People here want a local face, not a celebrity: Gugan Singh

first_imgA man with age over 70, clad in a yellow kurta is going door to door of every village house in North West Delhi. Once a BJP MLA, now AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate for North West Delhi, Gugan Singh Ranga talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh on his poll journey. North West Delhi this time has a tough fight like other seats, what are the issues you are focusing on? This is one of the most underdeveloped and neglected areas in Delhi. After the AAP government was formed, many development works were started. Now work on water pipelines and roads are going on everywhere. But the government has limitations in terms of lands, law and order, these are very big issues. The people have very less access to public amenities, here we need new colleges, universities and also engineering college but the state government does not have the power to do that. I am addressing these issue and telling people about why the AAP raised the demand of the full statehood. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThis is a schedule caste seat and you yourself come from Jatav caste, how will this caste factor work in your favour? This is constitutionally an SC seat but the AAP is not doing any caste centric politics. I have a very good relationship with people of all the castes and even with upper caste people who live here. After the AAP came to power, we have worked for the development of every section of people. We have not done religious and caste-based politics, therefore, I have support from all the sections. It is bizarre that BJP has given the ticket to Hans Raj Hans who is not an SC but a Muslim. We have already put forward all the proofs of this illegal act by BJP. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDelhi dehat as this area is known as is always considered as a place where poor people stay and in mainstream people do not talk about these areas much, how will you deal with these issues? This is the biggest pain of the people North West Delhi constituency. A person who resides in South Delhi is a resident of Delhi and a person from Narela is also a resident of Delhi but people call this area Delhi dehat which means rural Delhi or outer parts of Delhi. One of the major reasons for such perception is because these areas never got a leader who is connected to the ground. To represent the sentiment of these people, you need to walk through the villages of North West, you need to talk to the people, you should know what they are lacking and what they need. After AAP came to power, these areas started developing. I will represent this area to a larger platform and tell the people that this is as much Delhi as like any other section of the state. This time BJP candidate is a celebrity and in comparison, you are just a local face, how is this fight of global vs local? Here people want a face who understands their pain, their demands, their, struggle, their little emotions. These little emotions are very different from songs or cinema or limelight things. The emotions here are raw and connected to the ground, the only person who belongs to this place relate to these needs. Hans Raj Hans from BJP is a great singer and must be a great celebrity but people of this constituency know that he will never stay with them if he wins because his life is very different. But I stay here and always stayed here, served the people. I think that by giving the ticket to an outsider, BJP has made AAP’s chances brighter to win this seat. People of this constituency understand the motive of BJP and these old tricks will not work here.last_img read more

Jesse Williams Isnt Here for the National Anthem Refuses

Jesse Williams has been outspoken about racial injustice. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImageIt looks like the national anthem protest that was driven by Colin Kaepernick has reached Hollywood.Jesse Williams took a page out of Marshawn Lynch’s book and remained seated through “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the regular-season finale of the Ice Cube-founded Big3 basketball tournament.“We’ll stand up when you do …” read the caption the “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote on his Sunday, Aug. 13, Instagram Live video. The statement is believed to be intended for President Donald Trump, who has been slammed for not condemning the racism that spurred the violent response to a protest of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count correlated to leaving the scene after plowing his car into a crowd protesting the white supremacists. One is dead and 19 people have been injured as a result of the collision. read more

Slow start turns into blowout for Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa 483

OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference. read more

Larry Johnson bringing new mindset to Ohio State defensive line

Members of the OSU defense line take part in a drill during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternWhen former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left the Buckeye staff to join the Houston Texans, many wondered if OSU could successfully replace such a polarizing figure.According to its players, OSU has done just that.Larry Johnson, who coached at Penn State from 1996-2013, has made a positive impression on the players he coaches.“It is just a different attitude,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Thursday after practice when comparing Vrabel’s style of coaching to Johnson’s. “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I dare say.”Bosa, who had a breakout freshman year in 2013 — tallying 7.5 sacks, tied for the team lead — said he responds better to Johnson’s uplifting style of coaching.“Coach J is super positive, he is never really tearing anyone down,” Bosa said. “The coaches have been much more positive in trying to coach and make us better.”Teammate and fellow defensive lineman, junior Adolphus Washington, agreed with Bosa and said Johnson has been encouraging the players to succeed.“What is unique about him is that he is always a motivator. He is going to tell you what to do and he is going to show you how to do it and he is going to motivate you to do it,” Washington said. “Instead of using an angrier approach to it, he uses more of a teaching approach.”Johnson said he wants his players to understand the love he has for football as well as showing them the right way to play.“My deal is about passion. I want my guys to see the passion in how I coach. And that’s in my room, off the field and every area of their lives,” Johnson said. “I bring the same intensity, but I’m also teaching at the same time and getting them (to) understand my passion for the game and to feel that.”Despite only being in Columbus for a few months — OSU officially announced Johnson as part of its staff Jan. 16 — Johnson said his players are beginning to buy into what he wants them to.“They’ve got to trust me. I tell them all the time once they drink the Kool-Aid, we’re ready to go,” Johnson said. “Understanding 4-6 (seconds), A-B, that’s the style we’re going to play here, and once they understand my passion for that and then (I) told them the first day I got here I was going to do the best I can to reach them.”The Buckeyes, who were thin on the defensive line last year, will look to try and develop depth, something Johnson said he is striving to achieve.“There’s not a first group, there’s not a second group — there’s a group of guys trying to get better. And I’ve sold them on that idea that there are going to be eight, nine guys playing who compete,” Johnson said. “It’s not the guy who started the game, it’s the guys who finish the game that are going to make a difference. I think they’ve bought into that and I think that’s what’s really neat.”Johnson wants to bring back the “Silver Bullet” mindset the OSU defense did not seem to have last year, as they gave up 38.3 points per game in their last three games, of which they lost two. He said it’s what OSU is known for, and it is what he wants to get back to.“Great defense … I think that’s what we all feel we’re going to get back to,” Johnson said. “So it’s one focus, one fight, one team and just one idea about being the best defense in the country.”Bosa said Johnson has mentioned the Silver Bullet mindset around the players and he is trying to develop an attitude about them.“We watch guys that played before us and how hard they played,” Bosa said. “But again, we are focusing on playing hard and just competing against the offense.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

Christian Eriksen Spurs need to get back on track immediately

first_imgTottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has urged the team to bounce back immediately after their 100% start to the season ended in a 2-1 loss to Watford on SundayThe Lilywhites went ahead at Vicarage Road through Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal in the first half.But headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart handed Watford all three points and maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, whilst ending Spurs’ in the process.“We’re very disappointed,” Eriksen told the club website.“We want and expect to win every game and losing is not something we often do, luckily.“We need to get back on track and do that against Liverpool. That’s the perfect occasion to come back and we’ll do that.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Sunday’s defeat was Spurs’ first in the Premier League for 43 games after taking the lead, which last came back in November 2016 against Chelsea.“It’s not something that often happens to us,” said Eriksen.“That’s what everyone felt, everyone had the feeling that they were not going to score but they got a free-kick in a dangerous place, a decent cross and a good header,” he added.“We had chances, didn’t finish the game and they scored from two set-pieces – we can’t be satisfied with that.“The result against United (3-0 last week) was exceptional but we’re down to earth again. This is football, anything can happen in any game, it goes so quickly with ups and downs.”Spurs will next face Liverpool at Wembley on September 15.last_img read more

Indoor Public Smoking Banned In Alaska Starting Today

first_imgThose who step outside to smoke must been at least 10 feet away from an entrance to a bar or restaurant; and 20 feet of an entrance, open window or heating or ventilation system intake. Smoking in pretty much any workplace whether it’s a public-facing business like restaurants, bars and music venues or more closed to the public like an office or hotel room is also banned. Sen. Micciche: “Senate Bill 63 does not prohibit outdoor smoking except near where it affects others.The bill does not legislate the employment of smokers or non smokers, and local government will retain their ability for more restrictive local provisions.”  Senate Bill 63, commonly called the “Take it Outside Act,” was sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), to protect Alaskans working indoors from secondhand smoke. The ban refers to tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes in public places, including bars and restaurants. The new law also bans smoking outdoors at open-air venues like the seating area of outdoor concerts and sporting events, as well as near entrances to buildings affected by the ban and near playgrounds when children are present. Smoking on public transportation or in shared work vehicles is also banned. Governor Bill Walker signed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill into law in July at the Lucky Wishbone, reportedly the first restaurant in Alaska to go completely smoke-free. If a community decides it wants to allow smoking in those environments, they can choose to “opt out” by putting the question on the ballot for the residents of the area to vote on. Businesses affected by the ban are required to put up signs that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law–Fine $50.” Businesses that fail to post these signs will be liable for a fine between $50 and $300. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Workers and customers of Alaska businesses who smoke will now need to ‘take it outside’ starting today, October 1.last_img read more

Thursday Update Swan Lake Fire Prepares As Warmer Weather Arrives

first_imgCrews are utilizing natural features and existing trails as fire lines to curb eastward fire spread. Brush removal along these trials will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of wetlands and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition. Firefighters will continue working on the east flank of the fire. Air operations will continue to address hotspots near Upper Jean Lake. The creek drainages are expected to have little growth potential in the next 48 hours due to an increase in temperatures. Southwesterly winds will push in Friday, bringing a warm, dry and breezy day to the fire, ahead of a brief cooling on Saturday. Steve Bekkerus with the Incident Command Team: “Weather conditions at the Swan Lake Fire are expected to get warmer and drier over the next several days.”  Bekkerus: “Firefighters at the fire have been working hard over the last few days to shore up the containment lines ahead of warmer weather that will test the efforts of firefighters.” Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire remains at approximately 100,812 acres with 436 on staff, and remains 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling.last_img read more

Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

Layoffs Hit BSAs Boys Life Scouting

first_imgThe Boy Scouts of America are cutting more than 30 positions from the staff of its two flagship magazines—Boy’s Life and Scouting—and its communications department, FOLIO: has learned.BSA says 17 people were laid off on June 10, with another 17 expected to come by the end of the year. A spokesman would not confirm the positions of those being terminated.The moves come after the organization “began discussing a partnership with Pearson [publishing company]” last year “to review [BSA’s] challenges and opportunities from a technology, publications and communications perspective,” according to Deron Smith, director of public relations for BSA, in an email to FOLIO:. “Recently the BSA took a difficult but critical step in transforming the organizational structure of its marketing department which involved eliminating 34 positions deemed not to effectively meet the core objectives of the BSA’s publishing and communications needs,” Smith says. “The BSA expects this change to improve the national council’s ability to serve the BSA’s local councils. “Smith told FOLIO: sister publication min that there are “no plans to change the printing schedule of either publication at this time.” Boy’s Life is monthly; Scouting has five issues per year.Circulation for both titles-currently at just over 1 million for Boy’s Life and just under 1 million for Scouting-has dropped steadily since 2009, per the Alliance for Audited Media.BSA’s magazine publishing revenues have fluctuated, but trended downward over the same period. The segment earned $16.10 million in 2012, according to the organization’s annual report, while operating at a $1.05 million profit margin. BSA cut its publishing expenses by about $900,000 from 2011 to 2012 however (see below).BSA says its providing severance packages and out placement services for the terminated employees, while indicating that the restructuring is unrelated to recent changes in membership standards.BSA voted to allow openly gay youths to join the organization in May after years of opposition.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!More on this topic People on the Move | 06.05.09 People on the Move | 08.13.09 Sporting News Mag Goes Monthly Schofield Media Buys CTQ Emmis Cuts Corporate Salaries by 3 Percent Emmis Cuts 4.5 Percent of WorkforceJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.August 25 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmsGaouette FarmSeafood Express CoCupcake City-ReadingPurple Carrot Bread Co.EJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoTewksbury HoneyHawaiian Jim’s Shave Ice & Co.Guilday GlassKittredge CandlesGrateful TastesSusan Anton, LMTAdditional Attractions:Visit 4-H Science Pirates, Wilmington Minutemen, Wilmington Kiwanis Club, and the Global Children School at the Community TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”last_img read more

Brent Crude Prices Fall to FiveYear Lows at 57 Despite Libyan Output

first_imgBrent Crude prices slid to a new five-year low hovering at $57 on Tuesday even though output disruptions in Libya put a temporary hold on the global supply glut.For February delivery, Brent fell 25 cents to $57.63 as of 0528 GMT, after sliding to $57.37 in the previous session, its lowest level since May 2009, according to Reuters.Oil prices rose to $60 on Monday after supply was disrupted in Libya. A fire caused by political clashes destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude — two days worth of the country’s oil output.The scale of damage is reportedly being established and the government has contacted a US firefighting firm that will help put out the fire. Repair work at the oil storage facility is slated to start in the next five days.Minimal Libyan ImpactLibya produces about 385,000 barrels per day and analysts say that the temporary stop of supply is just a small fraction of the total OPEC output of 1 million barrels per day, which wouldn’t have much impact on the prices.”The loss of a couple hundred thousand barrels from Libya will have a minimal impact on the global supply balance. There’s about 2 million barrels a day of excess production right now, so this will just tighten things a little,” Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.”A year ago this kind of headline ( the Libya fire) would have spurred a $3 to $4 rally. The market is so oversupplied right now that it can’t muster a rally on what are bullish headlines,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group told the agency over the phone.Future of Oil PricesOil prices are expected to witness their steepest decline since 2008 and the second biggest annual slump since the 1980s.Especially with the OPEC refusing to reduce output this time, oil prices are at free fall. Previously experts predicted oil prices to fall to $60 and stabilise there but the recent developments have sprung a surprise and some say that won’t stop there.”A prolonged period of low oil prices is also likely to result in durable economic, political and geopolitical changes that, not so long ago, would have been considered remote, if not unthinkable,” Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE wrote for Bloomberg View.Expect oil prices to keep falling in 2015.”In the immediate term we think the stage is being set for that reduction in production. That’s going to take some time but we believe that in January you’re going to hear more announcements about reduction in drilling and production,” Dan Heckman, a national investment consultant at U.S. Bank Wealth Management told International Business Times.”Sometime in the second half of 2015 we’ll finally see some relief and prices moving up a little bit … but I don’t see us going back up to $100 a barrel over the long term — I’m talking about in the next 18 months to two years,” he added.last_img read more

Stop attacking lets work together Khaleda tells AL

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves Chittagong Circuit House for Cox`s Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday condemned the attacks on her motorcade in Feni and alleged that the attackers are known to the government, reports UNB.”We’ve come here to visit Rohingyas and give them some assistance, but on our way, my convoy came under attack leaving many journalists injured,” she said.The BNP chief further said, “I would like to say the government knows it very well who made the attack. Their photographs have already been published…”She came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after distributing relief materials among displaced Myanmar nationals at Moynargona Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila.Khaleda urged the government to stop this saying that such incidents will not bring any good to the government. “Instead, it’ll make you completely isolated from people. So, stop such acts.”She urged the government to come forward to work together for the welfare of humanity.On Saturday morning, Khaleda set out for Chittagong and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.The attackers damaged a good number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, Ntv and Baishakhi Television, and beat several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar.last_img

2 minor boys drown in Rangamati

first_imgTwo minor boys drowned in a pond at Kaptai Lake in Langdu upazila of Rangamati on Saturday noon, reports UNB.The deceased are Sayeem, 3, son of Md Abdul Jabbar and Minhaj, 3, son of Saidul Islam of the area.Quoting locals, Langdu police station officer-in-charge Ranjan Kumar Samanta said the two kids fell into the lake while playing and locals recovered the bodies around 12pm.Later, they were taken to Langdu hospital where physicians declared them dead, the OC added.last_img

Modi promises inclusive India

first_imgIndia`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during a thanksgiving ceremony by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to its allies at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, on 21 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a huge election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of pursuing business-friendly policies and a hard line on national security.Official data from India’s Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India,” Modi said on Twitter on Thursday. “India wins yet again!”Modi’s victory boosted financial markets as investors expect his government will continue to pursue economic reforms. He will be under pressure to create employment for the tens of millions of young people coming on to the jobs market in the next few years and to boost depressed farm incomes.”The immediate challenges are to address employment, the issue of agricultural income and revive the banking sector,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at Care Ratings in Mumbai.But making good on his promise to unite the country will be difficult as the BJP campaign was often divisive, prompting the minority Muslim community to express fears that they were being treated as second-class citizens.His pledge to take a strong stand against the separatist movement in Muslim-majority Kashmir has also added to tensions with nuclear arch rival Pakistan.Members of his party now want him to take a harder line on national security, as well as build a controversial temple on the site of a mosque that was demolished by a Hindu mob in Ayodhya in 1992.”I want Modi to finish terrorism from Kashmir (and) make Pakistan bite the dust again and again,” Shekhar Chahal, a BJP worker from New Delhi said on Thursday. “I am confident that Modi will also make the temple in Ayodhya.”Celebrations BeginAt BJP headquarters in New Delhi, party workers set off firecrackers and began decorating the building with floral decorations ahead of an expected victory party.”It’s a stamp of approval by voters on the honest and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” said Nalin S Kohli, a BJP spokesman.Congress leaders were sombre.”Why despite a weak economy people preferred the BJP is something we have to understand,” said Salman Soz, a party spokesman.”People have given them a second chance. I hope they use it well.”The NDA’s predicted margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.Final results are due by Thursday evening.Security SwingModi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.However, campaigning shifted towards India’s relationship with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan after a suicide car bomb killed 40 Indian police in the contested Kashmir region in February, to the benefit of the right-wing BJP, analysts said.Long-time foe Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India, but in a possible warning, it announced that it has conducted a training launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which it said is capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons at a range of up to 1,500 miles.The BJP has also capitalised on the star power of Modi, a frenetic campaigner, as well as superior financial resources.It outspent Congress by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters this month.The poor showing from Congress, that was ahead in just 52 seats, will lead to questions over the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty whose father, grandmother and great grandfather all served as prime minister.Gandhi, who is expected to address media at 4:00pm (1030 GMT), trailed the BJP candidate in the Amethi constituency that his family has held almost continuously for the last four decades.”The Congress party has not been able to improve at all,” said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.”One big story is the emerging challenge for the Congress to remain a national alternative to the BJP. That now is under question.”Battle Of BengalThe BJP performed strongly in several states where it has previously struggled, including in West Bengal, where it targeted the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party in campaigning that often turned violent.The BJP was leading in 17 of 42 seats in the state, which sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than the two it won in 2014, Election Commission data showed.”The party is heading for a stunning victory in West Bengal,” said Jayprakash Majumdar, a BJP vice president in the state.Indian stocks surged to historic highs as Modi headed for victory. The broad Nifty index rose as much as 2 per cent, continuing a strong run after exit polls showing a Modi victory were released on Sunday.”For global investors, political stability and continuity is an important factor while taking a view on investing in any country,” said R Sivakumar, head of fixed income at Axis Mutual Fund in Mumbai. “This will keep India on the radar of global equity investors.”last_img

Once Tool to Desegregate HSPVA Doesnt Reflect Diversity in Houston School District

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Laura IsenseeWillie Alston, Jr., is director, actor and playwright for the “Sinister Minister,” a play produced by his community theater group, the Positive Project “Playahz.” 00:00 /04:04center_img In the atrium of an office building in North Houston, Willie Alston, Jr., recently set up rehearsal for his community theater group.He launched into the play’s theme song, the “Sinister Minister,” along with the rest of the cast.  Alston is not only an actor, but also stage manager, director and playwright.He credits his work as an artist today in large part to his experience at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, known as HSPVA. What’s more, he said that the school kept him from dropping out.“That’s the kind of experience I wish I could do over and over and over again,” Alston said.But if Alston tried to go back to HSPVA today, it’d be much tougher to get in. When he attended in the 1970s, integration and diversity were top goals at the school.But in 1997, the Houston school board dropped diversity guidelines for magnets. Now the premier fine arts magnet has a very different demographic profile than the district overall. In Houston schools, roughly eight out of every ten students are low-income and brown or black. At HSPVA, almost half the students are white, and just 15 percent low income.Laura IsenseeHouston Public Media analyzed the demographics of HISD and its premier arts high school. Figures are in percentages. Source: Houston Independent School District.In fact, Houston Public Media analyzed data obtained from HISD and found that the top three ZIP codes that send students to HSPVA are mostly white, affluent areas, like Meyerland, Montrose and near West University. Other parts of town, like some poor, black neighborhoods in Northeast Houston, send no students to HSPVA.That’s very different from the original mission, according to former Houston schools superintendent, Billy Reagan. He took over the district when many considered it the largest segregated school system in the country. It faced a federal order to integrate.“You had black schools, black teachers, white schools, white teachers,” recounted Reagan in an interview. “But the black schools did not have the financial support. They were inferior. So it was truly a major system of segregation and equity. And so we went about dealing with it.”HISDFormer HISD Superintendent Billy Reagan led the district for 12 years and oversaw desegregation. In this photo, he attended the first day of school in August 2012 at Billy Reagan K-8, named after him.Reagan decided to stop forced busing, which he said wasn’t working. He wanted to experiment with a different kind of school, where kids could pursue their passion. They called them “magnet schools.”“And we went throughout the whole district working with communities and they chose from a list of magnets that they felt would appeal to their communities and bring students of different races to their schools,” he said.Reagan, who is white and grew up on a sharecropping farm in East Texas, said that kids had to audition to get a spot at the fine arts school“But with a strong emphasis that we must have a highly integrated school,” he added.It drew teenagers like Willie Alston, who was living in Third Ward. He auditioned, got in and later graduated with the first ever senior class in 1974.“I looked forward to it. I used to hate going to school before HSPVA,” Alston said. “I would be getting up at the crack of dawn … and I’d be practicing different things for different classes and getting ready.”Another person who later benefited from HSPVA, the former superintendent Reagan said: “Ever hear of a lady named Beyoncé?”Laura IsenseeAt one of the last concerts of the school year, HSPVA’s two mariachi groups put on a moving concert. Jay Aiyer, at Texas Southern University, said that the strength of the mariachi group reflects the investment in the arts in middle school. Several middle schools in Houston have mariachi programs, including its middle school fine arts magnet in Meyerland.Today the fine arts high school is so competitive it uses auditions and a lottery to assign spots. Even its novice mariachi group sounds professional.Jay Aiyer, who has studied the issue of magnet schools at Texas Southern University, said that economics – and district priorities – drive the disparity.“It really is an opportunity gap,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a bias in favor of one demographic group or against a particular demographic group.”Rather, Aiyer believes, if the district doesn’t fund arts education early on in many schools, then families have to pay for expensive private lessons. That exposure and training helps boost the odds their kids will qualify for HSPVA.“Arts requires investment. And that investment either happens by the district in elementary and middle school. Or it has to be done on the outside,” Aiyer said.The majority of families in the Houston district are economically disadvantaged and would struggle to afford that.In a statement, the district said that it believes “all students deserve and should have equitable access to high-quality schools and academic programs.”To make sure that happens, HISD is currently reviewing all magnets, which is expected to be completed in January. Sharelast_img read more

With Some Schools Still on Hold Because of Harvey Students Go On

first_img 00:00 /01:00 X Laura IsenseeThird grader Cedric Dupas got to show off his freestyle moves at an interactive hip hop show at Miller Outdoor Theater. He and his classmates at Hilliard Elementary will start their new school year on Monday.Several Houston schools are finally gearing up for back-to-school next week, since Harvey caused extensive damage and delays. But before class starts, some students got a different kind of lesson.That lesson was in the art and culture of Houston hip hop.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/21131921/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-21-at-1.16.02-PM.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dozens of students from Hilliard Elementary in Northeast Houston watched an interactive hip hop show at the Miller Outdoor Theater. Some kids like third grader Cedric Dupas even got on stage.“I feel like awesome, because I danced!” he reported afterwards.It capped off several days of field trips to places like Hermann Park and the Children’s Museum. For teachers it was the first time they’d seen their students this year. “It was nice. The kids was able to get out, get out of the community, you know, since it was destroyed,” said Torrie Taylor, who teaches second grade.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/21131422/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-21-at-12.51.33-PM.mp400:0000:0000:52Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s why she said the best part was: “Seeing the kids having fun, smiles on their faces.”Taylor and her students — along with six other Houston schools — will start the year next Monday. Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

National Weather Service Issues Freeze Watch For Harris County Until Tuesday Morning

first_imgThe National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Freeze Watch for Harris County in effect from midnight to 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day to below freezing levels overnight.No precipitation is expected overnight, but areas where temperatures stay below 25 degrees for an extended period of time could experience a hard freeze. Wind chills are expected to be in the low 20’s going into Tuesday morning.Experts recommend protecting people, pets, plants and pipes (the “Four Ps”) from the cold temperatures.You should dress in layers, and check on any elderly family members or neighbors that may need assistance.Bring pets inside and have plenty of food and water for them. It’s also a good idea to cover or bring in delicate plants to keep them from freezing.Finally, cover exposed pipes to prevent freezing and breaks, and disconnect outdoor hoses. Sharelast_img read more

Cheddar Now on All US OTT Streaming Services Preps Primetime Programming Block

first_img Popular on Variety Cheddar’s linear streams also are available on Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes and on DirecTV’s internet-connected set-tops. It also sends out a live feed via Twitter and sells direct-to-consumer subscriptions (for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year). All told, Cheddar reaches roughly 30 million homes through its deals, according to Steinberg.As part of Cheddar’s push to bring in more revenue with the expanded distribution footprint, the company will launch a block of primetime programming next month, Steinberg said. The weeknight lineup will include “reality-business programming” and a game show, he said. That will extend Cheddar Business’s original content wheel past its current live coverage from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (after which the channel replays highlights from the day).Steinberg declined to provide details of its agreement with Sony for PS Vue or other distributors, but he said unlike other cable TV network startups, “We’ve never written a check for carriage.”The main revenue stream for Cheddar, which calls itself a purveyor of “post-cable networks,” is from advertising and branded content. Last year, the company generated $27 million in revenue (up from $11 million from 2017) and Steinberg is shooting to nearly double sales in 2019.“We are in these premium TV environments, next to CNN, CNBC and Fox News Channel,” he said. “It’s completely work-safe, high-value inventory delivered to young, affluent audiences.” Cheddar’s sponsors and advertisers have included Chase, Goldman Sachs, TradeStation and Fidelity, and Steinberg sees an opportunity to expand beyond the endemic financial-services category.To date, Cheddar has raised $54 million in funding from investors including Amazon, AT&T, Comcast Ventures, Raine Ventures, Liberty Global, Goldman Sachs, Altice USA, the New York Stock Exchange, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.Steinberg is projecting the company to be profitable in the fourth quarter of 2019 “and stay profitable,” he said. “I’m obsessed with keeping the company frugal. You should see our offices.” The company has spent $10 million on acquisitions, including buying RateMyProfessors.com from Viacom last year, and currently has $30 million in the bank between cash and accounts receivable, according to Steinberg. ×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 Video-news startup Cheddar is launching its live-streaming news networks on Sony’s PlayStation Vue, making it the first content provider to span all over-the-top subscription services in the U.S.The company, founded in 2016, operates two networks — the newly rebranded Cheddar Business, positioned as a CNBC-style financial and business network for millennials, and Cheddar News, which it previously called Cheddar Big News. Cheddar’s linear programming is carried on Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV and Philo, and went live on PlayStation Vue on Wednesday (Jan. 23).“We made it our goal to be on every one of these services – which is the future of television,” said Jon Steinberg, founder and CEO of Cheddar. That said, going the OTT route is an easier path: Steinberg acknowledged that “it’s virtually impossible to get traditional channels launched” on traditional pay-TV platforms. Cheddar now has 180 employees, most of whom are based in New York. Cheddar Business broadcasts primarily from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, covering business and tech news. Cheddar News covers general and headline news. On PlayStation Vue, Cheddar Business is available in the Access package, available to all subscribers. Cheddar News is available to all subscribers with the Elite and Ultra packages.Interest has surged among traditional media companies in next-generation streaming video plays: witness Viacom’s $340 million cash deal for Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service.Asked what Cheddar’s exit strategy is, Steinberg said, “I don’t think our exit is going to be someone writing a giant check for us.” He added, “I have no interest in merging with other digital companies.” On the other hand, it would make sense for Cheddar to be part of a local TV station group, or to combine with the news operations of a larger media company if those were to be spun out, Steinberg said.last_img read more

Passwordcracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo

first_img Explore further Researcher Jeremi Gosney, the founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group, was the thinker behind the hardware and software setup that could make 350 billion guesses per second. The result was that eight-character passwords could fall in hours; some passwords could be had in minutes. The deployment that was capable of 350 billion guesses per second was a five-server computer cluster with 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards and virtualization software. The password-penetrating design was able to unleash unexpected speed, ripping through Windows passcodes. Security Ledger runs a detailed account of the rig’s specs and results. According to reports, his approach was enough to brute force eight-character passwords containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols, in just hours.The brute forcing algorithms went to work at speeds that are remarkable. He showed that with the right improved software and powerful hardware, such attacks are quite feasible. His setup is only relevant toward offline attacks, where the thief has already retrieved a password database or file. The cluster that he used would not be relevant to online attacks against a live system. His scenario applies to exploits involving collections of leaked or stolen passwords.Gosney’s success, however, in ripping through eight character passwords will only make security professionals that much more aware of what they already know, that older algorithms and shorter length passwords are vulnerable to attacks. System breaches leading to substantial password leaks have been part of news headlines for some time. Gosney said in an email to Ars Technica that “We can attack hashes approximately four times faster than we could previously.” Gosney has been working on clustering approaches for the last four or five years.The GPU cluster in his recent presentation uses a cluster platform to let each card function as if on a single desktop plus ocl-Hashcat Plus.The general rule for computer users is to think about long and strong passwords, between 13 and 20 characters, if possible. If worried about choosing words that are too “common,” users can turn to password management tools, which are designed to help a user create passwords that are less vulnerable. Are you any good at creating passwords? Citation: Password-cracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-password-cracking-feats-blistering-shown-oslo.html More information: passwords12.at.ifi.uio.no/Jere … _HPC_Passwords12.pdfsecurityledger.com/new-25-gpu- … asswords-in-seconds/www.overclockersclub.com/news/33354/center_img (Phys.org)—Remember when the running advice for password setup was to avoid using your name backwards? My how we have smelled the coffee. A new rig-and-burn presentation for an audience of academics and security professionals at the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway, earlier this month, demonstrated that password-cracking is an easy game with crippling amounts of password theft capable of happening at crippling speed. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Giving a boost to gems and jewellery market

first_imgThe Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair (DJGF), hosted by UBM India, brought back top–notch jewellers, import & export merchants and industry associations in the Capital with its 6th edition. The three day fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi was inaugurated in the presence of Ruby Yadav, Member of Board of Governors, NIFT, Ministry of Textile, Government of India; Ram Niwas Goel, speaker Delhi Legislative Assembly; Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP; Ram Avatar Verma, Chairman, The Bullion and Jewellers Association Delhi among other esteemed guests. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpread over three halls, the event had a glittering display with over 280 participants showcasing, and receiving an overwhelming response from the neighbouring states. The show saw jewellery wholesalers, retailers, jewellery manufacturers and representatives from trade and governmental organisations come under one dedicated expanse to meet, engage, network and grow their business. An insightful seminar on ‘Diamond Assortment and Valuation’ by the National Institute of Diamond and Gems and Design Academy of India was one of the highlights of the fair, along with a 100 plus hosted buyer programme. Speaking on the inauguration, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Currently, as a sector, the Gems and Jewellery market has started witnessing remarkable changes. While still at a nascent stage, the opportunities for growth for the organised retail jewellery market in India are unlimited. UBM India understands the love for sparkle, and through the Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair – will try to further augment this sector.”The DJGF 2017 also witnesed the third edition of the Retail Jewellers Guild Awards on September 10 at The Lalit, New Delhi, a unique initiative by UBM India through which excellence and efforts of individuals & organisations in the Retail Jewellery Business are recognised and honoured on a pan India level.last_img read more