Soledad OBrien To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

first_imgThe 2014 Texas Conference for Women has announced that Soledad O’Brien – award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer – and Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer and author, will appear as keynote speakers at the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women on November 13, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.At CNN, O’Brien created the “Black in America” and “Latino in America” documentary franchises, redefining in-depth story-telling. Today she is CEO of Starfish Media Group where she continues producing segments that focus on empowering, personal stories that challenge the issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Nyad last year became the first person to complete the 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She did so on her 5th attempt at the age of 64.O’Brien and Nyad are joined by Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times best-selling co-author of Half the Sky, and Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.“We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary by hosting women of such courage, creativity and vitality,” said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, host of the Texas Conference for Women. “Soledad O’Brien, Diana Nyad and our other speakers will inspire women to aim high and reimagine the impact they can have in their own lives and in their communities.”Other speakers include Louis Van Amstel, champion ballroom dancer and Dancing with the Stars instructor; Jenny Bowen, founder and CEO of Half the Sky; Jane Hyun, leadership strategist and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: The Essential Guide to Getting In, Moving Up, and Reaching the Top; Tara Sophia Mohr, creator and founder of Playing Big; Danielle Laporte, author of The Desire Map and The Fire Starter Sessions; Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide; Gail Sheehy, New York Times best-selling author of Passages; Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and New York Times best-selling author of If Looks Could Kill and Hush and Joan Williams, author of What Works for Women at Work. These speakers are among the 100+ to be featured at this year’s Conference.“There is no better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary Conference than hearing from this diverse and strong-spirited group of leaders,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board of the Texas Conference for Women. “Our attendees will gain valuable paths to success in career and in life, and new insights into finding happiness and balance in their busy lives.”The 15th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by AT&T, AAA Texas, Austin American-Statesman, AW Media, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cisco Systems, Clear Channel Outdoor, Dell, Freescale, Hail Merry, HEB, Pfizer, Phillips 66, Rackspace, Shell, The Texas Tribune, USAA and United Airlines.Registration is now open and early bird pricing is valid through August 15, 2014. To register or learn more about the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit our website at www.TXConferenceforWomen.org. To apply for media credentials, please contact Julia Ballantyne, jballantyne@conferenceforwomen.org.last_img read more

Vote Now DoSomethingorg Announces Nominees For Celebs Gone Good

first_imgDoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change announces voting for its 8th annual Celebs Gone Good list honoring celebrities who use their platform for social good.Beginning today, fans can vote for the celebrity they believe has done the most good at CelebsGoneGood.com. Fans can vote once per day until December 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good of 2015, Top 5 Celebs to Watch, and Top 5 Internet Celebs will be released on Tuesday, December 29.“Doing good isn’t a fleeting trend,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org. “Standing for something, participating in a movement, and using your voice for social change is an integral part of being a celebrity. With Celebs Gone Good, we’re applauding celebs who recognize the power of their platform to spark change and rally their fans worldwide to take action on important issues.”Taylor Swift has topped the list for the past three years and other celebrities that have made the list include Beyoncé, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and more.The winners of Celebs Good Good, Celebs to Watch, and Internet Celebs are compiled as a result of a three-part methodology: votes from the public, celebrities’ STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database, and input from industry experts.For more information about Celebs Gone Good, visit CelebsGoneGood.com.last_img read more

Average US price of gas drops 3 cents per gallon to 293

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks, to $2.93.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that it’s the first price drop at the pump in four months.Lundberg says the price is 6 cents lower than it was one year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $4.08 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.35 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3.16.The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy welcomes recent progress in Somali peace talks

26 November 2008The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the latest round of talks on critical issues – such as justice and reconciliation, the unity government and security issues – to further the peace process in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. “I am very pleased to see the concerned parties moving forward with the support of the United Nations and the international community in accordance with the Djibouti Agreement,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, referring to the peace deal reached in June with his help.Under that pact, Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) agreed to end their conflict and called on the UN to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled nation, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991.A meeting of the High-Level Committee set up by the Agreement wrapped up yesterday in Djibouti, with participants agreeing to add 75 additional seats to the Parliament and reach out to groups outside the peace process, including women, the private sector and the diaspora.Those at the meeting agreed to the principle of sharing leadership positions and to extend the transitional period by two years.Mr. Ould-Abdallah characterized the gathering as “very encouraging because it advances the commitment made by both sides to form an inclusive Parliament and Unity Government.”The parties will now hold consultations with their respective constituencies, allies and leadership before meeting again under UN auspices.Somalia has been beset by fighting and massive humanitarian suffering for the past two decades but the violence has flared anew this year, particularly in and around the capital, Mogadishu, and caused widespread displacement.Last month, the two sides signed accords on a ceasefire to end their deadly conflict, the establishment of a unity government and military forces and the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.Discussions on security are expected to focus on how the sides will address practical matters, such as final arrangements for ending armed confrontation and forming joint transitional forces, the envoy said.“We hope that the concerted efforts made here and the momentum gained in these last few days continue so that the new year sees Somali leaders working together, wholeheartedly and committed to the dignity of the Somali people,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. read more

Ban welcomes deal between Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve border conflict

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh signed the agreement on Sunday in a deal reached under the auspices of Qatar and its Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by this positive development, which he believes will contribute to long-term peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in which he also voiced deep appreciation for the Qatari Emir’s mediation efforts.“The agreement entrusts Qatar with establishing a mechanism for the resolution of the border dispute and the normalization of relations between the two countries.”The deal ends the dispute that erupted in early 2008 when, following weeks of tensions and military build-up, the two countries’ armed forces clashed over an un-demarcated area in the Red Sea known as Doumeira, killing 35 people and leaving dozens of others wounded.In January 2009 the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding that Eritrea pull its forces from the disputed area and cooperate with diplomatic initiatives, and welcoming Djibouti’s withdrawal of its forces to its positions before the dispute.A United Nations fact-finding mission sent to the region after the dispute flared was welcomed by Djibouti but blocked by Eritrea, which refused to meet with it or with any envoy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who had offered to use his good offices to help resolve the issue. 8 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement signed by Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their two-year border dispute through a negotiated settlement. read more

Linden man accused of stealing electronics placed on 150000 bail

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLindener slapped with five robbery chargesJanuary 24, 2015In “Crime”Linden man charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robberiesNovember 9, 2015In “Crime”Lindener arraigned with 3 counts of armed robberyOctober 16, 2018In “Court” A man of Wismar, Linden found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday for stealing a long list of electronic items after he broke into the home of a villager.Lester Drakes, 20, of 161 Half Mile, Wismar Linden had the charge of break and enter read to him by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman.That charge alleges that he, between September 24-25 2017, at Lot 1675 Central Amelia’s Ward, McKenzie, Linden, broke and entered the dwelling house of Laurence Fidook and stole one Samsung cellphone, two iPhones, one Azami phone, one Lodging cell phone, one Bluetooth headset, one Smart watch, two laptops and one bag pack, with a total value of $453,000.According to the facts of the matter, the joiner by profession who had a similar matter before the Court was caught after one of the stolen phones was traced and found in his possession.Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves reported that the Virtual Complainant (VC) secured his premises but however, after inspections the following morning, noticed a window of his house opened.Further inspections revealed that the items mentioned in the charge were missing and following the discovery of the phone on the person of the accused; he was arrested and charged with the crime.The Prosecution had no objections to bail being granted.The accused was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. Drakes is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on October 20 2017. read more

Donald Trumps sons launch hotel chain inspired by election campaign

first_img 33,285 Views Short URL Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 1:00 PM Donald Trump’s sons launch hotel chain inspired by election campaign The Trump Organization has said it is not exploiting the US presidency for profit. Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, left, with Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr Source: APTrump turned the immigrant down, calling his venture “small fry”. But he did spend time on the phone, Suresh said, giving advice on ways to secure a loan elsewhere. Chawla Hotels now owns 17 hotels.As a franchising fee, Trump Hotels CEO Danziger said he expects to earn less than the typical 9 to 12% cut of revenue charged by others, at least initially while the chain is rolled out.The Chawla brothers plan to convert three Mississippi hotels now under other franchisee names to the American Idea brand, one each in Cleveland, Clarksdale and Greenville. Danziger wouldn’t say how many American Idea hotels he hopes to build, but he talked big in an interview.“It can go anywhere in the United States, anywhere there is an extended stay or mid-scale (hotel), that can be an American Idea,” he said.The Trump Organization is also opening a fourth property with Chawla Hotels under its Scion brand, a more upscale, boutique chain launched last year. That one will open in Cleveland, Mississippi. Danziger said in March that he hoped to open as many as 100 Scion hotels in three years.Conflict of interest?Washington University’s Clark said the new chains raise many conflicts of issues questions. Do the developers have other motives in striking a deal with the president’s company, perhaps to influence public policy? Will local governments help the developers in securing zoning changes or permits to curry favour with the president?The new chains are “problematic for the same reason all his other businesses are problematic: It provides opportunity for people to influence him by sending business his way,” Clark said.The rollout of the Scion chain hit a snag earlier this year because of just such conflicts issues. A Dallas developer who had signed a letter of intent with the Trump Organization revealed that he planned to raise money for a Scion hotel in the city from unnamed investors from Turkey, Qatar and Kazakhstan.The Trump Organization cancelled talks with the developer after several news articles raised questions about whether the foreign investors might try to use their investments to influence the new administration.Danziger said the Dallas developer would never have gotten past his company’s vetting, which had only begun as the media got hold of the story.Before Trump took the oath of office, he announced a series of steps to help address concerns that his sprawling business holdings could lead to conflicts. He handed management control of his company to his two adult sons, vowed to make “no new foreign deals” while president and hired an outside council to vet any new deals his sons would strike in the US.Danziger has expressed confidence that these steps can help avoid any ethical trouble.As far as the Chawlas are concerned, Danziger said, they’ve been fully vetted. Their company, he said, is 100% owned by the two brothers. And he suggested they were perfect partners for a company under scrutiny.“I wish I had their clean background,” he quipped. “It was easy to approve.”Read: Trump will nominate Chris Christie’s defence lawyer as FBI DirectorRead: Trump’s national security team to be quizzed over Russian influence on election Jun 10th 2017, 1:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3431379 center_img Eric Trump, left, and Donald Trump Jr, executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization Source: APTHE SONS OF US President Donald Trump have said their company is launching a new hotel chain inspired by their travels for their father’s election campaign.The name of the new hotel chain is American Idea. It was inspired by stories heard in small towns on the campaign trail. The owner is now, of course, president of the United States.However, the Trump Organization has said it is not exploiting the presidency for profit.The suggestion is “pure, unadulterated nonsense”, Eric Danziger, CEO of the company’s hotel division, Trump Hotels, said. “I’m sure you’ve heard of American Express. I’m sure you’ve heard of American Airlines … We didn’t invent the word ‘American’.”President Trump has been criticised for raising membership fees at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, boasting of his new Washington hotel that has become a favorite spot for foreign diplomats, and benefiting from trademark approvals from China for possible future business there.Now comes his company’s latest venture: a hotel chain.The American Idea chain was unveiled on Monday night in New York at a Trump Tower party hosted by the president’s two adult sons, Eric and Don Jr, and featuring a video showing the Washington Mall.The first family plans to franchise the mid-market hotels, taking a cut of revenue, and leaving the management and ownership of the buildings to other developers. The first three are planned for Mississippi.“They’re cashing in on the red states,” Kathleen Clark, a government ethics expert and law professor at Washington University in St Louis, said. “I’m not surprised that the Trump family would look to opportunities to commercially exploit his political success.”Ethics Ethics expert Edwin Williamson, a former State Department legal adviser, isn’t so bothered by the new chain. He noted the president is not bound by the federal ethics laws that limit other public officials from pursuing business interests while in office, and said he thinks Trump critics and the media are too fast to see conflicts of interest where there are none.“There may be people who want do business with them because they are the president’s sons. But I don’t know what you do about that,” Williamson said. He added that the deals struck will probably be “normal business transactions that meet the standard of the marketplace”.The first outside partners for American Idea were introduced on Monday and quickly established their appeal as embodiments of the American dream. Sons of a refugee from India, Suresh and Dinesh Chawla spoke of an America full of promise and profit if you work hard enough — and maybe get advice from a real estate mogul along the way.Suresh told the story of how his late father, founder of Chawla Hotels of Cleveland, Mississippi, was brazen enough to call Donald Trump looking for money for his new hotel chain more than quarter of a century ago. Share Tweet Email1 By Associated Press 52 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taoiseach urged to seek EU support to put more pressure on Egypt

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3456453 65 Comments Jun 22nd 2017, 6:01 AM Image: RollingNews.ie 10,426 Views TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has been urged to seek support to increase pressure on the Egyptian Government to release Ibrahim Halawa at this week’s European Council meeting.An Irish citizen, Halawa has spent almost four years in jail in Egypt without trial. Recently, the Irish government said it has stepped up its diplomatic efforts to secure his release.His next trial date is set for Tuesday, 4 July. This will be the 25th trial date he has been given.Varadkar told the Dáil yesterday that it is “utterly unacceptable” that the Irish citizen has been detained since he was 17 years old.The Taoiseach is attending the European Council meeting which takes place in Brussels today and Friday. He’s been urged to seek the backing of his EU colleagues to increase pressure on the Egyptian authorities.Varadkar has also said he will speak to the Greek government, which is believed to be acting as an obstacle in making progress.Delayed trial “I think a lot of work has been done by the authorities, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and others, to assist in his release. I know the Ceann Comhairle led a delegation with regard to that and carried out a very important role in the efforts to assure he is released and given a pardon.“The current state of play is that this cannot happen until the trial happens but the trial keeps on being delayed, which has us in a very difficult situation at the moment,” said Varadkar.The Taoiseach said he received a letter from Halawa last week, and welcomed the fact that he has ended his hunger strike. Source: RollingNews.ieIn the letter, Halawa wrote about entering a dark tunnel of four years of torture, suffering and pain.Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach if he will request the backing of his European Council colleagues this week.“Ibrahim Halawa was only 17 when he sought shelter in the al-Fateh mosque in Cairo. No young person should have to live through his experience since then,” she said. Source: RollingNews.ieThe Green Party’s Eamon Ryan urged Varadkar to talk to the Greek Prime Minister about the matter at this week’s meeting in Brussels.“Our understanding is that it is Greek opposition to having European monitoring of the case which is stopping it. We need the European monitor there on 4 July to put on the pressure to get him out,” said Ryan.Varadkar replied: “In relation to meeting the Greek Prime Minister, it will be my first ever European Council meeting and I am not sure exactly how they work, but if there is an opportunity to have a discussion with him I will do so.”Next week, the Taoiseach said he plans to assess what other options are open to the Irish government to expedite his return home.“Of course, I do not want to do anything that might turn out to be counterproductive so I need to study it a little more myself,” he added.Read: ‘It’s not always as straightforward’: Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care>Read: Abortion committee meets for the first time and elects Senator Catherine Noone as chairperson> Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa. Image: RollingNews.ie Taoiseach urged to seek EU support to put more pressure on Egypt to release Ibrahim Halawa Leo Varadkar is attending a EU Council meeting over the next two days.center_img Share241 Tweet Email Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 6:01 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa. By Christina Finnlast_img read more

Akai dévoile le MPC Fly pour iPad

first_imgAkai dévoile le MPC Fly pour iPadLes musiciens connaissent bien le fameux MPC d’Akai. En 2012, à l’ère des tablettes tactiles, c’est une nouvelle génération avec le MPC Fly qui débarque. On connaissait les MPC comme boitiers, maintenant il y aura le MPC Fly (lien non disponible), façon tablette, tout en finesse. Sa structure permettra de brancher l’iPad 2 comme s’il s’agissait d’un écran d’ordinateur. Le MPC affichera le contrôleur habituel et ses 16 pads, des fonctions de répétition de note et de swing. Le tout rétro-éclairé, idéal lors d’un concert, sous entendu si c’est vous l’artiste, bien sûr. Fonctionnant sur batterie lithium-ion, il sera également possible de le brancher au secteur, auquel cas l’iPad en profitera pour se recharger en même temps.Évidemment doté de nombreuses fonctionnalités (séquencer quatre pistes simultanément, sample de batterie inclus, effets intégrés, corrections et répétitions de notes…), le MPC Fly d’Akai promet d’être une petite révolution pour le monde de la composition musicale. A quel prix? Difficile à dire, Akai n’a pas communiqué dessus, ni sur la date de disponibilité. Patience donc. Le 21 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Democracy Defeated, Coups And Counter Coups

first_imgCan one imagine what would have happened to The Gambia by now if all the attempts at military takeover succeeded? By now The Gambia would have been a country of mass graves. Democracy did what military might could not. It is that democracy we should nurture.Who was on the side of coups and counter coups of the abdication of state responsibility is of very little significance now to a country which has placed power in the hands of the people after 52 years of self-perpetuating rule. The Gambian people are living in a country that they had capacity to change through the ballot box for the first time since 18th February 1965.On the 2nd December 2016 all Gambians on either side of the political divide accepted that the will of the Gambian people is inviolable. On 19th January 2017, all embraced the peaceful transfer of power. This has happened.What Gambians should do now is to nurture that peace and democracy not by breathing life to the power struggle of the past but rather to bury them and keep alive only the lessons that will not lead to the alienation or humiliation of anyone. The only relevant matter to pursue is to expose any harm done to an individual with a view to accepting wrong doing, apologising for it, healing the victim and allowing everyone to have new start. This is the way forward.There were serious human rights violation under the Jawara regime and under the Jammeh regime. Since death has occurred under the current regime what we can say is that it should be contained so that protection of human rights would be a priority and violation would be contained.If this wise counsel is listened to we will move towards the future assured that we have matured and could move on towards our better selves and a more fruitful destiny of liberty, dignity and prosperity.last_img read more

UK Commandoes on the ground in TCI says Police Commissioner

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, September 12, 2017 -Providenciales – Law and Order will be kept in the Turks and Caicos thanks to a team of Royal Marine Commandoes who will join the Turks and Caicos Islands police in patrolling, protecting and engineering.  Commissioner of Police James Smith reported to the nation that the Commandoes can assist with assessments, communications and medications.    The Commissioner is advising residents not to become alarmed by the presence of the military men, that they are here to help and are actually bolstering the manpower of the TCI Police by augmenting numbers of officers available to make the rounds and keep the peace.Airline companies will be coming in now that the Providenciales International Airport is open and fully operational since Monday at 11am.   Air Canada was not the first on the ground but first to depart the reopened airport facility which suffered at least flooding during the category five hurricane.    We spoke to Stephane Meneles of Caicos Express Airways who shared that some of their fleet was flown out to Jamaica for safety and were on Monday, en route home to restart service to their half a dozen destinations.   The rapid reopening of the country’s gateway was hailed as a major stride by country leaders.Beaches Resort Villages and Spa will have to close down for massive repairs following the horrible effects of Hurricane Irma.  Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart flew in since Sunday to personally assess the situation at the sprawling resort property.   It is bad and it is unclear at this stage how long the resort, the country’s largest employer in the private sector will be closed and how many of its 1,850 staffers it will impact.    The Premier had said that she was due to meet with resorts and hotels today for a proper update on the country’s leading industry and its bounce back plan. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

MayorPantham Rajani Sesha Sai elaborates achievements

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai has said that crores of rupees worth development works were executed in the city during five years of tenure as mayor. Speaking to reporters at her chamber here on Tuesday, in connection with her last working day, she said Godavari Maha Pushkaramas-2015 were performed on a massive scale by spending crores of rupees. Also Read – TDP holds protests over sand scarcity in Ongole Advertise With Us The city bagged best Swachh Bharat award for maintaining sanitation properly. All the primary, upper primary and corporation schools were strengthened by providing basic amenities to the students, filling of teacher posts etc. English medium was introduced in all schools and because of the commitment of teachers, many students obtained 10/10 ranks in tenth class public examinations for two years. The corporators and officials extended their cooperation for the smooth running of administration during five years and coordinated work gave many good results, she added.last_img read more

BJP asks party leaders workers to enrol 5 lakh new members in

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana BJP President K Laxman on Friday asked party leaders to enroll 5 lakh people as party members in the ongoing membership drive which has been extended till August 20. MoS for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya were also present in the BJP’s city working committee meeting here to evaluate the membership drive. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “There is a need to increase members in Hyderabad city. Amit Shah will also take a note on how many people have joined the BJP here. So, we should keep it in mind and should increase the memberships. He had already said that in South India after Karnataka, BJP should form government in Telangana. The environment in Telangana is also in favour of BJP party and we should utilize it,” Reddy said. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The BJP’s membership drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on July 6. BJP MLC Ramchander said that the party is preparing its ground for the upcoming municipal elections. “We plan to increase the members in Hyderabad city to 8 Lakh. We have 3.6 lakh members right now and are planning to enroll 4.5 lakh more members in the city. 1.5 lakh people have taken BJP membership in the city and we are speeding it up to reach the target. The last date of membership drive has been extended to August 20 from August 11,” he said. Advertise With Us “We are targeting to win the Municipal elections, which are to be held in the coming days. TRS, Congress and TDP cadres also wanted to join the BJP party. We have asked our party workers to see that they join our party,” he said. BJP leader Rama Krishna said the membership drive is witnessing good response from people after the Centre scrapped Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “We have participated in city executive meeting held in Hyderabad city. Our leadership has fixed a target of 5 lakhs BJP members in Hyderabad and asked us to participate in the membership drive,” he said. “We are also getting a good response from people in Hyderabad after the abrogation of Article 370. After this move taken by the central government, people are showing interest to join the BJP party. They are also ready to elect us to the power in the upcoming elections,” Rama Krishna said.last_img read more

Strong GDP data stokes RBI ratehike talk

first_imgA police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai, India, August 9, 2016.Reuters fileIndia has officially reclaimed its status as the world’s fastest growing economy after reporting a GDP growth of 7.2 percent in October-December, fastest in five quarters.The data puts spotlight back on Asia’s third-largest economy that beat China’s 6.8 percent and analysts’ median forecast of about 7 percent.While the data has surely brought some relief to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year, it makes the situation tricky for the central bank while reviewing interest rates on April 5.Some economists now anticipate the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could raise interest rates after the April policy meeting.”We expect a rate hike from RBI, most likely at the August review,” said Abhishek Upadhyay, economist, ICICI Securities Prime Dealership told Reuters.The case for a rate hike gets further prominence as inflationary pressures ease. India’s retail inflation eased marginally to 5.1 percent in January from a 17-month high of 5.2 percent in December.”The next few months of inflation and growth data will be key to determining the evolution of policy rates. If growth remains robust and inflation prints continue to project headline inflation a year ahead well above the target, then a change in stance from “neutral” to “withdrawal of accommodation” might have to be considered,” RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said after the February policy.But some economists expect RBI to hold fire for a few more quarters till inflation situation improves. The central bank’s goal is to keep headline inflation close to 4 percent over the medium term.”We expect the Reserve Bank of India to continue to be on hold. A change in their stance will depend on how the monetary authority looks at inflation panning out in the next 3-4 quarters,” said Gaurav Kapoor, chief economist at IndusInd Bank told Reuters.The central bank has kept its interest rate unchanged at 6.00 percent since a 25 basis points cut in August.last_img read more

Security flaws found in the WebGL standard

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Context Information Security have issued a warning about the WebGL standard. The warning states that this standard has the potential to undermine the security concepts that are practiced by current operating system versions and provide a new set of opportunities for attacks on a variety of system. More information: Report: www.contextis.com/resources/blog/webgl/ The standard, which is designed to enabled the rendering of 3D animations, executes the shader code directly on the system’s graphics card. While this may make graphics rendering simpler, it does however make a space for the exploitation. If the graphics card has any vulnerability in it the system could be breached. This level of vulnerability is something that the Khronos Group, who are the creators of the WebGL standard, have acknowledged the possibility of in the WebGL specifications. How serious are the potential vulnerabilities? Well, the researchers at Context Information Security say that they have been able to create the blue screen of death by using an exploitation that targets the overloading of a graphics card. While some of the current operating systems do have a fail-safe that rests an overloaded graphics card after a few seconds, the blue screen of death can be reached after a certain number of resets. Explore further The flaw could also, according to the researchers, be used to not just create the blue screen of death, but to inject malicious code onto the system. There is no word yet as to whether or not the standard will be changed, or when any changes to the standard would be implemented. Since the problem is already known and published in the standard it may not change at all. Superior 3D Graphics for the Web a Step Closer Citation: Security flaws found in the WebGL standard (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-flaws-webgl-standard.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Blacken Posts on Reddit Facebook or Twitter based on word matches in

first_imgBlacken Posts on Reddit, Facebook or Twitter based on word matches in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on March 08, 2019 in Firefox – 6 commentsRedactor is a new browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that blackens posts on social media sites so that you are not exposed to the content.Spoilers are a good example of why Redactor may be useful. If you don’t watch Game of Thrones while it airs but plan to watch it later on when the full season is released, you may be exposed to lots of spoilers on social media sites.From images to small video clips, and a lot of text. The same may be true for other things you are looking forward to, e.g. movies, games, books, you name it.Redactor is also handy if you don’t want to be exposed to something, maybe because you dislike it, it is annoying, or problematic in other ways.Blacken posts on social media with RedactorRedactor requires access permissions to the three sites it supports but to no other site; good. The extension does not add an icon to the toolbar and there is no context menu option either to manage it.You need to open the add-ons manager using about:addons in the address bar, and activate the options button next to the installed extension.Adding conditions is straightforward. You specify a term that you want the extension to blacken when you visit the supported sites, and may add OR or AND conditions.OR: the extension checks each term individually and blackens the entire post if any one of them is found (or more).AND: the extension checks for all terms and blackens a post only if all are found.The words that you enter are case sensitive; an option to make them case insensitive is not available, unfortunately.All matching posts are blackened the next time you visit the page (anew or on reload). The blackening of text works considerably well most of the time. Redactor blackens the entire post but ignores user names and media.Some formatting options by post authors may reveal text, however. If the author uses a different font color, it may show even though the text should be blackened entirely.You may hover over blackened text to display it.What I would like to seeRedactor is a basic add-on at this point in time. I’d like to see the following improvements to make it more usable:Option to make entered text ignore case.Option to blacken/hide media posted if posts match rules.Support for regular expressions.Improving the conditions configuration menu, e.g. by adding support for rule titles and making it more comfortable to enter text.Making sure that all text is blackened even if different colors are used.Option to disable the hover to reveal feature, or add a modifier key to it to avoid moving the mouse over blackened text accidentally.Closing WordsRedactor is a useful extensions with room for improvements for Firefox. I like that it blackens text instead of hiding posts entirely as it gives you opportunity to reveal posts if you want to.Chrome users can check out shush! for Twitter. If you want to block YouTube content, check out Video Blocker for Chrome. Firefox users can check out BlockTube instead.Now You: What is your take on extensions that hide posts? Do you use them?Summary12345 Author Rating0 based on 2 votes Software Name RedactorSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/redactor/ Advertisementlast_img read more

EVA Air becomes first airline in Asia to adopt Amadeus Revenue Managem

first_imgEVA Air becomes first airline in Asia to adopt AmadeusEVA Air, recently ranked one of the World’s Top 10 Airlines in 2015 (source: Skytrax), becomes the first Asian airline to adopt the Amadeus Altéa Revenue Management Suite. This move supports the airline’s international expansion, laying the foundation for EVA to accurately and intelligently price airline packages and offers.With EVA Air’s route network now covering more than 50 cities across Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, the airline wanted a next generation, highly automated O&D revenue management system to maximise route yield and overall profitability.Amadeus’ unique revenue management solution draws on real time data from multiple sources, including the Amadeus Altéa Suite, to provide intuitive recommendations on the best pricing of airline offers. Unlike legacy revenue management systems, the Amadeus Altéa Revenue Management Suite is designed to help airlines gain competitive advantage from new merchandising practices such as dynamic pricing, fare families and ancillary service sales.Ken Chung, Junior Vice President, EVA Air, said, “Moving to Amadeus’ Altéa Revenue Management Suite is a big step for us as we continue to expand our network to North America and South East Asia markets. With a more accurate picture of future demand, we can make better pricing and availability decisions that are critical to improving our profitability.” Chungcontinued, “Moving from segment-based revenue management to O&D revenue management is a challenging process, but the EVA and Amadeus teams are working closely to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.”Equipped with the latest Revenue Management innovations to manage market changes and future growth, the highly automated system frees revenue management analysts to focus on activities that create further value for the airline and empowers them with user-friendly, real-time tools.The Amadeus O&D Business Transformation Programme is assisting EVA Air in its move from segment-based revenue management to O&D revenue management, helping EVA Air transform its revenue management organisation and work processes to help the airline get the richest benefits from the Altéa Revenue Management Suite.Hazem Hussein, Executive Vice President, Airline Commercial, Amadeus Asia Pacific, said, ”We are thrilled to work with EVA Air as our first O&D Revenue Management customer in Asia Pacific, helping them improve revenues in this highly competitive climate. EVA can now more accurately price relevant offers based on travellers’ price sensitivity and travel purpose, a big step towards creating a more traveller-centric ecosystem. In addition, the Altéa Revenue Management Suite is fully integrated with the Amadeus Altéa Suite, which EVA has used since 2013, and we expect them to enjoy greater automation and optimised revenues overall.”EVA Air’s migration to the Amadeus’ Altéa Revenue Management Suite is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016.Source = Amadeus – EVA Airlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The South African dr

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The South African dream has come true for 10 lucky agents who were whisked away on a trip of a lifetime thanks to South Africa Tourism and South African Airways after winning their spot on the famil at South Africa’s Road Show events last October.The 10 agents from varying agencies across Australia and New Zealand were treated to a 13-day trip visiting some of the most scenic and inspiring locations on offer in South Africa.The group arrived in trendy Johannesburg at The Maslow before setting off on a quest to spot the Big Five at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. Cape Town put on a spectacular show with the group getting an aerial view of the Mother City via a helicopter ride, followed by a guided city tour including Green Market Square, Bo-Kaap and Long Street before finishing their day with a stay at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel.One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve where the group had an exhilarating experience coming face to face with a Great White Shark for the first time after taking part in a Shark Cage Dive operated by White Shark Projects.Lalie Ngozi, GM Australasia, South African Tourism, said it’s always great to have travel agents experiencing South Africa for themselves.“We were very proud to be able to host this talented group of industry professionals and showcase South Africa’s diversity so they can see first-hand why it is a world-class tourism product. It is first-hand experiences like these that allow people to truly appreciate the beauty and warmth of our country,” said Lalie Ngozi.“This trip is all part of our ongoing commitment to our valued partners and I was pleased to hear that for many of the agents this was their first South African experience. It was also pleasing to hear that the overall consensus was that South Africa has amazing value for money and incredible food and culture,” continued Ms Ngozi.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Rep Hughes introduces domestic violence protection legislation

first_img State Rep. Holly Hughes has introduced legislation to better protect rental property tenants and their children from incidents of domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct and stalking.House Bill 5982 would allow for the change of a door lock mechanism at a personal residence, pending a written notice to the property owner and confirmation of a personal protection order, law enforcement incident report or the filing of criminal charges by a prosecuting attorney.“An incident involving domestic violence or criminal sexual conduct is a significant event on its own, even without the threat of someone having their home invaded by the perpetrator again simply because they have a key,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “This legislation would add needed personal security for the direct victims of such illegal behavior.”HB 5982 would allow for the locking mechanism change, by the property owner or the tenant, as quickly as 48 hours after the necessary documentation has been delivered. If the accused individual in question is a co-tenant of the residence, they will not be supplied with a new key, any written documentation supplied to the property owner and can be removed from the rental agreement.The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Judiciary for its consideration. 09Nov Rep. Hughes introduces domestic violence protection legislation Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Hornberger takes House oath of office announces office staff and contact

first_imgState Rep. Pamela Hornberger takes a ceremonial oath of office on the House floor with family members, from left, nephew Eric Allen; daughter Olivia Malburg; and father Robert Hornberger.State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today was joined by her family for the first session day of the Michigan House of Representatives in the 99th Michigan Legislature, which included taking ceremonial and official oaths, meeting Gov. Rick Snyder and selecting her House seat.“This is exciting, like the first day of school, and it’s such a joyous moment to be able to share it with my family by my side,” said Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to keep Michigan on the comeback trail, and I want to hear from area residents with ideas and suggestions we can address together for our state and our hometown.”Hornberger’s Lansing office can be contacted by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling 517-373-8931; and by email, PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov.She is assisted by her office staff, Mel “Sonny” Koch and Phil Kraft.Koch, a Macomb Township resident, has six years of experience as House legislative office staff. He earned a master’s degree in American history from Eastern Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in history from Alma College and is a 2004 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School.Kraft, a Chesterfield resident and 2004 Anchor Bay High School graduate, previously served five years as constituent services representative for Congresswoman Candice Miller and is currently on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saginaw Valley State University.“The 32nd House District and I are extremely fortunate to have Sonny and Phil on our team working for us,” Hornberger said. “Their knowledge and experience of our community and the government process means we are hitting the ground running.”##### Categories: Hornberger News,Hornberger Photos 11Jan Rep. Hornberger takes House oath of office, announces office staff and contact infolast_img read more