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Wulf and Ranger return for Chiefs showdown

first_imgSuper Rugby Round 15Blues v ChiefsSaturday, 2nd June 2012 at North Harbour StadiumKick-off: 7.35pm HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 02: Rudi Wulf of the Blues gets past Asaeli Tikoirotuma of the Chiefs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Waikato Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Lone Wulf: Rudi Wulf returns in time to claim his 50th capBlues coach Pat Lam welcomes back a couple of players from the squad’s lengthy injured list to the starting 22 this week.Fullback Rudi Wulf returns to the side after being laid off for a month with a shoulder injury. Saturday night’s match is a special one for Wulf who will be running out for his 50th Super Rugby game for the Blues in his home union at North Harbour Stadium.Another returning back is Rene Ranger who sustained a rib injury last month and will start on the left wing.Rookie hooker James Parson gets the nod to start this match after solid performances in recent weeks and Francis Saili retains the starting centre slot for the second week in a row. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Starting XV:15. Rudi Wulf (*50th game for Blues), 14. Lachie Munro, 13. Francis Saili (WTG), 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Rene Ranger, 10. Michael Hobbs, 9. Alby Mathewson, 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. James Parsons (WTG), 3. Tevita Mailau, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Ali Williams, 6. Steven Luatua (WTG), 7. Daniel Braid, 8. Luke Braid ©Replacements:16. Tom McCartney, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Filo Paulo, 19. Peter Saili, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Hadleigh Parkes, 22. David Raikunalast_img read more

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Cynthia Kittredge begins as dean of Seminary of the Southwest

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Posted Jun 13, 2013 Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC [Seminary of the Southwest press release] Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, who has served as professor of New Testament since she joined the faculty in 1999 and as academic dean since 2010, began her tenure as dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest on June 1, 2013.The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, chair of the board and bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Texas, announced the board’s appointment of Dr. Kittredge in March when Douglas Travis made known his plans to retire after leading the seminary since 2007. “On behalf of the board of trustees, it is my great joy to announce the Rev. Dr. Kittredge’s appointment as our eighth dean and president. She is the perfect person to lead the seminary at this time, and we are extraordinarily blessed to have her gifts and talents devoted to our institution and its faithful service to the church,” said Bishop Harrison.Martha J. Horne, dean and president emerita of Virginia Theological Seminary, will preach at Dr. Kittredge’s installation onFriday, September 13 in Austin. Horne was the first woman appointed president of an Episcopal seminary, and Kittredge is the third. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale is president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, which she has led since 2009.Dr. Kittredge holds degrees from Williams College and Harvard Divinity School where she earned a Th.D. in 1996. She was ordained priest in 1985 and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Texas. She has served as assisting clergy at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd since 1999.Dr. Kittredge’s research has centered on early Christian communities, Paul’s letters, the Fourth gospel, and hermeneutics. She has published Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition and Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John and co-edited Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and The Bible in the Public Square. She contributed “Biblical Studies for Ministry: Critical and Faithful Interpretation of Scripture in an Either/Or World” in Transforming Graduate Biblical Education: Ethos and Discipline, Kent Richards and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, eds., Society of Biblical Literature.Dean Kittredge served on the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion Steering Committee from 2009 – 2012. She was elected president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars in 2008 and has served on the board of Evangelical Education Society since 2005 and now chairs the board.Dr. Kittredge and her husband Frank D. Kittredge, Jr. live in Austin and have three grown children. 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Puqi Wu House / Greyspace Architecture Design Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938061/puqi-wu-house-greyspace-architecture-design-studio Clipboard Photographs:  Ning Wang Design Team:Anqi Ju, Shijiao Ying, Kai Zhang, Yiran WangStructure Design:Huang YuMEP:Xinkai ShiCity:PutianCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Puqi Wu House. Image © Ning WangRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. In Qiwu village of Putian City, there are many small high-rise buildings newly built by villagers in recent decades, in which Puqi Wu house is located. Looking from the narrow streets and alleys, the simple volume, bright colors, and rectangular windows of different sizes give it a unique image in the background of local houses. At the same time, the curvilinear red tile roof, the looming courtyard in the air, and the cordial red bricks in the streets and lanes convey the modesty and posture in the traditional environment. The whole design of the house revolves around how to interpret the dual meanings of traditional culture and modernity.Save this picture!Dialogue with the alleys. Image © Ning WangThe modern starting point of the old street. Wu house is built by Wu brothers for the family. The white box in the early period of modernism has become our initial idea of the project. As a reflection on the modernity of the project, all the volume and window openings follow the formal and functional principles of modern architecture as a rational expression in the rural background. The curly roof with Puxian district’s local characteristics is abstractly transformed into the high profile of modern geometry.Save this picture!The modern recombined and folded houseA study of characteristics of traditional houses in new buildings. Puxian folk house is a unique branch of Chinese traditional folk houses. The area of the former buildings has been shrinking in the horizontal direction, and on the contrary, they have been growing into buildings in a vertical way. In the past, the form of the plane layout has been recombined and folded in a new way that adapts to the contemporary urban environment and has been put into the box of modern architecture.Save this picture!The new beginning of Qiwu Village. Image © Ning WangThe design follows plan setting with clear axis symmetry and space hierarchy in Puxian traditional house. At the same time, the consideration of relative independence is added: the basic plan form is traditional three Bay, the middle open part is a public area or vertical transportation, and the family has respectively Multi-level living rooms on both sides.Save this picture!Modern combination of local characteristics . Image © Ning WangThe open roof courtyard is moved from a traditional building into the air. The whole roof layer is divided into two parts: the indoor water yard in the form of the patio and the open outdoor landscape. Tea rooms and other reception spaces are arranged around the water court, and the traditional eaves curve converges on the atrium. Close guests can go up with the host, drink tea, boil wine, and chat in the outdoor chairs of the roof yard.Save this picture!Traditional courtyard on the top with an open roof. Image © Ning WangClose dialogue with countryside places. The location of Wu House is exactly the intersection of several roads in the village. The facade of the house is simple and modest, creating a sense of rhythm by subtraction so that the inside and outside are interconnected. In fact, large and small or continuous or independent openings, in addition to corresponding to the internal functional space, adjust the indoor light, shade, and ventilation, there is another layer of logical structure, that is, dialogue with the alleys in all directions. It is not only a distant view in the walking of the village paths but when the host looks out of the window at home, the sightline can spread with the traffic network and extend infinitely.Save this picture!1F planSave this picture!front elevationDifferent from urban habits, in the countryside, the network of acquaintances is closer. On the main facade of the house, there are concave-convex entrances, balconies, and roof courtyards which are zigzag to meet the street space on the vertical section. And thus make the distance closed between the host and the acquaintances and neighbors on the outside street.Save this picture!View from alley. Image © Ning WangA modern combination of local materials. In order to respond to modernity, the façade is painted white. The other functional components of the building are all local traditional materials. As the local weather is wet and rainy, the bottom wall uses stone to resist the rain erosion. The bottom facade on the main side is made of light-colored stone, matching the white tone of the facade. Redbrick is one of the characteristics of Fujian folk houses, and this project echoes in numerous ways. The partially hollowed exterior wall, the concave volume edges, the red brick screen wall in the roof courtyard, and the outline of the building is also made up of red bricks.Save this picture!Traditional roof curve of red tile roofThe use of tiles in Puxian area also continues the red tiles in Southern Fujian. The sloping roof of the roof yard for rainwater drainage is finished with red tiles, which is reflected with the surrounding buildings in the birdview.Save this picture!Dialogue with the alleys. Image © Ning WangThe final completion of Puqi Wu House shows the optimistic environment in which the traditional building forms and materials are used in rural construction. More and more clients, inclusive neighbors and experienced local construction masters who can accept the aesthetic design are willing to make new attempts with architects, and earnestly realize the intertextual relationship between tradition and modernity. Wu House is evidence and also reminds us of our responsibility as an architect.Save this picture!Modern white box between multilayer buildings in Qiwu village, Putian. Image © Ning WangProject gallerySee allShow lessBelaku House / TechnoArchitectureSelected ProjectsPakhaniyil Residence / Nufail Shabana ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Architects: Greyspace Architecture Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily China Puqi Wu House / Greyspace Architecture Design StudioSave this projectSavePuqi Wu House / Greyspace Architecture Design Studio Puqi Wu House / Greyspace Architecture Design Studio “COPY” Moyan Liu, Peng Su Year:  Housescenter_img CopyHouses•Putian, China Area:  2685 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Projects 2018 Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938061/puqi-wu-house-greyspace-architecture-design-studio Clipboard Save this picture!© Ning Wang+ 25Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGreyspace Architecture Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookPutianChinaPublished on April 24, 2020Cite: “Puqi Wu House / Greyspace Architecture Design Studio” 23 Apr 2020. 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Sightsavers reactivates lapsed donors with Acxiom

first_img Tagged with: Individual giving Howard Lake | 23 April 2008 | News Sightsavers reactivates lapsed donors with Acxiom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sightsavers International is working with Acxiom to reduce direct mail wastage and increase its campaign return on investment.Sightsavers had amassed a large database of lapsed cash donors whom they had mailed en masse in an attempt to reactivate giving. However, the age and volume of this dataset meant it was becoming increasingly uneconomical to continue mailing in this way.The charity therefore tasked Acxiom with helping it understand more about its lapsed givers and their propensity to respond to direct mail, with the aim of discovering how most effectively to segment this group.Acxiom helped Sightsavers build a lapsed cash donor model which scored previous donors and established a cut-off point below which it would be uneconomical to mail. Before that Acxiom analysed data from a previous Christmas campaign using CHAID and regression analysis to identify eight variables that best predicted response. The variables were selected both from Sightsavers’ own transactional data and Acxiom’s mInfoBase™ Lifestyle Universe (ILU) database which provided demographic and behavioural insight.Using these variables, Acxiom validated the performance of the model in a trial before using it on a live campaign. Tests on a mailing file of over 95,000 donors, showed a 120% uplift on return on investment (ROI) when the scoring system was implemented.When implemented in a live campaign, Sightsavers was able to suppress 20,000 low scoring individuals, resulting in a mailing file of around 80,000. This represented a cost saving of £7,500 for the charity, whilst also achieving a higher ROI. Application to subsequent mailings has also delivered savings of over £20,000.This was the first project of its kind for Sightsavers International. A spokesperson said that this project’s success “has now prompted us to work with Acxiom to see how we might be able to build other models to improve our DM activity, in particular to help reduce committed giving attrition rates.”www.sightsavers.org  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Fundraiser’s Phrase Book

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraiser’s Phrase Book Tagged with: Individual givingcenter_img  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 March 2009 | Newslast_img read more

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The New Pioneers: Sustainable Business Success Through Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

first_img [amzn_product_post]New times create new needs – and new needs require new solutions. The New Pioneers is a practical guide for capitalists and idealists on how to navigate in the new economic world order.It is about the social megatrends that are shaping our lives in new ways and creating a new face of capitalism. And it is about the pioneers that are paving the way for the new business revolution: this century′s generation of visionary leaders, social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs.′Hardcore business people are realising that they can increase their profits by incorporating social responsibility into their business, and heartcore idealists are realising that the use of market methods helps them meet their social goals successfully,′ argues Tania Ellis. Advertisement With a wide array of cases from all over the world Tania Ellis explains the key principles of sustainable business success. Read The New Pioneers to gain insight into the new rules that are paving the way for business unusual – for the benefit of humanity and the bottom line.Learn more about The New Pioneers and join the movement of sustainable businesses and social entrepreneurs at www.thenewpioneers.biz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The New Pioneers: Sustainable Business Success Through Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Spotosaurus Rex wins “World’s Largest Hog” at Indiana State Fair

first_imgSpotosaurus Rex will spend the rest of the State Fair in a labeled pen near the west entrance of the Swine Barn.  SHARE Facebook Twitter There were two other hogs entered in the competition. A&H Showpigs from Crothersville placed second with an 888 pound hog named Junior. Terry Mellencamp and Trenton Collins placed third with their 567 pound hog named Mikey. SHARE Two-and-a-half years ago David Lamb purchased a 10 pound hog that is not so little anymore. Spotosaurus Rex weighed in at 1,007 pounds tonight to claim the title of World’s Largest Male Hog at the Indiana State Fair. The hog belongs to the Woodward and Lamb families from Carroll County. “We feed him 25 to 30 pounds a day,” said Lamb. Previous articleBalloons and Hoosier Pork Farmers Open State FairNext articleDirt is Back in State Fair Coliseum Gary Truittcenter_img By Gary Truitt – Aug 1, 2014 Facebook Twitter Lamb has a history of success at the Indiana State Fair World’s Largest Hog Competition. In 1988, he placed second in the competition losing by only 5 pounds. The Woodward and Lamb families continued this legacy earlier this evening when the 2 year-old Spotosaurus Rex won Grand Champion. Spotosaurus Rex wins “World’s Largest Hog” at Indiana State Fair Home Indiana Agriculture News Spotosaurus Rex wins “World’s Largest Hog” at Indiana State Fairlast_img read more

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What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_imgtop box 5 What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 1:32 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Here is our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events – the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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UPSC Extra Chance : ‘Completely Unjustified To Not Relax Age Limit’, Divan Argues In SC For Last Attempt Candidates

first_imgTop StoriesUPSC Extra Chance : ‘Completely Unjustified To Not Relax Age Limit’, Divan Argues In SC For Last Attempt Candidates Radhika Roy9 Feb 2021 1:39 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Shyam Divan argued in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for granting extra-chance without upper age limit for civil service aspirants who gave their last attempt in the UPSC exams held in October 2020.”It’s completely unjustified to not relax the limit. They have a power and the duty to relax this”, Divan submitted before a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar.While acknowledging…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?LoginSenior Advocate Shyam Divan argued in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for granting extra-chance without upper age limit for civil service aspirants who gave their last attempt in the UPSC exams held in October 2020.”It’s completely unjustified to not relax the limit. They have a power and the duty to relax this”, Divan submitted before a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar.While acknowledging that relaxation of age limit was ultimately a policy decision, Divan submitted that the yardstick for consideration should be different this year in view of the extraordinary difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”In an ordinary year, this argument would not be entertained or appreciated. But this year, it is not ordinary”, Divan submitted.The Centre has already agreed to give an extra-chance to those candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020. However, the Centre’s relaxation was subject to the condition that such candidates should not be age-barred.Today, the bench comprising Justices Khanwilkar, Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi was hearing the arguments of the petitioners seeking the relaxation of the age-bar condition as well.Highlights from Divan’s submissionsHe submitted that there were past precedents of Centre granting age relaxation. He then elaborated on the impact caused by the pandemic and the lockdown on the preparations for exams.Coaching classes were also not there. Plus, because of the pandemic, there was disruption in their homes. Then many were frontline workers who had to be at the frontline, duty-bound both by law and their conscience.The crucial point is that some books were not available. Only shops and libraries have these books. It is not feasible to read pages and pages of material on phones and laptops.Of course, one can say that the material is there on the internet. But, there’s no realistic way for a candidate to do well unless she has the indexed material.Other people from metros may have superior internet connections which others across the country may not have. Then there’s the issue of essential workers. They had to subordinate their personal interest of appearing in the exam to that.He also submitted that the pandemic has impacted different sections differently.  For instance, take gender. Working women had enormous domestic difficulties in addition to their work.”It’s not that we are saying that “give us a job or give us a remuneration or something”. We’re only saying that give us one attempt which we lost in 2020. The overwhelming circumstances of the pandemic which impacted society”, he said.”The popular expression is “the year was cancelled”. But, the exam was not cancelled”, he added.He mentioned that the beneficiaries of age-relaxation will be around 2300.”Why should someone who faced the exact same difficulties due to pandemic be denied the benefit of extra chance just because of their age?” Shyam Divan argued before the Bench.According to Divan, extra chance and age bar relaxation are “inter-twined” and such last chance candidates should be treated as a “homogenous class”.He submitted that the age bar given to the aspirants in the year 2015 was 34 years whereas if the same is given this year, the aspirants will be giving the exam at 33 years of age and hence it will not make much of difference. He also said that there was never a uniform policy with respect to age-bar. It has varied from 24 to 34 years over the years. The arguments are in progress before the bench. Live Update may be read here.Next Storylast_img read more