[Column] ‘The Secret Of Life Revealed By Virtual Courts’ By Justice Anand Venkatesh

first_imgColumns[Column] ‘The Secret Of Life Revealed By Virtual Courts’ By Justice Anand Venkatesh Justice Anand Venkatesh5 Sep 2020 4:24 AMShare This – xI was overwhelmed by the acting skills of the protagonist in the movie and lost myself for nearly two hours. The performance of a comedian had me laughing for an hour or so. I was engrossed in reading a book which kindled my thoughts too. I was so enraptured by a song and its singer that it brought tears to my eyes. A poem kindled my inner thoughts and made me contemplate the purpose of…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?LoginI was overwhelmed by the acting skills of the protagonist in the movie and lost myself for nearly two hours. The performance of a comedian had me laughing for an hour or so. I was engrossed in reading a book which kindled my thoughts too. I was so enraptured by a song and its singer that it brought tears to my eyes. A poem kindled my inner thoughts and made me contemplate the purpose of my existence. As I recall these euphoric experiences, a thought that resonated in my mind was that the actor, the comedian, the writer, the poet and the singer were no longer alive and were actually long gone. The appalling social gloom brought upon us by COVID-19 overturned the expansive life of reckless freedom we had been hitherto accustomed. The nebulous virus forced us to re-align our lives within certain defined limits. Most of us are undergoing this experience for the last 6 months and our mind and body are yet to come to terms with it. Maybe it is only a matter of time and we would resign and evolve to the constrictions and challenges posed by the pandemic. I mulled over the daily routine I had adapted over the last six months and pathetically realized that my interaction with the outside world had been solely through the virtual medium. My footfall has been limited to a few places – my terrace where I do my walking and exercise, my office room where I read, write and conduct court proceedings, my bedroom where I take rest and my dining room cum hall where I take food and watch television. My interaction with the outside world is happening only through my phone, iPad and laptop. In the first few days, I felt out of my depths and found myself disoriented on occasions. However, my mind started re-mapping itself to adjust to the staggering reality. But my trepidation stems from an apprehension that this curtailment, if protracted indefinitely, would mutate my character so as to prefer interactions with the outside world predominantly through the virtual medium. The expansive court and its proceedings with the presence of advocates, court officers, personal assistants, stenos and other staff have all but vanished. They are now confined to a small screen. The pleadings, documents and notes are exchanged digitally. The judgments reserved are dictated over phone to be typed and sent back digitally. Sometimes, orders are recorded and sent through WhatsApp to the stenos. Each person who appears on the screen is addressing the court from different districts in the State of Tamil Nadu. The whole process is now reduced to a virtual screen. At the end of the day when you close the laptop, iPad and phone, you are unplugged from the entire world and you realize that all this has happened within the confines of a small office room. It is no doubt true that virtual classrooms, meetings used to bridge the gap to provide quality education and save time and money on travel. None would have ever imagined that full-fledged Court proceedings would also find its way into the virtual world. An era of webinars and the virtual media have been unleashed upon us and we have already clocked maximum usage for sharing knowledge through these webinars. I would have interacted, exchanged knowledge, ideas and thoughts with thousands of people over the digital medium. I have learnt to emote, react, modulate and express my feelings by staring at a screen which either reflects your own face or the face of the moderator. One continues with the talk on the assumption that others are hearing it. Interactions can never get weirder than this !! The history of the human race is narrative of the tribulations, adaptations and flourishing of culture and civilizations recognizing humans as the super species. The adaptive evolution was over thousands of years ago. Now, every individual is suddenly cloistered in the virtual world. Where would this virtual living take us? Science and technology have rapidly changed our outlook of life over the past couple of decades. I have seen by my experience in the last six months, that it is possible to run a system through a small screen and interact with the whole world sitting in a small room in a corner of one’s home. If our brain is going to accept the virtual world and virtual experiences, how far is it going to impact our interactions with the physical world and real-life experiences? Only time will tell. Now coming back to my observations at the start and the present virtual world that has been thrust on us. It is reasonable to realize that physical presence is not always a necessity and that a person who is not a living physical being can and is able to influence another over time and space, purely by the mark he leaves, whether it is a histrionic or comic performance, a published writing, or a stirring composition or song. The virtual world had been around us, unseen and unrealized by us. We can create an impact in the life of another, on an institution or an entire State or over the whole world thereby the entire humanity, by our thoughts, words and deeds. A physical living being, though pre-requisite to create, exhibit and turn your thoughts, words and deeds, does not necessitate a permanent physical life and presence for one to create an impact in the life of another through their thoughts, words and deeds. Great people through their words, thoughts and actions, have lived on for thousands of years even though they are not living physically in our midst. It is possible to create this impression or make a change in the life of another through a virtual medium if you are true within. Eventually, the true meaning of living is to leave an impact in the life of another and it should not be understood as elementary physical living in this world. The present lockdown has, instead of shutting us down, unraveled possibilities and potential which hitherto lay unexplored.Views are personal only.(Author is a Judge at Madras High Court) Next Storylast_img read more

AFCON 2019: Ivory Coast warm-up with win over Zambia

first_imgIvory Coast recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Zambia 4-1 on Wednesday in their final warm-up match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Jonathan Kodjia and Jean-Michael Seri scored in Abu Dhabi to give the Ivorians a 2-1 half-time lead after Fashion Sakala had converted a penalty for Zambia.Maxwell Cornet increased the lead on 57 minutes and a late goal from Wilfried Bony completed a morale-boosting win for the former African champions.Ivory Coast had defeated the Comoros and lost to Uganda in their other warm-up matches for the tournament, which kicks off on Friday with Egypt playing Zimbabwe in the opening match in Cairo.Zambia, the 2012 champions, failed to qualify for this newly expanded Nations Cup but have played in a number of warm-up games.They lost narrowly to defending champions Cameroon and defeated Morocco before facing the Ivorians. The Elephants will play in Group D in Egypt alongside Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.last_img read more

Huddersfield ‘lucky’ to win – Wagner

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner felt his side were lucky to win at QPR.The Terriers boosted their promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, where first-half goals from Izzy Brown and Nahki Wells put them in control.Luke Freeman pulled a goal back on the hour mark and Wagner admitted Rangers deserved a least a point.“We have to be honest; we were not at our best and I think we were lucky today,” Wagner said,“QPR were very good. They were very aggressive, created on the wings and our keeper Danny Ward was by miles the best player on the pitch, which I think says everything.“We got three lucky points, but three points are three points and we are so happy to have got them.“We should not forget also that we scored two wonderful goals and created other opportunities as well.“But in my opinion QPR deserved more than they got. It doesn’t change that we have got three three points though.“We scored two great goals and in the second half we were unable keep the pressure off.“But how we defended this, and how Wardy kept us in the game and we fought to keep the ball out of our net, was great to see.”See also:Holloway convinced QPR will be safe   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Starting 2016 Off on the Right Financial Foot

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonAre your clients talking about making some financial changes in 2016? Many folks make financial resolutions, and you can help them by providing tools and resources to help make their goals a realitySmart Goals: You can help your clients identify what they hope to achieve with their financial changes by introducing them to SMART goals, that is goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and are accomplished on a Timeline. By working with your client to list how their plans fit into these goals, the action steps to get started will become more easily identifiable.Budgeting/Tracking: Many folks need to begin with the basics of creating a budget and learning skills and having resources available that will help them track their spending in order to meet their goals. Here are many resources:Basic Money ManagementSpending Plan WorksheetThe 52 Week Money Challenge is a good savings approach for people looking to save more in 2016. Groups of people make commit to the savings challenge together to increase the accountability of the program.Steps to Health & Wealth. New year resolutions based on finances are only eclipsed by health and fitness-based resolutions. The Small Steps to Health & Wealth program offers tips and resources for combining these goals to make long-lasting positive changes for better health and better financial security.Of course, a starting point for many families at the start of the New Year is paying off any accumulated holiday debt. Using systems like PowerPay.org can help folks focusing on creating new financial behaviors track their repayment and maximize their efforts to reduce debt.What other tools and resources do you point clients to when they are looking for ways to make lasting behavior change? Share them here.last_img read more

TCEM criticised on Grand Turk dump management residents calls on Government to

first_img Wheeland MP says ‘Enough is enough’; Official statement on Landfill fire Burning rubber at Provo Landfill; fire again blamed on arson… again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: TCEM contract not renewed, Gov’t back in charge of dump sites Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 14, 2017 – Grand Turk – A Grand Turk resident says the company hired to manage the dump is doing a terrible job and he believes it is causing the mosquito problem which led to the recent outbreak of Dengue Fever at HJ Robinson High School.In a photo sent to Magnetic Media, we can see a high mound of tires stacked at the Grand Turk dump, dry dusty grounds and a few stray dogs milling about – none of this should be happening according to the contract arranged between TCIG and Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM.Since 2012, TCEM was given the exclusive waste management contract for the dumps in Provo and Grand Turk; the country pays $1.5 million per year for them to do this and still a recent photo of Grand Turk and a recent visit to the Providenciales site revealed several breaches.There is no tire shredder, no security guard, dry grounds so there is dust flying when TCEM is mandated to keep the area water soaked and no perimeter fencing to keep animals out of the dumps.   Magnetic Media stopped by the Provo office of TCEM to get comment, days later there is still no explanation from the company on why it has faltered on its agreement.   A media report late last year exposed these vexing issues and TCEM had vowed to fix the problems; months later though there is no change.The resident of Grand Turk called upon the new PDM Administration to bring about the ‘change’ it promised and asks Government to force Turks and Caicos Environmental Management to live up to its agreement in full; that agreement is for five years.#MagneticMediaNews #GrandTurkdumpsite #TCEM Related Items:#GrandTurkdumpsite, #magneticmedianews, #TCEMlast_img read more

SYSD Governing Board Vice President encourages overcoming obstacles

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 16, 2019 Posted: April 16, 2019 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 SettingsSAN YSIDRO –  San Ysidro Governing Board Vice President Gurmilan recently went skydiving from 13,000 feet at Brown Field Municipal Airport.The U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion along with the U.S. Army’s Elite Golden Knights Tandem Team conducted a Tandem Skydiving Camp for the Army’s most influential Community Partners that reside in the Southern California area.Mr. Gurmilan, who uses a wheelchair due to a surfing accident, decided that this was an excellent way to bring attention to the many challenges that some SanYsidro kids face.He is a firm believer that you can overcome obstacles and reach goals that you think may be out of reach. “It was an honor to represent the students of the San Ysidro School District, said Gurmilan. “Anything can be accomplished with heart, focus and a desire to attain new heights! It was a privilege to jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.”The Southern California Recruiting Battalion conducted the skydiving camp with the world-famous United States Army’s Golden Knights Tandem Team along with a select number of active community partners that learned what the Army has to offer in their own communities to include education, travel, service-to-country, community support, and community involvement. KUSI Newsroom, center_img SYSD Governing Board Vice President encourages overcoming obstacles Updated: 9:59 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Counting children as bonus audience for Mr X Emraan Hashmi

first_imgActor Emraan Hashmi says he cannot ‘risk’ making a film catering only to children. However, he hopes that his forthcoming film Mr. X on an invisible man, draws children to theatres.” I am counting kids as a bonus audience for Mr. X. I cannot take a risk of making a film only for children… it will be risky for me to do so,” Emraan said here. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, Mr. X, which releases on Friday, features Amyra Dastur with Emraan.While the actor hopes the movie is received well, he says he is neither attached to success nor to failure.“I have learnt from my mistakes. As an actor, I am neither attached to the success nor to failure. I feel success is more dangerous,” he said.Emraan will be seen as an invisible ATS officer in Mr. X.last_img

Ready to Ride Hyperloop One Completes Testing Tube

first_imgApril 7, 2017 Listen Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Since its first demonstration last year of the hyperloop technology that could one day propel travelers in underground pods at jet-like speeds, the startup Hyperloop One has upgraded its test track in the Nevada desert to make its case for what it hopes will be the future of intercity transportation worldwide.Hyperloop One put the finishing touches on its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas this week. Inside the tube, pods filled with passengers and cargo will magnetically levitate and accelerate via electric propulsion to speeds approaching those of a commercial airliner. Such high speeds are attainable because of the tube’s low atmospheric pressure, which contributes to reduced aerodynamic drag. The company plans to have a team of 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists and other employees working on its technology by the end of the year. That’s a big increase from last year, when the company had fewer than 100 engineers, many of them ex-NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees based at the company’s headquarters in California.Last May, those engineers demonstrated their propulsion technology in front of hundreds of journalists. A small white sled accelerated to more than 100 miles an hour over a straight track of a few hundred meters, and the entire test lasted less than five seconds. One of the ex-JPL engineers, Cassandra Mercury, said at the time that the company was looking forward to testing the completed design.”We’re going to have it levitating, in a tube, with a pod, at vacuum,” she told PCMag. “That’s why they’re calling it the Kitty Hawk moment.” With the tube now completed, those tests can begin, although the company did not offer a timeframe.In addition to overcoming technological hurdles, the company has also faced legal ones: co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan, along with other former employees, sued the company last summer for wrongful termination, alleging, among other things, that they were forced out for speaking to investors about cultural issues within the futuristic firm.Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said in a statement on Wednesday that the technology will “transform transportation as we know it.” He is currently promoting the hyperloop as a feasible alternative to driving or flying between cities in the same region, such as Los Angeles to San Diego, Miami to Orlando and Seattle to Portland. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more