Assembly Elections: Delhi High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Fine & Debarment Of Candidates Not Wearing Masks During Campaigns

first_imgNews UpdatesAssembly Elections: Delhi High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Fine & Debarment Of Candidates Not Wearing Masks During Campaigns Shreya Agarwal22 March 2021 1:19 AMShare This – xA division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh of Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a petition seeking debarment and imposition of fines on candidates violating Covid-19 mask guidelines during the ongoing Assembly Elections in 5 states of the country. The petition which has been…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh of Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a petition seeking debarment and imposition of fines on candidates violating Covid-19 mask guidelines during the ongoing Assembly Elections in 5 states of the country. The petition which has been preferred by the Chairman of the think tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change, Dr V. Singh, was opposed by the ECI which stated that the elections were not happening in Delhi, and therefore the masks related guidelines were to be enforced by the district level officials of the said five states.Opposing issuance of notice he said that merely because the Election Commission is in Delhi, would not confer jurisdiction on the Delhi High Court for the case.Appearing for the petitioner, Advocate Virag Gupta, however, refuted the objection placing reliance on a recent order of the Delhi High Court wherein Justice Hari Shankar had taken suo motu cognizance on incidents of non-wearing of masks by passengers in a Kolkata-Delhi Air India flight.He said that in light of the recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, the technical objection of the Election Commission was at best “frivolous”.He further highlighted a Feb 26 notification of the Election Commission which had made it mandatory for every person involved in election-related activity to wear a mask.Elaborating on the order on in-flight Covid-19 protocol, Gupta also said that the orders in that case too were issued to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which is based in Delhi, and also to private airlines. He further pressed that the Election Commission should perform its legal and constitutional obligations as laid down under Article 324 of the Constitution.Next Storylast_img read more

No. 6 Michigan taken down by last-place Penn State; John Beilein ejected

first_imgMORE: Controversy surrounds LSU’s victory over KentuckyExcluding Charles Matthews — who was 3 of 4 — the Wolverines shot 4 for 16 from 3-point range, and leading scorer Ignas Brazdeikis was held to six points. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, got a huge performance from Lamarr Stevens, who scored 26 points despite missing all three of his 3-point attempts. He also added 12 rebounds. Penn State, which won the NIT last season, has shown the potential for a breakthrough despite its struggles; only three of its 11 conference losses have been by double digits. The first half concluded with a rare ejection of Michigan coach John Beilein, who received two technical fouls after the buzzer with the Wolverines trailing by 13 points.Things are not going as planned for Michigan in Happy Valley. 👀First @PennStateMBB hits a buzzer-beater to go up 40-27 at the break, then John Beilein gets tossed with two quick technical fouls:— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 13, 2019Michigan got the deficit down to single digits in the second half but was never able to come all the way back.  Perhaps the biggest upset of the Big Ten season took place Tuesday when Penn State (9-15, 2-11 Big Ten) defeated No. 6 Michigan (22-2, 11-2) 75-69 in State College, Pa.The Nittany Lions’ only previous conference win came Feb. 4 against Northwestern.last_img read more

College football wide receivers rankings for 2019: Jerry Jeudy, Tylan Wallace lead loaded field

first_img (Getty Images) The second Alabama receiver on this list, Waddle was so impressive as a freshman that he earned the eighth-highest grade among receivers in 2018 according to PFF. Thanks to his incredible acceleration, speed and pass-catching ability, he averaged 18.8 yards a reception and caught 75 percent of the passes thrown his way, finishing second on the team with 848 receiving yards. Waddle can take it to the house on any play, both on offense and in the return game.No. 11 James Proche, SMUProche is the leading returning receiver in the Group of 5 thanks to the sheer volume of targets he got. The AAC’s highest-graded receiver last season per PFF dropped only three of 96 catchable passes all year. For those counting, that’s 93 receptions, good for fifth nationally. He’ll continue to be the main target in the Mustangs’ offense.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019No. 10 Tyler Johnson, MinnesotaHow good was Tyler Johnson in 2018? He finished second in the Big Ten with 1,168 receiving yards, behind only Purdue’s Rondale Moore, and converted his 78 receptions into first 61 downs/touchdowns. He can get it done with short and intermediate routes but is at his most dangerous in the red zone, where he caught a nation-leading 10 touchdowns in 2018.No. 9 Jalen Reagor, TCUReagor showed he can do it all in 2018, whether it was making acrobatic, leaping catches, breaking tackles, juking defenders or simply blazing down the field en route to a touchdown. Defenses will key in on him this season, so it’s up to TCU to make sure he gets as many looks as possible. We think he’ll be fine.No. 8 Henry Ruggs III, AlabamaThe penultimate Tide receiver on this list, Ruggs finished second among Alabama’s receivers last season with 46 receptions and 11 touchdowns. It’s hard not to be successful when you share the field with so many talented pass-catchers, but Ruggs showed great separation and tackle evasion, averaging 8.3 yards after the catch.No. 7 Tee Higgins, Clemson Unlike some of his contemporaries on this list, Rondale Moore did not have an excess of similarly talented teammates around him in 2018, allowing defenses to gameplan around him. And still the true freshman led the nation with 114 receptions, 892 post-catch yards and 36 broken tackles after the catch. Moore’s not the biggest receiver at 5-9, 175 pounds, but he uses his compact frame to shed tackles before putting his speed and lateral movement to work. It was a thing of beauty to watch him turn short routes into long gains last season, and it will be again in 2019.No. 2 Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma StateHow do you replace a Biletnikoff-caliber wide receiver? Easy: Replace him with another one. That’s what Oklahoma State did with Tylan Wallace, who turned in 1,491 receiving yards and 114.7 yards per game — tops among returners in 2019 — in replacement of James Washington. He was a devastating deep-pass target, leading all receivers with 20 receptions and 708 yards on passes at least 20 yards past the line of scrimmage, according to PFF. But those weren’t just wide-open routes; he also led the nation with 23 contested catches. There’s no question he’ll be a Biletnikoff finalist again in 2019 — but can he bring it home over the guy who won it last year?No. 1 Jerry Jeudy, AlabamaJerry Jeudy is in line to be the next great wide receiver at Alabama, and with good reason: No one else at his position blends top-end speed, athleticism and elusiveness better. He can outrun you with his reported sub-4.3 40 speed. He can stop on a dime, breaking defenders’ ankles or sending them flying by in overpursuit. He can weave in and out of traffic, all while keeping forward momentum. He used those attributes to rack up 1,315 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018, good for second and first among returners this year, respectively. More impressive? He accumulated those numbers with 49 catches of at least 10 yards, 24 of at least 20 yards and 10 of at least 40 yards. There’s not a bigger home run threat in college football, or a better receiver. (Getty Images) MORE: SN’s college football offseason hubIt’s a loaded field, to say the least. But who will be the top receiver at season’s end?Sporting News’ top 25 college football wide receivers for 2019:Honorable mentionsDonovan Peoples-Jones, MichiganTamorrion Terry, Florida StateCedric Byrd II, HawaiiDenzel Mims, BaylorAntonio Gandy-Golden, LibertyKirk Merritt, Arkansas StateNo. 25 Marquez Stevenson, HoustonStevenson was a do-it-all playmaker for the Cougars in 2018. The rising redshirt junior broke out with 75 receptions for 1,019 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season, adding 269 kickoff return yards to that total. His 503 yards after the catch — good for second in the American Athletic Conference last year — shows how talented the speedster is with the ball in his hands.No. 24 Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC (Getty Images) Higgins is a powerful, big-bodied receiver who used his 6-4, 200-pound frame to lead Clemson with 59 catches for 965 yards (good for second on the team). If Clemson follows suit in 2019, they’ll make him the team’s top big threat again. That shouldn’t be a problem for him with Trevor Lawrence flinging the ball and Travis Etienne in the backfield to keep defenses honest.No. 6 Laviska Shenault Jr., ColoradoThe only reason Shenault didn’t crack our top five is because he only played nine games last season because of injury. Even so, he finished with 86 receptions for 1,011 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns to earn his spot as the top wide receiver in the Pac-12. Whether it’s underneath, over the top or from the Wildcat — he rushed for five touchdowns, tops among receivers — there’s no place Shenault can’t hurt you.MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25No. 5 CeeDee Lamb, OklahomaLamb was anything but meek in 2018, forming one of the best wide receiver duos in the Big 12 — and the nation — alongside Marquise Brown. The sophomore put up 1,158 receiving yards, 17.8 yards per reception and 11 touchdowns last year — all as the Sooners’ No. 2 receiver. With “Hollywood” off to the NFL, there’s no telling what Lamb can accomplish as he helps bring Jalen Hurts along in Lincoln Riley’s offense.No. 4 Justyn Ross, ClemsonNo player put up a more impressive individual performance in the 2018 College Football Playoff than true freshman Justyn Ross (except maybe his quarterback). Ross torched Notre Dame and Alabama for a combined 303 yards and three touchdowns, part of a season in which he turned in 1,000 receiving yards, an absurd 21.7 yards per reception and 9.6 yards-after-catch average. He’s big, strong and fast, has great hands and can break tackles or juke defenders. He’ll do it again in 2019 and — considering he and Lawrence are both sophomores — will do it again in 2020. After that, the rest of college football can only hope they’ll leave early for the NFL.No. 3 Rondale Moore, Purduecenter_img Collin Johnson was easily Texas’ biggest big-play threat in 2018. He thrived on the long ball, hauling in 985 yards and seven touchdowns and leading the conference with a 140.0 passer rating on deep targets. Johnson should see his role increased in 2019 with Lil’Jordan Humphrey now in the NFL.No. 16 K.J. Hill, Ohio StateK.J. Hill was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Ryan Day’s pass-oriented offense in 2018, earning career-highs in receptions (70), yards (885) and touchdowns (six). Hill is the only of Ohio State’s top five receivers returning from last year, so look for Day to move him all over the field — not just the slot — to best get open for Georgia transfer Justin Fields.MORE: Top 25 quarterbacks for 2019 seasonNo. 15 Damonte Coxie, MemphisCoxie is a crisp route-runner who’s at his most dangerous after having caught the ball. He’s hard to take down in the open field, making defenders miss with his elusiveness and breakaway speed despite his 6-3, 200-pound frame.No. 14 Kalija Lipscomb, VanderbiltKalija Lipscomb is the best receiver in the SEC outside of Alabama. The rising senior has shown steady improvement over his three-year career at Vanderbilt, displaying a handful of highlight-reel catches and an ability to power through defenders for tough yards. Vandy will break in a new quarterback in 2018, but Lipscomb will help that transition be as smooth as possible.No. 13 DeVonta Smith, AlabamaGet used to seeing Alabama receivers on this list. The first among them is junior DeVonta Smith, hero of the Crimson Tide’s 2018 championship game against Georgia. Smith finished fifth among Alabama’s receiving corps in 2018 in receptions and receiving yards — including behind tight end Irv Smith Jr. — but still hauled in 42 receptions for 693 yards. He’s extremely efficient, turning in an SEC-leading 146.5 passer rating according to PFF. There may be too many playmakers on Alabama’s offense for Smith to see huge numbers, but he’ll continue to be an integral part of the offense.No. 12 Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (Getty Images) St. Brown’s wasn’t the most productive freshman campaign, but he showed enough athleticism and big-play ability to earn a spot on this list — just look at his 167-yard performance against Texas. He led the Trojans with 60 receptions, 30 of which went for first downs, and finished second on the team with 750 receiving yards. Adding Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator should only help his development in Year 2.No. 23 Nico Collins, MichiganYou could also put Donovan Peoples-Jones here, but we’ll go with the guy who finished better down the stretch. Collins finished the Wolverines’ last four contests with 179 receiving yards and four touchdowns, including a two-touchdown outing against Ohio State. Michigan coordinator Josh Gattis should help improve the passing game in 2019, and that can only mean good news for Collins and Peoples-Jones.No. 22 KJ Hamler, Penn StateIt didn’t take long for Hamler to make an impact in 2018 as he led the team with 42 receptions and 754 receiving yards. The 5-9 rising sophomore showed not only an ability to maneuver in and out of traffic, but also an ability to take the top off defenses. He’ll be a huge target for presumed starter Sean Clifford in 2019.No. 21 Rico Bussey Jr., North TexasAnother deep threat on this list, Bussey was Mason Fine’s favorite target in 2018. He led North Texas with 68 receptions for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns, and it should be more of the same this season.MORE: Top 25 running backs for 2019 seasonNo. 20 Justin Jefferson, LSUJefferson was a reliable target for transfer Joe Burrow in 2018, helping him acclimate to the offense in LSU’s first 10-win season since 2013. For his trouble, Jefferson ended up leading LSU in receptions (54), receiving yards (875) and receiving touchdowns (eight). He’ll continue to be a key cog in LSU’s offensive evolution this season.No. 19 Adrian Hardy, Louisiana TechWant proof Hardy will be one of the top receivers in the Group of 5 this year? Look at his game against LSU in 2018: 10 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns against a defense that boasted Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit. He’s a stud who should be able to haul in a few more receiving touchdowns than the six he pulled in last year.18. Bryan Edwards, South CarolinaAt 6-3, 220 pounds, Edwards is a physically imposing receiver who uses his size and strength to bully past or over defenders to make his catches. Edwards isn’t the fastest or most agile receiver, but still made a living in opposing secondaries in 2018. With Deebo Samuel gone, Edwards should have an even larger role in the Gamecocks’ passing game.No. 17 Collin Johnson, Texas (Getty Images) If football is becoming a quarterback’s game, then it follows that it’s also becoming a receiver’s game.College football offenses are finding more and more ways to get their fastest, flashiest and most athletic players the ball. That’s more than evident ahead of the 2019 season, where receivers like Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace and Clemson’s Justyn Ross will dominate headlines and scoreboards.last_img read more

In a Pinch, Choose Energy Efficiency Over Solar

first_imgAn analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost-effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14. With the U.S. building stock estimated to add a net average of 1.4 million homes each year, states will need to minimize their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on effective building codes and standards. For the U.S. residential sector, building codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and voluntary labels like Energy Star provide cost-effective guidance for insulation, windows, lighting, and heating and cooling equipment to construct efficient and sustainable homes. Our research paper and summary show that the energy efficiency measures found in these codes and standards are more cost-effective than an equivalent amount of energy generated from photovoltaic (PV) panels. Based on these results, we conclude that new homes must first be built efficiently for maximum cost-effectiveness. Solar panels can then be added to further reduce carbon emissions and help homes meet zero-energy targets.RELATED ARTICLES2019 Is the Year of Energy CodesA Better Way to Encourage Efficient New HomesA (Potentially) Stronger Weatherization StimulusA Good Time for Energy Audits and WeatherizationA Second Look at a Surprising Study on Energy States adopting residential building codes need to consider these results when assessing proposals to allow solar PV to be substituted for energy efficiency measures. Requirements like efficient windows and wall insulation help ensure long-term cost-effective energy savings for the homeowner. Solar panels can cost more, and may be dependent on financial arrangements. Even if a homebuilder can save upfront costs through financing options tied to government incentives, the homeowner will not necessarily save money in the long term. The following graphic compares the monthly net costs for energy efficiency to meet the 2015 IECC code and equivalent solar PV generation, for cities in Climate Zones 2-6, an area reaching from the hot and humid South to the cold North. Net monthly efficiency cost savings are even greater for homes built to Energy Star standards. These results do not include government incentives and assume a traditional mortgage rather than other financing. Of course, cost-effectiveness isn’t the only consideration when installing efficiency measures or solar panels. Both reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions and harmful air pollution. Plus, a well-insulated, efficient home loses and gains heat more slowly than a drafty one, helping to retain comfortable temperatures during emergency power outages. Similarly, when PV is paired with battery storage, it can provide a homeowner with electricity during a power outage. Efficiency measures work around the clock When it comes to improved health and comfort, insulation combined with high-efficiency windows and air conditioning systems have an advantage over PV. They also typically reduce peak power demand, whereas solar power can reduce peak demand mid-day, but this benefit fades as the sun sets, so the grid needs to ramp up quickly to meet demand. On the other hand, installing rooftop solar panels is a great way to signal a clean energy commitment to the world, while efficiency measures like insulation and efficient water heaters typically remain hidden. Solar energy and energy efficiency are both key parts of our energy future. For example, solar and efficiency together can help meet ambitious zero-energy building targets, like California’s Residential New Construction Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan. When it comes to constructing a new home throughout most of the United States, our study shows that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective choice. Once a home achieves compliance with energy codes through energy efficiency, then solar can help meet the remaining energy load.   Christopher Perry is a senior analyst in the Buildings Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared in the ACEEE News & Blog section.last_img read more

Cutting the cord from cable/satellite TV is easier than you think!

first_imgThis post is the first in a series of posts written by AFCPE-FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Interns. These posts will be shared every Friday afternoon.By Wendy Faul, Military Spouse Fellowship InternOver the Air or OTA programming is replacing traditonal cable and sattelite television viewing options for many families.The combination of available portable entertainment options and the rising cost of traditional pay TV are spawning a new trend: cord cutting. Households are ditching their expensive cable or satellite subscriptions in exchange for (free!) Over-The-Air (OTA) programming. Networks offer the ability to watch most of their current line-up and many archived shows on their Web sites at no cost. With an Internet connection and a Netflix, HuluPlus, or Amazon Prime subscription, members can stream movies and TV shows on mobile devices and/or through media devices like Apple TV, Roku or Xbox. Additionally, shows can now be DVR’d (digitally recorded) without pricey Dish Network or TiVo subscriptions by using a Boxee service which records programs to a cloud server for less than $10/month, including an option to program a recording while away from home. These new alternatives are allowing many military families to increase their savings by reducing their entertainment costs. Typically, the initial cost of a media box pays for itself within a year of purchase. With a little research (and an Internet connection) viewers can free themselves from expensive pay-TV contracts and customize their viewing preferences. For more information, check out this video.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 26, 2013.last_img read more

Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87

first_imgNEW YORK — Tyson Chandler started training two weeks after last season, searching for a better result next time when he stepped on the floor at Madison Square Garden. He got it. This time, he was on the right end of a Knicks loss.Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Dec. 16.Chandler thought he would be back with the Knicks this season and started working out earlier than usual so he could help them rebound from the sour taste of their 37-45 finish. Instead, new President Phil Jackson dealt Chandler to Dallas in his first big move, and left even the respected center wondering if he was the target after the Hall of Famer said the move was in part to address some of the team’s chemistry problems.“I wouldn’t say there was any vindication, my whole thing is just I want to have a successful year,” Chandler said. “I feel like I’ve got a great opportunity with this team and I want to help lead this team to something special.”Chandler played a key role in the NBA’s highest-scoring team putting together a nearly unstoppable start that gave it the lead for good. Monta Ellis added 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.“They were ready to play from the start. We weren’t,” Anthony said. “We kind of got backed up on our heels and then we decided to come out and play and pick it up after that.”Shortly after hearing mostly cheers during introductions, Chandler dunked a lob pass for the game’s opening basket. He threw down another alley-oop that gave Dallas 10 baskets in its first 11 shots.Knicks coach Derek Fisher yanked all five starters at once soon after but the Mavs kept rolling, opening a 34-15 lead while sinking 13 of their first 16 attempts.“I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game,” Fisher said. “Those guys that were in there to start the game, that was a disappointment to their teammates.”The Knicks then answered with a 17-2 run that carried over into the second quarter and cut it to 36-32. But the Mavericks regained a double-digit lead by halftime and gradually expanded their advantage during the second half.Chandler came to New York a few months after the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship, and won a Defensive Player of the Year award while helping the Knicks to a division title and two playoff appearances.But he had a disappointing season along with the team in 2013-14 and was dealt back to Dallas on the eve of the draft along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin.Calderon and Dalembert have struggled for the lowly Knicks (5-22), while Chandler came in shooting 68.2 percent from the field. He went 4 of 5 for eight points with 14 rebounds. “Biggest thing that he wanted to do is just win and I’m glad that we could beat them twice for him,” Parsons said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Man Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer

first_imgMan Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter April 17, 2018 Posted: April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSPRING VALLEY (KUSI) — A 44-year-old South Bay man whose car struck and killed a deer on a toll-road overpass near Sweetwater Reservoir early Tuesday lost his own life shortly thereafter when he plunged off the roughly 50-foot-tall bridge.The crash involving the wild animal on northbound state Route 125 near SR-54 in Spring Valley was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.Authorities arrived to find a damaged and unoccupied black 2007 Audi A3 blocking the right-hand lane of the expressway near the remains of the deer, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.While looking over the accident scene, a firefighter spotted the driver’s body beneath the bridge, in an open area near the northern reaches of Sweetwater Summit Regional Park.It was unclear how and why the Chula Vista resident, whose name was withheld pending family notification, went over the edge of the span, Sanchez said. Investigators speculated that he might have decided to get off the freeway for safety’s sake, not realizing he was on an elevated stretch of road.Sanchez said he did not know if the man had reported the crash himself or if someone else did, possibly another motorist who happened by. Updated: 4:10 PMlast_img read more