The flip-flop of West Bengal State Election Commission in first extending the deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat polls and taking the decision back the next very day, came under the scanner of the Supreme Court which on Wednesday questioned the rationale behind such a retreat.The top court also said it would pass an order on the issue on August 6 after hearing the matter when the State poll panel urged it to allow declaration of the results of the elections held in phases in May.The State poll panel on the night of April 9 had taken note of several complaints that many intending candidates could not file their nomination papers as either they or their proposers were “obstructed” from submitting them and extended the deadline till 3 p.m. next day. However, it cancelled the order the next morning.“Why did you (State poll panel) first extend the deadline for filing the nomination papers and later take back the decision,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud asked.The Bench said the deadline was extended after poll panel received complaints regarding obstructions in filing of nomination papers and asked whether it had conducted any inquiry before cancelling the decision on extension of time.“Did you (poll panel) make an enquiry about the situation at the ground level before taking back the decision (extending time to file nomination papers),” the Bench asked.Senior advocates Rakesh Dwivedi and Amrendra Sharan, appearing for the State poll panel, urged the court to consider allowing it to declare the results on seats of panchayat polls which were duly contested. To this, the Bench said it would pass order after hearing the matter on August 6. The apex court had earlier expressed shock at the fact that “thousands and thousands” of seats in the recent polls had remained uncontested, observing that these figures showed that grassroots-level democracy was not working.
November 28, 2019
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ He is itching to play but added he is not going to take any risks in reaggravating the injury.“The doctor advised me not to play until I’m 100% healed and I also don’t want to return prematurely.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over Iran Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESStar is expected to miss veteran forward Marc Pingris for another four to six weeks due to a recurring hip injury.But the warrior that he is, Pingris aims to return within the next month. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Returning in four to six weeks is doable. I don’t have any problems with my conditioning, but my target is really to come back in four weeks,” said Pingris in Filipino after the Hotshots opened their campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup with a 103-86 win over Blackwater.The 35-year-old Pingris returned from his one-month trip in Los Angeles, where he underwent rehabilitation to treat his injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Right now he said, he’s 60 percent. In three weeks time, he’ll be back practicing with us,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.Pingris hasn’t seen action since playing in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Barangay Ginebra four months ago where he played through the injury. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
November 28, 2019
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After going undefeated in the group stages, Gilas’ campaign took a turn for the worse following a blowout loss to fierce rival South Korea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lebanon’s naturalized big man Norvel Pelle also gave the Filipinos’ fits, dominating the paint on both ends with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.Gilas, which sorely missed the services of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, faces Jordan on Monday in a duel for seventh place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTerrence Romeo paced the Philippines in scoring with 19 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter where the game was already decided.Frustrations mounted for Gilas late with head coach Chot Reyes getting tossed midway through the final frame. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ woes continued as it suffered a second straight beating this time, at the hands of Lebanon, 106-87, in the classification phase of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Sunday night at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese’ wire-to-wire win with a tournament-high 36 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
November 28, 2019
Rahul GandhiThis could be the year of change for the Congress. The buzz within the party is that Rahul Gandhi will be taking on a more decisive leadership role within the next few months. Highly placed Congress sources say that while Sonia Gandhi is keen to make him working president, Rahul does not feel he is ready yet. He has, however, agreed to play a more active role within the party. This will be the first step back that Sonia takes as Rahul steps forward to claim his legacy; party leadership is a major stop on the road to the goal to making him prime minister.An organisational as well as a comprehensive Cabinet reshuffle is planned post the Assembly elections slated for April-May. This will see many Cabinet heavyweights shifting to the organisation. Contrary to reports, Team Rahul will comprise not only greenhorns from his youth brigade, but will also have experienced leaders from the Rajiv Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi era.Cabinet ministers such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Veerbhadra Singh, Sushilkumar Shinde, Kamal Nath, C.P. Joshi and G.K. Vasan are tipped to be drafted for party work. Most have been complaining that they are at odds in Manmohan Singh’s Government, where emphasis is on bureaucratic-like delivery systems instead of political governance. Manmohan has made this a government where professionals have eclipsed party veterans. The only genuine veteran who cannot be ignored is Pranab Mukherjee.Non-performers such as S.M. Krishna, B.K. Handique, Veerappa Moily and M.S. Gill are likely to be dropped. Gill, the former sports minister, is already sulking at being sidelined to the Department of Statistics in the last reshuffle.advertisementSonia Gandhi and Manmohan SinghThe idea is to groom a team that would connect with Rahul. Fresh faces that could be inducted into the government will vary from professionals such as spokespersons-cum-lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Manish Tiwari, young tribal leaders such as Gajendra Singh Raju Kheri and firebrand youth leaders Manicka Tagore and Vijay Inder Singla. “Low-profile state leaders will be inducted. Their brief will be to use their ministerial posts to improve development in their states. At least, this is what we are expecting,” explains a Cabinet minister.There is a need for revamp. “This is a government where the foreign minister reads the wrong speech, the law minister has not seen the inside of a court room for the last 40 years, the information and broadcasting minister is kept out of government information management, and where we have a risk-averse defence minister who is scared of taking a decision,” says a Congress Lok Sabha MP. Congressmen also complain that upa II is but an extension of upa I. “There are no new faces in the Cabinet. Despite all this talk of bringing in performers and young blood, we still see the same handful of people in Cabinet who were there for the last six and half years,” says another party MP.A change had been promised at the party headquarters ever since upa II took over in 2009 and four of the nine general secretaries became Union ministers. Of the remaining five, the only one with whom Rahul has a working equation is General Secretary Digvijaya Singh. He is courteous to Mohsina Kidwai, helping her with her luggage when he bumped into her on a flight to Lucknow, but has not called on her for political guidance even though she is a part of the Indira era. Another General Secretary, V. Narayanasamy, had a hard time keeping up with Rahul’s swift strides during the Madhya Pradesh Assembly campaign. When he takes over the party apparatus, he needs a team that can both mentor and walk alongside him.There is already a fledgling Team Rahul in place. He has a band of young MPs helping him plan his tours and take on such projects as the Youth Congress talent hunt. However, they work from Rahul’s residence at Tughlaq Lane and not the party headquarters. These include Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda, Jitin Prasada, RPN Singh, Madhu Yaskhi, Sandeep Dikshit and Sachin Pilot. Most are second-term MPs and young dynasts who entered politics at the same time as Rahul. He could now bring them into the system. Some are already ministers but they will be part of the Rahul rejig as he reshuffles his loyalists between the party and the Government. Congress Secretary Jitendar Bhanwar who is currently helping Rahul revamp the youth wings will remain at the party headquarters as Rahul’s right hand man.advertisementWhat is also worrying the party is the power play between senior Cabinet ministers. With Rahul still to indicate whether he is interested in the top job, a turf war has broken out between the second rung of leadership. “The planned reshuffle will end this, especially if he takes over as the working president or some post of authority. This will answer the question-after Manmohan, who?” says a Congress minister.Congressmen have also taken note of Sonia’s statement earlier this month. At a function in honour of the late Ranbir Singh Hooda, a freedom fighter and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s father, she said, “The biggest thing is that he chose to retire from politics at age 64. Today when people are hankering after power and post, the importance of such an outlook increases.” This was seen as a signal not just to end the power play within the Cabinet but some of her colleagues say that she has also indicated her own retirement plans. Sonia is 64 years old.Rajiv Gandhi was party general secretary in 1983-84 while his mother was the Congress president. But unlike Rahul, he did not limit himself to the youth wings but took an active interest in other party affairs. This kind of initiative is lacking in Rahul, who shrugs his shoulders and says that he has his own schedule whenever asked whether he will take on more responsibility. Hence the need to propel him in directions other than his own chartered course.For long, Rahul had only limited himself officially to the brief given to him as a general secretary. It’s only recently, however, that he has been increasing his scope of activities, albeit unofficially. Whether it is M. Karunanidhi or Hillary Clinton dropping in at 10 Janpath to meet Sonia, the young scion is there by his mother’s side. Whenever Rahul is asked about his views on anything other than the youth wing, he says he is a mere general secretary and not authorised to comment on such matters. But as a working president his brief would be broadened, while Sonia would function as the upa Chairperson and a Rajmata-like figure, overseeing the party.The feedback from Uttar Pradesh is not encouraging. This is a state that Rahul has identified himself very closely with. A wipe-out, especially after Bihar, would erode his credibility. Hence the need for him to consolidate his leadership before that. While touring Uttar Pradesh recently, Rahul met a group of young party workers at Raiphulwari. When he exhorted them that the only way forward in the state was to destabilise Mayawati, a young worker stood up and told him, “If you want to destabilise Mayawati, bring Priyanka.” According to the india today Mood of the Nation poll, Rahul’s ratings dropped nine points in a mere span of six months. Clearly, Sonia has realised that she needs to move fast before more party workers turn to Priyanka as their beacon of hope instead of Rahul.The 40-year-old has spent the last six-and-a-half years readying himself for leadership. “Why are you harping about 40 when we have a prime minister-in-waiting at 91,” laughs Digvijaya, taking a dig at L.K Advani, though the BJP leader is not yet a nonagenarian. Yet there is no denying the feeling of drift that has crept into the party. Talk to the average Congress worker and he will complain that the Sonia-Manmohan combination is on the wane. The reluctant Rahul has to play a larger role to energise the party. Now his party wants him to step up. “There is a wide constituency both inside and outside the party which believes he should play a far bigger role across the spectrum of issues in the public domain,” says Tiwari.advertisementThis is also one reason why Manmohan had to limit himself to a cosmetic reshuffle in January. The blueprint of the great Rahul makeover is still being worked out. “Rahul is achieving a quiet revolution of youth empowerment at the grassroots levels,” says Abhishek Singhvi. But this has not really happened.The much-trumpeted process of democracy in the youth wing has only thrown up a bunch of dynasts as youth Congress chiefs. Rahul admitted this at a press conference claiming that democracy has to start from somewhere. Unlike Sanjay or Rajiv, he has not been able to build his band of performers from the youth wing. A Meenakshi Natarajan lacks the fire of an Ambika Soni.During the party plenary last December, Digvijaya had told Rahul that most leaders on the dais, such as Bhupinder Hooda, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Mukul Wasnik and himself, were brought into the Congress by Rajiv when they were in their 30s. He added that they had passed their expiry date and it was now time for Rahul to groom his team.Rumours of Rahul being made working president have been doing the rounds ever since he refused a ministerial berth in upa II. “I cannot confirm or deny this news,” says a party general secretary enigmatically.There has not been a working president of the party since Kamlapati Tripathi was appointed by Indira. Later, Arjun Singh was made vice-president by Rajiv. This experiment did not work well in either case, leading to turf wars. However, Sonia would have no problems of promoting her heir apparent as the working president. The waiting game has to end soon.
November 16, 2019
Republic of Ireland Like Wales without Bale – O’Neill talks up absent Coleman’s importance Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 06:41 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Republic of Ireland Wales Gareth Bale Republic of Ireland v Moldova Moldova WC Qualification Europe The injured right-back, who broke his leg in March, is a “world-class player” like Wales’ forward talisman, according to the Boys in Green’s boss Martin O’Neill believes the Republic of Ireland being without Seamus Coleman is the equivalent to Wales missing Gareth Bale.Wales triumphed 1-0 in Georgia despite being without Bale due to a calf injury that will also rule the Real Madrid forward out of a Group D showdown with Ireland, who beat Moldova 2-0, in Cardiff on Monday.O’Neill feels the absence of right-back Coleman, who broke his leg when the nations last met in March, is just as big for his team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I think that Wales would naturally miss a player of that calibre. We’ve got a world-class player missing ourselves in Seamus Coleman,” he said. “In my mind, he’s as big a loss to us as he is to Wales. Gareth is a world-class player, and he’s a major player.”Him not playing helps, but Wales have been able to win matches without him. I’m sure their mindset was pretty strong.”Thank you for your fantastic support once again tonight! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/Z5kHgOXqar — FAIreland (@FAIreland) October 6, 2017 A first-half double from Daryl Murphy secured Ireland’s victory over Moldova in Dublin, with the result setting up a crucial trip to Cardiff.While Wales need just a point at home to secure second place, the visitors must win to keep alive their dream of reaching next year’s World Cup.O’Neill always expected a close group to go down to the wire and he’s more than happy to have their hopes resting on the outcome of one game.”Regardless of their result in Georgia, we had to win in Cardiff,” he said.”A couple of early goals settled our nerves. We had to get a result here.Wales 200/1 to win the World Cup”Now we have to go and apply ourselves [in Cardiff], play strongly and resolutely and I think we can win the match.”It was always going to be like this. If we said to me that we’d have to go to Wales and win at the start, I’d have taken it.”
October 12, 2019
Rabat- Two Journalists for the Moroccan TV channel 2M were arrested on Wednesday and had their equipment confiscated before they were released by the authorities in Algeria.Two days earlier, Amnesty International accusedAlgeria of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression, in particular press freedom in the presidential elections. It seems that the curbing the freedom of press in Algeria has become a broader suppression of media, as the Algerian authorities prevented Moroccan journalists from covering the presidential elections.According to H24 Info, the cameraman and the correspondent from 2M in Oujda were arrested on Wednesday morning in the Houari Boumediene airport. The authorities released them after the journalists had their equipment confiscated until they could get accreditation. 2M’s journalists immediately went to see an official in the Algerian ministry of Communication to solve the accreditation problem. According to the same source, after several hours of waiting, the minister explained to the journalists that they could cover the presidential elections after they got the accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat.The journalists tried to object to the official’s decision, explaining that it meant going back to Morocco without covering the elections that were going be held on Thursday, April 17th. Yet the minister refused to change his decision, saying “I explained what the law says.”On the other hand, deputy director of 2M Samira Sitail said that the journalists followed all the procedures on time in order to obtain their accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Morocco. “But they did not get any response,” said Sitail.According to H24 Info the TV channel’s demands to obtain accreditation from the Algerian embassy in Rabat to cover the presidential elections in Algeria “were denied without explanation.” The same source added that Algeria promised the TV officials they would approve their journalists’ accreditations when they arrived at the Algerian airport.Yet the Moroccan journalists did not find their accreditation waiting for them in the Algerian airport; instead, they found the policemen waiting to confiscate their cameras and send them back to Morocco without covering the presidential elections. Edited by Jessica Rohan
October 8, 2019
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 41.52 points to 14,983.01, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 46.53 points to 21,831.31. The S&P 500 index was up 0.10 of a point to 2,465.20 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 13.35 points to 6,384.52.The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.31 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 82.32 cents US.The October crude contract was down 96 cents to US$48.13 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down six cents to US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.40 at US$1,348.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down nine cents at US$3.09 a pound.
September 28, 2019
The Columbus Clippers lost 3-2 to the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon after another great pitching performance by Toledo’s Armando Galarraga.A crowd of 6,092 attended the first game of a 10-game home stand for the Clippers at Huntington Park. Weather for the game was surprisingly pleasant, as the rain held off until the eighth inning. Both the Clippers and the Mud Hens received solid performances from their starting pitchers. Hector Rondon pitched five innings for the Clippers, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out five. Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh was pleased with Rondon’s performance. “His last start, I thought he had a good start but just had one bad inning,” Sarbaugh said. “Today he threw well but he had one passed ball that let in a run, and he left a changeup up high to [Jeff] Larish and he put a good swing on it. Other than that, I thought he threw the ball pretty well.”In his second start against the Clippers this year, Galarraga allowed four hits and two runs through six innings and recorded the win. “Galarraga just has good command of his pitches,” Sarbaugh said. “He has really good sink on his fastball, and you can’t really sit on one location and one pitch. He’ll drop arm angles, and the ball moves well to both sides of the plate.”Galarraga pitched six strong innings in a victory against the Clippers on April 15. The Mud Hens scored first in the second inning when Casper Wells scored on a pass ball from third base. In the top of the third inning, Will Rhymes led off the inning with a single. Rondon let up a two-run home run to Larish to make the score 3-0. Trevor Crowe led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Wes Hodges. The Clippers scored another run in the fourth inning as Damaso Espino hit an RBI single to score Brian Bixler and bring the score to 3-2.That would be the end of the scoring for either side as both teams had strong performances from the bullpen. Jay Sborz recorded his seventh save for the Mud Hens and leads the league in that category. The Clippers’ record fell to a division-leading 11-7, while the Mud Hens moved to 10-8. The team’s 11-6 record coming into the game was its best start to a season since 1999. The 1999 team finished the season 83-58, winning the division but losing in the playoffs.Backup catcher Damaso Espino said that there is a good feeling in the dugout after a good start to the 2010 season.“We have a great group of guys. We all get along very well and we’re rooting for each other,” Espino said. “It has been exciting and it is going to be a very fun year.”
September 21, 2019
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3287266 By Associated Press AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, the popular author and filmmaker, has died at the age of 51.She had recently written about being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason.Rosenthal had been diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her longtime literary agent, Amy Rennert, who said Rosenthal “was the most life-affirming person, and love-affirming person”.Fellow author John Green tweeted: “She was a brilliant writer, and an even better friend.” A Chicago native and longtime resident, Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs and the best-selling picture stories Uni the Unicorn and Duck! Rabbit! She made short films and YouTube videos, gave TED talks and provided radio commentary for NPR, among others.She also raised three children and had a flair for random acts of kindness, whether hanging dollar bills from a tree or leaving notes on ATM machines.“I do what feels right to me. If it resonates or plants some seeds, great,” she told Chicago magazine in 2010.Modern LoveWhile her books were noted for their exuberant tone, she started a very different conversation earlier this month with a widely read Modern Love column she wrote for The New York Times. Rosenthal told of learning about her fatal diagnosis, and, in the form of a dating profile, offered tribute to Jason Brian Rosenthal. The essay was titled You May Want to Marry My Husband.“If you’re looking for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel companion, Jason is your man. He also has an affinity for tiny things: taster spoons, little jars, a mini-sculpture of a couple sitting on a bench, which he presented to me as a reminder of how our family began,” she wrote.Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana.“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins,” she added. Amy Krouse Rosenthal Source: Kevin Nance/APRosenthal was a Tufts University graduate who worked in advertising for several years before she had what she called a McEpiphany: she was with her kids at McDonald’s when she promised herself that she would leave advertising and become a writer.Rosenthal more than kept her word; starting in the late 1990s, she regularly published at least a book a year, and sometimes three or four. Rennert said yesterday that she had completed seven more picture books before her death, including a collaboration with her daughter, Paris, called Dear Girl.17 Things I MadeRosenthal loved experimenting with different media, and blending the virtual and physical worlds. One of her favourite projects began with a YouTube video, 17 Things I Made, featuring everything from books she had written to her three children to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At the end of the video, she welcomed fans to join her at Chicago’s Millennium Park, on 8 August, 2008 at 8.08pm. The goal was to make a “cool” 18th thing.Hundreds turned out to “make” things — a grand entrance, a new friend, a splash, something pretty.“I tend to believe whatever you decide to look for you will find, whatever you beckon will eventually beckon you,” she said during a 2012 TED talk.Her books were equally untraditional. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, published in 2016, is divided into chapters named for school subjects, from Geography to Language Arts. Subtitled Not Exactly a Memoir, the book features lists, illustrations, charts, emails and text messages. In a section called Midterm Essay, Rosenthal reflected on middle age and her youthful passion for life.“If it is wonderful, splendid, remarkable — a view outside a window, a lit-up fountain at night, that fig-chorizo appetiser — I am compelled to seek some sort of saturation point, to listen/stare/savor on a loop, to greedily keep at it until I’ve absorbed, absconded with, and drained it of all its magic,” she wrote.“Invariably, I will have to move on before I have had enough. My first word was ‘more’. It may very well be my last.”Read: ‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepensRead: Trump didn’t mean wiretapping when he tweeted about ‘wire tapping’ – Spicer Share Tweet Email Author behind heartbreaking Modern Love essay dies aged 51 Amy Krouse Rosenthal had recently written about being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason. Short URL My friend Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died. She was a brilliant writer, and an even better friend. Amy’s genius was in her generosity…— John Green (@johngreen) March 13, 2017 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 4:04 PM Source: John Green/Twitter Mar 14th 2017, 4:04 PM 21,790 Views
September 19, 2019
Emma Oster is hoping for one big gift when she graduates from Heritage High School in June — a summer job that will help pay her fall tuition at Clark College.But the 17-year-old has already been looking for over a month, and she’s finding prospects are slim for her and her friends. And they’re not the only ones. Even the young college set are having a hard time finding summer work, because as the job market in Clark County has improved dramatically for adults, it’s gotten worse for teens.“Where those jobs used to be plentiful, those are now few and far between,” said Sharon Pesut, executive director of Partners in Careers. “The kids really need to do their research. It’s not as simple as dropping off a résumé anymore. They have to make an impression.”The problemAfter the Great Recession, many adults poured into the sort of service industry jobs that teens typically took in the past. That trend hasn’t changed even as the economy has improved, said Christine Humphrey, WorkFirst’s local program director for job development.Unemployment fell, but the rebounding economy hasn’t re-created the high-wage manufacturing jobs prevalent here around the turn of the century.“It’s become much, much harder for teenagers,” Humphrey said. “Sectors like customer service, retail and fast food — a lot of those have been taken over by adults.”
September 16, 2019
What: Informational meeting about forming a new Rotary Community Corps. Speakers include Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, Rotary District 5100 Governor Mike Caruso and Lewis River Rotary Club President Claire Lider.When: 5:30 p.m. July 12.Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.Information: Claire Lider, email@example.com.Service-minded Clark County residents will soon have another avenue to pursue volunteer projects in the community.The Lewis River Rotary Club is forming and sponsoring a Rotary Community Corps for the Clark County area.A Rotary Community Corps is a group of volunteers who might not belong to a Rotary organization but share Rotary’s values and commitment to volunteerism and service, said Claire Lider, president of the Lewis River Rotary. The group is also a way for folks who are interested in Rotary, but can’t commit the time and money required of a club, to get involved in their community, she said.“One thing that I think all Rotary clubs notice is sometimes people don’t have time to meet weekly but they want to help, so this gives them that avenue,” Lider said.The local Rotary Community Corps will be the first group of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Worldwide, there are 6,700 community corps, Lider said.The community corps is open to people of all ages and does not require club dues. The group will meet monthly to discuss and plan service projects. Group members will decide the time and dates of meetings.
September 15, 2019
More than a third (38%) of respondents believe that senior leaders are overpaid, according to research by reputation management consultancy Lansons and insight agency Opinium.The Britain at work 2016 report, which surveyed 3,002 UK employees, also found that 52% of respondents feel that the level of pay they receive is fair, compared to 44% in 2015.The research also found:Around half (52%) of respondents are proud of the organisation they work for, compared to 48% in 2015.15% of respondents are not proud of the organisation they work for, and 33% are indifferent.A third (33%) do not feel great loyalty to the organisation they work for.36% of respondents would leave their employer tomorrow if they had another job to go to.52% of respondents feel valued as an employee.74% of respondents have access to health and wellbeing benefits, and 5% of respondents do not know if they have access to workplace health and wellbeing support.21% of respondents had been absent because of stress-related conditions in the last 12 months.More than a fifth (23%) have access to occupational health services, 21% can access counselling services or employee assistance programmes, and 11% are offered stress management training or workshops.Scott McKenzie (pictured), director of Lansons’ Change and Employee Engagement practice, said: “A quarter of people off because of stress is staggering, and that’s just in the last year. Not only does this affect the wellbeing of the employee and their families, but employers will eventually feel the impact both on business performance, and on other employees who need to pick up the workload.“Employers have a duty of care to provide appropriate support to their employees in order to address these issues.”
September 6, 2019
Qutubullapur: Commuters are facing a lot of problems due to malfunctioning of streetlights on Qutubullapur pipeline road. It has been for weeks that the streetlights are not working here.K Shiva Kumar, a commuter, said that they are facing problems to travel through this stretch during the night and also because of darkness. Locals alleged that though many representations were made to the concern authorities, they failed to solve the problem. The locals requested the concerned authorities to install the street light as soon as possible for the free flow of traffic.
September 3, 2019
KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the election commission is not ready to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.”The commission has no preparation to use EVMs in the national election. It’ll be used in different local government elections on experimental basis,” he said.The CEC came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon area.About army deployment in the polls, Huda said they did not finalise their decision on it yet. “This is the reality that the army was there in other national polls, but we’re yet to take decision about it. There’s still enough time. Why do you want this decision so soon?”He also said they cannot take the decision on it so early.As his attention was drawn to election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar’s remark that the EC feel army should be deployed in the election, Huda said it was his personal opinion, not the commission’s decision.
September 3, 2019
Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Kamal Hossain speaks at a press conference at the National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloEvidently happy to see former president Badruddoza Chowdhury’s exclusion from the new opposition coalition, ruling Awami League is confident of victory in the next general elections.Yet, AL leaders are preparing for the elections keeping their eye on the coalition, renamed as Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front).The AL policymakers consider the Front without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh of B Chowdhury to be weak and say this ‘vulnerable’ coalition will not be able to realise its demands such as poll-time neutral govenment.”We’ve nothing to worry about the unity of the opposition. It has been forged at a time when they will not find much time to reach the people,” AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque told Prothom Alo.His reaction followed announcement of the Front by reputed jurist Kamal Hossain, and senior BNP leaders and a few other opposition parties and groups, at the National Press Club on Saturday.The AL leader said it would not be possible for the opposition coalition to realise their demand to hold the election under a neutral government, nor could it gain electoral favour due to time constraints.Razzaque shows confidence that their party’s early election preparations would pay off.However, while taking preparing for the elections, the ruling party will keep its focus mainly on what the opposition coalition does, AL insiders admitted.“The 11th parliamentary election will be a bit different from the one held on 5 January 2014. This time around, the Awami League will have to face the National Unity Front led by Kamal Hossain and the BNP,” said one of the AL policymakers seeking anonymity.Some of the AL leaders were relieved when former president Badruddoza Chowdhury and his son Mahi B Chowdhury refrained from joining the unity process at the last moment.The AL camp is firm that the government would hold the 11th parliamentary election in due time and the election would be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina.The elections will be arranged in a manner free from conflict, according to the AL’s plan. The AL leaders hope none will be able to stop the AL-led 14-party alliance from emerging as victorious in the next election as well.Sheikh Hasina, also AL president, asked the party leaders to take preparations keeping in mind the current electoral system, the opposition’s unity process involving the BNP and other opposition parties.She made the directive when the party held its meeting on election manifesto, the day the court delivered the verdict on the 21 August grenade attack case convicting a number of BNP leaders including acting chairman Tarique Rahman.Some AL leaders said in view of the court judgement, the AL’s control over the administration, and ‘geopolitical realities’, nobody will be able to challenge the AL in the elections.The AL is now focussed on election-time government, authoring the election manifesto, selecting party nominees tackling intra-party conflict and expansion of the 14-party alliance.The party is in touch with the left-leaning parties and religion-based political parties and groups.AL leaders said they are trying to ensure participation of highest number of parties in the election if the opposition parties including the BNP boycott the elections.Different government agencies are also active in commissioning the AL plan, the leaders said.Abdur Razzaque, who is assigned to prepare the manifesto, said it has not been finalised yet.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
September 1, 2019
Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO(Updated 08/06/2018) Danny Evans, Vice-Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, has one especially poignant memory of the time he spent living in China, from 2012-2014.“I was at a book store and a Chinese girl came up to me and she basically asked me if I was sick because I was black,” he says. “She told me she wanted to take me to the hospital…she grabbed me and we start walking to the hospital and her parents stopped her saying no, no he’s black. He’s African.”Mateen Kane, center with glasses and gray jacket, is one of several Baltimore students who just departed for a trip to the Fujian Province of China. (Photo by Shameka L. Littles)Evans, who was living there as part of a teacher exchange program called WorldTeach, says that moment amused him, but it also showed him how important it was for black people to have a presence all over the world – working and learning on the word’s stage.He took that memory with him when he and a group of students from several local high schools schools, left Tuesday for a two-week trip to with Xiamen, in the Fujian Province of China. The flight to that part of the world is 22 hours. Evans said that it’s an opportunity for kids who have been studying Chinese language and culture to put their education to the test – but it’s also a chance for them to teach others about what it means to be Black, American, and from Baltimore. Funds for the trip were provided, in part from grants from the Baltimore Community Foundation and the MECU Credit Union.Baltimore has been sister cities with Xiamen, in the Fujian Province of China since 1985. Since then, the two cities have often joined together often – for example, kids from Carver Vocational-Technical High School have what’s called a “sister school agreement” with the Fujian Xiamen Electronic Vocational School since 2010. The agreement includes a student exchange program that first started in 2011. Johns Hopkins Hospital also works closely with the Xiamen Maternity & Child Care Hospital. Still, Evans says, there is still lots of education that can happen between the two cities, and this trip plays a big part in that.“I’ve prepped them for Chinese. I’ve prepped them for how they react to certain situations. To know that people are going to ask you uncomfortable questions. People are going to ask you because they are curious or just don’t know,” he says. “It may seem ignorant, but at least they are asking you and not being negative towards you so you should take that as a way of teaching them.”He says that he also wants the students to know that there is life beyond Baltimore – and that includes lucrative and important career opportunities.“They are preparing themselves now to one day become an ambassador or secretary of state or being a leader of U.S.-China relations, and that’s something that we haven’t seen from our community.”Shameka Littles has noticed that her son, Mateen Kane, has grown tremendously since he traveled to China a few years ago. Kane, 15, will be in tenth grade at Loyola Blakefield, a prep school in Towson, Md. Before that, he attended Baltimore International Academy, where he was immersed in Mandarin Chinese since elementary schoolLittles said that she wanted to maintain his son’s skills and encourage his curiosity about the world, so she had been looking for a summer camp that would give her son the opportunity to travel – that’s when she heard about Evans and the China trip.She says that her son has benefited tremendously from the trip, especially meeting kids from all over the globe.“The thing that they had in common was that they all spoke Mandarin,” she says. “He was able to make friends from around the world in other countries and be immersed in the culture.”She added that living in China gave Kane a greater appreciation for things here in America.“The experience itself opened his mind to comparing other cultures and seeing how things are very restrictive there and not as restrictive here.”Students will keep in contact with each other and with family back here in Baltimore through an app called WeChat. He says the app is similar to Facebook, and is available here, but more commonly used in China. They have to use that because Facebook, Twitter, and even email will be unavailable to them.Evans says that kids, who spent all last school year learning together are ready to take the trip.“They are like brothers on this trip because they have to take care of one another. They realize that this trip is very important for their community, for our community. It’s important for them to all do well,” he says. “They are excited. They are a team, they’re ready.”Correction: A previous version of this story identified Evans as a teacher. He is not. The Afro regrets the error.
September 1, 2019
Hong Kong-based virtual reality (VR) startup Sandbox VR has raised a $68 million Series A round of funding from Andreesen Horowitz, Floodgate Ventures, Stanford University, Triplepoint Capital, CRCM and Alibaba. The company wants to use the new cash infusion to launch new VR centers in New York, Tokyo and elsewhere.Sandbox currently operates VR centers in 6 cities, including San Mateo, Calif., Vancouver and Hong Kong. In those locations, it offers players the opportunity to freely explore a stage, and play together to fight zombies, aliens and undead pirates in a series of location-based VR experiences.“We believe this new medium is not about better movies or a more immersive game,” the company wrote in a blog post Monday. “It’s something else entirely, and we as an industry will need to learn from the best of both mediums — movies and gaming.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 These remarks were echoed by Andreesen Horowitz:“Once the ecosystem around Sandbox begins to achieve critical mass, we expect that the technology will unlock a golden era of storytelling and interactive, immersive entertainment,” said the venture capital firm’s general partner Andrew Chen in a blog post Monday. “Some of this will look like gaming, some will look like film, and yet others will resemble music, documentaries — as well as other new, VR-native genres we’ve yet to invent, in much the same way people eventually moved beyond trying to redo plays in early movies. “Sanbox VR is one of a number of startups looking to create ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters. Others include The Void, which has struck partnerships with Disney and others for high-profile franchise content, Dreamscape and Nomadic.Early anecdotal evidence suggests high demand for some of these experiences, but not every attempt at location-based VR is faring well: Imax, which had big plans for its own VR centers, announced in December that it was exiting the market. The company’s flagship Los Angeles location, which also hosted a Sandbox VR experience, closed in recent weeks.