Why No Special Masks For Hearing & Visually Impaired? Bombay High Court Seeks State’s Response

first_imgNews UpdatesWhy No Special Masks For Hearing & Visually Impaired? Bombay High Court Seeks State’s Response Sharmeen Hakim27 March 2021 9:26 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought the State’s response on a PIL seeking uniformity in fines collected from mask violators or special masks for hearing and speech impaired citizens, to ensure ease in communication. A division bench of Justices SP Deshmukh and GS Kulkarni heard the PIL filed by NGO Lokshahiwadi Balasaheb Sarode Samiti Prabodhan Upakaram, which further…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 Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought the State’s response on a PIL seeking uniformity in fines collected from mask violators or special masks for hearing and speech impaired citizens, to ensure ease in communication. A division bench of Justices SP Deshmukh and GS Kulkarni heard the PIL filed by NGO Lokshahiwadi Balasaheb Sarode Samiti Prabodhan Upakaram, which further seeks accountability and transparency in the use of funds collected through fines. “The pandemic is here to stay. We have completely forgotten that there should be some special mask for these persons. How would you otherwise recognise these persons?” the bench observed. “Why shouldn’t the fine amount be uniform?” the bench sought to know before seeking a reply to the PIL from the State and posting the matter for hearing in the coming week. Background The petition filed through advocate Asim Sarode assisted by Advocate Ajinkya Udane states that various authorities across Maharashtra like the Police, Corporation, Nagar Parishad and even Solid Waste Management Committees are collecting fines ranging from Rs100 to Rs1000 “Crores of rupees have been collected in the form of fine,” Sarode informed the court. The petition states that authorities must spend all the amount collected through fine on health issues or to purchase masks for below poverty line families who may not be able to afford these masks. Sarode mentioned veteran journalist P Sainath’s Book ‘Everybody loves good drought’ and argued in court that the government seems to be exploiting the pandemic situation to mint money. Hearing and speech impaired citizens are facing huge problems due to the masks, Sarode argued. “Special masks with some symbol need to be distributed to deaf and dumb people. Social justice ministry may be asked to do so,” Sarode said. The petition states that the entire fine amount should be deposited in court by government authorities. During the hearing, Sarode submitted that fines should be imposed for not wearing masks but there shall be accountability as to how the fine amount is being used. “There has to be SOP as to where to wear a mask and where not to,” he said. He submitted that even people in private cars are being fined for not wearing masks. “They shall decide any rule, but there needs to be uniformity,” he argued. “Pandemic is here to stay. We have completely forgotten that there should be some special mask for these persons. How would you otherwise recognise them?” justice Kulkarni observed. “By sign language,” Government Pleader PP Kakade responded. Justice Kulkarni asked, “Why shouldn’t the amount of fine be uniform? Every corporation has its own policy?” On a query, if the police are also collecting fines, Kakade said the civic authorities have given the police powers. The Court then asked the State to file an affidavit and kept the matter for next week. Next Storylast_img read more

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University saves with green fund

first_imgThe Sustainable Endowments Institute recognized Notre Dame on Feb. 9 as a one of 52 national universities saving money through sustainable funding. “Greening the Bottom Line,” is the first survey conducted on green revolving funds (GRFs) in higher education. The survey noted the Green Loan Fund at Notre Dame, which financed a transition to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) in all 29 residence halls. The switch, beginning October 2008 and completed September 2010, has saved $529 per month. Ultimately, this resulted in a 75 percent return on investment. Erin Hafner, programs manager of the Office of Sustainability said the Energy and Environmental Issues Committee, a group of faculty and students formed in the 1980s, initiated the Green Loan Fund in 2008. This $2 million fund allows the Office of Sustainability to manage projects proposed by students and staff. Principal author Dano Weisbord said in “Greening the Bottom Line” the most impressive feature of this fund is its ability to provide money from previous investments for future green upgrades. Contributing author Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, said in the report that other schools also have paid more attention to sustainability. “The trend is clear both in terms of money saved and reduced energy consumption,” he said. “The number of green revolving funds has more than quadrupled since 2008.” Hafner said Notre Dame has made major strides in this area. “Look back to the green report card of 2007 and 2008, we had a D-,” she said. “Now we have a B+, which we’ve done with programming, outreach and training.” To achieve this grade, the Office of Sustainability has revamped many of its programs and transportation systems, as well as introducing new events on campus, Hafner said. “This Friday we have our annual spring semester Green Summit. The University is also in the middle of an energy conservation program and upgrading lights in older buildings,” she said. Hafner said the University is incorporating eco-friendly vehicles into its transportation system. Most recently, the Zip Car appeared in the Notre Dame fleet and is available for students and faculty use. Other transportation alterations include hybrid vehicles for students, faculty and staff to rent for travel to meetings and conferences. To accompany this change, a low emission vehicle parking program for Low Emissions Vehicles (LEVs) has been established. “We’ve been working with a couple of companies for the electric vehicle charging stations,” Hafner said. “We had some trials in the fall semester and are hoping to pilot some others.” In the next few months, Hafner said these should be available in parking lots. Additionally, the University is researching how to replace service vehicles with electric substitutes. “We’re really excited because it opens a lot of doors. If this happens, we can add to our fleet,” she said. “We’d retire work trucks and replace them with the electric ones.” The biggest component of what the University is working on with sustainability, Hafner said, is education. Along with introducing a sustainability aspect to freshman Contemporary Topics courses, the Office of Sustainability is promoting current and possible minors. “[The Office of Sustainability] in the process of creating courses for a sustainability minor for the broader campus,” she said. “We’re trying to work more with the academy on opportunities that just haven’t been called out yet.” At Notre Dame, there are unique difficulties other schools are not forced to face, Hafner said. Energy on campus is extremely cheap, while on the East and West Coasts cost is higher. “To justify energy programs on campus is difficult because it’s so cheap,” she said. “We’re trying to formulate programming around that.” A grassroots approach must be taken, with each individual contributing to the cause, she said. “Educate yourself. People don’t necessarily take time to do so,” she said. “Shut lights off, take shorter showers, recycle and purchase fewer items so less natural resources are used.”last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgGame 5 is Tuesday.NFL-SCHEDULENewton runs for 2 TDs, Patriots hold off Dolphins 21-11UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots’ new quarterback had a better day than the old one.Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns and the Pats held on to beat the Dolphins 21-11. Newton rushed for 15 times for 75 yards and threw for 155 yards. He guided an offensive attack that did most of its damage on the ground in their first game since the departure of Tom Brady this offseason. Sony Michel added a game-clinching TD run for New England. There was no change at the very top: Preseason No. 1 Clemson received 60 of 61 first place-votes this week.Alabama moved up to No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 3, followed by Georgia and Florida. Defending champion LSU, with one first-place vote, is No. 6.Among the new teams in the rankings were Sun Belt powerhouses Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 19 and Appalachian State at No. 24. Louisiana-Lafayette was last ranked in 1943.LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONLee wins LPGA major It was a comeback within a comeback as the Nuggets turned a 19-point, third-quarter deficit into a 13-point win over the Clippers, 111-98. Denver outscored Los Angeles, 62-27 over a dizzying 20-minute stretch of the second half.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Denver, which also faced a 3-1 series deficit before downing Utah. Jamal Murray scored 21 for the Nuggets, who also got 16 from Gary Harris.Paul George had 33 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 25 for the Clippers.NBA-ROCKETS-D’ANTONIAP source: D’Antoni tells Rockets he’s not coming back RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Mirim Lee birdied the first playoff hole to capture the ANA Inspiration.Lee chipped in three times Sunday, the last one for eagle on the final hole that got her into a three-way playoff. She was never in the lead at any point until she calmly holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th to beat Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, who each had the lead on the back nine.Lee closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at minus-15.PGA-SAFEWAY OPENCink ends victory drought Associated Press The gem comes less than a month after Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) threw a no-hitter for the White Sox.David Bote (BOH’-tee) belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for Chicago.Elsewhere in the majors:— Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) tied Willie Mays for fifth place on the career homer list with his 660th, a two-run shot in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 5-3 victory against the Rockies. Winning pitcher Andrew Heaney threw seven efficient innings, allowing three runs and no walks while striking out eight. — Mookie Betts’ two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning and Chris Taylor added a three-run shot as the Dodgers thumped the Astros, 8-1. Eight relievers combined on a four-hitter, with winning pitcher Victor González working two scoreless frames. The second-seeded Thiem is the first man in 71 years to win tournament after dropping the first two sets of the final, storming back to beat No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv), 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. It’s the first time the men’s final has been decided by a fifth-set tiebreak.Thiem entered Sunday with an 0-3 career record in major title matches. This was Zverev’s debut in a Grand Slam final.T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLLa.-Lafayette leads 10 new teams in rankingsUNDATED (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State are among 10 new teams ranked in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. Update on the latest sports SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez has completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Sanford International, the PGA Tour Champions’ first event with fans since returning from a break for the coronavirus pandemic.Jimenez closed with a 5-under 65 at Minehaha Country Club to beat Steve Flesch by a stroke. The 56-year-old Spanish star won for the second time this season and 10th on the 50-and -over tour.F1-TUSCAN GPHamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP, demands justice for TaylorMUGELLO, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move one behind Michael Schumacher’s record. — DeAndre Hopkins had a career-high 14 catches for 151 yards in his Arizona debut and set up Kenyan Drake’s 1-yard TD run with 5:03 to help the Cardinals down the 49ers, 24-20. Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and ran for 90 yards and another score to help the Cardinals overcome a pair of fourth-quarter deficits. — Heisman winner Joe Burrow ran 23 yards untouched for a touchdown in his NFL debut, but the Bengals were beaten by the Chargers, 16-13. A line anchored by Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) and Melvin Ingram III held the quarterback from national champion LSU to 23 of 36 passing for 192 yards with three sacks and a costly interception.— Lamar Jackson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns to help the Ravens beat the Browns 38-6, ruining Kevin Stefanski’s debut as Cleveland’s head coach. Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes and racked up a team-high 45 yards on the ground.— Peyton Barber ran for two touchdowns while quarterback Dwayne Haskins rallied Washington from a 17-point deficit to beat the Eagles 27-17 in coach Ron Rivera’s debut. Carson Wentz was sacked eight times and threw two costly interceptions behind an injury-depleted offense line featuring two guys starting their first career games. — Josh Allen led three consecutive first-half touchdown drives and the Bills overcame their own sloppiness and injuries to two starting linebackers in a 27-17 win over the Jets. Allen finished 33 of 46 for 312 yards in becoming Buffalo’s first player to top 300 yards since Tyrod Taylor in 2016. — Mike Clevinger threw a two-hitter for his second career shutout, guiding the Padres to a 6-0 stifling of the Giants in Game 1 of a twinbill. Greg Garcia and Wil Myers each had a two-run single off Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh). — The Padres completed a sweep as Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-sehn PROH’-fahr) hit a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning of a 3-1 victory against San Francisco. Wil Myers hit a solo homer in San Diego’s seventh win in a row.— Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez hit his team-leading 13th home run in the eighth and Aristides (ar-ihs-TEH’-dees) Aquino added a two-run homer in the ninth to complete the Reds’ comeback from a 5-3 deficit in a 10-5 win over the Cardinals. Andrew Miller loaded the bases with a hit batter, followed with a tying four-pitch walk and a wild pitch that put the Reds ahead in a three-run seventh.— Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies each hit a two-run homer off a laboring Max Scherzer to power the Braves past the Nationals, 8-4. Kyle Wright pitched six innings for his first major league win, helping the NL East leaders take three of four from Washington. — Rookie Sixto Sánchez pitched a three-hitter over seven innings for his first complete game in five major league starts, leading the Marlins over the Phillies, 2-1 in a doubleheader opener. Miami went ahead on RBI singles by Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-CLIPPERS/NUGGETSNuggets do it again, taking Clippers to Game 7 in WestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have done it again, climbing back from a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive NBA playoffs series. — Braxton Garrett allowed three hits over five innings to win his major league debut, helping the Marlins crush Philadelphia in the nightcap. The Marlins moved a half-game ahead of the Phils for second place in the NL East.— Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez homered and Yoán Moncada supplied three hits in the White Sox’s fourth win in a row, 5-2 versus the Tigers. Jiménez had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won eight of nine overall. — Nelson Cruz belted his 16th homer and the Twins completed a weekend sweep by downing the fading Indians, 7-5. Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson also connected, helping Minnesota win for the 10th time in 12 games and stay one game behind the AL Central-leading White Sox.— Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) crushed a tiebreaking, three-run homer and ace Lance Lynn struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings of the Rangers’ 6-3 win over the Athletics. Lynn retired 17 straight at one point and Odor homered for the third time in four games.— Christian Vázquez and Christian Arroyo went deep for the Red Sox in a 6-3 win and a four-game split of their series with the Rays. Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Pérez gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. Gray on ILUNDATED (AP) — Reds pitcher Sonny Gray has been placed on the 10-day injured list because a strain on the right side of his mid-back, a move retroactive to Friday. Gray allowed five runs, six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings at the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He is 5-3 with a 3.94 ERA in nine starts but has allowed 11 runs in his last two outings after giving up just nine earned runs in 41 2/3 innings over his first seven. TENNIS-U.S. OPENThiem rallies to beat Zverev in U.S. Open finalNEW YORK (AP) — Dominic Thiem (teem) has earned his first major title while making history at the U.S. Open. The first F1 race on a track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed throughout. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one. A second red flag late in the race gave Valtteri Bottas another chance to beat race leader Hamilton if he made a strong start from second. But Hamilton held firm to extend his championship leader over Bottas. NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Stewart Cink has won the season-opening Safeway Open at 47 years old for his seventh PGA Tour victory and first since the 2009 British Open.Cink closed with a 7-under 65, rebounding from a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th for a two-stroke victory over Harry Higgs.Cink is the oldest PGA Tour winner since Phil Mickelson at 48 at Pebble Beach in February 2019.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSJimenez wins The Lightning are one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup final since 2015 following a 4-1 win over the Islanders.The Lightning’s first two goals came 12 seconds apart midway through the second period. Blake Coleman tied it 15 seconds after Brock Nelson gave the Islanders the lead. Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) made it 2-1 at the 11:54 mark.Bayden Point added an insurance goal 3:33 into the third, returning to the ice after a one-game injury absence.Pat Maroon added an empty-netter and Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.Isles netminder Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) was brilliant at times while stopping 32 of 35 shots. Brady was intercepted twice in his Tampa Bay debut, a 34-23 loss to the Saints. The first of Brady’s interceptions led to Alvin Kamara’s (kah-MAH’-rahz) 6-yard touchdown run. The second pick thrown by the new, 43-year-old Bucs QB was returned 36 yards for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins.Kamara scored touchdowns running and receiving, and 41-year-old Drew Brees (breez) passed for 160 yards and two TDs with no turnovers.Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Rams opened their new stadium with a victory as Malcolm Brown rushed for a career-high 79 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-17 win over the Cowboys. Jared Goff passed for 275 yards as the Rams improved to 4-0 in openers under coach Sean McVay.Robert Woods had six catches for 105 yards to help the Rams improve to 4-0 in season openers under coach Sean McVay and spoiled the debut of Mike McCarthy, Dallas’ first new head coach in a decade. September 13, 2020 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says head coach Mike D’Antoni has told the Houston Rockets that he won’t be back next season.It was not totally unexpected. The Rockets and D’Antoni couldn’t agree on an extension last year, meaning he was coaching this season with no guarantee of his future in Houston. NHL-SCHEDULELightning down Isles for 3-1 leadEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning used a quick-strike attack to take a three-games-to-one lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. — Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Keelan Cole in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ 27-20 victory over the Colts. Ninshew completed 19 of 20 passes for 173 yards and no turnovers. — Josh Jacobs ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns, Derek Carr threw for 239 yards and a score as the Raiders hung on to beat the Panthers, 34-30 to spoil Matt Rhule’s coaching debut. Jacobs’ 6-yard touchdown run around the right end with 4:14 left in the game put the Raiders ahead for good after they’d surrendered a 12-point fourth-quarter lead. — Mitchell Trubisky lofted a 27-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining to lift the Bears over the Liongs, 27-23. Detroit drove to the Chicago 16 with a chance to win before rookie running back D’Andre Swift dropped a pass in the end zone and Matthew Stafford threw another incompletion as time expired. — Aaron Rodgers began his 13th season as the Packers’ starting quarterback by passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-34 win against the Vikings. Davante Adams had a career-high, franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two scores. — Russell Wilson threw for four TDs to lead the Seahawks to a 38-25 victory over the Falcons. Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards, throwing a pair of TD passes in the first quarter and two more in the third. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards in a losing effort. — Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHYL’) Jr. hit a home run completely out of Sahlen Field and Hyun Jin Ryu allowed one run over six innings of the Blue Jays’ 7-3 verdict over the Mets. Santiago Espinal hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth as Toronto remained a half-game ahead of the Yanks for second place in the AL East. — Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres delivered a two-run double with two out in the eighth to send the Yankees to their fifth straight win, 3-1 over the Orioles. New York received one-hit, scoreless relief after J.A. Happ worked the first five innings.— Brad Keller pitched his first major league shutout, tossing a five-hitter in the Royals’ sixth straight win, 11-0 over the Pirates. Salvador Pérez and Hunter Dozier homered for Kansas City, which had seven players with at least one RBI.— The Mariners cruised to a 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks as Donovan Walton drove in three runs. Jose Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LAY’-hohs) had two hits and drove in a run, helping Seattle take two of three in the series. MLB-NEWS MLB-SCHEDULEMills gets no-hitterUNDATED (AP) — Second City has become No-Hit Nation.Alec Mills has tossed baseball’s second no-hitter of the season, with both coming from Chicago hurlers. He became the 16th Cubs pitcher to toss a no-no by going the distance for the first time in his major league career, beating the Brewers’ 12-0.Mills got Jace (jays) Peterson to hit a routine grounder to shortstop Javier Baez with two outs in the ninth.last_img read more

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Nine Donegal projects receive €585,000 from Udaras

first_imgA total of nine projects across Donegal have received €585,000 under a new €4m funding packagefor the implementation of Udaras na Gaeltachta’s Community and Language Development Programme for 2019.It represents an increase of €124,000 for Donegal projects from last year.The €4.225 million budget for 2019 represents an increase of €530,000 which is part-funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Donegal projects to receive funding include:Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór Teo which receives €107,000.Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Teo receives €73,500Comharchumann na nOileán Beag Teo receives €36,000. Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Gleann Cholm Cille CTR receives €60,500Céim Aniar CTR receives €66,000Pobal Eascarrach CTR receives €47,000Forbairt Eachla CTR receives €48,000Fánaid (to be established) – €40,000 Nine Donegal projects receive €585,000 from Udaras was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Half-time: Swansea 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgFernando Torres went close to giving Chelsea a half-time lead at the Liberty Stadium.The Spaniard had a header cleared off the line by Leon Britton and also headed straight into the arms of keeper Gerhard Tremmel following Victor Moses’ cross.Referee Kevin Friend then waved away the visitors’ appeals for a penalty after Eden Hazard was bundled over in the area by Swansea defender Ashley Williams.Chelsea are without the injured Juan Mata and David Luiz, but Ashley Cole recovered from an ankle problem in time to play and Branislav Ivanovic is back from suspension.The Blues are attempting to regain top spot in the Premier League, which Manchester United took by beating Arsenal earlier this afternoon.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.Click here for the Swansea v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Richard Sherman says he’ll apologize to Baker Mayfield for handshake drama

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Upon further review, it turns out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t refuse to shake hands with Richard Sherman and other 49ers before Monday night’s game.Sherman, who accused Mayfield of disrespecting the 49ers by not properly greeting them on the field for the coin toss, admitted he was wrong and intends to apologize to Mayfield.Shortly after Sherman’s postgame claim about the missing handshake from Mayfield, there was video evidence to contradict the 49ers …last_img read more

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Another Human Distinctive: Lying

first_imgHere’s another evolutionary conundrum: animals usually don’t tell lies.  Why is lying such a well-documented human trait, but rare in the animal kingdom?  Animals signal their own and their enemies in many complex ways.  It would seem that lying would have evolved as a useful strategy many times in the animal kingdom, yet apparently it has not.  In a book review of Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper (Oxford, 2003) published in the April 23 issue of Science,1 Nils Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre describe the puzzle:A central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in animal communication is to explain why animal signalers generally are truthful.  A male nightingale advertising for a mate reliably signals properties of his qualities through his beautiful song.  By dressing in screaming black and yellow colors, the wasp reliably warns approaching predators (and us) of her painful sting.  The trivial answer to the honesty problem is that it would not pay animals to respond to a signal unless they by and large benefited.  If wasps never stung, no one would bother to notice their striking colors.  The color pattern would cease to be a signal.  However, the more interesting question–the main theme of John Maynard Smith and David Harper’s Animal Signals–is what keeps signalers from cheating?  What prevents, say, a poor-quality male nightingale from claiming that he is of higher quality than he actually is?It’s not that evolutionists never thought about this before.  One explanation, for instance, is called the handicap theory: “signals are reliable because they are costly to produce or have costly consequences.”  Ideas about indices vs. amplifiers and evolving signals vs. equilibrium signals are discussed in the review, along with this puzzler:The problem of honest signaling seems especially challenging to our intuition when we consider contests, situations in which the contestants prefer different outcomes.  In their chapter on signaling during contests, Maynard Smith and Harper explore some consequences of the contestantsְ shared interest in avoiding an escalated fight.  They discuss badges of status, minimal-cost signals that indicate need, and aspects such as extended interactions, punishment, and the effects of the divisibility of a resource.All this seems to beg the question of why humans are such inveterate liars, if their behavior evolved, too.  The authors provide some “suggestions” –In the final chapter, the authors discuss signaling in primates and some other social vertebrates.  Here we find several topics that border on other fields such as psychology and the evolution of language.  The chapter provides some of the book’s most entertaining examples and most thought-provoking suggestions.  These include the evolution, through natural selection, of animal signaling into human language; that is, the transition in our past where genetic change was eclipsed by cultural change and history began.With that tantalizing impression, they leave us hanging; the reviewers probably expect us to buy the book to hear the suggestions.  Are they suggesting that cultural change and history do not evolve by natural selection?1Nils Chr. Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre, “Behavioral Ecology: Why Animals Don’t Lie,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5670, 519-520, 23 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097384].Interesting that they do not mention mimicry, which seems to be a form of deceit: “don’t eat me–I’m a stick!”  But mimicry is not really lying.  The animal can’t help the way it was born.  Anyway, in terms of vocalizations or behavioral traits, it is striking that animals don’t lie to each other like humans do, except in The Far Side comic strips.    So here again, another phenomenon is found that seems counterintuitive to evolutionary expectations, and Darwinians are left employing just-so stories to explain it.  How many exceptions to the rule are required before the rules must be changed?    With glittering generalities, evolutionists exercise their fertile imaginations to dream of monkey screeches evolving into Shakespearean soliloquies.  Prove it, we say.  Interestingly, though human beings can be shown to all have a single genetic ancestor (like Adam), their languages cannot.  Dr. Joseph Kickasola, a linguist at Regent University, has shown that all the thousands of human languages and dialects can be reduced to 17 families, but no further.  Could this fact be an echo of Babel?    The cynic says, “Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, because nobody listens.”  What if enough people stop listening to Darwinian just-so stories?  After all, it is a form of deceit to pretend to have an answer when you don’t.  It would be more honest for a naturalistic researcher to say, “I don’t know why humans are liars but animals are not.”  Maybe this and maybe that doesn’t cut it in science.  This is an area where science is limited, but there are other sources of information, such as history and eyewitnesses.    The One who cannot lie told us about a father of lies, the devil, who was a liar from the beginning, and that it is not surprising that his followers would follow in his ways.  He also commanded us not to bear false witness, and warned that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire.  If you don’t like to hear such things, don’t ignore the credibility of the source of that information.  Don’t lie to yourself.    Postscript: Science Now reported a week ago that John Maynard Smith, co-author of the book Animal Signals and one who “revolutionized the way biologists think about behavioral evolution” died on April 19.  This is the fate to which we all are racing.  Are you ready?  Choose carefully whose words you trust.  At the end of your life, it will not matter how entertaining the just-so stories you told or believed.  But you can know the Truth, and the truth can set you free.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA debut for LSE’s TradElect

first_img30 March 2007The London Stock Exchange’s new TradElect trading system, the final phase of a four-year technology overhaul, is set go live for the first time in South Africa after the exchange extended its IT contract with the JSE Limited for a further five years.The extended contract will see the LSE’s next-generation trading system going live on the Johannesburg and Namibia markets on 2 April ahead of its introduction on the London market in the second quarter of the year.The LSE and JSE have also agreed to develop their technology and business cooperation further “to encourage growth in listings, trading and data sales,” the LSE said in a statement last week.“Over the last five years, the JSE has developed a strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, and we are excited to be the first exchange to use their new technology,” JSE chief operating officer Leanne Parsons said at a formal contract signing ceremony in London.“As part of the JSE’s broader effort to strengthen its role as a competitive force in the global financial marketplace, the JSE is pleased to be able to implement the LSE’s new superior trading platform.”LSE chief executive Clara Furse said the exchange looked forward “to extending the scope of our partnership to the benefit of both of our markets and companies.“As the leading exchange in Africa, the JSE will, through the adoption of TradElect, be operating on world-leading technology, combining very low levels of latency with high levels of scalability and systems reliability.”Since May 2002, the LSE has supplied the JSE with its trading system, JSE SETS, on an application service provider basis. JSE market participants access the trading system via a dedicated communications link between Johannesburg and London.Since the migration of the JSE’s trading to SETS, the average daily number of trades on the JSE has increased by over 140%, from 15 000 in May 2002 to 37 000 in February 2007, operating with 100% availability.According to the LSE, TradElect’s introduction is the final and most significant phase of the exchange’s four-year transition to next-generation trading technology, representing “the biggest development to the LSE’s trading infrastructure since the implementation of the Sequence Programme and SETS between 1994 and 1997.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Halep secures top ranking with China Open semifinal win

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president In the second set, Halep surrendered a 3-2 lead with a service break in the sixth game, but went on to break serve again in the ninth game. At 40-0 in the final game, Halep won with a clean forehand winner down the line.center_img Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Simon Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa to secure her world number one ranking after the women’s singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Simona Halep beat ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the China Open semifinals to guarantee the Romanian will take over the top ranking for the first time in her career.Halep could have reached the No. 1 ranking earlier this year but was upset in the French Open final by Ostapenko in their first career meeting.ADVERTISEMENT Halep only had to reach the final this week in Beijing — and not lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final — to knock Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia of France in a marathon quarterfinal encounter.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 shutoutHalep will play the winner of the semifinal between Garcia and 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian will be looking for her second title of the year after winning in Madrid.Ostapenko entered the semifinal without the loss of a set during the week. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve in the first game at love. She cemented her lead with another break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead to serve out the set. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo thirdlast_img read more

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