Business Leaders Setting Up Coalition in Massachusetts to Show Immigrants’ Contribution to U.S. Economy

first_imgBusiness leaders in Massachusetts, United States, are coming together to form a new coalition, which will work to advocate easier immigration policies and highlight the role played by foreign workers in strengthening the country’s economy.  The group, called Massachusetts Business Coalition on Immigration, will be launched Oct.1, the Associated Press reported. It aims to provide business leaders a platform to raise their voice against the strict norms that are targeting immigrants and bringing harm to businesses and economy. The new coalition is being formed at a time when the Trump administration is carrying out a crackdown on immigration through stricter rules.  The launch event of the coalition will be hosted by HYM Investment Group, a real estate development company. Democrat Senater Edward Markey and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition are going to meet with people who represent some of the state’s top business sectors.  Immigrants are very important for the economy in various industries, including technology, health care, construction and hospitality, Thomas O’Brien, managing partner of HYM Investment Group, said, according to the report. Washington is running a “xenophobic agenda” against foreign- born professionals and the new coalition is an attempt to counter that force and help Boston remain a global innovation hub, O’Brien added.   “From high tech to construction, health care to hospitality, immigrants are vital to Massachusetts’ economy,” he was quoted as saying by Boston Business Journal. “The xenophobic agenda coming out of Washington poses a direct threat to our position as a global hub of innovation and productivity. As business leaders, we cannot stand on the sidelines.”  One in five workers in Massachusetts is born in a foreign country, Eva Millona, the executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said.Over a dozen companies have contributed $15,000 in total, in addition to the $20,000 in seed money from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Boston Globe reported. Millona is aiming to get the support of at least 200 corporate members, the report added.The business coalition in Massachusetts follows other such groups that have been formed in other American states, such as Illinois, Florida, Colorado and Texas. The stringent changes being brought about by the Trump administration in America’s immigration policy have worried companies, with many of them saying recently that the increased denial of visas to foreign professionals is hurting businesses.  In August, 59 CEOs signed a letter that called the Trump administration’s immigration policies a threat to the country’s economic growth. The CEOs, which included big names like Apple Inc’s Tim Cook and Pepsico Inc’s Indira Nooyi, among others, added that inconsistent government action also undermines American competitiveness. Related ItemsbostonMassachusettsUnited Stateslast_img read more

Single bidder should worry IPL bosses

first_imgThere are several dimensions to the Deccan Chargers issue, most of them not to do with cricket and hence beyond the scope of this space. But the one thing which should worry the BCCI is not that the auction of the franchise failed to go through, rather that there was only one bid received.Prior to the auction day, there was speculation that three or four bidders were in the fray. But that turned out to be a red herring. Merely taking forms from the BCCI is far different from making an active bid.As it happened, the Chargers spurned the bid made by PVP, which means the problem for the BCCI remains.From the Indian cricket establishment’s point of view, the absence of more bidders is foreboding. Does this reflect the slowing down of the economy or erosion in the sheen of the IPL?As the last tournament showed, there seems to be no problem where fans are concerned. But the current episode throws up some contra-indications about the financial valuation appeal of the IPL which the BCCI must address ASAP and head-on.That the T20 format enjoys widespread popularity is without doubt. By all accounts, the best players in the world too are keen to play in the IPL – so much so that some, like Kevin Pietersen, are willing to risk their international careers.However, there is a task ahead for the minders of the IPL to set the house in order. Some solution is sought to be found to the Deccan Chargers matter today. Hopefully, it will be found acceptable to all parties concerned.advertisementMeanwhile, the T20 World Championship kicks off in Sri Lanka next week. With 12 teams in the fray, it’s going to be three weeks of high octane action. But it would be foolish to stick one’s neck out and predict a winner for this format is a veritable lottery.That different teams have won since the tournament came into existence in 2007 is sufficient evidence of this. If more was needed, it came through India’s one-run defeat against New Zealand in Chennai a few days back.The New Zealanders looked easy pushovers after losing the two Tests, and for most of the T20 game, India were in control till the run chase was messed up in the closing stages.Apart from making for a disappointing send-off to the T20 WC for Dhoni’s team, this match also exposed some of the problems that could hamper India’s prospects in the tournament.The bowling is not incisive enough. For the record, there is not a single Indian bowler in the top 20. Indeed, Harbhajan Singh, who has been out of the team for a while, is India’s highestranked bowler.Moreover, the fielding remains mediocre. In a format which thrives on high energy and supreme athleticism, a poor fielding side has to do 25 per cent better in the other departments to cover up.The form of some of the younger players – especially Virat Kohli – could be an antidote. Yuvraj Singh, too, was impressive in Chennai to show that he was not selected on sentiment alone. He could be the allrounder India needs.Since the spectacular victory in the 2007 WC, India’s performances have been iffy at best.But the West Indies now boast T20 specialists like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, which has prompted several bookmakers to tag them favourites.But I wouldn’t discount South Africa, perhaps the most balanced side in international cricket today, as well as Australia and England, who’ve done well in this format in recent weeks.last_img read more

Mick Schumacher follows in father Michael’s footsteps, joins Ferrari Driver Academy

first_imgMick Schumacher is following in his father Michael Schumacher’s footsteps at Ferrari. Scuderia Ferrari say the 19-year-old Mick Schumacher, who will be racing in the 2019 Formula 2 championship as the European F3 champion, has joined their driver academy and will take part in pre-season preparation activities from next week.Team principal Mattia Binotto says “there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”It increases the chances that Mick Schumacher could be on the F1 grid as early as 2020 if he shines in F2 the way Charles Leclerc has.I am thrilled that I will be part of the @insideFDA and also of the @ScuderiaFerrari Family. I will make everything to achieve my dream, racing in @F1. Ferrari has a big place in my heart and those of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this as well. #FDA #SCM Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) January 19, 2019After joining the Ferrari academy, the 21-year-old Leclerc won the F2 title at the first attempt and got an F1 seat with Sauber for 2018. He did so well in his debut F1 season he was fast-tracked to Ferrari, where he will race this season alongside Sebastian Vettel.Schumacher’s father Michael won seven F1 titles, five of those with Ferrari from 2000-04. Michael Schumacher holds the record for race wins with 91 and is second all-time for pole positions behind Lewis Hamilton.advertisement”This is another step forward in the right direction,” Mick Schumacher said in a statement released by Ferrari. “It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.”Michael Schumacher, 50, suffered serious head injuries in an accident while he was skiing with Mick in the French Alps at Meribel on December 29, 2013. Updates on his health have been scarce since he left hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home on the shores of Lake Geneva.Also Watch:last_img read more

7,000 More Rural Residents to Benefit from Better Water Supply

first_imgStory Highlights The project should significantly reduce current costs incurred to deliver water by trucks to the communities The project is slated to be undertaken upwards of the next 24 months by the NWC $200 million worth of upgrading work being carried out on the Mason River water supply system Some 7,000 residents of Mason River, Kellits, Sandy River, and neighbouring areas in North Clarendon will benefit from improved water supply following the completion of some $200 million worth of upgrading work on the Mason River water supply system.The project is slated to be undertaken upwards of the next 24 months by the National Water Commission (NWC), which is funding it through its K-Factor programme.The works entail replacement of existing aging pipelines, and installation and rehabilitation of pumps, reservoirs and tanks, to enable the storage and distribution of water to householders.The project, being undertaken in partnership with Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), is one of 26 which the NWC have been mandated by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, to implement by 2015. The aim is to improve the supply of water to approximately 250,000 residents islandwide.It is also the 10th such collaboration that the NWC and RWSL have undertaken in Clarendon in recent years.Ground for the first phase, being carried out at a cost of $21 million, was broken during a ceremony in Stacyville, Clarendon, on Friday, August 16. Work in this phase, being carried out by Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited, commenced in early July, and is slated for completion within five weeks, according to the firm’s representative, Guy McCallum.Speaking at the ceremony, Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, noted that access to water is regarded “one of the most challenging” undertakings on any country’s agenda.He stressed that “without a reliable water supply, we cannot improve human health and sanitation, preserve ecosystems, or grow economies.”“Water is, indeed, the single most critical pre-requisite for human sustenance and our development goals. This administration knows that good, responsible governance is the key for strategically managing our water resources. As is evident today (with the groundbreaking), we are steadily rising to the challenge, because we must,” he stated.Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and Planning, and North Clarendon Member of Parliament, Hon. Horace Dalley, in welcoming the project, said it will be a “life changer” for the beneficiaries.Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, said the project should significantly reduce current costs incurred to deliver water by trucks to the communities.“It costs the Clarendon Parish Council approximately $11 million to truck water into the areas serviced by the Parish Council. So we will now be seeing a reduction…(and) there will be some savings (when the project is completed),” he said.Chairman of the NWC, Dr. Leary Myers indicated his confidence that the project “will have as great an impact on the lives of our residents”, as those undertaken in other parts of Clarendon.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Sam Sharpe Tribute

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., lays a wreath at the shrine of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, at National Heroes Park in Kingston during a floral tribute ceremony on May 23.last_img

Starbucks Canada to provide inclusiveness training for corporate stores offices

first_imgTORONTO – Starbucks will close all its Canadian company-operated stores and offices for an afternoon next month to provide training about creating a “culture of warmth and belonging.”The announcement comes nearly a month after the Seattle-based company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.A Philadelphia police spokesman said Starbucks employees called 911 after the men refused to leave.The company ordered more than 8,000 U.S. Starbucks stores closed on the afternoon of May 29 so that nearly 175,000 employees can receive training on unconscious bias, but said at the time it had not decided whether to follow suit in Canada.Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway sent a memo on Friday that schedules store closures for part of the afternoon on June 11 for a training session to address implicit bias.The memo says Starbucks believes “everyone deserves to be treated with respect” and that its employees have the support and clarity they need to create a culture of warmth.last_img read more

Cholera death toll in Zimbabwe passes 4000 as fatality rates drop –

Some 2,151 new cases of cholera were identified last week, down from 8,000 per week at the at the start of the year, noted the joint UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and World Health Organization (WHO) report.The latest report has calculated the total number of people who have contracted the disease at 89,018 and 4,011 dead.However, the fatality rate in treatment centres has fallen to 1.8 per cent, a significant reduction from previous figures which exceeded 4 per cent. The drop in the death rate is a result of improved monitoring and response mechanisms instituted by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with international partners.Over 90 per cent of Zimbabwe’s 62 districts are infected with the water-borne disease and more than 60 per cent of deaths occur in rural areas where limited or no treatment is reaching the local population. Humanitarian agencies are focusing on improving outreach to these rural areas in support of Government efforts. 9 March 2009Zimbabwe’s widespread cholera epidemic has now claimed over 4,000 lives since August, and almost 90,000 people have contracted the deadly disease, according to the latest United Nations report on the outbreak. read more

Security Council fails to adopt resolution calling for ceasefire in Aleppo

A child standing in front of his ground-flattened school after a bombardment in Ainjara village in rural Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Khalil Alshawi According to the 5 December situation report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):Hostilities continued over the last 48 hours, but no additional displacement was reported on 3 and 4 December. An estimated 31,500 people from eastern Aleppo remained displaced within the entire city throughout the last six days.On 5 December, three NGOs in eastern Aleppo suspended all their health and nutrition activities. This decision follows the killing of one humanitarian staff and the attack on an NGO warehouse.In western Aleppo, poor living conditions in the cotton factory shelter have prompted the vast majority of 10,000 IDPs accommodated there to leave the shelter, and most of them now stay with family and acquaintances elsewhere in western Aleppo or in northern rural Aleppo.With the onset of winter, insufficient and inadequate shelter space is currently the biggest issue faced by IDPs. In addition, the need for more food distribution, particularly hot meals, and ready to eat meals, proper health care, especially for children, and increased protection requirements have been noted.With its plans to deliver assistance to besieged eastern Aleppo approved by the Government of Syria under the December convoy plan, the UN stands ready as soon as security and access guarantees can be obtained from all parties to the conflict. The UN will also provide humanitarian assistance to Kurdish-controlled Sheikh Maqsoud provided it receives authorization to do so in the light of complex security and bureaucratic procedures. The draft resolution proposed by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain was rejected because it received negative votes by permanent members Russia and China. Any negative vote, known as veto, from the Council’s five permanent members means a failed resolution. The text received 11 in favour, to three against (China, Russian Federation and Venezuela), with Angola abstaining. This outcome followed the Council’s unsuccessful attempts on 8 October to act on ending the bloodshed in Syria’s besieged eastern Aleppo. That day, the Council voted on two resolutions, the one proposed by France and Spain and the other tabled by Russia. The draft resolution tabled today would have had the Council “decide that all parties to the Syrian conflict shall cease, 24 hours after the adoption of this resolution, any and all attacks in the city of Aleppo, including with any weapons, including rockets, mortars, and anti-tank guided missiles, and including shelling and airstrikes, to allow urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed for a period of seven days.” It would also have had the Council “expresses its intention to consider further extensions for seven-day periods on a recurring basis, and demands that all parties allow and facilitate immediate, safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to all of Aleppo by the United Nations and its implementing partners.” read more

Former Buckeyes Bobby Hoying Greg Frey weigh in on current Ohio State

Left: Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller. Center: Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones. Right: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.Playing football at Ohio State can set a student apart from the pack, and playing quarterback can make that gap even larger.“I guess there’s a lot of pressure,” former Buckeye quarterback Bobby Hoying told The Lantern on Monday. “You feel it right when you get to campus and everybody looks to the quarterback to kind of be the leader.”Hoying, a native of St. Henry, Ohio, spent five years at OSU after redshirting his first season before earning the starting job in 1993. By his final year in 1995, Hoying compiled one of the best seasons ever for a Buckeye signal caller with 3,269 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.He even became a Heisman Trophy candidate along the way, finishing 10th in the voting process, while his backfield partner — Eddie George — picked up the award.Now heading into the program’s 20th season since Hoying departed, OSU has a Heisman candidate at quarterback once again. Or maybe even three.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s status is up in the air — he’s coming off a missed season because of a shoulder injury. Miller can transfer and play right away or stay at OSU and compete for playing time. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett finished fifth in last season’s Heisman vote, but fractured his ankle against Michigan, leaving redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones to lead the Buckeyes on a run to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.Hoying and the Buckeye faithful don’t know yet who will earn the starting spot in 2015 out of the three, but Hoying, OSU’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, offered some insight into competing for a starting job and what it takes to earn playing time.“Fortunately for me, it was a little bit different back when we played,” Hoying said. “Not a lot of guys played right away as a freshman, even sophomores.“I got redshirted, a lot of guys did,” he added. “And I backed up (Kirk) Herbstreit for a year. So I had a couple years to kind of build my body up in the weight room and study and learn and so I wasn’t forced to play right away.”Once Hoying won the job as a sophomore, he said he was confident of keeping it as a junior and senior, but he still understood that the pressure to keep improving was always there.After completing his career in Columbus, Hoying was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He went on to play five seasons in the league — three with Philadelphia and two with the Oakland Raiders — and started a total of 13 games, including six in 1997 and seven in 1998.Because he earned his stripes early on as a Buckeye, Hoying said it was his time in the NFL that came with constant competition — not only for playing time, but for a spot on the team in general.“Every mini camp, every summer conditioning session or fall camp you went into … you were competing for a spot on the roster or trying to be the backup or trying to be the starter,” he said. “So there’s always competition.”Former OSU quarterback Bobby Hoying. Credit: OSU athleticsBut as a college player, Hoying said he felt the pressure of competition despite holding the starting job, but he never found himself in a situation quite like the one faced by OSU’s current quarterbacks.When it comes to Miller, Hoying said the Huber Heights, Ohio, native will have to simply make a decision on whether to stay at OSU or move on based on what’s best for himself.“He’s gonna have to do what he feels is right for him,” Hoying said. “And I know one thing about being an athlete, most athletes at this level have supreme confidence in their own ability.”But the options go beyond transferring for Miller, who could even decide to switch positions after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder in August.“I think it’s a different story when you’re talking about a quarterback and his throwing arm, whether it’s your elbow, shoulder, whatever,” Hoying said. “He’ll have to weigh a bunch of factors and make the best decision for himself.”With Miller and Barrett both coming off injuries — and Miller’s OSU future still up in the air — Hoying said it’s clear that Jones has the edge to start again after the Cleveland native announced his intentions to forgo the NFL Draft and return to Columbus next season.“I think you gotta give it initially to Cardale because he is gonna get all the reps this summer and in spring ball,” Hoying said. “And so you gotta think that will go a long way.”But when it comes down to it, Hoying added the one who gets the reps won’t necessarily be the only deciding factor. Especially at a school like OSU, the talent pool is deep, and the coaching staff is looking to win with its best players on the field.“To me, it’s gonna be pretty plain and simple come fall camp if all three guys decide they still wanna play quarterback and be at Ohio State,” Hoying said. “It’ll be the best man wins.”Greg Frey: Miller, Barrett, Jones each stand outThen-redshirt-senior quarterback Greg Frey (15) throws a pass during a game against USC on Sept. 29, 1990, at Ohio Stadium. Frey was a 3-year starter for the Buckeyes. Credit: OSU athleticsBefore any of the current Buckeye quarterbacks were even born, former OSU signal caller Greg Frey was entering his third year as a starter in Columbus.Now, about 25 years later, three Buckeye quarterbacks — Miller, Barrett and Jones — are looking to simply compete to be the starter for an opening game.Frey, who started for the Buckeyes from 1988-90 told The Lantern on Monday that he thinks Miller, Barrett and Jones each have their own style that sets them apart from the others.“They all have a little different skill set. I think it is very obvious watching them. Braxton is such a great creator and has exceptional athletic ability. J.T. is very much a technician, he is extremely accurate, he clearly has proven that he can run the football quite well. He is a student of the game, which is so impressive,” Frey said. “(Cardale) is very gifted with his size and his arm. I credit him for finally buying in, getting his personal life under control and really paying attention.”Frey, who played his high school football at St. Xavier in Cincinnati, was a senior in high school when current OSU coach Urban Meyer was a volunteer assistant at St. Xavier, coaching the defensive backs at the time.The following season, both Meyer and Frey ended up in Columbus. Frey was a freshman and Meyer a graduate assistant coaching tight ends.Frey said that while he did not work with Meyer much when he played at OSU, he recognizes the job Meyer did during the 2014 season, coaching up three successful quarterbacks.“When you look at the last two years and the production at the quarterback position between (former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) Tom Herman and certainly Urban’s involvement, it is really unprecedented what the results have been,” Frey said. “You think about last year with Kenny Guiton coming in … Braxton got hurt, Guiton was amazing off the bench. You are talking four different guys excelling in the course of two years. That is just unheard of.”Frey, who founded QB Ohio, a quarterback training program for young athletes, said that while he isn’t sure who will start for the Buckeyes in 2015, he was largely impressed, especially with what Jones and Barrett were able to do in Miller’s absence.“I was a little bit surprised that Cardale decided to stay, but I was pleased to hear his decisiveness and I respect that. He knows what he wants, he has a vision for his future and I really respect that,” Frey said. “I have talked to a lot of young quarterbacks, when your opportunity comes, you have to be ready and guess what? He was ready. What he has accomplished in the last month, that may never happen again.”When it comes to Barrett, Frey said he believed the Wichita Falls, Texas, native led the Buckeyes to some of the biggest plays of the season, including one in Barrett’s final game of 2014.“When he had to make a play, he did. To me, one of the biggest plays of the year was the touchdown he scored right before halftime against Michigan,” Frey said. “(OSU was) playing like crap, and he picked that team up and electrified this team with that TD run.”Frey added that despite Jones’ performances in OSU’s last three games, the competition is not yet sealed.“It’s still not (Jones’) job next year, you have to go earn it,” Frey said. “Which I think is great.”Coming full circle, Frey said he wouldn’t count Miller out from the competition, but had questions about whether he would be able to play full strength in 2015.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller (5), redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) warm up during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editor“I feel for Braxton because he is like the odd man out because it has been so long. The risk with Braxton is, is he going to be healthy? Can he prove that he is durable? Because that has not happened,” Frey said. “The other two guys have proven they can do the job. There is no doubt about it. It’s a good quandry to have. It is going to be fun to watch it play out.”After all that, the Buckeyes are set to bring in two top quarterback prospects in the 2015 class: Florida prospect Torrance Gibson and southern Ohio recruit Joe Burrow. While Frey said he hasn’t seen much of Gibson, he has watched Burrow play in person as a commentator for high school football games in the state and added that he has the ability to one day be the starter at OSU, despite the current logjam at the position. “I was thoroughly impressed with Joe Burrow. He has got the size, he has got the arm, he has all the tools,” Frey said. “He can run, (has) excellent vision down the field. He is a coach’s son so he knows the game. He can play, there is no doubt about it.”Frey, who took a redshirt year in his time at OSU, said that both Gibson and Burrow’s time will come if they take a year or two to prepare themselves for the college game both mentally and physically.“A few years from now,  (Miller, Barrett and Jones) are not all going to be here obviously,” Frey said. “Those young guys have to be patient and let things play out.”No matter who the starter is for the Buckeyes in 2015, they are set to open up against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

High Court victory for air pollution campaigners in legal battle with Government

first_imgCampaigners have won the latest legal battle against the Government in a long-running action over harmful air pollution levels.A judge at the High Court in London ruled in favour of environmental lawyers ClientEarth in their “clean air” judicial review action.The law group went to court over the Government’s “continuing failure to tackle the national air pollution crisis”.The latest proceedings in the case followed a ruling won by ClientEarth at the UK’s highest court in April 2015.Supreme Court justices declared then that “immediate” action was needed to address the issue, and set a deadline for the Government to produce new plans to comply with European Union (EU) law on limits for nitrogen dioxide in the air.But, ClientEarth said the Air Quality Plan (AQP) which was subsequently produced is “flawed”, “woefully inadequate” – and needs to be “drastically” improved.On Wednesday the judge announced to a packed court that the judicial review application was being “allowed”. 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.last_img read more

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding speeches The most moving lines and

After the speeches and the dancing, guests were reportedly treated to candyfloss and burgers as a midnight snack. Here are all the rumours and confirmed details about the speeches Prince Harry,… At the Frogmore House reception, away from the world’s eye, it was just the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and a few hundred of their closest friends. There were reports Prince William gave a “naughty” best man’s speech, and the crowd partied to tunes spun by DJ Sam Totolee, who also performed at Pippa Middleton’s wedding. Meghan Markle reportedly broke with tradition and thanked Prince Charles in her speech at the wedding reception on Saturday evening, while Prince Harry’s father moved the crowd to tears. 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. read more

Poles without Jaszka and Lijewski against Germans

Next week will show the handball fans which of the two great teams is going to miss World Championships in Qatar. The unfortunate draw will make either Poland or Germany stay home next January. It might seem that after having missed two events recently, it is Germany that is more determined to win. They organised the best possible squad, brought back a few experienced players such as Johannes Bitter. However, Poles do not seem to care about their rivals’ situation. They are aware how important it is for Germans to finally qualify but they claim they cannot imagine themselves missing the Championships too.In order to prepare for the battles, the teams have played friendly matches and both of them failed. First, Germany were defeated by Norway 30:32, and then Poland lost to the current world champions – Spain 22:25. As it is in case of such games, the teams did not show all their capabilities and it is hard to evaluate their real disposition.It is also hard because not all players are ready to play, and it is Polish coach Michael Biegler who has a bigger problem as it is likely that two quite important players, Krzysztof Lijewski and Bartłomiej Jaszka, will miss at least the first leg due to their injuries. Jaszka’s absence may not be dramatically problematic but Lijewski is much harder to replace. On the other side, Germany will have to manage in Poland without new Kielce winger Tobias Reichmann.The first battle of Qatar is going to take place on 7. June in Gdańsk; the second one on 14. June in Magdeburg.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story Louise Burgaard is the World Best Young Female Player 2013/2014 Next Story → “Captain Uwe” attacks Poland! read more

Roadie 2 Tunes Any Guitar in Seconds

first_imgStay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Why waste precious time tuning a guitar when this gadget can do it for you?Automatic string tuner Roadie 2 uses vibration detection to adjust (almost) any string instrument with a guitar machine head.Connect the handheld device to the tuning peg of a six-, seven-, or 12-string electric, acoustic, classical, or steel guitar. Then strum, and watch in amazement as the dowel automatically spins into place in seconds.Built-in haptic feedback gives the 3.2-ounce mechanism a little shake when it’s ready to move on to the next string.Band Industries, founded by Hassane Slaibi and Bassam Jalgha, earned praise in 2013 with the original $99 Roadie Tuner and accompanying mobile app. Now, the Washington-based startup is back, crowdfunding its second-gen accessory.Dubbed “the ultimate musician’s tool,” Roadie 2 boasts a mini OLED screen and side knob for scrolling through 12 preset alternative and open tunings; the optional application makes it easy to create and store your own.Band IndustriesThe top display (invisible when off, illuminated when in use) highlights how much juice is left in the rechargeable 500mAh battery—good for one month at a time.With 32 days left in its campaign, Band Industries has already surpassed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal, collecting a whopping $218,000-plus from 2,300 backers.Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo owners can still snag a $129 Roadie 2 for the discounted price of $89. Or get a limited-edition device (serial number one through 100) for $149—including a Roadie T-shirt.Band IndustriesThe more powerful $149 Roadie Bass, meanwhile, is available now for—you guessed it—bass players for a reduced $109. Limited-edition versions (with T-shirt) are also selling for $179.A pair of tuners—one Roadie 2, one Roadie Bass—will cost you $189.All orders are expected to ship this fall, following testing, certification, production, and quality control.last_img read more

With town hall issue HerreraBeutler vs Long race highlights communication consternation

first_imgGOLDENDALE — Thirty minutes before Wednesday’s scheduled appearance at a Klickitat County grange hall with her opponent, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Carolyn Long swept through the door and made a beeline for the crowd, which had already started to gather. Deep in Republican country, the Democrat proceeded to work the room, shaking hands, asking questions and making sure everyone knew who she was.A few minutes later, Republican Herrera Beutler entered, and took a spot near the podium, where she stood waiting to greet anyone who approached her. She too took questions, but in a venue where it was standing room only, few risked leaving their seats to say hello.As much as any other issue in this year’s 3rd Congressional District race, the candidates’ communications styles are poles apart. And it’s become a key issue in the race.In an era where civility has been increasingly displaced by rancor, how do members of Congress communicate with the public? And in a large, diverse congressional district, what’s even possible?No matter the answers, many in Clark County are left wanting more.Specifically, they want town halls. But Herrera Beutler is not only criticized for failing to show up in person, but for form letter responses to questions, an office staff unable or unavailable to answer questions and holding telephone meetings where the questions are screened in advance.last_img read more

Stocks climb on trade talks and encouraging economic report

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks rose again Monday, led by gains in retailers and smaller companies after a report showed strong orders last month for service-sector companies, where most Americans work. Investors were also encouraged by the resumption of trade talks between the U.S. and China.That helped stocks build on the huge gains they made Friday. The U.S. economy has been a top concern for investors over the last three months, and the strong report on service companies showed that banks, health care and construction companies were holding up well.Dollar stores and other retailers, clothing companies and car makers all climbed. Amazon surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company. The two-day gain followed a huge pullback last Thursday, when a weak report on manufacturing helped send large multinational companies sharply lower.“The portion of the economy that’s domestically focused is doing better than the portion that is exporting, and arguably that is coming from the trade winds and the tensions we see from that,” said Jason Pride, chief investment officer of private clients at Glenmede.The S&P 500 added 17.75 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,549.69. The index, a benchmark for many mutual funds, closed at its highest in more than three weeks, and it’s risen 8.4 percent since Dec. 24. It’s still 13 percent below the record high it reached late September.last_img read more

Female Marines begin training at Camp Pendleton for first time

first_img Posted: March 7, 2018 CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) — For the first time, female Marines awoke Wednesday to begin their first full day of training at Camp Pendleton’s Marine Combat Training course.The female Marines, who recently graduated boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, in South Carolina, arrived at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday. They are the first enlisted female students to learn war-fighting skills at Camp Pendleton’s Marine Combat Training course, known as MCT-West. The training course is part of Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry and teaches students basic battlefield skills.At least 40 women are expected to arrive over the next several days at MCT-West, where they’ll be fully integrated with the men who are also starting the 29-day course. Previously, all female Marines were sent to combat training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.About 1,700 female Marines are expected to go through combat training each year at Camp Pendleton. Female boot camp graduates recruited from states west of the Mississippi River will be sent here, while the others will continue to be sent to Camp Lejeune.Despite the integrated combat training regimen, men and women will continue to go through separate boot camps. As things stand, all female Marines are sent to the Parris Island boot camp.The policy of separating Marines during boot camp based on gender is a controversial one. Critics say it reinforces a message that women aren’t as tough as men and can’t handle the same training as their male counterparts.Tuesday’s female and male arrivals to Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry were assigned to Golf Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion, according to the Union-Tribune. The MCT-West program is for non-infantry Marines, with training that includes learning the basics of combat marksmanship, how to react to roadside bombs, lifesaving medical care and other skills.This initiative is part of a Marine Corps effort to enhance the entry-level training program for all Marines and to better reflect how the Marine Corps is structured in the operating forces,” Pena said.While the women who arrived Tuesday are the first to go through combat training at MCT-West, they’re not the fist female Marines to train at the base in northern San Diego County.When the Pentagon opened infantry ranks to women in 2016, several of them went through the School of Infantry’s Infantry Training Battalion, the Union-Tribune reported. That is a 59-day program that’s separate and more grueling than basic combat training. It’s designed for Marines chosen to serve in rifle squads and other infantry groups. KUSI Newsroom, Female Marines begin training at Camp Pendleton for first time March 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 3 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, June 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The WHS Class of 2018’s Graduation Ceremony begins at 1pm in the Gym.In The Community: The Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is holding its Monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm.  Come get a free tour of the historic Harnden Tavern.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

WWE news 3 possible shocking developments for Monday Night RAW next week

first_imgIt was a good episode of RAW produced by WWE after the Money in the Bank event. At a time when ratings were falling, this came as a great sign and now the company is expected to produce more such shows and hence, they could make a slew of important announcements next week. If the developments of the week gone by are anything to ponder upon, we might be in for a great episode of RAW. Well, Brock Lesnar made an appearance, as did WWE Champion Kofi Kingston as well as the Champion Seth Rollins. The upcoming episode, which will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri could see a number of surprises.Bray Wyatt as Sami Zayn’s attacker at Money in the Bank  WebsiteThere is a little bit of history to this. Sami Zayn, who was scheduled to be part of the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, was found hanging upside down in the backstage area. It is still unknown as to who attacked Zayn, but there are strong rumours that Braun Strowman, who is involved in a long drawn out feud with Zyan, could be the attacker. However, in a separate development, Bray Wyatt, who has so far been the main man in the flagship show, could well be the attacker as this sets the stage for a perfect feud at the Money in the Bank event. Goldberg might make his return Bill GoldbergWWE official websiteAnd then the biggest match of this season will be when Goldberg takes on the Undertaker at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia. However, the show is still two weeks away and this could well see the return of the former Universal Champion to the ring. It should be mentioned that Goldberg lost the belt to the Beast Incarnate at the Grandest Stage of Them All. Although, it is not yet clear as to whether he is returning for that just one match or to renew the aforementioned rivalry. Since the excitement is high for the match between Undertaker and Goldberg, Phenom could well be called upon in what can set the tone of an amazing rivalry.Rematch between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar Ethan Miller/GettyWWE already made the announcement that Brock Lesnar would declare his preferred World Champion as he looks to cash in the Money in the Bank contract later this week. Lesnar, who is a man of surprises, made a shock entry and won the Money in the Bank briefcase. He, later, took on both Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston and now the fans want to know who will be the opponent when Lesnar does announce his preferred Champion.last_img read more

OprahBacked Rape of Recy Taylor Recounts Black Womans Ordeal

first_imgBy LYNN ELBER, AP Television WriterWhen Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded #MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point.“Recy Taylor, a name I know, and I think you should know, too,” Winfrey said, sketching the outlines of the African-American woman’s assault by six White Alabama youths and her quest for justice.In this Oct. 7, 2010 file photo, Recy Taylor appears at her home in Winter Haven, Fla. In 1944, Taylor, then 24, married and a mother, was raped by six white youths while she walked to her Abbeville, Alabama, home after an evening church service. Her story and its connection to female civil rights activists are illuminated in filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” airing 9 p.m. EDT Monday on the Starz channel. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)Taylor’s wrenching story and its connection to female civil rights activists, most notably Rosa Parks, are illuminated in filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” (airing 9 p.m. EDT July 2 on the Starz channel).Taylor, who died last December at age 97 shortly after the film’s theatrical release, is seen and heard briefly in it. Her words are powerful despite her frailty.“I can’t but tell the truth of what they done to me,” she said, condemning both her attackers and the authorities who weren’t “concerned about what happened to me.”The film mixes orthodox documentary elements — accounts from Taylor’s relatives and other contemporaries, the perspectives of historians — with haunting visual touches and music such as Fannie Lou Hamer’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” It blends into somber, unsettling poetry.There are clips from so-called “race films,” vintage movies made by African-American moviemakers, including one in which a distraught woman flees from unseen danger. In a scene from Oscar Micheaux’s “Within Our Gates” (1920), a white man attacks a Black woman.The movie excerpts help “communicate very quickly that this didn’t just happen to Recy Taylor” and help broaden one woman’s ordeal to a “much larger canvas” about the peril Black women faced, filmmaker Buirski said.In 1944, Taylor, then 24, married and a mother, was walking to her Abbeville, Ala., home after an evening church service with two friends, an older woman and her 18-year-old son. Local Whites out joyriding stopped them and, at gunpoint, demanded Taylor get in their car.They raped her repeatedly and, after forcing money into her hand, released her after she agreed to remain silent.She stumbled home “crying and upset,” recalls her brother, Robert Corbitt. “Those young boys felt like they can do it and get away with it. They really felt like they could. They know nothing was going to happen to them.”But Taylor fought back, recounting the assault to the local sheriff. Her courage put her family at risk — their home was firebombed — and eventually led to two faint-hearted, failed efforts to bring the case to trial in the Jim Crow South.The roots of such inaction run deep. Yale associate professor Crystal N. Feimster, who is part of the documentary, has written that it was a legal impossibility for a female slave to file rape charges against a white man in any Southern state before 1861.Northern Black newspapers doggedly covered Taylor’s case as it unfolded, prompting African-American protests and action by the NAACP. The civil rights group dispatched Parks, then the secretary in its Montgomery, Ala., office, to meet with Taylor — before Parks gained fame as the woman whose refusal to move to the back of a segregated bus sparked a powerful boycott.In a newspaper photo taken at the time, Taylor stares directly at the camera with an expression both stolid and determined. It’s a portrait of a young woman prepared to stand her ground.At one point, the Abbeville sheriff dismissed Taylor as “nothing but a whore” whom he’d arrested before, then admitted she had never been jailed and that she and her family were of good reputation.Filmmaker Buirski, who recounted the groundbreaking interracial marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving in a documentary and was a producer on the big-screen drama “Loving,” learned of Taylor from historian Danielle L. McGuire’s 2010 book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance.”“One of the things that I felt so strongly about in this film (and the ‘Loving’ documentary) is you have people who have the moral courage to stand up, and they change history as a result,” Buirski said. “They don’t have to be activists. Anybody can change history.”There’s a question she’s fielded before, about why a white New Yorker felt compelled to make a film about Taylor, and she has a ready answer.“I do feel that Whites and Blacks should be telling stories about each other. I think that Whites in particular have a responsibility to deal with this information because whites really are the reason for the suffering that a lot of Blacks had,” she said.Was she the right person to make the documentary?“I’m the first person to say I don’t know what it’s like to be in a black woman’s skin,” one who would recount Taylor’s life and times differently and maybe better, Buirski said.But, she added, it’s up to African-American filmmakers to make “The Rape of Recy Taylor” the first “in a volley of stories” about her, not the last.___Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at and on Twitter at read more

Apple Will Charge You 69 To Replace That Lost Airpod

first_img It took a little longer than expected for Apple’s first wireless earbuds to arrive. Now that you can buy a pair of Airpods, you might want to know what it’ll cost if you lose one of the little buggers.The price actually seems quite reasonable. Apple will charge you $69 for a replacement, which, given that their retail price on the full package is $159 isn’t all that bad.If you happen to lose all three major components at different times, you’re going to pay a bit extra. The special charging case will run you another $69, so if you don’t learn your lesson after the misplacing that first Airpod you’ll be out a total of $207.If you’re anticipating that kind of misfortune, you might want to just buy an extra pair now and save yourself almost fifty bucks. Or, you know, commit to taking care of the tiny, incredibly lose-able wireless ‘phones you just bought yourself to use with your headphone jack-less new iPhone.Apple does try to warn you when an Airpod goes rogue — while you’re listening to your tunes with them, anyway. Should one fall out of your ear, playback will stop.  As Engadget notes, that functionality isn’t there strictly to alert you: Apple also designed them that way to make it easier to listen to someone speaking to you when you pull one out.But hey, any feature that helps you avoid spending $69 unnecessarily is cool, whether that’s the primary purpose or not. And before anyone else posts something like this on Apple’s support forums: no, “find my Airpod” is not a thing. Not yet, anyway. Courage: Apple’s AirPods Are Still Without a Release DateAfter accepting $3 billion from Apple, Beats co-founder says EarPods are… Stay on targetlast_img read more