first_imgLocal girl Sapna, who have also qualified for Rio Games, Local girl Sapna, who have also qualified for Rio Games, finished second in 1:36:59.36, while Priyanka of Uttar Pradesh was third in 1:40:58.93. No other woman race walker qualified for Rio Olympics from todays competition, besides the already qualified Khushbir and Sapna. The Olympics qualifying standard for womens 20 km race walk stands at 1:36.00. Khushbir later said that due to the slope in the competition course, she was feeling pain on her right thigh from the 11km mark onwards but continued as she wanted to finish the race. “I felt pain on my right leg from the 11km mark as the course has slope. While coming down (to the side of the road which has slope), you have the extra impact on the right leg and so the pain developed but I continued as I wanted to finish the race,” said 22-year-old Amritsar girl Khushbir who has already qualified for Rio Games last year. “It is a minor pain and it will go after a few days. I will be fully fit for the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan on March 20,” she added. Coach Alexander said that Khushbir had the same pain two years back in a race walk competition in Kochi where also the course had a slope. “The same thing happened two years back in Kochi and this course like there (in Kochi) has a slope and she said she felt pain while her right leg lands on the side of the road which has a slope after the 10km mark. But I think it is just a minor one which will go away,” said Alexander who has been with the Indian race walk team since 2011. “Overall, I am happy with the performance of the race walkers as most of them have very good time in the season opener,” said the Russian. For Gurmeet, who led from start to finish, it was a bit of a disappointment despite winning the gold as he said that he could have gone below one hour 20 minutes on such a fast track and that would have bettered even the national record of 1:20.21 standing in the name of K T Irfan who finished fourth today. “It was one of the best race walk courses I have competed in and no doubt the best in India. Its fast and smooth and the temperature (of around 20 degree Celsius) was ideal and I could have at least done my personal best (of 1:20.35 in 2011) and even gone below national record. I was doing fast in first 10km but I slowed down in the second 10km,” he said after winning the 20km race walk event. “But even with this timing, I am happy because it is the start of the season. As it goes, I think I can do below 1 hour and 18 minute ahead of the Olympics. I will not think that I cannot win an Olympic medal in Rio,” he added. More PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Bitterly disappointed with 1-1 draw: England coach Hodgson

first_imgEngland chief coach Roy Hodgson has said they were “bitterly disappointed” after Russia scored during injury time to force a 1-1 draw in a hard-fought Group B clash at the Euro 2016 football championship here.England on Friday showcased superb attacking prowess to dominate proceedings throughout the game at the Stade Velodrome.But most of their attacks came to nought against the Russian defensive wall before Eric Dier (73rd minute) placed a beautiful curling free-kick into the top left corner to give England the lead.But the Russians scored during injury time of the second half. Vasili Berezutski (90+2) rose above the England defence to head a cross in at the far post for the equalising goal, leaving the Englishmen frustrated.TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW”I have the same emotions as the players. To say we are bitterly disappointed would be an understatement. We were that close to a deserved victory and to lose it with one minute of injury time remaining is a tough pill to swallow, but that happens in football,” Hodgson told after the match on Saturday.”When we analyse the game tomorrow there’ll be a lot of things we will want to take forward and hopefully we’ll be able to put the memory of this last-minute goal behind us.”Enland’s goal-scorer Dier echoed Hodgson’s sentiments.”It’s disappointing because we were so close to a win in our first game. I thought it would have been well deserved,” he said.”Our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly, but we have more games to look forward to and have to pick ourselves up.”advertisementEven though the 21-year-old was pleased with the goal, the Tottenham Hotspur player was disappointed with the draw.”It is one of the best moments I’ve had in football, a fantastic moment, and to celebrate with our fans who were fantastic around the stadium,” he said.”I would have taken a win, though, with someone else scoring.”last_img read more

Video Of The 2014 Joe Mixon Assault Incident Has Been Released

first_imgAfter more than two years, video of Joe Mixon punching a woman at a bar, which led to him being suspended for the 2014 season, has been released.Mixon, Oklahoma’s star running back, punched Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor during a dispute at local bar Pickleman’s Cafe. The video was released to the media today, and has put it up online.We warn you, it is extremely violent.From’s report on the release of the video:Mixon also had his attorney release a second surveillance video from the same night.“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University,” his attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”The video release comes weeks after Mixon’s first public apology for the incident, after two seasons of refusing to address it in his limited dealings with the media.For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman, Oklahoma. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.[…]I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.Joe Mixon served a year of probation, served 100 hours of community service, and underwent counseling after the incident.[]last_img read more

Byjus Founder Raveendran becomes new billionaire

first_imgNew Delhi: With the latest round of $150 million funding from Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) — the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar — ed-tech company Byju’s has hit $6 billion valuation, making its Founder and CEO Byju Raveendran the newest billionaire in the country. Raveendran holds more than 21 per cent stake in the Bengaluru-based educational technology and online tutorial firm, thus making him a billionaire. With increased brand awareness and strong adoption among students, Byju’s tripled its revenue to Rs 1,430 crore in the financial year 2018-19 and also turned profitable on a full-year basis. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The company declined any response on Raveendran’s becoming a new billionaire, saying “Byju’s does not want to comment on this”. The fresh round of funding in Byju’s also included first-ever investment from Owl Ventures in an Indian start-up. “Indian ed-tech firms attracting interest from eminent investors demonstrates that India is pioneering the digital learning space globally,” Raveendran had said earlier. Byju’s has already crossed Rs 200 crore in monthly revenue and is estimating revenue of Rs 3,000 crore this year. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Transforming the offline to an online learning experience, it has also acquired Osmo, a Palo Alto-based education game making company. The ed-tech firm offers learning programmes for students from classes 1 to 12 in India. In one of its biggest win, from September onwards, Team India will wear Byju’s on their jerseys. Chinese mobile-maker Oppo will be replaced by Byju’s. Team India will sport the Oppo logo on their jerseys till the West Indies tour which commences from August 3 and ends on September 2. Once, the South Africa tour of India begins from September 15, Byju’s will take over the jersey.last_img read more

Hidco to organise kiteflying competition for senior citizens

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is set to organise a unique kite-flying competition on Wednesday, in which senior citizens members of Swapno Bhor and Snehodiya at New Town, will take part.Hidco will give kites, latais and suta to the participants. The competition will start at 3pm and the winning candidate will be given a token prize. The function has created great enthusiasm among the residents of Snehodiya and the members of Swapno Bhor, all of whom are senior citizens. Senior citizens through kite-flying are trying to go back to their young days when kite flying on the Viswakarma Puja day was almost considered to be a must in Kolkata and the districts. Kite-flying in Howrah and Hooghly districts were held on the day of Poush Sankranti. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Kolkata, till the late 1980s, people from different ages took part in kite-flying. In Kalighat, opposite to the house of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee there was a famous kite-selling shop called Debalaya. Two kite-selling shops in Central Kolkata, the more famous one being Ghuri Ghor on Creek Row, still sells kites but the number of buyers has gone down drastically. The famous kites were named as Mukh Pora, Chandial and Pet Katti etc. Kite-flying was hit badly after old buildings in the city were demolished to make room for high-rise apartments. The owners do not have any access to the roof and from the mid 1990s the number of kites that were seen on the sky fell drastically. It was Wajid Ali Shah, the deposed Nawab of Lucknow who came to Kolkata and settled in Metiabruz introduced kite-flying in Kolkata. He used to fly colourful kites and the papers were imported from Germany. Well-known singers Manna Dey and Mohammad Rafi were also avid lovers of kite-flying.last_img read more

Imam says rise in hate crimes across Canada not surprising worries US

first_imgBURNABY (NEWS 1130) – New numbers out of Statistics Canada show the number of reported hate-related crimes has spiked to an all-time high.The agency says hate crimes targeting people from the Black, Jewish and Muslim communities account for most of the increases nation-wide, something that doesn’t completely surprise one religious leader.“This is something that we have unfortunately been witness to over the years,” Imam Yahya Momla with the Masjid al-Salaam in Burnaby explains. “However, I do understand that these hate crimes, they’re perpetrated by a minority of the general community, so it’s not something we’re extremely worried about. However, we are vigilant in this regard.”According to Statistics Canada, incidents involving Muslims more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, one year after police reported a decrease in hate crimes targeting that population.Hate crimes targeting black people accounted for 16 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada in 2017. They stayed the most common type of race- or ethnicity-related hate crime.Meantime, hate crimes targeting Jews increased for the second consecutive year and accounted for 18 per cent of all hate crimes nationally.Imam Momla points out much of the hate-related incidents involve verbal insults, things like people being told to “go back to their country” or aggressors hurling insults at women wearing hijabs.The biggest increases in reported crimes appear to be non-violent in nature, things like graffiti and vandalism targeting the groups aforementioned.Momla says many of the victims who are the targets of these kinds of crimes are often people who are new to the country, “people who may be feeling shy or out of place here in Canada.”He tries to remind people of the positives when it comes to their fellow Canadians, and adds it’s important for everyone to get engaged with the communities around them.“And make them feel that they are at home.”Admitting he’s no expert on the subject, Momla worries the spike in the number of reported hate crimes may be a result of growing racial tensions in the U.S. spilling over the border.He believes many Canadians aren’t actually aware of the racism that exists in Canada, “just because it’s such a fringe minority of the general community that engages in this type of behaviour.”The Imam says he’s personally come across some individuals who’ve experienced hate crimes and adds they can have lasting impacts on a person’s life.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Workin’ Moms sold to FX first, before they passed and the CBC snapped it up. How is producing TV in Canada different than in the States? Are there things you can do here that you can’t do there?Absolutely. Coming to Canada has been incredibly liberating, both creatively and production-wise for [my husband and co-producer/co-star] Philip and I. For one, we’re partners in the creation of our show, as opposed to the usual contact you’d get in the United States, where you’re an employee on a show of your own creation. So, being able to feel ownership not only is exhilarating because it’s yours, but also you feel so much more responsibility, you know? If the show fails or succeeds, it’s on you. Catherine Reitman is living that working mom life—hard. She is the showrunner on CBC’s comedy hit Workin’ Moms (which she produces with her husband Philip Sternberg); she also writes and directs for the show. Oh, and stars on it. In addition to her show baby, she has two little ones at home. (She also pops up on Black-ish from time to time.) Reitman has won fans among the mom brigade and beyond for her raw, honest portrayal of the trials and tribulations of motherhood, from postpartum depression to breastfeeding boobs. With season three premiering today, we spoke with Reitman about directing cranky old men, tackling #MeToo on-screen, and working with her hubs.What are some issues and experiences that you felt were missing from the modern TV landscape that you wanted to show on Workin’ Moms?I felt that there was a limited portrayal of how mothers appeared on television. When I first got pregnant, my husband and I were huge consumers of premium cable television, and we were watching all of these shows, and it would either be the B-storyline of a show like Homeland, where she’s a working mother, or you have even smaller C-storylines on a show like Mad Men. And when mother storylines were A-storylines, they felt either very broad or kind of melodramatic—I wanted to see the comedy that I was used to watching with my husband, but my story. And I couldn’t find that anywhere. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier Horgan says LNG decision could be weeks away

first_imgCBC News is reporting that during a question and answer session with reporters after his speech, Horgan said that the announcement could be occurring in the next couple of weeks.Signs have been pointing towards the LNG Canada making a positive final investment decision for nearly the past year, after Petronas – which scrapped it’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July – announced that it was considering a minority stake in the Shell-led joint venture.Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth said in July that he felt that it was incredibly likely that the joint venture partners would pull the trigger on building the $40 billion project, while in May, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said than a final investment decision would occur in 2018, with construction also due to start before the end of the year.With files from CBC News: WHISTLER, B.C. – Speaking at his closing keynote address of the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler today, B.C. Premier John Horgan said that an LNG final investment decision could be made in the next several weeks.Horgan said during his nearly 40-minute presentation that the government was  “very, very close to having a final investment decision from an LNG company,” though he didn’t say which.last_img read more

East Timor UN peacekeepers arrest suspects in Viqueque murders

The suspects, from Baucau and the villages of Olobai and Boromatan in Viqueque, have been brought to Dili for questioning.Clashes between youth groups from two villages last month left two people dead, roughly 40 houses burned and 25 partially destroyed. The situation in Viqueque has since been calm, UNTAET said.In other news, the Portuguese-run Fire Brigade in East Timor handed over its equipment to the East Timor Transitional Administration (ETTA) in a ceremony today in Dili, the UN mission reported.The Brigade started its operations in East Timor in September 1999, as part of the humanitarian assistance provided by the Portuguese Government. The aid package includes equipment and refurbishment of fire stations for a total amount of $ 636,000. Fire stations have since been established in Dili, Aileu and Baucau districts.Meanwhile, ETTA’s Border Service last week seized around 40,000 cigarettes that had been smuggled from Indonesian West Timor into East Timor in a car belonging to an international non-governmental organization.Since July 2000, the Border Service has seized dutiable goods, mainly cigarettes and alcohol, with assessed penalties for the amount of around $300,000. read more

Security Council extends arms embargo in DR of Congo

Calling the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a continuing threat to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today extended an arms and military financing embargo to “any recipient” in the country and it froze the assets of sanctions violators as the UN peacekeeping mission carried out cordon and search operations.Secretary-General Kofi Annan should establish again, within 30 days, a Group of Experts to monitor the embargo until 31 July, adding a fifth expert on financial matters, the Council said in a unanimously approved resolution.Neighbouring States must monitor aircraft and their pilots, especially in the eastern DRC districts of the Kivus and Ituri, especially by verifying the validity of documents carried for the aircraft and pilots’ licences and by maintaining a registry of flights.The DRC and its neighbours should report to the Council’s Sanctions Committee any aircraft not operated according to the 1944 Convention on International Aviation or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), “in particular with respect to falsified or out-of-date documents,” and maintain a ban on them and their pilots until they fell into line.The regional Governments should also ensure that only customs airports were used for international flights, it said, calling on them to report back in 45 days on how they had implemented the resolution.The Council made exemptions for the Transitional Government, under certain circumstances, and for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).By 31 July the Council would review the progress accomplished in the peace process and the political transition, it said.Meanwhile, MONUC said its peacekeeping troops in Ituri were carrying out a cordon and search operation in Katoto, northeast of the city of province’s main city of Bunia.The peacekeepers came under fire but were able to dismantle two militia camps in the area. There were casualties and, while militia members appeared to have fled, the peacekeepers were able to seize ammunition supplies and were continuing the operation, MONUC said. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State focused on excellent Minnesota team

With much of the talk surrounding Ohio State football concerning the College Football Playoff rankings, coach Urban Meyer said he’s more focused on the task at hand during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference.After beating then-No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have their sights set on Minnesota — which is coming off a 51-14 thrashing of Iowa. Meyer said the Golden Gophers — who have just a pair of losses this season — are a team that deserves OSU’s full attention.Meyer said the Buckeyes “spend every second” of their day working to avoid a letdown against Minnesota.He said the Golden Gophers’ win against Iowa was their best performance of the season.Meyer on Minnesota: “This is an excellent team that’s in my opinion a top-25 team without question.”On whether he would coach a fourth quarter differently in order to impress voters, Meyer said: “Of course not. You do what you have to do to win a game.”In reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s two fumbles and dropped passes against Michigan State, Meyer said mistakes don’t send players straight to the bench, but a lack of effort does. Wilson stayed in the game and ended up catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter in East Lansing, Mich. “If it was lack of effort, he’s out of the game in a second.”Meyer said he’d “never want to have a place where people are scared to make a mistake.”He said the cold weather expected at Minnesota — a high of 28 degrees is predicted for Saturday — is simply “part of the game.” He added that both teams have to deal with it just the same.Meyer said Minnesota’s defense is similar to that of Michigan State’s. He added the Golden Gophers have a “stop the run mentality.”He said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has “come a long way,” but Meyer added he thought Bosa could be an impact player from the start.Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has a “relentless approach to everything he does.” He compared Barrett’s focus on preparation to two of his former quarterbacks in Tim Tebow (Florida) and Alex Smith (Utah).The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Stansted Airport delays over hole in runway that forces flights to divert

first_imgAir travellers have been hit by delays at Stansted Airport after the runway was closed for repairs reportedly caused by a hole.Flights were diverted after officials shut down the landing strip between 5.30pm and 6.10pm on Sunday.Passengers reported being told by crew that the disruption was caused by a hole in the runway.The airport confirmed 11 flights had been sent to other hubs including Luton and East Midlands during the closure.BBC journalist Joe Lynam wrote on Twitter that his Ryanair pilot told passengers flights were being diverted due to a hole in the runway: After the closure, Stansted Airport posted a statement saying flights were now running again, but “some flights may be delayed or cancelled”.It added: “Our runway was temporarily closed between 5.30pm and 6.10pm to allow for minor repairs to be safely carried out and some arriving flights were diverted to other airports during the closure.”This temporary measure was deemed necessary for safety reasons and we would like to advise that the runway is now open and flight operations are back to normal.”Responding to the announcement, one user wrote online: “The hundreds of people who’ve been queuing at gates for 2 hours debate that news…” Images posted on social media showed sprawling queues as hundreds waited to board their flights. There’s a ‘hole’ in the runway at Stansted airport according to the pilot of my Ryanair flight from Italy which had to divert to Luton.— Joe Lynam BBC (@BBC_Joe_Lynam) August 13, 2017center_img London Stansted airport- big delays because of a hole in the runway— Ryan Gardiner (@RyanGardiner36) August 13, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Google Doodle celebrates Jim Hensons 75th birthday

first_imgMuppets creator Jim Henson is the latest person to be celebrated with one of Google’s Doodles. Henson’s birthday isn’t actually until tomorrow, September 24th, but Google jumped the gun with this one, probably hoping to roll out their interactive Doodle before it was too late on the West Coast. Henson, who passed away in 1990, would have been 75 tomorrow.The Doodle is an interactive one, though it’s not particularly elaborate given what we’ve seen from them in the past. It features six Muppets created by the people at the Jim Henson Company. Each of the Muppets has a button beneath it which, upon being pressed, causes that Muppet’s head to follow the cursor around the screen. Each is capable of looking in eight different directions, so long as the cursor stays within the browser window.Unlike most Doodles, this one is not immediately clickable. To get to a search engine page and learn more about Henson (or why the Doodle is being displayed today), users needs to hover the cursor over the interactive for a few seconds before a link will appear.The Doodle might seem simple, but don’t miss its key point: It makes the user the puppeteer, just as Henson was when he was lighting up our childhoods or delighting our children, depending on how old you are.Google talked about the Muppet Doodle on their official blog, noting that it was the puppeteer’s 75th birthday and including a note from Henson’s son, Brian Henson. Brian Henson wrote lovingly about his father and informed readers that the The Jim Henson Company is still around and that they’ve changed with the times, moving into the fields of animatronics and also digital animation. Both are modern day equivalents what Jim Henson started doing in 1954, so while mediums have changed the company’s focus is unchanged.The Henson Company’s site was updated for the occasion as well. It features the video below, as well as quotes from people, including George Lucas and Caroll Spinney (the man who played Big Bird on television’s Sesame Street). A special edition podcast is available for the occasion, if you’d like to learn more about Jim Henson, his company, The Creature Shop, or Henson’s coworkers.The extended Doodle will run for 36 hours.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img No Comments By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Updated Fri 8:50 AM EVERY MORNING brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #ALDI: German supermarket chain Aldi has said the ongoing beef dispute is causing availability issues in its stores, with some products to go on sale processed at facilities in the UK rather than Ireland. 2. #DAHLAN: A Palestinian politician is set to pursue a defamation case against Facebook in the Irish High Court. 3. #JOE SHOW: Democrats were united on some things, such as their disdain for Donald Trump, but clashed on issues like healthcare and immigration as Joe Biden starred in the latest debate in the White House 2020 race.4. #DENIED: DUP leader Arlene Foster has refuted reports that her party would accept customs checks in the Irish Sea after Brexit. 5. #HEATHROW: Police in London arrested five people over plans to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones. 6. #BUDGET 2020: Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he’s still considering whether to give everyone a “carbon cheque” to offset a potential tax hike.7. #JOBS: Over half of government departments have used unpaid interns in recent years. 8. #INVESTIGATION: A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon after a coffee spill in the cockpit, an investigation has found.9. #FOUND: A 67-year-old Irishman with dementia was found safe and well after he was reported missing in the Costa del Sol. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Friday 13 Sep 2019, 8:50 AM Short URL 15,576 Views Fri 7:49 AM last_img read more

Tree falls across I5 in Salmon Creek blocks traffic northbound

first_img A tree fell over Interstate 5 in Salmon Creek on Tuesday afternoon, blocking northbound traffic for about 40 minutes.The tree fell around 3:20 p.m. across all lanes near Milepost 6.3, but drivers appeared to be making their way around it via the left shoulder. Traffic quickly backed up south of Northeast 63rd Street.The Washington State Department of Transportation said the tree was cleared by about 4 p.m., though some slowdowns for adjusting traffic remained. Crews work to remove a downed tree on northbound Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon in Salmon Creek. Traffic backed up miles south for roughly 40 minutes until the tree was cleared. (WSDOT)last_img read more

SW MiamiDade home destroyed in fire no injuries

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating after, they said, a fire destroyed a home in Southwest Miami-Dade, early Saturday morning.Crews battled the blaze at the home near East Calusa Club Drive and Southwest 100th Terrace.Officials said no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.The cause the fire has not been confirmed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

US May Day Immigration Protests Target Trump Fall Elections

first_img#MayDay, or #InternationalWorkersDay, is when we commemorate the struggle to secure the 8-hour work day and other worker protections. #1u— AFSCME (@AFSCME) May 1, 2018 Share #MayDay2018: Arizona teachers go out on their 4th day of strikes and walkouts, as teacher mobilizations across the country rock a capitalist system failing to provide for people’s needs. #Red4Ed #MayDay— Socialist Alt HTX (@SocialistHTX) May 1, 2018center_img May Day around the world— TIME (@TIME) May 1, 2018Immigrants say President Donald Trump’s administration has become almost everything they feared, but while they rally across the United States on May Day, their focus is less on huge turnout Tuesday than on the first Tuesday in November.Marches and other demonstrations for labor and immigrant rights were planned from Florida to New York to California on International Workers’ Day and come amid similar actions worldwide.“The Trump administration has made very clear that they’ve declared war on the immigrant community on all levels,” said Javier Valdes, co-executive director of the advocacy group Make the Road New York.Immigrant rights groups have joined in May Day activities for more than a decade, initially to push back against harsh legislative proposals and later to clamor for reform and legal status for immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the U.S. as children or overstayed their visas.Now, they want to drive turnout in the midterm elections. Advocates hope voters target lawmakers who have pushed for measures that hurt immigrants and replace them with immigrant-friendly policymakers, said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.“Elections have consequences, and the consequences for our community have been dire, and if we do not change the balance of power, we question our ability to remain free in this country,” she said.Protesters still are taking aim at policy changes under Trump, including a country-specific travel ban, the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, high-profile detention and deportation efforts, and proposals to cut back the overall numbers of people allowed to immigrate permanently.Trump and his supporters say the enforcement and policy changes are needed for national security and economic benefits. Some of the new policies have gotten tangled up in court, and Trump hasn’t secured funding for his coveted border wall with Mexico.After the rallies, immigrant rights groups will join LGBTQ, African-American and women’s organizations this summer to push for the election of new leaders, Salas said, adding that they hope to see more support from Americans who aren’t immigrants.“It is really a fundamental question about what kind of a country we’re going to be,” she said. “For us, the question of immigration is a question about race, and it is also a question about real equality in this country.”Today is the Annual #MayDay March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. It has never been more important to stand with immigrants and demand our government respect the rights of all people.— ACLU of Wisconsin (@ACLUofWisconsin) May 1, 2018last_img read more

State govt to build 83 lakh houses for the rural poor

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to construct 8.30 lakh houses for poorpeople living in the rural areas, under the Banglar Bari project. The houses will be constructed in the current financial year. In the 2018-19 financial year, 5.86 lakh houses have been built under the project, while in the current financial year, another 2.50 lakh houses will be set up. The houses will be built by the Panchayat and Rural Development department. The district magistrates have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries. The Central government will bear 60% of the cost, while 40% cost will be borne by the state government. The toilets will be constructed under Mission Nirmal Bangla project. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe area of the houses will be 25 sq metres. There will be one room, a kitchen, a balcony and a toilet in each. It has been decided that in Jangalmahal, the beneficiaries will get Rs 1.30 lakh while their counterparts in other areas will get Rs 1.20 lakh. It may be mentioned that stress has been given on eight districts in this regard, namely South and North 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly, Murshidabad and East Burdwan. The ministry of Rural Development has increased the financial allotment in the current financial year, on the basis of the good performance of the state government in the last financial year. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed that every house will bear the Banglar Bari tag. Under the project, the beneficiaries can decorate the houses on their own. A similar project for the urban poor has also been taken up. Around 8 lakh people living in the city and suburbs will be brought under the scheme. Around Rs 3.75 lakh will be allotted to construct each house under the project.last_img read more

How to Make an Unsexy Industry Sexier

first_imgNovember 29, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Nothing can kill a conversation faster than starting to talk about something highly technical. This is especially true if you’re talking to someone who isn’t familiar with that technical subject. For today’s business owners, though, it’s more important than ever to be able to turn a specialized concept into something that is understandable for even the least tech-friendly person. If your client “gets it” they will be more likely to buy your product or service.Below are seven industries may be seen by some as “unsexy,” but there are businesses in each space that have found a way to make what they do sound exciting. By studying their examples and business models, we can all learn to better communicate our products and services to investors, potential clients, and other business partners.Related: 7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks SpeakersPoliticsSocial media’s influence on the political elections scene is only going to grow and grow. Political elections have practically become a monster, and Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the system and its flaws.Brigade gained notice as one of the few platforms to accurately predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, based on analysis of social engagement.The company is trying to make government technology interesting by helping voters find ways to ensure their voices are actually heard by the appropriate politicians. The Brigade site’s goal is to bring voters together in one place to enact change. One person can only do so much, but a large group of people pushing for an initiative can get attention.”Most political tools are hopelessly top-down because they are built for professional campaigns and candidates,” says CEO and Co-Founder Matt Mahan. “Brigade starts with the individual voter and her top issues, and then maps out concrete actions she can take to have a real impact.”Related: Why It’s on You to Stop People From Interrupting YouCity PlanningMore and more people are moving and living in cities. Traffic congestion has become a serious problem in most of the larger cities. The nuts and bolts of working on remedies for traffic and other city related issues can also put people to sleep. Face it, the subject can be so boring that Elon Musk even named his tunnel company after that fact.Another company, planning platform Remix, helps public transit agencies relieve these traffic, highway, water systems and other issues too — by analyzing the costs while helping identify the best solutions currently available.Companies like Remix win over customers by solving a problem that impacts the general population on a personal level.The person in charge of planning and projects may be hearing a certain product pitch for the first time. Whether the pitch is for a government official, a venture capitalist, or a consumer, an agency or individual can immediately relate to the pain of sitting in traffic every day. When Remix describes its product to others, they stress the problems that will be solved and therefore immediately create a more interested and engaged audience.Related: 14 Proven Ways to Improve Your Communication SkillsHealth CareTechnology is taking over the healthcare industry, with practitioners and technicians across all specialties constantly working on new ways to improve patient health. Silene Biotech is innovating the stem cell space, allowing consumers to easily bank their stem cells for future use.Explaining the many benefits of this service can sometimes be challenging to a customer base that is still learning about stem cell research. But, the company has found a way to relate to its audience.”Healthcare is becoming more personalized and consumer driven every day, showing promise for Biotech,” says COO and Co-founder Lena Shaw. “However, the space must find a way to build narratives from the perspective of the consumer.””Often in Biotech it’s the complete opposite. The most fascinating discovery in the lab may not be the most relatable discovery to a consumer. Talk to your customers. Give them a chance to share their understanding of the need you feel you’re fulfilling.”Doing something that truly helps people can make health care pretty sexy. The benefits are more instantly apparent and feel good in an industry that has been challenged to really fulfill what it has promised and intends.A huge concern for POC Medical is to insure that they are providing people with their early detection tests for breast cancer. These tests are so low cost that they are making early detection for all women all over the world possible. This includes areas where quality health care is not usually accessible. The company has plans to expand this test for more types of cancer and perhaps even other diseases, saving lives with each new test that is performed.Related: Do Us All a Favor and Stop Saying These Words Around the OfficeRehabsRehabilitation centers may seem difficult to imagine as ever being attractive since traditionally it’s been something no one wants to talk about. However, Rehabs is adding interest to this industry by offering a platform that is mainstreaming the ability to find and match a rehab facility with clients and patients.The site understands the importance of providing more information about the rehabilitation process. This includes articles and reviews of facilities and the value of recovery. Therefore, those seeking this kind of assistance and others around them will see the process as normal and socially acceptable.Related: 12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All CostsEducationA company breathing new life into EdTech is RaiseMe, which connects high school students with universities across the country by letting them earn incremental “micro-scholarships” from the colleges for their achievements in high school.Once a student creates an account, any grades, extracurriculars, and achievements become part of an online portfolio that the college admissions departments see. The service has the potential to modernize the application process, and appeals to anyone who’s ever had to put up with the grueling nature of getting a portfolio together for university admissions.”When the topic of student financial aid seems inaccessible or overly complex to students and their families, this acts as a huge barrier to educational opportunity,” says Co-Founder and CEO Preston Silverman. “Tens of billions of dollars in financial aid gets distributed to students every year, but students often have no way of knowing what that could mean for them in terms of college affordability, until it’s far too late to impact their college ambitions or decisions.”LogisticsArranging to move freight has always been a serious chore for trucking companies (and unfortunately for companies in this space, the subject is boring to talk about). Convoy has been working hard to automate the freight moving process. Instead of making deals with carriers themselves, shippers can use an app to connect with trucking companies that can arrange the moving of their shipments on demand.Although this pain point appeals specifically to the shipping company, businesses that arrange shipments for their items can immediately relate to the burden this app removes. It also opens logistics to smaller businesses that lack the full team necessary to constantly schedule and manage shipments. Unfortunately, the app that once billed itself as “Uber for trucking” now has to deal with Uber becoming one of its competitors.ResearchResearch is an important part of so many activities. From students writing assigned reports to historians finding facts for their latest books. But, the process of searching volumes of materials can be time consuming and unpleasant, especially if you have to comb through multiple different sources.ProQuest specializes in supporting researchers and librarians with the information they need. Currently the service offers access to 90,000 sources and 6 billion digital pages spanning six centuries. Anyone who has ever spent hours trying to get the information they need to support their work can relate to the demand ProQuest is filling.Tech is innovating almost every industry, from the most openly appealing to least glamorous. When the application of a product is one that strikes its audience personally, especially if the app will solve a deep pain point, the public is more likely to personally relate.Consider what you are feeling yourself and make a personal connection when preparing your pitches. Presenting a solution from a personal level is one of the primary ways to take something “boring” and turn it into vitally interesting information to a potential customer. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 8 min read Register Now »last_img read more