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Covid protocols that you should follow while running

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Designer Namrata Joshipura was a bundle of nerves when she reached Boston for this year’s Boston Marathon on 11 October. This was her first race during the pandemic. She had also suffered a brutal bout of covid-19 that had left her hospitalized for more than a week and reeling for two months during the second wave. But soon as she reached the bib collection centre, her nervousness dissipated. She noticed that the organisers were strictly adhering to pandemic protocols, the runners were doing their bit to maintain distance and were wearing masks and that only vaccinated or confirmed covid-negative people were allowed to collect their bibs. At the start line the only butterflies in her stomach were caused by the occasion and not due to covid-induced anxiety. Joshipura says that she would love to run a race in India as well, but that she wants to wait and watch how the first few local races fare.

Delhi-based lawyer Vrinda Bhandari, who has been on the podium of several races before the pandemic, has not attended a single race since March 2020. “The big difference when I return to the start line is going to be the added pre- and post-race stress caused by covid, especially at the start line when runners are packed together like a tin of sardines,” she says.

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Marathons and other running events are slowly returning in India. Organisers are doing their best to minimize crowding, while allowing only fully vaccinated runners to participate. They’re also making special arrangements keeping in mind the challenges posed by covid-19, the events’ success. Bhandari plans to do her bit by wearing a mask in the holding area till she starts running. She would carry a mask in her pocket that she would put on once she crosses the finish line. “I would probably be spooked by people being unmasked for long around me,” she says.

Runners signing up for races need to think about what they would do to keep themselves safe and take nothing for granted, says Raj Vetcha, founder of the running group Hyderabad Runners. “You don’t have to lose the personal touch and the emotion that come with finishing a run, have your high fives and hugs but keep the contact minimal. Follow instructions that race organisers issue and stick to the covid protocol. If you are safe, everyone else is safe too,” Vetcha elaborates.

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Most big races have chosen staggered starts in multiple waves and runners would be informed about their start times well in advance. Runners shouldn’t come too early and crowd the venue nor should they come late and disrupt other waves, says Vetcha. “There is still plenty of fear. So, small things like wearing a mask, carrying your own sipper and being careful when you spit or rinse your mouth goes a long way,” he adds.

Another long-time runner Ramesh Kanjilimadhom, who is one of the founders of the Soles of Cochin running group, feels that runners should approach the races with a sense of humility, and adhere to the protocols so that everyone is safe. Be considerate and thank the volunteers, says Kanjilimadhom, as they are risking a lot to make the race possible. He also suggests that, given the circumstances, runners should throw their water cups or bottles in bins, respect the right of way for ambulances, race crew and faster runners, take extra care while blowing your nose during the run or around others, do not camp at aid stations and if you are injured or need a break, move to the side of the race route.

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Another big concern for race organisers and runners is the finish line, where typically several friends and family members meet and greet the runners after the race. “The logical and cautious thing after finishing the race is to go back home immediately,” says Bhandari, but she knows that adrenaline will kick in and she would most likely end up hanging out with her friends. “However, I shall be wearing a mask when I do that,” she says. Many races have created designated post-race waiting areas for runners based on their bib number, start time and finish time. Vetcha says runners ought to respect the zoning as it has been done to ensure as much distancing as possible.

In this new reality, the success of the races depends equal parts on runners, who will have to do their bit to make the race safe, casualty-free and not turn it into a super-spreader event.

Shrenik Avlani is a writer and editor and co-author of The Shivfit Way, a book on functional fitness.

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OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10 release date, specifications and everything else we know so far

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  • The OnePlus 10 series is expected to launch as early as January next year.
  • This will be OnePlus’ upcoming flagship smartphone series.
  • Here’s a look at what we know about the OnePlus 10 series so far.

OnePlus is expected to launch its next flagship smartphone series ‘OnePlus 10’ soon. At least two smartphones are more or less confirmed according to multiple leaks and rumours — OnePlus 10 and
OnePlus 10 Pro. There’s no official announcement or teaser yet but we already have quite a lot of information from leaks and rumours.

Here’s what to expect from the upcoming
OnePlus flagship-

OnePlus 10 launch date


OnePlus usually launches its flagship smartphones sometime around April, and the same is expected for the OnePlus 10 series. But this time we could see an early launch for the OnePlus 10 series in January 2022. This will however be a China launch, and the global event will take place in March or April.

OnePlus 10 design


The OnePlus 10 Pro could go through some serious design change at least in the camera department if leaks are to be believed. The most distinct change would be the large triple camera setup at the back which takes up almost one half of the phone. There are three sensors along with the LED flash in a flat but very large square-shaped camera module. These are only what rumours and leaked renders have revealed so the final design might be more appealing.

The regular OnePlus 10 smartphone could continue with a similar design as its predecessors. Some leaks also suggest both the OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro will look quite similar to the OnePlus 9 series.

OnePlus 10 display


Leaked renders also reveal a curved edge-to-edge display on the OnePlus 10 Pro with a punch-hole camera for selfies. In terms of specs, the smartphone is said to feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. There are no details yet on the OnePlus 10’s display.

OnePlus 10 camera


Going by the leaks and renders, the OnePlus 10 series is expected to feature a triple rear camera setup with the Hasselblad branding. As for the specs, the OnePlus 10 Pro is rumoured to sport a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra wide angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. For selfies, it will feature a 32-megapixel front camera. This is the same camera setup that is available on the OnePlus 9 Pro which means that we might not see an upgrade.

Processor, battery and storage


A very recent leak suggests the OnePlus 10 Pro will be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chipset. It is also said to be one of the first phones launching with this chipset along with Xiaomi and Motorola. The smartphone is also rumoured to pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for 125W fast charging support which would be a first and a major upgrade.

We can expect the OnePlus 10 series to launch in at least two configurations of 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage and 12GB RAM plus 256GB storage.

OnePlus 10 software


The OnePlus 10 series will launch with the new OxygenOS 12 which is a unified version of the software with Oppo’s ColorOS. Following the two companies’ merger, a new OS was announced and while OnePlus assured that it would continue delivering the light and clean OxygenOS experience, reviews suggest otherwise.

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The Plot Thickens. New York Court Of Appeals Finds Companies Do NOT Consent To Jurisdiction By Registering To Do Business There. – Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration

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The Plot Thickens. New York Court Of Appeals Finds Companies Do NOT Consent To Jurisdiction By Registering To Do Business There.


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In a post on October 10, 2021, I shared my thoughts on the
Georgia Supreme Court’s recent decision holding that a company
that registers to do business in Georgia has ipso facto
consented to the general jurisdiction of Georgia courts over
lawsuits brought there. I explained this was the minority rule. The
New York Court of Appeals recently added clarity to the majority
position by holding that companies do NOT consent to general
jurisdiction simply because they have registered to do business and
have an agent for service of process in the Empire State.

Both the Georgia and New York cases involved very similar
product liability claims arising out of auto accidents. In the New
York case, Aybar v. Aybar, plaintiffs sued Ford Motor
Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and José Aybar
for injuries when the vehicle they were passengers in overturned in
the State of Virginia. Neither Ford nor Goodyear were incorporated
in New York and did not maintain their principal places of business
in New York. However, pursuant to the New York Business Corporation
Law, to do business in New York foreign corporations must register
with the New York Secretary of State and designate an in-state
agent for service. As such, plaintiffs attempted to gain personal
jurisdiction over Ford and Goodyear in New York by personally
serving those entities’ designated agents for service.

Ford and Goodyear moved to dismiss and asserted that personal
service on their agents in New York did not confer general
jurisdiction over them. The trial court disagreed and declined to
dismiss plaintiffs’ claims on the basis that it lacked personal
jurisdiction over these entities. The Appellate Division reversed,
holding that general jurisdiction could not be exercised over a
foreign corporation on the sole basis that the foreign
corporation’s designated agent for service was personally
served in New York. Plaintiffs appealed to the New York Court of
Appeals, New York’s highest court, and it affirmed. 

I will keep an eye on the decisions on this topic in future
posts. It is only a matter of time before SCOTUS weighs in and
hopefully resolves the current split in authority. As I said in my
October 10 post, I’m hoping that day is sooner, rather than
later.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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