Supreme Court Weekly Roundup May 10 To May 16, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Weekly Roundup May 10 To May 16, 2021 Nupur Thapliyal16 May 2021 10:10 PMShare This – xJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. Existence Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Debar Court From Entertaining A Writ Petition In Contractual Matter: Supreme CourtCase: Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. Vs. CG Power And Industrial Solutions Limited [SLP(C) 8630 OF 2020] Citation: LL 2021 SC 255Supreme Court Bench headed by Justices Uday Umesh Lalit and Indira Banerjee observed that the…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?LoginJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. Existence Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Debar Court From Entertaining A Writ Petition In Contractual Matter: Supreme CourtCase: Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. Vs. CG Power And Industrial Solutions Limited [SLP(C) 8630 OF 2020] Citation: LL 2021 SC 255Supreme Court Bench headed by Justices Uday Umesh Lalit and Indira Banerjee observed that the existence of an arbitration clause does not debar the court from entertaining a writ petition.”It is well settled that availability of an alternative remedy does not prohibit the High Court from entertaining a writ petition in an appropriate case. The High Court may entertain a writ petition, notwithstanding the availability of an alternative remedy, particularly (1) where the writ petition seeks enforcement of a fundamental right; (ii) where there is failure of principles of natural justice or (iii) where the impugned orders or proceedings are wholly without jurisdiction or (iv) the vires of an Act is under challenge.”, the Court held.The bench reiterated that relief under Article 226 of the Constitution of India may be granted in a case arising out of contract.2. Will Habeas Corpus Petition Lie Against Remand Order? Supreme Court AnswersCase: Gautam Navlakha vs. National Investigation Agency [CrA 510 OF 2021]Citation: LL 2021 SC 254The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph observed that a Habeas Corpus petition challenging a remand order can be entertained only if the remand is absolutely illegal or the remand is afflicted with the vice of lack of jurisdiction, of if it is passed in an absolutely mechanical manner.These observations were made while considering the appeal filed by Gautam Navlakha seeking default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case. The appeal was against the order passed by the Delhi High Court in the Habeas Corpus petition filed before it.The court noted that in Manubhai Ratilal Patel v. State of Gujarat (2013) 1 SCC 314, it was held that a writ of habeas corpus is not to be entertained when a person is committed to judicial custody or police custody by the competent court by an order which prima facie does not appear to be without jurisdiction or passed in an absolutely mechanical manner or wholly illegal. It also referred to judgment in Serious Fraud Investigation Office and Ors. vs. Rahul Modi (2019) 5 SCC 266 in which it was observed that the act of directing remand of an accused is thus held to be a judicial function and the challenge to the order of remand is not to be entertained in a habeas corpus petition.Read Also: Courts Can Order House Arrest U/s 167 CrPC In Appropriate Cases: Supreme Court3. Mere Language Problem Of A Party Not A Ground To Transfer A Case U/s 406 CrPC: Supreme CourtCase: Rajkumar Sabu Vs. Sabu Trade Private Limited [T.P.(Crl) 17 OF 202] Citation: LL 2021 SC 253Bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose held that a criminal case cannot be transferred under Section 406 CrPC merely because the party does not understand the language of the Court which has jurisdiction to hear the case.The court observed thus while dismissing a transfer petition filed by one Rajkumar Sabu, against whom a criminal case is pending in Salem Court, that he is not being able to understand Tamil language, and therefore the case ought to be transferred to a Court in Delhi. He relied on the decision in Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Swamigal (II), T.N. vs. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. [(2005) 8 SCC 771]. “….But language was not the criteria based on which transfer of the case was directed. The language factor weighed with this Court while deciding the forum to which the case was to be transferred after decision was taken to transfer the case for certain other reasons”, the court said.4. Motor Accident Compensation – Self-Employed Deceased Aged Below 40 Years Entitled To 40% Addition As Future Prospects : Supreme CourtTitle : Rahul Sharma and another vs National Insurance Company Ltd and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 252Bench comprising CJI NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose has reiterated that addition of 40% income must be given towards future prospects while computing motor accident compensation if the deceased was self-employed and was aged less than aged 40 years.”This Court in a Five Judge Bench decision in National Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Pranay Sethi, (2017) 16 SCC 680,clearly held that in case the deceased is self­-employed and below the age of 40, 40% addition would be made to their income as future prospects. In the present case, the deceased was self-­employed and was 37 years old, therefore, warranting the addition of 40% towards future prospects”, the Supreme Court observed. The High Court had held that the deceased in the case was ineligible for future prospects as she was self-employed. It had also deduced 50% towards personal expenses of the deceased. The Supreme Court found fault with this approach, as the Pranay Sethi judgment had held that deduction towards personal expenses must be 1/3rd of the income when the deceased was married with two dependents.IMPORTANT APEX COURT UPDATES1. Held On Sedition Charge, YSR Congress Party’s Elected MP K. Raghu Rama Krishna Raju Moves Supreme Court Seeking BailChallenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s May 15 order, refusing to entertain his bail application, Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju, an elected Member of Parliament (YSR Congress party) from Narasapuram Parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh has moved the Supreme Court.He was arrested on Friday on the charges of sedition and was taken to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office in Guntur district.Raju, represented by Senior counsel B. Adinarayana Rao has averred before the Supreme Court that High Court’s order directing him to approach Lower Court first is contrary to settled principles of law. Further, he has also argued that the case against him is “nothing but a case of personal vendetta” of the Chief Minister and that CM has been using state police machinery against his political opponent.2. Assam NRC: State Coordinator Moves Supreme Court Seeking Comprehensive, Time Bound Re-verification Of Draft NRCThe State Co-ordinator of the Assam NRC has approached the Supreme Court seeking a comprehensive and time bound reverification of draft NRC and the supplementary list of NRC under Clause 4(3) of Schedule of Citizenship (Registeration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 highlighting major irregularity in the process of making the same. The intervention application filed prays for deletion of illegal voters from the voters list of Assam and seeks an updation of the NRC, 1951.Highlighting that the final NRC is yet to be published by the Registrar General of Citizens Registeration of India, the plea states that some “issues of substantive importance” have cropped up while preparing of rejecting slips on account of which the entire exercise of issuance of the Rejection Slips have got delayed. Stating that some “glaring anomalies of serious nature” have been noticed in the process which relates to security and integrity of the nation, the plea states that one of the greatest achievements of the NRC updation process was the creation of a “huge digitised database of NRC of 1951 and the Electoral Rolls of Assam up to 1971, as also the digitised details of NRC applicants.” 3. Provide Dry Ration, Open Community Kitchens For Migrant Workers Stranded In NCR : Supreme Court Directs Delhi, UP, Haryana GovtsThe Supreme Court this week directed the Central Government and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, States of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to provide dry ration to migrant workers in National Capital Region.While providing dry ration the authorities of the States shall not insist on an identity card for those migrant labourers who do not possess for the time being and on self-declaration made by the stranded migrant labourers dry ration be given to them.Further, GNCTD, States of UP and Haryana have also been directed to set up community kithcens at well-advertised places in NCR for stranded migrant workers, as well as their families, and ensure that they are provided two meals a day. The Court has also directed GNCTD, UP and Haryana Governments to ensure that adequate transport is provided to stranded migrant workers in NCR who wish to return to their homes.4. ‘How Migrants Will Survive With No Money Or Work? You Have To Consider Harsh Realities’ : Supreme Court Tells CentreExpressing concerns about the plight of migrant workers during the lockdown announced by various states, the Supreme Court this week said that it will pass orders today itself to ensure food security and cheaper transport options for migrant workers.”How migrants will survive with no money or work? Some sustenance must be provided for the time being. You have to consider the harsh realities”, the bench told the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who was opposing the court’s intervention in the matter.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah was considering the suo moto case In Re Problems and Miseries of Migrant Labourers, which was taken last year to deal with the migrants crisis during the 2020 lockdown. 5. Premature Release – UP Govt.’s Policy To Release Prisoners Only On Republic Day Arbitrary:Supreme Asks Govt To Consider All Eligible Persons Regardless Of ApplicationThe Supreme Court on May 4 told the state of UP to not deem as ineligible for consideration for premature release those life convicts who have not specifically applied for the relief, and obligated the state government to conduct periodical assessments to identify those who are so entitled.It may be noted that clause 3 (a) of the UP government’s policy of August 1, 2018 (framed under Article 161) stipulates that where no application/prayer/representation requesting premature release is preferred, the convict would be deemed covered under the restricted category and such non-application would be one of the basis under the policy to denude their claim for remission.”We cannot approve the policy that those who do not specifically apply for remission would fall in the restricted category and would be ineligible for consideration”, the bench of Justices Navin Sinha and Krishna Murari has said.6. Counter-Productive To Exercise Powers Under Patents Act Over COVID Vaccines, Drugs At This Stage, Centre Tells Supreme CourtThe Centre has told the Supreme Court that it is not in favour of exercising powers under the Patents Act, such as compulsory licensing or government authorization, over COVID-19 vaccines and medicines at this stage.In an affidavit filed before the top court, the Central Government has said that it is engaging in diplomatic level talks with other nations for procurement of vaccines and medicines, and any discussion on exercise of statutory powers under Patents Act will be counter-productive at this stage.Read Also: Persons Without Digital Access Can Take Help Of Friends, Families, NGOs, Common Service Centres For CoWIN Registration : Centre Tells SCRead Also: “COVID Vaccination Policy Conforms To Constitutional Mandate, Executive Needs Discretion, Requires No Interference By Court,: Centre Tells Supreme Court7. Retain States’ Power To Identify SEBCs : Centre Seeks Review Of Supreme Court’s Interpretation Of 102nd Constitution AmendmentThe Central Government has filed a review petition against the 5-judge bench judgment of the Supreme Court which held that the 102nd Constitution Amendment abrogated the power of State Governments to identify and notify Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBCs).On May 5, a constitution bench of the Supreme Court, while dealing with the constitutionality of Maratha quota, had by 3:2 majority held that after the 102nd Constitution Amendment, only the President has the power to notify SEBCs, and that the power of states was only to make recommendations. While Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat were on the majority on this point, the minority comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer held that the effect of the amendment was only related to the power of Centre to identify SEBCs for the central list.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Thousands left homeless by storms, floods in Syria’s Idlib

first_imgIDLIB, Syria (AP) — The U.N. says a rainstorm hitting the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria has killed one child and destroyed hundreds of tents, leaving tens of thousands of internally displaced people homeless. Residents of the region spoke on Friday about harsh weather conditions that forced some of them to stay out in the open until they fixed their tents. The storm is the second to hit the region in two weeks and international aid groups have warned that reduced humanitarian access to northwestern Syria will impede response to the effects of the storm in a region already suffering from shortage of humanitarian aid.last_img

Skunks, Pets Don’t Mix

first_imgPets’ encounters with skunks are never very nice for the pets or theirowners. And as intolerable as a thorough skunk spraying can be, a Universityof Georgia veterinarian says that may not be the worst of it.”Skunks account for many rabies cases in Georgia,” said JimStrickland, an Extension Serviceveterinarian with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.Of the 597 Georgia rabies cases reported in 1995 and 1996, the GeorgiaDivision of Public Health reports that 60 cases, or 10 percent, were skunks.That’s a distant second to raccoons (415) in the number of cases reported.Strickland said outdoor pets, especially dogs, often tangle with skunks.”Skunks appear to be fairly easy prey,” he said.The appearance is deceiving. “They have a unique way of defending themselves,”he said. “But it surely is effective.”Skunks have glands that manufacture a substance loaded with thiols,the compounds responsible for the odors that come from rotting flesh andfecal matter. Their potent spray is literally the essence of putrification.It’s an eye-watering, breathtaking concoction that seems to defy any attemptto get rid of it.People with skunk-sprayed pets have tried every kind of soap and lotsof home remedies. None works very well, Strickland said. Tomato juice,a favorite, is often better at turning a pet pink than making it not stink.But there’s good news.Strickland said Lisle, Ill., chemist Paul Krebaum’s formula may be thebest hope yet for deskunking a putrid pet.Mix 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-fourth cup of bakingsoda and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Douse the pet with the solutionimmediately, since the chemical reaction lasts only a short time. Rinsethe pet well with water. Don’t let the solution soak for more than a fewminutes.The solution will treat a small dog. For larger dogs, you may need todouble or triple the ingredients.The solution, which gives off oxygen that then changes the skunk-spraychemicals into odorless compounds, can’t be stored. So just mix it anduse it as needed.”This solution may enable you to stand getting close enough to yourpet to see if it has any bite wounds,” Strickland said. “If it does, besure you have your veterinarian check it out. Bite wounds are usually highlycontaminated and predisposed to abscesses.”The threat of rabies from infected skunks is by far the more seriousproblem, he said. And a thoroughly sprayed dog may be a good sign thatthe skunk it encountered was normal.Animals infected with rabies often don’t behave normally, he said. Sothey might not use their traditional defense mechanism.Rabid skunks can be in a stage in which they have no symptoms, though.So rabies should be a concern anytime a pet mixes it up with a skunk.If your pet has been bitten and hasn’t been vaccinated for rabies, mostveterinarians now recommend having it vaccinated immediately.”If we don’t have a positive diagnosis of rabies (in the animal thatbit the pet), we don’t usually recommend euthanasia,” Strickland said.Not having to put a pet to sleep after a suspicious bite doesn’t meanthe worry is over. You can’t be perfectly sure the pet won’t develop rabiesuntil the six-month incubation period is over.”There’s only one way to be certain you don’t have to worry about yourpet getting rabies from a skunk or any other wild animal,” Strickland said.”Have your dog or cat vaccinated every year by a licensed veterinarian.”Georgia law requires all dogs and cats to have rabies shots. A three-yearvaccine is available, he said. But since Georgia has a constant presenceof rabies, he recommends sticking with annual vaccinations.last_img read more

9 Cats & 1 Dog That Will Make Your Summer Complete

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York No, 9 cats and a dog is not the name of a new sitcom (although maybe it should be), it is the  theme for this week’s adoption column. It’s cuteness overload here, so good luck choosing just one to adopt!DillAvailable for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:Dill is a must meet. This little 1-year-old FIV+ positive boy is so sweet, loves other cats and is a total purring machine! He is currently living in the shelter’s FIV cattery with multiple other cats and while he enjoys himself there, everyone knows a forever home is a much better place for a sweet kitty. Don’t let the FIV stand in your way from getting the best cat — cats with FIV live long and happy lives!If you are interested in adopting Dill, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected] PepeAvailable for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:Pepe is a sweet senior kitty who arrived at the Little Shelter declawed. He is an affectionate cat that walks right up to visitors asking for attention. Pepe has spent his entire life in a home until his owner could no longer take care of him. Pepe likes to cuddle and would be great in a quiet home with someone he can really bond with.Pepe is currently a resident at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter (operated by Little Shelter) located at 104 Deposit Rd. in East Northport. Call 631-651-9788 for more information.PilatosAvailable for adoption at Little Shelter:Pilatos could be the coolest dog you’ll ever meet. He is a 1-year-old Labrador/Chihuahua mix with a lot of spunk! He loves to play with toys and is currently learning how to fetch.He’s a good boy who always wants to be the center of your attention and never leave your side. He is ready to start obedience classes to learn how to always put his best paw forward. Pilatos is a small dog with a big personality who is always ready to go on his next adventure and is never too tired to have some fun. HoneyHoney is an all-around fun cat who always get the staff laughing! She gives the “will you pet me” face, but the funny thing is, when you pet her, she starts to grumble and growl instead of purr!It’s not a threat, she loves getting her chin scratched, it’s just that she’s got the communication thing a little backwards. Honey is a cat that will keep you entertained with silly antics all day long.  She likes other cats and loves older children, making her a good candidate for almost any household!CatrinaCatrina comes from a large family of felines and is used to a home with other animals (preferably cats).She’s a little shy, but once she gets to know you, she’s the ultimate lap cat. She loves to chase the un-catchable laser pointer but also enjoys lounging around for hours in the window sill (and does a very good job of keeping away the bugs). Catrina would make a great addition to any family, so be sure to scoop her up before some else does!For more information about adopting Pilatos, Honey and Catrina, contact Little AnimalRescue Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington, 631-368-8770.RiverAvailable for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:River is one lucky black cat! Found by a local rescue hero, he was scooped up off the streets and brought to North Shore’s Adoption Center, where their medical team discovered a serious heart ailment.But not to worry, River is back on track with a great medical plan! To help build River’s confidence, he is now in a foster home thriving, which means he’s ready to  find a forever home. This young boy does well with other pets and children 12+ in age.Did you know that black pets are the most overlooked at shelters, but the most over-loved at home? I can vouch for that! Treat yourself to a new best friend by adopting sweet River today!Contact [email protected] for more information about adopting River today!Available for adoption at Fur Friends in Need:Yes folks, it’s still kitten season, and there’s no shortage of kitties that are in desperate need of a permanent home. There are four very cute kittens (two boys and two girls) that will be available for adoption in about three weeks. If your looking to open your home to an adorable sweet kitten (or four), contact Fur Friends in Need today at furfriendsinneed.comAs always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

Edu to be appointed technical director at Arsenal imminently as Brazil clear path for move

first_img Phil HaighTuesday 18 Jun 2019 7:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Edu’s return to Arsenal now looks to be happening very soon (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s expected appointment of Edu as technical director appears to be imminent as current employers, the Brazil national team, have cleared the path for the move.The 41-year-old is currently the general coordinator of the Brazil side and is working with the team at the Copa America.The Brazil Football Federation had set a £6m compensation fee for Edu to leave that role, but Sportsmail report that they have now agreed to waive it for him to move to the Gunners.While it would be unlikely he leave his post during the Copa America, especially as Brazil have been generous enough to waive the fee, he will be free to do so when the tournament ends on 7 July, or if Brazil are eliminated earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Edu has experience in non-playing roles with Corinthians and Brazil (Picture: Getty Images)Negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage and now it is only a matter of time before pen is put to paper, as the £6m had been something of a stumbling block for the cash-strapped club.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnother season without Champions League football has left Arsenal with a slim budget, all of which they would want to invest in playing staff.Edu reaffirmed his commitment to Brazil’s Copa America challenge last month, but left the door open for a return to the club he played for from 2001-05.‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’ said Edu.‘I was very clear: I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America.‘If, by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt would mean another high profile move for one of the Arsenal Invincibles team after Freddie Ljungberg was promoted to assistant first-team coach this summer, replacing Steve Bould.MORE: Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outMORE: Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared Advertisement Edu to be appointed technical director at Arsenal imminently as Brazil clear path for move Advertisementlast_img read more

Students seek gym upgrades

first_imgSince being posted Tuesday, a USG petition that asks the university to allocate more resources toward the Lyon Center and Recreational Sports has received 1,400 student signatures as of Thursday at 6 p.m.A USG survey conducted in the fall showed that undergraduate students care more about improving the Lyon Center than any other issue. The Lyon Center, built in 1988, had its second floor renovated in 2008 as well as the basketball courts and locker rooms renovated in 2011.Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson said the university will build a new fitness center in The Village.“The reality is that the Lyon Center has nearly 300,000 student, faculty and staff visits per semester,” Jackson said. “This is why the university has plans to construct an additional new fitness center in the University Village when it is revitalized in the next several years.”USG President Mikey Geragos said the petition will be used as USG lobbies for improvements to Lyon Center equipment and for a large fitness center in the Village.“We definitely need more athletic space and the most viable location for that is the new University Village,” Geragos said. “Until then, we will advocate for a comparably-sized gym in the UV and advocate for the equipment to be fixed and be in top-notch quality. We’re not going to ask to expand the Lyon Center when a new gym’s coming.”Though plans for the Village, which will replace the UV, have yet to be released by the university, sources familiar with the project have said demolition alone is not likely to occur for at least one or two years.Senior Director of Recreational Sports Justine Gilman attributes the lack of recreational sports space to the growing number of residential students, which in turn increases the pool of students eligible to participate in RecSports.“The club sport program has grown in the last couple years, probably even 20 percent,” Gilman said. “There is a limited amount of space and resources.”The petition received many signatures when it was first posted on Tuesday, with about three people signing it per minute during the first few hours.“In one day we got a little over 1,000 responses,” USG Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Arkfeld said. “The fact that we were able to get that many responses in such a short amount of time just proves the importance of the issue at hand.” Though the university plans to build an additional fitness center in The Village at USC, the Undergraduate Student Government is working to levy support for improvements to Lyon Center and Recreational Sports.Spacing issue · Recreational sports teams practice at the Lyon Center from 6 p.m. to midnight. More than 3,000 students participate. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

USC captures crown in UCI Invitational

first_imgIt was a long time coming, but the USC women’s water polo team finally got its rematch against reigning national champion No. 1 Stanford.Eyes forward · USC head coach Jovan Vavic and the women’s water polo team handed Stanford its first loss of the year in the championship game of the UCI Invitational to extend the Women of Troy’s 12-game winning streak. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan After Sunday’s game, it is fair to say they did not squander their opportunity.But the path to the much-anticipated rematch was not clear when play began on Sunday. After routing No. 18 Pacific and No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday to begin the festivities at the UCI Invitational, the Women of Troy (12-0) had to get past the semifinal game against crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA.Led by a scoring attack of freshman driver Anni Espar, sophomore driver Monica Vavic and senior driver Dominique Sardo — who each had a multigoal game — USC was able to set the pace, but the Bruins (16-2) were never far behind.With two seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter and the score notched at 10-10, junior     two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist rocketed the go-ahead goal past UCLA goalie Sami Hill. With no time to mount a threatening attack, the Women of Troy triumphed by a final score of 11-10.With the semifinal win, USC was matched up against rival Stanford in what would prove to be a                                                 star-studded championship game, with two 2012 first-team All-Americans squaring off against one another in USC’s Vavic and Stanford’s sophomore driver Kiley Neushul.The Women of Troy jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardinal took the lead in the second quarter, rattling off four unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead. It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the half that USC began their comeback effort, when junior two-meter Hannah Buckling tacked on two goals to even the score.It was the third quarter that made the difference in this one, however, as Buckling, Vavic and junior driver Kelly Mendoza scored three consecutive goals to put USC ahead 11-8. The team’s ability to hold strong, despite facing a multigoal deficit to the defending champions, was not lost on USC head coach Jovan Vavic.“They never quit,” Jovan Vavic said of his players. “We had an excellent third quarter, and that was the turning point of the game for us.”The Women of Troy would never trail again, holding on for the 13-10 victory in the rematch of last season’s national championship game.“It was the first time winning a SoCal tournament for a majority of the team, and it was great to have Anni [Espar] out there,” Monica Vavic said. “Those were her first games with us, so to win the tournament with her was huge.”In addition to the pride gained from defeating four in-state rivals, the Women of Troy gained something else from this tournament victory, something far more important: a greater chance of making the NCAA tournament.Eight teams make the field at the end of the season, and six of those eight spots are reserved for conference champions. Though winning the conference championship is the preferred method of entering the tournament, locking up at least a wild card spot is the aim of most teams, and Jovan Vavic knows just how important these wins are to his team’s tournament chances.“Every game is so important,” Jovan Vavic said. “Getting a 1-0 jump on conference rivals is huge if it comes down to head-to-head records.”The wins against UCLA and Stanford were especially important because USC meets those schools each only once more during the regular season. An early win against both of them only increases their chances of receiving a bid into the NCAA tournament and ensures, at the very, least a split in the teams’ season series.So far, the Vavic family has had a lot to celebrate in the past six months.  USC’s men’s water polo team, led by national player of the year Nikola Vavic, posted a 29-0 record en route to its unprecedented fifth consecutive national championship. The women’s team has yet to drop a game all season and is led by the aforementioned Monica Vavic, whose 38 goals this season far and away lead the team in scoring.  With one half of the battle already won, the possibility remains for Jovan Vavic to take home both men’s and women’s national championships, something he hasn’t done since the calendar year of 2010.USC, still yet to play a home game this season, will travel to Berkeley on Saturday, March 2 to take on conference rival No. 4 Cal at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Toronto Maple Leafs trade grade: Much-needed goaltending, grit come over from Los Angeles Kings

first_imgA rental player (he’ll be a UFA on July 1), Clifford also brings with him two Stanley Cup rings. Like his reunited teammate Jake Muzzin, he has driven deep into the postseason, knows how physical the playoffs are and has tasted success. That’s key inside the locker room.He may only have 129 career points (60 goals, 69 assists) in 660 games, but he’ll add a nice layer to a roster that has missed that element.A quick note: Dubas knew what he was getting in the trade, aside from what each player brings. The Leafs GM’s first deal with the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds was to acquire Campbell from Windsor. John Shannon also pointed out that Dubas represented Clifford when he was an agent. Backup Michael Hutchinson, who has struggled mightily this season, entered the net and allowed three goals on 13 shots as the Leafs let a 3-1 lead slip away in the third period. Against the Rangers, he wasn’t any better as he misread chance after chance and gave up four goals on 34 shots. NHL TRADE TRACKER 2020: List of deals completed before the deadlineWith Toronto having a playoffs-or-bust mentality, general manager Kyle Dubas finally pulled the trigger on a trade that had reportedly been in the works for a while.Here’s how the Leafs did.Maple Leafs received from Los Angeles:Goaltender Jack Campbell, forward Kyle CliffordKings received from Toronto:Forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third-round draft pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Ottawa on July 1, 2019) and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2021. Los Angeles will retain 50 percent of Clifford’s salary as part of the transaction. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the conditional pick is based on whether UFA Kyle Clifford re-signs and a number of wins by Campbell. That conditional third in ‘21 becomes a 2nd RD pick if either Clifford re-signs with the Leafs OR Campbell wins a certain amount of games …. Kings are guaranteed at least the 3rd Rd pick if neither of those conditions are met https://t.co/2GHoMyPFOJ— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 6, 2020For more on the deal, click here.Leafs grade: A-Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe was noncommittal after the Rangers loss about Hutchinson starting Friday when the Anaheim Ducks visit Scotiabank Arena. “It’s too early to tell and there’s a lot going on obviously with Fred and some other things too,” he said.Well, now we know what those “other things” were. The Maple Leafs got their backup goalie — and possible starting goalie — for the foreseeable future.Campbell doesn’t have good numbers this year, but to be fair, the Kings are not a good hockey team. In 20 games, he is 8-10-2 with a .900 save percentage and -4.82 GSAA. Last season, he went 10-14-1 in 31 games with a .928 save percentage and a 15.16 GSAA on a Kings team that was just as bad. For perspective: Campbell has a 109 Goals Against percentage (league average is 100) and a -4.82 GSAA. Quick has a 116 Goals Against percentage and a -13.70 GSAA (and he looks better than he did last year). These Kings are HARD to play behind.— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) February 6, 2020Despite the poor numbers, he’s a definite upgrade from Hutchinson. He may only have 58 NHL games under his belt, but considering just how bad the Kings have been in front of him — they are 0-20-1 when trailing after one period — he has done an admirable job, and from watching this clip of saves, it’s easy to see he tracks the puck and reads the play well above Hutchinson’s level.50 seconds of crazy Jack Campbell saves #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/w8y1SYgODh— Rink Rat Report (@RinkRatReport) February 6, 2020Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson also notes that Crawford has two more years on his contract and could be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft.As for Clifford, he’ll be a bottom-six forward but will add a desperately needed gritty, tough, physical element. Toronto is a finesse team with the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and John Tavares. It has the second-best offensive numbers (193 goals for) in the NHL, but it also averages just 16.9 hits per game (the league average is around 21.6); against the Rangers, they were outhit 29-12.NHL POWER RANKINGS: Toronto Maple Leafs dropSpeaking of Tavares, he was tagged for roughing at the end of the game after tangling with Ryan Lindgren, something the team’s captain and one of its top scorers should not have to do.”He cross-checked me and then I thought he just shoved me and I couldn’t stand there and take it,” Tavares said, adding that he was fighting for his ice. The tussle came 40 seconds after Zach Hyman dropped the gloves with ex-University of Michigan teammate Jacob Trouba and was left bloodied. Those two have five fights between them, as per hockeyfights.com.In the postseason — which is not guaranteed for Toronto at this juncture — physical, big bodies are needed. The Leafs entered Wednesday’s contest with only two fights on the season — and the first one wasn’t until Travis Dermott dropped the gloves in early December. According to hockeyfights.com, Clifford has three himself this season and 80 in his career. NEW YORK — The Toronto Maple Leafs’ future between the pipes was officially murky until approximately 50 minutes after they lost a second consecutive game, 5-3 to the New York Rangers.Two nights earlier, No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen was injured and left the game after the first period in the team’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers. Andersen is out with a neck injury and the time frame for his return is unknown. That doesn’t help a team that’s on the outside looking in at the postseason.last_img read more

Report: New Federal Document Cites PBC as “Emerging COVID-19 Hotspot”

first_imgMeanwhile, state data show a 20.7 percent increase in cases in the county during the week preceding May 12. The week before that, from April 28 to May 5, Palm Beach County saw a 17.8 percent rise in its cases.The two data reports have raised concerns about the county’s push to reopen. The Sun Sentinel examined the data and concluded that Palm Beach County reopened on May 11 even though its infections were not decreasing, a factor which was included in the state and federal guidelines for reopening.County officials say they have read the Yahoo News article, which cites the county along with San Bernardino County, Calif., and Marshall County, Ala. However, they reportedly have not seen the document cited by Yahoo News, and were not contacted by Yahoo News before publication, according to county spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda. Palm Beach County officials say they were surprised Saturday by a national news story that flagged a rise in coronavirus infections here.The Yahoo News report cited a federal document that contradicts Florida data. The story says the government piece cites Palm Beach County as one of three “emerging” COVID-19 hot spots around the country.According to the story, the document was circulated Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and used data that was collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on May 12, the day after Palm Beach County reopened many businesses. “Palm Beach County, FL reported a 71% increase in new cases the last 7 days compared to the previous 7 days,” the document notes.last_img read more

Reader Project: Calculate the Speed of Plant Package Delivery

first_imgGet out your pencil and hand calculator.  A team of Swedish and French scientists measured the velocity of a message traveling on the intraplant internet (see 08/12/2005, 11/09/2004, 10/04/2004 and 07/13/2001 entries).  Publishing in Science,1 they believe they have witnessed a signaling molecule, in the form of a messenger-RNA (mRNA; see yesterday’s entry) moving through the phloem, from leaf to shoot, telling the tip to begin flowering.  The leaf is sensitive to day length.  When the clock strikes that the days are right for flowering, messenger molecules travel to the tips to initiate the process.  This is one method by which a plant, distributed in space without a central nervous system, can keep synchronized with itself.    The mRNA moved 6 to 7 mm in an Arabidopsis leaf to the tip in 2 to 5 hours, which they calculated as 1.2 to 3.5 millimeters per hour.Problem:  Calculate what speed range that would represent in miles per hour if the mRNA were the size of a delivery truck on a freeway.  You need to find out the approximate size of an mRNA molecule and work it out with proportions.  Send your answer here.1Tao Huang et al., “The mRNA of the Arabidopsis Gene FT Moves from Leaf to Shoot Apex and Induces Flowering,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5741, 1694-1696, 9 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117768].Your answer can be reprinted here to help other readers visualize what a human might see if shrunk to the size of an mRNA molecule.  The answer will be simplified somewhat since it will not take into account how many twists and turns the molecule must make on its route, nor the amount of traffic and inspections it encounters, but it should be interesting.  One reader estimated 20-60 mph, one 23-66 mph or up to 68 to 200 mph, another 2000 to 6000 mph, and another, 8181 mph.  Give us your best calculation: write here and tell us how you arrived at it.  Hint: an RNA molecule is about 1 nanometer wide (10-9m).  You need to figure not only the length of an average mRNA, but whether or not it folds into a more compact structure before traveling.    The reader who seemed to work the hardest on the problem said, “if we use 5 nm as the width of the mRNA folded up on itself, the scaled speed increases dramatically, and would be in the range of 1100 to 3300 mph.”  Additional factors would need to be known, like how compact the mRNA folds, and whether it passively “rides along” in the sap for part of its journey.  Anyway, it was an interesting investigation – thanks to all who wrote in with their calculations.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more