tweet0Pin0
By John Burton“Nobody really thinks about us, until we’re needed,” said Josh Sanders, this year’s Red Bank volunteer Fire Department chief.Like many emergency service organizations in New Jersey, some rescue squads and volunteer fire departments in this area are seeing dwindling membership and are looking for people who can answer calls when many of their neighbors are at work.The Red Bank fire department, consisting of six companies around the 1.7-mile borough, has seen a decrease in the number of members over the years – especially from the 1970s when membership was so high, new members were admitted only when a vacancy occurred, Sanders said.Back in 1990 total membership was 200 to 225, he said. Now, total membership is 120 to 150. Active members, those who are regularly available to answer calls and participate in activities, total 75 to 80.“With the lesser membership [it’s] fewer people doing more things,” including responding to tripped alarms, serving on the various committees, he said. “The workload is more than it would be with a full roster.”Bill Kramer, acting director of the Division of Fire Safety of the state Department of Community Affairs, said volunteering for emergency services has changed over the years.“Volunteerism today is much different than it was years ago, from a commitment standpoint,” Kramer said.It was common for women in past generations to stay home and for men to work, usually only one job. In today’s economy, for many families that just isn’t an option, with both working, sometimes with multiple jobs, he said.“Obviously, it’s an issue,” for organizations to increase or even maintain membership given those factors, Kramer said. Retention of members is important “because you’ve made a commitment with them with respect to training and experience.”Since 1991 there has been an overall decrease across the board of about 10 percent in volunteer fire companies in New Jersey, according Kramer, though some areas have been hit harder than others.In Red Bank the volunteer shortage is worse for the first aid squad than the fire company, Sanders acknowledged, explaining the squad comes under the fire department’s purview.“We’re really hurting for members,” he said.Red Bank First Aid Squad members Tom Cosgrove, left, and Shean Opie with a squad ambulance. The organization is looking for new members.The squad, which has 10 members – six of whom are active – there is a real need for new volunteers, said Tom Cosgrove and Shean Opie, two longtime members.The greatest need is for volunteers during daytime hours. The squad has been relying on mutual aid assistance from surrounding towns to pick up the slack, they said.About 15 or 20 years ago the squad had about 40 members, Cosgrove said.Last year the Red Bank squad responded to 800 calls, according to Opie.The squad is actively seeking members and will be holding an open house and barbecue 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at its building, 151 Spring St.Opie and Cosgrove said the squad also participates in numerous community events, such as the 9/11 memorial service, to heighten people’s awareness of the organization.“We’re trying to encourage that sense of duty in people,” Cosgrove said.For those willing to volunteer their time to emergency services, it is time consuming to get and maintain certification. There can be an out-of-pocket cost for that training.Training requirements have gotten more stringent, according to Kim Ambrose, a trained first responder for both the Fair Haven and Little Silver squads. The number of hours it takes to get certification is now 300 hours. In addition, members must obtain an additional 48 educational units; state resources pay for only the first 24 units, referred to as “the core,” she said.“It is something that you have be dedicated to,” Cosgrove said, noting that in Red Bank there is a long tradition of volunteer service handed down from generation to generation.The same is certainly true for the fire department, Sanders said. Those families are “the threads of the community.”With some members, however, they are “interested but they burn out. And they have other commitments that pull them away.”Ambrose believes that in some regards the training may be unnecessarily arduous and discourage participation.“First aid doesn’t change that much,” she said. “If someone is bleeding, you stop the bleeding. If someone is not breathing, you give them oxygen and get them to the hospital.”The training is vital, said Christopher Rinn, the state Department of Health’s assistant commissioner for public health, infrastructure, laboratories and emergency preparedness. “There’s a real need to keep up with changing technology, training advances, quite frankly, the latest in lifesaving methods.”Communities are looking at ways to continue to supply services, including entering into shared service agreements, consolidation and using paid services.Many towns also are offering incentives such as contributions to a pension fund for firefighters or perks like beach badges for shore communities, Kramer said.Ambrose saw another way to help bolster the rolls. She established a first aid cadet program in Little Silver about 10 years ago. “I was really looking for something for my kids when they were in high school,” she said. Over the years she has seen the kids return from college for summer break and jump in to give the longtime squad members a bit of break.Her next project will be trying to recruit stay-at-home-moms – and dads – to volunteer and hopefully increase the number of those available for day calls.
With the increasing number of formal events for eighth graders and the growing price and extravagance of the dresses that girls wear, it can get overwhelming for a family to buy the perfect outfits to make their daughters feel special. That is why Kim Bass, a junior at Monmouth Regional High School, started the non-profit organization Bella of the Ball.Kim’s charity gives eighth grade girls in need the dresses of their dreams at no cost.Its mission is similar to other nonprofits that collect new and gently used prom dresses for high school students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend the prom.Bella of the Ball’s inaugural event took place on Saturday, May 23, from which approximately 100 eighth grade girls each left with a beautiful dress to wear to a graduation, a dance or another formal event. The event, as Kim’s mother Cindy Bass described it, was a “huge success.”“It was really nice to see the girls rummaging through all the gorgeous dresses,” she said. “We even had dressing rooms set up and chairs for parents to wait in while their daughters tried on dresses.”To make this event possible, Kim put up fliers in churches and in downtown Red Bank, emailed 12 school districts throughout Monmouth County, and got permission from her guidance counselor to leave school to talk to middle schools about her charity. Through this constant effort to publicize the need for dresses for the event, word spread quickly.She soon collected over 300 dresses that came from the immense generosity her community showed. “Everybody donated,” Cindy said. “Teachers from Kim’s school who had daughters, girls from her school, girls from other schools and people we didn’t know all donated. We would come home and more dresses would be in a box outside our doorstep.”To make this event happen, Kim had to not only collect the dresses, but also advertise and secure a location to hold the event.Kim wanted to hold the event at a venue as elegant as the dresses, so she “canned” – collected monetary donations in a can – outside A.C. Moore craft store in Shrewsbury to raise money to pay for a banquet room at Branches, a restaurant in West Long Branch. She raised $250 to rent the room as she “wanted the girls to feel special” when buying their special dresses.Kim plans to hold another “Bella of the Ball” event next year during her senior year of high school, and perhaps expand to also making accessories and shoes available to the eighth grade girls. She is currently involving three underclassmen in the planning of the next event so that it can be even bigger. “Hopefully when I leave high school, they’ll continue the event and make it into a lasting tradition,” Kim said.– By Heather Nelson
The L.V. Rogers Bombers pitched a pair of shutouts en route to capturing the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships Saturday in Creston.Simon Sheppard scored twice and Ryan Lewis added a single sparking the Bombers past the Prince Charles Comets 3-0 in the Championship Final Saturday afternoon.”The team showed superior possession play throughout the tournament,” the coaching staff off Dave and Jamie Spendlove exclaimed after the game.LVR entered the game as the top-ranked team and received a bye into the semi final of the six-team tournament.The Bombers advanced to the final by easily picking apart the David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 5-0. Lewis led the charge offensively with a pair of goals. Danny Rodman, Luis Loeschnick, and Cormac Southam, on a penalty shot, also scored for the Bombers.The Lakers got past Stanley Humphries Rockers in quarterfinal play.Andrew Woodward and Cole Sutherland registered wins in goal for the Bombers.LVR now advances to the 16-team B.C. High School Boy’s Soccer Championships November 19-21 in Burnaby.OVERTIME: Saturday’s win marks the first time in three years a team from LVR has advanced to the boy’s soccer provincials. The past two seasons, at the AAA level, Mount Baker Trojans of Cranbrook defeated the Bombers to advance the the provincial tournament — 3-2 in 2010 and 3-1 in overtime in 2011. . . .The Bombers padded their goal average stats with the two shutouts. In 11 games this season, LVR has scored 50 times while allowing only four goals.
Gilbert Arenas came to the Warriors in a foul mood.He didn’t think he got enough love from college recruiters. “I averaged 34 points in high school and I didn’t even get looked at in college,” he said.After two years at Arizona he applied for the NBA draft. He didn’t wait until signing a contract before spending his earnings. He slid to the second round, where contracts go to die.Recently Arenas told Bleacher Report’s Leo Sepkowitz a tale of woe that you’d swear couldn’t happen in the …
29 January 2016Congratulations to @wagnertennis & his partner Lucas Sithole on winning the 2016 #AusOpen quad doubles title! pic.twitter.com/awHJhk8XbA— USTA (@usta) January 28, 2016South African Lucas Sithole and playing partner David Wagner from the United States beat the British/Australian combo of Andy Lapthorne and Dylan Alcott 6-1, 6- 3 at the Australian Open held in Melbourne this week, to claim the top spot in the wheelchair tennis quad doubles final.It was Sithole’s second Grand Slam title following his win at the US Open singles final in 2013.“I enjoyed the match very much,” an excited Sithole told News24 after the game. “It was great to play with David Wagner again.” The partners have been playing together and against each other since 2013, developing a healthy rivalry vying for the top ranking and building a solid friendship along the way. Although Wagner won the two’s singles match earlier in the week, Sithole still has a chance to play for a place in the singles final on Saturday, 30 January.Lucas Sithole has already won the doubles at the #AusOpen,now he is targeting glory in the singles. https://t.co/if2Q6dzLqU by @SuperSportTV— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 29, 2016Sithole, who is triple amputee lost both his legs and his right arm in a childhood accident. He started playing tennis professionally in 2006, representing South Africa at a tournament in the Netherlands, considered the defacto home of wheelchair tennis. The 20-year-old, who grew up in the small mining town of Dannhauser in KwaZulu-Natal, has won seven titles and risen to become the one of the best singles players in the world.He is now setting his sights on the Rio Olympics, hoping to earn himself and South Africa a gold medal.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula led the cheers on Twitter, with South Africans congratulating the South African king of wheelchair tennis.Lucas Sithole, won his first Australian Open Crown. runner-up in both the singles and doubles competition last year pic.twitter.com/wfD901wtYv— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 29, 2016Lucas Sithole take a bow !!!!!!! We have an Australian Open cup folks !!!!— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) January 29, 2016Yeah, Lucas Sithole you beauty!— Natasha Joseph (@TashJoeZA) January 29, [email protected]_Press wow, wow, wow…. Congratulations Lucas Sithole— Lerato Mbele (@BBCLerato) January 28, 2016Source: News24Wire