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first_imgFor many athletes, achievement in one sport at thecollegiate level is something to brag about. For UW cross country team memberGwen Jorgensen, excelling in two sports as a Badger can be included thus far inher unique, athletic, collegiate experience. A junior from Waukesha, Jorgensen left the UW women’sswimming team this past year to focus on running for both the women’s track andcross country teams. “I was graciously given the opportunityto try running for UW,” Jorgensen said in an e-mail. “It sparked an interestthat I prayed a lot about.” A swimmer since the age of seven,Jorgensen was a four-time state qualifier and received three all-conferencehonors for her swimming achievements in high school. Also while at North HighSchool, Jorgensen was recognized as a two-time all-state athlete and three-yearletter winner in another sport — track. Despite her love for swimming,Jorgensen felt pulled in another direction. “I knew that God was puttingsomething different on my heart,” Jorgensen said. “It’s hard to know if you areever making the right decision; however, I just prayed a lot about it and wasable to do what was best for me at the time.”Saturday, the women’s cross countryteam scored 93 points to place third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the IUGolf Course in Bloomington, Ind., Jorgensen was named an All-Region honoree,finishing 11th in a time of 21:25.46. She has come a long way from hertrack debut last March in the Charlotte 49er Classic, where she impressivelyplaced 14th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:43.91. Her improvements,Jorgensen suggests, are due to the overall team focus that she and herteammates embrace.”We have so many talented girls onthe team, which allows us to develop into amazing runners,” Jorgensen said. “Ifone of us is having a bad workout, we have 10-plus other runners who are ableto push the others.”We train as a team so that we cancompete as a team. This is really starting to come together, which is allowingus to improve each meet.”Among her many honorsathletically, Jorgensen has also been recognized for her achievements in theclassroom. This past summer, she was named to the 2007 Division I All-Academicteam, an honor designated to student-athletes with a cumulative grade-pointaverage of 3.25 or better.Accordingto Jorgensen, her academic focus can be attributed to head coach Jim Stintziand the emphasis he has placed upon her and her teammates. “Coach (Stintzi) and all of thewomen on the team appreciate the importance of balance in a student-athlete,”Jorgensen said. “For most of us, after four years, we will have a job that hasnothing to do with running. We realize this and understand the importance ofour academics, which is why we try to excel in (academics) … as well.”The ever-growing list ofJorgensen’s achievements continues to accumulate even at the end of the women’scross country season. By the Big Ten Conference meet a couple of weeks ago, shehad taken 25 seconds off of her track time since her first race, finishing 18thin the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:43.20.At the NCAA Mideast Regional,Jorgensen finished 12th after running a personal best of 4:21.28 in the 1,500-meterpreliminaries. “Any success I have on the courseor track is due to the girls and coaching staff,” Jorgensen said. “The depth oftalent we have on the team is amazing. The gifted women on the team push meevery day to becoming a better runner.”Every day I am learning from theteam. Some women are excellent in workouts, others have a gift for analyzingthe course, and others always know how to get the team ready to race. Each andevery athlete on the team contributes to our success.”  Sunday afternoon, the Badgersfound out they had earned an at-large bid to make their third consecutive tripto the NCAA Championships this coming week in Terre Haute, Ind. Unsurprisingly,the high expectations Jorgensen has for herself off the course will carry over.”We have been improving each meet,and we are all ready to perform at the highest level this weekend,” Jorgensensaid. “We know that we are talented and that we can be in contention comeMonday.” Regardless of the results, asJorgenson’s collegiate career winds to a close, she has no regrets leaving thewater for a move to cross country and track.”AlthoughI miss the swimming team and coaches, I am thankful I made the switch becausethe talented ladies and coaches I am surrounded by now are able to push me andthe rest of my teammates to our potential.”last_img read more

Elderly man fatally stabs landlord in Hialeah

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 90-year-old who reportedly stabbed his landlord to death during an argument.The incident occurred Sunday morning at the Lake Point Plaza Apartments along the 1000 block of West 76th Street.According to the report, witnesses say the victim and the suspect began arguing as they exited the apartment. The argument continued to escalate and that’s when the elderly man stabbed the victim several times.The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.Officials say they were in the process of questioning the suspect when he complained of illness and was transported to an area hospital.Authorities, however, are continuing to investigate the incident.last_img read more

Two River Pride Takes Center Stage

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich had a message for the younger audience members participating in last week’s celebration of Two River Pride. Zipprich, who is openly gay, wanted participants to know that things are getting better.“I think we’ve begun to see a lot more tolerance,” Zipprich said at the June 20 event, held in at the Two River Theater.Organizers of Two River Pride expect the event to become an annual gathering in recognition of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.While Zipprich said things have gotten better, he admitted there is still much work to be done on obtaining equality for the LGBT community. “We also have to get ready for the next generation,” he said.The evening was in large part geared toward a younger audience, giving them an opportunity to talk about their experiences in a nurturing and friendly environment, with positive role models offering their own experiences.A portion of the theater space at 21 Bridge Ave. was transformed into a makeshift coffeehouse – with coffee provided by Coffee Corral on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. There was an open mic session for musical and theatrical performances and reflections by some guest speakers. There was also a chance for participants to have their thoughts and reflections videotaped for use at a later time during various programs in local high schools.Kate Okeson, who helped Zipprich, Borough Council­woman Kathy Horgan and a handful of others organize the event, teaches art at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She is an activist and is co-founder of Make It Better For Youth, a group that works with LGBT youth. She said the event was aimed at “trying to open the network up” for younger people who, while facing the traditional travails of adolescence, are looking to come to terms with their sexuality and deal with peer and familial issues.Okeson and Zipprich said it is good that young people are finding the strength to come out at an earlier age and it allows them to find their place in life. Zipprich, who is 53, said he didn’t come out until he was 37.“That common experience of ‘what will happen if I declare this?” Okeson said. “It can be all consuming, definitely.”“It took me a long time,” Zipprich said, recalling the trepidation he felt about how friends, family and colleagues would feel about his decision. “Was I really willing to give up my relationships with them to live openly?”Sue Fulton and the Giving Voice Choir from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County.Brenda “Sue” Fulton graduated in 1980 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the first class to allow women. She became an Army captain before resigning her commission to come out. Now, with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, those wishing to serve can do so and not be denied the opportunity, she said.Joshua Fontanez of Browns Mill is an Army lieutenant who attended a military college in Vermont, where he says being gay wasn’t easy. “You can wish, hope and want,” he said, “but eventually, you have to put your foot down,” and fight for what you believe is right. Fontanez joined a group of gay students whose motto was “You’re not alone.” The school’s administration was surprised with the growth of the organization. “I knew we were doing the right thing when Fox News started attacking us,” he said.Mayor Pasquale Menna offered a formal proclamation from the borough council honoring the event, and advised the audience to use their vote to get their message across. “Equality is not something that just happens,” he told the mostly youthful audience. “You have to work for it.”After the evening’s events, Jordan Pollak, 19, of Manalapan described himself as a transsexual male, who will enter Rutgers University in the fall and will major in psychology and neurology. “I’m an expanding advocate,” Pollak said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to bring about change.“I actually think events like this can be lifesaving,” Pollak said. “These events can show people they aren’t alone.”Chris Hennessy, a 19-year-old Oceanport resident describ­ed herself as “gender queer.” Hennessy, who is attending Fordham University, said she came out to friends and family while a student at Rumson-Fair Haven High School. “Before I came out, high school was harder for me than after I came out,” she said.The revelation gave her confidence. As for her family, “Before I came out I didn’t know how they would respond,” but they have been quite supportive, Hennessy said. “When I heard about this event I thought I wished there was this type of event when I was younger,” Hennessy said.“We want to thank our youth,” said David Pasquale, chairman of the borough’s Human Relations Commission, and an organizer for the event, “because they always show us the best example.”last_img read more

‘Gutted’ Groves eyes another route to world title after defeat at Wembley

first_imgGeorge Groves vows to eventually achieve his aim of becoming a world champion after his crushing defeat against Carl Froch in their rematch at Wembley.Video courtesy of iFL TVFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Fresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free Music

first_imgLooking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.Rococo Romance: Give Your Video a Classical Cinematic SoundIn the Shadows: The Changing Nature of Horror MusicRoyalty-free Music to Power Your Sports VideosLevel-Up Your Gaming Videos with the Perfect Royalty-Free SoundtrackStrike the Right Balance: Choosing Music for Tutorial Videos Electrify your footage with our music team’s favorite new royalty free tracks.This is as fresh as it gets. Feast your ears on the latest and greatest additions to PremiumBeat’s ever-growing library of best-in-class royalty-free music. With new tunes from established contributors and emerging artists alike, every song on this playlist is a hand-picked favorite of our in-house music team in June.The playlist leads off with “Ambitech” by Dr. Hollywood. Pulsing, chill, and mysterious, with haunting, subtly warped electro elements. The perfect soundtrack for a midnight cruise through a neon wasteland.Image via Grisha Bruev.“Barn Burner” by Flash Fluharty takes a different approach. It feels a little dangerous with its slinky beer-bottle slide guitar and roadhouse attitude. Slip this one into the tape deck of your vintage hot rod and floor it.Meanwhile, “Acid Wash” By Elliot Middleton somehow manages to feel contemporary and nostalgic at the same time, with bittersweet synth lines and guitar tones worthy of the Smiths.Image via optimarc.In addition to these standout tracks, you’ll find club-worthy cuts, hard-charging rock anthems, shimmering indie pop, and so much more. Be among the first to use one of these vital new releases with a simple $49 Standard License that lets you use the track in as many of your videos as you want. In the meantime, explore June’s best in the playlist below. Enjoy. Cover image via Alena Ozerova.Header image via jackbolla.Playlist header image via Alexander Daviduyuk.last_img read more

Social Selling In the Wrong Order

first_imgBefore the social tools were available, researching the contacts within your dream client’s company was a difficult task. To find information, you had to review the business section of the newspaper and the local business journal. Technology has changed the value and availability of information, and there is no reason that you should not research your prospective clients. In fact, you can build quite a dossier with little effort.After research, much of the advice on social begins with a premise that isn’t very helpful and prevents salespeople from producing better prospecting results. That premise is that any attempt to communicate over the phone or face to face must be initiated only after you have developed an online engagement of some sort. This is incorrect, as are many ideas that suggest mutual exclusivity.Wait Not, Want NotWaiting isn’t a sales strategy. It is too passive. Baiting the hook and waiting is a strategy for fisherman.Believing that you have no right to ask for an appointment without having first developed a relationship online is riddled with problems.First, it demonstrates a lack of confidence, an inability to create value. If you believe what you sell will change your dream client’s results, you should be anxious to share it with them. Why would you wait?Second, while you are waiting for relationships to blossom on the social channels, another salesperson can very easily pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with your dream client.Third, if you are pursuing someone’s business, there is no reason that they should have no awareness of that fact. You are supposed to be developing a preference for you, your company, and your offering.Starting PointsThere isn’t a single place or medium from which to open a relationship. You can just easily start with a referral, an email, or a phone call. There is also no single place from which you must begin nurturing a relationship or becoming known as a value creator.So why not begin the process of being known and being known as someone with ideas–who also believes deeply that they have ideas worth their dreams client’s time–with a phone call? There is nothing about making a phone call and requesting an appointment that prevents you from also connecting on LinkedIn and sharing your insights on other social channels.By calling first (or early), you make it known that you have ideas worth your dream client’s time. You avoid the slow, painful creep of poor results that passivity breeds, as well as the competitive losses to someone who did what was necessary to be in front of an opportunity.Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take action and persist over long periods of time.last_img read more

15 days agoDaniel James already feels settled at Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel James already feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James says he feels settled at Manchester United.Following his £15m summer move from Swansea City, James has been one of the stars of United’s difficult start to 2019-20.At 21, James will be one of the younger players in Wales’ starting XI in Slovakia, yet he feels at home in the red jersey.”I think I’ve grown into the Welsh team really well since that game against Slovakia,” he says.”A year ago I wasn’t really playing for Swansea, but everything just happened so quickly. It is just a case of how you grasp that.”If you’d said to me a year ago that I would now be playing regularly for Manchester United and Wales I’d have said: ‘Don’t be silly’.”But things happen so quickly in football and you have to be ready for anything.”It is a very proud moment for me to be playing for my country every time I’m picked. There is going to be pressure this week, but I’m used to that now.” last_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woesby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice can fix England’s defensive woes.Michael Keane’s poor form at international level continued in Friday’s loss to Czech Republic.And Redknapp thinks Rice, who operates in midfield for club and country, can do a job alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.In his column for the Daily Mail, former Three Lions midfielder Redknapp wrote: “Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be.”I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield.”In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that.”He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”Watch West Ham and you’ll see this young man is excellent at what he does. In the Premier League this season, only two midfielders have made more tackles than Rice.”He also ranks fourth for interceptions and seventh for ball recoveries. I believe he could apply those talents to central defence, too, while being the proficient passer Gareth Southgate wants.” last_img read more

Survey New York factories grow at slower pace in November

first_imgWASHINGTON – Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high 30.2 last month. But any reading over zero signals growth. New orders grew faster this month, though shipments and hiring expanded at a slower pace.Across the United States, factories are benefiting from a strengthening global economy and from a weaker dollar, which makes U.S. products cheaper in foreign markets.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported earlier this month that U.S. manufacturing has expanded for 14 straight months.The New York Fed’s report adds to evidence that the U.S. economy is healthy. Growth clocked in at a solid 3 per cent annual pace from July through September on top of a 3.1 per cent gain in the second quarter of the year. Unemployment has dropped to 4.1 per cent, close to a 17-year low.last_img read more

Amid buzz Hedi Slimane unveils deja vu Celine Paris debut

first_imgPARIS – Where Hedi Slimane goes, the buzz is sure to follow.The love-him-or-hate-him designer, credited with starting the global skinny menswear style via Dior Homme and later revamping Saint Laurent, returned at long last to the Paris Fashion Week calendar to unveil his debut at Celine Friday.The reception was muted among critics who viewed it as deja vu from Slimane’s Saint Laurent days.Earlier in the day, Balmain’s ode to Parisian couture impressed insiders at almost as much as the show’s infectious soundtrack, which had model Cara Delevingne lip-synching.Here are some highlights from the Spring 2019 shows:BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ AS CELINE BECOMES SLIMANELady Gaga exited her limo to a flurry of paparazzi snaps.One editor was nearly run over.Catherine Deneuve pouted on the front row inside, as revelers drank from champagne labelled, of course, Céline.This was, by every indication, the biggest show of the calendar.In the giant makeshift Japanese-style building constructed for the 15-minute show at Les Invalides, an in-house staff member then whispered magic words into an earpiece: “The (LVMH-owning) Arnault family is seated and Karl (Lagerfeld) as well.”And that was that — the collection began.Soldiers in regal garb began drumming dramatically as a giant crystal opened to reveal the first look of 96.Some editors raised their eye-brows — others simply smiled — as a polka dot 80s balloon micro dress filed by.This was beginning to look like a case of fashion deja vu.Slimane, in his debut show for storied Maison Céline that was founded in 1945, has done, well, almost exactly what he did at Saint Laurent in his successful creative tenure there from 2012-2016.The sparkling 80s disco micro dresses. The waif-like models who stomped like angry teenagers. The grungy hair. The leopard or striped fur coats. The sparkle.But whatever the inspiration was, there was plenty of style to be had.Frothy shoulderless tops followed hot truncated black leather jackets.Giant round or geometric arms then appeared, cutting a fine shape in some sort of visual reference to the styles of Celine’s predecessor Phoebe Philo.If this was meant as an homage, it was short lived.These ensembles were accessorized with black veiled hats, bringing their style firmly back to the New Romantics-era that Slimane favoured at Saint Laurent.In an audacious admission of pastiche of himself and of fashion in general — square handbags shaped like vintage Chanel sported near interlocking CC’s.Chanel’s designer Lagerfeld, 85, looked on poker faced, next to Lady Gaga.In a first for Celine, Slimane used his love for androgyny to introduce men’s style to the runway.It resulted in some must-have leather shoes — thought the skinny ties on several suit looks were a little unoriginal. They weren’t the only thing.___BALMAIN CHANNELS PARIS FASHION AND MONUMENTSIn homage to the French capital’s reputation as a centre of fashion design know-how, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing declared his mantra was mastering “the rules before you…break them.”Guests at Balmain’s ambitious spring show, including model Alessandra Ambrosio and socialite Olivia Palermo, looked on with delight as the presentation mixed the fashion capital’s traditional couture DNA up in deconstruction.With white the dominant colour, the Balmain atelier’s needle-workers had gone to work skillfully on creating structure.A giant oval wrap that opened in segmented shell-like sections had guests snapping their cameras.The same shell-like sections were seen later, but this time deconstructed, looking almost-upside down, with a fan shape stitched onto a skirt.The look — a skintight white peaked-shoulder gown — was made with strips of material that were snipped away in places to resemble bandages — almost like the wrapping of an Egyptian mummy.The Egypt idea, in fact, was revealed as a dominant theme as the collection progressed.Rousteing explored his “fascination with the impressive obelisks, pyramids and columns that date from Napoleon’s campaigns and adorn” Paris.Dramatic Egyptian shoulders mixed with hieroglyphic prints, while denim and tweed were treated to look like ancient papyrus.Some of the detailing came across as too much, but the enthusiastic applause the designer received was well-deserved.“I enjoy pushing envelopes, thinking outside the box,” he said in a note placed on guest’s seats — in an envelope.___CARA DELEVINGNE LIP-SYNCS, DANCES BACKWARDIt’s quite a feat when a fashion show soundtrack stands out as much as the clothes.At Balmain’s Friday morning show, catchy pop hits had front-row editors tapping their feet, nodding their heads and joyfully mouthing or singing the lyrics.Model and actress Cara Delevingne should be credited for initiating the sing-along enthusiasm among normally purse-lipped fashion insiders.Delevingne opened the show in a white peaked-shoulder coat and metallic black bustier, lip-synching Prince’s “When Doves Cry” all the way down the runway.As she took a finale bow with designer Rousteing, Delevingne mouthed some lyrics again as she danced backward in heels, trying not to trip and sticking her tongue out a few times.The infectious spring collection soundtrack also included Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”It had guests humming all the way down the gilded staircase of the venue — Paris’ opulent City Hall.___ISSEY MIYAKE’S HANDS-ON FASHION“The history of mankind has been made by hands,” Issey Miyake said in presenting a collection featuring a new flexible and malleable cloth.The Franco-Japanese house famed for its cutting-edge use of techno-fabrics this season decided to showcase a material called “DOUGH DOUGH.”The 31-piece collection began underwhelmingly with a series of gowns reminiscent of tie-dye. But then swathes of billowing fabric in celestial blue and white were used to form tops and skirts with beautifully abstract silhouettes.Models in giant hats twisted the rims of the headwear as they smiled and walked by.“Cloth too, seeks freedom,” read the program notes.One scrunched-up grey dress shown toward the end had a wonderful organic feel with veiny stripes.The cloth was a fresh fashion idea by designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_Klast_img read more

BJP candidate Santanu Thakur injured in car accident

first_imgKolkata: BJP candidate from Bongaon constituency Santanu Thakur was injured when the car he was travelling in collided head-on with another car on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday morning. Two others, including the driver, have also sustained some injuries.BJP leaders from North 24-Parganas put up a roadblock on Bongaon-Hanskhali Road on Saturday afternoon resulting in traffic congestion in the area. The roadblock was later lifted following the intervention of senior police officers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident occurred at around 12.30 pm near Hashpur More under Gaighata police station. The car that hit Thakur’s vehicle had a ‘police’ sticker on its windscreen. The frontal portions of both the vehicles were damaged due to the accident. Following the incident, BJP workers went on a rampage ransacking the police vehicle. The incident sparked off tension among the locals. The BJP workers sat on the road and shouted slogans. Thakur, along with two others, was immediately rushed to Bongaon Sub-divisional hospital where they have been undergoing treatment. Thakur has received head injuries in the accident. According to hospital sources, all the injured victims are stated to be in a stable condition. CT scan was performed on Thakur immediately after he was admitted to the hospital. The Election Commission has sought a detailed report on the incident from the District Magistrate of the North 24-Parganas who happened to be the Chief Election Officer of the district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe BJP leaders from the district alleged that it was a deliberate attempt to cause harm to Thakur who had been going to Kalyani to join his election rally. BJP alleged that TMC leaders might have hatched a plan and demanded a thorough inquiry. The district TMC leaders, however, rubbished the allegation saying that BJP was trying to politicise the whole incident after they lost the political foothold in the area. Trinamool Congress district president Jyotipriya Mallick termed it as ‘an orchestrated incident’ and an attempt to win the sympathy of the people ahead of the fifth phase of elections when Bongaon goes to poll. “The car in which Thakur was travelling bears a registration of Uttar Pradesh. Five RSS people were travelling in the car. There was around Rs 25 lakh cash in the car. The BJP candidate from Bongaon was going to distribute the money among the people. The accident occurred when they were trying to flee after being chased by the locals,” Mallick told the reporters during a press conference in the district. Mallick also clarified that the other vehicle involved in the accident was not a police vehicle but was being used by the Central Forces. An FIR has been lodged against those who attacked the police who went to the spot following the incident.last_img read more

Indie Crossword Puzzlers Are Shaking Up A Very Square World

The New York Times3.5 The Washington Post3.9 BuzzFeed3.7 Wall Street Journal3.4 Newsday3.9 CrosSynergy3.3 The Times’ puzzle, though, isn’t the most highly rated on the Web. Indies may be ragtag, but their quality can be remarkably high. The popular blog Diary of a Crossword Fiend lets readers rate a selection of puzzles each day, from one to five stars. Indies do well, with indie icon Matt Gaffney’s topping the list and American Values Club and Quigley’s puzzles averaging above the Times so far this year. (Note, of course, that these ratings are subjective, and come from a highly selected sample of the universe of crossword solvers, namely those who rate crosswords on a crossword blog.)But that the indies are well-received doesn’t make them well-compensated. They’re wrestling with the same confusion about sustainable business models as all the other media upstarts.The New York Times has it relatively easy, with nearly 200,000 digital crossword subscribers, good for over $2 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2016, according to a company press release. When you figure in the hardcopy subscriptions and newsstand purchases due to the puzzle, plus the countless book collections, the Times crossword puzzle is almost certainly worth well north of $10 million a year. (The Times wouldn’t comment beyond what was disclosed in the press release.) Little of that money goes to the constructors: At its rate of $300 for a daily puzzle and $1,000 for a Sunday, I estimate that a little less than $150,000 a year is paid to the crossword constructors themselves.Outside the Times, though, monetization approaches vary wildly. The American Values Club crossword, the indie edited by Tausig, is subscription based. A year’s worth of puzzles is $20, or you can get a single puzzle for a buck, and proceeds are divvied up among constructors quarterly. Depending on the quarter, this model can yield more than the Times’ $300-per-puzzle rate, according to Tausig. “I’ve been a constructor for a long time, and also because I’m a hardcore Marxist, I want to put my money where my mouth is,” he said. Constructors there also retain some future rights to their puzzles. Tausig didn’t give me a precise count of his subscribers, but said there were no fewer than 3,000.Quigley, who runs an eponymous site, was inspired by Radiohead’s 2007 release of “In Rainbows” when he created his pay-what-you-want model. He publishes free puzzles on Mondays and Thursdays, and provides a “tip your constructor” PayPal link on his homepage. Between direct payments and the advertisement it provides for other paying puzzle gigs, Quigley estimated that his site is responsible for two-thirds of his income. He claimed an average of 12,000 people solve a typical puzzle on his site.And Matt Gaffney — whom other indie constructors described to me as the “juggernaut” and the “silverback gorilla” of the field and who tops the ratings list — oversees a mini-factory that publishes eight puzzles a week. About a year ago, Gaffney switched to a subscription-only model for his daily puzzle ($24 a year) which, he told me, has 500 to 600 subscribers. “It seems to be kind of the wave of the future,” he said. “But I think big media, regular media and indie puzzles will always coexist and coevolve for the foreseeable future. I don’t see one putting the other out of business.” Despite that, indies “are where all the crazy, new, fun stuff is happening.”In many ways, the crossword tumult mirrors that of the broader media world, pockmarked with hirings, firings, launches, closings and scandal. BuzzFeed hit the brakes, and USA Today ousted its crossword editor in May. But others hit the gas. The Wall Street Journal added a daily puzzle last September, and The Washington Post tapped a new crossword constructor in November. And Slate, stalwart of internet media, will feature the American Values Club crossword in its paid section, Slate Plus, starting in September.Madison, the former BuzzFeed editor, who has interned for both Shortz and Tausig, is heading back to the indie world himself. According to Madison, the BuzzFeed puzzle’s average 40,000 to 50,000 views didn’t justify its cost at the virally oriented site. (I emailed BuzzFeed for comment but have not yet received one.) He recently announced a new crossword project called Solve the Internet. Details were sketchy, but the description he gave me was heavy on “internet” and “social.” Madison wouldn’t offer a specific launch date but said to expect it soon.“I don’t understand what he’s talking about, but that’s a fantastic thing,” Quigley, 42, said of Madison’s puzzle ideas. “If we don’t go out and try to bring in that younger generation, we’ve got the buggy whip, and we’re gonna get blown out by something else.” Fireball3.9 Jonesin’ Crosswords3.3 Crossword Nation3.9 Brendan Emmett Quigley3.7 Los Angeles Times3.6 Matt Gaffney4.0 American Values Club3.6 Most highly rated crosswords Gawker wasn’t the only irreverent, iconoclastic internet media property to say farewell recently. To a much quieter dirge, the BuzzFeed crossword puzzle published its final edition this month. Its editor, 23-year-old puzzle wunderkind Caleb Madison, for whom this was his first job, left the company to strike out on his own.The BuzzFeed crossword, which launched in October, promised a millennial upheaval to the musty crossword genre: an internet-native, slang-fluent, pop-culture-obsessed puzzle aimed at young solvers. There was hope, given BuzzFeed’s large amounts of traffic, that it would serve as a meaningful competitor to the starchy, hegemonic New York Times crossword. “BuzzFeed Is Revolutionizing the Crossword Puzzle,” an Observer headline declared last year.It didn’t. Yet while BuzzFeed’s puzzle revolution fizzled, a devoted band of ragtag agitators remains devoted to the cause. A vibrant ecosystem of independent crosswords — “indies” — exists on the internet, its component puzzles multiplying and evolving, finding their niche and trying to find ways to survive. And some of them can outrate the gold standard over at the Times.“I think of the indie world like we’re all craft beer brewers,” Brendan Emmett Quigley, a professional puzzle constructor, told me. The Times is a Budweiser lager; the indies are small-batch saisons and IPAs.“My favorite thing about indie puzzles is the timeliness,” Neville Fogarty, an avid indie solver who helped found the Indie 500 crossword tournament, told me. Indie puzzles don’t have to wait months in a publication queue, as they would at the Times. They also aren’t subject to the stylistic constraints of a large media institution. Topics and themes, however recent, modern, niche or profane, are fair game. Nor are they subject to the physical constraints of a major newspaper. With few exceptions, all daily Times puzzles use 15-by-15 grids with rotational symmetry, a convention indies can and do break.Over (craft) beers recently, Ben Tausig,1It was Tausig whose tweet, about a suspiciously duplicated puzzle, eventually led to the FiveThirtyEight investigation into accusations of plagiarism against the crossword editor Timothy Parker. the editor of the acclaimed indie American Values Club crossword, reflected on the early days of indies, over a decade ago. “We were all out in the woods,” he said. “Papers were dying, papers were dropping their crosswords.” And so some crossword designers decided to go it alone. A risky proposition, but one that came with aesthetic upside. These sylvan constructors could rewrite the stylebook. “Crosswords were staid, you know? As much as I enjoyed them, there was always this feeling that the voice of the Times was not my generational voice. It was like, what if you made a crossword about rap, or something? That felt really radical at the time.”Criticism of the Times puzzle seems to have expanded of late, beyond the stylistic and into the political. It’s not just that the Times puzzle is staid, or geared toward olds. It’s been accused of tone deafness on issues of race and gender. A recent clue for the answer HAREM was “Decidedly nonfeminist women’s group,” and the clue “Exasperated comment from a feminist” led to the answer MEN. “Gangsta rap characters” were THUGS.But Will Shortz, the Times puzzle editor since 1993, is an icon for a reason. All the constructors I spoke to praised him for elevating the Times puzzle to its current station. “The Times’ job is arguably much harder, because they have to walk that thin line of making sure everyone is included,” Quigley said. It’s come a long way, too. The Times published its first crossword in 1942. If you scrape off a thick layer of dust, you’ll find a puzzle riddled with obscurities (the poets CRABBE and TASSO, the seaport HAGI, the Dutch town EDE) and ditchwater-dull clues (both IAN and YVON are clued as “Man’s name”). And even if some indie puzzlers would like to foment a revolution, it already took one to get the Times to the solid position it’s in today. Shortz oversaw a transition away from the dryest trivia to a puzzle that does include some popular culture. He has said that anything the paper covers should be fair game for the crossword.“The Times’ crossword audience is broad, from teens up to as old as people get,” Shortz told me in an email. “But the average [age] is higher than that for the indies. So in terms of overall tone and cultural references, the Times puzzle will skew a little older than the indies.” Shortz also mentioned the need for the Times puzzle to have a longer shelf life than the indies, which means it eschews some timelier subjects. The puzzle appears in syndication six weeks after its original publication, and sometimes in books years later. Boston Globe3.1 Chronicle of Higher Education3.3 Includes puzzles appearing at least ten times. Ratings are out of 5.Source: Diary of a Crossword Fiend PUZZLEAVG. USER RATING read more

Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions regarding OSUs matchup with Miami

The No. 17-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) hit the road for their first away game of the 2011 season against the unranked Miami Hurricanes (0-1), which were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. OSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against Miami, including a 31-24 double-overtime victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the 2002 BCS National Championship. Last season’s 36-24 win against the Hurricanes was vacated as part of OSU’s self-imposed penalties for NCAA violations. Here is a discussion of some of the pressing concerns facing the Buckeyes’ in their Week 3 contest against Miami. 1. Should I be concerned about last week’s 27-22 win against Toledo and, if so, how much? It’s reasonable to be worried after Saturday’s closer-than-expected win against Toledo, but only to a certain point. One area of question is the success the Rockets’ quarterbacking duo of sophomore Terrance Owens and junior Austin Dantin had in the game. Owens and Dantin combined to throw for 292 yards against the OSU defense. Perhaps the biggest worry for Buckeye Nation was that their team struggled to stop the offensive weapons Toledo figured to rely on heading into the game — junior wide receiver and kick returner Eric Page and senior running back Adonis Thomas combined for 372 all-purpose yards in the game. But the fact that OSU dropped only two spots in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll from No. 15 to No. 17 could be a sign of respect for the Rockets’ playmakers, and Toledo earned every bit of that respect. For all the missed opportunities and big plays allowed to the Rockets’ predictable playmakers, the Buckeyes defense came up with the stops it needed to win the game. As several players and coaches said after the game, OSU bent but didn’t break. Toledo made a game of it Saturday and that can’t be wholly negative. Buckeye fans got a scare watching the game, but more importantly, players got a formidable test before their first road trip. 2. How will previously-suspended OSU players — sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard — figure into the game plan against the Hurricanes Saturday? The NCAA reinstated Brown, Hall and Howard on Tuesday. Each player was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Coach Luke Fickell said on several occasions that he would focus on the players that were present and not suspended. Additionally, Fickell said the players returning from punishment would have to win their jobs back from the starters that filled in for them during wins against Akron and Toledo. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman announced Wednesday that Hall will start at tailback for the Buckeyes against Miami even though Fickell said the sophomore running back Carlos Hyde was the team’s starter after the Toledo win. In all likelihood, perhaps Hall also outperformed Hyde in practice this week. Sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke has played well in Howard’s absence and was also listed as a starter on the team’s depth chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday. Howard and Brown were not listed on the depth chart. 3. Which players on the Hurricanes could hurt the Buckeyes on Saturday? The list of Miami players whom are certain to pose a threat to OSU starts with redshirt sophomore running back Lamar Miller, who rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries while also scoring a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ season-opening loss to Maryland. Miller will also pose a dual threat to the Buckeyes as he amassed 100 return yards on four kick returns against the Terrapins. As far as wide receiving targets are concerned, none of the Hurricanes’ receivers put up eye-popping numbers against Maryland. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Morris spread the ball around in the season opener, completing passes to nine different players in the game. Sophomore Allen Hurns led all the Hurricanes’ receivers with 69 yards on four catches. And, of course, there’s senior quarterback Jacory Harris, who is returning from a one-game suspension. Harris was one of eight players suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. The Miami quarterback hasn’t seen action since Dec. 31, 2010, when the Hurricanes’ lost, 33-17, to Notre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Given the amount of time it has been since Harris’ last meaningful snap, it is hard to say how threatening he’ll be on Saturday. In 2010, Harris threw for 1,793 yards and 14 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, with four of those interceptions coming against the Buckeyes during the teams’ Week 2 matchup last fall. Harris figures to be an “X” factor in Saturday’s game. Another interception-laden performance against OSU would likely be Miami’s downfall. A strong 2011 debut for Harris could have the Buckeyes’ defense back-peddling and chasing the ‘Canes throughout the game. 4. How will this young Buckeyes team react to a hostile, away-game environment? When you consider that members of this OSU team have played in famously large and loud Big Ten stadiums such as Michigan Stadium, Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Miami’s Sun Life Stadium just doesn’t compare. Miami students and fans will make some noise for the nationally-televised night game, but it won’t be anything the Buckeyes haven’t experienced before. According to a Hurricanes’ press release, their home field holds 74,916 fans — six Big Ten stadiums hold more. Upperclassmen leadership will be key for the Buckeyes, and many members of the team are capable of providing it to the team’s underclassmen. 5. Can quarterback Joe Bauserman lead the Buckeyes to the third win against Miami in program history? In a word, yes. Fans booed and jeered the redshirt senior quarterback on Saturday against Toledo while simultaneously calling for Braxton Miller to go under center for the team. Statistics support any decision by Fickell to entrust the team’s fate to Bauserman on Saturday. Bauserman has passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns against Akron and Toledo. Most important, though, is the fact that he hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked. Sun Life Stadium may or may not present an intimidating atmosphere on this weekend, but it’s still worth questioning how Miller, a true freshman who has never played in any kind of hostile environment at the collegiate level, would respond to those conditions. The Buckeyes would do well to stick with Bauserman — the better-known commodity — throughout Saturday’s game. EXTRA POINT — Suspension updates for both teams OSU’s Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. For Miami, Harris, along with linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and receiver Travis Benjamin return to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, however, remain suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro. Final score prediction: OSU 31-27 Miami read more

JAMAICA Special provision for disabled persons under NIDS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 17, 2017 – Kingston – Special provisions will be made for persons with disabilities and the indigent under the National Identification System (NIDS).  This was disclosed by Programme Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, during a press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday (November 14).“We intend to have 43 enrolment centres across the island (and) those centres will be configured in such a way that will cater for the entire population (including) persons with disabilities,” he said.He noted that to enroll in the system, persons will be required to give their full name, date of birth, and biometric information, which includes fingerprint, facial image and a manual signature.   However, for persons with disabilities who are unable to give some of the core biometric information required, Mr. Vernon noted that “we will use other biometric attributes in order to register the individual”.In the meantime, Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan, noted that there will be static and mobile registration facilities set up for enrolment.“The static facilities (will be at) a government office where… you can register.   The mobile (is for) persons who are indigent, shut-ins, persons (with disabilities) and (those) within the penal institutions,” he noted.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in a statement expressed full support of NIDS, especially in terms of its facilitation of the disabled.   She noted that it is imperative that persons with disabilities be empowered and feel that they are a part of what is happening in the society “and NIDS is now an additional arm to facilitate this process”.“To this end, the registration of all citizens, particularly those living with disabilities, is encouraged, to enable the Government to properly identify and plan for these persons,” she said.Implementation of NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) with 168 amendments and has been returned to the House of Representatives for approval.With anticipated funding of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.   This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a period of three to four years.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

McCain to Resist House Plan to Bolster Base Budget with OCO Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Tuesday said it is unlikely his panel’s fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill would follow the House’s lead in using $23 billion from DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost the department’s base budget.House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the maneuver as a way to make up for a troubling shortfall in military readiness. The move would provide an extra $18 billion in base defense spending beyond the Obama administration’s budget request, but cause funding for operations overseas to run out in April 2017 and force the next president to request supplemental war funding before that point.“We are probably not going to go down that path,” McCain told CQ Roll Call. McCain said he is considering a number of options but would not disclose his plans. The Senate Armed Services Committee marks up its version of the annual defense policy bill next month.Any differences in how the two chambers’ authorization bills allocate funding would need to be reconciled in conference.last_img read more