Moroccos French Montana Becomes First Ambassador of I Stand With Immigrants

Rabat – Moroccan rapper French Montana has become the first ambassador for the “I stand with Immigrants” campaign. The campaign seeks to encourage US citizens to “celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make every day.”French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated with his family to the US at the age of 13.Khabrouch has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop music. In a new video, the rapper explained the struggle migrants can face in a foreign country.“It was more of a culture shock for me. Because you know, coming from Morocco, you know you’re not speaking English,” he said.Read Also: French Montana Says He Wants To Be The “Voice of Immigrants” at VMAs“You’re trying to fit into this world that you knew nothing about Your parents don’t speak English. Your little brothers don’t speak English. You have nobody translate nothing for you.”The rapper emphasized that immigrants in the music industry  “play a big part because like I said we all come from different cultures and we all bring different sounds to the entertainment business.”In August, French Montana announced that he wants to be the “voice of migrants.” At the Video Music Awards (VMA) in New York, he said that he was “proud” to give an award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”“These nominees — and most of them are immigrants, too — are on top of the biggest movement in music,” he added. read more

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores killings in Brazil and

18 April 2011The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent murders of media professionals in Brazil and Iraq, stressing that these crimes must not go unpunished. Brazilian radio and television journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa was known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups and allegedly received frequent threats. The 46-year-old presented the Ação e Cidadania (Action and Citizenship) programme on TV Vitória, and also reported for the FM radio station Metropolitana.He was shot in a restaurant on 10 April in Vitória de Santo Antão in north-eastern Pernambuco state. “Journalists must be free to work without fear. The public debate to which they contribute lies at the heart of democratic governance,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She said the murder of Mr. Pedrosa is a direct attack against this debate, and against the basic human right of freedom of expression. “I condemn this killing, which must not go unpunished.” Ms. Bokova also deplored the killing of Iraqi television executive Taha Hameed and called for improved safety for journalists in the country.Mr. Hameed, the head of al-Massar TV, was driving with Iraqi human rights activist Abed Farhan Thiyab when they were shot dead in the south of Baghdad on 8 April.“By informing the public, by promoting dialogue and debate, by giving voice to the citizens of Iraq, the media play a major role in the reconstruction of the country,” said Ms. Bokova. “They must be able to work in conditions of reasonable safety and in the knowledge that crimes against them will not go unpunished.”According to the International Press Institute, Mr. Hameed is the fifth journalist to be killed in Iraq this year. read more

Registered political party renamed with GL as head

According to the Department of Elections, Professor G.L Peiris has been named Chairman of the new political party. A registered political party has been renamed with Professor G.L Peiris appointed Chairman of the political party.The Department of Elections said that ‘Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front’ led by Wimal Geeganage has been renamed as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

FAA chief says hell test Boeings MAX changes this week

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top aviation regulator says he plans to go into a flight simulator and personally test changes that Boeing is making to the grounded 737 Max.Stephen Dickson also said Monday that he expects Boeing to submit its safety analysis of changes to the plane “in the coming days.”Dickson is the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will decide whether U.S. airlines can resume flying the 737 Max. The FAA grounded the Max in March after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.Boeing hopes the plane will be back in service early in the October-through-December quarter.Dickson is a former 737 pilot and Delta Air Lines executive. He told CNBC he plans to test the Max in a simulator in Seattle this week.The Associated Press read more

UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

“Any measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognised by the international community,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.Israel reportedly made the announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.Mr. Ban understands that Israel took “a difficult step” in continuing to release Palestinian prisoners in the face of deep domestic opposition, and appreciates this gesture, said the statement. “The Secretary-General expects the parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust,” it added. Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two sides resumed negotiations this August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. read more

UN envoy urges formal launch of a national unity government in Libya

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), welcomed the statement signed by the majority members of the House of Representatives, in which they declared their approval of the Government of National Accord (GNA) proposed by the Presidency Council after months-long UN-facilitated talks.The UN envoy said that this development demonstrated the strong determination of the Libyan people and the overwhelming support by the majority of House members for the proposed new Government. He called on the House leadership to take immediate steps to formalise this endorsement. Mr. Kobler expressed concerns about many reports of intimidation and threats against House members. “This is unacceptable,” he said, stressing that parliamentarians have to decide freely, and the House leadership has the responsibility to ensure that the parliamentary process is unhindered and conducted in an environment free from threats or intimidation, according to democratic principles. UNSMIL was established in 2011 by the UN Security Council at the request of the Libyan authorities following six months of armed conflict to support the country’s new transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts. read more

Think beyond farm jobs to reach sustainable development UN agriculture chief advises

FAO/Luis TatoFAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva addressing the opening session of the regional conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture, co-organised by the Republic of Rwanda and the African Union on the 20 August, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.Mr. Graziano da Silva also encouraged youth to “think beyond farm jobs” and explore employment opportunities across the agri-food chain, such as in food processing, distribution, marketing and retail.This “new kind of rural transformation” means equipping rural areas with basic services such as education, health, electricity, internet access and so on. “These services are themselves another important source for employment, especially for women and young people,” he said. “We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” underscored José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.“They must perceive agriculture as a remunerative and profitable sector and the dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural areas play an important role in this regard,” he added.Over 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25 –mostly living in rural areas.Yet, there is a growing uncertainty over the continent’s preparedness to tap this precious resource, which requires that tens of millions of rural area jobs be created annually for the continent to harness the dividends of its youth.Mr. Graziano da Silva’s remarks came at the opening of the two-day event, which is co-organized by FAO, the Rwandan Government and the African Union (AU) to share knowledge and best practices on agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to prioritize interventions going forward.Other keynote speakers included Li Yong, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources; and Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people – UN agriculture chiefGrowing population means growing food demandsMr. Graziano da Silva noted that due to continued population growth, rapid urbanization and dietary changes accompanying rising household incomes, Africa’s food demand is projected to grow in the coming years by more than 50 per cent, providing “an invaluable and untapped potential” to address youth unemployment challenges, albeit amid numerous constraints.He pointed out that young people are usually employed on a casual or seasonal basis, with limited access to relevant education and technical training; limited access to finance, information and markets; and low involvement in decision-making processes.“These constraints become a bottleneck that also impede young people to start an agricultural business of their own. As a result, young rural people are migrating,” explained the FAO chief.Meanwhile, the World Bank expects that by 2030, African agribusinesses will create a $1 trillion market.“In the coming years, more and more of the agricultural activities and employment will require digital skills,” he stressed, calling cooperatives “the best way to provide family farmers and young professionals with technical assistance, capacity building, and access to modern technologies.” read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v San Diego State

2. Can Jordan Hall repeat his performance from last week? How does redshirt-junior Rod Smith figure into the equation?Last week Hall got the start at running back for the Buckeyes, and instead of just filling in while OSU waited for the return of suspended running backs redshirt-junior Rod Smith and senior Carlos Hyde, he put up a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. Now, with the return of Smith, the pressure will be on Hall to repeat his performance from last week, or risk losing his spot. SDSU allowed 172 yards rushing last week against Eastern Illinois, so the opportunity could be there for Hall to impress again. 3. Will OSU’s front seven be able to contain SDSU running back Adam Muema?SDSU’s junior running back Adam Muema left the Aztecs’ 40-19 loss midway through the first half because of an ankle injury but is expected to be full-go against OSU Saturday. Muema will still be a focus of the Buckeye defense Saturday, as he finished with 1,458 yards last season to go along with 16 touchdowns. Against Buffalo, the Buckeyes only allowed 73 rushing yards, but the Bulls did not have a back of the quality of Muema. Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and company will have to slow Muema if the Buckeyes hope to continue their 13-game unbeaten streak. Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football players warm up before a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.1. The Return of Bradley RobyEven though OSU coach Urban Meyer would not say whether Roby will start against San Diego State, it is hard to believe the redshirt junior cornerback wouldn’t see significant playing time. The presence of the preseason All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist is much-needed for a secondary that will also see the return of another starter in redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett. Roby’s ability to take the opponent’s best receiver out of the game is something the Buckeyes will need once Big Ten play starts in three weeks. It will be interesting to see how much Meyer plays him. 4. Did the Buckeyes learn their lesson after suffering cramps last week?Several key members for OSU, including starting junior quarterback Braxton Miller, left last week’s win over Buffalo at different points in the game due to cramping. With temperatures likely to be in the mid-80s again Saturday, hydration both before and during the game will be important. Meyer called the cramping “a concern” following the win, so seeing if the issue was addressed will be a storyline to watch. 5. Will the Buckeyes get complacent?After SDSU, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face California, a member of a BCS conference in the Pac-12. Although the Mountain West Conference has earned some respect over the past few years, it still does not consistently compare to the Big Ten, Pac-12 or other members of the BCS. With that in mind, the Buckeyes need to focus on the task at hand and not look ahead to next week’s clash with the Golden Bears. If OSU does not keep focused, the Aztecs could come out of the gate quickly and grab an early lead. The game could become more complicated for the Buckeyes if they have to play from behind, so they need to keep their minds on the game at hand. read more

Oxford students accused of hypocrisy after alarming lack of prominent BAME figures

Earlier this year, the Oxford student activist group Common Ground held an event titled “Decolonising the History curriculum”.The event, publicised on the History Faculty’s website, was part of a symposium which included a “de-colonial tour” of the Pitt Rivers museum.    Professors said that they had hoped students would use this question to discuss the legacy of Britons from black and ethnic backgrounds.    Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes But they noted:  “There were no BAME actors. No Meera Syal, no Lenny Henry (whose career has seen remarkable change), no Idris Elba.“A similar point can be made about art and literature. No mention of Benjamin Zephaniah or Chris Ofili (or again Steve McQueen) , no mention of Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy (all best sellers, all adapted for prime time television) or Monica Ali.“Popular music in these essays was invisible but it was implied it had stopped somewhere around Tommy Steele. No Reggae, no Two-Tone, no Northern Soul, no Bhangra influences, no Grime.”Examiners acknowledge that the students who are the most conscious about decolonising the curriculum may not have taken this particular paper. They say that students might object “but this wasn’t in the reading” or “this wasn’t in the lectures”, which they say is “not unfair”, but add that none of the information is hard to find.Academics also complained that a question about protectionism before and after the Wall Street Crash “inadvertently and worryingly” revealed that many history undergraduates “don’t seem to understand what the word ‘protectionism’ means”.Professors have previously used examiner reports to lament students’ “basic common sense” in essays, adding that some found it “difficult to express their thoughts in writing” and spoke as if they were a “bloke down the pub”. Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford history students have been accused of hypocrisy after they largely failed to mention any prominent black figures in their essays on post-colonialism, despite protests over Rhodes Must Fall.Professors complained that “we are supposedly in the midst of a consciousness raising era as exemplified by Rhodes Must Fall”, yet students barely mentioned anyone from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.History dons noted that the most popular exam question last year was “How useful is the term post-colonial in understanding Britain since 1947?” but scripts were “almost universally devoid of First Class quality”.The lack of BAME figures in the essays was “downright alarming”, according to the examiner reports. Professors said that students were preoccupied with the “decolonisation” narrative, and there was little discussions about how immigrants have shaped life in modern Britain.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College over his links with Britain’s colonial past.In recent years, Oxford students have become increasingly vocal about the need to “decolonise” curriculum so that it is less dominated by western, white men, and includes more female and BAME figures.   Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes read more

La télémédecine officialisée en France

first_imgLa télémédecine officialisée en FranceConsulter un patient par écrans interposés, surveiller un malade ou solliciter l’avis à distance d’un spécialiste qui ne peut pas être physiquement présent. Tous ces actes, déjà effectués par de nombreux professionnels de santé, sont enfin légalisés en France.  Avec le développement spectaculaire des outils de télécommunication et des technologies, la médecine à distance est de plus en plus pratiquée. Pourtant, malgré le nombre croissant de praticiens qui s’intéressent à ce concept, ces actes n’avaient pas encore été encadrés par des dispositions législatives. Jusqu’à la semaine dernière où un décret a été publié au journal officiel.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Plusieurs établissements témoignent du succès de la télémédecine en France : le Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Caen utilise la visioconférence et téléexpertise (se faire conseiller à distance) depuis près de 10 ans, l’Hôpital européen Georges Pompidou à Paris a vu ces pratiques apparaître en 2006 au service des urgences. Le CHU de Toulouse, lui, compte parmi son équipe Louis Lareng, directeur de l’Institut européen de Télémédecine depuis 1989. Interrogé par Maxisciences, ce professeur se dit “satisfait” du décret paru le 19 octobre dernier. “Il précise des choses, notamment une définition claire de la télémédecine, ce qui n’avait pas encore été fait”. Mais c’est surtout l’évocation d’une  volonté d’”organisation” en France dans ce domaine qui attire son attention. Louis Lareng espère voir se multiplier les conventions entre les différents praticiens et réseaux déjà existants, comme celui qu’il dirige à Toulouse. Son souhait : voir la télémédecine se répandre dans toutes les régions et même assister à la création d’un réseau national.Une meilleure couverture médicale dans les zones isolées Ordinateur, connexion Internet haut-débit et webcam, font partie de son quotidien. Concrètement, il fait des téléconsultations : “le patient et son médecin se retrouvent en visio-conférence avec un spécialiste qui saura mieux le conseiller que son généraliste sur un point précis”. L’enseignement à distance est aussi de plus en plus commun chez ces professionnels de la santé. Il n’y a quasiment “plus de déplacements pour les professeurs ou élèves” là où ces réseaux de télémédecine existent.L’intérêt c’est que cela “permet une expertise immédiate sur un cas sensible”, explique le professeur. “On peut répondre à une question tout de suite”. Si aucune technologie ne saurait remplacer la relation humaine, il s’agit pour les praticiens de faire face à de nombreux besoins : améliorer l’accès au soin de santé spécialisé, décloisonner les médecins de campagne et les agences régionales de santé. Le décret précise d’ailleurs vouloir “assurer une meilleure couverture médicale dans les zones isolées”. Selon la loi ces actes doivent être réalisés “dans des conditions garantissant l’authentification des professionnels de santé qui interviennent, l’identification du patient, la formation ou la préparation du patient” à l’utilisation de ce type de dispositif. Celui-ci peut même exprimer son consentement par voie électronique.Aujourd’hui, le matériel et les réseaux sont surtout financés grâce à des subventions aux niveaux régional et national. Louis Lareng espère que cet aspect sera étudié de plus près dans le futur. “On a de plus en plus de difficultés, il faudrait prendre le temps d’en parler avec les différents acteurs”, conclut-il.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 18:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

DAversa hoping for a Juve off day

first_imgParma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”last_img read more

Balloons camera bursting with birdseye images video

first_imgA traveler that lost its way Sunday is back, thanks to three guys who navigated a rock slide and some bear poop to rescue it.… And now it is sharing some great photos of its trip.Those panoramic images of the Northwest skyline documented the path of an unmanned balloon cluster that was launched north of Battle Ground.The Sunday flight, designed to set the stage for Joe Barbera’s manned lawn chair flight on June 21, ended in western Skamania County.The balloon cluster’s 11-pound payload operated pretty well, said James Sutherland, who was in charge of tracking the flight path.“We lost tracking for the last few minutes of the flight,” Sutherland said.On Tuesday, they were able check photos from the onboard camera to see what went wrong with the locator signal.But the launch team only has those photos because Justin Allen, his cousin Josh Allen and their friend Gene Carlin were driving around Sunday afternoon on a back country road.“We had stopped to look off a cliff and this balloon came floating by, just above us,” Justin Allen said. “We thought, ‘That was cool!’”They watched as the balloon cluster and its payload gradually descended into a ravine.“It ended up down a huge rock slide, tangled in some trees,” the Yacolt resident said. “Gene was wondering if it could be from Japan,” and he talked the Allens into checking it out.“We had to crawl down a gully — there was baby bear poop and mama bear poop — and through a boulder slide,” Justin Allen said.last_img read more

Dulas and Imperial College London named 2017s Top Employers for Working Families

first_imgEngineering organisation Dulas, Grant Thornton UK, Imperial College London, Lloyds Banking Group, and West Dunbartonshire Council are among the winning organisations at the 2017 Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards.The annual awards celebrate UK organisations that embed flexibility for all employees into their policies, tackle gendered and traditional ideas about work, and create a family-friendly workplace. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on 6 July 2017 in London.The winning employers included Alexander Mann Solutions, which received the Cross River Partnership best flexible-working initiative award in recognition of the new global flexible-working programme it launched in 2016. Imperial College London was named winner in the Cityparents best for all stages of fatherhood category for its efforts to break down traditional assumptions about parenthood and support fathers in taking an equal role. The Deloitte best for all stages of motherhood award went to Dulas, which has achieved a 93% retention rate for new mothers over a 10-year period as a result of its retention strategy.The full list of winners is:The Direct Line Group best for embedded flexibility award: Turn It On.The Allen and Overy innovation award: Grant Thornton UK.The Carers UK and Centrica best for carers and eldercare award: Highlands and Islands Enterprise.The Deloitte best for all stages of motherhood award: Dulas.The Cityparents best for all stages of fatherhood award: Imperial College London.The best for flexible recruitment award: Lloyds Banking Group.The Cross River Partnership best flexible-working initiative award: Alexander Mann Solutions.Best large private sector employer award: Lloyds Banking Group.Best small employer award: Brand Learning.Best public sector employer award: West Dunbartonshire Council.Best third sector employer award: Inspiring Scotland.Sarah Jackson OBE, chief executive officer at Working Families, said: “In many ways, flexible working and family-friendly working have never been more part of the bloodstream of British business. We had a record-breaking number of entries this year, showcasing a wealth of exciting approaches to creating agility in the workplace.“Congratulations to all this year’s Top Employers for Working Families award winners, singled out because they offer leading flexible workplaces that support the grain of their employees’ lives.”last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO Baby Giraffe Born at Houston Zoo

first_imgVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A baby giraffe was born this week at the Houston Zoo.Zoo officials say the unnamed female Masai giraffe was born just after nine a.m. Monday to mom Tyra.After spending a few days with mom, the baby will be on view for zoo visitors.The calf weighs 139 pounds and stands 6’3″.She is now the sixth Masai giraffe residing at the Houston Zoo. Sharelast_img read more

Seagate now shipping its mammoth 10TB heliumfilled hard drive

first_imgStorage companies are never satisfied with their latest jaw-dropping capacities for long. Last August, Seagate unleashed a monstrous 8TB drive — but a new drive has already stolen its crown.Seagate has bumped their latest drive up to an astonishing 10TB and announced they are now shipping. It’s still in a standard 3.5-inch drive, too. They didn’t have to resort to stretching the drives to 5.25 inches like a Quantum Bigfoot to squeeze in the extra 25%, and that’s thanks to the use of helium.Just like last time, Seagate’s initial focus is on delivering these mammoth hard drives to enterprise customers. Initially, anyway, they’re the kind of customers who can justify the steep price tag (around $700 if you just want one). It’s often worth shelling out extra dollars to achieve peak storage density.How much difference does a 10TB drive make? Consider the new BackBlaze Storage Pod. They outfitted it with bays for 60 drives, and when we shared it with you just last week that meant it could pack an impressive 480TB into 4U of rack space using 8TB drives. The extra 2TB per drive pushes the total up to an insane 600TB per Pod. Got an extra 20U in a rack? Now it can warehouse 3 petabytes of data.And while that 96TB 12big from Lacie was already a jaw-droppingly huge desktop storage array, just imagine how awesome it would be with three digits of drive space jammed into its 17-inch-tall chassis.Cost might prohibit you from doing it right now, but at least you know what you have to look forward to later this year. The 8TB drives are now well under $300, so it won’t be long before you can easily justify the purchase of your first double-digit-terabyte drive.last_img read more

3 detained over unaccounted money

first_imgKolkata: Large amount of unaccounted money has been seized from Durgapur and Salt Lake on Thursday. The first incident took place at Durgapur railway station where one person was detained and Rs 70 lakh was seized from his possession. In the second case, a man was detained in Salt Lake and Rs 40 lakh was seized from him.According to sources, on Thursday, around 11 am, a person, who was later identified as Suresh Prasad Barman, was seen loitering at the Durgapur railway station by Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel. The GRP personnel kept a close watch on Barman as they felt his activities were suspicious. Later, they intercepted him and inquired what he was doing at the station. Barman said he was about to board a train to Kolkata. GRP personnel questioned what he was carrying inside his luggage bag. Barman said there were garments in the bag but the police personnel were not satisfied. Barman was taken to the police station at Durgapur railway station and there his luggage bag was opened and huge amount of money was discovered. Asansol-Durgapur Police was informed about the incident. After counting it was found that Barman was carrying Rs 70 lakh. During the interrogation, he said he had come from Varanasi and got down at Durgapur to catch a corresponding train to Kolkata. It is suspected that the money was intended to be used in the last phase of the Lok Sabha Elections which is scheduled on May 19. Barman was immediately detained. The information of money seizure has been conveyed to the Income Tax department and the Election Commission as per the procedure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn another incident, on Thursday afternoon, two persons identified as Surajit Singh of FE block and Ratan Hagen of AA block of Salt Lake were intercepted during naka checking in front of FE block community hall in Salt Lake. According to sources, as per the procedure of Election Commission, police personnel from Bidhannagar South police station were on naka checking duty. They spotted two persons, on a bike, were moving towards the checking point and one of them was carrying a backpack. After documents of the bike were checked, the duo was questioned what they were carrying inside the bag. As they started fumbling while answering the cops, the officers asked them to open the bag. The officers found a huge amount of money inside the bag. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe duo was brought to the police station and after counting police officers came to know that the duo were carrying Rs 40 lakh. When asked about the source of the money, they couldn’t provide satisfactory answers. The duo claimed that they were businessman and the money was meant to be used for business. But they were not able to produce any valid documents. Later, they were detained and money we seized. The information about the seizure of the money was conveyed to the Income Tax department and Election Commission.last_img read more

GAIL Utkarsh achieves 100 success result in JEE Mains

first_imgIn a resounding success of GAIL (India) Limited’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative ‘GAIL Utkarsh’, all 100 students from underprivileged sections of society enrolled at its Kanpur centre qualified the JEE Mains 2019 examination. Apart from them, 50 of the 60 students from its newly-established centres in Uttarakhand also cleared the prestigious entrance test, GAIL Director (Human Resources) P K Gupta announced recently.While the Kanpur chapter has been consistently successful in transforming the lives of talented students, this is the first time that it has achieved a success rate of 100 %, wherein all the 100 students including 14 girls, qualified the JEE Mains this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLast year, 99 of the 100 students had passed the examination, P K Gupta said at a felicitation ceremony which was also attended by GAIL Executive Director (HR & CSR) Prasoon Kumar, GAIL Chief General Manager (CSR) Anoop Gupta and Center for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) Director S K Shahi. The students, who are from the tenth batch of ‘GAIL Utkarsh’, were provided one year of free residential coaching under this CSR project which is conducted in partnership with CSRL. GAIL was the first among PSUs to start the coaching centre at Kanpur for talented but underprivileged students in 2009-10. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGAIL also started similar programmes recently in Dwarahat and Srinagar in Uttarakhand. This year, 26 out of 30 students from Srinagar and 24 out of 30 from Dwarahat qualified JEE Mains. In view of the success at these centres, the strength has been increased to 50 each in the current season, P K Gupta said. ‘GAIL Utkarsh’, which started with just 23 students in 2009, has, so far, transformed the lives of 683 students, who have secured admissions in IITs/NITs and other reputed engineering colleges. The success rate of the project is 89%. The students are selected on the basis of written test, interview and strict economic criteria, i.e., the annual income of parents should not exceed Rs 2.50 lakhs per annum. Most of them come from rural background. Students securing seats in Engineering Colleges, are provided scholarships, through GAIL Charitable & Educational Trust (GC&ET). Each selected student receives Rs. 48,000 to 60,000 per annum to meet their academics fees and other expenses. The students of first five batches have joined various reputed companies and started their professional career with average salary of Rs 6.00 lakhs per annum.last_img read more

Basecamps Rebel Recipe for Success 5 Ways the Software Maverick Made Millions

first_img 9 min read Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of BasecampImage credit: BasecampThe Chicago-based software as a service (SaaS) pioneer, originally named 37signals, quietly makes millions every year selling monthly subscriptions to its no frills web-based project management app — all without a single salesperson, press push, ad campaign or outside money. (Well, almost. In 2006, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made an undisclosed “minority private equity investment” in the company, though Basecamp claims to have eschewed “over 100 VC and private equity investment offers over the years.”)Related: Want to Be More Productive? Move Across the World.Basecamp bucked the “go big or go home” trend — and basically said screw growth — from the very beginning. So far, it’s worked out incredibly well. Perhaps a better mantra for the bootstrapped tech renegade would be “Stay small and work from home.”Established in 1999 as a scrappy, three-person web design shop, now 44 employees strong, Basecamp says it helps “hundreds of thousands” of companies the world over organize, track and collaborate on millions of projects.Related: Radicals and VisionariesWe tapped Basecamp co-founder and CEO Jason Fried for the secrets to how his company is still going strong after 15 years in business. Here are his five unorthodox strategies for lasting success.1. Tell customers what you can do for them, don’t show them. When Basecamp went live with its first website in 1999, Fried says most other companies in the tech industry were creating busy bragbook sites crammed with images and work samples.Not Basecamp. Still called 37signals at the time, the company opted for a blank white landing page on its inaugural site. No background. No images. No slogans. It displayed one thing only: A short, snappy manifesto in list form that rattled off “37 nuggets of online philosophy and design wisdom.”“It became this lightning rod,” Fried says, “where people were like, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t sell websites and design services without showing previous work.’ Well, yeah, we can, actually, and we did.’”Taking a bold, barebones tell-don’t-show approach attracted the right kind of clients from the start, he says. Basecamp only showed work samples to potential customers who came to them first via the website. Related: Juggling Too Many To-Dos? Try These Helpful Task Management Apps. “We didn’t lead with the work. We led with our ideas and our minds, and the customers who believed in what we were saying and doing came. It was unusual and it gave us permission to do a string of other things that were unusual, and that why we’re still here 15 years later.”If you list it, they will come. Just ask Buzzfeed.2. Let your employees work wherever they want, anywhere in the world. While he recognizes that telecommuting isn’t for everyone, Fried remains an outspoken advocate for hiring the best people you can find, regardless of where they are. “The more you trust people to do their jobs, in front of your or not, the better work you’re going to get from them anyway.”In his best-selling book about the rise of telecommuting, Remote: Office Not Required (Crown Business, 2013), he argues that embracing remote work is “commonsensical,” offering “access to the best talent, freedom from soul-crushing commutes, and increased productivity outside the traditional office.”Fried says bosses spin all kinds of excuses not to hire telecommuters because they’re afraid it will take away some of their power. “Their job is to manage you, to oversee and to watch over, and if they can’t see people [employees], then they feel like they’re losing something themselves and they can’t do a good job.”Related: How the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Stereotype Is Killing EntrepreneurshipNo one’s looking over anyone’s shoulder at Basecamp. The company started as a core team of telecommuters and it still is today, only bigger. It now has just under four dozen full-time staffers flung across 30 cities throughout world, including in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Russia and Europe. Only 14 people, Fried among them, work out of Basecamp’s 10,000-square-foot headquarters, formerly Crate and Barrel’s photo studio, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.3. Just say no to PR, advertising and salespeople. If you position your value proposition — and your brand story — on your website in a straightforward, succinct and sincere way, you might never have to spring for marketing and advertising.“That’s why we don’t have any salespeople,” Fried says. “We never have, and we’ve signed up thousands of customers without a single one.”In its early days, he says Basecamp hired a PR firm but quickly ditched it. “It just wasn’t the thing for us. Instead we chose to be opinionated and share our stories openly and without pulling punches, without being afraid. When you do that, people pay attention and you build a really loyal following.”Related: When to Say No to Venture CapitalInstead of spending on marketing and advertising, Fried suggests regularly putting out your own high-quality content, just like a magazine or an author would, “and not just to build a customer base, but to build an audience, too.” Spin your own messages your way.“That way you won’t have to invest in expensive campaigns because people will already be waiting for what you have to say, and sometimes you’ll say you’re selling a new product.”4. Don’t be self-centered. It’s perfectly normal, even expected, that you talk up your brand from time to time. But it’s never okay to do it to the point of overkill, as in every day. Fried stresses only puffing up your own company “occasionally.”“No one cares about or wants to follow someone who’s just talking about themselves,” he says.To avoid brand burnout, Basecamp purposely breaks up announcements about its products and services by writing even more about topics its current and potential clients are most likely interested in.Related: 10 Legendary Maverick EntrepreneursFried and his colleagues do this passionately and often on Basecamp’s popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, which attracts some 100,000 readers per day, he says. It’s a long-form sounding board where staffers share their opinions on a smorgasbord of web content- and design-related subjects, like “why most copywriting on the web sucks” and “The problem with the tech world’s ‘swing for the fences’ approach.” Companies that are similarly “Bootstrapped, Profitable, and Proud” are called out on the site from time to time as well.“The blog helped us slowly but surely build up a fan base that was interested in products we launched, like when we rolled out the original Basecamp tool in 2004. Our readers were mostly designers, people who would actually be our customers. It’s been an organic word-of-mouth spread ever since.”5. Don’t act like a Silicon Valley startup. In Fried’s view, the stereotypical Silicon Valley darling asks people to put in ungodly hours, raises a bunch of money, raises some more, then tries to sell the company in a few years or go public. “To me, that’s about the end game. It’s not about building something that lasts, something with consistency and continuity.”He says companies big and small in the trendy tech hotbed tend to suffer from homogenous “groupthink,” which gives them a “distorted sense of reality” everywhere else. “Silicon Valley’s such a bubble that it’s hard [for companies there] to get a perspective on what customers really do care about on what’s really going on outside of that bubble.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask Before Allowing Employees to TelecommuteUnlike many Silicon Valley startups and corporations, Fried doesn’t ask his employees to put in 70, 80 or even 90 hours a week. “When you’re part of that, when you’re over there, when you’re in that world, that becomes normal and I don’t think it’s normal at all. There’s nothing normal about burning people out.”Fried’s solution for employee burnout: Let them work less. Every year, from May to October, Basecamp transitions to a four-day workweek (“not 40 hours crammed into four days, but 32 hours comfortably fit into four days”). The main benefit, he said in a New York Times op-ed, is better work. “When there’s less time to work, you waste less time.”Full disclosure: The writer of this article has been a paying Basecamp subscriber for several years and currently is.Related: When Does Switching to a Remote Workplace Make Sense? Want to make a killing in tech, now and for years to come? Don’t be cutthroat competitive. Don’t work ungodly hours. Don’t move fast and break things. And, please, don’t be another cocky TechCrunch headline.Instead, grow slow, stay small, blow off PR (yes, really), and get off your employees’ backs. And actually have fun when you work like when you play. This, in a nutshell, is Basecamp’s rebel recipe for long-lasting success. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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This trans teen went from introvert to inspiration Hes a miracle worker

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Sarah works with another young trans person, who was too scared to leave her house for over six months. Over a series of weeks, Sarah tried to get her out of the house, with not much luck at all.But then she had an idea.She took Logan with her and the two young trans teens got along amazingly.Logan explains: ‘Within four days after meeting her, she came over to my house. And then a week after that, we went into town.’Sarah joked: ‘He’s a miracle worker!‘Logan was able to go in and he had her laughing. He’s got a real gift in getting in and talking to people on their level.‘He wanted to get involved and help young trans people in the area,’ she said.As a result of his amazing progress, Action for Children appointed Logan a Young Ambassador. This means he leads on focus groups and also manned the first ever Action for Children stall at Worcester Pride.Sarah believes his progress is astounding: ‘The whole team looks to him now on how to develop programs for trans people in the area.‘We also need to involve more young people in the conversations we have so it’ll be more meaningful,’ she said.What’s next?Sarah beams with pride as she says: ‘I want to give a massive high-five to Logan for the journey that he’s come on, how far he’s come and also how much he’s used his challenges to support other young people.‘It’s been amazing to watch and he’s quite inspirational,’ she said.Sarah Minshull. | Photo: suppliedAs for what’s next, Logan wants to be a zookeeper: ‘That’s the dream,’ he said. He’s certainly got enough experience with his six guinea pigs, two rats, two gerbils, four mice, a bearded dragon, a snake, two dogs and two cats.He also just started college this week (21 November) and is excited to keep helping young trans people.Sarah said: ‘People like Logan are so rare that when they come along, it kind of validates exactly why we do what we do.’‘It’s been lovely to watch him come out of himself and realize his potential,’ she also said.–––Action for Children is a sponsor of Gay Star News.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘I used to refuse to put on anything I saw as feminine,’ he told Gay Star News. ‘When I was young, my sister used to draw a beard on my face. I’d be in just my underpants and run around the house screaming,’ he joked.Logan went to his doctor in 2016 and was referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).It was in a CAMHS meeting with his mom and dad that he officially came out to them.Their response? ‘We expected that,’ Logan jokingly recalls.Through CAMHS, Logan began working with organizations like the Tavistock Institute and Action for Children.It’s through this counselling that Logan met Sarah Winshull, family support practitioner with Action for Children.‘When I first met Logan, he was shy,’ Sarah said. ‘He avoided eye contact and he let his mom do a lot of the talking.’Logan Ware. | Photo: suppliedThrough weekly sessions, Sarah identified Logan’s strong passion for animals. In fact, he’s got 20 at home and can name them all with confidence.‘Because animals are a huge passion of his, we got funding for horse riding lessons,’ Sarah said. ‘We also did visits to weird farms.‘It’s been a really varied and fun, bespoke package of support,’ she said.Action for Children also identified practical areas of support, including changing Logan’s name, help with public transport and fostering healthy relationships.‘Logan’s got a real gift with talking to people’Over time, Logan opened up more and more. Sarah said: ‘Logan’s gone from being incredibly introverted and socially avoidant to a really open, fun, inspirational person.’Then something remarkable happened.center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Logan Ware publicly came out as transgender in 2016, but is already inspiring others to follow in his footsteps.He’s always known he was a boy and was even saying it when he was four years old.last_img read more