Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar said on Sunday that his party was “optimistic” of a grand alliance in the State for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He said the people want the Opposition to contest the general elections in Uttar Pradesh together.“In the present scenario, irrespective of the party and the pressures they might be facing from their voters, we have to unitedly contest the Lok Sabha polls,” Mr. Babbar said.“In the Lok Sabha elections in U.P., I’m optimistic of a grand alliance…Lok Sabha elections are at the national level and there are only two forces. I’m not saying that there are only two parties, but there are only two ideologies. One is of Gandhiji on which the Congress runs and other is of the RSS which is in search of credibility,” he said.Mr. Babbar claimed that the RSS was searching for credibility since 1924 and that it had no identity.“They (BJP) have a majority government, but still Hindus and Muslims are being made to realise their differences. They said they got a big majority and have reduced everyone (all other parties) to zero. But can they destroy our ideology completely,” he asked.Referring to a three-day conclave held by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi, the Congress leader alleged the the Sangh misused the government and for the first time Vigyan Bhavan was used for a non-government programme.
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(REOPENS DEL 32) (REOPENS DEL 32) “I said it before, we have number of guys in 30s and we came here in this tournament not playing a T20 in the calendar year, where we saw lot of (things) against us. That really brought the team closer together,” Sammy added. “Youve to see the way weve played. We think its us against the world. That 15 players and the support staff, its just us, our own new circle against the world and thats how weve gone out and played.” High on confidence after some good performances in Super 10 stage, the West Indies captain said his team was looking forward to playing the home team. “Nobody gave us a chance and a lot was said about us which weve not spoken about. We had our moment but as I said (there are) six steps to (win) the World Cup. Weve taken four. We had a little wobble in the match against Afghanistan but weve dusted ourselves up and the step tomorrow is against India and were looking forward to it,” he said. Sammy pointed out that both the teams have players who are very good in the shortest format. “You look at the two sides, especially with the experience in the dressing room playing T20s in both sides. We have players who play all around the world with a lot of experience. When you have somebody like Chris Gayle in the dressing room, who I think is the best T20 batsman in the world, his record speaks for itself. Other quality players in our team — Bravo, Russell, Badree, Benn. Its a good combination which allows you to win cricket matches. “On the other hand, you have somebody like Virat in India team, MS Dhoni and (Suresh) Raina, and all these guys. Both teams are really good and we are looking forward to that. What better place to play (than) here in Mumbai, (which is) one of the best wickets in India. Its going to be exciting,” he said. Stating that West Indian players always enjoy playing in India, he said: “A number of our players play here (in IPL). We have a lot of respect and camaraderie in the group.” On Wankhede pitch, Sammy gave a tongue-in-cheek reply, saying: “To be honest, I just want (a pitch) 22 yards long and probably 6 feet wide. Thats a good cricket wicket. We play on whatever wicket is given. It is a semifinal, a lot is at stake. Whatever is given, were ready to face the challenge.” PTI SSR CM PMadvertisement
New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Shivam Mehta and Muskan Sangwan clinched the under-15 boy’s and girls singles titles respectively as the Delhi leg of Season 4 of PNB MetLife junior badminton championship concluded at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here today. In the boys singles U-15 category, Shivam defeated Dev Maheshwari 22-20 13-21 21-19, while Muskan beat Mansa Rawat 21-17, 21-19 in girls singles U-15 category. The winners were felicitated by the Chief Guest, Shrikant Bakshi, former international badminton player and Thomas Cup player. The Grand Finale of this years championship is scheduled from August 9 in New Delhi. PTI ATKATK
They had to have an average of 90 per cent and more This year they sought to give two high school students five-year scholarships Story Highlights Alpart has provided educational assistance to 625 students in South Manchester and St. Elizabeth As part of its quest to support the development of children, Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart), through its Community Council, has provided educational assistance to 625 students in South Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, valued at $2.6 million.Speaking at a back-to-school ceremony, held at the Alpart Sports Club, in Nain, St. Elizabeth, on August 15, Administrator of the Council, Camilla Blake, explained that the educational programme, now in its third year, has reached more students than in previous times.“The programme assists needy students at all levels of the educational spectrum -early childhood level, primary level, secondary level and tertiary level – and they are all drawn from the communities neighbouring Alpart,” he noted.While the initiative has catered to all categories of students, this year they sought to give two high school students five-year scholarships that would take them through their secondary education.“They had to have an average of 90 per cent and more. Applicants had to demonstrate financial need, and they had to have a good record of discipline and potential at their school; and took part in extra curricula activities, because we are looking for rounded individuals,” Miss Blake said.“We had 17 applicants who fit the criteria outlined. After an interview process and deliberations, the two successful students were selected, and a decision was made by management that hard work should be rewarded, so each of the other 15 applicants will receive a grant valued at $15,000 for their first year at high school,” she said.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South Manchester, Hon. Michael Peart, provided educational support for some 150 students residing in the Alligator Pond Division, at a cost of over $500,000 from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).“Next year we will be taking this programme to another level where your academic achievement and your attendance record will be investigated before a disbursement is made, to make sure that students who benefit from the programme are deserving of it, not only on need, but on performance,” Mr. Peart said.Both the Member of Parliament for South East St. Elizabeth, Mr. Richard Parchment, and Managing Director for Alpart, Mr. Timothy O’Driscoll, encouraged the students to do their best at school and reap the rewards in later years.For his part, Chairman of the Council, Lenworth Blake, reported that the group has spent some $12 million over the past year to develop communities, and for educational development.“There is no community around the plant where we have not done a project. We have helped the farmers, police station, fire station, and community centres. We also see the worth of education and we are prepared to invest in education,” Mr. Blake told the audience.
-30- Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. Detour signage is available. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860
ABrandson@aptn.ca@abrandson Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe 2019 Indigenous Music Awards handed out the hardware on May 17 at a ceremony in Winnipeg hosted by singer-songwriter Beatrice Love and Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland.The highest honour of the night was awarded to Ernest Monias, the “Elvis of the North.”Monias received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.“I thank the Creator for the gift of music that was handed down to me,” the 70-year-old performer told the appreciative crowd.Monias has been performing for about 50 years and released 18 albums in genres including rock, country, gospel, and even a Christmas album.He appeared deeply touched by the recognition.“Most of all, all the First Nations people across our sacred land of Canada and all over the globe,” he said, “I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”The awards are part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, which celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music.Here is the list of winners:-Best Blues Album: Cary Morin, When I Rise– Best Country Album: Don Amero, Evolution – Best Electronic Music: Dj Krayzkree, Future Generations– Best Folk Album: Beatrice Deer, My All to You– Best Gospel Album: Yvonne St. Germaine, Country Christmas– Best Hand Drum Album: Laura Grizzlypaws, Come HomeAngela Amarualik (Ashley Brandson/APTN)– Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album: Angela Amarualik, Angela Amarualik– Best Instrumental Album: Jamie Medicine Crane, Honouring Life Mimi O’Bonsawin (Ashley Brandson/APTN)– Best Pop Album: Mimi O’Bonsawin, Connected– Best Pow Wow Contemporary Album: Young Spirit, Red Dress Special– Best Pow Wow Traditional Album: Chippewa Travellers, Waseyasige: Shining Brightly– Best Rap/Hip Hop: Buggin Malone, Humanity Volume 1– Best Rock Album: Samantha Craine, You Had Me At Goodbye– Best New Artist: Janel Munoa, Howls from the Deep in the WoodsLogan Staats (Ashley Brandson,/APTN)– Best Radio Single: Logan Staats, The Lucky Ones– Best Music Video: Supaman, Miracle– Best Producer/Engineer: Sandra Sutter, Cluster Stars– Best International Indigenous Release: Solju, Odda Aigodate (New Times)– Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music: CBC Radio Unreserved, Unreserved– Indigenous Film Award: Erica Daniels, Run as One – The Journey of the Front Runners– 2019 TD Indigneous Songwriter Award: AnachnidThe 2020 Indigenous Music Awards will be held next September in Edmonton, AB.
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada says deputy governor Lynn Patterson will retire on July 19.Patterson joined the Bank of Canada in 2013 as special adviser to the governor and senior representative at the bank’s Toronto regional office.She was appointed a deputy governor in May 2014 and was responsible for overseeing the central bank’s analysis and activities in promoting a stable and efficient financial system.Before working at the Bank of Canada, Patterson had an extensive career in capital markets, including as president and country head for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Canada.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said Patterson has had a tremendous influence during her tenure at the central bank.He noted that she played a key role in advancing important capital market initiatives — including establishing the Canadian Fixed Income Forum. The Canadian Press
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Pickup truck and homes vandalizedMultiple homes and a vehicle were the target of vandalism along Francis Street and Water Street in Charlotteville.A pickup truck and two homes were spray painted with profanities and derogatory comments. Investigators are reviewing video surveillance in an attempt to identify those responsible.Police were called to investigate just before 11 a.m. on Aug. 19. Two motorcycles stolenTwo Harley Davidson motorcycles were stolen from a St. George Street property in Port Dover sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 15.One of the stolen motorcycles were described as a black-coloured 1997 Harley Davidson FXS model with chrome and spoke rims. It has a large window and a Rumble Doll decal. The second motorcycle was a black-coloured 1999 Harley Davidson FatBoy.“These bikes should stand out in the community,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.Purse and wallet stolen from homeA home on Grove Street in Simcoe was entered in the early hours of Aug. 20 and a purse was stolen while the homeowner was asleep nearby.The purse and a wallet that had been sitting on the kitchen counter were removed. They contained personal and financial information.The thief entered the home through a rear door. OPP are reminding the public to lock all doors and windows.Ownership documents stolen from vehiclesTwo unlocked vehicles at a property on Second Avenue West in Simcoe were entered and had the ownership documents removed.Police say the theft occurred in the early hours of Aug. 20.The OPP is urging all vehicle owners to lock and secure their vehicle and to remove any valuables. If anyone observes suspicious activity they are being asked to call police immediately. Wallet stolen from unlocked vehicleAt some point between Aug. 16 and 19 an unlocked vehicle on Norfolk Street South, Simcoe, was entered and a wallet was removed.The wallet contained personal and financial information along with a quantity of Canadian currency. Suspected shoplifter chased down by store ownerA woman has been charged with theft after a Walker Street, Port Dover, store owner chased her down.Police say a woman attended the store and removed a quantity of merchandise and then left the area on foot. The owner of the store followed the woman and immediately contacted police.Officers patrolling the area arrived on scene and located the woman, who was subsequently taken into custody without incident.A 39-year-old Hamilton has been charged with theft.Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com.
Mr. Faki Mahamat and Mr. Guterres reaffirmed their commitment to continue to closely follow all political developments and to support ECOWAS in its efforts to ensure a swift resolution of the protracted crisis in Guinea-Bissau, and stand ready to employ additional measures, should the situation warrant it.According to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by chronic political instability since gaining independence in 1974. The DPA provides support and oversight to the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), a special political mission first established in 1999 following a two-year civil war in the country. Since mid-2016, the Mission is headed by the Secretary-General’s Representative, Modibo I. Touré. The main priorities of UNIOGBIS are to support efforts to consolidate constitutional order, further political dialogue and national reconciliation, encourage security sector reform, and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. The mission has provided assistance in several national elections, including during the legislative and presidential elections in April and May 2014, and has again been mandated by the Security Council to work closely with national authorities as well as the United nations country team (UNCT) in support of the timely conduct of legislative and presidential elections in 2018 and 2019, respectively. “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, express concern over the protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau despite the multiple opportunities offered to the main political stakeholders to arrive at a consensual arrangement,” said an AU-UN joint statement. “They condemn the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cabo Verde (PAIGC) from convening and holding its Party Congress, including the directive given to national security services to evacuate and shutter the party’s headquarters,” it added. Mr. Faki Mahamat and Mr. Guterres called on all relevant authorities to strictly adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law and to immediately remove all restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly, political participation and freedom of speech.They fully endorsed the recent decisions on Guinea-Bissau taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 27 January and endorsed by the AU on 29 January.They also supported the measures being taken by ECOWAS against “political obstructionists” in the country, welcoming the communiqué issued by the ECOWAS ministerial mission that visited Guinea-Bissau on 31 January and 1 February. Further, they reiterated their endorsement of the centrality of the Conakry Agreement of 14 October 2016, which, inter alia, provides for the appointment of a consensual Prime Minister, and called on the main political stakeholders to faithfully and urgently implement this Agreement, as well as the ECOWAS Roadmap to which they have all signed up to.
Global supplier of engineering solutions Weir Minerals today announced its sponsorship of CEEC International. Weir Minerals is the global leader in the provision of slurry handling equipment used in mining and mineral processing applications. The company recently signed an exclusive and perpetual license for KHD high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR), having direct control over the design, manufacture and distribution of HPGR in minerals processing applications using KHD technology.“We are excited to be sponsoring CEEC, whose work highlights and promotes the efficiency gains possible in ore processing through improved processes and new technology. This aligns with our strategy of maximising our customers’ comminution productivity levels. CEEC also provides a mechanism for us to workshop continued improvements with like-minded experts,” said Weir Minerals Global Comminution VP, Dr. Ekkhart Matthies.HPGR technology has been demonstrated to deliver significant productivity gains in mineral processing, particularly hard rock mining operations. As ore grades decline and more challenging resources are mined, HPGR technology will have a critical role to play.Weir also offers other comminution equipment, design and service such as crushers and screens under itsr ‘Enduron’ product banner, as well as world leading mill linings and screen media solutions.CEEC is a not-for-profit company funded wholly by sponsorship from the minerals industry. CEEC is sponsored by Anglo American, Barrick Gold, Gold Fields , Newcrest Mining, Indophil Resources, Gekko Systems , Ausenco , Xstrata Technology , Outotec, Orica Mining Services, Derrick Corp, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech, MMG, and Russell Mineral Equipment. CEEC enjoys the patronage of Nick Holland, CEO of Gold Fields and Owen Hegarty, of G-Resources Group .
The World Championship silver medalists, team of Norway, won the Gjensidige Cup played on home soil at Terningen Arena. Sagosen and his compatriots beat all three rivals – Iceland, Sweden and Poland, to win the trophy ahead of qualification matches for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.Poland – Sweden (10-16) 27-33Norway – Iceland ( 19-15) 36-30Friday June 9Iceland – Poland (13-12) 24-21Norway – Sweden (10-11) 22-21Sunday, June 11Sweden – Iceland (13-12) 23-23Norway – Poland (MAX) (20-9) 41-22 ← Previous Story FC PORTO WANT TROPHIES: Lars Walther overtakes “Dragons” Next Story → SHOCK IN QATAR: El Jaish and Lekhwya to merge in DUHAIL
Every morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #STICK TO THE PLAN: The state’s fiscal watchdog has warned the Government to push ahead with the planned €2 billion budget reduction next year.2. #GOING BACK: 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Baghdad to help American personnel and protect the embassy.3. ‘NO SURRENDER’: Mortgage advisers the IMHO are calling on people who aren’t being offered a sustainable debt solution to stop paying their mortgage and remain in their homes.4. #JUMANJI: A couple in their 50s have been rescued in a five-hour operation after becoming stranded in what rescuers described as a very dense rhododendron forest.5. #BOAT DISASTER: Families of asylum-seekers killed in a shipwreck off Australia’s Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the government, arguing it breached its duty of care.6. #MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Junior Minister Alex White has said that he does not think Ireland is in a position to fully legalise cannabis but that he keeps “a very close eye” on what’s happening internationally.7. #MH370: Search teams looking for the airliner say they have now calculated the plane’s most likely flight path and a “hotspot” in the southern Indian Ocean in which it most likely came down.8. E-CIGARETTES: The British Medical Journal has found that 37% of people surveyed in Ireland believe that e-cigarettes are harmful.9. #ON YISSER BIKES: More people with higher incomes who have their own cars are choosing to cycle to work.
Paludisme : un nouveau vaccin efficace à 70% C’est un pas de plus vers une prévention efficace du paludisme que vient de faire une équipe de chercheurs japonais de l’Université d’Osaka au Japon. Ceux-ci ont mis au point un vaccin qui protégerait à 70% la population prenant le relais du précèdent vaccin mis au point par des Britanniques et ne protégeant que jusqu’à 4 ans.Vendredi, une équipe de chercheurs japonais de l’Université d’Osaka au Japon a annoncé avoir développé un vaccin qui protégerait à 70% contre le paludisme. Une nouvelle qui a été publiée mardi sur le site scientifique américain PLOS One. “L’effet de ce vaccin est plus important que celui de tous les traitements existants” expliquent les scientifiques. Concrètement, ce nouveau vaccin serait une combinaison habile de poudre (dérivée d’une protéine génétiquement modifiée, trouvée à l’intérieur du parasite à l’origine de la maladie) et d’un gel d’hydroxyle d’aluminium. Baptisé BK-SE36, il devrait réduire de manière considérable la mortalité due à cette maladie, transmise par les femelles moustiques (en particulier le genre Anophèle).De meilleurs résultats que les précédents vaccinsSelon les chercheurs japonais, le vaccin a été testé dans le nord de l’Ouganda entre 2010 et 2011 sur une population âgée de 6 à 20 ans. Ces études auraient donné une efficacité à 72%. Le professeur Toshihiro Horii, en charge du projet a ainsi dit vouloir passer à une utilisation pratique du BK-SE36 d’ici peu selon l’agence de presse japonaise Jiji. “Dans 5 ans, après une étude clinique sur des enfants de 1 à 5 ans, qui constituent le gros de la mortalité causée par le paludisme” a t-il ajouté. L’enjeu est en effet de protéger au mieux les populations exposées mais surtout les enfants. Un vaccin, mis au point par les Britanniques au laboratoire de GlaxoSmithKline a mercredi rendu des essais cliniques assez décevants. En effet, celui-ci perdrait en efficacité après 4 ans chez les enfants et présenterait des résultats variables. Ainsi, le taux d’efficacité s’élèverait à 43,6% la première année avant de retomber à zéro la quatrième. Une autre alternative avait vu le jour il y a quelques mois, un savon répulsif baptisé Faso Soap, mis au point par des étudiants africains, capable de repousser les moustiques par l’hygiène. Il pouvait par ailleurs s’utiliser en lessive afin de traiter et le linge, et les moustiquaires. Mais la méthode permettait d’éviter les piqûres de moustique et non de lutter directement contre le parasite.Un fléau nommé malariaÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le paludisme, ou malaria tuerait plus de 781.000 personnes par an, dont 85% sont des enfants de moins de 5 ans (selon l’Organisation Mondiale de Santé). Les enfants sont en effet les plus touchés par cette maladie, notamment dans les régions pauvres, de l’Afrique subsaharienne (Nigéria, Ouganda, RDC) à l’Asie (Inde et Thaïlande). De plus, les principaux traitements coûtent cher aux pays et ne sont que des solutions temporaires qui n’empêchent pas une contamination massive.Le vaccin poursuit ses études cliniques ainsi que son expérimentation sur l’humain. Il devrait, en cas de résultat concluant être commercialisé sous peu. Un espoir peut être dans les 109 pays concernés par cette maladie. Le 4 juin 2013 à 09:56 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook campaign pagesLeft to right, top row: Veronica Escobar, Dori Fenenbock and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. Middle row: Sylvia Garcia, MJ Hegar and Gina Ortiz Jones. Bottom row: Laura Moser, Bunni Pounds and Jenifer Sarver.Eighteen months and several political lifetimes ago, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee held court at a table at the Democratic National Committee Texas delegation breakfast in Philadelphia. Just hours before Hillary Clinton was set to become the first woman to accept a major-party nomination for the presidency, Jackson Lee conceded she was “worried … but not panicked” about the advancement of women in politics in her own backyard. The Houston Democrat’s concerns stemmed from being one of just three women in the 38-member Texas delegation. The prospects of other women stepping in once all three retired, let alone expanding their ranks, seemed dim.Fast forward to 2018, and Jackson Lee is no longer worried. In fact, she’s elated. Thanks to the polarizing response to Donald Trump and a rash of retirements in the delegation, women are coming out of the woodwork to run for federal office in Texas.“It is a lifetime ago, and I’m glad I said what I said,” she says now. “I didn’t realize our work would be so accelerated, but it has.” She ran for Congress previously in 1992 against Green and lost. Back then, she was part of another crush of women entering politics, at that time in response to the controversial Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings.On the GOP side, Texas women running for open seats in Congress include political fundraiser Bunni Pounds and communications consultant Jenifer Sarver. Both women are in ferociously competitive primaries. Pounds was a longtime fundraiser for the outgoing congressman in her district, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling. She, like Garcia and Escobar, has the support of the man she is aiming to replace. The stakes for the Republican Party to send some of these women to Congress are high, from a national perspective. The House GOP conference is bleeding female members due to retirements and women who are vacating their seats to run statewide. Making matters worse, other Republican women represent some of the most vulnerable districts on the 2018 map. “Certainly, in D.C., there’s an awareness that there’s a lot of movement in female-held seats,” Sarver said. “While a lot of that movement is upward, some of that could be a loss of female members [in the U.S. House.]” But for Democrats, this is also about a backlash against President Donald Trump. “It was like a punch in the gut when she lost,” Fenenbock said of El Paso’s reaction to Hillary Clinton’s defeat. “And we have a very strong representation of female voters. But I think there was a wake up call where we said, ‘Look, we can’t lose these opportunities if we are going to make a difference.’” A number of the Democrats running attended their local Women’s Marches last year following Trump’s inauguration. Former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones is running for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in the most competitive seat in the state.Jones served as a crossing guard at the national Women’s March in Washington that day. “I knew after the election that night, I knew my time in public service would be different,” she said. If elected, Jones, who is a first generation Filipino-American, would be the first Texan of an Asian-American background and the first openly LGBT Texan to serve in Congress.Jones recently earned the endorsement of EMILY’s List, a Democratic fundraising juggernaut that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights. That so many women are running – some in the same primaries – has created a sticky situation with the group, which has also endorsed Escobar and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Houston, both of whom are running in competitive primaries that include other women. Fenenbock called EMILY’s List decision to endorse her primary opponent “extraordinarily frustrating.”“I have many friends who have given fundraisers for EMILY’s List and have friends, including myself, who have supported it for years,” Fenenbock said. “This is a bad trend, right now. We have women running, we should be supporting women who are running rather than pit them against each other. I don’t understand.” “They’re getting a lot of phone calls about this race,” she added. An end to the droughtThere are dozens more women running for Congress in Texas, and the next round of campaign finance filings at the end of the month will show which candidates are prepared for the lead up to the March 6 primary. Democrats Laura Moser, who is in the race to take on U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, and Lillian Salerno, who is running in the primary to run against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, are among those who already posted strong fundraising reports last year. But many of these candidates are still getting their footing with fundraising. Some could burst through into a runoff as the March 6 primary looms. Other candidates running in long-shot races could emerge as serious contenders if a strong enough Democratic wave sweeps through Texas and catches an incumbent or two napping. But even if some of these women run the best campaigns possible, many are likely to come up short anyway. Some are running in the wrong party to win their seat. In other cases, open seats and Trump ire have similarly attracted talented male candidates as well. And for the women hoping to take on Sessions, Culberson and Hurd – three Republican incumbents drawing strong attention from Democrats this year – it’s worth remembering that incumbents keep returning to Congress year in, year out for a reason: They know how to win in their districts. Regardless, the influx of enthusiasm and candidates means that it is very likely that a year from now, at least one woman from somewhere in the state will be sworn into the Congress for the first time. Few of the women interviewed for this story initially understood of the historical stakes of their campaigns. Pounds, the Republican running in East Texas, downplayed gender in her race. “I am a conservative who happens to be a woman, not a conservative running as a woman, and I’m honored by the overwhelming support I’ve earned across all 7 counties in the short period of time since announcing my candidacy,” she wrote in an email. Fletcher, one of the Houston candidates, took the opposite tack. She first became aware of the decades-long drought during a May interview with The Texas Tribune and has since used that as a rallying point among her female supporters. “When I tell people that here, they’re similarly shocked,” she said. “Especially women.” Democratic state Rep. César Blanco was the one who told Escobar, one of the El Paso candidates, that no Texas Latina had ever served in Congress. “I thought that had to be some kind of mistake,” she said. “I could not believe that was really the case. I didn’t quite believe it because it does seem so shocking.” She hopes she will not be the only one to make it. She considers Garcia, the Houston state senator, to be a friend and hopes they can break the glass ceiling together. “It would be incredible to be in the freshman class with her, but also incredible by [not just sending] one Latina but by sending two,” Escobar said. That all changed this year, in part due to a national backlash against Trump on the Democratic side and, in Texas, a wave of retirements on both sides. Approximately 50 women have lined up this year to run for Congress in Texas, among hundreds running around the country. Of that sum, a handful are running well-funded, professional campaigns and have viable paths to serving in Washington. “What a difference two years makes!” Dolly Elizondo, a 2016 candidate who came up short in her South Texas Democratic primary, wrote in an email about the new environment. “I am amazed and proud to see so many women and women of color running for office across this country and winning.”Why now?Despite the Trump effect being seen across the country, the main reason so many women are running in Texas this year is the recent rash of vacancies of Texans in Congress. Most were retirements, but U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke created a vacancy in his heavily Democratic El Paso-based 16th district when he announced his run for U.S. Senate. It is there that a new female member of Congress from Texas is most likely to emerge. Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and former El Paso School Board President Dori Fenenbock are the best-funded candidates aiming to succeed O’Rourke, and former state Rep. Norma Chavez threw her hat into the ring just before the December filing deadline. Escobar and Fenenbock both cited the same reason as contributing to their decisions to run: Their children are old enough that they felt comfortable making the Washington commute without creating disruptions in their families. Three men are also running in the Democratic primary, but the betting money among political observers is on El Paso sending a woman to Washington.Another potential future congresswoman is state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat who is seeking retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green‘s 29th District seat and has drawn Green’s endorsement. She faces a crowded field in a Democratic primary that will likely determine the outcome of the election. Houston political insiders say that, while there are no assurances, Garcia is in the driver’s seat for the nomination. “I consider young women fixer-uppers — they come in when the country is in desperate need for common sense, for spunkiness, for strength, for nurturing and for knowing how to bring peace in the middle of discord,” she added. For more than two decades, Jackson Lee has been part of a trifecta of women representing Texas in the U.S. House along with Democratic U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas and Republican U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth. Each of the three women was elected in a succession of cycles from 1992 to 1996. Joining them in 1993 was U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who became the first woman elected to the Senate from Texas.And then the drought came.No freshman woman has come to Congress from Texas since Granger’s election 1996, with the exception of former U.S. Rep. Shelley Sekula Gibbs, who served as a placeholder for less than two months in late 2006. (Hutchison, who left the Senate in 2013, is now U.S. ambassador to NATO.)The problem in Texas was not so much that women weren’t winning – it was that they weren’t running. In interviews with candidates, officeholders and campaign consultants, the most-cited reasons for the lack of female candidates were concerns that gerrymandered districts would protect incumbents, an aversion to commuting to Washington while raising children and general apathy, a problem Jackson Lee cited back in 2016. Share
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton firmly supports D.C. budget autonomy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)On March 18, D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman ruled that D.C.’s mayor and council have the right to control how locally-generated dollars are spent, not the U.S. Congress. The decision was based on a budget autonomy referendum passed by District voters in 2013, mandating the District approve its own budget without the approval of Congress.The Home Rule Charter, the District’s governing document signed into law by President Nixon in 1973, stated that when the mayor and the D.C. Council approve the city’s budget, it must be submitted for approval to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. Holeman’s ruling changed that procedure. D.C. Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry told the AFRO that the District’s elected leaders budget process has permanently changed.“Judge Holeman’s ruling is the law of the land,” Perry said. “The ruling supports the mayor and the council chairman in that they have the right to work on the city’s budget without the interference of Congress.”Perry said with the new process the council and mayor approve a budget, but instead of submitting it to the president and Congress for approval, it is sent to Congress for a 30-day review, following the process for legislation passed by the D.C. Council. If there are no congressional concerns during the review period, Perry said, the budget becomes operational.The decision is a “historic step in the District’s quest for autonomy, and is a seminal day in the history of Home Rule,” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said.There were some blips along the way to budget autonomy. When the referendum was approved in 2013, then D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, and District’s Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt didn’t support it because it violated the constitutionally mandated Congressional authority over the city.When Bowser became mayor in 2015, she supported the referendum and worked with the council to move the budget autonomy legalization process forward. In her “State of the District Address” March 22 at Arena Stage, Bowser said, “[I] was glad last year to break from my predecessor and stand on the side of those who are standing up for the voters. Unlike the previous administration, I believe that when 83 percent of D.C. voters cast a ballot in favor of budget autonomy, the mayor ought to back them up.”D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D), after reviewing Holeman’s decision, decided not to appeal it. “Throughout this litigation, all interested parties – the mayor, the council, the chief financial officer and the office of the Attorney General – have shared the ultimate goal of gaining budget autonomy for the District but disagreed on the legal means of achieving that goal,” Racine said. “The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has now ruled that the Budget Autonomy Act is legal. Given the chief financial officer’s decision not to appeal, the office of the Attorney General will not seek appellate review of the Superior Court’s decision in this case.”Norton praised Holeman’s March 18 decision in a short statement and pledged to fight any attempt by Congress to undermine it. On April 1, the delegate had a fight on her hands.On March 31, the Republican-led U.S. House filed an amicus brief in federal court, with the support of a conservative legal group Judicial Watch, to declare the referendum invalid. Norton praised House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), members of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group with Republican leaders, for declining to participate in the amicus brief and chastised her GOP colleagues for getting involved in District affairs. “Here they go again,” Norton said. “I will continue to defend D.C. budget autonomy from congressional interference.”
The whole Windows 10 upgrade experience was a bit of a mixed bag. Microsoft offered it for free to everyone running Windows 7 and 8, which was cool… but some of their upgrade tactics were rather ill-advised.One of Microsoft’s more egregious missteps would have to be when they decided to download the massive bundle of Windows 10 installation files onto users’ computers without asking for permission. Now, they’ve promised to never to that again. Well, at least to never do it again in Germany.Back in December of 2015, a German consumer rights group filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for the unwanted downloads. This week their Microsoft Germany issued a press release that stated they “will not download install files for new operating systems to a user system’s hard disk without a user’s consent.”Of course, Windows 10 may actually be the last “new operating system” Microsoft releases for a really, really long time. Things like the Creators Update might still be fair game because they’re not technically new OSes… which would make the actual impact of Microsoft’s promise limited in more ways than just geographically.So what caused the fuss, anyway? Microsoft offered a couple different explanations for what happened. One was that the upgrade was offered as a recommended update and accidentally checked to install by default. The other was that it was done “as a courtesy,” but folks who blew through their data caps and were left staring at overage charges from their ISPs didn’t really see things that way.The angry social media posts came in droves, and one outraged travel agency owner decided to take Microsoft to court over the unannounced upgrade. She wound up taking the company to court and suing for lost income after the Windows 10 upgrade rendered her computers useless for “days at a time.” Her case was ultimately settled for $10,000 — though no wrongdoing was admitted. The Windows Start Menu Will Soon Run in Its Own ProcessWindows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC Stay on target
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According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Fermentation Products Market by Type, Feedstock, Process, and End-user Industry: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the global fermentation products market was valued at $149,469 million in 2016, and is projected to reach at $205,465 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2017 to 2023. The alcohols segment dominated the market in 2016, accounting for more than half of the market share, in terms of volume.Fermentation products are active ingredients processed through industrial fermentation techniques. They are used to manufacture various bio-based products and are environment friendly, thus are increasingly being employed in numerous industrial applications. Rise in ecological concerns; increase in demand for antibiotics; development of global bioethanol industry; rise in awareness among consumers about bio-based products; and increase in application of fermentation products in plastic, rubber, chemical, textile & leather industry drive the market growth globally. Regulations imposed by governmental agencies, such as European Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), categorically support green chemistry, thus encouraging fermentation product manufacturers.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2332In 2016, the alcohols segment accounted for more than half of the market, in terms of revenue, due to change in lifestyle and increase in disposable income of the population. Rise in luxury living has led to an increased demand for quality wine and beer, which utilize fermented alcohol in their formulation. Polymers is witnessing the highest CAGR, owing to the high demand for natural food & beverage and gluten-free products.Sugar beet accounted for the maximum market share, in terms of both volume and revenue, in 2016. Sugar beet grown in North-West Europe, especially Netherlands, is cost competitive due to presence of large-scale facilities, high sugar yields per hectare, and low outbound & inbound transportation costs.The food & beverage segment accounted for the highest share, in terms of both volume and revenue, in 2016, as fermentation products increase shelf life of products and provide a flavor, texture, and aroma to food products.Key Findings of the Fermentation Products Market:North America is expected to lead the market during the forecast period, followed by LAMEA.The polymers segment is expected to show highest growth rate by type, registering a CAGR of 13.4% from 2017 to 2023.Sugar beet was the largest segment by feedstock in fermentation products market, in terms of volume, in 2016.South Africa accounted for 21.5% share, in terms of volume, in the LAMEA market in 2016.UK accounted for 17.9% share, in terms of revenue, in the European market, in 2016.India is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period.North America and LAMEA collectively accounted for more than half of the market share, in terms of revenue, in 2016. In the same year, North America dominated the market, owing to the increase in demand for alcohols, growth in consumer awareness about benefits of bio-based products, increase in applications in industrial biotechnology, and rise in environmental concerns.The prominent market players profiled in the report include AB Enzymes GmbH, Ajinomoto Company Incorporation, Amano Enzyme Inc., BASF SE, Chr. Hansen A/S, Du Pont Danisco A/S, Evonik Industries AG, Lonza Group Ltd., Novozymes A/S, and The Dow Chemical Company.Send Enquiry on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2332 Fermentation Products Market “Irregular supply of raw materials, such as nutrients & microorganisms, complex nature of production process, and high manufacturing cost hinder the market growth. Moreover, financial feasibility of fermentation-based chemical industry is dependent upon the price levels of alternative feedstock and relative product yields. However, technological innovation, rise in demand for fermentation products from developing economies, and increase in number of applications of fermentation products are expected to provide great potential for market expansion.”
The drop in fuel prices over the past few months has been short-lived… It’s going up tonight.Former Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba announced in the Budget Speech that Value Added Tax (VAT) would be increased by one per cent as of April 1. The VAT increase has left everyone holding their wallets tightly.At midnight tonight (April 3/4), the petrol price will increase.This comes after the announcement of an increase in the fuel and Road Accident Fund levy of 52 cents a litre.Also read: Petrol price set to increase yet again in NovemberAlso read: Update: Petrol price to increase this coming Wednesday Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe announced that motorists will pay 72 cents more for 95 octane, while 93 octane is going up by 69 cents.The price for all grades of diesel will climb by 65.2 cents per litre.While public transport services such as taxis, buses and trains are exempt from VAT, service providers will have to cover these increases by passing them on to consumers through fee hikes.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite