‘All Necessary Precautions have been taken’: Kerala High Court Disposes Cases Seeking Lockdown During Election Counting Day

first_imgNews Updates’All Necessary Precautions have been taken’: Kerala High Court Disposes Cases Seeking Lockdown During Election Counting Day Lydia Suzanne Thomas27 April 2021 9:40 AMShare This – xKerala High Court’The Kerala High Court has closed proceedings seeking directions calling for prohibition on large gatherings or the declaration of lockdown in the State on May 2, 2021, given the surge in the daily numbers of those affected by COVID-19 in the state. The results of the Kerala Assembly elections will be notified on this date.A Bench of Justices Ashok Menon and CS Dias on Tuesday took up for hearing three petitions today and noted that the Kerala Government and the Election Commission had already issued directions in respect to counting day.In response to the petitioners’ request for a Court’s direction that those who flouted directives be penalised, the Court remarked that no order to the effect was required. “Regarding that we find that no specific order is required from this Court. The Government is at liberty to invoke the provisions of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020 and take necessary action against the violators, and we are sure that the Government would be vigilant in implementing the available provisions,” the Court said.With this remark, the Court disposed of the petition.At the previous hearing of the matters, the State Government had informed the Court that any decision on a lockdown or restriction on gatherings would be taken only after an all-party meeting.On Monday, an all-party meeting had agreed to restrict gatherings in and around counting centres on May 2, following which the Government of Kerala declared that only officials on election duty, candidates, counting agents, media representatives allowed at counting centres after production of a negative RTPCR report obtained within 72 hours prior to May 2 would be permitted.Today, the Election Commission announced that victory processions after announcement of results would be prohibited.The first petition, filed by Advocate Vinod Mathew Wilson of LAW AID, through Advocate R Sivadasan of Law Link Kollam averred that the election campaigning in the run-up to the Kerala Assembly Election and the ‘high-voltage rallies by national and local parties have triggered another wave of Covid-19 in Kerala’. Because of this, the state, which went to the polls on April 6, is seeing the number of infections rising steadily, the petition states.Without a lockdown or measures to ensure that safety precautions are taken, “ardent workers, supporters and sympathizers of all political parties, national, regional, local etc. will be thronging around counting centers and almost all the streets throughout Kerala with uncontrollable convergence”, the petition expressed.Such a situation would effectively bring the entire health machinery to a standstill, the petitioner states. Therefore, a lockdown must be imposed on the day of counting, it was prayed.Wilson’s petition was admitted last week and the Election Commission and the State were directed to table their responses today.The other two petitions, filed by one AK Sreekumar and Dr S Ganapathy respectively, seek prohibitions on large gatherings on May 2.In order to prevent the uncontrolled spreading of Covid-19, only officials related to counting of votes should be allowed within and outside counting centres, the petition filed by Sreekumar states.Dr Ganapathy’s petition sought a direction to District Magistrate’s to issue orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for at least a period of 48 hours from 6 AM on May 2 so as to bar public gatherings or processions.CASE: AK Sreekumar v. EC and connected casesClick here to download the orderTagsCOVID -19 COVID-19 Cases Kerala Assembly Elections Justice Ashok Menon Justice CS Dias Next Storylast_img read more

Welsh marine test site gets funding boost

first_imgWelsh government has awarded £1.2 million for the development of a Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in the Milford Haven Waterway.The funding will support the work of Marine Energy Wales in developing a network of pre-consented areas of seabed that will support research, component testing, innovation, deployment techniques and scaled device deployment.The £1.9 million META project is set to contribute towards Wales’ plans to play a key role in a growing global market and will add to the UK’s network of test sites.David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said: “Marine energy has already had a positive impact upon our peripheral economies in Wales, supported local supply chain clustering and diversification, and we see META contributing to the continued cost reduction being delivered by the sector at the moment.”Stephen Wyatt, ORE Catapult’s Director of Research & Disruptive Innovation, said: “Its [META’s] pre-consented areas of waterway, will provide for quick and efficient testing of components, sub-assemblies and complete devices, and allow developers to practice installation and O&M methodologies, within easy reach of an extensive, and supportive, engineering supply chain.“META fits well with ORE Catapult’s emerging plans for engagement with the region, and we look forward to working closely with the team.”META forms part of Pembroke Dock Marine, a £76 million project to develop a world class center for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment in Pembrokeshire.The project has also received funding through the Coastal Communities Fund earlier this year.The next steps of the project will build on previous work to select the most appropriate sites within the Waterway, continue to engage with stakeholders and formally begin the leasing and licensing process.last_img read more

CONFED CUP: Ifeanyi Ubah Walks Tight Rope with Al Masry Draw,…

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FC Ifeanyiubah barely managed to pip Al Masry of Egypt 1-0, while Wikki Tourists fell 2-0 at Royal Armed forces of Sierra Leone as Nigerian clubs began their quest in the CAF Confederation Cup today.Home team Ifeanyiubah had to wait till two minutes from time before they could stop Al Masry courtesy of a goal by Cameroonian midfielder Tamen Medrano.However, Wikki were not so lucky in Freetown as they lost 2-0 to the army-team RSLAF.Both teams have a second chance to ensure qualification to the next round of the competition next weekend.No Nigerian club has won this second-tier continental tournament.Earlier at the weekend, Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, Rangers International of Enugu pulled off a 1-1 draw at Algeria’s JS Saoura.Nigeria’s other representative in the competition Rivers United also drew 0-0 away with Real Bamako.last_img read more

Dotan Lazar, LVision: Serving up increased data through live streaming conversion

first_img Submit Share Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal June 17, 2020 Related Articles Tennis has always been a key component of any sportsbook, with its fast paced, back and forth nature lending itself perfectly to betting, particularly around in-play markets.However, while sports such as football have enjoyed significant increases in both betting innovation and market coverage, tennis has been left a little behind.The importance of the delivery shouldn’t be underestimated, with tennis fans seeking data of such breadth and detail to enrich their consumption of the sport.We caught up with Dotan Lazar, Co-Founder and VP Sales at LSports Data, who explained how his company’s LVision product is serving up better information for punters and enhancing tennis betting for operators.  SBC: How important is the LVision when it comes to taking data to the next level for both bettors and operators? DL: LVision is the first in the market to offer this kind of solution, which provides something new and exciting. When players visit sites with LVision, they are inundated with crucial information; they see exactly where the ball is, its speed, shot statistics, heat maps of players positions and ball landings. This detail eradicates the need for the players to leave the operator site and visit a stream of the game. This product is something that all betting and media companies should turn in to a market standard. SBC: Can you tell our readership a little more about the LVision product and what it can add for operators? DL: Basically, LVision is all about converting streaming into feeds and data. As a result of this, retention rates will increase significantly, while giving the media industry new data insights and new live markets for the betting industry, starting with tennis.Introducing new technology to this continually evolving industry allows our partners to benefit from a fresh cutting edge and increase their online capabilities.SBC: Can you tell us more about how the LVision can benefit with regards to customer retention?DL: When customers visiting online websites, they are always looking out for detailed statistics, as they seek to gain an advantage over the operator, so delivering this wealth of information is an incredibly exciting prospect. It means that during tennis events, fans, followers and punters can consume everything they desire in one place. With LVision combining both the animated visualisations and the informative data to provide the complete immersive tennis experience. SBC: Can you detail some of the markets that LVision can add to an operator’s portfolio?DL: The technology will allow a whole variety of markets, the list below is just the markets we will offer upon LVision’s initial launch:·         Next Point Rally Under / Over·         Next Point Odd / Even Shots·         Last Player to Hit the ball Home / Away ·         1st Set Winner shots Under / Over·         Highest Point Streak Under / Over·         Baseline Point Conversion Under / Over ·         Net Point Conversion Under / OverSBC: Finally, how many events will the LVision cover and is there room for it to expand to new sports?DL: Initially, we will be covering an average of 1,000 events per month, with some of the leading sportsbooks already taking steps to integrate the feeds into their platforms.The feed also has room to evolve to a variety of new sports, including those in the US market. We believe these are incredibly exciting times for LVision as a company. ATP Tennis makes virtual sports debut with IMG ARENA March 30, 2020last_img read more

Green Building Haikus

first_imgMy part-time employer, BuildingGreen, recently celebrated the overlap of National Poetry Month and National Architecture Week with a sustainable design haiku contest. I am not normally someone who writes poetry, but I quickly discovered that writing haiku was a great way to blow off years of accumulated steam from trying to build a Passive House. So I dropped everything and immediately started tweeting a string of cathartic haikus.Many of my little poems require some basic knowledge of green building, so I am turning this into a teaching opportunity by annotating my wee Å“uvre below. Let the learning begin! An age-old questionOf all the haikus I posted on Twitter, this one got the most retweets:        No one ever asked        When they built the Taj Mahal        “What about payback?”Questions about payback are a common gripe among green builders. I ranted about it last year, but I’d like to add that conventional construction is often cheaper than green building because the costs have been externalized. For example, when we rely too much on carbon-heavy energy, we’re shoving the costs onto the people who will be hit hardest by climate change. Or when we use materials with a toxic manufacturing process, we are saddling those workers and communities with the long-term cost.Ted and I have not always made perfect decisions while building this house, but we sincerely tried to bear most of the cost burden ourselves. It made our house more expensive than I would have liked, but my only real regrets are the times when we cheaped out at someone else’s expense. Thermal bridgesThermal bridges are a major avenue for heat loss in a building envelope. They occur when material crosses through the building envelope, creating a direct link between the heated interior and the cold outdoors and allowing heat to escape the building envelope. A classic thermal bridge is the shared concrete slab underneath a house and its attached patio; heat from inside the house travels outside through the concrete slab, and the furnace has to work harder to replace all the lost heat. You’re basically paying to heat the outdoors. The reverse happens during the summer, when outdoor heat travels through the concrete into the air-conditioned house.There are numerous ways to “break” a thermal bridge without losing the structural benefits of a shared platform, but many builders don’t bother. Aqua Tower, a gorgeous new high-rise in Chicago, should have been built with special thermal breaks for cantilevered balconies, but the builders skipped that crucial step. The building is structurally sound, of course, but it’s not nearly as efficient as it should have been.I suppose I’ve already given away the punch line, but here’s the next haiku:        Undulating waves        Gently caressing the sky        Massive thermal bridge. Energy modelingIf you want to build a Passive House, you first have to estimate the energy use in a ludicrously detailed spreadsheet called PHPP (Passive House Planning Package). PHPP is incredibly comprehensive and has to be filled out and tweaked by a highly-trained professional. But it lacks at least one key field:        Where do you input        “Milligrams of Valium”        In PHPP? Eco bling        Do you really need        That geothermal [no-glossary]heat pump[/no-glossary],        Or would caulk suffice?A lot of people think the best way to improve their home’s energy performance is to add fancy equipment like solar panels or a ground-source heat pump. But you can get a lot more bang for the buck simply by improving your thermal envelope. After that, go ahead and install some eco bling. You might not need that ground-source heat pump anymore, but if you install solar panels you’ll be able to generate a much higher percentage of the energy you use. Wood certification warsIt’s hard to believe, but there is still a lot of unsustainable logging going on these days. Siding and decking are particularly bad, since it often comes from old-growth cedar and hemlock forests in British Columbia. It is therefore important to look for sustainably-forested wood, and the two main certification groups are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). FSC was created by environmental groups whereas SFI was originally backed by the wood products industry, and even though SFI has distanced itself from the logging industry, critics still say it is less rigorous than FSC.Things get ugly between FSC and SFI when LEED gets factored in. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for buildings, and they currently give points only for FSC wood, not SFI. SFI representatives grumble that this is hurting the domestic lumber industry, but… well, if you’re really interested you can read all about the “Wood Wars” at BuildingGreen.You will now understand my next haiku:        Can’t decide between        FSC and SFI?        Just build out of rocks. Heat-recovery ventilation        A punch in the nose        To the next one who tells me        “A house has to breathe.”Whenever I tell people we’re building an extremely tight house, someone always pipes up, “Well, a house has to breathe.” Yes, and that’s why we’re installing a ducted heat recovery ventilator (HRV). An HRV is a a fresh-air system with pipes to the outside, and it has a heat exchanger that transfers most of the heat between the two streams.Our HRV is 84% efficient, which means that in cold weather it will transfer 84% of the heat from the outgoing stale airstream into the incoming fresh airstream. Compare this to a leaky house, which gets fresh air and expels stale air through holes in the building envelope, losing oodles of heat in the process.Lately when people tell me a house has to breathe, I tell them that a human also has to breathe but we do it with lungs and a respiratory system rather than by punching holes all over our body. For some reason, this metaphor really makes an impression. Passive solar orientationI already covered passive solar orientation in another blog post, so I’ll skip straight to the haiku:        Squinting and roasting        As the western light shines in.        But look at the view!The point here is that west-facing windows become a problem during the summer as the sun begins to set, filling the room with unwanted heat and glare. Sadly, most builders ignore passive solar principles when siting a house, instead placing windows toward the best view. Andrea Lemon lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. She and her husband Ted Lemon write the Almost Passive House blog.last_img read more

Pirates keep slate clean

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Letran’s Final Four hopes are in peril as the Knights fell to 8-8.The league’s top three teams actually got the job done with San Beda bundling out Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-51, and Jose Rizal U hammering out a thrilling 60-58 victory over San Sebastian.The Red Lions made it 13 wins in a row, while the Generals dropped out of the Final Four race after losing their 10th game of the season.It was a crucial win for the Bombers as they not only enhanced their hopes of making the next round, but also dealt another Final Four contender a huge blow.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CJ Perez put on another offensive onslaught in the final period as the Pirates turned back the Knights, 81-69, on Friday to move within two games of an elimination round sweep in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre.Much as he has done for most of the season, Perez put the Pirates on his back when it mattered, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the last quarter as they secured a 16th straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s really fun to watch if you see your players having fun, having fun playing their hearts out, and having fun honoring the game,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.“It’s the inspiration that’s really been there. It was a bit scary when Letran caught up but we know that they are just gonna keep on playing and that’s what makes this group of guys really special.” Read Next Lyceum took Letran’s best punches and still walked away with its perfect record intact.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ginebra logs key victory LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

9 months ago​Kane issues Tottenham rallying cry: Enough’s enough

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Kane issues Tottenham rallying cry: Enough’s enoughby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane has issued a rallying cry to his teammates about the need to win a trophy.Spurs have been impressive in recent seasons, finishing in the top four and challenging the top teams in the league.But they have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2008 under Juande Ramos.And Kane wants to change that. Spurs are in the Carabao Cup semi finals, with a 1-0 lead over Chelsea after the first leg.”I’ve said all along that the aim of a professional footballer is to win team trophies,” the striker told Sky Sports.”There will be no better feeling than to win something with these guys, we’ve all worked so hard over the last three or four years to turn Spurs into a team that contends each and every year.”We’re in a good stage, we’re in a semi-final [Carabao Cup] with a 1-0 lead, we’re in the FA Cup and Champions League and we’re not too far off in the Premier League, although there is a long way to go.”So far, so good, but it’s this stage of the season that we have just fallen behind in the past so it is important this year that we step it up, work even harder and go into these games and try and bring it home.” last_img read more

Report: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

first_imgJahlil Okafor reacts to scoring a basket.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group. pic.twitter.com/MheJn4MuLD— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.last_img read more

Kenya Opens New Container Terminal in Mombasa

first_imgzoom The first phase of the new container terminal in Mombasa was inaugurated on September 3, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta informed via twitter.The terminal is expected to boost the the volume of cargo handled by East Africa’s port of Mombasa by 50 percent, according to Reuters.The construction project, which was launched in March 2012, has an estimated value of up to USD 300 million.Capable of handling some 550,000 TEUs, the new terminal is expected to push Mombasa’s annual cargo handling capacity from from 1.05 million TEUs to 1.6 million TEUs.Upon completion of the second phase of the terminal, scheduled to be finalized in five years, the terminal could increase its capacity to about 2.5 million TEUs.World Maritime News Stafflast_img