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Minister Pintard Speaks at NBAFIBA Event in The Bahamas DH

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 5, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard speaks at the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Americas 2017 Press Conference, at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, on July 5, 2017.    Also pictured is National Basketball Association (NBA) player Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks.This is the first BWB camp for The Bahamas and it is a joint initiative of the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), with the local Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF).   Players and coaches from the NBA/Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and FIBA will facilitate the training of the more than 60 young players from about 16 countries in the region slated to take part in the camp.Also shown are organizers, facilitators and campers; and photo of Minister Pintard (left), Dwight Powell (centre), and Director of Culture Timothy Munnings.(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)last_img read more

The Content Marketing Revolution

first_imgEach year the publishing world seems to become enamored with a new strategy that will redefine the industry. In 2011, that’s marketing services. Last month, Penton Media bought Washington, DC-based EyeTraffic Media, an online marketing firm, and in April is expected to announce a company-wide shift toward marketing services. “If you look at Outsell, they say 60 percent of a marketer’s internal spend is going to their Web site and that it’s the biggest pain point,” says Penton senior vice president of marketing services Kim Paulsen. “We want to help companies do a much better job of utilizing their Web sites with great content and understanding social media. Companies all say they need a Facebook page or a Twitter feed, but they’re not sure what to do with it.”Under the umbrella of marketing services comes “content marketing,” which really isn’t much different from custom publishing, it just sounds sexier (and more dotcom-friendly). “If you look at branded and custom content, it’s all the same,” says Joe Pulizzi, founder of content marketing specialists Junta42. “We decided to go with ‘content marketing’ because brands didn’t get ‘custom publishing’—they automatically thought book publishing or print. The idea is that marketers need to be publishers today. When you talk to a brand now, they get it right away.”While print still dominates the custom market ($24 billion was spent on print production and distribution in 2010, compared to $3.6 billion spent on other forms of content according to a new report from the Custom Content Council and ContentWise), three big factors are driving the content marketing boom today–social media, search engine optimization and lead generation. “You need unique content for any of those three to work well,” says Pulizzi. WATT Publishing sees dollars go to three particular areas online: ROI Integrated Marketing Programs (“After three long years of evangelizing measuring programs, we’re seeing traction,” says director of e-strategy and marketing Jeff Miller); virtual events; and custom programs/content creative that includes social networking and video. “We are providing a variety of new services including ‘ghost blogging’ and producing content intended to boost SEO,” Miller told FOLIO.A New Business ModelBut while publishers may have offered successful custom publishing services in the past, content marketing as a business can be radically different from traditional publishing, from the client relationship to pricing and sales cycles (which can last three to 18 months).”What I’ve seen happen is when a traditional publisher tries to do custom content, it often falls apart because the sales-time is much longer” says Mike Winkleman, president of custom publisher Leverage Media. “Conventional publishers haven’t figured out the compensation piece either. The rep says, ‘It’s 16 pages. Shouldn’t it all be advertising? Shouldn’t it be paid on that basis?’”Pulizzi agrees. “The mentality is different,” he adds. “You’re still working with publishers who ask, why wasn’t this a 6x ad program? I would imagine that people like that are still out there. But the economics are important. If you sell a $50,000 custom project, you’re probably making $20,000, and then you have to factor in commission. You have to look at the structure.”Economics are also different. “The margins with marketing services are slightly lower than traditional publishing,” Penton vice president of custom solutions Scott Bieda told FOLIO: last year. “But, it’s always going to be an up and down business-something like SEO services will be extremely profitable because it’s billing people for time and putting them on a monthly retainer. Some of the other services-like video-may not be as profitable but are still good businesses. They’re still healthy but at a slightly lower margin than traditional publishing because the costs are much higher. But slightly lower than traditional media is still a great margin.”Cam Bishop has worked both sides of the aisle as CEO of dedicated publisher Ascend Media, then acquiring Ascend’s custom and events groups (which generated in the “mid-teen millions” at time of purchase in 2009) to create Ascend Integrated Media.”I refer to us as a long form creative agency,” he says. “We do not own any brands so our interests are totally aligned with our clients. That fact is absolutely critical to understand in contrast to a publisher who is trying to provide marketing services. This is a different business and a very different mindset from publishing.”While content marketing may sound like a safe bet to advertising-dependent publishers, it’s not, according to Bishop. “In fact, I think publishers are starting to recognize that this custom content business is very different and can be expensive to launch with a pretty high risk of failure rate,” he adds. “In the last two weeks, I have been approached by two traditional publishers to possibly partner with them to provide marketing services for them.”Integrated Service or Separate Division?While publishers are taking a variety of different approaches to custom content, the smart ones are treating it as a separate group.”You have to put real services behind it,” says Pulizzi. “You can leverage existing resources at first to get started but you have to have a separate account executive similar to an agency model and a separate team that can focus on the brand.”PC World and Macworld have launched a separate group called Content Works with separate editorial and sales teams (services run the gamut from white papers and articles to videos and live events).Hanley Wood actually has two different groups dedicated to marketing services, including Hanley Wood Custom Solutions–focused on customers who are also advertisers–and Hanley Wood Marketing, which handles non-endemic clients.Last fall, UBM launched an integrated marketing services company called DeusM, which leverages “business social media” as its primary offering, creating specialized, proprietary communities for sponsors, which can also take advantage of broader social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. UBM has leveraged that approach to launch communities in Internet Evolution (sponsored by IBM), Enterprise Efficiency (sponsored by Dell) and EBN, which has multiple sponsors.Consumer publishers such as Hearst and Meredith are heavily involved in content marketing as well. Hearst’s iCrossing (the digital marketing agency Hearst bought for $325 million last year), offers the Content Lab, an initiative that brings together brands (such as Coca-Cola and Toyota), media companies and agencies to discuss producing multi-platform content. iCrossing is also launching the Live Media Studio, a physical organization that will execute programs developed in the Content Lab. “Bought, earned and owned are mechanics for how content is actually deployed, distributed and experienced,” says Adam Lavelle, chief strategy officer at iCrossing. “Building connected brands is really the driving theme and we do that in bought, earned and owned media. Content fuels all of that.”A Hyper-Competitive MarketPublishers will find themselves dueling with agencies as well as other publishers to land this business. “In 2007, this wasn’t on anybody’s radar at the agencies,” says Pulizzi. “Now there is hardly an agency that doesn’t have this as a core driver. I’ve never seen it as competitive as it is now and it’s only going to get worse.” So publishers, get your story ready. “Marketers won’t give you three seconds for your sales pitch but they’ll give you 30 minutes for a good story,” says Pulizzi. “You don’t need to convince marketing execs that they need to do this anymore, they’re asking how we do it, how we staff for it and how do we measure it.”last_img read more

In Our Communities

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Air Force is restructuring its KC-135 fleet to bring on more KC-46s, moving 12 of the tankers from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Air Force Magazine reported. The service recently announced the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild will receive the KC-135s beginning in fiscal 2020, a shift that will add 1,000 airmen and families to the base…The U.S. Navy is testing wells near Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., for possible toxic contamination after identifying several homes with contaminated water, WKRG News 5 recently reported. The water contamination, believed to be from firefighting foam, prompted Navy and health officials to hold a meeting with residents to make sure they understand their water test results…The Hawaii Department of Health has asked the U.S. Navy to move fuel tanks stored beneath Red Hill, Hawaii News Now reported last week. Bruce Anderson, director of the state health department, says the Navy has 20 underground tanks at the site and has voiced concerns an earthquake or other event could cause a major spill.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela Slanchiklast_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 6 Car Leaking Lots Of Fuel In Parking

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, September 6, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue caller reported their mailbox was damaged overnight. (10:48am)Employee of Eiro Car Center on Andover Street called station due to customer being verbally aggressive with business’s owner. Customer left prior to police arrival. Police unable to locate customer. Police spoke with owner, who confirmed argument was only verbal in nature. (11:09am)A walk-in party reported a white Lexus was possibly leaking something in the library’s parking lot. Police responded. Fuel was being leaked. Fire Department put down pads to soak up fuel. AAA enroute. Owner told not to operate until repaired. (12:23pm)A jogger on Garden Avenue reported a small white dog with no collar was running loose in the roadway. Animal Control Officer brought dog to Best Pets. Owner was located. Contractor at house had left door open, allowing dog to escape. (12:49pm)A walk-in party found a wallet in the Benjamin Moore parking lot. Owner came to station to pick up. (3:38pm)Lights at Route 62 and Route 38 were flashing red. MassDOT contacted and reset lights. (5:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Switch Lite vs iPod Touch in our 200 portable gaming battle

first_imgThe Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo Nintendo’s Switch Lite, a $200 simplified version of the gaming giant’s Switch system, arrives on Sept. 20. The Lite’s smaller, all-in-one design is for handheld gaming only. Unlike the original, the controls are part of the body — not removable Joy-Cons — and there’s no way to output to a TV, so you’re always playing on its 720p-resolution 5.5-inch touchscreen. The more compact body should make it easier for gaming on the go, however, and Nintendo promises more than 6 hours of battery life.The Lite’s release puts it in play for holiday shopping season. However, that also means it’s up against the launch of Apple Arcade, Apple’s subscription gaming service. Expected this November, Arcade promises more than 100 new and exclusive games available for on- and offline play and should make the 2019 iPod Touch, also $200, a formidable handheld gaming opponent for the Switch Lite.Which device is best for you and your kid’s mobile gaming needs is not as straightforward as you might think. Here are a few ways to help you decide. $219 iPod Touch 2019 review: A device out of its time Mentioned Above Apple iPod Touch 2015 (16GB – blue) See it Review • Apple iPod Touch review: 2015 specs packed into a tiny 2012 body Now playing: Watch this: See It See All 5:39 $132 0 Apple iPod Touch 2015 null Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice •center_img Built for games! vs. built for games? Nintendo being Nintendo, the Switch Lite is purpose built for gaming and, more specifically, it’s “dedicated to handheld play.” Compared to the 6.2-inch Switch display, the 5.5-inch Lite’s compact body will no doubt make it easier to manage for smaller hands. It’s a lot more jacket-pocket friendly than the regular Switch, too, and with its built-in controls it doesn’t flex or creak as much, according to CNET’s Scott Stein’s hands-on experience with the Lite.A new true D-pad on the left side replaces a set of four buttons on the Switch’s Joy-Con that offered those same functions, which should make it easier to play the older games available with the company’s subscription service, Nintendo Online. Plus, if you still want to use a full-size controller or Joy-Cons, you can with the Lite as well (there is no kickstand, though).The iPod Touch, on the other hand, is even smaller with just a 4-inch touchscreen and, obviously, no physical controls for gaming. It’s more pocketable for sure. Though, depending on the game, touch controls can be frustrating. You can buy a third-party Bluetooth controller for the Touch like the GameSir M2 or SteelSeries Nimbus. But along with being an additional expense, you’ll have to make sure the game you want to play supports a controller.lite-photo-01The Switch game catalog is loaded with family friendly titles. Nintendo It’s about the gamesComfortable, responsive controls are great, but they don’t matter much if there are no games you want to play. There are currently more than 2,000 Switch games in Nintendo’s eShop, with more than 900 of them rated E (for Everyone) by the ESRB and more than 550 others are rated E10+. (They’re all easily sorted by those ratings in the eShop, as well.) Titles include all of Nintendo’s first-party games and characters — from Mario and Zelda to Kirby and Pokemon — as well as a huge catalog of indie games. And, of course, Fortnite.The other thing is, many of the Switch games are designed to be played with family and friends who also have a Switch. If you already have a Switch in your home, a Switch Lite is a less expensive way to play multiplayer games on the go and team up for online play. (You’ll likely need additional copies of a game to do it, however.) Apple Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions reading • Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Apple iPod Touch: Which is the best $200 gaming handheld for kids? Nintendo Apple Aside from the upcoming Apple Arcade, there are more than 300,000 games in the App Store, so saying there’s a lot to choose from is an absurd understatement. Plus, many big mobile games come to iOS first. And, of course, there’s Fortnite. If you’re concerned about ratings, Apple lists them with each title and in its Kids category, you can break them up into ages 5 and under, ages 6 to 8 and ages 9 to 11. However, these are not ESRB age ratings, but ones that “developers have self-identified as being appropriate for those age groups.” (Just FYI, the Google Play store lists ESRB ratings with its games.)Two other things to keep in mind are in-app purchases and storage. Both Switch and iOS games have in-app purchases and ways to stop your kids from making them. In iOS it can be done via the Screen Time settings. It’s worth noting, too, that Apple Arcade won’t have in-app purchases because everything will be included as part of the subscription. For the Switch, you can restrict purchases through your Nintendo account’s parental controls.As for storage, while both the Lite and Touch have 32GB of storage, only the Lite has a microSD card slot so you can load up on all the games you want and do it fairly inexpensively. For the iPod Touch, it will cost you $300 for a 128GB model and $400 for 256GB. Nintendo doesn’t list the maximum supported storage, but a 256GB microSD card is less than $50.48-ipod-touch-2019The iPod Touch up against the full-size Nintendo Switch. Sarah Tew/CNET But apps are nice, tooI know this is about gaming, and kids, and kids playing games, but you really can’t ignore what Apple’s App Store has to offer beyond popular games. From educational titles to streaming video and music to messaging and video chat, the app options are seemingly endless. Then you add in the updated hardware like its A10 Fusion processor — the same one found in its step-brother the iPhone 7 — and its front and rear cameras and you can include the AR apps in the App Store in the final tally also.For the Switch Lite, the app selection is, um, light. You’ll find Hulu, YouTube and a couple others. But, again, the Switch is made primarily for handheld gaming, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that your kids won’t find a great sleep-tracking app (though Netflix would still be nice).As it stands, though, the Nintendo Switch Lite is likely going to be the better on-the-go gaming experience for your kids (and you), especially if you already have the regular Switch in your home. An iPod Touch makes more sense if your child’s needs stretch beyond gaming or you intend to sign up for Apple Arcade in November. Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 8:34 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Consoles Video Games Mobile Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Robert Downey Jr talks about Avengers Endgame ending

first_imgNot only Robert Downey Jr. but other stars of Marvel Cinematic Universe has talked about the Endgame ending. As per Chris Evans, “Every time you think Marvel’s pulled every single trick out of the bag, they actually saved the best stuff for this one.” Whereas, Jeremy Renner stated that the storytelling of Endgame movie is insane and “you don’t know what to expect.”That being said, the most recent trailers of Avengers: Endgame has somehow spoiled Tony Stark’s part for a lot of fans. As per the recently released teasers and special look, Tony Stark has finally made his way to the planet Earth and has even asked Steve Rogers aka Captain America to trust him in his fight against the Mad Titan Thanos.There are several theories that suggest that Avengers: Endgame movie is going to be the last time when we are going to see Robert Downey Jr. playing the role of Tony Stark. Some has even suggested that just like Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne, even Tony will get retired and may have cameos in future Marvel movies.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to release on April 26, 2019. Robert Downey Jr as Tony StarkFacebook / Iron ManAvengers: Endgame movie is only a couple of weeks away and movie’s lead star Robert Downey Jr. has finally talked about the ending which we all have been waiting for.In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. The character was deeply wounded (physically and emotionally both) after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Along with Nebula, he was left stranded on the planet Titan. In the very first trailer of Avengers 4, we got to see Tony alone in the spaceship, drifting alone in the universe.After Infinity War, fans were left wondering how the events of Endgame are going to take place. Ever since the release of Infinity War, fans have been coming up with different theories about the superheroes. Most recently, fans were wondering how Ant-Man will crawl up to Thanos’ back and will make him explode. Josh Brolin has debunked this theory but nonetheless, the internet is filled with several crazy theories when it comes to Avengers: Endgame. As per Robert Downey Jr., fans will never be able to guess what is going to happen and how the events will unfold in the upcoming MCU movie.”I guarantee you there is no way anybody could guess what’s going to happen,” Downey Jr. recently said.last_img read more

Afraid of the stock market That could cost you Rs 40 lakh

first_imgRepresentational image.Reuters fileImagine 2032. What’s scarier?A) Investing in the stock marketORB) Missing out on Rs 40 lakh in gains since you sidestepped stocks 15 years ago.It’s a safe quess that you ticked option B!The Young Indian, who is intent on building a New India, cannot afford to make the same old mistakes. Millennials often fear stocks because prices sometimes plummet. Episodes like 2008 (when the markets crashed 50 percent) seemed to have transfixed their collective financial gaze to the ground when it comes to experimenting with stocks as long-term investments.When it comes to retirement savings, young Indians and millennials are courting a big financial risk by avoiding stocks altogether. Simply put, not investing in stocks comes at a big opportunity cost.Consider the math: A 25-year-old who saves Rs 1.50 lakh a year in a public provident fund (PPF) would accumulate about Rs 45 lakh by the time she or he hits 40 years of age. PPF is a safe investment option, trusted by many. An attractive interest rate of 7.8 percent currently, which is fully exempt from Income Tax under section 80C, for a tenure of 15 years or even more, and the window to deposit a maximum Rs 1,50,000 in a financial year makes PPF very popular.PPF or any other debt investment option avoids equities by definition.Unfortunately, by avoiding stocks, the 25-year-old would be making a big mistake. If she was to invest the same Rs 1.50 lakh a year in tax-saving mutual funds or unit-linked insurance plans that invest in equities, they could easily get a return of 15 percent annually over a 15-year-period. In the last 15 years, most MFs have given returns between 13.5 percent to 30 percent annually. Such returns of 15 percent, though not guaranteed — unlike in PPF –, would take them to Rs 85 lakh. That’s Rs 40 lakh more than returns via the PPF route.If you invest the money in tax-saving bank fixed deposits, that would fetch you an interest rate of 6-6.5 percent. This means that savings of Rs 1.50 lakh annually for 15 years would fetch you Rs 38 lakh, which is lower than PPF and definitely lower than stock-linked investment products.Clearly, the opportunity cost of leaving a sum that large on the table is a bigger risk to millennials and young earners than stock market volatility.While it’s true that stocks swing up and down and volatility can be a fearsome prospect for many, returns from equities over a long-term period are not negative, especially if you invest in a portfolio of large and top quality companies. For instance, the portfolio of top 50 stocks traded on the National Stock Exchange have given about 8 percent returns annually over last 10 years. In the last five years, this portfolio has given over 12.5 percent.Take a look at the chart below to see how a collection of top 200 stocks (CNX 200) and sectoral benchmarks have performed over the last few years. While they have no doubt seen their ups and downs, at the end of the day, remember that negativity does not linger on forever; or, with anybody. Market sourceslast_img read more

EU to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports from July

first_imgEuropean Union flag Credit: EU websiteThe European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of US products in response to president Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.”The new duties start applying in July,” European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told reporters. “It is a measured and proportionate response to the unilateral and illegal decision taken by the United States.”Sefcovic said that formalities in finalizing the list should be completed this month. The EU says it will introduce “rebalancing” tariffs on about 2.8 billion euros’ ($3.4 billion) worth of US steel, agricultural and other products, including bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice.Trump imposed tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the EU on 1 June. He said the move is meant to protect US national security interests, but the Europeans claim it is simply protectionism and breaks global trade rules.The EU exported some 5.5 million tons of steel to the US last year. European steel producers are concerned about a loss of market access but also that steel from elsewhere will flood in.The EU – the world’s biggest trading bloc – has also taken its case to the World Trade Organization. If the WTO rules in its favor, or after three years if the case is still going on, the EU plans to impose further tariffs of 3.6 billion euros on US products.”The EU’s reaction is fully in line with international trade law. We regret that the United States left us with no other option than to safeguard EU interests,” trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement.last_img read more

Where Is The Price Of Oil Headed This Company Predicts

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Ed MayberrySuzanne Minter with Platts AnalyticsThe name “Benposium” comes from Bentek Energy, which was acquired by Platts in 2011. Platts Analytics specializes in price forecasting in oil and natural gas, liquified natural gas, shale oil and other commodities.The Benposium focused on production, transportation and storage, electric power, emerging gas demand, global LNG, U.S. exports and weathering the storm and profit from the lower-for-longer price world.Suzanne Minter managed their oil and gas consulting group, and joined News 88.7 business reporter Ed Mayberry for the Bauer Business Focus. 00:00 /03:35last_img

ORourkes Senate Run Still Needs Latinos to Win

first_imgPhoto of Cruz: J. Scott Applewhite/AP / Photo of O’Rourke: Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaBeto O’Rourke’s improbable U.S. Senate campaign has challenged expectations of what was thought possible by a Democrat in Texas. But with just weeks before Election Day doubts remain over whether he can pull off another crucial feat: getting a surge of Latinos to the polls.Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is aiming to survive one of the most expensive Senate races of 2018 by rallying his base of white conservatives. His campaign has made no conspicuous courtship of Latino voters, including no Spanish-language television ads or a Spanish version of his campaign website.And, except for a dramatic about-face this summer on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies of separating children from parents, Cruz has maintained a tough line on immigration.O’Rourke’s path to an upset, meanwhile, partly hinges on bringing out Hispanics who typically don’t show up to the polls, especially in a midterm election. Texas ranks near the bottom in voter turnout, and while the state’s booming Hispanic population is on pace to outnumber whites as early as 2022, voters with Spanish surnames accounted for fewer than 1 in 5 votes in 2016.Uptick in Latino turnout has been steady but modest and, in the last midterms, exit polls showed that about 44 percent of Hispanic voters went for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.On Thursday, a new poll from Quinnipiac University put Cruz up by 9 points and getting about 4 in 10 Hispanic voters. Other polls have shown a tighter race, but in any case, O’Rourke must pull in broader electorate than his rival to become the first Texas Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in 30 years.“Donald Trump won. We’re discouraged. A lot of people are discouraged.” said Orlando Valdez, 19, a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where the majority of people on the 30,000-student campus are Hispanic.He lined up too late to make it inside a packed auditorium to see O’Rourke, who railed against building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and condemned efforts to deport so-called “Dreamers.”“That shows us, as a community, that it’s really hard for us to come back out because Donald Trump won,” said Valdez, but he believes O’Rourke is making inroads.San Antonio is a home field for Democrats. But even here, there is fresh anxiety. Last month, a Hispanic Republican stunned Democrats by winning a special election for a state Senate seat in a district that Hillary Clinton carried by 12 points. It was a blow for Democrats in the hometown of Julian Castro, the city’s former mayor who has not ruled out a presidential run in 2020.O’Rourke was served a reality check after finishing second in Texas’ March primaries to a little-known and barely funded Hispanic challenger in more than 20 counties along and near the border with Mexico. It was a reminder of how many voters still didn’t know O’Rourke, whose district is on the Texas border and is bilingual.Cruz is Texas’ first Hispanic senator and his father’s story of emigrating from Cuba is a bedrock of his campaign. He says plenty of Latinos are already with him.“The Hispanic community, our community, is conservative,” Cruz told reporters after a rally outside Austin this summer. “The Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community are faith, family, patriotism.”Hispanics are the nation’s second-fastest growing demographic in the U.S. behind Asians, and GOP strategists have braced for turmoil on the border having a fallout on the midterm elections.When more 1,000 Latinos gathered in Phoenix in June for the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Trump administration sent no representative, the first time in at least 24 years that an administration skipped the event.Of the roughly 400,000 newly registered voters in Texas since the March primaries, a little more than 1 in 4 have Hispanic surnames, according to Texas elections officials.“Any increase in turnout is going to pay a huge dividends for Beto. With the white vote, you’re losing the white vote,” said Matt Barreto, the co-founder of Latino Decisions. “Their best opportunity is to increase turnout in the black and Latino community.”Asked about Hispanic outreach in San Antonio, O’Rourke said there was work still to do.“Until everyone has been reached out to, until everyone has been heard, until everyone has been reflected in this campaign, then we have not done our job,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Free Thanksgiving Dinners for Central Maryland Families

first_imgThe United Way of Central Maryland is aiming to distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners to low-income central Maryland families as part of the organization’s 23rd annual Harvest of Plenty. The Thanksgiving meals will be distributed to pre-registered families until Nov. 24 at 22 locations throughout central Maryland including social service agencies, faith-based providers, food banks, community action agencies and partner outreach programs. Dinner packages will feed a family of six and include traditional Thanksgiving meal items like a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens, cranberry sauce and biscuit mix.Individuals interested in providing a Thanksgiving dinner for a family can do so at uwcm.org/givethanks. For more information about the program call 410-547-8000.last_img read more

St Lawrence Reliving schoolhood through music

first_imgThe St Lawrence School Old boys Association is drumming up their musical event ‘Utsav’ in a new format in December, where alumni from other schools of the city will be invited to participate. A plethora of school rock bands will be coming on stage in competitive space to showcase their music and to relive their “school memories”.The rockfest will be held as part of the annual day celebration of the school and will play out for at least five hours on stage. “We are not looking for any great musicians here. All of us wanted to get up on stage and show off our musical skills when we were in school. We are just trying to relive that memory here,” said Father Sebastian James sj, Principal of the school and President of SLOBA. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEver since its inception in 1985, SLOBA has been making a huge contribution towards the overall growth and development of the alma mater and fulfilling social obligations in the Lawrencian spirit of Service Above Self. Over the past 32 years, the signature event has been the successful running of SLOBA Free Clinic (now in its 31st year) which looks after the medical needs of the poor in the neighbourhood of the school. “A corporate tie up will help us expand the scope of treatment even further”, secretary of SLOBA, Aniban Banerjee told Millennium Post. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe association organises a slew of other activities involving its old and new students like the SLOBA Annual Inter-School Debate Competition held in August (now in its 11th year), the SLOBA Annual Inter-School Cricket Tournament held in November (now in its 14th year). Other events which draw students and teachers alike are the SLOBA Annual Reunion held on the first Sunday of December every year (for 35 years now), the award of scholarships and grants to students of the school since 1987, the awarding of retirement benefits to teaching and non-teaching staff of the school since 1987. Another popular event is the active participation in the stellar school event Tin N Can. Expression 2017 is another landmark event to promote world peace through sports, an event supported by Peace and Sport Monaco and International Olympic Association. Future goals of the association include the betterment of the free clinic with introduction of affordable diagnostic services and the creation of a benevolent fund for alumni, retired teachers and staff.last_img read more

Drivers who fail a police roadside eye test will LOSE their licence

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers have been warned to get their eyes tested – after police launched a crackdown on drivers with poor sight. Every motorist stopped by traffic officers from three forces in September will be required to read a number plate from 20 metres, and anyone who fails will have their driving licence immediately revoked. Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision. The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express. Sergeant Rob Heard, representing the police forces taking part in the campaign, said: “Not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences.” Bad eye sight is said to be the cause of a number of collisions “Only by introducing rigorous and professional eye tests can we fully tackle the problem of unsafe drivers on our roads.” Read MoreAngry passengers: ‘We can’t wait at flooded bus stop because we’ll get drenched by passing cars’ Research by the Association of Optometrists published in November last year found that more than a third (35 per cent) of optometrists saw patients in the previous month who continued to drive despite being told their vision was below the legal standard. A 2012 study by insurance firm RSA estimated that poor vision caused 2,874 casualties in a year. Jonathan Lawson, chief executive of Vision Express, said: “We believe official Government statistics on the impact of poor sight on road safety are the tip of the iceberg and we know the public feel the same as we do about tackling poor driver vision.” Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The human cost of driving with failing eyesight and having an accident can be immeasurable. Read MoreMan RAMMED two police cars after officers found him sleeping inside car “Drivers mustn’t just keep their eyes on the road, they must ensure they can see what’s ahead.” Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com said: “Our sight is our most important sense when it comes to driving, so it’s understandable why police are making sure people have clear vision while they’re behind the wheel. It’s likely most motorists would even support this crackdown, given that our research shows over half (55 per cent) think regular eye tests should be a legal requirement if you hold a driving license.” Traffic officers will be carrying out eye tests (Image: Getty) He warned that officers will be carrying out eyesight checks, ‘at every opportunity’. Officers can request an urgent revocation of a licence through the DVLA if they believe the safety of other road users will be put at risk if a driver remains on the road. The power was introduced in 2013 under Cassie’s Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex. It later emerged he had failed a police eyesight test days earlier, but a legal loophole meant he was allowed to continue driving. Brake and Vision Express are calling for a recent eye test to be required when licences are renewed every 10 years. Under current rules, the only mandatory examination of vision takes place during the practical test, when learners must read a number plate from 20 metres. Read MoreM6 driver off to court after overtaking police car at 117mph Once someone has obtained their licence, it is up to them to tell the DVLA if they have a problem with their eyesight. Residents in North Staffordshire have backed the initative. Glenn Hodgkinson, aged 47, of Alsager, said: “I think it’s a good idea. Being able to see properly is a pretty basic requirement for driving, but I bet loads of people haven’t had their eyes tested since they took their test.” Angela Jones, aged 34, of Meir, said: “I think everyone who drives should have to have their eyes tested every 10 years or so. You see people driving badly and wonder if they can see properly.” But Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “It is frankly madness that there is no mandatory requirement on drivers to have an eye test throughout the course of their driving life. last_img read more

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