Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 20, 2018 A Wayne County judge has certified a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 600 black applicants who wanted to work as state police or conservation officers but failed the required Michigan civil service exam. The lawsuit alleges that two different civil service exams the state has used since 2014 — one of which remains in use today — violate the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and discriminate against black applicants, who have a higher failure rate than white applicants do. "The Michigan Civil Service Commission engaged in a pattern and practice of race discrimination in its hiring process through testing that had a disparate adverse impact on African-Americans," the suit alleges. "This illegal policy ... was furthered by command officers'/officials' failure to monitor the adverse impacts of the employment policies in place." The suit doesn't allege the state intentionally … [Read more...] about Lawsuit: Michigan civil service exam discriminates against blacks
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By Ali Abdul Rehman Published: September 15, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The CSS exam has lost its charm for the so-called ‘cream’ who once took pride in it. PHOTO: EXPRESS “How would you reform the civil service?” Some eight months ago, when one of the members of the interview panel constituted to select the most suitable candidates for the Central Superior Services (CSS) asked me this question, I heaved a sigh of relief. The questions prior to this were trickier than my expectations, and hence unnerving. But this one was, in cricketing terms, a half volley, and I had to try to make the most of it. However, less than a minute into my impassioned speech on what I believed blighted our esteemed civil service and what ought to be done to improve service delivery, the interviewer had lost all interest. Perhaps she was sick of the entire civil service reforms debate and wanted to hear something unhackneyed. Of that ilk I had little … [Read more...] about Is reformation of Pakistan’s civil service another empty promise?
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s flood-ravaged Kerala state is facing shortages of a drug that fights an infectious bacterial disease after the worst flooding in a century, forcing authorities to turn to other states to help ramp up supplies. FILE PHOTO: A man rescues a drowning man from a flooded area after the opening of Idamalayr, Cheruthoni and Mullaperiyar dam shutters following heavy rains, on the outskirts of Kochi, India August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V/File Photo Suspected cases of leptospirosis, a waterborne disease known locally as ‘rat fever’, has climbed to 800 since mid-August, a health ministry spokesman said. Transmitted via the urine of infected animals, its symptoms include muscle pain and fever. Confirmed deaths caused by leptospirosis so far total 12, while suspected deaths, pending full medical reports, number 41, the spokesman added. The surge in cases comes after torrential rain beginning on Aug. 8 flooded almost the entire state, … [Read more...] about India’s flood-hit Kerala state faces shortages of ‘rat fever’ drug
GENEVA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has bannned imports of frozen and processed fruit and vegetables from India’s Kerala state, citing the risk from an outbreak of Nipah virus, Saudi Arabia said in a filing published by World Trade Organization on Thursday. Nipah has killed at least 15 people in Kerala, but no cases of the virus have been found outside the state. There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through bodily fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the World Health Organization says. Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Stephanie Nebehay … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia bans fruit and vegetables from India’s Kerala state
RICHMOND, Va. — When she was in middle school, Brooke Bailey wanted to be like the cool girls. She would go to Virginia Tech and join a sorority, she would tell her parents. "Are you sure you don't want to look at the Naval Academy?" her father, U.S. Navy Capt. William J. Bailey, Jr. would ask her. Her answer, at least in those middle school years, was always the same: no. By the time she turned 18, though, she chose a different sisterhood and brotherhood. "The military drew me right back in. In middle school, that’s your rebellious years. But I found my way back home," Bailey said.She will attend the United States Naval Academy starting this summer, becoming part of a military legacy in her family. But in one significant way, Bailey has already charted her own course by accomplishing something none of the military men in her family have: The Midlothian High school senior has been accepted into all four of the service academies to which she … [Read more...] about Virginia student breaks new ground in family’s military legacy: acceptance to four service academies