The children of Manipur’s government schools can now enjoy a free helicopter ride from this Children’s Day thanks to an essay-writing contest on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) — which the Centre plans to place in Parliament.The BJP-led government organised the contest for students of Class 9 and above on November 2 to “dispel misconceptions and misinformation” about the CAB, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said on Tuesday.While cash awards were announced for the district-wise winners among some 3,000 students, Mr. Radheshyam thought of offering a helicopter ride to students of classes 4-8 who top similar creative contests.“I had the children of the remote hill districts, particularly bordering Myanmar, who hardly go out of their areas.” “My own childhood experience of yearning to be in a helicopter or aeroplane played a part,” he told The Hindu.Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, also in charge of the Transport Ministry, agreed to the plan and the Department of Education (School) set about providing the funds from the Samagra Shiksha State Implementing Society.“According to the plan, the government would be buying the tickets for a 20-minute ride over the State. The three best students from classes 4-6 and the five best students from classes 7-8 who would win the various contests would be eligible,” Mr. Radheshyam said.
London, July 12 (PTI) Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today said he wants to help under-privileged children across India and the world be able to play cricket and “live their passion”. Drawing parallels with his own humble roots growing up in India, the Master Blaster said: “I exactly know how it feels when you don?t have enough money in your pocket and you want a particular bat. So it is about addressing the poorest of the children who aspire to play cricket”. The former Indian cricket captain and one of the world?s most revered batsmen said he wanted to ensure aspiring young cricketers are not held back due to a lack of equipment as he announced his new investment in sporting gear firm Spartan International here today. “There are lots of under-privileged promising cricketers who end up playing for their states but they don?t have proper equipment. “I want to go out and help them, provide them proper cricketing gear where they don?t have to worry that if they break a bat where would the next one come from,” Tendulkar told PTI as he unveiled plans for a new range of cricketing gear. “I want to supply the equipment so that they just have to go out and live their passion. They should be free to just think about scoring runs or taking wickets and giving their best. “That is the greatest feeling in the world, when you are out in middle and batting for your team and I want that to happen to as many children as possible,” he said.advertisement “My career started when I saw the World Cup being lifted by Kapil Dev in 1983, from there on I wanted to chase my dream and there were gradual steps which I had to take. It wasn?t like from day one I had the best of bats in my hand. So I want to address that, as there are children who may not be able to afford a bat. I want to help and sponsor them,” he said. PTI AK BS BS
LONDON (AP) — Stefanos Tsitsipas is setting a new standard for Greek tennis. And he’s hoping people back home will soon start taking notice.Tsitsipas became the first Greek man in the 50-year professional era to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament after beating Thomas Fabbiano of Italy at Wimbledon on Friday.The 19-year-old Tsitsipas won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 91 minutes to further enhance his status as one of the top young talents in the game.He is the first Greek man in the round of 16 at the All England Club since Nicky Kalogeropoulos in 1964.“It’s an amazing feeling, and I feel very proud I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s just such nice feelings to be the first from your country to do so.”Greece has a proud sporting tradition dating back to the founding of the Olympic Games. But tennis has never quite caught on, remaining in the shadow of more popular sports like soccer and basketball.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, meets Thomas Fabbiano of Italy at the net after defeating him in their men’s singles match on the fifth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)“I just think it’s not in the culture yet, and people don’t take tennis that seriously like other sports,” Tsitsipas said.If anyone can change that, it’s Tsitsipas, who has quickly become a fan favorite at Wimbledon with a playing style that includes a penchant for the spectacular.He has become known for diving at full stretch to reach shots on the grass courts, pulling off one such winner in his second-round win over Jared Donaldson.Even Roger Federer is a fan, having practised with the Greek youngster at Wimbledon last year.“I feel like he’s taken a major step forward since his match here last year. … he seems much more comfortable coming to the net, playing from the back, knowing when to use power, when to use finesse,” Federer said. “I think that’s always key for a one-handed backhand player.”Tsitsipas next faces ninth-seeded John Isner of the U.S., who also reached Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time by beating 98th-ranked Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.“(Tsitsipas) is certainly one of the best young players we have in the game today,” Isner said. “He has a lot of talent and a lot of ability. But I have experience on my side.”The Greek teenager owes some of his talent to his mother Julia, who was a top Soviet player in the 1980s.Those genes have rubbed off on his siblings, too. Younger brothers Petros and Pavlos are promising juniors, meaning Greece may not have to wait 50 more years for another deep run in a Grand Slam.“I think with good results (and) big names coming from Greece that can prove there are good tennis players, I think they can inspire young kids,” he said. “Young kids can go out more and choose other sports instead of football or basketball.“The media can have a big impact on that. And then as a sportsperson, you can just expose yourself and be the first person that can make tennis a big thing in Greece.”By MATTIAS KAREN, Associated PressTweetPinShare66 Shares
Manchester United on Monday announced that they have agreed terms with Ajax Amsterdam for defender Daley Blind.The 28-year-old, who came through Ajax’s youth ranks and played over 100 games for the club, joined United in 2014 but has fallen out of favour under manager Jose Mourinho.British media reported that Blind would move for an initial fee of 14.1 million pounds ($18.66 million), which could rise to 18.5 million based on performance, a club record for Ajax.The versatile Blind, who can play in several positions at the back and in midfield, joined United for about 14 million pounds after featuring for his country at the 2014 World Cup.#MUFC has agreed terms with Ajax for the transfer of @BlindDaley. A further announcement will be made in due course. pic.twitter.com/XEvxEeOG2IManchester United (@ManUtd) July 16, 2018However, he has struggled to hold down a first-team spot at left back against England’s Ashley Young and there has also been a lot of competition for places in central defence.Blind, who has 54 caps, won the FA Cup in 2016 plus the Europa league and League Cup last year but he missed out on United’s FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea this year.The Dutchman was entering the final season of his five-year deal at United having made 90 league appearances in four years at Old Trafford, though he only featured seven times last term.Blind, who played a total of 141 games for United, scoring six goals, was not part of the squad that flew to Los Angeles on Sunday for the pre-season tour of the United States.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised the contribution of Christian Pulisic after the winger finally made his first appearance for the club in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.The 20-year-old American joined the Blues from Borussia Dortmund back in January this year for a fee of €64 million ($73 million/£58 million), but was immediately loaned back to the Bundesliga outfit for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.As such, his Chelsea debut has been on ice since he completed his move to west London, but all that changed on Friday during a pre-season clash with their J-League opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lampard was quick to commend the Pennsylvanian-born wide-man after he was introduced from the bench in the 65th minute in Yokohama – particularly given the fact he only joined up with his new teammates earlier this week following his involvement with the USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.When asked about Pulisic’s performance after his first defeat as Chelsea manager, Lampard said: “Good. He has only been here a couple of days really in terms of training, so I have been really impressed. “He’s comfortable on the ball and I think he should have had a penalty towards the end of the game. “He wants to try to take people on – the sort of player the fans are going to like – so we have to give him a little bit of time to adapt slightly.“But the way he has trained, and the way he has come in with his personality looks great, so I am really pleased to have him.”Despite the end result, which saw Kawasaki Frontale snatch a late victory thanks to former Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, Pulisic himself was pleased to finally get his debut under his belt.And with Barcelona up next in the J-League World Challenge, his fitness is set to be tested even further over the coming days and weeks.“I’m really happy to be here with the team, and to get an actual match for the first time feels really good,” he told Chelsea TV. “We wanted to come out with a win, but I’m definitely happy.“They were very good opponents. As you saw, they tested us for 90 minutes and scored a good goal in the end. It was a tough one, but that’s why we’re training and getting ready for the season.“We want to try and progress in every game and get more and more match fit, and I think that helped us out today.“It’s been tough getting into things, but I’m feeling really good. It’s great to work with the coach and all these guys – it has tested me and I’m having a great time so far.“I grew up watching him (Lampard), so to have him here giving me pointers and helping the team – it’s awesome to have him around. It’s nice to have a guy that we can really relate to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 15:03 IST Virat Kohli is currently on a break (Photo tweeted by @imVkohli)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricketIn Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma is leading the team in New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a banner during 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand”I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on Sunday.Virat Kohli is currently on a break from international cricket and will most likely be back to lead the team when India host Australia in a limited-overs series later this month.India Australia will play 2 T20Is and a five one day internationals from March 24.Steady on fella #indvnz #kohli pic.twitter.com/ICvGQgXX93Honey Badger Cricket (@hbadgercricket) February 10, 2019Kohli was rested for the fourth and fifth ODIs in New Zealand and also the three-match T20I series. In his absence, vice captain Rohit Sharma was handed the responsibility of leading the team.Kohli, who played non-stop cricket over the past several months, was rested keeping in mind his workload. Kohli scored 2735 international runs including 11 hundreds in 2018.In Australia, Kohli led India to their first ever Test and ODI series victories. The India captain scored 282 runs, including a valiant hundred in Perth, from four Tests. Kohli also scored a century in the three-match ODI series, which India won 2-1.Kohli also became the first man to sweep all three ICC awards when he won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.During the second T20 in Auckland, a woman used a banner to troll all-rounder Hardik Pandya over the Koffee with Karan controversy.advertisementHardik faced a massive backlash on social media for his “sexist and misogynistic” remarks on the show and he and KL Rahul were suspended and called back to India from Australia in January. Their suspensions were lifted later pending appointment of an ombudsman and Hardik Pandya was back in the squad to play in New Zealand.However, it seems people are not yet ready to forgive Hardik completely for his offensive statements. During the second T20I, a woman spectator was seen holding a banner that said “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? [Pandya, did you do it today?]”. This placard was in reference to Hardik’s statement on the chat show regarding his virginity, where he said he told his parents, “mai karke aaya [I did it today].”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka Sharma I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IIndia vs New Zealand: “I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli” read a sign board at Seddon Park in Hamilton during the third and final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand.advertisement
Rabat – During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, Mohamed Najib Boulif, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, said that 75 % of the high speed rail line construction between Casablanca and tangier has been completed and that the line will go into operation in 2018.The Minister Delegate also said that Morocco ranks first in Africa and the Arab World and fifty-fifth worldwide in railway infrastructure, outranking South Africa.King Mohammed VI , Former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Saudi Arabian Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz launched the project in September 2011. The line was originally expected to operate in 2015. Due to delays in infrastructure construction, it was postponed to 2017 and then to 2018 without citing any specific reasons. The high-speed train is the first project of its kind in Africa and the Arab world. It will reduce the travel time between Casablanca and Tangier to two hours and ten minutes from four hours and 45 minutes.The project, which is estimated to cost MAD 20 billion ($2 billion) is also expected to carry up to seven million passengers in the first year, decrease accidents, create both direct and indirect job opportunities, and reduce the amount of carbon in the air.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, welcomed what he called a “significant step” taken yesterday with Israel’s approval of construction projects that are to be implemented by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).Israeli said yesterday that would let the United Nations bring in building materials that were meant for the UN housing and school construction projects. Mr. Serry said: “We will continue to work together with the relevant UN agencies to implement these projects in a timely fashion, so as to improve the situation in Gaza.” The decision was announced a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the matter with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak in a telephone call. During that call, “the Secretary-General welcomed the progress made and urged speedy implementation of the UN Relief and Works Agency’s housing projects,” said Martin Nesirky, a UN spokesperson. Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza for what it called security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007. The two factions reached a deal last month, agreeing to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year.In June 2010, Israel started allowing in more civilian goods into Gaza while still restricting access to concrete, iron and other materials that the UN has said are needed to repair the devastating damage caused by the 2008-2009 offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket and other attacks against it. 22 June 2011A top United Nations envoy in the Middle East has welcomed Israel’s decision to allow UN-backed construction projects in the Gaza Strip.
The island country has registered annual growth of 6 percent over the last 10 years, and presents itself as a logistics hub linking East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. As the nation aims to shore up foreign investment, boost international trade and switch to a knowledge-based economy, Korea is “a country of prime focus with which to further expand relationships on all fronts,” the country’s top envoy to Korea highlighted.“Sri Lanka is strategically located in the Indian Ocean and growing in the consciousness of Korea for its air lanes and sea lanes,” Manisha Gunasekera said. Sri Lanka is now “united and stable,” infrastructure is being developed nationwide and the economy has grown steadily since 2005, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Korea Manisha Gunasekera told The Korea Herald.“Another important government agenda is to work on reconciling communities over broad areas,” she said. “There is a dialogue with the Tamil parties within the democratic process to bring about comprehensive peace that is acceptable to everyone, and prevent clashes from recurring.” “In terms of logistics hubs, you have Dubai in the Middle East and Singapore in Southeast Asia, but you have nothing in between. Colombo could be an ideal waypoint for maritime and air trade, commerce and manufacturing.”Gunasekera, who assumed charge in last September, added that her government had introduced additional deregulation measures to make the investment climate more flexible, including a foreign exchange management bill. (Colombo Gazette) Ahead of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea, Sri Lanka is enhancing its partnership with Korea and promoting itself as an attractive investment destination in the Indian Ocean.
The Government had earlier taken steps to lift the temporarily restrictions imposed on WhatsApp and Viber. Meanwhile the President’s Media Division said that the Government had taken steps to restrict access to social media tools temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail the attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to the national harmony. The ban on access to Facebook in Sri Lanka has been lifted with immediate effect.President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the telecommunications regulator to lift the ban following talks held today between the Government and officials from Facebook. “In a context where the impact that could be made by social media to expeditiously increase violent actions based on racism and religious extremism has been internationally proven, Sri Lanka was able to control the rapid spread of violence by temporarily imposing restriction on social media as an action to ensure the national and public safety of Sri Lanka,” the statement said.However, the President has stressed on the importance of a guided mechanism to prevent the attempts to disturb the livelihoods of people through spreading ethnic-hatred and racism and damaging the image of an individual through false allegations. (Colombo Gazette)
He added: “For the United Kingdom, our relationship with Norway is extensive and very special.”We are North Sea neighbours. We are allies. We are close partners in all sorts of enterprises. But above all we are the strongest of friends.” The event came half way through Duke and Duchess’ first day in Oslo.Landing in heavy snow, they were welcomed into a winter wonderland, stepping out of their charter plane and onto a red carpet where they were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit.The couples, who have not met before, later undertook a walkabout to meet the Norwegian public, who turned out in their thousands to wave flags and make small talk about the cold weather.Led by Queen Sonja, the group were given a tour by 14-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who showed them around a children’s sculpture park named after her. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taken on a surprise trip down memory lane during their trip to Norway yesterday, given a video tour of their favourite spots in St Andrews. The Royal couple, who are on their first official visit to Norway, reminisced over their old halls of residence, familiar streets and local cafe at the university where they met, as the Duchess exclaimed: “You’re bringing us down memory lane.”Shown technology is designed primarily for people with dementia, the Duke was offered the chance to try it out during an event highlighting innovative start-up companies. With the Duke in the seat of a high-tech exercise bike, a video showing a detailed ride around the streets of St. Andrews was shown, accompanied by a soundtrack of their favourite songs.With the Duchess and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit looking on, the Duke operated the controls and soon spotted his room at St Salvatore’s halls of residence where both he and his wife stayed in their first year. Prince William and Princess Mette-MaritCredit:Getty The films are generally created with customers with dementia, to encourage them to recall favourite places, such as where the user grew up, and increase their activity. In a formal speech at an evening banquet, the Duke underlined the defensive and economic ties which bind the UK and Norway, emphasising their shared work to fight against terror.Though he did not mention Brexit, he said: “Our economic partnership is hugely valuable to both of us. The UK is one of Norway’s most important export markets; and notably Norway is the UK’s most important energy supplier.”Norwegian oil, gas and renewable energy all keep British kettles boiling – and you can imagine how important that is to a nation of tea-drinkers. Prince William delivers his speech in NorwayCredit:Chris Jackson The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Haakon at a fair for start-up innovationCredit:Getty “In a range of other sectors, I am delighted to say that British companies are doing excellent business in Norway. We want these economic ties to grow.” Returning the compliments, Norway’s King Harald said:”I hope we will be able to maintain our close and extensive co-operation when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union.”Dear William, dear Kate, I admire the way you carry out your duties and the way you support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen and I know from our own experience how valuable it is to work together with the younger generation and how important it is to support one another in this rather unusual profession of ours.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Ingrid AlexandraCredit:Samir Hussein Jon Ingar Kjenes, CEO of Motitech, said: “William was enthusiastic. He knew straightaway where we were filming and said ‘you’ve filmed my room.’”To a soundtrack of Coldplay, Linkin Park and Ellie Goulding’s Your Song, which she sung at the couple’s 2011 wedding, the film showed a cafe called the North Point, which displays a sign saying that ‘William met Kate here — for coffee’. The Duchess of Cambridge raises a toast to NorwayCredit:Chris Jackson
Apple has this nasty habit of releasing a shiny new iPhone every single year, but mobile carriers keep insisting on 2-year contracts. What’s a gadget lover to do? Apple is offering a possible option with an iPhone trade-in program. Users will be able to swing by an Apple retail store and get credit toward the purchase of a new phone. The program is being tested in a number of select stores, but it’s rumored to go live in September.The program will be stressing convenience over sheer value. Owners who have been offered the option of doing a trade-in early are reporting a good condition 16GB iPhone 4 or 4S is worth $120-200 to Apple. A pristine 16GB iPhone 5 can net you about $250. All these prices are below what you can get from sites like Gazelle that buy old devices, and there’s always Craigslist if you’re feeling adventurous.You won’t get the best deal, but the process will be super-easy. Simply get your device appraised at the store by letting an employee inspect the phone, then answer a few questions about its condition. If you accept the offer, Apple provides a gift card with the agreed upon amount, and takes your old phone to be refurbished. The credit is immediately applied to the purchase of a new device, and any excess goes home with you on the gift card.Importantly, you can only take advantage of the trade-in program when you’re buying a new phone. You can’t just take the gift card and run, or apply the value of a phone toward a MacBook. This is still a pilot program, and the details could change before it launches for everyone, but the simplicity could be a hit with Apple’s clientele.
More than eight months after the Southwest Clean Air Agency began its investigation into acrid, nausea-inducing fumes downtown linked to Albina Fuel, complaints keep coming, but results have yet to emerge.The agency, following at least a dozen complaints and an Amtrak employee being sent to the hospital, has been studying the strong petroleum smell from Albina’s liquid asphalt storage and oil-processing facility at West Eighth and Hill streets downtown. Agency Executive Director Bob Elliott had said in December that the work should be done by the end of February, but he said this week that short staffing, a difficulty collecting some data and a desire to do thorough work have delayed the investigation.“Other industries are watching how we do this,” the environmental regulation agency director said. “If they feel we haven’t been careful and thoughtful in our decisions, it could have a chilling effect on business.”Southwest Clean Air is working to complete an investigation determining if the pollution is indeed coming from Albina, if it counts as either a public health hazard or as a nuisance odor, and if the company is using equipment that’s up to standards, he said.
While the industry sits back and reconsiders its newsstand strategy in the face of Tuesday’s bleak Fas-Fax report, Rodale’s fitness title, Runner’s World, is looking at its social engagement platforms and enjoying success.In one year, the magazine was able to increase its Facebook following by 111 percent, up to 309,070 likes as of February 8, an increase of 163,000 from January 2011 and an increase of 15,070 from since the first of this year. Similarly, the publication’s Twitter followers also saw steep increases—in one year the title increased its following on the platform by 293 percent, from 54,000 to 212,000. Furthermore, the magazine’s Twitter platform increased by 18.4 percent from 179,000 to its current number since the first of this year. “In January, we covered the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, which selects the runners who will compete in the Olympics,” she says. “This year, NBC owned the rights and they decided to broadcast it the afternoon of the race so there was no live broadcast available. We really crept into an area where people needed coverage—we were able to live blog it, live tweet it and updated Facebook with posts midway through the race and at the end. People could follow the race live when they couldn’t do it any other way.”Leveraging itself within the running niche to create exclusive content opportunities is one way the publication has increased its value proposition to users, prompting them follow the brand. In addition to filling gaps in coverage, the magazine rolled out special social media initiatives, which also contributed to its growth.Loftus and a running pal formulated a plan to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—a time of year that presents the hardest challenge to staying in shape, she says. The editor brought the idea to the staff of Runner’s World, which implemented it on social media—creating the hash tag RWRunStreak.“A lot of our audience struggles in the same way that we do in staying fit through the holidays since marathon season ends with the fall and training for spring races doesn’t start until January or February, it creates a gap that a lot of people have trouble with,” she says. “We were able to get into that space and create this initiative that people really got into. I believe the final number on that hash tag in that 40 day period between Thanksgiving and New Years generated about 7,000 unique tweets, which is pretty significant. Some people have decided to keep the streak going so the hash tag is still in rotation.”In all, the RWRunStreak hash tag generated a total of 10 million impressions—the maximum number of people that could have seen it through other people’s Twitter accounts. In the 43 days the campaign was active, the title added 34,000 new followers, a 22 percent increase.The brand’s editorial also supports its social media efforts—its most popular hash tag is RunningTips, which is supported by service driven content with original web copy or pieces from back issues. About three to five times a day the group posts original articles that include running related data, tips for motivation and racing news, which are also shared on social media sites to heighten engagement.“What helps us is we know our audience runs,” says Loftus. “They want to hear about what runners are doing so we can use these platforms to put them in touch with that and with us.” “We’ve had a few separate initiatives that have created really big boosts,” says Meghan Loftus, associate multimedia editor for the title. “For national marathons, we have a large presence on Facebook and Twitter. For those kinds of things we live Tweet the races and we point people to our website which has live blogs.”The magazine creates specific hash tags to cover live running related news from events like the New York City or Boston Marathons or other large sporting events.
Meghan Redmond (Photo courtesy of Southwest Region School District)The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named New Stuyahok’s Meghan Redmond the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year.Redmond is originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Alaska to teach in the small village of Twin Hills in 2010. Six years later, she went to work as the assistant principal at Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok.“I think the most important line, probably, in my contract right now as an assistant principal is ‘Other duties as assigned.’ Because you’re never sure what you’re going to be doing each day,” Redmond said. “It changes so much.”Alongside her administrative duties, Redmond is the school counselor and senior advisor. She also teaches a career class to seniors, giving them the chance to learn practical skills like filling out job applications. That work is part of what Redmond likes most about her job.“I absolutely love providing my students the opportunity to see all the options that are out there for them,” Redmond said. “One way we do that, of course, is providing our students opportunities to travel within Alaska, within the region, and then outside of Alaska too, when we’re able to.”In her time as assistant principal, Redmond has worked with Yup’ik teachers to incorporate more local culture into the curriculum. She has also brought that emphasis to life outside the classroom.When Redmond was teaching in Twin Hills, she created a program called “Yup’ik value of the month.” When she moved to New Stuyahok, she brought it with her.“This month, the value is ‘Always trying, never without.’ So when we see a student who’s going above and beyond to try something that’s hard for them, we’ll put their name on a value card and we stick it up on a bulletin board at the school,” Redmond said. “And then at the end of the month, we pick a few of those cards to recognize as our Yup’ik value demonstrators of the month.”Several other schools in the Southwest Region district picked up the program this year as well.In the past, Chief Ivan Blunka School was among the many rural institutions struggling with high rates of teacher turnover. But this year, the school only had to hire one teacher for the fall. And last year, it had a 100 percent retention rate.Redmond says much of that is due to Principal Robin Jones’ work establishing a strong team of dedicated teachers and staff.“Being in rural Alaska, we teach all day together, but then we also live right next door to each other after school, too,” Redmond said. “So it’s really important that everybody feels like they’re part of a team, feels like they’re supported. And we’ve spent a lot of time trying to develop that feeling here at the school.”Dedicating that time to the staff and community, Redmond says, makes consistent education for students possible.The National Association of Secondary School Principals selected Redmond out of three finalists. NASSP considers candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two government agencies.
Guntur: AgriGold Agents and Customers Welfare Association honorary chairman Muppalla Nageswara Rao demanded the government to release Rs 1150 crore to solve AgriGold customers problems. He addressed a meeting held in the Mallaiahlingam Bhavan in Guntur on Tuesday. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, he expressed confidence that the government will issue a G.O to this effect and urged Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to take steps to release the Rs.1,150 crore for which the state Cabinet had given its nod. He urged the government take CID officials list into consideration and arrange payment to the customers. He further said that due to delay in payments, the victims have been facing lot of problems and said, it is the responsibility of the government to do justice to the customers.
New Delhi: Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will introduce the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday to replace an ordinance issued in March this year. The Bill seeks to impose strict penalties for violation of norms for the use of Aadhar and violation of privacy. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Prasad will also introduce a Bill to amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002. The Bill was introduced in the House by the Minister last Monday. It replaces an Ordinance promulgated on March 2.
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League eying a third-term in office may not nominate about 100 of its current members of parliament (MPs) for contesting the upcoming general elections, party leaders have indicated.The MPs who have earned certain notoriety, or become controversial due to corruption and drug trade, and those who have lost popularity or turned extremely old, may not be considered for the electoral contest.The ruling party has decided to change the candidates as part of its preparations to face the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which, it believes, is mostly likely to join the elections this time.“Those who have been controversial or committed corruption will not be given nomination,” said AL presidium member Pijush Kanti BhattacharyaHowever, some senior leaders said, a few controversial figures in the ruling camp may still be chosen as candidates to overcome possible tough challenges coming from the BNP.Based on reports prepared by different government sources, AL president prime minister Sheikh Hasina is learned to have concluded that more than one-third of the ministers, state ministers and MPs have lost their popularity.“It’s only natural that the Awami League will be criticised more than any other party since it has been in power for 10 years. The party wants to present the people with surprise by fielding fresh candidates,” a member of the AL nomination board told Prothom Alo.The leader said the ruling party wants to create an impression that the AL does not ‘like’ tainted candidates. “So, this time, the first and foremost criterion for nomination is popularity of the candidate in the constituency,” the AL leader pointed out.Accordingly, the ruling party leaders said, around 80 to 100 MPs including ministers and state ministers would be ignored while giving the AL nomination.The AL has 233 MPs, out of 300 seats meant for direct voting, in the current parliament constituted through 2014 elections boycotted by the main opposition parties including the BNP. As many as 153 MPs were elected uncontested.AL leaders made a broad hint that many of those who were elected without contest would most likely be dropped.If the BNP ultimately joins the electoral race, the AL will share seats with the alliance partners.The AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told newsmen recently that the alliance partners would be given 70 seats or so in the coming elections.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement on Friday apologizing for an uncovered racist photo from his 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook that depicts him and another man in blackface and in Ku Klux Klan garb.An accompanying quote under the photo reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized Friday for an offensive photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.CBS News reported that it conducted further research, uncovering another page in Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that displays nicknames listed underneath his name, including the word “Coonman,” a known racial slur.The photo and CBS’ discovery have led some to call for Northam’s resignation.Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and former Obama Administration official Julian Castro as well as NAACP President Derrick Johnson have each called for Northam’s immediate resignation.Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine also demanded that Northam step aside.“This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said in a statement.“I hope the governor …. Now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward,” Kaine said.The Governor released the following statement:“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”Several hours later, Northam posted a video on Twitter saying his previous statement fell “far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor” and “I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.”“That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect the person I am today, or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant,” Northam said.“I am deeply sorry. I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”
India Habitat Center’s Amaltas Hall recently witnessed a unique program combining poetry and music Kavi Ek Rang Anek. Eminent poet Lakshmi Shankar Bajpai rendered his poetry in eleven different formats – geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, savvaiya, kshanika, mahiya, ghanakshri, triveni, muktak and free verse. His poetry dealt with contemporary subjects and everyday situations relating to life with the common man. The beauty of the language and the sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts won the audience’s hearts. Bajpai spoke of the urgent need to preserve the various forms of poetry which form India’s rich cultural heritage . Some of Bajpai’s ghazals were composed and sung by ghazal singer Shakeel Ahmed. Ahmed’s compositions were raag based and infused a vibrancy and fresh colour into the ghazals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The audience too joined in and sang the refrain of Khoob naare ucchale gaye, Log baton mein taale gaye. Ahmed proved his virtuosity with the heart wrenchingly beautiful Poora Parivaar, ek kamre mein which brought alive the plight of the urban middle class. Mridula Satish Tandon, president of SAKSHI who organised the show said “It is an urgent need of the times to revive an interest in India’s cultural heritage and to bring it to today’s audience in a setting and form which they can easily understand and relate with.”